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Westport Yard Waste Site Initiates Reduced Winter Hours

Westport’s yard waste site located at 180 Bayberry Lane initiated reduced winter hours today, the Public Works Department announced.

The winter hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. The hours will be in effect until March 14 when regular hours will resume.

Westport’s First Teardown of 2005: 60 Clapboard Hill Road

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Westport’s first teardown of the 2005 was a house at 60 Clapboard Hill Road. The 1920 house (inset) was featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day on Oct. 27, 2004. The Historic District Commission approved a delay in September in its destruction, but the permit was finally issued Jan. 6. The property changed hands Jan. 3 for $1,345,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

U. of Maryland Journalism Site Spotlights WestportNow

J-Lab, a University of Maryland-run incubator for innovative local news experiments using new technologies, spotlights WestportNow on its New Voices Web page.

J-Lab is a center of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism and is a spin-off of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism

Other recent online mentions of WestportNow include one at the Web page of the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Poynter Institute, and by Cyberjournalist.net.

Westport Police Chief: Communications a “Huge Problem”

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Westport Police Chief Al Fiore told the Westport Y’s Women today that difficulties communicating with other agencies continue to be a major concern in the wake of 9/11. “It’s a huge problem, but it is being addressed,” he said, adding that town funding bodies will soon consider a $2 million upgrade for police communications equipment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Paul Newman Uninjured in Daytona Racing Car Fire

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Paul Newman: “I don’t know what happened.” WestportNow photo
Westport’s Paul Newman escaped injury Saturday when the race car he was testing caught fire following a spin at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Newman, 79, was driving a Daytona Prototype sports car for next month’s Rolex 24 when he spun on the road course, said Adam Saal, Grand American Series spokesman.

The car didn’t hit anything, but when Newman tried to restart the engine it caught fire.

The fire was contained to the engine compartment, and Newman escaped without harm. He was taken to the track’s infield medical center and released after a brief exam.

Old House School Lectures Return to Westport Historical Society

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Hilary Stevens: Owners of antique homes have distinct needs. Contributed photo
With Westport teardowns at a record pace, a Westport Historical Society program spotlighting preservation of antique homes may not be more timely.

The group on Jan. 29 begins another year of its successful Old House School series with lectures and panel discussions highlighting the preservation and restoration of antique homes.

Hilary Stevens, creator of the event and a Westport-based Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate and Home Services, said antique homes comprise the bulk of the housing within Westport and surrounding towns.

Yet, she contends that antique homeowners are not recognized as a group with distinct needs and interests.