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Saturday, November 17, 2007

RTM District 4 Reps to Fill Vacancy Nov. 26

The three elected representatives from Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) District 4 will meet Monday, Nov. 26 to fill the vacant fourth spot in the district.

With only three representatives elected on Nov. 6, under the Town Charter the vacancy is to be filled by someone appointed by the remaining members.

The representatives—Liz Milwe, Gene Seidman, and Jeffrey Wieser—will meet at 10 a.m. in room 309 to interview candidates and appoint one of them as a new district member, according to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.

Anyone living in District 4 and interested in serving should attend the meeting, according to Strauss. They will serve a full two-year term.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Filling a Military Wish List

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The Westport Police Benevolent Association is collecting donations for U.S. military personnel overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as those recovering at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. The “military wish list” donations may be dropped off in the lobby of police headquarters on Jesup Road. Desired items range from canned tuna and salsa to shoe polish and disposable cameras. Looking over the donation box today were (l-r) Office Ned Batlin, PBA president; Lt. Gorden Hiltz, and Officer Chris Proudfoot, a Marine Corps veteran who suggested the drive. The collection ends Nov. 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winslow Beauty

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The delayed onset of colder temperatures has created spectacular fall foliage in Westport. WestportNow reader Wendy Crowther took this photo today in Winslow Park and messaged: “Not only is the tree stunning, but it is quite a phenomenon to see this sort of full, colorful foliage still remaining on our trees as late as November 16th. Most of all, it truly shows the splendor that nature and Winslow Park have to offer. I encourage all Westporters to take a walk in Winslow Park. Many avoid it because they feel it is simply a ‘dog park.’ Obviously, it is so much more.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Wendy Crowther for WestportNow.com

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Police Continue Investigation of Weston Road Accident

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Westport police detectives are continuing their investigation into Tuesday’s two-car crash on Weston Road which killed Barbara Kilmetz, 57, of Redding and injured her 5-year-old grandson and three Bridgeport teenagers. The teens were in a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer (above) but managed to get out after it caught fire following the crash. Both cars were taken to Westport police headquarters for forensic examination. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Barry McCabe, Navy War Vet, Community Activist, Dies at 83

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Barry McCabe: honored as parade grand marshal in 2005. Contributed photo
Barry McCabe, a longtime Westport resident and dedicated community volunteer with a distinguished military record as a World War II Navy Frogman, died Wednesday. He was 83.

McCabe, who was active in many community groups including the Westport Weston Y’s Men, served as the grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 2005.

McCabe began his military career with enlistment in the Navy’s V-12 officer training program in July 1943. He was commissioned an Ensign at Columbia University in October 1944.

Just prior to his commissioning, he volunteered for Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), precursor of today’s Navy SEALs. After training at Fort Pierce, Fla, and Maui, Hawaii, he joined UDT 21 in the Pacific as assistant platoon leader.

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Good Fishing Weather

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Wind and rain only seemed to make for better fishing at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 16, 2007


7:30 a.m. - noon - Kings Highway School Library - Book Fair Fundraiser
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Conservation Commission
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

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Going Down: 7 Court of Oaks

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The house at 7 Court of Oaks off Westport’s Morningside Drive North was demolished today. The 1,351-square feet house, a one-story ranch on 0.54-acres was built in 1925.  According to the owners who lived in the house. they plan to reside in its replacement. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 11, 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Family Y Honors Longtime Members

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The Westport Weston Family Y today honored its 61 members who have at least 25 years of YMCA membership at its first Ambassador’s Club luncheon at the Family Y. Patricia Clark was honored for holding the longest membership on record at 65 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Health District, PTA Sponsor Preparedness Sessions

The Westport Weston Health District and the Westport PTA Council are sponsoring two sessions this month on emergency preparedness.

Both will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The first will be at 9 a.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium and the second will be at 7:30 p.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave.

Audience members will receive copies of the Health District’s new emergency preparedness guide and hear from Monica Wheeler, the district’s director of community health, on steps to take to prepare for emergencies, an announcement said.

For additional information, call the Health District at (203)227-9571, ext. 242.

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Westport Policeman’s Daughter is Miss Connecticut Teen USA

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Brianne Hiltz: Shelton teen is tops. Contributed photo
The daughter of Westport Police Lt. Gorden Hiltz Jr. has been named Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2008.

Brianne Hiltz, 18, of Shelton was crowned at the pageant Sunday night in Danbury. She will now compete in the Miss Teen USA competition.

“We’re still in shock,” said Hiltz. “She entered the pageant on a whim and never expected to win.”

Hiltz is a 30-year veteran in the department. He and his wife Janet have two other children, Geoffrey, 21, and Gorden III, 26.

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In Training

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A dog and master engage in some training Wednesday at Westport’s Buyring Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, November 15, 2007


8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Kings Highway School Library - Book Fair Fundraiser
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Ned Farrell: Finding Your Hidden Energy with Feng Shui, Part II
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Movies in the Afternoon: “Ghost Busters”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Kings Highway School Special Maintenance Committee
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Health District - Westport Weston Health District Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
7 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Songwriting Workshop for Teens, Part 2, by Robert Steven Williams
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Youth Commission

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Blumenthal Urges CL&P Cease Collection Efforts on BOE Bill

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal urged state regulators today to order Connecticut Light and Power Co. to cease trying to collect on a $450,000 Westport Staples High School bill that resulted from the company’s own errors.

