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Friday, December 08, 2006

Playhouse Extends “A Christmas Carol”

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Luke Sauer of Westport plays Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol,” while in background, Nick Cordileone appears as Bob Cratchit.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Erickson photo
The Westport Country Playhouse has extended its production of “A Christmas Carol” through Saturday, Dec. 30.

Additional performances will take place on Thursday, Dec. 28 and Friday, Dec. 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 and 5:30 p.m.

The adaptation for ages 6 and up is adapted and directed by Tazewell Thompson, playhouse artistic director.  It includes more than 20 holiday songs and dancing.

Ticket prices are $25, $35 and $48.

For ticket information, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, surf to www.westportplayhouse.org or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.

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Broadhurst Submits Resignation

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Walter Broadhurst: Submitted his resignation today. WN file photo
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Wesport Police Detective Walter Broadhurst submitted his resignation today rather than appealing his termination before the Board of Selectmen.

Westport police arrested Broadhurst twice in November, and he faces charges on fifth-degree larceny, tampering with evidence, second degree forgery, two counts of sixth degree larceny and second degree criminal trespass.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said Broadhurst came to the Town Hall personnel office today to submit his resignation.

“Under the town charter, he had the right to request a hearing,” he said. “He had that opportunity, but he decided to forgo that and submit his resignation.”

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Animal Rights Demonstration Planned

Animal rights activists will be protesting at a Westport store that sells fur garments on Saturday.

Darien-based Friends of Animals will be demonstrating at 1 p.m. outside Albe Furs & Outerwear at 286 Post Road East.

A similar demonstration will take place at Macy’s at its Herald Square store in New York City at the same time.

“In the 21st century, no one needs the fur industry,” said Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals. “Respectful treatment of animals requires a commitment to cease buying or wearing all fur,” noted Feral, “both full-length and trim.”

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Brisk Walk

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Today’s 21-degree weather (with a wind chill that made it feel a lot colder) did not discourage a brisk walk at Westport’s Compo Beach this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 144 Roseville Road

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The Flood and Erosion Control Board approved the demolition of the house at 144 Roseville Road, but further commissions and Westport officials need to review the application before a demolition permit is issued. The house was built in 1947. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Brass Music Featured at Library Sunday

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The Fair Winds Brass Ensemble performs on Sunday at the Westport Public Library. Contributed photo
Fair Winds Brass Ensemble will play at the Westport Public Library on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The group features Patricia Hurley and Ellie Miller on trumpet, Marjie Callaghan on horn and Ed Chansky on trombone, and it’s performance will include Mozart, Ragtime and Sousa.

The members play with the Ridgefield Symphony and hold a residency at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

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1963 Staples Grad: How 1% of Us Control the Nation

“I hate to admit it, but I graduated from high school way back in 1963. And although that’s not special in and of itself, the differentiating factor is that it was in Westport, Conn.”

That is how W. F. Walker Johanson,  conservative author and Washington, D.C.-based managing partner of The Dumbarton Group, begins a commentary published Thursday on worldnetdaily.com.

“Now, you may not think that there was anything particularly unique about Westport, Conn., in 1963 … but you’d be wrong,” he wrote. “While my high school probably had around 1,600 students total, I happened to be in a ‘political’ social group of no more than 16 girls and guys, who were all decidedly ‘unique.’”

The columnist went on: “These high school friends – and ones just like them from progressive, suburban, upscale high schools up and down each coast – went on to become the college professors, journalists, foreign service officers (at the State Department, the CIA and elsewhere), Capitol Hill functionaries and the behind-the-scene leaders of the Democrat Party.”

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Chilly Ride

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Colder temperatures didn’t keep a cyclist away from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach at sunset on Thursday. Temperatures are supposed to become colder today with a chance of snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, Dec. 8, 2006


7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
7 p.m. - Staples High School - Candlelight Concert
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “An Inspector Calls”

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Hanukkah Events Planned

Two Hanukkah events are planned throughout December in Westport.

Hanukkah on Ice is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:30-8 p.m., and a Menorah lighting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Hanukkah on Ice will take place at the PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park and features Hanukkah gelt, music, face painting, hot chocolate and dreidels. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children and includes skates and potato pancakes.

The Menorah lighting takes place at Compo Acres Shopping Center and features potato latkes, music, hot chocolate and dreidels. The event is free.

For more information, call (203) 221-2767.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Compo Sunset

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Normally a regular scene during the summer months, people still pause and sit on the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach as winter draws near. Temperatures were in the mid-40s today, but are predicted to be cold on Friday with a slight chance of snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Smart Growth Topic of Rotary Session

Smart growth will be topic of discussion at Friday’s Westport Sunrise Rotary session.

Matthew Mandell, an open space advocate and RTM member, will speak at the breakfast session that starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Peppermill Restaurant.

