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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Wire Damage Causes New Haven Line Delays

Wire damage in the vicinity of New Rochelle station caused delays of up to one hour on Metro-North’s New Haven Line today, the railroad said. But by late afternoon it said the repairs had been completed.

A mid-day advisory said the problem was causing delays of up to one hour on trains, but at 4:30 p.m. the railroad said repairs had been completed and the evening rush hour would be normal.

   

10/26/04 03:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

NY Times, The Advocate of Stamford Endorse Shays

The New York Times and The Advocate of Stamford today endorsed incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays over Democratic challenger Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.

The Times endorsement came in an editorial that also backed Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd for re-election, although with some criticism, and, in the 2nd District, favored Democratic challenger Jim Sullivan over incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Simmons.

The text of the Times editorial on the Shays-Farrell race:

Representative Christopher Shays, the veteran Fairfield County Republican, faces the challenge of his political life from Diane Farrell, Westport’s first selectwoman. Ms. Farrell says that on important issues, Mr. Shays is in lock step with the G.O.P. agenda.

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10/26/04 08:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westporter George Silk, Famed Life Photographer, Dies at 87

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George Silk: at Westport Arts Center reception September 2003.  2004 WestportNow. com
Westporter George Silk, a photojournalist who spent 30 years with Life magazine, earning fame for coverage of World War II and later pioneering the use of the strip camera for depicting athletes in motion, has died, three weeks short of his 88th birthday.

Silk died at Norwalk Hospital Saturday of congestive heart failure, family members said Monday. He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Georgiana Silk said.

Silk, born in New Zealand on Nov. 17, 1916, joined the Life photo staff in 1943 and spent the next two years covering the war on the Italian front, the Allied invasions of France and the Pacific. He shot the first pictures of the atom-bombed city of Nagasaki and Japanese war criminals awaiting trial in postwar Tokyo.

He became an American citizen in 1947, the same year he married the former Margery Gray Schieber. They lived on Westport’s Owenoke Park, near Compo Beach, where he indulged a lifelong passion for competitive sailing.

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10/26/04 04:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Teacher of the Year: “Enough Lying We are Teaching to the Test”

The controversy over whether the Westport school curriculum ought to be geared to improving scores on a state achievement test boiled over Monday night at a meeting of the Westport Board of Education.kuroghlian10140401150.jpg
Flashback: Kuroghlian named Teacher of the Year Sept. 27. WN photo

Board members, Schools Supt. Elliott Landon, and teachers discussed the subject for more than three hours.

But it was Dr. Gerald Kuroghlian, Westport’s veteran Teacher of the Year and a state finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year who got the audience’s attention with his blunt remarks about the dangers of standardized testing.

Kuroghlian, who helped develop the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT), said:

“Look at what we are testing on the CAPT. It’s this much (holding fingers slightly apart). I shouldn’t be putting six weeks into this much. But every single town in our ERG (Educational Reference Group) is doing that. And I know that from being on professional committees.

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10/26/04 03:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004

11:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Planning & Zoning Affordable & Middle Income Housing Subcommittee
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Planning & Zoning Fee in Lieu of Open Space Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Westport Public Library presents Julie Otsuka, author of its Westport Reads book “When the Emperor Was Divine.” She will speak about her grandparents who inspired the writing of the book and also the popularity the book has received.
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals

   

10/26/04 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s George Silk, Famed Life Photographer, Dead at 87

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Famed Life magazine photographer George Silk stands before his photos at a Westport Arts Center reception in September 2003. Silk, 87, died at Norwalk Hospital Saturday of congestive heart failure. He had been in failing health for several years. For a selection of Silk’s photos, including the one of the pregnant cow above, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo 2004WestportNow.com

   

10/26/04 02:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, October 25, 2004

Showing His Stuff

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Lee Solomon shows his stuff, in the Staples boys soccer 6-0 victory over Brien McMahon today at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Melanie Nangle for WestportNow.com

   

10/25/04 11:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Mauls McMahon

A hat trick by Charlie Reiter, two more goals from Ross McGibney and a solo strike from Igor Pikayzen paced the Staples boys soccer team to a 6-0 victory over Brien McMahon today at Albie Loeffler Field. 

McGibney added two assists; also assisting were Jon Zimmerman, Chris Meinke, Brian Kennedy and Keaton Cristobal.

The Wreckers, now 11-1-2, complete their regular season at home on Wednesday (3:45 p.m., against Darien).

The FCIAC tournament begins on Saturday—and, depending on the final week’s results, Staples could be seeded anywhere from first to fourth place.

