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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Strike Up the Fife and Drums Corps for Patriot

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Members of North Haven’s Lancraft Fife and Drum Corps entertained at today’s grand opening of the Patriot National Bank branch at 370 Post Road East at the intersection of Compo Road South. The branch is the 18th for the Stamford-based bank—15 are in Connecticut and three in New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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CDs of a Different Kind Offered at former Sam Goody Site

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They are offering CDs again at the former Westport site of the Sam Goody music retailer on Post Road East—but these are certificates of deposit at the new Westport branch of the Patriot National Bank. Wielding the ribbon-cutting scissors at today’s grand opening were Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (4th l.) and Charles F. Howell, Patriot president and CEO. The bank joins People’s United Bank at the intersection of Compo Road South and North and Post Road East. They in turn soon will be joined by a branch of Fairfield County Bank which this week received approval from the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission for its new facility on the southeast corner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Change: “Incredibly Sad…Like a Divorce”

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Sunday’s New York Times Connecticut section spotlights the recent departure of Tazewell Thompson as Westport Country Playhouse artistic director (See WestportNow Jan. 2, 2008) and the return of Joanne Woodward (r) and Anne Keefe as interim co-artistic directors. Said Keefe of Thompson’s departure: “It’s not the kind of thing—it was incredibly sad. He was a friend, a colleague. It’s like a divorce.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WestportNow file photo

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Off to the Ball

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Junior girls at Westport’s Staples High School and their dates posed for a picture Friday night before heading off to the County Assembly Charity Ball at the Inn at Longshore. Friday’s event followed by a week the 70th Red and White Charity Ball for senior girls. The County Assemblies were first organized in 1938 by Willem C. Schilthuis of Westport to promote inter-town friendships, instill social graces and provide support to organizations benefiting adolescents. Invitations went out to public school students in Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Ogintz for WestportNow.com

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State Police Pursuit Ends on Westport Residential Street


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A state police pursuit of a stolen car on I-95 ended on a Westport residential street early today with the crash of a vehicle and the arrest of one man, police said.

The man jumped out of the car after it crashed at about 5:20 a.m. at the intersection of Long Lots Road and Moss Ledge Road.

Police arrested the man after a foot chase. It was unclear whether there was a second man in the car, reported stolen in Norwalk, and whether he may have fled, police said.

State police followed the car off of I-95 at Exit 18 in Westport where Westport police joined the chase. It traveled along the Sherwood Island Connector to Post Road East, then turned left on to Cedar Road until it came to Long Lots Road where it turned right and went until Moss Ledge Road.

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A Shame

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During one of the recent storms, this boat, one of the few remaining boats left on land at Westport’s Compo Beach, took a turn for the worse as it landed on its side. Ironically named, Shame, it appears to have been abandoned for the winter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 19, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Crow and Raven Day
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Steve’s Songs (for kids)

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Benched at Compo

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Sunny skies and an afternoon temperature that reached 47 attracted some visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Snow Dusting on Jesup Road

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There was a dusting of snow along Westport’s Jesup Road and other roadways Thursday night. The forecast called for the snow to change to rain overnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 18, 2008


9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 2DJs1Set - Dance

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Frank Hall Brings Poetry to the Y’s Men

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Members of The Y’s Men of Westport Weston were treated today to a delightful presentation of a wide variety of poems by Frank Hall, the senior minister at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Hall’s enthusiasm and evident love of poetry were conveyed to the audience in his animated recitation of poems, some familiar and others not as well known. His prodigious memory amazed everyone as he explained that he can recall poems that he has read or heard only once. The presentation included poems by Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Carl Sandburg, e. e. cummings and other poets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Talking Baseball

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Two retired Major League Baseball players, New York Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda (r) and Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee, signed autographs today at the Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store at 381 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center.  Doug Cole, a Mets fan who lives in Bethel, snaps a photo of Swoboda. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Dec. 31, 2007 - Jan. 04, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 13, 2007 - Jan. 04, 2008:

Xiao Lin, Est. of Szu-ko Lee to Michael and Zimena Gordon, 33 Oakview Circle, $447,500WN property.jpg

Lorraine Stone to Michele D. Corenman, 7 Indian Hill Road, $600,000

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Westporters Give $5 Million to Norwalk Hospital

Westporters David and Phyllis Komansky have donated $5 million to Norwalk Hospital to establish a new cardiac and vascular care unit, the hospital announced today.WestportNow.com Image
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Komansky, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch, and his wife have made donations to a number of Westport area charities in recent years.

