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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Choices, Choices

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A mother and son select a ripe tomato from one of the fresh fruit and vegetable booths today at the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse. The market will be open through October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Squire Lane

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A demolition permit application is in process for the house at 4 Squire Lane, off Cob Drive in the North Avenue area near the Merritt Parkway overpass. The 2,115-square feet colonial was built in 1965 and sits on a 1.33-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, September 13, 2007


Westport schools closed for Rosh Hashanah
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site and Building Commission

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Rededication of Ginny Parker Field Set for Saturday

The rededication ceremony of Ginny Parker field at Staples High School will take place Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on the new synthetic athletic turf surface.

The ceremony will be followed by Westport Day of Field Hockey with the Staples Varsity vs New Canaan High School at 10 a.m. followed by the junior varsity game at 11:30 a.m.

Beginning at 1 p.m. will be Westport Field Hockey Association Blue (eighth grade) vs Darien, ending with Westport White (seventh grade) vs Darien at 3 p.m.

A barbecue hosted by WFHA and Staples Field Hockey Booster Club will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Save the Children Aids in Indonesia Quake

Save the Children staff members in Indonesia are preparing to assist children and families affected by the 8.4-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Sumatra today, the Westport-based charity said.

The massive quake, with an epicenter in the Indian Ocean, rattled the island nation at about 8:30 p.m. local time, striking nearest to Bengkulu Province on the western coast. Several strong aftershocks followed, including a 6.6-magnitude quake about an hour after the first.

Darkness and communications problems are hampering injury and damage assessments, according to the government.

Save the Children said it will send out its emergency response team to assess the situation within the coming hours. The agency plans to purchase supplies and relief items to assist families in immediate need while plans are made for additional assistance efforts over the next 48 hours, a news release said.

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WestportNow Teardown ofthe Day: 6 Bluewater Lane

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An application for a demolition permit is in process for the house at 6 Bluewater Lane. The 4,489-square feet custom split-level was built in 1960 and sits on a one-acre property with a clear view of Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Soccer Blanks Bassick 6-0

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Tri-Captain Russell Oost-Lievense works his magic today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team today picked up where it left off last year, routing the visiting Bassick Lions of Bridgeport 6-0.

The Wreckers scored six first-half goals before an appreciative home crowd at Loeffler Field.

Scores came from Liam Bohonnon (2), Greg Gudis, Mike White, Alex Gendell and Dane Ostilly. 

“We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s nice to open up on a positive note like this,” said head coach Dan Woog.

The Wreckers next play Danbury at Danbury at 4 p.m. Friday.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Closed Pending Test Results

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The Town Hall South ball field remained off limits today as the Westport Weston Health District awaited test results from possible lead contamination. It said the results should be available no later than next week. The Little League field, one of two behind Town Hall, was not in use this season. The District said it acted after paint was sanded from the exterior of a nearby home without proper precautions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Y’s Men Elect Officers

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The Y’s Men of Westport Weston group, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has elected its board of directors for 2007-08. They include (seated, l-r): Marty Yellin, assistant secretary; John Luscombe, assistant treasurer; Neil Coleman, program chairman; Bob Fatherley, president; Bill Balch, fist vice president; Mike Belaga, treasurer, and Roy McKay, secretary. (Standing. l-r): Austen Doolittle, historian; Elliott Netherton, trips and travel chairman; Stan Groner, member at large; Barry McCabe, public relations chairman; Bill Meyer, membership chairman, and Jon Fox, immediate past president. Missing are Bruce Allen, community service chairman, and Peter Nathan and Rick Towers, directors at large. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee

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RTM Has Competitive Races in 5 of 9 Districts

Five of Westport’s nine Representative Town Meeting (RTM) districts have competitive races in November, according to petitions returned by today’s filing deadline.

Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said while three petitioners have yet to have their 25 signatures formally certified, she said she expected they would qualify when reviewed on Wednesday.

Districts 4 and 5 only have three candidates for four slots, she said. And in District 8, incumbent Dewey Loselle advised her today he was withdrawing, leaving four candidates for four positions, she said.

Write-in candidates have until two weeks before the Nov. 6 election to qualify. If seats remain vacant after the election, the other members in the district fill the vacancies by appointment.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Westport Agencies Receive $81,000 in Grants

The Fairfield County Community Foundation said today it and its donors awarded more than $81,000 to Westport agencies during the fiscal year ended June 30.

The gifts were part of $8.3 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Fairfield County and beyond during fiscal 2007, the Wilton-based organization said.

The Foundation also brokered an additional $1.8 million in grants from other foundations and funding sources to benefit causes in Fairfield County. Net assets increased 17 percent to $94.3 million, according to a news release.

