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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Homecoming Pasta Dinner is Friday

The 13th annual Staples Homecoming Pasta Dinner will be held on Friday at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the high school.

The event, which is sponsored by the Staples PTA and the Westport Kiwanis Club, features spaghetti with meatballs and chicken fettuccini alfredo along with garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverage.

Entertainment will include the Staples Players, the Staples cheerleaders and the Staples Jazz Band.

Tickets purchased in advance are $8 and $10 at the door. Tickets for senior citizens and children under 13 years old are $5.

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Fall Float

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Temperatures have cooled along Old Mill Pond as the leaves change colors. The weather forecast for today, however, calls for warmer than normal temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006


8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Town Hall Lobby - CPR and AED sign up
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Domestic Violence Task Force
9:30 a.m. – Westport Town Hall Front Steps – Proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
3 p.m. – Town Hall Lobby – Beautification Committee award ceremony
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - “Fixing Broken Homes” lecture as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Flood & Erosion Control Board (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance Meeting

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RTM Accepts New Voting Technology

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The Westport Representative Town Meeting passed measures tonight that ensures proper voting equipment are in place for the next two general elections.

The measures ensures that the town is in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act.

The town’s registrars of voters can now accept from state officials a phone voting system for this year’s general election. They will also have ballot scanning equipment to use in the 2007 general election.

For the election this November, a phone system will be set up in each polling place where those who use it can vote by using the phone’s touch-pad. A fax would then be sent to the polling place.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

CPR and AED Training to Be Offered

Residents and Town Hall employees will be able to sign up for coronary pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and/or automated external defibrillator (AED) training on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby.

Westport Emergency Medical Services volunteer Jay Paretzky will be available to take applications and to answer any questions individuals may have.

Residents will also be able to get information about training to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), or member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

The AED devices are easy to use and only a short training session would be required to become a member of the team.

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Reminder Issued on Disposal of Leaves

Conservation Director Alicia Mozian reminded residents today that Westport regulations for the protection and preservation of wetlands and watercourses and the Waterway Protection Line Ordinance both prohibit the dumping of debris in a wetland or watercourse.

“Now that autumn has arrived, it seems like the yard work has only begun,” said Mozian. “Before long residents will be raking and hauling leaves in an effort to clean up, and looking for a way to dispose of them. 

“As tempting as it may be, however, our wetlands and watercourses are not the place to be dumping leaves.”

Mozian said that the laws are to protect the town’s natural resources as well as private property.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Topic of Oct. 26 Forum

A forum on aging successfully at the Westport Center for Senior Activities will will feature a keynote address about Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Robert Levine, former chief of neurology at Norwalk Hospital and associate clinical professor of medicine at Yale University, will make the keynote address at the ninth annual forum. His will speak on “Understanding and Preventing Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders.”

The forum is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 1:30-4 p.m.

Douglas Werner, of Riverside Club of Westport – Integrated Health Management Facility, will also speak at the forum.

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Builders Beyond Borders Tag Sale This Weekend

Thousands of items—including a one-of-a-kind “Art Deco Italian Bar”—go on sale this weekend at a giant tag sale to help the fast-growing non-profit Builders Beyond Borders (B3) organization.WestportNow.com Image
Paul (l) and Lukas Van Zanten, two student members of Builders Beyond Borders, are pictured with the “Art Deco Italian Bar” to go on sale this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The Norwalk-based group will use proceeds from the sale to help more than 350 area students, including many from Westport, travel abroad beginning in February to work on community service construction building projects in Ecuador.

The sale will be held at 25 Van Zant St., Norwalk, which has plenty of free parking, organizers said. 

Hours are Friday, preview party, 7-10 p.m. ($15 admission); Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Health District Offers Nutrition and Weight Help Classes

The Westport-Weston Health District is offering its Weigh to Go class for the second year in a row starting Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.

The course includes six sessions, and Health District Director Sue Jacozzi said it was popular last year when it was first offered.

“We got a good response last year,” she said. “It seems to work.”

The class is geared not only for people who want to lose weight but also those who have high blood pressure or cholesterol, she said.

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Westport-Based Connecticut Film Fest Opens Today

The Westport-based Connectict Film Festival opens today.

In addition to Westport, the inaugual edition of the event will show 73 independent films, including features, documentaries, shorts and student films, at venues in Stamford, New Milford, Litchfield, Bethel, New Haven, Norwalk and Waterbury.

Westport venues include the Westport Public Library, Saugatuck Elementary School, and the Westport Center for Senior Activities. A complete schedule of films can be found at www.ctfilmfest.com.

The opening film, “The Gold Bracelet,”  is at Norwalk’s Garden Cinemas. The acclaimed Indian feature film features actor Kavi Raz playing Arjun Singh who is a new American and proud of the opportunities this new world gives his family.

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Early Morning Floating

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The sailing season is growing short, but several are still moored at the marina at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006


7 p.m. - Garden Cinemas, Norwalk - Opening night and reception Connecticut Film Festival
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79)

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Yom Kippur Food Drive

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As part of today’s Yom Kippur services at Westport’s Temple Israel, many who attended brought food donations. Meri Nash and Eileen Rosen (l-r) load their donations into a truck. The drive benefits Gillespie Center, Linxweiler House, Bachrach House and Homes for Hope, all projects of the Westport Interfaith Housing Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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He’s a Stinker

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WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner came across this visitor to her yard near Round Pond Road today. “I looked out the window and saw this skunk wandering in the yard. Nothing that crosses my path is safe from my camera,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Parts of 19th Century Cross Highway Home to be Salvaged

Parts of the 19th century former Meeker family home at 142 Cross Highway, previously slated for demolition, will be dismantled and used in other restoration projects, Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) Chair Don Miro announced today.WestportNow.com Image
Parts of 142 Cross Highway will be dismantled for use in other historic renovation projects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

At the July 11 HDC meeting, the property owner, Axis Point LLC, agreed to consider various other options besides demolition, including relocation and salvage. 

“The HDC quickly began contacting other potentially interested parties in the preservation community,” said Miro. “Although the HDC had hoped to find a buyer for the complete structure, this effort unfortunately proved too difficult given the time constraints.”

In a compromise facilitated by noted architect and preservationist Michael Glynn, the most important elements of the 19th century structure will now be carefully removed by restoration and salvage expert Matt Franjola, of Board and Beam located in New Preston, Conn. 

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Health officials Wait for Flu Vaccine

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It’s not clear when the Westport-Weston Health District will hold its first flu clinic this year because health officials have not received the first shipment of vaccine yet.

Health District Director Sue Jacozzi said the district will have vaccine in the next few weeks, however, but they can’t schedule a specific date until it arrives.

“Our fingers are crossed we have some by next week,” she said. “We’re usually told when it’s going to ship, and we haven’t been told yet.”

While health officials hope to have the vaccine by mid-October, she said, it should be definitely be in their hands by November.

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Playhouse to Feature “Old Wicked Songs”

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Old Wicked Songs” by Jon Marans will be staged at the Westport Country Playhouse Oct. 19 through Nov. 5.WestportNow.com Image
In rehearsal for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, “Old Wicked Songs,” at Westport Country Playhouse, Oct. 19 – Nov. 5, Joe Paulik (l), portraying a piano prodigy, and Michael Cristofer, playing his music professor, discuss the music of Robert Schumann which is heard throughout the play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The play was a 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, and it was also the winner of a New York Drama League Award and L.A. Drama-Logue Award in the same year. It was also included in Otis Guernsey’s Best Plays of 1996-97.

The cast includes Michael Cristofer, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright for “The Shadow Box,” and award-winning actor.

Set in a Vienna music studio in 1986, the characters in “Old Wicked Songs” are a music professor and his piano prodigy.

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Absentee Ballots Available Friday

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Absentee ballots will be available in the Town Clerk’s office starting Friday, but voters can apply for them now.

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said she has processed 197 applications for absentee ballots already, and they will be mailed on Friday.

Additionally, she said, she mailed approximately another 100 ballots to voters overseas.

Absentee ballots are available to voters who will not be available to vote at a machine in Westport in the Nov. 7 election.

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Westport Experienced Fewer Smog Days During Summer

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said today that Westport and the rest of New England experienced a decrease in the number of poor air quality days this year, compared to 2005.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: This bank sign in downtown Westport registered 105 degrees on Aug. 2. Direct sunlight might have boosted the reading by several degrees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Based on preliminary data collected May through September, there were 13 unhealthy ozone days in Connecticut compared to 20 in 2005. The monitor at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park recorded unhealthy levels on six of the days, the EPA said.

In all of New England, there were 16 days when ozone monitors recorded concentrations above the health standard. By contrast, in 2005, there were a total of 26 unhealthy ozone days.

The six days of unhealthy air in Westport occurred on June 18 and 22; July 17 and 18, and Aug. 2 and 7, the EPA said.

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Fire Department Offers Babysitting Safety Class

The Westport Fire Department is offering a Babysitting Safety class starting Wednesday.

The course will begin on Wednesday and continue for four Wednesdays through October at 3:45-5:45 p.m. at fire headquarters.

The class is offered on a first come first serve basis and is limited to 15 people. Those taking the class must be at least 11 years old. 

The course will cover a number of topics including the responsibilities of the babysitter, handling babysitting emergencies, first aid, rescue breathing, a demonstration of the use of fire extinguishers and kitchen safety.

The class costs $20 per person. To enroll,  call (203) 341-5020.

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Swinging Time

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Even though rain dominated the weather early in the day, the sun came out at Westport’s Compo Beach Sunday afternoon in time for parents and children to enjoy the playground. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Oct. 2, 2006


7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Fun for All Ages

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You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy sitting on the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach. After a morning of rain showers and clouds, the sun came out in the afternoon today and so did beach visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Scott Proctor: From Yankee Stadium to Westport

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Yankee relief pitcher Scott Proctor put on a hitless, two-strikeout performance in the eighth inning of today’s 7-5 loss to Toronto in the Yankees season finale at Yankee Stadium. He then made it on time for his 6 p.m. autograph signing event at Westport’s Legends of the Game at the Compo Shopping Center. That’s Legends owner Mike Riccio in the background with his grandson Anthony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Alums Add to Tuition Grants Fund

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Representatives from the Staples Class of 1966 presented checks totaling $1,500 from classmates to launch a new “All-Alumni Scholarship Fund” in support of the Staples Tuition Grants program that started in 1943. They encouraged other Staples grads to make similar contributions. Pictured (l-r) are: Jeff Wieser (past chair of the Staples Tuition Grants Committee); Donna Smirniotopoulos, current chair; John Lupton (president of the Class of 1966), Lynne Baker Betts (‘66) and Ann Sheffer (‘66). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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