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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Hugh B. Kennedy, 71

Hugh Brian Kennedy, 71, of Westport, died Feb. 22 at his home.

Born Jan. 10, 1939, in Dublin, Ireland, he was the son of the late Rev. Brian Kennedy and Cherie Kennedy. An international executive, he worked for major multi-national firms in Scotland and Ireland and later relocated to the United States in 1973.

In the U.S., he held numerous executive human resources positions with corporations including Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Vintner’s International. He subsequently started his own wine importing venture, Avoca Wines.

Kennedy was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he received a higher diploma in education and a master’s degree.

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03/02/10 09:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Seeks Conservation Commission Members

Westport Conservation Director Alicia Mozian today invited interested Westporters to apply for two vacancies on the Conservation Commission.

“If you have an academic and or professional background in environmental studies or science, landscape architecture, architecture, environmental or civil engineering, or a related field, please consider volunteering your time to this worthy effort,” said Mozian.

The commission’s main function is to administer the town’s inland wetland and watercourse regulations and the Waterway Protection Line Ordinance.

Members are expected to participate in monthly public hearings, visit sites where regulated activities are proposed, and attend educational training opportunities throughout the year, Mozian said.

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03/02/10 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 7 p.m. today to 4 p.m.  Wednesday.

High residual water levels, astronomically high tides, and a strengthening northeasterly flow are expected to produce minor coastal flooding along western Long Island Sound during the high tide cycle tonight and Wednesday morning into early afternoon, an advisory said.

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

High tide in Westport is at 12:35 a.m. and 1:03 p.m. on Wednesday.


03/02/10 09:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fairfield County Foundation Offering Scholarships

Graduating seniors from Westport and area towns planning to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or post-high school vocational or technical school are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Fairfield County Community Foundation.

The Foundation’s Greater Bridgeport Area (GBA) Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial support to students in pursuit of a post-high school education.

The program offers multiple awards from the general GBA Scholarship Fund in addition to 34 separate scholarships funds within the program, giving students the opportunity to apply for up to four different scholarships. A separate application is required for each scholarship.

Last year, the Foundation and its donors awarded more than $500,000 in scholarship aid throughout Fairfield County.

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03/02/10 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Monday’s blue skies and temperatures in the upper 40s in Westport gave hope that warmer weather may not be far off. The picture postcard view is of the Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Jerome Charyn, “The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson”
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Series on Sustainable Living: Film “A Sense of Wonder” (2008)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals                        
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Getting Ready for St. Patrick’s Day Image
The Westport Woman’s Club’s monthly luncheon today featured a St. Patrick’s Day theme, including bagpipers and members of the Lenihan Irish School of Dance of Monroe. The dancers recently returned from the All Ireland Dance Championships with five medals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for


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Monday, March 01, 2010

“Miracle” Escape for Postal Worker

UPDATE A postal worker had a miracle escape today when a tree fell on his mail truck on Westport’s Cross Highway, crushing most of the vehicle and bringing down power lines that set off a small fire in the Image
Most of the front of the mail truck was crushed by the tree—escape for the driver’s seat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“It was a miraculous escape,” said Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee.

The man, later identified as Thomas Morena of Monroe, was in the right side driver’s seat delivering mail when the tree came crashing down at about 12:30 p.m. Arriving police and firefighters found him outside the vehicle with a head injury.

“He managed to get out the driver’s side window and walk to the ambulance,” Dingee said.

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Marguerite T. “Peggy” Heintz, 80

Marguerite T. “Peggy” Heintz, 80, of Westport passed away at home on March 1 with her family by her side.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., Mrs. Heintz was a first generation Irish American and the daughter of the late John Joseph and Margaret Mary Darcy. She was a longtime Westport resident.

Prior to moving to Westport, she was raised in Newton, Mass., and was a 16-year resident of Norwood, Mass.

Mrs. Heintz received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Boston University in 1951 where she met her former husband, the late Francis W. Heintz.

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03/01/10 09:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

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A U.S. Postal Service employee escaped with non-life threatening head injuries today when a tree fell on his truck on Westport’s Cross Highway near Sturges Highway. He was sitting in the right side driver’s seat and the tree crushed the left side of the vehicle, said Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. The employee was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. Westport Public Works Department employees removed the tree from vehicle after power was shut down. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/01/10 09:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

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When a tree fell on a mail truck on Westport’s Cross Highway today, it narrowly missed crushing the right side driver’s seat, enabling the lucky postal worker to escape with non-life threatening injuries. Once Connecticut Light & Power Co. crews were able to ensure downed wires were de-energized, Westport firefighters got to the mail truck and found that its engine was still running and it was in gear. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/01/10 09:24 PM Comments () • Permalink

Crushed Image
A U.S. mail truck awaits removal today on Westport’s Cross Highway after it was crushed by a falling tree. The driver escaped without serious injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/01/10 09:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tree Falls on Mail Truck on Cross Highway Image
UPDATE A tree fell on a mail truck on Westport’s Cross Highway near Sturges Highway shortly after noon today. The U.S. Postal Service employee, who was driving on the right side of the truck, was injured but managed to get out of the vehicle through a window, according to firefighters. He suffered head injuries and was taken to Norwalk Hospital. The tree pulled down wires from nearby utility poles and a small fire broke out where the wires touched the ground. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Margaret (Peggy) Oliver Shays, 98 Image
Peggy Shays: pictured watching November 2009 vote returns. Dave Matlow for
Margaret (Peggy) Oliver Shays, mother of former U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays, died quietly in her sleep Feb. 25. She was 98.

