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Thursday, June 21, 2007

A Graduation Hug for a Teacher

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A member of the Staples High School Class of 2007 has a hug for a teacher at the end of today’s graduation ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Property Transfers June 4-8, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 1-8, 2007:

Gary J. & Francis G. Plewak to Jana Dupree, 20 Cross St., 5 Riverside Walk, $526,000WN property.jpg

Michael X. Williamson Sr. et al to Equity One, 89 Roseville Road, $990,000

Mark P. Fletcher & Susan E Craig to Charles L. & Jennifer W. Vandis, 128 Greens Farms Road, $975,000

Patricia L. Irving to Jesse S. & Susan Wexler, 1400 Post Road East, 152 Regents Park, $930,000

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Child’s Play on Eve of Summer

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Wednesday was a great day for playing at Westport’s Old Mill Beach as the temperature reached 79 after some morning showers. Summer officially arrives at 2:06 p.m. today on this longest day of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 21, 2007


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Graduation
3-5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Summer Reading Kick-Off
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Harry Potter@the movies
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Environment Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - America Benefit Concert
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”

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Another Car Hits a Tree on Merritt, Woman Injured

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A Wilton woman was injured tonight when her car went off the Merritt Parkway between exits 44 in Fairfield and 42 in Westport and hit a tree. Witnesses said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the southbound roadway and wrapped itself around the tree, according to Westport Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. Westport and Fairfield firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to extricate her. The extent of her injuries was not known. It was the third serious accident on this stretch of roadway in the past two weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Truck Wedged Under Saugatuck RR Bridge Ties Up Traffic

A truck carrying a backhoe on a flatbed trailer became wedged under the railroad bridge on Westport’s Saugatuck Avenue today, forcing closure of the roadway for more than four hours.WestportNow.com Image
A backhoe sits on Saugatuck Avenue after being pulled clear of the railroad bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The truck, driven by a Norwalk landscaper, became wedged as he tried to pass under the bridge shortly after noon. The maximum clearance for the underpass is 10 feet, 11 inches.

Busy Saugatuck Avenue was closed to traffic for more than four hours while crews, including a heavy duty wrecker, worked to free the truck, according to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar.

Westport police rerouted traffic to Ferry Lane West to bypass the traffic. As a result of the impact, the backhoe partially fell off the truck, making its removal more difficult, Kepchar said.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Rell Signs Law to Protect Pets in Domestic Violence Cases

With Westport’s Rep. Joe Miloi looking on, Gov. M. Jodi Rell today signed into law an act that permits courts to issue orders of protection for animals owned or kept by victims of family violence, stalking or harassment.

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Westport state Rep. Joe Mioli (4th r) was among lawmakers on hand in Newington today as Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed legislation protecting pets in domestic violence cases. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Rell signed the legislation at a ceremony at the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington. Mioli was one of a number of lawmakers thanked by the governor for their leadership in moving the bill through the legislative process. In signing An Act Concerning the Protection of Pets in Domestic Violence Cases., Rell also thanked the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence for its advocacy. The new law, effective Oct, 1, permits courts to issue orders of protection for animals owned or kept by victims of family violence, stalking, or harassment.

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Westport Fire Department Adds Two Recruits

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The Westport Fire Department added two new recruits to its ranks today. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) swore in Todd Hall, 34, of North Haven (2nd l) and Michael Durette, 27, of Seymour (3rd l) at a Fire Department headquarters ceremony. Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (l) joined them in posing for pictures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lee Fleming for WestportNow.com

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United Way to Host Family Fun Day

The United Way of Westport Weston will hold its First Annual Westport Family Fun Day on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on Jesup Green.

Admission to the event is free, and it will feature family activities throughout the day.

Entertainment includes family drum shows from 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. by Randy Brody-The Drum Guy, live music by Midi and the Modern Dance, a magic show by Junior Genie-Oliver Kisielius, face painting, bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, and carnival games for children.

There also will be craft and art vendors, refreshments from Bobby Q’s restaurant and the Redding Creamery ice cream truck.

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Two Men Rob Black Duck Café

UPDATED Two men armed with a knife and gun robbed the Black Duck Café in Westport’s Saugatuck area early today, police said.

The men tied up a worker in a back room at about 4:45 a.m. and took an undetermined amount of money from a safe at the popular restaurant at 605 Riverside Ave., according to police..

“They took a butcher knife from the kitchen and told him if he didn’t open the safe for them—give them the combination—they would start cutting his toes off,” owner Peter K. Aitkin told Cablevision News12. “He was more mad than shook up.”

The victim was able to free himself and called police at about 5:20 a.m., police said. He was not injured, according to detectives.

