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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Library to Celebrate “Cat in the Hat” Anniversary

The Westport Public Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” through Friday, March 2, which is Read Across America Day.

The book was written in 1957 in response to a challenge in a Life magazine article by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey titled “Why Johnny Can’t Read.” Hersey theorized that one key reason was that reading primers were boring, and challenged Seuss to write a story that first graders couldn’t put down. Seuss did just that in 236 words that became “The Cat in the Hat.” 

Through March 2, children who visit the children’s section of the library can decorate the room with the 236 words from the book.

To celebrate Read Across America Day, which is a program that promotes literacy and “The Cat in the Hat’s” birthday, children can hear readings at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., which is geared for children ages 4 and 5.

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02/20/07 04:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Chewbacca, and I’ve Been Adopted

Pit mix puppy Chewbacca needs a home
Hi, I’m Chewbacca! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Did you just say ahhh! when you saw this picture? Of course you did. This is little Chewbacca, an altered male 9-week old pit mix puppy. This friendly little guy can be found at the CT Humane Society, 455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137. Chewbacca showed up on the doorsteps in need of some loving attention at the tender age of one week old. One of our staff members scooped him up, took him home, bottle-fed him and got him into fine shape. As you can imagine, he is the little darling around here. He’s very affectionate, playful, loves other dogs BUT as his name implies, is very chewy. Home ownership is required to adopt Chewbacca as well as passing the staff and volunteer interrogation. He’s our baby!


02/20/07 04:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Brisk Walk

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Temperatures moderated today and were expected to climb into the 40s. Despite the early morning chill, walkers were out early at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


02/20/07 02:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Library to Host Talk on Stoppard’s Dramas

The Westport Public Library will host a talk on Sunday at 2 p.m. on Tom Stoppard’s 2002 epic trilogy of plays “Coast of Utopia.”

The work, which focuses on 19th century Russian intellectuals dreaming of revolution, had its American debut last year at Lincoln Center. While the plays received critical praise, many theatergoers were apprehensive about the density of the philosophical debate at the heart of the plays.

Mark Schenker, associate dean at Yale College, says, however, the average, literate reader and theatergoer can approach such dense plays as dramas and will explain how in a talk entitled “Who’s Afraid of Tom Stoppard? Navigating The Coast of Utopia.”

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.


02/20/07 11:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Slightly Warmer Temperatures Forecast for Today

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Monday’s sub-freezing weather will give way to milder temparatures today with highs in the mid-40s. View is of the pavilion at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007

10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Vacation Fun Day, vacation program for children ages 6-10
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309- Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Public Protection Committees


02/20/07 05:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, February 19, 2007

Kowalsky Farm Selling for $16.2 Million; Town Has Interest

The 12-acre Kowalsky family farm in Westport’s Greens Farms section—known as Peaceful Valley Farm—is on the market for $16.2 million and the Town of Westport has expressed an interest in acquiring it.WestportNow.com Image
Peaceful Valley Farm is for sale for $16.2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The mostly open property nestled among multimillion dollar residences went on the Multiple Listing Service last week. The offering said it was suitable for a “gentleman’s farm or possible subdivision.”

“All I can say at the moment is that we have been in contact with representatives of the family and have expressed an interest in possibly acquiring it,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “But it’s a steep price.”

Complete with wandering goats, farm buildings and a small man-made pond, the property is in the heart of Greens Farms at 109 Morningside Drive South and is bordered by Clapboard Hill Road and Turkey Hill Road South.

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02/19/07 10:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Frozen in Time

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The Westport Public Library as viewed today across the ice-covered Saugatuck River. While today’s temperatures barely got into the 20s, Tuesday’s high is predicted to be in the mid-40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


02/19/07 08:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Country Playhouse Hosts Public Open House

The Westport Country Playhouse will host three public open houses beginning Sunday to preview its 2007 season and offer guided tours of the recently renovated historic theater, the Playhouse announced today.

The open houses, which are free and include refreshments, will be held on Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 to 9 p.m.; and Thursday, March 1, 7 to 9 p.m. 

Tazewell Thompson, artistic director, and Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director, will host.

The first hour will include a discussion of the season’s eight productions by Thompson, followed by a question and answer session. The second hour will offer guided Playhouse tours, taking participants behind the scenes of the theater.


02/19/07 07:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Chilly Compo

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Temperatures at Westport’s Compo Beach just reached the freezing mark Sunday. The forecast called for today’s high in the 20s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Monday, Feb. 19, 2007

Westport Town Hall closed in observance of Presidents’ Day - Transfer Station Will be Open
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Presidents’ Day Workshops: Illuminated Manuscripts (ages 5-7 10-11:30 a.m.; ages 8-10, 1-2:30 p.m.)
10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Vacation Fun Day, vacation program for children ages 6-10


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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Westporter Susan Lucia Palmieri in NYC Grand Opera Benefits

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Susan Lucia Palmieri: soprano soloist. Contributed photo
Susan Lucia Palmieri, a 1993 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, will perform in a special “Singers of Today and Tomorrow” benefit concert for the New York City Grand Opera Company at Westport Town Hall on Saturday, March 3.

A soprano, she will also perform as a soloist in a Thursday, March 8 benefit for the company at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Palmieri, who once worked as a cook as Westport’s VFW Post and started her own restaurant, My Place, was accepted into New York’s famed Julliard School opera program in September. She started rehearsing with the New York Grand Opera chorus in October. 

Palmieri, who goes by the professional name Lucia Palmieri, has strong Westport roots. Her maternal grandfather is retired longtime Westport firefighter Joe Valiante.

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02/18/07 07:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Names Community Inclusion Task Force

Westport has established a Community Inclusion Task Force to address issues of concern to those with disabilities.

The task force was established by Rochelle Field, chair of the Westport Human Services Commission, and Lynn Abramson, president of Westport-Weston United Way.

The task force will focus on improving the quality of life for all Westport and Weston residents by ensuring that the needs of residents of all ages with disabilities are addressed so they may participate fully in community life, an announcement said.

“The task force hopes to identify those gaps in current programs and services that prevent full inclusion of the disabled in community life, including such concerns as the availability of after school programs for students with special needs and support for caretakers,” said Barbara Butler, director of Westport’s Human Services Department.

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02/18/07 06:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Catch of the Day

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Bob Mystrom of Stratford hauls in one of a dozen fish he caught today on Westport’s Lee’s Pond. Mystrom has been coming to Westport to ice fish for about 25 years. He was one of about 15 fishermen on the ice today. The long snap of freezing temperatures has given Lee’s Pond a coating of thick ice—about 10 inches—making it safe for the fishermen to be on the ice, although the snow-covered surface is not conducive to ice skating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


02/18/07 05:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rotary Exchange Students Visit State Capitol

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Rotary Youth Exchange students met in Hartford last week with state legislators, including Westport Sen. Judi Freedman and Rep. Joe Mioli. Among them were Westporter Stefania Urist, who is going to Brazil, and Westport-hosted Anita Joaquin, who is from Argentina, and Tony Huang, who is from Taiwan. Rotary Youth Exchange provides an opportunity for short (summer) and long-term (academic school year) exchanges around the world. Westport Rotary and Sunrise Rotary have sponsored Anita and Tony for the school year, placing each student with Westport families for three-month periods. Stefania Urist will be living in Brazil and another Staples senior, Jeremy Lawrence, will live in Japan for the 2007-08 school year. The Westport Rotary clubs are seeking Westport families willing to host students from April through June. For more information, contact Dan Long (203) 454-2194. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/18/07 04:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Artic Cold Wave on Way

The National Weather Service said today that Artic cold temperatures with wind chill values of 5 to 10 degrees below zero are on the way for Westport and the tri-state area tonight.

A weak clipper system just east of Long Island this morning will rapidly intensify as it tracks northeast of Cape Cod this afternoon and into the Canadian Maritimes tonight, an advisory said.

A tight pressure gradient will develop tonight between this departing low and high pressure building in from the Ohio Valley with northwest winds of 20 to 25 mph and gusts to 40 mph expected after midnight into Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile a strong cold front will cross the region late this afternoon ushering an Arctic air mass into the region for tonight into Monday. Temperatures in the wake of the cold front will drop through the 20s this evening and into the lower to mid teens by Monday morning.

