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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Juicing Up Business

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Westport retailers are coming up with creative ways to help each other boost business during economically tough times. Fitness professionals from TargetTraining, 772 Post Road East, today were at Robeks Juice, the premium smoothie and healthy fast food store at 398 Post Road East next to Trader Joe’s, to demonstrate some of the latest equipment and fitness techniques for a healthy life style. Robeks will provide free healthy food samples every Saturday for the next six weeks. Pictured are (l-r) Eneas Freyre and Mihael GInghina of TargetTraining and Rob Adler of Robeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

02/28/09 08:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ready for a Spin

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About 200 bikes were in readiness today for Sunday’s 10th annual SpinOdyssey to benefit the American Cancer Society breast cancer research. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fitness & Tennis Club, 490 Westport Ave., Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/28/09 08:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Storm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter storm watch for Westport and area which is in effect from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon.

Snow, possibly mixed with sleet at times over eastern Connecticut and Long Island, will develop Sunday evening, an advisory said. The precipitation will change to all snow Monday morning and be heavy at times before tapering off late Monday.

There is the potential for at least 8 inches of snow across the tri-state by the time the snow comes to an end.

There is still some uncertainty as to the exact timing, strength, and track of this low, so expect the forecast to change somewhat as details become clearer as the storm draws close, the advisory said.

   

02/28/09 11:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Observing

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On a relatively warm but hazy day on Friday, a man and his dog stood on the stone wall at Westport’s Compo Beach, watching the ever-changing waters of Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Saturday, February 28, 2009


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Westport Little League Softball Girls’ (grades K-3) Jamboree
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Open Screen Night
8 p.m. - Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) - Center Stage Theatre Company’s Spontaneous Generations Improv Troupe

   

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Setting Up for SpinOdyssey

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Co-Chairs Patty Kondub and Douglas Schwartz pose with the more than 30 members of Westport’s Staples High School football team who gathered tonight at the Fitness & Tennis Club, 490 Westport Ave., Norwalk to help set up the gym for Sunday’s 10th annual SpinOdyssey. The event is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that has raised $1.9 million over its initial nine years.  According to Kondub, the event has annually raised $500,000 in the past two years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/28/09 03:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Himes to Meet Westporters Sunday at Sherwood Diner

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Congressman Jim Himes talks to reporters last week at Westport Town Hall. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Congressman Jim Himes will hold community coffee hours in Westport on Sunday, his office announced today.

The public is welcome to the informal session at the Sherwood Diner, 901 Post Road East, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“No appointment is necessary, and residents are encouraged to drop by to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns with the congressman,” a news release said.

The Westport session by Himes is his first since being sworn in as successor to Republican Christopher Shays who often held community meetings with constituents during his 21 years in Congress.

   

02/28/09 01:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, February 27, 2009

Flying Fast and High

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Despite the rough seas, a strong wind and warmer weather brought kite boarders to Westport’s Compo Beach today to display their acrobatic skills with their colorful kites. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

02/27/09 10:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 9 - 13, 2009

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 9 - 13, 2009:

Dean M. Gianoukos and Robin M. Farley to Jason W. and Anne S. Epstein, 1 Partrick Road, $1,300,000 WN property.jpg

D and J Main Street LLC to United Realty of Connecticut Inc., 139 - 141 Main St., $4,340,000

Jane C. Edmundson Est. to Elizabeth Epifano, 35 Bridge St. Unit 302, $184,636

Wayne Uccellini to Patricia Taylor, 6 Pondside Drive, $420,000

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02/27/09 08:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Curtains for Curran Cadillac

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The showroom at Curran Cadillac Pontiac GMC auto dealership on Westport’s Post Road East was almost empty as the business announced today was its last day after 40 years at the location.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/27/09 05:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Curran Cadillac Closing After All

By Dave Matlow

UPDATE A month after the president of the Curran Cadillac Pontiac GMC auto dealership on Westport’s Post Road East denied the business was closing, today he said it was indeed shutting down.WestportNow.com Image
Jim Curran: “It saddens me to say we will be closing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It saddens me to say that after 40 plus years in Westport, we will be closing today,” Jim Curran said in an e-mail message to WestportNow. “We are actively pursuing another automotive franchise to replace our GM store, but as of right now nothing yet.”

