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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Compo Scene

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Wind gusts of 25 miles per hour lowered the humidity and produced this picture-perfect brilliant blue sky filled with fast moving cumulus clouds above an almost deserted Compo Beach in Westport on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
9:30 a.m. - noon - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers: Advanced Resume Writing Workshop
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “Summer” by Edith Wharton
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Kaplan Practice ACT
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Finance Government Efficiency Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Ron Janson, “Red Money”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Special Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Stars Shine in Playhouse Gala

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The Westport Country Playhouse tonight presented its annual fund-raising gala with Julia Roberts (4th l.), Angela Lansbury (6th l.) and Bernadette Peters (7th l.) among the stars. The theme was “Footlights and Film: A Celebration of Great Musicals from Stage and Screen” and the evening honored Suzanne and Bob Wright for their extraordinary efforts in raising funds for the recent Playhouse renovation. The Playhouse announced later the gala had grossed $1.4 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Making News

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“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams (r) joined guests Jane Williams and Dr. Jay Meislich at tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse gala. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Making the Scene

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Former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt (l) and wife Marilyn (r) joined fellow Westporters William Scheffler and Ann Sheffer outside the Westport Country Playhouse tonight before the annual gala. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Chatting

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Joanne Woodward, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, chats with Julia Roberts at tonight’s gala. Roberts, who hosted the gala, told the audience when Woodward called her to join the event, she could not say no. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Cocktails on the Patio


Those attending tongiht’s Westport Country Playhouse fund-raising gala had cocktails on the patio before the evening’s star-studded performance headlined by Julia Roberts and Angela Lansbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Deserted

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The temperature reached 80 today under sunny skies but parts of Westport’s Compo Beach were deserted despite the summer-like weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Artist at Work

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A rock sculpture artist was hard at work Sunday, leaving these efforts near Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 15, 2008


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Ordinance Committee
6 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - 2008 Gala: Footlights and Film, hosted by Julia Roberts fundraising benefit
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Education Committee

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Truck Fire Involving Propane Tanks Shuts Down I-95

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Westport firefighters responded to an electrical fire under a box truck near the Hales Road overpass on I-95 tonight. Because there were three propane tanks on the truck, state police shut down the highway in both directions as a precaution. Firefighters removed the tanks (seen next to the truck) while they attended to the electrical fire. There were no injuries and the highway was reopened after about 20 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Multi-Car Crash Ties Up Post Road East

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Four cars had to be towed from the scene following a multi-car crash today on Westport’s Post Road East and Roseville Road. There was no word on injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Waters Overflow at Burying Hill

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High tide brought some minor flooding today at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Preservation Award: 38 Evergreen Ave.

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WestportNow presents the ninth installment in a series of photos of the 10 winners of the Historic District Commission 2008 Preservation Awards to be handed out in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Anne Leepson and Grayson Construction will receive a 2008 Preservation Award for restoration of the structure at 38 Evergreen Ave. HDC officials said: “Built in 1927 by Harold von Schmidt, renowned illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post, this colonial revival home is a significant historic cultural resource for the Town of Westport. Adjacent to the main house is the studio, which was used by Harold and then by his son Eric, a painter, illustrator and musician. The Historic District Commission is grateful that the recent addition to this house has prevented the potential demolition of this important artist’s residence and studio.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Attagirl!

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A father gives some fishing lessons to her daughter Saturday at Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 14, 2008


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center -  Group Show Part II
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Music@the Library - Slider Trombone Ensemble
4 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center presents Rossano Sportiello and Nicki Parrott

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Police Benevolent Association Awards Scholarships

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The Westport Police Benevolent Association Scholarship Committee has awarded college scholarships to qualifying students who are children of members of the Westport Police Department. The Westport PBA Wilbur Fund was created last year through the generous donations of individuals and businesses in the community. Pictured are: (rear, l-r) Tyler Rice, Victoria Pritchard, Sarah Pritchard, Michelle Pocius, Mathew B. Baker, and Emily Call; (front, l-r) Elizabeth Golas and Brianne Hiltz. Not pictured: Robert Pocius, Nicholas Vena, Alexandra Calka, Elizabeth Calka, Lisa Frazier, Justine Rice, and John Eason. For more information regarding donations to the scholarship fund, contact Officer Mark Pocius, Scholarship Committee chairman, or Officer Ned Batlin, PBA president, at (203) 341-6000. Donations may be made directly to the fund at 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Staples Soccer Shuts Out Westhill 3-0

