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1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Long Range Planning Committee

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Getting Ready for Puppet Parade

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Children attending the Vacation Days Workshop at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Center today created praying mantis and dragonfly costumes. They will use during the puppet parade at the Earth Festival on Saturday April 29.  Camper Katie Orlin (r) models her praying mantis costume, along with the large puppets created by Lauren Beth Stein and Steve Richardson from Waking Dream Puppets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Summer

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Westport’s Compo Beach looked more like a summer day today than an April one. The temperature reached 79 at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Bank Exhibits Photos of WestportNow Contributor

Fairfield County Bank’s Westport branch is exhibiting the photographs of Emily Hamilton Laux, a regular contributor to WestportNow. WestportNow.com Image
“Skimboarders at Compo Cove” is one of a group of photographs by Emily Hamilton Laux on exhibit at Fairfield County Bank’s Westport branch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

The exhibition, “Wishing for Summer,” is a lighthearted series of scenes on and near the water in Westport. The photographs are on view through the end of June at the bank, 180 Post Road East. Some were published on WestportNow in 2005 and early this year.

“These images celebrate the beauty of Westport’s shoreline, and those moments—playful, serene, always uplifting—we all experience when we are near the water,” said Hamilton Laux.

“My favorite is the one of the teenagers who are just crazy, happily surfing their skimboards. It was taken on Columbus Day at Compo Cove, yet it looks like an endless summer shot from Southern California.”

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Boats at the Ready

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The boats await users at Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Joseloff Outlines First Months in Office

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff addresses today’s Y’s Men meeting as Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss looks on.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff outlined the issues he’s had to face his first five months in office during a talk with the Westport/Weston Y’s Men today.

He joined Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss in what is an annual presentation to the group from Westport and Weston’s selectmen.

Joseloff said it has been an adjustment to move from being Representative Town Meeting moderator to first selectman, which is a more recognizable position.

People recognize him at the store or when he is working as a volunteer EMT, which is something he has done for more than a decade.

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Homecoming Baseball Fund-Raiser Slated

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Staples boys baseball will be featured at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Contributed photo
Westport’s Staples Wreckers varsity baseball team will host Ridgefield High School on Friday, April 28 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport in the first Staples baseball homecoming game.

The first pitch is at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the gate, children under 5 are free.

Homecoming 2006 is sponsored by the Staples Diamond Club, and all proceeds raised by the event directly benefit the baseball program.

Visit www.StaplesBaseball.com for more information.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Ready for Boating Season

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Buoys hang from a shed the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach as boating season kicks off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 20, 2006


5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury Commttee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Police Headquarters – RTM Public Protection Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Finance Committee

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Going Down: Staples High School Building 5

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Building 5 at Westport’s Staples High School was in the middle of being demolished today. Building 6 held a similar fate earlier this month. Both are being cleared as part of the Staples renovation and expansion project that replaced the old academic wing with a new, larger one. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nicholas Weiner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers April 10-14, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 10-14, 2006:

Woodside Assoc. LLC to Mark I. and Marilyn Oestreicher, 16 Danbury Ave., $1,099,000WN property.jpg

Marianne Howatson to Axis Point Red Coat Assoc., 39 Red Coat Road, $1,500,000

Raymond F. and Eileen R. Wilhelm to David Z. and Elizabeth M. Hirsh Revocable Trusts, 36 Pequot Trail, $1,475,000

John W. and Linda S. Pancoast to Jeffrey E. and Keelin A. Kirt, 48 Crawford Road, $1,355,000

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April Vacation Fun Days at Westport Historical Society

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Photographer Pam Einarsen spoke to a group of children at the Westport Historical Society today as part of the April Vacation Fun Days program, which is taking place all week. She spoke to the group of 20 about how to have fun with photography. Several of Einarsen’s photos of dogs are part of the current exhibit, The Dogs of Winslow, which runs through May 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Emergency Officials Test Proceedures

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Volunteer “patients” enter the clinic at Bedford Middle School today to receive antibiotics for a mock outbreak of the plague. It was part of a drill to test emergency workers on proceedures to distribute medicine to residents in Westport, Weston and Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Volunteers stretched their acting skills today as emergency workers throughout the region tested a plan to distribute medication to nearly 50,000 people at Westport’s Bedford Middle School.

The drill was based on a scenario that the plague had broken out at basketball games in New York and Boston, and those infected or exposed to those with it needed antibiotics.

It was one of seven held simultaneously in the state and coordinated by the Connecticut Department of Health.

There were glitches logistically with the plan early on as volunteers posing as patients were huddled in the auditorium waiting for the drill to start.

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Baby Weigh In

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A mother weighs her baby today at Westport’s Bedford Middle School in order to obtain the appropriate medication. The station was set up as part of a drill testing the ability to distribute medication to area residents in a health emergency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Health Emergency Drill Draws Hundreds

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Volunteers line up for medication during today’s drill at Westport’s Bedford Middle School simulating a health emergency. Hundreds of volunteers took part in the drill, one of seven conducted today in the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Distributing Information

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Public Information Officer Fred Baker addresses a news conference at Westport’s Bedford Middle School today during the medical distribution drill. Looking on are (l-r) First Selectmen Gordon Joseloff of Westport, William Brennan of Wilton, and Woody Bliss of Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Volunteer Briefing

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Volunteers for today’s health emergency medication distribution drill at Westport’s Bedford Middle School get a briefing on the day’s events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Patient Patients

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Some of the volunteer “patients” await their turn to receive medication during today’s emergency health drill at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Izzo to Resign from Board of Selectmen Next Week

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John Izzo: will resign next week. Emily Laux/WN file photo
Westport Selectman John Izzo plans to resign next week.

