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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Addicted to the Presentation

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Westport students listened intently tonight to a presentation about the dangers of addiction at Westport Town Hall. The one-man, 90-minute, stand-up performance by John Morello called “Dirt” was an intense, humorous and sensitive parody based on substance abuse and its choices. The Boston-based actor and comedian is in his seventh year performing the show which has won wide acclaim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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11/10/09 03:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Laughter With a Message

By Dave Matlow

Westport Town Hall was packed tonight for 90 minutes of nonstop stand-up humor comprised of painfully sensitive portrayals of stereotypical high school students and their wide ranging self-images. WestportNow.com Image
Boston-based actor and comedian John Morello performs his one-man show “Dirt” tonight at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The highly acclaimed performance called “Dirt” was performed by Boston-based actor and comedian John Morello, now in his seventh year of these presentations about substance abuse and choices. It was sponsored by the Staples High School Teen Awareness Group.

It was top flight entertainment with a heavy social message. Ripples of nervous laughter were scattered throughout the audience as the very likeable and modest Morello warmed up to adults and students alike.

Morello told the audience his act was made up of “fictional stories with intense truths.” 

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Large Turnout for “Dirt” Performance

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There was a large turnout tonight of parents, students, and community members for the peformance of “Dirt,” a one-man show about the dangers of addiction at Westport Town Hall. The Teen Awareness Group at Staples High School sponsored the performance by actor and comedian John Morello. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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11/10/09 03:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Girls Soccer Wins Class LL Opener

Westport’s Staples High School varsity girls soccer team easily defeated Manchester High School 3-0 in the first round of the Class LL state tournament today at Manchester.WestportNow.com Image
Junior Kelly Bohling controls the play in today’s Class LL match against Machester. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples took advantage of a strong run by sophomore Abbey Lake in the opening seconds of the game. Lake dribbled down the left flank and beat a Manchester defender to the end line, finishing with a cross to Jaclyn Katz who scored from point blank range only 55 seconds into the match.

The remainder of the first half was dominated by Staples. Possession, shots and corner kicks were all heavily in favor of the Wreckers, but the Indians withstood the pressure and forced Staples to the intermission with only a 1-0 advantage.

Looking to expand their halftime lead, Staples pressured Manchester repeatedly after the break, including an Abbey Lake breakaway that was spectacularly saved by the Manchester keeper early in the second half. 

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War Stories

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Former Air Force 1st Lt. Theodore Diamond, 92, today described for Westport Bedford Middle School students his World War II experiences navigating 50 bombing missions over designated targets that included Germany, Austria, Hungary and France. Out of his squadron of 26 heavy bombers, only three planes ultimately returned safely to their base. The annual program was timed to coincide with Wednesday’s Veterans Day observance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Vets Relive Experience for Middle Schoolers

By Larry Untermeyer

Westport military veterans today brought memories of 60 years ago to Westport middle school students in an annual reminder of why the nation salutes its veterans this month.WestportNow.com Image
Veterans Rick Towers, Ray Orr, and Ted Diamond of Westport addressed Bedford Middle School students in the annual program marking Veterans Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Among them were Army veteran Rick Towers, 65, who served during the Vietnam era, former naval officer Ray Orr, 87, and former Air Force navigator Ted Diamond, 92. They were among 25 veterans who addressed about 300 students at Bedford Middle School.

The annual program is designed to present youngsters with realistic, first hand descriptions of many aspects of war. The veterans shared their range of experiences, from the horror of losing comrades to some strange and incongruously amusing happenings. 

Orr, who had been stationed in Pearl Harbor prior to the Dec, 7, 1941 attack, brought a visual presentation that included a map depicting the site of the dawn attack on the Hawaiian naval base.

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Adding Up the Toll of War

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World War II veteran Ray Orr, 87, described for Westport Bedford Middle School students today the casualty toll of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, November 09, 2009

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 295 Greens Farms Road

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A permit has been issued to demolish the remains of a carriage house, built about 1900, at 295 Greens Farms Road, Westport. The deteriorating structure was considered as hazardous. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Jerry Davidoff, former Board of Ed, RTM Member Dies at 83

Jerry Davidoff, a former chair of the Westport Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, died Saturday at the Connecticut Hospice unit at Norwalk Hospital of complications from encephalitis, a virus of the brain. He was 83.WestportNow.com Image
Jerry and Denny Davidoff in a 2006 photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Uua.org photo

Davidoff, an attorney by profession, was a champion of civil liberties and a nationally active lay leader in the Unitarian Universalist faith movement. He and his wife Denise lived in Westport from 1959 to the late 1990s when they moved to Norwalk.

Born July 1, 1926, in New York City, the son of a physician,  Davidoff was raised in the Sunnyside section of Queens, N.Y., and educated at Little Red School House in Greenwich Village, Bronx High School of Science, the Horace Mann School in New York City, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Yale Law School.

While practicing law in New York City from 1950 to 1958, Davidoff met and in 1955 married the former Denise Ellen Taft of Brooklyn, N.Y., who later owned an advertising agency based in Fairfield and later in Westport.

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11/09/09 07:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Traffic Moving Slowly on I-95 Northbound

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Traffic northbound on I-95 in Westport was still backed up at mid-day today following an early morning tanker truck fire at Exit 19 in Fairfield. State police said they hoped to have all lanes reopened in time for the afternoon rush hour. View is looking north from the Hillspoint Road overpass.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Smoke Detector Alerts Resident to House Fire

Westport firefighters today credited a working smoke detector for alerting a Richmondville Avenue resident that her home was on fire.

At about 7 a.m. the Fire Department received a call of an exterior wall on fire of a home at 79 Richmondville Ave.

Upon arrival at the one-story ranch, they found a moderate amount of smoke coming from the rear and attic area of the house, said Assistant Chief Andy Kingsbury.

“Initial investigation revealed an outside deck fire that had burned through an exterior wall, extended to the interior, and started to extend into the attic space,” he said.

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Looking for Fire Extension

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Wilton firefighters, responding to aid Westport, checked out the roof of a home at 79 Richmondville Ave. early today after flames broke out on a rear deck. No one was injured in the blaze whose cause was under investigation. (An earlier version of this story erroneously said the fire was at 69 Richmondville Ave.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Firefighters Quickly Extinguish House Fire

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Westport firefighters quickly extinguished a fire which began on the back deck of a home at 79 Richmondville Ave. shortly before 7 a.m. today. The flames licked up an outside wall and burned an interior wall before it was knocked down. A resident was awakened by a smoke alarm and got outside without injury. Cause of the fire was under investigation. (An earlier version of this story erroneously said the fire was at 69 Richmondville Ave.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Firefighters Aid at Fairfield Tanker Fire

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Westport firefighters responded with their Hazardous Material Unit and their Command and Communications Vehicle to aid Fairfield firefighters today at a chemical tanker truck fire on I-95 at Exit 19 in Fairfield. The chemical did not ignite and there were no injuries, but thousands of morning rush hour vehicles were diverted by the closure of all northbound lanes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Delicate Operation

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Workers transferred methanol from a tanker truck (r) which caught fire early today on I-95 near Exit 19 in Fairfield. State police shut down the northbound lane for hours after the 4:30 a.m. incident. Westport sent a hazardous materials truck and communications vehicle to assist in the aftermath. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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