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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

RTM Supports Supportive Housing Regulations

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The Westport Representative Town Meeting voted in the early hours of this morning to uphold a new zoning regulation that allows supportive housing.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the regulations in mid-October. They would enable Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) to construct a new supportive housing facility on West End Avenue in the Saugatuck area.

Save Old Saugatuck members, who had opposed IHA’s proposal, petitioned the RTM asking it to overturn the P&Z’s approval.

The item was on a lengthy agenda Tuesday night, and the RTM did not take up the matter until close to midnight. The 24-6 vote to support the P&Z’s decision came around 1 a.m.

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Staying Close to Shore

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Rainy, dreary weather in Westport on Tuesday meant that most boats remained near shore, including at Old Mill Pond. More rain is expected today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library - Katharine Weber
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Rotary Club Family Dinner
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Loretta Court

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Westport building officials issued a demolition permit for the house at 6 Loretta Court on Monday. The house is off Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Officials Look to Refinance Debt

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Westport officials are planning to refinance up to $35 million in debt and could save as much as $730,000.

The Representative Town Meeting unanimously approved a measure tonight that allows town officials to refinance the bonds.

The measure was not on the RTM agenda and had to be added by a vote, and Finance Director Donald Miklus said time was of the essence in moving forward with the refinancing initiative.

Interest rates are low, he said, and makes it possible for town officials to refinance the debt and save some money.

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Dreary Day

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Westport’s Old Mill Beach was deserted today as off-and-on drizzle and clouds made for a dreary day. The forecast calls for rain or rain showers through the rest of the week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

He Rocks

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Westporter Jerry Kuyper, design specialist and rock sculptor, addressed the Westport Rotary Club today and here shows one of the sculptures that appeared off Hillspoint Road at Compo Beach on New Years Day 2005. Over the years, visitors to Compo Beach have been visually treated to his many rock sculptures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Town’s Annual Meeting Set for Thursday

The members of Westport’s boards and commissions will gather for the town’s annual meeting on Thursday.

It’s scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Center for Senior Activities on Imperial Avenue.

The annual meeting is required by the town’s charter, and it is open to the public.

The town’s emergency preparedness management team will make a presentation during the session, and there will be time for questions and answers.

The meeting is intended to end at 9:30 a.m.

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Playhouse Brings “A Christmas Carol” to Life

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Members of the cast for “A Christmas Carol” practice songs that will be performed. The musical opens at the Westport Country Playhouse later this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse will host a musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” this holiday season.

The play, to run Nov. 29 through Dec. 23, was adapted and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson.

“A Christmas Carol” brings to the stage Ebnezer Scrooge, the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the Fezziwigs, and the Cratchit family with Tiny Tim. “A Christmas Carol” includes more than 20 holiday songs with dancing.

“I cut my teeth on Charles Dickens,” said Thompson.  “As a child, my grandmother gave me Grimms’ Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Andersen and Dickens.  What I most enjoyed about Dickens’ writing was that he took me on great storytelling journeys, and he portrayed bold, edgy, idiosyncratic characters who were very lively and colorful. His work showed me a great panorama of mankind.”

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Town Hall Hosts Energy Conservation Exhibit

Starting today, Westporters will have the opportunity to view a display about conserving energy at Town Hall.WestportNow.com Image
Unveiling the Town Hall conserving energy display today were (l-r) First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Selectwoman Shelly Kassen, CL&P executive Chris Swan, and former Selectman Carl Leaman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The display will be set up in the Town Hall lobby starting at 3 p.m.

The new exhibit is made possible by a partnership with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF), which is administered through The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P).

The exhibit will teach residents about how to save electricity through lighting and emphasizes the importance of energy conservation.

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Cool, Rainy Westport

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The rain continued to fall on Monday, but there was a long enough break to take a walk on the jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach. Rain is expected to continue to fall today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006


10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Investment Resource Seminar
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Selected Shorts
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)

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Staples Boys Soccer State Semifinal Set

The Staples boys soccer team’s state tournament semifinal match is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Wreckers will play Hall of West Hartford at Pomperaugh High School in Southbury.

Staples has a record of 17-1-3 and Hall’s record is 13-2-4.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Westport’s Terex Corp. Names Tom Riordan President

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Tom Riordan: joins Terex from SPX Corp. File photo
Westport’s Terex Corp., which makes construction, road-building and mining equipment, today named Tom Riordan to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1.

Riordan, 50, previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Charlotte, N.C.-based SPX Corp.

He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Ronald M. DeFeo.

