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Full House for MemoirWriting Competition Readings

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There was a full house today at the Westport Arts Center (WAC) for a presentation of award-winning essays from the Memoir Writing Competition that was a collaboration between WAC and Ina Chadwick’s Mousemuse Productions. (Chadwick is also a WestportNow arts columnist.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Thanks from Memoir Prize Winner

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Margaret Rumford of Fairfield expresses appreciation today to the audience at the Westport Arts Center (WAC) for winning second prize in the 2010 Memoir Writing Competition for her memoir, “Learning to Lie.” The essay is about her experiences at a convent school in New Zealand. WAC received 160 entries in the contest that complemented the themes in the current WAC visual art exhibition, “Memory.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Comings and Goings: Milo’s Methods Opens on Post Road West

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Milo’s Methods, LLC—a Fitness Movement, has opened at 361 Post Road West, next to John’s Best Pizza, in Westport. Co-owners Matt McDonald (l) of Fairfield and Matt Landman of Redding, both fitness professionals, said this is their flagship gym and plan to expand to other locations. Landman said they decided to open the gym here because “Westport cares about fitness—it’s a great place to start a new (training) concept.”  In discussing their concepts McDonald said, “This is the first interchangeable gym anywhere—no one ever does the same workout twice.” The co-owners said that Milo’s, as compared other fitness centers, is not a membership gym and has a business model based on a $20 per hour fee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Climbing Fun at Family Y

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The Westport Weston Family Y attracted a record crowd of more than 600 people today to its fifth annual Family Fiesta at Camp Mahackeno, according to Y officer David Cohen. Children enjoyed a variety of activities including a rock climbing wall, moon bounce, pumpkin bean-bag toss and other events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Malloy Rallies Westport Democrats

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy was among candidates addressing a Westport Democratic Town Committee brunch today at the home of Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler. Congressman Jim Himes also addressed the crowd along with Cynthia Blumenthal, wife of Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, Denise Nappier, state controller, state Senate hopeful John Hartwell and 136th House District candidate Jonathan Steinberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Merritt Driver Hits Tire in Roadway, Ends Up in Woods

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Westport firefighters extinguish a fire in a car that left the Merritt Parkway near Exit 41 southbound in Westport at about 10 a.m. today after hitting the median and ending up in the woods. The driver, who declined medical treatment, said he was trying to avoid a tire in the roadway but could not and lost control. Assistant Chief Robert Yost said the combination of the seat belt and air bag prevented any serious injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo