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Friday, December 12, 2008

Westport Mother: “I’m Your Face of Affordable Housing”

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Shannon Hanley: “We have pride in our community, too.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN photo from Westport Town Television
A single mother of four Thursday night made an emotional plea for more affordable housing in Westport, telling the Planning and Zoning Commission: “I’m your face of affordable housing—it’s me.”

Shannon Hanley, 39, who said she lives in a two-bedroom house in the Westport Housing Authority’s Hales Court project, said approval by the commission of a planned expansion of the project to 78 units was essential. The commission will vote on the application next week.

Her voice breaking at times, Hanley said: “I urge you to pass this project because we need to get this going because my son is turning 8, and soon I will be giving him my bedroom so he has his own space. And I’m not the only one.”

After introducing herself, Hanley told the commission: “And for the record I am not a drug addict, alcoholic or psychotic.”

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

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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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Commentary: Maybe We Should Ban Paper Bags, Too

By David Pogue

Special to WestportNow

I generally write about technology. But this week, I got to be part of the government process in Westport in a small way, and I thought I’d write up my experience.

See, last week, in my blog, I wrote about how hard it can be to make the right environmental choices. Every product has upstream and downstream ecological costs, and sometimes they’re impossible to calculate. I used, as one key example, the paper-vs.-plastic shopping bag debate.

Imagine my surprise when, a couple of days later, a reader let me know that the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) right here in Westport was considering an outright ban on plastic shopping bags, and that the public would be invited to speak before the vote.

Personally, I can’t stand the thought of what these 500 billion plastic bags are doing every year. On average, you use a plastic shopping bag for *12 minutes*—and then you throw it away. (It’s always driven me crazy when the drugstore clerk tries to give me a plastic bag when all I’m buying is a pack of AA batteries.)

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Commentary: A Westporter’s Diary of the GOP Convention

By Michael Rea

Special to WestportNow

St. Paul , Minn.—Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin proved her mettle as a “bull dog with lipstick” Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention.
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At one point, she commented to the press that she was not going to Washington to live up to their expectations but rather the peoples’. With that, the assembled delegates pointed to the media boxes and chanted “You, you.”

Some political commentators smiled. Others, like Anne Compton, glared.

Most of the Connecticut delegates had political hangovers this morning. One shot of Romney, one shot of Huckabee, triple shot of Rudy, and then all hell broke out as Sarah took to the podium.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Commentary: Comparing the Conventions

By Brian Reich

Special to WestportNow

St. Paul, Minn.—Having attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver and now the Republican one in Minneapolis/St. Paul, there is a stark contrast—and not just because the issues and rhetoric are different.

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The Democrats and Republicans throw very different conventions, with very different goals and purpose.

I have been on the road for the past two weeks—first in Denver where I was on staff as a member of the Democratic National Convention’s online content team, and more recently in Minneapolis, where I was attending, and blogging, the RNC as special press, aka credentialed new media.

Why would anyone want to go to both conventions? Lots of reasons, actually: First, I love politics—and national conventions are as big as it gets in politics. 

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Westporter Among GOP Delegates Attacked

Special to WestportNow

St. Paul, Minn.—Westporter Michael Rea was among Connecticut Republican Party delegation members who came under attack from protesters as the delegates attempted to make their way to the Xcel Convention Center on Monday.WestportNow.com Image

The 56-year-old Rea, a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and the 4th Congressional District coordinator for Sen. John McCain, said the incident involved pushing, shoving, and the protesters locking arms and physically cornering and intimidating delegates.

“It was finally broken up by the members of the Connecticut delegation as hapless police looked on,” said Rea, who was uninjured in the melee.

“They (the police) were either intimidated by the protesters cameras recording the attack or completely unprepared for the confrontation.”

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Commentary: The Life of a Convention Groupie

By Kimberly Lake

Special to WestportNow

Denver—You know what I love about conventions? If you know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, (pause, inhale, then say as fast as you can in one breath) who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, (inhale!) you can usually get a ticket for something.  WNDemCon.jpg

If we were deep sea fishing, we’d call it trolling (flash to image of large, sleek, well-outfitted fishing boats cruising up and down the broad avenues of Denver trying to hook the Big One).

So my convention companion (I’ll call him C.C.) and I, feeling like Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, manage to get our fingers onto a precious floor pass to go along with our general admission tickets.

We then look at our watches and realize that if we don’t start now (it’s noon), we’ll never get to the Pepsi Center on time.  But don’t panic! The efficient convention planners have thought of everything when it comes to moving the masses.

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Commentary: Breaking Up With Hillary is Hard to Do

By Jessica Bram

Special to WestportNow

Denver—Several readers and people back home have asked me whether I’m finding it true here at the Democratic National Convention that there’s division among the Democrats. WNDemCon.jpg

Is it true that there is unrest among Hillary Clinton supporters over ceding the nomination to Barack Obama? Were the hurt feelings real? And could there be an insurrection on the floor, as some have predicted?

Or was all this just the usual hype by the press, seeking to stir up controversy in the age-old ploy to boost ratings?

Westport’s Martha Aasen, one of Hillary’s pledged delegates among the Connecticut delegation, expressed a common perspective. “I really feel that the press in exaggerating the idea of a disgruntled opposition. What does exist is a minority,” she said.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Democratic Convention Notes: Caught in the Crush

By Jessica Bram

Special to WestportNow

Denver—I’m not easily ruffled, but even I was shook up by trying to navigate the jam-packed Democratic Convention floor tonight.

As the crush of bodies inched along, shoulder to shoulder, I caught full breaths full of chewing gum and plenty of sweat. Floor marshals yelled at people to keep moving – as though we had a choice in the mêlée.

It was more than a little unsettling. Not since being caught in a body-crushing crowd trying to get into a Crosby Stills concert at college in 1972 have I ever been so glad to see an exit.

But in my 40 minutes on the floor, I had quite a bounty of celebrity sightings. To wit: Katie Couric, about three inches away, in about 16 layers of pancake makeup. On the NBC platform, David Gregory with his long legs wrapped around a stool.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Commentary: Denver is Surreal for DNC

By Jessica Bram

Special to WestportNow

Denver—Surreal is the word that first comes to mind to someone arriving at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. Four years ago when I attended the DNC in Boston, that first post-9/11 national convention was most striking in the prominence of heavy security.WNDemCon.jpgWestportNow.com Image
Jessica Bram in Denver: “No sense of a city on edge.”  WN photo

Commenting back then for WestportNow and in a piece that aired on WSHU Radio, I recounted the very visible, overwhelming signs of security that not only surrounded Boston’s Fleet Center, but also permeated the city.

There were long lines of police in riot gear, muscled FBI agents in tight black tee shirts and earpieces clustered at every chain linked checkpoint and hotel entrance; and fire trucks poised around the perimeter of the convention compound, fire hoses unrolled and at the ready.

It gave the sense of a city on edge, but at the same time, banded together in an almost cheerful, self-protective cluster.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

WestportNow Presents Memorial Day Photo Collection

WestportNow offers its readers more than 130 photos of today’s Memorial Day events.WestportNow.com Image

Some of the photos can be seen on this main page, while a special Memorial Day page contains these photos as well as series of photos contributed by six photographers. Click here.

We are grateful for those who shared their photos with us.


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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Our Annual New Year’s Gift to WestportNow Readers

Once again, WestportNow presents a review of the past year through the eyes of dozens of people who contributed photos in 2007. Click HERE.

In 2007, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth as thousands of new readers discovered what many others already knew: WestportNow is the No. 1 source for news and photos about Westport often found nowhere else.

As we near our fifth anniversary serving Westport, we are pleased that an increasing number of advertisers have learned that as more and more people get their news online, WestportNow reaches more Westporters than any other local Web site.

We are honored to be cited frequently by national publications as a trendsetter in Internet citizen journalism. And we congratulate contributing photographer Dave Matlow on his recent profile in The New York Times for his work for WestportNow.

Finally, we continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2008. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.


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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Commentary: Silent Sons

(Editor’s note: The following commentary by award-winning Westport-based writer Jessica Bram was broadcast on Fairfield County Public Radio WSHU-FM.)

By Jessica Bram

Special to WestportNow

First there was this spring’s horrific rampage – a disaffected Virginia Tech student who was somehow able to legally purchase two handguns in gun shops, ammunition on eBay, and methodically murder 32 students and professors. And now this: another unhappy young man, this one just 19, opening fire in a shopping mall filled with holiday shoppers, killing eight and wounding five. 

