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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The Lives of Others” (2007)
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and

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Himes Talks About Afghanistan at Pequot Library Image
Many Westporters were among the overflow crowd tonight at Southport’s Pequot Library where Congressman Jim Hines conducted the second of four town hall meetings this week in Fairfield County to discuss America’s policy on Afghanistan.  Himes recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan and shared his impressions with the situation while gathering input from his constituents on American involvement and diplomacy. Himes conducted a similarly well attended session in Stamford on Tuesday, and in Ridgefield and Trumbull on Thursday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Himes Audience Speaks Out on Afghanistan War Topics Image
Area residents made impassioned comments tonight to Congressman Jim Himes about Aghanistan at a town hall meeting at the Pequot Library in Southport. Comments ranged from the economic setback of the war, the unnecessary loss of the lives of the U.S .military, the absence of Germany and other countries who are using up America’s resources to fight their war, parallels with Vietnam, the dishonesty of President Harmid Karzai’s brother, calls for end to the war now, and the need protect security here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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“I Will Not Remember Anything That Happened Tonight”

By Phyllis Groner

A Westport man told a packed Westport Public Library audience tonight of his battles with memory loss that echo a book chosen as this year’s WestportReads Image
Doug and Patti Brill at the library tonight with two of their four children—Nicole, 16, who attends Staples High School, and Kenny, 10, a student at Long Lots Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Doug Brill, 48, has lived in Westport with his wife Patti for 12 years, sharing the ups and downs of coping with memory loss just as the main character in the book, “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa.

Brill, a successful banker and father of four, was stricken with a virus that hit his brain in 2002. He was in intense pain. He first went to Stamford Hospital which then released him.

Next he was rushed off to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York where he spent several months and was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that left him with short-term memory loss, just as the professor in the book.

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A visitor to Westport’s Reichert Circle area today drew attention from passersby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carlos Garcia for


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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Actor Donal Donnelly, Former Westporter, Dies at 78

UPDATE Donal Donnelly, a Westporter for almost three decades who became one of the most respected Irish actors of his generation, died in Chicago on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was Image
Donal Donnelly in “The Dead.” File photo

Donnelly, who moved to Westport in 1979 and remained here until 2008, was best known for his role as the scheming Archbishop Gilday in “The Godfather: Part III” and as good-natured drunk Freddy Malins in John Huston’s adaptation of James Joyce’s “The Dead.”

But he saw the stage as his natural home.

Donnelly was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Private Gar in the original staging of Brian Friel’s “Philadelphia, Here I Come!” in 1964.

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UPDATE Westport’s Five Guys Burgers and Fries at 538 Post Road East will open Tuesday, according to Dana Marona, owner-operator of the restaurant. A worker there earlier had said Saturday was opening day. “We will be opening on Tuesday due to our final permits and our training process that must be completed with employees before opening,” she said in an e-mail message. “We look forward to Tuesday and serving Westport.” The fast food restaurant, which has 450 outlets in 25 states, has generated much interest among Westport burger and fries aficionados.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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All Gone: 66 Old Road Image
A crew cleans up the remains following the demolition of the house at at 66 Old Road, off Maple Avenue North. Built in 1947, the 1 1/2-story conventional-style house had 974 square feet, was is situated on a .19-acre property and changed ownership last month at $375,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 30, 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport’s Green’s Farms Metro-North station makes for a postcard winter scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


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Joseloff Lauds Dodd, Pledges Support to Blumenthal

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff today praised Senator Christopher Dodd for his service to Connecticut and said he will work hard to promote Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as his Image
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff are all smiles at Joseloff’s inauguration in November. Blumenthal swore in Joseloff for his second term. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“Senator Christopher Dodd has long been a good friend of Westport,” Joseloff said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful for his three decades of public service to us, to Connecticut and to our nation. We wish him and his family well.

“Chris’s retirement has provided the opportunity for Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to take his place. Dick and I have known each other since our high school years. A former Westporter, he will serve our town, our state and our nation well in the U.S. Senate, just as he has done as Attorney General.

“I will work hard to help him take the seat of Chris Dodd. He deserves the support of all Westporters who want a senator who has demonstrated unequivocally his dedication and commitment to working for the best interests of all of us.”


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Westport Arts Center Names Director of Visual Arts

The Westport Arts Center today named Helen Klisser During of Weston as director of visual Image
Helen Klisser During: “deep love” for community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Klisser During, a longtime resident of the area, is a private art advisor, curator and photographer, working primarily with major artists, art galleries, auction houses, museums and art fairs internationally.

She will be responsible for curating three or four themed exhibitions a year and overseeing the Center’s solo and group member exhibitions, an announcement said.

To complement the exhibitions, Klisser During will work with the Center staff to develop integrated arts programs, such as youth education initiatives, film screenings and literary events, it said.

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Tuesday’s sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach as seen in a car mirror. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Board of Finance Executive Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee (Time Change)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS: Memory Loss, Doug and Patti Brill
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and

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Superintendent Seeks 2.9% Education Budget Increase

UPDATE Westport Schools Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon tonight presented a proposed 2010-11 operating budget that is 2.9 percent over this year’s Image
Elliott Landon: Did not restore this year’s cuts. Dave Matlow/WN file photo

“It is a sound budget that is fiscally prudent, fiscally responsible, and educationally appropriate,” Landon said in a memo to the Board of Education.

Landon told a board meeting the $97.3 million proposal was an austere budget and did not restore anything cut in this year’s budget, which was just an 0.5 percent increase over the previous year.

He said these cuts, which included elimination of music lessons at Staples High School, paraprofessional positions at elementary libraries, and fourth grade paraprofessionals, had “a significant impact.”

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Judge Rules Against Plaintiffs in Madoff-Westport Bank Suit

People who invested with imprisoned swindler Bernard Madoff through Westport National Bank will have to work a little harder to get back lost investment money because of a judge’s Image
The suit was filed against Westport National Bank on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven has ruled that the victimized investors cannot file a class action lawsuit against the bank. Dorsey also denied the bank’s motion to dismiss.

The 26 plaintiffs were suing for part of $60 million lost from accounts the bank invested with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. All together, more than 200 investors could have been part of the class. Dorsey remanded the case to Superior Court. (See WestportNow July 8, 2009)

The plaintiffs argue that the bank breached its contractual duty to serve as custodian of the accounts, a role designed to prevent fraudulent investment activity.

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