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Thursday, June 12, 2003

Westport Minuteman: Martha Walked Her

Westport Minuteman: Martha Walked Her Dogs at Beach
Westports hot-button celebrity, Martha Stewart, has intersected with WestportҒs hot-button issue dogs at the beach.

The weekly Westport Minuteman reported today that Stewart was spotted early Sunday morning ֖ the day before she appeared for a mug shot and fingerprinting at the FBI on her insider-trading case walking two of her dogs at Compo Beach.

The newspaper said Stewart and her housekeeper took her French purebred dogs Paw Paw and Tutu out for a walk along a Compo Beach path. She posed with the dogs on the backsteps of her Westport home for her new marthatalks.com Web site.

Dogs are banned at the beach and adjacent areas from April 1 to Oct. 1. Revised rules regulating animals have been the subject of much debate and controversy for more than a year.

Violators of the rules are subject to a fine of up to $90.

Westport֒s legislative body, the Representative Town Meeting, will take up the issue again at its July 1 meeting.

ғStewart wore a casual black cotton button-down shirt and a pair of slacks, and looked as if she had put on some weight since she appeared before the Westport Y’s Men in February 2002, the Minuteman reported.

ԓAs she walked along the peaceful shoreline vista, she left a swath of gaping Westporters in her wake. The buzz was immediate.

The report said no one approached Stewart to either offer support or scorn. ԓThis is Westport, after all, and the population is respectful of privacy, the newspaper said.

Several other Westporters reported spotting Stewart around town in recent days as well.

Meanwhile, Stewart said in the latest update on her Web site that it has had more than 8 milion hits since its launch and more than 50,000 visitors have sent e-mails.

She also added an"Other Voices” section where she publishes supportive columns from newspapers and a “Setting the Record Straight” section “where my attorneys can post statements that correct misinformation.”


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