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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

LWV Sending Out “Know Your Town” Booklet

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Members of the League of Women Voters of Westport worked today on distributing 10,000 copies of their “Know Your Town” booklet being sent to every Westport household. The booklet contains lists of elected and appointed officials, town departments, schools, agencies and services, and other useful names and contacts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Slow Go

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A four-vehicle accident in the southbound lane of I-95 in Westport tied up morning rush hour traffic today. No one sustained serious injury in the crash between Exits 18 and 17 near the Hale’s Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Will Accept Tax Relief Applications Until May 15

Westport Assessor Paul Friia reminded residents today that his office is still accepting senior tax relief applications through Thursday, May 15. 

The programs are open to homeowners who are totally disabled or who have reached the age of 65 by the date of application.

“Qualified applicants for the state program are those who own their own homes or hold a ‘life use’ title to their home, have resided in Connecticut for one year prior to filing application, and whose ‘qualifying income’ does not exceed $29,800 for single, or $36,500 for married couples,” said Friia.

Qualifying income is adjusted gross income, plus tax-exempt interest and Social Security.

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Westport Scene

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Westport’s Round Pond was a peaceful place on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 -  Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
5 p.m. – Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Westport Youth Commission Bacharach Committee
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School Cafeteria - SEPTA presents “Brain Imbalance as a Cause of ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia and Spectrum Disorders” by Dr. Mark Goldenberg
7:30 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy (35 Beachside Ave.) - Scott Pelley of CBS: “A Journalist’s View of Our World”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Longshore Golf Clubhouse Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Finance Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Information Technology Committee

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Large Turnout for Annual Malloy Lecture

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There was a large turnout tonight for the Westport Public Library’s annual Malloy Lecture, this year featuring Iranian-born American academic Vartan Gregorian. Gregorian, 74, is currently president of Carnegie Corporation of New York and formerly was president of Brown University and the New York Public Library. “No community can be great…without a great library,”  he told the Bedford Middle School audience. He noted there are more libraries in the United States than there are McDonalds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Academic Worries that Computers Will Win Over Books

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Noted academic Vartan Gregorian was guest at the Westport Public Library’s annual Malloy Lecture tonight at Bedford Middle School. The Carnegie Corporation president said he is concerned that in years to come, people will use computers for their information instead of reading books.  He said he worries that misinformation could be spread. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Westport Scene

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After several days of rain, the sun was back out this afternoon at Westport’s Compo Beach and Ned Dimes Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Staples Students Join in NASDAQ Opening

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Five Staples High School students were among invited Connecticut mathematics students joining in today’s NASDAQ stock market opening in New York. The students—Nathaniel Fox, Geoffrey Jordan, Antonella Lisanti, Michael Lubin and Zach Weiner—were invited by the new Connecticut Science Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing science education, now under construction in Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Seeking Shelter

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A lone visitor to rainy Compo Beach Monday sought shelter in the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Parks & Recreation Committee
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Malloy Lecture in the Arts: Vartan Gregorian on the importance of libraries in society

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Indoor Color

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Today’s rain outside did not dull the colors inside at Geiger’s Garden Center on Westport’s Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Walking in the Rain

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Today’s rain was welcome after days of uninterrupted sunshine. The Westport area received more than 1 inch. This resident walked in the rain along Morningside Drive North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Munce Named Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

The Westport Veterans Council announced today it has named Westport artist Howard Munce as grand marshal for this year’s Memorial Day parade on May 26.WestportNow.com Image
Howard Munce: saw WWII action in Pacific. WN file photo/Phyllis Groner

Munce, 92, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and rose to the rank of platoon sergeant, according to a biography supplied by the Council.

He was part of the assault landing on Bougainville, one of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific that was occupied by the Japanese and used as a base to attack Guadalcanal and other Allied territory.

While there, Munce won a field commission to second lieutenant. When he was part of the assault landing on Guam, he was promoted to first lieutenant.

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CL&P $1.4 Million Westport Upgrade Project Underway

Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) said today it is undertaking a $1.4 million upgrade project in Westport as part of its ongoing efforts to improve its electrical distribution system throughout Connecticut.

The project, which is already under way and scheduled to be completed in October, is taking place along Riverside Avenue (Route 33), Indian Hill Road, Hogan Trail, Cricket Lane and Robert Lane, a news release said.

The work, including replacement of poles, new wire, new routes in event of an interruption, and new lightning arresters, will improve reliability for customers throughout the area, the company said.

“With the successful completion of this work, our customers throughout this area will have a stronger, more reliable system to meet their current and future needs,” said Bruce Bernier, director of Southern Division Operations for CL&P. 

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Fallen Tree Closes Sturges Highway

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Heavy rains may have caused a tree to fall and block passage in front of 15 Sturges Highway near Long Lots Road this morning. The road was closed for about one hour. Westport police blocked off the roadway until it could be cleared. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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“The Sacrifice (Homage to Katrina)”

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Westport artist Nina Bentley is one of 20 artists whose works are on display at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Among those attending the opening reception Sunday of a new exhibit, “Contemporary Fiber,” was Norwalk artist and sculptor Karen Heffner who studied Bentley’s mixed media assemblage “The Sacrifice (Homage to Katrina).” The exhibit runs through May 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Scene

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Sunday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, April 28, 2008


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Earthplace - “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Affordable Housing Subcommittee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Susan Nagel, “Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter”
3:34 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Favorite Author Fun: Celebrate Jane Yolen (grades 1 & 2)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Health & Human Services Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Special Board of Education with anticipated executive session

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Keeping Up a Compo Kite Flying Tradition

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Despite some gray clouds and a few sprinkles, a group of friends gathered at Compo Beach today for their 15th annual kite flying party.  Westport resident Phil Pollak, an avid kite enthusiast, and owner of many kites, explained that the party used to take place on his birthday, April 5. The date was changed when the group complained that the weather never cooperated in early April.  So, the group arrived today with their “fists holding tight to the strings of their kites” (lyrics- Disney’s “Mary Poppins.”) Pollak did say that there often tends to be more eating than kite flying at this party.  Due to the inclement weather, the group set up their picnic under the pavilion. The rain didn’t seem to dampen their spirits as everyone soon had their kites soaring up high in the sky. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Texas-Style at the Senior Center

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The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities sponsored the Doc Wallace Trio today featuring David Wallace on fiddle, Daniel Levy on acoustics and Dana Scofidio on electric guitar as the trio entertained more than 125 persons. The group featured a unique blend of Texas-style fiddling and swing. This was the last program in a Sunday indoor music series made possible by a grant from Mimi Levitt and the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Recycled Art

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Currently on exhibit at Westport’s Earthplace, The Naure Discovery Center is a collection of artwork by Herrat Sommerhoff, an artist who turns recycled items from the trash into three-dimensional pieces of art. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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10K Winner

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Westporter Reess Kennedy, 25, was first place winner in today’s 10-kilometer race at the 30th Annual Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach. Kennedy, a 2000 Staples High School graduate, was a member of the award-winning Staples track team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Gronerfor WestportNow.com

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5K Winner

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Tyler Johnson, 28, of Chester, Conn., was first place winner in today’s 5-kilometer run as part of the 30th Annual Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach. More than 1,000 runners took part in the event that took place under rain showers with temperatures in the upper 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Making the 10K Start

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Runners set off in the 10-kilometer run today at the 30th Annual Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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