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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Study by Westport Firm Finds Boomers Will Retire by Age 65

A study released today by a Westport firm found that the majority of baby boomers to turn 62 in 2008 report that they are retired or will be fully retired by age 65.

The study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute also found that they’ ll collect Social Security by age 65, that they’ ve been married only once and that they have 2.4 children on average.

Of those who have children, 78 percent have grandchildren (66 percent of total). Conservatives outnumber liberals by two to one.

“Contrary to what most of us have believed about the baby boomers who came of age in the turbulent 1960s, the group is very much like the ‘Silent Generation’ that preceded them,” said Sandra Timmermann, director of the institute, which conducted “Boomers Ready to Launch,” a profile of the first baby boomers as they turn 62.

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Westport Scene

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The west side of the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center takes on a holiday look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 27, 2007


Westport Public Schools are closed.
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Vacation Family Films: “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”

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Speedster

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A young man spent an hour racing around the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park, leaving watchers to wonder whether they were seeing a hockey player or speed skater in the making. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

And Many Happy Returns

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Westport’s Brooks Brothers store was overflowing with customers today, many returning or exchanging Christmas gift items, others attracted by the after Christmas sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Waiting to Get In

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Shoppers were out early on Westport’s Main Street today, including a crowd waiting for the 10 a.m. opening of Banana Republic. MasterCard said holiday retail spending was up 3.6 percent from a year earlier, led by luxury goods and electronic commerce purchases. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rare Goose

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The Greater White-fronted Goose, which breeds in Alaska, far northern Canada, and Greenland, is rarely seen on the East Coast. But this one flew into Westport on Christmas Day and landed on the Kings Highway Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Westport Public Schools are closed.
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Vacation Family Films: “Aladdin and the King of Thieves”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”

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Watching the Christmas Day Sunset

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A couple watched today’s Christmas Day sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Westport Main Street Christmas

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Westport’s Main Street was deserted on Christmas Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Christmas Day Feast

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There was a large turnout for today’s annual Christmas Day feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Minuteman Santa

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Westport’s Minuteman statue at Compo Beach took on a holiday look for Christmas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Catenary vs. the Third Rail

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

The Commuter Council’s recent battles with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Metro-North to keep winter service from the existing platforms was prompted by the multimillion dollar catenary replacement program—like trying to change the fan belt on a moving car. But why fix this flawed system instead of converting to third rail? Here’s the story.

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Ours is the only commuter railroad in the United States that operates on three modes of power—AC, DC and diesel. On a typical run from, say, New Haven to Grand Central, the first part of the journey is done “under the wire,” the trains being powered by 13,000-volt AC overhead wires, or catenaries. 

Around Pelham, in Westchester County, the conversion is made to 660-volt DC third rail power for the rest of the trip into New York. Even diesel trains must convert to third rail as their smoky exhaust is banned in the Park Avenue tunnels.

And there’s the rub: Connecticut trains need both AC and DC, overhead and third rail, power pickups and processors. That means a lot more electronics, and added cost, for each car. While the DC-only new M7 cars running in Westchester cost about $2 million each, the dual-mode M8 car being designed for Connecticut will cost $3 million each.

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Hanging On

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The Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park did a brisk business on Christmas Eve. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas from WestportNow!
Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Public Library are closed.
12:45 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church, 242 Post Road East - 37th Annual Pot Luck Community Christmas Day Feast: all are welcome

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All Quiet on Main Street on Christmas Eve

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By 7:45 p.m. today, all was quiet on Westport’s Main Street on Christmas Eve. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Saugatuck Holiday Lights

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The lights on Saugatuck’s Cribari Bridge, courtesy of Al’s Angels, brought much delight to travelers in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Ho Ho Ho

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The Santa next to Positano Restaurant at Old Mill Beach attracted much attention on Christmas Eve. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Walk

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Some people did last minute shopping today while others took advantage of the sunshine and temperatures in the 40s for a Christmas Eve walk at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport’s Main Street Busy on Christmas Eve

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Westport’s Main Street was busy at mid-day today as shoppers got in their last minute Christmas Eve buying under sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Quiet Before the Last Christmas Shopping Day

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Westport’s Main Street was quiet today before the last shopping day before Christmas. Retailers were hoping for a Christmas Eve rush. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Season’s Greetings

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Frosty the Snowman greets Westport motorists outside the BP gas station on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, December 24, 2007


Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Public Library are closed.
11 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”

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Rain Makes for Slick Roadways

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Today’s rain caused several accidents on area roadways, including this one tonight on I-95 in Westport near Exit 18. A Massachusetts woman escaped serious injury when she drove her car into an embankment. Neither she nor her front seat passenger required medical treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and the area which is in effect from 4 p.m. today to 3 a.m. Monday.

Southerly winds will increase to 25 to 35 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 40 mph late this afternoon into early this evening ahead of an approaching cold front, the advisory said.

These higher winds will mainly be felt across the immediate south facing coastlines and during period of heavy rain.

Winds will shift from the south to the west late this evening behind the cold front with winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of 40 to 50 mph possible through late tonight.

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