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Strong Winds, Low Temperatures Forecast Friday

After a couple of days of thawing out, forecasters are warning of chillier temperatures and gusty winds Friday for the Westport and tri-state area that could bring down trees and power lines.

A morning advisory from the National Weather Service said a developing area of low pressure over the central United States will track up the western Appalachians and into the eastern Great Lakes region through Friday morning.

“The pressure gradient will tighten as the storm deepens overnight and a strong cold front associated with Arctic air moves across the region early Friday afternoon, bringing an end to the unseasonably warm weather,” an advisory said.

“Southwest winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph after midnight tonight, then become west to northwest and increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph Friday afternoon and evening.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006


9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., & 1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning and Zoning Commission interviews for consultants on town plan
2 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Memorial service for former Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Mark Smith; reception to follow at Saugatuck Congregational Church (CORRECTED)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing
7 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Songwriters’ Circle
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Public Works Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Library Committee

Kids’ Delight

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Singer/songrwiter Amy Rogell delighted guests today at Westport’s Green’s Farms Nursery School, a non-sectarian school owned by the Congregational Church of Green’s Farms.  A Weston resident, Rogell has performed in musical theater, recorded vocal tracks for films, and produced two children’s albums, “Come To The Playground” and “Balloons.” Contributed photo

Talking Transportation: Transportation and Jobs

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Oh happy day!  Hartford finally seems ready to spend billions, investing in our transportation system and the state’s economic future.

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Last year, Gov. M. Jodi Rell pushed the legislature to long overdue action, allocating $1.3 billion for new rail cars on Metro-North.

This year she wants to spend another $600 million on mass transit in the I-91 corridor, including commuter rail from New Haven to Springfield and a busway from New Britain to Hartford.

Not to be outdone, the Democrats are going the governor one better. House Speaker Jim Amann says it is time the state spent $6.2 billion to fund all of the recommendations of the Transportation Strategy Board.

Arthritis Help

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Antonella Lisanti and Jonathan Sellon demonstrate the Staples High School Engineering’s Team cabinet at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. The cabinet is designed to assist those suffering from arthritis. The team will be using the cabinet during a national competition in Washington, which they are headed to this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 6-10, 2006

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 6-10, 2006

ET and Donna H. Buckenmaier Jr. to Maple Ave. Partners LLC, 61 Maple Ave. South, $1,700,000WN property.jpg

Yoav S. Lorch to Mark Nickel and Robin Kane, 6 Signal Lane, $887,000

William R. Green and Linda M. Durakis to Donald and Pauline Rhoads, 27 Green Acre Lane, $3,340,000

Richard M. Hutchinson to David J. and Lauren J. Sussman, 33 Calvary Road, $1,760,000

Students Investigate Music Influence on Black History

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Eighth-grader Rachel Upton hangs a banner at the Westport Post Office today. She and classmates hung postage stamp projects showing black musicians to celebrate Black History Month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
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Eighth-graders at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School may not be listening to Kelly Clarkson or Eminem on their iPods.

Instead, they may be listening to music from black musicians from the 1950s and 1960s.

As part of a Black History Month project, the eighth-graders on Coleytown’s Mustang Team have been learning about the black musicians from the civil rights era. The result was postage stamps they created with a short essay about a musician.

A group of 20 students from the team visited the Westport Post Office today to hang the stamp projects, and they will be on display through early March.

Black History on a Stamp

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Katie Campbell, a Coleytown Middle School eighth-grader, hangs a stamp created by one of her classmates today at the Westport Post Office. Coleytown eighth-graders created their own stamps of black musicians for their social studies and English classes to celebrate Black History Month. Each stamp is devoted to a black musician. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com