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Monday, January 28, 2008

Democrat Files to Challenge State Sen. Judith Freedman’s Seat

A 61-year-old Westporter who has worked in several recent Democratic campaigns but never been a candidate himself has filed papers to run for the seat held by incumbent Republican State Sen. Judith Freedman.WestportNow.com Image
John Hartwell: first-time candidate. Contributed photo

John Hartwell, a business management consultant, recently filed papers with the Secretary of the State’s office in Hartford to run in the 26th District.

Freedman is in her 11th term in the district which includes Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, and Bethel. She has not announced whether she will seek re-election.

Hartwell lives on the grounds of Greens Farms Academy in Westport where his wife, Janet, is head of the school. He was treasurer for the failed Democratic campaign of Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate in 2006 and district coordinator for Howard Dean’s presidential run in 2004.

   

01/28/08 12:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Before and After: 57 Owenoke Park


WestportNow’s Before and After series presents transformed Westport properties. The house at 57 Owenoke Park in the Compo Beach area was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 10, 2005. Built in 1940, the house is located on 0.90 acres of waterside property and was purchased in April 2004 for $6 million. The house was demolished on Oct. 26, 2005. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/28/08 10:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

Icy Saugatuck

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The view of the Saugatuck River from Westport’s Imperial Avenue. Temperatures Sunday got into the upper 30s during the day but dropped back below freezing after dark. Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, January 28, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Favorite Author Fun (Grades 1 & 2)
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee

   

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Westport Arts Center Presents “Broadway Songbook”

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The Westport Arts Center in cooperation with the Pequot Library in Southport today presented a musical program called “Broadway Songbook” that featured songs of Rodgers and Hart. Performers included (l-r) Justin Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School, Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor sax, and Susan Terry and George Dvorsky doing vocals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

01/28/08 01:54 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Football

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Rain and shine, hot and cold weather, year around will find this group of players kicking up the sand at Westport’s Compo Beach every Saturday morning and this weekend was no exception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

01/28/08 01:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Musicians Honored

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Sixteen music students from Westport’s Staples High School were chosen to participate in the recent 2008 Western Regional Music Festival at Wilton High School. The musicians were chosen through auditions that included the finest music students from 26 different Connecticut high schools. The final concert included performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Orchestra and Symphony Band. This annual event is sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Pictured are (l-r) back row: Geoff Jordan, Everett Tremblay, Willys DeVoll. Yunke Liu, Curtis Chen, Chris McNiff, Ole-Martin Vaagen, and Marshall Rauh. Front row: Elysse Lloyd, Danielle Merlis, Adele Shenoy, Seori Sachs, Maanvi Mittal, Alexandra Wismer. Not Shown: Naveen Murali and Scott Infusino. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

01/28/08 12:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Internet and Politics Writer Brian Reich Addresses Rotary

Brian Reich, co-author of a new book, “Media Rules: Mastering Today’s Technology to Connect With and Keep Your Audience,” will speak at the Westport Rotary Club on Tuesday.WestportNow.com Image
Brian Reich: mixes politics and technology. Contributed photo

Reich, son of Ann Sheffer and stepson of Bill Scheffler, both longtime Westporters, is a noted speaker and writer on the issues involving the impact of the Internet and technology on politics, society, and the media.

The public is invited to attend the noon luncheon at the Inn at Longshore as well as a book signing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Borders in Fairfield.

Reich is the editor of the blog, Thinking about Media and a contributor to The Hotline and to Personal Democracy Forum. He also serves as a Fast Company Expert.

   

01/27/08 10:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt’s Midnight in Moscow Winter Fund-Raiser Set for Friday

Midnight in Moscow is the theme of the Levitt Pavilion’s Winter Gala on Friday at Westport’s Inn at Longshore.WestportNow.com Image

The 7 p.m. fund-raiser helps pay for the summer of free music and entertainment at the outdoor venue along the Saugatuck River. The Russian theme will share the evening with the popular Soul Street Band.

The evening will feature a live auction offering such varied items as a weekend package for two in New York City with boutique hotel, theater tickets, and a sail around the city; premium seats to a Yankees game; tickets to a Valentino & Etro Paris fashion show and apartment stay, and VIP passes to Lime Rock Race Track, plus many others.

Midnight in Moscow tickets can be can obtained through the Levitt Pavilion Web site or by calling (203)226-7600. The evening will be generously sponsored by financial firm, RBC Dain Rauscher.

   

01/27/08 09:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 186 Greens Farms Road

186 Greens Farms Road, Westport CT 06880
The demolition permit process has begun to tear down the house at 186 Greens Farms Road in Westport. The one-story ranch house, built in 1949, has 1,117 square feet and is located on a one-acre property. The current occupants will reside in the replacement house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/27/08 09:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Sunset

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Saturday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

01/27/08 05:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, January 27, 2008


11:30 am. - 5 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Cuddly, Creative Winter Wreaths (Children Grades 1 & up only)
4 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center/Pequot Library present “Rodgers and Hart: New York Songs”

   

01/27/08 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Westport Police K-9 Unit Finds Missing Easton Man

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Officer Ryan Paulsson and Ellie: teamwork paid off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo
UPDATE Westport Police Officer Ryan Paulsson and his bloodhound Ellie tonight found a 70-year-old Easton man who had been missing with his dog since late afternoon in subfreezing temperatures in the sprawling Trout Brook Valley Preserve that includes land in Weston and Easton.

The man, identified by Easton police as Robert Kinney, had been missing in the more than 700-acre preserve since about 4 p.m. His wife called police when he had not returned at nightfall, Easton police said.

Due to the cold and the age of the man, Paulsson and Ellie were called in about 7 p.m. to assist Weston and Easton police and fire units and a state police helicopter engaged in the search, said Westport Police Lt. John Croffy.

Upon arrival at the Wells Hill entrance to the preserve, Paulsson was able to get Ellie to obtain a scent off the driver seat of the missing man’s vehicle, he said.

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

DOT Coverup After New Signs Spell it “Green Farms”

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Connecticut’s Department of Transportation is red-faced over Greens Farms. Four new I-95 signs near Exit 18 in Westport proclaimed it the place to exit for the “Green Farms” Metro-North station. They also said it was the exit for “Sherwood Ls.” instead of Sherwood Is. A spokesman said the signs, part of a $4.7 million sign upgrade project, will remain covered until fixed next month. “It was an honest mistake,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/26/08 09:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stephen C. Swain, 60

Stephen C. Swain, born Sept. 15, 1947, in Hartford, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, after a long battle with cancer.

Stephen was a longtime resident of Westport, Rowayton and West Norwalk.

He attended schools in Windsor, Conn., Oradell, N.J., and was a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in industrial design. He excelled in developing devices and accessories to make everyday tasks simpler, especially for those with disabilities. He was a gifted artist and designer.

Stephen is survived by his steadfast fiancée, Randye Kapp; his mother, Esther Swain Hauter, formerly of Westport, now living in Redding; his brother, Edgar Swain III of New York; and his sister and niece, Elizabeth Swain Livingston and Winona A. Livingston, of Fresno, Calif.

Stephen was happiest sailing, watching auto racing, cooking and lending a helping hand. Stephen will be remembered for his love of life which he shared with everyone who knew him. His infectious laugh and the glint in his eye will be missed by his family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Doublebeach Road, Branford, CT 06405, (203)315-7500.

   

01/26/08 06:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 10 Twin Bridge Acre Road

10 Twin Bridge Acre Road, Westport CT 06880
The demolition permit process has begun to tear down the house at 10 Twin Bridge Acre Road off Newtown Turnpike in Westport. A new, single-family home will be built on the existing foundation. The one-story, 2,426-square-feet ranch house, built in 1950, is located on a one-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/26/08 09:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Scene

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.A winter view looking across ice-covered Sherwood Mill Pond from Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, January 26, 2008


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters and Crafts
7 p.m. - Quick Center, Fairfield University - Interfaith Housing Association fund-raiser with comedian Lewis Black
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Acoustic/Open Mic w/ Monitor and the Merrimac, Ethan Rothstein, Mother Nevada

   

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Double the Fun

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Jayne and JoJo Bryer, eighth grade twins at Westport’s Bedford Middle School, were among those enjoying a combined eighth grade skating party tonight at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

01/26/08 04:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating

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Staples players Ari Sinay and Andrei Oztemel celebrate tonight’s 71-65 victory over Greenwich at Staples. The Wreckers lead for most of the game, but it was close up until the very end. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

   

01/26/08 02:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck School Evacuated in Bomb or Weapon Report

UPDATE A girls basketball game at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School was interrupted tonight by a report of a bomb or weapon in the school and the school was evacuated, police said.