The attorney general’s office said the Westport case was mentioned in a brief filed with the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC).

The brief called for sustained state monitoring of CL&P, fines and other possible remedies because the company has “grossly failed in its public service obligations to ensure that its customers are fairly billed and fairly treated.”

A press statement referred to a $450,000 bill sent to the Westport schools last spring after the company had neglected to issue any bills for a Staples High School meter for more than three years.

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Honored by Westport Rotary

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Westport firefighter Joe Izzo (l) was honored tonight by the Westport Rotary Club at its annual family dinner at Bedford Middle School. Fire Chief Christopher Ackley read a public safety award citation commending Izzo for his “exceptional efforts” in removing a woman from her flooded car when it was stranded in a swift water emergency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Epstein for WestportNow.com

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Commended for Community Service

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The Westport Rotary Club tonight honored Westport police officer Ned Batlin for his service to the community during its annual family dinner at Bedford Middle School. Batlin was recognized for his participation and involvement in community events including Police Athletic League football and lacrosse. Club member Megan Resteri made the presentation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Epstein for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Police Identify Weston Road Crash Victim

Westport police today identified the woman killed in Tuesday’s head-on crash on Weston Road as a 57-year-old Redding grandmother who had legal custody of her 5-year-old grandson injured in the accident.WestportNow.com Image
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Barbara Kilmetz was described by her neighbors in Redding as a kind woman whose grandson, Steven, called her mom.

The youngster was reported in fair condition at Yale New Haven Hospital where he was taken from Norwalk Hospital soon after the accident.

Police said the Klimetz car collided at about 3:45 p.m. with an SUV containing three Bridgeport teenagers. One witness quoted one of the youths as saying they were en route to work in Weston’s center.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 60 North Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at 60 North Ave. (also known as 4 Willow Walk), owned by the estate of the late Brett Somers, was under review at the Historic District Commission Tuesday night. The 1¾-story colonial-style house has 2,825 square feet and is located on a .74-acre property. Records indicate it was built in 1889. The HDC declined to delay the demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Sunset

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There was another spectacular sunset Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Kings Highway School Library - Book Fair Fundraiser
10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Y - Westport Weston Health Department Flu Clinic
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Stephen Carter, “New England White”
2:30 p.m. – Center for Senior Activities – Senior Center Activities Policy & Planning Board
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectman (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Rotary Club Family Dinner
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services - Lisa Colvin: “Take Charge of Your Life” lecture
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library, McManus Room – Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Howard Roughan, “You’ve Been Warned”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Master Your Health/Eating for Energy
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance   (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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RTM Moderator Alice Shelton Honored

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Retiring Representative Town Meeting Moderator Alice Shelton was honored tonight by her fellow members. Shelton, first elected to the RTM in 1997, decided not to seek re-election. She was elected moderator two years ago after serving four years as deputy moderator under now First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. He was moderator for 10 years before being elected first selectman in 2005. Deputy Moderator Lisa Rome presented flowers to Shelton on behalf of the RTM. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport RTM Honors Retiring Members

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Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight honored retiring members following this month’s elections. Among those not returned to office was Ron Malone, the RTM’s senior member first elected in 1991. The former Westport police chief expressed gratitude for being able to serve, praised the nonpartisanhip of the RTM, and apologized for an early departure as he said he was en route to pay tribute to a number of retiring Westport police officers being honored tonight in Trumbull. Deputy RTM Moderator Lisa Rome looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2007:

Jenny Lou Brink to Jason A. and Cecilia Zhang Stiber, 11 Birchwood Lane, $857,000WN property.jpg

Julia S. Horowitz to 2 Side Hill LLC, 2 Side Hill Road, $1,400,000

Tracy Tiller Dwyer to Jonathan David Prince and Michelle Sarich-Prince, 13 Elmwood Road, $1,700,000

John H. and Mary Elizabeth Stevens Trs. to Tracy Tiller Dwyer, 2 Old Mill Road, $887,500

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rushing to Help

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EMS units from Westport and Weston responded to a two-vehicle crash today on Weston Road near Silverbook Road. One person was killed and four others injured, including a young child. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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One Dead, Four Injured in Fiery Weston Road Crash

UPDATE A 57-year-old Redding woman was killed and four others, including her 5-year-old grandson, were injured today in a fiery two-car crash on Weston Road in Westport, police said.WestportNow.com Image
Westport police and fire units converge on the scene of today’s Weston Road accident. One of the vehicles in the crash can be partially seen between the two fire trucks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Police and fire units responded to the crash at about 3:45 p.m. in the area of 54 Weston Road near the intersection of Silverbrook Road.

Police said three persons in a Chevrolet Blazer SUV heading north collided head-on with a Toyota Corolla sedan driving south. The SUV burst into flames but the three managed to get out.

The female driver of the other vehicle was killed and a young child in the car severely injured, police said. The injured were taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport and Weston EMS units.

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