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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ice Fishing on Lee’s Pond

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For many years ice fishing has been a favorite sport of hearty fishermen who often brave below freezing temperatures for hours while sitting on a stool or an over turned bucket next a round hole cut in the ice with a short pole and line waiting for fish to bite. For the past week or so the temperature has been well below freezing, causing 6 to 8 inches of ice to form over Westport’s Lee’s Pond, ideal conditions for these three stalwart men today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Predicting the Winners

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Movie critic Susan Granger spoke to a full room with the Westport Weston Y’s Women today about the upcoming Academy Awards. She said her personal favorite in the best movie category is “Babel,” but she believes “Little Miss Sunshine” is a front-runner. She also believes Helen Mirren will win best actress for “The Queen” and there is a toss-up for best actor between Forest Whittaker for “Last King of Scotland” and Peter O’Toole for “Venus.”  She also believes Eddie Murphy will win best supporting actor and Jennifer Hudson will win best supporting actress. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Valentine Poems and Laughs

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Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman share a Valentine poem during the performance of “Come Be My Love. . .Love Spoken Here” at the Westport Country Playhouse. A cast that included Woodward, Newman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eartha Kitt, Charles Grodin, Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon read classic and contemporary love poems Saturday night as a benefit for the Playhouse’s education fund. Woodward is artistic director emeritus at the Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long/Westport Country Playhouse photo

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Bermel to Perform at Arts Center

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Derek Bermel: Performing for the Composers Project.” Contributed photo
Westport Arts Center will present composer, clarinetist, and jazz and rock musician Derek Bermel and the Lark Quartet on Friday, March 9 at the Seabury Center on Church Lane.
Pre-concert conversation begins at 7:30 p.m. with the concert at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for general seating.  Student tickets with valid identification are $5.
The concert is part of Westport Arts Center’s “Composers Project,” a series of chamber music performances continuing through April that includes conversations between arts center artist-in-residence and 2004 Putltzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec and the evening’s featured composer.

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Town Officials Considering Ethics Ordinance

By Jennifer Connic

Westport officials are working on a way for elected officials and residents to seek advice on ethical problems.

Town officials are working on an ordinance to present this spring that would create an Ethics Advisory Board.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said several years ago the town received a negative rating in a report because it does not have an Ethics Commission.

Additionally, elected officials are not necessarily aware of the provisions in the charter for ethics, and the procedures in place with the Representative Town Meeting do not cover every volunteer or employee, he said.

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Keeping Watch at the Saugatuck Train Station

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A worker today adjusts one of 16 new security cameras being installed at Westport’s Saugatuck train station. The state intiated the project with homeland security funds and the Town of Westport added technology enabling the cameras to be monitored at Westport’s police headquarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Taking a Rest

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The ice is frozen at Round Pond off of Compo Road South, and the skaters have taken over the ice. Temperatures crept closer to the freezing mark on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to stay in the 30s today, and possible snow is in the forecast for Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Feb. 12, 2007


7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)

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Compo Mill Scene

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A cold morning at Westport’s Compo Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Y’s Women to Hear About Oscar Race

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The speaker at the next Y’s Women of Westport Weston session on Monday will give a glimpse into the Oscar race.

Susan Granger will speak on“Hollywood’s Valentine: The Oscars.” She will share her insight into the nominated films and the other possible Oscar winners.

The meeting will take place at the Westport Weston Family Y with coffee and conversation starting at 11 a.m. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m.

Granger’s movie reviews have been syndicated on radio around the country and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television.  Currently, her reviews appear weekly in newspapers in Fairfield County.

For more information, call Ann Lloyd at (203) 226-4245.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Talking Transportation: More Money for the Trains

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

What a difference a decade makes. It was exactly 10 years ago that then Gov. John Rowland introduced his budget calling for elimination of branch line service on Metro-North to Danbury, Waterbury and the Shore Line East line to Old Saybrook.

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Now, a decade later, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has just submitted her third budget in a row calling for increased spending on mass transit, including plans for expanded service on Shore Line East. 

Not to be outdone, the Democrats in Hartford are falling over each other to out-spend even the Governor’s ambitious plans.

Following on two years of long overdue but much appreciated legislative action that allocates billions for new rail cars and other transit initiatives, the latest Rell budget seeks:

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A Handshake With a Legend

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Former Yankee great Joe Pepitone was in Westport today signing autographs at Legends of the Game on Post Road East. Pepitone, 66, played on three Yankee World Series teams from 1962 to 1964 and was a three-time Golden Glove award winner. He shakes hands with Alexander Adzima, 6, of Stratford as Dave Laconti of Legends of the Game shop looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Potentially Significant Winter Storm Coming

The National Weather Service said today a potentially significant winter storm could affect Westport and the tri-state area from Tuesday afternoon through late Wednesday.

