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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Westporter, 11, Makes Film Debut on Valentine’s Day

Westporter Ryder Chasin, 11, is looking forward to Valentine’s Day, but not because he has a special love. That’s when the sixth grader at Coleytown Middle School makes his film debut.WestportNow.com Image
Ryder Chasin: sixth grader at Coleytown Middle School. Contributed photo

Ryder has a role in “Definitely, Maybe,” a Universal Studios release opening nationwide Feb. 14. The romantic comedy stars Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine,”), Ryan Reynolds (“Smokin’ Aces”), and Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”).

Ryder, who enjoys beat boxing, baseball and playing double bass with the Coleytown Jazz Band, has been acting in local theater groups and camps, including Westport’s Center Stage Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Norwalk’s Crystal Theatre, and Stamford’s Curtain Call Theatre, among others.

“At first, I was supposed to be just an extra,” he said. “But the director (Adam Brooks) asked me to improvise on set. After that first day of shooting, they called me back and asked me to do a line in the script that the director wrote especially for me.”

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Registration Underway for Special Olympics March 8 Plunge

Online registration is now open for the annual Westport Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. WestportNow.com Image
A group of Staples High School students was among plungers at last year’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux/WN file photo

The event will be held on Saturday, March 8 at Compo Beach. On-site check-in will begin at noon and the plunge will take place at 2 p.m.

To register for the plunge, go to the plunge Web site. Or, request a registration packet, find out more about the event and get involved as a sponsor, by calling (203)380-9990, ext. 604 or e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Sponsorship packages at various levels provide individuals and businesses the opportunity to show their support in memorable ways.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Scooter Patrol

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Today was an ideal day for riding scooters at Westport’s Compo Beach. Sunday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s with snow developing at night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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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 Sunday evening through Monday morning.

Snow is expected to begin Sunday evening and increase in intensity Sunday night. The snow may be heavy at times late Sunday night into early Monday before tapering off Monday afternoon.

There is the potential for 6 to 12 inches of snowfall by the time the snow ends. There is still some uncertainty as to the snow amounts depending on the track the storm takes.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

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Kite Surfing at Compo

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Noah Sexton attends New York Law School in Tribecca in Manhattan and lives in New Rochelle. He often comes to Westport to go kite surfing with his friends. With classes resuming on Monday, he couldn’t think of a better thing to do on his last day of winter break on Friday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Compo Sunset

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Friday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach was especially spectacular, coming after a day of heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Getting Their Exercise

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Westporters Diane Bowman (l), with Bailey, a 5-year-old Wheaton Terrier, and Ann Lloyd, with Barclay, a 1-year-old Cocker Spaniel rescue dog, take their dogs for a walk in the area of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, January 12, 2008


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
2 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Music Theatre of Connecticut School of the Performing Arts: “Doctor Dolittle”
2 p.m. - Weston Public Library - “Years in the Making”: screening of a documentary project about artists 70+ years old living and working in Westport and Weston
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Bo Burnham w/ Epic Walrus

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Foggy

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A heavy fog persisted until mid-day today throughout Westport. This was the scene on Sturges Highway by Meeker Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: 258 Hillspoint Road

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The house at 258 Hillspoint Road was demolished today. The 2,271-square-foot, one-story, raised ranch house was built in 1966 and is located on a .98-acre waterview property that changed hands in January 2007 for $4 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov.20, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Plenty of Waterworks

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An aptly named truck makes its way through some water at Westport’s Main and Canal Streets today as heavy rains pelted the area during the day. Westport recorded about 1 inch of rain from the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Budget Talk by Board of Ed

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Westport’s Board of Education held a budget workshop session today in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library. About 30 persons attended the session, including members of the Board of Finance, Representative Town Meeting and the public. Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon (in front of U.S. flag) has submitted a budget increase request of 7.3 percent for the next fiscal year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Longtime Westporter Alice Vornkahl Dies at 102

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Alice B. Vornkahl, a Westport resident since 1926, died Tuesday at the Cambridge Manor in Fairfield. She was 102. Vornkahl, whose husband, Henry, died in 1985, worked in the Westport school system for many years as a cafeteria aide. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross and was active in the Westport Center for Senior Activities. She is shown celebrating her 100th birthday two years ago. See full obituary on the WestportNow obituary page.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunrise Rotary Hears of Connecticut’s Educational Inequality

