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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winter Weather Advisory Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and area from 7 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

It said in a mid-evening statement that light snow through midnight will result in a light accumulation. “Travelers this evening need to exercise caution when traveling as some roads will be quite slippery,” the Weather Service said.

Earlier, it said snow will develop across the region this evening and continue into early Tuesday morning as low pressure tracks just southeast of the region. The snow may mix with rain at times, especially overnight.

There is likely to be a break in the precipitation Tuesday morning or perhaps a mix of some light rain and snow, but then additional light snow is expected in the afternoon, an advisory said.

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Westport Arts Center to Exhibit “Found” Art

Find something you think could be turned into a work of art? The Westport Arts Center (WAC) will help you through an interactive art project and exhibition next month entitled “FOUND: Making Art from the Material World.” Image
Wine corks and wire help make a horse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

The exhibit, which runs from March 7 to 21, will celebrate young artists and creativity, an announcement said.

The fun kicks off on Sunday, March 7 in two WACky Family Day sessions—1-2:30 p.m., and 2:30-4 p.m. Children, families, and local artists are invited to help transform the WAC gallery into a community-built art exhibition, organizers said.

The completed works will then be installed in the WAC gallery as a public art exhibition.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Staples PTA Names Reflections Art Competition Winners Image
Westport’s Staples High School PTA has announced the winners of this year’s Reflections Art Competition. Students were asked to reflect on the theme “Beauty is…” and create an original work of art which was then judged by three professionals in the field. The first place winners in each of six categories are going on to compete in a statewide competition. The winners are (l-r) Nadia Waski, dance; Connie Zhou, visual arts; Suzanne Kleine, literature; Max Berger, photography; Allegra Chaple, film; Staples Principal John Dodig. Missing: Jake Landau, music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Official: State Needs New Higher Education Funding Strategy

By Robert A. Frahm

With steep increases in college tuition and ominous predictions for the state’s economy, it is time to rethink strategies for paying for Connecticut’s public colleges, says state Higher Education Commissioner Michael Meotti. Image

Meotti echoed the warnings in a new national study showing that many states, including Connecticut, have slipped in their support for higher education even as the appetite for college degrees has grown sharply.

Nationwide, the recession that began in 2008 “dramatically reduced state revenue and ended the growth in state and local support for higher education achieved between 2004 and 2008,” said an annual report by the Colorado-based State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Among the 50 states, Connecticut had the sixth highest rate of enrollment growth - much of it at two-year community colleges - between 2004 and 2009 but saw a sharp one-year decline in state financial support per student between 2008 and 2009, dropping 5.7 percent, the report said.

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Westport Teen’s First CD Debuts Tuesday

Tuesday is a big day for Westporter Sam Weiser, 15. It marks the official release day of the teen violinist’s first CD, “Sam I Am.” Image
Sam took up the violin at age 3. This is his first CD. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Sam tonight is performing in Rockville, Md., on a promotional tour for the CD (Disappear Records) and has appearances booked later this month in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn.

All of the profits from Sam’s CD sales are being donated to the Daniel Pearl Foundation and FODfest, inc, a nonprofit organization that organizes concerts honoring the life of slain journalist and violinist Daniel Pearl.

Pearl was a Wall Street Journal reporter who was killed by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. Sam was a 2008/2009 recipient of the Daniel Pearl memorial violin.

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Going Down: 5 Grant Ave. Image
The house at 5 Grant Ave., off Washington Avenue in Westport, was demolished today. Built in 1961, the one-story split had 1,536 square feet, was situated on a .45-acre cul-de-sac property and was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 28, 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/15/10 05:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter Won’t Run for Michigan Governor After All

Westport resident and former state treasurer of Michigan Robert Bowman won’t run for governor of Michigan after Image
Robert A. Bowman: “not able to commit…at this time.” File photo

Bowman, 54, in a news release, said he’d enjoy the challenge of a campaign, “but for many reasons I am just not able to commit to run at this time.”

