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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Arthur V. “Pete”  Peterson, Nuclear Pioneer, Dies at 95

Former Westporter Arthur V. “Pete” Peterson, a pioneer in the early development of nuclear power who as an engineer oversaw the development of the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II, has died at a retirement home in Seattle. He was 95.WestportNow.com Image
A.V. Peterson: lived in Westport from 1953 to 1968. Contributed photo

His son, Art Jr., said his father, who lived in Westport from 1953 to 1968, died peacefully of natural causes in his sleep on March 24.

Peterson’s career in nuclear engineering began in 1942 when the Army suddenly transferred him, not yet 30, from the 36th Combat Engineer Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C., to join the Army’s secret Manhattan Project, the group assigned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to develop and build an atomic bomb.

Peterson worked closely with a team that included Nobel Laureates Enrico Fermi and Arthur Compton at the University of Chicago to build the world’s first atomic reactor. 

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04/02/08 07:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tree Service Worker Injured in Accident

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A tree service worker fell from a tree while working at a home on Westport’s River Lane today. He was transferred to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS with a possible broken leg, according to a co-worker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/02/08 03:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Early Morning Accident Ties Up I-95 in Westport

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An early morning three-vehicle accident today on I-95 southbound between Exits 18 and 17 in Westport sent one person to Norwalk Hospital and tied up traffic for several hours. Firefighters responding to the 3:25 a.m. call found a 1998 Mitsubishi which was being towed by a 1993 Infinity was struck by a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee (pictured above). The towed vehicle was pushed into the guardrail and suffered major damage, said Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin. The Jeep rolled over and its driver, the lone occupant, was out of the vehicle when firefighters arrived. He was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with injuries that appeared not to be life-threatening, said Conklin.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/02/08 11:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Scene

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After a stormy start, the first day of April Tuesday ended with a pretty sunset as seen over the inlet by Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. But in the true spirit of April Fool’s Day, the storm clouds returned, and night ended with the first thunderstorm of the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

04/02/08 04:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Memories of a Childhood Lost”
10 a.m. - noon - Westport Historical Society - Westport for Dummies
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Enlarge Your Horizons into the Twilight Zone: A Look at the Work of Rod Serling” with David Bushman
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Public Works Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Time of My Life” preview

   

04/02/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Bundled Up

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The weather was a bit warmer today at Westport’s Compo Beach—temperatures in the 50s—but you still had to be bundled up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/01/08 09:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 10 Twin Bridge Acre Road

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The house at 10 Twin Bridge Acre Road, off Newtown Turnpike, was demolished today. 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. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 16, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/01/08 09:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Four Staples Students Named Merit Scholarship Finalists

Four seniors at Westport’s Staples High School have advanced to finalist standing in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program, Principal John Dodig announced today.WestportNow.com Image
The Westport Public Schools sent this picture of the four Staples National Merit scholarship finalists—Brandon Davis, Jesse Hubbard, Geoff Jordan and Zachary Weiner—but did not provide the left to right individual identities, explaining in an e-mail “It is the policy of the Westport Public Schools to not print the names of students with their photos on the Internet.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Dodig presented the students with a certificate of merit from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program.

As merit scholar finalists, Brandon Davis, Jesse Hubbard, Geoff Jordan and Zachary Weiner have a chance at one of 8,200 merit scholarship awards worth $34 million, Dodig said. 

Final scholarship winners, chosen from a group of more than 15,000 finalists, may be notified by NMSC between April and June.

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04/01/08 03:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rain Walk

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A woman and her dog walked in the rain Monday near Westport’s Grace K. Salmon Park on Imperial Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - “The Paradox of Water”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - A Taste of Tuesday followed by preview of “Time of My Life”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - American Architecture 101: What Makes It Great by Carter Wiseman
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

   

04/01/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Just Playing

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Parents of preschoolers enrolled at Green’s Farms Nursery School got to experience life through their children’s eyes in a very special way tonight. The school staff presented “Just Playing” to educate parents in various aspects of a child’s daily educational routine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

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