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Historic District Commission Receives $29,000 Grant

The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) has been awarded a state grant of $29,000 to expand the town’s inventory of historic properties, Morley Boyd, commission chair, announced today.

He said the town received notice from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CCCT) Historic Preservation and Museum Division that the commission’s executive committee had approved Westport’s grant application to fund the expansion of its Historic Resources Inventory and to identify additional potential historic districts.

“The HDC is very excited to have been awarded this grant,” said Boyd. “It represents a terrific opportunity to finance our preservation efforts, all at no cost to the town.”

The Historic District Commission represents the Town as a Certified Local Government (CLG) in partnership with the CCCT and the National Park Service. 

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Annual Leaf Collection to Start Nov. 5

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town will conduct its annual curbside leaf collection program Nov. 5 through Dec. 3. 

“Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Public Works Department,” said Edwards.  “Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up.  The compost process cannot handle plastic bags.” 

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway. 

Public Works crews will pick up throughout the town several times during the collection period.  A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 3 and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 3 will be collected.

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 8-12, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 8-12, 2007:

Barbara Kokot to Mary E. Sikorski, 5 Yankee Hill Road, $2,957,000WN property.jpg

Thomas and Janise B. Chunovic to 3 Tulip Lane LLC, Tulip Lane Row, $10,000

Danielle Tatangelo to Woodland Group LLC, 86 Saugatuck Ave., $550,000

Robert H. and Deborah L. Jantz-Sell to Maple Lane Property LLC, 45 Maple Lane, $1,950,000

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Red Coat Road

1 Red Coat Road, Westport, CT 06880
Westport building officials received an application for a permit to demolish the home at 1 Red Coat Road. The colonial-style,, 1900-home is located on a one-acre property and changed hands in March for $585,000. The Historic District Commission must review the application because the house is more than 60 years old. The HDC can vote to delay demolition for 90 days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hold That Pose

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A model poses for a photographer Wednesday at Westport’s Compo Beach while an assistant holds a light. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 18, 2007


Note: The Farmers Market is canceled today but resumes next week and every Thursday through Nov. 15
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Youth Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Finance/Education Committees
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Turn of the Screw”

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MRSA Case Confirmed in Newtown

Newtown (Conn.) Superintendent of Schools Thomas Jokubaitis said tonight that a Newtown High School student has been diagnosed with MRSA, a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant staph infection

However, he said, there is no cause for alarm. “The youngster has been treated by his family doctor and the situation is under control,” he told the Danbury News-Times.

“Earlier this evening, the high school principal (John J. Smith) reported to me that the youngster has now been cleared for full participation in school activities.”

A memorandum on Newtown High School’s Web site alerted parents to the MRSA case.

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Peaceful Afternoon

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Cres Agustipina, a former Westporter who now resides in Norwalk, enjoyed a peaceful afternoon today fishing in the marshes at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. She caught a striped bass, but threw it back into the water.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Westport Halloween Parade Set for Oct. 29

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) will team up to host the annual downtown Westport Halloween parade for children on Monday, Oct. 29.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. in front of the Westport Weston Family Y and conclude at 4 p.m. on Veterans Green opposite Town Hall.

Children will march up Main Street, trick or treating along the way, making their way to Town Hall for more treats. Giveaways from Westport PAL and trick or treat bags from Parks and Recreation will be available.

Parents and shoppers are asked to avoid parking on Main Street between Post Road East and Kings Highway North from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  to make way for the trick or treaters.

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Westport Weston Health District Issues Staph Fact Sheet

The Westport Weston Health District today released a fact sheet about staph bacteria following announcement that a Weston High School student has been diagnosed with a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant staph infection.

Staphylococcus aureus or staph bacteria are normally found on the skin or in the nose of about one-third of healthy people, the District said.

“If you have staph on your skin or in your nose but aren’t sick, you are said to be ‘colonized’ and not infected with MRSA,” the document said.

Staph bacteria are generally harmless unless they enter the body through skin cuts and wounds; they are the most common cause of skin infections such as boils and pimples., the District said.

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Weston High Student Diagnosed With Staph Infection

At least one student at Weston High School has been diagnosed with a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant staph infection,  Weston school officials said today.

At a news conference this afternoon, school and health officials cautioned against overreacting.

“I have the impression that what we are dealing with here is not that unusual,” said Interim Superintendent John Reed. Added Dr. Laura Marks, adviser to the Westport Weston Health District, “I want you to know that MRSA is out there.”

“At this point it is one confirmed case and one other possible case, so that is two cases—it is not an epidemic at this point,” she said.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Canning Lane

3 Canning Lane, Westport CT 06851
Westport building officials received an application for a permit to demolish the home at 3 Canning Lane off Turkey Hill Road South. The split-level house built in 1963 has 1,186 square feet and is located on a .51-acre property. It changed hands this month for $750,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Fishing

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A fisherman at work Tuesday near the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Cathleen Schine on The New Yorkers
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Talking About Music : pianist and composer Allen Brings
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Turn of the Screw”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – League of Women Voters Forum For Planning & Zoning Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission
7:15 p.m. – Staples High School Room 333 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria – Board of Finance (live coverage channel 78)

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Westport Police Detective Rescues Parents from Fire

An off-duty Westport police detective tonight rescued his elderly parents from their Westport home after a fire broke out in a second floor bathroom, fire officials said.WestportNow.com Image
George Taylor: acts quickly in Jennings Court fire. WN file photo

Detective George Taylor, 37, was visiting his parents’ home on Jennings Court off of Bayberry Lane at about 7 p.m. when he heard a loud “pop” and the lights dimmed slightly, said Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin.

