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Friday, June 30, 2006

Senior Center Saturday Hours Kick Off

By Joanna Pliner

Busy Westport senior citizens will have the opportunity to use the Center for Senior Activities on weekends starting Saturday.

The center will be open Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. after seniors expressed an interest in the expanded hours.

Saturday activities will include fitness classes such as Yoga and Pilates.

Alexandra Oudheusden, who oversees Thursday night and Saturday programs, said Saturday hours are part of an effort to include working seniors in center activities and for all seniors to be able to bring their families.

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06/30/06 08:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

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With July 4 on Tuesday, many people turned this weekend into a four-day holiday weekend and were hitting the beach and the local roads this afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/30/06 07:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gardeners Get Ready to Replant

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Community gardeners will gather with hoes, shovels and donated plants on Saturday to help replant the plots that were vandalized earlier this week.

Gilbertie’s Herb Garden has donated about 20 tomato plants and several more squash plants to the Westport Community Gardens to help replant what was lots, said Mary Ann West, one of the gardeners.

Parks and Recreation Department officials have also donated a lock and chain for the garden, she said.

The gardeners will gather Saturday at 10 a.m. at the garden adjacent to Long Lots Elementary on Hyde Lane, and volunteers are welcome to help, she said.

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06/30/06 04:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Plan Meeting On Air This Weekend

A tape of the public meeting on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development update will air the next two weekends on the Westport cable access channel.

The tape will air at 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday and again July 7, 8 and 9 on cable channel 79.

The public meeting was held last Monday, and the broadcast runs about 90 minutes.

No date has been set for the next public meeting on the plan.


06/30/06 04:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gorham Neighborhood Votes for Historic District

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Residents in the proposed Gorham Avenue Historic District voted in favor of the district.

Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said the residents voted 17-3. The votes were due Thursday by 4:30 p.m., and were counted that afternoon.

There were 23 total votes for the 24 properties in the proposed district, Strauss said, and 13.5 votes were needed in favor of the district.

The Westport Representative Town Meeting will vote on implementing the district at its next meeting on July 11.

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06/30/06 01:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Ned Dimes Marina was full with cloudy, uncertain skies over head. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/30/06 10:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fire Promotions Planned, Money Needed

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Promotions are planned at the Westport Fire Department this summer, but department officials need more than $93,000 before they move forward.

Department officials will seek $93,625 from the Board of Finance during its meeting on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Town Hall.

Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said the money would cover the vacancies created by the promotions.

Several of the promotions were supposed to be made during the 2005-06 fiscal year, which ends today, but it didn’t happen, he said.

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06/30/06 09:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

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A boat sits in the sand at low tide at Westport’s Old Mill Beach on Thursday. It was a foggy start to the day, but the fog soon gave way to sunshine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Friday, June 30, 2006

6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Members Show 2006: Solo Show II opening
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Bone Dry


06/30/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Emergency Preparedness Training Coming

Westport will host a collaborative volunteer training opportunity in emergency preparedness on Tuesday, July 11 at 4 p.m. at the Center for Senior Activities.

The two-hour event will include volunteers from the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Westport-Weston Health District, Westport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Westport-Weston United Way, Westport Volunteer EMS and the Westport Department of Human Services Mental Health Network.

“One purpose of this collaborative effort is to maximize the training resources of the community emergency preparedness team,” said Human Services Director Barbara Butler.  “More importantly, this provides an opportunity to build relationships among the many volunteers who will be assisting in a community response.”

The meeting is the first of what will be quarterly meetings and will focus on personal preparedness.

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06/30/06 01:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, June 29, 2006

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No one was injured in an accident just before 1 p.m. today at the intersection of Ferry Lane and Saugatuck Avenue in Westport. The driver of the Honda rear-ended the Acura. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/29/06 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

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People flocked to the new farmers market at the Westport Country Playhouse today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for
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People browsed through a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in Westport’s center today, but they weren’t making a stop at the local supermarket.

Instead they were buying produce directly from the farmers at the first day of the new Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse.

The market kicked off today and will run every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October.

There were 14 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads, baked goods, honey and molded soaps.

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06/29/06 05:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

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A large number of people visited Westport’s new Farmers Market today. It was the market’s first day and will run every Thursday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse through October. Vendors from various Connecticut farms sold vegetables and fruits. Some also sold baked goods, honey, flowers and soap. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/29/06 04:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

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The Westport Farmers Market kicked off today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The market will be held each Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot through October. Photographed are (l-r) Allison Harris, playhouse executive director; Selectwoman Shelly Kassen; First Selectman Gordon Joseloff; Michel Nischan, Dressing Room Restaurant owner; Market Manager Katherine Dyer; Tazewell Thompson, playhouse artistic director and a representative from the state Department of Agriculture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/29/06 03:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Kindergarten Under Review Again

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School officials are planning to review the Westport School District’s kindergarten program again, including any potential problems with time.

The measure was included in the district’s goals, on which the Board of Education completed discussions Wednesday night.

Also included were reviewing the district’s class size guidelines, bus safety and the special education survey report.

School officials last reviewed the kindergarten program almost five years ago, and the board later rejected a proposal to implement an all-day kindergarten program.

