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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Setting Up “Coastal Views” Image
Neil Hardy puts the finishing touches on the hanging of the new show in the Great Hall of the Westport Library featuring marine photography by Westport photographer Dan Murdoch in a show titled, “Coastal Views.”  The opening reception is Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs until March 31. Murdoch has a life-long passion for all things nautical, from sailing, cruising, and racing to saltwater fishing and scuba diving . A Westport resident for more than 27 years, he started taking pictures as the high school photographer and has never stopped. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Comings and Goings: Paper Dolls Opens on Post Road West Image
Paper Dolls, a “fine stationary, invitations and printed materials shop” has opened at 335 Post Road West, a tucked away location just a few doors away from John’s Best Pizza. Formerly known as Wilton Stationers in Wilton for 28 years, the business was acquired by Margot Vicheron who relocated and re-launched the business in Westport as Paper Dolls. She said that since so many of her customers are from Westport it made sense to “transition the business to this town.”  Pictured are Vicheron (seated) meeting with Westporter Nancy Laner, a longtime customer of the former Wilton Stationers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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State Approves Historic Designation for West Parish Property

Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Council today approved the designation of the West Parish Meeting House Historic Property in Westport’s Greens Farms area as a State Archeological Preserve.

John Suggs, a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from District 5, said he and fellow Westporters Helmuth and Lilianne Kruass attended the Council meeting at the State Capitol.

He said they testified in support for the designation for property located at the corner of Greens Farms Road and Sherwood Connector.

“The Council was very receptive to the request, had wonderful comments, and voted unanimously to approve it.” Suggs said. “Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard towards making this day a reality.”

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Warming Up With Play With Your Food Image
Actors David Foubert, Joe Paulik and Kim Maresca delighted the audience today as Play With Your Food presented its second round of lunchtime play readings at Westport’s Toquet Hall. The scene is an excerpt from “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick. The series, now in its eighth season, is sold out in Westport, but seats are available in Fairfield and Greenwich. Click here for info. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Theatrical Lunch Image
The food part came first today for the Westport Toquet Hall audience at Play With Your Food. Catering was by The Wild Pear of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Swimmers Raise $30,000 for Haiti Earthquake Relief Image
A participant in the Swim for Haiti event. Contributed photo
Westport swimmers raised more than $30,000 during Tuesday’s Swim for Haiti event and pledge money is still coming in, organizer said today.

The money will be given to Westport-based Save the Children for its Haiti Emergency Fund.

Swim for Haiti brought together more than 250 swimmers from Staples Swimming, the Westport Swim Club and the Water Rat Swim Team.

They swam at both Staples High School and the Westport Weston Family Y. The teenagers and adults swam three miles each.

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Staples Student Advances to Intel Science Finals

Jason Gandelman, a senior at Westport’s Staples High School,  has been named one of 40 national finalists in the 69th annual Intel Science Talent Image
Jason Gandelman: In line for $100,000 prize. Contributed photo

A student in the Science Research program at Staples, Jason’s project is “Bioinformatic and Synthetic Approaches to Studying Advanced Glycation End-products,” which has applicability in the study of diabetes and kidney disease.

The only finalist from Connecticut, Jason will travel to Washington D.C. in mid-March to compete for the top award of $100,000.

It was announced last week that Gandelman was a semifinalist in the contest. (See WestportNow Jan. 27, 2010)

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Broadview Road Image
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 10 Broadview Road in Westport’s Old Hill section. Built in 1958, the one-story split has 2,404 square feet and is situated on a one-acre lot. Since it was built more than 50 years ago, the permit process includes a review by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Dusting of Snow Delays Schools Image
An overnight dusting of snow—about 1 inch—caused a two-hour delay today in the start of Westport public schools and left a coating of white on Main Street sidewalks. The next snow event forecasters are looking at for the area is Friday night into Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Schools on Two-Hour Delay

Westport public schools will open two hours later today because of the weather, the District announced.


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Burying Hill Winter Scene Image
A stand of thin white birch trees devoid of their leaves seem to cling to one another for support as they reach for the crisp blue winter sky along the creek at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Job Resource Seminar
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force          
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session      
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “Bright Star”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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“Dusting” of Snow Expected

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y said an area of light snow across eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey will gradually overspread the region through 10 p.m.

A dusting to 1/4-inch of snowfall can be expected through this time, an advisory said.

Motorists should slow down and use extra caution on the roads this evening as temperatures are at or below freezing and roads will likely become icy in spots, it said.

This will be especially true across secondary roadways, bridges, and overpasses.


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RTM Approves Naming of Newman/Poses Preserve

The Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight approved by unanimous vote to name a 38-acre town-owned property in the northern part of town The Newman/Poses Nature Image
Paul Newman’s daughter, Melissa, addressed the Planning and Zoning Commission in September as her mother, Joanne Woodward, and First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff looked on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The naming was requested and approved by the family of the late Paul Newman as a way to honor the longtime resident who died in September 2008 at the age of 83.

The family asked that the parcel adjacent to the Newman home not only honor Newman but also the family of Lillian Poses, who sold 30 acres of the land to the town in 1997.

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff read a letter from Melissa Newman, one of Newman’s daughters, in which she asked RTM support for the naming.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Green Talk: Growing the “Fresh” Movement

Editor’s note: today WestportNow launches the first bi-weekly column from Westport’s Green Village Initiative (GVI), a grassroots group working to make Westport a model green community. The first topic: growing the “fresh” movement.

By Monique Bosch

We all seem to be waking up to the fact that our food system is an obese consumer of fossil fuels. Image

In our industrial food system, it takes an estimated 10 calories of energy from fossil fuels to generate one calorie of food.

One study has shown that the industrial food system contributes more to global warming than anything else.

As eaters, we decide three times every day how we want to eat. 

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