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Island Dreams

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Set amidst a backdrop of, finally, blue skies, Westport’s Cockenoe Island looked like an island paradise just one mile from the shore Friday. Facing it, these two beachgoers seemed lucky to beat the holiday rush as Memorial Day traffic began to fill Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Train Woes

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What should have been a little more than an hour’s journey from New York to Westport took almost three hours Friday night for passengers aboard Metro-North’s 9:37 p.m. train out of Grand Central. The train lost power between East Norwalk and Westport and passengers waited in cars lit only by emergency lighting for an hour and 40 minutes while another train was brought to an adjoining track. Several dozen Westport-bound passengers who should have arrived at 10:43 p.m. finally pulled into the Saugatuck station at 12:25 a.m. today. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Westport Board of Finance Seeks to Fill Vacancy

With the announced resignation of Democrat Steve Ezzes from the Westport Board of Finance, the board is seeking candidates to fill his term which expires in November 2007.

Under the Town Charter, the vacancy is to be filled “by appointment by the remaining members thereof for the unexpired portion of the term. When the person vacating the office was elected or appointed as a member of a political party, such vacancy must be filled from the membership of the same political party.”

In a statement, the board requested that any interested Westport residents who are registered Democrats to submit their names before Tuesday, May 31 to Gail Cristiano, clerk of the Board of Finance, at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880, phone (203)341-1037 for consideration.

Westport Craft Show Debuts Saturday at Staples

The 39th annual Westport Craft Show, one of the oldest and most respected fine craft shows in the Northeast, debuts Saturday at Staples High School.

With 185 juried exhibitors, it is one of the largest craft shows in the area and features top artisans from across North America. It runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Among the offerings are fine works in basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable fiber and wood.

The show is sponsored by the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School.

Governor Proclaims “Staples High School Day” to Mark Science Achievements

Gov. M. Jodi Rell proclaimed Thursday “Staples High School Day” in Connecticut to recognize the science achievements of Westport’s high school. Simultaneously, she proclaimed it “Shane E. Mulligan Day” to honor a Staples senior who won a top science award.

The governor’s proclamations were announced at a dinner Thursday night in Rocky Hill hosted by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering that honored the state’s most talented young scientists and engineers, including two Staples students.

Mulligan received the Joseph H. Gerber Medal of Excellence for his science research efforts. Sophomore Nina Lintermans was honored for her studies of global warming and bird migration which won first place at the 2005 Connecticut Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium

Mulligan received a $1,000 prize in addition to a certificate, while Lintermans was awarded a certificate and Staples was awarded a $300 prize for its science department.

CLASP Homes Raises $30,000 with “Taste of Westport” Fund-Raiser

The “Taste of Westport” fund-raiser earlier this month for CLASP Homes raised $30,000 for the Westport-based group that aids people with development disabilities, organizers announced.claspcummingsfarrell05260501260.jpg
Enjoying the evening: Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (r) and Betty Lou Cummings were among “Taste of Westport” attendees. Contriibuted photo

The May 5 event, the first of its kind in Westport, featured gourmet food and beverages served poolside at the Westport Inn. Sushi, seared beef, penne a la vodka, and many other dishes were donated by 20 local restaurants and distributors. 

More than 250 guests enjoyed the party atmosphere, as well as an extensive silent auction, CLASP President Tracy Flood said.

�We are so thrilled with the response from the restaurants, and the community at large,” she said. “The planning committee included Betty Lou Cummings, Toni and Steve Rubin, Carline Dean, Bob Hertzel, among others. It was truly a joint effort.�

Bridgeport Hospital Honors Westport Fire, Police and EMS Heroes

They are on call 24/7 and days and weeks may go by without facing a life-or-death situation. But Westport’s emergency service workers are always at the ready and today Bridgeport Hospital honored 13 of them for lifesaving incidents in 2004.heroes05250501260a.jpg
Heroes honored: Bridgeport Hospital paid tribute to 13 Westport emergency services personnel for lifesaving incidents in 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell was on hand for the �Fairfield County Hero Award� presentation ceremony along with Fire Chief Chris Ackley, and Deputy Police Chiefs Don Brown and David Heinmiller.

The first group honored included Westport Police Officer Anastasia DeLuca and Westport Firefighters Philip Hessberger and Brett Kirby. On Oct. 26, 2004, the trio responded to a call of an unconscious woman lying in the roadway. Upon arrival they found that the woman had no pulse or respirations and was in cardiac arrest.

The trio began CPR and utilized a defibrillator to restore the victim�s pulse and respirations. Upon the arrival of Westport EMS, the victim was stabilized and transported to the hospital. The woman was released from the hospital several days later.

Y’s Men Play it Cool at Sherwood Island

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The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston held their annual meeting, election of officers and picnic lunch at Sherwood Island State Park today. The well-attended, fun and cool (literally) event was the final meeting of the Y’s Men until September. A special highlight was a performance by the popular Y’s Men singing group, the Hoot Owls.The photo shows outgoing President Bob McGrath giving this year’s Owl award to Bill Balch and Larry Untermeyer (both WestportNow contributing photographers) with incoming president Bill Meyer looking on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo