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Colombian-born Author Addresses Library Audience

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James Cañón, who made his literary debut with “Tales from the Town of Widows,” was guest speaker today at the Westport Public Library and was introduced by the library’s Joan Hume. Set in a small Colombian mountain village, the novel tells the story of how the village women learned to survive and create a peaceful new community after their men were kidnapped by Communist guerrillas. Cañón was born and raised in Colombia. He moved to New York to study English and later earned his MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and vicinity from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a cold front moves across the region this morning westerly winds will increase to 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts between 45 and 50
mph, the advisory said.

The gusty winds are expected to last for several hours as cold air moves into the region. Winds will gradually subside from west to east during the mid to late afternoon hours.

A wind advisory is issued when wind gusts are forecast to range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Former Westport Man Gets 20 Years in Hedge Fund Fraud

A former Westport resident who was the chief financial officer of the Bayou Group, the Stamford-based hedge fund involved in what federal prosecutors have described as a $350 million fraud, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.WestportNow.com Image
261 Bayberry Lane: house sold at auction for $2 million as part of restitution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WestportNow file photo

Daniel E. Marino, 48, apologized in Manhattan federal court Tuesday before the sentencing, telling U. S. District Judge Colleen McMahon that he was “truly sorry.”

Marino, whose home on Bayberry Lane was sold at auction last year, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, investment adviser fraud and a conspiracy to commit those crimes in Federal District Court in White Plains, N.Y in September 2005. (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2005)

In announcing the sentence, the judge cited the size of the fraud and Marino’s role as the “linchpin” in the scheme. Marino, who had sought leniency due to his cooperation with prosecutors, was ordered imprisoned immediately. He was handcuffed by U.S. marshals and led away.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery – “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: James Canon, “Tales from the Town of Widows & Chronicles from the Land of Men”
5:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – A Panel Discussion on How to Buy a Winning Franchise (by SCORE)
7 p.m – 9 p.m. – Coleytown Middle School – “Maverick Minds: A Cognitive Perspective on Understanding Children with ADD/ADHD,” Westport SEPTA

Fifth Graders Research Westport Issues

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Westport fifth graders who researched issues facing Westport presented their reports tonight to an audience at Bedford Middle School. Megan Root, 10, a student at Saugatuck Elementary School, highlighted what she said was Westport’s need for affordable housing. Other subjects tackled by the students included whether the Family Y of Westport Weston should relocate to Mahackeno, global warming, and safety issues involving synthetic turf fields. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Scott H. Wilder, 53

Scott H. Wilder, 53, of Westport, (known by many as Hoover), passed away unexpectedly of complications following surgery on Jan. 25. He was the son
of Nancy C. and the late Milo W. Wilder.

Scott was born Dec. 10, 1954, in Norwalk and has been a resident of Westport for the last 50 years. He is a 1973 graduate of Staples High School where he played on the basketball and golf teams.

He then attended Babson College for one year before suffering an automobile accident that left him as a quadriplegic. He was a tremendous sports enthusiast all his life, especially supporting the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. Over the years he held various part-time jobs.

Having lived always on the border of Longshore Country Club, it played a huge part in his life: first as a caddy, then as an avid golfer, next working as a ranger, and over the last many years in his wheel chair, socializing and enjoying watching his friends play golf.