Apparently depressed from being fired from his job at McDonald’s and a recent breakup, he was rumored to have written a suicide note saying he would “go out in style.” Presumably he intended to find some relief by emulating “Die-Hard”-like movie action heroes with a loaded rifle – and the satisfaction of having his name in the news for a day or so, along with a list of the dead.

As I did after Columbine, and then again this spring, I find myself thinking about those silent young boys – the Cho Seung-Huis and Eric Harris’s and Dylan Klebolds, and a now this new boy in Omaha. I keep wondering how these boys could for so long have harbored such rage, and what could only be severe mental illness, and kept it a secret? 

As a mother, I ask: what about their parents? Didn’t they have a clue, not even a hint, that the boys they had nurtured as toddlers, who had slept in their homes for most of their lives, taken showers down the hall, grabbed milk from the refrigerator – that these boys had the capacity, and most of all, the will, to commit these acts? Or are we seeing, again and again, some highly deranged hero worship of our culture’s new style of cowboy, shoot-‘em-up, action figures with automatic weapons and endless rounds of ammunition?

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Monday, January 01, 2007

A New Year’s Gift to WestportNow Readers

WestportNow.com Image WestportNow published hundreds of pictures in 2006 from scores of photographers. We are proud to present a sampling of 360 of them for year-end review. CLICK HERE. They represent the work of more than 50 photographers.

It is through their efforts and those of other contributors that WestportNow again recorded remarkable growth in 2006. We are pleased to continue to be frequently cited nationally as a trend-setter in Internet citizen journalism.

For almost four years, WestportNow has been the No. 1 source for news and information for Westport, routinely breaking stories and publishing news and pictures found nowhere else. We’ve also enabled an ongoing community dialogue through comments.

We are grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2007. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.


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Monday, November 06, 2006

Commentary: When Bad Things Are Said About Good People

(Editor’s note: The following commentary by award-winning Westport-based writer Jessica Bram was broadcast on Fairfield County Public Radio WSHU-FM.)

By Jessica Bram

Special to WestportNow

My mother always said that there was nothing worse than hearing my brothers and me fight. I used to think it was the noise that bothered her; but only when I became a mother myself did I realize that the truly awful thing about it is hearing terrible things said about the people I most love and cherish–-my own children.

That it’s other people I love just as much who are saying those things only makes it worse-–because the meanness of their words tarnishes them as well.

All this has frequently come to mind during this particularly ugly election season. Some months ago my commentary here applauded the civil tenor of Connecticut political discourse compared to the national mudslinging. “The Battle of the Huggers” is how I labeled Connecticut’s 4th District Congressional race between two highly popular public servants.

Well, boy, do I ever take that back. Goaded and financed, no doubt, by both Republican and Democratic national machines, the most irresponsible, God-awful things are being said in just about every Connecticut race both by and about some of the most important people in my life: my public servants. 

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Staples Grad Dances the World to Web Fame

Matt Harding grew up in Westport, graduated from Staples High School in 1994, and didn’t do a whole lot of traveling except for the occasional family trip to Disney World.WestportNow.com Image
Matt Harding dances with friends in Luang Prabang, Laos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by wherethehellismatt.com

Maybe that has something to do with his now becoming an Internet sensation known for his world travels dancing a little jig one newspaper described as “something in between a tap dance and a seizure.”

Actually, Harding, now 29 and living in Seattle, has starred in two Web videos showing him doing his goofy dance around the world – every place from Prague to Palau, Red Square to Rwanda.

The first journey he paid for. The resulting video led to the second that covered six months and 39 countries with the Stride chewing gum company picking up the tab.

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Monday, January 02, 2006

2005 Review in Pictures

2005 in Photos

Dozens of persons contributed photographs to WestportNow throughout 2005 and we are proud to present a sampling for year-end review.

We are grateful to all those who contributed and look forward to having them and many others contributing to WestportNow’s coverage in 2006. It is through their efforts and those of other WestportNow contributors that WestportNow has recorded remarkable growth in 2005 and now is often cited nationally as a trend-setter in Internet citizen journalism.

Best New Year wishes to them and to all WestportNow readers.



