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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Private Service Held for Paul Newman

Paul Newman’s family held a private service for him Monday and later attended a reception at Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant, which he had opened two years ago, according to published reports.WestportNow.com Image
The Newman family held a reception at the Dressing Room restaurant at the Westport Country Playhouse following a private service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The New York Post quoted close friend and fellow Westporter A. E. Hotchner as saying that Newman, who died Friday of cancer at the age of 83, was cremated. “It’s all over,” he told the newspaper.

Only Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward, his five daughters and a few select friends attended the private service, the reports said.

After the ceremony, a 7 p.m. small reception was held in his honor at the restaurant, which adjoins the Westport Country Playhouse, the reports said. Woodward is the Playhouse artistic director.

   

09/30/08 11:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

Library Sets Up Paul Newman Memory Book

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The Westport Public Library has set up a memory book where visitors can write their thoughts about Paul Newman. The book will be presented to the Newman family, according to library officials. The Newman family has been a strong supporter of the library and its activities. A similar book is available at the Westport Historical Society, another Newman favorite cause. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joan Hume for WestportNow.com

   

09/30/08 07:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

School Bus Strike Averted

UPDATE A possible strike by Westport school bus drivers has been averted, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today.

Landon, who had warned parents and town officials last week that a strike was a possibility at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, did not provide details. (See WestportNow Sept. 26, 2008)

An official of the New Britain-based Dattco bus company said 75 Westport drivers were covered in the talks with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Marie Caron, who identified herself as a Westport school bus driver in a comment posted below this story, said workers by a vote of 27 to 23, rejected a company offer “of a raise for pennies on the dollar and no other benefits.” She said they then voted 39-11 to authorize a strike.

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09/30/08 05:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sam Has a New Family!

shih tzu mix Sam needs a new home
Hi, I’m Sam! Westport Animal Control

Sam is a swell little shih tzu mix who was left tied to the doorknob at a local shelter and subsequently transferred to Westport Animal Control. He is approximately 2 to 3 years of age. He is very friendly and has quickly made himself at home with the Animal Control officers. He is always quick to greet people with a “smile” and vigorously wagging tail. It’s hard to believe that someone would have willingly abandoned this special fellow because he is one fine companion dog. If you have time to devote to Sam and are looking for a dog that wants to be a big part of your life, then please contact Westport Animal Control at (203)341-5076 to set up a time to meet him. Because of his small size and his tendency to be underfoot, a home with older children would be best for him.

   

09/30/08 03:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 19 High Point Road

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 19 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road.  Built in 1954, the one-story ranch has 3,164 square feet and is situated on a 1.03-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/30/08 11:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Cannon Shot

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Monday was a good day for picture taking at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

09/30/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Westport Public Schools - Rosh Hashanah - School Holiday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Julia Bradley Wheeler - Life at 25 Avery Place”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Riverfront along the Saugatuck Rowing Club - Rosh Hashanah “Tashlich” Ceremony led by Beth Israel Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht

   

09/30/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

NY Times: Westport’s Plastic Bag Ban Laudable But…

The New York Times said in an editorial in Tuesday’s edition that Westport’s recent action in passing an ordinance banning plastic bags at retail checkout “is laudable but will have only a limited effect.”

The full text of the editorial: “Westport, Conn., this month became the latest of a handful of communities to ban some plastic bags. The bags, which have only a brief, useful life, can survive forever in landfills and are of enormous concern to not only environmentalists but local officials who are running out of places to put their trash.

“Westport’s ordinance will take effect in six months and applies to bags dispensed at checkout counters. Others, like dry cleaning bags, will be exempted. The aim is to reduce litter and encourage customers to tote their groceries in reusable cloth bags.

“The town’s stand is laudable but will have only a limited effect on what is, after all, a statewide problem. The Connecticut Legislature rebuffed a proposed statewide ban last year. Massachusetts and Maine considered similar bans and also backed down.

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09/30/08 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Hosts Cross Country Meet

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Westport school children enjoyed a day off from school today as the teachers attended a day of workshops. While the teachers were involved in their meetings, members of the Staples High School Cross Country Team were involved in a meet of their own. Under clear skies, the team hosted a meet that also included, Danbury, Darien and St. Joseph’s High Schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

09/30/08 12:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Setting a Pace

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Samantha Oberlander, a freshman on the girls varsity cross country team, took the lead as the runners began their race today.  Staples hosted Danbury, Darien and St. Joseph’s High. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Staples Girls Soccer Defeats Wilton 3-1

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Staples junior Julia Byrne (in white) goes for the ball in today’s Staples Girls Varsity soccer game. The Lady Wreckers defeated Wilton 3-1. The team is 6-2 on the season, the team’s best start in recent years.  Up next, the girls face Stamford High School on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Cooperman for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/08 11:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Ponders Ways to Honor Paul Newman

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today he had received numerous inquiries from residents about ways the town might honor Paul Newman, who died Friday at his Westport home at the age of 83.

