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Addario to Boyfriend: ‘Date Someone Else’ If He Minded Her Job

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Asked by an audience member at a talk and book signing today at Westport’s Barnes & Noble how her husband feels about her often dangerous work, award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario, a native Westporter, said she met her husband in 2005 and started dating in 2006. “He knew what I did, and I told him if he minded it, then he ought to date someone else,” she said. She and husband Paul de Bendern, a Reuters journalist, have a son, Lukas, 3, born Dec. 28, 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

NWS Update: Winter Weather Advisory, 3 to 7 Inches

The National Weather Service in New York has updated a Winter Weather Advisory for snow and freezing rain/ice for the Westport area, which is in effect from 1 p.m. today to 8 a.m. Sunday.

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A Town of Westport Public Works Department employee clears a sidewalk of snow on Riverside Avenue Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It said snow will develop this afternoon and continue this evening, resulting in snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches, along with around a tenth of an inch of ice.

The snow then transitions to a mixture of snow and freezing rain after midnight and then mixes with then changes to rain by around or just after sunrise Sunday morning.

Winds will be south 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph while temperatures will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Saturday,  February 21, 2015


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) – Winter Farmers Market
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Coney Island: Side Show”
1:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Harry Potter Film Fest: “Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince”
2 p.m. – Westport Library – Open Meeting Fairfield County Writers Group
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Watch On The Rhine” Canceled

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Moving Up the Ranks

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Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury (r) today congratulates (l-r) Jeff Gootman, who was promoted to lieutenant, and Brian Meadows, who was promoted to assistant chief, at a fire headquarters ceremony. Gootman, a native of Holliston, Mass., joined the department in September 2004 and Meadows, a native of Trumbull, joined in September 2001. Kingsbury recalled both firefighters were honored for their heroism after they were driving together on the Merritt Parkway in April 2005, saw a motor vehicle accident, knocked down the resulting fire, and together rescued a trapped motorist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Again, Landon Tops School, State Pay List

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Elliott Landon: earned $292,937 last year. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Once again, Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon topped the list of the highest paid employees in the Westport Public Schools, according to the 2014 list of the 50 highest paid school employees released today.

Landon, who earned $292,937.08 for the calendar year, is also the highest paid schools superintendent in Connecticut. His figures do not include other benefits provided in his annual contract.

School Business Administrator Elio Longo, who released the list after several requests, came in second highest for the district with an annual salary of $192,692.

Of the top 10, Staples High School Principal John Dodig, who will be retiring at the end of the current school year, ranked third highest paid with annual pay of $183,394.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 115 Harbor Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 115 Harbor Road, in the Saugatuck Shores area, is in process. Built in 1962, the two-story split level has 1,942 square feet, is situated on a .16-acre property and changed ownership in October 2014 for $1,250,000. Because the house 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