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Staples defender Frankie Rende slows a Westhill attack, as Alan Reiter provides cover behind today as Staples shut out the Stamford team 3-0 at Stamford. It was the Wreckers’ first true test of the young season. Staples hosts Darien on Tuesday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Krosse for WestportNow.com

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Easing Muscle Pain at Compo

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About 80 persons participated in today’s Lighthouse to Lighthouse race that began and ended at Westport’s Compo Beach. The 14-mile race was open to all seaworthy human-powered vessels, and at the end, participants could take advantage of massages to tend to weary muscles. The ninth annual race was sponsored by the Soundkeeper group. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Save the Children Aiding Ike Victims in Texas

Bolstered by generous donations from Toys"R"Us, Inc. and Scholastic, Westport’s Save the Children is providing assistance to thousands of Texas families forced from their homes by Hurricane Ike, the organization said today.WestportNow.com Image
Hurricane Ike evacuee Luz, 1, plays in a crib donated by Toys “R” Us as her mother and brother look on at a shelter in San Antonio, Texas on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

In cooperation with the American Red Cross, Save the Children is working in shelters throughout San Antonio to meet the basic needs of infants, toddlers and older children who arrived by the thousands during the night, a news release said.

The agency said it is distributing 500 portable cribs and 50,000 diapers and baby wipes donated by Toys"R"Us to provide safe, comfortable environments for infants and toddlers living in the shelters.

Save the Children said it is also distributing more than 3,200 “My Time” activity kits and 1,000 children’s books, donated by Scholastic. The activity kits contain books for children ages 5-12 and resources for families dealing with trauma and relocation.

More "Save the Children Aiding Ike Victims in Texas"

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Cleaning Up the Saugatuck

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Volunteers took part in a cleanup of the Saugatuck River in Westport today starting at the Grace K. Salmon Park. The effort was part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers used to clean up at the beaches only, but it was discovered that trash dumped along the river eventually makes it way down to the Sound. Locally the Save the Sound organization joined in the cleanup. The man in the middle with the blue shirt and beige hat is Jon Kachmar of the Nature Conservancy and director of the Long Island Sound Program who was in charge of today’s effort. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Speaker of the House Campaigns in Westport for Himes

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was in Westport today at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidate Jim Himes at a private residence on Beachside Avenue. Pelsoi predicted Himes will defeat incumbent Republican Christopher Shays and go on to become one of the leaders of the freshman class in Congress. “He will be a standout when he goes through the doors to the House floor,” she said. The California congresswoman, who entered Congess in 1987 along with Shays, said her presence in Westport indicated the high priority the Democratic leadership attaches to winning the 4th Congressional District, the only one held by a Republican in New England. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Preservation Award Winner: 124 Compo Road South

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WestportNow presents the eighth installment in a series of photos of the 10 winners of the Historic District Commission 2008 Preservation Awards to be handed out in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. The barn at 124 Compo Road South is owned by the Gault family who will receive a 2008 Preservation Award.  HDC officials said “The Gault family barns are iconic fixtures in Westport. This award recognizes specifically the Stone Barn, as it is viewed from Sleigh Ridge Road. It is arguably one of the most beautiful barns in Connecticut. It took three years and three different masons to complete construction in 1914. Originally used for dairy cows, and for stabling horses for the family trucking business, it has been beautifully maintained in its original condition ever since. Today it is an important reminder of Westport’s agrarian past. The Gault family is to be commended for their constancy of care and for preserving this piece of our history.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, September 13, 2008


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center -  Group Show Part II
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Knit and K’nosh (middle school +)
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters and Crafts (Ages 3-10)
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - On the Road with The Fun Family
4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - “There is Nothing Like a Dem!” revue fundraiser for Obama
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jimmy Robbins w/ Goot

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Staples Overpowers McMahon 27-24 in Opening Soaker

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Staples senior Tae Dangerfield (r) takes a handoff from quarterback Brandon Pacilio (1) in tonight’s 27-24 come-from-behind Wrecker victory over Norwalk’s Brien McMahon at Norwalk in a heavy rain. Dangerfield scored on runs of 52, five and six yards to lead Staples to victory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for Staplesfootball.com

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