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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and parts of the tri-state area until 7:30 p.m.

An advisory at 6:55 p.m. upgraded a severe thunderstorm watch issued an hour earlier to a warning.

It said thunderstorms in advance of an approaching cold front will move across the area this evening. Some thunderstorms could produce damaging winds and large hail with perhaps an isolated tornado.

Some of the thunderstorms would also produce very heavy rain with localized flash flooding as well as frequent lightning, it said.


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Landon: “Feeling of Dismay” Over Nude Photos Image
Elliott Landon: “Feeling of failure this could happen.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon says there is a “feeling of dismay” among Westport educators and parents over nude photos circulated electronically by middle school and high school students.

Breaking a silence on the matter he first reported in a letter to parents earlier this month (See WestportNow May 15, 2008), Landon told The New York Times: “There’s a feeling of dismay and a feeling of failure that this could happen.”

Landon, who has refused to comment to local news media about his letter, told the Times Sunday Connecticut section that parents and school officials are working to develop more effective teaching tools to warn Westport students of cyberspace dangers.

He said it was too late in the school year to launch new programs but that the Westport schools would beef up their cyberspace initiatives in the fall.

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Westport Volunteers Help in “Great Park Pursuit” Image
Westport members of Friends of Sherwood Island State Park were among volunteers helping out today at the park as families from across the state took part in “The Great Park Pursuit – The Connecticut State Parks Family Adventure” sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy was on hand to welcome guests for the event, part of the department’s “No Child Left Inside” campaign. The statewide initiative is designed to raise awareness for state parks and forests and build enthusiasm for the outdoors among children. Pictured (l-r) are: Sheila O’Neill, Hope Hageman, Marilyn Bakker, Winnie Balboni and Liz-Ann Koos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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“Hold on, There’s Someone on My Other Line” Image
A fisherman talks on his cell phone while casting out his line at the jetty off of Westport’s Old Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Cartoonist Legend Mel Casson Dies at 87 Image
Mel Casson: 40-year Westport resident. King Features photo
Cartoonist legend Mel Casson, the writer and illustrator of the comic strip “Redeye,” died on May 21 at his Westport home. He was 87.

Casson was a 40-year Westport resident and lived on Guyer Road. For almost 20 years Casson illustrated “Redeye,” a parody strip about a 19th century tribe of Native Americans, for King Features Syndicate.

When cartoonist Bill Yates, who wrote the “Redeye” scripts, retired in 1999, Casson assumed full writing and drawing duties of the strip.

“King Features has been very fortunate to represent the work of Mel Casson over the years,” said Brendan Burford, King Features comics editor. “He put great care and craft into his cartoons, adding to the beauty of the comics page every day. He will be sorely missed.”

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Pizza at the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach was a perfect way to end the day for this youngster on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Saturday, May 31, 2008

10 a.m. - noon - Westport Weston Health District - Rabies Vaccination Clinic
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 70 Sanford St., Fairfield (across from Fairfield Metro North station) - Farmers Market
11 a.m. - east of the Norwalk Islands - Minuteman Yacht Club hosts King Cup Sailing Regatta
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Seabury Center - The Center Stage Theatre Company: “Les Miserables, School Edition” with Ivan Rutherford
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Black Box Theatre at Staples High School - Staples Players: “Lucky Stiff”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Pavilion”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Eric Hnatow w/ Logrythm and Pattern Driver
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Few Good Men”


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Compo Clouds Image
The clouds made for dramatic skies today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Friday, May 30, 2008

Compo Romance Image
Weston artists Drew and Audrey Klotz renewed their wedding vows on their 10th anniversary today near the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach.  Barbara Stein of Weston, a justice of the peace, officiated. The bride wore the same dress she wore at her wedding. Applause rang out from nearby groups who were enchanted with the whole romantic idea. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Swanning on the Saugatuck Image
A pair of seemingly kissing swans was part of a flock of over a dozen that swam along the Saugatuck River just below the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge at low tide looking for food at the bottom of the river. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


05/30/08 07:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Metro-North’s New M8 Rail Cars

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

I have seen the future and it is cool—very cool.

Metro-North has finally unveiled a full-scale, unpowered mockup of the new M8 rail car it designed and Kawasaki is building for Connecticut commuters. All I can say is “Wow!”


Much of the credit goes to renowned designer Cesar Vergara, who has commuted for years from Connecticut and spent many months riding the Harlem and Hudson line cars to learn from their successes and mistakes.

From the outside, our new cars will look much like those M7 cars running in Westchester and on the LIRR. But on the inside, it’s all first class, though it’s still two and three seating. The color scheme is deep burgundy and rich cream with frosted silver and aluminum.

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Woman’s Club Donates $10,000 for Missing Persons Tracker Image
The Westport Woman’s Club today presented the Westport Police Department with its annual Ruegg Grant—a $10,000 check for Project Lifesaver, a tracking system used to locate missing persons. Those enrolled in the program—often people with Alzheimer’s or autism—are given a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal that can be picked up by police. Rose Jordan presented the check to Police Chief Al Fiore while First Selectman Gordon Joseloff looked on. Other Ruegg Committee members shown are (l-r) Barbara Szefc, Betsy Dickinson, Barbara Raffel, and Connie Case. At right is Lt. Thomas P. Casimiro. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Busy Day at Rowing Club Image
Thursday’s sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s made for perfect weather for those setting off from the docks at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Friday, May 30, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Saruman The Wise w/Radient District, Kyle Gilbride, Ethan Rothstein
7:30 p.m. - Black Box Theatre at Staples High School - Staples Players: “Lucky Stiff”
7:30 p.m. - Weston Public Library - Winners of the 2008 Westport Youth Festival
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Pavilion”
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - The Center Stage Theatre Company: “Les Miserables, School Edition” with Ivan Rutherford
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Few Good Men”


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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Man Arrested in Westport for Running Brothels Gets 5 Years

A Ukrainian citizen arrested in Westport on charges of running brothels was sentenced by a federal judge in Bridgeport today to more than five years in prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas also ordered Aleksander Dubogryzov, 45, to forfeit more than $100,000 in cash that authorities seized during the investigation and another $200,000 from the future sale of property he owns in Ellenville, N.Y.

Dubogryzov will be subject to deportation to the Ukraine after serving his 67-month prison sentence. He lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before his arrest in Westport in 2006. (See WestportNow Sept.. 21, 2006)

A jury convicted him last September of conspiracy to transport for immoral purposes, transporting for immoral purposes and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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