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Westport Firefighters Journey into the

Westport Firefighters Journey into the Past: He Once Was a Civil War General
When you meet Westport Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey J. Keene, you are meeting a man of the present and the past.

The way he tells it, the 1965 Staples grad and Air Force veteran is also someone else—John B. Gordon, Confederate General, Army of Northern Virginia, who died in 1904.

For years, Keene has been researching the Civil War fighter and now recounts his tale of reincarnation in a new book, ғSomeone Else’s Yesterday: The Confederate General and Connecticut Yankee, a Past Life Revealed (Blue Dolphin Pub. $17.95).

KeeneԒs publisher describes the book this way: Someone Else’s Yesterday is an amazing journey through the eyes of two people: one a Georgian, the other a Connecticut Yankee.

ӓSimilarities between the two go far beyond coincidence. They think alike, look alike, and even share facial scars. Their lives are so intertwined that they appear to be one.

The 55-year-old Trumbull resident has made no secret of his long journey into the past. His story has been featured on the Arts and Entertainment Network’s documentary “Beyond Death” and Uri Geller’s Talk America radio show, “Parascience and Beyond.”

For anyone skeptical of some of his claims, one look at some of the pictures he has on his computer at the firehouse quickly confirms at least physically Keene has an uncanny resemblance to Gen. Gordon.

But Keene says thereԒs much more. For instance, there was that trip to Norwalk Hospital’s emergency room on his 30th birthday with facial pain. Keene found that it mimicked the wound Gen. Gordon received at the battle of Antietam when he was 30 years of age.

How he made his discovery and how it has affected his life is told in the new book. Geller, the Israeli psychic, says of Keenes work: “Anyone who doubts life after death, or reincarnation, should read this book. I highly recommend it.”

05/02/2003 03:22 am Comments (0)Permalink

Westports State Sen. Judith Freedman

Westports State Sen. Judith Freedman Backs Smoking Ban Bill
WestportҒs State Sen. Judith G. Freedman (R-26) was among lawmakers who approved a bill late Wednesday to ban smoking in all restaurants and bars, as well as all work places with more than five employees.

The Senate passed the bill, 26-7, with bipartisan support, and it is expected to go before the House shortly.

Freedman was one of eight Senate Republicans who crossed party lines and voted for the bill while the seven others opposed it, including the Republican leader and deputy leader.

Democrats hold a 21-15 majority in the Senate. Three senators were absent—all Democrats.

Supporters said the ban would reduce the dangers of secondhand smoke for both workers and patrons of those establishments. The ban would not apply to private clubs such as those of current fraternal organizations.

Gov. John G. Rowland predicted today that the bill would easily pass the House and he said he would sign it.

The legislation, if approved by the House and once signed by Rowland, would go into effect Oct. 1. But the bar-ban would not begin until April 1, 2004.

California and Delaware currently have statewide bans on smoking in restaurants and bars, and a statewide ban in New York will start in July.

Numerous cities and towns in other states have enacted their own bans on smoking in restaurants, but Connecticut law prohibits individual municipalities from banning smoking in public places.

05/01/2003 15:04 pm Comments (0)Permalink