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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

From Westport to Mali and Back

By Russell Diamond
Special to WestportNow

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Russell and Mica Diamond (center) traveled to Africa in November to help build new schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
My wife Mica and I recently returned from a week building a school in Mali. Not Bali. Not Maui. Mali. It’s a country about twice the size of Texas in Western Africa, and is a world away from Fairfield County.

A year ago we became active with a Stamford-based organization called Building with Books (BwB). Its mission is to motivate and empower American youth through after-school programs that instill ideals of community service and philanthropy.WestportNow.com Image

BwB is active in 74 schools in mostly urban settings around the country. In addition to local service projects, participating students travel to developing countries to help build schools. Since 1993, BwB has built more than 150 schools in such far-flung locales as Nepal, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Malawi, and Mali.

The more we learned about the organization, the more impressed we became and the more eager we were to participate. We shared an interest in Third World poverty and knew we wanted to help be part of the solution.  So we committed to building a school in Mali this past November.  We raised the funds, got our shots, and flew to the capital, Bamako.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Dan Woog: An Author Says Thanks

(Editor’s note: The following is the text of remarks by author Dan Woog at the Westport Public Library today on the occasion of publication of his Westport Historical Society-sponsored history of Staples High School.)

By Dan Woog

First, thanks to Howard Munce for a great introduction – and help with this display, and the book design – and all the other folks at the Westport Historical Society who made the book happen: Ann Sheffer, Elliott Netherton, Wally Woods, Eve Potts, Fred Cantor, and particularly Mollie Donovan, who has a hand in everything, including today’s reception. WestportNow.com Image
Dan Woog: “It takes a town to create and nurture a place like Staples.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thanks, too, to Joan Hume, for her help today, including the PowerPoint presentation you’ll see later. Also to Betty Lou Cummings, who worked her fundraising magic for both this book and the reception, and without whom I would never have been able to spend two and a half years researching and writing.

Thanks, too, to Sara Scrofani, whose spectacular layout makes the book what it is – from every detail, like the look of the sidebars to the typeface to making sure Horace Staples was on the cover – this is as much Sara’s book as it is mine – and her patience dealing with all of my anxieties and fears was also crucial – thanks.

Of course, I’d like to thank – I think—Dave Harrison, former social studies teacher. He’s the one who suggested I write a history of Staples High School, a number of years ago, and who pushed and prodded me into it. No one has loved Staples more than Dave – or knows more inside stories – and his gentle yet persistent encouragement kept me going when I said to myself, “What the heck have I gotten myself into?” Dave is here from New Hampshire today, and that means more to me than words can say.


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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Commentary: Ricardo

(Editor’s note: The following commentary by Westport-based writer Jessica Bram was broadcast today on WSHU-FM. Click here for the audio version.)

By Jessica Bram

The name was familiar, but I couldn’t quite place the face. Then my son David reminded me that his high school classmate Ricardo, the boy who died a week ago Saturday night falling off a Quinnipiac University third floor balcony, had been a frequent poker player at our house these last few years. Only then did I remember the dark-eyed, sweet-faced boy.

I always loved it when my sons’ high school friends gathered here for poker. They would crowd our small dining room and kitchen tables, often spilling onto the patio and back yard. When a recent New York Times article decried the dangerous rise of gambling among Westport’s privileged youth, I scoffed. Where else would I rather find my sons and their friends than safely under my own roof, with never a beer can? Heck, there was never even a girl in sight.

But best of all was the overheard repartee, the rough guffaws and the incomprehensive jabs and jokes that rattled and flew as fast as poker chips over the polished wood table. Eavesdropping from my room upstairs, it was hard not to notice how my own son’s voice would lower by about three registers, when undergoing this very male ritual. Finding Oreo crumbs and empty Gatorade bottles under the table the next morning was a small price to pay for this priceless glimpse into this wonderfully male rite of passage.

But those days of having my teenagers safely under my roof suddenly seem long in the past, now that my sons, like their friend Ricardo, have left for college. I’m frequently congratulated at having two sons smart enough to have gotten into very fine universities. But not so smart, I well know, to realize that they are not the indestructible beings that they think they are. That no matter how many times it may happen to a classmate, their car will never smack up. They can handle the beer and the rum-and-Cokes that their dorm counselors turn a blind eye to, despite their below-drinking age status. Just as I turned a blind eye to how David and his friends celebrated this summer when he turned 20 just a year short of drinking age, but oh, so adult.

