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Library Inaugurates 2006 Westport Reads Program

The Westport Public Library will feature “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon in its 2006 Westport Reads annual townwide book club.WestportNow.com Image
Westport Reads 2006 launches March 8. Contributed photo

The first of six events in the program kicks off Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm, in the library’s McManus Rood with Jeff Woodman, reader of the audio-book.

The debut novel by Haddon, first published in hardcover in 2003, is written from the point of view of an autistic 15-year-old who investigates the murder of a neighbor’s dog. Publisher’s Weekly said it “brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice.”

On Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Daniel Stashower, author of the award-winning “Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle” will discuss the life and legacy of the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Westport Attorney Named to Best Lawyer List

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Amy L. Y. Day: Named to best lawyer list. Contributed photo
Amy L. Y. Day of Westport, a partner in the Westport law firm Wake, See, Dimes & Bryniczka, has been selected to be included in the 2007 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America 7” in the trusts and estates area.

Inclusion in the publication is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey, an announcement said.

Day, a past president of the Westport Bar Association, has served on the Executive Committee of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association for the past 20 years. She also is a member of the Advisory Committee of Connecticut Lawyer, a publication of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County. 

Day, Staples High School Class of 1970, is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College (A.B., cum laude, 1974) in Northampton, Mass., where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Brown Bag Lunch Set for March 8 at Library

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced Friday that a citizens’ brown bag luncheon will be held Wednesday, March 8, at noon at the Westport Public Library. 

Library Director Maxine Bleiweis and members of the library’s Board of Trustees will also attend. Library officials will provide an update on the library’s programs and activities as well as make a presentation about a proposed expansion/renovation project.

Joseloff anticipates holding a citizens’ brown bag luncheon monthly at various locations throughout Westport. Westport residents are invited to bring a sandwich and attend the luncheon at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road. Coffee will be provided, an announcement said.

High Winds Down Trees, Power Lines

Winds gusting in excess of 50 mph hit the Westport area today downing trees and causing scattered power outages.

Connecticut Light and Power Co. reported 43 Westport customers without power as of 3 p.m. By 6 p.m., the number had been trimmed to one.

The National Weather Service said a high wind advisory would remain in effect until 6 p.m. with winds gradually diminishing after sunset.

Westport’s Alan Abel in Iowa Powerball Hoax

Westport ‘s Alan Abel is just back from doing what he likes to do best – pulling off a hoax. This time it was in Nebraska, home to this week’s $365 million Powerball winners.

Abel, aided by several others, briefly convinced many in the media that the winner was a boisterous, unemployed trucker from Omaha, according to the Des Moines Register.

A man posing as the lottery winner, under Abel’s guidance, spent midday Monday buying lunch for a roomful of strangers at a Village Inn in Lincoln, the newspaper said.

It said Bob Pagani of Pacific City, Ore., 54, took the starring role in the hoax as the faux trucker/jackpot winner who walked into the restaurant with $2,000 cash and a photocopy of the supposed winning ticket.

High Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for today for the tri-state area including Westport. It is in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The advisory said the area can expect sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts between 45 and 50 mph—strong enough to bring down branches or small limbs with resulting power outages.

In addition, it said temperatures lowering to around the freezing mark this morning may cause some patches of black ice to develop on roadways.

Winds should diminish after sunset, the advisory said.