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Monday, April 03, 2006

Clouded Sherwood Sunrise

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The sun started to peek over the trees Monday at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission’s Committee
Noon - Toquet Hall - Play with Your Food
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - RTM (live coverage cable channel 79)

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School Board Won’t Seek Restoration

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The Westport Board of Education voted unanimously tonight not to seek restoration of any part of the $1 million cut to its proposed 2006-07 budget.

A week ago the Board of Finance cut the funds from the proposal saying the cut should be made to the insurance fund. The finance board will hold its restoration hearing on Wednesday.

The changes mean the 2006-07 school budget would be $82 million if the Representative Town Meeting gives its final approval in May. It is a 4.3 percent increase over the current budget of $78.6 million.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon recommended the board not seek restoration, and he said tonight that Board of Finance members gave assurances that if there are problems with the insurance fund it would be fixed.

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Playhouse Writing Contest Winners Announced

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Westport students Jenna Pan (second from left) and Tory Dodge (third from right) were among winners in the Westport Country Playhouse’s writing contest in conjunction with the staging of “On the Verge.” High and middle school students were asked to choose a word—or make up a word of their own—define and explain its origin and use the word in a story about exploration that was 400 words or less. The winners and their families were invited to a performance of “On the Verge” and a pizza party. Their essays were displayed in the Playhouse lobby for the run of the production. Also photographed are other winners in the contest and playhouse staff. They are Natania Wolansky of Greenwich, Pan, Playhouse Artistic Firector Tazewell Thompson, Michelle Martino of Trumbull, Dodge, Crisara Smith of Fairfield, Playhouse Education Director Hyla Crane and Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Anne Keefe. Missing from photo are LuLu O’Donnell of New Canaan, Rachel Downs of Trumbull and Alex Holcombe of Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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ZBA Considering Daybreak Settlement

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The Westport Zoning Board of Appeals is getting ready to vote on a settlement over various zoning issues with Daybreak Nurseries, but neighbors are concerned about the language of the agreement.

The board held a hearing last week and most likely will vote on the matter during its worksession on April 11, said Planning and Zoning Director Larry Bradley.

Town officials had taken court action prompted by neighbor complaints over violations to zoning approvals more than two years ago, and the board considered an earlier settlement in 2004. After the board placed a number of conditions on that settlement approval, the case went back to court.

The new settlement requires a 10-foot, wooden fence will be constructed along the rear and sides of the property, according to the settlement agreement, which is where the neighbors are located.

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Broadway Singer to Perform for Y’s Men

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Westporter Teresa Eldh, an accomplished singer, will sing and speak at the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston meeting on Thursday.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East.

Eldh’s program will consist of singing a variety of familiar musical numbers along with commentary.

She will be accompanied by her pianist, Stephen Sulich.

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“Grease” Opens at Coleytown Middle Thursday

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Coleytown Company presents “Grease” Thursday through Saturday at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School. Performances are at 7 p.m. each evening as well as a 1 p.m. Saturday matinee—however, the Friday and Saturday evening performances are already sold out.  Pictured are Max Stampa-Brown at center surrounded by (l-r) Andie Levinson, Harry Rappaport, Lucy Colgan and Nora Kennedy. For tickets and information, call (203) 341-1600. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sunday Fishing

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Sunday’s warm weather was just right for some fishing off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Singing in the Barn

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Folk singer Lisa Bastoni, formerly of Westport, entertained Sunday in the Westport studio barn of her grandparents, artists Naiad Einsel and the late Walter Einsel. Bastoni, a Staples grad, composed the music and lyrics of the songs from her albums “Small Time Big Town” and “Your First Sweetheart.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Coleytown El Performers in Variety Show

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Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School recently completed its variety show. The opening act was “Seize the Day” from the Disney movie “Newsies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, April 3, 2006


5 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Connecticut Department of Social Services Public Forum for Long Term Care
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - South Western Regional Planning Agency
7 p.m. – Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library Higgins Room – RTM Library, Museum and Arts Committee
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education

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Westport Family Dog Dies in Animal Attack

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A Westport family today mourned the loss of their beloved dog Lilly in what they believe was an attack by a coyote or fox in the yard of their Tupelo Road home.

Lilly, a 7-year-old Lowchen who weighed about 12 pounds, was found in the family’s yard early Saturday, according to Elizabeth Rockmore, 14, a freshman at Staples High School.

“My Dad saw her on the lawn and it looked like she was sleeping,” she said. “But we knew something was wrong and then we found she was dead. There were no markings of an attack.”

Elizabeth said Lilly had gone outside through a dog door sometime during the night.

