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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

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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Watching Image
Elegantly posed on a stone wall near Westport’s Burying Hill Beach, a gull calmly watches the traffic go by as he “sits” for his photograph. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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A Bag of Necessities for Breast Cancer Patients

By Dave Matlow

When Maureen Lutz packed for her hospital visit as a breast cancer patient she wasn’t sure what to Image
Maureen Lutz: provides practical assistance to breast cancer patients. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“It looked like I was going on a cruise” she told the Westport Rotary Club today at the Inn at Longshore.  “And when I was discharged I had not used any of it.”

That experience led the Ridgefield resident to found a business, Necessities, Inc. The nonprofit venture provides practical assistance to those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lutz said she after her experience, she put together a list of necessities that her doctor could distribute to others.

She said she heard from other doctors who told her:  “Oh my, yes, we could use that.”

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Intertwining of Jazz and Art Image
The Westport Arts Center today presented a talk on the role and influence jazz played in 20th century modern and contemporary art. Danielle Cavanna, the Center’s director of education, used a 1943 work by black artist Archibald Motley to illustrate the intertwining of art and music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Teaching Tolerance Image
Cary Bell, interim principal of Westport’s Bedford Middle School, introduced the first of three highly interactive diversity workshops called “Let’s Get Real” for eighth graders in the school’s auditorium today. The program is a joint effort between Bedford and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). It also was presented to sixth graders and again will be presented on Feb. 8 for seventh graders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Adding Meaning to ROPES Image
Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School took part today in “Let’s Get Real” diversity workshops organized by the school and the Anti-Defamation League. Ann Marie Knight of the ADL’s regional office in New Haven started the workshop by setting the ground rules for the program which students spelled out as R-O-P-E-S, meaning R = respect, O = Openness, P = Participation, E = Escuchar (Spanish for “listen”), S = Sensitivity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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