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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Saturday, July 31, 2004

8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Ash Creek String Band

   

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Friday, July 30, 2004

Long Lots School Parking Lot Expansion in High Gear

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Work on the expansion of the Long Lots Elementary School parking lot is underway. The parking lot in front of the school is torn up, and the adjacent property purchased by the town for the project is being graded with two large excavators. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

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Town Picks Up Martha Stewart’s Rocks in Sweep of Turkey Hill Road South

As if Westport’s Martha Stewart doesn’t have enough problems, today she got one more town employees picked up the rocks she and her neighbors had placed in front of their homes to discourage parking and to protect their roadside grassy areas. rocks073004130.jpgrocksgone073004b130.jpg
Westport public works employees today removed rocks along Turkey Hill Road South, including some in front of Martha Stewart’s house. Left photo was taken July 8, the one on the right today. Alan Beasley photo/WestportNow.com photo

“I got orders from my boss to pick them up and that’s what I did,” said Scott Sullivan, superintendent of the Highway Division in the Department of Public Works.

Sullivan, whose boss, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards is on vacation, said the town acted after publication of a letter July 21 in the Westport News complaining that the rocks along Turkey Hill Road South were a danger to cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and snowplows.

A neighbor tipped off Stewart—who was not at home at the time—to what was happening and she called the town attorney’s office to complain, according to a Town Hall source. Her stones had reportedly been imported from her property in Bedford, N.Y.

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Farrell, Back from Democratic Convention, Says it was “Exhilarating”

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell’s voice is a little hoarse and she has yet to catch up on her sleep, but she said today that attending the Democratic national convention in Boston this week was an “exhilarating” experience.WNDemCon.jpg

“It was my first convention and it was very exhilarating,” she said in an interview. “It’s sort of a spectacle but it’s important to our democracy. It was thrilling to participate.” farrellcrowd07300402260.jpg
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell works the crowd in Boston this week.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Farrell, who returned to Westport Thursday morning after spending two nights in Boston, said she was struck by the blend of big-name politicians and well-known personalities with ordinary people from all over the country.

“I walked into the Sheraton Hotel lobby and there was Jesse Jackson, Jerry Springer, and (former Texas Gov.) Ann Richards,” she said. “Lots of people were freely mingling with them. It felt a bit surreal.”

The Westport official, who faces an uphill battle in her bid to unseat veteran Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, said she sat with the Connecticut delegation for the Tuesday and Wednesday evening sessions.

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Spray Play

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More than 350 children at the Westport Public Library had a treat Thursday as members of Westports fire, police and EMS units turned out for a ғlocal heros program. Here Westport fire Lt. Ken Lombardi demonstrates how a fire hose works. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Karen Bruce for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, July 30, 2004

8:30 a.m. - Room 309 - Westport Transit District Directors’ meeting
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Dave Mason Band

   

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Essay: The Meaning of Security in a Post 9/11 World

By Jessica Bram

Contributing Editor
WestportNow.com

Having experienced a whole new level of security screening in airports and New York City building lobbies in the last two years, I thought I already knew what high security means in a post-9/11 world. WNDemCon.jpg

But nothing prepared me for the phalanx of armed guards, screeners, scanners and weaponry that I encountered this week at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. And not just at the Fleet Center, where the actual convention is taking place, but in just about every hotel, subway station, nook and cranny throughout the city.

Serious young men in crew cuts, white shirts and suits with curly wires in their ears survey hotel lobby crowds with piercing eyes. Clusters of MPs in camouflaged combat fatigues with M-16 equivalents patrol street corners. Secret Service agents in tight black tee shirts and bulletproof vests block entrances to chain link checkpoints. Its all a little more than unsettling. 

But what really raises inner alarms is the nearly solid wall of police in full riot gear surrounding the Old State House. With segmented armor of thick black padding strapped onto every inch of their bodies, Darth Vader helmets and high-rise black steel sole boots, they look like a cross between something out of Revenge of the Clones and ungainly, upright black carpenter ants. 

It makes the Boston police officers with ordinary pistols and handcuffs seem positively tame, like Officer Boltons without a whole lot to do.

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Martha Stewart Visits Probation Officer

Westport’s Martha Stewart has paid a visit to her probation officer, several newspapers reported today.

The New York Post and Newsday said Stewart appeared Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Manhattan

“She came in to review and sign a document concerning the conditions of her supervised release that will follow her five months of imprisonment,” said Chris Stanton, head of U.S. Probation.

Stanton said Stewart was notified that she must follow 13 specific conditions that include not leaving the district without permission from her probation officer and is subject to check in monthly with the office.

