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Westport Emergency Workers Aid at I-95 Crash

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Westport firefighters and EMS responded tonight to an accident in the northbound lanes of I-95 just north of exit 17. A woman was injured when her car hit the center median. The crash tied up northbound traffic for about an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Beaches Reopen But Quickly Close Again

Westport beaches reopened briefly to swimmers today after a one-day closure because of high water bacterial counts but quickly closed again when the counts remained high.

State Department of Environmental Protection officials also closed Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park for the second day because of the high bacterial levels due to recent heavy rains.

Sue Jacozzi, director of the Westport Weston Health District, said the beaches were ordered closed after new tests showed the high counts and Westport’s marine police reported waters off the beaches were unusually murky due to the rains.

She said new tests were taken today and the reopening of the beaches to swimming would await the results.

Save the Children Hosts Crochet Event

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Save the Children crochets caps for newborns. Contributed photo
Save the Children is hooking up with crocheters and knitters to raise awareness of the two million newborns that die within 24 hours of birth in developing countries.

Save the Children will host an event at its Westport office for people to crochet a baby cap that the agency will take to Washington in January with notes to the president. The effort is to show people are concerned about newborn deaths and want more done.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30-8 p.m. at the office on Wilton Road.

Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club and the Connecticut Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America are co-sponsoring the event, and those who attend will learn how to crochet a baby cap. A crochet hook, yarn and pattern will be provided.

Westport Young Woman’s Leagues Names Uman President

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Julie Uman: new president joined League 14 years ago. Contributed photo
The Westport Young Woman’s League has announced the appointment of Julie Buoy Uman as president for the 2006-2007 year.

Uman previously served as vice president where she provided leadership and guidance in projects associated with the group’s 50th anniversary, an announcement said.

A Westport resident for 27 years, Uman owned a retail store called Applewoods on Main Street—a connection with the community that prompted her desire to give back by joining the League 14 years ago.

Uman, who lost her husband, Jonathan, 33, in the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, feels a special connection to the League as the five-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

Staples Students Average Over 1700 on SAT

The average Staples High School 2006 graduate scored 1735 on the new, longer version of the SAT, according to a College Board report.

The report—which includes a breakdown of scores by district across the state—was released Tuesday and shows the average score in the state was 1518.

In Westport, 319 Staples students took the test, which the report states is the entire senior class. Across the state about 75 percent of seniors took the SAT.

The 1735 score includes reading, math and writing. Without writing, a new separate section this year, the average Staples score was 1159, down from last year’s 1191.