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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Westport Firefighters Greet “Pray for Peace” Walker

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Al Forte (l), 67, of Stamford stopped off today at Westport fire headquarters during his one-man “Pray for Peace” walk that started in Boston on Aug. 23 and he says will terminate at Ground Zero in Manhattan “probably next Thursday or Friday.” Forte said he walks 10-12 miles each day and tries to visit many fire departments along the route. Pictured with him are (l-r) firefighters Dan Ambruso, Jason Kronenberger, and Brendan McHugh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Preview of BBQ Fest at Farmers Market

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Westporter Cathy Colgan shares a joke at today’s Westport Farmers Market with Bob Lerose, president of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, which organizes the Blues, Views & BBQ Festival that takes place next weekend. Visit www.bluesviewsbbq.com for more information about the festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

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Wreckers in the Pink to Support Breast Cancer Patients

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Westport’s Staples Wreckers football team show off the pink gloves they will wear on Oct. 23 when they play Harding at home to show their support for breast cancer patients. Coaches will be doing their part as well by wearing pink polos and the team hopes to achieve a “pink out” where all attendees wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. In addition, they will be raising funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation by selling pink t-shirts and pink gloves during lunch times. T-shirts can also be ordered at Athletic Shoe Factory. A limited supply of pink t-shirts and knit gloves will be available for purchase on game day. For additional information, contact Tammy Zelkowitz at (203) 984-5649, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or fax (203) 226-6964. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Backyard Friends

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Some backyard visitors appeared to be making friends in Westport’s Old Hill Road area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Tillemans for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 16, 2010


7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Parking Lot - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Rafael Yglesias, “A Happy Marriage”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Malloy Lecture in the Arts: “Remembering Archie (Archibald MacLeish),” Christopher Plummer
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Selectmen Review New Sewer Billing Procedures

By James Lomuscio

The message to Westport’s more than 4,000 residents whose homes are on sewers was clear: use less water and you will see your sewer use charges go down.WestportNow.com Image
Part of the increased assessment pays for Westport’s $34 million water treatment plant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The catch is you will not see them go down until 2012 since the new billing system is a year behind, according to Stephen Edwards, director of the Department of Public Works.

The new procedure—which gave some residents relief and others sticker shock when their bills arrived Sept. 1—was the subject of review this evening by the Board of Selectmen acting in the capacity of the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA).

Billing is no longer arbitrary, based on the number of bedrooms in a home, but more equitable to hear Edwards tell it. More water used determined via Aquarion Water Company meters translates into more effluent going into sewers.

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Selectmen Nix Banner Fees, Approve Refundable Deposits

By James Lomuscio

Representing the Westport Arts Advisory Council, Ann Chernow called the plan petty. Nancy Diamond, speaking on behalf of the theater group “Play with Your Food,” called it “a slap in the face.” And Selectman Gavin Anderson likened it to “killing the goose that lays the golden egg.”WestportNow.com Image
A banner across Main Street of this type will now require a $100 deposit which will be forfeited if not used or not canceled within three months of start date. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

The source of their outrage: a proposal before today’s Board of Selectmen meeting to charge a $150 fee to nonprofit groups each time they string banners across Westport’s Main Street to promote their events. Currently there is no fee for the myriad groups vying for the week-long prime spot.

Patricia Scully, administrative assistant to the selectman’s office, noted the reason for the proposed fee was to help cover the Department of Public Works’ costs, including manpower and use of the cherry picker, each time a banner is hung.

“I’m sympathetic,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said about the proposed added costs to nonprofit groups that contribute to the town. “At the same time, I’m cognizant of the costs of running town government.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Report: Police Believe Student Accidentally Fell From Dorm

UPDATE Police in Kingston, Ontario believe Cameron Bruce, 18, of Westport, died Monday after accidentally falling from his dorm room at Queen’s University, a Canadian newspaper said today.WestportNow.com Image
Cameron Bruce (r) pictured at a Staples football game with the Peb Band.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

“That’s what our investigators believe, it was a fall from a building,” Police Chief Stephen Tanner told the Whig-Standard of Kingston.

Tanner said police do not know how Bruce fell but they are investigating whether alcohol played a role in his death, the newspaper said.

“I believe that there is some evidence that he was consuming some alcohol the night before or in fairness he was possibly at an event where alcohol was being consumed, but even that would be unfair to say he was [drinking] because I can’t say that,” Tanner said.

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CL&P Begins Work on New Greens Farms Substation

The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P), part of Northeast Utilities, said today work on its new substation in Westport’s Greens Farms area begins this week and is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2012. WestportNow.com Image
An aerial photo on the Sherwood Substation Web page shows the scope of the work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CL&P photo

Construction of the new substation will not interrupt electric service to homes or businesses, an announcement said.

Planning for the new facility, which was approved by the Connecticut Siting Council in May, began more than two years ago. 

The company said that substations that now serve the southeast section of town have been operating at or near capacity in recent years.  During peak usage, these substations have been supplemented through the use of temporary mobile equipment, as necessary.

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Staples Merit Semi-Finalists Named

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Eleven seniors at Westport’s Staples High School have been named semi-finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Pictured are (back row l-r)  Yuri Lenskiy, Scott Feder, Jordan Glick, Todd Lubin, and Peter Menz; (front row)  Adele Shenoy, Juliana Lunde, Justin Kleiner, and Timothy Yang. Missing:  Tessa Green and Rachel Myers. All have a chance to earn one of 8,400 National Merit Scholarship awards, together worth more than $36 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Flower Power

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Flowers in a flower box at the Westport Arts Center on Riverside Avenue provide some vivid street color. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
3 p.m. - 515 Post Road East - PS&B Saugatuck Train Station Upgrades Committee
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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