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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Catching Too Much Air

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Rains moved out of Westport by early afternoon today, but it was still windy enough to bring kite surfers to Compo Beach. One surfer was seperated from his board after one large gust of wind. Temperatures stayed warm today and are expected to approach 50 on Saturday although there is a slight chance of precipitation in the forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Guthman for WestportNow.com

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Celebrating 50 Years of “The Cat in the Hat”

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Children’s Librarian Deborah White (l) and Bonnie Ammer (r) from Random House Publishers read “The Cat in the Hat” at the Westport Public Library today as part of the Read Across America festivities. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Dr. Seuss’ book, and the annual Read Across America event celebrates the anniversary while promoting literacy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport Suffers Flooding with Heavy Rains

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Myrtle Avenue was among the many roads that suffered flooding with today’s early heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The sun was shining and roads were clear this afternoon leaving no indication of the widespread flooding that swept through Westport’s streets this morning.

Nearly 3 inches of rain fell in Westport this morning, which led to many streets and yards throughout town to be flooded.

Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon, public information officer, said the flooding was so extensive that there were not enough police officers to get to all of the areas in town that experienced flooding.

Included in the areas that were flooded were Myrtle Avenue, South Compo Road, Main Street at Canal Road, Green’s Farms Road at Center Street, Cross Highway and Pumpkin Hill, he said.

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Teens Arrested at Staples on Drug Charges

By Jennifer Connic and Mike Schneider

Seven teenagers were arrested at Westport’s Staples High School Thursday afternoon on drug charges, police said today.

One of the teens is a Bridgeport resident, and the remaining six are all Westport residents. Six are under 18, which means their names are not released to the press per state statute.

Three are between 16 and 18 and will face charges as adults in Norwalk Superior Court. Three others are under 16, which means their records are sealed and they will go to juvenile court.

Police did say Patrick Toole III, 18, of Westport, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession or marijuana. Toole, a senior and a captain of the Staples wrestling team, was released on a written promise to appear in court.

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Lake Winslow

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There were plenty of lakes of water at Winslow Park this morning as close to 3 inches of rain fell in Westport today. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 1 p.m. Many of Westport’s roads were also flooded, and some were closed because of the water levels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Clearing Up the Culvert

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A portion of Compo Road North flooded today in Westport as more than 2.5 inches of rain fell before noon. State workers dug out the culvert for Dead Man’s Brook to help clear up the flooding problem. Roads throughout Westport flooded this morning with the heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Westport Roads Flood

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Heavy rains moved into Westport today making many roads, including Imperial Avneue, flooded and difficult to travel. So far today, over 2.5 inches of rain has fallen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Imperial Avenue Closed by Flooding

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A section of Westport’s Imperial Avenue was closed by flood waters during today’s rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Richmondville Avenue Flood

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Westport’s Richmondville Avenue was one of several areas flooded by today’s heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Blackburn for WestportNow.com

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Easy Does It

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A car carefully makes it way through flood waters today on Westport’s Myrtle Avenue near Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Road South Closed by Flood Waters

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Westport’s Compo Road South at the railroad underpass was closed by flood waters during today’s rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Stranded

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A car is standed in flood waters today at the intersection of Westport Pumpkin Hill Road and Colony Road. Almost 3 inches of rain fell in several hours this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Plowing the Rain

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A state Department of Transportation truck tries to push water to the side of Post Road East at the Sherwood Island Connector during today’s heavy rains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Hardie Gramatky Exhibit Opens Tonight at Library

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An opening reception will be held at the Westport Public Library at 6 p.m. today for an exhibit featuring watercolors by artist Hardie Gramatky, including “Evening Quiet” (above) of a farmhouse on Westport’s Roseville Road. Called “one of America’s 20 great watercolorists” by painter Andrew Wyeth, Gramatky (1907-79) was a prolific artist and a longtime Westport resident. The exhibit includes never-before-seen watercolors painted both in Westport and around the world. Contributed photo

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Friday, March 2, 2007


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Community Inclusion Task Force
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening reception Hardie Gramatky exhibit
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Artist Event: Artist’s Salon
7 p.m. - Mitchells of Westport, - Near & Far Spring Gala

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New Firefighters Join Westport Department

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First Selectman Gordon Joseloff congratulates new firefighters Joseph Arnson and Matthew Zaremski after a promotional ceremony today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Fire Department welcomed two new firefighters into its family during a promotional ceremony today.

Joseph Arnson, 20, of Middlebury, and Matthew Zaremski, 21, of Norwalk, joined the department and will start attending the Connecticut Fire Academy on Monday for 10 weeks of training.

Following the training, they will spend two weeks training before rotating each of the four shifts for the next year while they are on probation.

Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said the new hiring was because of two retirements from the department.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Westport Reads Kicks Off Saturday

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If you’re running errands in Westport on Saturday at 1-1:30 p.m., keep your ears peeled. You might hear a cello marking the beginning of the Westport Library’s Westport Reads 2007.

This year’s selection is “The Soloist” by Mark Salzman and cellists will be marking the kick off of the month of events by playing at Barnes & Noble, both Starbucks locations, Docs Café, Balducci’s, Trader Joe’s and the Westport Library. Brochures will be available with all of the month’s events.

Events include “’See’ with Your Ears,” featuring the Norwalk Symphony Quintet, on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and “Insights into Juries,” with Judge Alan H. Nevas, on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Also features are “Buddhism 101: Definition, Chants, and Practices” on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 pm, a PageTurners discussion of the book on Tuesday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and “Cello and Flute in Concert” with cellist Eliot T. Bailen and flutist Susan Rotholz on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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Curtin, Gleason and Sarandon to Read Short Fiction

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Jane Curtin: Reading short fiction at the playhouse. Contributed photo
Jane Curtin, Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon will read short fiction in “Selected Shorts,” a live version of the renowned NPR show of the same name and a celebration of the short story, on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Presented by Arts in the House, a co-presentation between the Westport Arts Center and Westport Country Playhouse, the program will be taped for future NPR broadcast.

The evening’s theme is enthralling stories about the unexpected consequences of secrets between lovers.

Curtin will bring to life “Twenty Grand” by Rebecca Curtis, which is about a daughter’s view of her parents’ hopes, dreams and one crucial dispute at a toll booth.

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Freedman Addresses State Issues in Talk

By Jennifer Connic

State Sen. Judith Freedman, R-26, touched on a number of topics that face state officials this year including affordable housing during a talk with the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today.

Freedman, a Westport resident, gave an update on the issues facing the state senate this session before taking questions from the audience.

She said she believes the state affordable housing law—which requires each town to have 10 percent of its housing stock be labeled as affordable—will never be repealed.

Under the state law, if a town does not have enough affordable housing a developer can propose a housing development with 30 percent of the homes labeled as affordable.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Bonnie Brook Road

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1958 house at 15 Bonnie Brook Road in the Coleytown area of town. The house—which is 3,000 square feet and sits on two acres of land—sold in December for $1.1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Joseloff’s Budget to Increase Over 5.5 Percent

By Jennifer Connic

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff this week presented a preliminary 2007-08 budget proposal that includes a 5.8 percent increase, but he said the figures may change before it is formally presented to the Board of Finance on March 7.

Joseloff’s proposal is $57.4 million. Combined with education costs, which include a requested operating budget increase of 8.4 percent, the total budget proposal is $161.2 million, which is a 7.5 percent increase over the current budget.

Joseloff said his budget proposal will change before its formal submission, but he expects the increase to be 5.5-5.7 percent. Town officials may be able to create some savings, including in the insurance account, before the submission.

Fixed costs including rising utility prices and contracted salary increases are partly driving the budget increase, Joseloff said, but there are new initiatives included in his proposal.

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Thursday, March 1, 2007


11 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Pension boards meeting
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7-9 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Open House

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No Injures Reported in Warnock Drive Fire

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Westport firefighters responded to a fire in a detached garage tonight on Warnock Drive. A neighbor reported the fire and alerted the homeowners in the nearby house. There were no injuries, but one exterior wall of the garage was heavily damaged. Cause of the fire is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Town Officials Plan to Name Ball Fields

By Jennifer Connic

Westport officials are planning a way to honor two people who devoted their time to the town and specifically Westport Little League.WestportNow.com Image
Mary Ellen White: honored by town. Contributed photo

The Board of Selectmen voted today to name a baseball field at Coleytown Elementary School for Donald Levy and to name the baseball and softball fields at the Town Farms “Mary Ellen White Baseball and Softball Complex at Town Farms.” Additionally, the entrance driveway at the Town Farms would be renamed Mary Ellen White Way.

Levy, who spent decades working with Westport Little League, died last August (See WestportNow Aug. 21). Mary Ellen White, known as the “heart and soul” of Westport Little League, died last October (See WestportNow Oct. 5).

“They were involved in the fabric of our town and this is a great way to honor them,” said Selectman Robert Lasprogato.

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Talking about a Best Seller

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Thrity Umrigar read from her new novel “The Space Between Us,” which is set in modern-day Bombay, during a session of the authors@the library series at the Westport Public Library today. It was a standing room only crowd with about 100 people who attended the talk. The book explores the intertwined lives of an upper middle class Parisi housewife and her illiterate servant of 20 years. It captures the divisions of class and culture that separate the intrinsically connected but vastly removed lives of the rich and poor in the author’s native India. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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