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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Saugatuck Scenes

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It stopped raining Tuesday afternoon, and rowers were out on the Saugatuck River in Westport taking advantage of the turn in the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Arts Center - Lunch, Look & Listen
5 p.m. – Staples High School – School Building Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: China

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Second Westport Ride of Silence Wednesday

Cyclists will pedal through Westport to honor fellow riders who no longer can Wednesday night.

The second Westport Ride of Silence will be held in memory of cyclists the world over who have been injured or killed riding on public roads at 7 p.m. starting at Luciano Park.

Cyclists throughout the country and the world will ride slowly and silently through their communities Wednesday night to send a message as they pass: be careful. The goal is to encourage motorists and cyclists to share all public roads.

The Ride Of Silence is a free, and cyclists are asked to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride.

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Great Weather for Fishing

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Despite rainy weather the last few days, it didn’t stop fisherman from turning out at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach looking for striped bass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Judge to Speak Thursday at Senior Center

Judge Frederica Brenneman—whose daughter, Amy, is known for the TV series “Judging Amy”—will will be the next program of the Interesting Issues Series on Thursday at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Brenneman will focus her talk on her law career, her famous daughter and their relationship and the issues which have engaged her professionally throughout her lifetime.

The evening is open to the public and free of charge.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the talk starts at 7 p.m.

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YMCA Plans Call for Parkway Ramp Improvements

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Plans for a new Westport-Weston Family Y on Camp Mahackeno call for road improvements to Sunny Lane and the Merritt Parkway ramp for Exit 41.

The details of the plans were explained during a Code Enforcement Committee meeting this morning, and the plans are available for public review in the Planning and Zoning Department.

No formal application has been filed with any public agency, but Larry Weisman, Y attorney, said an application would be filed within the next few months. He said he would like to have the approval process completed by the end of the year.

The plans call for the new 101,000-square-foot, two-story building to be built into the hillside on the northside of the camp with entry via Sunny Lane.

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Showing Off Their Spanish Skills

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Coleytown Elementary fifth graders performed a skit completely in Spanish during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. The skit was based around a cafe setting. The Westport School District’s elementary school Spanish program completed its roll out this school year when it was introduced in fifth grade. The district began its program in the 2000-01 school year when it was introduced in kindergarten. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Tossing at the Waves

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Monday was a good day to toss stones at the waves at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Code Enforcement Public Hearing
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Investment Resources Seminar
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Historic District Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Subcommittee Work Session
11 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Food Service Advisory Committee

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Republicans Nominate Shays for 11th Term

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Hundreds of people filled the auditorium at Norwalk City Hall tonight as Republicans nominated U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays to run for an 11th term representing the 4th Congressional District. Shays and wife Betsi and daughter Jeramy Alice greet the crowd after his nomination. He will face former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell for the second time in the November election. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Dems Formally Nominate Farrell as 4th CD Candidate

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Diane Farrell shares a moment with her husband, Win, tonight as she was formally nominated as the Democratic candidate in the 4th Congressional District. An overflow crowd at Westport Town Hall cheered on the former Westport first selectwoman as she prepared for her second challenge to incumbent Christopher Shays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elizabeth Scheffler for WestportNow.com

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Board of Education Adopts $82 Million Budget

The Westport Board of Education formally adopted its 2006-07 budget during its meeting tonight.

The $82 million budget, which is a 4.3 percent increase over the current one, was approved by the RTM earlier this month.

The Board of Finance cut $1 million from the school board’s original proposal. Finance board members directed that the cut should come from the insurance fund.

The school board approved the cut from the benefits line during its meeting tonight.

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Worried Humpty

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Humpty looked a bit worried about the tide and rain today at Westport’s Compo Beach. He was left over from Saturday’s “Castles in the Sand” event to benefit the Interfaith Housing Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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New Officers Take Oath

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) swore in three new police officers today at Town Hall. They are (l-r) Alan D’Amura, 29, of Danbury; Jillian Cabana, 21, of New Haven and Charles Allen, 31, of Milford. D’Amura comes from the New York City Police Department where he worked in Brooklyn. Allen has a criminal justice degree from Johnson and Wales University, and Cabana has a criminal justice degree from the University of New Haven. Tuesday is the trio’s first day with the department, and all will start at the police academy on June 2. Police Chief Al Fiore said they are the first of six new officers who will need to be hired because of retirements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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Police: Same Man Robbed Webster and People’s Banks

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Westport police are seeking the photographed man in the robberies at People’s Bank Friday and Webster Bank in March. Contributed photo
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Westport police said today they believe the same man robbed the People’s Bank on the Fairfield border on Friday and the Webster Bank in Colonial Green last March.

Police released a photo today of the suspect in Friday’s robbery.

A man—described as black and 6-feet tall—entered the People’s Bank at 1800 Post Road East at about 5 p.m. on Friday and demanded cash (See WestportNow May 12, 2006). Police still have not said how much cash was taken.

Lt. Gary Golas said if you look at the photo of the suspect in March’s robbery of the Webster Bank in Colonial Green (see WestportNow March 15, 2006) and the photo of the suspect from Friday’s robbery, they look very much the same.

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Senior Tax Relief Deadline Today

Westport’s senior citizens appear to be applying for the town’s tax relief programs more now than they have in the past.

Today is the deadline for the tax abatement program. The RTM approved changes to the program last month.

