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Longtime Westporter Martin J. Hamer Dies at 72

Longtime resident Martin J. Hamer, an author, entrepreneur and former employee of IBM, died Friday at his Westport home. He was 72.

Hamer, who was active in local causes, was editor with his wife Judith of the 1994 book “Centers of the Self: Stories by Black American Women, From the Nineteenth Century to the Present.”

His first work won him an Atlantic Monthly First Award in the early 1960s. His writings were included in several short story anthologies. He was a former columnist for the Westport News and had been published on the op-ed page of The New York Times.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, he is survived by three daughters, two sisters, and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport.

Saturday Night Fever

By Fran

WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
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When a cheery e-mail arrived in my WestportNow inbox this week from the manager of the Mansion Clam House one of my longtime favorite local restaurants ֖ I instantly had the suggestion for this weeks FranҒs List. mansionclamhouse260.jpg
Mansion Clam House: Good food and music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

We now have live music every Saturday night all summer on our patio,Ӕ she wrote. Thank you, Fran, for recognizing our place and for enjoying our steamers! 

“We have a great venue and awesome music form players like Charlie Karp, Mark Riggs, the former drummer from Blue Oyster Cult Mr. A. Bouchard, and Roger Guimond from the reggae band God’s Green Earth Ӆ I hope more people will see us as ‘the fun place’ and join us for our Saturday nights!

This immediately got me wondering where else in Westport can one go for live music after a great dinner?  Here’s what I found:

Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., 454-7979; Saturdays starting at 10 p.m. No charge with dinner, $5 cover you if you come for music only. This week, four-man rock band with Charlie Karp.

Westport Fire Log Friday Aug. 27, 2004

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12:45 a.m.  Appletree Trail,EMS call
5:53 a.m. ֖ 399 Post Road West, fire alarm
7:11 a.m. – 399 Post Road West, fire alarm
7:32. a.m. – 399 Post Road West, fire alarm
8:09 a.m. – 399 Post Road West, fire alarm
8:21 a.m.  4 Rockland Place, fire alarm
9:16 a.m. ֖ 162 Kings Highway North, smoke in basement
9:59 a.m.  Post Road East, EMS call
11:30 a.m. ֖ Maple Avenue South, EMS call
2:27 p.m.  Bayberry Lane and Apache Trail, EMS call
2:28 p.m. ֖ 4 Marc Lane, fire alarm
3:29 p.m.  Webb Road, EMS call
8:23 p..m. ֖ Westfair Drive, lockout

Westport Native to Present Documentary During GOP Convention Week

stateoftheunion.jpgA film by Westport native DJ Kadagian will be one of two independent films screened next week as a double-bill during the Republican national convention in New York. The subjects are issues their producers say the GOP gathering ignores.djkadagiancolor64.jpg

Kadagian’s work, “State of the Union: the Color of Freedom is Green” is a 45-minute documentary that he says takes a “critical but honest look at the interplay of money and politics and the impact on the underclass.”

Much of his thinking on the subject was formed while growing up in Westport which he calls “the capital of materialism in America.”

As a biographical sketch on his Web site puts it, “Growing up in this environment influenced his path first to join and experience great success in the material world and then ultimately to question that system in his chosen medium/ film.”