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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Close Call on Ford Road

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A Weston woman receives medical treatment (behind firefighters) after she lost control of her Jeep Wrangler today on Ford Road and the car ended up caught in trees just above the Saugatuck River. She managed to get out of the car before police and firefighters arrived and was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Accident Aftermath

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Westport EMS personnel prepare to transport a Weston woman to the hospital today after her car rolled down the Saugatuck River embankment on Ford Road. Westport firefighters put down absorbent booms and pads to absorb fluids and prevent contamination of the river. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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The Protest Continues as the Year Ends

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As 2007 draws to a close, peace advocates maintained their hour-long Saturday morning vigil today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport. The protest began two and a half years ago, in June of 2005, and has continued regardless of weather conditions with about 25 Westporters, sometimes augmented by out-of-town visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Follow the Leader

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It was follow the leader for these skaters at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. The rink’s holiday schedule includes open skating through New Year’s Day. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and from noon until 5 p.m. Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Along the River

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A mother keeps a firm grip on her young ones as they walk along the Saugatuck River Friday near the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 29, 2007


1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
3:30 p.m. - Zest Restaurant - A Dickensian Grand Tea

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Library Lover at Age 6

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Frannie, 6, of Norwalk loves libraries. According to her mother, the first grader at Norwalk’s Tracey Elementary School is so fond of libraries that she frequents both the Norwalk and the Westport Public Libraries on a regular basis. This week she visited the Westport Library and selected a stack of books to bring home for some New Year’s holiday reading. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Burying Hill Walk

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Today’s sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s made for a good walk at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Merritt Go-Slow

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Traffic was slowed on the Merritt Parkway this afternoon by an accident in the southbound lane between Exit 44 in Fairfield and Exit 42 in Westport. The weekend getaway traffic came to a standstill because of the incident at about 3 p.m. a short distance south of the Merwins Lane overpass in Fairfield from where this photo was taken. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Before and After: 10 Covlee Drive

WestportNow presents another in its new series of before and after looks at transformed Westport properties. The house at 10 Covlee Drive in the Saugatuck Shores area was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 31, 2005. At the time of the demolition, Howard Mason, who owns the new house with wife, Jackie, said that he lived around the corner at 3 Covlee Drive until 1983. He said he always wanted to return to Saugatuck Shores so he bought the one-story, 1,700-square-foot, 1951-built house on 0.27-acre in October 2004 for $820,000 and planned to replace it with a 3,400-square-foot colonial. It turned out to be 3,696 square feet. Click on the photos or arrows to see the transformation. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Sets 2008 Season

Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will play the Countess de Lago in the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth,” Aug.5-23, according to a complete list of 2008 productions.WestportNow.com Image
Phylicia Rashad: to star in “Sweet Bird of Youth.” File photo

The production will be directed by Tazewell Thompson, the Playhouse’s artistic director.

The Playhouse’s 2008 season will also include Morris Panych’s “Vigil” (Feb. 26-March 15), Jon Marans’ “A Strange and Separate People” (April 1-19), Craig Wright’s “The Pavilion” (May 13-31), the musical revue “Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration” (June 10-28), David Wiltse’s “Scramble” (July 8-26), and John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” (Oct. 7-25).

Rashad is currently starring on Broadway in “Cymbeline” and will appear as Big Mama in February in her sister Debbie Allen’s production of Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

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Daydreaming

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A visitor to the Westport Public Library on Thursday enjoyed the window views. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Reflections

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Westport’s Church of the Assumption is reflected in the Saugatuck River on Thursday as gray skies and rain were the order of the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, December 28, 2007


Westport Public Schools are closed.
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Vacation Family Films: “The Brave Little Toaster”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”

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Save the Children Teams with “The Simpsons” Co-Creator

With just a few days remaining in the 2007 tax year, individuals looking to maximize the value of their year-end charitable donations can have their gifts to Westport’s Save the Children matched by Sam Simon, co-creator of “The Simpsons” and writer, producer and director of some of TV’s most popular shows such as “Cheers” and “Taxi.”

The Sam Simon Challenge promises to match donations up to $1 million to support the work of Save the Children, a humanitarian organization serving children and families in need in the United States and worldwide. Donations must be made before midnight Eastern Time on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 through Save the Children’s Web site.

“Supporting Save the Children’s mission is a powerful way to help change children’s lives around the world,” said Simon.

“I’ve seen Save the Children in action in Latin America and the Himalayas, and I’ve met children and families whose lives were transformed and whose futures hold great hope because of your support. Donations through the Sam Simon Challenge will help the organization respond to children’s urgent and ongoing needs - not just during crises, but every day.”