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Report from Pascagoula: It Should Never Happen to Westport

By Dan Goodgame

Special to WestportNow

(Editor’s note: Westport resident Dan Goodgame recently returned from his native Pascagoula, Miss., and provided this first-person account of his experiences there following Hurricane Katrina.)WestportNow.com Image
Nothing left: Pascagoula suffered catastrophic losses from Hurricane Katrina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gene Jennings Jr. for WestportNow.com


On the face of things, Westport would seem to have little in common with Pascagoula, Miss., the hurricane-wrecked coastal town that it just agreed to informally adopt and aid.

One is an enclave of prosperous professionals and business owners; the other a home to blue-collar workers in shipyards, seafood packers and an oil refinery, appended to the nation’s poorest state. Yet the two towns share some important traits. They’re about the same size, and are blessed with picturesque locations where a river meets a sound.

Both take great pride in their football teams and in public schools that rank among the best in their states. And both towns encourage a high level of citizen involvement: in charitable work through religious groups, the PTA, youth sports coaching, and so forth.

I am fortunate both to live in Westport and to have grown up in Pascagoula, from which I just returned after two weeks of hurricane cleanup work at my mother’s home and those of friends and relatives.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

NY Times: Westport Teardowns Spark “Fascination and Fury”

Sunday’s New York Times, in a story on a real estate company specializing solely in teardowns, reports the firm has opened an office in Westport where “teardowns are a source of fascination and fury” and WestportNow’s “teardown of the day” is a popular feature.

Under the headline “Teardowns Reshape Suburbs, And Selling Strategies,” the newspaper said Xchange Properties was founded in a Chicago suburb four years ago and last November expanded to Westport.

It said the company, which enables sellers to market their properties directly to builders without having to pay a full sales commission or go through the charade of house showings, has plans to open offices in other “teardown hotspots” in Virginia, Florida, California, and New Jersey.

“In Westport, Conn., the site of Xchange’s Fairfield County office, teardowns are a source of fascination and fury,” the Times said.

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Memories: The Last Tango in Westport

By Dale Eyerly Colson

In the 1950s and 1960s, Miss Irene Comer was a woman with a mission—to pass along the glamorous and, at the time, socially necessary skills of ballroom dancing to Westport’s reluctant young. WestportNow.com Image
A 1957 Westport birthday party for a teenage girl. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) EstherBubley.com photo

Our parents actually paid Miss Comer money to transform their otherwise happily innocent, pubescent seventh and eighth grade children into young ladies and young gentlemen through the magic of formal ballroom dancing classes and a mastery of the social graces.

It should go without saying that we had less than no interest in learning any such thing.

During that era, attending Miss Comer’s was THE socially acceptable thing to do in our parents’ eyes. There was no escape. It was evidently quite a social coup for upwardly mobile parents to have their kicking and screaming young adolescents accepted for classes with the famous Miss Comer.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Personal Perspective: Dan Rather Steps Down from the “CBS Evening News”

By Gordon Joseloff


Today is an historic day at CBS News. Dan Rather steps down as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” after 24 years. And he does so amid much controversy.

I worked with Dan for a number of years at CBS News and, while I have never written about him publicly before, this is as good time as any to add a personal perspective to the event.ratherjoseloff03090501.jpg
Flashback: Gordon Joseloff and Dan Rather in Berlin in 1986. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

I got to know Dan in the mid-70s, first as a radio writer at CBS News in New York, and then as a television writer there. Later, I worked with him—and for him—as a correspondent, producer and bureau chief in Moscow and Tokyo.

I was one of his regular writers when he was White House correspondent and traveled to New York on Saturdays to do the weekend “Evening News.”

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

2004: WestportNow’s Year in Pictures


From the January swearing in of a new police chief to the Christmas morning fire that almost devastated one of Westport’s landmarks, WestportNow was on the scene throughout 2004, often exclusively.

Dozens of persons contributed photographs to WestportNow throughout the year and we are proud to present a sampling for year-end review.

We are grateful to them and look forward to having them and many others contributing to WestportNow’s coverage in 2005.

