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Monday, March 03, 2008

Bedford Family Honored

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Westport’s Bedford Family was among the honorees at tonight’s First Awards dinner at the Inn at Longshore. State Sen. John McKinney, a great grandson of E. T. Bedford, accepted the award on behalf of his family. He is pictured with (l-r) his sister Libby, mother Lucie, and former state Rep. Jo Fuchs Luscombe, who presented the award. Sponsored by the Republican Town Committee, the awards honor community volunteers and organizations that go above and beyond to serve and improve the greater Westport community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/03/08 02:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tractor-Trailer on Merritt Slows Traffic

UPDATE A tractor-trailer which wandered on to the Merritt Parkway in Norwalk near the Westport line caused lengthy delays tonight, officials said.

According to the Department of Transportation, the tractor-trailer struck the Grumman Avenue overpass between Exits 40B and 41 just after 7 p.m.

The DOT shut down one lane northbound and said shortly before midnight that the vehicle had been removed.

No commercial vehicles are permitted on the parkway because of low bridge clearance.


03/03/08 01:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Sophie and I Have a New Home

Sophie needs a new home
Hi, I’m Sophie!  Connecticut Humane Society

Sophie came to the CHS from an animal control office. She’s a wonderful girl who’s full of energy. She must go into an adult-only home or a home with older (15+) children. She loves to run and play ball and would make a great jogging partner. Her markings and colors are so unique! We believe Sophie would best be placed as an only pet. Come meet Sophie at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society!


03/03/08 01:21 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, March 02, 2008


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Alexandra, a 4-year-old from Westport, wore many layers to keep her warm today as she sat on her father’s lap and waited for the Zamboni to leave the ice at the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


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Just sitting on a bench at Westport’s Compo Beach playground seemed a good way to spend the afternoon today as temperatures hit an unofficial high of 40. Monday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


03/02/08 10:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Arts Center Announces Leadership Restructuring

The Westport Arts Center, in a move to better handle its continued growth and position itself for the future, has announced a restructuring of its leadership. WestportNow.com Image
Eileen Wiseman (l) and Nancy Heller: new leadership roles at Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Working collaboratively in newly created positions are Eileen Wiseman as artistic director and Nancy Heller as business and development director, an announcement said.

“This restructuring provides a strong team approach that allows the Westport Arts Center to continue to strengthen and diversify the ways in which we bring visual arts, performing arts and arts education to this community,” said Gary Cosgrave of Westport, president of WAC’s board of directors. “For such a multi-dimensional, expanding Arts Center, this change was overdue.”

Wiseman will be responsible for creating and implementing WAC’s extensive programming in the visual and performing arts. Heller will manage business strategies, finances and development, and oversee the administrative staff, the announcement said.


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Historical Society Sets “Westport for Dummies” Tour

If you want to brush up on your Westport history, the Westport Historical Society is running a guided bus tour on Sunday, March 16 which it calls “Westport for Dummies.”

Leading the tour will be Westport Municipal Historian Allen Raymond, assisted by former Chief of Police Ron Malone and Peter Jennings, an 11th generation Westporter.

The tour will provide an historical overview of Westport’s past, while at the same time hitting some of the high points, such as the Westport Country Playhouse and current and former residences of the famous.

There will also be some fun stories and anecdotes about Westport’s legendary residents and events.

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03/02/08 04:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Spinning for a Good Cause

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More than 400 riders from throughout Fairfield County, including many from Westport, took part today in the Ninth Annual SpinOdyssey to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research. The event at Fitness & Tennis Club in Norwalk hoped to exceed last year’s total of more than $500,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


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Ready to Spin

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A team from the Westport Weston Family Y posed for a group photo today before joining hundreds of other cyclists at the Ninth Annual SpinOdyssey to raise money for breast cancer research. The event was held at the Fitness & Tennis Club in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


03/02/08 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse Debuts 2008 Season with “Vigil”

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It was opening night Saturday night for the Westport Country Playhouse 2008 season with Timothy Busfield and Helen Stenborg starring in the dark comedy “Vigil” by Canadian playwright Morris Panych. Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, co-artistic directors, along with Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director, greeted the audience before the show. “Vigil” runs through March 15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carol Rosegg photo


03/02/08 05:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Marks Fifth Anniversary

Today marks the fifth anniversary of WestportNow.com, one of the pioneering local news Web sites in the United States.

From a small audience of several hundred a month when it first began, WestportNow currently attracts between 30,000 and 40,000 “unique” visitors a month and generates about 200,000 page views, according to independent Web traffic monitors.

The surge in readership is consistent with the results of a just released Zogby poll which found a continuing shift away from traditional sources of news, such as newspapers and TV, to the Internet, most dramatically among so-called digital natives,  people under 30 years old.

Advertisers who want to reach this growing and highly engaged readership are encouraged to direct inquiries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Sunday, March 2, 2008

9 a.m. - 3 p..m. - Fitness and Tennis Club, 490 Westport Ave., Norwalk - Ninth annual SpinOdyssey to benefit breast cancer research
11:30 am. - 5 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Get Into a Pickle!”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Electric blues violinist and vocalist Heather Hardy
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Vigil” followed by symposium: “The Aging of America”
5 p.m.  - Inn at Longshore - Westport First Awards celebration


03/02/08 05:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Train Kills Woman in Westport

UPDATE A Westport woman was struck and killed by a Metro-North New Haven Line train tonight in Westport, police said.

The incident occurred between Hillspoint Road and Hales Road at about 6:21 p.m., according to police.

The woman apparently parked her car and walked on to the tracks where she was struck by a New Haven-bound train, according to detectives. A note was found in the car.

The woman was later identified by Metro-North as Stacey M. Williams, 39, of Loren Lane in Westport.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Celebrating the Library’s Centennial

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The Westport Public Library today hosted a group of young actors from Weston Middle School as the opening event in the library’s 100th birthday celebration which features L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” as the current selection for WestportReads. The students are all cast members of the school’s production of the “Wizard of Oz.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


03/01/08 11:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

100th Birthday Music

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“The Flying Monkeys.” the Woodwind Quintet from the Norwalk Symphony, serenaded Westport Public Library visitors today in the Great Hall as the library kicked off its 100th birthday celebration. The centennial features the 2008 WestportReads selection of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


03/01/08 11:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

On Display

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Westport artist Julie Fatherley today adjusts one of her works on display at the Westport Public Library Great Hall. A March 7 reception will honor the post-impressionist and abstract artist who has been a Westport resident for almost 20 years. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Fatherley has taught art in several schools. She has exhibited widely and her works are in numerous private collections. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Westport Remembers Donald J. Miklus

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Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell was among those paying tribute today to Donald J. Miklus, the Town of Westport finance director who died Feb. 18 at the age of 67. He was remembered as a dedicated, loyal employee who had time for everyone but was also a devoted family man. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Several Hundred Pay Tribute to Donald J. Miklus

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Several hundred people turned out today to pay tribute to Donald J. Miklus, the longtime Town of Westport finance director who died Feb. 18 at the age of 67. In addition to First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, four of his predecessors in the post took part in the Town Hall ceremony. Miklus was a 42-year town employee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/01/08 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making a Case for Preservation

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The Westport Historical Society today kicked off the first of a three-part series of lectures on preserving historic homes. Speakers included Morley Boyd of Westport and Phillip Esser of Ridgefield, who serve on their town’s Historic District Commissions. Pictured is Boyd as he presented an update on the status of the restoration of the house at 113 Cross Highway. Westport’s Planning and Zoning Committee endorsed modifications of restrictions that supported the restoration of the 19th century property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/01/08 07:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Walk in the Snow

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Winter made a brief reappearance in Westport overnight, leaving enough of the white stuff for these residents to enjoy an early morning walk near Bedford Middle School. Temperatures later climbed into the mid-40s, turning much of the snow into slush. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com


03/01/08 06:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Paul J. LaMarche, 89

Paul J. LaMarche, 89, of Westport and Stony Creek, Conn., beloved husband of the late Rebecca Griswold LaMarche, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, in his home with his loving family by his side.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Paul had been a Westport resident for 53 years. He was a graduate of Case-Western University with a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering. Paul’s career included positions at the DuPont Company and the Allegheny Steel Corporation.

He also served as vice president and assistant general manager of the Chemical Division of National Distiller and Chemical Company, and retired in 1983 as vice president of Mobil Chemical Company and general manager of the Coating, Catalyst and Chemical Specialties Division.

He was a past director of National Petroleum Corporation and Reactive Metals Corporation and a former member of the Union League Club in New York City.

