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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
8:30 a.m. - 21 Imperial Avenue - Baron’s South Committee Special Meeting
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Library - The Refinery: Entrepreneur Accelerator Program for Women-led Companies
10 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drawing 102
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play With Your Food Lunchtime Theater
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Imagination Foundation Workshops
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Girls Robotics Club
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosian Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service tonight issued the following statement:

Temperatures will fall below freezing overnight.

Patchy black ice is possible on roadways that became wet from from earlier precipitation.

Please exercise caution when traveling tonight into early Wednesday morning.

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Parks & Rec Votes Minimal Changes for Compo

By James Lomuscio

With seven unanimous votes tonight, Westport’s Parks and Recreation Commission gave the public much of what they had asked for over the past year in terms of Compo Beach improvements—minimal change. Image
The Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to recommend keeping Compo Beach parking the way it is. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Beach front parking at East and South beaches would remain as is and not be moved to setback areas as the Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee’s consultant had recommended. The proposed change had been a flash point issue generating public outcry.

The beach entrance would also remain as it is, but with some improvements, and the skateboard park, which an original proposal had eliminated, would stay, with a new concrete structure replacing it.

Parks and Recreation Chairman Charles Haberstroh estimated that the new skate park would cost between $150,000 to $250,000, and that it would require private as well as public funding.

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Praise for Compo Beach Recommended Improvements Image
There was almost unanimous praise tonight from public speakers reacting to recommendations by the Westport Parks and Recreation Commission on Compo Beach Improvements. The no change to parking recommendation brought positive comments from a full house in the Town Hall auditorium as did plans to extend the boardwalk the entire length of the East Beach. Representative Town Meeting member Jimmy Izzo suggested selling weekend beach passes onlne to out of owners to avoid long car lines at the beach entrance.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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P&R Commission: No Change in Compo Parking Image
UPDATE The Westport Parks and Recreation Commission tonight recommended no change in the current Compo Beach parking along the East Beach (above) and along the adjacent South Beach. A possible change in the parking was the most controversial recommendation from a committee which studied beach improvements. The commission also recommended replacement of the current bathhouse, locker and lifeguard station facility with a new one that will better withstand storms, new restroom facilities at South Beach, and that a skate park be retained at the beach. The commission voted on the recommendations at a meeting in the Town Hall auditorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Meeting the Artist Image
Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher addressed a packed audience tonight at the Westport Arts Center where his exhibit, “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective, is on display through April 25. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Downtown Improvements Begin

Downtown improvements including new Main Street sidewalks, curbing and street lamps to complement the town’s historic character, as well as upgraded electrical vaults, are under way, Westport First Selectman Jim Mare announced today.

He said most of the work will be completed by mid-May.

“We anticipated starting earlier, but spring was slow in arriving and delayed the project timeline,” Marpe said. “The weather conditions have now improved to the point where we are able to begin this important upgrade to Downtown Westport.”

The project comprises 9,800 linear feet of new or existing sidewalks, including 1,800 linear feet on Main Street, plus new granite curbing, tree grates, energy efficient lights and historic looking lampposts, replacing the current “highway-type” lights, Marpe said. 

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Police Step Up Cell Phone Enforcement

With April deemed National Distracted Driver Awareness Month, the Westport Police today announced the kick-off of a campaign called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Image

The effort is designed to crack down on motorists “who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola.

It is being coordinated with the state Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office, he said.

“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible,” Arciola said. “People who break our state’s texting law will be stopped and fined. If you drive and text, you will pay.

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Play With Your Food Opens Final Series Image
The Play with Your Food lunchtime play reading series today began its its final series at Westport’s Toquet Hall. The three short plays drew a full house. Afterwards, the actors engaged in a talk back with the audience Performances continue on Wednesday and Thursday in Westport and .  And in Fairfield on April 7 and in Greenwich on April 8 and 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Enjoying Last Day for Dogs at Beach Image
Today is the last day for the season that dogs are permitted at Westport beaches. Some gathered at Compo Beach. Dogs will be able to return to the beaches on Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Dusting of Snow Image
There was a light dusting of snow on the ground for Westporters Monday, adding a bit of white to emerging spring colors on Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play With Your Food Lunchtime Theater
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Foxcatcher”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Technology & Security Trends that are Changing Small Business
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtSpeaks: Leonard Everett Fisher
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Adults Read YA Fiction
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Parks & Recreation Commission Special Meeting on proposed Como Beach improvements (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Orphenians Perform in San Francisco Image
The Staples Orphenians performed today in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall as part of the National Youth Choral Festival. They were among 10 high school choral groups from across the country selected to participate by the Grammy award-winning choir Chanticleer. They appeared with an orchestra conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for

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Smoking Light Switch Forces Long Lots Evacuation

Students and staff at Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School were evacuated briefly today because of smoke coming from a light switch, the Fire Department said.

The problem was isolated and a school electrician replaced the faulty switch, according to reports from the scene.

All students and staff were allowed to return to the school a short time later.

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Driver Injured in Sherwood Island Connector Crash Image
A male driver was injured today after losing control of his vehicle and slamming into a utility pole on the Sherwood Island Connector just north of Greens Farms Road. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known. His car was heavily damaged and the utility pole was cracked. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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