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Heading Off to India

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Three Westport senior Girl Scouts are heading off to India next month as part of an international seminar. The girls will spend two weeks in India attending an international seminar entitled Peace in a WomenӒs World at Sangam, one of four Girl Scout World Centers, as well as participating in community service with Maher, a local agency for destitute women and children. To fund the trip, they are hosting two evenings of dinners at Westport’s Bombay Bar and Grill Ԗ Jan. 17 and 31 at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children aged 5-12. Pictured (l-r) are Maggie Ewing, Rebecca Kamins, and Kelley Fong, all 17-year-old Staples High School seniors. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Sharon Fong at 341-0888 for reservations or more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Shays Visits Indonesia Province Hit by Tsunami

Rep. Christopher Shays was among a delegation of seven U.S. congressmen who visited Indonesia’s tsunami-hit Aceh province today, meeting injured survivors in a field hospital and getting a firsthand look at the devastation, according to an AP report.

The Connecticut 4th District congressman and the others flew from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to Medan in eastern Sumatra and then helicoptered to the USS Abraham Lincoln before going to Banda Aceh.

Rep. Christopher Smith, a New Jersey Republican, said the biggest challenge facing the huge aid operation that’s underway will be keeping up momentum after the initial emergency phase is over.

“We can’t have compassion fatigue here,” he told reporters at the airport in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, according to the AP.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect

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A winter weather advisory was in effect for the Westport area this morning as the National Weather Service said areas of freezing rain were likely.The rain may be mixed with sleet at times, it said. The freezing rain is expected to change over to plain rain by late morning. View is from a Department of Transportation camera on I-95 near the bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport. DOT/WestportNow.com photo

Update: Bedford Students Mock Trial Quarter Final Competition Postponed

Students from Westport’s Bedford Middle School Mock Trial Team were supposed to head off to MIddlesex Superior Court today for the state quarter finals, but bad weather caused a postponement. 01080501mocktrial.jpg
Members of the Bedford Middle School Mock Trial Team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The schools two teams won three out of four trials at the regional competition in December to advance to the next round, now tentatively rescheduled for Jan. 29.

The case this year involved criminal computer conspiracy. BedfordҒs 28-member team, which includes four students serving as bailiffs and alternates, has been practicing since October.

The competitors receive a packet of information which includes six witness affidavits, a statement of facts, and many pages of detailed rules for how to conduct the case.

Off to the Dance

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In a scene repeated all over Westport Friday night, these Staples High School students gathered for a before-the-dance snapshot before heading off to the Red and White Ball at the Inn at Longshore. Funds raised from the event for high school girls sponsored by The County Assemblies benefits youth-related charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mony Reuven for WestportNow.com

Westport Arts Center Debuts “Solos”

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The Westport Arts Center tonight held an opening reception for its “Solos” exhibit by six artists Victoria and Mark Caluneo; Robert January; Seth Lewis; Lee Anne Miller; Sarah Petruziello, and Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz. The exhibit was juried by Robin Zella, director of the Housatonic Museum of Art. It runs through Jan. 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 27-29, 2004

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 27-29, 2004:

Steven T. and Susan Calzone to Stephen Norman Nash, 5 Davenport Ave., $520,000WN property.jpg

Marie A. Dipisquale to Schmiedeck Construction LLC, 29 Old Hill Farms Road, $1,385,000

Ruth Lopreato to Joseph A. and Maria C. Driscoll, 327 Wilton Road, $400,000

Donna M. Gilbertie to Amy Formato, 16 Wassell Lane, $160,283

Congratulating New Fire Department Recruits

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell congratulates new Westport Fire Department recruits (l-r) Justin Moser and Tobias Ostapchuk after swearing them in today. The addition of Moser, 24, of Southbury, and Ostapchuk, 32, of Darien, brings the department’s strength to 58. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo