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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

Martha Stewart at Yankee Stadium Again as New Kmart Ads Debut

Martha Stewart at Yankee Stadium Again as New Kmart Ads Debut Westports Martha Stewart was back again at Yankee Stadium Sunday night as a new Kmart ad campaign featuring her debuted during television coverage of the second World Series game between the Yankees and Marlins.
Martha Stewart (second from bottom) chats with Sharon Patrick, president of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, during Sunday night’s second game of the World Series. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Mayor Michael Bloomberg(top, wearing hats) occupy seats closest to the Yankee dugout. WestportNow.com photo
Stewart sat where she did for last Thursday nightҒs seventh game of the Yankees-Red Sox ACLS series in the front row near the Yankee dugout a few seats away from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Stewart brought her digital camera and snapped pictures as the Yankees took the field. She raised the camera again each time Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter took some practice swings in the on-deck circle near her seat. At one point, Stewart smiled and waved at Jeter. He returned the smile and turned and faced her as he took some swings so she could get some pictures. Bundled against the 45-degree cold, Stewart munched on a hot dog with sauerkraut and washed it down with some Evian water. As she did Thursday, she left early, this time at the end of the sixth inning with the Yankees leading 6-0. As she walked up the aisle, a few fans snapped pictures of her and one asked if she would stop and pose for a picture with a friend. She readily agreed and then made her exit. The Daily News reported that earlier Sunday, Stewart tried to grab the lens of one of its photographers as he tried to take her picture during a Central Park charity event. The AP quoted Kmart officials as saying nothing has changed in their approach to Stewart and her well-selling line of home furnishings. After Stewart was indicted in June on insider trading-related charges, a Kmart spokeswoman said the matter was between law enforcement and Stewart. “We still continue to carry her (Stewart’s) product, and it continues to sell very well. There has been no change there,” Kmart spokesman Jack Ferry said. The “Kmart, Right Here, Right Now” campaign, complete with rerecorded music of the same name by ‘90s pop artist Jesus Jones, has an urban theme and features takes of the pitch people for Kmart’s exclusive product lines - Stewart, Joe Boxer dancer Vaughn Lowery and Latin singer Thalia Sodi. In the new ads. Stewart shows up in the towel aisle, surrounded by her namesake brand. In one 45-second spot, she beams, flashes the letter K in sign language, and says, “It’s in the K!” Two other spots show her more or less dancing in the aisle, with the same smile and the same blue sweater tied over her shoulders, the New York Times reported.

   

10/20/03 03:54 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, October 19, 2003

TV Neighbors: Love in the Afternoon



The Westport Historical Society today kicked off its discussion programs in conjunction with its current “TV Neighbors” exhibit. Today’s “Love in the Afternoon: Will Roger Come Back?” panel spotlighted soap operas. Participants included (l. to r.) writer Juliet Packer, actors Tom Wiggin, Dorothy Bryce, Scott Bryce, and Bobra Suiter, and director Harry Eggart. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/19/03 07:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Bridge Naming Issue Revisited: State to Put All New Names on Hold?

Westport Bridge Naming Issue Revisited: State to Put All New Names on Hold? Todays New York Times Connecticut section spotlights the proliferation of legislation this year naming Connecticut roads and bridges, including perhaps the most controversial Җ the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport.
The controversial naming of Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge may prompt a moratorium on all Connecticut road and bridge namings. WestportNow.com photo
As a result, some legislators are wondering whether the process has gotten out of hand and at least one, state Rep. Jacqueline M. Cocco, D- Bridgeport, co-chair of the legislatures Transportation Committee, said itҒs time for a moratorium. There needs to be a moratorium on names,Ӕ Cocco told the newspaper. There are too many in my opinion.” She said she had told her co-chair, state Sen. Biagio “Billy” Ciotto, D-Wethersfield, they should have as much as a five-year moratorium to sort things out. The Times said the controversial Westport bridge naming issue earlier this year played a big part in CoccoӒs call for a time out on new names. It said a record 30 structures were named this year, twice the number of last year. The newspaper recounted how state Rep. Ken Bernhard, R-Westport, had proposed the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen bridge naming legislation, only to undergo criticism from some town residents. They did not want to name a bridge after someone closely associated with the United Nations at a time when the nation was dealing with a war in Iraq that did not win U.N. Security Council approval. Of all the things I initiated and cared for in my years as a legislator, I thought this was a no-brainer,Ӕ Bernhard told the Times. But this was by far the most controversial thing IӒve ever done as a legislator.

