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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Flash Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Fairfield County area.

It said at 7:16 a.m National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated rainfall rates of one inch per hour or greater falling across the warned area.

Rainfall this heavy will likely cause flash flooding of roadways, hghways, low lying areas, creeks and streams.

Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Newtown, Monroe, Danbury and Bethel, an advisory said.

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Cloud Watching

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A couple watches the clouds at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach Tuesday evening. It was generally a cloudy day, but the sun peeked through at times. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Special Board of Selectmen
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hall Family
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Special Board of Education

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Westport Property Transfers June 19-23, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 19-23, 2006:

82 Saugatuck LLC to Weislaw and Theresa Armatowski, 82 Saugatuck Ave., $575,000WN property.jpg

Danette M. Stephens to G. F. Development LLC, 197 Hillspoint Road, $975,000

Malcolm W. and Tracy M. Robinson III to David J. and Angela K. Edwards, 55 Center St., $2,190,000

Aimee and Fred Kuehndorf to Julie McMahon, 83 Kings Highway North, $1,345,000

Leon P. Bernard to Westport Family Homes LLC, 7 Keyser Road, $676,500

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Seeking Heat Relief

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These visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today sought some relief from the heat in the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Community Gardens Vandalized

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Ken Smith, a community gardener, reviews the damage to his plot. Vandals knocked knocked over and pulled up plants in the town’s Community Gardens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Linda Gramatky Smith for WestportNow.com
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Some Westport community gardeners are left to replant their gardens after vandals tossed aside bean poles and plant cages and pulled up some plants.

Gardeners Ken and Linda Smith arrived at the gardens at about noon today to find the bean poles from their garden tossed over the fence.

“At first we just thought a deer had done it, but then we found large footprints,” Linda Smith said. “It was little malicious things.”

The first six plots in the community garden were the ones that took the damage, she said.

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Brown Bag Regular Marian Harding Dies at 97

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Longime Westporter and Town Hall Brown Bag regular Marian Harding died Monday night at a Fairfield convalescent home after a lengthy illness. She was 97. She is pictured two years ago when fellow Brown Baggers feted her on her 95th birthday. Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Contain Propane Gas Leak; One Overcome

Westport firefighters today contained a leak from an underground propane gas tank damaged by van that had driven over it.

One firefighter was overcome by heat exhaustion and transported to a hospital during the incident at 18 Manitou Road, said Assistant Chief Gene Maloney.

Firefighters responding to an 8:49 a.m. 911 call found a van parked on top of the tank whose protective collar surrounding the fill valve, gauge, and safety valve had been partially crushed by the vehicle’s undercarriage, he said.

There was an odor in the air indicating a propane gas leak, and firefighters set up protective hose lines and took meter readings in the area, the official said.

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Bank Robbery Still Under Investigation

Police have not connected Friday’s bank robbery with two earlier ones in Westport and are still investigating all four robberies that have happened in the last four months.

Sgt. David Kassay said detectives don’t know yet if the same man connected to the Webster Bank robbery in March and the People’s Bank robbery in May.

Police have connected the same man to those two robberies and seek two other men for robbing the Hudson United Bank on Post Road West in April. Three robberies have taken place on a Friday afternoon.

The suspect in the two connected robberies has been described as a black male.

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Longshore Detour

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Police closed off a road into Westport’s Longshore Club Park today after a tree fell across the roadway adjacent to the golf course, bringing down power lines. Because of the extent of damage, it took more than eight hours—until shortly after 1 p.m.—to restore power. Traffic was allowed to enter the area via the road to the marina while repairs were underway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Trees Knocks Out Power to Longshore

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A tree fell on the entrance drive to Westport’s Longshore Club Park shortly before 5 a.m. today, taking down power lines affecting more than two dozen customers. It took more than eight hours to restore service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Adding Some Brightness to a Dull Day

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Monday’s mostly overcast weather was brightened by lillies around Westport. These were found on Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006


7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Westport Community Band

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Talking About the Plan

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About 125 persons attended tonight’s first session seeking public input on Westport’s Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The meeting at Bedford Middle School was taped for later playback on the town’s government access channel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Open Space and Community Character Top Planning Issues

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Those attending tonight’s meeting on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development update had the chance to vote for what issues they felt were most important. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Westport residents tonight said that open space, preserving community character and traffic were the top issues that needed focus in the new Westport Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

About 125 persons attended a two-hour session at Bedford Middle School held by the firm helping draft the plan.

Participants priortized their desires for the town by depositing play money in 12 boxes representing various issues, and they put dots on two maps indicating their likes and dislikes about Westport.

The meeting was the first of several public sessions to be held to gather residents’ input on the plan. State law requires each community to update its plan every 10 years, and Westport needs to update its plan by the end of 2007.

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Making Choices

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) tonight deposits some play money into boxes representing various priorities for Westport’s Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The session at Bedord Middle School attracted about 125 persons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Teacher Withdraws Resignation, Superintendent Won’t Accept

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Bedford Middle School science teacher Ejay Clark has withdrawn his resignation and wants a hearing before the Westport Board of Education about his termination. But Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said he won’t accept the withdrawal.

Clark offered his resignation in March, and recently parents have been asking for his reinstatement before the Board of Education. He was still teaching until the end of the school year.

Lewis Brey, Clark’s attorney, said he was coerced into resigning after receiving a letter that Landon was going to recommend the board not renew him.

“He was told to think of his family, that he wouldn’t get another job and was told he could have recommendations,” he said. “When it was clear they were not going to follow-up with (some of the promised recommendations), he withdrew his resignation.”

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Library Conversation to Focus on Sports Ills

The next Community Conversation at the Westport Public Library will focus on sports corruption and debasement.

The event is slated for Sunday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at the library.

Westporter Frank Deford—senior writer at Sports Illustrated, commentator on NPR and a regular correspondent on the HBO show “Real Sports”—leads a panel that also includes Mike Greenberg, co-anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter and co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show and Chris McKendry, ESPN’s weekend morning SportsCenter anchor.

The discussion will be moderated by Chris Hodenfield, Westport Magazine editor.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Pleasant Valley Lane

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Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 3 Pleasant Valley Lane. The house is near Staples High School off of North Avenue. The property sold this month for $975,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Promoting the New Westport Farmers Market

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Westport’s Main Street got a new banner today promoting Thursday’s opening of the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot. The market will be open every Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 26. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Camp Compo Opens

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The annual Camp Compo kicked off today at Westport’s Compo Beach with a variety of activities. The day started under partly sunny skies, but rain soon started to fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Farmers Market Opens Thursday

A banner went up on Westport’s Main Street today promoting Thursday’s opening of the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse.WestportNow.com Image
Members of the Celebrate Westport Committee show off the banner promoting the Westport Farmers Market. Pictured (l-r) are: Daniel Lanzilotta, Nancy Diamond, Rebecca Howe, Ana Rogers, Katherine Dyer, Susan Witkow (chair), Selectman Shelly Kassen, Phyllis Hirschfield, Mollie Donovan and Orna Stern. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The market will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. 

Sponsored by the town’s Celebrate Westport Committee and Wholesome Wave, LLC, the initiative is a seasonal weekly market for the community to purchase homegrown produce and artisan foods directly from Connecticut farmers and artisans. 

The market will be open rain or shine Thursdays through Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Rain Doesn’t Dampen Louisiana Red Hot Band

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The rain did not dampen spirits Sunday night as Westport’s Levitt Pavilion kicked off its summer season indoors at the Saugatuck Elementary School with C.J. Chenier and The Louisiana Red Hot Band. The Levitt’s next show is Tuesday at 8 p.m. with the Westport Community Band.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

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Reflections

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Sunday’s rainy and cloudy weather kept many people away from the water. This was the scene along Wesport’s Old Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, June 26, 2006


7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Town Plan public meeting

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