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Go Fly a Kite

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KIte flying was one of the activities visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach engaged in today, taking advantage of a sparkling spring day that saw temperatures get into the low 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Compo Playground Pre-Build Continues

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The pre-build of the playground at Westport’s Compo Beach continued today in preparation for the community build later this month.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Hanging Out

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Today was a good day for just hanging out. These youngsters did it on the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sailboat Watching

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Today’s warm temperatures attracted many people to Westport’s Compo Beach and adjacent waters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Playground Sunset

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Saturday’s sunset as seen from behind the construction underway at the playground of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Watching

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A bird finds a light on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge a good place to watch the pre-dawn doings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

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Spring Color

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A garden on Westport’s Wright Street shows some spring color. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Blumenthal for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Presents “Boy and His Dog on the High Seas” Today

The Westport Country Playhouse will present “The Adventures of a Boy and His Dog on the High Seas,” a Mum Puppettheatre production, today at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., as part of “Family Festivities,” a series of Playhouse presentations for children, parents and grandparents to share together.WestportNow.com Image
A puppet adventure awaits today’s visitors at the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

With the help of puppets, masks and more, a quiet day at the beach turns to swash-buckling adventure as Mum’s heroes, a boy and his dog, find a pirate map in a bottle. 

“The Adventures of a Boy and His Dog on the High Seas” is written and directed by Robert Smythe and performed by Mum Puppettheatre company. Original music is by Adam Wernick.
 
As always, Rocky the Rooster, the Playhouse mascot, will be on hand to greet the kids.

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Sunday, Aprl 2, 2006


9 a..m. - Compo Beach - Playground Pre-Build
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Adventures of a Boy and His Dog on the High Seas”

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Water Rats Off to National Meet in Florida

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Thirteen members of the Westport Weston Family Y Water Rats Swim Team are in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend participating in the YMCA National Swimming and Diving Championships. The Westport Weston Y is one of 247 YMCAs from around the country competing in the event. Pictured are the members setting off Friday—the bunny ears denote “rookie” status and are a Rat tradition. First row (l-r): Cydney Eldh, Anna Smith, Laura Bedson, and Keenan Koss. Back Row (l-r): Michael Dunn, Aurora Lee, Philip Novotny, Danny Platow, Cam Hood, Andrew Grinalds, Ozzy Torres, Chris Wiederecht, and Andrew Royster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Grad Promoted in Greenwich Fire Department

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Westport native Tom Nixon was sworn in Friday as a deputy chief in the Greenwich Fire Department. Nixon, a 1981 Staples grad, is shown with his father, Westporter Joe Nixon. Tom, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ithaca College in 1985, joined the Greenwich department in 1987 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2001. He recently moved from Westport to New Milford with his wife Tracie and their three children, Cate, John, and Emily. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Library’s Rabbit Hill Festival Winds Up

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Attendees at today’s final day of the Westport Public Library’s sixth annual Rabbit Hill Festival for adult enthusiasts of children’s literature got a chance to buy books produced by guest speakers. The closing events of the festival were held at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Driver in Fatal Crash Can Get His License Back

A former New Hampshire resident who now lives in Westport and hasn’t driven since an accident in which he was the driver killed his best friend five years ago has just received the opportunity to get his license back.

But Jim Dozois is not sure if he wants to get behind the wheel of a car again, according to the Concord (NH) Monitor.

Dozois hasn’t driven since March 24, 2001, the night his car hit a snow bank, flipped over and crashed into a telephone pole in Weare, N.H., killing his best friend.

On Friday, he received permission to reapply for his driver’s license at a New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles hearing but said he isn’t sure if he’s ready, the newspaper said.

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Performing Community Service at Compo Beach

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Among those helping out today with the pre-build at Westport’s Compo Beach for a new playground were about 45 persons required to perform community service as part of their sentencing by the Connecticut Judicial Branch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Exchanging Batteries

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The Westport Fire Department today launched a battery exchange as part of its “change your clock, change your battery” campaign to mark the change to daylight savings time early Sunday. Pictured is Westporter Scott Bennewitz getting batteries from Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. By noon, about 20 people had gone to Westport fire headquarters to exchange their batteries. Kepchar said they have about 250 batteries available to the community for exchange. Residents must bring their old batteries and there is a three battery limit per person. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Using a Little Muscle

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It took some muscle to put the poles into place today at Westport’s Compo Beach as pre-build work progressed in advance of the community build of the new facility later this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Watching the Compo Playground Pre-Build

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Workers taking part in the pre-build for the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach had an audience today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Fire Department Launches Smoke Detector Battery Program

Beginning today, the Westport Fire Department will be conducting its “change your clock, change your battery” campaign to mark the change to daylight savings time early Sunday.

“As Daylight savings time begins, we change our clocks one hour ahead and it is also time to change your batteries in your smoke detector,” said Acting Fire Marshal Edward Zygmant.

Batteries for smoke detectors will be made available at no cost to Westport residents who bring their old batteries to Westport Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East beginning today. There is a limit of three batteries per household.

Residents requiring assistance can call (203)341-5010.

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