   

10/19/03 04:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking Shape The new Westport

Taking Shape



The new Westport Senior Center is taking shape on Baron’s South. Town officials are now looking at an opening early in the new year. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/19/03 03:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Whats in a Name? If itҒs Westport, its High NYC Rent for Small Space

Whats in a Name? If itҒs Westport, its High NYC Rent for Small Space
TodayҒs New York Times takes a look at the Manhattan apartment rental market and cites a new building named Westport.

The newspaper tells the tale of financial planner Jodie Welkes who returned to New York this summer after being downsized out of a job in Chicago.

Finally, she found a one-bedroom apartment on the eighth floor of the Westport, a new 27-story building opened on Memorial Day weekend by the Related Companies on 10th Avenue and West 56th Street.Ӕ

It said the Westport has a grand lobby and all the latest amenities: granite counters, marble in the bathroom, a health club and valet service,

But, she said her new apartment is only 730 square feet, or 25 percent smaller than her last one, and has almost no closet space ӗ she would gladly trade in the stylish pedestal sink for an old-fashioned vanity with storage space below, the report said.

The posted rent is $2,525 a month. After receiving two months of free rent to close the deal, she is paying $2,164, plus $275 for parking.

ԓAs the busiest rental season draws to a close, Ms. Welkes’s experience at the Westport illustrates some of the changes and unchanging facts, in the market-rate rental market in Manhattan and beyond, the Times said.

   

10/19/03 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Party Time for Westport Arts

Party Time for Westport Arts Center



Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon (l.) and Board of Education member Cheryl Bliss were among attendees at the Westport Arts Center fundraising gala Saturday night. Richard Kesselman looks on. The evening began with dinners across town privately hosted by Westport Arts Center board members. They were followed by dessert at the Bedford Middle School where a performance and silent and live auction raised many thousands for the organization.
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10/19/03 02:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Popular Hair Salon Recovering from Ceiling Collapse

Popular Hair Salon Recovering from Ceiling Collapse
A ceiling collapse at a popular Westport hair salon has all but put it temporarily out of business.

The collapse occurred last weekend at the Laura Bazante Salon, 580 Riverside Ave., while the business was closed and resulted in no injuries, according to salon workers.

But there was major damage to cutting chairs, mirrors, and furniture which were flattened by the falling debris, they said. The workers did not know the cause of the collapse in the small, former restaurant.

“It looked like ground zero in there,” said one employee, who asked not to be identified.

Building owner Sam Gault promised to expedite the repair process but so far aside from barricading the damaged areas, little action has been taken, the employee said.

Business resumed on a limited basis Friday in hallways and in the salon’s adjoining Bianca Place that normally caters to children.

Laura Bazante Salon has been open about five years and has become popular among many Westporters.

   

10/19/03 02:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Travels With Larry: the Latest from Mary-Lou Weisman

Todays New York Times Sunday travel section features the latest travel adventures of WestportҒs Mary-Lou and Larry Weisman.

Todays subject is a quick getaway to Cap Juluca in Anguilla in the Caribbean.

Excerpt: ғIf you live in the North temperate zone, February is the cruelest month, breeding viral infections and a desire for warmer climes. For my husband, Larry, and me, it’s the perfect time for a quick Caribbean getaway.

With us, the emphasis is on ӑquick. We’ve learned from a lifetime of flunking relaxation, that any sybaritic vacation longer than five days is too much of a good thing.

ғWhat we want is to trade cold weather for warm, gray skies for blue, our cooking for theirs and most especially, our chlorinated, concrete lap pool at the Westport Y for their buoyant turquoise waters and white, sandy beaches.

   

10/19/03 02:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westports Sean Mulcahy Aggravates Neck Injury. Sits Out 4Q and Overtime

Westports Sean Mulcahy made it into SaturdayҒs UConn close win over Kent State but aggravated a neck injury and had to sit out the fourth quarter and overtime.

