Saturday, May 09, 2009
Those taking part in today’s Westport Historical Society “Paddle to the Pass” tour of the Saugatuck River stopped on land long enough for a group portrait. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the Department of Public Health has confirmed 11 new cases of novel H1N1 flu (swine flu) among Connecticut residents, including in Darien and Wilton.
Positive results for H1N1 flu were confirmed today at the department’s Public Health Laboratory for three residents of Ridgefield as well as for residents of Danbury, Derby, Greenwich, Old Saybrook, and Waterbury in addition to Darien and Wilton.
“We continue to expect new cases, and now our own state laboratory is able to do the testing so we do not have to wait for responses from the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta,” Rell said.
“Happily, the cases we have seen continue to be relatively mild and people are recovering without needing to spend time in a hospital.”
Westport’s Community Support and Counseling Team led by Human Services Director Barbara Butler sponsored a forum today at the Westport Public Library, “Navigating the Economic Storm: Westport’s Community Response.” A panel of experts addressed the needs and worries of residents on such topics as housing, financial and banking issues, career resources, volunteer and recreation opportunities. Pictured is Butler (r) as she introduced participants (l-r) Elona Needle, (moderator), assistant vice president, First County Bank; Irene Ropicki, vice resident, First County Bank; Michael Buchas, Connecticut Department of Banking, and Gary Dagan, special agent, FBI, New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has outlined his recommended budget reductions necessitated by $1.4 million in Board of Finance-imposed budget cuts.
Elliott Landon: “Moved by ‘cries of the children.’” Dave Matlow/WN file photo
At the same time, he announced he intends to restore the popular Collab course at Staples High School whose budget-related cancellation had sparked an outcry from students and parents. (See WestportNow April 9, 2009)
In a memo to the Board of Education in advance of its Monday meeting, Landon referred to “dramatic cuts” in the amount of $1.4.million made by the Board of Finance and upheld by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at its meeting on Tuesday.
“In preparing this list, I have tried to keep my public promise to the Board of Education and the Westport community….that I would do all that was possible to ensure that any reductions I might propose would not significantly impact the programs and services that we provide to the children who attend our schools now, or in the future,” he said.
Douglas Cosmetics at Westport’s 57 Main St., opposite the new Bluemercury cosmetics store, competes for last minute shoppers today on the day before Mother’s Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The sixth annual Westport Youth Film Festival got under way today at Toquet Hall and Westport Town Hall. Pictured are students at the box office at Town Hall. There will be an awards program at 6:30 p.m. followed by an after festival party at Bobby Q’s on Main Street. Organizers say the festival is the only youth film festival in the world run by high school students, for high school students, and is a program of the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A 9-year-old girl who apparently walked home from a swim session at the Westport Weston Family touched off a brief but intensive search today.
Westport police and fire units converged on the Westport Weston Family Y after a 9-year-old girl was reported missing. She was later found at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The youngster was last seen at the Y at a swim session and was not there at 11 a.m. when she was supposed to be picked up, police said.
Her parents contacted police who launched a massive hunt in the downtown area that involved multiple police, fire and EMS units.
Shortly before 12:30 p.m. word came that the girl had turned up at her Greens Farms area home after walking from downtown.
(Editor’s note: the name of the street where the youngster lives was deleted at the request of her parents.)
Today was the second day of the annual tag sale by the League of Women Voters of Westport at 62 Cross Highway. All items except plants were half price. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s first “Shred Day” did a brisk business today at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane. One resident said she brought old bank statements going back to 1991 as well as old love letters. Residents were able to watch as the mobile shredder gobbled up their papers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Town of Westport debuted its first “Shred Day” today at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane. Residents were permitted to bring up to five boxes of personal papers to be shred free of charge. Helping out were members of the Staples High School Service League of Boys, who are known as SLOBs. The event continues until noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - noon - 180 Bayberry Lane (Westport Weston Health District) - Westport Public Shred Day
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - 62 Cross Highway (corner of Roseville Road) - Westport League of Women Voters Annual Tag Sale (rain or shine)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Animal Babies Family Day
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Westport Youth Film Festival ‘09
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Navigating the Economic Storm, discussion and lunch
Noon - 8 p.m. - Hall-Brooke (47 Long Lots Road) - 7th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art Show and Sale
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Westport Youth Film Festival Screening & Round Table
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
Noon - Boat Launch Ramp (off Compo Road South) - Westport Historical Society, “Paddle to the Pass” canoe and kayak tour
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Around the World in 80 Days” (last day)
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