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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lonely Kayak

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Abandoned by its owner on the small boat rack at Westport’s Compo Beach South, a yellow kayak provides a splash of color on an otherwise cold winter’s day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Record Setters

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The Staples High School boys swim team on Wednesday set a record in the 200-meter freestyle relay in a meet against Trumbull at Staples.The previous record had been set in 2000. Pictured (l-r) are: Chris Wiederecht, Tory Waterman, Nick Pulvino and Jeff Helt.  Staples won the meet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Compo Scene

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Wednesday’s sunset as seen from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 24, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Affordable Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Hoop Dreams” (1994)
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Game Time! for Grades 4 & 5
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. – Westport Public Library McManus Room – Westport Youth Commission

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Democratic Women Meet

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Ellie Lowenstein, a member of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, was among speakers today at a Democratic Women of Westport luncheon. Lowenstein, pictured holding a copy of the newly issued Town Plan of Conservation and Development, said it is important to make the plan a workable document and highlighted a number of its recommendations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

CL&P Completes Pulling Second Power Line Conduits

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Trench boxes along Westport’s Lincoln Street were empty today after CL&P crews completed installation overnight and early today of the second set of conduits under the Saugatuck River that will eventually carry the new Middletown-to-Norwalk high voltage power line. The critical operation involved assembling and pulling 1,600 feet of conduit pipes from the west side of the river at Lincoln Street to the east side at Imperial Avenue. The first conduit was completed in November. (See WestportNow Nov. 2, 2007) Lincoln Street residents have complained repeatedly about the work, which they said has disrupted their lives and in some cases damaged their homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport’s Whole Foods Banning Plastic Bags

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Whole Foods Market, which includes a Westport branch on Post Road West (formerly Wild Oats), has banned plastic bags. The Austin, Texas, natural-foods chain said Tuesday that it will eliminate all single-use plastic bags from stores nationwide by Earth Day, April 22. Stores nationwide gave away 55,000 reusable plastic bags on Tuesday, officials said. The reusable bags are now on sale for 99 cents, and, as the sign outside the Westport store indicates, customers will get 10 cents back for every reusable bag used. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Fun

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A kite surfer finds conditions at Westport’s Compo Beach on Tuesday ideal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5:30 p.m. - HSBC Bank - Westport / Weston Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Event
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Police/EMS Classroom, 50 Jesup Road - Adult Family and Friends CPR Class sponsored by Westport Rotary Club
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Curator’s Talk & Artists’ Salon: Jennifer McGregor on “Repositioning the Landscape”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Lee Vance on “Restitution”

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All Peaceful on Peaceful Valley Farm

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With the backdrop of bright full moon, Kowalsky’s Peaceful Valley Farm on Morningside Drive South in Westport’s Green’s Farms section appeared especially picturesque. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Smoke Alarm Alerts Resident to Kitchen Fire

A resident of Westport’s High Point Road put a teapot on the stove tonight, went to her bedroom upstairs and apparently fell asleep—only to be awakened by a smoke alarm.

She went downstairs and found a smoke condition caused by a fire which had spread from the stovetop to cabinets above, according to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar.

She quickly got her fire extinguisher, emptied it on the flames, and left the house and called 911 just before 10 p.m., saying she had put out the fire, he said.

Responding firefighters donned their air masks and entered the home, where the smoke condition had intensified, Kepchar said.

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Rotary Loose Change Fights Disease

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Loose change can add up. The Westport and Sunrise Rotary Clubs have undertaken a campaign for members to contribute loose change at their weekly meetings to help fund treatment of neglected tropical diseases. At a luncheon today at the Inn at Longahore, Kari Stoever of the Washington, D.C.-based Sabin Institute, a beneficiary of the campaign, said medication is not available for an estimated one in six persons in Africa, Latin America and Asia.          She called them the “bottom billion” and said they can be treated for deadly worm diseases for 50 cents per patient. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Where Did My Truck Go? GPS Knows

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A driver parked his truck behind 616 Post Road East in Westport today to do some work in a building. He came out to find his truck missing and called his dispatcher to report the theft. The dispatcher told him the truck’s GPS system showed it was still in the parking lot. He discovered that it had rolled down an embankment into Pussy Willow Brook. Firefighters put out booms to limit any oil spills in the water as a tow truck crew brought the van up the embankment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Found It!

