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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Snow Causes Numerous Accidents

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Today’s snow caused numerous minor accidents around Westport. No one was injured when this car hit a guard rail on the Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Spring is 18 Days Away

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It was hard to tell today that there are only 18 days to go until spring. The scene is Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge across the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Slow Going

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It was slow going on Westportg’s Main Street and other town roadways today as snow fell throughout the tri-state area. Police reported several minor accidents due to slippery streets and Westport schools scheduled early dismissals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Schools Announce Early Dismissal

The Westport public schools will have early dismissal today due to the weather, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced.

The dismissal schedule:

11:45 a.m.
Staples High School

12:15 p.m.
Bedford Middle School
Coleytown Middle School
Saugatuck Elementary School

1 p.m.
Coleytown Elementary School
Green’s Farms Elementary School  
King’s Highway Elementary School
Long Lots Elementary School

All afternoon and evening activities have been canceled.

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Take the Plunge Saturday at Compo

By Jayde Levesque

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Flashback: Last year’s Penguin Plunge at Compo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The eighth annual Penguin Plunge will take place at noon at Westport’s Compo Beach. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Special Olympics organizes plunges all over the state, but the Westport event is the only one representing Fairfield County.

“It’s a unique event that would not take place without the generosity of the police and fire departments, emergency services, dive and rescue, and the parks and recreation department,” said Westporter Elizabeth Kuechenmeister, event co-chairwoman.

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Heavy Snow Warning Issued

Westport put its snow clearing force on alert today as the National Weather Service upgraded a snow advisory to a heavy snow warning.

A morning advisory said the warning is in effect from 9 a.m. to midnight and predicted 5 to 10 inches could fall during the day.

Snow will begin by mid to late morning and continue through the afternoon before ending during the evening, the advisory said. The heaviest snow is forecast to fall in the afternoon, including the evening rush hour.

“Our public works personnel and contractors are ready,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.  “Although the amounts may be smaller, this one could involve heavier, wetter snow than last month’s large snowfall and make clearing more difficult.”

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On Display

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WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeyer points out some of his photos on display at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities. The exhibit, which opened Wednesday, runs through the end of the month at the center at 21 Imperial Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Burying Hill Birds

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Sea gulls sun themselves Wednesday at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Twins Organize Food Drive

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Hearing the call from Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association food pantry, 12-year-old twins Rosie and Farrel Levinson of Westport organized a neighborhood food drive. As part of their forthcoming fall B’not Mitzvah at Temple Israel in Westport, the Bedford Middle School seventh graders are required to perform community service in addition to their studies. They are pictured with the generous donations collected from neighbors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, March 2, 2006


7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing—CANCELED
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102– RTM Ordinance Committee—CANCELED

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Getting Ready

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With snow in the forecast, a local business owner gets ready by repairing a plow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Snow Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a snow advisory for Westport and the tri-state area from 9 a.m. Thursday to midnight.
Snow will begin Thursday morning and continue through the afternoon before ending Thursday night. The steadiest snow is forecast to fall during the afternoon hours, the advisory said.

“At this time total accumulations are expected to range from 3 to 6 inches across the advisory area,”  the statement said.

A snow advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

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Grand List Signed with 74 Percent Increase

Westport Assessor William Gaffney signed a Grand List that has a 73.95 percent increase.

It includes revaluated properties that grew by 79.4 percent and account for 95.9 percent of the town’s tax base.

It is a total value of $9.97 billion

Motor vehicle values grew by 2.1 percent, but personal property values fell by .5 percent.

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Playhouse Features Student Scripts

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Westport elementary school students crafted original scripts that will be performed at the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Professional actors will perform original scripts crafted by elementary students enrolled in Westport Country Playhouse’s Playmaking Workshop on Monday, March 13 at 8 p.m. on the Playhouse stage.

The readings are open to the public at no admission charge.

The young playwrights will be part of the production, taking a seat on the stage to watch their words come to life.

The playreadings culminate the eight-week program modeled after the hugely successful 52nd Street Project in New York City.

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Stamford Symphony Orchestra Subject of Y’s Men Session

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Eckart Preu, music director of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, will speak to the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Thursday about “The Symphony Orchestra of the 21st Century.”

An accomplished pianist, he will also play several selections in addition to his talk.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Preu was named music director of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra last June after an international search.

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Stamford Woman Hurt in Accident

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A Stamford woman was injured today in a one-car crash at the intersection of Post Road West and Wilton Road in Westport when her car hit a wall. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. The accident occurred less than 24 hours after another accident a short distance away on Wilton Road which involved a woman who drove into a fence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Students Study Cultural Awareness Through Art

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Long Lots Elementary School students are learning cultural understanding by creating quilt squares. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jayde Levesque for WestportNow.com
By Jayde Levesque

Fifth graders at Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School are learning cultural understanding through art.

