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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Walking in Freezing Temperatures

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There was a lone walker at Westport’s Compo Beach Wednesday despite temperatures well below the freezing mark. Temperatures were in the low 20s and dipped into the teens during the night. Temperatures are expected to stay in the 20s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007


10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - New Tax Law Changes; Joseph D’Agostin, IRS revenue agent, will speak about new tax laws and tips
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Dr. Strangelove”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “Dr. Strangelove” (for teens)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201– Planning & Zoning Commission work session
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “Spinning into Butter”

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Capital Forecast Shows $45 Million in Potential Projects

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Board of Finance tonight expressed concerns over significant projected costs that are included in the preliminary five-year capital forecast.

Included in the preliminary forecast is $45 million in “to be determined” municipal facilities and land acquisitions and $1 million towards a townwide wireless network. The forecast has three years with $15 million each to the unnamed projects.

While board members said they appreciate the planning, some said they had concerns about the funding already.

“You say you’re doing this so we’re not blindsided, and I’m still blindsided by the numbers,” said Avi Kaner, a finance board member.

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Resident Suffers Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A Westport resident suffered carbon monoxide poisoning today when the furnace malfunctioned in his home.

The Westport Fire Department received a report of fumes odor in a home on Lockwood Circle at just around 4:30 p.m. today.

Firefighters arriving on the scene found heavy smoke because of a furnace malfunction and carbon monoxide levels exceeding 120 parts per million on the first floor, fire officials said.

They shut down the furnace, extinguished any fire and ventilated the house with mechanical fans, officials said.

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Students Analyze Town’s Top Issues

By Jennifer Connic

Fifth grade students from across Westport have been analyzing some of the toughest issues facing the town, and tonight they presented how they think the problems should be solved.WestportNow.com Image
Discussing their project concerning relocation of the Westport Weston Family Y tonight were Katie Zhou (l) and Amanda Mezoff, fifth graders at King’s Highway Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

About 30 students in the elementary-level workshop program presented answers to issues such as affordable housing, emergency preparedness, the Westport Weston Family Y’s move to Mahackeno and open space.

Some of the town’s leaders attended the event at Coleytown Middle School including First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Family Y Chief Executive Officer Helene Weir.

Several groups addressed the same issues, including affordable housing and the Family Y’s plans.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Town Strikes Deal with Women’s Club

By Jennifer Connic

Town officials have signed an agreement with the Westport Woman’s Club to provide a walkway from their clubhouse to the upper Imperial Avenue parking lot.

The lower lot—which has been designated for the club’s use for over 50 years—will be used by Connecticut Light and Power as part of the Middletown to Norwalk high-voltage power line project.

While most of the 345-kilovolt transmission line will be buried under Route 1 in Westport, it will also be buried under the Saugatuck River.

Town officials came to an agreement with the power company to use the lower lot as a “jacking pit” to bury the power line under the river and to install a vault, which will house electrical equipment once the project is completed.

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Westport Property Transfers Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2007:

Dimity Linard and Lillemor Wallmark to Michele Knapp and Jules Jonckheer, 185 Imperial Ave., $750,000WN property.jpg

Vera Spivack to Frank J. and Patricia O’Malley, 122 Regents Park, $795,000

B. P. Conn LLC and T. R. B. Conn LLC to Abbey 450 Post Road LLC, 450 Post Road East, $11,968,500

Nicola S. Coleman to John W. and Amanda E. Elliott, 4 Tamarac Road, $1,525,000

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Icy Compo

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Ice is coating many of the water areas in Westport today with temperatures remaining below freezing, including at Compo Beach. Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens tonight and remain below freezing through the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Levitt Pavilion Winter Benefit is Friday

New York-based Soul Street will headline the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion’s 11th annual Winter Gala, “Midnight in Marrakech,” on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore.

Tickets for the fund-raiser are $175 and help underwrite the pavilion’s summer of free entertainment.

The Morrocan-themed event will feature a champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception, lavish dinner buffet, ongoing entertainment, the Silent and Live Auction Marketplace and dancing with Soul Street performing.

With a repertoire from big band to rock, Soul Street has been the band of choice for for Robert De Niro, Billy Joel and the Royal Family of Morocco.

To charge tickets by phone, call (203) 226-7600.  For more information, visit levittpavilion.com.

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Parks and Recreation Union Receives New Contract

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport parks and recreation workers have a new five-year union contract that has a 3 percent wage increase in four of the five years.

The Westport Representative Town Meeting approved the new contract during its meeting Tuesday night.

The contract dates back to July 2, 2006 with a three percent wage increase in the first four years. There is a 3.25 percent wage increase in the final year of the contract, which starts July 1, 2010.

The RTM approval also ensures a $34,000 lump sum bonus that will be distributed among the 34 union members.

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RTM Sends Family Y Proposal to Committees for Review

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Representative Town Meeting early today voted to send to committee a sense of the meeting resolution asking town officials to swap land with the Westport Weston Family Y.

The vote shortly after midnight followed more than an hour of debate.

Michael Gilbertie, RTM District 9, submitted a sense of the meeting resolution, which is non-binding, asking that town officials swap a portion of Winslow Park for the Family Y’s downtown facility, which is under contract for purchase. The proposal comes as a response to the Family Y’s plans to move its facility to Camp Mahackeno.

The town acquired Winslow Park under eminent domain, which requires that it be used for municipal needs and not as open space, he said, plus the Family Y would need about seven acres of the 27-acre property.

