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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Police Holiday Toy Drive Set for December

The Westport Police Department Local Union 2080 and Westport Police Benevolent Association today announced they will again sponsor an annual holiday toy drive this season.WestportNow.com Image
Last year’s toy drive was held in Peppermill restaurant parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The drive, which will be held on the weekends of Dec. 12 and 13 and Dec. 19 and 20, provides toys for underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County. 

The program has been extremely successful in the past, allowing for hundreds of toys to be distributed to children who otherwise would have none, the organizations said.

The drive will take place in the parking lot of The Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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11/24/09 08:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Newman’s Own Donates Pizzas to Food Banks

Westport-based Newman’s Own, Inc. announced today the successful distribution of more than 100,000 Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Crust frozen pizzas to the Feeding America network of food banks.

The pizzas will feed more than 300,000 food bank clients, the company said.

Newman’s Own, Inc. and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief agency, have collaborated since 2000 on the Partnership for Hunger Relief.

The program to date has donated 89 refrigerated trucks to 42 states and delivered the equivalent of more than 98 million meals, Newman’s Own said.

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11/24/09 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rat Pack Back

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UPDATE Members of Westport-based Local 371 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union were back at The Fresh Market today on Post Road East, just as they were when the store opened in October. (See WestportNow Oct. 14, 2009) The Fresh Market store is a nonunion operation, and Local 371 contends it does not pay area standard wages and benefits. The company’s public relations manager, Drewry Sackett, said in a statement: “We’re pleased to have been able to bring 90 good jobs to the Westport area, and we’re proud of our reputation for fair treatment, fair compensation and fair benefits.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Honoring Our Heritage: 9 Greenbrier Road

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Nicole and Dan Donovan are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying the original part of their 9 Greenbrier Road home (small stone house on the left side of photo with three dormers) as being architected by Frazier Peters which was built in 1930. Peters, a Westport resident during the 1920s and 1930s, was well known for his design of stone houses using a poured concrete and stone technique that he developed. It is said that he built 10 stone houses in Westport. The Donovans, who had lived in Fairfield before returning to Westport where they both grew up, said they were impressed how Coastal Construction Group of Westport and partner Jeff Cook had honored the original house designed by Peters by adding to it in kind, carefully matching the Peters stonework. Parents Mollie and Jack Donovan gave them the Westport Historical Society plaque as a gift. Mollie, co-chair of the Society’s Exhibit Committee, was aware that the Society provided plaques commemorating key events or people associated with a house even if the house is less than 100 years old. So after the house was identified as being architected by Peters, a plaque was authorized and ordered for a Christmas gift. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Westport No. 27 in Connecticut Top Dog List

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Westport may be No. 1 in top Connecticut towns in its population category and have the No. 1 high school in the state. But a new survey ranks it No. 27 in the number of dogs in town.

Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy, in a new “fido fees” survey, said Westport’s 2,132 licensed dogs in 2008 ranked it 27th in the state.

Enfield (population 45,212) won the No.1 ranking with its 5,335 licensed pooches. Fairfield (population 57,340) was second with 4,223 licensed dogs.

On a per household basis, the survey said Westport had 0.222 dogs in its 9,586 households, earning it a ranking of No. 105. Tiny Bethlehem (population 3,422) was No. 1 with 0.648 dogs in its 1,246 households.

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Getting Into the Holiday Mood

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Workers from Westport’s James Ferrone Landscaping Co. were busy Monday decorating Westport’s Main Street with colorful red ribbons, pine boughs and moss-filled baskets to greet the holiday season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


7:30 a.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Board of Finance Tour of Wakeman Farm
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
7:30 p.m. – Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov

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Making Good on a Promise

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Elysse Cadoux of Westport today made good on a promise. When she turned 9 in October, she told her family and friends instead of birthday presents, she wanted food she could donate to Westport’s animal shelter. Today she and her family packed up the collection in their garage and delivered the goods to help nourish abandoned animals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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11/24/09 02:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Greeting a Beneficiary