An area of low pressure is expected to develop over the Southern Plains Monday then track east to the Tennessee River valley byTuesday when a secondary area of low pressure will form off the southeast coast, an advisory said.

Cold air will already be in place across the region ahead of the storm as high pressure builds in from south central Canada from Monday night into Wednesday.

The combination of this cold air and Atlantic moisture being pushed into the region ahead of the storm gives the potential for significant snow fall from late Tuesday through late Wednesday, the advisory said.

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Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007


1 & 4:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Anne of Green Gables”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - music@the library: Sharon Levin and Gene Pino
4 p.m. - Steinway Piano Gallery - “Mozart and Friends”

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Accident Ties Up Highway Traffic

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A two-car accident in the northbound lanes of I-95 in near exit 18 in Westport tied up traffic around 1 p.m. today. There were no reported injuries.  Westport firefighters responded with an engine company, rescue vehicle and command car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fire Department Officials Unveil Staffing Budget Plans

By Jennifer Connic

Westport Fire Department officials hope to add 16 new firefighters to its staff of 54 over the course of the next two years, including eight during the 2007-08 fiscal year.

Fire officials met with the Board of Finance today during a special budget session at fire headquarters.

Fire officials gave a presentation on how they need to increase their manpower from two firefighters per engine to three in order to increase productivity and efficiency while keeping firefighters and residents safe.

At present, two firefighters ride each piece of apparatus except the engine at fire headquarters, which has three firefighters. In the 2000-01 budget, town officials added four firefighters to the department so there could be three firefighters on that engine.

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Learning to Skate

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It was a good ice skating day today on Round Pond off Westport’s Compo Road South as temperatures climbed to near freezing. Steve Minichino showed his son Teddy how to skate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Longtime Westporter Peter J. Petropoulos Dies at 80

Peter J. Petropoulos, chair of the Westport Weston Health District, died Feb. 2 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 80.

Petropoulos, who had lived in Westport for 43 years, was a member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston and a founding member of the “Compo Beach Bunch.”

He worked for Uniroyal Inc. for more than 20 years, retiring in 1987 as vice president of marketing.

Born July 5, 1926 in Newport, R.I., Petropoulos was the son of the late John and Olga Petropoulos. He was a 1950 graduate of Brown University where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.

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Celebrating Another State Championship

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Mambers of Westport’s Staples High School boys indoor track team celebrate Friday night’s eighth straight state championship win after capturing the Class L indoor track championships at the New Haven Athletic Center. Brendon Cristobal was the team’s only individual champion, winning the 600m. The 4x200m team (Lebow, Stuart, Block and Lau) sealed the victory by winning the last event. Notable performances came from Morgan Block (second in 300m) and the 4x400m team of Keaton Cristobal, Christophe Esposito, Matt Marriot and Brendon Cristobal (2nd). The girls team finished tied for 11th. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Several Hundred Attend Levitt Fund-Raiser

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Several hundred persons attended the Levitt Pavilion’s 11th annual winter fundraising gala, Midnight in Marrakech, Friday evening at the Inn at Longshore. The exotic evening included silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dancing to the Soul Street Band. Westporter Andrew Crossfield (l),  auctioneer for the evening, chatted with Westport artist Miggs Burroughs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Winter Sunset

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Temperatures creeped closer to the freezing mark on Friday, but there was still ice along the channel leading to Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures are again expected to be closer to freezing today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007


10 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Board of Finance
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Young Authors Workshop
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “Spinning into Butter”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Come Be My Love. . .Love Spoken Here”

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Police Officers Injured in Car Crash

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Two Westport police officers were taken to Norwalk Hospital for injuries after a car crash when they were responding to a bank robbery tonight. Officers Kevin Smith and Sereniti Dobson were making a U-turn on Post Road to head west to respond to the robbery at TD Banknorth when a woman driving a Jetta traveling eastbound slammed into the cruiser. Firefighters had to extracate Smith from the vehicle. The woman driving the Jetta refused medical attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Aftermath of Police Car Crash

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A Westport police car shows damage from a crash tonight as officers were responding to a bank robbery on Post Road East. The officers were taken to Norwalk Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Police are still seeking the bank robber. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Curtain Up at Dressing Room Restaurant

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Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant at the Westport Country Playhouse, co-owned by Paul Newman and master chef Michel Nischan, reopened for full operations tonight following a flood early Monday caused by a sprinkler pipe cracked by frigid temperatures. Diners enjoyed lunch today in the smaller front dining room where Paul Newman films are shown on the TV in the bar area. The rear dining room damaged by the flooding reopened tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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