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The head of a Connecticut nonprofit group seeking to improve the state’s public schools told members of Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club today that Connecticut faces a crisis of educational inequality. Alex Johnston, executive director of New Haven-based ConnCAN, short for Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, said the state has the largest achievement gap in America. On average, Connecticut’s low income students are three years behind middle and high income students in reading, writing and math, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Scene

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Thursday’s unofficial high in Westport was in the upper 40s, but that did not stop some people from taking a late afternoon stroll at Compo Beach. Today’s forecast calls for occasional showers with a chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Highs in the mid 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, January 11, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Board of Education budget work session
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening reception for exhibition “Repositioning the Landscape”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night
7:30 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Music Theatre of Connecticut School of the Performing Arts: “Doctor Dolittle”

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Good Sniffing

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Westport’s Compo Beach offers something for all its visitors as this pair found out Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Learning the Rules

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A delegation of Westport legislators and Town Clerk Patricia Strauss (3rd l.) traveled to New Britain today to participate in a workshop on Robert’s Rules of Order, the widely used rules of parliamentary procedure, offered by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. The seven members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) taking part were (seated, l-r): Barbara Levy, Ann Marie Flynn, (Strauss), Eileen Flug, and Peter Chelico; (standing l-r): Deputy Moderator Jonathan Steinberg, Linda Bruce, and Moderator Hadley Rose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

East Norwalk Fatality Disrupts Westport Train Service

UPDATE A man jumped in front of a New Haven-bound train today at the East Norwalk station and the resulting fatality disrupted New York-bound train service to nearby stations, including Westport.

Metro-North said the incident at about 2 p.m. affected train service between Fairfield and Norwalk. Normal train service was restored by about 4:30 p.m., the railroad said.

Passengers said announcements were made on the eastbound 2:07 p.m. train from New York that there was “a fatality” in East Norwalk involving a prior train. 

Trains were stopped in South Norwalk awaiting completion of the investigation.

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Westport Property Transfers Dec. 17-21, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 17-21, 2007:

Dennis Fortino to David Ellis and Marcia Repinski, 18 Silver Brook Road, $1,750,000WN property.jpg

Nancy Edgar Fales to FAE Holdings 398201R LLC, 132 Beachside Ave. Unit 307, $10,400,000

Howard J. Aibel to Carl Glickman, 314 Lansdowne, $835,000

Eileen L. Glickman to Ty and Doryn Wallach, 9 Roosevelt Road, $1,702,000

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Supports Youth Film Festival

If you always wanted to have breakfast at Tiffany’s, put Sunday, Feb. 10 on your calendar.

On that date at 10 a.m., the Westport store of Tiffany & Co. will host a champagne breakfast in support of the Westport Art Center’s Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF).

Local high school musicians Damian Wiseman and Richard Kwan will set the mood as Team WYFF’s own “Holly Golightlys” model Tiffany jewels. 

Attendees will be eligible to win one of four jewelry prizes provided by Tiffany & Co., to be given away during the breakfast.

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Greens Farms Road Closure

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Due to work on a power line, Greens Farms Road from Center Street to the Sherwood Island Connector was closed today. The work, which began on Monday, is expected to be completed by the end of the week, according to officials on site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Driver Escapes Injury in I-95 Rollover

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A driver escaped serious injury today when his car bumped against the tire of a tractor-trailer in the southbound lane of I-95 near Exit 18 in Westport and rolled over. The man, from the Waterbury area, was able to remove himself from the car unassisted and refused medical treatment. There were no passengers in his vehicle, which was towed from the scene. Some damage was seen on the tire of the tractor-trailer, according to Assistant Chief Bill Dingee of the Westport Fire Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Up in the Air

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A youngster gets a boost at Westport’s Compo Beach playground Wednesday as temperatures once again were more summer-like than winter. The unofficial high in Westport was 63. Today’s forecast calls for highs in the low 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, January 10, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Conservation Commission
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Game Time! for Grades 4 & 5
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Kids Family Film Classics: “Pinocchio” (1940)
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Committee Chairs’ Meeting

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