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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Westport Schools Opening on Time

The Westport schools are opening on time today, according to school officials.

Weather conditions had caused delays or cancellations at some nearby districts, but Westport is operating normally today, they said.

The Westport schools snow/delay telephone line is (203)341-1766.

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Westport Firefighters Aid at Fairfield Condo Fire

UPDATE Westport firefighters went to the aid of Fairfield firefighters early today as they fought a condominium fire near the Westport town line.WestportNow.com Image
Amateur video of the Fairfield condominium fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from Cablevision News-12.

The blaze broke out shortly before midnight at the Quincy Condominiums at 22-28 Hulls Highway just off the Post Road about a half mile from the Westport line.

Flames were shooting high into the air as the first units arrived. Westport’s ladder truck, Engine Co. 2 from headquarters, and the shift commander’s vehicle responded to the fire scene.

Engine Co. 5 from Greens Farms took up a position at Fairfield fire headquarters to help provide coverage of the rest of Fairfield while most of its firefighters were at the condominium fire.

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Storm Coming

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A blaze of gold from the sun in the late afternoon Tuesday painted the sky with yellow streaks at Westport’s Compo Beach as unusual feathery cloud patterns heralded the approach of the expected storm. A flash flood watch and wind advisory were in effect from this morning to afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – PIC Downtown Plan Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center—“The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
Noon - Westport Public Library - Best New Books from Sybil Steinberg
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Public Informational Meeting: Saugatuck Shores Sanitary Sewer Project (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - J. Crew (145 Main Street) - Westport Arts Center Holiday Shopping Benefit
7 p.m. -  Westport Public Library - TEAM Westport: “RFK in the Land of Apartheid - A Ripple of Hope”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Town to Honor School Champions at Basketball Game

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that the Town of Westport will honor Westport’s student champions on Dec. 16 in a special presentation during a boys varsity basketball game at Staples High School.

The Wrecker hoopsters will kick off their season at 7 p.m. in a game against Bridgeport Central and the special ceremony honoring soccer and football champions and other student achievers will be held before the game, Joseloff said. The ceremony originally had been set for halftime.

“We tried to schedule a ‘Parade of Champions,’” he said. “But we just couldn’t get it together because of scheduling problems at this busy time of year.”

He said honorees will include the Staples boys soccer team, led by Coach Dan Woog, and the varsity football team, led by Coach Marce Petroccio, as well as the boys volleyball team, the boys golf team, Staples Players, the robotics and debate teams that won competitions this year, as well as representatives from prize winners Inklings, Moodys, and WWPT-FM.

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Fairfield County Foundation Awards Grants to Westporters

The Fairfield County Community Foundation, on behalf of its donors, today announced it has awarded $9.1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Fairfield County and beyond during fiscal year 2009.

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The Foundation brokered an additional $1.3 million in grants from other foundations and funding sources to benefit nonprofit programs in Fairfield County. The Foundation also awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to Fairfield County students. In Westport, the Foundation awarded 26 grants totaling $171,988. Two Westport students received scholarships totaling $2,625. Among the nonprofits receiving grants were: A Better Chance of Westport, Interfaith Housing Association of Westport/Weston, Positive Directions, Save the Children, Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve, Westport Arts Center and Wholesome Wave.

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Staples Candlelight Concert to be Simulcast for First Time

Westport’s Staples High School Media Lab announced today it will simulcast for the first time the Staples Music Department’s Candlelight Concert on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 9:30 p.m.WestportNow.com Image
Choral Director Alice Lipson leads the A Cappella Choir in a traditional old English yule song, “Gloucestershire Wassail,” at the 68th annual Candlelight Concert last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The simulcast will be broadcast live on WWPT, 90.3 FM, Channel 78 Cablevision, and on the Internet via their Staples Television Network Web site (www.stn78.com).

This broadcast will be hosted by juniors Eric Gallanty and D.J. Sixsmith. The broadcast will be produced and directed by junior Brandon Edelson, and audio production for this stereo broadcast will be engineered by senior Robinson Batteau. 

There will be a crew of approximately a dozen students in charge of cameras, directions, and communication. This is the first broadcast in which the Music Department has partnered with the Staples Media Lab for a live broadcast, the announcement said.

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Music Master

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Alice Lipson, Staples High School choral director, leads the Orphenians in today’s performance at the weekly meeting of the Westport Rotary Club at the Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shaking Their Bells at Rotary


The Orphenians of Staples High School paid their annual holiday visit to the Westport Rotary Club today in advance of the school’s Candlelight Concert—the 69th version—next week (to be simulcast for the first time On Saturday, Dec. 19, at 9:30 p.m. by the Staples High School Media Lab). Among the selections was a fun version of “Jingle Bells.” WestportNow.com video

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Flash Flood Watch, Wind Advisories Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flash flood watch and wind advisory for Westport and area from Wednesday morning through Wednesday afternoon.

An advisory said snow across the interior will change to rain and closer to the coast plain rain will occur. The precipitation will be heavy at times across the entire region through the morning.

Precipitation amounts will range from 1 1/2 to 2 inches with locally up to 2 1/2 inches if any persistent rain bands develop.

The period of heaviest rain may coincide with the morning commute and may fall in a relatively short period of time, the advisory said. This may resulting in flooding of urban small streams and other poor drainage and low lying areas.

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Hoot Owls Holiday Music

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Chris Coogan and The Hoot Owls entertained Westport Woman’s Club members Monday at their December Luncheon. The Hoot Owls is a singing group of the Y’s Men of Westport and Weston who perform as many as 25 times per year at retirement homes, churches, senior centers and various clubs. Coogan is a multi-talented musician who has led groups of singers and instrumentalists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center—“The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Tax Abatement Committee
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307-309 - Health & Wellness/Food Service Advisory Committee
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Zoning Citation Hearing
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Finance Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Board of Ed and Finance Discuss Budget Spending

A discussion about school finances tonight showed varied opinions on the value of keeping taxes low or spending enough to keep up the quality of Westport’s schools.

Members of Westport’s Board of Finance traveled to Staples High School to meet with Board of Education members about the 2010-2011 education and town budget.

The session came a month after municipal elections that saw one new member elected to each board

Board of Education Chairman Donald O’Day set the tone for the discussion by saying “keeping things the same will mean a $2.5 million increase.”

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Consultant Projects Drop Off in Elementary Enrollment

An education consultant told the Westport Board of Education tonight that the town’s elementary enrollment could drop off sharply over the next few years.

However, Donald G. Kennedy of the New England School Development Council, known as NESDEC, said the pattern could reverse itself quickly depending on a number of factors, especially the economy.

“Will you lose?’” he asked. “Maybe, maybe not…these are strange economic times.”

Kennedy said based on his analysis, Westport’s middle school population will likely remain the same while the high school population will continue to increase.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Free Training for SpinOdyssey Participants

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The Westport Weston Family Y has begun free training for participants in SpinOdyssey, the annual event in March that raises funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research. Pictured (l-r) on the Y’s steps to remind Westporters of the training are Donna Renzulli, Mariann VanZanten, Laurie Gray, Michel Lamothe, and Patty Kondub. They are also planning a gala wine tasting fundraiser for January. SpinOdyssey, which will be held March 7 at Intensity, formerly Fitness & Tennis, 490-508 Westport Ave., Norwalk, is 100 percent volunteer breast cancer survivor-run. For more information visit www.Spinodyssey.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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