WestportNow carried a story on Jan. 25 quoting the Curran Cadillac sales manager as saying that the dealership, which has been in operation at 561 Post Road East since 1964, would be closing its doors at the end of January due to the difficult economic times. (See WestportNow Jan. 25, 2009)

But Curran subsequently sent an e-mail message to WestportNow saying: “Curran Cadillac is not closing. We are laying off additional employees by the end of this month, but we will be open for service and sales.” (See WestportNow Jan. 26, 2009)

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02/27/09 04:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hauling the Cars Away

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An auto carrier loads up cars at the Curran Cadillac Pontiac GMC auto dealership on Westport’s Post Road East today following announcement that the dealership was closing after 40 years.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

02/27/09 04:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Sunday’s SpinOdyssey

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Organizers are getting ready for Sunday’s 10th anniversary SpinOdyssey, a popular fitness fundraiser for American Cancer Society breast cancer research in which many Westporters participate. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fitness & Tennis Club, 490 Westport Ave., Norwalk. Westporters Amelie Babkie and Patty Kondub lead the event organizing with support from Westport businesses Robecks, Steaz, Ben & Jerry’s and Cycle Dynamics. Staples footballers and members of the girl’s golf team will help in the set up and clean up. Pictured are participants in an earlier event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

02/27/09 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, February 27, 2009


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Citation Hearing
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Fred Strebeigh, “Equal: Women Reshape American Law”
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Earthplace - Dinner for the Critters
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - City Confessions w/ Light the City, Modern Hearts Break Faster, The Life I Lead

   

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Green Talk at Earthplace

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Some of the guests chat tonight at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center as it hosted the Fairfield County GreenDrinks environmental networking event. More than 120 attendees drank organic wine and tasted wholesome foods as they moved from booth to booth offering green wares and services. Those interested got to drive one of two hydrogen-powered GM fuel cell cars, first presented last April at the Green Earth Fair. Topping off the night was the screening and discussion of “Two Angry Moms,” a documentary on what students eat in school and how to make it more healthy. For more information on GreenDrinks visit the Connecticut GreenScene Web site. For more information on Earthplace, visit its Web site. Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

   

02/27/09 03:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Photographer on “Walking Through the World”

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Westport-based photographer Sandi Haber Fifield tonight gave a presentation of her work and discussed her recently published book, “Walking Through the World,” at the Westport Arts Center. The book, designed by Karen Salsgiver Coveney, includes essays by art historian and Westport resident Tom O’Connor as well as the founding director of the Museum of Photographic Arts, Arthur Ollman. “Walking Through the World” is Haber Fifield’s first monograph, and it represents selections of the artist’s work from 2003 to the present, including her grids, diptychs and installations. The publisher Charta is based in Milan, Italy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kristin Rasich Fox for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Former Westport Businessman Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme

The owner of a former Westport investment firm pleaded guilty today in federal court in New Haven to interstate transportation of money obtained from fraud.

Anthony Iati, 48, of York, Pa., was the owner of Great River Capital, LLC, formerly of 191 Post Road West in Westport. Court documents showed investors lost about $700,000 in connection with the company which sold jewelry to department stores. 

In order to finance the company while the company awaited payment from its customers, Iati obtained funds from investors, prosecutors said. In December 2006 and January 2007 an investor sent funds from Pennsylvania to the Westport firm, they said.

At the time of the interstate transportation of funds, Iati knew that he had already converted the investors’ funds for a real estate investment and was not using the funds as he had represented, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

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02/26/09 11:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Filmmaker, Playwright Win Awards

A Westport filmmaker was one of four recipients statewide to be awarded the 2009 Artist Fellowship in Film/Video by the Connecticut Commission for Culture and Tourism. Lisa Seidenberg was the only filmmaker in Fairfield County to win the award. WestportNow.com Image
Lisa Seidenberg: made Merritt Parkway documentary. Contributed photo

There were a total of 36 awards made this year in the categories of poetry, choreography, fiction, playwriting and music composition. A playwriting award was given to David Meth, also a Westport resident.

Seidenberg recently made “The Road Taken…The Merritt Parkway,” a 35-minute film which includes archival material and anecdotes about the scenic and historic roadway. It features an appearance by Henry Merritt, a relative of Congressman Schuyler Merritt for whom the parkway is named, and the photographic work of Nate Gibbons, also a Westport resident.

Award amounts are either $5,000 or $2,500 and support the continuing artistic development of the grantee and the creation of new work. The single review criterion, according to the commission’s guidelines, as listed on its Web site, is “artistic merit.”

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02/26/09 10:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring Our Heritage: 15 Sprucewood Lane

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Mary C. McGuire and James J Dolan, Jr. are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 15 Sprucewood Lane as the Daniel Bradley house which was built in c.1830. Several generations of the Bradley family owned a 75-acre farm where the house was built. The current owners purchased the house in 1986 and said “we both love antique homes and enjoy the opportunity to restore and protect a piece of Westport’s history.” This is the second antique home they lived in within Westport—the prior one was at 125 Weston Road.  The couple said that they were “heartbroken with the senseless destruction of beautiful antique homes in Westport” and hoped others will join then in restoring antique homes rather then tearing down and rebuilding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/09 01:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Sunset

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Wednesday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. The forecast calls for temperatures in the 40s today, even warmer on Friday before turning colder over the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

