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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Westport’s Save the Children Gets $143,000 in Federal Aid

Westport’s Save the Children will get $143,000 in federal funds for curriculum development for early childhood education, obesity, and literacy programs including the purchasing of equipment, Congressman Jim Himes announced today.

The grant was among numerous projects approved for the 4th Congressional District as part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Highlights of the package include more than $6.5 million for public transportation in Bridgeport and Stamford and $500,000 for an after school program in Bridgeport as well as millions in infrastructure spending for local waterways.

“My predecessor, Congressman (Christopher) Shays, initiated and supported a number of requests for worthy projects in the district, and I’m proud to have picked up the ball and fought for their preservation,” Himes said. “These projects are important to our communities and quality of life.”

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Westport Seventh Grader Wins Essay Contest

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Ryder Chasin wrote about a day at a ballpark with his Dad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Ryder Chasin, a 12-year-old seventh grader at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School, has won a national essay contest with a submission about a day at a ballpark with his father.

Ryan won in the Middle School category (sixth through eighth grades) of READ Magazine’s “Favorite Places, Special Spaces” essay contest.

Students were asked to write an essay not to exceed 500 words about a cherished locale. Ryder chose to write about a day at Shea Stadium with his father because he is “a huge Mets fan and it is [his] favorite place in the world.” 

He said he loves “the atmosphere and the feeling when the Mets have a good game.”

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Congress Honors Newman

Five months after his death, Westport’s Paul Newman has been honored by Congress.

Newman, who died last September of cancer, was given a posthumous honor on Tuesday as the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution recognizing the iconic actor’s life and achievements.

Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, introduced the resolution honoring Newman. Rep. Jim Himes, the freshman Democratic congressman representing the 4th Congressional District, including Westport, was among 81 co-sponsors.

Cohen, a longtime admirer of Newman, wanted to honor him when he died but said Congress was out of session at the time. He decided to introduce the resolution when the 111th Congress convened and invited Himes to be one of the co-sponsors. (See WestportNow Jan. 8, 2009)

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Generating Laughter

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Westport Center Stage Theatre Company’s new comedy improv troupe Spontaneous Generations will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at Westport’s Seabury Center. Directed by and featuring Heather DeLude of The Second City Conservatory, the troupe also includes Cindy Hartog, executive producer of the Westport Community Theatre, Mat Young, teaching artist at the Westport Country Playhouse, Rob Watts, founder of Fairfield Community Theater, Mike Krysiuk recently featured in “Revolutionary Road,” and Glen Packman of ComedySportz. As part of a promotion, four local restaurants will be offering a free glass of wine with dinner for those attending the performance, including Seminara’s Ristorante, Jasmine, Finalmente Trattoria, and Pho Mekong. The Sherwood Diner will be offering soda and coffee with dinner. Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door. For more information, call Center Stage at (203)341-9659. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Grades 2-5 Staples Wreckers Baseball Skills Clinic 2009
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Westport Fire Department - Westport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Grades 6-8 Staples Wreckers Baseball Skills Clinic 2009
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Authors@the Library: Maureen Johnson, Libba Bray, Cassie Clare, and Robin Wasserman

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Compo Special Olympics Plunge Set for March 7

This year’s Special Olympics’ Annual Penguin Plunge is set for Saturday, March 7 at Westport’s Compo Beach. WestportNow.com Image
Participants raced into the water at Compo Beach at last year’s plunge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. and the plunge, at 11 a.m.

Individuals and teams should register online in advance on the Special Olympics Web site. Registration packets may be picked up at Target Training, 772 Post Road East. For more information, call (203)380-9990.

Participants will plunge into the chilly water to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics.

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Six Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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Six students at Westport’s Staples High School have been named 2009 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. They are: (back row, l-r) Mitchell Feinberg, Stephanie Gandelman, Willys Devoll, Anna Parmelee and Zoe Hughes; (front row) Emily Rosen. They were among 16,000 semifinalists named in September. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT, a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. These finalists will now be considered for Merit Scholarships. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Honoring Westport’s First Responders

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The Westport Rotary Club today honored eight Westport first responders for their efforts last Thanksgiving in reviving an elderly woman who had suffered a heart attack at a home on Ellery Lane. Police Chief Al Fiore (at podium) thanked the club for recognizing the work of police, firefighters, and EMS personnel. Pictured behind him are (l-r): First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (partially hidden), EMS Crew Chief Alan Yoder, EMT Scott Luciani, Firefighter Neil Perrotti, Firefighter Jeff Gootman, Police Sgt. Foti Koskinas, Officer Kevin Smith, and Officer Marc Heinmiller. Missing from the photo is Paramedic Harry Downs.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chilly Commute

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Commuters at Westport’s Green’s Farm station today faced a 11-degree windchill. Temperatures are expected to warm later this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allan Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Beach Scene

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Undaunted by Monday’s late afternoon frosty winds, a lone Golden Retriever chased seagulls over sandbars on Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Cholesterol Screening
9:30 a.m. - noon - Westport Public Library - Over 40 and Looking for Work with Michael Shavel, CT Dept. of Labor
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Safety Committee
2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Water Quality Initiative
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Grades 2-5 Staples Wreckers Baseball Skills Clinic 2009
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Budget Meeting
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Grades 6-8 Staples Wreckers Baseball Skills Clinic 2009
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Joseph Weisberg, “An Ordinary Spy”

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Grounded Gulls?

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A couple of gulls appear to be grounded by today’s high winds which whipped the flags on the shore off Westport’s Hillspoint Road at Compo Cove. Winds gusting to 48 miles per hour were clocked along the shoreline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, February 23, 2009

A Beautiful Day for a Backup

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Southbound traffic on I-95 was at a crawl at mid-afternoon today as seen looking east from the overpass at Westport’s Greens Farms Road and Hillspoint Road on a beautiful clear cold day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Staples Track and Field Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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Two Staples High School track and field athletes have signed letters of intent to attend universities. Olivia Massey will be competing for Bucknell Unviersity in the fall. She was recruited for jumping and running short sprints. Matt Marriott will be running track at Duke University. He was recruited to run mid-distance for the Blue Devils. Pictured behind Massey and Marriott are (l-r): Girls Head Coach Jesse McCray, Athletic Director Marty Lisevick, and Boys Head Coach Laddie Lawrence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Honoring Our Heritage: 161 Cross Highway

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Robert Corroon is honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying this structure as the Christie’s Country Store which was built in 1926. The store at 161 Cross Highway is a Westport landmark. Corroon, who bought the property in 2004, said, “I purchased Christie’s Country Store to bring back the great place it used to be.” It reopened for business in the summer of 2008 after a renovation, and Corroon extends an invitation for all Westporters to visit the store and support its revitalization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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