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Thursday, January 28, 2010

heART for Haiti Event Set for Friday and Saturday

Five galleries, including one in Westport, will be the focal point this weekend for the heART for Haiti fund-raiser for Westport’s Save the Children and its relief efforts in Image

Hundreds of works of art will be offered in the event on Friday and Saturday with all proceeds to go to Save the Children. There will be a gala reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and sale continuing on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. See some of the works here.

In Westport, Rockwell Gallery in Sconset Square off Myrtle Avenue is participating.

Other locations include Galleria d’Arte Ridgefield, 3 Bailey Ave.;Rockwell Fairfield, 1630 Post Road, Fairfield; Rockwell New Canaan, 9 Burtis Ave, New Canaan; and Rockwell Wilton, 379 Danbury Road, Wilton.


01/28/10 03:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Snow, Slippery Roads Cause Multiple Accidents

Snow and slippery roadways played havoc throughout Westport Image
The snow caused traffic on the Merritt Parkway to come to a standstill for a period. A WestportNow reader e-mailed this photo of a snowman built by a fellow motorist while traffic was stopped. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

What forecasters described as snow squalls dumped an inch or more on roadways and temperatures near the freezing mark made them slick throughout the morning rush hour.

Newtown Turnpike in the area of Broad Street and Woodcock Lane was especially hard hit with multiple accidents reported, according to reports from the scene. Police were forced to close down a portion of the roadway.

Public Works Department sanders were having trouble getting to some of the roads because of stuck cars. Wilton Road was reported to be in gridlock because of the slippery conditions.

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Close Call on Cross Highway Image
A male driver escaped serious injury at about 1 a.m. today when his car went out of control on Westport’s Cross Highway at Pine Tree Drive and struck a utility pole. The impact of the collision split the pole in two. The driver declined medical treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


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View From Burying Hill Beach Image
The view from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach at dusk on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Thursday, January 28, 2010

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. – Earthplace, Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “American Flyers” (1985)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM, Communications Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Westport-Weston Restaurant Week Set for Feb.28-March 6

A Westport-Weston Restaurant Week offering special fixed price lunches and dinners will he held Sunday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March Image

Sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, the week will feature lunches from $15 to $20 and dinners $25 to $35, depending on the restaurant.

There will also be a special family-style menu for a four-person minimum at varying prices, said Linda Kavanagh, a restaurant publicist working for the Chamber.

“The week will offer consumers great deals, the opportunity to experience some new restaurants, as well as revisit some of their favorites,” she said.

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Odor Forces Evacuation of Former Hillspoint School Image
UPDATE Westport firefighters today ordered the evacuation of dozens of pre-schoolers from the former Hillspoint School because of a chemical-like odor at the school. The youngsters were permitted to return to the school after about 20 minutes. None of those inside the pre-schools occuping the building complained of illness. Firefighters and town building officials traced the source of the odor to a roof sealant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Chemical Smell Disrupts Pre-School Image
UPDATE Pre-schoolers at the former Hillspoint School in Westport had some unexpected excitement today as a chemical-like smell forced the evacuation of the building. No injuries were reported. Westport firefighters and town building officials said there had been recent work on the building’s roof and the smell was traced to a sealant on the roof. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Staples Student Named Intel Semifinalist

A senior at Westport’s Staples High School, Jason Gandelman, has been selected as a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. the District announced Image
Jason Gandelman: Among 300 semifinalists. Contributed photo

A participant in the Staples Science Research program, Jason has spent the last two years working at Yale University studying protein modifications and their effect of homeostasis.  Potentially, this work has implications for diabetes and kidney disease, the District said in a news release.

The Intel Science Talent Search is America’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. This year, 300 students and their schools were selected as semifinalists from approximately 1,700 applicants. 

From that select pool, 40 student finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, and compete for the top award of $100,000.

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P&Z Chair to Ask to Put Off Legal Action Against RTM

The chairman of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission said today he will recommend that his body put off any legal action against the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) “at this time.”

In a statement, Ron Corwin also said he will recommend that the commission resume consideration of commission-generated text amendments.

Corwin said the recommendations to be made to the Feb. 4 meeting of the commission were the result of the intervention of First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff in trying to resolve the dispute that came about with the Jan. 13 vote by the RTM to overturn a zoning decision involving National Hall.

“The Planning and Zoning Commission’s goal in response to the result of the RTM meeting and decision of Jan. 13, 2010 has always been to help establish standards for public hearings to protect the due process rights of all of those involved in land use applications in Westport—applicants, the public, neighbors and the town itself,” Corwin said.

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Opinon: Minority P&Z Members Denounce Legal Action

(Editor’s note: The following commentary was submitted by two members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission who voted in opposition last week to taking legal action against the Representative Town Meeting following the RTM’s voting to overturn a zoning decision. Both are Republicans. The other commissioner opposed, Nora Jinishian, is a Democrat.)

By Catherine Walsh and Michael Krawiec

As Westport Planning and Zoning commissioners who voted in opposition to the resolution to sue the RTM, we are dismayed by the P&Z’s actions and embarrassed for the Town of Westport. This action makes a mockery of the P&Z Commission’s credibility. 

We support the RTM’s decision to overturn the P&Z’s recent decision. We welcome their review of any P&Z decision modifying the zoning regulations. The checks and balances of our political system are extremely important.

If a P&Z decision is overturned by a two-thirds vote of the RTM, then the P&Z Commissioners should take a deep breath and reevaluate their decision. 

Clarification of the RTM’s review process may be warranted, but the proper venue is not a courtroom but a public meeting amongst these elected bodies.
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Metro-North Running Close to Schedule

UPDATE Metro-North said shortly before 10 a.m. today that service on the New Haven Line is running on or close to schedule after earlier delays.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., the railroad had temporarily suspended service between New Haven and South Norwalk due to wire damage in the vicinity of Fairfield.


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The Saugatuck River and I-95 as seen from a back yard along Wesstport’s Bridge Street on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM, Health & Human Services Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS: Staples Math Team
8 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – RTM, Public Protection, Finance and Employee Compensation Committees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Coming and Goings: Westporters Open Make & Mingle Image
Make & Mingle, founded by three Westport residents, has opened its doors at 63 Unquowa Road on Donnelly Walk in the heart of downtown Fairfield. Touting itself as a new kind of fabric store, Make & Mingle aims to inspire people to “make something” with their selection of designer fabrics, trims and embellishments, screen-printing supplies, and kids activity kits. Westport residents Alexcia Patterson-Schroll, Karen Lawson and Natalie Fabian are the founders. Contributed photo


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