Friday, March 01, 2024
With less than four days to go before the end of the holiday school break, it was a race against time today to get a portion of the new Staples High School ready for students. Only one wing of the new $74 million structure will be put into use beginning Monday. View is of the main lobby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Gov. M. Jodi Rell is asking people across the state to take some time on Friday to pause and honor Connecticut’s war dead.
Rell, who left Danbury Hospital this afternoon where she underwent breast cancer surgery, has requested a statewide moment of silence and tolling of bells at noon in memory of the men and women with Connecticut ties killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004.
“Before this year ends it is appropriate that we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Rell said in a statement. “Our freedom comes at a price that is - at times - almost unbearably tragic.
In the past year, a dozen members of the military with ties to the state have been killed in the Middle East.
Westports Save the Children charity is inundated with phone calls from across the country from people wishing to donate to its Asian earthquake relief fund and today appealed to Westporters to help come in and man the phones.
ғWe can use people today and through the weekend, said spokeswoman Dianne Sherman. ԓWe can teach them very quickly how to answer the phones. Its a very rewarding experience.Ҕ
She said the charitys headquarters on Wilton Road has received about $2 million in online donations in the past few days with more money being pledged every minute.
Those who have some time to donate to the charity to help with answering phones are asked to call (203) 221-4000.
Neighbors came out to watch today as a home at 2 Angora Road, off of High Point Road, came down. The house, featured as the WestportNow teardown of the day on Nov. 8, was bult in the 1960s and, according to a neighbor, won an award for its architecture. The owner of the property is planning to rebuild. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo