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Saturday, June 07, 2003

Stamfords Advocate Mistakenly Says Martha

Stamfords Advocate Mistakenly Says Martha Left Westport in 2000
Readers of an editorial in SundayҒs edition of The Advocate of Stamford no doubt will be confused by the newspaper saying Martha Stewart no longer lives in Westport.

She no longer lives in Westport, but does some magazine photography and films some of her television segments there, and she has many ties to our area,Ӕ said the editorial, which commented on her insider-trading case.

She moved out in 2000 after complaining that the chain retail stores had helped to sweep the charm from downtown Westport. She didn’t mind selling some of those same retailers to readers of her magazine through advertisements and special editions, however.Ӕ

The newspaper, owned by the Tribune Company and which circulates in the mid-Fairfield County area, referred to a critical article under Stewarts byline that appeared in The New York Times Magazine three years ago. 

Headlined ғMartha Stewart Leaving, the article included a large picture of a tractor-trailer turning a sharp corner on Post Road West.

In fact, Stewart still lives in Westport and on Feb. 14, 2002, told a Westport audience: “I’m still a resident of Westport. I sleep here at night, unless I am on vacation.”

She told a meeting of the ԓYs MenҔ that some of her words in the Times article had been edited. “I wrote what I thought was a balanced article,” she said. “It was not my picture; it was not my title.”

The Advocates error was especially glaring since the newspaper carried an AP story this week that described the reaction of Westporters to StewartҒs troubles.


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