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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Another Westport Drug “Take-Back Day” on Saturday

Seven months after Westport’s highly successful drug prescription “Take-Back Day,” residents will get another chance on Saturday to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. WestportNow.com Image
Westport Police Officer Ned Batlin collects drugs at Westport Town Hall last September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

In cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, police will be at the rear of Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting unwanted prescription drugs. The Westport effort last September yielded more than 100 pounds of prescription drugs. (See WestportNow Sept. 27, 2010)

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, said Police Captain Sam Arciola.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at almost 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. 

   

04/26/11 08:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 355 Wilton Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 355 Wilton Road is in process. Built in 1930, the 1 1/2-story cape has 1,369 square feet and is situated on a 1.5-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 WestportNow.com

   

04/26/11 07:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Electric Car Backers Focus on Conquering ‘Range Anxiety’

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

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Frank Calder remembers the 38-mile drive from Karl Chevrolet in New Canaan to his home in Oxford just before Christmas last year in his new electric car - a Chevrolet Volt, the first one sold in Connecticut.WestportNow.com Image
A rendering of solar panels to power electric vehicle charging stations under consideration for Westport’s Metro-North station. Contributed graphic

“Coming home on the Merritt Parkway, it was bumper-to-bumper,” Calder said. It was also cold and he knew both factors would diminish the car’s driving range. “By time I got to Shelton, the battery ran out.”

The car automatically switched to the backup gasoline engine, and he drove the final nine miles home that way.

The incident, though painless, is a reminder of why electric cars, as environmentally and energy friendly as they might be, can be a difficult sell. The industry even has a name for it: range anxiety.

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04/26/11 06:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Nicolet and Simone Adopted

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Nicolet and Simone. Westport Animal Control

Since meeting this adorable duo I’ve become a charter member of the bichon fan club.  They were abandoned at Westport Animal Control, and they became instant French starlets with the staff and volunteers.  They are sweet, affectionate, love to be held, get along with other dogs, housebroken – and just divine.  They are very devoted to each other and need to be adopted together.  So, don your beret, give a call to Westport Animal Control (203-341-5076) to schedule a time to meet them and get ready to lose your heart.

   

04/26/11 05:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 55 Bulkley Ave. North

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The house at Westport’s 55 Bulkley Ave. North was demolished today. Built in 1954, the two-story colonial had 2,486 square feet and was situated on a .86-acre lot. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 26, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/26/11 02:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Sole-ful Endeavor

By James Lomuscio

Sometimes, individuals who decide to give back via charitable work take months, if not years, to find the right social service project. WestportNow.com Image
Ken Bernhard receives shoe donations from Staples sophomore Maddie Saveliff at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Other times, it’s a split second decision. The latter has been the case with Westport attorney G. Kenneth Bernhard. He has been inspired twice just sitting in front of the television.

“I was just sitting on the couch two years ago watching (CBS Evening News with) Katie Couric when I heard that dental care for children was one of the first things to suffer from the recession,” he recalled.

The wheels began turning, and through cooperation with Barbara Butler, Westport’s director of human services, Bernhard was able to launch “Smiles.”

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04/26/11 09:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Green Task Force – Home Energy Challenge
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Storytelling at WAC: Awake After Dark, “Money Talks”
7 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senator Toni Boucher, state budget Q&A
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM, Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Beyond Therapy”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

04/26/11 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Malaria Champion

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon greets Helen Klisser During, visual arts director of the Westport Arts Center, at tonight’s opening reception at the United Nations of an exhibit titled “Champions to End Malaria” which Klisser During curated. The exhibit, whose opening coincides with today’s World Malaria Day commemorating global efforts to control malaria, features photographs by world renown photographer Platon (r) of individuals who have made an extraordinary difference in saving lives from malaria. The exhibit, which runs until May 22, is sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and NothingButNets.net. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/26/11 01:38 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 40 Guyer Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 40 Guyer Road, off Valley Road, is in process. Built in 1954, the 1 1/2-story split has 1,664 square feet and is situated on a .55-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 WestportNow.com

   

04/26/11 12:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, April 25, 2011

Freed—With a Little Help from Some Friends


Westport firefighters joined with Animal Control Officer Peter D’Amico today to help rescue a seagull which had become entwined in a kite string in a tree at Compo Beach. A passerby alerted police when he heard a thrashing and screeching coming from the tree. Firefighters erected a ladder on the tree and Fireman Chris Carroll reached the bird. He threw a large white towel around him, all the while it was still thrashing around trying to get away.  Carroll then cut the nylon kite string that was tightly wrapped around its wing and carried him down the ladder. With the help of other firefighters and D’Amico, he carefully cut away the kite cord. Once released, the gull quickly took off across the road, and was last seen flying low over Compo Beach towards the water. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

04/25/11 10:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Trial Ordered in Westport Librarian Suicide Case

The state Appellate Court today overturned a jury verdict and ordered a new trial in the case involving a longtime Westport Public Library employee who committed suicide in 2002 at the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan.

