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Friday, June 15, 2007

Westport Library Book Sale Needs Volunteers

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Staples High School football players helped with the annual Friends of the Westport Public Library book sale in July 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Friends of the Westport Public Library are seeking volunteers to move, unpack and arrange books for its annual sale in July.

The 14th annual sale, scheduled for July 14-17, will feature more than 65,000 items. Beginning Monday, July 9, volunteers will be needed to set up the sale.

Set up will continue through the start of the sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. Cashiers, shelvers, and greeters are needed during the sale, which runs through Tuesday, July 17. Break-down and clean-up help is needed when the sale ends.

Book donations are accepted for the sale during regular library hours until July 1. For more information, call (203) 291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

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Westport Man Charged in Fed Waste Hauling Investigation

A 50-year-old Westport man is free on $200,000 bond following his indictment on federal charges of racketeering conspiracy in connection with an investigation into the waste hauling industry.

Anthony Luciano of Davenport Road was indicted by a federal grand jury in New Haven earlier this month and arrested Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor.

The same day he appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Burns to who set the bond, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy.

Luciano was identified as a former salesman for a company owned by James Galante, 54, of New Fairfield, who faces a series of federal charges in connection with the investigation.

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Cool Fishing

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It was a cool and dreary most of Thursday in Westport, which made for good fishing weather off of Compo Beach. The sun was out in the evening. Temperatures are expected to again be cool and in the 60s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 15, 2007


10 a.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Commission for Senior Services
5-11 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Yankee Doodle Fair
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Artists Salon
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Y Rescue Group
7:30 p.m. - Temple Israel - Yossi Klein Halevi: “A Jewish Journey into Christianity and Islam”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Souvenir”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Lend Me a Tenor”

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Ordinance Would Set Line of Succession

By Jennifer Connic

Westport officials are asking the Representative Town Meeting to pass an ordinance that delineates the powers of the first selectman and a line of succession.

The RTM will hold a first reading on the ordinance during its meeting on Tuesday at 8 p.m., and RTM rules call for the ordinance to automatically be hold over one meeting.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is urging communities to pass similar ordinances across the state so it is clear who is charge during an emergency.

The town’s charter does not outline a line of succession, he said, and the ordinance would set the line of succession to be the first selectman, second selectman, third selectman, RTM moderator and RTM deputy moderator.

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Study Time

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Staples High School students are busy studying for final exams, which are currently taking place at the high school. Each day, groups of students are huddling at the Westport Public Library to study for exams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Yankee Doodle Fair Kicks Off for 100th Time

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The 100th anniversary of the Westport Woman’s Club’s Yankee Doodle Fair kicked off tonight on Imperial Avenue. The fair continues on Friday at 5-11 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday at noon to 6 p.m. A parade is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Hands Up

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The rides were full of people of all ages at the Yankee Doodle Fair tonight. It’s the 100th anniversary of the Westport Woman’s Club’s annual fair that raises money that it uses for scholarships and donations to local organizations. The fair continues at 5-11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Festival Fun

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The Westport Woman’s Club’s 100th Annual Yankee Doodle Fair kicked off tonight at the Imperial Avenue parking lot and the club’s adjacent building. The fair continues through Sunday, and the hours are 5-11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Flowers and Berries Brighten Gloomy Day

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Eager buyers wait in line to buy local produce and flowers today at the Farmers Market at Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Molting Into Adulthood

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Cerena (left), an immature bald eagle at Earthplace in Westport, is molting many of her juvenile feathers and replacing them with adult plumage. It takes five years for bald eagles to attain the prominent white head and tail feathers for which they are known. Cerena’s beak, eyes, and feet will also turn bright yellow, the same as mature bald eagle Chatty (right). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Yankee Doodle Fair Kicks Off Today

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The Westport Woman’s Club has been gearing up for the 100th Annual Yankee Doodle Fair, which kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. and continues through the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The 100th anniversary of the Westport Woman’s Club Yankee Doodle Fair kicks off today at 5 p.m. at the Imperial Avenue parking lot and runs through the weekend with activities planned throughout the weekend to celebrate the centennial anniversary.

The fair runs 5-11 p.m. today and Friday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be a parade on Saturday at 9 a.m. from Veterans Green in front of Town Hall, on Avery Place, across Main Street, through Parker Harding Plaza, across Post Road East to Jesup Green. The parade includes antique cars and horse-drawn carriages and represents 10 decades.

The upper lot around the Woman’s Club features carinval rides, and the Woman’s Club auditorium will host a bake sale and book sale. The Curio Thrift Shop will hold a 50 percent off sale.

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Swimming with Mom

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Temperatures were only in the 60s in Westport on Wednesday under overcast skies, but a mother swan tended to her child along the Saugatuck River near Parker Harding Plaza. Temperatures are expected again to be in the 60s today.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Changes Announced at WestportNow

WestportNow Editor Jennifer Connic has resigned effective Friday and a search is under way for a successor, WestportNow Publisher Gordon Joseloff announced today.

“Jen Connic has done an excellent job at WestportNow and will be sorely missed,” said Joseloff, who is also Westport’s First Selectman. “She has set the standard for local online news coverage that others can only envy.”

Connic, who has been editor for almost two years, has taken a position with a New Jersey newspaper to oversee its Web operations.

Joseloff, who was founding editor of WestportNow in 2003, also announced that he has asked Westport attorney Steve Nevas to head a search group seeking a new publisher.

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Compo Walk

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Despite Wednesday’s rainy, overcast weather, Westport’s Compo Beach attracted some determined to get their daily dose of exercise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 14, 2007


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Emily Barton
5 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Yankee Doodle Fair
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Harry Potter@the movies
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Souvenir”

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Dreary Compo

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Today’s rainy, cloudy weather with temperatures in the 60s kept many people away from Westport beaches. At the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach, a visitor checked out the shoreline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

FEMA Extends April Nor’easter Aid to Individual Homeowners

Westport homeowners hard hit by April’s nor’easter will get federal government aid after all, Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office announced today.

The decision is a reversal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s initial decision to provide aid to only municipal governments and nonprofit organizations in Fairfield and Litchfield counties.

“This is a huge victory for Connecticut residents whose homes and businesses were damaged by this exceptionally severe storm,” Rell said in a statement.

State officials later released details on how to apply for the aid. Homeowners will need to speak with FEMA directly at 1-800-621-3362 (Phone lines are open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week) or they may go to www.fema.gov.

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Historic District Office Opens at Town Hall

By Jennifer Connic

There is a new office at Westport Town Hall dedicated to the Historic District Commission and the preservation of historic properties.

Carol Leahy started on Monday as the commission’s administrator and also as the Certified Local Government coordinator, filling a position that was approved last winter by the Board of Finance and Representative Town meeting for $24,000 (See WestportNow Dec. 10).

P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said there isn’t enough space to add staff in the Planning and Zoning Department, which is where the Historic District Commission’s work was located until this week, so they office was opened in Room 108.

The files are located in the new office, he said, and people who want to file an application or research historic properties will need to go there.

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Fire Department Receiving $50,000 State Grant

By Jennifer Connic

After two years of paperwork and waiting, the Westport Fire Department hopes to receive a $50,000 state grant for minor upgrades to three fire stations.

The Board of Selectmen voted to receive the grant during its meeting on Tuesday.

Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said the grant will install central air conditioning at the Coleytown, Greens Farms and Saugatuck fire stations.

The stations currently have window air conditioning units, he said, and department officials spent a large amount of money to replace and maintain them.

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HDC Discusses 1929 Myrtle Avenue Teardown

By Linda Alvkall

Many Westport residents gathered in Town Hall Tuesday night to show their concern regarding a possible demolition of home at 48 Myrtle Ave. built in 1929.WestportNow.com Image
The house at 48 Myrtle Ave. at Evergreen Avenue was featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 30. The Historic District Commission delayed its demolition for 60 days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Following its appearance as WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day on May 30, one resident characterized it as a classic Westport arts and crafts home “that was restored and renovated to perfection.”

Jim Denno, an architect and designer who presented plans for the replacement stone, English-style cottage home, told the commission the new house would be 4 to 5 feet higher than the present building. He said the foundation needs to be replaced due to carbon monoxide levels in the basement.

He said the current owner is complaining about the fire alarm going off weekly due to the lack of ventilation and a low ceiling in the basement.

 

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Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood advisory for Connecticut, including Westport, for 6 p.m. today through 1 a.m. on Thursday.

The advisory is in effect because of expected prolonged winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour combined with a new moon that could cause higher tides, the advisory states.

The tides could be one to two feet higher than normal, the advisory states, which could cause minor flooding.

If the wind speeds increase, a flood watch or warning could be issued, the advisory states.

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Hand in Hand

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It was hot and humid in Westport today, and walkers were out at Compo Beach before brief showers moved into the area. There is a chance for rain again today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Souvenir”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Cathryn Prince

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Democratic Women Honor Kassen

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Selectwoman Shelly Kassen receives the Silver Donkey Award from the Democratic Women of Westport today while First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who presented her the award, looks on. Kassen has been selectwoman for nearly two years and previously served on the Board of Finance, including as vice-chairman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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