The UConn tri-captain had been listed as doubtful earlier in the week, but he told reporters he had no doubt he would play in the game. UConn beat Kent State 34-31 in overtime at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio.

Coach Randy Edsall said, WeӒll try to get as much out of him each and every week as we possibly can. He called the injury a ԓconstant stinger, according to the Connecticut Post.

ԓHe usually gets better by Wednesday, Edsall said. ԓBut I think hes going to have that situation, as a defensive linesmen, for the rest of the year.Ҕ

As for Mulcahy, he said, I have to play every week, so itӒs not going to heal properly. Its pretty frustrating.Ҕ

   

10/19/03 01:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Staples Supporters Cheer Wreckers’ 38-7 Victory Over Darien



Staples supporters traveled to Norwalk today to cheer on the Wreckers to a 38-7 victory over Darien. Staples improved to 6-0 on the season. The teams played at Brien McMahon because Darien’s field was unavailable. Staples led at halftime 28-7. Senior running back Jimmy Hughes added two more touchdowns to his record-breaking season and also had two interceptions. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/18/03 08:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Board of Education Candidates Face the Voters



Board of Education candidates met the voters today at a League of Women Voters forum. They are (l. to r.) Stephen Rubin (petitioning candidate), Robert Chasin (PC) Robert Hale Andrew (PC), Mark Mathias (D), Mary Parmelee (D), Lewis Brey (R), and Edward Bowers (R). WestportNow.com photo

   

10/18/03 08:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Board of Finance Candidates Address

Board of Finance Candidates Address Issues



Board of Finance candidates addressed a wide range of issues at today’s League of Women Voters forum. They are (l. to r.) Steve Ezzes (D), Ralph Hymans (R), Charles Haberstroh (R), Gavin Anderson (R), and Kevin Connolly (D). Thomas Bloch (R) was absent. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/18/03 06:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Large Turnout for League of

Large Turnout for League of Women Voters Forum



It was standing room only during today’s League of Women Voters forum for candidates for the Board of Finance and Board of Education. The event was held at the Westport Public Library. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/18/03 06:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking on a Fall Look

Taking on a Fall Look



Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East is bathed in autumn colors today. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/18/03 02:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Selling a Bit of Playhouse History



They were lined up early today for the Westport Country Playhouse tag sale. Proceeds from the event will go toward the historic structure’s renovation and expansion. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/18/03 01:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’ll Choose Door No. 2



Westporter Nancy Cash picks out dressing room door No. 2 to take home from today’s Westport Country Playhouse tag sale. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/18/03 01:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Eddie Bauer Becomes Halloween Castle


The former Eddie Bauer store on the corner of Post Road East and Taylor Place has taken on a haunted look as it reopened this week as Halloween Castle. The short-term occupants will sell holiday decorations beginning next month. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/18/03 01:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, October 17, 2003

Honoring the Best The Westport/Weston

Honoring the Best



The Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce honored some of the communitys best and brightest women Thursday at its third annual ATHENA award luncheon. Recipient Barbara Schadt (holding award) is surrounded by (l. to r.) Mary Beth Farley, Peoples Bank and event sponsor; Rita Steinberger, nominee; Sheryl Adkins-Green, nominee, Dr. Lisa Rome, nominee; Susan Beauregard, nominee, and Lois Schine, president of the chamber. Contributed photo

   

10/17/03 07:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Those Fumes

Getting Ready for Those Fumes



Connecticut’s new vehicle emissions testing program officially got underway today. Stan DiGuiseppi Jr., manager of Greens Farms Shell, 1530 Post Road East, checks out the state-supplied equipment. His station, as well as Bridge Mobil, 558 Riverside Ave., are Westport’s two designated testing stations. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/17/03 04:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Farrell Concerned About Lengthy Power Outages

