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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Task Force to Hear Update on Solar Power

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Green Energy Task Force will hear about the latest updates in solar power during its next session on Thursday.

The task force will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, and John Rountree of Rountree Architects will be the featured speaker.

Task Force Chairman Carl Leaman said he hopes the talk will go beyond a primer on solar power and an update on what town officials are doing, including installing solar panels at Westport Fire Headquarters. Rountree is working with town officials on the project.

“There is a lot of new things happening with solar,” Leaman said. “There are new techniques that are making solar power more and more efficient.”

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“Play With Your Food” Concludes Season

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“Play With Your Food” concludes its fifth season this week at Westport’s Toquet Hall. Director Carole Schweid (l) led a talk-back session with actors Bill Phillips and Joanna Keylock following today’s performance. There will be another show Wednesday and Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Rockyfield Road

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 14 Rockyfield Road. The 2,252-square-foot house in Westport’s Coleytown area was built in 1952 and sits on one acre. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Chamber Names New Executive Director

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Heather Cavanagh: Joining the chamber as executive director. Contributed photo
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director, and she comes from another Westport organization.

Heather Cavanagh is joining the chamber as executive director, Mickey Herbst, chamber president, said today. She comes from Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association where she was director of community relations.

“We are very pleased to have a consummate professional such as Heather Cavanagh,” Herbst said. “She brings, talent, vitality and enthusiasm to our organization.”

Cavanagh will join the chamber on Monday, April 23.

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Republicans Seeking Candidates for November Election

The local election is still seven months away, but the Westport Republican Town Committee is seeking candidates who want to run for various local offices.

The Republicans’ nominating committee is seeking three candidates for the Board of Finance, two candidates for the Board of Education, four candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission, three candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals and one candidate for the Board of Assessment Appeals.

“We are looking for 13 people who have the desire to make a difference,” said Steve Violette, nominating committee chairman. “The RTC would like to hear from Westporters who want to serve our town, and we urge those interested to contact us to discuss this great opportunity.” 

Westport Republicans interested in running for office, or those who just want to inquire about the process, should contact a member of the Nominating Committee, including Gavin Anderson at (203) 227-8902, Richard Chappo at (203) 226-8936, Otis Crawford at (203) 225-5261, Burt Fried at (203) 222-0584, Jo Fuchs Luscombe at (203) 227-0393, Tammy Pincavage at (203) 226-3215 and Steve Violette at (203) 226-1898.

The committee will start interviewing potential candidates this month and hope to finish by late May.

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Firefighters Find Smoke in Office Building

Westport firefighters had difficulty entering a smoky office building on Wilton Road this morning because the proper keys were not in the key box.

Firefighters responded to an automatic alarm in an office building at 59 Wilton Road at 6 a.m. today, fire department officials said, but the keys to the building were not in the “knox box,” which is the fire department key box.

Firefighters entered the building by removing the doors’ locks, officials said, and found a smoke on the second and third floors caused by a motor in the air handling unit in the basement.

Firefighters ventilated the building to remove the smoke and were on scene until after 7 a.m.

Fire Department officials said any business owners with a “knox box” should call the department whenever they change the locks on the building, and they will place new keys in the box.

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Overcast Sunset

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Monday’s Westport forecast called for temperatures around 60 and sunny skies, but things didn’t turn out that way. Skies were mostly overcast with temperatures in the mid-40s, including near the Saugatuck River (above). Temperatures today are expected to be in the mid-50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007


8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Municipal Employees Pension Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission

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Longshore Worker, Patron Extinguish Fire at Inn

An employee at Westport’s Inn at Longshore and a patron took quick action tonight to extinguish a fire in the lobby before Westport firefighters arrived. It was the second fire at the landmark property in less than three years.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: a Christmas Day 2004 fire at the Inn at Longshore was traced to an overheated basement steam pipe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo

Don Johnson,  the night manager, saw smoke coming from the inside wall of the lobby, at about 7 p.m., said Westport Fire Department officials. He called 911 and emptied a fire extinguisher on the outside wall of the building.

He then pulled the fire alarm to alert patrons to evacuate the building, officials said.

Inn patron Robert Auer used an outside garden hose to wet down the burned area from the outside, and firefighters arrived within minutes and checked the building further for fire, officials said.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Community Conversation to Focus on Harmful Exposures

The next Community Conversation at the Westport Public Library will focus on how to limit harmful exposures to limit the potential for cancer.

The conversation is scheduled for Monday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the library, and Nancy Alderman, of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will speak on “Harmful Exposures: Do They Make a Difference?”

She will talk about the changes we can make in our everyday living environment to reduce the incidence of cancer.

Alderman is president of Environment and Human Health, Inc., a nonprofit organization composed of 10 doctors, public health professionals and policy experts that are dedicated to protecting human health from environmental harms through education, research and promotion of sound public policy.

For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

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Health District Offers Weight Management Program

The Westport Weston Health District will offer a program to help people control their weight.

“Weigh to Go,” a free weight management program, begins Thursday, April 12 at 5-6:30 p.m. at the district’s offices on Bayberry Lane.

The program is aimed at those who are concerned with their weight, have trouble keeping it off or are concerned about preventing heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

The program runs for eight sessions and teaches those who attend about nutrition.

For more information or to register, call Monica Wheeler at (203) 227-9571 ext. 242.

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Emily McLaury Restoration Begins

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Construction crews started work on restoring the historic Emily McLaury house across from Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Wendy Crowther for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

Work on renovating the town-owned Emily McLaury house has started, and excavators were at the site today on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Avery Place diagonally across from Westport Town Hall.

It was the first step in the $268,000 project to historically renovate the 1921 house at 99 Myrtle Ave. to make it available for rent. The Westport Representative Town Meeting approved the funding in January (See WestportNow Jan. 9).

Morley Boyd, McLaury House Committee Chairman, said the crews are replacing the collapsed sewer line, putting in new drainage measures and burying the utility lines.

Additionally, crews will repair the chimney over the next few days.

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Shays Postpones Thursday Y’s Men Session

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(UPDATE)U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, who had been scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Y’s Men of Westport Weston this week, has postponed his appearance, a spokesman said, and it will be rescheduled.

He was due to address the group on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church at 245 Post Road East.  Taking his place will be state Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield.

Shays, who who has addressed the Y’s Men each spring, had been scheduled to deliver a “Washington Update.”

Shays has served the 4th District—which covers 17 communities from Greenwich to Bridgeport—since 1987.

For more information, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679.

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Playhouse and Library Team Up for Play Club

The Westport Country Playhouse and the Westport Public Library are teaming up to form the Play Club, which is an opportunity for people to read and discuss several of the plays that will be performed at the playhouse this year.

The Play Club is like a book club and will also provide readers an opportunity to learn how to read a play and to read them before they reach the playhouse’s stage.

“We’re lifting the curtain so our audience can peek at what’s behind it to become more engaged in our productions and discover the magic that creates ‘theatre,’” said Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, playhouse managing director.

Joan Hume, library community relations director, said, “The plays on the shelves of the Westport Public Library have long inspired Playhouse directors’ decisions on past performances. It’s a natural progression to join the two resources.”

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Smooth Sailing

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Temperatures were only in the 40s and rain moved into Westport on Sunday, but it didn’t stop people from sailing on Long Island Sound. Temperatures are expected to head into the 60s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 2, 2007


6:30-8 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Wii Party
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee

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Spring Flowers

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April showers may bring May flowers, but daffodils are already blooming today near Westport’s Compo Beach. On the first day of April, the showers moved into town as temperatures were in the 40s. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 60s on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westporters Focus on Helping Bridgeport

By Jennifer Connic

Westporters who volunteer in Bridgeport were at the Center for Senior Activities today recruiting others to volunteer in the Park City, and they received a thank you from the city’s mayor.WestportNow.com Image
There was a large crowd on hand for today’s Bridgeport volunteer event at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Westport League of Women Voters sponsored a Bridgeport Volunteer Fair to give residents the opportunity to volunteer with organizations that serve the city’s children and families.

Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi thanked the crowd for the volunteer work they have done or will do in the city, and said no group in the state does more for the city than Westporters.

“Westport residents have made the most significant impact (on Bridgeport) than any volunteer group in Connecticut,” he said. “There are a number of agencies here that will appreciate any help you can give whether it’s an hour a week or an hour a month. It will go a long way.”

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Al’s Angels Distribute Easter/Passover Baskets

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Westport ’s Al’s Angels charity group distributed Easter/Passover baskets this weekend. More than 1,000 baskets were given to the area needy and those hospitalized at Bridgeport Hospital and Norwalk Hospital. Distribution also included families in Westport, Bridgeport and Norwalk areas. Westporter Al DiGuido (l), founder and head of the charity, was among those handing out the goodies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com

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Warm Reception for Community Theatre’s “Born Yesterday”

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Three Westporters play roles in the Westport Community Theatre’s current production, the classic Garson Kanin comedy “Born Yesterday,” which met with considerable laughter from its afternoon audience today. The Westport cast members include Merri Yacenda (2nd l.), Amy Louise Carter (2nd from r.) and PJ Letersky (far r.). The remaining performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon as well as the same days the following week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Cub Scouts Hold Pinewood Derby

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Cub Scouts from Westport’s Pack 100 led by Cubmaster Pat Foley and Assistant Cubmaster Mark Moyer (announcing the race) held their Pinewood Derby today at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Jackson for WestportNow.com

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New Train Schedules in Effect

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Passenger await a train today at Westport’s Saugatuck station as Metro-North introduced new timetables. Weekday peak changes include two new morning trains into Grand Central Terminal, one making stops at Greens Farms at 7:48 a.m. and Westport at 7:52 a.m. and a second making stops at Greens Farms at 8:21 a.m. and Westport at 8:25 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com

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Golf Lessons

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Temperatures were cooler and there were overcast clouds today, but they didn’t stop golf lessons at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, April 1, 2007


2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Born Yesterday”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Meet the Filmmaker: Sumner Jules Glimcher
4-6 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - League of Women Voters’ Bridgeport Volunteer Fair

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End of Season

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These visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today got in some last minute play time before the seasonal ban on animals at the beach goes into effect Sunday. The ban is in place until Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com

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