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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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A Westport firefighter cleans up after a two-car crash today on Post Road West in front of the former Saab dealership. One person was transported to Norwalk Hospital for evaluation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Standing Ovation for Retiring Rep. Joe Mioli

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Joe Mioli on the campaign trail. Lynn U. Miller WN photo
Westport state Representative Joe Mioli got a standing ovation on the House floor today from his legislative colleagues.

Mioli was one of four retiring representatives accorded the honor on the last day of the legislative session

While Mioli, who has served since 2004 is not running for re-election, he is not leaving politics. He will be running for a seat as a U.S. representative in the Italian parliament. Mioli holds dual U.S. and Italian citizenship. (See WestportNow Feb. 7, 2010)

Also honored today were Rep. Mary Ann Carson, R-New Fairfield; Rep. Barbara Lambert, D-Milford and Rep. John Stripp, R-Weston.

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Sixth Annual Taste of Westport Benefits CLASP Homes

There are new restaurants and a new venue this year for Thursday’s Taste of Westport, the annual fund-raiser for CLASP homes. WestportNow.com Image

The sixth edition of the popular eating sampler will be held at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center and include food from 13 restaurants as well as drink and specialty offerings from 11 others.

The restaurant lineup includes:  Blue Lemon, Bobby Q’s, Bombay Grill, Brasitas, Cafe Lola, Tengda, Rory’s, Saint Tropez, Tarantino’s, Da Pietros, Tavern on Main, Rizzuto’s, and Matsu Sushi.

Specialty contributors include Cantering Caterer, Red Bee Honey, Cake Suite, WestFair Staffing, Crystal Rock Water Co., San Pelligrino, Greens Farms Spirits, CT Distributors, Beija Rum, Michele’s Pies, and Jewel of Russia/ BMC Imports. For more information, visit www.tasteofwestport.com.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 20 Dover Road

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An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 20 Dover Road, off Westport’s Reichert Circle. Built in 1954, the split-level has 1,088 square feet and is situated on a .57-acre lot.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application is reviewed by the Historic District Commission and is on the agenda for their meeting on May 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Schools Seek Public Input in Re-Designing Web Site

The Westport Public Schools have embarked on a re-design of their district Web site and want the public’s help.

Those interested in providing input should go to www.westport.k12.ct.us and click on the “survey” link in the center of the page.

One need not be a parent to complete this short survey, an announcement said.

“If you are a community member who interacts with the schools or uses our site for any reason, we welcome your input,” the announcement said.

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Youth Commission Seeks Volunteers

Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today that the Westport Youth Commission is seeking Westport high school students and community adults interested in serving on the commission.

“The Youth Commission serves as a public forum for youth issues, and advocates for youth needs and concerns in the community,” said Butler.  “Its 30 members, 15 students and 15 adults, are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the First Selectman.”

Among the Youth Commission’s past achievements are the creation of Toquet Hall; startup of the Compo Beach skate park; the development of Speedial, a pocket-sized informational and help guide for teens, and the development of a comprehensive community plan to address underage drinking.

Also: outdoor summer movies for teens at the Levitt Pavilion, and the iMentor program, a student-run Internet safety program for young people. In addition, the commission continues to welcome public input regarding issues important to youth and families in town.

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Judge Rules Bysiewicz is Qualified to be Attorney General

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz “has engaged in active practice” for a least 10 years, and is therefore qualified to be attorney general, a Superior Court judge ruled today.WestportNow.com Image
Susan Bysiewicz: pictured at Westport forum last month. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The case was brought to resolve whether she meets the minimum statutory qualifications for attorney general. If the 11 years she served as secretary of the state were not counted, Byciewicz would have fallen short.

State statute requires that to be Attorney General,  a candidate must have at least 10 years active legal practice in the Connecticut bar. When questions were raised about her qualifications, Bysiewicz herself brought suit for a declaratory ruling determining her eligibility.

In his ruling, Judge Michael Sheldon said the duties she has performed since 1999 as secretary of the state constitute active practice at the bar of the state under the meaning of the statute.

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Seat Belt Bill Driven to Rell’s Desk

By Jacqueline Rabe

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A bill creating tax incentives to school systems that use buses with three-point seat belts, paid for by increasing the fines to reinstate suspended licenses, has unanimously passed the Senate.

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It now heads for Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s desk.

“A lot of schools are going to take advantage of this,” said Rep. Antonio Guerrera, D-Rocky Hill, co-chairman of the Transportation Committee.

After nearly two dozen bills in previous years to get seat belts on school buses failed, the issue got a fresh impetus following the death of a student from Rocky Hill earlier this year.

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Going Down: Gault Oil Tank - 553 Riverside Ave.

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The dismantling of the Gault oil tank at 553 Riverside Ave. in Westport’s Saugatuck section began today under the watchful eye and camera of Megan Donaher, 24, a member of the Gault family. Removal of the tank is a major stage in preparation of the area for construction of the Saugatuck Center development. The complex dismantling process will take several days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Scholar Athletes Honored

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The Connecticut Association of Schools and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference have honored two students at Westport’s Staples High School as part of their annual Connecticut Scholar-Athlete Program. The program annually recognizes two high school seniors - one boy and one girl - from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage. Taylor Ross and Jack Hennessy were this year’s recipients. Pictured at the dinner meeting at Aqua Turf in Plantsville are (l-r) Marty Lisevick, athletic director; Bruce Betts, volleyball coach; Taylor Ross; Principal John Dodig; Jack Hennessy, and Jack McFarland, baseball coach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Senate, House Pass Sweeping Energy Bill

By Mark Pazniokas

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The House gave final legislative approval at 6:01 a.m. today to a bill that subsidizes solar power, encourages energy efficiency and exerts influence over a deregulated electric industry that has given Connecticut the nation's second-highest electric rates.

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The most heavily lobbied bill of year was passed 20 to 14 in the Senate on Tuesday night and 81 to 40 in the House as the sun rose over the State Capitol today, the final day of the 2010 session.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has expressed opposition, but environmentalists urged her to sign a bill that encourages the consolidation of energy functions in one department, an idea proposed by Rell in 2007.

“This bill is an important first step in addressing a broken energy infrastructure, and a way for the state to move towards cleaner energy and a stronger economy,” said Charles Rothenberger, a staff attorney for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

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Mother Nature Color Sale

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Izzo’s Country Gardens‎ at 1431 Post Road East in Westport is one of several Westport nurseries offering a range of flowers for sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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