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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Comedy Night at the Levitt

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Comedian Andy Campbell was one of several comedians who entertained the audience tonight on a clear, warm evening at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

07/21/04 02:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers July 12-16, 2004

Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 12-16, 2004:

James M. and Margaret M. Pendry to Peter and Catherine Russell Harbottle, 28 Bulkley Ave. North, $667,500. .WN property.jpg

Mary Pisaturo McGlynn to Kim Cavalier Alianiello, 55 Woodside Ave., $800,000.

Estate of Ruth Adams to Bernard X. and Leona O. McGeady, 412 Harvest Commons, $710,000.

John M. and Carolyn Greene Miller to Thomas Y. and Marion S. Howard, 63
Bulkley Ave. North
, $805,000.

James S. and Linda C. Keeler to Sara H. and Ranjit Ahluwalia, 3 Squire Lane, $1,000,000.

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07/21/04 02:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Farrell Speaks Out on Town Hall Theft

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell said today she has ordered a tightening of handling of cash in town departments following discovery of the theft of $500 in cash and $2,000 worth of electronic equipment from a Town Hall office.

In a statement, Farrell said, “It is important that we assure Westport residents that cash transactions are properly accounted for and managed.”

She said she and John Kondub, town controller, have met with heads of departments that handle cash “to review their practices and, in some cases, modifications to their daily procedures will be made in order to assure that no amount can be pilfered.”

In her statement, Farrell said she was informed July 8 that a Town Hall office was missing $500 in cash and immediately notified police. (See WestportNow July 19, 2004)

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07/21/04 02:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Farrell: We are Reviewing Procedures for Handling Cash

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, seen addressing a Board of Finance meeting tonight, said today that she has met with heads of departments which handle cash to review procedures to assure that no amount can be pilfered.Ӕ She spoke after police disclosed they are investigating $500 in cash missing from a Town Hall office. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/21/04 12:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Construction Crew Hits Gas Line at Long Lots School

A construction crew working on the expansion of the parking lot at Long Lots Elementary School hit a high pressure gas line today, fire officials said.

Firefighters ordered the site and school evacuated as they checked for gas inside the building and awaited utility crews.

The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at a time when some residents were using the school’s playing fields. They were told to move away from the affected area.

Police detoured traffic in the area until repair crews gave the all clear shortly after 6 p.m.

   

07/20/04 08:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Little Cooler at Compo

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The temperature got up to the upper 80s in portions of Westport today, but at Compo Beach sea breezes kept things a little cooler perfect weather to work on a tan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/20/04 06:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bayberry Blocked by Dump Truck Rollover

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A dump truck belonging to Westport’s Kowalsky Bros. Inc. construction company flipped over today on Bayberry Lane near Meeker Road. No one was injured in the mishap, but traffic was blocked in both directions until it was cleaned up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/20/04 01:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting in a Little Sun

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Sunny skies and warm temperatures Monday made for perfect weather for reading and getting some sun along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. Today’s forecast: partly sunny and humid with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, highs in the lower 80s. WestportNow.com photo

   

07/20/04 03:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jesup Green - Westport Public Library book sale—all books free
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 201 - Youth Commission Executive Committee
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Tree Board
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance anticipated executive session    
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance

   

07/20/04 03:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Martha Stewart Appears on CNN’s “Larry King Live”

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Westport’s Martha Stewart appeared tonight on CNN"s “Larry King Live,” her first live interview since her sentencing Friday. Asked her opinion about her longtime Westport friend Mariana Pasternak, who testified against her at her trial, Stewart said she could not comment on specifics of her case but added: “Let’s say that her two daughters are my god children…It’s pretty hard…” CNN/WestportNow.com photo

   

07/20/04 12:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, July 19, 2004

Books at Half Price

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Volunteers Gloria and Tom Hunter collect the money as shoppers take advantage of today’s half price sale at the Westport Public Library’s annual book sale on Jesup Green. The sale winds up Tuesday with all remaining books available at no charge but donations encouraged. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/19/04 09:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Police Say Town Hall Theft Investigation Underway

Four days after Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell confirmed she put Deputy Assessor Kevin Murowsky on administrative leave, Westport police today said a theft investigation is underway at Town Hall involving about $500 in cash and $2,000 in electronic equipment. policestam071904260.jpg
Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore: Theft investigation underway (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

A brief statement from Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore did not name Murowsky, but a Town Hall source said he was linked to the investigation.

The Westport Police Department is conducting an investigation of a complaint that was filed by a town employee,Ӕ the statement said.

Approximately $500 in cash and electronic equipment valued at approximately $2,000 is missing from an office at Town Hall.Ӕ

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07/19/04 06:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Cygnus Business Media Gets $220 Million Credit Facility

GE Commercial Finance Global Media & Communications announced today that it has arranged a $220 million senior debt facility for Westport-based Cygnus Business Media, a leading, diversified business-to-business media company. The facility closed July 13.