Police responded to Saugatuck School at 5:49 p.m. on a report of a weapon or bomb in the school, said Lt. Gorden Hiltz.

School was not in session, but there was a girls basketball game being played at the time of the complaint, he said.

“When officers arrived at the school, all who were in attendance were escorted from the school for safety,” Hiltz said.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Winter Farmers Market Opens in Fairfield

It’s taking place one town over, but many of the faces at the Fairfield Winter Farmers Market opening Saturday will be familiar to fans of the highly popular Westport Farmers Market.

Managed by Wholesome Wave Foundation, sponsors and managers of the popular Westport markets at the Westport Country Playhouse and the Westport Center for Senior Activities, the indoor market at the warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company will feature locally grown organic greens and herbs, heritage breed chicken eggs, and homegrown honey.

Ten farms from central and southern Connecticut will also fill the warehouse with handmade cheeses, pasture-raised meats, and artisan breads, as well as nonfood farmstead products, such as goats milk soap and lotion.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 70 Sanford St., across from the Fairfield Metro-North station, with ample parking.

   

01/25/08 10:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 93 Morningside Drive South

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The house at 93 Morningside Drive South at the corner of Clapboard Hill Road was demolished today. The 1962-built contemporary style house had 3,558 square feet and was situated on a 3.4-acre lot. It changed hands in November for $2.1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 22, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/08 10:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comedian Lewis Black Headlines IHA Fund-Raiser

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Comedian Lewis Black will headline a Fairfield University Quick Center for the Arts performance Saturday to benefit the Interfaith Housing Association of Westport/Weston (IHA).

The event, “Stand Up for Homes With Hope,” will take place beginning at 7 p.m.Tickets are $100, $175, $250 and $500 and can be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com or by calling (203)254-4010. For other information call IHA at (203)226-3426.

Black is well known for his appearances on HBO specials and on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” He will soon star in his own television show, “Root of All Evil,” kicking off on March 12 on the Comedy Central Channel.

In addition to Black’s performance, the evening will include a cocktail reception and a live and silent auction.

   

01/25/08 09:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Dawn

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Despite temperatures in the teens, it was a pretty sight today before dawn at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

   

01/25/08 02:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making Friends

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Making friends was easy for these visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Friday, January 25, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery - “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Film Noir: “Out of the Fog” (1941) with film expert Louis Sabini
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Friday Fun Films (Preschool)
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jared Scharff and the Royals, Cass Dillon Band, Life is Here, Nameless to Say, and Tri-State

   

01/25/08 05:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Hall-Brooke Sprinkler System Activation Brings Firefighters

An activated sprinkler in a patient’s room at Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavorial Health Services tonight brought Westport firefighters rushing to the facility on Long Lots Road.

On arrival after the 8:40 p.m. alarm, they found there was no fire, but a sprinkler was operating in a patient’s room, said Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Maloney.

There was significant water damage and firefighters remained on the scene for more than an hour performing salvage operations and water evacuation, he said.

Cause of the activation was under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Westport Police Department, indicating it might have been a deliberate act.

   

01/25/08 04:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating a Move

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Employees of Bridgewater Associates, the Westport-based investment company, tonight celebrated with fireworks the departure of its 60-member operations group from its building at 25 Ford Road to new digs on Riverside Avenue. The Ford Road building will undergo a complete renovation. Bridgewater employs about 500 persons in Westport, making it one of the town’s largest employers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lonely Kayak

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Abandoned by its owner on the small boat rack at Westport’s Compo Beach South, a yellow kayak provides a splash of color on an otherwise cold winter’s day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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