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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Sunnyside Lane

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An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 18 Sunnyside Lane, off Meeker Road. Built in 1959, the one-story split level has 1,842 square feet and is situated on a two-acre lot.  Because it was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Friday, January 29, 2010


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee Special Meeting
1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – “Ethics in Business,” David Schmidt
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Rockwell Gallery (15 Myrtle Ave.) – heART Artist Fundraiser for Haiti
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – The Overunder w/ Someone Say Something, Love Via Dance Machine, White Rose
8 p.m. – Music Theatre of Connecticut (246 Colonial Green) – “The Story of My Life”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Comings and Goings: Then Again Opens on Post Road East

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Then Again, an upscale women’s consignment shop featuring clothing, accessories and art has opened at 993 Post Road East, across from Arby’s, in Westport.  Alison Danzberger, a Southport resident since 1985, said she has an extensive background with New York advertising agencies before entering a field in which she marketed gold embroidered apparel to retailers prior to opening her own shop in Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Staples Radio and Television to Air Saturday Track Meet

On Saturday, WWPT and Staples Television Network (STN) will broadcast live the 2010 FCIAC Western Division Indoor Track Championships at Westport’s Staples High School.

The event can be heard on WWPT 90.3 FM and watched on cable Channel 78 in Westport as well as seen online at stn78.com and wwptfm.com.

This will be the first multiple-camera shoot for WWPT, Staples’ nationaly honored high school radio station, and STN.

The pre-game will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the meet will begin at 10 a.m.

Collecting Crutches for Kids

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Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School are engaged in a “Crutches 4 Kids” program in which they are collecting used crutches to help underprivileged youths in disaster areas such as Haiti. The program began this week and according to Blue and Gold Council Advisor Mary Martinik, 35 pairs of crutches have been collected. Westporters are asked to bring crutches to the school lobby where the collection is prominently displayed. The project is being coordinated between eighth grade counselor Lisa Weitzman, and several physicians from Columbia University and the Hospital for Special Surgery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Dinner With Friends” Rounds Out Playhouse Season

The Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama, “Dinner with Friends” by Connecticut’s Donald Margulies, has been announced as the second production in the 2010 season at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Scheduled for June 1 through June 19, “Dinner with Friends” will be directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.

It is the last of the five shows to be announced this season, the Playhouse’s 80th and first official season of artistic programming by Mark Lamos, who was appointed as the Playhouse’s artistic director a year ago. The others were announced last August. (See WestportNow Aug. 11, 2009)

“Dinner with Friends” is about Gabe and Karen and Tom and Beth, two couples who have been close friends for years, and who participate in all the familiar and comfortable rituals of shared vacations, good conversation and great food. When Tom abruptly walks out on Beth, it threatens more than just their marriage.

J.D. Salinger – the Westport Connection

Legendary author J.D. Salinger, whose “The Catcher in the Rye” made him one of the major literary figures of the 20th century, lived in Westport when the novel was published in 1951. His instant notoriety eventually caused him to leave town.WestportNow.com Image
J.D. Salinger: moved to Westport in 1949. File photo

Salinger lived here from 1949 for an unknown period before moving on in 1953 to Cornish, N.H., where he died Wednesday at the age of 91, according to biographers. Some biographers say “The Catcher in the Rye” may have been written here, although this is uncertain.

William Maxwell, author and New Yorker fiction editor, interviewed Salinger for the Book-of-the-Month-Club News in July 1951 when “The Catcher in the Rye” was the club’s selection.

“He is now living in a rented house in Westport, Connecticut, with, for company and distraction, a Schnauzer named Benny, who, he says, is terribly anxious to please and always has been,” Maxwell wrote.

Questions About Sealant Odor

To the Editor:

Parents of children at the Hillspoint School that was evacuated due to fumes from a roofing sealant need to ask these questions:

  * Did anyone ask for the name of the chemical in the roof sealant?

  * What are the Material Safety Data information for these chemicals.

  * Was the contractor advised not to use the chemicals in the vicinity of children?

  * How long were the children and teachers exposed to the chemicals before they were evacuated?

  * Who authorized the application of the roof sealant during the school day?

  * Was that person qualified to make a decision that exposed children to hazardous substances? Who oversees the use of toxic substances at schools?

I was seriously and permanently injured by a roofing sealant applied during the school day at the school where I was teaching in Mississippi. School officials lied to the media that no one was seriously injured. 

It only takes a short time to cause injury to respiratory, eye and brain tissue. It sometimes takes a lifetime to diagnosed that toxic chemicals caused the damage.

Fumes from roofing sealant have caused injuries to school children all across the nation. Even though the EPA recognizes that children are more vulnerable to toxic injury, there are no laws preventing the use of toxic chemicals like roofing sealant while school children and personnel are present.

When I asked the questions above, the school and contractor attempted to cover it up. School officials at my school were more concerned with their liability and politics than with providing medical care for the injured.

I am now an activist to protect children from toxic injury and for healthier schools. For stories about toxic justice, news and resources about schools and toxic risks, visit http://www.nancyswan.com and follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ToxicJustice

Nancy Swan
Mobile, Ala.