The changes increase the income limits of the abatement program from $40,000 to $55,000 per household. The largest tax discount increased from $2,000 to $3,500.

Marybeth Wirz, town social services worker, said the pace has been “fast and furious” on the number of seniors applying for the program.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Monday, May 15, 2006


7 p.m. - Norwalk City Hall - Republicans nominate Christopher Shays as 4th Congressional District candidate
7:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School cafeteria – Board of Education
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Democrats nominate Diane Farrell as 4th Congressional District candidate

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Westport Fire Volunteers Honor One of Their Own

The Westport Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) has presented the dedication plaque from the retired Rescue 8 truck of the Westport Fire Department to members of the family of the late volunteer firefighter George H. Cardozo.WestportNow.com Image
Westport Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Ken Gilbertie presents the Rescue 8 dedication plaque to Carol and Nancy Cardozo in honor of their late father, longtime volunteer George H. Cardozo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Cardozo, who died in the line of duty Dec. 2, 2000, at the age of 80 after assisting at a structure fire on Marion Road, was the driving force in the volunteer organization. He spearheaded the fundraising, design and purchase of the rescue truck in 1982.

“He strongly believed in volunteer community service and he set high standards for others to follow,” said Volunteer Deputy Chief Ken Gilbertie.

The WVFD expressed its gratitude to Cardozo in presenting to his daughters Carol and Nancy the plaque that bears his name for his efforts to purchase the vehicle. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Sunday, May 14, 2006


2 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “The Wizard of Oz”
3 p.,m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thurgood”

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The Final Touches

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Workers were still putting the finishing touches on the new Westport Compo Beach Playground today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Fairfield Hosts Westport Youth Film Festival

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Fairfield’s Community Theatre today hosted the third annual Westport Youth Film Festival. In addition to screenings, there was music outside and a street fair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Weather Doesn’t Stop “Castles in the Sand”

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Britt Hennemuth and Annie DeKraker, both Staples High School students, work on a sand sculpture of the Titantic today during the “Castles in the Sand” event at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
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It was foggy and cool at Westport’s Compo Beach today, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from building sandcastles to raise money for the Interfaith Housing Association.

The sun was shining and the temperature was in the 60s several miles up the road, but at Compo there was fog and temperatures were in the 50s.

For the first time in the five-year history of the event, however, all 50 plots were sold to various groups to build sandcastles or assorted other sand sculptures, said Pete Powell, IHA president.

The event was expected to raise about $25,000 for the association’s various programs, he said.

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Sandcastles for All Ages

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There were a lot of children helping dig through the sand at Westport’s Compo Beach today for the Interfaith Housing Association’s “Castles in the Sand” annual fund-raiser. Many were helping collect seashells and seaweed to place on an assortment of sandcastles and sculptures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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Digging Through the Fog

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It was foggy at Westport’s Compo Beach today, but it didn’t stop hundreds of people to show up for the Interfaith Housing Association’s “Castles in the Sand” annual fund-raiser. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for “Castles in the Sand”

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Preparations got underway on Westport’s Compo Beach in the early morning fog for this afternoon’s “Castles in the Sand” event to benefit the Interfaith Housing Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Morning Close Call

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Three persons escaped serious injury today in a head-on collision on Westport’s Beachside Avenue near Burying Hill Beach. A Westport man driving in a 2004 Mercedes (r) with his 8-year-old son in the backseat said his car slid on the roadway going around a curve and smashed into a 2002 Toyota Solara coming in the opposite direction driven by a Fairfield man. All three were wearing seat belts and air bags deployed in both vehicles. The force of the collision completely turned around the Toyota. All three declined to be transported to the hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers May 1-5 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 1-5, 2006:

James and Jennifer McGeehan to Alexander H. and Sophie M. Shutze, 10 Hermit Lane, $2,085,000WN property.jpg

RHB Development Corp. of CT-XII to Jaclyn Levine, 12 Woodcock Lane, $2,650,000

John W. and Anna J. Kriz to Mehdi and Majlinda Canaj, 16 Crescent Park Road, $360,000

Victor B. Cantor to Bernard J. and Kevin McHugh, 13 Rockyfield Road, $940,000

Cindy R. and Alan D. Zuckerbrod to Pieka Construction Inc., 5 Marine Ave., $1,325,000

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School Officials May Study All-Day Kindergarten Again

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It’s been four years since the Westport Board of Education last studied kindergarten and potentially implementing a form of an all-day program, but there may be another study.

Board Chairwoman Mary Parmelee said the board may add a study of the kindergarten program to its goals.

The board will discuss its goals during its next meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in Bedford Middle School.

Parmelee said some believe school officials should embark on another review of the kindergarten program in order to see if issues still exist.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

IHA Plans to Move Ahead with Fund-raiser

Interfaith Housing Association officials planned to move ahead with their “Castles in the Sand” fund-raiser today at Westport’s Compo Beach.

The event is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. where teams will work to build castles to raise money for the association’s work.

Updates will be posted on the voice mail by calling (203) 226-3426 x11.

The rain date for the event is Sunday.

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Saturday, May 13, 2006


10 a.m. - Fairfield Community Theatre - Westport Youth Film Festival
Noon - Compo Beach - Interfaith Houising Association’s “Castles in the Sand”
2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Jennings Trail Tour
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Thurgood”
7:30 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary - “Wizard of Oz”

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