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A Westport Fire Department honor guard saluted beneath an American flag held aloft by the department’s ladder truck today following a Mass of Christian Burial at Assumption Church for Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr. a 32-year veteran of the department who died Monday at the age of 65. Tedesco was an acting assistant chief when he retired in 1998.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Community Theatre Debuts “Driving Miss Daisy” Tonight

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The Westport Community Theatre at Town Hall tonight debuts the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Driving Miss Daisy.” It is the story of the relationship between an elderly southern Jewish lady and her African-American chauffeur over a span of two and a half decades. The play written by Alfred Uhry casts Cynthia M. Sepe of Darien as Daisy and Gregoire Mouning of North Haven as Hoke. Tim Cronin of Stamford plays the role of Daisy’s son. The play runs though Feb. 15 with schedule and ticket information on the WCT Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Friday, January 30, 2009


10 a.m. – noon – Town Hall – Career Coach: Microsoft Word 2003 class
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Town Hall – Career Coach: The Internet Job Search class
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Open Mic Night
8 p.m. – MTC MainStage Studio Theatre – “Mothers and Sons”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Driving Miss Daisy”

Seat-Belted Driver Uninjured in I-95 Rollover

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A male driver escaped serious injury tonight on I-95 southbound just prior to Exit 17 in Westport when his late model Nissan Altima rolled over several times. The driver told police he was cut off by two speeding cars, lost control of his car and rolled over several times before the car landed on its roof. The driver wore his seat belt and the driver’s airbag deployed, leaving him uninjured, said Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Checking Sybil’s Book List

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Westporter Sybil Steinberg (l.) goes over her list of recommended books with Julie Belaga of Westport after a talk today at the Westport Public Library. Steinberg,a former editor at Publisher’s Weekly, reviewed more than 50 books. She also used the occasion to lament the dwindling number of book reviews in newspapers. “It is a very sad time for the reader of book reviews in the important newspapers in the country,” she sad. “Many are stopping the book review sections and firing the staff to save money.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Edna J. Yergin, Former RTM Secretary, Dies at 81

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Edna J. Yergin: Recorded RTM history for 18 years. (Pictured at retirement party) WN file photo
UPDATE Edna J. Yergin, secretary to Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for almost two decades until her retirement in 2002, died Wednesday at her Westport home after a lengthy illness. She was 81.

Yergin was the sixth secretary of Westport’s legislative body and her 18 and a half years beginning in 1983 made her the longest to serve in that position. In the RTM’s 60-year history, only four members have served longer than Yergin’s tenure as secretary.

In a commendation read at Yergin’s last meeting on June 4, 2002, First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell noted that during her time serving the RTM, she had missed only three meetings.

“Assuming an average of 14 meetings per year, Edna has recorded and transcribed approximately 262 sets of minutes—an incredible number,” Farrell said.

Westport Builder Wins Award for Best Custom Home

A waterfront home at 32 Edgewater Hillside in Westport built by Miro Builders of Westport was honored with the 2008 HOBI award for best custom home (3,000 - 4,000 square feet) by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut.WestportNow.com Image
The award-winning builder called the residence at 32 Edgewater Hillside “a spectacular beach house.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Olson Photographic, LLC

The winning home was designed by Norwalk-based architect Roger Bartels of Bartels-Pagliaro Architects, LLC who also won the 2008 HOBI award for architect of the year.

In addition, the house was selected by the editors of Architectural Digest as one of the top design projects worldwide for 2008. The home is currently being featured on the magazine’s Web site.

The residence was honored both for the architecture as well as the interior design which was done by the homeowner and Kathy Groener, owner of the Westport firm, K & D Design.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon – Westport Public Library – Best New Books from Sybil Steinberg
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Overcoat Film Series: “The Gods Must be Crazy” (1980)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Annual Meeting for the Westport Community Gardens
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Education Committee