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Friday, May 14, 2010

Grim Reminder

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A damaged car greeted students at Westport’s Staples High School today reminding them that this is Grim Reaper Day at the school. The annual event, hosted by the school’s Teen Awareness Group, highlights the fact that every 30 minutes someone in the United States is killed in an alcohol-related accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Raising Awareness

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Members of Staples High School’s Teen Awareness group posed for a Grim Reaper Day group picture today with guest speaker Michelle Bassi of Fairfield who lost both her parents and her grandmother in a drunk driving accident two and a half years ago. Also pictured is Steve Deluca, a senior who edited a documentary produced by the group to raise awareness of the dangers of drink driving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Free Admission to Sherwood Island State Park Next Weekend

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that there will be free admission to Sherwood Island State Park in Westport next weekend – Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23—to help mark the celebration of Connecticut’s 375th anniversary. WestportNow.com Image
Sherwood Island State Park attracts a variety of visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo


“Visiting a state park or forest is the perfect way to observe the 375th anniversary of our state and to honor Connecticut’s longstanding commitment to preserving important lands, providing outdoor recreational opportunities to all of our citizens and to protecting our environment and natural resources,” Rell said in a statement.

Weekend entry fees for Sherwood Island State Park are $13 for Connecticut residents and $22 for all others.

Fees also will be waived at Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison; Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme, and Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, Rell said. Admission will also be free at the Dinosaur State Park exhibit center, Rocky Hill.

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Westport Property Transfers April 26 - 30, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 26 - 30, 2010:

Rella M. Hartman to Scott and Raquel Kobak, 12 Owenoke Park, $3,850,000WN property.jpg

Thomas A. Jankoski to John J. Maranski Tr., 61 Old Road, $25,000

John P. and Rebecca C. Dolman Jr. to George G. Amatuzzi and Deanna J. Maggiulli, 61 Bermuda Road, $1,500,000

BAC Home Loans Servicing LP to Thomas W. and Wahida Mohideen-Plummer, 17 Jennie Lane, $600,000

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Sunrise Rotary Honors Community Leaders

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today honored five community leaders by naming them Paul Harris Fellows at a breakfast at the Birchwood Country Club. Rotary member Mario S’ Acouto (l) posed with recipients (l-r) Austin Doolittle of Weston, and Westporters Jack Klinge, Martha Aasen, Julie Belaga, and Alan Stolz. (See WestportNow May 11, 2010) The award is named for the founder of Rotary International and is presented to those who exemplify the Rotary ideal of “service above self.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Boucher Endorsed for Re-Election

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Westport Republicans and those from six other towns which are part of the 26th Senatorial District held their bi-annual convention in Wilton Thursday night and unanimously endorsed State Senator Toni Boucher as their candidate for re-election in November. Effusive nominating speeches were followed by an emotional presentation by Boucher summarizing her first term and highlighting the economic troubles in Hartford and detailing her plans to put the state back on track to recovery. Boucher (l) is pictured with former State Senator Judi Freedman of Westport (bottom), who was succeeded by Boucher and, who in turn, may be succeeded by Gail Lavielle as state representative for the district handled by Boucher prior to becoming a senator. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Marks Grim Reaper Day Today

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A sign at Westport’s Staples High School reminds everyone that the Teen Awareness Group today is hosting Grim Reaper Day. The seventh annual all-day event highlights the fact that every 30 minutes someone in the United States is killed in an alcohol-related accident. Held just before the prom and graduation season, Grim Reaper Day is the group’s signature event that attempts to underscore how easily a classmate or friend could be killed in an alcohol-related automobile accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ned Hardy for WestportNow.com

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Inn at Longshore Shows Spring Colors

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The Inn at Longshore at Westport’s Longshore Club Park is showing its spring colors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, May 14, 2010


9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Old Town Hall (90 Post Road East) - League of Women Voters of Westport 26th Annual Tag Sale
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Interfaith Housing Association Bandfest
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Earthplace - Friday Family Campfire, “Sounds of Evening” Canceled
7:30 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Staples Players present “Book of Days”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “She Loves Me”
8 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Community Band Kids’ Concert

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Attacking Flames After Merritt Crash

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At least one person was injured tonight in a two-car crash in the northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway between Exit 42 in Westport and Exit 44 in Fairfield. One of the cars burst into flames after the crash near the Redding Road overpass in Fairfield, said Westport Assistant Chief Robert Yost. A Westport engine company assisted Fairfield units at the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Joseloff and Weinstein Discuss Fiscal Challenges at Y’s Men

By James Lomuscio

The many challenges facing Westport and Weston in the wake of the economic downturn and budget cuts was the focus of Y’s Men meeting today featuring keynote speakers Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein.WestportNow.com Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein fielded questions today from members of the Y’s Men. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Before an audience of more than 150 who gathered at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Joseloff and Weinstein spoke about the need for taxpayer relief while not compromising essential services, a decline in state and building permit revenue, and how these decreases have been exacerbated by escalating pension and health insurance costs.

They also spoke about the need for regionalization, the greater use of technology, even redefining their towns as they look to the future.

“We are getting squeezed,” said Joseloff,  noting that budget cuts have been worsened by contractual pension obligations that are up 90 percent, forcing the town to put $4 million more into its pension fund in 2010-11 over this year.

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Staples Edges Greenwich 2-1 to Stay No. 1

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Staples pitcher Rob Gau winds up on the mound as the No. 1 Wreckers defeated No. 2 Greenwich Cardinals today 2-1 at Staples. Staples (16-1, 14-1 FCIAC), which has won 12 in a row,  officially can clinch the top seed in the league with a win over St. Joseph on Friday. Gau (4-1) tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Staples senior standout David Speer got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to clinch the win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Moss for WestportNow.com

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