The move will fulfill a promise the Republican made even before his defeat in last fall’s election that if he lost, he would step down from the minority post he has held for more than four years once a proper replacement could be found.

Izzo said now that a replacement has been secured, he plans to resign from the three-member Board of Selectmen after the Wednesday, April 26 meetng.

Izzo, along with running mate Robert F. Lasprogato, lost 59 to 41 percent to Democrats Gordon Joseloff and Shelly Kassen in November. He also lost to former First Selectwoman Diane Farrell in 2001.

He said Lasprogato is the top candidate to replace him. Under the town charter, a vacancy on the board is filled by appointment by a vote of the remaining members, in this case by Joseloff and Kassen.

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House Passes Underage Drinking Bill

The state House of Representatives Tuesday voted 123-23 to make underage drinking on private property illegal. It now goes to the Senate.

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) failed to pass similar legislation last Oct. 12 by a vote of 18-15. The vote came after months of controversy about the proposed ordinance.

The state legislation makes it illegal for someone who owns or controls private property to knowingly allow a minor to possess alcohol, or fail to make reasonable efforts to stop a minor from possessing alcohol.

A first offense would be an infraction. Subsequent offenses would carry up to a year in prison, a fine of up to $500, or both.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Spring in Downtown

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A tree outside the Westport-Weston Family Y on the corner of Post Road East and Main Street showed its colors Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Drill Will Test Medicine Distribution Method

Hundreds of volunteers and emergency workers from Westport, Weston and Wilton will converge on Westport’s Bedford Middle School today in a simulation of distribution of medications in a health emergency.

The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. drill, one of seven being held today around the state, is being conducted by the Westport Weston Health District with the participation of Wilton, which is included in the district for such emergencies.

The district has been planning for the exercise for months. Sue Jacozzi, district director, said the drill will simulate distribution of medication following declaration of a health emergency by the governor.

Supplies will be sent to Westport from the nation’s strategic national stockpile of medications distributed to Connecticut and other states. The exercise is to test the ability of communities across the state to deliver medications or vaccinations to its residents in a timely manner in an emergency.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006


10 a.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Weston Health District emergency medication distribution drill
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:00 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – RTM Public Protection Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Finance/Employee Compensation

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African Child Rights Activist Addresses Rotary

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Kimmie Weeks, a Liberian-born child rights activist with a powerful commitment to helping children affected by war, addressed Westport Rotary Club members today at the Inn at Longshore. Weeks, a recent graduate of Amherst College, was granted political asylum in the United Stated after the government of Charles Taylor attempted to assassinate him after he issued a report on its involvement in training of child soldiers. Weeks said of his first visit to Westport: “I feel like I have entered a picture book world.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Longshore’s Spring Colors

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A golfer rested during a round at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today. In the background the trees are in full spring bloom. The temperature reached 72 during the afternoon at the Bedford Middle School weather station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Florida Man Admits Tax Fraud Role Involving Westporters

A 70-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court today to a conspiracy charge in connection with a tax fraud scheme involving a Westport man and his mother, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Jerrold L. Ketover of Hollywood, Fla., waived indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mark Kravitz to one count of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, said U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor.

According to court documents, Ketover created fraudulent appraisals of personal property purportedly donated to a Miami thrift shop by the unnamed Westport man, who also had a condominium in Palm Beach, Fla. He did so at the request of the man’s mother, also a Westport resident at the time, the documents said.

The appraisals resulted in approximately $624,000 in fraudulent non-cash contributions taken by the man for tax years 1999 and 2000, resulting in a tax loss to the government of approximately $262,254, a news release said.

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Swift Water Rescue Training

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Westport police officers and firefighters trained together this morning on rescuing victims from swift moving water with a small boat. Firefighter Anthony Saglimbene rescues Officer Foti Koskinas from the water. The training took place at Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Technology Talk Featured at Library

The issues of technology causing us to live in a “flat world” will be featured during a panel discussion at the Westport Public Library on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The panel will will focus on the topic “Living in a ‘Flat’ World: The Evolving Role of IT in a Truly Global Economy.” It is part of a series of technology talks at the library.

Bill McNee, president and CEO of Saugatuck Technology, will lead the panel that will include Irving Wladawsky Berger, vice president, technical strategy and innovation at IBM, Andy Moss, senior director of Microsoft’s technical policy, Jon Glass, managing director at GE Commercial Finance and Mark Mathias, chief information officer of JupiterKagan Inc.

Technology Talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

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Sky View

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The sky was blue and the clouds were puffy looking up from the Bridge Street bridge over the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Y’s Men to Hear from Selectmen

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss will speak during Thursday’s Y’s Men session.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church, which is located on Post Road East.

The two selectmen will be giving their annual towns updates to the group.

Joseloff is serving his first term as Westport’s first selectman. Bliss was elected to his third term as Weston’s first selectman last fall.

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