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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
9 a.m.– Town Hall Room 102 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Children”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Climate Change: “Picturing the Science and Solutions”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Executive Session
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and


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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Sunny Lane Image
A request for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 4 Sunny Lane. Built in 1928, the two-story colonial has 2,256-square feet and is situated on a 1.18-acre property. The house is owned by the Westport Weston Family Y and located along the entrance to the Camp Mahackeno site, the future location of the Family Y. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission at its June 9 meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Site Visit for Staples Lights Application Image
Members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission visited Staples High School athletic fields today as part of the process reviewing a town proposal to install lighting for use at athletic fields. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Woman’s Club Installs New Officers Image
The Westport Woman’s Club has installed its new board with Mary Vickery leading the club for 2009-2010. Pictured standing (l-r) are: Amy Schneider, programs; Lorraine Feliciano, communications; Arlene Thrope, community services; Sarajane Lynch, grounds; Doris Smart, programs; Barbara Szefc, treasurer; Joyce Netherton, parliamentary advisor; Rose Jordan, rentals; Dorothy Packer, house; and Carol Goetz, Curio Cottage. Sitting (l-r) are: Linda Clair, first vice president, special interests; Mary Vickery, president; and Barbara Raffel, secretary. Absent from the picture are Susan McCarthy, second vice president, finance; and Clare Clark, membership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Talking Transportation: Unfinished Business at CDOT

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Here’s a quick update on some issues I’ve written about recently, but first some breaking news:


Fare Increase: In desperation to find a way to balance our state’s budget, Governor M. Jodi Rell is playing her “trump card,” calling for a 10 percent fare hike on Metro-North. Her reasoning? “New York raised their fares, so should we.”

But remember—the New York fare hike came because of MTA’s budget crisis. Having spent billions for decades on rail improvements, they couldn’t get upstaters to pay the bills, so they threatened service cuts and 30 percent fare hikes. Bottom line—a 10 percent fare boost in New York looks cheap.

That is not our situation in Connecticut, where there wasn’t spending as train service deteriorated, ridership rose and fares remained steady. Yes, the long promised new M8 cars are coming, but will be paid for (in part) by long-planned annual fare hikes that begin Jan.1, 2010, and continue to rise 1 percent per year for the seven years.

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Saugatuck Photo Display Opens Friday Image
.“A River Runs Through Us: A Town’s Treasure—The Saugatuck” is the title of the new display opening Friday at the Westport Public Library featuring the photographs of Westporter Tom Kretsch that explore the Saugatuck River’s distinctive beauty. To capture the river’s many aspects in the different seasons, Kretsch, a retired physical education teacher in the Norwalk public schools, kayaked, walked and waded along the river banks at different times of day and in varying weather conditions, photographing his observations. There will be an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 7:p.m. with the show running through July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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On the Water Image
These sailboats seemed almost in formation Monday off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Gina Barreca, “It’s Not That I’m Bitter ... “
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Weathering the College Admissions Process” by Dr. Gay Pepper
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Children”


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Monday, June 01, 2009

Spreading the Word Image
Bill Drobish of the Westport Department of Public Works affixes a banner across Main Street today heralding the Westport Historical Society’s Hidden Garden Tour on June 14.  The 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. event will feature six distinctive homes.  On Saturday, there will be a pre-party event from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at a private home. Tickets for both events may be purchased at WHS headquarters at 25 Avery Place. For reservations and/or further information, call (203)222-1424. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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U.N. Secretary General Visits with Westporters Image
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was the guest this weekend of longtime friend Judy Rovins of Westport (c) and among those joining them for dinner was Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff.  Ban, who was elected Secretary General in 2006, expressed great interest in Westport and said he was well aware of Westport having many citizens actively involved in world affairs, Joseloff said. The First Selectman invited Ban to attend Westport’s jUNe Day on June 27 as his guest. Last year, Joseloff hosted the then U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, at jUNe Day—the first time in its four-decade history that a sitting U.S. envoy to the United Nations has attended the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/01/09 09:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Students to Report on Pollution Findings

Students from Westport’ s Staples High School and Wilton High School, working under direction from Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, will report on their findings on pollution in a a Westport waterway at a Westport Town Hall meeting on June 10.

The 7 p.m. session in Town Hall auditorium will focus on Muddy Brook, which runs through the Cross Highway, Bayberry Lane, and the Greens Farms areas of Westport before emptying into Sherwood Mill Pond.  Following the presentation there will be an open discussion on next steps.

“These kids worked hard last year to gather and analyze water samples from several different sites on Muddy Brook,” said Dick Harris, who oversaw the project.  Harris is Earthplace’s principal scientist and director of its Harbor Watch/River Watch program. 

“Their results raise concerns and indicate that there are several problems that ultimately may affect downstream bodies of water like the Sherwood Mill Pond,” he said.

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06/01/09 08:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking Flight Image
A Great Egret spreads its wings and lifts off effortlessly from the Saugatuck River near the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center at low tide. They can be seen in the area where they walk about in the shallow water of the tidal flats in search of small fish. The Great Egrets migrate to the Northeast in the spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Monday, June 1, 2009

8:30 a.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Board of Finance Safety Committee
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home” (Last Day)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings” (Last Day)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
6 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 1025C – Board of Education Executive Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education – televised on Channel 78


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