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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed

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The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community.  Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society.  Thank-You.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

2009 In Pictures

Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.

The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.

Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.

In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.

We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

WestportNow Marks 12th Anniversary

WestportNow today marks its 12th anniversary.

We are deeply indebted to our readers, contributors, and advertisers for making it possible to reach this milestone.

We look forward to continue serving Westport and those around the world interested in news about our town for many years to come.

Thank you for coming along for the ride.

Gordon Joseloff, Editor/Publisher, WestportNow.com.

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Ansel Adams Look at Compo

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Contributing WestportNow photograper Andrew Colabella tried for the Ansel Adams look in this photo of blowing snow at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play With Your Food Lunchtime Theater
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advanced Writing Class
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Boyhood”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Optimizing Your Devices
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission & Architectural Review Board Committees
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Library, Museum & Arts Committee
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Employee Compensation Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Hall Meeting Publc Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Getting Ready for Birdhouse Auction & Stroll

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Project Return’s 20th annual Birdhouse Auction Gala will be held Friday, March 27 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. It features artwork created by more than 100 artists, according to the birdhouse curators (l-r) Renee Gold, Mimi Van Deusen and Totney Benson. In advance of the event, the annual Birdhouse Stroll on Main Street will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a welcoming session by Eileen Fisher, 160 Main St. The birdhouses in the photo are (l-r): “It’s Only Natural” by Anita Sobelson, Weston; Twisted” by Sean Lynch, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; “House of Blues” by Mona Brown, Westport, and “Inside Out” by Miggs Burroughs, Westport. Visit www.projectreturnct.org to purchase tickets and for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Near & Far Aid Gala to Feature Special Concert

Mitchells of Westport will once again host the Near & Far Aid spring gala on Friday, this time with a special concert by five-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

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Sara Bareilles: five-time Grammy nominee. Contributed photo

The theme for the 20th anniversary event is “Voices of Hope,” highlighting individuals served and the agencies funded by the Southport-based charity. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Near & Far Aid.

It has remained an all-volunteer organization, currently working with more than 100 local agencies that address the causes and effects of poverty, and has granted over $14 million since 2000.

The celebratory fete begins at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy a standing dinner of seasonal epicurean fare and festive signature cocktails and have the opportunity to preview the best of spring fashion before heading into a tent adjacent to the store for the concert performance, an announcement said.

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Best Buddies Club at Staples Readies for Fashion Show

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Taylor Harrington with her Best Buddy Wyatt Davis at last June’s graduation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Best Buddies Club at Westport’s Staples High School is readying for its annual fashion show on Saturday.

The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., will take place just outside of the school auditorium and feature about 30 Staples students plus about 40 from other schools.

Eight buddy pairs will model from a different store.

“Our annual fashion show and silent auction event is a great opportunity for us to share with the Westport community what our club is all about,” said Taylor Harrington, club secretary.

“The goal of Best Buddies is to create an integrated society for people with disabilities. In order to do so, we must spread that message beyond those who are involved in our club.”

Taylor said club members aim to create events that show that “our buddies are just like everyone else.”

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SBAC Testing and Your Parental Rights

To the Editor:

As you are aware, SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing will begin in the Westport Public Schools later this month.  This letter is not to debate the appropriateness of this testing or to influence your personal decision, but to inform you of your rights as parents. 

Despite Connecticut superintendents having been warned to stop harassing parents who seek to fulfill their constitutionally guaranteed right to protect their children, last week an email was sent to Westport School District parents from our superintendent stating the following:

“CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES (Section 10-14n) REQUIRE EVERY STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE IN STATE STANDARDIZED TESTS.
THERE IS NO PROCESS FOR OPTING OUT OF THE TESTING.”

This email was both forceful and misleading.  To be clear: There is no federal or state law, regulation or policy that prohibits a parent or guardian from opting his or her children out of these tests.  The former Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, on March 14, 2014 stated in a videotaped hearing in Hartford that there is no consequence to students if they opt-out of SBAC testing. 

While the school district will tell us that there is no “formal” opt-put process, there is one, but it is not publicized.  Parents can opt-out, should they desire, by sending an email to their school’s principal and our superintendent. 

With the controversy around the Common Core Standards and SABC testing, the number of opt out requests in CT is three to four times higher this year.  In some CT districts, the PTA and the Board of Education members are speaking out and encouraging parents to opt out of state testing.  It is a complicated issue, which may eventually tie SBAC participation to federal and state funding for schools as suggested by the Department of Education.

Regardless of your opinion, know that this is your personal decision; not that of our state or our school district.  In the end, as a parent, do your research and decide for yourself what is best for your child and their future.

Charlene J. Zeiberg
Parent,
Westport

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Winter Weather Advisory: 2 to 4 Inches

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow and freezing rain, which is in effect from 3 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

It said there will be snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches along with a trace to a few hundredths of an inch of ice.

Temperatures will start in the mid 20s Tuesday afternoon then slowly rise into the lower 30s late Tuesday night.

The Weather Service said snow will develop late Tuesday afternoon then mix with sleet and freezing rain Tuesday evening before changing to freezing rain by midnight.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 55 Cross Highway

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 55 Cross Highway is in process. Built in 1945, the one-story ranch has 1,956 square feet, is situated on a 1.4-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, last changed ownership in January, 1989 for $330,000.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Accident Investigation Nets Drug Bust

An officer responding to a motor vehicle accident in the Hales Court area Sunday night arrested a Westport man suspected of selling marijuana, police said

Westporter Trevor Maclean, 23 of 9 Church St. North, was charged with sale and possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a search of his vehicle.

“While the officer was conducting his investigation into the accident, he detected an odor of marijuana coming from the operator,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola, noting the reason for the search

The search uncovered bags of marijuana, a scale and drug paraphernalia, Arciola said.

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Pinning on Dad’s New Badge

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New Westport Police Officer Charles J. Sampson gets his new badge pinned on by son Charlie following his swearing in today by First Selectman Jim Marpe at Westport Town Hall. Sampson comes to Westport from the Waterbury Police Department where he served for 22 years. He is a certified Connecticut firefighter, past Fire Chief of the Derby Fire Department, and current director of Derby’s Office of Emergency Management. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Herding Instinct

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A herd of deer gathered today in the backyard of a Westport home on Viking Green off of Cavalry Road. “In 20-plus years of living here we’ve never seen deer just hang out in one place like this for hours,” said resident Andy Yemma. “Our theory is the snow has forced them away from their food source and into this area — lucky for them they are on the other side of our dog fence so the dogs can’t do anything but bark at them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com

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Main Street Ready for Monday Shoppers

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Westport’s Main Street was clear of snow and ready for Monday shoppers early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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