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Tuesday, January 22, 2008


8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – Cholesterol Screening
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 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10: 30 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Pageturners: “Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
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 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. –  Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Special Board of Finance meeting

Talking Transportation: A Report Card for Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

True to its legislative mandate, the Connecticut Metro-North Rail Commuter Council has just issued its annual report to Gov. M. Jodi Rell, the legislature, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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The full 97- page report is available on our Web site, but here are the highlights.

The council gives the railroad high marks for running an on-time system despite our aging and decrepit fleet. In 2007, 97.1 percent of all trains ran “on time” (defined as arriving at their destination within five minutes and 59 seconds), a new record.

When things have gone wrong, such as several wires-down episodes, the railroad got things up and running again with admirable speed.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.‘s Birthday

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About 20 children celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday today with a special program at the Westport Historical Society. Westport author and illustrator Tracy Sugarman, accompanied by his wife, Gloria, talked about his meeting King in the 1960s and stressed the importance of his message of racial tolerance and understanding. He presented each child with a copy of a portrait he had done of King. Sugarman and his wife concluded the program by gathering the children in a circle and singing “We Shall Overcome.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Going Down: 57 Center St.

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The house at 57 Center St. in Westport’s Greens Farms area was demolished today. Built in 1900, the 1-3/4-story colonial-style clapboard house had 1,891 square feet and was situated on a 0.55-acre property. Ownership changed hands last month at $612,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 31, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Two Tiffany Cleaners Crash Into Empty Store Next Door

Two cleaning workers headed to the Tiffany & Co. store in Westport’s center suffered minor injuries today when the minivan in which they were riding crashed into a vacant store next door.WestportNow.com Image
Taylor Place at Post Road East in Westport’s center is blocked by emergency vehicles after the 8:20 a.m. crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The driver, a 46-year-old Bridgeport man, told police his accelerator became stuck as the pair were en route at about 8:20 a.m. to the Tiffany store on the corner of Taylor Place and Post Road East.

Their minivan took out the window of the empty store on the east side of the street, and knocked down several support columns before coming to rest entirely in the store. The passenger, a 52-year-old Bridgeport woman, managed to get out on her own, according to witnesses.

Emergency workers waited until they could shore up the building before removing the driver. The pair were taken to Norwalk Hospital and later released.

Two Slightly Hurt as Car Crashes Into Building

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Two cleaning workers were slightly injured today when their minivan crashed into a vacant store in a building on Taylor Place adjacent to Tiffany & Co. The man driving the car told police his accelerator became stuck. He and his female co-worker, were taken to Norwalk Hospital and later released The workers, both from Bridgeport, were en route to clean the Tiffany store. Firefighters shored up the building before the car could be removed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Monday, January 21, 2008


Westport Town Hall, Schools, and Public Library are closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
9 a.m. – Staples High School Field House – Hoops Clinic for boys in grades 2-8
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Martin Luther King, Jr. Kids Activity Day (ages 6-10)
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”
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Longshore Club Park – Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink