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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Talking Transportation:  Let’s Not be Fuelish

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

My father taught me that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” I’m trying to teach my daughter that there’s no such thing as a free ride.

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With a newly minted driver’s license, she’s found new freedom behind the wheel—until I ask her to fill the gas tank.  Now, as we drive past local gas stations, she’s taken new interest in comparison pricing.

A large part of the cost of gas is taxes that subsidize our transportation system.  That’s why gas is so much cheaper in New Jersey (no taxes) but also why they have expensive tolls on their highways.  Remember—“no free ride.”

But as I have written about for five years now, gasoline prices in this country are still too low because they don’t ask us to pay for the true costs associated with driving.

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Family Stroll

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A mother and her young fawn caught strolling across the back yard of a home on Westport’s River Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 15, 2010


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Parking Lot - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 10 Woodside Lane - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
3:30 pm. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Sea Story Adventures (ages 5 & 6)
6 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - “Dinosaurs in Connecticut,” by Meg Enkler from Dinosaur State Park
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Film Screening: “Longshore Club Park”
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Mother/Daughter Bookclub: “If I Stay,” Gayle Forman
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Happy Days”
8 p.m. - Saugatuck School - Joshua Kane: “Borders of the Mind”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Westport Police and Fire Aid in Norwalk Kayaker Search

UPDATE Westport police marine and fire units assisted tonight in searching for a kayaker reported missing off of Norwalk.

The Police and Fire Department launched boats into the water shortly after 10 p.m. after Norwalk requested help in the search off Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach. 

The boats returned to shore about two hours later, according to emergency workers on the scene.

One Westport firefighter said that he heard the person reported missing had turned up safe and sound on the shore. Norwalk police later confirmed the kayaker, identified as Daniel Celan, 40, had returned home safely on his own.

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Squeaky Clean Hit With Kids & Parents

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The Squeaky Clean Band was a big hit with kids and parents alike tonight who enjoyed the air-conditioned comfort of the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium after threatening weather caused the venue to be changed from the Levitt Pavillion.  According to Freda Welsh, executive director of the Levitt, Squeaky Clean was previously on the Levitt program in 2008 when rain once again resulted in a move to the indoor venue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Quilting for Peace


The Westport Public Library today played host to Peace By Piece: the Norwalk Community Quilt Project. The project began in 2007 as a means of enhancing the lives of Norwalk’s young people and adults by getting them involved in a common endeavor supported by the Norwalk Children’s Foundation. Members of Peace by Piece are currently working in collaboration with the Stepping Stones Museum for Children on a project that will hang in the museum. Westporters are invited to participate with no needle skills required. Larry Unteremeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Fire HQ Taking Part in July 31 Food Drive

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell pictured on a 2006 visit to Westport Fire Headquarters.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced a statewide “Day of Caring & Compassion” on Saturday, July 31, when several fire stations around Connecticut, including Westport Fire Headquarters, will serve as collection centers for donations of nonperishable food to help replenish the state’s two main food pantries.

“Mark it on the calendar. July 31 will be the day we can all help fill the shelves the shelves of Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank,” Rell said in a statement. “Fire departments around the state made our 2009 campaign such a success that we are delighted to have them again this year as partners.

The governor said the economy is still very volatile and the need remains great for many families who continue to struggle to make ends meet.

“With schools out for the summer, many children who were served by school lunch and breakfast programs do not now have that option,” she said. “I am urging everyone to pitch in again this year and help Foodshare, Connecticut Food Bank and local fire departments help fill that void.”

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Levitt’s Squeaky Clean Moves Indoor Tonight

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Due to the strong possibility of thunderstorms, tonight’s children’s show at the Levitt Pavilion featuring Squeaky Clean sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League will move indoors to Saugatuck School’s air-conditioned auditorium at 170 Riverside Ave., organizers announced.  Showtime is 7 p.m. and admission is free.  The Levitt reminded guests that with the exception of water, food and beverages are not allowed in the school.  For more information, visit the Pavilion’s Web site at www.levittpavilion.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Primary Absentee Ballots Available

Westport Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss announced today that absentee ballots for the Republican and Democratic primaries, to be held Aug. 10, are available at the Town Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday.

Registered Republican and Democratic electors may qualify for the following reasons: active service in the armed forces of the United States; illness or physical disability; religious tenets, which forbid secular activity on the day of the election; duties as an election official at the polling place other than their own during all of the hours of voting; and absence from the town during all of the hours of voting.

Application for a ballot can be requested in person at the Town Clerk’s office located in Room 105 at the Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave, or by calling 203-341-1110.

The application form is also available by downloading the form at www.westportct.gov.

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Enjoying a Summer Evening

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A couple enjoy the summer scene on a recent evening on the Westport Public Library riverwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Quilting in the Great Hall with The Norwalk Community Quilt Project
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Happy Days”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion Saugatuck School (170 Riverside Avenue) - Squeaky Clean VENUE CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Baron’s South Housing Proposal Presented

Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Selectwoman Shelly Kassen tonight presented new details of a plan to build senior housing on Baron’s South as well as a skilled nursing facility. WestportNow.com Image
A map showing the proposed location of the facilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

Many of the 60 persons attending the presentation expressed strong support for it at a joint meeting of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Long-Range Planning Committee and Senior Services Commission.

The meeting was held at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Baron’s South, which will adjoin the proposed facilities.

The plan, which they said is still very preliminary, calls for 66 rental units of one and two bedrooms with more than half to be available to residents earning $50,000 annually or less.

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