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Sunday, July 01, 2007

$25,000 Grand Prix Ends Fairfield County Hunt Club Show

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Horses and riders competed today in the finals of the $25,000 Grand Prix of the June Benefit Horse Show at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. The culmination of five days of exciting competition included a champagne reception, a silent auction and a buffet luncheon under a large tent where guests enjoyed watching talented riders of national repute and their horses perform at the highest level of competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Junior Riders on Parade

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Some young riders showed their stuff at today’s final day of the Fairfield Country Hunt Club June Benefit Show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

A United Nations Gift to Westport

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff accepts a photograph of United Nations headquarters given as a gift to the people of Westport by Ibrahim A. Gambari, U.N. Under Secretrary General, at today’s jUNe Day ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Celebrates jUNe Day

By Ed Kiersh

Westport greeted more than 370 members of the United Nations community today to celebrate the town’s 42nd annual jUNe Day festivities.WestportNow.com Image
Guests at today’s jUNe Day ceremony at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School enjoyed food provided by local restaurants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Members of the United Nations staff and their guests, a vast array of people from India, Lebanon, Russia and a host of other countries, were here for a day of eating, recreation and activities which encouraged inter-cultural understanding and world peace.

“Supporting the U.N., showing this sort of friendship is vital, since there isn’t an important topic on the planet this world organization is not addressing,” said Westport’s Michaela MacColl, the president of the International Hospitality Committee of Fairfield County.

Guests were first greeted at the Saugatuck Elementary School with breakfast and short speeches from First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, MacColl, United Nations Under Secretary General Ibrahim A. Gambari and other dignitaries.

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Westporter Says “Support of the U.N. is Vital”

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Westporter Michaela MacColl welcomed guests to today’s jUNe Day ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. MacColl, president of the UNA-US Southwest Connecticut chapter and the International Hospitality Committee of Fairfield County said,“Supporting the U.N., showing this sort of friendship is vital since there isn’t an important topic on the planet this world organization is not addressing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Welcomes jUNe Day Visitors

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The flags of United Nations members flew from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today as the town welcomed U.N. visitors marking the town’s 42nd annual jUNe Day hosted by the International Hospitality Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Souvenir Photo

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Guests from the United Nations pose for a group picture today after arriving at the Saugatuck train station for jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Saul Haffner for WestportNow.com

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Health District Testing Waters of Muddy Brook

By Nina Zipkin

The Westport Weston Health District is testing the waters of Westport’s Muddy Brook to try to determine the cause of high counts of E.coli bacteria.WestportNow.com Image
Westport’s Muddy Brook runs from near the Fairfield line through the Greens Farms area and into Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo

Testing of the stream, which runs from near the Fairfield town line south through much of the Greens Farms area to Sherwood Mill Pond, began June 18, according to Chief Sanitarian Jeff Andrews.

“We’re trying to narrow down where the high counts are and isolate the contributing factors that could cause them,” he said.

“Drainage pipes, for example. There are several reasons why they could be there – pool backwash, sump pump discharge or illegal septic overflow.”

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Saturday, June 30, 2007


10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day ceremony
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
4 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Christopher Robin Band

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Joseloff Meets With ConnDOT Officials on Merritt Tree Safety

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today met with a delegation of Connecticut Department of Transportation officials who briefed him about tree safety on the Merritt Parkway.WestportNow.com Image
Today’s Westport Town Hall meeting discussed tree safety on the Merritt Parkway, including this incident on May 5 near exit 42 in Westport, which caused no injuries. A Westchester couple died in a June 9 accident, however. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo ©2007 WestportNow.com

The two-hour meeting at Town Hall followed Joseloff’s June 11 letter to Gov. M. Jodi Rell in which he urged her to examine tree safety along the parkway following the deaths of a Westchester couple whose car was hit by a falling tree near exit 42 in Westport on June 9. (See WestportNow June 11, 2007)

Rell responded that she shared his concerns and said that she has directed ConnDOT to work with the Merritt Parkway Conservancy and local officials to analyze and address the safety and integrity of the trees along the road.

Leading the ConnDOT team to Westport was Robert P. Mongillo, transportation maintenance administrator, who was accompanied by seven others, including road maintenance officials, arborists, and roadway planners.

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Westport “Well Prepared” for Bird Flu Pandemic

By Ed Kiersh

They hope it will never happen, but Westport officials are refining their plans for an Avian influenza or bird flu pandemic.WestportNow.com Image
Westport Weston Health District Director Sue Jacozzi, pictured at the District today, says Westport is constantly studying how to be a step ahead in pandemic flu preparations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com

After attending a regional meeting Thursday of police, fire, and emergency care givers at Fairfield University, Westport Weston Health District Director Susan M.Jacozzi said today the town is well prepared.

“Westport’s local plan is very good,” she said. “We have doctors advising us and we have a very good relationship with first-responders.”

