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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y.  has issued a coastal flood advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The combination of high astronomical tides and expected tidal departures of one and a half to two feet above normal will result in minor coastal flooding around the times of high tide late tonight into early Wednesday morning, an advisory said.

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All Gone: 7 Pritchard Lane Image
A clean-up crew today worked on the property of 7 Pritchard Lane, off of Westport’s Maple Street South, following its demolition. Built in 1951, the one-story ranch had 2,094 square feet, situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on a 1.14 acre property and changed ownership last month at $1,120,000.  Prior to that it changed hands for $975,000 in October 2006.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 25, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Rotary District Governor Rick Benson (l) led the Westport Rotary Club induction ceremony today of two new members, Jim Pendry of Westport and William Berson of Weston at the club’s weekly meeting held at Bertucci’s Restaurant. Participants in the event included (l-r) Benson, Dave Matlow, Pendry, Berman and Dr. Richard Epstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and area from 6 p.m to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Snow is expected to arrive by this evening, an advisory said. As warmer air moves in aloft, precipitation should mix with and change to sleet by late this evening, then change over to freezing rain and sleet overnight.

The precipitation should change to all rain by sunrise Wednesday morning as warmer surface air begins to move in from the south. The precipitation will then change to all snow before ending Wednesday evening.

Total snow and sleet accumulation of up to an inch is expected tonight followed up to one-quarter of an inch of ice accumulation late tonight.

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Talking Transportation: Consultants—Wasted Tax Dollars

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Any PR person can tell you: the best way to bury bad news is to release it at 5 p.m. on a Friday because nobody pays attention to the news on the weekends.


So on Friday, Jan. 2 at 5 p.m., Gov. M. Jodi Rell released the results of her $630,000 consultant’s report on the much needed New Haven Rail Yard. Reading the 55-page report you can understand why she didn’t want it drawing attention.

But let’s back up to explain why.

In 2002 when Hartford lawmakers finally approved funds for long overdue new rail cars for Metro-North, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) told them an additional $331 million would also be needed for shops and improvements at the New Haven Rail Yard.

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Reflections on the Saugatuck River in Westport on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Municipal Employees Pension Board
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Historic District Commission/Architectural Review Board Joint Meeting
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79 and

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Landon Proposes 2.51 Percent School Budget Increase

Citing difficult economic times, Westport Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon tonight proposed a $96.4 million budget for 2009-2010, a 2.51 percent increase over the current Image
Elliott Landon: “A delicate balancing act.” Dave Matlow/WN file photo

“It was a delicate balancing act,” Landon told a meeting of the Board of Education.

He said the proposal reflects a 15.4 reduction in staff members, including 3.4 administrative positions, 5.0 teaching positions, 10.0 paraprofessional positions, 1.0 secretarial positions, and 4.0 bus driver positions.

He said elimination of four bus drivers for a savings of $211,000 would be achieved by moving up the start times by half an hour of Coleytown Elementary School and Coleytown Middle School.

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Wilton Teen Unhurt in Wilton Road Rollover Image
A Wilton youth escaped serious injury today after he lost control of his vehicle while driving south on Wilton Road near Barry Lane, hitting a roadside embankment and rolling over. The 17-year-old, who was wearing a seat belt and managed to crawl out after the crash, declined medical attention. There were no passengers in the vehicle. The teen was issued an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Frozen water pipes on the second floor of a house on Jonathan Lane, off Treadwell Avenue, in Westport’s Saugatuck section today caused flooding and damage on all floors resulting in an estimated two feet of water in the basement The homeowners’ contractor appeared on the scene promptly while firefighters shut off the main water supply in the basement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Playhouse Names New Artistic Director, Managing Director

Theater veterans Mark Lamos and Michael Ross have been named artistic director and managing director, respectively, of the Westport Country Playhouse, it was announced Image
Mark Lamos: new artistic director. Contributed photo

The new leadership team will assume their positions on Feb. 1 as the Playhouse enters its 79th season.

Tony Award-nominated director Lamos was appointed following a year-long, nationwide search by the theater’s board of trustees. He will take the helm from Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, who served as interim artistic directors during the 2008 season.

They replaced Tazewell Thompson, who left in January, 2008 when the board of trustees cut his three-year contract short due to “artistic and professional differences.” (See WestportNow Jan. 2, 2008)

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Police Urge Compliance With Snow Removal Laws

The Westport Police Department said today it will monitor very closely the efforts—or lack thereof—of snow removal companies and local businesses in removing snow from area parking lots and public sidewalks.

In a statement, Lt. Thomas P. Casimiro II, public information officer, noted that state law prohibits the illegal depositing of snow removed from public or private parking lots or driveway onto a highway. The fine for this violation is $100.

He said a Westport ordinance requires that the owner or person in possession and control of any property adjoining any business use sidewalk shall provide for the removal of snow and ice from the sidewalk within 24 hours after formation of snow or ice. The fine for a violation is $99.

“The Westport Police Department urges voluntary compliance of these statutes and ordinances,” he said.

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Westport Hedge Fund Strategist Issues 2009 Predictions

Byron R. Wien, chief investment strategist of Westport’s Pequot Capital Management, Inc., today issued his annual list of predictions for 2009, forecasting a 33 percent rise in the S&P 500, gold soaring to $1,200 an ounce, and oil increasing to $80 a Image
Byron Wien: Sees market improvement. File photo

Wien, whose hedge-fund firm manages about $4.3 billion, has issued his economic, financial market and political “10 Surprises” list annually since 1986. His predictions:

1. The Standard and Poor’s 500 rises to 1200. In anticipation of a second-half recovery in the U.S. economy, the market improves from a base of investor despondency and hedge fund and mutual fund withdrawals. The mantra changes from “fortunes have been lost” to “fortunes can still be made.” Higher quality corporate bonds, leveraged loans and mortgages lead the way.

2. Gold rises to $1,200 per ounce. Heavy buying by Middle Eastern investors and a worldwide disenchantment with paper currencies drive the price of precious metals higher. In a time of uncertainty, investors want something they can count on as real.

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Back to Work and School Image
It was back to work and back to school for the first time in 2009 for many Westporters today. Those who got it started with an early morning visit to Compo Beach found a pretty winter sunrise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) John Dutt for

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Temperatures in the 30s did not dissuade some walkers at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kate DiBerardino for

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