“I’ve had many people ask me since the news of his passing how Westport might honor him,” he said. “But anything that we might do would have to be with the family’s blessing.”

He said he had conveyed to those close to the Newman family a request for some guidance on any town honor.

“There is plenty of time to do this,” Joseloff said. “One thing we do know is that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward have for many years declined honors in their hometown and elsewhere. We would not want to do anything that would not meet with the family’s approval.”

   

09/29/08 09:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Library Plans Newman Film Tribute

The Westport Public Library announced today it has scheduled a film tribute this week to Westporter Paul Newman, who died Friday at the age of 83.

The library announced the following schedule of film showings:

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” on Thursday, at 10 a.m.; “Hud” on Thursday at 2 p.m; “The Color of Money” on Friday at 10 a.m., and “The Sting” on Friday at 2 p.m.

All showings will take place in the McManus Room

   

09/29/08 09:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Spotlight on Westport as it Mourns Paul Newman

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Reporters and television crews made the rounds in Westport again today in the aftermath of Friday’s death of Paul Newman. Maria Menounos of “Access Hollywood” and an entertainment correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show used the Westport Historical Society as a backdrop for her report.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/08 08:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Another Westport Bank Changes Hands in Financial Crisis

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Citigroup has agreed to buy Wachovia’s banking operations in a deal facilitated by the government, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.  New York-based Citigroup will pay $2.1 billion to Wachovia for its retail bank, corporate and investment bank and wealth-management business. The FDIC said Wachovia didn’t fail, and that all depositors are protected and there will be no cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund. Wachovia, which had pursued rapid growth with relentless acquisitions of weaker rivals, had also been discussing a deal with Wells Fargo. Wachovia’s branch in Westport is located at 422 Post Raod East, next to Trader Joe’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/08 05:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 8 - 12, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 8 - 12, 2008:

Kathleen T. O’Brien to David Eller and Larry Eller, 20 Cross Street Unit 4, $307,362 WN property.jpg

Hyun S. Higbie to Victor P. and Natallia Dragun, 35 Whitney St., $600,000

Pinnacle Peak Inc. to Christina L. Hunt, 2 Clapboard Hill, $4,000,000

Barry and Bibi F. Downer to Zhu Wu, 19 Crescent Park Road, $385,000

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09/29/08 03:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Can Halloween Be Far Behind?

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Westport local garden centers are displaying pumpkins ready to carve. The town’s annual Halloween parade for youngsters will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29 on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

09/29/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, September 29, 2008


Westport Public Schools - Staff Development - Student Holiday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNOW Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Julia Bradley Wheeler - Life at 25 Avery Place”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”

   

09/29/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Touching a Truck for a Good Cause

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Aidan Guernsey, 3, of Norwalk climbs up for a closer look at an excavating vehicle at today’s third annual Touch a Truck event at Chief Samuel J. Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck area. The event benefited Safe Kids-Fairfield County, a not-for-profit organization founded 10 years ago to train children under 14 years of age on how to prevent unintentional injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Rough Road

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Some residents of Westport’s Greens Farms area were out on Hillandale Road today protesting the recent resurfacing of Hillandale, Iris Lane and Church Street using a road surface treatment known as chip seal. The technique is less expensive than full asphalt repaving but results in a rougher surface, some loose chip stones immediately after it is put down, and louder noise from rolling tires. The town’s Public Works Department says it is using the treatment on less traveled roads because of skyrocketing asphalt costs. Residents sought signatures seeking a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) review of the town’s use of the surface treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Anne Hardy for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/08 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Together at League of Women Voters Brunch

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The League of Women Voters of Westport held its annual fall brunch today, for some the unofficial start of the local campaign season. Among those attending were: (second row, l-r) John Hartwell, Democratic candidate for state senate 26th District; Kim Fawcett, incumbent Democratic candidate for state representative 133rd District; Jackie Cutrone, LWV chair of the brunch; Pat Porio, host of the brunch: First Selectman Gordon Joseloff; Nitzy Cohen, Republican candidate for state representative 136th District; (first row) Joan Burnett, president of LWV of Connecticut, and Toni Boucher, Republican candidate for state senate 26th District. Missing from the photo are Jim Himes, Democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District who arrived late; incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays of the 4th Congressional District who was in Washington, and Joe Mioli, incumbent Democratic state representative 136th District who was ill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/08 07:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Luciano Playground Rededicated

