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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Saugatuck Station to Get Security Cameras

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that work will begin this month to install 16 security cameras at Westport’s Saugatuck Railroad Station.

“Our rail commuters deserve a safe and convenient ride on the train and the peace of mind of knowing that our stations are as secure as they can possibly be,” Rell said in a statement.

An announcement said in addition to Westport, Branford would receive four cameras for its Shoreline East station and New Haven 26 cameras for its Metro-North station.

Funding for the $250,000 project was obtained by the Department of Transportation through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Rell’s office said.

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Burying Hill Entrance Road Under Water

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The entrance road to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach was under water today about a half hour before high tide. Strong northeast winds and high astronomical tides caused bya full moon pushed waters 1 to 2 feet above normal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Minor Coastal Flooding

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There was minor coastal flooding at high tide just before noon today in several parts of Westport. This was the scene at Old Mill at the site of the former Allen’s Clam House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Flooding Advisory Continues into Afternoon

The National Weather Service said today that widespread minor to localized moderate coastal flooding is likely in the Westport area around the mid-day time of high tide cycles through early this afternoon.

“An elongated area of high pressure extending east across northern New England and a low pressure system off the mid-Atlantic coast continue to produce up to gale force northeast wind gusts of 39 mph across the Atlantic Ocean south of Long Island,” a morning advisory said.

Strong northeast winds and high astronomical tides caused by a full moon has resulted in tidal departures from 1 to 2 feet above normal. Widespread minor tidal flooding occurred during Friday evening’s high tides.

The areas most vulnerable for coastal flooding will be around the western shores of Long Island Sound between Bridgeport and Eatons Neck. New York Harbor, and southwest Suffolk County, the advisory said.

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Beachside Dawn

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Sunup as seen from Westport’s Beachside Avenue Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006


1:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples football vs Trumbull in homecoming game
2 p.m. - Old HIll Road and Kings Highway North - Westport Historical Society KIngs HIghway District Walking Tour
2 p.m. - 253 Riverside Ave. - Westport Republicans open house at new campaign headquarters
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, pianist, and acoustic guitarist, Marc Cohn

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Westhill Hands Staples Boys Soccer First Loss

In a fast, physical matchup, Stamford’s Westhill High School rallied from a 1-0 deficit today to hand Westport’s Staples High School its first loss of the boys soccer season. 

The 2-1 loss drops the Wreckers to 7-1-1.  They start a seven-game home stand Tuesday (4 p.m.), against Ridgefield.
Greg Bachman blasted in a rebound to give the visitors a 16th-minute lead, but the Vikings equalized four minutes before intermission. They got the game-winner midway through the second half, on a header off a corner kick.
“We needed a game like this. We needed to be tested,” said head coach Dan Woog.

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Homecoming Food Line

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Members of the Westport Kiwanis Club manned the food line tonight at Staples High School for the 13th annual homecoming pasta dinner. The club and Staples PTA were co-sponsors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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National Weather Service Issues Coastal Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service said today that minor to localized moderate coastal flooding is possible for Westport and the tri-state area at the times of high tide through early Saturday afternoon.WestportNow.com Image
The entrance to Westport’s Burying Hill Beach was flooded today due to high astronomical tides and strong northeast winds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

High tide at the mouth of the Saugatuck River is at 11:22 p.m. and 11:42 a.m. Saturday.

“The combination of a strong northeast flow and high astronomical tides will result in water piling up along the coast during the next 24 hours,” an afternoon advisory said.

“The strong northeast winds are due to polar high pressure centered over New England and low pressure along the Carolina coast.

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School Population Continues to Grow

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The Westport School District welcomed 5,604 students this school year, which is 41 more than originally expected, according to an enrollment report.

The Oct. 1 enrollment report was issued today as part of the packet for the Board of Education meeting Monday night.

The total enrollment is 115 more students than were in Westport schools a year ago.

According to the report, there were 39 more students in kindergarten and 21 in third grade than expected. It was the biggest difference between the predicted and expected.

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Flooded Lot

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An unusually high tide flooded the parking lot at Old Mill Beach. The high tide, coming with a full moon, flooded other areas of Westport, including the entrance to Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Teacher Negotiations Heading to Arbitration

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Negotiations between the Board of Education and the Westport Education Association, the district’s teacher’s association, may be heading to arbitration.

The schools negotiating team and the teachers had a mediation session, but now the matter could head to an arbitration panel after Oct. 10, said Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon.

The session will be about one week to 10 days after Oct. 10, he said.

Whatever decision the arbitration panel makes during the session will be binding, he said.

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Noted Scientist Vists GFA to Dedicate New Science Wing

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Scientist David Ho, Time Magazine “Man of the Year” in 1996, receives a gift of a dragon from Greens Farms Academy seniors Justin O’Neill of Fairfield, and Lexie Herman of Westport Thursday. Ho. who noted he was born in the Chinese year of the dragon (the GFA mascot),  was on hand to help dedicate the new science labs at GFA. He spoke to students about the importance of studying science, and related his own experience which led to the discovery of the first drug cocktail to halt the spread of AIDS. Herman pledged funds from GFA’s community service board to help Ho’s AIDS initiative in China. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Natalie Heller for WestportNow.com

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Public Meeting on Air This Weekend

Two public meetings will be aired on Westport’s government cable access channel tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

The recent public workshop on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development update regarding conservation issues will air at 8-9:28 p.m. each night.

The Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon on emergency preparedness from Sept. 20 will air at 9:30-11 p.m. each night.

The government access channel is cable channel 79 on Cablevision.

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Westport Property Transfers Sept. 25-29, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 25-29, 2006:

James W. and Maria A. Wilson to Susan E. Chapman, 202 Hillspoint Road, $2,050,000WN property.jpg

345 Post Road West LLC to Connecticut Light & Power Co., easement, 345 Post Road West, $105,000

Robert F. and Phyllis D. Gammons to Alexey and Irene Syomichev, 469 Main St., $583,500

Kelly H. and Douglas K. Loucas to M. Kristen Seymour, 54 Long Lots Road, $830,000

Rocco J. Frank Jr. to 9 Ambler Road LLC, 9 Ambler Road, $690,000

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Waiting for Change

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The leaves are changing colors on trees throughout Westport, but even with cooler temperatures the leaves on the trees along the Saugatuck River haven’t changed yet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, Oct. 6, 2006


7-10 p.m. -  25 Van Zant St., Norwalk - Builders Beyond Borders Tag Sale Preview Party

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Farmers Market Features Fall Produce

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It felt like fall and this stand at the Westport Farmers Market today featured fall produce of pumpkins, Indian corn, corn and many other locally grown items. The market continues on Thursdays for three more weeks at the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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SEC Recommends No Action Against Westport’s Pequot Capital

Securities and Exchange Commission attorneys are recommending that no action be taken against Wall Street executive John Mack or Westport’s Pequot Capital Management Inc. in an insider-trading probe that led to allegations of political interference within the SEC.

Art Samberg, chairman of the $7 billion hedge fund, sent a note to clients today disclosing the decision by SEC enforcement staff not to bring charges against the company or its employees, the Wall Street Journal Online said.

Last June, The New York Times reported that federal regulators were investigating Pequot for possible insider trading. (See WestportNow June 23, 2006)

The newspaper cited government officials briefed on the case. Pequot is based in the Nyala Farms office complex on Greens Farms Road off I-95.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Mary Ellen White, Little League “Heart and Soul,” Dies at 84

Mary Ellen White, known as the “heart and soul” of Westport Little League, died Wednesday at Norwalk Hospital. She was 84.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Mary Ellen White thanks Westport Rotary for honoring her last Nov. 17.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow file photo

The cause of death was cancer, according to the Harding Funeral Home.

White was honored a year ago by the Westport Rotary Club with a community service award as “the heart and soul” of Westport Little League. She has worked since 1992 organizing more than 1,500 children a year into almost 100 teams.

Born May 21, 1922,  in New Haven, she was the daughter of Mary and James White of New Haven, both immigrants to this country from County Kerry, Ireland.

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Staples Girls Volleyball Shuts Out Fairfield Warde

The Staples High school varsity girls’ volleyball team beat Fairfield Warde today 3-0.

The Lady Wreckers improved to 10-0 on the season.

The team next plays Greenwich High school on Tuesday at home at 3:45 p.m.

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Westport GOP Sets Open House Saturday

Westport Republicans will be hosting an open house at the new Republican campaign headquarters at 253 Riverside Ave., Saturday at 2 p.m.

Local elected Republican officials and candidates will be in attendance, an announcement said.

All Westporters are welcome to come and meet those who represent them in Hartford and Washington, organizers said.

The event is free and food and beverages will be served.

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School Officials Upset Over Erroneous Sex Assault Report

Westport school officials said today they were upset over an erroneous newspaper report that a former Staples High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student was involved in the school’s theater program.

The Connecticut Post reported Wednesday that the former teacher, Peter Eramo Jr., 35, had been a theater teacher at Staples at the time of the alleged assault in 2003. It quoted an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday in Milford where Eramo formerly lived.

WestportNow carried the story Wednesday quoting the Connecticut Post. It subsequently added the disclaimer from Westport school officials that Eramo was not involved in the Staples theater program and had taught English there. (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2006)

“I can’t tell you how many people have been upset over this,” said David Roth, who works with the Staples Players theater group. “This man had nothing to do with our theater program.” He said he would ask the Connecticut Post to print a correction.

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Ribbons for Awareness

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Police Chief Al Fiore (l) was among a group of police officers and Westport-Weston Y’s Men members who spent two hours this morning at the Saugatuck and Green’s Farms Train Stations handing out cards with purple ribbons to commuters. The ribbons are to signify that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The group handed out over 700 ribbons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Voter Registration on the Rise

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It’s normally a busy time of the year in the Westport Registrar of Voters office, but it has been more this year in comparison to other times before a mid-term federal election, according to Democrat Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen.

Nearly 100 people have registered to vote in the last month, and she said people are calling to check on their registration.

“We’re getting more people than usual for (a mid-term election),” she said. “The presidential election is normally heavier. For whatever reason, people are interested.”

She also said in the August Democratic primary, 56 percent of those eligible to vote turned out to vote.

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