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Friday, Aug. 18, 2006


8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Benefit: Dickey Betts & Great Southern

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Sail Watching

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A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach watches from the jetty as a sail boat returns to Ned Dimes Marina. Westporters have been enjoying warm weather but with low humidity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Town Clerk Certifying Lieberman Petitions

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Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss and her staff are certifying almost 60 petition pages for candidates for the fall election, including incumbent U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.WestportNow.com Image
Patricia Strauss: checking names. WN photo

Lieberman lost a primary earlier this month for the Democratic nomination to run for another term, but plans to run as an independent candidate. In order for anyone to run for an office as an independent or minority party candidate, the potential candidate must file signed petition pages to either the Secretary of the State or the local town clerk.

Strauss said not all of the pages are for Lieberman’s candidacy, but also for several other offices including governor and U.S. representative.

Each of the 58 pages she received from the state Secretary of the State’s office has space for 30-40 signatures, she said, but not every line was filled.

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One Injured in I-95 Crash, Fire

One person was injured today and taken to Norwalk Hospital after a car accident that caused a fire on I-95 between Norwalk’s exit 16 and Westport’s exit 17 in the southbound lanes, fire officials said.

State police closed the highway for less than a hour while Westport and Norwalk firefighters extinguished the fire. Firefighters responded to the scene at about 1:25 p.m. and were at the scene until about 2:20 p.m.

Westport Fire Department officials said there were four vehicles involved in the accident, and one was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene.

The person injured in the accident had been pulled from the vehicle by several people at the scene before it burst into flames, they said.

Westport and Norwalk EMS tended to the patient before he was taken to Norwalk Hospital for further observation.

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Wireless Internet Available at Senior Center

Wireless, high-speed Internet access is now available at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.WestportNow.com Image
Gordon Joseloff: “improving technology is a priority.” Contributed photo

“Adding Wi-Fi to the Senior Center will enable seniors to easily learn about—and access—the Internet,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said. “Computer lessons are offered at the center, and a number of seniors bring their own laptops. The need was there.”

It is the third municipal building with wireless access. The Westport Public Library has had Wi-Fi for some time, and town workers installed a network at Town Hall earlier this year.
“One of my priorities upon taking office last November was to upgrade the town’s technology infrastructure,” Joseloff said. “Introduction of Wi-Fi Internet access to town facilities is an important component.”

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Program Aids Families for Back to School

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Not every Westport family can afford to outfit their children with all the things they need to go back to school, but workers in the Department of Human Services are making sure they have all they need.WestportNow.com Image
Seniors on the Staples football team show off some of the school supplies they purchased for distribution to families registered with the Westport Department of Human Services. See photo caption on Community page for IDs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

Families, all of whom are clients of the department, are invited to visit Toquet Hall this week to pick out backpacks and school supplies, and for the first time this year there are even new clothes.

Patty Haberstroh, who oversees the program, said there are 175 families who are invited, and they call to make an appointment to visit.

“We are booked solid through Friday,” she said.

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Farmers Market Continues to Draw Crowds

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It was another busy session today at the Westport Farmers Market in the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot. The weekly Thursday event runs through October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Scene

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A photographer found Westport’s Compo Beach the perfect backdrop for a portrait session.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: 391 Greens Farms Road

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The house at 391 Greens Farms Road, Westport, built in 1950, came down today. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 22, 2006, and changed hands this month for $1,690,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 7-11, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 7-11, 2006:

Lawrence and Karen Ellman to Parks Harris and Elizabeth Jayne Morris Jr., 56 Sylvan Road North, $2,040,000WN property.jpg

Ellery Holdings LLC to Christian C. and Tracy R. Harris, 16 Ellery Lane, $2,730,000

Norwest Homes LLC to Eric Nadler and Suzanne Shapiro, 8 Hogan Trail, $1,720,000

John P. and April Maguire to Lawrence and Karen Ellman, 68 Coleytown Road, $3,450,000

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Sunset Fishing

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A group of children fish off the jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach at sunset on Wednesday. A cooler evening brough many people to the beach Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - film@the library: “Billy Elliot”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Anthony di Bonaventura, Pianist
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”

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CERT Holding Training Sessions

Westport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold an emergency preparedness class for Fairfield County residents during October.

CERT volunteers are trained in a variety of emergency topics including first aid, CPR, fire control, hazardous materials, search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization and terrorism to assist police, fire, EMS and Red Cross workers during emergencies.

The class is limited to 25 people. There are a total of six classes that are held on evenings and Saturdays for a total of 20 hours.

Those interested should contact CERT at www.westportcert.org, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (203) 341.6099 or (203) 226.0780

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Arthur Miller Subject of Playhouse Symposium

The next Westport Country Playhouse Sunday Symposium will discuss “Arthur Miller: Artists’ Struggle in the Face of Repressive Government Censorship” on Sunday, Aug. 27.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Arthur Miller seen at a 2003 Westport appearance. WN photo

The symposium is part of the performance run of Miller’s play “The Archbishop’s Ceiling” at the Playhouse, and the symposium will follow the 3 p.m. performance.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Guest speakers will be Brenda Murphy, professor of English at the University of Connecticut, and Roya Hakakian, author and filmmaker.

Miller’s “The Archbishop’s Ceiling” is a 1977 drama involving three famous male writers and a female writer who was mistress and muse to all of them. They gather together in an anonymous eastern European capital under the Archbishop’s ceiling, which is possibly bugged.

