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Getting Ready for Weekend Library Holiday Book Sale

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Westporters Tom and Mary McCarthy added bags of books today to the collection for sale Saturday and Sunday at the Westport Public Library holiday book sale. The sale will go on during the regular library hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers Nov. 19-23, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 19-23, 2007:

Daniel E. and Makiko S. Coakley to Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 118 North Ave., $1,300,000WN property.jpg

Robert G. and Rebecca C. Bowman to Raymond and Margaret Cashen, 32 Cranbury Road, $1,099,000

Kurt R. Handschumacher to Susan A. Morgan, 47 Old Road, $485,000

Gloria E. Hunter Est. to Christian A. and Susan Brandonisio, 33 Highpoint Road 50 percent interest, $418,750

Metro-North Abruptly Cancels Platform Changes

UPDATE Less than 24 hours after announcing platform changes affecting riders on Metro-North’s New Haven Line beginning Monday, the railroad today abruptly canceled the changes. (See WestportNow Nov. 29, 2007)

Metro-North gave no reason for the about-face, but Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement a short time later that she had stepped in and ordered the reversal. She also criticized her Department of Transportation for its handling of the matter.

“The original plan was simply unacceptable to commuters and to me,” Rell said.

There was intense criticism from commuter advocates following Thursday’s announcement that all morning rush-hour trains to New York at 12 New Haven Line stations will arrive on the opposite track while overhead catenary wires are upgraded.

Friday, November 30, 2007


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – Quirky
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery – Adam and Eve
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Christmas Carol”
7 p.m. Coleytown Middle School – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – This Is How Rumors Get Started w/ Jared Scharff and the Royals, Midi and the Modern Dance and Extra Parachutes
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Veronica’s Room”

“A Christmas Carol” Playhouse Treat for Seniors

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Cast members of the Westport Country Playhouse current production of “A Christmas Carol” take their bows today following a reduced rate performance for invited members of the Westport Center for Seniors Activities along with their family members and friends. The holiday classic, rich in tradition and with more than 20 songs, was adapted and directed by Tazewell Thompson, Playhouse artistic director. The show runs through Dec. 29.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

News-12’s Appleby: Concerned About Customized News

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Tom Appleby, news director of Cablevision News-12 Connecticut, told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today that he is concerned about new technologies that allow for customizing news for consumers. He said computer or telephone users can program in selections—“if you’re a Red Sox fan, you don’t have to hear about the Yankees or Mets”—but that could mean they also won’t get important international or national news. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Metro-North Announces Station Platform Changes

Replacement work on the old catenary system on Metro-North’s New Haven Line will cause platform changes at the Westport and Green’s Farms stations next week, the railroad announced today.

Beginning Monday and continuing for approximately four months, from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m., trains to Grand Central Terminal will arrive on Track 4 while trains to New Haven will arrive on Track 3.

At all other times, trains to Grand Central Terminal will arrive on Track 3 while trains to New Haven will arrive on Track 4.

“Please use caution using the bridge plates and temporary platforms while boarding trains,” Metro-North said in an advisory.