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Monday, October 27, 2003

Cell Towers Revisited: Now its EastonҒs Turn

Cell Towers Revisited: Now its EastonҒs Turn
Todays New York Times takes a look at the long controversial issue of cellphone towers in residential neighborhoods and in reporting on a dispute in Easton mentions WestportҒs unsuccessful effort to stop a tower going up near the Merritt Parkway.

Excerpt:  In nearby Westport, where the state law was most recently tested and upheld, Verizon bought a vacant house at 2 Sunny Lane with an eye to putting up a 130-foot tower.

ӓThe town sued, and help poured in from the Connecticut Council of Municipalities and the state attorney general, to no avail. Today, Sunny Lane is a little less sunny.

ӒHow do you throw up a cellphone tower in someone’s backyard? asked Lorcan O’Connor, who bought the house next door two months before Verizon won the court case. ґThis is a residential area.Ҕ

   

10/27/03 09:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Honored for Community Service



Westporters Diane Goss Farrell (2nd l.) and Andrew Boas (3rd l.) were honored tonight with the Anti-Defamation League’s Upper Fairfield County Distinguished Community Leadership Awards. They are flanked by past honorees Rabbi Robert Orkand and Shelly Kassen at the event at Temple Israel. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/27/03 01:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, October 26, 2003

The Advocate Reviews A Community of ArtistsӔ

If you havent made it to the Westport Arts CenterҒs A Community of ArtistsӔ exhibit yet (hurry, it runs only until next Sunday) and want a good rundown of what its all about, take a look at today’s The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk.

Reviewer L.P. Streitfield takes readers on a walk through the show and in the process offers a quick history of the arts in Westport.

   

10/26/03 09:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday at Compo



A reminder, perhaps, of the summer that was—a serene scene at Compo Beach today. Judy Burrows for WestportNow.com

   

10/26/03 05:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Westport Restaurant Almost Doomed Newmans Own

Westporters Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner almost opened a restaurant in their hometown instead of starting Newmans Own two decades ago. And charities would have been millions poorer.

ThatҒs one of the tales from a new book the actor and writer have authored about their successful food venture and highlighted in this weeks Newsweek.

Called ғShameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good, the book tells how the two became accidental entrepreneurs and launched a company that now sells dressing, pasta sauce, popcorn and more in eight countries, all to the benefit of charities.

They were interviewed by NewsweekԒs Jennifer Barrett.

Excerpt:
   
      Barrett: Why write this book now?
      Newman: Well, were passing one landmark. [This month] weҒll be giving away our 150 millionth dollar. So, a lot of the book people have asked us to do some kind of history about this business.
     
      Youve been quoted as saying, ғThere are three rules for doing businessfortunately, we donגt know any of them.
      Hotchner: Actually, my favorite is: ԓIt is useless to put on the brakes when youre upside down.Ҕ
      Newman: The one I like best is, When things look darkest then they go black.Ӕ 
   
      You mention in the book that you originally intended to open a restaurant in Westport, Conn., called Newmans Own, but were talked out of it by a former restaurant owner. Any thoughts still about opening a restaurant?
      Newman: We can barely handle what weҒve got.
      Hotchner: How close were we then?
      Newman: I dont think we were more than 28 percent there.
      Hotchner: [Laughs] Well, we are never more than 28 percent there. Seriously, if there had been a really good location, we might have done the restaurant instead of all of this.

   

10/26/03 04:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Struttin’ Their Stuff



The Staples cheerleaders entertain the hometown crowd at halftime today. Staples defeated Westhill of Stamford 22-6. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/25/03 07:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

The View from on High: Staples Defeats Westhill 22-6



These Staples fans had the high view as they saw Staples defeat Westhill of Stamford today 22-6 at home, improving to 7-0 on the season. Staples led 6-0 at halftime. Staples senior Jimmy Hughes did it again, adding two more touchdowns to his record season. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/25/03 06:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Planning & Zoning Candidates Debate

Planning & Zoning Candidates Debate



Candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission had their turn at a League of Women Voters forum today. They are (l. to r.) James R. Cochrane (R), Helen Martin Block (R), Sean M. Timmins (R), Eleanor S. Lowenstein (D), and David B. Press (R). WestportNow.com photo

   

10/25/03 06:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Zoning Board of Appeals Candidates

Zoning Board of Appeals Candidates Vie for Votes



Voters can vote for three candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 4. They debated today at a League of Women Voters forum at the Westport Public Library. They are (l. to r.) James C. Ezzes (D), Duane Nelson (R), and Elizabeth Yang Wong (R). WestportNow.com photo

   

10/25/03 06:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Price of a Cup of Coffee



Editor’s Note: WestportNow today inaugurates a new occasional feature—WestportNow Lists by our consumer correspondent Fran.

