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Monday, December 11, 2006

Officials Investing in Historical Property Preservation

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Westport officials are planning to invest in restoring the Emily McLaury House, which is located on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Avery Place. The house would be rented to a municipal employee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

Westport officials are seeking funds to renew a staff position to help preserve historical properties in the community as well as to restore an historical property owned by the town.

The Board of Finance last week approved adding a new staff position for the second half of the fiscal year for approximately $24,000 to assist the Historic District Commission. It also approved approximately $268,000 for the restoration of the Emily McLaury House, which is located at 99 Myrtle Ave.

Both items will head to the Representative Town Meeting for final approval in January.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said town officials have tried to sell the Emily McLaury House—which was designated as a local historical property in December 2005—four times, and it has become more expensive to fix.

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Sunday Music at the Library

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Ellie Miller of the Fairwinds Brass Ensemble shows her piccolo trumpet to the audience during a performance at the Westport Public Library today. Westporter Ed Chansky (r) plays trombone for the group and narrates the performance. The performance included Mozart, Ragtime and Sousa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Brush Fire Slows Rail, I-95 Traffic

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A large brush fire late today adjacent to the Metro-North rail tracks and I-95 between exits 17 and 18 in Westport slowed rail and highway traffic. The Westport Fire Department said a large tree limb fell across the railroad tracks, touching off the fire. Wilton supplied a tanker truck for water supply to aid Westport firefighters. It took about 30 minutes to control the blaze which covered about one-third of an acre near the Hale’s Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Deirdre Abbotts for WestportNow.com

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Holiday Music Featured at Senior Center

Holiday music from various Staples musical groups will be performed at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Sunday, Dec. 17.

The Friends of the Center for Senior Activities will present “Staples Holiday Talent Review” featuring students from Staples High School.

The doors for the free show open at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call (203) 341-5099.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Greetings from Santa

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Santa Claus and his helpers were on Main Street again on Saturday. It was the final of three weekends when Santa was to appear in a program sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006


2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Holiday Concert
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - music@the library: Fairwinds Brass Ensemble
5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”

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Staples Presents Annual Candlelight Concert

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Alice Lipson conducted the A Cappella Choir during tonight’s Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School. The various Staples choral groups, orchestras and bands participated in three concerts this weekend as part of the annual “gift to the community.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Sing We Noel

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A member of the Staples choir (l) and the freshman chorus sing the traditiional processional “Sing We Noel” tonight that marks the start of the Staples annual Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Gift (W)Rapping

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Staples choir members rap about the holidays in their medley number “A Holiday to Remember” during tonight’s Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Candlelight Hug

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Choral Director Alice Lipson gets a big thank you hug from Megan Watt during tonight’s Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Singing Reindeer

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Tonight’s Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School included the traditional production number involving Santa and his reindeer helpers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Maybe He Thinks He’s Rudolph

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Part of the holiday ambiance today on Westport’s Compo Road South was this visitor who ambled across the roadway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Police Toy Drive Underway

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Westport Police Chief Al Fiore offers a candy cane thank you to a young donor who contributed to the Westport police toy drive today at Toys “R” Us on Post Road East. The drive, which continues Sunday as well as next weekend, is part of the annual WICC Holiday Fund for Children campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Group Targets Westport and NYC Stores

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Today’s demonstration outside of Albe Furs and Outerwear on Westport’s Post Road East was one of two sponsored by Friends of Animals urging holiday shoppers not to buy furs. The other protest was outside of Macy’s Herald Square store in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Supporting Animal Rights

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More than a dozen persons opposed to wearing furs demonstrated today outside Albe Furs and Outerwear on Post Road East across from the Westport Country Playhouse. The Darien-based Friends of Animals sponsored the protest to urge people not to buy furs this holiday season. There were no reported problems. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Holiday Rides Available on Main Street

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Visitors to Westport’s Main Street can take a free holiday wagon ride today and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. courtesy of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association and the Loon Meadow Farm. Steve Podhajecki (l) of Norfork, Conn., is the owner of the Percherom horses named Doc (l) and Sam. They are 15 years old and this is their first year in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Party Time

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Members of the Westport Kiwanis Club, the Staples Key Club, and the Clasp Recreation group enjoyed a holiday party today. The 20th annual event was hosted by the Westport Family Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mickey Herbst for WestportNow.com

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Friends of Animals Plans Westport Protest Today

Darien-based Friends of Animals plans a Westport protest today aimed at telling holiday shoppers “to be true to the season’s joyous spirit by avoiding any garments with fur.”

The demonstration is planned for 1 p.m. outside of Albe Furs and Outerwear, 288 Post Road East, across from the Westport Country Playhouse, the organization said in a news release.

It said the “peaceful vigil” will coincide with a similar demonstration at Macy’s Herald Square store in Manhattan which the group said has the largest fur vault in New York City.

The release said Friends of Animals, which described itself as a 200,000-member international animal advocacy organization, will join a local group, Animal Rights Front, in organizing the protest.

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Reflections

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A view across the Saugatuck River in Westport Friday of the Westport Arts Center building.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006


10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Toys “R” Us, 1850 Post Road East - Westport police holiday toy drive
1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Candlelight Concert
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “An Inspector Calls”

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Westporter Sentenced in Federal Drug Case

A Westporter was sentenced today in Bridgeport federal court to a year in prison for his role in a marijuana trafficking ring.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: police converge on 132 Greens Farms Road on March 2, 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo

Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas sentenced Ronnie Navarro, 48, formerly of Greens Farms Road, to 12 months and one day in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

In May, he pled guilty following an indictment that charged him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana.

The charges stem from a court-authorized wiretap investigation dating back to November 2004, and on March 2, 2005, members of the FBI-Bridgeport Violent Crimes Safe Streets Task Force executed arrest warrants charging Navarro and others with marijuana trafficking (See WestportNow March 2, 2005).

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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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