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Thursday, December 13, 2007

No Snow Cone Business in Snow

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The Carvel ice cream store on Westport’s Post Road East was not doing much snow cone business today as snow began blanketing the area shortly before noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Slow Go on Main Street

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It was slow going on Westport’s Main Street and other roadways today as the first significant snowfall of the season hit the area. Forecasters said another storm over the weekend could bring even more snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Main Street Snow Clearing

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The snow blowers were out on Westport’s Main Street today as the snow began covering Westport and much of Connecticut. Forecasters said Westport could get 3 to 5 inches before the storm is over. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Playhouse Cancels Tonight’s Performance

The Westport Country Playhouse has canceled tonight’ performance of “A Christmas Carol” due to weather conditions. 

An announcement said anyone who has tickets for the 7 p.m. performance may call the Playhouse on Friday to exchange to another date. 

Performances continue through Dec. 29. The Box office numbers are (203) 227-4177 or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

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Staples Cheerleaders Donate to AmeriCares

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The Staples High School cheerleaders donated gifts for teenage girls to AmeriCares, the Stamford-based international relief organization. Pictured are (l-r) front row: Qishti Jenkins, Allie Zisfein, Margaux Sarin, Emily Klotz, Neva Sanfilippo; second row: Kate Warren, Holly Stewart, Sarah Aftab, Julia Backon, Stef Altschuler, Caitlin Kane; standing: Linsday Nelson and Maddie Hawks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Senior Center Closed; Meals Delivered as Usual

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is closed today because of the weather, a spokeswoman said.

However, the home-delivered meals program will operate on a regular schedule. 

The staff is in and can be contacted at (203)341-5099 should a need arise, she said.

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New Haven Line Service Disrupted

UPDATE Metro-North said today that full service has been restored after a train pulled down overhead wires at Bridgeport, snarling service on its New Haven Line.

It said residual delays of one hour may continue on the line, however. Service had been disrupted from New Haven to South Norwalk.

The incident occurred about 6:15 a.m., shutting down service in both directions, but one track was reopened after 7 a.m.

The problems came as many New York-bound commuters decided to take the train instead of driving because of today’s forecast snow storm.

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Westport Schools Closed

Westport public schools are closed today because of the predicted snow storm.

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WestportNow Before and After: 1 Darbrook Road

WestportNow presents another in its new series of before and after looks at transformed Westport properties. The 1951-built house at 56 Compo Road North, now known as 1 Darbrook Road, was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 24, 2005. Purchased for $1 million by developer John Dumke, the house was demolished on June 22, 2005. The new house on the 1.25-acre lot changed hands in December 2006 for $2,947,500. Dumke, who prefers to restore rather than demolish, photographed the demolition. Click on the photos or arrows to see the transformation. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Seven Geese A-Strolling

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The recent weather seemed to be ideal for a walk along the shore near the seawall off Westport’s Owenoke Park on Compo Beach Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 13, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
7 p.m. – Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol” Canceled
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Kids Family Film Classics: “Black Beauty” (106 minutes)

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Actor Scott Bryce Honors His Dad With Christmas Lights

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Westport actor Scott Bryce put up some Christmas lights today in a small apple tree in his yard in honor of his father, the late Ed Bryce, also an actor. Ed Bryce, married to actress Dorothy Bryce, always rooted for the underdog, and while some people may have cut down the little tree long ago, Ed Bryce pretty much adopted it and decorated it each year, according to his son. Scott Bryce, currently appearing on the daytime soap “As the World Turns,” said that family members have long referred to it as “Ed’s Tree.” He said the family never knew until this year exactly what their little “Charlie Brown” tree was. This year, for the first time, the tree bore fruit—small apples that are still on the tree, looking like ornaments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Rell Names Westporter Interim DOT Commissioner

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced the retirement of Department of Transportation Commissioner Ralph J. Carpenter and the appointment of Westporter Emil H. Frankel, a former commissioner, as his interim replacement.WestportNow.com Image
Emil H. Frankel: back in old job. File photo

Rell said a national search will be conducted to replace Carpenter, 54, who has 30 years of state service, including 25 years in the state police and the Department of Motor Vehicles before taking over his current position in August 2006.

She thanked Carpenter for his work and praised Frankel, a former Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy to President Bush, for agreeing to serve on an interim basis.  Frankel, 67, was Connecticut DOT commissioner from 1991 to 1995 under Gov. Lowell P. Weicker.

Rell’s change of commissioners came as her Commission on Reform of the DOT prepares to deliver its final recommendations. Already there have been sweeping changes of the department over the past year amid criticism of its operations and leadership.

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Construction Crew Hits Post Road West Gas Main

A construction crew working on the Connecticut Light and Power Company high voltage line severed a gas main tonight on Westport’s Post Road West near Sylvan Lane, police said.

