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Saturday, September 27, 2008

All Quiet at Paul Newman Home

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A red car and security barriers blocked the driveway to Paul Newman’s North Avenue home in Westport today where he died Friday night at the age of 83. His publicist said he was surrounded by family and close friends. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/27/08 03:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse “Deeply Saddened” by Newman Death

Ann Keefe, artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, issued the following statement today on the death of Paul Newman, who has been associated with the Playhouse since 2000:

“The Westport Country Playhouse board of trustees and staff are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Newman, a compassionate humanitarian. Our hearts go out to Joanne Woodward and her family, who have shown extraordinary strength and spirit during this difficult time.”

Newman appeared in Westport Country Playhouse productions of “Love Letters” (2000), “Ancestral Voices” (2000 and 2002), “For the Children” (2001), “Trumbo” (2004), “Come Be My Love” (2007) and a revival of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” (2002), which transferred to Broadway and was filmed for Showtime and PBS. 

He participated in audience talkbacks following Playhouse screenings of “The Verdict,” “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge” and “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.”  He was a member of the Playhouse’s advisory council to the board of trustees since 2000.

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09/27/08 03:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Newman’s Own Remembers Paul Newman

Remembering the life and legacy of Paul Newman, Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation issued a statement today from Vice Chairman Robert Forrester
“Paul Newman’s craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all.

“Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one’s life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were. True to his character, he quietly devoted himself to helping offset this imbalance.

“An exceptional example is the legacy of Newman’s Own. What started as something of a joke in the basement of his home, turned into a highly-respected, multi-million dollar a year food company. And true to form, he shared this good fortune by donating all the profits and royalties he earned to thousands of charities around the world, a total which now exceeds $250 million.

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09/27/08 02:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Paul Newman Dead at 83

UPDATE Paul Newman died at his Westport home Friday night. He was 83.WestportNow.com Image
Paul Newman: A Westporter for almost 50 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo

Newman had been ill for some time with what published reports said was lung cancer. Publicist Jeff Sanderson said he was surrounded by his family and close friends.

“His death was as private and discreet as the way he had lived his life,” Sanderson said in a statement. He said that a week ago, Newman sat with one of his daughters in a garden, took in the late summer beauty, and said very quietly, “It’s been a privilege to be here.”

An actor, film director, entrepreneur, race car driver, racing team owner and humanitarian, Newman won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy award.

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09/27/08 01:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Little League Games Canceled

Westport Little League announced that all fields are closed today due to bad weather and all games canceled.

“Depending on weather today, we will determine later if fields will open Sunday for practices or possibly makeup games if desired,” an announcement said.


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

Soggy Gulls

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Some sea gulls found a roadway at Westport’s Compo Beach to ride out Friday’s heavy rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, September 27, 2008

9:30 a.m. - Staples High School cafeteria - Staples soccer 50th anniversary alumni breakfast; vs Stamford at 10 a.m.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Compo Beach Cannons - Westport Historical Society Destination Westport Tour: “The British Are Coming!”
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Trends in Technology: “Fixing Those Old Family Photos” by Michael Franco
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
1 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Photo Scavenger Hunt
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Earthplace - Scarecrow-making Party
1:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Football vs Stamford
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Rock Band @ the Library
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Best Man”


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Friday, September 26, 2008

School Bus Drivers in Contract Negotiations

By James Lomuscio

Though Westport’s schools superintendent warned parents today of a possible bus drivers’ strike Wednesday morning, a bus company official says contract negotiations are progressing for the 75 drivers serving the Westport area.WestportNow.com Image
Buses lined up at the Dattco school bus depot on Westport’s Post Road East today. A contract affecting 75 Westport drivers expires at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“There’s no strike set for Wednesday,” said Cliff Gibson, senior vice president of operations for New Britain-based Dattco.“Our contract expires at the end of September, and we have bargaining sessions set for Monday and, if necessary, Tuesday.

“At this time I would say both sides are at the table, and the talks are progressing,” he added.

An e-mail message from Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon to parents, however, gave the impression that a United Food and Commercial Workers Union strike is a strong possibility.

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09/26/08 11:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Graham and I Have a New Home Now

chocolate lab/shepherd/husky mix Graham needs a home
Hi, I’m Graham! The Little Pink Shelter

Chocolate Graham was found in the middle of a street in a neighborhood in Arkansas where no one would admit to owning him or his sister—including the family who owned a female dog who looked exactly like his sister. Graham is about four months old, the most beautiful color you’ve ever seen, but his mix is just a guess.