Sometimes it will be best buys, what’s hot, or what’s unusual. We welcome reader suggestions and contributions. Today’s opener: the price of a cup of coffee—fancy and plain.

By Fran

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The cost of a medium skim latt: (All prices include tax): Katzenbergs Kaf钩            $3.29 Starbucks $3.29
The coffee bar at Hay Day. WestportNow.com photo
DocҒs   $3.25 Commuter Coffee             $3.25 Garelick & Herbs           $3.18 Hay Day Coffee Bar           $3.18       Village Bagels                 $2.75 Westport Library               $2.65 Abbondanza $2.50 Oscars             $2.19 Say it ainҒt so, for a cup of Joe (16-oz coffee): Docs   $1.75 StarbuckҒs $1.70 Katzenbergs Kafҩ            $1.64 Abbondanza $1.59 Dunkin Donuts           $1.55 The Country Store             $1.51 Coffee An’                      $1.50 Commuter Coffee             $1.50 Great Cakes $1.50 Village Bagels                 $1.50 Westport Library               $1.50 Christie’s                       $1.43 Fortuna’s                       $1.43 Hay Day Coffee Bar           $1.43 (corrected Oct. 27 from $1.59, thanks to Hay Day’s David Loggie. But Dave—please update the sign that says $1.50. I can’t buy a cup of coffee at every place to see if what’s actually charged is the same as the listed price!) Oscars             $1.43 Cumberland Farms             $1.37 PeterҒs Bridge Market $1.37 Calise’s                         $1.30

   

10/25/03 04:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, October 24, 2003

William Steinkraus: My Sister Really Believed in Bridges

Editors Note: Once called “the man who epitomized style on horseback,Ҕ William C.  Steinkraus was the first United States rider ever to win an Olympic individual gold medal (Mexico City, 1968). A U.S. Equestrian Team member from 1951 through 1972, he competed in six Olympics. Following are excerpts from his remarks at todays Westport bridge dedication honoring his sister, Ruth Steinkraus Cohen. ғGiven her interest in the United Nations from its very inception, it was the most natural thing in the world for Ruth to think of somehow getting Westport involved in the U.N. and getting the U.N. involved in Westport.
William Steinkraus tells today’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge dedication ceremony his sister would have cherished the honor Westport and the state bestowed upon her. WestportNow.com photo
This eventually occurred through the medium of the International Hospitality Committee of Fairfield County, an element of the United Nations Association of the USA and WestportӒs own jUNe day and other special occasions. Ruth was an initiator and driving force behind these activities and many others, enlisting the help of an army of dedicated volunteers, and in the past four decades, more than 50,000 U.N. diplomats, staff and State Department personnel have visited Westport for one or another of the Hospitality CommitteeӒs special events. Ruth would have been thrilled but not surprised that jUNe day and the rest of the committeeӒs activities are still continuing after her death, for they have surely meant too much to too many for them to be suspended. I am quite sure that many Westport natives and their former U.N. guests, when they visualize this bridge over the Saugatuck, like to remember it in its jUNe day dress, with all the flags of the various U.N. member countries waving in the breeze. ӓThere is an important symbolic value in this, for it reflects the commitment that both the U.N. and many Westport citizens have made toward building bridges between nations, starting with the building of relationships between individual people and families, and indeed of towns. Ruth really believed in bridges. Thus I think there could no more fitting memorial to my sister and the contributions she made to the Westport community than for this bridge to be named in her memory. ӓRuth was an angel, but even angels like their good works to be appreciated. And I know that Ruth would have cherished the honor that the town and state have bestowed upon her. My surviving sister, Marjorie, and I are deeply grateful to the many individuals who helped arrange for this to happen, and we would like to thank them all very much on RuthӒs behalf. She was a very special person, and this is a very special, and, I believe, very appropriate honor in her memory. Thank you all.Ӕ

   

10/24/03 07:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Four Write-In Candidates Registered in RTM District 8

Four Write-In Candidates Registered in RTM District 8
Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said today she has been informed by the Secretary of the States Election Division that four Westport residents have registered as write-in candidates in the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 8.

The district has four seats up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election, but only three candidates Җ all incumbents are listed on the ballot.

To be eligible to be a write-in candidate, residents of the district had to register with the Secretary of the State֒s office by Oct. 21.

Those eligible for write-in status are: Dwight Wayne (Robin) Batteau; Benjamin G. Joseloff; Jonathan Steinberg, and John P. Vornle, Strauss said.

She said anyone else written in by voters will be disqualified. No other write-in candidates have been registered for any other Westport municipal office, Strauss said.

Editors Note:  The editor of WestportNow is an incumbent District 8 RTM member seeking re-election and father of write-in candidate Benjamin G. Joseloff.

   

10/24/03 05:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Waving the Flag Students from

Waving the Flag



Students from Coleytown Elementary School wave the United Nations flag during U.N. Day ceremonies today at Town Hall. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/24/03 04:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Doing the Unveiling Honors




Friends of Ruth Steinkraus Cohen do the unveiling honors at today’s official dedication of the bridge named after her across the Saugatuck River. They include (l. to r.) Ann Marie Flynn, Aye Aye Thant, and state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard, R-Westport. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/24/03 03:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge

Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge Dedicated



The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge across the Saugatuck River was officially dedicated today. Among those taking part were (l. to r.) First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell, William Steinkraus, the honoree’s brother, Aye Aye Thant, president, UNA-USA Southwestern Connecticut Chapter, and state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard, R-Westport, sponsor of the naming legislation. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/24/03 03:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

End to Daylight Savings Time Brings Free Batteries, Changes in Rail Service

End to Daylight Savings Time Brings Free Batteries, Changes in Rail Service
This weekends end of daylight savings time not only means an extra hour of sleep, but free batteries for your smoke detectors from the Westport Fire Department and increased rail service from Metro-North.

The departmentҒs change your clock, change your batteriesӔ campaign is aimed at reminding Westporters to make sure the batteries in their smoke detectors are operable, according to Fire Marshal Fred S. Baker.

Beginning Saturday, the department will offer free 9-volt replacement batteries to Westporters bringing their old batteries to fire headquarters, 515 Post Road East. There is a limit of three batteries per household.

Those needing assistance in changing their smoke detector batteries can request department help by calling 341-5010.

The free batteries are provided courtesy of the Westport Rotary Club and the Westport Firefighters Golf Tournament, according to Baker.

As Westporters set their clocks back at 2 a.m. Sunday, they will also wake up to a revised Metro-North train schedule. It adds a new early morning express train beginning Monday that departs Westport at 5:04 a.m. and arrives at Grand Central Terminal at 6:04 a.m.

To reduce a one-hour-and-10-minute service gap to outer New Haven Line stations in the evening, a new express train will depart Grand Central at 9:37 p.m. with a stop in Westport at 10:37 p.m.

On weekends, the 6:40 a.m. local train operating out of Grand Central on Saturdays and Sundays will now be split into two trains, saving customers who travel east of Old Greenwich up to 26 minutes of travel time. A new 7:07 a.m. express from Grand Central will arrive in Westport at 8:13 a.m. and Green’s Farms at 8:17 a.m.

On Sundays, a new inbound express train stops in Westport at 9:12 a.m. and arrives in Grand Central at 10:12 a.m. In the evening, a new express train will depart Grand Central at 4:34 p.m., arriving in Westport at 5:35 p.m.

For complete train schedules, click on the link on the left side of this page.

   

10/24/03 03:44 AM Comments () • Permalink

Shameless Plug for WestportNow A

Shameless Plug for WestportNow



A Sheltie named Abbott poses in a shameless plug for WestportNow.com gear. Click on the coffee mug in the left hand column for a selection of hats, mugs, t-shirts, and sweats. Due to popular demand, a special edition Abby WestportNow mug has been added to the collection! WestportNow.com photo

   

10/24/03 12:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Ed Mitchell Stars in High Price Home Movie

Todays Wall Street Journal cites the family of Ed Mitchell in a story about baby boomers, faced with aging parents, scrambling against time to make a permanent record of the family lore.

