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Novel Holiday Gift Idea: A CPR Gift Certificate

Not sure what to give that special someone on your holiday list? How about a CPR gift certificate.

The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) begins sale of the certificates Thursday in a program sponsored by several local merchants.

The certificates are redeemable for the American Heart Associations Heart Saver and Friends & Family adult and child CPR classes. 

ғThis is the perfect gift to give for that difficult person on your list,” said Adam Sappern, the organization’s treasurer.  Not only is it thoughtful and unusual, but you also may be giving someone the gift of life.”

ӓCPR has been proven to extend the critical time window by which advanced life-support can safe a life,  said David Heinmiller, Westport Police Deputy Chief and EMS Director. 

ԓCommunities which encourage CPR training often have better survival rates for cardiac incidents than those who do not.  We support any effort that educates the public on how to act effectively in an emergency.

The CPR certificates, which sell for $30 for the Friends and Family version and $50 for the exam-certified Heart Saver version, allow the holder to attend one CPR class taught by WestportԒs volunteer instructors. 

The classes are offered at regular intervals and are held at the training facility at Westport Police headquarters. 

Those interested in purchasing the CPR class certificates should call 227-9809 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further information, or send a check payable to WVEMS at 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT. 06880. 

The program is sponsored by Wild Oats Market, Main Street Resources, Arthur Sachs Insurance, and Mitchells of Westport.

Westport Rotary to Honor Hero Rescuer Tonight

Kevin Slater, a former Westport EMT who rescued a Staples student from a burning car in August, is among those being honored tonight at a Westport Rotary Club dinner.
The 45th annual Family Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Bedford Middle School cafeteria, 88 North Ave.
Unlike in past years, there will be only one seating, accommodating 400 people. Tickets are $15 per adult, $7 for a child, and are available at the door.

Former Westport EMT Kevin Slater (inset) rescued Staples student Rober J. Paniccia, 17, from this burning car wreck Aug. 1 on Hyde Lane. photos

The 39-year-old Slater, a Stratford resident who is a broker with William Raveis real estate, came upon the Aug. 1 accident on Hyde Lane near Long Lots Elementary School soon after it happened.
I just did what had to be done,Ӕ said Slater who was on his way home from a summer theater program at Bedford Middle School where he is technical director. He came upon the accident about 9:30 p.m.
The rescued youth, Robert J. Paniccia, 17, of Westport, was one of four teens from Westport and Fairfield who survived the fiery crash. They were taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Slater, a 1982 Staples grad, told WestportNow he immediately stopped to offer assistance when he saw the burning car.
I thought with my medical training I could help stabilize any patients until other help arrived,Ӕ he said.
Slater said he found one of victims, a girl, already being tended to by other passersby and was told that everyone was out of the car.
He then found the driver walking around somewhat dazed and began to question him about his injuries.
I was thinking it was all over and then someone began yelling that there were four people in the car and somebody else was still in it,Ӕ Slater said. I ran over but couldnӒt see anything, but I did hear someone screaming somebody help me.ђ
I yelled to anyone to ask if they had a fire extinguisher. One man handed me a small extinguisher and I went around to the front of the car and blasted it a few times to try to get the flames down.
ӓThats when I saw the kid hanging half way out of the roof opening. I threw the extinguisher down and ran to the other side of the car and managed to pull him over the top and over a stone wall.
ғHe said he couldnt move his legs but he wasnҒt pinned in the wreckage.
Slater said he dragged Paniccia away from the car and by this time the flames were getting bigger and licking at the passenger compartment. Within moments, however, arriving firefighters managed get the fire out.
Slater said it was not until later that he realized he was covered with blood and gasoline and that his sneakers were charred.

Schools Mildew Cleanup Cost Put at Almost $210,000

Westport calls it mildew. Other school districts call it mold.  In any case, Westports cost of getting rid of it this fall is at least $124,000 plus a little more than $85,000 in custodial fees for a total of just under $210,000.

Supt. of Schools Elliott Landon presented the preliminary cost estimate to the Board of Education Tuesday night.

Nancy Harris, the schoolҒs assistant superintendent for business, said while all the bills were not in, she did not anticipate much of an increase in the figure.

Both school officials said other school districts in Connecticut had faced similar problems this fall due to wet, humid summer conditions and often had to pay much higher costs to remediate the problem.

