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Calling Attention to Women Heart Disease Dangers

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Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff was joined by Selectman Shelly Kassen and Town Hall employees today in wearing red as he proclaimed today “Wear Red Day for Women” in Westport. The annual event is promoted by the American Heart Association to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Longshore 50th Anniversary Committee Gets Under Way

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A committee formed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Town of Westport’s 1960 $1.9 million purchase of the Longshore Club Park property met for the first time Thursday night. More than 20 Westporters turned out and exchanged ideas on how to mark the occasion. Ideas included an exhibit, interactive Web site, garden party, picnic, family day, a Memorial Day parade float, a coffee table book, and golf and tennis tournament fund-raiser. The committee discussed historical research, budgeting and fund-raising, event planning, and publicity. The photo is from a a circa 1930s brochure promoting the property when it was the privately owned Longshore Beach and Country Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“Ice Glen” Opens Tonight at Westport Community Theatre

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Susan Vanech of Fairfield and Will Cohn of Westport star in tonight’s Westport Community Theatre production of Joan Ackermann’s “Ice Glen.”  In this touching period comedy, a beautiful poetess dwells in idyllic obscurity on a Berkshire estate with a band of unlikely cohorts, including an Irish cook, a lovesick gardener and an unlikely playmate. When neighbor Edith Wharton passes Sarah’s poems on to a Boston publishing firm, editor Peter Woodburn comes calling. Sparks fly when this unlikely pair faces off, and all get caught in the crossfire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Friday, February 5, 2010


10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Fridays in February: Internet, Email, and Downloadable Audiobook Training
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!”
Noon – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Rebecca Skloot, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Opening reception: “Coastal Views—Marine Photography by Dan Murdoch”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Middle School Night, music by Disconnect
7 p.m. – Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) – Center Stage Theatre Company: “Beauty and the Beast”
8 p.m. – Music Theatre of Connecticut (246 Colonial Green) – “The Story of My Life”
8 p.m. – Westport Community Theatre (Town Hall) – “Ice Glen”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Key Piece of Rell’s Proposed Budget Already in Trouble

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

One day after its release, a key piece of Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposed $18.9 billion budget for the next fiscal year is in trouble, a harbinger of challenges awaiting legislators.

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Opposition mounted today as word spread that one of Rell’s top options for borrowing $1.3 billion would require diverting money from special green-technology funds largely financed by a surcharge on electric rates.

Critics said the diversion would cripple a growing industry of energy-efficiency contractors who provide jobs and a low-cost means for businesses to cut energy costs.

“We are one of the highest-cost energy states in the country. We save more when we get it right,” said Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Cheshire. “Why in the world would we cut that?”

P&Z Formally Rescinds Legal Action Against RTM

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight by a 7-0 vote formally rescinded authorization to take legal action against the town’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) following the RTM reversal of a P&Z zoning action involving National Hall.WestportNow.com Image
Ron Corwin: Wants no action “at this time.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Chairman Ron Corwin, who had previously announced (See WestportNow Jan. 27, 2010) he had intended to seek to rescind the authorization, said the action was based on efforts by First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff to get the RTM to consider adoption of rules for review of P&Z decisions,

Corwin noted that Joseloff’s statement following a meeting of those involved said he hoped the RTM would consider such proposals “in an expedited manner to fully ensure that the rights of all Westporters are respected when such appeals are made.”

He then said: “I would recommend to the Commission that we not take legal action at this time.”

Former FBI Undercover Agent Meets Former Judge

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Former FBI undercover agent Joaquin “Jack” Garcia was guest speaker today at the Y’s Men of Westport Weston weekly meeting. Afterward, the man who has been called the FBI’s most successful secret operator had a chance to chat with Westporter Alan H. Nevas, a retired Senior U.S. District Judge. Garcia kept his audience spellbound as he reviewed his career that involved hundreds of undercover operations involving the mafia, corrupt politicians and police officers, drug dealers, and organized crime gangs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

What’s a Six-Letter Word for Brainteaser?

What’s a six-letter word for a kind of brainteaser that will involve the Westport Public Library this weekend?WestportNow.com Image
The 2009 puzzle contest at the Westport Public Library had about 90 participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

It you guessed p-u-z-z-l-e, you are correct.

The library’s McManus Room on Saturday will be the venue for the library’s 11th annual crossword puzzle contest with Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times, presiding.

Shortz will test the skills of participants with some unpublished puzzles and play some word games that will be fun for the experienced and novice player, according to the library’s Joan Hume.

Bicycle Ride Turns Tragic

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A male bicyclist, described by witnesses as “an older man,” was apparently severely injured shorty before noon today when he collided with a car on Westport’s Compo Road North at East Main Street. The impact caused the bicycle to split in two, its wheels coming to rest in front of the car, which had heavy damage to the windshield. The female driver, while shaken up, did not appear to be seriously injured, according to witnesses. The bicyclist was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS with head and other injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com