But instead of picking up a video camera and firing off a list of questions, the newspaper says some boomers are hiring production companies to turn these tales into glossy documentaries.

Excerpt: ғEd Mitchell, who started a clothing store in Westport, Conn., back in the 1958, just finished appearing in the movie version of his life, Second to None: We Started with Three Suits; The Ed Mitchell Story.ђ

His family hired Reel Biography to make the film, as a tribute to the 98-year-old family patriarch.

ӓA crew of four spent two days taking footage of the shop and interviewing Mr. Mitchell’s family, friends and customers. The result was two videos, 10-minute and 30-minute versions.

Filming for the ӑSecond to None had some of the trappings of a Hollywood shoot, from the makeup and hair touchups to the tedious set arranging.

ғAt one session, Mr. Mitchell’s two sons, Bill and Jack, redo again and again what will be the introduction to the film.

Take one: Bill stumbles over his words. Take 2: The cameraman tells Bill he is smacking the microphone with his gesticulations, ruining the sound.

ӓTake 3: The more gregarious Bill hogs the spotlight. We want Jack to say something too,Ғ the producer says. Take 4: They nail it. It is beyond words and my capacity to thank you, Dad,ђ Bill begins.

   

10/23/03 03:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Fire Department Adds New Recruit

Fire Department Adds New Recruit



First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell today swears in new Fire Department recruit Terrence Dunn. Jr., 21, of Shelton. The son of a retired state trooper, Dunn joins five other recruits sworn in last month to bring the department strength to 57. Fire Chief Denis McCarthy looks on. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/22/03 07:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westports Sean Mulcahy Wearing Neck Brace, Shoulder Harness

Westports Sean Mulcahy has added a neck brace and shoulder harness to his normal attire, reports todayҒs Hartford Courant, but the UConn starting defensive tackle and team tri-captain is still determined to play his remaining games.

“I’ve only got four games left,” Mulcahy told the newspaper. “I’m not going to wimp out now.”

The 2000 Staples grad has started 34 consecutive games. There was some doubt he’d play against Kent State last week after injuring his neck against North Carolina State Oct. 11.

He played against Kent State, but injured a shoulder and missed most of the second half. He is questionable for Akron on Saturday.

“It’s somewhat frustrating,” Mulcahy said. “I can’t really do the things I want to do because I don’t have as much mobility. With the injuries I can’t play as well as I want to. It kind of limits you. But I have got to be out there. I have to do what I have to do.”

   

10/22/03 04:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Settlement Reached in Alleged Westport Priest Sex Abuse Case

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has settled another lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest, this one involving a clergymans actions while serving at WestportҒs Assumption Church. The claims against the Rev. Joseph Moore were settled separately from a $21 million deal reached last week to settle claims by 40 people who accused 16 priests of abuse, according to todays Connecticut Post. Five of those priests had also served at Assumption. A total of seven priests involved in church sex abuse claims have served in Westport since the 60s, according to a Bridgeport law firm tracking the cases. Joseph McAleer, a spokesman for the diocese, would not disclose the amount of the new settlement at the plaintiff’s request. He said money for the settlements are coming from insurance and the sale of undeveloped surplus diocesan property.
Flashback: Bishop William Lori announces a $21 million sex abuse settlement at a Bridgeport news conference last week. WestportNow.com photo
Moore, who served at Assumption in the early 70s, declined to comment when reached at his home in Rutland, Vt., according to the AP. Bruce Gordon, a Bridgeport lawyer representing the plaintiff, also refused to comment. When the settlement was reached was not immediately clear. It apparently was reached at the same time the lawsuit was filed in Bridgeport Superior Court, the Post reported. The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, says he was sexually assaulted several times by Moore at Assumption between 1973 and 1975 when he was a child. The lawsuit alleges that diocesan officials learned that Moore had abused children but assigned him to Assumption Church anyway, where he still had access to children. In 2001, the diocese settled another claim against Moore, who was accused of molesting a boy at St. Mary Parish in Bethel in the early 1980s. McAleer said Moore was removed from ministry in 1997 and has no authorization to serve as a priest. Last week’s settlement included one priest picked up by Westport police in 1968 for allegedly molesting a boy in his car. (WestportNow, Oct. 16, 2003) Details of that settlement were announced by Bishop William Lori. The settlement was the second in two years for the diocese. It had reached a financial settlement in 2001 involving five priests and 26 plaintiffs. Lori told a Bridgeport news conference that with the latest $21 million settlement, the diocese now has agreed to pay out $37.7 million in such claims.