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Levitt Pavilion to Hold Benefit Friday

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Dicky Betts & Great Southern headline a Levitt Pavilion benefit Friday. Contributed photo
Dickey Betts & Great Southern will perform at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts on Friday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $35, and the proceeds will benefit the pavilion and its programs.

Betts is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.

Tickets can be charged by phone by calling (203) 226-7600. A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate.

Visit levittpavilion.com for more information.

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Preservation Award Winner: 87 Post Road East

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The Westport Historic District Commission will honor David Adam Realty for the building at 87 Post Road East at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16. The commission is honoring owners of 10 Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. Formerly The Westport Bank & Trust Building, the 1924 Colonial Revival has earned its owners the award in recognition of its historically adaptive commercial re-use.  According to the Historic District Commission “the bold scale of this project and extraordinary attention to detail throughout has lead to the successful restoration of this magnificent local landmark. . .The Westport Bank & Trust project is a stellar example of how expert restoration and adaptive re-use can save our endangered buildings. . .We believe it serves as a prototype for other commercial building owners who hope to stem the erosion of our historic downtown streetscape.”  This is the 10th and final photo of a WestportNow series highlighting the winning properties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lucky Ducks

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These ducks tested their luck as they crossed Westport’s Riverside Avenue Tuesday near the Saugatuck Rowing Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gene Seidman for WestportNow.com

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CEO of Westport Resorts Firm Resigns

The chief executive of Westport-based Tanner & Haley Resorts, a destination club offering vacations to the wealthy, has resigned following a bankruptcy filing by the 62 corporate entities operating under that trade name, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper’s Web site said Rob McGrath resigned from the company Tuesday, three weeks after the bankruptcy filing. The company has its headquarters at 285 Riverside Ave.

The company’s chief restructuring officer, Holly Etlin, said in a statement e-mailed to members Tuesday that McGrath “concluded that he could best enable the company he founded to successfully complete its financial reorganization by stepping down,” The Journal reported..

Tanner & Haley drew corporate executives, entrepreneurs, real-estate developers and other wealthy customers. Members of Tanner & Haley clubs vacationed in luxury homes around the world for deposits of between $85,000 and $1.3 million for more recent offerings.

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Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Marriage Minuet”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Carpetbag Brigade

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Playhouse Sets “All About Us” for 2007 Season

The Westport Country Playhouse will produce John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Thornton Wilder-inspired musical “All About Us” during its 2007 season, along with six other plays.WestportNow.com Image
Tazewell Thompson: will direct “The Heidi Chronicles.” Contributed photo

Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson also announced the titles of two other plays to be produced in his second season—a new production he will direct of the late Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Heidi Chronicles,” and a world premiere of Westport playwright-in-residence David Wiltse’s “Sedition.”

Four other plays are to be announced later. The Playhouse said among those under consideration are “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams; “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck; “The Innocents Abroad” by William Archibald, and “Auntie and Me” by Morris Panych.

Also, “The Entertainer” by John Osborne; “For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again” by Michael Tremblay; “Time of My Life” by Alan Ayckbourn, and “Mixed Company” (working title) with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conceived by Billy Porter.

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See How They Run

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After the drenching rains of the morning, the sun came out this afternoon and Coach Ralph Unker of the Staples Women’s Field Hockey team put his players through their paces for strength and conditioning at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Rotary Clubs Send Three Staples Students Abroad

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The Westport Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Clubs gave a sendoff today to three Staples students they are co-sponsoring for a scholastic year abroad. The Westport clubs have hosted inbound students each year and this year are sponsoring outbound students for the first time. Pictured (l to r) are: Cindy Shuck, who is going to Spain; Margaux Sarin and Emilie Blaine, who are going to Ecuador; Charlie Haberstroh, president of Sunrise Rotary Club; Lois Schine, president of Westport Rotary Club, and Sandra Urist, district youth exchange outbound chair. The deadline for applications for the 2007 outbound program are due by Oct. 15 and should be directed to Urist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Libertarian Enters Shays-Farrell Race

Libertarian Phil Maymin has entered the 4th Congressional District election, making it a three-person race, he said today.WestportNow.com Image
Phil Maymin: “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” Contributed photo

The Russian-born, Harvard-educated former hedge fund trader from Greenwich will face off against incumbent Republican Christopher Shays and Democratic challenger Diane Farrell, former Westport first selectwoman.

Officials in the state’s Secretary of the State’s office certified that Maymin, 31, collected enough signatures on a nominating petition to appear on the ballot.

In his announcement at a Greenwich news conference, Maymin said the two ruling parties, and the two other candidates in the race, are “as different as night and later that night.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Crooked Mile Road

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Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 7 Crooked Mile Road. The 1934 house, which is off of Newtown Turnpike, sold last week for approximately $2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Schools to Turn Back $32,707

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The Westport Board of Education is set to turn back $32,707 from its 2005-06 budget into the town’s General Fund despite high costs in fuel, electricity and special education.nancyharris100.jpg
Nancy Harris: turnback comes despite high costs. WN photo

Assistant Superintendent for Business Nancy Harris said during Monday’s school board meeting that the school district spent 99.7 percent of the $78.6 million 2005-06 budget.

The school board’s purchased property, which includes heating fuel and electricity, other purchased services, which includes special education costs, equipment, and other expenses accounts, were all over budget.

The board will need to vote to transfer surpluses from other accounts to cover the deficits but did not take action during its meeting Monday night.

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