The court threw out the January 2008 verdict in favor of the psychiatric hospital and one of its staff members. They had been found not liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving Ruth Farrell of Ridgefield.

Farrell, who was 41 at the time and had worked for years as a Westport librarian, hanged herself with her own pants from the door of her bathroom at the hospital which often has well known, wealthy clients.

The court ruled that the trial judge improperly denied a request by lawyers for Farrell’s estate to ask jurors if they were influenced in any way by a New York Times story about the case.

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04/25/11 08:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sarajane Lynch

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Sarajane Lynch: service set for Saturday. Contributed photo
Sarajane Lynch of Edinburgh, Scotland and Westport died April 5.

Sarajane was the devoted wife of John, loving mother to Suzy, Johnny and Katy.

A funeral mass was held April 15 in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, with interment in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East., Westport is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

   

04/25/11 08:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Little Off the Top

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A tractor-trailer had its top sheared off at mid-day today when it went under the Metro-North tracks on Westport’s Compo Road South. No one was injured and the overpass was not structurally impaired, according to police. The truck height was clearly marked on its side as 12-foot-6 while the underpass has a sign posted saying its clearance is 11-feet-4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/25/11 06:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Lost in the Fog

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A patch of green with yellow and white flowers stands out against the background of Gray’s Creek off Westport’s Compo Beach Road that appears lost in the fog that settled over the region early Easter Sunday morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

04/25/11 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, April 25, 2011


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Green Task Force – Home Energy Challenge
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environmental Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM, Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

04/25/11 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

WN on Fifth Avenue


WestportNow Associate Editor Dave Matlow took his camera to New York’s Fifth Avenue today for the annual Easter Sunday parade. Among those caught by his lens was famed New York Times society photographer Bill Cunningham capturing the scene. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com, Copyright 2011 Dave Matlow. All rights reserved

   

04/25/11 12:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday Kite Flying

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Some visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today took advantage of the summer-like weather to do some kite flying. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/24/11 09:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Control

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A young visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach today tries to get control of his ice cream cone. Joey’s By the Shore was open for the Sunday Easter crowds and did a brisk business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/24/11 08:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Easter Sunday Fun at Compo

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Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s brought Easter Sunday crowds to Westport’s Compo Beach early in the afternoon today. But then skies got dark and rain arrived later in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/24/11 08:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Finn Found A New Home

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Finn. Westport Animal Shelter Advocates
Finn ended up in a Connecticut animal control facility not because he barked too much, chewed too much or became too much work.  He lost his home because his owner lost his home.  He is approximately 4 to 5 years old.  The first night in foster care, following a vet visit, bath and good meal, he slept from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. the next morning with a little chihuahua curled up next to him.  He’s a big dog with a big heart.  He even earned a “has a great personality” comment in his vet record.  Finn is housebroken and knows his basic commands.  He is up to date on vaccinations and is neutered.  If interested in learning more about Finn or to receive an adoption application, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

   

04/24/11 05:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport 13-Year-Old Scores in Snowboard Competition

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Westport’s Julia Marino, 13, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, recently took third place in the girls 12-13 slopestyle competition at the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colo. She also took fifth place in boardercross and 12th place in half-pipe. Julia trained on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays over the winter with the Stratton Mountain Competition Team. She also plays soccer for the Beachside Soccer Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo VAST::vastaction.com

   

04/24/11 05:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Train Watching in Westport


A YouTube video shows train activity at Westport’s Metro-North station. The author of the post says “Note: this is a public walkway, no trespassing was committed in the making of this movie.” YouTube video

   

04/24/11 04:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Strolling Riverside Avenue

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This pedestrian was spotted strolling Westport’s Riverside Avenue on this Easter Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/11 04:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Easter Eggstravaganza

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The Easter Bunny presided over the annual Easter egg hunt today following the 9 a.m. church service at Westport’s Green’s Farms Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Carlson Popat for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/11 04:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Little Rabbit

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A youngster came decked out in a bunny costume for today’s Easter egg hunt at Westport’s Green’s Farms Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Carlson Popat for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/11 04:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Easter High Five

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There was an Easter high five for the Easter bunny today following Easter Sunday services at Westport’s Green’s Farms Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Carlson Popat for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/11 04:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Full House

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Westport’s Assumption Church had a full house today for its Easter Sunday masses. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/24/11 03:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Dressed for the Occasion

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Laura Blair of Westport was dressed in Easter-appropriate headgear at today’s Easter Sunday sunrise service at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/11 12:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Easter Service at Compo

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The Rev. Howie Tobak of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church leads today’s interfaith Easter sunrise service at Westport’s Compo Beach. A heavy fog blanketed the start of the 6:15 a.m. service which was also attended by members of the Green’s Farm Church, and the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

04/24/11 12:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Foggy Start

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There was a foggy start to today’s Easter Sunday sunrise interfaith service at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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