Mandell is a co-director of the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund, which secured 22 acres of open space on the former F.D. Rich property.

He is also a trustee at Earthplace and represents District 1 on the RTM.

Mandell is also scheduled to appear on the “Lunch with Lisa” program at 11 a.m. on Saturday on AM 1400 WSTC and 1350 WNLK.

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Finance Board Supports Baron’s and Jesup Study

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Westport Board of Finance members said they saw the need for an engineering study at Baron’s South and Jesup Green, but some also expressed hesitancy about moving forward with any major spending that could be connected with the study’s results.

The board approved $49,500 for the engineering study during its meeting Wednesday night, and now the request moves to the Representative Town Meeting.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he has a vision of downtown that is vibrant and people-oriented, but he needs to know what can and cannot be done.

Baron’s South has hilly terrain that is not easy to build on, he said, and the senior center influences any development.

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Town Plan Session to Air this Weekend

The third meeting about the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development will air on Westport’s cable access channel this weekend.

The meeting will air on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.

The session, which took place in November at Bedford Middle School, centered on development issues.

The session can be found on cable channel 79 in Westport.

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Marina Sunset

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Colder temperatures have descended upon Westport in December, but some boats remain in the water at the marina at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006


7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”

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Finance Board Approves Longshore Lease

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The Inn and Longshore could potentially be leased to Longshore Associates of Westport for an additional 22 years.

The Board of Finance approved a 10-year extension of the lease during its meeting tonight. The Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Selectmen still need to review and approve the lease.

The lease starts in 2009 after the final two years of the current deal, and it includes two options for renewal for five years each.

Town Attorney Ira Bloom said the rent for the first year of the lease is $675,000, which is consistent with an appraisal for the property.

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Anderson Serves Final Session on Finance Board

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The Board of Finance applauds R. Gavin Anderson (r) after he received a plaque honoring him for seven years of service on the board. Tonight was Anderson’s final meeting before retiring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
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Heralded with pipes and drums, Westport Board of Finance members honored R. Gavin Anderson during his final meeting on the board tonight.

After seven years on the Board of Finance, Anderson, a Republican, is retiring from the position in order to spend more time with his wife, Kendall, with one year remaining on his term.

“In the years we have been colleagues, there has never been a time where you didn’t work harder than any of us on behalf of the town,” said Jeffrey Mayer, finance board chairman.

Charlie Haberstroh, one of Anderson’s fellow Republicans on the board, said he has learned a lot from Anderson and has always been struck by his principles, love for debate, sense of fairness and his ability to listen.

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Speaking on Celebrity Eating Disorders

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Westporter Gary Stromberg, author of “Feeding the Fame,” spoke at the Westport Public Library tonight about the book he penned with Jane Merrill, who is also from Westport. The book captures the stories of celebrities who have suffered eating disorders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Playing for the IHA Holiday Party

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Niles Lathrop (l) and Jack Holtze of the Coleytown Middle School Jazz Band concentrate on their saxophones during a performance for the Interfaith Housing Association’s holiday party tonight. The party took place at IHA’s Gillespie Center and Hoskins’ Place and the activities included a holiday tree lighting, menorah lighting and a visit from Santa Clause, who arrived with the Westport Fire Department. Those who attended brought food donations for the IHA’s food pantry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Holiday Fun

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There was a large turnout tonight for a holiday party hosted by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce at Commerce Bank on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Archaeology Topic of Y’s Men Session

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The Y’s Men of Westport-Weston will hear from the state archaeologist during its next session on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Nicholas F. Bellantoni, who serves as the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center at the University of Connecticut, will talk on “Adventures of the State Archaeologist: Combining Forensics and Archaeology.”

Not only will he talk about recent archaeology projects throughout the state, but will discuss his role in police investigations, forensics and burials.

The meeting takes place at Saugatuck Congregational Church, which is located at 245 Post Road East.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Sprucewood Lane

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Westport officials are considering a demolition application for the house at 8 Sprucewood Lane. The property changed hands last month for $1,175,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Seeing Red

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The Westport Center for Senior Activities was blooming with bright red hats today as the Red Hat Society of Fairfield County lunched at the center and then viewed a fashion show presented by the Dress Barn with their members as the models. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Regulation and Ordinance Differences Need Resolution

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After the Representative Town Meeting passed an ordinance governing private sewage systems, Westport officials are now left to reconcile differences between the ordinance and a Water Pollution Control Authority regulation.

The RTM voted 27-6 Tuesday night for the ordinance after making four amendments to the original proposal, including increasing how much money should be kept in an emergency fund.

The ordinance’s intent is to provide the town with financial security in case a large, private sewage system should happen to fail, and includes two accounts in case of problems.

The first account would hold money to maintain the system, and the second would be for money in case there is an emergency that causes community pollution.

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