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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

R&B and Jazz Guitarist Performs with Students

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R&B and jazz guitarist George Baker (l) performed and worked with Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School’s fourth and fifth graders today. Jim Andrews invited Baker to perform and teach the two orchestras in a workshop. Baker was Marvin Gaye’s musical director for a number of years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joyce Eldh for WestportNow.com

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Base Commander Says Subs Essential to War on Terrorism

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Capt. Sean P. Sullivan: Bridgeport native commands Groton base. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The commander of Connecticut’s New London submarine base told the Westport Rotary Club today that submarines are essential for the war on terrorism.

“The global war on terrorism is being fought with subs,” said Capt. Sean P. Sullivan. “We contribute every day to the war on terrorism. We can get in and get out where no one else can because no one knows we’re there.”

Sullivan, a native of Bridgeport whose mother worked for 10 years as a nurse at Westport’s Hall-Brooke Hospital, said last year’s attempt to close his base in a cost-cutting move would have been disastrous had it been successful.

A closing would have been a blow to a Navy that is shrinking every year because Congress won’t provide the funds to build new ships as old ones are retired, he said.

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Emergency Preparedness Subject of June 14 Brown Bag

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that preparing for a pandemic influenza and other emergencies will be discussed at a citizens’ brown bag luncheon to be held Wednesday, June 14, at noon in Rooms 309/307 of Westport Town Hall. 

Director of Health Services Susan Jacozzi and Westport/Weston Health District Medical Advisor Dr. Stuart Steinman will speak on pandemic influenza, Avian flu, and preparedness by citizens for other emergencies such as hurricanes and winter storms.

“It is imperative that residents have first-hand knowledge as to what they can do to pepare for emergencies,” said Joseloff. 

“Whether it’s pandemic influenza or a hurricane, advance preparation will greatly increase our community’s ability to handle an emergency successfully.  I encourage residents to attend the June 14 luncheon.”

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New London Sub Base Commander Addresses Rotary

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Capt Sean P. Sullivan, commanding officer of the New London Naval Submarine Base, today addressed the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club at the Inn at Longshore. Sullivan, who grew up in Bridgeport and whose mother worked for many years in Westport, has been commanding officer of the base since June 2004. He said the U.S. Navy’s budget is dwindling because defense funding is going to other branches of the military. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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All Quiet on the Bridge

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All was quiet except for state workers on the Bridge Street Bridge in Westport today. The bridge is closed until 3 p.m. today and again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday. State Department of Transportation workers are completing electrical repairs on the swing bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Artistic Director Featured in PBS Program

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Playhouse’s Tazewell Thompson’s work on PBS Thursday. Contributed photo
Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson’s work will be part of “A Lincoln Center Special: Thirty Years of Live from Lincoln Center” on Thursday at 8-10 p.m. on PBS.

The television special features some of the major performance moments drawn from the vaults of “Live from Lincoln Center.”

An excerpt from the New York City Opera telecast of “Porgy and Bess,” directed by Thompson, will be included in the kaleidoscope of clips.

The production received Emmy nominations for best director and best production.

Thompson joined the Westport Country Playhouse officially in January as its artistic director.

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Police: Protect GPS Systems

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Westporters are not experiencing thefts of satellite global positioning systems in their cars yet, but police say motorists should protect them from potential thieves.

The systems that give motorists driving directions have been subjected to thefts in other areas of the country, but Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said Westport has not seen the systems as a target.

The systems—if they are an add-on feature mounted on the dashboard—would be a good target for thieves, though, because they are easy to grab and worth over $800, Shannon said.

“It’s a matter of time before we see the thefts,” he said. “People should put them out of sight if they are going to be away from their cars for any significant amount of time.”

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Reminder: Bridge Street Bridge Closed Today and Wednesday

Westport’s Bridge Street Bridge will be closed today and Wednesday so state Department of Transportation workers can complete maintenance on the swing bridge.

As announced last week, Bridge Street will be closed from Riverside Avenue to Imperial Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Detour routes will be posted on signs.

Workers will be completing electrical maintenance on the bridge.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Administrative Review Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
8:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Board of Education Special Meeting

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Celebrating a Semi-Final Victory

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Members of the boys volleyball team from Westport’s Staples High School celebrate tonight’s 3-0 win over St. Joseph High School of Trumbull at Staples in a Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) semi-final. The Wreckers, 18-1 on the season, will face Trumbull High School Wednesday at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School in the FCIAC final. A win would make them champions four years in a row. The only Staples loss this year was to Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Dems Nominate Craig Schiavone to Face Freedman

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Craig Schiavone: making her first run for office. WestportNow.com photo
Democrats tonight nominated political newcomer Craig Rebecca Schiavone of Westport as their candidate who will try to unseat veteran Republican state Sen. Judith Freedman in the 26th Senate District.

