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Westporter Rescues Woman from Car in Lake

By Dave Matlow

Westporter Lucia Palmieri has been in the spotlight for many achievements over her young years—most recently as an acclaimed soprano opera singer. Now she can add “hero” to the list.WestportNow.com Image
Lucia Palmieri: in new role: “hero.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday morning’s sudden snowstorm found Palmieri, 34, heading home along the Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale, N.Y. from a 12-hour shift helping out a friend at her all-night business in Queens.

It was about 9 a.m. and Palmieri, who had just made a quick stop to pick up some bagels, was behind a Nissan Pathfinder that suddenly began “fishtailing” on the icy roadway.

Palmieri, a 1993 Staples graduate, watched in horror as the car slammed into and over a guardrail, and then slid down a 30-foot embankment, ending up partially submerged in a lake.

Biggest and Brightest

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Friday night’s full moon, as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach, was said to be the biggest and brightest full moon of the entire year. As the first full moon of 2010, it is also known as the wolf moon from days long ago when hungry wolves howled at the full moon on cold winter nights. It was the biggest and brightest because this moon’s path around the earth made it about 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than lesser full moons of the year, according to Spaceweather.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Saturday, January 30, 2010


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Saugatuck Church – cookbook auction fundraiser for World Food Programme Haiti relief
Noon – 3 p.m. – Rockwell Gallery (15 Myrtle Ave.) – heART for Haiti artist fund-raiser
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Public Library – WestportREADS: Math, Memory & Making Connections
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Earthplace – Critters and Crafts
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Music Theatre of Connecticut (246 Colonial Green) – “The Story of My Life”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Game Tournament

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Making Friday Night Jazz Music

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Westport’s Lissy Newman makes sweet jazz music tonight at The Dressing Room Restaurant on Post Road East behind The Westport Country Playhouse. The daughter of the late Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (who was front and center tonight as she often is) performs on Friday nights at the restaurant founded by her father and chef Michel Nischan.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Sharing the Audience Appreciation

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Actors Rob Sutton and Michael Di Liberto share the audience appreciation with their musical accompaniment at tonight’s opening night performance of “The Story of My Life” at the MTC Mainstage Theatre on Werstport’‘s Colonial Green. Sutton appeared at the MTC Mainstage last year in the the play “Mothers and Sons.” Di Liberto made his MTC debut with this performance. The play will run through Feb. 7 with performances on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com