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The playground at Saugatuck’s Chief Samuel J. Luciano Park was rededicated today. The Police Benevolent Association, Police Athletic League and the Sons of Italy funded the new equipment in conjunction with the Westport Parks and Recreation Department. The ceremony was followed by the third annual Touch a Truck fundraiser event for the benefit of Safe Kids-Fairfield County, a not-for-profit organization founded 10 years ago to train children under 14 years of age on how to prevent unintentional injuries. Pictured are (l-r): Tony Palmer whose construction company recently installed the new children’s play set, Police Chief Al Fiore, Dan DiVito of the Parks & Recreation Department, Officer Ned Batlin, president of the Police Benevolent Association, Deputy Chief Gary Golas, and Roberta Troy, president of the Sons of Italy. Luciano died in 1970 at the age of 57. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/08 05:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Alums Help Celebrate Staples Boys Soccer 50th Anniversary

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Scores of alumni, from the classes of 1958 through 2008, returned to Loeffler Field on Saturday for the Staples boys soccer program’s 50th celebration. Many of the alums – now scattered around the country, working in law, medicine, education, entertainment and many other fields – posed at halftime of the Wreckers’ 6-0 win over Stamford. The alums also enjoyed social gatherings, food, and an enormous round-robin soccer tournament (the classes of the 1990s were victorious). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/08 01:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rainy Saturday

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Despite Saturday’s rain, the sea gulls were not the only ones enjoying some activities in the waters off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

09/28/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, September 28, 2008


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
11 a.m. - Luciano Park - PBA, PAL, & Sons of Italy rededication ceremony of the playground at Samuel Luciano Park
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Luciano Park - Touch-a-Truck fundraiser for Safe Kids
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Julia Bradley Wheeler - Life at 25 Avery Place”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Optimism
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Campaign Wishes
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Best Man”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Kathryn Harrison, “While They Slept”

   

09/28/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Melissa Newman: Her Father Was “Awesome to the End”

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Melissa Newman, one of Paul Newman’s five daughters, spoke briefly to reporters today outside the Newman’s Westport home, saying her father was “awesome to the end.”

The legendary actor died Friday night at the age of 83 while surrounded by family and close friends.

“He was just incredible,” said Melissa Newman, 47. “The whole thing was really—we’re really blessed and very, very lucky, We had awesome people helping us and – it was as beautiful as it could be.”

Asked about her father’s legacy, she said :”Just look out for each other, and that’s what he was all about. And he was awesome to the end, and he’s an awesome guy, and his spirit will be with us forever and ever and ever.”

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Staples Rolls Over Stamford 35-7

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Brandon Pacilio gains ground for Staples in today’s Wrecker home opener 35-7 victory over Stamford. Staples improved to 3-0 on the season. The players and fans observed a moment of silence to mark the death of Paul Newman. Staples next plays Ridgefield at 7 p.m. Friday at Ridgefield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for Staplesfootball.com

   

09/27/08 10:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Paul Leonard Newman, 83

(Editor’s note: The following obituary was supplied by Newman publicist Jeff Sanderson.)

Paul Leonard Newman, 83, one of the most warmly admired and universally loved figures in motion pictures and philanthropy, died Friday, Sept. 26, after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse home in Westport.

His death was as private and discreet as the way he had lived his life, a humble artist who never thought of himself as “big,” surrounded by his beloved family and the close circle of friends that had supported him through his last days. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the actress/director Joanne Woodward, five children, two grandsons, and his older brother Arthur of Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Newman, known to family and friends as PL, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 26, 1925. His father, Arthur Sr., and mother, Theresa, raised him and his brother in Shaker Heights. Arthur Sr. was a successful sporting goods store owner, a man highly regarded for his business ethics and to whom Paul credited his own morality, untiring tenacity at work and sports, and standards for judging himself and others.

At a young age, PL showed a keen interest in theater and with encouragement from his mother, he joined a local children’s drama group. He continued performing as a teenager at Shaker Heights High School, but on his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy and later served as radioman/gunner on a torpedo plane in the Pacific during World War II. He had been rejected as a candidate for pilot training when a flight physical revealed that he was color blind.

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09/27/08 09:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Media Gather Outside Newman Home

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As the world learned of Friday night’s death of Paul Newman, members of the media gathered today outside the North Avenue entrance (above) to his Westport home as well as a second entrance on Coleytown Road. His daughters in a statement said: “During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

09/27/08 07:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse Flags Lowered in Honor of Paul Newman

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Flags at the Westport Country Playhouse flew at half staff today in honor of Paul Newman, who died Friday night at his Westport home at the age of 83. Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward had a long association with the Playhouse, where Woodward currently is artistic director.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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