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First Night Previews “We Are Family” Exhibit

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First Night Westport Weston 2008 previewed its “We Are Family” photo exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center. Rozanne Gates, executive director of First Night, welcomed guests to the reception, including the photographers who donated their time to put together the exhibit. The public can see the photos at the annual New Year’s Eve event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Firefighters Rescue Worker from Cement Mixer Truck

Westport firefighters today rescued a construction worker who had become trapped beneath a piece of concrete inside a cement mixer truck in Greens Farms alongside the Metro-North tracks.WestportNow.com Image
Friefighters rescue a construction worker from a cement mixer truck today on Maple Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The worker, who was not identified, was inside the mixing drum in the area of 19 Maple Lane chipping hardened concrete from the side walls, according to Assistant Chief Larry Conklin.

“A large chunk of concrete approximately 2 feet by 4 feet became dislodged hitting the worker in the leg,” he said.

Firefighters responding to the 11:08 a.m. 911 call found that the worker had managed to free himself from the 200- to 300-pound piece of concrete but was still inside the drum, Conklin said.

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“Red” Graham, Travel Agency, Radio Exec, Dies at 94

Robert A. “Red” Graham, a Westport resident since the 1940s who owned the Minuteman Travel agency and co-owned WMMM-AM radio, died today, his son, Mark, said. He was 94.WestportNow.com Image
“Red” Graham: longtime Westporter. File photo

Graham spent more than two decades performing benefit shows for many of the nation’s top charities with his wife, Peggy, and was known as the “charitable emcee.”

A multi-talented athlete, entertainer, and businessman, Graham got his start entertaining in school plays at Fordham Prep and Mount Saint Michael’s Academy, both in the Bronx, N.Y. A full obituary is on the WestportNow obituary page.

Visting hours will be Sunday at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 98, Riverside Ave. Internment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

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Firefighters Rescue Worker Pinned in Cement Truck

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A worker cleaning the inside of a cement truck became trapped by a large piece of concrete today while working on Metro-North project on Maple Lane in Westport. Westport firefighters, using skills learned in their confined space rescue training, put a harness on the man and lifted him out through a truck opening. He did not appear to be seriously injured and was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. Firefighters and workers are pictured cleaning up after the rescue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Training Paid Off

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Westport firefighters today credited training in confined space rescues for the successful rescue of a worked pinned by a piece of concrete inside a cement truck on Maple Lane. The worker for an electrical contractor working on a Metro-North project was rescued by firefighters who put a harness around him and lifted him out through a hole in the truck’s mixer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westporter Fred M. Dressler, Cable Executive, Dies at 66

Westporter Fred M. Dressler,  a veteran programming executive at Time Warner Cable, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. The longtime Compo Parkway resident was 66.WestportNow.com Image
Fred M. Dressler: longtime Time Warner Cable executive. File photo

In a statement, Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Officer Glenn Britt, also a Westporter, paid tribute to Dressler, saying he “was responsible for much of what Time Warner Cable stands for today.”

“Words cannot adequately express the sense of loss we all feel at this time,” Britt said. “His legacy will be felt for many years, not just in our programming department but throughout our organization and the industry. ... Fred was revered for his intellect, his wit, his perspective, his vision and his humanity. We will miss him very much.”

Dressler, who worked for 30 years at Time Warner Cable and its predecessor, American Television & Communications, retired in December 2006 as executive vice president, programming. See full obituary on the WestportNow obituary page.

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Study by Westport Firm Finds Boomers Will Retire by Age 65

A study released today by a Westport firm found that the majority of baby boomers to turn 62 in 2008 report that they are retired or will be fully retired by age 65.

The study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute also found that they’ ll collect Social Security by age 65, that they’ ve been married only once and that they have 2.4 children on average.

Of those who have children, 78 percent have grandchildren (66 percent of total). Conservatives outnumber liberals by two to one.

“Contrary to what most of us have believed about the baby boomers who came of age in the turbulent 1960s, the group is very much like the ‘Silent Generation’ that preceded them,” said Sandra Timmermann, director of the institute, which conducted “Boomers Ready to Launch,” a profile of the first baby boomers as they turn 62.

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Westport Scene

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The west side of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center takes on a holiday look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 27, 2007


Westport Public Schools are closed.
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Vacation Family Films: “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”

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Speedster

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A young man spent an hour racing around the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park, leaving watchers to wonder whether they were seeing a hockey player or speed skater in the making. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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