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Friday, May 09, 2008

Memory Lane

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Three friends met at Compo Beach and reminisced over a very special photograph. The picture, taken in 1955, shows several long-time Westport residents with Rocky Marciano, heavyweight champion of the world from 1952 to 1956.  According to Joe Valiante (l), the owner of the photo, his father, Whitey Valiante, was in the service with Marciano. After the war, Whitey and several other Westporters visited the fighter at his training camp at the Grossinger’s resort in the Catskills. In addition to Valiante, holding the photo are (l-r) Angelo Vino (also in the Marciano photo), and Tim Romano. Pictured in the old photograph are: (top row, l-r)  Bozo (Joe) Romano, Angelo Vino, Marciano, Whitey Valiante, and Marciano’s father; (bottom row, l-r) Frank Nistico. Sal Romano, Jack Demaria, and unknown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Westport Man Held in $500,000 Embezzlement Scheme

Westport police said today they have arrested a Westport man employed at Westport investment firm on charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from his employer.

Noel D. Lara, 40, was arrested at the unidentified firm where he was an accountant and charged with larceny first degree, a news release said.

Police did not provide details of the alleged embezzlement except to say it involved funds “in excess of $500,000.”

They said search and seizure warrants were executed at his residence, his vehicles, and a bank account. 

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Merritt Medical Emergency

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An 80-year-old Westchester County man became ill today while driving northbound on the Merritt Parkway just before Exit 41 in Westport. The man’s wife managed to maneuver the car to a stop. Westport and Norwalk firefighters responded along with Westport EMS. The man was taken to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rain Doesn’t Discourage Plant Sale Buyers

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Today’s rain did not discourage buyers at the Westport Garden Club’s annual plant sale at the Saugatuck Congregational Chuch on Post Road East. Despite the bad weather, most of the plants were gone by the 1 p.m. closing time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Group Launches Myanmar Relief Fund

The Westport-based U Thant Institute, led by its founder and president Daw Aye Aye Thant, a Myanmar national whose father was the late U.N. Secretary-General U Thant, today launched the Emergency Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Relief Fund.

The fund would provide immediate and longer term assistance to the cyclone-ravaged nation of Myanmar.

Following the catastrophic destruction unleashed by a May 2 cyclone which left tens of thousands dead and many more missing, the group said in a statement that it plans to use the fund to support and bolster existing survivor care management at the local level.

The Institute urged its network of members and others to donate quickly and generously to the fund. It said donations are tax deductible and are being accepted online or by mail (check payable to UTI/ EMCRF) and sent to U Thant Institute, 5 Sue Terrace, Westport, CT 06880.

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RTM Will Consider Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance

UPDATE Four members of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the town’s legislative body, are seeking to ban the distribution of plastic bags by Westport retail stores.

Six months after their proposed ordinance goes into effect, all Westport retail establishments would be prohibited from “the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.” Instead, they would be required to offer customers recyclable bags and/or reusable bags.

Thirty days after a third warning, violators would have to appear before an enforcement review committee named by the first selectman. An earlier draft of the ordinance provided for up to a $150 a day fine under the the town’s new Zoning Enforcement Ordinance.

“The proposed ordinance reverses the negative effects on our local environment from non-biodegradable plastic checkout bags provided in Westport,” said the petitioners in an explanation accompanying the proposed law.

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Readying for Today’s Westport Garden Club Sale

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The Westport Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East. Members were setting up for the sale on Thursday. Each of the 68 members was responsible for raising and bringing 20 or more plants for the sale. Proceeds will benefit local civic projects such as the greening of the Post Road, plantings around Town Hall, and colonial cemeteries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 9, 2008


9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Westport Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Hall-Brooke Community Room (47 Long Lots Road) - Friends of Hall-Brooke Mothers’ Day Weekend Art Show
6:30 p.m. - Westport Police Department Training Room - CERT Basic Training Class: Course Review, Disaster Scenario, and Graduation
7:30 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Music Theatre of Connecticut School presents “Grease”

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“Taste of Westport” Fund-Raiser Draws Large Crowd

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Tonight’s “A Taste of Westport” fund-raiser for Westport’s CLASP Homes drew a large crowd to the Westport Inn on Post Road East. Officials of CLASP said it was the largest crowd ever for the event, now in its fourth year. CLASP Homes is a not-for-profit organization that provides homes and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Full House for Library Mark Twain Lecture

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Tonight’s Westport Public LIbrary lecture on Mark Twain drew a full house. The second talk in the “Spoken Word” series on Twain featured Mark Schenker, associate dean of Yale College. He was introduced by Simone Dubow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Return of the Egrets

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The Egrets have returned to Westport. This one was spotted today searching for food near Compo Cove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Mill Scene

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A house at Westport’s Compo Mill Cove is all dressed up for spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Youth Film Festival to Screen 65 Films on Saturday

The Fifth Annual Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF), a program of the Westport Arts Center, will screen 65 films throughout the day on Saturday from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.

WYFF is the only youth film festival in the world run by high school students showing films made by high school students. This year WYFF received approximately 300 films from local, domestic and foreign filmmakers who are currently in high school. The entries were first viewed by Team WYFF, whose members chose 65 films to be shown at the festival. 

Films are 30 minutes or under in length and assigned to nine categories: drama, comedy, music video, public service announcement (PSA), documentary, animation, experimental, facing history and WYFF Jr. (younger than high school students).

“The list of distinguished professionals judging films and speaking at WYFF this year is remarkable. From Sundance winners to presidents of production companies, the prestige of this year’s lineup is the best we have ever had,” said Diana Snyder, WYFF director. 

