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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Holiday Weekend Crowd

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors today enjoying their Sunday of the Labor Day holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

08/31/08 07:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ask the Chef

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A new feature was added to today’s Westport Sunday Farmers’ Market. Westport holistic private chef Tor Sporre’ was on hand to answer questions about food, and to offer advice and ideas using his California/ Mediterranean holistic cuisine and recipes while using ingredients available at the market. He displayed some samples of whole grains such as barley, millet and quinoa, and suggested ways that these grains could be incorporated into healthy recipes. Sporre’ will also be at next Sunday’s market from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

08/31/08 06:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lifeguards Gone

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As the summer winds down and lifeguards go off to college, there is a shortage of them at Westport beaches. At Compo Beach, red and white flags have been draped over the lifeguard stands at either end of the beach warning beachgoers that no lfeguard is on duty and to swim in closer to the middle of the beach where the stands are occupied. The lifeguards will remain on duty through Monday, the Labor Day holiday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

08/31/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center -  Group Show Part II
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market

   

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Caught

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Westport’s animal control officer, Peter D’Amico (r), makes his way along Westport’s Compo Cove today to tell a man walking his dogs at low tide that animals are banned from the area until Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

08/30/08 09:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pause that Refreshes

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A rower pauses for a drink today near the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

08/30/08 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Otter Trail

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 7 Otter Trail off Imperial Avenue. Built in 1951, the one-story ranch has 1,308 square feet and is situated on a one-third-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, August 30, 2008


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center -  Group Show Part II
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch

   

08/30/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Joseloff Offers Condolences, Orders Sailing Safety Review

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff today expressed condolences to the family of the 3-year-old girl who died in a sailing tragedy Tuesday and said he had ordered a review of safety procedures at the Longshore Sailing School which operates under a town lease.WestportNow.com Image
Alexandra Vitale, 3, is pictured with her father, Michael, and mother, Andrea, in a photo on a prayer card distributed at the girl’s memorial service today in Brooklyn. Contributed photo

“I know I speak for all Westporters in offering our deepest condolences to the family of Alexandra Vitale,” said Joseloff, who was out of town when the incident occurred.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

The girl was sailing in waters off of Cockenoe Island with two cousins, William Howell, 3, and Andrew Howell, 6, and an 18-year-old female sailing instructor, who was not identified, when a gust of wind blew over their Hobie Cat catamaran, police said. The others were rescued safely. (See WestportNow Aug. 27, 2008)

The first selectman and Selectman Shelly Kassen today met with Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy, Town Attorney Ira Bloom, and Assistant Town Attorney Gail Kelly to hear a report on the drowning.

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08/30/08 03:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Man Held on Child Pornography Charges

Westport police tonight announced the arrest of a Westport man on possession of child pornography charges.

A brief announcement said Nicholas Battaglino, 29, was arrested by members of the Detective Bureau and Patrol Division on a warrant for one count of possession of child pornography first degree.

“The arrest stems from an investigation completed by the Detective Bureau,” the announcement said without providing additional details.

It said he was being held on $500,000.00 cash bond pending a court arraignment.

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08/30/08 03:38 AM Comments () • Permalink

Save the Children Readies for Gulf Coast Hurricane

Westport’s Save the Children said today it has dispatched an emergency response team to the Gulf Coast to expand its ability to assist children and families who might be displaced by Hurricane Gustav, which is bearing down on the Louisiana coast.

Save the Children has been operating children-focused programs on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans exactly three years ago today. Forecasters are predicting the new storm could strike New Orleans early next week. 

Save the Children staff members are preparing to hand out 1,500 children’s evacuation backpacks at the two mass shelters that are being set up in Louisiana in anticipation of a major evacuation of families from the Gulf Coast, an announcement said.

Save the Children is also prepared to establish safe spaces for children in shelters, the organization said.

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

Friday, August 29, 2008

Janet Canning Honored for Town Service

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff today presented Janet Canning with a special commendation in honor of her retirement from the Department of Human Services after 14 years. Canning, a former member of the town’s Representative Town Meeting, has been involved with the service learning program and the congregate and home-delivered meal program.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

08/29/08 10:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cutting the Cake

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So many people turned out at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities today to pay tribute to retiring staffer Janet Canning that it took three cakes to feed the crowd. Canning served 14 years in the Department of Human Services, winning many friends for her efforts overseeing the congregate and home-delivered meal program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

08/29/08 10:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

School Officials Look for New Ways to Prepare Students

By Jennifer Connic

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Elliott Landon: “We want to prepare our kids.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo
Students in the Westport school system are introduced to computers and other technology as early as kindergarten, but school officials hope to look to the community for new ideas on how to prepare students in the 21st century.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said in an interview school officials secured a $2,250 William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Discovery Grant to hold a community conversation about defining skills for the 21st century.

The plan would be to bring business leaders, municipal leaders, elected officials and residents together to chart a direction and the steps for the school curriculum to prepare students in today’s world, he said.

“We want to prepare our kids so they can be good students in today’s world,” he said. “It’s a different world in how we educate (students) and how they get their information. It’s always changing so fast.”

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Friday, August 29, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jukebox the Ghost w/ Mind on the Moon, The Age of Rockets & The States

   

08/29/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Thursday, August 28, 2008

HomeGoods Opening Westport Doors Next Month

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Workers prepare for the opening of the Westport HomeGoods store next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Taking the space that once housed Toys ‘R Us, HomeGoods will open its Westport doors next month.

The store is slated to open Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 37,000-square-foot space at the corner of Post Road East and Bulkley Road South.

