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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Westporter Greets Westporters in Boston

Seth Orkand, a 1995 Staples grad, greets fellow Westporters Martha and Larry Aasen today on a bus to a reception for the Connecticut delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Orkand, 27, son of Westports Rabbi Robert Orkand of Temple Israel, is one of three ғBeantown Buddies assigned to the Connecticut delegation. Orkand works for a software firm in Boston and begins law school in the fall. See more photos on POLITICS page. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) photo


07/25/04 10:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Party Faithful Party

Members of Connecticuts delegation to the Democratic National Convention, including WestportҒs Martha Aasen, were welcomed to Boston tonight with a reception at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) photo


07/25/04 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Checking In

Westports Martha Aasen, accompanied by husband, Larry, checks in at the Lenox Hotel in Boston today where the Connecticut delegation to the Democratic National Convention is staying. Aasen, chair of WestportҒs Democratic Town Committee, is one of 62 Connecticut delegates to the event. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) photo


07/25/04 06:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Best Guest Bets

By Fran

WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
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Why anyone would voluntarily leave Westport on a summer weekend with the exception of a trip to Boston for the Democratic convention ֖ is beyond me.  sabre07250401260.jpg
French table wear: favorite at Table D’Art. photo

But in case youre invited to be a house guest at a friendҒs beach house one of these remaining days of summer, youre going to be looking for the perfect house gift.

I will immodestly admit to having earned a reputation as a talented gift-giver.  Here are my guidelines:

1. The gift does not impose my personal taste on the recipient.
2. It should be something useful, preferably consumable.
3. It should be out-of-the-ordinary. (WhereҒs the originality in a bottle of wine?)
4. The gift should be slightly indulgent i.e. something my friends would not go out and buy for themselves.
5. It takes recipients tastes and lifestyle into account.  For example, the best gift to parents might be something to keep their bored kids occupied on rainy beach days.

In other words, one size does not fit all.

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07/25/04 04:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow on Democratic Convention Coverage Sites

Stories from, as an accredited online publication at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, are being posted automatically to several sites that aggregate Web coverage of the event.

WestportNow readers interested in seeing how other accredited Web publications are covering the convention can go to or a similar site from

Supervising online publications at the convention for the Democrats is Brian Reich, son of Westport’s Ann Sheffer, who is among Westporters attending the event along with husband, Bill Scheffler.


07/25/04 03:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, July 25, 2004

7 p.m. Levitt Pavilion - Sherry Winston Band, three-time Grammy-nominated jazz flutist


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AP: Economy/Jobs Top Issues for Connecticut Delegates to Dem Convention

The Associated Press, in a poll of Connecticut delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, found that most view the economy and jobs as the top issue facing the nation in this presidential year.

Education and the war in Iraq rank second and third respectively.

Westport has one delegate in the delegation Martha Aasen, chair of the town֒s Democratic committee. Westporter Bob Rose is a convention alternate.

The economy, education and the war scored higher in importance among the delegates than other issues such as crime, moral values, taxes, health care and fighting terrorism, the AP said.

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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Puddle Jumpers

After a full day of rain, Westport’s Compo Beach Friday evening was gray and desolate but for a few individuals—two friends daring each other to jump the gap over a massive puddle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for


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Saturday, July 25, 2004

8 p.m. Levitt Paviliion - Curtis T. and the Bernadettes rhythm and blues band


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Friday, July 23, 2004

Fairfield County Caucus Urges Congress to Preserve Transportation Funding

Westport’s state Sen. Judith G. Freedman, leader of the Fairfield County Caucus, today urged Congress to protect Connecticuts funding while working to resolve the differences in separate pending House and Senate federal transportation bills.

She was among a number of Fairfield County legislators who signed a letter to the conference co-chairs urging Congress to enact a six-year reauthorization bill funded at $318 billion, and maintain the 90.5 percent minimum guarantee contained within the current formula.

The state legislators wrote their letter to emphasize their support for the position staked out by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in a letter she wrote to Congress earlier.

