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Friday, June 16, 2006

Group Study Session

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A group of teenagers studies for finals in a Westport Public Library conference room. Students descended upon the library to study for the end-of-year exams and library officials accommodated them by extending cafe hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joan Hume for WestportNow.com

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Attracting Attention

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Westporter Jerry Kuyper’s rock sculptures near Compo Beach attracted attention today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Enjoying a Day at the Beach

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King’s Highway Elementary fifth graders relax today at Westport’s Compo Beach with a game of Duck, Duck, Goose for the annual fifth grade beach day. The students celebrated moving on to middle school Thursday night with a moving up ceremony, which included a concert, slide show and yearbook presentations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) April Book for WestportNow.com

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Symposium to Focus on Canadian Perspective

The Westport Country Playhouse will present “The Drawer Boy: The Canadian Perspective,” a Sunday Symposium, in conjunction with “The Drawer Boy” on Sunday, June 25 following the 3 p.m. performance.

“The Drawer Boy” is a play set on a Canadian farm in 1972 and is based on a true story. It runs at the playhouse June 22 through July 9.

Chosen as a Top 10 Best Play of the Year by Time, “The Drawer Boy” is the story that brings together a young, aspiring actor from Toronto with two World War II veterans on their small farm in the hinterlands of central Ontario.

The Sunday Symposium guest speaker is Kareem Fahmy, who has directed almost 20 productions in the United States and Canada.

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Sunrise Rotary Honors Community Leaders

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today honored seven community leaders at a breakfast at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, Rotary’s highest honor, were (l-r): Bill Meyer; Shelly Kassen; Howard Munce; Patty Haberstroh; Russell Blair; Mary Parmelee, and Allen Raymond. The award is presented to those who best exemplify the Rotarian creed of “service above self.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Community Gardeners to Meet

Westport Community Gardens organizers are holding a meeting today at 7 p.m. at the community gardens at Long Lots Elementary.

Rick Stecher, an environmental expert, will speak about oganic gardening. Pesticides and herbicides are banned from the garden per state statute.

Stecher will speak about organic pest control and abatement, soil conditions, pH levels, plant nutrition and maximizing plant growth.

For more information, call Mary Ann West at (203) 554-3964.

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A Wild Ride

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Two girls Thursday show their excitement on one of the rides at the 99th annual Yankee Doodle Fair. The fair continues through the weekend at the Westport Woman’s Club on Imperial Avenue and the adjacent parking lots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 16, 2006


9:30 a.m. – Senior Center – Commission for Senior Services
5-11 p.m. - Westport Womans Club - Yankee Doodle Fair
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Members Show 2006: Solo Show I opening
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jam & Spice”

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Control of Cable Access at Issue

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Cablevision customers across the region support renewal of the the cable company’s franchise, but they do not necessarily support putting the control of government access channels into the hands of a third party.

The state Department of Utility Control held a public hearing tonight at Westport Town Hall on Cablevision’s renewal application. Speakers said the application includes a provision to give the control of the government access channels—which is used in Westport to, among other things, televise town meetings—to a third party company.

State Sen. Judith Freedman, R-26, said she wants assurances the town will not lose control of its cable channel.

“This model allows for the towns to produce the programming their residents want to see,” she said. “The third-party model is not what we want to follow. We have highly individualized programming, and we don’t want to lose that.”

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Spinning the Wheel

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Westport’s Yankee Doodle Fair opened today with the traditional ferris wheel among the attractions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Yankee Doodle Fair Gets Started

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Three girls enjoy a car ride at the 99th annual Yankee Doodle Fair, which started tonight. The fair runs tonight until 11 p.m. at the Westport Woman’s Club on Imperial Avenue and the adjacent parking lots. The fair also runs 5-11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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Practicing Surf Rescue

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Lifeguards at Westport’s Compo Beach practice their surf rescue skills today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Health District Holds Rabies Clinic

The Westport-Weston Health District and the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association will hold a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, June 24 at 2-4 p.m. at the district offices on Bayberry Lane.

The cost for vaccination is $15 per animal, cash only, and there is no residency requirement.

All dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. Pet owners who are on public assistance are permitted to have one pet vaccinated at no charge by showing their State Public Assistance Identification Cards to the Clinic Coordinator.

Written proof, either a valid rabies certificate or dog license showing a prior vaccination, must be presented to qualify for a three-year vaccination. Otherwise, a one-year vaccination will be given.

