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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Keeping Traffic Moving Image
A Westport police officer directs traffic today at a two-car crash on Cross Highway at Roseville Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Another Dusting Image
A fast-moving clipper system brought 1 to 2 inches of new snow to the Westport area Saturday afternoon and evening. View is of the Saugatuck River from Riverside Avenue looking toward I-95. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for


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Sunday,  January 26, 2014

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On the Wire: Veiled Rebellion” by Lynsey Addario
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-Residence Melissa Slattery: A Unique Collaborative Book-Art
1:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Annual Meeting
2 p.m. - Westport Library - WestportREADS: A Conversation with Judith Jones and Adam Gopnik
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jim Clark: Jazz Saxophone Giants 1940-50
3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Reception for “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Flash Pointe Dance Fire & Ice Benefit

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Voices Café at Unitarian Church Image
Two bands played to an enthusiastic audience tonight at Voices Café, held monthly at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Roosevelt Dime (above) is a five-piece, Brooklyn-based band that blends elements of acoustic jug-band blues, classic New Orleans soul and neo-folk to create an original sound best described as Kings County Steamboat Soul. Also appearing was Poor Old Shine, which has been writing and performing the music for “The Heart of Robin Hood” at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. for the last few months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for


01/26/14 03:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

Welcome to GVI Winterfest 2014 Image
Dan Levinson, founder of Westport-based Green Village Initative (GVI), welcomes guests tonight to the group’s 2014 Winterfest at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westporrt. With him are Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, where GVI has been active in establishing community and school gardens, and Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/26/14 01:58 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday Night GVI Fever

Scenes from tonight’s Green Village Initiative (GVI) 2014 Winterfest held at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport. Dave Matlow for


01/26/14 01:53 AM Comments () • Permalink

Corsages at the Ready Image
A group of Staples High School coeds show off their corsages tonight before heading to the annual County Assembly Ball for juniors at the Stamford Marriott. This event and Friday night’s Red and White Ball for seniors is for students from Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Fairfield. Originally organized in 1938 by Westport resident Wilem C. Schilthuis, the goal of the dances remains to promote inter-town friendships, instill social graces, and provide financial support to organizations benefiting adolescents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Saturday, January 25, 2014

‘We’re Drowning in a Sea of Imagery’ Image
Prize-winning photojournalists and Westport Staples High School graduates Lynsey Addario and Spencer Platt addressed a packed Westport Arts Center audience today where Addario’s photographs of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan are on display in an exhibit, “On The Wire: Veiled Rebellion.” Both recounted their experiences in overseas war zones and remote areas with Platt noting that with today’s iPhone and mini-digital cameras that story-telling photography is rapidly changing. “We’re drowning in a sea of imagery,” he said.  The discussion was moderated by Helen Klisser During (r), director of visual arts at the Center who also curated Addario’s exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/25/14 11:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Addario: A Changed Outlook on Dangerous Shoots Image
Lynsey Addario, prize-winning photojournalist who grew up in Westport, told a Westport Arts Center standing room only audience today that since becoming a mother two years ago she now thinks a bit differently about entering life-threatening situations on assignment. She said she will continue to pursue such stories, however. As to fear, she said, “there is a place in the mind for fear, and you just tuck it somewhere and you keep working.” On screen behind her at today’s talk is a picture of her on assignment. In March 2011, Addario was among four New York Times journalists—including fellow Westport native Tyler Hicks—held captive in Libya for six days while covering the fighting there. They were released to the custody of Turkish diplomats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


01/25/14 11:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

SRO Audience for Westport Prize-Winning Photographers Image
Westport award-winning photojournalists Spencer Platt (l) and Lynsey Addario today drew a standing room only audience to the Westport Arts Center hear their stories of working in dangerous situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and other world hot spots. Addario told the story behind her 34 pictures of Afghan women now on display at the Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


01/25/14 11:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Pictures and Words

Scenes from today’s talk at the Westport Arts Center by award-winning Westport photojournalists Lynsey Addario and Spencer Platt. Helen Klisser During and Dave Matlow for


01/25/14 11:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Gift to the Schools Permanent Art Collection Image
Award-winning Westport photojournalist Lynsey Addario today makes a gift to the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection of a signed print of a photograph she took in 2004 of a soldier in Darfur, a region in western Sudan. With her is Joan Miller, an art collection committee member. Addario is a 1991 Stapes High Schol graduate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Reading to Lumina Image
The Westport Library’s Reading to Rover program today attracted 35 families. Each child read to a certified therapy dog for 15 minutes. Pictured is Sarah reading a picture book about a dog to Golden Retriever Lumina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcia Logan for


01/25/14 09:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

WHS: The New Yorker’s Westport Artists

By James Lomuscio Image
The Aug. 20, 1973 New Yorker cover by Albert Hubbell shows the pavilion at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

One illustration created by Perry Barlow depicts the 1951 bustle of Westport commuters in the inside the southbound Saugatuck train station.