He’s very affectionate, well-mannered and the sweetest puppy his foster dad has ever met. He’ll play with the other dogs, but he’s also happy just to lie at his foster dad’s feet, too. If you’ve got room in your heart for sweet boy like Graham, please go to The Little Pink Shelter to fill out an application.




09/26/08 09:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport WaMu Branch: Business as Usual After Takeover

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Despite the collapse of Washington Mutual, the nation’s biggest bank failure ever, and the sale of its assets to JPMorgan Chase, it was business as usual today at the Washington Mutual branch on Westport’s Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/26/08 08:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Community Theatre Debuts “Best Man” Tonight

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Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” opens tonight at the Westport Community Theatre. Set in 1960 Philadelphia, it’s the story of two presidential contenders and the behind-the-scenes dealings that lead to a fight to the finish for their party’s nomination at their national political convention. In this scene, reporters interrogate presidential candidate Joseph Cantwell (John Batchelder) They are (l-r):  John Atkin (former real-life Connecticut state senator), Michael Cassidy, David Victor, John Bachelder, Ian McGregor, Eileen Fickes, and Joan Barere. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/26/08 05:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Soggy Course

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Even the most avid golfers had to stay off the course at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today as heavy rains hit the area. More than 1-1/4 inches had fallen by mid-day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


09/26/08 04:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flood watch for Westport and portions of southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York through Sunday morning.

Periods of moderate to heavy rain associated with low pressure over South Carolina will continue through the day today, an advisory said.

Meanwhile, moisture from Tropical Storm Kyle will advance northward tonight through Saturday night. There is the potential for periods of moderate to heavy rain to continue through this time.

Total rainfall amounts through Sunday morning may range between 3 and 5 inches with locally higher amounts, the advisory said.


09/26/08 10:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Signs of Fall

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The leaves are beginning to change color on Westport’s Jesup Green with the beginning of fall this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Friday, September 26, 2008

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
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Optimism Opening Reception
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Campaign Wishes Opening Reception
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Drive Like Carson w/ Modern Hearts Break Faster, Show Me The Skyline, & Vivacity Postponed.
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Best Man”


09/26/08 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Preparing “Optimism” Exhibit at Westport Arts Center

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Work was under way today for the “Optimism” exhibit opening Friday at the Westport Arts Center with a 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. reception. The exhibition, curated by Michael Connor, features contemporary artists who explore the dreams and realities of making progress and changing the world. The “Ghana Thinktank” exhibit is a collaborative, interactive artwork involving a cross-continental problem-solving exercise with artists from around the world responding to problems identified by Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/26/08 02:24 AM Comments () • Permalink

Alice Muller, 85

Alice Muller, 85, of Westport died after a long illness and courageous battle on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at Norwalk Hospital.

Beloved wife of Carl Muller, she was born on Nov. 3, 1922, in the Bronx, N.Y.. She was formerly employed as a typist at Famous Schools and an office assistant at Stauffer Chemical in Westport.

She will be sadly missed by her two devoted children, Lawrence P. Ritter of Danbury and Linda J. Zarrelli and her husband Chip of Fairfield. She also leaves a stepson Charlie Muller of Westport.

In addition, Alice is survived by seven loving grandchildren, Marissa Terifay and her spouse, Edward of Fairfield, Keith and Rosemary Zarrelli of Trumbull and Cara and Michael Quigley of Fairfield, Christine Ritter, Laura Ritter, John Ritter and Bailey Ritter, of Danbury.

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09/26/08 01:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Making Cider at Greens Farms Academy

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Sofi Rubinstein teaches Lower School Science at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy and wanted to make good use of the apple trees on campus. The kids gathered and washed the fruit, and Rubinstein’s parents brought their homemade crusher and press to school to teach the kids how to make cider. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/25/08 10:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a coastal flood advisory for Westport and vicinity which is in effect until midnight tonight.

Tidal departures are expected to increase to 1 1/2 to 2 feet above normal in the western portion of Long Island Sound this evening, an advisory said. This is expected to cause minor flooding during the times of high tide this evening.

A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

High tide in the Westport area is 9:03 p.m.


09/25/08 09:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Traffic Tech

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

When you’re hitting the highway, a little information can save you a lot of headaches. Knowing where the traffic jams are before you’re caught in them can help you find a detour and avoid lost time.


While some roads are always a mess—I-95 and the Merritt between Greenwich and Norwalk, for example—it’s the unexpected jackknifed tractor-trailer and 10- mile back-up that can ruin your day.  But how do you get good “intel” on such disasters? 

