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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday. The high wind watch is no longer in effect.

Strong westerly winds will develop Thursday morning in the wake of a strong cold front continuing into Thursday evening, an advisory said.

Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected during this time with the potential for wind gusts up to 55 mph from mid -morning Thursday into early Thursday evening.

The strongest winds are expected across the New York and New Jersey metro area and along the immediate coast, the advisory said.

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Main Street Property Sells for $4.34 Million

A Main Street property, the former home of Swezey’s Jewelers, has sold for $4.34 million.WestportNow.com Image
The former Swezey Jewelers building sale was down almost 20 percent from a nearby sale in 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com/file

The purchase by United Realty of Connecticut of 139-141 Main St. from D&J Main Street LLC for about $1,085 per square foot was down by almost 20 percent from a nearby sale in April 2007 (See WestportNow April 27, 2007) and almost 45 per cent from one in November 2006 (See WestportNow Nov. 2, 2006).

The two-story, 4,000-square-foot retail building was built in 1920. Swezey’s closed its doors in January 2007 after 50 years at the same location. (See WestportNow Dec. 8, 2006)

Stephen Westerberg of FirstService Williams represented United Realty of Connecticut, while Robert Lewis of Vidal/Wettenstein LLC represented the seller.

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High Wind Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a high wind watch for Westport and area which is in effect from late tonight through Thursday
evening.

Strong westerly winds will develop on Thursday as low pressure deepens across northern New England, an advisory said.

Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph are likely.

The potential exists for wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph depending on the exact track and intensity of the system, the advisory said.

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Signs of Peace

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The Staples High School Fine and Performing Arts Department presented the Freshman/Sophomore Fine Arts Evening Tuesday night. The program included the freshman and sophomore bands, orchestras, chorus and chorale. With much joy and enthusiasm, the freshman chorus and sophomore chorale sang “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” written by J. Holiday, R.Myers, & J. De Shannon - arr. Jeff Frank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Restoring Confidence Called Key to Economic Recovery

By Phyllis Groner

Two Westporters who are leaders in the finance industry told a packed Westport Public Library audience tonight that the economy will only improve when public confidence is restored in the financial system. WestportNow.com Image
Taking part in tonight’s Wall Street discussion at the Westport Library were (l-r) Marc Lasry, chairman and CEO of Avenue Capital Group, David Komansky, retired chairman of Merrill Lynch, and Jim Cooper, senior editor and economist at Business Week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“Confidence is what we need today,” said David Komansky, retired chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch.

Added Marc Lasry, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Avenue Capital Group, a New York-based distressed fund: “This is only going to stop when people stop being scared.”

Komansky said he had not had a chance to review in detail plans announced in Washington today by Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, to rescue the nation’s financial system but said he had already sensed things might be getting better.

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SRO Library Audience Hears Wall Street Talk

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Tonight’s Westport Public Library discussion about Wall Street and the economy had a standing room only audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Westport Library Seeks Board of Trustees Candidates

The Westport Public Library is seeking candidates to apply for vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees. The appointments will be for a four-year term beginning on July 1.

There are 20 members on the Library Board, half of whom are appointed by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and half of whom are appointed by the Library Board itself.

This year, there will be four trustee vacancies: three trustees to be appointed by the RTM and one trustee to be appointed by the Library Board.

More information about the role of the Library Board is available on the library’s Web site. There also is a link to the Library’s Strategic Plan, which guides the library in decision-making and budgeting. 

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Police to Offer Project Lifesaver Program

The Westport Police Department announced today it will soon offer residents the opportunity to participate in the Project Lifesaver program which allows police to quickly locate Alzheimer’s patients and others who may have wandered from a home.

The program, which involves a potential wanderer wearing a wrist band tracking device, was purchased through the generosity of the Westport Woman’s Club and the Ruegg Foundation. (See WestportNow May 30, 2008)

It targets those suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia as well as autistic children who may wander from their home or that of a loved one, said Lt. Thomas P. Casimiro II, the department’s public information officer.

Cost of enrollment in the program has not yet been determined, he said, and will be dependent on how many persons are enrolled. The $5 battery for the transmitter and the $2 wrist band need to be replaced monthly.  Scholarships will be available to those deemed eligible, Casimiro said.

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Police Arrest Two Staples Students on Cocaine Charges

Westport police have arrested two 17-year-old students at Staples High School for possession of cocaine, police said.

The two, who were not identified because of their age, were arrested Friday after school officials told police they had knowledge of a student’s attempt to sell narcotics at the school, said Lt. Thomas P. Casimiro II, public information officer.

Police questioned a student found in possession of what was later identified as cocaine and he implicated the second student who allegedly had purchased some of the substance from him, Casimiro said. The total amount of cocaine confiscated was 1.8 grams, he said.

The first student was charged with possession of a narcotic substance, intent to sell, and illegal possession on school property. The second student was charged with illegal possession of cocaine. A court date was set for Feb. 18.
—Dave Matlow contributed reporting for this story.

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Beach Walk

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Westporter Erika Martin takes her Bernese Mountain Dog Wrigley, 7 1/2, for a walk along the shore at Burying Hill Beach Monday. Temperatures rose to the lower 40s with more of the same predicted for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Regional Connecticut Youth Services Association
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Paper Making (grades K-5)
7 p.m. – Police Headquarters Classroom - Emergency Medical Service Task Force
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: What’s Happened to Wall Street?

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Canine Catch: Lola’s Nose Nets Drug Suspect

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Wesport K-9 Officer Marc Heinmiller goes through some training paces with Police Service Dog Lola in this 2007 file photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo
Good sniffing by a Westport police dog named Lola resulted in the arrest tonight of a 27-year-old man on drug charges following a car stop by police on Riverside Avenue, police said.

At about 7 p.m., police stopped a car near 397 Riverside Ave. on a motor vehicle violation and immediately suspected that the driver, Thomas Linskens, of Amston, Conn., may be in possession of narcotics either on his person or in the vehicle, said Sgt. Foti Koskinas.

Police Service Dog Lola was deployed and immediately alerted police to the driver’s door and the trunk area of the vehicle. A small amount of marijuana was located inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle, Koskinas said.

Once the trunk was opened, Lola alerted her handler to a locked Sentry safe that was concealed under several blankets. The locked safe was seized and after a search warrant was obtained, officers opened the safe and found several bags of marijuana, a digital scale, and other packaging equipment, Koskinas said.

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Viewing

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A visitor to the Westport Public Library today views some of the photos on exhibit sponsored by the Y’s Men of Westport Weston Camera Club. The exhibit, “Through Our Eyes,” will run until the end of March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Snow Moon

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A beautiful full moon lit the skies early tonight in this view from the Westport Library parking lot. In February, the full moon is known as the Snow Moon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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