She was a longtime Darien resident who later lived in Bridgeport’s Black Rock section with the congressman, who has since moved to Maryland.

Peggy was born in Rose Valley, Pa., in 1912 to Judge L. Stauffer Oliver and playwright Margaret Scott Oliver. She began an acting career in repertory theater at age 12, which took her to the Broadway stage.

Prior to her marriage, she attended Bennington College in Vermont. In 1934, she married singer and bandleader Thurston Crane (Bud) Shays, who also performed on the Broadway stage. Both gave up their theater careers to raise their four sons, all of whom graduated from Darien High School.

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Danger Image
UPDATE Westport firefighters keep their distance from a downed power line and the fire aftermath on Cross Highway near Sturges Highway today after a tree feel on a mail truck. The driver of the truck, who was sitting in the right side driver’s seat, was injured, but his injuries were not life threatening, according to emergency workers on the scene.  Police closed off Cross Highway between Bayberry Lane and Cross Highway and sent out a CodeRed emergency telephone notification to alert nearby residents. Connecticut Light & Power Co. workers were on the scene replacing the downed wires and the road remained closed in late afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Going Down: 2 Reimer Road Image
The house at 2 Reimer Road, off Westport’s North Avenue in the Bedford Middle School area, was demolished today. Built in 1959, the one-story ranch had 1,769 square feet, was situated on a one-acre lot and changed ownership in October 2009 for $621,800. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 22, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


03/01/10 04:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pinewood Derby Winners Image
Westport Cub Scout Packs 100 and 192 came together Sunday for the 2010 Pinewood Derby. Each scout races the car he designed from a block of pine. Trophies went to the top 10 speed racers pictured here with Cubmasters Eileen Murray and Stephen Carl. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Westport Sketchbook: Compo Playground in White Image
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to the playground at Westport’s Compo Beach when it was covered in snow. See more of her work at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for


03/01/10 02:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coastal Flood Advisory, Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y, has issued a coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. today. A coastal Flood Watch has also been issued which is effect from this evening through late tonight.

High residual water levels and astronomically high tides will produce localized minor coastal flooding along the western Long Island Sound late this morning, an advisory said.

Deepening low pressure will result in enhanced tidal surge on top of high astronomical tides tonight. Moderate coastal flooding is possible near the times of high tide along the western Long Island Sound.

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

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Westport Girl Scouts had an ice skating party Sunday night at the Westport PAL rink at Longshore Club Park. More than 80 girls took part. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Tantillo for


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Monday, March 1, 2010

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals Canceled     
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS: Harney Teas

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Making Sweet Music Image
Saxophonist Ken Gioffre was among musicians performing at today’s afternoon jazz concert at the Westport Arts Center. Gioffre has recorded for the Sony, Universal, Blue Note-Manhattan, MCA, Dennon, and Sire labels. He has also performed and recorded for the ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E, HBO, ESPN, and BET television networks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Cool Sounds

An audience of more than 100 jazz enthusiasts heard two hours of jazz today at the Westport Arts Center as it concluded its series of jazz events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) video


03/01/10 01:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Jazz Treat at Arts Center

By Larry Untermeyer

Flanked by the remarkable photographs of jazz icon Milt Hinton, an audience of more than 100 jazz enthusiasts today was happily immersed in two hours of exceptional jazz music at the Westport Arts Center. Image
Jazz musicians (l-r) Brian Q. Torff on bass, drummer Nate Barnes, and saxophonist Ken Gioffre perform at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Executive Director Nancy J. Heller introduced the Brian Torff Quartet with Torff, WAC’s artistic director for jazz, on the bass, Nick Bariluk on the keyboard, Nate Barnes on drums, and Ken Gooffre playing tenor saxophone. 

Torff introduced the program by explaining that the music was intended to “celebrate some of the deep feelings that jazz can communicate.” He added: “popularity fades, greatness lasts. The audience goes home, but the spirit remains.” 

The varied sounds of the performance captured the essence of some of the jazz greats pictured by Hinton. 

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Packed House for Sunday Jazz Performance Image
There was a packed house today at the Westport Arts Center’s “Looking at Masters of American Jazz” concert which honored the spirit and memory of great jazz artists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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The Westport Republic Town Committee tonight hosted its third annual Westport First Awards dinner at the Inn at Longshore. The awards honor “the individuals and organizations that go above and beyond the ordinary to serve and improve the greater Westport Community.” Honorees posing for a group photo included (clockwise from left) Tom, Gary, and Daryl Kowalsky, Al DiGuido, Rick and Totney Benson, and Mary Vickery, president and representative of Westport Woman’s Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kicking Off Restaurant Week With the WestportNow Roll Image
The first Westport-Weston Restaurant Week got under way today with 19 restaurants offering special fixed price lunches and dinners. The event is sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. At Matsu Sushi, 33 Jesup Road, one of the participating restaurants, chef Sawn Wang shows off the just prepared WestportNow Roll, made up of king crab, asparagus and crunch on the inside, topped with shrimp, tuna, and avocado. The roll is not part of the fixed menus but may be purchased separately. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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