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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Local Officials Attend State Disaster Planning Conference

By Jennifer Connic

Westport emergency officials were among those who participated in a state conference in emergency preparedness that included information on an evacuation plan.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Gottfried, Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant, Firefighter Eric Fine, Police Lt. Thomas Casimiro and Detective John Calka attended the Tuesday conference in Cromwell that had 600 officials from 130 of the state’s towns and cities.

“A conference like this makes us all realize that the relationships we build up over time at the state and local levels are crucial to our response in an emergency,” Gov. Jodi Rell said in a statement today. “These exercises teach town chief elected officials the value of working with their neighbors. This is exactly the message we have been sending from the state level for the past three years. The dialogue has begun.”

Joseloff said today the group learned about the evacuation plans during a meeting with other officials from the area, and they include making all lanes on the Merritt Parkway northbound while I-95 would remain open in both directions if there is an incident in New York or its suburbs.

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Practice Swings

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Golfers were at Longshore Club Park practicing their swings today. While golfers have enjoyed playing rounds this spring, events to officially reopen the golf course following a two-year $2.3 million renovation project will be held on Saturday. Events start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers April 23-27, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 23-27, 2007:

Karen C Manion to Garry & Leonard Boxer, 26 Mayflower Parkway, $2,205,000WN property.jpg

Anne B. Crane to 9 Mansfield LLC, 9 Mansfield Place, $900,000

Rita A. Steinberger to Mattera Construction 9 Pumpkin Hill LLC, 9 Pumpkin Hill, $1,230,000

Sterling Homes LLC to Scott D. & Hallie D. Wofsy, 23 Silver Brook Road, $1,750,000

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Lighthouses Featured at Library

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Al LaBanca’s lighthouse paintings are displayed at the library this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Lighthouses are featured in the art that now hangs in the Great Hall at the Westport Public Library.

Darien artist Al LaBanca’s work will hang in the hall through the end of the month, and a reception is scheduled on Friday, May 11 at 6-7 p.m.

LaBanca paints almost exclusively lighthouses and calls them the “vanishing castles of America” because so many have been abandoned and destroyed.

A painter and sailor for much of his life, LaBanca made painting lighthouses his calling 12 years ago after retiring. He has painted more than 180 lighthouses.

The exhibit can be seen during regular library hours. For further information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.

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Ice Cream Time

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A mother and daughter enjoyed ice cream cones Tuesday at Ben and Jerry’s on Post Road East in Westport’s downtown as temperatures reached 74 during the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Unteremeyer for WestportNow.com

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Dog Days

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Many were out enjoying the sun on Tuesday, including along the Saugatuck River, before showers moved into Westport. A chance of rain continues in the forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Marilyn Nissenson
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee

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Library Director Outlines Expansion Plans

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Maxine Bleiweis, executive director of the Westport Public Library, today told the Westport Rotary Club about the library’s planned $40 million renovation project.  She said the project reflects the library’s expanding role as a research and social center in the community. She also disclosed that the “Booked for the Evening” May 27 fund-raising event honoring the late journalist and author David Halberstam will include remarks by former CBS, NBC, and New York Times correspondent Bernard Kalb. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Lights on the Saugatuck

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The clear spring night Monday was ideal for watching the lights reflect on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Michigan Restaurant Serves Up Cockenoe Island Oysters

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Chip Stephens, a Westport resident and WestportNow contributing photographer, was in Ann Arbor, Mich., last weekend to see daughter Ashley and five other graduates of Staples High School graduate from the University of Michigan. He sent the above photo and e-mailed: “At dinner the night before at Real Seafood in downtown Ann Arbor while looking over the menu, I saw a interesting item—check out the third item on the raw bar. What a hoot!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com

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Westport Health Center Looks to Upgrade

By Jennifer Connic

Westport Health Care Center is planning upgrades to its building to address changes in the long-term health care field, and the Zoning Board of Appeals is the first stop for those changes.

The ZBA recently held a hearing that will continue on May 8 for changes to the 120-bed facility at 1 Burr Road opposite Kings Highway Elementary School. If variances are approved, the plans will move on to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

“The framework of today’s long-term care environment is comprised of advanced rehabilitation techniques and accompanying equipment in addition to evolved systems of caring for and making comfortable prototypical age-related illness and disease,” said a document from the center filed in the Planning and Zoning Department.

“In conjunction with these advances in treatment and therapies is both a federal and state focus to make the long-term care setting less institutional and more of a friendly residential environment.”