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A van rolled down an embankment behind 616 Post Road East at about 8 a.m. today. The van driver found it after his dispatcher said the truck’s GPS system showed it was still somewhere in the vicinity of the parking lot. The Westport Fire Department said the van’s transmission was still in “park” position when found and police are trying to determine how it rolled into Pussy Willow Brook. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Winners

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The Westport Police Athletic League travel sixth grade boys basketball team won the New Castle Martin Luther King Tournament in Chappaqua, N.Y. Westport won five games during the weekend tourney with wins over Tarrytown in the semifinals and defeating Greenwich in the championship game. Westport improves its record to 14-1 on the season. Team members pictured are (l-r) front row: Andrew Feldman, David Katz, Jack Scott, Joey Schulman, Liam Flaherty, Back row: Head Coach Jason Intrieri, Patrick Lesch, Coach Neil Katz, Brian Porter, Christian Alvarado, Jack Greenwald, and Coach Glen O’neil. Not pictured: injured player Todd Goldstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Candle Sets Couch on Fire

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A candle touched off a fire in a couch Monday night at a home on Bayberry Lane. A smoke detector alerted the occupant to the blaze and the flames were extinguished with a blanket and water, said Westport Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. The occupant suffered slight burns putting out the fire, he said. The fire department urged residents to have smoke detectors on every floor, test them monthly, and replace the batteries every six months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Cold Beauty

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Winter’s chill placed a coat of ice on the banks of the creek along the entrance to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Man Who Died in Drunk Driving Accident Had Westport Ties

UPDATE A Fairfield man who died after being arrested in a drunken-driving accident Saturday night and who had refused medical attention at the scene was a custodial supervisor in the Westport school system, the Connecticut Post reported today.

Police said that David Seirup, 54, in the immediate aftermath of the accident on the Post Road in Southport had appeared to have only minor injuries, according to the report.

Seirup also refused medical attention as he was booked for driving under the influence and failure to drive right, and had to be convinced to go to the hospital, the newspaper quoted police as saying. Three persons in the car he hit were also hospitalized.

The newspaper said Seirup, who died Sunday afternoon, was employed by the Westport school district as a custodial supervisor. His survivors include his wife, Maureen, a secretary at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

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Friends

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Monday’s school holiday along with sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s drew many skaters to the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008


8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Cholesterol Screening
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10: 30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. –  Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Special Board of Finance meeting

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Moon Over Burying Hill

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An early rising full moon cast a glow over the low waters at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: A Report Card for Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

True to its legislative mandate, the Connecticut Metro-North Rail Commuter Council has just issued its annual report to Gov. M. Jodi Rell, the legislature, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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The full 97- page report is available on our Web site, but here are the highlights.

The council gives the railroad high marks for running an on-time system despite our aging and decrepit fleet. In 2007, 97.1 percent of all trains ran “on time” (defined as arriving at their destination within five minutes and 59 seconds), a new record.

When things have gone wrong, such as several wires-down episodes, the railroad got things up and running again with admirable speed.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.‘s Birthday

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About 20 children celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday today with a special program at the Westport Historical Society. Westport author and illustrator Tracy Sugarman, accompanied by his wife, Gloria, talked about his meeting King in the 1960s and stressed the importance of his message of racial tolerance and understanding. He presented each child with a copy of a portrait he had done of King. Sugarman and his wife concluded the program by gathering the children in a circle and singing “We Shall Overcome.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: 57 Center St.

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The house at 57 Center St. in Westport’s Greens Farms area was demolished today. Built in 1900, the 1-3/4-story colonial-style clapboard house had 1,891 square feet and was situated on a 0.55-acre property. Ownership changed hands last month at $612,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 31, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Two Tiffany Cleaners Crash Into Empty Store Next Door

Two cleaning workers headed to the Tiffany & Co. store in Westport’s center suffered minor injuries today when the minivan in which they were riding crashed into a vacant store next door.WestportNow.com Image
Taylor Place at Post Road East in Westport’s center is blocked by emergency vehicles after the 8:20 a.m. crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The driver, a 46-year-old Bridgeport man, told police his accelerator became stuck as the pair were en route at about 8:20 a.m. to the Tiffany store on the corner of Taylor Place and Post Road East.

Their minivan took out the window of the empty store on the east side of the street, and knocked down several support columns before coming to rest entirely in the store. The passenger, a 52-year-old Bridgeport woman, managed to get out on her own, according to witnesses.

Emergency workers waited until they could shore up the building before removing the driver. The pair were taken to Norwalk Hospital and later released.

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