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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Westport Senior Center Closed

The Westport Center for Senior Activities has canceled all programs today, including the congregate luncheon program .

Call (203)341-5099 if you have any concerns or questions.

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Westport Schools Closed

Westport public schools are closed today for students and teachers.

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NWS Update: Winter Weather Advisory, 2 to 5 Inches

UPDATE The National Weather Service said a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Westport area until 7 p.m.

It calls for snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches.

Snow will be moderate at times this morning into early afternoon before tapering off this afternoon, the Weather Service said.

Visibilities will be one-half mile or less at times. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s early this morning, dropping into the lower 20s by this afternoon.

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Enjoying a Spring-Like Day

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A visitor to Westport’s Kings Highway North enjoys a spring-like day. Spring officially arrives march 21. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Thursday,  March 5, 2015 - Fairfield County Giving Day


Fairfield County Giving Day
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”
10:30 a.m. - Westport Library - Caring for Kids: Doctors Talk—Infant Sleep
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play With Your Food Lunchtime Theater
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Lantern Making for the Chinese New Year
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment & Appeals
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

BOF Approves Wakeman Town Farm Rehab Funding

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm (WTF) and Sustainability Center tonight harvested an appropriation that has been the focus of impassioned pleas, as well as objections, over the past month.

By 6 to 1 vote, the Board of Finance approved a $667,000 appropriation to rehabilitate key parts of the farm located at 134 Cross Highway.

Tom Lasersohn was the lone dissenter, arguing that the WTF Committee should be raising their own funds, not placing the burden on taxpayers.

The total amount requested by First Selectman Jim Marpe consists of three parts. It includes $261,000 put up by the town to repair and rehabilitate the 100-year-old farm house, a town-owned, historically designated building.

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Winter Weather Advisory, 2 to 5 Inches

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow, which is in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.

It calls for snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches.

The Weather Service said rain will mix with sleet and snow before changing to all snow this evening.

Snow may be moderate at times late tonight through Thursday morning before tapering off late Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening, the Weather Service said.

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Family YMCA Plans Delayed Opening Wednesday

Due to the hazardous weather conditions forecast, the Westport Weston Family YMCA will delay its opening until 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The Kids’ Club is expected to open at 10 a.m., and the day’s program schedule, including group fitness classes, will also begin at 10 a.m., an announcement said.

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Girls Just Want to Have Robot Fun

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The Westport Library today held its inaugural meeting of the Girls Robotic Club attended by 17 girls between the ages of 8 and 12.  Led by Alex Giannini, the Library’s manager, digital experience, the girls were instructed on how to use Choregraphe, an application which allows users to create complex robot behavior without writing program code. It is used to generate functions for the two library robots, named Nancy and Vincent. The girls learned how to incorporate the Choregrpahe software into the object-oriented Python computer language. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Learning to Program Robots

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A youngster attending today’s inaugural meeting at the Westport Library of the Girls Robotic Club, open to youngsters 8 to 12, gets a close up view of one of the Library’s two robots. Melanie Kelly, a reference librarian, said the club’s goal is to encourage access to future job opportunities. “It’s a form of economic development,” she said. “Girls represent only about 12 percent of college graduates with computer science degrees.” The club plans to meet regularly, about every two weeks, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Dining Out at Westport’s Tierra Restaurant

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Despite a report that Westport’s Tierra restaurant, 90 Post Road East in the basement of Old Town Hall, had closed, the restaurant with a Latin theme was very much in business tonight. Southport residents Lucinda Sill Morrison (l) and Amy Waugh Curry were greeted by waiter Haakon Sorenson and manager Christian Hurtado (r).  Hurtado said a friend called him today and said he read that Tierra had closed.  “I said ‘what?’” he said.” “I called the owner right away and asked am I out of a job?”  “She didn’t know what I was talking about.” Tierra serves dinner from Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., and is closed Sunday and Monday. The restaurant no longer serves lunch but may resume that in the summer, according to the employees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Parents to Interview Two Candidates for Staples Principal

By James Lomuscio

Who will replace John Dodig, the popular Staples High School principal retiring after 14 years in June?

Parents of eighth through twelfth graders will have the chance to participate in that decision as they take part next week in a focus group interviewing two finalists for the job.

There will be two meetings, one for each candidate. The first will be held Monday, March 9, at 9 a.m. in the Staples cafeteria , and the second is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, same time, same place, according to Michael Gordon, school board chairman.

The search committee, comprising administrators, teachers, parents and students will then use the parent input, presenting it to the Board of Education for its final decision, Gordon said.