“I will run hard and not merely be a paper candidate,” Schiavone told a meeting in the Westport Town Hall auditorium.

Freedman, also of Westport, last week was nominated by Republicans for her 11th term representing the district that includes Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Redding, and Bethel. (See WestportNow May 18, 2006)

Schiavone moved to Westport several years ago from New Haven where she headed a real estate company.

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Practicing for Requiem

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Brandon Davis, a Staples High School sophomore, practices on his viola for a performance of “The Mozart Requiem” tonight. The Westport Arts Center is presenting a free performance of “The Mozart Requiem” Thursday at 8 p.m. at Staples High School. The Staples orchestra and choir will perform with the Mendelssohn Choir. The performance is to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Officials Prepare for Hurricane Season

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The National Hurricane Center today predicted fewer hurricanes this year compared to last year, but Westport officials aren’t taking preparations for the forthcoming hurricane season lightly.

Center officials predicted four to six major storms in the Atlantic Ocean this hurricane season. They’re predicting 16 named storms, which is down from last year’s record 28 storms.

“They’re predicting we may not get as many storms, but there are also predictions that New England is overdue for a hurricane,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “Sometimes the predictions are accurate and sometimes they’re not. We can’t base our preparations on predictions.”

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Westport Schools Comply with Nutrition Law

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Westport school officials said today the district complies with a new state law governing school nutrition that goes into effect in July.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed into law last weekend a bill that bans sugary drinks including soda and sports drinks from schools.

The drinks would only be allowed in a limited capacity such as events and activities after school or on weekends. The drinks would never be allowed in the vending machines.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the schools do not offer sugary drinks in its vending machines now.

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Staples Math Champs to Visit Senior Center

The Moody’s Mega Math Challenge championship team from Staples High School will visit the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. to present their winning proposal.

The team is composed of seniors Elizabeth Marshman, Vikas Murali, Andrew Tschirhart and junior Miles Lubin. They were tops among 129 teams and more than 500 students competing from the New York metropolitan area.

The students had to use their math skills to craft a proposal to make Social Security solvent for the next 75 years. They will present their winning formula during their presentation.

The public is invited to attend this event.

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located on Imperial Avenue. For more information, call (203) 341-5099.

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Town Hopes for FEMA Funds

Various Westport town departments are preparing to submit an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to receive a reimbursement for cleanup costs from the February blizzard.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said he has not completed the calculations, but he expects town officials to ask for about $100,000 in reimbursements.

He will complete the application with the input of other agencies over the next few weeks, he said.

Unofficially Westport received 16 to 19 inches of snow in the February blizzard.

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Westport Twilight

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Westport’s center took on a postcard look at dusk Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jeremy Rothstein for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: SRO on Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

On Broadway, SRO (Standing Room Only) is a good thing. On Metro-North, it’s not. While Broadway hasn’t had boffo box office of late, mass transit has, and it’s affecting all riders.

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With higher gas prices, rail ridership is up. But the number of available seats on the trains is not. That leads to overcrowding and on many trains, especially in rush hour, standees.

The Commuter Council has received an increasing number of complaints about this issue, and I’ve endured a few rides to Grand Central myself, standing the whole way in the vestibule along with other angry passengers.

Crowding is so bad that conductors are encouraging standees to switch trains in Stamford to catch “locals” with more seats but later arrivals.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Caladan Trio to Perform for Y’s Women Today

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Marc Tagle (l) and Catherine Mandelbaum, both of the Caladan Trio, will perform with fellow trio member Todd Low today at the Y’s Women meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Caladan Trio will perform the works of Dohanyi, Bach and Beethoven at today’s meeting of the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston at the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room.

There will be “coffee and conversation” at 11 a.m. with the concert starting promptly at 11:30 a.m.

The trio’s musicians are Catherine Mandelbaum on violin, Todd Low on viola and Marc Tagle on cello. They teach at the Westport School of Music.

For more information, call Gloria Stashower, Y’s Women president, at (203)227-6054.

