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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Perfect Way to End a Summer Day

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A couple ended the day Tuesday with a picnic at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mammoth Follies
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Pathway To Providence w/ Boys Will Be Boys, Redlight Dystrict, Last Place Victory
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Father-Daughter Team Performs at Levitt

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It was a family affair tonight as the talented father daughter team of Naomi Sommers, 30, and Phil Rosenthal, 60, both acoustical guitarists and composers performed “folk bluegrass” on a warm and humid summer evening at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. Rosenthal, who said tonight that as a 12-year-old he “was mesmerized by Pete Seeger, tried to emulate his style but then eventually migrated to bluegrass while retaining the folk element.”  As composers, he said that either he and his daughter composed over half the music in their repertoire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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More Room for Ambulances at Police HQ

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Members of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), police, and other town officials gathered tonight as First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff cut the ribbon at the expanded EMS garage at police headquarters. The $70,000 fourth ambulance bay was funded entirely by WVEMS volunteers—who include Joseloff—through donations made by Westporters. The expanded garage area was needed to provide cover for the WVEMS fleet, also purchased with donations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Yankees Broadcasters Congratulate Westport Winner

Yankees broadcasters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman tonight sent on-air congratulations to Westporter Jean Murdoch, winner of a 2009 Lexus in the WCBS Radio “Hit for the Cycle” contest.WestportNow.com Image
Suzyn Waldman: “I called Jean to congratulate her.”  Yankees Radio Network photo

“I called Jean yesterday to congratulate her,” said Waldman during a broadcast of the Yankees game from Toronto against the Blue Jays. “She was very excited and is a great Yankee fan.”

Murdoch, a graphics designer who lives on Sniffen Road, was the random winner in the contest that awarded a new car if a Yankees player “hit for the cycle.” The rare feat was accomplished by Melky Cabrera in Sunday’s game against the White Sox.

Murdoch was watching the game on television and only learned she had won the radio contest when informed by WestportNow. (See WestportNow Aug. 2, 2009)s

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Working on the Staples Summer Mailing

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Volunteers from Westport’s Staples High School PTA today assembled information packets that will be mailed to parents.  Pictured (l-r) are Amy Randich, Sandra Rappaport, Lee Saveliff and Sarah Kashetta. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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DOT Nighttime Road Work Will Impact I-95 in Westport

The State Department of Transportation announced today that a nighttime milling and resurfacing project will be performed on I-95 northbound from Exit 17 to 19 and southbound from Exit 24 to 17 in Fairfield/Westport.

This project is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and continue through Sept. 23, the department said.

Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. (Sunday evenings) and 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. (Monday – Thursday evenings).

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions, an announcement said. The department advised motorists to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work area.

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Compo Bag Carrier

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday is loaded down for some relaxing time in the sand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce “Business Before Hours”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
5 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten gathering
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School Playground - Kindergarten Play Date
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Navigating Online Publishing: How to Publish to Position Yourself in the Marketplace,” Ellin Yassky
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission/ARB Joint Meeting
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Naomi Sommers & Phil Rosenthal

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Strolling the Boardwalk

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A large umbrella provided shade for some strolling the boardwalk today at Westport’s Compo Beach as temperatures got into the mid-80s in parts of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Gets Norwalk Hospital Post

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Spencer S. Richlin: named chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Contributed photo
Spencer S. Richlin of Westport has been appointed chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Norwalk Hospital. 

He is surgical director and a specialist with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut on Glover Avenue in Norwalk and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology. 

Richlin received his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine after attaining a Master’s Degree in Applied Physiology from the Chicago Medical School. 

He completed his internship and residency training at The Stamford Hospital affiliated with Columbia University School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology.

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At Least Three RTMers Won’t Seek Re-Election

Four incumbents on the 36-member Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) eligible to file letters of intent to run again with the Town Clerk’s office did not do so by the July 28 deadline, Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said today.

A fifth member who has moved must file a petition containing 25 signatures to run, along with other hopefuls, by the Sept. 8 deadline, Strauss said..

Incumbents eligible to file letters automatically getting themselves on the ballot but who did not do so included: District 1: Peter Chelico; District 4: Gene Seidman; District 6: JoAnn Davidson; and District 7: Lisa Rome.

District 4 member Liz Milwe moved and must file a petition to run in her new district, Strauss said. She said Milwe had already taken out the petition form.

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John “Jack” Hooper, Former Chase Executive, Dies at 86

John “Jack” Hooper, a former vice chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, died Friday at his Westport home after a long battle with cancer. He was 86. WestportNow.com Image
John “Jack” Hooper: won fame as banker and pianist. Contributed photo

Hooper retired as the bank’s chief credit officer in 1985. Known affectionately by his colleagues as “Dr. No,” he had a responsibility for credit policy, country risk policy, real estate finance and lending services.

Born in Danbury, Hooper joined the Chase National Bank in 1948 after wartime service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

He served in various local and national departments of the bank before he was named executive in charge of Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa in the banks international department.

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John W. Kiermaier, Media Exec and Former RTMer, Dies at 87

UPDATE John W. Kiermaier, a former longtime Westporter who made his mark professionally as a media executive for New York’s Channel 13 and CBS and who served his town on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), a Charter Revision Commission, and other bodies, has died at the age of 87.WestportNow.com Image
John W. Kiermaier (far left) appears on a 2005 panel discussion on the media at the Westport Woman’s Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The New York Times reported today that his son, Lock, confirmed that his father died July 27 in Norwalk where he and his wife Constance, an artist, had moved two years ago.

Kiermaier served two terms on the RTM (2001-03 and 2005-07) as well as time on the Commission for Senior Services (2003-05) and the Charter Revision Commission (1999-2000).

In the 1960s, Kiermainer steered Channel 13, the New York area’s major public television station, through precarious financial times. He was president of what was then called WNDT/Channel 13 (it is now WNET/Channel 13) from September 1964 to May 1970.

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What’s Missing From This Picture?

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If you said the bridge plates across the tracks that have been in place since at least January 2008, you are right. Westport commuters taking the train from the Westport (Saugatuck) station today found the bridge plates gone. The platforms had been in place while catenary work took place in the area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com

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