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Friday, May 21, 2010

Sailing the Sound

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Thursday’s sunny weather and warm temperatures was a good day for sailing the waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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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

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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P&Z Puts Off Decision on Easing Liquor Sale Regulations

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.

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‘60s Dance Marks Longshore’s 50th Anniversary

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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

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Relaxing in the Square for Art By Local

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Guests relaxed in Sconset Square tonight as they viewed the Art By Local art exhibit which continues through Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Board of Finance Votes 3.05 Percent Mil Rate Increase

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.

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“Guppy” Kiss

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Westport artist Tammy Winser has fun with her digital print “Guppy” at tonight’s Art By Local exhibit in Sconset Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cheese, Please

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Mirabelle Cheese Shop of Westport served up delights to visitors to tonight’s Art By Local art exhibit in Sconset Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Art By Local Entertainment

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Tonight’s Art By Local art show in Westport’s Sconset Square included outdoor entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Westport April Unemployment Rate Was 5.6 Percent

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.

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Police Get $14,250 Grant for DUI Enforcement Program

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.

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Singing in the Sanctuary

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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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