   

10/25/04 11:47 PM Comments () • Permalink

Debate Ends With a Handshake

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Democratic challenger Arlo Ellison shakes hands with incumbent Republican state Sen. Judith Freedman following tonight’s debate at the Westport Public Library. Between them is independent candidate William Gulya. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/25/04 11:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

26th State Senate Candidates Debate in Westport

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The Westport League of Women Voters tonight held a debate for candidates for the 26th state Senate District at the Westport Public Library. More than 50 persons attended the event and heard (l to r) Democrat Arlo Ellison, Independent William Gulya, and incumbent Republican Judith Freedman. Ellison and Freedman agreed a tax on millionaires was not needed. Gulya said he didn’t have to worry about it because he would never be a millionaire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/25/04 11:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gridlock Warning: Bridge St. Bridge to Be Closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1-5

Get ready for some daytime Westport gridlock. The Bridge Street bridge will be closed for repairs next Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell announced today.bridgeclosed051204260.jpg
Flashback: Bridge St. bridge closing last May 12. WestportNow.com photo

In a news release, Farrell said the state Department of Transportation had informed her that the closure is necessary to make mechanical repairs. A quarter-mile stretch from Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue to Riverside Avenue will be affected.

Signs and markings will be posted, she said.

The bridge has been closed intermittently for repairs over recent months, most recently for two days in a row Oct. 6 and 7 during the daytime hours. As a result, traffic has backed up along Riverside Avenue and through Westport’s center.

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10/25/04 09:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Yale Islamic Scholar Y’s Men Guest Nov. 4

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Gerhard Bowering: Yale scholar Y’s Men guest Nov. 4. Contributed photo
Gerhard Bowering, professor of Islamic studies at Yale University, will be guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Thursday, Nov. 4.

His topic for the 10 a.m. talk will be “Today’s Challenge of Islam.” The meeting will be held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

Bowering’s teaching and research is focused on the study of the Koran and Islamic intellectual history.

Before being appointed at Yale, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1975-1984. He obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal, in 1975.

After receiving his undergraduate education in Germany and he studied for many years in the Egypt, Syria, Iran, Turkey and Pakistan.

He has lectured widely in Europe and the Middle East and has done research in many manuscript libraries of the Islamic world.

   

10/25/04 08:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

4th Congressional District Candidates Visit Stamford Station

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With one week to go before the election, Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (r) sought to highlight his transportation efforts for the district today with a visit by U.S. Secretary of Transporation Norman Mineta. Mineta toured the Stamford Intermodal Center and saw the Bridgeport I-95 site of last winter’s tanker accident. Shays and Mineta (at podium) are joined by ( l to r) Emil Frankel, assistant secretary of policy in planning in Mineta’s department, and Stephen Korta,  commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Transporation. Shay’s opponent, Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, held a news conference at the Stamford station with Connecticut House Speaker Moira Lyons where she again portrayed Shays as long ignoring the district’s transportation woes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

10/25/04 08:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cleaning Up

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One person was slightly injured today in a two-vehicle accident at Riverside Avenue and Treadwell Avenue in Westport. Traffic was tied up in the area while firefighters and a tow truck operator worked to clear the intersection after the early afternoon accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/25/04 05:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Institute Survey Finds Assisted Living Costs Highest in Connecticut

Assisted living in the United States costs an average of $2,524 per month, or $30,288 per year, according to a new survey by a Westport-based group, with the nation’s highest costs in the Stamford area.

The 2004 MetLife Market Survey of Assisted Living Costs was conducted by the MetLife Mature Market Institute at 57 Greens Farms Road. It is MetLife’s information and policy resource center on issues related to aging, retirement, long-term care and the mature market.

The highest monthly average base cost was reported in Stamford at $4,327 while the lowest was Miami, Fla.  at $1,340.

According to the 2003 MetLife Market Survey of Assisted Living Costs, the average monthly cost of an assisted living facility in the United States was $2,379 per month, or $28,548 per year.

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10/25/04 04:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Chorus Line of Sorts

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When members of the Staples Players walked from Staples to Bedford Middle School for a rehearsal of “Cabaret” recently, they formed a chorus line of sorts. “Cabaret” runs Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 18-20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com

   

10/25/04 03:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Today’s Westport Teardown: 8 Hogan Trail

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This house at 8 Hogan Trail not far from the Saugatuck railroad station is WestportNow.com’s teardown of the day. An application for demolition is pending. The property sold last week for $650,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/25/04 03:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, Oct. 25, 2004

7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Candidates for state Senate 26th District meet in debate sponsored by Westport League of Women Voters
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education

   

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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Transportation Key Issue in Assembly Debate

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Incumbent Republican state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard (l) and Democratic challenger Joe Mioli debated today at the Westport Public Library. Both agreed transporation was a major issue for the 136th District. Bernhard said car-pooling is “a solution that works” while Mioli urged more use of mass transit such as trains and buses and a shift of freight traffic to the rails. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/24/04 07:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