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02/18/07 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Mill View

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Clear skies and cold temperatures were the order of the day in Westport Saturday, including at Compo Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Guthman for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007

1 p.m. - Earthplace - “An Inconvenient Truth”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre, “Spinning into Butter”


02/18/07 05:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Dem Presidential Candidate Kucinich Makes Westport Stop

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Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich made a stop at the Westport Public Library today en route to three days of campaigning in New Hampshire. Saying “I can’t be bought and I can’t be bossed,” Kucinich pledged if elected to remove U.S. troops from Iraq and replace them with an international security force. “We’re moving toward fascism with the government we have now,” he said. Among those in the audience were Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c), Westport News columnist Dan Woog (arm on chair), and Elizabeth Kucinich, the candidate’s wife (partially hidden). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/17/07 11:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hockey Without Skates

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A father and son play hockey without skates today on Westport’s Round Pond off Compo Road South. With warmer temperature—it got to 32 today—some of the ice is very thin and residents should take caution on area ponds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


02/17/07 10:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Princess, and I Have a New Home

Female shepherd mix Princess needs a home
Hi, I’m Princess! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

So, you’re looking for a wonderful, sweet, smart and loving dog? Well, do yourself a favor and stop by the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137) to meet Princess. Princess is a 4-year-old spayed female shepherd mix. This is a dog that you can just sit for hours and pet. She truly just wants to be loved. When you look at through her cage she picks up whatever toy she has handy and brings it to the front of the cage as a friendly offering. Princess will make a wonderful addition to your family and gets along well with other dogs. Please stop by soon to meet our resident royalty.







02/17/07 07:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Flight

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Snow and seagulls were the few things that could be found at Westport’s Compo Beach on Friday when temperatures were in the mid-20s. The temperature is expected to warm to the mid-30s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007

8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre, “Spinning into Butter”


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Clouds and Snow

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Clouds and snow added to the scenics at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today as temperatures rose only to the mid 20 during the day. After several days below freezing, temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


02/17/07 02:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, February 16, 2007

Driver Injured as Ice Smashes Windshield on I-95

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The driver of a vehicle on I-95 in Westport suffered facial injuries today when a piece of ice from a passing truck flew off that vehicle and smashed through the windshield. The driver was traveling southbound on the Saugatuck River Bridge at the time of the accident just after 1 p.m. Westport firefighters and EMS responded along with state troopers, and the driver was transported to Norwalk Hospital. Drivers must remove snow and ice and from their vehicles under the law and maintain proper distances from other vehicles, said Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/16/07 11:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Electronic Voting Machines Arrive in Westport

By Jennifer Connic

Westport took delivery today of 18 new electronic voting machines, and the town’s registrars of voters will now embark on an education campaign to familiarize voters with the machines.

Democratic Registrar Nita Cohen and Republican Registrar Judith Raines spent the morning opening boxes and testing the machines, which scan ballots, before taking ownership of them.

With the 18 new machines, the town now has 20 of the ballot scanners. State officials picked up cost of 19 of the machines, which cost $7,000 each. The 20th machine has been used for five years to scan absentee ballots, and it will be replaced with a new model, the registrars said.

In addition to the machines themselves—which are in canvas bags and locked away in the town clerk’s office—the registrars took delivery of the ballot bins that sit under the machines, battery packs, voting booths and DVD players.

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02/16/07 10:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Former Volunteer Coach Files Notice of Intent to Sue

A former volunteer assistant coach at Staples High School filed notice today that he intends to sue the Town of Westport, the Westport public schools and the Westport Board of Education for wrongful termination.

Jason Gladstone, a Westport attorney representing Westport resident David Alexis, filed the intent to sue in the town clerk’s office.

The papers state Alexis intends to sue for wrongful termination, discrimination, false accusations, defamation, slander, breach of contract and violation of municipal employment wages and state he will seek payment of back wages.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today he has no comment on the matter.

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02/16/07 09:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Takes Delivery of Electronic Voting Machines

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The Town of Westport today took delivery of 18 new electronic voting machines which will be used in the November elections. Checking out one of the new machines at Town Hall today were Democratic Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen (l) and her Republican counterpart, Judith Raines. There will be training sessions for the public on the new machines beginning in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/16/07 05:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Voting Machines Stored in Vault

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Westport today took delivery of 18 new electronic voting machines. Town Hall employee Doug Meier stores the machines, each in a canvas bag, in a secure cabinet in the town clerk’s vault. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/16/07 05:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

Water Main Breaks Affect Two Westport Neighborhoods

An early morning water main break at Westport’s Rayfield Road and Spicer Road shut down water in the area, police said.

Utility crews from Aquarion Water Co. responded to the 1:42 a.m. call and were still on the scene at 7 a.m.

It was not known how many homes were affected by the break which came as temperatures dipped to 13 degrees overnight in Westport.

Shortly before 7 a.m., police said there was another break near the end of Grove Point Road off of Hillspoint Road.


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