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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Colombian-born Author Addresses Library Audience

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James Cañón, who made his literary debut with “Tales from the Town of Widows,” was guest speaker today at the Westport Public Library and was introduced by the library’s Joan Hume. Set in a small Colombian mountain village, the novel tells the story of how the village women learned to survive and create a peaceful new community after their men were kidnapped by Communist guerrillas. Cañón was born and raised in Colombia. He moved to New York to study English and later earned his MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 52 Turkey Hill Road South

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at 52 Turkey Hill Road South is in process.  Built in 1965, the one-story contemporary built in 1965, has 1,463 square feet and is situated on a two-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Deadline Friday for Westport Little League Registration

Officials of Westport Little League and Babe Ruth baseball reminded residents today that the deadline is Friday for registering for the spring programs.

The registration form can be found online at www.westportlittleleague.com.

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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and vicinity from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a cold front moves across the region this morning westerly winds will increase to 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts between 45 and 50
mph, the advisory said.

The gusty winds are expected to last for several hours as cold air moves into the region. Winds will gradually subside from west to east during the mid to late afternoon hours.

A wind advisory is issued when wind gusts are forecast to range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

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Former Westport Man Gets 20 Years in Hedge Fund Fraud

A former Westport resident who was the chief financial officer of the Bayou Group, the Stamford-based hedge fund involved in what federal prosecutors have described as a $350 million fraud, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.WestportNow.com Image
261 Bayberry Lane: house sold at auction for $2 million as part of restitution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WestportNow file photo

Daniel E. Marino, 48, apologized in Manhattan federal court Tuesday before the sentencing, telling U. S. District Judge Colleen McMahon that he was “truly sorry.”

Marino, whose home on Bayberry Lane was sold at auction last year, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, investment adviser fraud and a conspiracy to commit those crimes in Federal District Court in White Plains, N.Y in September 2005. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2005)

In announcing the sentence, the judge cited the size of the fraud and Marino’s role as the “linchpin” in the scheme. Marino, who had sought leniency due to his cooperation with prosecutors, was ordered imprisoned immediately. He was handcuffed by U.S. marshals and led away.

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Westport Scene

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Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond on Tuesday afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: James Canon, “Tales from the Town of Widows & Chronicles from the Land of Men”
5:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - A Panel Discussion on How to Buy a Winning Franchise (by SCORE)
7 p.m - 9 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - “Maverick Minds: A Cognitive Perspective on Understanding Children with ADD/ADHD,” Westport SEPTA

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Fifth Graders Research Westport Issues

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Westport fifth graders who researched issues facing Westport presented their reports tonight to an audience at Bedford Middle School. Megan Root, 10, a student at Saugatuck Elementary School, highlighted what she said was Westport’s need for affordable housing. Other subjects tackled by the students included whether the Family Y of Westport Weston should relocate to Mahackeno, global warming, and safety issues involving synthetic turf fields. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Feeding Time

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A caring neighbor along the Saugatuck River offered an evening meal to a pair of swans and some ducks near Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westport to Accept Tax Relief Program Applications Feb. 1

Westport Assessor Paul Friia announced today that his office will begin taking applications for the state and local tax relief programs on Friday.

The programs are open to homeowners who are totally disabled or who have reached the age of 65 by the date of application.

“Qualified applicants for the state program are those who own their own homes or hold a ‘life use’ title to their home, have resided in Connecticut for one year prior to filing application, and whose ‘qualifying income’ does not exceed $29,800 for single, or $36,500 for married couples,” said Friia.

Qualifying income is adjusted gross income, plus tax-exempt interest and Social Security.

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Compo Sunset

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Another spectacular sunset Monday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201– Administrative Review Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Robert Leleux, “The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy”
5:30 p.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – Special Board of Finance Health & Transportation Subcommittee

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Pink Ladies

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A couple of ladies in pink enjoyed playing today on Jesup Green near the Westport Public Libray. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Metro-North to Introduce Credit Card On-Board Sales

Metro-North Railroad said today it is introducing hand-held electronic ticket machines for on-board credit card and debit card sales.

The machines will use wireless, real-time credit authorization that will also allow conductors to receive text messages from the Operations Control Center about train operations including service updates and disruptions, the railroad said.

The devices will be phased in beginning on April 1, an announcement said.

These hand-held ticket machines begin replacing the old “duplex” ticket blanks currently used for on-board ticket sales. Duplexes require a conductor to use a hole puncher to mark the boarding station and destination, the fare zone and whether the trip is peak or off-peak. 

