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Being Honored: 26 Morningside Drive South

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A house at 26 Morningside Drive South is among seven buildings being honored this year by the Historic District Commission at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday. Owner Naiad Einsel will be recognized for the senstive front porch restoration of the Italiante Charles Sherwood house, built in 1853. “Some day, I would like to see this house turned into a museum and open to the public,” she said. Einsel and her late husband, Walter, moved into the house in 1965. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Small Fire Extinguished at Westport

Food left on a stove caught fire at Westport’s Lansdowne Condominiums tonight and burned some paper and wood before being extinguished by the homeowner, fire officials said. There was minor damage and no injuries.

Firefighters responded to 131 Lansdowne, 1630 Post Road East, at 8:45 p.m. after receiving an automatic alarm, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. On arrival, they found a light smoke condition on the first floor where a resident said she had extinguished a small fire.

The resident reported food caught fire on the stove and that she removed the burning pan and extinguished the fire after it had spread to some paper and wood items on the countertop, Kepchar said. Firefighters found fire and heat damage to a wall and underside of the cabinets.

The occupant was taken to a neighbor’s house as firefighters ventilated the unit, one of 90 in the 33-acre complex, and removed the debris, the fire official said. The last fire unit left the scene at 9:44 p.m.

Friends, Family Remember Dimes Fondly

By Jennifer Connic

With a setting sun as the backdrop, residents gathered at Westport’s Compo Beach this evening to dedicate the marina to Edwin K. “Ned” Dimes. WestportNow.com Image
Farrell on Dimes:“A man who was truly larger than life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

“He was a living chart for life,” said the Rev. John Danner of Saugatuck Congregational Church. “He showed how to be a citizen of a town, a trustee of a community organization, a member of a church, a husband and a father.”

Dimes, who died last March 4 at the age of 81, served 18 years on the Board of Finance, 14 as chairman, before retiring in 1997. He was involved in a number of community organizations, including the Westport-Weston YMCA Board of Trustees.

Last spring, the Board of Selectmen and Representative Town Meeting unanimously approved naming the Compo Marina in honor of Dimes.

Report: Westport Teacher Had Caused Concern Before Arrest

The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk reported today that in the months before former Westport Bedford Middle School teacher Paul Held was suspended from teaching three years ago, a paper trail detailed concerns about large number of photographs he took of students.

In a copyrighted front page story, the newspaper said it had obtained school district records about Held dating back to 1996. Held, who retired after being suspended from Bedford in March 2002, was arrested Aug. 2 after investigators said they found thousands of pornographic images of children in his home.

The report said the records “document concerns raised by students and parents about Held and the actions taken by the district.” It said Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon would not comment but authorized attorney Tom Mooney to answer questions.

The Advocate quoted Mooney as saying that the Westport Public Schools took complaints from students and parents about Held seriously. “The district investigated the complaints and took ‘appropriate disciplinary action,’ Mooney said,” the newspaper reported.

Westport Third for Speeding Tickets

Drivers in Westport accounted for the third most speeding tickets in the state in the last five years, the Hartford Courant reported today.

During the five years, 13,147 uncontested tickets were issued in Westport, which accounted for $2.7 million in fines, according to the newspaper.

The average fine was $204, according to the paper’s report.

Ahead of Westport in the number of tickets issued are Bridgeport and Greenwich.