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Longtime Westporter Stanley A. Barnett Dies at 83

Stanley A. Barnett, a longtime Westporter who served as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission and was active in the Westport League of Women Voters, has died at the age of 83.barnett88.jpg

His son, Don, said his father died Monday at Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness.

Barnett moved to Heritage Village in Southbury in 2000 after living in Westport for more than 40 years. But he returned here frequently for town events and the occasional Town Hall brown bag lunch.

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who appointed Barnett as one of her representatives to the Southwest Regional Planning Agency, said she was saddened by his passing.

Westport’s Sherwood Island Hosts Global Warming Suit Announcement

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal used Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today as the backdrop for announcement of a suit aimed at forcing the nation’s largest power companies to cut their carbon dioxide emissions.farrellblum07210402260.jpg
Sherwood Island State Park: Global warming lawsuit announced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Blumenthal and attorneys general from seven other states and New York City filed a public nuisance lawsuit in Manhattan’s federal district court earlier in the day and then addressed a news conference there.

Blumenthal later traveled to the Westport state park where he held another news conference. Also in attendance were Chris James of the state Department of Environmental Protection and Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.

Blaming the federal government for inaction, Blumenthal said he expects more states to join California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and New York City in the legal action.

Gillespie Center Shelves No Longer Bare

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The shelves at the Interfaith Housing Association’s Gillespie Center are bare no longer. The Rev. Peter Powell, head of the Westport group, said Tuesday he has been overwhelmed by the community response to his plea to help restock the food shelves at the facility which serves the homeless as well as distributes food to the needy. Contributed photo

Board of Finance Approves $700,000 Reval Funding

The Westport Board of Finance Tuesday night approved $700,000 to conduct a physical revaluation of Westport homes and businesses.

Before the 6-0 vote, the town’s new tax assessor, William Gaffney, assured members that he would personally oversee the work of the firm chosen for the job and was putting his reputation on the line.

“If this performance is unacceptable to the citizens of this town, that is my performance,” he said.

Two firms have submitted bids for the work, both under the approved amount.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Sommers-Rosenthal family band
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A- Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance and RTM Public Works Committees