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Monday, March 05, 2007

Town Receives $5,000 Clean Energy Grant

By Jennifer Connic

Westport is among 15 communities that received a $5,000 grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to support small projects that support green energy.

Each of the communities in the state that are part of the 20 percent clean energy by 2010 program received the grant. Also receiving funding were Bloomfield, Canton, Cheshire, Chester, Essex, Hartford, Harwinton, Meriden, Plainville, Salisbury, Stamford, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Woodbridge.

Carl Leaman, Green Energy Task Force chairman, said he’s not sure how the grant will be used, but it could be used for assorted small projects.

The task force, which meets Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall, will begin discussing the matter during its upcoming meeting, he said.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Minard Drive

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 5 Minard Drive, which is in the Saugatuck Shores area. The 1953 house changed hands last June for $812,500. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sherwood Shots

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Temperatures at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park approached 40 degrees on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s today, but they’re expected to dip quickly into the 20s by mid-week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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March 5, 2007


5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 321 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Work Session for Town Plan of Conservation &
Development
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: Spotlight on Bridgeport Schools
8 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 301 - Board of Education (live coverage cable 78)

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Accident Ties Up Parkway Traffic

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An early evening accident tied up traffic today on the Merritt Parkway between exits 40 and 41 in Westport. The accident just after 5 p.m. involved a van that left the northbound lanes and hit a tree, resulting in injuries. Westport fire and EMS were among emergency services which responded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Arctic Cold Front to Bring Bitter Cold This Week

An Arctic cold front will move through Westport and the tri-state area late Monday afternoon followed by possible record breaking cold Monday night into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said today.

Winds both ahead of and behind the front will be very strong with gusts up to 40 mph from Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning, an advisory said.

These strong winds combined with bitterly cold temperatures will produce wind chill values 5 to 10 degrees below zero with wind chills approaching 15 below possible across the interior lower Hudson Valley and interior portions of southeastern Connecticut from late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

In addition, scattered snow showers will be possible during the evening hours on Monday, especially to the north and west of New York City, the advisory said.

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Sunday Afternoon Jazz

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There was a full house at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities for today’s performance by the Galvanized Jazz Band, recently recognized as the “Best Jazz Band in the State” by Connecticut Magazine. The event was part of the Sunday Indoor Music Series made possible by a grant from Mimi Levitt and the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for WestportNow.com

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Library Event Focuses on Bridgeport Schools

The Westport Public Library will host a “community conversation” Monday at 7:30 p.m. that focuses on Bridgeport’s school system. It is free and open to the public.WestportNow.com Image
Harold Levine: Westporter will moderate discussion. Contributed photo

“Spotlight on Bridgeport Schools—Why Should We Care?” is sponsored by the Smilow Family in conjunction with the Greater Area Bridgeport Foundation, the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the League of Women Voters of Westport, and the Westport-Weston Clergy Association.

Panelists include Dr. John Ramos, superintendent of Bridgeport Schools; Peter Hurst, president of Community’s Bank in Bridgeport; and Marilyn Ondrasik, executive director of the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition.

The discussion will be moderated by Westporter Harold Levine, co-chair of the Music and Art Center for Humanity in Bridgeport and a member of the Library’s Advisory Council.

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Spinning for Breast Cancer Research

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Many Westporters participated today in SpinOdyssey 2007 at the Fitness and Tennis Club on Westport Avenue in Norwalk, including a large contingent from the Westport Weston Family Y. Almost 500 persons signed up for the event which raised a total of $460,270 for American Cancer Society breast cancer research. Now in its eighth year, SpinOdyssey also raised an additional $14,000 plus for the Whittingham Cancer Center in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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NY Grand Opera Company Performs at Town Hall

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The New York Grand Opera Company performed in a benefit concert Saturday night at Westport Town Hall and among the featured performers was Westport’s Lucia Palmieri (4th l.), a soprano. Vincent La Selva (2nd l.), conductor and artistic director, introduced the selections of arias, duets, and ensemble pieces from the world’s most loved operas. The program will be repeated at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Thursday. Pictured are (l-r) pianist Michael Pilafian, La Selva,  mezzo-soprano Valeria Girardi, Palmieri, soprano Joanna McIntire, and tenor Jose Antonio Ponce Mendez. A video of Palmieri’s performance is available on YouTube. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Rockin’ at Toquet Hall

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Saturday night’s sold out show at Westport’s Toquet Hall teen center featured performances by Atlantic records recording artists Tally Hall (above) with A Sight For Sore Eyes, The Knockouts, Brighton and Ivydrive. Tally Hall, formed in December 2002, is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 4, 2007


1 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - The Galvanized Jazz Band
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Periscope Film Series: “Thelma and Louise”

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Jazz Band to Play Senior Center

The Galvanized Jazz Band will perform at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities’ music series.

