Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) is set to conduct its annual free skin cancer screenings Sunday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at its offices located at 180 Bayberry Lane.
Westport dermatologist Robin Oshman of Fairfield County Dermatologists again plans to volunteer her services, and no appointment is necessary, WWHD officials say.
The most common form of cancer and increasing in incidence, skin cancer will affect one of five Americans during their lifetimes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The most common types of are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, which can be cured if caught early and properly treated.
If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate.
Election officials Dick Lowenstein (l) and Garson Heller today search the voter lists for a resident who showed up at Saugatuck Elementary School to vote in the presidential primaries. It turned out he was an unaffiliated voter and therefore ineligible to vote in the party elections. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Sixteen years ago a group of regular commuters on Amtrak’s early morning train to DC had a great idea: why not designate one car on the train as a “Quiet Car,” free from cell phone chatter and loud conversations.
The railroad agreed and the experiment proved a great success.
But as early as 2006 when the same idea was suggested to Metro-North it was rejected outright. Then serving on the Commuter Council, I persisted and finally, in 2011 the railroad agreed to a trial with one car on each rush hour train dedicated to what it called a “Quiet CALMmute.”
Almost immediately the plan ran into trouble. Not because it wasn’t wanted but because it wasn’t enforced.
Early morning rain did not deter presidenital primary voters today at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School. School was in session during today’s voting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
6 a.m. - 8 p.m. - various polling locations - Democratic & Republican Primaries (find your polling place here)
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Oscar-worthy Film Series: “Carol”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Adults Read YA Fiction
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
8:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Transit Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Aquarion Water Company today announced it is offering for sale discounted rain barrels to its Connecticut customers as part of the company’s water conservation efforts.
Rain barrels are an efficient and effective way to store rainwater for later use by collecting rain and runoff from a roof or downspout, a news release said.
“They provide a free, ready source of water for filling watering cans, connecting a garden hose, feeding a drip irrigation system and other outdoor chores,” the company said
It said one 60-gallon recycled food-grade barrel can consistently irrigate a 100 square foot garden, and only one quarter-inch of rainfall on an average can fill the barrel.
By Arielle Levin Beckerwww.ctmirror.org
After a floor debate laced with stories of the toll drug addiction has taken across Connecticut, the House today unanimously passed what legislators described as a comprehensive measure aimed at curbing the epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse.
The proposal, approved 144-0, would require first responders to carry overdose-reversing drugs, limit initial opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies in most cases involving acute pain, make changes to a prescription monitoring program aimed at helping prescribers identify patients who could be misusing drugs, and charge the state’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council with developing a plan to reduce the number of opioid-induced deaths in the state.
Drug overdoses now kill an average of two people in Connecticut each day – more than car accidents. Last year, 723 people died from accidental drug overdoses in the state, and more than 60 percent involved opioids.
“They’re digging graves in every town in Connecticut,” Public Health Committee Co-Chair Rep. Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, said. He noted that more than 50 bills on the topic were submitted to the committee at the start of the session – a sign of the level of concern among lawmakers across the state.
By James Lomuscio
Doing right by the environment while saving energy costs over the long run was the thrust of an Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) Committee report to the Board of Education tonight—and the board seemed pleased.
The report presented by First Selectman Jim Marpe and EPC Committee member Iain Bruce showed an $8.35 million total cost for the Westport’s eight schools and and four municipal buildings, with energy cost savings estimated at $8.7 million over 10 years.
The total projected costs for the schools, which comprise the lion’s share of the project, would be $7.57 million with $716,689 in energy savings the first year.
The investment grade audit report was prepared by the outside consultant NORESCO, the firm that the year-old EPC Committee hired after a competitive bid.
WestportNow editor-publisher and former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Tony McDowell, executive director of Earthplace, will receive First Citizen Award honors at the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce’s (WWCC) June 14 gala, WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell announced today.
“These are two very deserving people of this award,” said Mandell. “Each year the board looks for one nonprofit and one traditional business, and these fine individuals stood out and represent what is best in our town for their work ethic, generosity and how they approach business.”
Joseloff, who served two terms as first selectman from 2005 through 2013, founded WestportNow in 2003. The online news site, which has since won dozens of excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Chapter, remains the only locally owned and produced news source in town.
“I am deeply grateful to be honored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce this year,” said Joseloff, “I know well the importance of having a vibrant and successful commercial presence in our community. It is something I have strived to promote throughout my Westport career.“
Fifth grade Girl Scouts at Westport’s Kings Highway Elementary School are now bronze award winners, the highest award a junior girl scout troop can achieve.
They did it by making and donating 24 “Lily Pad” seats to help pediatric cancer patients at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital become mobile.
Ten girls from Troop 50889 partnered with Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit, the Lily Pad Project, the Silvermine Arts Center, the Westport Artists’ Collective, the Woodworkers Club of Norwalk, and other partners to create artistic wooden seats, known as Lily Pads, for pediatric cancer patients who cannot walk.
The seats are placed at the bottom of IV poles in order for the children who are weak from receiving cancer treatments and unable to walk, to sit at the bottom of the poles and move around the cancer ward.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) informed town officials today that the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway—already eight months behind its reconstruction schedule—will be closed to all traffic Wednesday from 10 p.m. to about 3 a.m. Thursday.
But don’t assume that the closure, which will include detour signs, portends that the project is nearing completion. Far from it.
Completion, which means two-lane traffic instead of the single lane with a traffic light for north and south bound vehicles, will not be untill Sept. 2, according to Kevin Nursick, CDOT spokesman.
There have been several reasons for the delays in the project, originally supposed to be finished before the start of the 2015-16 academic year in late August.
Fire broke out today at the Westport municipal brush dump behind the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane. Firefighters ferried water from a hydrant across the street on Vineyard Lane until a Wilton fire tanker truck arrived to provide additional water. Cause of the blaze was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Smoke from burning brush at the municipal brush dump hung over the area of 180 Bayberry Lane today before Westport firefighters brought the blaze under control. Cause of the blaze was under investigation. Two engine companies and the Wilton fire tanker truck responded to the fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Longtime Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, whose honors include a Joseph Pulitzer Scholarship in Art, told the Westport Y’s Women today that art often repeats. Titling his Temple Israel talk “Past is Present—Creative Connections Revealed,” he showed slides illustrating his works and similar parts from works of old masters. Coming from a family of four generations of artists, Fisher, 91, said: “Artists have a little bit of nuttiness … I have been at this since I was 2.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Keith M. Phaneuf, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, and Arielle Levin Beckerwww.ctmirror.org
Republican state legislators today unveiled a $19.7 billion budget for 2016-17 that would set in motion dramatic cuts to spending and borrowing over the next five years — a blueprint leaders insisted would close massive future deficits without tax hikes.
To do that, though, the GOP minorities in the House and Senate would dilute the two big initiatives Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democratic majority launched last June: a 30-year investment in transportation and a plan to share sales tax receipts with cities and towns.
The Republican proposal would cap general obligation bonding — the pool of financing the pays for municipal school construction, capital projects at colleges and universities, state building maintenance and numerous community-based projects — at $1.2 billion per year, or about 60 percent of the level of financing issued last fiscal year and expected to be issued this year.
The GOP has been increasingly at odds with the Democratic governor over his intensifying use of Connecticut’s credit card, arguing it too frequently is used to cover operating costs from the budget — and not for capital projects.
The Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County (NSFC), a multidisciplinary Bridgeport school of the arts, will honor Westporter Robert A. Jacobs at its 2016 Annual Gala on Sunday, May 1.
The event will take place at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.
This year’s fundraiser for the organization’s arts education programs and summer camps will feature performers from the world-renowned Ailey II Dance Company.
“We’re delighted that the Ailey Company II will be performing at our gala right after a successful two week run in New York City,” said Westporter Harold Levine, gala chairman.
The annual spring redistribution of sand at Compo Beach is underway in advance of Sunday’s official season opening when emblems will be required for vehicle entrance. According to the Kowalsky Brothers Construction, which is conducting the operation for the town, the sand clearing along the stone walls requires a 36-inch height and along the boardwalk paths an 8-10 inch height. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Two new state of the art ambulances valued at $200,000 each are set to be presented to the town by Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., town officials announced today.
First Selectman Jim Marpe, whose Board of Selectmen unanimously approved accepting the donation, is scheduled to have the town take ownership at a ceremony in front of Town Hall.
The ambulances are the latest in multiple, pre-hospital equipment donations, including radios, cardiac monitors, paramedic SUVs, defibrillators and myriad medical supplies, that the volunteer organization has raised from residents and local businesses for critical functions fulfilled by the ambulance service, officials said.
Started as a nonprofit by volunteers in 1979, WVEMS serves as a division of the Westport Police Department.
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - MoneySmart Week Book Discussion: “Capital in the 21st Century”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Public Protection Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room
102 307 - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. - Stapels 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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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Westport award-winning photographer Tyler Hicks (r), who just won his third Pulitzer Prize, was with family and friends tonight at Compo Beach enjoying their first Compo dinner of the season. Sister Darcy Hicks of Westport posted this photo to Facebook. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo from Facebook.com
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