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Boston-to-New York March Passes Through Westport

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A group marching 238 miles from the Democratic National Convention in Boston to the Republican National Convention in New York made their way through Westport today. The DNC2RNC:Democracy Uprising! Group, seen crossing the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge, says it supports grass-roots efforts and community organizing “to create the world we want to live in”—including “a world based on direct democracy, just and fair labor, (and) universal health care.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

State Funding of $37.7 Million Sewer Plant Upgrade Questioned

State funding of a portion of Westport’s scheduled $37.7 million sewage plant upgrade may be complicated by a plan to hook up Norwalk’s sewer line to a housing development on the Westport-Norwalk border.savewestport260.jpg
Opposition group: development plans put town at financial risk. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

That’s the gist of a letter to Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell from an official of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

The Aug. 12 letter from Yvonne Bolton, acting chief of the department’s Bureau of Water Management, was distributed today by opponents of the development, the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund.

The group, which has vowed to renew its campaign against the project (See WestportNow Aug. 5, 2004), published a copy of the letter on its Web site.

Better Late Than Never: NY Post Picks Up WN Martha Stewart Boulder Story

Today’s New York Post gossip column Page Six headlines a WestportNow story from July 30 about the Town of Westport removing rocks Martha Stewart and her neighbors had placed in front of their homes on Turkey Hill Road South to discourage parking.

Under the headline “Boulders Backfire on Martha,” the New York newspaper recounted the WestportNow story almost in entirety and added: “Stewart’s spokeswoman did not have a comment by press time.”

It was the second time in two weeks that the New York tabloid has featured WestportNow coverage.

On Aug. 6, the newspaper reprinted WestportNow exclusive photos and details of the Aug. 5 Westport rollover involving Weston singer-actress Eartha Kitt.

Youth Commission Considering Drinking Law Campaign

Members of Westport’s Youth Commission are considering a campaign with bumper stickers, post cards and newspaper ads to drum up support for a tough new underage drinking law.

At a meeting Thursday night, the panel discussed trying to gain public backing of a proposed ordinance that would ban underage drinking on private property, according to The Hour of Norwalk.

The issue is expected come before the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) sometime this fall.

The RTM considered similar legislation three years ago. But members voted to postpone any action after some expressed concern about constitutional issues of police entering private homes.

Shays: Bush Ought to Denounce Vietnam War Group’s Attacks on Kerry

U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays believes President Bush ought to denounce attacks by a group of Vietnam War veterans against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, USA Today reported.

The newspaper quoted Shays, who faces Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell in the November election, as saying: “If you served in Vietnam, you’re an American hero. Case closed.”

He added, “I just don’t think that that’s how the president is going to win or lose.”

Shays, in an interview, said there’s no shortage of “more meaningful and credible criticism” to aim at Kerry, such as his 1991 vote against a resolution authorizing force to get Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, USA Today said.

Westport Fire Log Thursday Aug. 19, 2004

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3:20 p.m. – 6 Harding Lane, residential fire alarm
5:01 p.m. –  59 Post Road East, commercial fire alarm
5:13 p.m. –  Merritt Parkway sountbound exits 44-42, motor vehicle accident
6:07 p.m. –  North Avenue and Cross Highway, wires down
9:07 p.m. –  59 Post Road East, commercial fire alarm
10:31 p.m.  Morningside Drive South, EMS call

Elisabeth Mercante Joins Westport Arts Center as Gallery Coordinator

Elisabeth Mercante has joined the Westport Arts Center as gallery coordinator.mercante75.jpg

She will be responsible for running its art gallery at 51 Riverside Ave. and the numerous exhibitions, gallery events and childrens programs held throughout the year.

ғI am so happy to be in a position where I can have personal contact with the artists living in this community, said Mercante.

ԓI can already sense the tremendous dedication from people who are part of this areas arts community, and that is very exciting.Ҕ

A graduate of Middlebury Colleges MA program in French, Mercante spent the last year as the Bruce MuseumҒs Lillian Butler Davey resident intern.

How Lessons from a 16th Century Priest Can Mean Good Business

If you are tired of quickie how-to-succeed-in-business books, Chris Lowney has authored one that is not so ordinary it relies on the teachings of a 16th century priest to coach modern executives about leadership.lowney75.jpg

And on Aug. 31, the former Jesuit seminarian-turned-investment-banker will tell the Westport Rotary Club all about it at its 12:15 p.m. meeting where he will be guest speaker. The meeting is open to the public.

Called “Heroic Leadership: Examples from a 450-year-old Company that Changed the World” (Loyola Press, $24.95),  Lowney’s book details how the Jesuits evolved from a 10-man “company” founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1540 to become the world’s largest religious order with 21,000 professionals.

Lowney, who left a seven-year stint as a Jesuit seminarian to become a managing director at J.P. Morgan, explores how the Jesuits have successfully grappled with challenges that test great companies—forging seamless multinational teams, motivating performance, being open to change and staying adaptable.