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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Garbage Rates Increasing

Trash collection prices are going up in Westport and across the region.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority has increased its rates to operate the plant to burn garbage in Bridgeport.

The result is an increase in fees for commercial haulers and a significant increase in the Public Works Department’s solid waste budget, he said.

The rate for commercial haulers, he said, is increasing from $74 to $78 per ton for using the Westport Transfer Station. Residential haulers, however, will feel the pinch in their tax bills, he said.

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Survey Shows Most Not Prepared for Emergencies

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Westport officials say they are doing all they can to help residents be prepared for an emergency, but an American Red Cross survey shows most across the country have not taken the basic steps to ensure safety during an emergency.

The national survey released Tuesday found that seven out of 10 people surveyed believe they are somewhat prepared for an emergency, including hurricanes. Only 52 percent of those responded said they have a disaster kit.

The survey also found that 69 percent said they have not established a meeting place to reunite with family members, 65 percent of pet owners said they have no plan to keep their pets safe, 59 percent said they have not selected an emergency contact, 60 percent said they have made no specific evacuation plan, and 73 percent have not practiced their family disaster plan.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he is not surprised by the survey’s results because he knows people are complacent and generally not prepared.

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Going Down: 175 Imperial Ave. Image
Peter Murrugarra takes a photograph of his Westport home at 175 Imperial Ave. being demolished on Tuesday. He and his brother Richard plan to build a two-story, pre-fabricated, modular, 2,700-square-foot colonial to replace the 720-square-foot house where his father, a house painter and his mother, a domestic house cleaner, raised them. Murrugarra said they’re demolishing the home and building a larger one so they can move their mother home from a nursing home. The 1940 house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on April 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Backed Up Image
Traffic on Westport’s Green’s Farms Road was backed up this morning due to an accident on I-95. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Staples Players present “Diary of Anne Frank” starting Thursday.  Contributed photo
The Staples Players will present the “Diary of Anne Frank” the next two weekends at 7:30 p.m. at Westport’s Staples High School’s Black Box Theater.

Performances are slated for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The performances continue June 7, 8 and 9.

It is the first major performance from the group in the newly remodeled and expanded theater.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available through Friday at Staples from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

For more information, call (203) 341-1310 or visit


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Lingering in the Sunset Image
Two children linger in the sunset at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 2063 – School Building Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Ordinance Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Parks & Recreation Committee


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Public Input Sought on Town Plan

Westport residents will have the opportunity to give input on the update of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development during a public workshop in late June.

The session is scheduled for Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.

The most recent plan for the town was adopted in 1997, and the Planning and Zoning Commission is now evaluating it to consider how it should be amended to reflect current issues and priorities.

“This meeting is an important first step in the planning process because it affects many other aspects of a Plan of Conservation and Development,” said Eleanor Lowenstein, Planning and Zoning Commission chairwoman.

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White Barn Theatre Property Sold for $4.8 Million

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Lucille Lortel 1900-1999: Her White Barn Theatre property sold. File photo

A New Canaan-based company purchased the former White Barn Theatre property, which is on the Westport and Norwalk border, for $4.8 million.

The sale of the 18-acre property was recorded in the Westport Town Clerk’s office last week.

The documents state the Lucille Lortel Foundation—which is based in New York City—sold the property to 78 Cranberry Road LLC. Foundation officials did not immediately return phone calls.

Most of the property—15.5 acres—is in Norwalk with the remaining 2.5 acres in Westport.

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Police Report Few Problems Over Holiday Weekend

Westport police are reporting few incidents over the holiday weekend.

Patrol officers handed out 36 seatbelt tickets and nine cellular phone tickets between Friday and this morning, according to Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer.

Officers also responded to 11 accidents, he said, and none were fatalities.

None of the accidents were serious, Shannon said.

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A flag flew along Westport’s Riverside Avenue Monday to mark Memorial Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Frank Collins for


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission


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Monday, May 29, 2006

Neighborhood Groups to Gather

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Westport neighborhood groups will be gathering at Town Hall for a meeting to discuss a variety of issues.

Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund officials are organizing the meeting slated for 8 p.m. on June 5.

Matthew Mandell, Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund director, said there are many things going on in Westport, but each group has a lot in common with the others.

“It’s time for us to come together and talk to see what we can work together to do,” he said.

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Westport Property Transfers May 15-19, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 15-19, 2006:

Matthew L. and Stacy M. Reid to Craig M. and Juliana Adler, 110 Old Road, $865,000WN property.jpg

Ernest Perno to Geoffrey R. and Chandini C. Smith, 51 Cavalry Road, $2,000,000

Samuel J. Heyman Trust to Samuel J. Heyman, 76 Beachside Ave., $10,000,000

Robert and Julie Haroun to Heather and Andrew C. Wilk, Unit 56 Ledge Meadow Lane, $2,150,000

John A. and Jessica Swanciger to Robert and Wendi Mays, 361 Wilton Road, $770,000

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Examining the Honor Roll Image
A young marcher searched the World War II Honor Roll monument at Westport’s Veterans Green today for a familiar name. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for For more photos by Julia Mally, click here.


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