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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Rell Asks for “Pre-Landfall” Declaration of Emergency

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that as part of the state’s preparations for the approach of Hurricane Earl, she has asked President Obama to issue a “pre-landfall” declaration of emergency.

She said this action was recommended by federal officials during a conference call today with the leaders of states under National Weather Service storm warnings. The governor’s request seeks federal funding for activities necessary to ensure public safety and security.

The hurricane – currently a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 140 mph – was off the mid-Atlantic coast today.

It is expected to make its closest approach to southern New England Friday evening. If the storm follows the anticipated track it would not strike Connecticut with its full force – but its actual path continues to be very difficult to predict.

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09/02/10 08:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Emergency Management Team Readies for Earl Image
Westport’s emergency management team along with representatives from Connecticut Light and Power Company met today to discuss Hurricane Earl storm preparations. They were told Westport public schools will decide Friday morning whether to have an early dismissal because of the storm. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said: “We are prepared and the message we want the public to get is that they should be prepared too.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/02/10 08:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dorothy Starzyk, 87

Dorothy Starzyk, 87, of Fairfield, formerly of Bridgeport, passed away Aug. 31 at the Ludlowe Health Care Center in Image
Dorothy Starzyk: enjoyed visiting Compo. Contributed photo

Ms. Starzyk was born Sept. 28, 1922 in Springfield, Mass., and is the daughter of the late Paul and Antonia Starzyk.

Ms. Starzyk spent the first five years of her life in the Springfield/Chicopee area of Massachusetts, then moved to the Stratfield area of Fairfield where she resided until 1943 when she moved to Bridgeport where she lived for most of her life.

During the war and up until the 1960s, she worked at Sikorsky as the secretary to the general manager and then worked at Pepperidge Farm until her retirement in the 80s.

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09/02/10 02:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Y’s Women Board Members Meet Image
The new 2010-2011 Y’s Women board members met prior to the first general meeting of the fall season on Monday, Sept. 13. Pictured are: (sitting: l-r) Bonnie Moon, treasurer; Barbara Rogan, president; Mildred Bunche, vice president/programs; Janet Canning, secretary. (Standing, first row) Carole Rubenstein and Ruth Rubin, Y’s Care; Angela McElvey, special events; Arlene Bloom, past president; Ann Lloyd, membership; Carolyn Landis, liaison to the Y, to the Unitarian Church and the Library; Joan Nathan, newsletter. (Standing second row) Annette Kirban, special events; Carolyn Meyer, coffee and…; Pat Farmer, trips and travel: Celie Rosenau, newsletter. Missing from the photo: Phyllis Groner, publicity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


09/02/10 02:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Help Asked in Locating Missing Lawn Statue Image
Missing since Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A Westport resident wants help in recovering a stolen lawn statue.

Harvey Steadly of 7 Tangelwood Lane off Stonybrook Road in the Old Hill Road area said the statue of a young girl sitting on a tree stump and reading from a book of poems has been missing since Wednesday.

He asked WestportNow to post a picture of the statue “with the possibility that someone might have seen it or been the recipient of a stolen goods purchase.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Steadly at 203-227-9414 or Westport police.


09/02/10 11:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Between the Lines Image
Wednesday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Post Road East (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


09/02/10 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, September 2, 2010

10 a.m. - Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Parking Lot - Westport Farmers Market
6:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Jeannette Kielo Dussel, Wild Foods, Superfoods, Medicinal Plant, Peruvian Amazon
7 p.m. - Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & Employee Comp Committees
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Matt Debenham, “The Book of Right and Wrong”
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance, Public Works & Public Protection Committees
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “I Do! I Do!”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Opening Day for Schools Called a ‘Great Kickoff’

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon called the day wonderful, and Police Chief Al Fiore called it uneventful, which taken together means that today’s opening for the Westport Public Schools went Image
School buses at Coleytown Elementary School today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Despite a few late buses due to engines that had difficulty starting, Landon called the start of the 2010-2011 academic year for the town’s 5,800 students a success.

“Every principal said it was a great, great kickoff day, and people were excited to be back,” said Landon.

This year’s student population saw an increase now reported at 90, with official numbers due by early October, according to school officials.

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09/01/10 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Day One Over Image
Members of the Staples High School senior class headed for Balducci’s on Post Road East following the first day of school today. Showing off their colorful Class of 2011 (“Double the One, Double the Fun”) t-shirts and their decorated cars were (l-r) Kate Warren, Kelsey Brown, and Maddy Kligerman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


09/01/10 10:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Shoreline Connecticut Image
This map issued at 5 p.m. today shows in yellow the storm watch areas. National Weather Service map
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Connecticut’s shoreline.

The National Hurricane Center issued the watch just before 5 p.m. as Hurricane Earl continued on a track to bring it close to Southern New England by Friday.

The watch area extends from Sandy Hook, N.J. to Woods Hole, Mass.

If Earl stays on the current track, it could bring strong winds and heavy rains to southeastern Connecticut Friday.

