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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A Bag of Necessities for Breast Cancer Patients

By Dave Matlow

When Maureen Lutz packed for her hospital visit as a breast cancer patient she wasn’t sure what to Image
Maureen Lutz: provides practical assistance to breast cancer patients. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

“It looked like I was going on a cruise” she told the Westport Rotary Club today at the Inn at Longshore.  “And when I was discharged I had not used any of it.”

That experience led the Ridgefield resident to found a business, Necessities, Inc. The nonprofit venture provides practical assistance to those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lutz said she after her experience, she put together a list of necessities that her doctor could distribute to others.

She said she heard from other doctors who told her:  “Oh my, yes, we could use that.”

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Intertwining of Jazz and Art Image
The Westport Arts Center today presented a talk on the role and influence jazz played in 20th century modern and contemporary art. Danielle Cavanna, the Center’s director of education, used a 1943 work by black artist Archibald Motley to illustrate the intertwining of art and music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Teaching Tolerance Image
Cary Bell, interim principal of Westport’s Bedford Middle School, introduced the first of three highly interactive diversity workshops called “Let’s Get Real” for eighth graders in the school’s auditorium today. The program is a joint effort between Bedford and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). It also was presented to sixth graders and again will be presented on Feb. 8 for seventh graders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Adding Meaning to ROPES Image
Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School took part today in “Let’s Get Real” diversity workshops organized by the school and the Anti-Defamation League. Ann Marie Knight of the ADL’s regional office in New Haven started the workshop by setting the ground rules for the program which students spelled out as R-O-P-E-S, meaning R = respect, O = Openness, P = Participation, E = Escuchar (Spanish for “listen”), S = Sensitivity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Police Arrest Friend in Rochlin Death

UPDATE A childhood friend of Charles Rochlin was arrested today in connection with December’s accident on Greens Farms Road that killed the U.S. Marine who was home in Westport on Image
Matthew Packer: arraigned in Norwalk court today. photo from Cablevision News-12 Image
Charles M. Rochlin: His friend was charged with manslaughter. Contributed photo

Matthew Packer, 25, whose address was listed as Third Avenue in Manhattan, surrendered to Westport police in the company of his attorney Andrew Bowman after learning that there was a warrant for his arrest, a news release said.

Packer was charged with second-degree manslaughter and operating under the influence of alcohol in the Dec. 27 accident in which the car he and Rochlin were riding hit a tree and ended up across the road. (See WestportNow Dec. 28, 2009)

“We’re happy we were able to give some closure to the Rochlin family who has endured not only the tragedy but also the fact that Mr. Packer didn’t step up and admit he was the operator of the vehicle,” said Lt. Vincent Penna, commander of the Detective Bureau.

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Wilton Considering Plastic Bag Ban

The Town of Wilton is considering enacting a ban on plastic bags at retail similar to Westport’s ordinance following a presentation by a group of members from the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

Wilton’s Board of Selectmen heard about the Westport experience at its meeting Monday night.

“This plastic bag ordinance is a great idea,” said First Selectman William Brennan, according to a report on the Wilton Villager Web site.

“Wilton has been interested in moving in this direction for some time, and it’s wonderful to get the perspective of a town (which) already has this ordinance in place.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 70 Harbor Road Image
An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 70 Harbor Road in the Saugatuck Shores area. Built in 1948, the one-story ranch has 1,639 square feet and is situated on a .10-acre water view property. Since it was built more than 50 years ago the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Winter Reflections Image
The Gorham Island office building in Westport’s center reflects the wintry Saugatuck River scenery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for


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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Danielle Cavanna, “Art & All That Jazz”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
1:30 p.m. – Parks & Recreation Conference Room – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
2:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Staples High School and Westport YMCA - Staples Swimming & Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat Swim Team “Swim for Haiti” fundraiser
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Yoga with Julia Hepfer (Middle School +)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission/Architectural Review Board Joint Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Amy Bloom, “Where the God of Love Hangs Out”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Harmony4Kidz Sets Town Hall Benefit Concert for Saturday

Harmony4Kidz, an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless children in the tri-state area through music and the arts, will present a benefit concert at the Westport Town Hall Auditorium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Robby Bridges from WEBE 108 will host the festivities. There will be a silent auction, prizes and donations by many community businesses, including guitar lessons from Fairfield Guitar Center and Valentine’s Day gifts from Arbonne, Sendoutcards and Beautiful Faces.

Musicians performing at the benefit include Irena Hart, (founder of Harmony4Kidz), Al Ferrante Trio, Cassandra Kubinski, Steve Barrett, Larry Shiller, Tony Brochetta, Laura Sumner, the band Face4Radio and special guest Hailey Knox, an 11-year old singer/guitarist.

Kids ages 8-18 are encouraged to participate and submit their ideas on “How to Save the World” by picking up an entry form at the Westport Historical Society, an announcement said.

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FEMA Updating Flood Insurance Maps of Westport

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that Westport has received notification from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that it will be updating data about the Connecticut coastline, including its flood insurance maps.

The updating will involve field inspectors surveying coastal areas, he said. The inspectors, in making their coastal flood analysis, will engage in visual inspection of the shoreline to identify changes in physical conditions from previous surveys.

FEMA representatives performing the survey will carry identification which they will produce upon request, Joseloff said.

“For the safety of our residents and their properties, it is important that Westport have updated coastal flood maps,” said Joseloff.  “The town plans to work closely with FEMA to insure the most accurate data and maps feasible.”


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New Tax Service for Low and Moderate Income Households

Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today a new and expanded service to low and moderate income households.

Tax preparation assistance and electronic filing of state and federal taxes will continue every Monday from Feb. 8 to mid-April at the Westport Library from 4 to 7:30 p.m., she said.

Interested residents may call Westport Human Services Department 203-341-1050 to schedule an appointment.

“This year more residents than ever may qualify for tax credits,” Butler said.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Three Iraq Veterans Among New Westport Officers

Three veterans with U.S. military service in Iraq are among five new police officers sworn in today at a Police Department ceremony. The new officers are:

Michael J. Ruttenber, 28, is a New Jersey native. He is a 2003 graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Ruttenber served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007 in both Afghanistan and Iraq and is currently a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. He is a resident of Somers, N.Y.

Scott C. Morrison, 39, is a graduate of Fairfield High School and a 1997 graduate of the University of Connecticut where he received a Bachelor of General Studies degree. Morrison worked as a financial advisor and trader in New York City and Fairfield County for several years prior to applying with the Westport Police Department. He is a resident of Fairfield.

Paul M. Wargo, 26, is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Fairfield and a 2001 graduate of Norwalk Community College where he received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. Wargo was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2000 with deployment to Iraq and was discharged as a sergeant in 2007.  He was most recently employed as a surgery technician with Veterinary Centers of America in Norwalk. Wargo resides in Bridgeport.

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The Westport Police Department today added five new recruits. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff swore in the new officers in a ceremony in the police headquarters classroom. “You are now part of our family,” he told them. “You take care of us and we will take care of you and your family.” The new officers (l-r) are Michael Ruttenber, 28; John Lachioma, Scott Morrison, 39; Paul Wargo, 26, and James Loomer, 23. They will begin five months of training at the Police Academy in Meriden on Feb. 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Icy February on the Saugatuck Image
February began with the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center covered with ice from recent sub-freezing temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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