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Blumenthal Urges RTM to Adopt Underage Drinking Ordinance

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, saying he was appearing as a parent rather than a state official, tonight urged Westports Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to pass an underage drinking ordinance.blumenthalfiore11090401260.jpg
Fiore and Blumenthal: Attorney General praises Westport police chief in remarks to the RTM.  Emily Laux for WestportNow

ғIt sends a very powerful message, Blumenthal told the legislative body. “Westport has the opportunity to send that kind of message to parents like myself.”

The official said he has four children and ԓit helps me to say no, for the law to say no. We’ve all been there. If a parent can say it’s against the law, that kind of message is reinforced.

“You’re telling a young person you can’t go to that party if alcohol is being served.”

The RTM was taking up an ordinance that would allow police to ticket underage drinkers in private homes.

Government Sues Westport Man Over Weight-Loss Ads

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Westport man sued over diet ad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
The government, as part of its “Operation Big Fat Lie,” has filed suit against a Westport man and his companies it said promised weight-loss regimens that were too good to be true.

It was one of six similar complaints announced today by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which, for the first time, also pressed publications that advertised the programs to identify and reject them instead.

An FTC announcement said the complaint against Martin Howard, whose address was listed as the Regents Park condominium in Westport, was filed last Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

It named Howard and Bronson Partners, LLC, doing business as New England Diet Center and Bronson Day Spa.

Westport Weston Health District Sets Flu Clinic for High-Risk Residents

With the flu vaccine shortage relieved somewhat, the Westport Weston Health District has scheduled a second flu clinic for high-risk residents.

The district Monday held its first flu vaccination clinic for residents 75 and older. 

The health district still has a limited supply of influenza vaccine available, according to an announcement today, and will begin distribution of vaccine next week for highrisk Westport and Weston residents.

Those who qualify must be 18 to 74 with one or more chronic medical conditions requiring frequent or ongoing medical management.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004

2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning and Zoning Commission Affordable & Middle Income Housing Committee
3:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Board of Selectmen
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (RTM) – Cable coverage channel 79

Board of Ed Lights Discussion Draws Crowd

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The Westport Board of Education discussion tonight about erecting lights on the Staples football field drew a large crowd most in favor but a few neighbors against who threatened lawsuits. The board asked for a rewrite of the education specifications for the lights to emphasize the benefit they would have for the community. It will consider the issue again Nov. 22.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com