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Monday, September 18, 2006

Westporter Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

A Westport plastic surgeon pleaded guilty today in a Bridgeport federal court to tax evasion and other charges, according to U.S. attorney officials.

Steven Herman, 63, of Saugatuck Avenue, pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion, illegal structuring of financial transactions, and health care fraud charges. He appeared before U.S. District Judge Janet Hall.

Herman operated a plastic surgery practice in Norwalk and New York City, according to court papers.

From January 1998 through April 2003, according to officials, Herman skimmed more than $883,000 in cash receipts from his medical practice and did not declare this money on his income tax returns.

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Teacher Contract Negotiations Move to Mediation

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Negotiations between the Westport Education Association and the Board of Education on a new contract will head into mediation next week.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today negotiations between the two groups have broken down, and the first mediation session is scheduled for Sept. 27.

“We have some major issues we haven’t been able to resolve,” he said.

Landon would not comment on what those issues are.

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Last Rides of Summer

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The official start of fall is only days away, and two bike riders take advantage of the warm weather at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Gas Line Ruptures on Bonnie Brook Road

For the third time in as many weeks, the Westport Fire Department today responded to natural gas line rupture—this time on Bonnie Brook Road in the Coleytown area.

Fire Department officials said a construction crew was digging to prepare for the installation of a new road drainage system when a backhoe struck the line and caused the rupture at 8:37 a.m.

Firefighters cleared the area and metered to determine if gas levels were at a hazardous level, they said, but they were not at a dangerous level.

Southern Connecticut Gas workers came to the scene to shut down the gas line where the rupture occurred, and firefighters remained on the scene for 90 minutes.

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Westport Seeks Federal Aid for Storm Damages

Westport officials are seeking almost $87,000 in storm damage reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The funding would cover the costs associated with Ernesto, the storm that pelted Westport with wind and rain on Sept. 2-3.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff forwarded the request for $86,635 in reimbursements to the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, which will then send it to the federal agency. The request was due on Sept. 15.

Cost estimates for emergency work during the storm include labor overtime and equipment expenses for debris removal and the cost of protective measures such as overtime pay for police and fire.

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Energy Deal Gives Taxpayers Savings

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Westport officials expect at least a $4,500 savings in energy costs because of a new deal they struck with help from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

The Board of Selectmen today approved an agreement between the town and Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based TransCanada Corp.that will lock in energy prices for five years.

Starting in January, town officials will pay 9.3 cents per kilowatt hour for the next five years.

Finance Director Donald Miklus said the deal will save taxpayers $4,500 in today’s dollars, but the savings could go up before the deal ends in five years.

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Playhouse and Arts Center Present Selected Shorts

Tony Roberts, Lois Smith and David Strathairn will read short fiction in “Selected Shorts,” a live version of the National Public Radio show of the same name, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.

The program—which is also sponsored by the Westport Arts Center—will be taped for future NPR broadcast.

Roberts will read “Sorry Fugu” by T. C. Boyle, Smith will lend her voice to “A Mouthful of Cut Glass” by Tessa Hadley and Strathairn will bring to life “The Palmist” by Andrew Lam.

Now in its 20th season, “Selected Shorts” is produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio.  The program is heard locally on Saturdays at 3 p.m. on WSHU (FM 91.1).

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Y’s Men Camera Club Accepting Entries

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The Westport Weston Y’s Men Camera Club is accepting entries for its annual photo contest and exhibit. Paul Cohen (l) hands his photos and entree fee to Mike Guthman . The gala opening is scheduled for Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.  The general public is invited.  The Exhibition will run until Jan. 2, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Online Tax Paying Coming Soon

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First Selectmen Gordon Joseloff said today one of the most frequent requests he receives from Westport residents is to be able to pay taxes online and with a credit card, and now they will have their wish granted.

The Board of Selectmen this morning unanimously approved a plan to allow taxes to be paid by credit card, debit card, and online.

Finance Director Don Miklus said those who pay with a credit card or debit card will pay an extra 3 percent fee on top of their taxes.

Joseloff said in addition to paying online with a credit card, taxpayers can pay at a terminal in the Tax Collector’s Office with a credit card.

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Flag Over the Saugatuck

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Rain was originally forecast for the weekend, but the sun was out with a light breeze over Westport’s Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Sept. 18, 2006


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Board of Finance
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – 2007 Town Plan of Conservation and Development public meeting
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Technology Talk: “Supercomputers: the Path to Petascale,” featuring Dr. Roger Levien, formerly VP for strategy and innovation at Xerox and currently a consultant to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

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Heading Home

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Boaters headed home near Westport’s Saugatuck Island over the weekend that saw temperatures hit the mid-80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Gorham Neighbors Rally Residents on Condo Proposal

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John McCarthy (r) points to a map showing how a proposed affordable housing zoning change could affect Westport to state Rep. Joe Mioli, D-136, (l) and Bill Harris, who is opposing Mioli in the fall election. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Residents of Westport’s Gorham Avenue area are trying to rally residents beyond their neighborhood about the ramifications of a proposed new affordable housing zone.

They held a second open house at the McCarthy home at 290 Main St., this afternoon. Visitors could view plans for a proposed development in the neighborhood and other information.

Red Coat Development is proposing to construct 20 condominiums on 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave., which would include affordable housing units, and has included a zoning regulation change to accommodate the project in the neighborhood.

The first Planning and Zoning Commission hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday in Town Hall.

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Fiddling on the Schoolhouse Steps

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Westport’s Adams Academy, a 19th century one-room school house on Morningside Drive North, hosted the Westport Historical Society’s “The Little Yellow Schoolhouse Shindig” today. The event included student fiddlers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport’s One-Room Schoolhouse Greets Visitors

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Guests at today’s Westport Historical Society event at the Adams Academy on Morningside Drive North toured the one-room schoolhouse that served as a Westport private and public school for 80 years beginning in 1837. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Telling Tales of Westport History

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Today’s Westport Historical Society event at the Adams Academy featured Elizabeth Adams Daniels, great-grandaughter of Ebenezer Adams who operated the one-room schoolhouse from 1837 to 1867. She told of her family’s history and recounted stories about the school. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) introduced the former Vassar College professor and gave a brief history of the schoolhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Dressing the Part

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Yoiungsters put on period dress for today’s Westport Historical Society “The Little Yellow Schoolhouse Shindig” at the Adams Academy. The event featured an old-fashioned penny candy “shoppe,” Victorian-era refreshments, and a variety of children’s games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Rockin’ at Toquet Hall

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Westport’s Toquet Hall teen center was rocking Saturday night. Columbia Records recording artists “Boys Like Girls” playing to a near sellout crowd. Also appearing on the show were: “Gone Baby Gone,” “Brunswick,” “Wired,” “The Poster Boys,” and DJ Kid Ginseng. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com

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Near Sellout

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Red Blue Records recording artsists,“Gone Baby Gone” from Boston played to a near sellout crowd at Toquet Hall Saturday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006


Noon - 4 p.m. - Adams Academy, Morningside Drive North - Westport Historical Society presents “The Little Yellow Schoolhouse Shindig”

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Riding Into the Sunset

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Traffic heads into the sunset on I-95 near Westport’s exit 17 tonight. View is from a Department of Transportation camera. DOT photo

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Illustrators Focus of Historical Society Exhibit

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Tina Tippet checks out an illustration by Ed Vebell. Tippet was the model for the drawing, and it is a part of a new exhibit at the Historical Society about Westport artists and their models. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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There was a time when Westporters were regular models for covers of The Saturday Evening Post and appeared in numerous illustrations.

Between 1920 and 1940, about 160 illustrators lived in Westport and used locals as their models. Now the Westport Historical Society is honoring the artists and their models.

The society opened its new exhibit—“Westport Artists and Their Models”—tonight with a reception at Wheeler House. Illustrations from Westport artists that feature locals hang on the exhibit hall’s walls, including a large number of Saturday Evening Post covers from Stevan Dohanos.

Howard Munce, an illustrator who mentored under many of the artists featured in the exhibit, said illustration as a whole has taken a dip because magazines do not feature fiction as they did nearly a century ago.

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Staples Overpowers Danbury 41-14 in Season Opener

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Staples senior Kenny Lozyniak hauls in a pass to set up a first quarter touchdown today against Danbury in the season opener. The Wreckers, playing for the first time on their new synthetic turf field, overpowered the Hatters 41-14. Lozyniak gained 45 yards on four carries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Strutting Their Stuff

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Westport’s Staples High School cheerleaders had plenty to cheer about today as the Wreckers easly defeated Danbury 41-14 in the Staples season opener at home on their new synthetic turf field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Eluding Pursuers

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Staples junior Josh Kozel eludes Danbury pursuers to put the Wreckers on the scoreboard in the first quarters of today’s season opener at home on the newly renovated field. Kozel picked up 81 yards on five carries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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