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Sadie, a mixed Lab who has lived at Westport’s animal control shelter since she was rescued on the Merritt Parkway in August, is the first recipient of the generous donation of dog food—piled at left—by Westporter Elysse Cadoux, 9. She collected the food instead of getting birthday presents. Elysse’s brothers (l-r) Philip, 11, Steven, 13, and their mother, Sally, and dad, Peter, provide Sadie with plenty of affectionate attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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11/24/09 02:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Board of Selectmen Approves Refurbishing Ladder Truck

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The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight approved a contract for a $704,000 refurbishing of the Fire Department’s 1993 ladder truck. Fire Chief Christopher Ackley told the board the work, expected to take six months, will likely add another 15 or more years of service to the truck and save more than $400,000 over the cost of a new truck. He said the Sutphen Corp. of Amlin, Ohio, had agree to provider a “loaner” truck to the town at no cost. Ackley said the truck has undoubtedly helped save lives during its 16 years of service. The truck is shown in a 2007 photo taken at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Saugatuck Congregational Gearing Up for Thanksgiving Feast

The preparation is long, but the joy of sharing makes up for it as Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church prepares for this week’s Thanksgiving Day Feast.WestportNow.com Image
Diners line up at last year’s Thanksgiving Day feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The church on Thursday will hold its 39th annual Thanksgiving Day event beginning at 1 p.m. at 245 Post Road East. A similar feast will be held Christmas Day.

The Thanksgiving preparation kicks into high gear with a Wednesday morning produce pickup at Stop & Shop, which has generously supported the event for years.

Volunteer Gordon Sweeney will pick up hundreds of pounds of donated fruits and vegetables and transport them to the church.

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11/23/09 10:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Waiting His Turn

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Congressman Jim Himes, seated next to Martha Aasen (r), former Westport Democratic Town Committee chair, awaits his turn to speak at today’s meeting of the Y’s Women of Westport Weston at Westport’s Unitarian Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Himes Predicts Passage of Health Care Reform Bill

By Phyllis Groner

Congressman Jim Himes, just beginning his second year representing Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, told a Westport audience today he expects the Senate to pass a health care reform bill within weeks.WestportNow.com Image
Congressman Jim Himes told the Y’s Women of Westport Weston today that he expects the Senate to pass a health care reform bill before the end of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“I think the Senate will pass the health care bill by the end of the year,” the freshman Democratic congressman told an overflow crowd of the Y’s Women of Westport and Weston at the Unitarian Church. 

“The bill is tremendously complicated,” he said. He added that that the only insurance service people are happy with is Medicare and said “the rest of the system is terrible.”

Himes said a program he thinks would be a “win-win” is one that provides incentives for people to work on obesity problems which lead to diabetes and other complications.

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Westport’s Green Task Force Honored

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Westport’s Green Task Force has received a 2009 Green Coast Award in the town category. The award, presented at a Stamford reception by Fairfield-based Conscious Decisions/Green Coast Awards, honors and recognizes “individuals, businesses, services and organizations throughout Fairfield County that are socially and environmentally responsible, promote sustainability, have high ethical standards and make conscious decisions every day to improve our communities and the health of our planet.” Pictured is David Mann (r), vice chair of the Green Task Force, accepting the award from the organization’s representatives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Helping Out the Food Closet

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For the fourth consecutive year, a charitable arm of the Masons known as Monker Grotto donated a $1,000 check to the Westport Woman’s Club in support of its Food Closet program. The effort has provided 600 to 700 bags of food to 300 recipients in Westport every year since the 1950s, according to Co-Chair Karen Center. Club President Mary Vickery said one woman told her: “I never thought I would be on the list before my husband lost his job.” Pictured are Bob Lasprogato, past Monarch of the Monker Grotto organization, presenting a check to Karen Center. Looking on is another past Monarch, Dan Obuchowski, along with Mary Vickery, Jo Fuchs Luscombe, and Wendy McKeon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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