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Monday, August 23, 2004


A curious doe takes a break from snacking on leaves on Westport’s Crawford Road.Dave Matlow for


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Monday, Aug. 23, 2004

6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Make A Difference Day Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Library Board


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Westport Fire Log Sunday Aug. 22, 2004

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7:12 a.m.  Main Street, EMS call
7:26 a.m. ֖ 174 Long Lots Road standby at Hunt Club event
8:50 a.m. ֖ 4 Pritchard Lane, fire alarm
10:22 a.m.  760 Post Road East, fire alarm
11:51 a.m. ֖ Long Lots Lane, EMS call
12:08 p.m.  Forest Drive, EMS call
2:52 p.m. ֖ 11 North Ave., fire alarm
4:42 p.m.  136 Main St., fire alarm
4:58 p.m. ֖ 5 Bonnie Brook Road, fire alarm
5:27 p.m.  Merritt Parkway northbound exits 42-44, MVA
6:07 p.m. ֖ Ambler Road, EMS call
6:23 p.m.  Little Fox Lane, EMS call
11:35 p.m. ֖ Compo Road North, EMS call


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Busy Day for Westport Police Marine Division

Today’s nice weather had many people heading into Long Island Sound, making for a busy day for members of the Westport Police Marine Division. Here members check out a dinghy moored off Cockenoe Island that had been empty for several hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for


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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Paying Tribute

Participants in a Boston-to-New York march honoring victims of terrorism, violence and war pay tribute during a stop at Westport Fire headquarters today. The marchers, members of 9/11 families, rested a 1,400-pound granite memorial they are pulling at the fire facility overnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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A Moment of Silence

A moment of silence is observed today at Westport Fire headquarters as members of 9/11 families pulling a 1,400-pound granite memorial honoring “Unknown Civilians Killed in War” made an overnight stop here on their walk from Boston to New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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9/ll Memorial Overnights at Westport Fire Headquarters

Members of 9/11 families pulling a 1,400-pound granite memorial honoring “Unknown Civilians Killed in War” from Boston to New York rested the memorial today at Westport Fire headquarters. Brett Kirby was among firefighters signing a guest book. The group will resume their walk to New York Monday after a brief detour to the 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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9/11 Family Group Marches Through Westport

For the second time in three days, Westport was visited by a group marching from the Democratic national convention in Boston to the Republican national convention in New York. Today’s march included family members of 9/11 victims pulling a 1,400-pound granite memorial honoring the “Unknown Civilians Killed in War.” They are seen marching on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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The Push is On to Get Staples Ready

With classes set to start Sept. 1, work is progressing quickly on getting the Staples High School campus ready while construction continues on the $74 million renovation and expansion project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004

7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project


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Westport Fire Log Saturday Aug. 21, 2004

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1:38 a.m.  2 Clapboard Hill Road, misc.
6:58 a.m. ֖ 174 Long Lots Road, standby at Hunt Club event
10:24 a.m.  18 Post Road West, water problem
2:13 p.m. ֖ I-95 northbound exits 17-18, car fire
2:57 p.m.  5 Hidden Hill,  fire alarm
3:30 p.m. ֖ Long Lots Elementary School, 13 Hyde Lane, fire alarm
4:16 p.m.  11 Reichert Circle, wires down
4:36 p.m. ֖ 53 Whitney Glen Drive, water problem
5:34 p.m.  85 Turkey Hill Road South, fire alarm
7:41 p.m. ֖ 26 Manitou Road, fire alarm
9:40 p.m.  1 Wassell Lane, fire alarm


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Cooling Down

A horse gets a cooling spray today at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport as the Connecticut Hunter and Jumper Association held its 2004 medal finals weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


08/22/04 01:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Jumping Weekend

The Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport was the scene this weekend of the Connecticut Hunter and Jumper Association 2004 medal finals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Gone Fishin’

Afternoon thunderstorms and dark clouds did not deter this youngster from a little fishing today from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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A Good Day for a Bath

Today’s heavy rains and thunderstorms left Westport’s Compo Beach to the birds. Some minor flooding was reported in low-lying areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/21/04 07:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Farrell’s Visibility Raised : A Westport Lawn Sign Seen by Thousands

When Sue Levine put a Diane Farrell for Congress sign outside her Cross Highway home in Westport, little did she know it would be seen by thousands of people all over Connecticut.

But that’s what happened as a picture of the sign is featured alongside a front-page story in this week’s New York Times Sunday Connecticut section.

The story recounts the controversy over Westport’s regulations governing political signs. (See WestportNow July 28, 2004)

Levine is quoted as saying she doesn’t believe Westport’s ordinance prohibiting political signs on residential property more than 60 days before and seven days after an election is enforceable.

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Walking the Flag Route

Friday’s hot and humid weather kept many people away from Westport’s center. This walker had plenty of room on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004

7:15 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mo’Guajiro! Hot Cuban salsa and matching dance lesson; concert begins at 8 p.m.


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Westport Fire Log Friday, Aug. 20, 2004

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7:26 a.m.  174 Long Lots Road, standby at Hunt Club event
9:04 a.m. 59 Post Road East commercial fire alarm
9:11 a.m. 283 Saugatuck Ave. ֖ wires down
11:36 a.m.  11 Charcoal Hill Common, residential fire alarm
12:50 p.m. ֖ 28 Little Fox Lane, residential fire alarm
12:51 p.m.  111 Wilton Road, lock out
1 49 p.m. ֖ 17 Hillandale Road, residential fire alarm
2:15 p.m.  5 Judy Point Lane, residential fire alarm
2: 32 p.m. ֖ 325 Riverside Ave., key box detail
4:41 p.m.  760 Post Road East, commercial fire alarm
10:59 p.m. ֖ 300 Nyala Farm Road, commercial fire alarm


08/21/04 03:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Let’s Do Brunch!

By Fran

WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
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These lazy, dazy final days of summer are drawing to a close much too quickly don֒t you think?  If you havent gotten around to taking a little relaxation time, itҒs now or never. redbarn260.jpg
The Red Barn: brunch buffet in two seatings. Contributed photo

Which makes this a perfectly good time to indulge in a long, relaxing Sunday brunch, particularly if youve got out-of-town guests here for some Westport sand and sunshine.

With that in mind, I did a survey of Westport restaurants to find out who serves Sunday brunch.  Happily, many do.  While some offer a special brunch menu only, prices are shown whenever possible for establishments offering a fixed price brunch.

Note also that some fixed price brunches include a complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail such as a Mimosa, glass of champagne, Bloody Mary (for a price comparison of Bloody MaryҒs, see below), Virgin Mary, or soft drink.

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Friday, August 20, 2004

Boston-to-New York March Passes Through Westport

A group marching 238 miles from the Democratic National Convention in Boston to the Republican National Convention in New York made their way through Westport today. The DNC2RNC:Democracy Uprising! Group, seen crossing the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge, says it supports grass-roots efforts and community organizing “to create the world we want to live in”—including “a world based on direct democracy, just and fair labor, (and) universal health care.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Slow Go on I-95

Traffic on I-95 was especially heavy this afternoon with more than 20 miles of stop-and-go movement. Picture shows northbound traffic from Westport’s Hillspoint Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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State Funding of $37.7 Million Sewer Plant Upgrade Questioned

State funding of a portion of Westport’s scheduled $37.7 million sewage plant upgrade may be complicated by a plan to hook up Norwalk’s sewer line to a housing development on the Westport-Norwalk border.savewestport260.jpg
Opposition group: development plans put town at financial risk. Dave Matlow for

That’s the gist of a letter to Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell from an official of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

The Aug. 12 letter from Yvonne Bolton, acting chief of the department’s Bureau of Water Management, was distributed today by opponents of the development, the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund.

The group, which has vowed to renew its campaign against the project (See WestportNow Aug. 5, 2004), published a copy of the letter on its Web site.

