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“He’s Always There”

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Jay Quann Mckinney (l), 16, of Norwalk was a special guest of Westport Rotary Club member Dr. Irwin Lebish of Westport today at the club’s weekly meeting at the Inn at Longshore. Lebish has been mentoring the Briggs High School student for 11 years, bringing stability to his turbulent life. “He’s always been there for me whenever I needed him,” the 11th grader said. Speakers from the Norwalk school system said there is a desperate need for mentors and appealed to Westporters to give an hour a week to make a difference in a youngster’s life.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, November 27, 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
6:30 p.m. – Trumbull High School – Staples football vs Bunnell in Class L semi-final
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre Auditions: “The Glass Menagerie”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board

Norwalk Man Escapes Injury in Westport Car Fire

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A 65-year-old Norwalk man escaped serious injury during tonight’s rush hour when his 1998 Lincoln Navigator burst into flames on Westport’s Post Road West near the Norwalk line. The man, who moved to Norwalk last month from North Carolina, said he had just filled up at a nearby gas station when he heard a backfire and saw smoke coming from under the hood. He pulled over in front of 333 Post Road West, jumped out and called 911. The car was fully in flames when Westport firefighters arrived. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Iran Talk at the Library

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More than 100 persons turned out tonight for a “Community Conversation On Iran” at the Westport Public Library. Participants included Dr. Gary Sick (l), who served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. The principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hotages crisis, he is now at Columbia University. He was joined by Westporter Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group in New York City, a political risk consultancy, and author or “The J-Curve, A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed phto

David Pogue Explains Journalism/Blogging to Y’s Women

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David Pogue, New York Times personal technology columnist and Westport resident, addressed the Y’s Women of Westport Weston today on blogs vs. journalism. He explained that anyone can post information on a blog and often it is unchecked or unverified, which is not the case with Web sites published by professional journalists. He said he has his own blog, Pogue’s Posts, on the The New York Times Web site that often generates hundreds of comments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Jonathan Cunitz Named as RTM District 4 Representative

Members of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 4 today selected Jonathan A. Cunitz to fill a vacancy in the District.

Members Gene Seidman, Elizabeth Milwe, and Jeffrey Wieser acted under a Town Charter provision because not enough candidates filed to appear on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election.

Cunitz, who holds a doctorate and master degrees from Harvard Business School, is a consultant in areas of financial management, economics, accounting, and information systems. A 33-year Westport resident, he served as an elected member of the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1997 to 2001.

Only one other candidate, Matt Murray, appeared at today’s District meeting at Town Hall.

Talking Transportation: Fixing the Railroad Parking Mess

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

With new rail cars coming in 2009, now’s the time to plan for additional riders by giving them a place to park at nearby stations. As all commuters know, station parking today is a nightmare.

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Many stations have a four- or five-year wait for annual permits, which can cost up to $650; and day-parking is expensive, if you can find it.

As I’ve explained before, parking at most rail stations is owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, but administered by the local towns. That’s why we’ve ended up with a crazy quilt of rules and pricing.

Take Rowayton for example. Every year annual permits are handed out on a first-come, first served basis one hectic Saturday morning in May. Nobody is “grandfathered-in.”

Monday, November 26, 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
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Wesport Public Library – Teen Gaming In The Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Kings Highway School Technical Group
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Community Conversation on Iran with Ian Bremmer & Dr. Gary Sick
8 p.m. – Staples High School – Cafeteria B – Board of Education Special Meeting