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Monday, May 22, 2006


11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Historic District Commission

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Westport Led in 2005 Lyme Disease Cases in County

Westport led all Fairfield County towns in the number of Lyme disease cases reported in 2005, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

In 2005, 426 new cases of Lyme disease were diagnosed in Fairfield County, a 29 percent increase over 2004, according to new statistics from the department. Statewide, 1,810 new cases were reported last year, a 26 percent increase over 2004.

Westport saw the biggest increase in Fairfield County, with 57 new cases reported in 2005 compared with 20 in 2004 and 33 in 2003.

Weston had 13 new cases in 2005, compared with 23 in 2004 and 30 in 2003. Fairfield had 26 in 2005, 20 in 2004, and 26 in 2003.

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Just Enough Sun to Wash Cars

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The Staples High School boys volleyball team took advantage of the early sunshine today washing cars at Westport’s BP gas station near the Fairfield border. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

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Man Found Dead in House, Another Unconscious

Westport police are investigating the death of a Florida man in a Saugatuck home and another who was found unconscious, police said today. They said no foul play was indicated.

Police said Joseph Stella, 59, of Port Orange, Fla., was found dead at a home on Indian Hill Road after they received a 911 call at 5:51 p.m. Friday. A second man, John DeFelice, 59, also of Port Orange, was transported to Norwalk Hospital.

A press release said the two were found by a resident who said he had just returned home.

Both men had been visiting a relative in the area when they contacted their friend in Westport on Thursday evening, and then stayed at his house overnight, police said.

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Thunderstorms, Strong Winds Forecast

The National Weather Service today issued an advisory for Westport and the tri-state area warning of the possibility of strong thunderstorms this afternoon then gusty winds and cooler temperatures.

“A cold front approaching the tri-state region will trigger some showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some of these storms may produce wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph along with some small hail,” the advisory said.

By early afternoon, the temperature had dropped to 59 from a high of 71 earlier in the day at the Coleytown Middle School weather station. Winds later gusted up to 32 mph accompanied by dark clouds and scattered rain.

But storm clouds passed quickly and the sun came out for most of the afternoon. Parts of eastern Connecticut experienced thunderstorms and heavy rain late in the day and into the evening.

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On the Beach

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The recent warm weather provided the opportunity for a dip in Long Island Sound at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Ribbon Cutting for Westport Young Woman’s League Exhibit

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The newest exhibition at the Westport Historical Society highlights the many activities of the Westport Young Woman’s League, in honor of the League’s 50th anniversary. Liz Land, the first president of the League in 1956, Saturday cut the ribbon to inaugurate the exhibition, alongside Josephine Raimondi, the current League resident (center in gold). The exhibit will officially open to the public immediately after the Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Republicans Nominate Rell to Seek Term of Her Own

Connecticut Republicans, meeting in New Britain, today nominated Gov. M. Jodi Rell to serve a term of her own.

Today’s nomination took place almost two years after Republican Gov. John G. Rowland resigned in a corruption scandal.

“We will continue our journey to restore integrity and confidence in state government,” said Rell, who was lieutenant governor when Rowland resigned.

“We put a new ethics office in place, put state contracting standards in place and took special interest money out of elections through historic campaign finance reforms.”

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Getting Ready for “The Diary of Anne Frank”

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To prepare for the forthcoming June production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” members of Westport’s Staples Players received 40s-style haircuts at Compo Barber Shop. The cast cut their hair to fit the character they will be portraying. “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be the first major, faculty-directed production in the newly expanded and renovated Staples High School Black Box Theater. Players members are pictured with “Tommy” and “Felice” of Compo Barber Shop. For more information, visit the Players Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Property Transfers May 8-12, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 8-12, 2006:

Woodhill Builders LLC to John D. and Regina L. Mello, 4 Woodhill Road, $2,130,000
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Johnjam LLC to Christina Properties LLC, 17 Turkey Hill Road South, $880,000

Amani Holdings LLC to Dana L. Tofel, 17 High Gate Road, $748,000

14 Hunting Lane LLC to Garrett and Hallie Chase, 14 Hunting Lane, $1,780,000

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Most Westport Votes Go to Malloy in Democratic Race

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Westport Democratic Town Chair Martha Aasen makes her views known during today’s balloting at the Democratic state convention in Hartford for a candidate for governor. Westport’s delegation voted 13 for Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, one for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, and one abstention. Malloy prevailed 799 to 795 to win the party’s endorsement but DeStefano will primary on Aug. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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