League of Women Voters Hosts 136th District Debate

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About 60 persons attended today’s League of Women Voters-sponsored debate at the Westport Public Library with 136th District candidates incumbent Republican G. Kenneth Bernhard (l) and Democrat Joe Mioli. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/24/04 07:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Browsing at Temple Israel’s Boutique Sale

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A buyer admires the wool and silk scarves sold by Westport resident Alyson Angus at the Temple Israel holiday gift boutique today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

10/24/04 07:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

U-14 Girls Among Travel Teams Advancing to Semi-Finals

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The Westport girls U-14 travel soccer team defeated Ridgefield Saturday to advance to the semi-finals in the state cup tournament.They will face West Hartford next Saturday, Oct. 30, in Westport with time and field to be determined. Three other Westport travel teams are also advancing to the semi- finals—the U-11 girls and boys teams, as well as the U-12 boys. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

10/24/04 07:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sports Equipment Drive a Success

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Police Athletic League (PAL) football players and cheerleaders collected three truckloads of used sports equipment today for the Make a Difference Day project of Staples junior Bryan Wrapp (rear, 2nd l). Each year the Wrecker player collects sports equipment and distributes it to community centers in Bridgeport and Norwalk, as well as to other organizations helping the less fortunate. Wrapp said special thanks go to fellow Staples football players Ryan Bohling and Zach Cion (pictured l to r with him), the Sawch family, and all the PAL football players and cheerleaders for making today’s collection a success. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

10/24/04 06:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hartford Courant: Oversized McMansions Fading as Status Symbol?

Is the McMansion fading as the status symbol of wealthy Connecticut homeowners?148northave102404260.jpg
A McMansion going up at 148 North Ave. in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

That’s the question raised by today’s Hartford Courant which said luxury builders across the state see a shift away from the large mansions so popular just a few years ago.

Many buyers are instead asking for smaller, but still pricey, homes with unique architectural details and the latest technological innovations.

While they still want spacious dwellings, a growing number of upscale home buyers - now estimated at 20 percent—are now asking for 4,000- or 5,000-square-foot houses instead of 8,000-square-foot mansions, the newspaper said.

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10/24/04 04:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

NY Times Spotlights 13-Year-Old Westport Singer

Today’s Connecticut section of The New York Times spotlights Brooke Mori, a 13-year-old Westporter who stars with a five-girl band modeled after Spice Girls which aspires to be the next big thing with the pre-teen set.brookemorifriends260 (2).jpg
Brooke Mori (c) with Westport friends Molly Evans (l) and Madeleine Roche. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

The band is called Huckapoo and Mori performs in the band as PJ Bardot. She graduated last year from Bedford Middle School and now commutes daily to Manhattan where she receives tutoring while engaging in her singing career.

Huckapoo spent the summer performing at summer camps in what amounts to a Borsch Belt circuit for tweens youngsters who have outgrown Barney, but who aren’t quite mature enough for J. Lo, the newspaper said.

At each of the 12 camps where the girls performed, they were were mobbed by enthusiastic fans who clamored for their autographs and snapped up the group’s promotional CDs, the Times said. A few boys offered their cellphone numbers, original poetry, rings, and marriage proposals, according to the newspaper.

   

10/24/04 04:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fall Scene

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A fall scene at Westport’s Wakeman Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

   

10/24/04 04:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Connecticut Post Endorses Farrell

The Connecticut Post, based in Bridgeport, the hometown of Republican Rep. Christopher Shays and one of his longtime supporters, today endorsed Democratic rival Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell for Congress.

The text of the editorial:

Voters in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the United States, are blessed to have two outstanding candidates vying for the district seat.

With that blessing, however, comes the drawback that voters will be forced to make a gut-wrenching and truly difficult choice of whom to cast a ballot for —17-year Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays or two-term Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, a rising star in the state’s Democratic Party

With an eye toward gaining a new perspective and voice for the district, the Connecticut Post gives its endorsement in this race to Diane Farrell.

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10/24/04 11:20 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

A Blaze of Color

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Visitors to Satrurday’s Yuck Day at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center in Westport, were greeted with this spectacular blaze of color outside.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com

   

10/24/04 03:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Visitor at Yuck Day

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Saturday was Yuck Day at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center in Westport. Junior staff volunteer Giorgio Tsangaris brought a collection of tarantulas, scorpions and other insects for visitors to examine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

   

10/24/04 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004

3 p.m. Westport Public Library - Westport League of Women Voters presents a debate between 136th District candidates incumbent Republican G. Kenneth Bernhard and Democratic challenger Joe Mioli.

   

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