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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 19-23, 2005

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 19-23, 2005

Lorna B. Christophersen to Peoples Bank- Trust, 3 Charmers Landing, $360,961.70WN property.jpg

Doris P. Ray to Erik F. and Debra A. Lundquist, 3 Plunkett Place, $1,030,000

SIR- Mortar Rock II LLC to Jeffrey and Lauren Rosenkranz, 8 Mortar Rock Road, $1,999,999


01/04/06 12:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

No Flooding Reported, Expected

There was no flooding reported throughout today’s storm although warnings were in place, according to Fire Chief Christopher Ackley.

Ackley said the tides were higher than normal, but the water did not flood into the neighborhoods.

“We’re still going to monitor the situation today and tomorrow with a warning still in effect,” he said. “I don’t foresee any problems.”

The reason there was no flooding may be because there were no high winds like had been expected, he said.

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01/03/06 10:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Clerk Sworn In

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today swore in Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss to another four-year term in office. Strauss, who has served in the position since July 1998, was reappointed by Joseloff last week.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


01/03/06 10:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Surf’s Up

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The high winds with today’s storm meant big waves at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


01/03/06 09:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Hockey Tops New Fairfield in Overtime

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Staples hockey team beat New Fairfield 3-2 in Overtime Monday night in Danbury. Ben Goodman here is firing at the New Fairfield net. The Wreckers were down 2-1 midway through the third period when they tied the score forcing overtime. They sealed the comeback win in overtime. The team improved its record to 6-1 this season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dag Muller for WestportNow.com


01/03/06 04:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Public Schools Closed

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced that all Westport public schools will be closed today due to the weather.


01/03/06 11:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

More Rain, Sleet and Snow

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Snow was already on the ground at Longshore Club Park from Saturday’s snow storm, but more is on the way. Rain, sleet and snow were predicted to last through this morning before switching over to all snow. A total of one to three inches of snow is expected to fall. More of the winter mix is predicted for Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006

7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee


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Monday, January 02, 2006

Coastal Flood Warning, Wind Advisory in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning and wind advisory for the Westport area beginning Tuesday morning.

It said a large dome of high pressure remains entrenched across southeastern Canada and, combined with a low pressure developing over the Delmarva Peninsula, will result in a persistent and strong easterly wind along the coastal waters very late tonight through Tuesday evening.

This will pile water into Long Island Sound, the back bays of the south shore of Long Island as well as Peconic Bay, an advisory said.

Tide levels are expected to run from two to locally four feet above normal during the times of high tide around midday Tuesday and quite possibly Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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01/02/06 10:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stressed Out Girls To Be Featured At Library

Psychologist Roni Cohen-Sandler will speak about her new book “Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Survive in an Age of Pressure” on Jan. 11. at 7:30 pm at the Westport Public Library.

A specialist in issues of women and girls and parenting adolescents, Cohen-Sandler, of Weston, will provide an inside look at how today’s teenage girls are hurt by the unprecedented expectations to excel.

Often desperate to shine academically and socially, juggle overwhelming demands of extracurricular activities and get into an elite college, the girls frequently hide their distress from the teachers and families they want to please.

As a result, they frequently become disconnected from their real feelings, suffering diminished self-esteem and undermining their ability to actually succeed.

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01/02/06 08:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hearty Souls

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About a dozen hearty souls braved the cold today to plunge into the water at Westport’s Compo Beach to benefit Westport’s Save the Children.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paul Greenberg for WestportNow.com


01/02/06 05:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Day After New Year’s Swim

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Westport’s Save the Children benefited from a penguin plunge today by about a dozen persons at Westport’s Compo Beach. Participants posed for a group photo after the swim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paul Greenberg for WestportNow.com


01/02/06 05:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sherwood Sunrise

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The sunrise at Sherwood Island State Park was bright orange against the dark sky. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com


01/02/06 04:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tacky People Watcher

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Westport Minuteman columnist Gloiria Hunter shows off her new book, “Who Invited These Tacky People Anyway? : The As I See It Columns of Gloria Hunter,” just published (Hamilton Books, $20). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


01/02/06 04:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

2005 Review in Pictures

2005 in Photos

Dozens of persons contributed photographs to WestportNow throughout 2005 and we are proud to present a sampling for year-end review.

We are grateful to all those who contributed and look forward to having them and many others contributing to WestportNow’s coverage in 2006. It is through their efforts and those of other WestportNow contributors that WestportNow has recorded remarkable growth in 2005 and now is often cited nationally as a trend-setter in Internet citizen journalism.

Best New Year wishes to them and to all WestportNow readers.



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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Compo Snow

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A New Year’s Eve snow covered Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com


01/01/06 03:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tsunami Prepared Save the Children for Disaster-Filled Year

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Throughout 2005 Save the Children workers were busy helping families rebuild homes, schools and their lives, but it was the tsunami at the end of 2004 that prepared the Westport-based agency.

A year ago Save the Children workers were mobilizing to help in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia after a tsunami hit the region claiming lives and homes.

The largest presence of agency workers was in the Ache region of Indonesia, where Save the Children has worked for a number of years. Of the 23 people working for Save the Children in the region, two died in the tsunami.

Rudolph von Bernuth, Save the Children children in emergencies and crisis director, said prior to the tsunami, Save the Children was reacting to emergencies because they had not made plans to respond to something that big, but things have now changed.

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01/01/06 02:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Midnight Fireworks

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Fireworks at midnight along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center capped off First Night Westport Weston and celebrated the new year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alberto Escarlate for WestportNow.com


01/01/06 06:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating the New Year

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Westport’s Taylor Place is illuminated by exploding fireworks at midnight as the town welcomed the new year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


01/01/06 05:47 AM Comments () • Permalink

Keeping Warm

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A large bonfire kept New Year’s Eve revelers warm tonight on Westport’s Jesup Green.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


01/01/06 04:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

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A large crowd gathered near Westport’s Public Library tonight for the children’s fireworks event. A second fireworks display was scheduled for midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


01/01/06 12:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

New Year’s Eve Ride on Westport’s Main Street

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Guests at First Night Westport Weston activities took a buggy ride along Westport’s snow-covered Main Street tonight. The New Year’s Eve event attracted visitors from all over the area.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


01/01/06 12:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Best Seat in the House

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Westport’s Center for Senior Activities was open to guests of all ages this afternoon as Steve Max the Simon Sez Guy once again put on a show for First Night Westport Weston. For the grand finale of his show, Max balanced a chair, then a cart, and lastly a child on his chin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com


01/01/06 12:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

“Trashin’ Fashion”

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Westport’s Town Hall Auditorium was the site of the First Night “Trashin’ Fashion” fashion show as models showed off recycled creations by Westport and Weston school students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Face Painting for Mom Too

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Face painting wasn’t just for the kids at tonight’s First Night Westport Weston. There were plenty of adults who had their faces painted as well. Despite snowy conditions, the venues were crowded this afternoon as people took part in the early activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com


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A Snowy Ride

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The heavy snow didn’t stop some people from riding on the horse-drawn carriage as part of tonight’s First Night Westport Weston festivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com


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