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Youth Commission Hosts Forum on Underage Drinking Ordinance

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The Westport Youth Commission tonight held a forum on an underage drinking ordinance it wants passed by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). About 40 persons turned out to hear details of the proposed law, which would allow police to issue summonses to underage drinkers on private property. The RTM will vote on the issue at its Jan. 11 meeting. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Westport Arts Center Hosts Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoonist

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The Westport Arts Center tonight hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Davies, a Staples High School grad. With him is Westporter Ina Chadwick who, as editor of the now-defunct Westport-based Gannett newspaper Fairpress, gave Davies his first newspaper cartoon job in the early 1990s. Davies, who won his Pulitzer last April, works at Gannett’s The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y (See WestportNow April 6, 2004) . Erin Hauber for WestportNow.com

Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle in Westport Center

A teenage girl was struck and injured by a car late today in Westport’s center, police said.

The accident occurred about 5 p.m. at the intersection of Post Road East and Jesup Road, just west of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River.

The victim, later identified as Taylor Anne Lagerloef, 14, of Westport, was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. She is a freshman at Staples High School.

Her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to emergency personnel on the scene, but one officer said she was “in and out of consciousness.”

Her older brother, Matt, said in a WestportNow posting Friday night that she was doing well and he expected her to be released from the hospital soon.

Staples Parents Donate $15,000 for Lights for Possible Football Semifinal

With a new request for permanent lights for the Staples football field still to be decided, Staples football parents have pledged $15,000 to pay for temporary lights if Staples hosts a semifinal championship night game Nov. 30.

Disclosure of the gift from the Staples Gridiron Club Inc. was made by Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon in a memorandum to Board of Education members distributed today in advance of the board’s Monday night meeting.

Landon said if Staples is victorious in its Thanksgiving Day game against Fairfield’s Warde High School, it will host the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic League (CIAC) semifinal game on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

He said CIAC rules mandate that the semifinal and final football games be played on lighted fields to maximize attendance and revenues. He asked the Board of Ed to authorize asking town planning boards for permission to erect the temporary lights.

Lois Schine Honored with Athena Lifetime Achievement Award

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Retired Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce president and executive director Lois Schine today received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Athena Award ceremony in Norwalk. The awards are presented annually by the Chamber to honor women making a difference. This year’s Athena Award recipient was Kathryn Sirico, owner of Greg & Tony Ouidad Salon in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Firefighter Honored for Rescue

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Among those honored tonight at the Westport Rotary Club’s 47th annual dinner was Westport firefighter Matt Cohen ( 2nd l). He was one of the first rescuers on the scene last Aug. 15 when David Geronemus (3rd l) capsized his rowing scull in the Saugatuck River and nearly drowned. (See WestportNow Aug. 15, 2004). With them are (l to r) Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar, Mitzi Lyman, and Laura Geronemus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo