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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Taking Aim

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A Department of Environmental Protection worker takes aim on phragmites—the invasive, non-native weeds that are overtaking the natural vegetation around Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond. The spraying program will allow the native plants to grow back, restoring the vistas and views of the pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Beth Blumenthal for WestportNow.com

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RTM Approves Ban on Plastic Bags

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) late Tuesday night passed an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.WestportNow.com Image
A slide presentation by proponents of the plastic bag ban ordinance preceded the three and a half hour debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The vote just before midnight was 26 in favor, 5 opposed, and one abstention. The ordinance, which will become effective in six months, urges residents to use reusable bags and provides for a $150 fine for each store offering plastic bags in violation.

First proposed in July, the legislation was sponsored by four members from District 4. (See WestportNow July 2, 2008)

One of the four who sponsored the ordinance, Jonathan Cunitz, called it a “bold leadership step to prevent further deterioration of our environment.”

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
10:00 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
4:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
7:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Green Energy Task Force
7:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Finance Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8:00 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Large Crowd as RTM Okays Plastic Bag Ban

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UPDATE A large crowd turned out tonight as Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved an ordinance encouraging use of reusable checkout bags and banning the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods. Many Westport residents urged approval of the ordinance while the only opposition from the public was expressed by representatives of Connecticut’s food industry and plastic bag manufacturing interests. The final vote just before midnight was 26 in favor, 5 opposed, and one abstention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Compo Fun

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The lifeguards were gone and children were back in classes today but that didn’t discourage some young visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach from having some fun. Temperatures climbed into the 80s under sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Among GOP Delegates Attacked

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St. Paul, Minn.—Westporter Michael Rea was among Connecticut Republican Party delegation members who came under attack from protesters as the delegates attempted to make their way to the Xcel Convention Center on Monday.WestportNow.com Image

The 56-year-old Rea, a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and the 4th Congressional District coordinator for Sen. John McCain, said the incident involved pushing, shoving, and the protesters locking arms and physically cornering and intimidating delegates.

“It was finally broken up by the members of the Connecticut delegation as hapless police looked on,” said Rea, who was uninjured in the melee.

“They (the police) were either intimidated by the protesters cameras recording the attack or completely unprepared for the confrontation.”

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Climber

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A worker climbs the cell tower high above Westport fire headquarters on Post Road East on Tuesday to do some routine maintenance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Adds Firefighters

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Westport swore in four new firefighters today and added department mechanic Tim Reilly (c, hand raised) to the firefighter ranks.  Before swearing in Reilly, Joseloff did the same for (l-r) Dan Mascolo, 28, of Ansonia; James Workman, 29, of Milford (who grew up in Westport); Michael Grasso, 21, of New Milford, and Scott Del Vecchio, 25, of Milford. The first selectman said the additional firefighters will enhance the safety of Westporters as well as fellow firefighters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Fashion

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Monday’s Labor Day picture perfect holiday weather drew crowds to Westport’s Compo Beach, including some with fashionable head gear to protect themselves from the hot sun. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008


7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Team Westport Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
10:00 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
7:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
8:00 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Pretty Picture

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Picture perfect Labor Day holiday weather attracted crowds to Westport’s Compo Beach today and one visitor snapped some memories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Zebra Zinias at Farmers Market

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The floral bouquets at the Gazy Brothers stand at the Sunday Westport Farmers Market featured special Zebra Zinnias. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, September 1, 2008


Labor Day: Westport Town Hall, Library, and Public Schools are closed
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - PJ Romano Field (Saugatuck Elementary School) - Blank-a-Thon to Benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research

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TD Banknorth Closing Old Town Hall Branch

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TD Banknorth has announced that its branch office at 90 Post Road East in the old Westport Town Hall will close at noon on Saturday, Oct. 18 and will move to the nearby Commerce Bank branch at 185 Main St. where all accounts will be serviced. The Toronto-based TD Bank Financial Group purchased Commerce Bank in October 2007 for $8.5 billion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Holiday Weekend Crowd

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Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors today enjoying their Sunday of the Labor Day holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Ask the Chef

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A new feature was added to today’s Westport Sunday Farmers’ Market. Westport holistic private chef Tor Sporre’ was on hand to answer questions about food, and to offer advice and ideas using his California/ Mediterranean holistic cuisine and recipes while using ingredients available at the market. He displayed some samples of whole grains such as barley, millet and quinoa, and suggested ways that these grains could be incorporated into healthy recipes. Sporre’ will also be at next Sunday’s market from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Lifeguards Gone

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As the summer winds down and lifeguards go off to college, there is a shortage of them at Westport beaches. At Compo Beach, red and white flags have been draped over the lifeguard stands at either end of the beach warning beachgoers that no lfeguard is on duty and to swim in closer to the middle of the beach where the stands are occupied. The lifeguards will remain on duty through Monday, the Labor Day holiday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, August 31, 2008


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center -  Group Show Part II
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Caught

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Westport’s animal control officer, Peter D’Amico (r), makes his way along Westport’s Compo Cove today to tell a man walking his dogs at low tide that animals are banned from the area until Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Pause that Refreshes

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A rower pauses for a drink today near the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Otter Trail

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An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 7 Otter Trail off Imperial Avenue. Built in 1951, the one-story ranch has 1,308 square feet and is situated on a one-third-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 30, 2008


Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center -  Group Show Part II
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch

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Joseloff Offers Condolences, Orders Sailing Safety Review

UPDATE Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff today expressed condolences to the family of the 3-year-old girl who died in a sailing tragedy Tuesday and said he had ordered a review of safety procedures at the Longshore Sailing School which operates under a town lease.WestportNow.com Image
Alexandra Vitale, 3, is pictured with her father, Michael, and mother, Andrea, in a photo on a prayer card distributed at the girl’s memorial service today in Brooklyn. Contributed photo

“I know I speak for all Westporters in offering our deepest condolences to the family of Alexandra Vitale,” said Joseloff, who was out of town when the incident occurred.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

The girl was sailing in waters off of Cockenoe Island with two cousins, William Howell, 3, and Andrew Howell, 6, and an 18-year-old female sailing instructor, who was not identified, when a gust of wind blew over their Hobie Cat catamaran, police said. The others were rescued safely. (See WestportNow Aug. 27, 2008)

The first selectman and Selectman Shelly Kassen today met with Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy, Town Attorney Ira Bloom, and Assistant Town Attorney Gail Kelly to hear a report on the drowning.

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Man Held on Child Pornography Charges

Westport police tonight announced the arrest of a Westport man on possession of child pornography charges.

A brief announcement said Nicholas Battaglino, 29, was arrested by members of the Detective Bureau and Patrol Division on a warrant for one count of possession of child pornography first degree.

“The arrest stems from an investigation completed by the Detective Bureau,” the announcement said without providing additional details.

It said he was being held on $500,000.00 cash bond pending a court arraignment.

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Save the Children Readies for Gulf Coast Hurricane

Westport’s Save the Children said today it has dispatched an emergency response team to the Gulf Coast to expand its ability to assist children and families who might be displaced by Hurricane Gustav, which is bearing down on the Louisiana coast.

Save the Children has been operating children-focused programs on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans exactly three years ago today. Forecasters are predicting the new storm could strike New Orleans early next week. 

Save the Children staff members are preparing to hand out 1,500 children’s evacuation backpacks at the two mass shelters that are being set up in Louisiana in anticipation of a major evacuation of families from the Gulf Coast, an announcement said.

Save the Children is also prepared to establish safe spaces for children in shelters, the organization said.

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