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09/01/10 09:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 30 Woodside Ave. Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 30 Woodside Ave., off King’s Highway North, is in process. Built in 1918, the one-story bungalow has 1,143 square feet and is situated on a 1.2-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/01/10 08:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

CL&P Says Storm Preparations Under Way

Connecticut Light and Power Company, which was severely criticized for its response during earlier storms this year, said today it has a “comprehensive” plan in place to respond to potential Hurricane Earl-related power problems.

“CL&P has a comprehensive plan to respond to Hurricane Earl,” said Mike Zappone, manager of System Restoration and Emergency Preparedness at CL&P, in a news release.

“We’re working with our sister companies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and have reached out to other utilities to ensure we have the resources we need well in advance.”

The CL&P official said the company is in “very close contact with state and emergency management officials to make sure all of our efforts are coordinated, so we can respond as quickly and safely as possible.”

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Post Road West Crash Sends One to Hospital Image
A woman was injured when her car, a green Jaguar, slammed into the rear of a Volvo SUV near 290 Post Road West around 1 p.m. today. The intensity of the collision caused air bags to deploy in the Jaguar. The driver of the SUV said that when she stopped to allow the vehicle in front of her to make a left turn the car behind her slammed into her vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Hard to Say Goodbye Image
In a scene repeated throughout Westport today, a kindergartner finds it difficult to say goodbye on the first day of school. Scene is North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


09/01/10 02:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

Faces on the School Bus Image
A little anxiety is reflected in the face of a school bus rider on North Avenue today as 5,800 Westport schoolchildren went back to school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


09/01/10 02:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hugging Henry Image
Molly O’Neill, 5, gives her puppy Henry, 9 weeks, a hug before setting out for her first day of school today at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


09/01/10 02:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Joe’s on the Job Image
Joe Caruso, who is starting his 14th year as head custodian at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School, makes sure it’s safe crossing for a student on the first day of school today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Sniffen Road Returnees Image
Youngsters on Westport’s Sniffen Road posed for a back-to-school picture today as they waited for the school bus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julie Rosemarin for


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Big Day Image
Students arrive for the first day of school today at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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A Couple of Firsts at Coleytown El Image
Kindergartener Isabel Blend, the first student off the first bus that arrived at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School today as Westport schools reopened, is greeted by Janna Bell on her first day as the school’s principal. Bell, a native of Newtown, was the school’s assistant principal for the past two years. Children arrived at Coleytown El on 11 buses and two vans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/01/10 01:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Capturing a Memory Image
Westporter Amy Lang captures a milestone moment today on the first day of school. Posing (l-r) are sisters Cassie (third grade) and Elizabeth Lang (first grade), brothers Aidan (pre-school) and Jared (fourth grade) Parnes. The were waiting for the bus to Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/01/10 01:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Off to Bedford Middle School Image
A group of students from Westport’s Bedford Middle School waited for the school bus today on the first day of school. About 5,800 students are enrolled at Westport schools this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/01/10 12:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Senior Girls Kick off the School Year Image
A group of girls from Westport’s Staples High School Class of 2011 got together early today for a opening day of school breakfast. All wore t-shirts that said on the back” Double the One, Double the Fun.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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School Reopens Today Image
It’s back to school today for Westport students. Special police patrols will be out this morning to monitor school bus routes.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

9:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - “Me Too!” Preschool Movie Special
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Brown Bag Lunch Discussions
7:30 p.m. - Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Into the Woods Image
Two Weston teens and a German exchange student escaped serious injury tonight when they said their driver swerved to avoid a deer on Westport’s Ford Road near Clinton Avenue and went into the woods, hitting a tree. Two of the occupants were taken to Norwalk Hospital. Westport firefighters provided lighting as a tow truck operator pulled the vehicle from thick overgrowth. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


09/01/10 02:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Earl: Keeping Hip Waders in the Attic

By James Lomuscio Image
Tom Feeley: Hoping Earl “will just go away.” Contributed photo
One of the first things Tom Feeley did upon moving to his Fairfield Avenue home near Westport’s Compo Beach was to buy a pair of hip waders.

It was not because he fishes, he said, but because of stories he had heard about beach roads flooding during bad storms, such as the 1992 nor’easter that ruined his friend’s classic Porche.

But in the years Feeley has lived at the beach, he says storms have never gotten too bad.

“The hip waders are in the attic,” he said. “I’ve lived here for 10 years, and I’ve never put them on.”

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Westporters Aid in Creating Bridgeport Community Garden Image
Westport GVI and Builders Beyond Borders (known as B3) got together today in Bridgeport to finish building and planting a community garden in the Marina Village neighborhood. Westport GVI member Karen Sussman initiated the project and worked with Deirdre Price organizing and leading the team of volunteers. B3 leader Craig Skinner organized the students and “worked tirelessly” for two days to complete the project, according to GVI officials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Giving Instructions Image
Sal Gilbertie of Westport’s Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens gives planting instructions today for the plants he donated to a community garden project in Bridgeport built by Builders Beyond Borders volunteers. The garden was a project of Westport’s GVI and B3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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