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Westport Property Transfers May 28-June 1, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 28-June 1, 2007:

Irina Aronson Irrevocable Trust to Robert J. & Dorie A. Hordon, 78 Easton Road, $1,540,000.WN property.jpg

Hillandale Partners LLC to Peter & Stephanie Durett, 13 Hillandale Road, $1,830,000

Maria Silver to Bluford H. Putnam III & P. Eloise Fuller, 18 North Ave., $1,650,000

Helen Lawler White Revocable Trust to C G Development LLC, 5 Devon Road, $1,650,000

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Finance Government Efficiency Subcommittee
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – ABC Executive Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Public Works Committee
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission Work Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Parks & Recreation Commission - Work Session

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Moving Up at Bedford Middle School

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Parents happily watched and recorded tonight’s eighth grade graduate procession from the bleachers at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. Most of the 302 students who participated in the “Moving Up Ceremony” will begin ninth grade at Staples High School in August as the Class of 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Tickets for July 3 Fireworks On Sale

Tickets have gone on sale for Westport’s Independence Day fireworks Tuesday, July 3 at Compo Beach.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Last year’s fireworks were cut short by a technical problem and organizers promised to make up for it this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo

The event is an effort by the Westport Police Athletic League and Westport Parks and Recreation Department. The rain date is Monday, July 9.

Tickets for automobile entry to the beach are available for $30 at Westport police headquarters on Jesup Road and at the Parks and Recreation office at Longshore Club Park.

Lydian Asset Management of Westport is again this year’s sponsor.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Compo Cool Spot

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A mother and daughter found a cool spot today at the pavilion at Westport’s Compo Beach as temperatures reached into the 80s under sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Fire Marshals Meet on the Beach

Marshals meet on the beach
Westport hosted the quarterly meeting of fire marshals from Fairfield County and New Haven at the Compo Beach Pavilion today. They met for lunch, networking, and an exchange of ideas. Participants included (l-r) Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, John Blasschek, Deputy Connecticut Fire Marshal; Lee Cooke, Milford Fire Marshal and president of the Fairfield-New Haven Fire Marshal Association, and Westport Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Students Help Malawi Children Fight Malaria

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The fifth grade class of Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School learned about malaria and decided to help children at risk from contracting this life-threatening disease. The class held a school-wide walkathon and other fund-raising activities and raised more than $4,350. Today they donated this money to children in Malawi, Africa through Save the Children, which will use the money to treat Malawi children at their schools. Treatment in a school setting encourages school attendance and allows doctors to track students’ medical health.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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End of the Day

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It was another busy day Monday at Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina as boaters readied for summer fun on the water. Those who stayed late were treated to another spectacular sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Celebrate Westport
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “Summer Guest”
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance/RTM Finance and RTM Education Committees
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Special Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Staples Honors Scholar Athletes

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Westport’s Staples High School honored its scholar athletes tonight at a dinner at Norwalk’s Continental Manor. The annual event highlights those athletes who excelled in the classroom as well as on the playing field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, June 18, 2007

12-Year-Old Girl in Merritt Crash Dies

A 12-year-old Waterbury girl injured in a Sunday morning car crash on the Merritt Parkway in Westport has died, according to Westport officials.

The girl was a front seat passenger in a car driven by her mother and also carrying two of her sisters, ages 6 and 9, which crashed into a tree near the Clinton Avenue overpass. (See WestportNow June 17, 2007)

The injured were taken to Norwalk Hospital and the 12-year-old was later transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital where she died, according to the officials. State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said he could not confirm the death and said the last word he had was that she was critical.

State police identified the driver of the car as Isabel Pastore, 32, They said she told them she began to change into the left hand lane when she lost control of the car and it veered to the right and struck the tree.

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John Ward Sportsmanship Award

Ward Award
The John Ward award presentation took place at Meyer Field in Westport.  It is given annually to the 8th grader in the Juniors (U14) softball league who exemplifies good sportsmanship and their love for the game.  It is given in memory of the late John Ward, a popular league coach who passed away in 1990. The recipient is voted on by the league’s coaches.  This year winner is Courtney Garzone of the Chargers.  Pictured (l-r): Sue White, VP of girls’ softball, Courtney Garzone and Bill Meyer, former VP of girls’ softball and annual presenter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allen Bomes for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Twilight at Compo Beach South

Sunset at Compo Beach South
Coming home to Ned Dimes Marina at twilight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Talking Transportation: Next Stop Penn Station

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Will Connecticut rail commuters someday be able to travel directly from Fairfield County to New York City’s Penn Station? Someday—but not anytime soon.

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As with many good ideas that seem so obvious, this one also has been studied thoroughly and found to be problematic in a number of respects.  But once again, Gov.M. Jodi Rell is challenging the Connecticut Department of Transportation to explain why good ideas like this can’t be implemented. Here,governor, are a few of the reasons:

Inadequate equipment:
As any commuter on Metro-North can tell you, we don’t have enough seats for existing service to Grand Central let alone expansions to new stations. 

But now the Canadian rail-car manufacturer Bombardier, having lost the bidding war for the new M8 cars to Kawasaki, is lobbying Hartford to fund railcars we never asked for… double-decker cars with push-pull electric locomotives. 

 

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Stamford Couple Hurt in I-95 Westport Motorcycle Crash

A Stamford man and woman were injured Sunday night when their motorcycle was involved in a crash with a car on I-95 in Westport, fire officials said.

When Westport firefighters arrived on the scene at 8:40 p.m. in the southbound lanes between exits 17 and 16, they found both motorcyclists lying on the roadway in the left shoulder, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar.

An off-duty firefighter had stopped and provided treatment with state police, he said.

The driver of the car, a New York man, and his passengers were not injured. The extent of the injuries to the motorcyclists was not known, the fire official said.

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