It is through their efforts and those of other WestportNow contributors that WestportNow has recorded remarkable growth in 2004 and now is often cited nationally as a trend-setter in Internet citizen journalism.

Best New Year wishes to them and to all WestportNow readers.

Gordon Joseloff


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Saturday, August 07, 2004

Eartha Kitt: “Range Rover Saved Me from Injury”

Legendary singer-actress Eartha Kitt says the superior construction of her Range Rover is what saved her from being injured in Thursday’s rollover accident in Westport, the New York Post reported today. kittaccident08070401260.jpg
Eartha Kitt describes Thursday’s accident to a Westport police officer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  2004 WestportNow.com

The 77-year-old Weston resident was returning from a jog on the beach when her SUV was “nipped in the derriere” and flipped over at Post Road East and Compo Road North, she told the newspaper.

She and her two toy poodles were shaken up but not seriously injured.

The Post Friday published exclusive photos of the accident from WestportNow.

“Thank God for that car. I don’t think I’ll ever drive another,” Kitt said.

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Thursday, August 05, 2004

UPDATE: Singer Eartha Kitt Injured in Westport Accident

Legendary singer Eartha Kitt, 77, of Weston, was slightly injured today when her SUV collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Post Road East and Compo Road North in Westport and flipped over. Witnesses said she did not appear to seriously hurt.kittaccident08050401.jpg
Westporter Kitt Shapiro takes charge of poodles belonging to her mother, Eartha Kitt, after the singer was involved in a two-car accident today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) 2004 WestportNow.com

Kitt, who was alone in her Range Rover with her two toy poodles, was talking animatedly with police, fire and Westport EMS personnel moments after the accident, according to a WestportNow photographer.

She was placed on a stretcher and transported to Norwalk Hospital where she was later released.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 2002 Mercedes, declined medical attention but complained of aches and pains.

Kitt’s toy poodles, Mutzi and Aba, did not appear to be injured. Kitt’s daughter, Westport resident Kitt Shapiro, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident and took custody of the dogs.

Police said the accident was under investigation

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Singer Eartha Kitt Injured in Westport Accident

Singer Eartha Kitt, 77, of Weston, was slightly injured today when her SUV rolled over following a collision with another vehicle at Post Road East and Compo Road North. Kitt, who was alone in her vehicle with her two toy poodles, was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS and later released. Neither the driver of the second car nor Kitt’s dogs were injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  2004 WestportNow.com


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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Essay: The Meaning of Security in a Post 9/11 World

By Jessica Bram

Contributing Editor

Having experienced a whole new level of security screening in airports and New York City building lobbies in the last two years, I thought I already knew what high security means in a post-9/11 world. WNDemCon.jpg

But nothing prepared me for the phalanx of armed guards, screeners, scanners and weaponry that I encountered this week at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. And not just at the Fleet Center, where the actual convention is taking place, but in just about every hotel, subway station, nook and cranny throughout the city.

Serious young men in crew cuts, white shirts and suits with curly wires in their ears survey hotel lobby crowds with piercing eyes. Clusters of MPs in camouflaged combat fatigues with M-16 equivalents patrol street corners. Secret Service agents in tight black tee shirts and bulletproof vests block entrances to chain link checkpoints. Its all a little more than unsettling. 

But what really raises inner alarms is the nearly solid wall of police in full riot gear surrounding the Old State House. With segmented armor of thick black padding strapped onto every inch of their bodies, Darth Vader helmets and high-rise black steel sole boots, they look like a cross between something out of Revenge of the Clones and ungainly, upright black carpenter ants. 

It makes the Boston police officers with ordinary pistols and handcuffs seem positively tame, like Officer Boltons without a whole lot to do.

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Saturday, March 20, 2004

Essay: Impressions of the Martha Stewart Trial


Courtroom or Classroom, Wall Street or Sesame Street?  

By Randee Mia Berman

Special to WestportNow.com

A frigid February day.  40 Centre Street. Home of the Martha Stewart obstruction of justiceӔ trial. As I approached the foreboding Federal Courthouse building, I flash back. I’m dressed all in pink, from my suede hat to my silk scarf and chenille gloves, just as Id been over a decade ago, entering the conference room of the Martha Stewart Living offices in the Time-Life Building.  Special Reports


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