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Westports RTM by the Numbers

The 36 members of Westports Representative Town Meeting (RTM) represent a broad range of interests and perspectives that make it difficult to generalize about them.

But looking at the members of the townҒs nonpartisan legislative body by the numbers is easy.

Thats what Alice Shelton, the RTMҒs Deputy Moderator, found as she compiled statistics about the legislators who had their first meeting of their two-year term Tuesday night.
 
Including the newly-elected members, 417 Westporters have served on the RTM since its formation in 1949, Shelton said.

By gender, this is the first time that there is a female majority on the RTM.  There are 19 women serving this term.

The mean age of the current RTM is 58 and the median age is also 58.

The youngest RTM member is 39—at least for a few more weeks. District 5 member Chris Grimm will turn 40 on Dec. 30.

The eldest is, as Shelton put it, a very, very youthful 76.Ӕ She did not identify the member, but RTM records show it is District 8 member Lois Schine.

Seven RTM members are in their 40s, 11 are in their 50s, 10 are in their 60s, and seven are in their 70s.
 
Eight current members have served the RTM for 10 or more years while an additional two have served for eight years—William Meyer and Dr. Lisa Rome.

Five members have served for 10 years—Ann Sheffer, William Scheffler, Mary Webber, Wally Meyer and John Booth. Next longest serving are Ron Malone and Moderator Gordon Joseloff with 12 years of service. The senior member this term is Jorgen Jensen—with 18 years of service.

The senior member last term was Irwin Donenfeld, who retired after 22 years on the RTM.  The longevity record is held by Joe Arcudi, who served the RTM for 24 years before moving on to the First Selectman’s office in 1993 where he served four years.
 
Three current members returned after a period of absence from the RTM. Jorgen Jensen returned in 1987 after a 16-year absence.  Wally Meyer returned in 1997 after a 12-year absence. And Judy Starr returned this term after a 16-year absence.

Counting Starr as a new member this term—even though she had served previously—the 14 new members conform exactly to the average of 14 new members per term over the RTM’s history.

Editors Note
: Joseloff is editor and publisher of WestportNow.

Wreckers to Meet Shelton in State Football Final Saturday, Hughes Doubtful

After squeaking by Windsor Tuesday night 17-14, the top-seeded Staples Wreckers (13-0) are looking forward to Saturdays state championship game against third-seeded Shelton with senior running back Jimmy Hughes a doubtful starter.

The game will take place at 2 p.m. at West Haven High School, it was announced today.

Hughes, one of the stateҒs top players, was injured in the final play of the first half Tuesday night in the CIAC Class L semifinals at Norwalks McMahon Field.

He collided with teammate Matt Samela while blocking a Windsor field goal in a game played in sub-freezing temperatures.

Samela, the Wreckers’ leading receiver, and Hughes lay sprawled out on the turf after the collision. Samela soon got up but Hughes remained on the ground for five minutes before being helped off the field.

ғI knew Jimmy was hurt, Coach Marce Petroccio told reporters after the game. ԓI could see him grab his knee and knew we were going to have a problem. We were in the locker room and the kids were ready to cry. It was so sad.

Hughes watched from the sidelines on crutches as the Wreckers managed to pull it out on Andrew Kempler’s 26-yard field goal with 21 seconds left.

Kempler’s game-winning kick was set up by the strong running of Kempton Coady, who carried the ball 18 times for 135 yards for Staples.

“We owed him this,” said Petroccio referring to Hughes.

Asked today how the team will do without Hughes, the coach replied: “If we don’t have Jimmy, we’ll do what we have to do; if we do have Jimmy, we’ll do what we have to do.” He added, “We’re going to stay the course.”

Staples athletic officials said Hughes was seen by a doctor who found he had a bruised knee and a strained MCL muscle. They said while it was not a lasting injury, his status remained uncertain for Saturday’s game.

Also hurt in the game was Drew Grasso, a team captain, who suffered a hand injury, according to the Staples football Web site.

Shelton (11-1) defeated East Cathlolic/Cheney Tech, 35-14, in TuesdayԒs other semifinal.

Staples $74 Million Renovation and Expansion Project On Target

The $74 million Staples High School renovation and expansion project is on schedule and on budget, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) was told Tuesday night.

Dan Kail, chair of the Staples Subcommittee of the School Building Committee, briefed RTM members at the end of the legislative bodys annual organization meeting.

He said he would have a better idea of budgeted costs following the opening of another round of construction bids.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2005.

Wednesday, December 3, 2003



Wednesday, December 3, 2003

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. Temple Israel—TEAM Westport “Evening With David Wiltse”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – School Building Committee Staples High School Subcommittee

Joseloff, Shelton Re-Elected RTM Moderator, Deputy Moderator

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously re-elected Gordon Joseloff as its Moderator and Alice Shelton as its Deputy Moderator.

The vote was taken at the legislative body’s annual organizational meeting.

It is the ninth term in the post for Joseloff, who was first elected to the RTM in 1991, and the third term as Deputy Moderator for Shelton, who was first elected to the RTM in 1997.

Editor’s Note: Joseloff is editor and publisher of WestportNow.

Staples Defeats Windsor 17-14 to Advance to State Finals

The Staples Wreckers, in a hard fought game in sub-freezing temperatures under lights in Norwalk, tonight defeated Windsor 17-14 to advance to the state finals.

An Andrew Kempler 26-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the game sealed the win for Staples.

Staples outstanding senior running back Jimmy Hughes was injured on the last play of the first half and did not play again. He collided with receiver Matt Samela when they successfully blocked a Windsor punt.