Friday, May 21, 2010
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 7th Annual Art & Photo Show
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Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission tonight put off a decision on easing restrictions regarding sale of alcohol in Westport’s non-resident zones.
The measure, which will be taken up at the P&Z’s June 10 meeting, is one of several advanced by the commission which it says are intended to promote more nightlife in Westport and ease restrictions on restaurants and outdoor activities.
One of the proposed changes would eliminate the so-called 1,500-foot rule. This requires at least 1,500 feet separation of businesses selling liquor except for those with service bars, where only the wait staff receive drinks.
Police Chief Al Fiore told the commission he opposed the change because it would mean an increased demand for police services at a time when budget restraints limit the number of officers on patrol.
Westport’s 1960 purchase of Longshore Club Park was celebrated tonight with a 60’s-themed dance at the Inn at Longshore. Almost 200 persons danced to ‘60s music in an event arranged by the town’s Longshore 50th Anniversary Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE After back and forth discussions aimed at keeping tax increases as low as possible, Westport’s Board of Finance tonight voted 6 to 1 to raise the mil rate to 14.85, a 3.05 percent increase.
Republican Charles Haberstroh was the only dissenting vote. He argued for a 2.01 percent increase which he said was possible if what amounted to an additional 4 percent cut was made from this year’s municipal budget with six weeks left in the fiscal year.
The increase is not much different from other Fairfield County towns, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff pointed out, noting that the mil rate percentage increase in Greenwich is 3.25, Norwalk, 3.79, Darien, 3.25, and Easton at 3.2. The percentage increases in Weston, Fairfield and Ridgefield are lower—1,0, 1.9, and 1.98 respectively.
Haberstroh said his 2.01 percent could be achieved if the town government turned back $2.3 million of its approved $58.9 million budget for this year. Earlier in the meeting he asked Joseloff if he would be prepared to do that.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Westport’s unemployment rate for April was 5.6 percent, showing continuing improvement, the Connecticut Department of Labor reported today.
It said there were 712 persons unemployed in Westport in April out of a total work force of 12,698
In March, the rate was 6.0 percent.
Westport’s unemployment rate got as high as 6.7 percent in September 2009, the department said.
The Westport Police Department said today it has received a $14,250 grant to conduct a comprehensive driving under the influence enforcement program this summer.
The grant was distributed by the state from federal funding, said Captain Sam Arciola.
He said the funds will go toward hiring additional officers who will be specifically detailed to target offenders who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the summer months.
In addition to the DUI grant funding, the Westport Police Department will be again be joining state and local police departments in the high visibility safety belt/child safety seat enforcement campaign known as “Click it or Ticket,” Arciola said.
Westport soprano Jennifer Foster accompanied by Timothy Steel, a vocal coach, pianist and conductor, performed for the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today in the sanctuary of the Saugatuck Congregational Church. Members, many of whom were accompanied by their wives, were treated to a varied program that included operatic selections as well as show tunes. Next week, the year’s final Y’s Men’s meeting, is a picnic held at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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