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Firefighters Train in Search and Rescue

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Westport firefighters spent today training at a Bayberry Lane home that will be demolished. They worked on a series of procedures such as search and rescue, hose line deployment and venting. Assistant Chief John Gottfried (l) ignites a controlled fire in order to create smoke for the training exercises. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Correction Commissioner Speaks to Y’s Men

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Theresa C. Lantz, state Department of Correction commissioner, spoke before the Y’s Men today about how her plans to change the corrections system has worked over the last three years. Photographed (l-r) are Joette Katz, Connecticut Supreme Court justice; Lantz; Brian Garnett, Department of Correction External Relations director; and Westport Police Chief Al Fiore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Revaluation Working Group to Meet Feb. 8

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today that the Revaluation Working Group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. 

Commercial Revaluation Specialists, LLC, represented by Christopher Kerin and Michael Fazio, will present a report on Westport’s 2005 physical revaluation, an announcement said. 

A timetable for completion of the work, the schedule for filing of the Oct. 1, 2005, grand list, and the Board of Assessment Appeals hearings also will be discussed. 

Residents are invited to attend the meeting and public comments will be welcomed, the announcement said. The meeting will be televised on Cablevision’s government access Channel 79.

Westporter Among Indicted Executives

A Westport man who formerly served on two town boards was among four former insurance executives indicted today on charges of fraud and conspiracy, the Justice Department announced.

Robert D. Graham, 57, was one three former executives at Berkshire Hathaway’s Stamford-based General Re insurance unit indicted by a grand jury in Norfolk, Va., along with a former American International Group executive, department officials said.

Graham, a former General Re senior vice president and assistant general counsel, served as a Republican member of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission from 1995 to 1999 and was on the Board of Finance from 1999 to 2003.

Alan Vinegrad, attorney for Graham, said his client “is an attorney of the highest integrity ... He looks forward to having his day in court and expects to be vindicated at trial,” Reuters reported.

Mentors Sought

Westport’s Human Services Department is seeking a few people to volunteer as mentors.

The town has a long-standing mentor program that has made a difference in children’s lives –and the adults who mentor them.

Established in 1992 by the department in cooperation with the school system, Westport’s Mentor Program is a school-based program where individuals from the community meet for approximately 45 minutes per week on school grounds during the school year to offer friendship, support and a non-judgmental ear.

It is available for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and in some cases has resulted in relationships lasting more than six years.

Woman’s Club Seeks Warm-Up Fund Donations

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More than 30 Westport Woman’s Club members gathered for the annual Warm-Up Fund mailing. As they have done for many years, they stuffed, labeled and sealed envelopes to be mailed to 7,500 Westport households, requesting contributions to the Warm-Up Fund. The Human Services Department, the Westport-Weston United Way, the Westport Chamber of Commerce and the Westport Woman’s Club have all come together for the Warm-Up Fund, which offers fuel assistance to the elderly, infirm and disadvantaged in the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Town May Install Solar Panels

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The Westport Board of Finance Wednesday night unanimously approved design fees that could lead to solar panels being installed at fire headquarters.

The board approved $14,000 to be used to compile construction documents and secure a state grant to cover half of the cost of the project.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the project—which would install 25 kilowatt solar panels—would cost approximately $200,000, but the grant would cut the cost to the town in half.

Part of the requirements for the grant, he said, is that it must be a public education opportunity, and fire headquarters on Post Road East gives that chance.

Young Woman’s League Donates to Volunteer EMS

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The Westport Young Woman’s League has donated $2,505 to the Westport Volunteer EMS to install GPS tracking units for its ambulances and paramedic vehicle. The devices, whcih assist drivers in finding streets and addresses, improve response times to Westport calls as well to those to neighboring towns for mutual aid. Shown are (l-r) Ian Hunter, Explorers secretary; Danielle Faul, an EMT; Alan Stolz, volunteer crew chief; Josephine Raimondi, league president; and Meg Hime, league internal communications. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Sugarman and Buckley’s Films Featured

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Martin Luther King: portrait by Tracy Sugarman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  Contributed photo
The Westport Arts Center will host a reception and film screening next week for Westport artist Tracy Sugarman and documentary filmmaker Bill Buckley at the center on Riverside Avenue.

The event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 features Sugarman’s drawings and paintings of the contributions of black citizens to American life. They are on view now through the end of February in the center’s gallery.

The drawings and paintings—soon to become part of the permanent archives on African-American life at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—were created by Sugarman to complement live footage from 14 documentary films produced by Westport-based Rediscovery Productions, Inc.

Sugarman founded the firm with the award-winning Buckley following Sugarman’s time with the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The racially-integrated Rediscovery team dedicated itself to creating a series of films depicting the contributions of black citizens to American society in medicine, science, politics and the arts. 

Three of these 14 films will be screened during the Feb. 9 reception.

For more information visit www.westportartscenter.org or call (203) 222-7070.