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Beach Sticker Season Opens

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Starting today, a beach sticker is required on cars for entry to Westport’s beaches, including Compo. There are daily fees for those without a beach sticker of $15 on a weekday and $30 on the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Rell Seeks Disaster Declaration; Storm Damage $43 Million

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced she has written President Bush to formally request that he declare a major disaster in Connecticut as a result of the April 15 nor’easter.

The storm dumped as much as 8 inches of rain on the state and caused both coastal and inland flooding, including in Westport.

The total cost of the storm to state and local governments and property owners is currently estimated at more than $43 million, the governor’s office said.

“The damage I have seen from this storm rivals anything Connecticut has endured in the last 20 years,” Rell said. “The dollar figure calculated after the damage survey only hints at the storm’s effects.

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Flags Fly Again in Westport’s Center

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The flags went up today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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All Gone: 40 Reichert Circle

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Demolition crews continued to clean up the site after taking down 40 Reichert Circle in Westport. The 1955 house on .43 acre sold last December for $714,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Historical Society to Host Compo Beach Walking Tour

The Westport Historical Society will hold a “Mystery Tour” on Saturday at 2-4 p.m. as part of its ongoing Destination Westport series.

It is an historical tour of Compo Beach and will be hosted by Ron Malone, former Westport police chief and lifelong Westport resident. He will share stories about the Compo Beach area of Westport.

The walk starts at Compo Beach and details the beach during the time of the early settlers. It ends with a “surprise” final destination to offer a glimpse into early 20th century life.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 for Society members and $10 for nonmembers. Call Sue Gold at (203) 222-1424 to reserve a space.

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Spring Surfing

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Temperatures approached 80 degrees in Westport on Monday. Many headed to Compo Beach to enjoy the weather, including a windsurfer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007


8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The SpokenWord Celebrates Greece: Homer’s Art of War

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Power Line Construction Continues

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Construction crews have been on Route 1 in Westport almost every night since mid-March, including tonight, working on Connecticut Light and Power’s transmission line project. The project stretches a 345-kilovolt power line from Middletown to Norwalk. The power line is buried under mainly Route 1 in Westport. Crews will be burying the power line under the Saugatuck River this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Demystifying the Megapixel Myth

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David Pogue, New York Times personal technology columnist and Westport resident, told a Westport Public Library audience tonight about megapixels and whether they make a difference in digital photography. He said that unless someone is a professional photographer or wants very large photos a 5- or 6-megapixel camera will be best. He hung three photos of the same person using different megapixel cameras, and very few people could determine which photo came from which camera. He also gave guidelines on buying a digital camera. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 30, 2007

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Jennings Court

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Westport building officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 12 Jennings Court. The 1,422-square-foot, 1954 house sold in March for $910,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Former Westport Teacher Files Federal Suit

By Jennifer Connic

A former Westport teacher has filed a federal suit against the school district stating she was not allowed to transfer to a different position because she had attempted “to protect the rights of the students with disabilities,” according to court documents that were filed at Town Hall today.

Karen Pierce, of Sandy Hook, who was a teacher from September 1989 through June 2005 is seeking lost wages, a letter “used against her” at an August 2005 meeting with Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon and other compensatory and punitive damages the court may find in her favor.

She most recently taught fourth and fifth grade at Coleytown Elementary from 1999 through 2005.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon could not be reached for comment today.

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Bridge Street Bridge to be Closed for Maintenance

The Connecticut Department of Transportation Bridge Maintenance Division is planning work for the Bridge Street Bridge that will necessitate its closure next week, the town announced today.

The bridge will be closed for periods of time on Tuesday, May 8, Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10 to perform routine mechanical and electrical maintenance.

Bridge Street will be closed from Riverside Avenue to Imperial Avenue—which is about one-quarter of a mile—will be closed intermittently from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Signs will detail the detour route.

“We have asked CDOT to try to keep the bridge open during the busy noon hour, but that may not be possible and motorists should be prepared to make alternate travel plans,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said.

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All Gone: 81 Richmondville Ave.

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Demolition crews continued to clean up the site at 81 Richmondville Ave. after demolishing the house recently. The smell of burned wood lingered in the air after Westport firefighters spent two days training at the site last week (See WestportNow April 25). The 1950 house sat on .5 acre of land, and the Chapmans, who own the property, plan to construct a modular home and move into it in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Fishing

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It was overcast with a few showers on Sunday, but it didn’t stop some from fishing off of Westport’s Compo Beach. There remains a chance of showers today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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