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Essay: The Meaning of Security in a Post 9/11 World

By Jessica Bram

Contributing Editor
WestportNow.com

Having experienced a whole new level of security screening in airports and New York City building lobbies in the last two years, I thought I already knew what high security means in a post-9/11 world. WNDemCon.jpg

But nothing prepared me for the phalanx of armed guards, screeners, scanners and weaponry that I encountered this week at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. And not just at the Fleet Center, where the actual convention is taking place, but in just about every hotel, subway station, nook and cranny throughout the city.

Serious young men in crew cuts, white shirts and suits with curly wires in their ears survey hotel lobby crowds with piercing eyes. Clusters of MPs in camouflaged combat fatigues with M-16 equivalents patrol street corners. Secret Service agents in tight black tee shirts and bulletproof vests block entrances to chain link checkpoints. Its all a little more than unsettling. 

But what really raises inner alarms is the nearly solid wall of police in full riot gear surrounding the Old State House. With segmented armor of thick black padding strapped onto every inch of their bodies, Darth Vader helmets and high-rise black steel sole boots, they look like a cross between something out of Revenge of the Clones and ungainly, upright black carpenter ants. 

It makes the Boston police officers with ordinary pistols and handcuffs seem positively tame, like Officer Boltons without a whole lot to do.

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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Half a dozen scullers make their way along the Saugatuck River Wednesday afternoon during low tide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion - Blum-Wessell-Harris Group, jazz

   

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Fender Bender

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Several people suffered minor injuries today in a two-car accident on Wilton Road. Fire Department personnel cleaned up a fluid spill while traffic slowed in the area during the afternoon rush hour. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Young Republicans Launch 4th Congressional District Branch

A new branch of the Hartford-based Connecticut Young Republicans has been established in Connecticuts 4th Congressional District, it was announced today.

Connecticut Young Republicans 4th Congressional District (CTYR 4th) will oversee and organize the formation of young Republican organizations in each of the 17 towns spanning the district, the announcement said.

The district encompasses the towns and cities of Fairfield, Easton, Monroe, Trumbull, Bridgeport, Shelton, Oxford Westport, Weston, Wilton, Redding, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, and Greenwich.

Felix Rodriguez, chairman of Connecticut Young Republicans, appointed Christopher W. Tymniak, a Fairfield Republican Town Committee (RTC) member in District 8, and legislative assistant for Sen. Judith Freedman (R-26), to serve as chairman of the CTYR 4th.

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Westport’s Political Lawn Sign Rule Getting Attention

Westport’s rule regarding placing political lawn signs out on private property is getting some attention in the state and region and it’s not positive.

The Associated Press today picked up a front-page story in The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk reporting on a Connecticut Civil Liberties Union letter to towns and cities warning that limits on political lawn signs could violate free speech.

The issue has cropped up because of a complaint about Westport’s 60-day limit on the posting of campaign signs on residential property.

The CCLU has threatened legal action against Westport if the town fails to amend its zoning regulations.

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Political Talk

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell (l) confers with Westport Democratic chair and Connecticut delegate Martha Aasen at the Democratic national convention in Boston. Farrell was a featured speaker at today’s Connecticut delegation breakfast at the Lenox Hotel. WestportNow. com photo

   

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Blogging from Boston: WestportNow Doesn’t Quite Fit the Definition

By Gordon Joseloff

Editor/Publisher
WestportNow.com

WestportNow doesn’t quite fit the notion of what has become known as a blog (shortened from Web log for the uninitiated) and that’s caused a few double takes this week at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.WNDemCon.jpg

When the Democrats decided to open the credential process for “bloggers” some time ago, I applied on behalf of WestportNow in order to provide readers with hometown coverage of the Democratic event.

It’s certainly not an unusual idea—newspapers, radio, television and cable outfits do it routinely, if they can afford to send correspondents and crews to the gatherings every four years.

But since WestportNow is one of only a handful of Web-based community news sites in the nation not affiliated with a traditional newspaper or broadcast company and since it uses a common blog publishing platform ֖ I applied as a “blogger.”

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Westport Property Transfers, July 19-23, 2004

Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 19-23, 2004:

Mark and Valerie Spellman to Nanette J. Buziak, 10 Court of Oaks, $1,460,000.WN property.jpg

25 Cross Highway Associates LLC to Steven A. and Alexandra C. Marks, 25 Cross Highway, $1,510,000.31Gorham260.jpg
31 Gorham Ave.: sold for $1.6 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Michael S. and Allison Dayan Juceam to John R. Coykendall and Gail L. Mordacq, 28 Ostend Ave., $975,000.

Ronald and Amy Goldberger to Jorge M. and Tori S. Soltero II, 27 Blue Ribbon Drive, $871,000.

Theresa L. and Steven Lewis to Patrick H. and Gina O. Beranek (name corrected), 31 Gorham Ave., $1,600,000.

Westport Home and Land LLC to Carole C. Berkowitz, 52 Terra Nova Circle, $1,051,853.

