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Westport Representative Town Meeting Canceled

The scheduled Jan. 11 meeting of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has been canceled and the legislative body will next meet Feb. 1.

RTM Moderator Gordon Joseloff said with action on a proposed underage drinking ordinance postponed until February and no Board of Finance meeting in December, there were no pressing matters on the RTM agenda.

The 36-member nonpartisan body usually meets once a month. Several RTM committee meetings, however, have been scheduled in January, including a Jan. 3 session with the Board of Education to discuss budget matters.

Editor’s note: Gordon Joseloff is also editor of

Rell’s Doctors Keep Her Hospitalized Another Day

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s doctors want her to remain at Danbury Hospital for at least another day to recuperate from Monday’s breast cancer surgery, her office said today.

The Republican governor had been expected to leave the hospital today and rest at home for several days.

“I may be the governor, but around here it’s the doctors who run the show, and I’m going to listen to their advice - most of the time, anyway,” Rell said in a statement issued by her office.

Rell, 58, underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Monday afternoon. According to Rell’s staff, her doctors are pleased with her progress and say she is healing well.

Westport Tax Collector’s Office Sends Out Apology Letters

The Westport Tax Collector’s office today sent out 486 letters of apology to Westporters who received delinquency notices for sewer use tax bills they never received.

“The Town of Westport apologizes for this error and the inconvenience it has caused you,” wrote Tax Collector George W. Underhill.

The vendor error came to light earlier this month after several WestportNow readers who received the notices wrote letters to the Web site complaining that they had not received a bill.

Others then reported similar experiences, leading to an investigation. (See WestportNow Dec. 21, 2004)

2004: WestportNow’s Year in Pictures


From the January swearing in of a new police chief to the Christmas morning fire that almost devastated one of Westport’s landmarks, WestportNow was on the scene throughout 2004, often exclusively.

Dozens of persons contributed photographs to WestportNow throughout the year and we are proud to present a sampling for year-end review.

We are grateful to them and look forward to having them and many others contributing to WestportNow’s coverage in 2005.

It is through their efforts and those of other WestportNow contributors that WestportNow has recorded remarkable growth in 2004 and now is often cited nationally as a trend-setter in Internet citizen journalism.

Best New Year wishes to them and to all WestportNow readers.

Gordon Joseloff

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 20-22, 2004

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 20-22, 2004:

Julia M. Kondub to Nancy A. Harris et als, 10 Oak Ridge Park, $400,000WN property.jpg

Land Group Inc. to Joseph Martens and Kimberly D. Sholty, 5 Highland Road, $1,475,000

Arlene J. Macrios to Elliot and Syvil Bergman, 28 Turkey Hill Road North, $1,020,000

Harry R. and Roberta Barber Eggart to Michael Goldberg and Susan Mastropietro, 41 Spicer Road, $1,480,000

Fung Chin Chu to Annie Chu, Riverside Walk Unit 8, $286,400

Westport’s Save the Children Mourns Deaths of Two Staffers

Staff members of Westport-based Save the Children are mourning the deaths of two colleagues who died Sunday in Indonesia as a result of the earthquake and tidal waves that devastated south and southeastern Asia, the charity said today.

It said three other staff members were missing.

Save the Children USA, which has operated health, nutrition and job-creation programs in the Aceh province of Indonesia since 1976, is the largest international humanitarian agency working in the province.

The agency has intensified its efforts to provide food, water, shelter and medical care to children and their families impacted not only in Indonesia but throughout the Asian region, the agency said in a statement..

Gov. Rell Reported Resting Comfortably After Surgery

Gov. M. Jodi Rell was resting comfortably today after surgery Monday for breast cancer, her office said.

Rells doctors said Monday evening that her mastectomy and reconstructive surgery at Danbury Hospital was successful and ғeverything looks very good,” a statement said. Rell is expected to remain in the hospital until Wednesday.

The governor expressed her deep gratitude for the outpouring of good will from the people of the state, according to the release.

She said she was eagerly looking forward to celebrating the University of Connecticuts 39-10 victory over the University of Toledo in Monday nightҒs Motor City Bowl in Detroit.