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Westport Democrats Prepare to Attend Boston Convention

About a dozen Westporters, including First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, a candidate for Congress, will attend the national Democratic convention next week in Boston.farrell07230401100.jpg
Farrell: looking forward to Boston. WN photo

“We’ll have quite a group there,” said Martha Aasen, a convention delegate who is town Democratic chair and a member of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee.

Another Westporter, Bob Rose, is an alternate delegate.

Farrell, who will go to Boston Sunday but return to Westport Monday for business, including a Board of Selectmen meeting, said she is looking forward to the event.

Government Witness in Martha Stewart Trial Spared Jail Time

The stockbroker assistant who was the government’s star witness in the case against Westport’s Martha Stewart today was spared jail time and probation and was fined $2,000 for his part in the case.

Douglas Faneuil, 28, who testified that his boss ordered him to tip Stewart about a stock trade, previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and cooperated with government lawyers.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum handed out a lesser sentence than recommended by guidelines. She cited Faneuil’s “substantial assistance” during the trial.

The federal sentencing guidelines recommended a prison sentence of up to six months that could have been followed by probation.

Getting Ready for “A Community Collects:” What Do Our Neighbors Collect?

By Emily Laux

Contributing Editor
WestportNow.com

The homes in my quiet neighborhood are full of surprises. One of my neighbors, a banker with a lot of frequent flyer miles, collects sand from beaches and deserts around the world. elisemeyer072301260.jpg
Elise Meyer, curator of “A Community Collects,” with her collection of 1930s-era Chase Chromeware, which she says proves that once the collecting bug hits, itӒs hard to stop at just one. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

His collection is meticulously displayed—each sample of sand is sealed and neatly labeled in a glass laboratory vial.

Hundreds of the matching glass vials are perfectly lined up in rows in an enormous rosewood cabinet he had custom made in Hong Kong.

His wifeԒs collection of snow globes is equally impressive, but less rigorously displayed.

They sit in a friendly manner on open shelves suspended below her kitchen cabinets, inviting guests to pick them up and shake vigorously.

The Advocate: “Farrell vs. Shays: Light as Well as Heat?”

Today’s The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk, in a lead editorial, said if all the money being raised in the much-watched 4th Congressional District this year means a more thorough and substantive debate about issues facing the district and the country, “then we say: Bring it on.”

The text of the editorial:

The 4th Congressional District race continues to remind us just how ordinary recent elections in lower Fairfield County have been. If discussion of the issues is as substantive as the politics in this election, then this race could set a high standard for local democracy.

Fund raising is off to a brisk start, not only for incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, but also for his Democratic challenger, First Selectwoman Diane Farrell of Westport. And it’s only July.

Blumenthal Announces Global Warming Lawsuit at Sherwood Island

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Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, joined by Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, tells a Sherwood Island press conference today about a “groundbreaking” lawsuit filed by Connecticut and seven other states against global warming polluters to force them to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

UPDATE: New Haven Line Restores Normal Service

Downed power lines in New Rochelle disrupted service on Metro-North’s New Haven Line at the end of the morning rush hour today affecting thousands of commuters. But the line said normal service was restored by 5 p.m.

A Metro-North spokesman said four tracks in the area of New Rochelle were knocked out of service due to wire damage, which occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Service remained disrupted throughout the day, but in mid-afternoon a spokesman “Metro-North expected to operate regular PM peak service on the New Haven Line.”

An announcement shortly after 5 p.m. said full service had been restored.