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Thursday, February 26, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “My Heart in a Suitcase” (School performances only, grades 4-9)
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Earthplace - Fairfield County GreenDrinks and screening of “Two Angry Moms” at 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission work session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov
7 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre Company - Westport Young Woman’s League/Band Together benefit concert & silent auction for The Susan Fund
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Poe at 200: A Graphological Look at Poe
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Sandi Haber Fifield’s “Walking Through the World” book signing and talk

   

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Teen Talk

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A panel of four authors of popular teen novels were at the Westport Library tonight to discuss their books and some of their life experiences.  Speaking in front of a delighted crowd of parents and young teens, the four women questioned each other and then took questions from the audience, some of whom traveled from as far as Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Pictured (l-r) are: Libba Bray, Cassie Claire, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/09 03:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Appreciative Audience

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Many teen girls were in the audience for tonight’s talk by four authors of books aimed at teenagers. The authors included Libba Bray, Cassie Claire, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/09 03:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

With a Little Help

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Parents, students, and teachers tonight enjoyed a special night of skating under the stars at the PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park as Westport’s Landmark Academy hosted a special family night. Among them were Adriana Jardim and her son, Ryan Jardim Skolnick, 3, of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

   

02/26/09 01:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport’s Save the Children Gets $143,000 in Federal Aid

Westport’s Save the Children will get $143,000 in federal funds for curriculum development for early childhood education, obesity, and literacy programs including the purchasing of equipment, Congressman Jim Himes announced today.

The grant was among numerous projects approved for the 4th Congressional District as part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

Highlights of the package include more than $6.5 million for public transportation in Bridgeport and Stamford and $500,000 for an after school program in Bridgeport as well as millions in infrastructure spending for local waterways.

“My predecessor, Congressman (Christopher) Shays, initiated and supported a number of requests for worthy projects in the district, and I’m proud to have picked up the ball and fought for their preservation,” Himes said. “These projects are important to our communities and quality of life.”

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Westport Seventh Grader Wins Essay Contest

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Ryder Chasin wrote about a day at a ballpark with his Dad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Ryder Chasin, a 12-year-old seventh grader at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School, has won a national essay contest with a submission about a day at a ballpark with his father.

Ryan won in the Middle School category (sixth through eighth grades) of READ Magazine’s “Favorite Places, Special Spaces” essay contest.

Students were asked to write an essay not to exceed 500 words about a cherished locale. Ryder chose to write about a day at Shea Stadium with his father because he is “a huge Mets fan and it is [his] favorite place in the world.” 

He said he loves “the atmosphere and the feeling when the Mets have a good game.”

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02/25/09 08:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Congress Honors Newman

Five months after his death, Westport’s Paul Newman has been honored by Congress.

Newman, who died last September of cancer, was given a posthumous honor on Tuesday as the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution recognizing the iconic actor’s life and achievements.

Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, introduced the resolution honoring Newman. Rep. Jim Himes, the freshman Democratic congressman representing the 4th Congressional District, including Westport, was among 81 co-sponsors.

Cohen, a longtime admirer of Newman, wanted to honor him when he died but said Congress was out of session at the time. He decided to introduce the resolution when the 111th Congress convened and invited Himes to be one of the co-sponsors. (See WestportNow Jan. 8, 2009)

   

02/25/09 05:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Generating Laughter

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Westport Center Stage Theatre Company’s new comedy improv troupe Spontaneous Generations will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. at Westport’s Seabury Center. Directed by and featuring Heather DeLude of The Second City Conservatory, the troupe also includes Cindy Hartog, executive producer of the Westport Community Theatre, Mat Young, teaching artist at the Westport Country Playhouse, Rob Watts, founder of Fairfield Community Theater, Mike Krysiuk recently featured in “Revolutionary Road,” and Glen Packman of ComedySportz. As part of a promotion, four local restaurants will be offering a free glass of wine with dinner for those attending the performance, including Seminara’s Ristorante, Jasmine, Finalmente Trattoria, and Pho Mekong. The Sherwood Diner will be offering soda and coffee with dinner. Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door. For more information, call Center Stage at (203)341-9659. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Grades 2-5 Staples Wreckers Baseball Skills Clinic 2009
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Westport Fire Department - Westport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Staples Field House - Grades 6-8 Staples Wreckers Baseball Skills Clinic 2009
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen [email protected] Library: Maureen Johnson, Libba Bray, Cassie Clare, and Robin Wasserman

   

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Compo Special Olympics Plunge Set for March 7

This year’s Special Olympics’ Annual Penguin Plunge is set for Saturday, March 7 at Westport’s Compo Beach. WestportNow.com Image
Participants raced into the water at Compo Beach at last year’s plunge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. and the plunge, at 11 a.m.

Individuals and teams should register online in advance on the Special Olympics Web site. Registration packets may be picked up at Target Training, 772 Post Road East. For more information, call (203)380-9990.

Participants will plunge into the chilly water to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics.

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