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Saugatuck in the Winter

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Much of the Saugatuck River is covered in ice as temperatures have remained below freezing in Westport this week. Temperatures were around 20 degrees on Tuesday and are expected to stay around the same today. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing the remainder of the week and through the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Feb. 7, 2007


10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Digital Audiobooks Workshop
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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RTM Approves Synthetic Turf Funding

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Meghan Mitnick, Staples senior and varsity girls lacrosse co-captain, was the first of several student athletes who addressed the RTM tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Representative Town Meeting tonight approved $1.6 million necessary to install synthetic turf on the P.J. Romano Football Field and the Ginny Parker Field Hockey Field.

Under the plan, the Field of Dreams Committee asked town officials to pay approximately $700,000 to install the turf on the Ginny Parker Field Hockey Field at Staples High School while it would raise $865,000 for the turf on the P.J. Romano Field at Saugatuck Elementary School. Both fields would be installed this summer.

A large group of people—including Staples girls field hockey and lacrosse players—spoke in favor of the proposal, but not every RTM member supported the funding.

Staples junior Colby Mello, junior captain of the girls lacrosse team, said there needs to be a change with the Ginny Parker Field because it floods and has dangerous holes.

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Green Energy Task Force Holds Its First Meeting

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Green Energy Task Force tonight started its efforts in advising town officials and residents on how to conserve energy or switch to green power.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he hopes the task force can help boost public awareness because residents need to understand the issues surrounding green energy and energy conservation.

“It’s been said that one (energy-efficient) light bulb in every Westport home will go a long way,” he said. “We’re not only saving the money but also saving the planet.”

The task force jumped right into its work by discussing how they would achieve their goals for advising the first selectman and educating the public on green energy.

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Frozen River

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With temperatures hovering around 20 degrees today, ice covered Westport’s Saugatuck River. Temperatures are expected to dip below zero tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Smoke at Bank Drive-Up Traced to Transformer

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Westport firefighters today responded to T.D. BankNorth at 90 Post Road East on a report of smoke in a building housing an ATM machine and drive-up teller. The problem was traced to a transformer.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Playhouse’s Playwright Earns Artist Fellowship

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David Wiltse: Received a state artist fellowship. Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse’s playwright in residence has received an artist fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

David Wiltse, a Weston resident, was one of 34 artists across the state to receive an award from the commission in the categories of choreography, fiction, film/video, music composition, playwriting and poetry.

Wiltse has written 11 plays, published 12 novels and produced more than 50 projects for film and television. He has been a resident of Weston and Westport since 1972.

Wiltse is the winner of a Drama Desk Award for “Most Promising Playwright” for his first produced play, “Suggs,” which was premiered at Lincoln Center.

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Joseloff Addresses Westport Rotary Club

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented a state of the town address to the Westport Rotary Club today at the Inn at Longshore. Joseloff touched on a number of topics including the Westport Weston Family Y’s potential move to Camp Mahackeno. He said he believes it would be in the best interest of the town if the Family Y could stay downtown. He also said debate is healthy, but the level of uncivility in the community debate is rising to uncomfortably alarming levels and cannot continue. Excerpts from his remarks are available on the town Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Playing with Their Food

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Actors Bill Phillips and Lou Orsone and director Carole Schweid (l-r) get a bite to eat after today’s “Play With Your Food” performance at Westport’s Toquet Hall. There was a sellout crowd for the event, which included the performance and lunch followed by a “talk back” session with the actors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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School Board Approves Budget with $300,000 Reduction

By Jennifer Connic

Voting just after midnight, the Westport Board of Education early today approved a $88.9 million 2007-08 proposed school budget after reducing the superintendent’s request by more than $300,000.

The proposal is a 8.4 percent increase over the current budget and now moves on to the Board of Finance.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon had proposed an $89.2 million budget, which is a 8.8 percent, or $7.2 million increase over the current budget.

The board reduced the operating expenses by approximately $636,000 based on proposed cuts from Landon, but added $300,000 to the insurance account before its final vote.

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Braving the Cold

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Deer in the Coleytown area of Westport were some of the very few to brave Monday’s cold with temperatures in the teens. The overnight low was expected to drop to around zero with forecasters predicting today’s high to be 20 degrees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Martha Nachman for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Board
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Mary-Lou Weisman
12:15 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - First Selectman Gordon Joseloff addresses Westport Rotary meeting
4:15 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Art Factory: Amulets, Talismans and Good Luck Charms
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Energy Task Force
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Supermarket Workers Authorize Stop & Shop Strike

Supermarket workers in Connecticut and western Massachusetts authorized union leaders tonight to call a strike against Stop & Shop if the supermarket chain refuses to relent on health care issues.

Brian Petronella, president of Local 371 of the United Food & Commercial Workers, said his Westport-based local voted unanimously to reject a company proposal for paycheck deductions for health insurance.

Workers also unanimously gave union leaders the go-ahead to call a strike as early as Feb. 19 if a contract scheduled to expire the previous day is not extended.

In addition, union locals in Springfield, Mass., and Farmington rejected the health care proposal and authorized a strike, Petronella said.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Joseloff to Deliver State of the Town Address to Rotary

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Gordon Joseloff: Updating on town initiatives. Contributed photo
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff will give a state of the town address to the Westport Rotary Club during its meeting on Tuesday at noon at the Inn at Longshore.

The public is invited to the luncheon, which costs $20.

Joseloff’s talk will range on a variety of topics and updates on a number of initiatives he has started during his administration including emergency preparedness, green energy, affordable housing, technology, and Celebrate Westport.

Joseloff was first elected as first selectman in November 2005. He was previously moderator of the Representative Town Meeting representing District 8.

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