A total of $81,640 was awarded to Westport nonprofits: $33,500 from donor advised funds established at the Foundation by individuals, families and corporations, and $48,140 from discretionary funds held at the Foundation.

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Wires Down

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Heavy rains and strong winds that hit Westport today knocked down a large tree branch at the corner of Old Road and Bauer Place resulting in downed power lines and closure of the road to local traffic. According to firefighters and police, this was the third call within an hour of downed power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gardeners Welcome Rain But it Causes Problems on Roadways

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Many Westport gardeners welcomed today’s heavy rains—more than 1 inch fell—after no significant rainfall for almost three weeks. But the rains caused some minor flooding on roadways and downed some trees and power lines. Pictured is a car going through puddles on Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Possible Lead Contamination Closes Town Hall Ball Field

UPDATE One of two Little League ball fields behind Westport Town Hall has been closed because of possible lead contamination in the vicinity, the Westport Weston Health District announced today.

The district asked the Westport Parks and Recreation Department to close the field known as Town Hall South as “a precautionary measure.”

A news release said the district had received a complaint “regarding possible lead contamination in the vicinity of the ball fields.”

It said testing is being done by a certified lab and reopening of the ball field will be dependent on lab results which should be available no later than next week.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Elizabeth Drive

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The application process is underway for a demolition permit for 5 Elizabeth Drive, off Old Road.  The 1959-built split-level has 1,160 square feet and sits on a 0.59 acre property. The development plans propose replacement with a five-bedroom house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Along the Garden Path

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This flower garden along the path behind the Westport’s Inn at Longshore brightened an otherwise gloomy Monday afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning and Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Subcommittee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen - (live coverage on cable channel 79 and at http://www.westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Green Room – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage on cable channel 79 and at www. westportct.gov)
7:30 – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance and Employee Compensation Committees

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BOE Discusses Air Quality Issues; to Seek $5 Million

The Westport Board of Education tonight held a lengthy discussion of air quality issues at King’s Highway Elementary and other schools. It put the town on notice it will ask for almost $5 million to address the problems as well as pay an unanticipated electricity bill.

Ultimately, it voted to request $1.666 million immediately and put off action on the balance.

School administrators told the board that almost $4.1 million would pay for testing and remediation of mold and other air quality issues at King’s Highway and Staples High School.

The funds would also cover testing the air quality at other schools, installation of a new King’s Highway ventilation system, expedited removal of carpets from all classrooms, and repointing of brick at all schools to prevent entry of moisture into buildings. Part of the request also covers hiring a new HVAC engineer.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Brookside Drive

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Westport officials are considering a demolition permit application for 8 Brookside Drive off Compo Road North.  Built in 1945, the 3,281-square feet Cape Cod-style house sits on a 2.06 acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 10, 2007

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Brings Humor to Y’s Women

By Phyllis Groner

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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Robert Mankoff kept the audience laughing at today’s meeting of the Y’s Women. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
It was nonstop laughing and standing room only today at the Y’s Women of Westport Weston meeting featuring Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker magazine. 

He regaled the audience with humorous stories about the cartoons picked by the magazine in a program he titled, “The One Hour New Yorker Cartoon Course.” 

Markoff rattled off a list of statistics for the audience, including that 50 percent of cartoonists are left-handed and that The New Yorker receives more than 1,000 cartoons a week from which 17 are picked. 

The New Yorker caption contest gets 5,000 to 10,000 entries a week, he said.

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Talking Transportation: All Tickets Please

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

What’s one of the biggest complaints to the Metro-North Commuter Council each week?  After a lack of seats on most trains, tops on the list is uncollected tickets.

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Passengers on the train get really miffed when they’ve paid for their ticket, but they see others getting a free ride.

Here’s the typical scenario: you’re on a train from Grand Central heading home in the evening. The train stops at Stamford (or Greenwich or New Rochelle) to discharge passengers while other intermediate commuters come on board, filling the previously occupied seats.

As the train proceeds, the conductor walks through the train asking for “Stamford tickets!” and a few honest souls proffer their passes or tickets.

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Bench Time

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These visitors to Westport’s Old Mill area Sunday spent some bench time taking in the beauty of Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, September 9, 2007


7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Selectmen special meeting on Town Plan (live coverage on cable channel 79 and at http://www.westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A Parks and Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Room 333 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District - Board of Directors meeting
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage on cable channel 78)

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Cleaning Up at Saugatuck Shores

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One of Westport’s lesser known beaches, Canal Beach in the Saugatuck Shores area, got a clean up Saturday from 35 employees of Tauck World Discovery, the locally owned travel firm. The volunteers removed dead trees, cleaned up debris, and raked shells. Contributing supplies and trucks to to the effort were Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy, Jim Donaher of Gault, and Sal and Pete Romano. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) R. Tauck for WestportNow.com

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