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Friday, July 07, 2006

Reflections

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Waters on Westport’s Old Mill Pond reflected Thursday’s cloudy skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, July 7, 2006


6 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Luciano Park - Festival Italiano
7:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Irish House Party
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”

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Post Road West Accident Sends Four to Hospital

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A two-car accident tonight on Westport’s Post Road West at Sylvan Road North sent four persons to Norwalk Hospital. None of the injuries was believed life-threatening. The car on the right, driven by a 16-year-old boy and with his mother as a passenger, was turning left on to Sylvan Road North and collided with an oncoming car carrying four persons, including an 11-year-old and a 3-year-old. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Strike Up the Band

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The Westport Community Band was among those taking part in tonight’s Festival Italiano parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Call Him Mr. Westport Parade

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Wesporter Bill Vornkhal, who organized tonight’s Festival Italiano parade, enjoys the ride as the march neared Luciano Park, site of the festival. Vornkahl has organized Westport’s Memorial Day parade for more than three decades. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Dignitaries Join in Festival Italiano March

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Westport’s Festival Italiano kicked off its four-day run tonight with a parade from Riverside Avenue to the festival site near the Saugatuck station. Among the political dignitaries taking part were (l-r) Betsi and U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays; state Sen. Judi Freedman; Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff; Selectman Shelly Kassen; former Westport First Selectwoman (and congressional candidate) Diane Farrell, and state Rep. Joe Mioli.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Politicking

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Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell (c), who is again challenging Rep. Christopher Shays (l) in the November election, greets Festival Italiano parade grand marshall Nick Saviano (r) before the start of tonight’s festival parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Uncrowded Beach

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Today’s cloudy weather kept most visitors away from Westport’s Compo Beach. The clouds gave way to sunshine later in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Former N.J. Governor Stumps in Westport for Shays

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Former New Jersey Gov. Christi Todd Whitman came to Westport Wednesday night to attend a fund-raiser for U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays at the home of Carol and Barry Asness. Whitman told guests that Shays represents the 40 plus percent of the voters who are in the middle of the spectrum, and it is important that he be returned to the House because of his ability to work with legislators from both sides of the aisle. Pictured are (l-r):Carol and Barry Asness, Christi Whitman, and Betsi and Christopher Shays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Parking in Short Supply at Farmers Market

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Parking was in short supply at today’s second week of the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Large Crowds, Heavy Traffic at Farmers Market

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Large crowds, brisk business, heavy traffic and precious parking marked today’s second week of the Westport Farmers Market. The market is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Getting Ready for Festival Italiano

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Carlo Palmer of Westport puts up some of the sponsorship signs today outside the Festival Italiano grounds at Luciano Park in Westport’s Saugatuck district. The four-day festival opens at 6 p.m. and the festival parade kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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All Clear Issued for Burying Hill Beach

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Health officials today lifted a ban on swimming at Westport’s Burying Hill beach after further review of a foul odor smell in the West Parish Road area. John Cimarosa of the Westport Weston Health District said “it appears that natural biological processes were responsible for the smell” first detected Wednesday evening. He said the district will continue to monitor the situation but no longer feels it necessary to close either Burying Hill or Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Board of Finance Approves New Coleytown Boilers

By Joanna Pliner

The Westport Board of Finance, after extended debate Wednesday night, approved $350,000 for new boilers at Coleytown Elementary School as well additional monies for the town attorney’s office and the fire department.

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon’s request to finance the installation of new boilers and steam traps at Coleytown generated a stir among board members.

The members supported the $350,000 requested to replace the 54-year-old boilers, but several said they were shocked by the proposed amount since it was double the 2005 capital forecast figure of $175,000.

Board of Finance member Kevin Connolly questioned the accuracy of the requested amount.

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Westport’s Minuteman Takes on Patriotic Look

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A WestportNow reader photographed Westport’s Minuteman statue at Compo Road South and Compo Beach Road Tuesday night as it took on a patriotic look for the 4th of July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marisa Dabice for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, July 6, 2006


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Joint Workforce/Senior Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
6 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Luciano Park - Festival Italiano (parade starts 7:30 p..m. from Riverside Avenue)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Goldspiel/Provost Classical Guitar Duo
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”

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Westport’s Burying Hill Beach Ordered Closed

Health officials closed Westport’s Burying Hill Beach late today as they investigated the source of a foul smell in the West Parish Road area.

John Cimarosa of the Westport-Weston Health District ordered the closure after a resident on West Parish Road complained of a sewage-like smell in the area.

He said the beach was closed as a precaution in case a contaminant made its way along a stream to Long Island Sound waters. Public Works employees checked for a possible sewer line problem in the area.

Cimarosa said samples of water in the area as well as at Westport’s beaches would be sent to a state laboratory Thursday morning and that results would be known within 24 hours.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Mostly Quiet

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The Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach was mostly quiet today after the 4th of July holiday. Many people returned to work and others may have been discouraged by clouds and occasional showers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Going Down:101 Cross Highway

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The house at 101 Cross Highway, Westport, came down today. The house, featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day April 6, was built in 1911. Dozens of trees were cut down on the property as part of its redevelopment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Job

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WestportNow contributing photographer Dave Matlow was out today shooting another followup to his popular WestportNow “Teardown of the Day” feature. This property is at 101 Cross Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Breakfast Time

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WestportNow contributing photographer Ron Malone came across this Westport resident eating an early morning breakfast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

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Senior Center Highlights Stroke Dangers

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Every month, the Westport Center for Senior Activities highlights an organization or an individual with a special talent or interest in space on a lobby bulletin board. This month, Norwalk Hospital’s 7 West floor is featured, highlighting stroke prevention, signs and symptoms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sharon Fawcett for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 5, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - “The Magic of Lynn” magical tricks
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee - anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Board of Finance - anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Members Show 2006 Artist Talk II
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)

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Talking Transportation: “Does Anyone Care About Transportation?”

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Everybody pays lip service to improving transportation in our grid-locked state, but nobody seems to doing anything, especially the agency in charge, the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

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Concerned citizens, activist groups and even lawmakers can’t get that agency to be responsive to their concerns.  Consider the following:

Darien Station: After spending millions rehabilitating the Darien train station, we discovered that the contractor, CDOT’s Highway Department, used indoor light fixtures on the outdoor platforms.  Filling with rainwater, they short-circuit the electrical system and plunge the platform into darkness.  Calls by the First Selectman Evonne Klein for help from the CDOT went unanswered until she turned the matter over the Attorney General for help.  Suddenly, Gov. M Jodi Rell jumped in ordering CDOT Commissioner to fix the lights.

VRE Cars: Though delivered over a year ago, the dozens of used commuter rail cars bought from Virginia still haven’t been put in service to ease crowding.  When state Sen. Bob Duff of Norwalk asked CDOT why, he was stonewalled and had to file a Freedom of Information request for public documents about their repair.  Again, Gov. Rell chimed in and ordered the CDOT Commissioner to get on with repairs.  It now appears those cars will finally be in service in 2007.

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“Ice Cream Social” Set for July 16

The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities will host the third annual “Ice Cream Social” at the center on Sunday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Last year’s “Ice Cream Social” drew a large crowd to the Senior Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Residents of all ages are invited to the event featuring free ice cream, a balloon man, music, face painting, plus a free Frisbee to the first 150 youngsters who attend, an announcement said.

In addition, the Westport Fire Department will display a fire truck for viewing and climbing.

“This event marks a wonderful opportunity for the people of our community to become acquainted, or reacquainted with this outstanding facility and grounds,” the announcement said.

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