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Smile for the Birdie

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The Westport Rotary Club Tuesday presented a check to the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club in support of the second annual Harvest Rides Sunday, Sept. 19 bicycle classic (rain or shine) that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Posing for the cameras are (l-r) Debbie Horne, development coordinator for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut; Emil Albanese, president Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club; Peter Ferrara, president Westport Rotary Club, and Chris Klimek, community and media relationship manager, Cablevision. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee    
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
12:15 p.m. - Westport VFW - Classic car maven Miles Morris addresses Westport Kiwanis Club about forthcoming “Concours d’Elegance”
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee

   

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Westport First Selectwoman Makes the Rounds in Boston

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell returned to Boston today to mingle with fellow Democrats and raise awareness and funds in her uphill battle to unseat veteran Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in Connecticuts 4th District.WNDemCon.jpg

ғIts exciting to be here,Ҕ she said. You get a palpable vibe that Kerry can do it.Ӕfarrellpostal07270406.jpg
Westport First Selectwoman and Democratic congressional candidate Diane G. Farrell greets Mark and Marsha Coyle from Tulsa, Okla.in Boston today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Farrell made a brief visit to the Democratic National Convention Sunday night but returned to Westport late in the evening.

She was on the road to Boston at 5:30 a.m. today after a full day of business in Westport and the evening fundraiser at the Levitt Pavilion starring Smokey Robinson.

IӒm here for three reasons, Farrell said.

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Farrell Meets and Greets in Boston

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell greets Democratic alternate delegate Marjorie Bunce of Chippewa Falls, Wisc. (c) and Jill Barthen Berke, a delegate from River Falls, Wisc. today in Boston. They were attending the Democratic National Committees Official WomenҒs Caucus. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Revaluation Working Group
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board

   

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Westporter Oversees Democratic Convention Bloggers

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Westporter Brian Reich, 26, is playing an important role at the Democratic national convention in Boston this week. Reich, son of Representative Town Meeting member Ann Sheffer, is co-director of Internet Services for convention organizers. This means he has charge of Internet bloggers at the convention. He is shown conferring tonight with blogger Jessamyn West of Bethel, Vt.whose blog is Librarian.net. Reich is also covering the convention for his blog, Campaign Web Review. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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Balloons Galore for Levitt Fundraiser

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Balloons galore were ready tonight for a private reception before the Levitt Pavilions annual fundraiser concert starring Smokey Robinson. Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, July 26, 2004

Board of Selectmen Approves Athletic Gift to Town

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Westports Board of Selectmen today approved acceptance of a gift from the Staples Gridiron Club Inc. to the town of goal posts at the Wakeman ғC field and replacement of old goal posts at the Doubleday football field. First Selectman Diane G. Farrell and Selectman John Izzo listen to an explanation from Dan DeVito, supervisor of operations. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

   

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Reval Firms Make Presentations

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell prepares to meet today with two firms bidding on Westports physical revaluation. Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting members joined the Revaluation Working Group for the presentations. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

   

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Connecticut Delegation Hears Security Warning

Things got quiet at todays breakfast for the Connecticut delegation to the Democratic national convention in Boston when state party chair George Jepsen reminded members that they needed to know how to exit the convention site quickly.
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ғI dont want to raise any alarm bells,Ҕ said Jepsen to the delegates, including Westports Martha Aasen and Bob Rose. ғSecurity is terrific, but look around the Fleet Center in case you need to exit quickly.

The warning was the only somber note at a breakfast at the Lenox Hotel for the 62 delegates and guests. Also addressing the crowd were Sen. Christopher Dodd and Rep. John Larson.

Delegates Sunday night attended a reception at the Museum of Fine Arts and a concert by the Boston Pops at City Hall.

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Martha Stewarts Lawyer: She is Considering Starting Prison Sentence

The lawyer for Westports Martha Stewart said today she that is “taking a look at” the idea of voluntarily beginning her five-month prison sentence while appealing her conviction.

“She’s willing to think about this because of the company,” attorney Walter Dellinger said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He said Stewart “would consider the possibility” of serving her sentence “in the near future ... at the time that’s best for the company.”

“No decision has been made about whether she’s going to do it, but she is taking a look at it,” said Dellinger, who is handling Stewart’s appeal.

Dellinger said Stewart wants her appeal to “go ahead vigorously because she wants to clear her name.” He said the legal team believes it has strong grounds to appeal.

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Breakfast with the Lt. Gov

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Westports Martha Aasen chats this morning in Boston with Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan (c ) and Elliott Ginsberg, chief of staff to Rep. John Larson during a breakfast of the Connecticut delegation to the Democratic national convention.  WestportNow.com photo

   

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Monday, July 26, 2004


10 a.m. - noon, 2 p.m. - 4 p .m.  Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance, RTM Finance Committee and Revaluation Working Group
4:30 p.m. Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectmen
9 p.m. Levitt Pavilion - Smokey Robinson concert, rain or shine

   

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