Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
G. Kenneth Bernhard of Westport has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of Connecticut’s Citizens’ Ethics Advisory Board.
Ken Bernhard: takes over this month. Contributed photo
Bernhard, a principal at the law firm of Cohen and Wolf, P.C. and a former Westport Town Attorney as well as state representative, was originally appointed to the board by House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero in 2008.
He is set to begin his term as chairman this month. The board was created in 2005 to serve as the governing body for the Office of State Ethics, an independent watchdog agency that replaced the State Ethics Commission.
Bernhard, who represented Westport from 1997-2005 in the Connecticut General Assembly where he served as Assistant Minority Leader, said, “There is nothing more important to the democratic process than having a government that maintains the highest ethical standards.
Westporter Adam Derrick, a member of the Compo Beach Improvement Association, clips and trims plants on Soundview Drive today to help keep it beautiful. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and area in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday to midnight.
After the passage of a cold front Wednesday morning, a strong westerly flow will develop across the region by midday Wednesday, an advisory said.
This will result in winds increasing to 25 to 30 mph with gusts between 40 and 50 mph from late Wednesday morning through the afternoon and
into Wednesday evening.
Winds will gradually weaken Wednesday night but remain gusty through early Thursday, the advisory said.
The autumn leaves may be just about nearing their peak colors, but workers from Izzo’s Gardens were at Colonial Green on Post Road East today perched on ladders stringing holiday lights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Westport Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss has announced that absentee ballots for the Municipal Election, to be held Nov. 3, are available at the Town Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registered electors may qualify for the following reasons: active service in the armed forces of the United States; illness or physical disability; religious tenets, which forbid secular activity on the day of the election; duties as an election official at the polling place other than their own during all of the hours of voting, and absence from the town during all of the hours of voting.
Application for a ballot can be requested in person at the Town Clerk’s office located in Room 105 at the Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave, or by calling (203)341-1110.
The application form is also available on-line by downloading the form at www.westportct.gov.
Judging for Westport Animal Shelter Advocates’ Westport’s Top Dog photo/essay contest took place Monday at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Albert Beasley in Westport. The judges included (l-r) John Horkel, executive director of Earthplace; First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, and Kathleen Suchy, Westport Animal Control assistant. The winners will be announced at the WASA Top Dog contest on Oct. 24 (rain date Oct. 25) at Compo Beach. For additional information about WASA and forthcoming activities, visit www.westportwasa.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport CERT volunteer Nizarali Nadirali and Ken Kellogg, director of emergency preparedness for the Westport Weston Heath District, set up the flu shot sign at the entrance to the Westport Public Library today. The District is administering flu shots today from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the library. Flu shots will also be available to the public on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee
8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Municipal Employees Pension Fund
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Weston Health Department Seasonal Flu Clinic
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
7 p.m. – Room 201 – Historic District Commission/ARB Joint Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Self Defense Workshop (Middle School age and up)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Breath of Life”
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A small fire in a third floor biology classroom oven tonight at Westport’s Staples High School caused a smoke condition but little damage, according to firefighters. The 9:52 p.m. fire call came as the Board of Education was holding a meeting in the first floor cafeteria, unaware of the incident. The Fire Department said school will open as usual on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A small fire in a biology classroom oven tonight caused a smoke condition at Westport’s Staples High School.
Nancy Harris (l), assistant superintendent for business, confers with police and firefighters outside Staples High School tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A custodian called firefighters with an initial report that there was some sort of chemical reaction in a biology classroom cabinet that caused smoke to spread in the classroom.
Arriving firefighters instead found pine needles, leaves and small twigs that burned in an oven, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin.
He said a teacher was performing an experiment to show the difference between dry and moisture content in same items, and the “oven was accidentally left on when he left school.”
Affordable housing, development, and relaxed regulations on businesses were among topics covered in tonight’s League of Women Voters of Westport debate among candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission. Four persons are running for three spots. Pictured on podium are (l-r): Desiree Anne Soli, Republican and Save Westport Now; Howard B. Lathrop, Democrat; Ronald D. Corwin, Democrat, and Nora L. Jinishian, Democrat. Lathrop and Corwin are incumbents. Also debating were candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment Appeals. Tonight’s debates will be rebroadcast on Cablevision Channel 79 at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Candidates for the Zoning Board of Appeals at a League of Women Voters of Westport debate tonight included (l-r) Democrat incumbents Jacqueline J. Massumian and Douglas J. Bowen, and Republican Michael Calise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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