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Artist at Work

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Westport artist Paul Gallant was caught with brush in hand at his easel as he painted another of his beautiful landscapes. This one was of a spring scene along the Saugatuck River from Grace K Salmon Park, a favorite spot for artists and photographers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Shellfish Permits to be Issued

Conservation Director Alicia Mozian has announced that the Westport Shellfish Commission will begin issuing permits for recreational shell fishing beginning Thursday, May 15.

Permits will be required on June 1 allowing for a grace period for those who may not know that a permit is now needed, she said.

“This marks a major achievement in what was a long haul in trying to reclaim jurisdictional control that had been taken away from the town by the decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court that control belonged to the state,” said Mozian.

A change in legislation passed in 2007 put the Cockenoe Flats shellfish beds under local jurisdiction.

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Westport and Weston Selectmen Report to Y’s Men

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Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss (l) and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff delivered their annual town reports today to the Y’s Men of Westport Weston. Topics covered ranged from regional concern about changed airline flight paths and I-95 congestion to controlling deer in the towns and the future of the Westport Weston Family Y.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y.  has issued a flood watch for Westport and portions of the tri-state area.

An advisory said 2 to 3 inches of rain are expected with localized higher amounts. It said significant urban and small stream flooding is possible in the
watch area based on current forecasts.

Residents are advised to monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings, the advisory said. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Residents with basements that are prone to flooding should take action at this time to protect property, the advisory said.

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Westport Sunset

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Wednesday’s sunset as seen from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 8, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
5 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Voluntary Action Center of Mid-Fairfield Volunteer Recognition Reception (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Inn - 4th Annual Taste of Westport CLASP Homes benefit
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Kids Family Film Classics: “James and the Giant Peach” (1996)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - SpokenWord: “As Webster is My Witness” discussion of Mark Twain’s work by Mark Schenker
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Westport Arts Center presents solo artists Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Cliff Eberhardt

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Power Outage Hits Westport Customers

UPDATE More than 1,500 Westport customers were without power for just under three hours tonight, according to the Connecticut Light and Power Company Web site.

CL&P blamed equipment failure for the outage which began at 6:41 p.m. and lasted until 9:28 p.m. It affected portions of Riverside Avenue, Kings Highway North,and Wilton Road, according to the utility company and Westport emergency officials.

A CL&P official said the cause was a cable fault along Wilton Road. He said 591 customers were out on and off of Kings Highway North, and another 332 customers out on and along Wilton Road, for a total of 923.

However, the CL&P Web site during the outage said more than 1,500 customers were in the dark.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

King of the Mountain

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Matthew Huber, 2, of Bethel, climbs a mountain of just delivered sand to Westport’s Compo Beach today. The sand will be used for Saturday’s seventh annual Castles in the Sand fund-raiser for the Interfaith Housing Association. The noon to 4 p.m. event involves families, friends and co-workers of all ages teaming up to create sand sculptures. Rain date is Sunday noon to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Farmers Market to Open May 18 in New Location

UPDATE Selectwoman Shelly A. Kassen announced today that the Westport Sunday Farmers Market will open on May 18 at a new location—the upper Imperial Avenue parking lot.

The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will run weekly rain or shine through Oct. 19.  In addition to the Celebrate Westport Committee, the Connecticut Farm Fresh Co-op Association will sponsor the market, with Alexis Gazy, of Gazy Brothers Farm, as the executive director.

“We are thrilled to have a Sunday market again this year in Westport and to co-sponsor it with the Connecticut Farm Fresh Co-op,” said Kassen. 

Celebrate Westport Committee member Rebecca Howe said, “Sunday’s market move to the upper Imperial Avenue parking lot will offer more space for vendors and parking for shoppers. We look forward to a successful season.”

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Westport Property Transfers April 14 - 18, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 14 - 18, 2008:

Leona M. Robison to Fairfield County BK Corp., 20 Compo Road South, $5,800,000 WN property.jpg

Anna C. Cesana to Jeanette Arbulu, 183 Roseville Road, $1,160,000

Jonathan J. and Laura E. Roberts to Grace Cho, 220 Riverside Ave. #D12, $825,000

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Family Y Public Hearings Schedule Revised

Westport Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley has announced that the Planning and Zoning Commission has made adjustments to its schedule to accommodate the need for additional time for public hearings on the Westport Weston Family Y application. 

The commission expects the public comment segment of the hearings to begin on Monday, May 12, and has added Wednesday, May 14 to its schedule in the event that the public comments require more than a single session, he said.

In addition, to the already designated dates for the Y application of May 12, May 19 and May 29, the commission has added May 22,  and has put May 20, and May 28 in reserve by securing the Town Hall Auditorium, Bradley said.

“The commission will announce at the end of each meeting a general schedule of what they expect to cover in the upcoming meetings,” he said. 

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RTM Approves 2008-09 Budget; BOF to Set Mill Rate May 21

With this week’s approval of Westport’s 2008-09 budget by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the final step in the process is for the Board of Finance to meet May 21 to set the new mill rate.

The RTM Monday night approved First Selectman Gordon Joseloff’s municipal budget of $59.6 million, a 3.93 percent increase over the current year, and on Tuesday approved the $109.2 million education budget, a 5.15 percent increase.

The combined town and education budget is $168.7 million and represents a 4.72 percent increase over the current year.

In setting the mill rate, the Board of Finance will weigh anticipated revenues and expenditures as well as determine how much, if any, it wants to take from the town’s reserves to be applied to the budget expenses. The mill rate is the tax per dollar of assessed value of property. The current mill rate is 13.73.

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