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Westport’s John Baumann Wins Ivy League Rookie Award

Westport’s John Baumann has earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for games ending Sunday, according to the Web site collegesports.com.

Baumann led his Columbia University basketball team in scoring this weekend, averaging 15.5 points per game and four rebounds per game in just over 20 minutes per contest. The 2004 Staples grad shot 13-of-16 from the floor for a blistering .813 percentage.

He totaled 14 points in 24 minutes vs. Princeton and finished with 17 points in 17 minutes vs. Penn. Baumann has now scored in double-figures in three consecutive contests. In each of the three, he established new career-highs, with 17 points vs. Penn being his best yet.

This is the first weekly honor for Baumann, but the fourth for a Columbia rookie this season. Columbia plays its final two games this weekend, when they travel to Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday.

Farrell Urges Continued Negotiations on Abel Bradley House

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Farrell: “Negotiate a reasonable price.” WN photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today urged the owners of the 200-year-old Abel Bradley House on the Westport-Fairfield border to continue to negotiate a “reasonable” sale price with those seeking to save it from demolition.

Addressing a Town Hall news conference, Farrell said she was pleased that a Superior Court judge in Bridgeport had issued an injunction putting off destruction of the house until at least March 7.

She said she had met with preservationists and owners of the property earlier to try to come to agreement on price and urged them to “come back to the table to negotiate a reasonable purchase price.”

The owners of the home have set a $1.2 million price tag on the property while preservationists have said they have raised $850,000 toward purchase of the property. (See WestportNow Feb. 24, 2005)

Westport Library Patron Picks Oscar Winners

Westport’s Peter Perry knows his movie stuff. The Westport Public Library patron correctly chose the six top winners in Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony in Hollywood.

Out of 57 entries dropped in a ballot box in the library’s audio-visual department, his was the only entry that chose Best Picture (“Million Dollar Baby”); Best Director (Clint Eastwood); Best Actor (Jamie Foxx); Best Actress (Hillary Swank); Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman) and Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchette).

For his Oscar expertise, Perry won a $10 gift certificate to use in the library store or the librarys As You Like it Cafҩ, according to Sheri Szymanski, head of the library’s access services.

Farrell and Y Officials Meet the Press on Relocation Issue

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Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (c), along with officials of the Westport/Weston YMCA, met with reporters at Town Hall today in what Farrell said was “a response to a public stirring up” of talk that the Y still wanted its new headquarters on the town-owned Baron’s South property. The Y officials said this was not true and that even if the town made Baron’s South available, the preferred location was the Y’s Camp Mahackeno Outdoor Center in northwest Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Staples Girls Basketball Tourney Game Postponed Until Tuesday

Tonight’s state tournament girls’ basketball game at Staples High School has been postponed until Tuesday at 7 p.m. due to weather.

The ninth-seeded Lady Wreckers (15-5) will host the 24th-seeded Bunnell High School (11-9) of Stratford in a first round game in the Connecticut Class LL tournament.

If you can’t make it to the Staples gym, you can hear all the action on WWPT
90.3 FM, the Staples student-run radio station. Sophomores Greg Kaplan and Patrick Toole will call the game starting at 6:50 P.M.

Farrell: “I’ll Run in 2006;” But for What?

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who came close to knocking Rep. Christopher Shays out of his 4th District seat, is back on the campaign trail; but exactly which trail remains a mystery, the Connecticut Post reported today.

“I definitely intend to run in ‘06,” Farrell said in a recent interview, according to the Washington-datelined report.

What the Democrat won’t say is for which office. She is considering either a rematch against Republican Shays or running for statewide office. She will decide in the next few months, the newspaper said.

“I am conferring with good friends and family,” she told the Post.