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Friday, July 20, 2007

Compo Rescue Drill

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Lifeguards at Westport’s Compo Beach held a rescue drill today. They used the “board method” which involves a lifeguard getting on a board and paddling as fast as possible to the victim. They turn the board over and put the victim on the front and then paddle into shore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

One Injured in I-95 Crash; Chemicals Spilled

A Norwalk pool service company driver was injured today when his van rolled over and went down an embankment on I-95 between exit 17 in Westport and exit 16 in Norwalk, the Westport Fire Department said.

The accident spilled a small amount of chemicals which was quickly cleaned up

The driver was transported to Norwalk Hospital following the 1:42 p.m. crash in the southbound lanes, said Assistant Chief Andrew Kingsbury. He was not seriously injured.

A small quantity of hydrochloric acid, sodium bicarbonate powder, and chlorine tablets spilled due to the accident, Kingsbury said. 

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Westport Chiropractor Gets Eight Months in Fraud Scheme

A federal judge in New Haven today sentenced Westport chiropractor Richard Fogel to eight months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on a health care fraud charge.

Judge Janet Bond Arterton ordered that the first three months of his release must be served in home confinement with electronic monitoring and that he perform 200 hours of community service. 

Fogel, 52, also has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $1,109,580.61, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

On May 24, 2006, Fogel, of Cederargate Lane, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud. (See WestportNow May 25, 2006)

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Gray Day

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Wednesday’s rainy, gray weather for much of the day kept many people indoors. Scene is along the Westport coast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 19, 2007


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Call of the Wild
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - DIY@the library
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission public hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Brunswick w/ Parade the Day, Like Lights, Chasing Effigy & IM Legend
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Environment Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Atwater-Donnelly Band
8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Going Down (or Up in Flames): 34 Newtown Turnpike

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The Westport Fire Department today burned down 34 Newtown Turnpike, also known as 2 Heron Lake Lane, as part of a training exercise. The 1,478-square-feet house built in the 1760s sits on 2.54 acres. It was featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Feb. 4, 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Reality Training

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It’s not every day that Westport firefighters get to practice their skills on a real fire. Today they had the opportunity as the owner of a home at 34 Newtown Turnpike, also known as 2 Heron Lake Lane, elected to allow the department to burn it down as part of a training exercise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rescued

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As part of today’s Westport Fire Department training exercise, firefighters had to rescue a fellow firefighter from the burning home at 34 Newtown Turnpike, also known as 2 Heron Lake Lane. Chief Christopher Ackley (white helmet) watches as firefighters tend to the victim, played by Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hall-Brooke Names Stewart Levine Chief Medical Officer

Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services has named Westporter Stewart Levine as chief medical officer of the facility at 47 Long Lots Road and chairman of psychiatry for St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

Prior to being appointed to the position by Susan L. Davis, president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services, Levine served as clinical director of Hall-Brooke and vice chairman of psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

Levine joined Hall-Brooke in 2004 after serving as director of inpatient psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan where he also spent periods as assistant unit chief and unit chief.

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Westport Republicans Nominate Candidates

The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) Tuesday night endorsed its candidates for the various Westport town boards and commissions in the November election.WestportNow.com Image
Among GOP candidates endorsed Tuesday night were these nominees for Board of Finance (l-r): Charlie Haberstroh (incumbent); Stewart Reifler, Alan Phillips and Ed Iannone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The candidates were recommended by the RTC’s Nominating Committee, chaired by Steven Violette, and their endorsements were unanimously approved by the full committee, the RTC said in a press release.

“We are very encouraged and proud of the experience, qualifications and leadership potential represented in our slate of candidates for November’s election,” Bob Zappi, chairman of the Westport RTC, said in a statement.

“Our candidates embody the RTC’s most valued principles: commitment to working in a fair and bi-partisan manner; dedication to the welfare of Westport; and support for the free exchange of ideas, spirited debate, and respect that are crucial parts of the democratic process.” 

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Hitching Up to History

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Philip Morris (l), a Westport builder, and Peter Jennings, Westport Historical Society board member, discuss the historic hitching post that Morris donated to the Society. Morris transplanted the post from an historic property he owns at 34 Newtown Turnpike (also known as 2 Heron Lake Lane), built in the 1760s, where he has development plans. According to Morris. the hitching post was used to secure stagecoaches when that mode of transportation stopped along the route now known as Old Newtown Turnpike. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jesup Green - Storytime on Jesup Green
2 p.m. & 8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Chess Club
5:30 p.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Levitt Pavilion Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Magic of Lyn
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Environment Committee
8:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Library Board of Trustees

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Library Book Sale Comes to Close

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The Westport Public Library’s annual summer book sale came to an end today with the public able to take books at no cost. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Merritt Accident Ties Up Traffic

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A multi-car accident in the southbound lane of the Merritt Parkway this afternoon north of exit 42 in Westport sent at least two persons to Norwalk Hospital and tied up traffic. The Westport Fire Department and Westport EMS assisted state police at the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rell Nominates Westport Attorney to Comp Commission

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced she is nominating attorney Randy L. Cohen of Westport to the state Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Cohen, 50, has been a partner with her husband, Michael R. Corsello, in the Norwalk law firm of Corsello & Cohen LLC since 1996.

Born in Bridgeport, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 1979 and received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1982. Both degrees were awarded cum laude.

“Randy brings a wealth of experience to the Workers’ Compensation Commission,” Rell said in a statement.

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Cannon Talk

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A couple of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach use the cannons as a place to chat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Little Leaguers Advance to Sectionals

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The Westport American 10/11 All-Star Team advances to the sectionals beginning on Thursday following Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Fairfield National at Unity Field in Trumbull. It was Westport’s first Little League district win since 2003 and capped an an exciting run through the district tournament in which the team won five of six games with strong pitching, great defense and timely hitting. Team members are pictured celebrating after Sunday’s victory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 42 Park Lane

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Westport building officials have received an application for a permit to demolish a 1960 split-level house located at 42 Park Lane. The 1,250-square-foot house sits on a .64-acre property and sold this month for $820,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

 

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Sally White: The Music Keeps Playing

By Grace Shay

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Sally White: Westport’s link to the musical past. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com
Westport’s small town charm is distinguished by its old-fashioned Ma and Pa shops, the stores which have resiliently survived the chain outlets’ growing dominance.

Outspoken and sassy, Sally White is one of those indomitable, hard as nails survivors. A town treasure, she’s the owner of Sally’s Records, a 600-square foot emporium crammed with new and classic CDs and old vinyl records located on the second level of downtown’s Main Street Commons.

“One of the most important things about my store is the contact, people looking at you, listening to you, commenting, going back and forth,” said White, who tirelessly communicates with her patrons, hoping to share her passion for music with them.

Surrounded by photos of Frank Sinatra, along with logoed jars of Sinatra pasta sauce and yellowish covers of 1950s magazines, White is another throwback. A jazz and big band enthusiast for over 60 years, she knows and loves her merchandise.

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Good Day for a Picnic

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Monday’s temperatures in the 80s under sunny skies made for perfect weather for a picnic at Westport’s Longshore Club Park.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007


9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Summer Book Sale
9 a.m. - Town Hall - Public Works Pension Board
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. -  Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss “The Ha Ha” by Dave King
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Public Works Committee Work Session
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Works Committee Work Session Canceled
7 p.m. - Canal Park Community Room - Westport Housing Authority
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m.  - Westport Country Playhouse - “Relatively Speaking”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Golden Angels

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Everyone Into the Water

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A youngster takes the plunge today at the pool at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Two Westport Men Recovering After Pennsylvania Accident

Two 20-year-old Westport men and a teenage companion were recovering today from injuries sustained Saturday in a two-car crash in Pennsylvania.

The Allentown Morning Call reported the accident in its Sunday editions but said there were only two persons in the Westporter’s car. (See WestportNow July 15, 2007)

Jesse Shea of Tupelo Road, the driver, said he and fellow Westporter Justin Fritz of Newtown Turnpike, and Kilian Appleby, 16, (hometown uncertain) were en route to a concert in York, Pa., when the accident occurred near Lower Saucon, Pa.

Shea said they were heading west on I-78 when a car blew a tire in the eastbound lane, went into the center median, flipped over and landed on its roof in the westbound lanes. Shea said he braked hard but still crashed into the overturned vehicle.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Pumpkin Hill

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Westport building officials have received an application for a permit to demolish a 1958 split-level house located at 10 Pumpkin Hill off North Avenue. The 2,252-square-foot house sits on a 1.2-acre property and sold this month for $1,250,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Reforming the Connecticut DOT

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Once again, Gov. M Jodi Rell has taken a heavy, hands-on approach to running state government, big-footing her new commissioner by ordering a top-to-bottom reform of the trouble-child of state government, the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Good for her.

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It wasn’t enough that she once publicly spanked the former commissioner, Stephen Korta, for his agency’s messy handling of the used-Virginia commuter-rail car debacle. Or that she was embarrassed by the recent scandal over the $60 million I-84 drainage system. Or that we were all surprised that ConnDOT had secretly decided it could cut back on bridge inspections, ignoring the lessons of the Mianus River Bridge disaster 20-plus years ago.

Now the governor has created a panel to completely reorganize ConnDOT. And its members have until Dec. 1 to issue their recommendations. Headed by Pitney Bowes Chairman Michael Critelli, the panel is a strange mix of state bureaucrats, lawyers and business people, with no apparent outside experts in organization or transportation.

But, as they undertake their Sisyphean task, I hope they will give serious consideration to carving out a new agency: the Connecticut Transit Authority or CTA.

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