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Follow the Yellow Brick Road Image
Buttons celebrating “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” this year’s selection for WestportReads 2008, are available in a basket at the front desk of the Westport Public Library. The book was popular when the library first opened its doors in 1908. The celebration of the library’s 100th anniversary is scheduled to begin with a special day of activities planned for March 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

Rells Plans Second School Safety Conference

Following this week’s shootings at Northern Illinois University, Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced she will be asking school officials across Connecticut to join her at a second statewide conference on school safety.

The conference—involving educators from elementary schools to colleges—is to be held before the end of March, but a specific date has not yet been set, Rell’s office said.

“As leaders, we continue to strive to make our schools the safest and most secure environment possible for students, faculty and staff—a place where they can be free to learn and work without fear of violence,” Rell said in a statement.

“The shootings at Northern Illinois University on Wednesday horrified us all.

Opening Night Image
About 150 guests turned out for a reception marking the opening of the Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 606 Post Road East. Westport. Among the nine artists represented, four posed with Wendy Nylen (2nd. l.), owner of the gallery. They are (l-r) Nate Gibbons, Nina Bentley, Linda Merk-Gould and Peter Konsterlie. There will be another artists reception on Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

I’m Shadow and I Have a New Family!

golden retriever Shadow needs a new home
Hi, I’m Shadow! Connecticut Humane Society

Shadow is a 9-year-old neutered Golden Retriever. An energetic spirit, Shadow came to the Humane Society because he kept escaping from his home. His owners could no longer safely contain him, so here he is! Shadow should be placed in a home with older children who will not let him out the front door. His new owners should be prepared to take him to obedience or seek assistance from a trainer and should be active to help him burn his energy in a positive way. Shadow does get along with other dogs. If you are interested in Shadow, please come to meet him at the Westport branch of the Connecticut Humane Society!

Talking Transportation: Fixing the DOT

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

It’s the government agency we love to hate. Who hasn’t been stuck in endless construction delays on I-95 and not cursed the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT)? And what commuter hasn’t shivered on an aging Metro-North train lacking heat and not asked “Who’s running this darn railroad?”


Mind you, I have a lot of respect for the CDOT and its 3,800 employees, most of whom labor long and hard to improve transportation in our state. (Full disclosure: I wanted to be a transportation engineer and studied that at Lehigh University for about one semester before the Arts College seemed more viable.) 

The problem is, the CDOT is so unwieldy and poorly managed that the staff can’t get things done.

Remember the collapse of the Mianus River Bridge 20 years ago? CDOT took most of the blame, but it was the governor and legislature that cut funding and forced a reduction of safety inspections.

Donating Books by the Truckload Image
Westporter Katje Donovan unloaded the back of her pickup truck Friday afternoon, and delivered to the Westport Public Library a collection of culinary books that were left over from the tag sale of her friend, Pat Powers, a well-known caterer from Weston. The books will go into the library’s annual book sale this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

Saturday, February 16, 2008

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 70 Sanford St., Fairfield (across from Fairfield Metro North station) – Winter Farmers Market
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery – “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Longshore Club Park – Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Knit and Nosh (bring knitting needles)
2:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Junior Curators Present: A Critter Encounter
5 p.m. and 8 p.m. – MTC MainStage Studio Theatre – “Edges: A Song Cycle”
7 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – The Power of Love
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – The Bronze Episode w/ The Exotic Aquatic, Akudama, The Lights Resolve and Kevin D
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “The Glass Menagerie”