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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Second Edition,” altered books by artists from Greens Farms Academy
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Reception to honor participants, BYOBags: Westport Opts for Reusable Bags

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WestportNow Marks Sixth Anniversary

This month WestportNow marks its sixth anniversary. A pioneer among local news Web sites, we are now one of dozens of such “hyperlocal” Web sites serving communities large and small across the United States.

From a small audience of several hundred a month in 2003, WestportNow currently attracts almost 50,000 “unique” visitors a month and generates more than 240,000 monthly page views, according to independent Web traffic monitors.

As we enter our seventh year of serving the Westport community—and as other local news publications reduce their coverage—WestportNow has become even more important as the No. 1 place Westporters turn to for 24/7 real-time news and information about their town. And we are proud to get continuing mention as an example of a new wave of journalism.

We are grateful for the continued support of our readers, our contributors, and our advertisers. Advertisers who want to reach this growing and highly engaged readership with the most cost-effective advertising buy in the community are encouraged to direct inquiries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Rell Provides Details of Hales Road Bridge Repair

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today provided additional details of repairs to Westport’s Hales Road Bridge that will be funded with $4 million in federal stimulus transportation funds.WestportNow.com Image
The Hales Road Bridge over the Metro-North tracks in Westport was closed abruptly by the state in December. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Connecticut Recovery Working Group—the panel Rell formed to identify projects that qualify for federal stimulus money—approved funding for the bridge earlier this month. (See WestportNow March 9, 2009)

The Hales Road Bridge, which opened in 1910, has been closed since December because of its deteriorating condition. The 57-foot-long bridge spans the New Haven Line railroad tracks.

Rell said in a statement that the project calls for replacing the deck supports and raising the vertical clearance 3 inches to 18 feet, 6 inches.

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Selectmen Seek Public Comment on Proposed Triathlon

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today that the Board of Selectmen will hear an application on Wednesday, March 25, from the Team Mossman Events for use of town roads for a triathlon and asked for public comment on the proposal.

“The proposed triathlon, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 11, will have some impact on town roadways for the majority of the day,” said Joseloff.

At Joseloff’s suggestion, the board postponed action on the application at its Wednesday meeting to allow more time for public input.

“The triathlon is being held in Westport for the first time and therefore the Board of Selectmen asks Westport residents to comment, both pro and con, before a decision is made,” he said.

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Man Sought for Befriending Children Was Neighbor

Westport police said today they have determined that a man sought after he befriended children on Easton Road last week asking if they wanted to pet his dogs was a neighbor.

Two 9-year-olds told their parents that a man in a pickup truck had asked them on Wednesday afternoon if they wanted to pet the dogs and puppy in his truck. (See WestportNow March 12, 2009)

Today one of the parents contacted police saying that the man with the dogs is a nearby resident who contacted them today “upon hearing of the commotion his actions caused,” said Lt. David Kassay.

“Detectives contacted and interviewed the 57-year old neighborhood resident,” he said.

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Jazz Winners

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The Staples High School Jazz Ensemble won second place at the 17th annual Norwalk High School Jazz Festival—the second trophy during the past month for the band. In February, Staples was chosen as one of the top three bands, out of 15 competing schools, at the Jazz Festival at Brian McMahon High School in Norwalk. On Saturday, March 27, the Staples Jazz Ensemble will be participating at the annual Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival at Greenwich High School. The event is sponsored by Wynton Marsallis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Staples Jazz Ensemble includes Tom Burhill, Mitch Feinberg, Matt Takiff, Willys DeVoll, Jason Lustbader, Emily Messina, Kevin Copeland, Ole Vaagen, Ellen Kempner, Sam Wilkes, Joe Genetti, Evan Lester, Alex Okon, Cory Bacon, Will Kniffen, Alan Southworth, Jordan Ratner, Cameron Bruce, John Solder, Will Hagen, Cole Manley, and David Haswell. Director is Nick Mariconda. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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More Westport Retail Closings

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Two tenants at Westport’s 877 Post Road East near the Sherwood Island Connector have closed their doors in more signs of a difficult economy. Sport Collectables and ConsignMart formerly occupied the spaces at each side of the current Radio Shack store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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More Evidence Spring is Near

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The crocuses are starting to bloom in Westport, a sure sign that spring is almost here. These crocuses were spotted near Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 16, 2009


8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Second Edition,” altered books by artists from Greens Farms Academy
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Board of Assessment Appeals

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Sunday Outing

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A biker and children took advantage of today’s mild weather—temperatures in the low 50s—to go for a ride at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Still Time to See Y’s Men Photo Exhibit

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There are just two weeks left to see the Y’s Men of Westport Weston photo show titled “Through Our Eyes” at the Westport Library. The exhibit , with more than 80 photos taken by 27 photographers, can be seen at the Great Hall until March 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

After 34 Years, Baker Graphics is Moving

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Baker Graphics, a mainstay for 34 years at 379 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center, will close its doors in a few weeks to relocate to 1032 Post Road East. Owner Richard Baker said the Internet has changed his business. “In the past, our customers brought their graphic projects to our store but now everything is e-mailed to us,” he said. So there’s no longer a need to run the business out of high traffic location and pay a high rent to be there. He said his new location, former home to the Prince of Wales antique shop, is larger and less expensive. Baker said his business has eight full-time employees and several part-timers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“Refusenik” Documentary Draws Large Crowd

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There was a full house at the Westport Public Library today for the screening of the documentary “Refusenik,” the story of dissident Jews seeking to emigrate from the Soviet Union. Among those on hand was Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, a former Moscow correspondent for United Press International and CBS News who covered the dissident story in the 1970s and 1980s. The screening was followed by a conversation highlighting the significance of documentaries to society with teacher Kyle Seaburg (l) of Norwalk High School and two of his seniors in his “History in the Making” documentary class, Gillian Hensen and Gaby Cappo.This was the last in this season’s series of documentary films sponsored by the Westport Public Library and the Westport Arts Center. Larry Lefkowitz for WestportNow.com

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Spring Color

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Winter aconite appeared in a yard on Westport’s Pine Drive today in another sign that spring is days away. It is one of the earliest bulbs to bloom in spring. However, if you have small children or pets that are likely to dig in the garden, you may not want winter aconite in your yard as the entire plant, but especially the tuber, is quite poisonous and should not be confused with edible crocus. Donna Hardy for WestportNow.com

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No More Plastic Bags at CVS

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Sarah Bryant, a CVS employee, places a customer’s purchases into paper bags today days ahead of Westport’s ban on plastic bags at retail checkout effective Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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