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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Protecting Against the Flu

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A worker at the Westport Weston Health District today gives a flu shot to a resident. The Health District has scheduled the following additional flu shot clinics: Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Weston Library, Norfield Road; Nov. 4, 7-9 a.m. and 5-8 p.m., Westport Town Hall Green Room; 6-8 p.m., Weston Annex Building (conference room), 24 School Road, Weston; Nov. 6, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Westport Senior Center; Nov. 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Norfield Church, Weston; and Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Westport Public Library. The cost is $35, but there is no cost to Medicare Part B participants.  Medicare B participants must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Slippery When Wet

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A fisherman slipped as he made his way out to fish at Westport’s Burying Hil Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 2, 2008


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Wesport/Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Flu Clinic (vaccination)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Julia Bradley Wheeler - Life at 25 Avery Place”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
6:15 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Using QuickBooks to Help Manage Your Small Business” by Caren Schwartz
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Curator’s Talk: “Optimism” by Michael Connor
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Best Man”

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

One Hurt in I-95 Crash

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A New York woman escaped serious injury shortly after noon today when the left front tire of her SUV blew out as she headed north on I-95 near the Hillspoint Road overpass in Westport. Her car veered into the dual wheels of a tractor-trailer, then shot across the highway into the center median, said Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury. She was treated at the scene by Westport fire and EMS personnel and transported to Norwalk Hospital. The driver of the truck from Utah was shaken up but uninjured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Help

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The driver of an SUV gets help from Westport firefighters today after her car blew a tire, veered into a tractor-trailer’s wheels and shot across the I-95 northbound roadway and hit the center median. She escaped serious injury. The accident occurred shortly after noon near the Hillspoint Road overpass between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Hudson Valley Bank Opening Westport Branch

UPDATE Hudson Valley Bank opens its new full-service Westport branch on Monday.WestportNow.com Image
The Hudson Valley Bank branch at 420 Post Road West in Westport opens Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Located at 420 Post Road West, the building formerly housed a TD Banknorth branch. Hudson Valley Bank announced its intention to take over the spot last April. (See WestportNow April 9, 2008)

“We remain financially strong despite the turmoil in the industry today and are committed to meeting the banking needs of Fairfield County,” said James J. Landy, bank president and chief executive officer.

The branch, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., also features a 24-hour ATM and drive up window.

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Dogs Return to Compo

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With the calendar changing to Oct. 1 today, dogs returned to Westport’s Compo Beach. Owners need to abide by the on leash and off leash areas for dogs as well as clean up after them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Hidden Hill

2 Hidden Hill Road, Westport, CT 06880
Another 100-year-plus Westport home is slated for the rubble pile. An application is in process to demolish the house at 2 Hidden Hill off Compo Road South. Built in 1880, the two-story, 2,926-square-foot colonial is situated on a .83-acre lot. It changed ownership last month for $1,995,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sign of the Season

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Fall colors on a tree at Westport’s Longshore Club Park reflect the change of seasons. Today’s forecast is for mostly cloudy skies with a 50 percent chance of showers and highs in the lower 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Dogs return to the beach
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 203 - Waste Water Management Committee Public Relations Subcommittee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - International Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Julia Bradley Wheeler - Life at 25 Avery Place”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - At-home Services for Seniors Seminar
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Yoga Workshop
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Finance Committee

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Private Service Held for Paul Newman

Paul Newman’s family held a private service for him Monday and later attended a reception at Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant, which he had opened two years ago, according to published reports.WestportNow.com Image
The Newman family held a reception at the Dressing Room restaurant at the Westport Country Playhouse following a private service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The New York Post quoted close friend and fellow Westporter A. E. Hotchner as saying that Newman, who died Friday of cancer at the age of 83, was cremated. “It’s all over,” he told the newspaper.

Only Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward, his five daughters and a few select friends attended the private service, the reports said.

After the ceremony, a 7 p.m. small reception was held in his honor at the restaurant, which adjoins the Westport Country Playhouse, the reports said. Woodward is the Playhouse artistic director.

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Library Sets Up Paul Newman Memory Book

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The Westport Public Library has set up a memory book where visitors can write their thoughts about Paul Newman. The book will be presented to the Newman family, according to library officials. The Newman family has been a strong supporter of the library and its activities. A similar book is available at the Westport Historical Society, another Newman favorite cause. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joan Hume for WestportNow.com

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School Bus Strike Averted

UPDATE A possible strike by Westport school bus drivers has been averted, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today.

Landon, who had warned parents and town officials last week that a strike was a possibility at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, did not provide details. (See WestportNow Sept. 26, 2008)

An official of the New Britain-based Dattco bus company said 75 Westport drivers were covered in the talks with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Marie Caron, who identified herself as a Westport school bus driver in a comment posted below this story, said workers by a vote of 27 to 23, rejected a company offer “of a raise for pennies on the dollar and no other benefits.” She said they then voted 39-11 to authorize a strike.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 19 High Point Road

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 19 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road.  Built in 1954, the one-story ranch has 3,164 square feet and is situated on a 1.03-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cannon Shot

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Monday was a good day for picture taking at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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