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03/01/08 06:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Rodney and I Have a New Family

Rescue dog Rodney needs a new home
Hi, I’m Rodney! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

This lucky boy has beaten the odds! When Rodney arrived at the Connecticut Humane Society in Westport he was virtually skin and bones and it was thought that he was gravely ill. After a thorough vet exam and many tests, it was determined that Rodney was not sick at all but suffering from slow starvation. He was immediately placed on a weight-management program and has been slowly and steadily gaining weight. Every day his playful personality comes out more and more and he has won the hearts of every employee and volunteer that meets him. Now we need for the public to see what we see every day from Rodney and give this lovely boy a second chance at a good life. Rodney loves people and is good with other dogs. He is presumed 8 or 9 years young, neutered and up to date on shots. You can meet Rodney at the Connecticut Humane Society at 455 Post Road East, Westport, CT or call 203-227-4137 for more information.


03/01/08 07:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Morris, and I Have a New Home

Morris the cat needs a new home
Hi, I’m Morris! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

FREE TO THE RIGHT HOME! Morris is a neutered adult orange tabby. The king of his castle (and right now ours too!), Morris prefers to be the only pet. He has a deep love of food and petting and would make an excellent companion for an adult home or home with teenage children. He’s very outgoing and affectionate and he loves to investigate! Morris is a special needs adoption as he is FIV (feline aids) positive. This means that his new owners must agree to keep him indoors at all times. FIV is not transferrable to people or dogs, only from cat to cat. This poor boy came to us when his owner passed away and he’s waiting for his new forever home. If you think you are the right home for Morris, please come to meet him at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society. (203-227-4137 455 Post Road East, Westport)



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Winter Scene

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All was quiet on the waters off of the E. R. Strait Marina at Westport’s Longshore Club Park on Friday as temperatures stayed in the 20s throughout the day.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, March 1, 2008

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - 70 Sanford St., Fairfield (across from Fairfield Metro North station) - Winter Farmers Market
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Seminar: “Making the Case for Preservation”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS 2008 We’re Off to See the Wizard: kickoff activities, “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum
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
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Summer Barbecue in the Winter
2 p.m. Westport Town Hall Auditorium - Memorial service for Donald J. Miklus, Westport finance director
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Staples High School Field House - Westport Girls Softball Jamboree, grades K-3
7 p.m. - Seabury Center - Da Capo Visiting Artist Series Concert: Brian Lewis, violin, and Laura Kennedy, piano
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Vigil” (opening)


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Opening Night

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Distinguished printmaker Ann Chernow of Westport tonight hosted the opening reception for her art exhibit at the Rockwell Gallery at Sconset Square in Westport. More than 20 etchings, linoleum cuts and lithographs by Chernow from 40 years of printmaking were on display. The show will run through March 26. Pictured are Chernow (l) welcoming guests (l-r) Paige Egan, Betty Jinnette and Phillip Williamson all of Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/01/08 01:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport First Awards to Honor Westporters

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The Westport First Awards will be presented at the first annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Sunday at the Inn at Longshore and will honor local individuals and organizations going above and beyond the ordinary to serve and improve the Westport community. 

Honorees include the Bedford family, William F. Meyer III, Project Return, and Westport Festival Italiano, Inc.

The Westport First Awards, a nonpartisan event sponsored by the Westport Republican Town Committee, recognize the selfless work of individuals who support Westport in a variety of ways.

All proceeds beyond event expenses will be donated to the honored organizations, a news release said, and none of the proceeds will benefit the Westport Republican Town Committee or any candidate.

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., today issued a special weather advisory saying snow is expected to develop this evening as a storm system moves through the Westport and tri-state area.

Light snow will begin to fall across northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and spread east across coastal Connecticut and Long Island through 10 p.m., the advisory said.

With temperatures at or below freezing across the region, snow will stick to roadways and likely result in hazardous driving conditions, the advisory said.

Warmer air is expected to work its way across the region from south to north tonight, allowing the snow to mix with and change to rain. Total snow accumulation before changeover will be 1 to 2 inches with up to 3 inches possible north of New York City and away from the Connecticut coast.

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02/29/08 11:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Cold

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The pavilion at Westport’s Compo Beach was deserted today with sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s. Snow was predicted for this evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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