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Police: Westporter Ran Drug Factory

A Westport man is being held in lieu of a $200,000 bond following his arrest today for selling heroin, crack and marijuana from his Hiawatha Lane residence, Westport Police said.

Danny Sundon-Frazier, 36 of 47 Hiawatha Lane, was arrested following a lengthy, joint investigation by the Westport and Norwalk Police Departments based on information received in the fall, police said.

Also arrested was Holly Hretz , 26 of Norwalk,  who was charged with possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $50,000. Both are scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

“A lengthy investigation was completed culminating in several arrest warrants and a search warrant being served early this morning at 47 Hiawatha Lane by Westport and Norwalk officers,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola.

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New New Country Lexus Nears Completion

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Workers today apply finishing touches to the renovation of New Country Lexus of Westport, 1317 Post Road East. According to its website, renovations commenced in September 2014 and are near completion. The company said its new car showroom has been expanded to highlight more new Lexus models and to accommodate more customers at once. The dealership also expanded its Fairfield service facility to include 34 stalls. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Nonstop Snow Strains Removal Budget

By James Lomuscio

Winter’s wrath has not only taken a bite out of the Westport’s snow removal budget—it’s devoured it.

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Town of Westport snowplows at the ready at the Public Works Department garage on the Sherwood Island Connectior. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

With 14 storms since Jan. 24, Westport snowplowing and salting costs are now $125,000 over budget, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said today.

And with another 3 to 6 inches expected to fall tonight and into the early morning hours, that cost will rise, he said.

“I announced our shortfall to the Board of Finance a couple of weeks ago, saying that we were $50,000 over our $500,000 budget,” said Edwards. “Now we’re about a hundred and a quarter over.”

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Snow Far, No Impact on Spring Break

Unlike past years, 2015’s spring break doesn’t appear to be on thin ice due to accumulated snow days.

So far there have been only three school days canceled, and six would be needed to eat into the week beginning April 13, school officials say.

Both Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon and Michael Gordon, chairman of the Board of Education, noted that while this year’s seemingly relentless snow has resulted in several late start days, those delays do not cut into vacation time.

“We only had three (snow days) so far, and we allow for five,” said Gordon.

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Cleaning Up Before Next Snowfall

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A worker clears a sidewalk today on Westport’s Post Road West. More snow is expected tonight, according to the National Weather Service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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In Rehearsal

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In rehearsal are Juliet Kimble as Mrs. Lovett and Everett Sussman in the title role of “Sweeney Todd (School Edition): The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which is being put on by the Staples High School Players March. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21. For further information, go to www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

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Westport Schools on Two-Hour Delay

Westport public schools are on a two-hour delay today.

There is no morning session for Stepping Stone preschool.

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NWS Update: Storm Watch, 3 to 6 Inches

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from tonight through Thursday night.

It said rain will mix with sleet and snow before changing to all snow this evening.

Snow may be moderate at times late tonight through Thursday morning before tapering off late Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening.

Snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches is possible tonight into Thursday, the Weather Service said.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
9 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Downtown Steering Committee Special Work Session
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Library - The Refinery: Entrepreneur Accelerator Program for Women-led Companies
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN International Hospitality Committee
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 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Digital Application Workshop
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Girls’ Robotics Club
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment & Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307 - Board of Finance Executive Session
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)


See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

NWS Update: Winter Weather Advisory, Storm Watch

The National Weather Service has extended a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area until 5 a.m. Wednesday. It had been scheduled to expire at midnight tonight.

In addition, it issued a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.

It said there will be freezing rain tonight, changing to plain rain after midnight, then heavy snow Wednesday night into Thursday with accumulations of 4 to 8 inches.

Hazardous travel conditions are expected Wednesday night and Thursday due to greatly reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations, the Weather Service said.

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All He Needs Is Customers

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An employee awaits customers tonight at Arezzo Risorante, 5 Riverside Ave., near the intersection of Post Road West. Owner/manager Juan Ceballos said he decided to stay open until the usual closing time of 9 p.m. despite the weather. “We dont have any reservations so far, but we did have a few cancellations,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Library Closes Early

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The Westport Library closed at 6:30 p.m. tonight instead of its usual 9 p.m. closing because of the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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At It Again

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A Town of Westport snowplow clears snow from Parker-Harding Plaza at Post Road East tonight as another snowstorm moved through the area. The National Weather Service said this storm would drop about 2 inches but issued a Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday night into Thursday for another storm, which it said could bring an additional 4 to 8 inches.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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