Police shut down parts of the the busy road for about half a hour as fire department units and gas company workers responded to the scene after the break was reported shortly before 7 p.m.

Initial reports said a 1.5-inch line had been severed by the crews who have been working on portions of the Post Road in Westport and neighboring communities for more than a year.

The crews were rushing to complete their efforts before a Thursday deadline that suspends project work on state roadways during the winter months until March.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Best Selling Novelist Amy Bloom Enthralls Library Audience

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Amy Bloom, author of The New York Times best selling novel “Away,” was the featured speaker today at an author talk at the Westport Public Library. She read a chapter of her book to an enraptured audience, and then answered questions about the book and her writing career. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. today issued a winter storm warning for Westport and portions of the tri-state area in effect from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

Snow is expected to develop from southwest to northeast across southern portions of the lower Hudson Valley, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut Thursday morning, an advisory said.

Periods of moderate to heavy snow are then expected through Thursday afternoon,  possibly mixing with sleet at times in the late afternoon and early evening. The precipitation is expected to taper off Thursday evening, possibly ending as a mixture of snow and sleet nearer to the coast.

Total accumulations will generally range from 6 to 8 inches away from the coast. Locations closer to the coast will experience a mixture of sleet which will limit accumulations to 4 to 6 inches.

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Winter Storm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter storm watch for Westport and portions of the tri-state area which is in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening.

Snow is expected to develop from southwest to northeast across the watch area Thursday morning, an advisory said.

Periods of moderate to heavy snow are then expected across the entire watch area Thursday afternoon with sleet possibly mixing in at times along coastal Connecticut and southern portions of the lower Hudson Valley and interior northeast New Jersey.

The precipitation is expected to taper off Thursday evening, possibly ending as a mixture of snow and sleet nearer to the coast and New York City.

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Four and Twenty Blackbirds

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Birds of a feather really do flock together as seen Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach when a flock of blackbirds filled the sky performing aerial twists and turns up and down the shore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Affordable Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Amy Bloom on “Away”
2:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center for Activities – Policy & Planning Board
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Westport Man Pleads Guilty in Health Fraud Scheme

A Westport man pleaded guilty in federal court in New Haven today to defrauding insurance companies of $171,000 in connection with businesses he operated in Norwalk, prosecutors said.

Igal Staw, 69, of Stony Brook Road, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud before Senior U.S Judge Peter C. Dorsey, according to U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor.

According to documents filed with the court and statements made in court, Staw owned and operated two medical practices, Respiratory Associates and Health Extenders, located on East Avenue in Norwalk.

From June 1, 2004 through June 1, 2006, Staw submitted claims to insurance companies for physical therapy sessions, nutritional counseling sessions, and massage therapy sessions rendered at his medical practices, prosecutors said.

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Westport Property Transfers Nov. 26-30, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 26-30, 2007:

Frank T. and Phyllis R. Pennino to Matthew L. Porio, 69 Partrick Road, $750,000WN property.jpg

Nora M. Meehan to Mattera Construction, 3 Sprucewood Lane, $1,175,000

Douglas I. Melson to Miriam Shaked, 6 Terra Nova Circle, $1,200,000

Mary Louise Zeppenfeld Rev. Trust to Carlos F. DeLasa, 1 Raymond Place, $735,200

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Pink at the Rink

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A visitor to the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park is clad in pink as she enjoys an afternoon of skating.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Shaw’s Plaza (605 Post Road East) - Westport Weston Health District Flu Clinic
10:30 a.m. - noon - Stop and Shop (1790 post Road East) - Westport Weston Health District Flu Clinic
6:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Movie Line: “The Namesake” (PG13, 122 minutes)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Track Problem at Green’s Farms Causing Train Delays

Metro-North said today that a “track problem” in the vicinity of the Green’s Farms station will cause 5 10 minute delays during tonight’s rush hour.

The railroad did not specify the problem but said that crews were on the scene making repairs and that it expected it to be fixed in time for Tuesday morning’s rush hour.

“New Haven Line customers can expect 5 to 10 minute delays during this evening’s PM-peak service because of a track problem in the vicinity of Green’s Farms,” an advisory said.

The Green’s Farms station was the scene of a fatality on Saturday when a 59-year-old Westport woman was struck by a train. (See WestportNow Dec. 8, 2007)

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WestportNow Before and After: 28 Evergreen Parkway

WestportNow presents another in its new series of before and after looks at transformed Westport properties. The 1948-built house at 28 Evergreen Parkway in the Compo Road North area was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 31, 2006. The house, situated on a 0.32-acre property sold for $795,750 and was demolished on May 19, 2006. Currently unoccupied, the 4,400-square foot house is listed for sale for $1,950,000. Click on the photos or arrows to see the transformation. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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