Farrell Concerned About Lengthy Power Outages First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell said today she was concerned about the length of time it took to restore power to Westport homes after this weeks wind storm and would be in touch with utility company officials to seek an explanation.
Flashback: First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell with CL&P executive Christopher Swan earlier this week. WestportNow.com photo
ғIve had complaints from a number of people,Ҕ Farrell told WestportNow. ItӒs a concern and I will be speaking to CL&P (Connecticut Light and Power Co.) about it. Farrell said she spoke to some linesmen on a repair job near her home and they pointed out to her that a pole had partially cracked and a transformer dislodged. ԓI got the sense it was not an easy or quick fix, she said. ԓAnd that may have been the case with the cause of a number of outages. More than 100 Westport homes were without power from late Wednesday through most of the day Thursday. Overnight temperatures dipped into the 40s. Farrell on Tuesday swore in CL&P executive Christopher Swan, a Westport resident, as a special advisor to the Police Department. As general manager of the utility’s Stamford/Norwalk district, he has worked closely with the town in coordinating emergency planning and CL&P’s response to storm-caused outages.

   

10/17/03 02:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

League of Womens Voters Guide Goes Online

League of Womens Voters Guide Goes Online
WestportҒs League of Women Voters has been publishing a voting guide for municipal elections for years, but this years has a new twist Җ its available online for the first time at the League’s Web site.

The guide is being mailed today to every household in Westport in advance of the Nov. 4 election.

But the organization felt it was important to add the online version this year and make sure it was available in advance of the first of its candidatesҒ forums on Saturday.

The first forum will be for candidates for the Board of Finance and Board of Education. Next week, Oct. 25, there will be one for candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning and Zoning Commission.

Both sessions will be held in the Westport Public Librarys McManus Room from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

   

10/17/03 02:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Martha Takes in the Yankee-Red

Martha Takes in the Yankee-Red Sox Battle But Leaves Early



She’s hard to make out, but that’s Westport’s Martha Stewart (circle) sitting in a front row seat near the Yankee dugout for Thursday night’s Yankee-Red Sox battle. Next to the dugout is former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as well as current Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Stewart left at the bottom of 7th, with the Yankees losing 4-2, and missed their storybook come-from-behind victory. K-Mart rolls out new ads featuring Stewart in World Series broadcasts beginning Saturday. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/17/03 06:52 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Five Priests Who Served in Westport Named in Sex Claims Settlement

Five men who served as Roman Catholic priests in Westport, including one picked up by Westport police in 1968 for allegedly molesting a boy in his car, are named in the latest sex abuse settlement by the Bridgeport diocese that is paying almost $38 million in claims.

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Bishop William Lori announces terms of the latest settlement at a Bridgeport news conference today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Details of the settlement were announced today by Bishop William Lori. The new settlement is the second in two years for the diocese. It reached a financial settlement in 2001 involving five priests and 26 plaintiffs.

Lori told a Bridgeport news conference that the latest settlement amounts to $21 million being paid to 40 people who say 16 dicosesean priests sexually abused them when they were children. He said the diocese now has agreed to pay out $37.7 million in claims.

Lori said the settlement was an effort by the Roman Catholic diocese to “do what is right, just and compassionate

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10/16/03 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Utility Workers Still Trying to Get Power Restored

Utility Workers Still Trying to Get Power Restored
The winds have died down, but power is still out to dozens of Westport homes today.

Connecticut Light and Power reported 114 customers without power as of noon but the number was down to 47 by 3 p.m.

The number remained constant during the overnight hours as temperatures dipped into the 40s.

   

10/16/03 06:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

High Winds Down Trees, Power Lines and Keep Emergency Services Busy

High Winds Down Trees, Power Lines and Keep Emergency Services Busy
Westport firefighters responded to dozens of calls today involving downed trees and power lines, fire officials said.

But despite the high winds—measured up to 49 miles per hour at the Longshore Sailing School weather station—there were no injuries or significant damage, they said.

As of 11 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power reported 92 customers in Westport without power, down from as many as 250 earlier in the day.

   

10/16/03 02:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Marshall Mayer Hears About Jeff Maier and it Finally Clicks

Marshall Mayer, 12-year-old son of Westport Board of Finance member Jeff Mayer, had heard his dad from time to time refer to a baseball incident involving another Jeff Mayer (actually spelled Maier).

But, according to his father, it didnt really sink in—until Tuesday night.

ғMarshall was watching the Cubs-Marlins game and fell asleep, the elder Mayer told WestportNow today.