Only last week Bowman filed campaign organization papers with the state to explore a gubernatorial bid. (See WestportNow Feb. 11, 2010)

Bowman is president and CEO of Advance Media, the internet arm of Major League Baseball . He was state treasurer under Gov. James Blanchard 1983-91, and then CEO and president of ITT Corp.

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Presidents’ Day Sales Under Way Image
In addition to honoring the nation’s first president, the Presidents’ Day holiday for many has also become a retail bonanza of one-day sales such as illustrated today on the sign in the window of the Ann Taylor store on Westport’s main street. Presidents’ Day, officially known as Washington’s Birthday, is observed on the third Monday of February.  A common misconception is that Presidents’ Day is the unification of Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday, or that it is a celebration of all U.S. Presidents. Both of these assumptions are false. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/15/10 03:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Snow Beach Image
Westport’s Compo Beach was mostly covered with snow on Sunday. Despite the snow, sunny skies and temperatures in the 30s attracted a number of Valentine’s Day visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Monday, February 15, 2010 - Presidents’ Day

Westport Town Hall and Public Library are closed in observance of Presidents’ Day
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”

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♥♥♥Valentine’s Greetings from WestportNow Readers♥♥♥ Image
Happy Valentine’s Day from WestportNow.  Here are some valentine’s messages WestportNow readers wanted to share with fellow readers. (Click on pictures to enlarge them).
______ ImageMy Dearest Barbara,

I just wanted to tell you how much

I love sharing our lives in this wonderful town. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Love always

______ Image
Photo No. 1 Image
Photo No. 2
As we look to celebrate the first Valentine’s Day of the new decade, I am nostalgic when I think about what the town of Westport means to me.

Not only is it where my husband grew up, it’s where we had our first date (Splash), it’s where we had our wedding (The Inn at Longshore), where we’ve celebrated countless birthdays with friends, run in the Minute Man Race and spent many lazy days at the beach. 

Like many people, we’ve made a tradition out of attending the fireworks at Compo Beach on the 4th of July, and brought our son for the first time as a baby last summer (photo No. 1).

Shortly after that we hosted his very memorable first birthday party “by the cannons,” (photo No. 2 is my extended family) it was so wonderful to share with them a place that means so much to us as a family! 

The Flatows
______ ImageDear Mommy,

Happy Valentines Day.

Thank you for being the most wonderful Mom.

We love you.

Emily and Danny

______ ImageThis is Chauncey.

He is the best looking Valentine

anyone can wish for.

Our romantic spots are Winslow Park and Stew Leonard’s zoo.


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Valentine’s Day Walk at the Beach Image
Westport’s Compo Beach attracted dozens of Valentine’s Day visitors today enjoying sunny skies and brisk temperatures in the 30s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/14/10 09:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dummy Down Image
A dummy dressed in firefighter gear lies on the driveway of Westport Fire Headquarters today after being “rescued” in a surprise drill. The exercise was intended to simulate going from a routine response to an automatic alarm to a rapid rescue and fire suppression situation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


02/14/10 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Surprise Fire Training Exercise Image
Westport firefighters today participated in a surprise emergency fire and and rescue drill at Fire Headquarters at 515 Post Road East.  According to officials, the drill was called to reinforce the skills and coordination of firefighters in response to fires similar to the one Saturday on the Fairfield/Westport line (see WestportNow, Feb. 13, 2010). Today’s drill was based on a fictitious auto body shop that set off an automatic fire alarm. Responding firefighters found heavy smoke conditions causing “zero visibility.” The drill’s goal was to practice responding to a routine alarm and having to launch a full-scale operation to rescue a victim and preserve the property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Staples Field House - Westport Parks & Rec Football Clinic (boys and girls, grades 6-8)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Ice Glen”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Valentine’s Day with the Broadway Boys”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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