ғAs Connecticut state legislators who represent Fairfield County, we are deeply concerned about the effects that federal transportation legislation can have- both positive and negative on our state֒s ongoing highway and mass transit programs,” the letter said.

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07/23/04 10:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Democrats Prepare to Attend Boston Convention

About a dozen Westporters, including First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, a candidate for Congress, will attend the national Democratic convention next week in Boston.farrell07230401100.jpg
Farrell: looking forward to Boston. WN photo

“We’ll have quite a group there,” said Martha Aasen, a convention delegate who is town Democratic chair and a member of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee.

Another Westporter, Bob Rose, is an alternate delegate.

Farrell, who will go to Boston Sunday but return to Westport Monday for business, including a Board of Selectmen meeting, said she is looking forward to the event.

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07/23/04 07:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Government Witness in Martha Stewart Trial Spared Jail Time

The stockbroker assistant who was the government’s star witness in the case against Westport’s Martha Stewart today was spared jail time and probation and was fined $2,000 for his part in the case.

Douglas Faneuil, 28, who testified that his boss ordered him to tip Stewart about a stock trade, previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and cooperated with government lawyers.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum handed out a lesser sentence than recommended by guidelines. She cited Faneuil’s “substantial assistance” during the trial.

The federal sentencing guidelines recommended a prison sentence of up to six months that could have been followed by probation.

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07/23/04 06:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Singing at Camp

Youngsters in grades five through nine participating in Westport Continuing Education’s Westport Youth Summer Theater Camp wound up their five-week workshop Thursday night.  Norah Kennedy and Zoe Apoian sang “Ah, Paris!” in the “Around the World in 80 Plays” revue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for


07/23/04 03:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for “A Community Collects:” What Do Our Neighbors Collect?

By Emily Laux

Contributing Editor

The homes in my quiet neighborhood are full of surprises. One of my neighbors, a banker with a lot of frequent flyer miles, collects sand from beaches and deserts around the world. elisemeyer072301260.jpg
Elise Meyer, curator of “A Community Collects,” with her collection of 1930s-era Chase Chromeware, which she says proves that once the collecting bug hits, itӒs hard to stop at just one. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for

His collection is meticulously displayed—each sample of sand is sealed and neatly labeled in a glass laboratory vial.

Hundreds of the matching glass vials are perfectly lined up in rows in an enormous rosewood cabinet he had custom made in Hong Kong.

His wifeԒs collection of snow globes is equally impressive, but less rigorously displayed.

They sit in a friendly manner on open shelves suspended below her kitchen cabinets, inviting guests to pick them up and shake vigorously.

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07/23/04 03:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, July 23, 2004

8 p.m. Levitt Paviliion - Rock around the docs with DNR, Fairfiield County’s all-physician rock band


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Thursday, July 22, 2004

The Advocate: “Farrell vs. Shays: Light as Well as Heat?”

Today’s The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk, in a lead editorial, said if all the money being raised in the much-watched 4th Congressional District this year means a more thorough and substantive debate about issues facing the district and the country, “then we say: Bring it on.”

The text of the editorial:

The 4th Congressional District race continues to remind us just how ordinary recent elections in lower Fairfield County have been. If discussion of the issues is as substantive as the politics in this election, then this race could set a high standard for local democracy.

Fund raising is off to a brisk start, not only for incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, but also for his Democratic challenger, First Selectwoman Diane Farrell of Westport. And it’s only July.

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07/22/04 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Good Buddies

The pet companion program of Westport-based CLASP Homes was recently featured in a national newsletter of PetsMarts Charities. CLASP, which serves developmentally disabled adults, found that by adopting homeless pets and bringing them into CLASP homes, both the pet and resident benefited. Shown here are Hollis and her cat Sky. Contributed photo


07/22/04 03:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, July 22, 2004

7:30 p.m. - Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Paviliion - The Armstrong Duo, chamber music


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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Blumenthal Announces Global Warming Lawsuit at Sherwood Island

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, joined by Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, tells a Sherwood Island press conference today about a “groundbreaking” lawsuit filed by Connecticut and seven other states against global warming polluters to force them to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/21/04 07:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

UPDATE: New Haven Line Restores Normal Service

Downed power lines in New Rochelle disrupted service on Metro-North’s New Haven Line at the end of the morning rush hour today affecting thousands of commuters. But the line said normal service was restored by 5 p.m.

