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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Showing Off

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Staples senior Evan James shows off his diploma at Staples High School’s graduation ceremony today. Staples Principal John Dodig and Westport Superintendent of Schools Elllott Landon follow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Hats Off to the Class of 2006

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Seniors toss their caps at the conclusion of today’s graduation ceremony at Westport Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Wave for the Family

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Seniors at Westport’s Staples High School wave to family members as they enter the Staples field house for today’s graduation ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Last Laughs as Seniors

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Staples seniors enjoy a laugh during remarks by Wil Berk, master of ceremonies, at today’s graduation ceremony at Westport’s Staples High School. He told them that having a sense of humor was important in suceeding in life. “Laughter releases us from the sadness that the reality of life can cause,” he said. “It makes us human.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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He Made It

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Senior Dylan Goldberg was the first to receive his diploma today from Principal John Dodig at Westport’s Staples High School graduation ceremony. Dylan, who was seriously injured in a car crash last August, walked on crutches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Words of Wisdom from the Valedictorian

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Andrew Tschirhart delivered the valedictorian address during today’s Westport Staples High School graduation ceremony. Tschirhart told his fellow students 10 ways to succeed, which included jokes about networking, skating through and outsourcing homework to India. He will enter Yale University in the fall. Andrew’s brother Evan was valedictorian for Staples Class of 2000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Community Groups to Meet Tonight

Westport’s community groups will gather again tonight to discuss the upcoming public meeting on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

The meeting is slated for 8 p.m. at Town Hall.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is currently updating the town plan. A public meetting to gather comments for the update is slated for 7 p.m. on Monday at Bedford Middle School.

“Many topics were discussed in our first meeting, but it was clear the most timely issue to be addressed was the Town Plan and this upcoming
forum,” said Matthew Mandell, Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund director. “It is imperative that anyone interested in the future of Westport become involved in the Town Plan process.”

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 15 Prospect Road

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Westport Building Department officials are reviewing an application for demolishing the house at 15 Prospect Road. The house between Greens Farms Road and Hillspoint Road sold in January for $1.2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Rock Climbing

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Nice weather and the first day of summer brought children out to Westport’s beaches Wednesday. Two boys climb the rocks at Old Mill Beach’s jetty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 22, 2006


2 p.m. - Staples High School - Graduation
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”

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Volunteer Firefighters Train on Hillandale

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The Westport volunteer firefighters took their turn with simulated fire training tonight. Volunteer firefighters descend a ladder during the training at a house on Hillandale Road. The house is slated for demolition. The professional firefighters will be training at the house through the remainder of June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying the View

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A man enjoys the view along Westport’s Old Mill Beach today, the first day of summer. Temperatures along the shore were in the low 70s while other parts of Westport reached 80. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Westport’s Bridgewater Associates No. 2 Hedge Fund

Westport’s Bridgewater Associates, with $20.9 billion in assets, has been ranked the world’s second largest hedge fund, according to Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine.

Goldman Sachs Asset Management is No. 1 with more $21 billion in assets, up 85 percent from two years ago when it ranked a lowly 28th, Alpha reported. D.E. Shaw Group was third with $19.9 billion.

Bridgewater Associates, at 1 Glending Place, has about 300 employees, with almost half that number engaged in research and trading, according to the company’s Web site.

The top 100 hedge fund firms now handle almost two-thirds of the industry’s assets—up from just over half at the end of 2003, Alpha reported.

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Sixth Annual “Good Neighbor Day” Set for Friday

Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association will benefit from the sixth annual “Good Neighbor Day” Friday at Westport Wash & Wax on Post Road East.

All proceeds from the day’s sales from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. will go to the group, which provides facilities and supportive services to the homeless.

Owners Scott Tiefenthaler and his wife Laila began the annual day six years ago when they decided to lend their support to a local organization that was making a difference.

For more information on “Good Neighbor Day,” call Heather Cavanagh, IHA community relations director, at (203) 226-3426 ext. 11, or visit www.IHAwestport.com.

If there is bad weather, Good Neighbor Day will be rescheduled to June 30.

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Firefighters Train on Hillandale

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Westport firefighters spent much of today training at a house to be demolished on Hillandale Road. The training, which will continue through the rest of the month, also included four Wilton firefighters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Officials Prepare Tax Bills

Westport officials are preparing tax bills, which should be in the mail by next week.

Tax Collector George Underhill said he expects the bills to go out Friday, but they could go out next week.

“They definitely will be out before July 1,” he said. “They’re ready to go. They have to be printed, and they’re at the printers now.”