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06/29/06 09:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

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A couple watches the scene at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Wednesday. Rain dominated the weather early, but it soon gave way to temperatures in the 80s inland—70s at the shore—and sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Thursday, June 29, 2006

10 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Special Board of Education—Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Llan de Cubel
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”


06/29/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Superintendent Receives 6.5 Percent Raise

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Elliott Landon: (shown addressing Staples grads last week) will earn $249,210. WN photo
The Westport Board of Education voted unanimously tonight to give Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon a 6.5 percent salary increase.

His salary for the 2006-07 fiscal year will increase to $249,210 from $234,000.

James Marpe, board secretary, said the board reviewed the superintendent salaries of other school districts in Westport’s Educational Reference Group.

Board Chairwoman Mary Parmelee said the board reviewed and discussed Landon’s performance in two executive session meetings before meeting with him.

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06/29/06 02:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Board Chair: We Have No Role

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The Westport Board of Education chairwoman told parents again tonight that the board has no role in the case surrounding the Bedford Middle School science teacher’s departure.

A group of about 30 parents attended tonight’s meeting to again ask for Ejay Clark’s reinstatement, but also asked for a response from board members.

“Like it or not, the board has no role,” said Mary Parmelee, board chairwoman. “The board is ruled by state statutes, and state statutes do not grant us the power to hold a hearing.”

Parmelee said she was working under the advice of the board’s attorney.

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06/29/06 12:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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A group of kayakers today took advantage of clearing skies to paddle towards the Saugatuck Shores from Westport’s Compo Beach South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/28/06 09:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Andrew Kassay, Lt. David Kassay’s son and a Greenwich police officer, pins a badge to his father’s uniform today. The elder Kassay was promoted to lieutenant during a ceremony at Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for
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A large number of friends, family and colleagues gathered at Westport Town Hall today to see four police officers promoted to the ranks of lieutenant and sergeant.

David Kassay was promoted to lieutenant. Samuel Arciola, Arthur Belile and Fotios Koskinas were all promoted to sergeant.

“You can see with the turnout today, these officers deserve the honor,” said Police Chief Al Fiore of the large crowd.

Officers look up to Kassay, he said, and he knows the three new sergeants will “inspire the troops.”

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06/28/06 07:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Four police promotions took effect today at the Westport Police Department. At a Town Hall ceremony, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff administered the oath of office to newly promoted (l-r) Sgts. Arthur Belile; Fotios Koskinas; Samuel Arciola, and Lt. David Kassay. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


06/28/06 06:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Receives Reimbursement for Winter Storm

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today that Westport has received notification from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security that it will be reimbursed $143,957 for expenses incurred during the Feb. 11-12 snowstorm and blizzard.

“This represents a 75 percent reimbursement for costs incurred during the winter storm,” said Joseloff. 

He said the town’s total cost for the two-day storm event was $189,895. This includes expenses incurred by the Public Works, Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation Departments and the Board of Education.

In March, Gov. M. Jodi Rell asked President Bush to declare an emergency for the entire state as the result of the storm, which she said cost the state approximately $3 million and municipalities between $6 million and $12 million.


06/28/06 01:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Flash Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Fairfield County area.

It said at 7:16 a.m National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated rainfall rates of one inch per hour or greater falling across the warned area.

Rainfall this heavy will likely cause flash flooding of roadways, hghways, low lying areas, creeks and streams.

Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Newtown, Monroe, Danbury and Bethel, an advisory said.


06/28/06 10:28 AM Comments () • Permalink

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A couple watches the clouds at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach Tuesday evening. It was generally a cloudy day, but the sun peeked through at times. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for


06/28/06 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Special Board of Selectmen
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hall Family
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Special Board of Education


06/28/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers June 19-23, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 19-23, 2006:

82 Saugatuck LLC to Weislaw and Theresa Armatowski, 82 Saugatuck Ave., $575,000WN property.jpg

Danette M. Stephens to G. F. Development LLC, 197 Hillspoint Road, $975,000

Malcolm W. and Tracy M. Robinson III to David J. and Angela K. Edwards, 55 Center St., $2,190,000

Aimee and Fred Kuehndorf to Julie McMahon, 83 Kings Highway North, $1,345,000

Leon P. Bernard to Westport Family Homes LLC, 7 Keyser Road, $676,500

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06/28/06 01:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

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These visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today sought some relief from the heat in the pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/28/06 12:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

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Ken Smith, a community gardener, reviews the damage to his plot. Vandals knocked knocked over and pulled up plants in the town’s Community Gardens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Linda Gramatky Smith for
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Some Westport community gardeners are left to replant their gardens after vandals tossed aside bean poles and plant cages and pulled up some plants.

Gardeners Ken and Linda Smith arrived at the gardens at about noon today to find the bean poles from their garden tossed over the fence.

“At first we just thought a deer had done it, but then we found large footprints,” Linda Smith said. “It was little malicious things.”

The first six plots in the community garden were the ones that took the damage, she said.

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06/27/06 07:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

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Longime Westporter and Town Hall Brown Bag regular Marian Harding died Monday night at a Fairfield convalescent home after a lengthy illness. She was 97. She is pictured two years ago when fellow Brown Baggers feted her on her 95th birthday. Matthew Mandell for


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