Jacozzi, who has served in her post for almost two years, said, “It’s a worry that we don’t have anti-virals or a vaccine. Yet we are constantly thinking of what could happen, and trying to be a step ahead.”

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Close Shave at Compo Barber Shop

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A woman driver crashed her car into the front of the Compo Barber Shop shortly after noon today at the Compo Shopping Center on Post Road East. The force of the crash deployed the driver and passenger air bags but caused no injuries to the driver or her female passenger. Although there were employees and customers in the barber shop as well as the Maggie Moos ice cream shop next door, no one inside was injured. The crash shattered glass in the doors of the two stores but caused no major damage. The car had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Get a Car Wash and Support Westport’s Interfaith Housing

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Today is the Good Neighbor fund-raiser by Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association at Westport Wash & Wax on Post Road East at Long Lots Road. The car wash is donating 100 percent of its gross receipts today to the charity. Ross Burkhardt, a member of the IHA board of directors, was among the first customers today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 87 North Ave.

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1945 house at 87 North Ave. near Staples High School. The 1,499-square-foot house sits on a one-acre property and sold this month for $815,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Scene

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The temperature reached 89 in Westport Thursday before late afternoon rains cooled things off. Today’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies with highs in the 70s. Scene is along the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 29, 2007


8 a.m.-6 p.m. - Westport Wash & Wax - Interfaith Housing Association Fundraiser Car Wash
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception, Solos Show
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Josh Cramoy Band
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Arts Center presents cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Cherry Picking

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The fourth Thursday edition of the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse attracted crowds today despite the 90-degree heat. Picking cherries to buy was a popular attraction for visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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CL&P Details Drilling Under Saugatuck River in July

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Representatives of Connecticut Light & Power Co. detailed for reporters today how the drilling to install a new high voltage power line under the Saugatuck River in Westport will proceed beginning about July 23. Taking part in the Town Hall news conference were (l-r) Chris Swan, CL&P municipal relations manager, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Chris Courtwright, a civil and structural engineer on the project. The work will take about five months with drilling to occur about 35 feet under the river bed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Jackie Lane

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1950 house at 6 Jackie Lane off Ferry Lane East. The 833-square-foot house sits on a one-half acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Lawyer Gets 8 Months in Insurance Fraud Scheme

A federal judge in New Haven has sentenced a Westport lawyer to eight months in jail as a result of his guilty plea in an insurance fraud scheme.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Atherton Wednesday sentenced Bruce J. Corrigan, 58, a personal injury lawyer who has offices at 1853 Post Road East and lives in Fairfield, to eight months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

She also ordered him to pay a fine of $10,000, as well as make $6,258 restitution to MetLife. The restitution represented the court costs and fee Corrigan took out of an $18,500 settlement he negotiated for an undercover FBI agent.

Corrigan, who pleaded guilty in January, encouraged the agent to obtain a false loss of earnings statement from a friend who ran a landscaping business. (See WestportNow Jan. 4, 2007)

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Bill Glass: Keeping the Westport Horsey Set in Line

By Ed Kiersh

Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club hosts the prestigious $25,000 Grand Prix show jumping event on Saturday and Bill Glass once again is the man in charge.WestportNow.com Image
Bill Glass keeps track of all aspects of the Fairfield County Hunt Club’s June benefit show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com

“He’s a virtuoso at orchestrating all the disparate parts and accommodating all the different personalities that come to Westport,” said Andre Dignelli, an internationally known trainer from Heritage Farms in Katonah, N.Y.

The high jumping contest culminates five days of equestrian competition at the private, 34-acre club’s June benefit show, which is open to the public.

Organizing such a sophisticated, large-scale event with 750 horses, more than 100 riders, dozens of corporate sponsors including Chopard and Wachovia, grooms, maintenance people and a 60-man team of groundskeepers is no easy task.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007


10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. - Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Jim Knox’s Wild Zoofari
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Harry Potter@the movies
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance/Education Committees
8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Westport Community Band

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Two Cars Collide During Heavy Rain

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Two cars collided during a heavy rain tonight at the intersection of Westport’s Prospect Road and Greens Farms Road. No injuries were reported. The second car was towed from the scene before this photo was taken. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Matlow Takes Over Helm at Westport Rotary

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Dave Matlow (2nd l), a WestportNow contributing photographer, was sworn in tonight as president of the Westport Rotary Club by Rick Benson (r) at a club clambake. He succeeds Lois Schine (l), the outgoing president. Club members Dan Long and Viveka Kjellgren look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Delays on Metro-North New Haven Line

Metro-North said its New Haven Line division was experiencing delays this afternoon following power problems in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Portions of the Upper East Side and the Bronx lost power from 3:42 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., possibly the result of a lightening strike, a Con-Ed spokesman said.

Metro-North was attempting to restore normal service out of Grand Central Terminal, a spokesman said.

The power problems were compounded by a line of heavy thunderstorms which moved through the Westchester County and southern Fairfield County area. The storms veered into Long Island Sound before approaching the Westport area.

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