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Firefighters Respond to Report of Smoke

A report of a smoky basement led to the discovery of a malfunctioning dehumidifier early this morning.

Westport firefighters received a call just before 3 a.m. about smoke in a house on Tamarac Road, department officials said.

The homeowner and his wife were woken by the smoke detector, they said, and investigated the reason why it went off.

When the homeowner found smoke coming from the basement, they said, he and his family evacuated the house, gathered in a family vehicle and called 911.

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Morning Romp

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These visitors to waters at E. R. Strait Marina at Westport’s Longshore Club Park Tuesday morning paid no heed to the rules barring animals at the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Arthur Levitt for WestportNow.com

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Train Station Bus Stop Moving

Communters using buses at Westport’s Saugatuck train station will soon have a new bus stop.

The Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday night to move the stop from adjacent to the Saugatuck post office building on Riverside Avenue to Franklin Street and Railroad Place.

Police Chief Al Fiore said Westport Transit District officials requested the move so the stop would be closer to the station’s new tunnel under the railroad tracks at the west end of the platform.

The area where the stop is located now will become 15-minute parking from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., he said, and the bus stop area on Franklin will be no parking 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p..m to 8 p.m. It will be one-hour parking during other times, he said.

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Birds on the Saugatuck

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A group of birds flock off of Grace K. Salmon Park on the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, June 15, 2006


5-11 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Yankee Doodle Fair
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – State of Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control Public Hearing
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jam & Spice”

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

State to Hold Hearing on Cablevision Application

The state Department of Public Utility Control will hold a public hearing in Westport on Thursday for Cablevision customers to comment on the company’s application for a 15-year franchise renewal.

The hearing is slated for 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall.
“This will be the public’s best chance to give the DPUC input on what they think of Cablevision’s cable TV service,” said Hal Levy, Area Nine Cable Council chairman. “There’s a lot at stake here. We’re encouraging members of the public to turn out and speak their mind.”

The cable council is an advisory body of locally appointed members that acts as a watchdog on cable television operations in the area. The council has also been granted “intervener” status on the renewal and will play an active role on behalf of the local communities and subscribers.

The hearing will also be televised on the town’s cable access Channel 79.

For more information, visit http://westportct.net/ancc.

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Parents Seek Teacher’s Reinstatement

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Bedford Middle School parents are seeking answers about the resignation of a sixth grade science teacher and hope for his reinstatement.

The Westport parents have sought relief regarding Ejay Clark from Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, the Board of Education and today First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

Joseloff told the group of parents during today’s Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon that by statute he has no authority on the matter.

Kay Murphy, one of the parents, said the group has not gotten answers from school officials so now they are seeking help from others.

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Student Sailors

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Students at Westport’s Longshore Sailing School went through their paces today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Avian Flu and Preparedness Topic of Brown Bag

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Residents heard about the importance of emergency preparedness and issues around avian flu during today’s Citizen Brown Bag Luncheon.

Stuart Steinman, a doctor consulting with the Westport-Weston Health District, told the group the best way for everyone to prevent avian flu is to be vaccinated for regular flu each year.

The only way avian flu will transfer from birds to humans is if someone contracts both versions at the same time, he said. Pigs and humans are the only animals that could contract both types of flu, he said, and he thinks all humans and pigs should be vaccinated.

“It’s sound public policy,” he said of having everyone vaccinated.

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Defibrillators Added at Public Buildings

Automatic external defibrillators have already been added at the Westport Public Library and the Center for Senior Activities, and more will be placed at other public venues this summer and fall.

The effort is part of the ongoing effort by emergency officials to protect Westport residents and visitors.

It is anticipated that over the summer a defibrillators will be placed at Town Hall, and in September all Westport schools should have one unit each, said Alan Yoder, EMS coordinator. 

The devices have been a part of the Westport emergency services, with Westport EMS volunteers using some form of them since 1985.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Sue Terrace

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Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 18 Sue Terrace, which is located behind Fire Headquarters. The house sold last month for $432,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Sunrise Rotary to Honor Community Leaders

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will honor six community leaders Friday at a special gala breakfast meeting at the Patterson Club in Fairfield.

Those receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award at the 7:30 a.m. event include Russell Blair, Shelly Kassen, Bill Meyer, Howard Munce, Mary Parmelee and Allen Raymond.

The award is Rotary International’s highest honor and is presented to those who best exemplify the Rotarian creed of “service above self.”

The public is invited to attend the breakfast, which costs $10. Call (203) 454-6446 by Thursday for reservations.

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