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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Feds Expand Indictment in Gupta Insider Trading Case

Federal prosecutors today expanded their insider trading case against Westporter Rajat Gupta, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director, saying the illegal activity lasted longer and involved more trades than Image
Rajat Gupta: new allegations made. File photo

A new indictment filed in Manhattan federal court expanded the period in which Gupta, 63, supposedly provided illegal tips to his friend Raj Rajaratnam, the Galleon Group hedge fund founder now serving an 11-year prison term following his insider trading conviction.

The charges now relate to trades that prosecutors said Rajaratnam made between March 2007 and January 2009 in the stock of Goldman and Procter & Gamble Co., where Gupta was also a director.

Gupta, a former chief of the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., is the most prominent corporate executive to face insider trading charges in a wide-ranging federal probe since Rajaratnam was arrested in October 2009. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Police Chief: ‘Incivility Breeds More Incivility” Image
With the Westport jewelry robbery-murder investigation “more or less resolved” with the Spanish suicide of the suspected killer, Police Chief Dale Call today turned his attention to incivility in Westport in a talk to the Westport Rotary Club at the Inn at Longshore. “We see a lot of lack of civility in town and it drives a lot of our complaints,” he said. “Incivility breeds more incivility.” As to the murder investigation, he said federal investigators had limited him in what he could say but added: “I don’t think we could be any prouder of the work that a lot of people have done on this. If anything, it’s been a textbook case on how different law enforcement agencies can work together.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/31/12 08:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Praise…and a Parking Ticket Handover Image
Longtime Westporter Larry Aasen (l) praised Westport Police Chief Dale Call today after his talk to the Westport Rotary Club at the Inn at Longshore. “I’ve been listening to police chiefs almost every year for 25 years coming to Rotary and your talk was the best,” said Aasen. He then added, handing a piece of paper to the chief: “And here’s a parking ticket I’d like you to take care of for me.” Amid much laughter, Call took the paper, but it was not known what action, if any, he took on it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Tales of the P&Z Image
Eleanor Lowenstein, who recently completed serving 12 years on Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission, was guest speaker today at a luncheon of the Democratic Women of Westport. She reviewed her years on the commission and answered questions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


01/31/12 08:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Martha Reports on Westport Scene Image
Former Westporter Martha Stewart devotes her blog today to a report on Saturday night’s “Fork It Over” benefit for the Westport Farmers Market. Stewart, pictured with Sal Gilbertie, owner of Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens which hosted the event and is home to the winter Farmers Market, called it “a really fun and delicious event.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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In the Can Image
Westport Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury demonstrates Monday night how residents should dispose of fireplace ashes. He spoke at an emergency preparedness forum at Town Hall organized by the Westport-Weston Health District. He said since improper disposal of fireplace ashes was pinpointed as the cause of a Christmas Day fire in Stamford that left five dead, there have been several other fires traced to the same cause. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/31/12 03:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

At the Ready Image
Westport town department heads took part Monday night in an emergency preparedness forum at Town Hall organized by the Westport-Weston Health District. Speakers emphasized repeatedly the need for residents to take steps in advance to be prepared for flooding, power outages, or other emergencies that will stretch the town’s ability to respond to multiple calls for help. The session was broadcast live on the town cable channel and streamed on the Internet and will be available for viewing on the town website.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Compo Twilight Image
Twilight as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach Road overlooking the Ned Dimes Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

9:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseeker Special: Cover Letters, Thank You Notes, & More
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Toy Stories”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportSTORIES: interview, Michael Miller (broadcast live on channel 79 & ATT channel 99)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Board of Ed Hears Opposition to Language, Gym Cuts Image
With a large crowd on hand, the Westport Board of Education tonight heard more criticism from parents to proposed cuts in sixth grade French language classes and grades 1 through 5 gym classes in Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon’s proposed $100.5 million 2012-13 budget. The board will vote on the budget on Feb. 6.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/31/12 03:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

Landon Listens Image
Westport Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon tonight listens to parental criticism of language and gym class cuts in his proposed $100.5 million 2012-13 budget. Landon said the proposal will lead to more effective structuring of class time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/31/12 03:52 AM Comments () • Permalink

Nile Rodgers: ‘Music Became a Crutch’

By Dave Matlow

Songwriter, guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers addressed an overflow crowd at the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room tonight prior to a book signing for his memoir,  “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny.” Image
Nile Rodgers addresses a Westport Public Library audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Born in 1952 in Greenwich Village and raised in 1960s southern California, Rodgers, with a touch of pain and humor, told the crowd about his difficult youth.

“I remember my first report card on which the teacher wrote ‘Nile doesn’t pay attention in class,’” he said.

Rogders said he was surprised at that comment because “I went home and told my mother about the all the adventures I had—just observing everyone in the class. I thought I was paying a lot of attention.” 

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Staples Students Moves Into Final Speech Contest Round Image
Staples High School junior Andrew Bowles was selected as one of three finalists out of 11 contestants in the semi-final round of the Westport Rotary Club Four-Way Speech Contest held at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business on Sunday. Bowles, who selected the topic of the validity of online piracy regulations, was the recipient of the $500 first place award in the quarter final round held at Westport’s Town Hall on Jan. 17. Bowles now advances to the Rotary District finals where he will compete with two other finalists on Feb. 11 in New Haven. He is pictured speaking on Jan. 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/30/12 11:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Coming (Possibly): New Restaurant in Manolo Space Image
The basement Patagonia space at 8 Church Lane recently vacated by Café Manolo may house a new restaurant by early summer. Vicente Siguenza, co-owner of the popular restaurants 55 Degrees Wine Bar and Restaurant in Fairfield and Cava in New Canaan, confirmed today that he and partner Mario Lopez are in talks with landlord David Waldman. “We are working on the lease but it is not finalized,” he said. “We would love to come to Westport. It’s a beautiful town. The downtown is amazing, We’ve had an interest (to come to Westport) for years, even before Zest (the restaurant before Manolo) went in there.” He said if talks are successful, the new restaurant would feature northern Italian cuisine, have a wood-burning oven and a wine bar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/30/12 10:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malloy Gets Final Approval for Jackson Lab Investment

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today secured Connecticut’s investment in a major genetic research initiative—but not before one more partisan debate.

The State Bond Commission voted 8-2 to release $291 million, which will pay to build a new 173,000-square-foot research center for The Jackson Laboratory on the University of Connecticut Health Center campus in Farmington. The funds also will provide equipment and furniture for the facility, and will subsidize roughly one-third of operating costs for the next decade.

Financed over years, the $291 million investment will cost the state another $153 million in interest charges, according to a projection from nonpartisan legislative analysts.

The project had been identified and developed by the administration, and the General Assembly granted preliminary approval for the financing during a special session in late October.

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01/30/12 10:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fan Head Gear Image
A shopper at Westport’s Stop & Shop gets into the Super Bowl spirit today. Food and liquor stores as well as bars and restaurants were getting ready for Sunday’s contest between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in Indianapolis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/30/12 10:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Comings and Goings: Spotted Horse Riding to Church Lane Image
The new restaurant on Church Lane in the preserved and renovated 1802 federal-style Sherwood House is called the Spotted Horse and will open in mid-March, according to co-owner Kevin McHugh (r). Landlord David Waldman (l) announced last July that McHugh and Tommy Febbraio, both Staples High School graduates who operate the popular Gray Goose Café in Southport, had signed a 20-year lease. (See WestportNow July 21, 2011) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/30/12 09:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Eleanor Lawson, 78

Eleanor Lawson, a longtime Westporter, died Jan. 28. She was 78. Image
Eleanor Lawson: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

A Westport resident since 1968, she studied art through the Famous Artists School of Westport, and is best remembered for her collage artwork that was shown in local galleries, for her uniquely mischievous sense of humor, and for her enduring sense of joy and levity in all things, her family said.

Those who talked too much may also remember being told to “Take a breath.”

She will be missed by her husband, Richard Lawson, of Westport, her husband of 53 years, by her two sons, Marcus Lawson, of Baltimore, and Alec Lawson and his wife Kathleen, of Darien, and by the many friends she made along the way.

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01/30/12 08:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Drivers heading west at the Westport-Norwalk line on Sunday were treated to this colorful sight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Monday, January 30, 2012

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Downtown Initiative Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Toy Stories”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Pension Investment Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Westport/Weston Health District Emergency Preparedness Forum (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7 p.m. – Staples Room 333 – Board of Education Executive Session
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Nile Rodgers, “Le Freak,” A Behind-the-Scenes Memoir of an Extraordinary Musical Journey
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Strong Cold Front to Bring Winds, Snow Dusting

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., said tonight a strong cold front will cross the region from west to east between midnight and 4 am. Monday.

