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Westport Makes a Step Toward More Permanently Affordable Housing

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Rep. Christopher Shays today told supporters of Westport’s non-profit Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) that he is “in awe” of Westport’s continuing ability to support affordable housing projects in the community. He spoke at 10 West End Ave. as he announced receipt of $321,500 in federal funds to help purchase the property which will be turned into permanently affordable supportive housing. The Rev. Peter Powell (c), president and CEO of the IHA, said he hopes additional federal funds will be forthcoming. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westporter Named Head of Manhattan-based Real Estate Group

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John Grotto Contributed photo
Westport resident John C. Grotto has been selected as 2005 chairman of the Young Mens’ Womens’ Real Estate Association.

The Manhattan-based real estate organization was founded in 1948 to unite young men and women whose principal occupation is the real estate profession.

Membership consists of approximately 400 real estate professionals who seek to secure the highest standing of ethical and moral professional conduct.

Young Single Male Dog Looking for Love

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Apache: looking for special someone. Contributed photo
The Connecticut Humane Society is looking for a home for a 1-year-old “sweet, handsome, lovable, special needs dog seeking a life-long friend.”

“Apache is a gentle giant with a kind, loving soul who would rather cuddle than play,” said Angie Makris of the Society’s Westport branch on Post Road East.

All his friends at the Connecticut Humane Society would like a loving home to adopt him where they can then pursue the long-term medical treatment he so greatly needs, she said.

She said sadly, Apache has a problem with degenerative arthritis that could leave him completely disabled in as little as 12 months unless he gets surgery.

RTM Consideration of Underage Drinking Ordinance Put Off Until February

Consideration of a controversial underage drinking ordinance by the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has been put off an additional three weeks until the legislative body’s Feb. 1 meeting.

The RTM originally had been scheduled to take up the ordinance in December, but First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell postponed it until Jan. 11 to allow additional time for members to gather information and have their questions answered.

She said Monday that PTA members planned to discuss it Jan. 19 and a number of RTM members had said they would not be able to attend the Jan. 11 meeting. As a result, she decided to postpone consideration until Feb. 1.

The RTM had its initial “reading” of the ordinance Nov. 9, but under the Town Charter, all ordinances must hold over at least one meeting to allow for public discussion.

First Night Westport/Weston 2005 Still Needs Volunteers

With less than two weeks to go before the New Year, First Night Westport/Weston 2005 is still in need of volunteers to help with the alcohol-free event.

“We’ve still got some slots open and it’s a great way to contribute to the community and have some fun at the same time,” said Bill Meyer, a member of the First Night board who is helping to coordinate volunteers.

Events begin in early afternoon and will cover 11 venues in and around downtown Westport. This year has more events for teens and young adults than ever before, according to Rozanne Gates, executive director.

Those wishing to sign up to work the event are asked to call Bill Meyer at 226-3704 or Suzanne Adams at 226-9716.

Westport Board of Ed Cancels Tonight’s Public Session

The Westport Board of Education has canceled tonight’s public session scheduled for 8 p.m . at the Staples High School library but will hold a meeting at 7 p.m .which is expected to vote to go into executive session.

A spokesperson said the published agenda for tonight will be carried over to Jan. 3.

Members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Education and Finance Committees had been scheduled to meet with the board tonight to give input as the board prepares its 2005-06 budget.

Members of the Board of Finance met with the school board in a similar session earlier this month.

Westport Schools on Two-Hour Delay

The overnight snow and icy road conditions caused a two-hour delay today in the opening of Westport schools, the superintendent’s office announced.

At 6 a.m., the weather station at Bedford Middle School registered a reading of 7 degrees with winds at 26 mph, gusting to 40, making it feel like 15 below.

At 7 a.m., Connecticut Light and Power reported nine Westport customers were without power due to downed power lines, but by 9 a.m. it said there were no outages.