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Better Late Than Never: NY Post Picks Up WN Martha Stewart Boulder Story

Today’s New York Post gossip column Page Six headlines a WestportNow story from July 30 about the Town of Westport removing rocks Martha Stewart and her neighbors had placed in front of their homes on Turkey Hill Road South to discourage parking.

Under the headline “Boulders Backfire on Martha,” the New York newspaper recounted the WestportNow story almost in entirety and added: “Stewart’s spokeswoman did not have a comment by press time.”

It was the second time in two weeks that the New York tabloid has featured WestportNow coverage.

On Aug. 6, the newspaper reprinted WestportNow exclusive photos and details of the Aug. 5 Westport rollover involving Weston singer-actress Eartha Kitt.


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Youth Commission Considering Drinking Law Campaign

Members of Westport’s Youth Commission are considering a campaign with bumper stickers, post cards and newspaper ads to drum up support for a tough new underage drinking law.

At a meeting Thursday night, the panel discussed trying to gain public backing of a proposed ordinance that would ban underage drinking on private property, according to The Hour of Norwalk.

The issue is expected come before the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) sometime this fall.

The RTM considered similar legislation three years ago. But members voted to postpone any action after some expressed concern about constitutional issues of police entering private homes.


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Shays: Bush Ought to Denounce Vietnam War Group’s Attacks on Kerry

U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays believes President Bush ought to denounce attacks by a group of Vietnam War veterans against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, USA Today reported.

The newspaper quoted Shays, who faces Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell in the November election, as saying: “If you served in Vietnam, you’re an American hero. Case closed.”

He added, “I just don’t think that that’s how the president is going to win or lose.”

Shays, in an interview, said there’s no shortage of “more meaningful and credible criticism” to aim at Kerry, such as his 1991 vote against a resolution authorizing force to get Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, USA Today said.


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Friday, Aug. 20, 2004

8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Key West Trio


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Westport Fire Log Thursday Aug. 19, 2004

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3:20 p.m. - 6 Harding Lane, residential fire alarm
5:01 p.m. -  59 Post Road East, commercial fire alarm
5:13 p.m. -  Merritt Parkway sountbound exits 44-42, motor vehicle accident
6:07 p.m. -  North Avenue and Cross Highway, wires down
9:07 p.m. -  59 Post Road East, commercial fire alarm
10:31 p.m.  Morningside Drive South, EMS call


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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Elisabeth Mercante Joins Westport Arts Center as Gallery Coordinator

Elisabeth Mercante has joined the Westport Arts Center as gallery coordinator.mercante75.jpg

She will be responsible for running its art gallery at 51 Riverside Ave. and the numerous exhibitions, gallery events and childrens programs held throughout the year.

ғI am so happy to be in a position where I can have personal contact with the artists living in this community, said Mercante.

ԓI can already sense the tremendous dedication from people who are part of this areas arts community, and that is very exciting.Ҕ

A graduate of Middlebury Colleges MA program in French, Mercante spent the last year as the Bruce MuseumҒs Lillian Butler Davey resident intern.

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How Lessons from a 16th Century Priest Can Mean Good Business

If you are tired of quickie how-to-succeed-in-business books, Chris Lowney has authored one that is not so ordinary it relies on the teachings of a 16th century priest to coach modern executives about leadership.lowney75.jpg

And on Aug. 31, the former Jesuit seminarian-turned-investment-banker will tell the Westport Rotary Club all about it at its 12:15 p.m. meeting where he will be guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public.

Called “Heroic Leadership: Examples from a 450-year-old Company that Changed the World” (Loyola Press, $24.95),  Lowney’s book details how the Jesuits evolved from a 10-man “company” founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1540 to become the world’s largest religious order with 21,000 professionals.

Lowney, who left a seven-year stint as a Jesuit seminarian to become a managing director at J.P. Morgan, explores how the Jesuits have successfully grappled with challenges that test great companies—forging seamless multinational teams, motivating performance, being open to change and staying adaptable.

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