In its wake, there will be a brief period of westerly winds ranging from 20 to 25 mph with 40 to 45 mph gusts expected, a statement said.

Widely scattered snow showers and flurries will accompany the cold front as well, it said.

This will result in a dusting of snow in a few spots.


01/30/12 04:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Evoking Memories of the 1950s Image
Two cars from the 1950s greeted visitors to today’s opening reception for the new Westport Historical Society exhibit “Next Stop: Westport 1950s.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


01/30/12 01:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Going Back in Time

The Westport Historical Society today opened its exhibit “Next Stop: Westport 1950s” which focuses on that decade when Westport was a mecca for writers of numerous major television series and Hollywood films and the settings for many of these productions. Many actors who starred in these productions also came to live in Westport. The exhibit, which includes photographs, videos, and artifacts from that era, including aprons from a housewife, remains on view through April 30. A companion exhibit with the film “Cold War in Our Backyard” by Westport filmmaker Lisa Seidenberg uses images to evoke the rational and irrational responses to the fears of Communism aroused by Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Larry Untermeyer and Helen Klisser During for


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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Changing of the Guard at Historical Society Image
At today’s Westport Historical Society’s annual meeting the election of its new president, Susan Wynkoop (l) was made official as the two-year term for Dorothy Curran (2nd l) expired. Wynkoop thanked Curran, for her service. “Because of you, this organization is a better and stronger place,” she said. “We thank you for continuing to make the foundation of this historic home and the Westport Historical Society a very sound one.”  Seated with them are Elliott Netherton, vice president, finance who retired from the board after 17 years service, and Michaela McCall, secretary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/29/12 10:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Overflow Audience for Playhouse Family Performances Image
An overflow Westport Country Playhouse audience of a wide range of ages enjoyed the 1 p.m. performance today of “The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales” as part of the Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series in the Winter program. Both the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. performances were sellouts, according to a Playhouse official. The show was directed by Richard Barletta and Kevin Kingston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/29/12 09:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

‘Stinky Cheese Man’ Draws Large Crowds Image
The Stinky Cheese Man, portrayed by Rawson Vint, performs today in “The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales” in the Westport Country Playhouse Family Festivities Series, part of the Winter at the Playhouse program. Today’s two performances were sold out. The play is based on the popular 1992 children’s compendium of fractured fairy tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/29/12 09:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pouring It On Image
Robert Reilly, owner of Luxe Modern Wine & Cocktails, pours a glass of wine Saturday night as the new Westport Main Street wine bar marked its first week in business. He said he and wife Renee were very pleased with the warm Westport welcome their business has received. The wine bar hopes to add outside tables at its 190 Main St. location as the warm weather arrives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


01/29/12 06:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Social Climber Levene Left Gun with Realtor

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Andrew Robert Levene was well known in exclusive Pennsylvania foxhunting and land preservation circles, leaving the handgun he used to murder Westport jeweler Yekutiel Zeevi Dec. 8 with an unsuspecting Realtor friend there before fleeing to Spain, a Pennsylvania newspaper reported Saturday.

The Realtor, upon hearing of the Levene’s arrest in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday following an aggressive, six-week investigation by Westport and federal authorities, turned the weapon into the police, The Daily Local News of West Chester, Pa. reported.

Westport Police Chief Dale Call was unavailable for comment on the report.

Meanwhile, the Spanish newspaper El Pais said Spanish police had Levene’s Barcelona apartment under surveillance for days before his arrest and inside they found the clothing allegedly worn on the day of the crime: a green coat, brown pants and cowboy boots. It published a picture of the exterior of the modern-looking building with a small garden in its entry way.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Toy Stories”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - WHS Annual Meeting
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “The Arrogant Years,” Lucette Lagnado
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Reception: “Next Stop: Westport!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sold Out Audience for Play With Your Food Gala Image
Play With Your Food’s 10th Anniversary was celebrated tonight at Dragone’s Classic Motorcars on Westport’s Post Road West and featured a musical revue “Two for the Road” highlighting classic theater and cool cars. The festive event was sold out. It was catered by Blue Lemon, Matsu Sushi, Garelick and Herbs and 20 other local restaurants. The cast of 12 professional actors was directed by Carole Schweid. See more photos here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pamela Einarsen for


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