   

10/22/03 09:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Teen Pleads Guilty in Sex Assault Case

Westport Teen Pleads Guilty in Sex Assault Case
A Westport youth has pleaded guilty for having sex with two Westport girls, one 12 years old and the other 14.

Chrisopher Douze, now 18, entered his plea Tuesday in Superior Court in Norwalk. He was 16 when he committed the crimes in May and August 2002.

He will be sentenced in January to at least two and a half years in prison.

   

10/22/03 09:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

So Where’s the Cold Duck

So Where’s the Cold Duck or Grey Goose?



A couple of mallards are regulars at Parkway Liquor on North Main Street. They wander in, sometimes get a few handouts from store workers, and wander out. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com

   

10/22/03 03:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Check Out the Champagnes, Honey

Check Out the Champagnes, Honey



Patrons stopping by Parkway Liquor on North Main Street sometimes do a double take when they spot these regulars. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com

   

10/22/03 03:44 AM Comments () • Permalink

Slippery Roads on a Rainy

Slippery Roads on a Rainy Night



A car crashed into a fence tonight at the intersection of Compo Road North and Evergreen Avenue. The driver was not injured. The streets were slippery from a light rain. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/22/03 02:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Listening to the Candidates at

Listening to the Candidates at Staples



Staples students hosted Board of Education candidates at a forum tonight in the school library. Many of the questions focused on Staples issues including advanced placement classes, the school’s increasing enrollment, and possibly having a Staples student serve on the school board. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/21/03 11:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Political Action Committee Files Registration

New Political Action Committee Files Registration
A new political action committee supporting Board of Education candidates Edward Bowers and Stephen Rubin filed an initial registration statement today with Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss.

The committee, Campaign for a Responsive Board of Education, said it would collect campaign funds on behalf of Bowers, running on the Republican line, and Rubin, who is a petitioning candidate.

The committee registration statement listed its principals as Nancy Burke, Diana Coyne, Laura Gallagher Lahey, and Alexandra Reardon.

   

10/21/03 08:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wreckers Retain No. 3 Spot in Hartford Courant Rankings

The Staples Wreckers retained the No. 3 spot in the Hartford Courant latest rankings of state high school football teams.

The rankings are based on results, strength of schedule and information from other sources.Ӕ

The Wreckers, 6-0 on the season, next play Westhill-Stamford at home on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

   

10/21/03 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tax Collector Office Visitors Getn Mourning Warning



Visitors to the office of the Westport Tax Collector at Town Hall get fair warning of mourning going on. The sign (inset closeup) reflects certain baseball leanings of an office employee. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/21/03 01:54 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, October 20, 2003

Martha Stewart Wins Legal Victory

Martha Stewart won a legal victory today with a federal court judge ruling that prosecutors may not use an e-mail she wrote to her lawyer last year as evidence at her forthcoming trial on insider trading-related charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum ruled the Westport resident did not waive the e-mail’s protected status when she forwarded it to her daughter, Alexis, a day after sending it to her attorney.

The e-mail, dated June 23, 2002, contains Stewart’s account of why she sold ImClone Systems stock in late 2001. The sale was under investigation in 2002, and Stewart was later indicted on five criminal counts.

A federal prosecutor came across the e-mail earlier this year in preparation for Stewart’s trial, scheduled for Jan. 12, and asked the judge to clarify whether it could be used as evidence.

Cedarbaum ruled the e-mail deserved the legal protection of attorney work product —a designation that means the government cannot use it as evidence at her trial.

The judge said the e-mail does not disclose Stewart’s legal strategy, but she rejected the government’s argument that the e-mail “would have taken the same form if created for a nonlitigation purpose.”

In an affidavit, Stewart called her daughter “the closest person in the world to me.”

“She is a valued confidante and counselor to me,” Stewart said. “In sharing the e-mail with her, I knew that she would keep its content strictly confidential.”

The government says Stewart sold ImClone shares on Dec. 27, 2001, because she was tipped that the family of ImClone founder Sam Waksal, a Stewart friend, was trying to sell its shares.

   

10/20/03 08:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

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