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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Al’s Angels Fund-Raiser Set for Tonight

Al’s Angels, a non-profit charitable organization founded by Westport resident and Zeta Interactive CEO Al DiGuido, will host a special “Love and Laughter” fund-raiser event tonight at Aitoro’s Appliances in Image

The event, which will be the first Al’s Angels event in 2010, will feature live entertainment and dancing, top-quality dining from several renowned Connecticut restaurants, silent auctions with dozens of rare collectibles, and many other activities, an announcement said.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 401 Westport Ave., Norwalk, with tickets priced at $75. Food sponsors include Ossiana Fairfield, Carl Anthony’s of Monroe, Norm Bloom & Sons Clams & Oysters, Angela Mia Bakery of Norwalk, A Dash of Salt Catering, and Bobby Q’s of Westport.

All proceeds will go directly to Al’s Angels, which DiGuido founded in 2004 to help families and children challenged by cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS and domestic violence. The mission of Al’s Angels is to provide financial and emotional support to the children suffering from these diseases, and to show them that they are not alone in their fight.


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P&Z Names Alternates

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission has appointed three new alternate members—Democrats Carolanne Curry and Emily G. Prince, and Republican Alfred E. Gratrix, Jr.

Alternate members serve on P&Z applications when regularly elected commission members are either absent or recuse themselves from an item. In addition, they may serve on commission sub-committees addressing a variety of planning and zoning issues and priorities.

Curry, a longtime Westport resident, has more than 20 years experience working on community issues at both the state and local levels as well as more than 15 years working in a variety of private sector companies.  She has a background in accounting and public sector policy activities.

Gratrix has lived in Westport for 18 years, is a UConn (Storrs) graduate and has a mix of business and public sector experience.  He currently owns and operates a merchant credit card servicing business for Fairfield County and has served in law enforcement, and as a consultant to NAOAA for soil sediment surveys in Long Island Sound.

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Westport Schools on Two-Hour Delay

The Westport Public Schools will delay opening for two hours today due to the weather, the District announced.


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Two people head home along Westport’s Clinton Avenue late Wednesday after enjoying some time in the snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 - Downtown Plan Subcommittee/Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
Noon - 7 p.m. - Builders Beyond Borders (8 Willard Road, Norwalk) - Westport Youth Groups Support Haitian Earthquake Victims: donate clothes, shoes, OTC meds, bedding, diapers, personal toiletries, and stuffed animals
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Rafael Yglesias, “A Happy Marriage: A Novel” CANCELED
Noon – 180 Bayberry Lane – Septic Maintenance Public Education Task Force
2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Conservation Commission Executive Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Historic District Commission/Architectural Review Board Joint Meeting
7 p.m. – Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building commission CANCELED
7:15 p.m. – Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: “What’s Happened to Wall Street, Part 2”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Ice Glen”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Westport Assault Prompts Call for Lowering Drinking Age

The Fairfield University student newspaper today called for lowering of Connecticut ‘s drinking age following an assault on a university student in Westport at an underage drinking party. Image

The Mirror, which is an independent publication, said in an editorial that the beating Saturday night of freshman David Keith, 18, of Norwalk should prompt a reexamination of the drinking age issue.

“The most important issues right now are Keith’s condition and finding the assailant, but another question is raised again: should the drinking age be lowered?,” the newspaper said.

“If Fairfield students did not feel the need to sneak off to a house off-campus, unsupervised and with no security, maybe this would not have happened.”

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Forecasters Put Storm Total at 9-14 Inches

UPDATE Westporters stayed home today from school and work as forecasters tonight again adjusted their prediction of snow that will cover the area by tonight to 9-14 Image
Westport’s Compo Road South was deserted this morning as many people stayed at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The National Weather Service, in its latest snow warning update issued just before 1 a.m. Thursday, said snow heavy at times will continue through around 2 a.m.

By the time snow ends, total accumulations of 9 to 14 inches are expected, the advisory said. Earlier forecasts had put the maximum amount at 16 inches, and then it was adjusted down to 6 to 10 inches, then to 8-12 inches.

Westport roadways as well as I-95 and the Merritt Parkway had unusually light traffic throughout the day. By late afternoon, about 6 or 7 inches of snow had fallen.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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Snow continued to fall into the evening over the Westport area as forecasters reduced their prediction of snow accumulation to 6-10 inches. View is on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Daniel Westphal, 8, and his sister Jennifer, 6, both students at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School, made an almost 7-foot tall snowman today. Dad supplied the arms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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The grounds of the Saugatuck Congregational Church on Westport’s Post Road East proved ideal for Molly Alger of Westport to use some snowshoes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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A resident of Westport’s Hillandale Road spotted this visitor outside her home today as the snow fell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nancy Lally for


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Westport’s Winslow Park was a favorite sledding destination today for Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Affluent in Fairfield County Worry About Health Care Costs

If you are an affluent resident of Fairfield County, rising health care costs or expenses are among your highest financial concerns, according to a new survey.

Bank of America released results from The Merrill Lynch Affluent Insights Quarterly which measured retirement trends among the affluent in Fairfield County, specifically Westport, Greenwich and Stamford, and across America. 

The study found that 22 percent of affluent residents in Fairfield County are planning to retire later than expected, with 68 percent citing that the recession has taken a toll on their finances.

In alignment with the national results, the survey revealed that local Fairfield County and affluent Americans shared similar perspectives on retirement trends.

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Brett Greenberg jogs on a snowy Compo Beach today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Craig Davidson for


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Cody Haberstroh, “Mr. February” on the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates 2010 calendar, enjoys the company of a snowman today at his Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Haberstroh for


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