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Castles in the Sand: There Was a Polar Bear Winner, Too Image
Gault Inc.‘s polar bear: sympbol of dangers of global warming, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday’s Castles in the Sand fund-raiser for Interfaith Housing Association produced a number of winners, including one by Westport’s Gault, Inc. depicting a polar bear.

“Gault’s polar bear is especially meaningful because of what it represents: a living symbol of the dangers of global warming,” said a company representative in an e-mail to WestportNow. Gault was not mentioned in Saturday’s story. (See WestportNow May 10, 2008)

“As the event sponsor, and the company that donated all of the sand used to create these wonderful masterpieces, Gault is hoping that you will be able to include a follow-up story about their polar bear, which was a real crowd favorite,” the message said.

The spokeswoman said Gault is teaming up with the not-for-profit organization Polar Bears International (PBI) to launch a major energy conservation and education program this summer. 

Judge Orders Bond to Remain at $1 Million for Accountant

A judge has ordered bond to remain at $1 million for a Westport accountant accused of stealing $500,000 from a Westport asset management firm.

Noel Lara, 40, of 25 Saugatuck Ave., is charged with first-degree larceny from MUUS Asset Management, 228 Saugatuck Ave., according to court records. (See WestportNow May 9, 2008) Judge Burton Kapan, in ordering bond to remain at $1 million, transferred the case to Stamford Superior Court where more serious cases are heard.

Westport police said Lara, a native of the Philippines, is accused of embezzling more than $500,000 at MUUS. His arrest warrant has been sealed because the investigation is ongoing and few details are available.

Lara is to appear in court for his arraignment on the larceny charge May 27.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Earthplace – “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Westport Youth Commission Mentor Meeting
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – BOE Health & Wellness/Food Service Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – A Taste of Tuesday reception followed by “The Pavilion” preview
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Stewart Reifler, CEO Pay
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Building Conference Room – Longshore Golf Clubhouse Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board

It’s Shays vs. Himes

The Democratic Party tonight endorsed Jim Himes of Greenwich to face incumbent Republican Christopher Shays for the 4th Congressional District seat in November’s election.

Himes accepted the party nomination in a convention at a Bridgeport school. Republicans endorsed Shays, a Bridgeport resident,  over the weekend at a convention in Darien. Many Westport party faithful attended each of the conventions.

If successful, Himes would become the first Democrat elected from the district since 1966.

Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell was unsuccessful in two attempts to unseat Shays, now the lone Republican congressman from New England.

More Twain at the Library Image
The third presentation of the “Spoken Word” at the Westport Public Library tonight featured David E. E. Sloane, professor of English at the University of New Haven. With banjo, top hat and other props, he informed and entertained the audience and read passages from many books of the era to illustrate Mark Twain’s humor. The next lecture will be on Wednesday with Daniel Cruson speaking on “The Impact of Mark Twain in Connecticut.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Farrell Addresses Y’s Women Image
Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell was guest speaker at today’s meeting of the Westport Weston Y’s Women. She described her duties as a member of the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States in Washington, D.C. She said she is responsible for voting on Ex-Im Bank transactions in excess of $10 million. “Connecticut is small but mighty” among the top manufacturers of export products, she said. She noted that a company in Torrington, Conn., manufacturing fuel cells could not have been successful if the Export-Import Bank had not guaranteed its loan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for