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Zygmant to Become Next Fire Marshal

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Edward Zygmant: in fire marshal’s office since 1988. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Edward Zygmant, acting fire marshal since March, later this month will officially take on the title, the Westport Fire Department announced today.

On Nov. 22, the department will hold a ceremony to promote Zygmant to the position, officially replacing Fred Baker who left in February.

Additionally, Timothy Chalfant will be promoted to fire inspector in the same ceremony.

Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said Zygmant is community-oriented with his job.

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Playhouse Hires New Managing Director

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Jodi Schoenbrun Carter: Joining the Westport Country Playhouse staff in December. Contributed photo
Jodi Schoenbrun Carter will become the Westport Country Playhouse’s new managing director on Dec. 10, Playhouse Board of Trustees President Elisabeth Morten announced today.

“Jodi’s experience and professionalism, combined with her enormous enthusiasm, energy and dedication, will propel us forward so that we can achieve the artistic vision that Tazewell Thompson, artistic director, has provided and to which we all aspire,” she said.

Reporting to the Playhouse Board of Trustees, Carter will be responsible for overseeing development, marketing, finance and general operations, and guiding the strategic thinking for the organization’s future.

Thompson said of Carter’s appointment: “Jodi embodies the qualities that are needed by the Playhouse, not only on the business side, but on the artistic side as well.  She has a dynamic level of commitment and style that will work well for the Playhouse.”

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Firefighters Extinguish Truck Fire

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Westport firefighters today extinguished a fire in a landscaper’s truck engine at the Country Store on Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike. The driver and his passengers had stopped for a drink when the engine caught fire. The truck had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Yorker Editor Speaks on Magazine’s Revitalization

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New Yorker Magazine Executive Editor Dorothy Wickenden, speaking before the largest Y’s Women of Westport Weston audience ever, today recounted how the 81-year-old magazine has successfully revitalized itself.WestportNow.com Image
There was standing room only for New Yorker Executive Editor Dorothy Wickenden’s appearance today before the Y’s Women of Westport Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Wickenden, a Weston native, was greeted by many familiar faces and friends in the crowd. Her mother, Hermione Wickenden, currently lives in Westport.

The standing room only crowd heard her trace the history of the magazine, which started on Feb. 21, 1925. She said critics predicted the demise of The New Yorker 10 years ago.

Tina Brown, then editor, revitalized the magazine and subscriptions grew, Wickenden said, and now more than a million people read the magazine.

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Community Gardeners Seek Expansion

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Westport’s community gardeners are seeking an expansion of their 30-plot space next to Long Lots Elementary School, but it may not happen soon.

The gardeners will ask the Parks and Recreation Commission tonight to double the number of plots, but Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said the request is premature.

Mary Ann West, co-chairwoman of the gardeners’ association, said about half of the plots in the garden are not usable because of drainage problems and deep shade.

Six of the plots are completely unusable because of how the property drains, she said.

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Westporters Perform at Norwalk Senior Center Benefit

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Westporters Elaine Arnow (violin) and Maureen Whiteman (flute) were among those performing Sunday at a benefit for the Norwalk Senior Center at the Norwalk Concert Hall. The concert was directed by Marlane Tubridy of Weston (at piano). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lawrence J. Zlatkin for WestportNow.com

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Driver Escapes Injury in Roseville Crash

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A 16-year-old driver traveling south on Westport’s Roseville Road escaped serious injury Sunday night when his car went off the road and struck a utility pole, knocking down wires. The driver told police he was trying to avoid a deer when he lost control in front of 16 Roseville Road during light rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, Nov. 13, 2006


7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks and Recreation Commission

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

“Flute Force” at Westport Public Library

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The “Flute Force,” a quartet of flute players, performed before a large crowd this afternoon at the Westport Public Library. Founded in 1981, the group was the first U.S. performance flute quartet. Their program included works by Stravinsky, Brooke Joyce, Eugene Bozza, Samuel Barber, arranged for Flute Force by Rie Schmidt; Shakarian and Kuhlau. Pictured (l-r) are: Sheryl Henze, Wendy Stern, Elizabeth Brown and the founder of the group, Rie Schmidt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Winners

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Members of Westport’s Women’s Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 show off their award for best development of theme for their float in Westport’s Memorial Day parade. The award was presented Saturday during the Veterans Day ceremony at Westport Town Hall by Will Rowlands, editor of the Westport News. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Calm Before the Storm

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There was another pretty sunset at E. R. Strait Marina at Westport’s Longshore Club Park Saturday. But forecasters said rain will move into the area today with highs in the upper 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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