It will be the fifth HomeGoods in Fairfield County with stores also located in Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford and Trumbull. HomeGoods is a division of Framingham, Mass.-based The TJX Companies, Inc., which also owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, A.J. Wright, and Bob’s Stores.

HomeGoods is a discount “home fashions” store. Store officials said in a press release that the goods in the store are 20-60 percent less than the same items in catalog, specialty and department stores.

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08/28/08 10:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rabies Vaccine in Limited Supply

By Jennifer Connic

Westport-Weston Health District officials are urging area residents to use caution around wild animals because there is a limited supply of rabies vaccine.

Westport-Weston Health District Director Sue Jacozzi said one facility that provides the two vaccines—one that is given before exposure to rabies and one given after exposure—closed to move to a new facility, which has yet to open.

Because of the move, there is less vaccine being generated, she said, and it remains unclear when the new facility will open although it could be within the next six months. It does not affect rabies vaccine for pets, she said.

The limited supply means local health officials need to get permission from the state Department of Health before administering a vaccination, Jacozzi said.

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08/28/08 08:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Watermelon Season

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One youngster checks the watermelons at the Westport Farmers Market today at the Westport Country Playhouse. The market is held each Thursday at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Playhouse. There is a second market on Sundays at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

08/28/08 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Taylor Lane

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 4 Taylor Lane, which is off Clapboard Hill Road. Built in 1989, the two-story colonial has 3,556 square feet and sits on 2.2 acres. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/28/08 09:09 AM Comments () • Permalink

Commentary: The Life of a Convention Groupie

By Kimberly Lake

Special to WestportNow

Denver—You know what I love about conventions? If you know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, (pause, inhale, then say as fast as you can in one breath) who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, (inhale!) you can usually get a ticket for something.  WNDemCon.jpg

If we were deep sea fishing, we’d call it trolling (flash to image of large, sleek, well-outfitted fishing boats cruising up and down the broad avenues of Denver trying to hook the Big One).

So my convention companion (I’ll call him C.C.) and I, feeling like Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, manage to get our fingers onto a precious floor pass to go along with our general admission tickets.

We then look at our watches and realize that if we don’t start now (it’s noon), we’ll never get to the Pepsi Center on time.  But don’t panic! The efficient convention planners have thought of everything when it comes to moving the masses.

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08/28/08 06:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Swan

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A swan swims along the Saugatuck River in Westport Center Wednesday evening looking for a treat from the people sitting along the banks. It was a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s in Westport on Wednesday, and similar weather is expected today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

08/28/08 04:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, August 28, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sizzling Summer Film Series: “Inside Daisy Clover” (1965)
6 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - BBQ Basics with Bob LeRose of Bobby Q’s

   

08/28/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Commentary: Breaking Up With Hillary is Hard to Do

By Jessica Bram

Special to WestportNow

Denver—Several readers and people back home have asked me whether I’m finding it true here at the Democratic National Convention that there’s division among the Democrats. WNDemCon.jpg

Is it true that there is unrest among Hillary Clinton supporters over ceding the nomination to Barack Obama? Were the hurt feelings real? And could there be an insurrection on the floor, as some have predicted?

Or was all this just the usual hype by the press, seeking to stir up controversy in the age-old ploy to boost ratings?

Westport’s Martha Aasen, one of Hillary’s pledged delegates among the Connecticut delegation, expressed a common perspective. “I really feel that the press in exaggerating the idea of a disgruntled opposition. What does exist is a minority,” she said.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Child’s Drowning Death Ruled Accidental

UPDATE The drowning death of a 3-year-old New York City girl off Westport’s Cockenoe Island was accidental, the state medical examiner’s office said today.

Alexandra Vitale was with two young cousins and an 18-year-old female sailing instructor from the Longshore Sailing School when their Hobie Cat catamaran was capsized by winds at abhout 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

Alexandra was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital after attempts to resuscitate her failed. She was with cousins William Howell, 3, and Andrew Howell, 6, also of Brooklyn. They and the sailing instructor, who was not identified, were rescued safely.

The Longshore Sailing School today expressed condolences to the family.

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08/27/08 09:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 133 Old Road

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An application is in process to demolish the house at 133 Old Road. Built in 1950, the one-and-one-half-story Cape has 1,837 square feet and sits on 1.08 acres. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/27/08 08:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Waiting for the Bus

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Loren Lane and Sniffen Road area children wait for the school bus to go to Coleytown Elementary School this morning. Students across Westport headed back to school today for the first day of the 2008-09 school year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kellie Ryan for WestportNow.com

   

08/27/08 08:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking in the Scene

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Westport’s Martha Aasen (r. in red) takes in the scene Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Aasen, an official delegate and former Westport Democratic Town Committee chair, has been attending conventions since 1960. “I have always come away from these conventions being so proud of being a Democrat,” she said. “It really lets you see the diversity of the party and the values we represent.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

08/27/08 07:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Familiar Sight

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Students across Westport climbed onto yellow buses as they headed back for the first day of school. At Dogwood Lane, the Klau, Zimmerman, Landowne and Epstein families headed back to Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/27/08 01:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

School Doors Open

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Students across Westport were back to school today, including at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

08/27/08 01:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Modeling Their New Uniforms

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A group of Staples High School cheerleaders model a new set of uniforms on Tuesday at the high school football field. The photos will be featured in the football magazine that will be available for purchase during Wreckers games. The cheerleading uniforms are updated every three years and will match the new football uniforms. The football uniforms were also replaced for the first time in five years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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