Cygnus Business Media has a portfolio of more than 200 media products reaching five million business professionals annually within 15 major markets.

The company has four divisions—Cygnus Publishing, Cygnus Expositions, Cygnus Interactive, and Cygnus Custom Marketing—with offerings including leading business publications, tradeshows, conferences, Web sites, online products, and custom marketing capabilities.

GE Commercial Finance committed to and underwrote two thirds of the facility with Union Bank of California underwriting the remainder, according to an announcement.

“Cygnus has delivered exceptional performance during a very challenging period for business-to-business media companies,” said Paul Mackler, president and chief executive officer, Cygnus Business Media.

   

07/19/04 03:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Definitely Not the Dog Paddle

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Sunday was a good day for a canoe ride along the Saugatuck River. Lowrie Gibb of Westport took along his dogs Puppet (l) and Pookie. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/19/04 03:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, July 19, 2004

9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Jesup Green - Westport Public Library book sale—all books half price

   

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Sunday, July 18, 2004

Farrell Officially Opens Campaign HQ

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Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today officially opened her Westport headquarters for her campaign to unseat veteran Republican Rep. Christopher Shays. She promised to wage a stiff fight and said, “The best is yet to come from our area. See more photos on POLITICS page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/18/04 07:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Historical Society “Ultimate Sale” Day Two

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The Westport Historical Society hosted day two of its weekend “Ultimate Sale” today as the downtown area attracted hundreds of visitors for the Westport Arts Festival and Westport Public Library annual book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

07/18/04 04:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Commentary: Martha Stewart Put Westport on the Map? I Dont Think So

By Gordon Joseloff

Editor/Publisher
WestportNow.com

The media frenzy whipped up by Martha Stewart’s sentencing Friday produced some interesting and frankly, dead wrong portrayals of Westport by media organizations and reporters who ought to know better.

This lead on an Associated Press story datelined Westport about reaction in Stewart’s hometown no doubt made many Westporters flinch:

“Martha Stewart helped give this prosperous town cachet as she built a local catering business into an empire showcasing domestic perfection.”

CNN reporter Alina Cho, reporting live from in front of Oscar’s Delicatessen on Main Street Friday, informed her audience that Westport “has always been an affluent community but a bedroom community until Martha Stewart put it on the map.”

With all due respect to my media colleagues, I donԒt think so.

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07/18/04 03:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, July 18, 2004

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Jesup Green - Westport Public Library book sale
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Main Street - Westport Arts Festival
10 a.m. .- 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Ultimate Sale
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Eight to the Bar - swing, boogie woogie, jump music

   

07/18/04 03:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Can’t Wait for a Good Read

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Maddie Jones, 5, and Julian Anton, 2, look on as Damian Anton, 7, reads from his new book near the children’s book tent today at the Westport Public Library annual book sale. Dave Matlow for WestportNow

   

07/17/04 06:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Arts Festival Draws Crowds

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Westport’s Main Street was turned into a pedestrial mall today for the Westport Arts Festival sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/17/04 05:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Main Street Art

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Visitors to today’s Westport Arts Festival on Main Street take in one of the exhibits. The show runs through Sunday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

   

07/17/04 03:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Top Performers

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Bob Knoebel, Westport YMCA race director, (l) congratulates Frisk Driscoll, 17, of Westport, and Keenan Koss, 16, of Fairfield for being the top male and female finishers in today’s Point to Point swim at Compo Beach. Driscoll finished in 16:20 and Koss in 17:24. Full results available HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/17/04 03:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Everyone into the Water

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Swimmers set off in today’s 26th annual Point to Point swim at Compo Beach. Frisk Driscoll, 17, a Staples High School senior, turned in the best time of 16:20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/17/04 03:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Congratulations to the Winner

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Staples senior Frisk Driscoll, 17, receives congratulations after completing today’s Point to Point swim with the best time of 16:20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/17/04 02:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ideal Conditions for Swimming

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Swimmers said conditions were ideal for today’s 26th annual Point to Point swim at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/17/04 02:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Marking their Friendship

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In order to stay together in today’s Compo Beach Point to Point swim, three friends wrote identifying marks on their swim caps. Shown are (l to r) Amy Salce, 13, of Westport, Tara Dugan, 13, of Wilton, and Katelin Overton, 12, of Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/17/04 02:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rush is On as Book Sale Opens

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A shopper runs through the aisles of todays Westport Public Library book sale as the event got underway. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/17/04 12:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Book Lovers Line Up

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More than 150 people were lined up today waiting for the opening of the Westport Public Library annual book sale on Jesup Green. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

07/17/04 12:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 17, 2004

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Jesup Green - Westport Public Library book sale
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Main Street - Westport Arts Festival
10 a.m. - Compo Beach - 26th annual Point to Point swim
10 a.m. .- 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Ultimate Sale

   

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