Doors open at 1 p.m. with refreshments being served at 1:30 p.m.

The band was named “Best Jazz Band in the State” by Connecticut Magazine, and it features a dynamic group of Connecticut musicians devoted to the energetic performance of hot Dixieland, New Orleans jazz, blues and rags.

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave.  Call (203) 341-5099 for more information.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Beach Walk

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Today’s sunshine and mild temperatures in the 50s brought out many two-legged and four-legged visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westporter Named White House Fellow Regional Finalist

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Darin McKeever: 1992 Staples grad helps D.C. youngsters. File photo
The White House has named Westport native Darin M. McKeever, a 1992 Staples High School graduate, one of 107 regional finalists for the White House Fellows Program, the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service.

McKeever, 32, is co-founder and executive director of Heads Up Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides after-school and summer programs for elementary school children in the most underserved neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., where he lives.

A White House announcement said this year’s regional finalists come from 29 states, as well as the District of Columbia. McKeever is one of four who listed a hometown in Connecticut.

During March and April, the finalists participate in a rigorous interview process that will result in approximately 30 candidates being named national finalists.

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Near & Far Gala Draws Crowd

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Mitchells of Westport Friday night hosted the 13th annual Near & Far Spring Gala which raised money for Southport-based The Near & Far Aid Association, Inc.. The all-volunteer group serves primarily Fairfield County residents in need, including the homeless, the elderly, abused children and families at risk (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Runway Fashions

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The latest fashions were on display Friday night as Mitchells of Westport hosted the 13th annual Near & Far Spring Gala. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Honoring Westport Artist Hardie Gramatky

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The Westport Public Libray Friday night held an opening reception to mark the opening of its exhibit of works by the late Westport artist Hardie Gramatky. The exhibit in the Great Hall runs through April 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Proud Daughter

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Linda Gramatky Smith, daughter of the late Westport artist Hardie Gramatky, poses in front of one of her father’s rare oil paitings, East Side Brewery done in 1933. The Westport Public Library Friday night hosted a reception to mark the opening of its exhibit of Gramatky works which features his watercolors.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Moon Rise

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After heavy rains brought flooding into Westport on Friday, it pushed out and brought the sun and later the moon, including at Burying Hill Beach. Temperatures are expected to reach 50 today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Miller for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, March 3, 2007


1-4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Game Day
1-1:30 p.m. - Various Locations - Westport Reads: Cellos Around Westport
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - New York City Grand Opera Company

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Catching Too Much Air

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Rains moved out of Westport by early afternoon today, but it was still windy enough to bring kite surfers to Compo Beach. One surfer was seperated from his board after one large gust of wind. Temperatures stayed warm today and are expected to approach 50 on Saturday although there is a slight chance of precipitation in the forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Guthman for WestportNow.com

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Celebrating 50 Years of “The Cat in the Hat”

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Children’s Librarian Deborah White (l) and Bonnie Ammer (r) from Random House Publishers read “The Cat in the Hat” at the Westport Public Library today as part of the Read Across America festivities. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Dr. Seuss’ book, and the annual Read Across America event celebrates the anniversary while promoting literacy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Suffers Flooding with Heavy Rains

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Myrtle Avenue was among the many roads that suffered flooding with today’s early heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The sun was shining and roads were clear this afternoon leaving no indication of the widespread flooding that swept through Westport’s streets this morning.

Nearly 3 inches of rain fell in Westport this morning, which led to many streets and yards throughout town to be flooded.

Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon, public information officer, said the flooding was so extensive that there were not enough police officers to get to all of the areas in town that experienced flooding.

Included in the areas that were flooded were Myrtle Avenue, South Compo Road, Main Street at Canal Road, Green’s Farms Road at Center Street, Cross Highway and Pumpkin Hill, he said.

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Teens Arrested at Staples on Drug Charges

By Jennifer Connic and Mike Schneider

Seven teenagers were arrested at Westport’s Staples High School Thursday afternoon on drug charges, police said today.

One of the teens is a Bridgeport resident, and the remaining six are all Westport residents. Six are under 18, which means their names are not released to the press per state statute.

Three are between 16 and 18 and will face charges as adults in Norwalk Superior Court. Three others are under 16, which means their records are sealed and they will go to juvenile court.

Police did say Patrick Toole III, 18, of Westport, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession or marijuana. Toole, a senior and a captain of the Staples wrestling team, was released on a written promise to appear in court.

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