Harris praised the cooperation of Judy Nelson, Westport Weston health director, Gary Martin, the schools facilities director, and the districtҒs custodial staff, for their aggressive, cooperative efforts to eliminate the mildew problem.

We acted as SWAT team every morning for a while,Ӕ Harris told the board.

Landon said that one result of the problem was that he did not anticipate any carpets being used in the current $74 million expansion and renovation of Staples High School.

I donӒt think youll see any carpet in the new Staples High School,Ҕ he said. ThatӒs a given.

Board member Mary Parmelee said she was asking the “$124,000” question by asking Harris where the money would come from to pay for the mildew/mold removal.

Landon, Harris and board chair Sandra Urist said they would be in a better position to answer the question when they had the preliminary quarterly school operations cost figures.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

9:45 a.m. – Job Site – Public Site & Building Commission Center for Senior Activities Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
5:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 516 – School Building Committee/Staples Subcommittee
6:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School—Westport Rotary Family Dinner
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning/Zoning Board of Appeals Training Session
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Library Board

John Lupton Resigns as Historical Society Exec Director

John Lupton, executive director of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) for the past year, has submitted his resignation effective Jan. 31.

Wally Woods, WHS president, informed society officers of Luptons resignation Tuesday in an e-mail message he said was sent with ғsadness and regret.

Reached by WestportNow, Lupton said he was “grateful for the opportunity to work with the society and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the community in other ways in the future.”

In his message, Woods said, ԓJohn has spent a year as executive director of WHS, during which we have all been through exciting and challenging times together.”

He said Lupton had brought many new concepts and fresh ideas to our organizationӔ while overseeing the vast number of details involved in building the groups new history center.

ғWe can be very proud of our beautiful new presence in town, and we offer our heartfelt thanks to John for his dedication to making it all come true, Woods said.

He said committees and chairs would take over many of LuptonԒs duties in the interim. There was no word on a successor.

Lupton, 56, a native of Weston, returned here after living for many years in the Atlanta area where he ran a sports marketing firm and also served as a member of the state legislature.

A 1966 Staples grad, he was one of the organizers of this summer’s “Bring Back the ‘60s” Staples reunion weekend.

His father, the late John M. Lupton, was a Republican state senator and ran an unsuccessful campaign in 1962 to become a Congressman at-large from Connecticut.

Almost Unanimous

The Board of Education, meeting for the first time with two new members, tonight re-elected Democrat Sandra Urist (r.) as its chair. The vote was not unanimous, however. Fellow Democrat Mary Parmelee (4th from l.) was opposed. Others pictured (l. to r.) are Mark Owades (R), Steve Halstead (D), freshman Lewis Brey (R), freshman Mark Mathias (D), and Linda Merk-Gould (R), who was elected vice-chair. Parmelee was re-elected secretary. photo

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Securities Fraud Charge Against Martha Stewart

With eight weeks to go before her trial, Westports Martha Stewart lost a round in federal court today in connection with insider trading-related charges against her.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum refused to dismiss a securities fraud charge against Stewart on First Amendment grounds, saying the government was entitled to prosecute her for statements she made.

Cedarbaum read the ruling from the bench at the start of a hearing. The government had insisted all five charges should be preserved.

The judge said she could not dismiss the securities fraud charge that accused Stewart of making false statements to protect the value of her company’s stock.

“Such false factual statements are not protected by the First Amendment,” Cedarbaum said.

Stewart, 62, is accused of conspiracy, obstructing justice, securities fraud and two counts of lying to investigators in connection with her Dec. 27, 2001, sale of about 4,000 shares of ImClone Systems stock. The judge also refused to throw out the obstruction charge.

The judge said the defense had challenged the obstruction of justice charge prematurely. She said it would be appropriate to do so only after the government had presented its case to a jury.

Stewart’s defense team claims the securities fraud count, in which the government accuses her of deceiving shareholders in her own company by saying she was innocent and was cooperating with investigators, is unconstitutional.

The lawyers also say the obstruction count should be dismissed because none of Stewart’s statements to investigators could have hindered the federal investigation into her stock sale.

The government says both charges are proper. And prosecutors have defended the securities fraud count by saying Stewart engaged in a pattern of lying to her own shareholders while the government was investigating the ImClone sale.

The charges against Stewart carry a potential prison term of 30 years, although she would get far less if convicted under federal sentencing guidelines.