Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Pedal Power Image
This fisherman is totally prepared for his catch of the day today—stripers. With his three fishing poles and foot pedals, he skims through the water with the greatest of ease leaving his hands free to use his fishing poles. He left from Westport’s Burying Hill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Off on a Three-Day Bike Tour for a Good Cause Image
Twenty-three riders set out from Westport’s Colonial Green today on the first day of the sixth annual Charter Oak Classic Bike Tour, a three-day, 240-mile ride to raise money for college scholarships for high school students in Bridgeport.  Since 2001, the Charter Oak Challenge Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships and for organizations that work with children and families in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for

Democrats to Attend Fund-Raiser Tonight

Connecticut Democratic candidates will be out in force tonight at the fourth annual wine tasting and silent auction sponsored by the Westport Democratic Town Committee.

Among those expected to attend the event at the Westport Woman’s Club from 7-10 p.m. are gubernatorial candidate John DeStefano, U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont, and 4th Congressional District candidate Diane Farrell.

Also attending will be state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, state treasurer Denise Nappier, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, state comptroller Nancy Wyman, state Senate candidate Craig Rebecca Schiavone,  Joe Mioli, seeking re-election in the 136th District,  Kim Fawcett, running in the 133rd District, and Kevin O’Grady, running for re-election as probate judge in Westport and Weston.

For more information, call (203) 341-9426 or (203) 227-6126.

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2006:

Paul Lintermans and Annie Bertels to Eric L. and Shawn C. Nitcher, 94 North Ave., $1,500,000WN property.jpg

Paul J. and Lori B. Reszutek to Clarissa Moore, 7 Mayfair Lane, $2,250,000

Lauri Blain to Arthur Doughtery, 52 Strathmore Lane, $472,000

D IV Riverside Ventures LLC to Jonathan J. and Laura E. Roberts, Unit 12 Riverside Green, $770,000

Rell Looks for Federal Aid for Fairfield County Storm Damage

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today took the first step in requesting federal aid for damage caused in Fairfield County by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

She ordered Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Commissioner James Thomas to start a preliminary damage assessment that must be completed before the Federal Emergency Management Agency can issue a disaster declaration.

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, one of those contacted by the Homeland Security agency, estimated the town had more than $75,000 in storm-related costs.

“Ernesto hit these municipalities and hit them hard, and local taxpayers will be hard-pressed to cover the extra costs incurred,” Rell said in a statement.

Westporter Gordon Manning, Well Known TV News Exec, Dies

Television news executive Gordon Manning, a Westporter who helped guide coverage of some of the 20th century’s most significant events and arranged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s first interview on U.S. television, died Wednesday. He was Image
Gordon Manning: Westport TV news exec dies at 89. Contributed photo

Manning suffered heart failure at his Newtown Turnpike home and was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he died, said his son, Doug Manning.

Manning started his journalism career in Boston as a reporter for United Press. He later went on to jobs as managing editor of Collier’s magazine, executive editor of Newsweek and vice president of both CBS News and NBC News.

Gorbachev’s one-hour exchange with NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was aired in November 1987, shortly before his Washington summit meeting with President Reagan. Manning had visited Moscow regularly for two years, cultivating contacts in the Kremlin, in his effort to land the interview.

Connecticut Remembers Sept. 11 Image
The fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is not until Monday, but today the families of Connecticut’s 152 victims gathered at Westport’s Sherwood Island State park to honor them. Following the service, family members and friends laid flowers on the memorial to the victims located at the park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for