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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

School Board OKs Principals of Coleytown and King’s Highway

The Westport Board of Education tonight approved the appointment of new principals at Coleytown Elementary School and King’s Highway Elementary School.

The new head of Coleytown El is Janna Bell, the assistant principal. A former teacher at Long Lots Elementary, she succeeds Melissa Paolini-Kay who earlier this month was approved as principal of Coleytown Middle School. (See WestportNow May 3, 2010)

Susie Dasilva becomes principal at King’s Highway, coming from Waterbury where she has been a principal for four years. She succeeds Maria Castelluccio.

Both appointments are effective July 1.


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Monday, May 17, 2010

Firefighters Quickly Douse Garbage Can Fire in Kitchen Image
Westport firefighters today quickly doused a fire in a plastic garbage can in the kitchen of a home on Tamarac Road. The resident reported smoke in the house upon returning home and dialed 911. A cat on the second floor was rescued unharmed. The Fire Department reminded residents to dispose of oily rags properly by placing them outside in a metal garbage can. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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A small fire in a kitchen plastic garbage pail drew fire trucks and onlookers today to the Tamarac Road neighborhood of Westport. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze which caused damage to nearby kitchen cabinets. No one was injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Talking Transportation: The Secrets of Grand Central

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

There is possibly no more beautiful railroad station in the world than New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. (Note: It’s a terminal not a station because there are no through trains).


As the destination of more than 55,000 daily commuters from Connecticut, it’s a place where we spend a fair amount of time. But rather than rush to or from your train, next time you’re in GCT, look around and enjoy some of its hidden secrets.

Based on 40-plus years of commuting experience, here are some of the nooks and crannies within the station that I find most fascinating—and useful.

The Million Dollar Clock: The famous clock atop the information booth in the main concourse looks good for a reason. Its four faces are made from opal, valued in excess of $10 million.

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Qunnipiac Law Honors Westport’s Samuel Freedman

Judge Samuel S. Freedman of Westport has received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Quinnipiac School of Law in Hamden, Image
Quinnipiac University President John L. Lahey (l), and Mark Thompson, (r), senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Quinnipiac, presented an honorary degree to Judge Samuel S. Freedman of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

He was recognized for his distinguished career as a World War II veteran, as a practicing lawyer in both the public and private sectors, and for his teaching.

Freedman has served the State of Connecticut as a Superior Court judge since 1978, where he sat on many homicide cases. In 1997, he was appointed a judge trial referee, a senior position he holds today.

In honor of his service to the Connecticut courts, his portrait was placed in the main criminal courtroom at the Stamford courthouse.

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Salute to Nat King Cole at Library Image
Even before the doors opened on Sunday, there was a line waiting to enter the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library to see and listen to Edward Pleasant in a Music @ the Library program “Sincerely Nat—The Life and Music of Nat King Cole.” More than 100 people swayed and kept time to the music of Cole as Pleasant told the history of the difficulties and the tremendous success of the singer who led the way and opened doors for future black entertainers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Landon Seeks Approval for Five-Day, All-Day Kindergarten

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon tonight will ask the Board of Education to approve a five-day, full-day kindergarten for next year – a controversial issue Westport Boards of Education have wrestled with repeatedly over the years. Image
Elliott Landon: “Unable to find reasons to argue against.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo

In his fourth attempt in his 11-year tenure to begin the program, Landon said he has unanimous support from school administrators, principals, and kindergarten teachers—while acknowledging some parental opposition.

“Taking all of those expressions of interest into account, I continue to be unable to find any reasons to argue against the expansion of our current full-day kindergarten program from an educational point of view,” Landon said in a letter to the school board.

Under the proposal, kindergarten would run Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Currently, it operates during those hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with Monday and Friday classes held from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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A bench was a perfect place to watch the water this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Monday, May 17, 2010

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Geoffrey Becker, “Hot Springs”
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 7th Annual Art & Photo Show
6 p.m. – Staples Principal’s Conference Room – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Republican candidates for 136th District debate
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Altered Books: Mixed Media Artist Jane R. Lubin Talks About Her Work

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Getting Ready for Art By Local Exhibit Image
Westport’s Sconset Square was buzzing with activity today in preparation for this week’s Art By Local exhibit. The week-long juried exhibition is presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and the Westport Arts Center and showcases emerging artists in Fairfield County Six businesses in Sconset Square will exhibit the work all week, with an opening reception on Thursday at 6 p.m. and the main art show with live music and art demonstrations to be held on Sunday. Rockwell Art & Framing received many of the artworks for the exhibition. Volunteer Elizabeth Strick helped install the work, including “Laugh” by artist Ron Arnold. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alyssa Crouse for


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Westport Sketchbook: Joey’s By the Shore Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Joey’s By the Shore at Compo Beach. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for


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Champagne Citizenship Celebration Image
There was a champagne celebration on Saturday at Westport’s Merritt Country Store, 337 Main St., to mark attainment of U.S. citizenship by Shafi Islam, manager of the store. Westporters David Meth (l) and A.J. Izzo congratulated him following his being sworn-in on Friday at a ceremony at U.S. District Court in New Haven. Islam, 52, manager of the store for the past three years, said he came to the United States in 1996 from his native Bangladesh and acquired a green card five years ago. “It was a great day that I waited for a long time,” he said. He said he was delightfully surprised when one of the customers, Westporter Ray Whitton, attended the citizenship ceremony. “I did not expect to see him there,” he said. Meth said that “everyone comes in here to talk politics with Shafi – it can sometimes go on for hours.”  Shafi’s wife Habiba and their daughter Zammaph, 3, were with him in New Haven for the ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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