Taylor, an 11-year veteran of the department, went outside to check for a possible problem with the power lines, Conklin said. He saw none but just then his father, George E. Taylor, 81, called from the second floor “Get up here,” the fire official said.

The second floor of the home was filling with smoke from a fire in the bathroom, and Taylor ran up the stairs to carry his father, who was unable to exit on his own, down to safety, Conklin said. He also led his mother, Jo Ann Taylor, 74, out of the house.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Staples Boys Soccer Wins Key Match

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Wrecker Alex Hoberman heads out of danger today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com
Brendan Lesch’s diving header gave Staples a thrilling 1-0 victory over Stamford today at home. The strike—off Mateo Gaviria’s slicing cross—upped the Wreckers’ record to 7-4-2. 

Staples vaults into sixth place, in the razor-tight race for six FCIAC playoff spots. They will attempt to solidify that hold on Monday (4 p.m.) in Greenwich.

“This was a classic Wrecker win,” said head coach Dan Woog. “We got the one goal we needed, and played strong defense throughout.”

Goalkeeper Adam Liu (making his first varsity start),  midfielders Trevor Dodge, Alex Hoberman, Liam Bohonnon and Drew McNair, and strikers Gaviria, Mike White and Russell Oost-Lievense all had strong outings.

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Conduit Pipe Installation Underway Under Saugatuck River

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Works crews this week have begun assembling and installing one of two conduit pipes under the Saugatuck River as part of the Connecticut Light & Power Co. high voltage Middletown to Norwalk power line upgrade project. The conduit is being assembled and fused on Lincoln Street off of Riverside Avenue, forcing closure of the street with only local traffic permitted. A second pipe to traverse the 1,664-foot path 35 feet under the river bed will be installed later. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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United Nations Day to be Marked Oct. 24

The United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut will celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the United Nations Day at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Westport Town Hall.

This year, the United Nations Association of the United States of America is highlighting the role of global health and is addressing specifically the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

It is working to halt and begin to reverse the spread of these epidemics, in an effort to address the effect that the health of a nation’s citizens has on its social, economic and political interests, according to the association’s Web site.

The association invites area residents to attend the event in order to connect with their community and develop a deeper understanding of the world’s affairs and the role of the United Nations.

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Thursday Farmers Market Canceled

There will be no Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse on Thursday, Katherine Dyer, market manager, said today.

“The Playhouse has another event scheduled for the day and we were unable to secure additional parking, though everyone tried their best,” she said in an e-mail message to WestportNow.

Dyer said she also wanted to get the word out that the Thursday market will remain open through Nov. 15 and the Sunday market at the Westport Center for Senior Activities will operate through Nov. 25.

“There is much confusion around town regarding the duration of the market, and we’ve already seen a drop off in attendance,” she said.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 20 Woodside Ave.

10 Woodside Avenue, Westport CT 06880
An almost 200-year-old piece of Westport’s heritage is facing demolition. Westport building officials have received an application for a permit to demolish the home at 20 Woodside Ave. in the Old Hill area. Built in 1810, the 2,288-square-foot house is located on a .6-acre lot. The Historic District Commission must review the application because the house is more than 60 years old. The HDC can vote to delay demolition for 90 days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Silhouette

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Moving briskly along the walkway at Westport’s Compo Beach, this energetic woman made a striking silhouette as seen through the net of the volleyball courts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Stalking Suburbia
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - PageTurners: The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission work session to discuss Town Plan (live coverage channel 79 and at www.westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Education Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - The Turn of the Screw

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HDC Seeks Historic Designation for Cemetery

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The Westport Historic District Commission has voted to take the actions required to attain an historic property designation for the Lower Green’s Farms Cemetery on Green’s Farms Road at the Sherwood Island Connector. Efforts were recently made to preserve tombstones at the cemetery (See WestportNow Sept. 15, 2007). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Round-the-World Runner Visits EMS Explorers

British round-the-world runner Rosie Swale Pope returned to Westport Sunday and dropped in to speak to a class of high school students at Westport Emergency Medical Service.WestportNow.com Image
British runner Rosie Swale Pope is flanked by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l), an EMS volunteer, and Marc Hartog, a Westport EMS paramedic, crew chief and adviser to the Explorer Post 601 during her Sunday night visit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The 61-year-old grandmother, who is making her run to bring information to the public about prostate cancer, met with volunteers and current students in the Westport EMS Explorer Post 601 Medical Response Technician (MRT) training program.

The members of the Post include 28 high school students certified as MRTs and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and more than 30 students studying to become MRTs.

They were spellbound as they listened to Swale Pope’s tales of her travels and her determination to bring light to the disease that took her husband, according to Marc Hartog, Westport EMS paramedic crew chief and Post 601 adviser.

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Police Benevolent Fund Gives Out $27,500 in Scholarships

The Westport Police Benevolent Association (WPBA) has awarded $27,500 from its Wilbur Scholarship Fund to children of its members. The fund guarantees $2,500 for four years to students enrolled in higher education. WestportNow.com Image
WPBA scholarship recipients pictured are: (back row, l-r) Geoffrey Hiltz, Brian Pritchard, Sarah Pritchard, Lisa Frazier, and Robert Pocius; (front row, l-r)  Elizabeth Calka, Alexandra Calka, Megan Vena, and Michelle Pocius. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Officer Linda Vena, a 27-year veteran of the Westport Police Department and mother of Megan, a senior at UCONN, said the program is very generous and that she and her family are grateful to everyone who contributed to the fund, according to a WPBA news release.

The scholarship was initially funded by a local philanthropic family willing to match all donations up to $25,000.

Contributions may be sent to the WPBA Wilbur Scholarship Fund, 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880. Questions can be addressed to Officer Ned Batlin at (203) 341-6000.

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