Another from 1960 is artist Arthur Getz’s take on the construction of the Connecticut Turnpike, an undertaking that all but decimated the town’s Saugatuck section.

A third is a 1970s balmy scene of Compo Beach.

What all of these illustrations have in common is not just Westport, but the fact that the graced the covers of the New Yorker—not rare since 16 New Yorker artists lived in and around town from 1925 to 1989, producing a 761 covers for the magazine. And Sunday at 3 p.m. the Westport Historical Society (WHS) will unveil 44 covers that mirror the commuter lifestyle of local New Yorker artists.

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Getting Ready for Tonight’s GVI Winterfest Image
Green Village Initiative (GVI) volunteer board members Deidre Price and Steve Edwards today prepare Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, for tonight’s GVI Winterfest 2014. Price said about 150-200 are expected and tickets ($75) are available at the door. She said the party features fresh oysters and delectable creations of local chef Daniel Lanzilotta and drinks with celebrity bartender, John Barricelli of SoNo Baking Company. At 9 p.m. dancing is planned to the reggae and blues sounds of local band Accidental Breakdown led by Westporter Greg Wolfe. The event runs 7 to 11 p.m. The photo blow-up shows activities at the Reservoir Community Farm, a GVI-funded and operated community 1.5-acre farm at 1469 Reservoir Ave., Bridgeport that opened in June 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/25/14 07:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

CT Delegation: Be My Guest at State of Union

By Ana Radelat

In keeping with President Obama’s theme of inequality in the United States for his State of the Union address on Tuesday, some Connecticut lawmakers have invited special guests. Image
Congressman Jim Himes with his guest, Lucas Codognolla. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, has invited Lilly Ledbetter, a woman’s right activist who filed a landmark employment discrimination case that reached the Supreme Court, but lost because she had exceeded the statute of limitations.

Rep .Jim Himes, D-4th District, has invited Lucas Codognolla, 23, the lead organizer for Connecticut Students for a DREAM, a group of immigrant youths hoping to change federal law to win equal access to higher education and who lobby for broad-based immigration reform.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, has asked Lori Pelletier, executive secretary-treasurer of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, who is the first openly gay woman in the country to lead a state labor federation.

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01/25/14 06:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winterfest Under Way at Earthplace Image
Winterfest is under way at Westport’s Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, until 2 p.m. today. Guests can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, make an ice sculpture, try out some snow shoes, and participate in indoor activities such as making snowflake catchers and Inuit goggles. There’s also a campfire with s’mores and hot chocolate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Benjamin M. Cardozo, 99

Benjamin M. Cardozo of Westport and New York City died Jan. 19 at his Westport home. He was 99.

A lawyer, a World War II veteran, and a philanthropist, he was born in Manhattan in 1915.

He graduated from Dartmouth College, Class of 1937, and NYU Law School. He served with the Moreland Commission, with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Europe, and with the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.

He practiced law for more than 60 years at his family law firm, Cardozo & Cardozo, formerly Cardozo & Nathan.

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01/25/14 06:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Icy Saugatuck Image
Ice on the Saugatuck River in Westport did not seem to bother the bird population. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Saturday,  January 25, 2014

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilberties Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Maker-in-Residence Gar Waterman: Designing & Building a Mobile Office
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Earthplace - Winterfest 2014
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On the Wire: Veiled Rebellion” by Lynsey Addario
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Behind the Scenes with Lynsey Addario
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night “Winter Wonderland” Party

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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New Haven Delays

UPDATE Metro-North said Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Line services are operating on or close to schedule in and out of Grand Central Terminal after earlier delays caused by emergency track work in the Park Avenue Tunnel.


