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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rell Announces $200,000 Distracted Driving Study

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M. Jodi Rell: “We pushed to get this money.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that Connecticut has been awarded a $200,000 grant to study distracted driving.

Rell said the funds will come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

They will enable a Click It or Ticket-type prototype campaign to combat the problem of people who drive while using a cell phone, texting or are otherwise sidetracked while behind the wheel, she said.

“We pushed to get this money and we certainly will put it to good use,” Rell said in a statement.

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River Scene

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Autumn view along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, November 15, 2009


11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Fall Craft & Jewelry Show
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Henry and Mudge”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Special Event: Clips from film “Defiance” based on book by Nechama Tec
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sunday Family Matinees: “Inkheart”
2 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - Staples Players present “Guys and Dolls”
3 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - CantiamoCHOIR of Arts for the Community concert
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Introduction to Jazz”

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Arts Center Presents Introduction to Jazz on Sunday

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Jane Bloom: will demonstrate saxophone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Arts Center will present an Introduction to Jazz on Sunday at its Riverside Avenue gallery.

Prominent jazz musicians and music educators from universities throughout New England will introduce basic jazz elements within a performance and discussion format.

Many jazz styles from spirituals, swing, and ballads to blues and contemporary forms will be demonstrated at the 3 p.m. event.

The musicians/educators include Jane Ira Bloom, (saxophone, The New School); Jesse Hameen, (drums, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven); Tony Lombardozzi, (guitar, Wesleyan University); and Brian Torff (bass, Fairfield University). Tickets are $15 / $5 (18 & under)

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Staples FCIAC Championship Game Moved to Trumbull

UPDATE The Friday night Staples vs Bridgeport Central Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) varsity football championship game has been moved to Trumbull, conference officials announced today. 

It will be a return visit by Westport’s Wreckers who were 34-0 victors Friday night over Trumbull High School at Trumbull. The 7:30 p.m. championship game originally had been scheduled for Wilton High School.

FCIAC executive secretary John Kuczo announced the move to Trumbull’s McDougal Stadium. He said the FCIAC felt it could draw a bigger crowd at Trumbull, a location that is much more accessible from Westport and Bridgeport.

Wilton can hold 3,600 fans while Trumbull, which has hosted a number of state tournament games over recent years, can handle a capacity of 4,500 to 5,000. But FCIAC also felt it might lose ticket sales revenue because people could watch the game along a fence at Wilton, according to news reports.

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Westporter Heads New Connecticut Online News Project

A Westporter with broad experience in traditional and new media has been hired as chief operating officer of a new nonprofit Connecticut online news operation aimed at filling the growing void in coverage of Connecticut’s government.WestportNow.com Image
Westporter James A. Cutie (r) described The Connecticut News Project today at a Yale Law School media symposium in New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com/Yale Law School photo

James. A. Cutie, a 16-year Westport resident and in his new job two weeks, described plans for The Connecticut News Project today at a media conference at Yale Law School in New Haven.

He said the project’s mission is to “increase transparency and accountability” in Connecticut’s government.

Cutie, 58, lately has been involved in several venture capital companies. Earlier, he spent 17 years with The New York Times Company where he was president and CEO of The New York Times Information Services Group.

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Comings and Goings: Fitness Factory Opens on Post Road East

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Westport’s newest personal trainer facility, the Fitness Factory, has opene at 1200 Post Road East in the retail and office complex that is anchored by Crate & Barrel.  Owned by Westport residents Andy Berman, 36, and Marysue Teplitz, 48, the facility employs 15, including 10 personal trainers specializing in sports specific training and weight loss. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Breakfast at Oscar’s Deli

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A couple and their four-legged friend enjoy a Saturday morning breakfast today at Westport’s Oscar’s Deli on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Concert to Benefit Domestic Violence Centers

A concert Sunday at 3 p.m. at Westport Town Hall will benefit two local domestic violence centers.WestportNow.com Image
Choir performance is at Town Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The “Say it With Music” choral concert with the CantiamoCHOIR of Arts for the Community will benefit chapters of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk, whose area includes Westport, and the Center for Women and Families in Bridgeport.

Concert directors Marlane and Marti Tubridy said the performance will include “fun music from the 50s, 60s, 70s.” “When’s the last time you heard 20 plus voices singing, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade,’ ‘Hello Muddah,’ ‘ll Never Find Another You,’ ‘Silhouettes,’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,’ and more,” they said in an announcement.

The suggested ticket donation, which includes a post-concert reception, is $15; $10 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call (203)454-9023. Remaining tickets at the door.

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Curtain Call for Players “Guys and Dolls”

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The cast of the Staples Players production of “Guys and Dolls” takes a curtain call Friday night on opening night. During the curtain call, Caley Beretta, president of the Staples Players, asked the audience to hold their applause for an announcement—that Kerry Long, the associate director of the show and her husband David Roth, its director, became parents earlier in the day of a daughter, Lucy. “Guys ad Dolls” runs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. There will also be a special “stimulus performance” Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. with reduced ticket prices. More information is available on the Players Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 14, 2009


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Fall Craft & Jewelry Show
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
11 a.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: David Pogue, “The World According to Twitter”
1 p.m. - Earthplace - “Singing Leaves,” by author and naturalist John Himmelman
2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Family Program: Kids Pirates with Captain Papillion
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters and Crafts (Ages 3-10)
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Hoots and Hellmouth w/ Sidewalk Dave
7:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Troupers Light Opera Co. 2nd Annual Fall Soiree “From Venice to Broadway”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - Staples Players present “Guys and Dolls”

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Staples Advances to FCIAC Final

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UPDATE Staples senior Matt Kelly scored a second quarter touchdown in tonight’s 34-0 win over Trumbull that sent the Wreckers into the FCIAC championship game for the first time in two years. Staples, which improved to 9-0 on the season, scored 17 second-quarter points to break open an early defensive struggle. The Wreckers will meet Bridgeport Central (8-1) Friday night at Trumbull High School for the title, which they last won in 2003. The game was originally set to be played at Wilton High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for WestportNow.com

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Chamber of Commerce Unveils New Logo

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The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight unveiled its new logo at a reception attended by approximately 75 people at Rizzuto’s Wood-Fired Trattoria and Bar, at 540 Riverside Ave. Lisa Thygerson (r), president of the Chamber, said “by creating a new signature emblem, the Chamber seeks to solidify its stance as a progressive, ever-evolving organization committed to the needs of its member businesses.” With her is Richard Gordon, board president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Craft Show Under Way at Historical Society

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Show Coordinator Lisa Shufro arranges some of the holiday gift ideas on one of the many tables at the Westport Historical Society for its Third Annual Arts and Crafts Show. The Show opened tonight with 13 artisans displaying their creations and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m and on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Tough Going

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Despite today’s wind and rain, these ladies were determined to get their walk in along Westport’s Hillspoint Road near Compo Mill Cove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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