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Westport Property Transfers Jan. 7 - 11, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 7-11, 2008:

Paul and Darlene Letersky to Richard F. and Diane Burns, 19 Roosevelt Road, $2,150,000WN property.jpg

Richard Christopher Montanaro to Church of the Assumption, 44 Lincoln St., $1,210,000

32 Burnham Hill Assoc. LLC to Gail M. Cohen, 32 Burnham Hill, $3,775,000

Florence E. Sloat Est. to Carousel Development Inc., 59 High Point Road, $1,050,000

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Westport Y’s Women Hear Talk on Burma/Myanmar

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Westporter Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary-general of the United Nations, addressed the Y’s Woman of Westport Weston today. Aye Aye Thant, shown pointing to her native Burma/Myanmar on a map, told the audience she feels it would take a long time to really achieve anything near democracy there. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Tina Gaudoin Named Editor of New WSJ Magazine

The Wall Street Journal today named Westporter Tina Gaudoin to be editor of the Journal’s new high-end lifestyle magazine, which is scheduled to launch Sept. 6.WestportNow.com Image
Tina Gaudoin: will head lifestyle magazine. File photo

Gaudoin will work closely with the Journal’s news department and will oversee all editorial content that will appear in the publication, an announcement said. Additionally, she will develop a core team of magazine journalists and report to Mike Miller, deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

“I am thrilled to be joining such an august publication with such a phenomenal heritage,” said Gaudoin. “I look forward to bringing the world of The Journal reader to life, with the help of intelligent reporting, arresting visuals and a sense of humor.”

Since June 2007, Gaudoin was the editor of the quarterly magazine, The Times Luxx. She joined The Times of London in 2003 as the style director of its Saturday magazine.

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Monday, Monday

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Traffic slowed to a halt in this morning’s rush hour traffic resulting from a four-vehicle collision in the southbound lane of I-95 just prior to the Saugatuck Avenue Bridge in Westport. Two persons were transported to Norwalk Hospital, neither with life-threatening injuries. Three of the vehicles were towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Democrat Files to Challenge State Sen. Judith Freedman’s Seat

A 61-year-old Westporter who has worked in several recent Democratic campaigns but never been a candidate himself has filed papers to run for the seat held by incumbent Republican State Sen. Judith Freedman.WestportNow.com Image
John Hartwell: first-time candidate. Contributed photo

John Hartwell, a business management consultant, recently filed papers with the Secretary of the State’s office in Hartford to run in the 26th District.

Freedman is in her 11th term in the district which includes Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, and Bethel. She has not announced whether she will seek re-election.

Hartwell lives on the grounds of Greens Farms Academy in Westport where his wife, Janet, is head of the school. He was treasurer for the failed Democratic campaign of Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate in 2006 and district coordinator for Howard Dean’s presidential run in 2004.

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Before and After: 57 Owenoke Park


WestportNow’s Before and After series presents transformed Westport properties. The house at 57 Owenoke Park in the Compo Beach area was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 10, 2005. Built in 1940, the house is located on 0.90 acres of waterside property and was purchased in April 2004 for $6 million. The house was demolished on Oct. 26, 2005. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Icy Saugatuck

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The view of the Saugatuck River from Westport’s Imperial Avenue. Temperatures Sunday got into the upper 30s during the day but dropped back below freezing after dark. Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, January 28, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Favorite Author Fun (Grades 1 & 2)
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee

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Westport Arts Center Presents “Broadway Songbook”

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The Westport Arts Center in cooperation with the Pequot Library in Southport today presented a musical program called “Broadway Songbook” that featured songs of Rodgers and Hart. Performers included (l-r) Justin Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School, Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax, and Susan Terry and George Dvorsky doing vocals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Football

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Rain and shine, hot and cold weather, year around will find this group of players kicking up the sand at Westport’s Compo Beach every Saturday morning and this weekend was no exception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Staples Musicians Honored

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Sixteen music students from Westport’s Staples High School were chosen to participate in the recent 2008 Western Regional Music Festival at Wilton High School. The musicians were chosen through auditions that included the finest music students from 26 different Connecticut high schools. The final concert included performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Orchestra and Symphony Band. This annual event is sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Pictured are (l-r) back row: Geoff Jordan, Everett Tremblay, Willys DeVoll. Yunke Liu, Curtis Chen, Chris McNiff, Ole-Martin Vaagen, and Marshall Rauh. Front row: Elysse Lloyd, Danielle Merlis, Adele Shenoy, Seori Sachs, Maanvi Mittal, Alexandra Wismer. Not Shown: Naveen Murali and Scott Infusino. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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