A Metro-North spokesman said four tracks in the area of New Rochelle were knocked out of service due to wire damage, which occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Service remained disrupted throughout the day, but in mid-afternoon a spokesman “Metro-North expected to operate regular PM peak service on the New Haven Line.”

An announcement shortly after 5 p.m. said full service had been restored.

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07/21/04 07:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longtime Westporter Stanley A. Barnett Dies at 83

Stanley A. Barnett, a longtime Westporter who served as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission and was active in the Westport League of Women Voters, has died at the age of 83.barnett88.jpg

His son, Don, said his father died Monday at Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness.

Barnett moved to Heritage Village in Southbury in 2000 after living in Westport for more than 40 years. But he returned here frequently for town events and the occasional Town Hall brown bag lunch.

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who appointed Barnett as one of her representatives to the Southwest Regional Planning Agency, said she was saddened by his passing.

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07/21/04 05:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Sherwood Island Hosts Global Warming Suit Announcement

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal used Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today as the backdrop for announcement of a suit aimed at forcing the nation’s largest power companies to cut their carbon dioxide emissions.farrellblum07210402260.jpg
Sherwood Island State Park: Global warming lawsuit announced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Blumenthal and attorneys general from seven other states and New York City filed a public nuisance lawsuit in Manhattan’s federal district court earlier in the day and then addressed a news conference there.

Blumenthal later traveled to the Westport state park where he held another news conference. Also in attendance were Chris James of the state Department of Environmental Protection and Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.

Blaming the federal government for inaction, Blumenthal said he expects more states to join California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and New York City in the legal action.

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07/21/04 03:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Paul Newman Stars in Special Benefit Performance of “Trumbo” Tonight

The Westport Country Playhouse, located temporarily in Ridgefield, presents a special benefit performance tonight of “Trumbo” starring Paul Newman and Gordon MacDonald. The play is about the blacklisted screenwriter and novelist, Dalton Trumbo, and the loss of his freedom of speech. Contributed photo


07/21/04 11:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Gillespie Center Shelves No Longer Bare

The shelves at the Interfaith Housing Association’s Gillespie Center are bare no longer. The Rev. Peter Powell, head of the Westport group, said Tuesday he has been overwhelmed by the community response to his plea to help restock the food shelves at the facility which serves the homeless as well as distributes food to the needy. Contributed photo


07/21/04 03:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Riding the Cannon

One of the cannons at Compo Beach was a good place for this youngster to enjoy the warm sunshine Tuesday. photo


07/21/04 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Board of Finance Approves $700,000 Reval Funding

The Westport Board of Finance Tuesday night approved $700,000 to conduct a physical revaluation of Westport homes and businesses.

Before the 6-0 vote, the town’s new tax assessor, William Gaffney, assured members that he would personally oversee the work of the firm chosen for the job and was putting his reputation on the line.

“If this performance is unacceptable to the citizens of this town, that is my performance,” he said.

Two firms have submitted bids for the work, both under the approved amount.

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07/21/04 03:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Ready to Go Over the Side

Westport volunteer firefighter Mike Acquino (l) gets some last minute instructions from Westport firefighter Brett Kirby before repelling from the roof of Westport fire headquarters Tuesday evening in a training exercise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/21/04 03:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Easy Does It

Westport volunteer firefighter Mike Acquino carefully makes his way down the side of Westport fire headquarters Tuesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


07/21/04 03:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

Almost There

Almost to the ground, Westport volunteer firefighter Mike Acquino gives a wave after a successful exercise Tuesday night. Fellow volunteer Bob McManus mans the safety rope. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Sommers-Rosenthal family band
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A- Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Library Board
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Finance and RTM Public Works Committees


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