Let me share a few tried and true tips from fellow road warriors.

RADIO: I’m a big fan of WCBS 880 AM for its “traffic and weather on the 8’s” reports, which almost always include mention of Connecticut.  In AM and PM drive-time, their reports on tri-state traffic can run to five minutes and are almost always accurate. They also encourage “cell-mates” to call in their eyewitness traffic reports, which I do frequently—call (212)975-8888. 

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09/25/08 09:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 31 Webb Road

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The house at 31 Webb Road off Westport’s Whitney Street was demolished today. Built in 1952, the one and one-half story Cape Cod was 2,578 square feet, situated on a 0.9-acre lot on a cul-de-sac and changed ownership this month at $925,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 5, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


09/25/08 08:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westporters Meet With First Lady

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Westport family members (l-r) Christen Romano, Robin Tauck and Colleen Leth posed with First Lady Laura Bush Wednesday night at a reception at the Chelsea Pier in New York City in support of the National Park Foundation’s Expedition America. About 600 attendees honored Bush for her commitment and continued service to the nation’s public lands. Tauck, president of Norwalk-based Tauck World Discovery, hosted 20 guests from the travel industry. Tauck World Discovery tours are conducted in 50 of the nation’s 393 national parks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/25/08 02:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Empty Nest Syndrome” Led to Bolton Home Sale

Michael Bolton said he put his 2.7-acre Westport estate on the market for $11 million because he has “empty nest syndrome,” according to People magazine.WestportNow.com Image
Bolton’s three adult daughters have all moved out of their Westport home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Bolton, who the magazine said recently split from fiancée Nicollette Sheridan, is adjusting to daily life without his three adult daughters who have all moved out of the Kings Highway North home,  People said.

“Empty nest syndrome, that’s what I have,” Bolton told the magazine at a Stamford benefit for his charity.

Is he feeling sad about selling the Tuscan-style, six-bedroom home he’s lived in since 1991?

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09/25/08 01:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Arthur Bradley, 70

Arthur (Art) Bradley died Sept. 17 after a courageous struggle. He was 70 years old.

Born in Bridgeport on March 23, 1938, he was the son of the late Julia and Edmond Bradley, and brother of the late Robert Bradley.

He was nearly a lifetime resident of Westport, having retired to the Cape in June of 2007.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Gail Bradley of Mashpee, Mass.; daughter, Laura Lakey of McKinney, Texas; son, Craig of Chicago; Son-in-law Dan Lakey, Daughter-in-law Jacquie and grand children Tyler Lakey and Justin Lakey of McKinney.

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09/25/08 11:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sherwood Mill Pond Scene

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Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond on Wednesday. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies today with rain beginning after midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Thursday, September 25, 2008

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Domestic Violence Task force
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. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Book Club: “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Westport Youth Commission


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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Staples Boys Soccer Marks 50th Anniversary

The Staples Boys Soccer program marks its 50th anniversary this weekend. The first Staples boys soccer game was played in September 1958.WestportNow.com Image

The weekend kicks off Friday with a social gathering at BobbyQ’s in Westport. On Saturday, there will be a tour of the new Staples, breakfast on the Loeffler Hill terrace, a varsity game against Stamford, lunch in the Staples courtyard, an alumni game and “alumni’s kids” game.

The weekend will be capped off by a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres reception at the Westport home of former Staples captain Dan Donovan. It’s Homecoming Weekend – an added attraction for returning alumni.

“This year’s team is honored to salute the legacy of the 49 squads that came before it,” said Dan Woog, Wrecker head coach and a former player.

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09/24/08 10:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

One Injured in I-95 Rollover

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UPDATE A driver was ejected from his car today after it went off the roadway and rolled over at the I-95 Exit 18 southbound off ramp in Westport . Westport firefighters and Westport EMS personnel stabilized the patient and EMS transported him to Norwalk Hospital. State police were investigating the cause. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/24/08 04:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saugatuck Gets New Postal Unit

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The U.S. Postal Service today opened a new contract postal unit in Westport’s Saugatuck area to serve residents with products and services seven days a week. The new facility is located in the Fast Stop and Food Mart at 20 Saugatuck Ave. and will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Taking part in the ribbon cutting were (l-r) First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Rebecca Maula, store owner, and Westport Postmaster Dennis Kassimis. The postmaster said while there have been rumors, he is not aware of any plan to close the Saugatuck Post Office on Riverside Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


09/24/08 03:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Fishing

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A fisherman tries his luck Tuesday off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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