“We both feel that it is very important when you are in a position to give back to the community and help the community that you do it, and we try to pick our spots and help where it’s most needed,” he told Cablevision News-12

Geoffrey Cole, president and CEO of the hospital, said the pledge by the couple will help accelerate the creation of a state of the art cardiac and vascular center at Norwalk.

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Burying Hill Sunset

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Wednesday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 17, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The Dresser” (1983)
7 p.m. –  Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Screening of “Everything’s Cool” and panel discussion sponsored by Westport Green Energy Task Force

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Exhibit Chronicles Westport’s Changing Architecture

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The Westport Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost” opens Sunday with a reception from 3-5 p.m. Curated by Bob Weingarten and Dave Matlow, a WestportNow contributing photographer and former Society president, the exhibit chronicles the evolution of Westport’s residential and commercial architecture from 1700 to the present. Running concurrently is a continuous play video featuring Matlow’s photos from WestportNow’s popular “Teardown of the Day” feature. Putting up the exhibit were (l-r) Ellen Naftalin, Wally Woods, and Mollie Donovan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Two Staples Students Named as Intel Semifinalists

Two students from Westport’s Staples High School today were named semifinalists in the 67th Intel Science Talent Search, America’s oldest and most prestigious science competition.

Andrew Shenoy, 17, and Zachary Weiner, 17 were among 300 semifinalists chosen from 1,602 entrants in the competition. Connecticut had five semifinalists. In addition to the two from Westport, Greenwich, New Canaan and Sandy Hook had one each.

Each of the semifinalists, as well as their schools, will receive awards of $1,000 for the honor.

From the group of 300 semifinalists, 40 finalists will be chosen on Jan. 30 to attend the Science Institute in Washington, D.C. from March 6-11. They will share in $530,000 in scholarships, including a $100,000 top prize.

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Study Time

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Sister and brother, Meagan and Shane Gaffney of Westport, spent some time sitting side by side at the cafe tables of the Westport Public Library studying for their forthcoming exams.  Meagan, 22, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School and a recent graduate of the University of Florida, was busy studying for her GRE’s. Shane is a junior at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Coach Lane

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The demolition permit process has begun to tear down the house at 6 Coach Lane near Cross Highway in Westport. The one-story ranch house, built in 1959, is located on 1.12 acres and has 1,950 square feet. The property changed hands in November for $885,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Visitor

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A barge was a visitor Tuesday at sunset at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008


10 a.m. - noon - Westport Historical Society - Old-Fashioned Pie Making (adults only)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Community Room, Hall-Brooke - Lecture: “Freshmen in Transition: How to Talk to Your Child about College Stress and Issues”
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees

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2008 Westport Little League Registration Underway

Westport Little League and Babe Ruth baseball are taking registration for the spring programs.

Families who wish to register must do so online at www.westportlittleleague.com.

The registration form—which is printed and mailed with payment—is located on the Web site.

The deadline for registration is Feb. 1.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Green Energy Task Force Urges Saugatuck Parking Garage

The Westport Green Energy Task Force has recommended that the town ask the state to build a parking garage at the Metro-North train station in Saugatuck.WestportNow.com Image

The recommendation was among a list of suggestions made by the group in a report to First Selectman Gordon Joseloff made public today. The suggestions covered the town, schools, businesses, and individual residents.

“Ask the state to build a parking garage at Saugatuck station which will encourage increased ridership,” said the committee, which Joseloff appointed last February.

The town’s recently adopted Plan of Conservation and Development does not specifically endorse a parking garage at the station.

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Westport Winter Morning

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A fresh layer of thin icy snow early this morning gave these old apple trees on Westport’s Bayberry Lane a sparkling look but made for very treacherous driving conditions on area roadways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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