ԓThe Cubs were winning when he dozed off and when he woke up, the Marlins had turned it around in the eighth and all the announcers were referring repeatedly to Jeff Maier. He was astounded.

As all baseball fans surely know by now, the eighth inning at Wrigley Field included a fan preventing Cubs left fielder Moses Aliou from catching a foul fly hit by Luis Castillo.

What followed, as AP sports writer Ben Walker put it, ԓwas a sudden collapse that would rival anything in the Cubs puzzling painful past Җ and the emergence of baseballs most infamous fan since Jeffrey Maier.Ҕ

Unlike the 12-year-old Maier in the 1996 ALCS game at Yankee Stadium, this fan did not reach over the wall, according to replays and those in the stands.

In 1996, Maier reached over the right field wall and deflected the Yankee batters fly ball into the stands. The umpires ruled it a home run and it helped the Yankees tie the Orioles in the eighth inning. The Bombers went on to win the game.

ғMarshall now knows the whole Jeff Maier story, Mayer said. ԓHes finally at an age when he can appreciate it and laugh about it.Ҕ

   

10/15/03 12:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

High Winds, Heavy Rains Down Trees, Cause Power Outages

High Winds, Heavy Rains Down Trees, Cause Power Outages
High winds and heavy rains early today downed trees and power lines. There was a brief outage that affected parts of the Saugatuck area as well as portions of Post Road West.

One power failure at about 1 a.m. touched off fire and burglar alarms in the Saugatuck School on Riverside Avenue as well as the Wild Oats Market on Post Road West, according to reports from the scene.

Power was restored to the area a short time later.

At 7 a.m., Connecticut Light and Power reported 27 Westport customers were without power but one hour later reported no outages.

The weather station at the Longshore Sailing School reported winds gusting up to 43 miles per hour off of Long Island Sound during the early morning hours.

The station at Bedford Middle School on North Avenue at one point measured rain falling at the rate of almost half an inch an hour.

By 5 a.m., the winds and rain had died down. But there were numerous reports of downed trees, including one across Compo Road South at Bradley Street, on Clapboard Hill Road as well as Turkey Hill Road South, Hillandale Road near Center Street, and on Jennings Court.

The National Weather Service had issued a high winds advisory for the area during the overnight hours and said gusty winds could continue until late afternoon.

   

10/15/03 11:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westports Sean Mulcahy Doubtful? DonҒt Count on It

UConn tackle Sean Mulcahy of Westport is officially listed as doubtful because of a neck injury for Saturdays game at Kent State,

But Mulcahy insisted Tuesday there is no doubt in his mind whether he will play, according to the Middletown Press.

Mulcahy has played in all 41 games during his UConn career, including 33 straight starts.

“ItҒs about to be 34,” Mulcahy, a tri-captain, told the newspaper. “Im not being stopped. IҒm an iron man.”

He was injured in the second half and didnt finish the game in the HuskiesҒ 31-24 loss Saturday at North Carolina State.

Mulcahy was half-joking when he called himself an iron man. But being a jokester and a model of how to improve into a standout player are things that he will leave as his legacy when his playing days at UConn (4-3) are over five games from now, the report said.

“He is a unique individual, a fine individual, because of what hes done since heҒs been here,” UConn coach Randy Edsall said. “Football is important to him, but he also does well academically, and he has a great personality.”

Mulcahy arrived at UConn from Staples High in Westport as a 6-foot-6, 245-pound player with plenty to say, something that rubbed his teammates and Edsall the wrong way at times.

“He came here at 6-6, 245 pounds and is now 6-6, 295,” Edsall told the newspaper. “When he first came here he was arrogant, immature, thought he knew it all. Now, through the maturation process and appreciation, you really see a guy that has gone from a kid to a man. Its a credit to him.”

Mulcahy also has developed into a legitimate pro prospect. Edsall said all 32 NFL teams have inquired about him this fall.

   

10/15/03 09:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

All in the Family Deputy

All in the Family



Deputy Police Chief David Heinmiller and wife Toni congratulate son Marc following his swearing in Tuesday as a Westport policeman. Heinmiller, 25, was one of the top finishers among 500 applicants. Two others were also sworn in during Town Hall ceremonies. WestportNow.com photo

   

10/15/03 03:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

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