The bills account for $133.9 million in taxes, including $128.4 million real estate taxes.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Yankee Hill Road

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Westport Building Department officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 14 Yankee Hill Road. The house is in the Compo Beach area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sun Bathing Alone

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A sun bather at Westport’s Compo Beach had most of the beach alone Tuesday and the few rain drops didn’t scare him away.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Westport Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Artist Talk
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Finance/Public Works Committee

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Westport Company Says Livestock Feed May be Contaminated

A Westport company says livestock feed ingredients it shipped to nine states may have been contaminated with cattle remains in violation of a 1997 ban to protect against mad cow disease.

H. J. Baker and Bro., Inc., which has its corporate headquarters at 228 Saugatuck Ave., said it is recalling three livestock feed ingredients, including two used to supplement feed given to dairy cows. The company said a sample tested by the Food and Drug Administration was positive for cattle meat and bone meal.

Mark Hohnbaum, general manager of the company’s feed products group, said the matter is very concerning to the company, which he said is very serious about food safety.

Mad cow disease is only known to spread when cows eat feed containing brain and other nerve tissue from infected cattle. Protein from cattle was commonly added to cattle feed to speed growth until the ban largely outlawed the practice.

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Talking Transportation: Metro-North Commuter Council

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Some people do much more than just complain about their commute. They change it, by serving on the Metro-North Commuter Council.

In recent days I have been elected chairman of the council, a group on which I have served for 12 years, 11 of them as vice chairman. I thought this might be a good time to look back at the council’s work and discuss some of my goals for its future.

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The council was established by the Connecticut legislature 20-plus years ago and was given the job of being the eyes, ears and voice for the 120,000 daily riders on Metro-North (and Shore Line East) in the state. 

Our nine members are all commuters, appointed by various lawmakers to this volunteer job.

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All Gone: 7 Dexter Road

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The house at 7 Dexter Road was demolished today. The 1946 house is the fifth house on the street to be torn down in the last 18 months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Jumping Into Competition

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Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club kicked off the June Benefit Horse Show today. The show runs through Saturday, and it is open to the public. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Gorham Avenue Owner Sues Historic District Commission

The owner of two properties in the proposed Gorham Avenue Historic District filed a court appeal of the Historic District’s Commission decision to endorse the proposed district.

The appeal was filed in the Westport Town Clerk’s Office and Bridgeport Superior Court today from attorneys representing Red Coat Development and Richard Montanaro, who owns property at 5 Gorham Ave. and 296 Main St.

The property owner is proposing a change to zoning regulations enabling him to tear down the houses at the two properties and build a 20-unit condominium development, which would include affordable housing.

The Representative Town Meeting is considering the proposal for the historic district—which is part of a town ordinance—and will vote on it at the July 11 meeting.

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Wellness Policy Reflects Current School Standards

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A federal law requires the Westport Board of Education to pass a wellness policy, but much of what is included in the proposal is already taking place in schools.

The school board began discussing the proposed policy during its meeting Monday night.

Nancy Harris, assistant superintendent for business, said the policy reflects things that are already being done in the system, but it’s important for districts across the country to pass similar policies.

“It’s important for the majority of boards of education to have a policy,” she said. “We have a national epidemic of obesity, and it seemed like most local boards couldn’t do anything about it. For one out of three meals and for five days, we are feeding children. They’re also with us for six hours out of the day.”

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Saugatuck Sights

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A mother and her two children watch the ducks along the Saugatuck River in Westport on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Excavation & Fill Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Historic District Commission Subcommittee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners Book Discussion: “Tender Bar: A Memoir”

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Students and Parents Support Teacher

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A large group of students and parents attended tonight’s Westport Board of Education meeting to show their support for Ejay Clark, a Bedford Middle School teacher who tendered his resignation last March.

The parents say Clark’s resignation was coerced and now seek for the school board to reinstate Clark for next school year. They also want school officials to review the tenuring process.

Clark teaches sixth grade science, a position he still holds, at Bedford.

Close to 10 of his current and former students spoke about how Clark has made them care about science, which was a subject they did not necessarily care about.

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Working Out the Horses

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More than 50 vans carrying almost 1,000 horses arrived at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport today for the June benefit horse show, which starts on Tuesday and runs through Saturday. On Saturday, riders will compete in the $25,000 Grand Prix and the $10,000 A-O/Junior Jumper Classic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Arriving for the Horse Show

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Almost 1,000 horses arrived at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport today in preparation for this week’s June benefit horse show. The competition starts Tuesday and runs through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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