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Farrell Announces Resignation of Deputy Assessor Kevin Murowsky

First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today announced the resignation of Kevin Murowsky as Westport deputy assessor. 

In a brief statement, Farrell said Assessor William Gaffney will be posting a job opportunity notice for the position in the coming days. 

Farrell put Murowsky on paid administrative leave July 12, four days after she was notified that a Town Hall office was missing $500 in cash and $2,000 worth of electronic equipment. (See WestportNow July 20 ,2004)

While Farrell did not directly link Murowsky to a police investigation of the theft, a Town Hall source has told WestportNow that he was being questioned in the probe.

Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore said today he had “nothing new” on the status of the investigation.

First Night Westport/Weston 2005 Planning Underway

With a little less than five months to go before New Years Eve, planning is well underway for First Night Westport/Weston 2005. fn2005200.jpg

Rozanne Gates, the new executive director of Westport/Weston First Night, has spent the last three months talking to musicians, artists and volunteers, putting together the program of events.

Designer Miggs Burroughs has completed the design for the new Westport/Weston First Night button, a bright yellow high-five hand that welcomes in 2005.

And Webmaster Ed Fitzgerald is putting the finishing touches on the First Night Westport/Weston 2005 Web site, which is scheduled to go live Aug. 15. The eveningҒs 10-hour schedule of events is available at www.firstnightww.com.

Neighbors Renew Their Opposition to ARS Application

Neighbors opposed to development of the former F.D. Rich property in northwest Westport said today they are prepared to mount a new campaign against the project.

The Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund Inc, responding to a report that ARS Partners Inc.of Fairfield has filed a new application with the town, said in a statement that “the residents of Westport and Norwalk are ready to again defend our natural resources, our open space and our communities.”

The group said that ARS “had the opportunity to lessen the impact on the wetlands and surrounding neighborhoods with their new application, but stridently resubmitted the same proposal for 22 clustered houses on nine acres.

“They clearly chose not to hear what over 2,500 residents had been calling for; less development, more open space, the protection of the Partrick Wetlands and a stop to the sewer extension from Norwalk.”

Singer Eartha Kitt Injured in Westport Accident

Legendary singer Eartha Kitt, 77, of Weston, was slightly injured today when her SUV collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Post Road East and Compo Road North in Westport and flipped over. Witnesses said she did not appear to seriously hurt.kittaccident08050401.jpg
Westporter Kitt Shapiro takes charge of poodles belonging to her mother, Eartha Kitt, after the singer was involved in a two-car accident today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) ©2004 WestportNow.com

Kitt, who was alone in her Range Rover with her two toy poodles, was talking animatedly with police, fire and Westport EMS personnel moments after the accident, according to a WestportNow photographer.

She was placed on a stretcher and transported to Norwalk Hospital where she was later released.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 2002 Mercedes, declined medical attention but complained of aches and pains.

Kitt’s toy poodles, Mutzi and Aba, did not appear to be injured. Kitt’s daughter, Westport resident Kitt Shapiro, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident and took custody of the dogs.

Police said the accident was under investigation.

UPDATE: Singer Eartha Kitt Injured in Westport Accident

Legendary singer Eartha Kitt, 77, of Weston, was slightly injured today when her SUV collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Post Road East and Compo Road North in Westport and flipped over. Witnesses said she did not appear to seriously hurt.kittaccident08050401.jpg
Westporter Kitt Shapiro takes charge of poodles belonging to her mother, Eartha Kitt, after the singer was involved in a two-car accident today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) 2004 WestportNow.com

Kitt, who was alone in her Range Rover with her two toy poodles, was talking animatedly with police, fire and Westport EMS personnel moments after the accident, according to a WestportNow photographer.

She was placed on a stretcher and transported to Norwalk Hospital where she was later released.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 2002 Mercedes, declined medical attention but complained of aches and pains.

Kitt’s toy poodles, Mutzi and Aba, did not appear to be injured. Kitt’s daughter, Westport resident Kitt Shapiro, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident and took custody of the dogs.

Police said the accident was under investigation

Singer Eartha Kitt Injured in Westport Accident

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Singer Eartha Kitt, 77, of Weston, was slightly injured today when her SUV rolled over following a collision with another vehicle at Post Road East and Compo Road North. Kitt, who was alone in her vehicle with her two toy poodles, was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS and later released. Neither the driver of the second car nor Kitt’s dogs were injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  2004 WestportNow.com

Singer Eartha Kitt Injured in Westport Accident

kittaccident08050402.jpg
Singer Eartha Kitt, 77, of Weston, was slightly injured today when her SUV rolled over following a collision with another vehicle at Post Road East and Compo Road North. Kitt, who was alone in her vehicle with her two toy poodles, was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS and later released. Neither the driver of the second car nor Kitt’s dogs were injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  2004 WestportNow.com

Fairfield County Weekly: RunninӒ With the Farrell

This weeks Fairfield County Weekly cover story spotlights the 4th Congressional District race between Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and Republican incumbent Christopher Shays.
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The 3,000-word story by reporter Joe Miksch includes quotes from the candidates and their supporters and even mentions—and includes a link to—a brief film about the candidatesҒ views on Iraq produced by the owner of Norwalks Garden Cinema.

Westporters who have followed the Farrell-Shays campaign will find little new in the story, but it does provide a good rundown of the candidatesҒ views and their campaign themes for those unfamiliar with them.

The story also gives wider exposure to problems in Westports assessorҒs office through criticism of Farrell by Pete Wolgast, chair of the Westport Republican Town Committee.