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Weston State Rep. John Stripp Praises Rell

State Rep. John E. Stripp told a meeting of the Westport Kiwanis Club today that Gov. M. Jodi Rell will be “one heck of a good governor” because she is “systematic, analytic, and thoughtful” and can rally support from Republicans as well as Democrats.stripp071404260.jpg
State Rep. John E. Stripp: Jodi Rell will be “one heck of a good governor.” WestportNow.com photo

Stripp, whose 135th District covers Weston as well as portions of Easton and Redding, said he has known Rell since her days as a fellow legislator representing Brookfield.

“She has an uncanny sense of where the ‘yes’ votes and the ‘nay’ votes are even before anyone presses a button,” said Stripp, a Republican who also serves as an assistant house minority leader. “Having that is important.”

Stripp, who is a former member and chair of Weston’s Board of Finance as well as a former Weston selectman, said Rell has a record of reaching out and sharing her successes with others.

Newman Debuts in Playhouse Production of “Trumbo”

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Westport’s Paul Newman debuted tonight in the title role in “Trumbo,” the Westport Country Playhouse production performed at The Ridgefield Playhouse. “Trumbo” is about Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted screenwriter and novelist, and the loss of his freedom of speech. In a discussion with the audience afterward, Newman said he sees people today having a fear of being called unpatriotic if they speak up about Iraq, the balance of trade, and other issues. “The fear factor really bothers me,” he said. Photo shows the audience leaving the theater. No cameras were allowed inside. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Martha Stewart and Bacanovic to be Sentenced Separately

Westport’s Martha Stewart and her former stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, will be sentenced separately on Friday, a clerk for the sentencing judge said today.

Stewart will be sentenced at 10 a.m. and Bacanovic will be sentenced at 2:30 p.m., a clerk for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of Manhattan federal court said. Both sentencings had been scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

There was no immediate explanation for why the sentencings were separated. Prosecutors declined to comment, and a Stewart spokeswoman did not immediately return a call.

Each defendant is expected to get 10 to 16 months in prison after being convicted of lying to the government about why Stewart sold 3,928 shares of ImClone Systems Inc. stock in late 2001, just before the price plunged.

Last week, Cedarbaum denied new-trial requests from both defendants based on allegations that a government witness from their first trial lied on the witness stand.

Farrell Raises $350,000 in Second Quarter

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell raised more than $350,000 in the second quarter in her race to unseat veteran Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, her campaign announced today.

A press release said Farrell’s report to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on campaign financing from April 1 to June 30 will show she raised more than $350,000 and has approximately $600,000 cash on hand.

Farrell raised $371,500 in the first quarter of the year compared to $249,442 raised by Shays.

The reports are due to the government agency July 15. Both reports from Farrell as well as Shays have not yet been filed, according to the FEC Web site today.

Westport Property Transfers, June 28-July 2, 2004

Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 28-July 2, 2004:

Clifford P. and Jane L. Lamotta to Brian L. and Leslie S. Gold, 26 Rices Lane, $1,849,500. WN property.jpg

Laurence H. and Shari A. Midler to Adam T. and Kerrie S. Weisman, 15 North Ridge Road, $1,825,000.

Melinda Mooney to Ron M. and Jane W. Tarsy, 2 Diamond Hill Lane, $1,746,000.

Charles A. and Mary Durakis Sr. to Caroline H. and Michael Gantz, 11 Burnham Hill, $2,425,000.

Wine Talk: Viva la France!

Viva la France!  It is the time of year to be French—or at least French in spirit.  The French Grand Prix was last weekend and the Tour de France is kicking into high gear.  July 14 is Bastille Day so what better time to enjoy French wine? WN wine talk.jpg
WestportNow Contriibuting Editor Chris Grimm takes a look some French wines and where to find the bargains locally in his latest Wine Talk column on the ARTS & LEISURE page.