01/25/14 01:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

Showing Off Her Photos in Her Hometown Image
Westport native Lynsey Addario, an award-winning photographer, thanks guests tonight at an opening reception at the Westport Arts Center where 34 of her photographs are on display. The exhibit, “On The Wire: Veiled Rebellion,” depicts the plight of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The 1991 Staples High School graduate said she was delighted that her photos, previously on display at the Noble Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, could be seen by residents of her hometown. With her is Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at WAC, who curated the exhibit. Addario will appear at the Center Saturday for a panel discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs though Feb. 23. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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Family Reunion Image
There was a reunion with family and friends tonight at the Westport Arts Center for award-winning Westport photojournalist Lynsey Addario. The 1991 Staples High School graduate, now based in London who regularly photographs for The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time Magazine, was in town for the opening tonight of an exhibit of her photographs of Afghan women, “On The Wire: Veiled Rebellion.” She is pictured with (l-r) her father, Philip Addario, mother Camille, son Lucas, 2, and her husband, Reuters journalist Paul de Bendern. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Celebrating the Work of Photojournalist Lynsey Addario

Scenes from tonight’s opening reception for an exhibit,“On The Wire: Veiled Rebellion,” by award-winning “Westport photojournalist Lynsey Addario at the Westport Arts Center, The show features her photographs of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Opening simultaneously In the Center’s Project Space is an exhibition,“Nuturing Creativity,” featuring works by residents of Bridgeport’s Homes for the Brave, a transitional home for homeless military veterans, and female soldiers at Forgotten Homes. As part of its “Give Back” program, the Center held a five-week therapeutic art class for the veterans led by Jermaine West, a Norwalk graffiti artist. Helen Klisser During for with additional photos from Dave Matlow and Douglas Healey


01/25/14 01:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Off to the Ball Image
A group of Staples Players tonight posed before attending the annual Fairfield County Red and White charity ball at the Stamford Marriott. Pictured from top to bottom are Maddy Rozynek, Will Haskell, Amanda Horowitz, Michael Sixsmith, Kelly Gore, Jack Bowman, Sylvie Lexow, Nick Massoud, Cara McNiff, Thomas Bonner, Emily Ressler and Jonathan Blansfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Friday, January 24, 2014

Longshore Entry Road’s New Look Image
This is the new look to the entrance road of Westport’s Longshore Club Park after removal was completed today of 15 trees designated by the Westport tree warden as beyond their useful life and posing safety issues. The mounds of dirt mark where the trees once stood. The remaining trees were planted two decades ago in anticipation of the eventual need to remove the older trees.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


01/24/14 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

What Better Hat for a Tea Party? Image
Polly Temple wore a hat with tea cup and tea to today’s” Mad Hatter Tea Party” at the Westport Library sponsored by the library and the Y’s Women of Westport. It celebrated the 182nd birthday Monday of English writer Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Happy 182nd Birthday Lewis Carroll

The Westport Library and the Y’s Women of Westport today sponsored a “Mad Hatter Tea Party” to celebrate the 182nd birthday of English writer Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” In addition to tea and refreshments, there was parade of hats with prizes for most romantic, most amusing, and maddest. Phyllis Groner for


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Oops: CT Labor Dept. 1099-G Forms Contain Error

The Connecticut Department of Labor said today it has determined that approximately 27,000 of the 250,000 tax forms mailed out to individuals who collected unemployment compensation payments in 2013 contain a printing error.

The Labor Department is required to report unemployment compensation payments of $10 or more on form UC-1099G. “Due to an error in the printing process, the forms contain the correct information on the top portion of the form, while the bottom half of the document contains information pertinent to another individual,” a news release said

Because the forms are printed in order of zip code, the agency is in the process of determining which towns are associated with the printing error so staff will be able to better identify those claimants potentially affected by the error, the department said.

Because the forms contain social security numbers, the agency will also contact claimants that received incorrect forms to offer credit protection, it said.

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Comings & Goings: Klaff’s Out, South Moon Under In Image
South Moon Under, a men’s and women’s high end fashion boutique, will celebrate its Westport grand opening on March 6, according to marketing coordinator Taylor Schlette. It is located at 14 Post Road East, the former site of Klaff’s which occupied the space for more than 25 years before closing recently. Founded by Frank Gunion in the 1960s as a surf shack in Ocean City, Md, the Westport store will be its 22nd and its first in Connecticut. “We look forward to introducing our one-of-a-kind customer service program to the community of Westport,” said Gage Lester, vice president of sales and marketing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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