Friday, December 31, 2004
Dancing to New York, New YorkӔ today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities was Glenna Rohan, 76, of Bronx, N.Y., a member of The SteppersӔ dance group from New York City. The act was one of many New Years Eve activities sponsored by Westport/Weston First Night 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Gloria Brown, 73, of Manhattan, entertains the crowd at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today as part of First Night Westport/Weston 2005. She is a member of the New York-based The SteppersӔ senior dance troupe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Funds pouring into Westport’s Save the Children for its Asian earthquake relief fund total about $6 million so far and, with donations from other countries, might eventually top $50 million, a spokeswoman said today.
“The response has been breathtaking,” said spokeswoman Dianne Sherman. She also praised the response to an appeal issued Thursday for volunteers to help man the phones. (See WestportNow Dec. 29, 2004)
“We are very appreciative, especially to people locally,” she said, adding that those interested in helping should call (203) 221-4000.
She said donations are coming in from the charity’s Web site, over the phone, and through corporate and private donors and amount to about $6 million so far. “The total might even reach $50 million, counting funds coming through other countries,” she said.
The First Night Film Festival is a new addition to tonight’s First Night Westport//Weston 2005.
The First Night Film Committee—Will Berk, Alix Bregman, Dan Lance and Brian Mayer—caution that some of the films, to be screened at Westport’s Town Hall, may contain content considered inappropriate for young children.
Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. and run until 11 p.m.
Title: Melchinger: Impossible
Filmmaker(s): Brian Mayer*
Description: A teacher, Mr. Melchinger, falls victim to the clever antics of his students as they try to steal the next day’s test from…but will they succeed?
Title: Danes World
Filmmaker(s): Michael Bloom, Dane Foster, Andrew Knopp
Description: This film is a parody of the comedy WayneҒs World.
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Saying she was tired but feeling well, Gov. M. Jodi Rell left Danbury Hospital today, three days after undergoing breast cancer surgery.
“I feel great. I feel fine,” the 58-year-old Republican governor told reporters.
Rell left the hospital shortly after 5 p.m. with her daughter. She was wearing a light green sweat suit. She underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery Monday.
Rell’s recovery is on track and final tests results received just before she left the hospital were clean, the governor’s office said.
Westport’s Inn at Longshore, damaged in a Christmas Day fire, reopened today in time to host an evening wedding reception.
Bride Deborah Lacy of Fairfield was ecstatic to have the reception go off on time despite the fire. “My initial reaction was shock,” she said. “It left me speechless.”
“It was a lot of hard work, but everyone pulled together to get it done,” said Fire Marshall Fred Baker, who did a final inspection today. “The Health Department has cleared it and the banquet kitchen is ready to go.”
The Saturday fire, which began when an old basement steam pipe overheated and ignited adjoining wood, spread upwards through voids and hidden ducts.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell is asking people across the state to take some time on Friday to pause and honor Connecticut’s war dead.
Rell, who left Danbury Hospital this afternoon where she underwent breast cancer surgery, has requested a statewide moment of silence and tolling of bells at noon in memory of the men and women with Connecticut ties killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004.
“Before this year ends it is appropriate that we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Rell said in a statement. “Our freedom comes at a price that is - at times - almost unbearably tragic.
In the past year, a dozen members of the military with ties to the state have been killed in the Middle East.
Westports Save the Children charity is inundated with phone calls from across the country from people wishing to donate to its Asian earthquake relief fund and today appealed to Westporters to help come in and man the phones.
ғWe can use people today and through the weekend, said spokeswoman Dianne Sherman. ԓWe can teach them very quickly how to answer the phones. Its a very rewarding experience.Ҕ
She said the charitys headquarters on Wilton Road has received about $2 million in online donations in the past few days with more money being pledged every minute.
Those who have some time to donate to the charity to help with answering phones are asked to call (203) 221-4000.
Neighbors came out to watch today as a home at 2 Angora Road, off of High Point Road, came down. The house, featured as the WestportNow teardown of the day on Nov. 8, was bult in the 1960s and, according to a neighbor, won an award for its architecture. The owner of the property is planning to rebuild. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The scheduled Jan. 11 meeting of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has been canceled and the legislative body will next meet Feb. 1.
RTM Moderator Gordon Joseloff said with action on a proposed underage drinking ordinance postponed until February and no Board of Finance meeting in December, there were no pressing matters on the RTM agenda.
The 36-member nonpartisan body usually meets once a month. Several RTM committee meetings, however, have been scheduled in January, including a Jan. 3 session with the Board of Education to discuss budget matters.
Editor’s note: Gordon Joseloff is also editor of WestportNow.com
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s doctors want her to remain at Danbury Hospital for at least another day to recuperate from Monday’s breast cancer surgery, her office said today.
The Republican governor had been expected to leave the hospital today and rest at home for several days.
“I may be the governor, but around here it’s the doctors who run the show, and I’m going to listen to their advice - most of the time, anyway,” Rell said in a statement issued by her office.
Rell, 58, underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Monday afternoon. According to Rell’s staff, her doctors are pleased with her progress and say she is healing well.
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