The students are creating story quilts to depict scenes representing black history.

Based on story quilts made by freed slave Harriet Powers, each piece tells a different story of life as an African-American in the past, present and future. Powers could not read so she used the pictures she sewed on her quilt to convey her message.

“They can be based on whatever you want,” said Jack Ewert, 11.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 17 Salem Road

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The Westport Building Department is processing an application to demolish the house at 17 Salem Road. The house is off of Roseville Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Mark Schenker: On Keats

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Westport Officials Outline Concerns at Norwalk Hearing

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Westport Conservation Director Alicia Mozian told a Norwalk hearing tonight about Westport’s environmental concerns with the proposed 328-unit Norden Park development on the Westport-Norwalk border.

Following up on the Westport Conservation Commission’s 11-point letter submitted last month to Norwalk’s Conservation Commission, Mozian attended the meeting at the request of First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

“The run off from this property will flow into Westport’s wetlands, the Saugatuck River and Long Island Sound and is already polluted,” she said. “We don’t want it to get worse.”

The Norden property, the site of former military radar testing located between I-95 and the Metro-North tracks, totals 41 acres, including 11 acres of wetlands, three of which are in Westport.

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Town’s Technology Emphasized

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Coming on the heels of the launch of the town’s redesigned Web site, Westport officials tonight outlined plans to improve the town’s technology.

The discussions came during a Board of Finance session to discuss the proposed 2006-07 budget.

The proposed information technology operating budget would increase by more than $230,000 if the budget proposal is approved.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said town officials have been under-investing in technology, and now his administration needs to catch up.

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Driver Not Hurt in Accident

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A Weston woman was unhurt tonight when her car went off Wilton Road at the intersection of King’s Highway North in Westport. Her vehicle went over a low wall and through a wrought iron fence after she said she veered too far to the right to avoid “oncoming blinding high-beam headlights.” Although shaken, she did not require medical assistance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Nappa Drive

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The Westport Building Department is processing an application to demolish the house at 3 Nappa Drive. It is located off of Valley Road, which is near Hillspoint and Greens Farms roads. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Railroad Parking Fees May Increase

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Parking permit and daily fees may increase this summer at Westport’s two train stations—Saugatuck and Green’s Farms.

Police officials are studying the fees in comparison to those at surrounding train stations and plan to bring a proposal to the Board of Selectmen this summer.

Deputy Police Chief David Heinmiller told a Board of Finance meeting Monday night that there is a three- to four-year waiting list for a parking permit, and it had been stagnant because of the construction project at the Saugatuck station.

With construction complete and the post office moving its operations, new permits are now being issued, he said.

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No One Hurt in Kitchen Fire

No one was hurt and there was no major damage after a kitchen fire in a Yankee Hill Road home Monday night.

Westport firefighters responded to the scene at just before 8 p.m., and a police officer arriving earlier to the scene was able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher.

According to a Fire Department press release, a pot of heated oil flared up on the stove when a lid was removed.

The homeowner attempted to move the pot outside, according to the release, but she dropped it on the floor.

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Playhouse Sponsors Student Writing Contest

Westport Country Playhouse invites students to participate in an “Exploring Language” writing contest as part of the March production of “On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning).”

The contest is open to middle and high school students attending schools in Fairfield County.  Participants are asked to choose a word—or make up a word of their own—define and explain its origin, and use the word in a story about exploration that is 400 words or less.

Students may accompany their essays with a drawing or collage no larger than 8 ½” x 11”.

All essay entries, and optional artwork, must be postmarked by Friday, March 3, and sent to:  “Exploring Language” Writing Contest, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880.

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On Ice

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A group of seagulls landed on a patch of ice that was floating Monday along the Saugatuck River in Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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A Westport Sight

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An oversize load of a section of a pre-built home captured the attention of passing motorists and many others Monday as it turned on to Imperial Avenue from Westport’s Post Road East. The last of four 14x60 foot sections of the home was delivered to the parking lot next to the Westport Woman’s Club. This morning they will be moved to 155 Compo Road North where a concrete foundation has been prepared. Construction will take three to four weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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R.I.P. Trike

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Trike, a three-legged Husky mix well known to Westporters who frequent Winslow Park and Compo Beach, died Thursday at the age of 18. Trike, who lost his right rear leg due to an accident as a pup, was adopted from a shelter in 1990 by Peter McCulloch, who moved with him to Westport in 1997. They were everyday visitors to Winslow and, in the off season, to Compo. Messaged WestportNow reader Scott Wilder: “Mostly it was because of Trike’s outgoing personality and love for life that endeared him to everyone. Trike always had a happy, inquisitive look on his face and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006


6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Budget Workshop
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals

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