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Longtime Westporter Lorna B. Christophersen Dies at 76

Lorna B. Christophersen, a former member of Westport’s Board of Education and Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died today in a Wilton health care center, a funeral home spokesman said. She was 76.

Christophersen served on the RTM twice—from 1971 to 1977 and from 1982 to 1995, making her among the longest serving members on the legislative body. She was on the Board of Education from 1977 to 1981.

A longtime member of the Republican Town Committee, Christophersen was often brash and outspoken in her quest to make Westport a better place to live.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Westport Town Hall, according to the Harding Funeral Home.

Milford Man Wins 29th Annual Compo Point to Point Swim

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Frisk Driscoll, 20, of Milford, was first across the finish line today in the 29th annual Compo Beach Point to Point swim sponsored by the Westport Weston Family Y. He finished in 17:23.04 seconds, just ahead of Andrew Grinalds, 16, of Fairfield, who crossed the line at 17:23.06. It was the third win of the event for Driscoll, a former Westporter and Staples High School graduate. The swim attracted 145 entrants of all ages. Click here for full results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Historical Society Hosts Saugatuck Walk Today

The Westport Historical Society today hosts a walking tour of the town’s historic Saugatuck district.

The tour, followed by a wine tasting and appetizers (with nonalcoholic beverages served as well), will be led by Allen Raymond, town historian, Ron Malone, a native Westporter, former police chief and member of the Representative Town Meeing, and Cherly Eldh, a Westport Realtor.

The tour, which begins at 4 p.m., will take participants from the New York-bound side of the train station, where the group will meet, to local historical sites, including former mattress and button factories as well as the old firehouse bell tower.

The tour ends at the popular Depot Liquor store on Railroad Place, with appetizers by Tutti’s Restaurant. The cost is $5 to members and $8 to nonmembers. Reservations can be made by calling (203) 222-1424.

Saturday, July 28, 2007


9 a.m. – Compo Beach – Westport Weston Family Y’s annual point to point swim competition
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Wild Oats – Alex’s lemonade stand (fight childhood cancer fund-raiser)
noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Group 1 Show
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Gaming day for everyone
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Saugatuck train station, New York-bound side – Westport Historical Society presents historic Saugatuck walking tour and wine tasting
4 p.m. & 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Relatively Speaking”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall – Tri-State Conspiracy
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Crawdaddies

Westporter Goes Solar

By Ed Kiersh

It barely matters to Westport’s David Yarmoff that his Stone Drive neighbors think he’s a “kook.”WestportNow.com Image
The house on Westport’s Stone Drive has become known as the “solar house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The 43-year-old carbonated juice salesman saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” and after discussing the earth’s countless environmental challenges with his teenaged son, he installed solar panels on his house.

“I drank the left-wing Kool Aid, and ultimately felt it was time to make another sort of switch to renewable energy,” said Yarmoff, admiring the “optimum” conditions for such a change outside his colonial-style home built in 1998.

“I have the best setting for solar panels. We face almost due south, we are at 176 degrees.The pitch of my roof is 36 degrees, and there are no trees blocking the house. Al Gore’s movie was scary, so I believe in helping save the planet.”

Tommy John Addresses Sunrise Rotary

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club was talking baseball today as it hosted Tommy John, the former Major League pitcher who now manages the Bridgeport Bluefish team. John, perhaps best known for the corrective surgery on his arm named after him, said children should not be seriously playing team baseball year round. He said this will lead to injury requiring surgery. He added that he despairs of the fact that people are getting the surgery before injury thinking it will improve the pitching arm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com