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Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – School Building Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Westport Library Board of Trustees

Wall Street Journal Highlights Shays-Farrell Race

Today’s Wall Street Journal highlights Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays and Democrat Diane Farrell.

The Journal refers to Farrell, Westport’s former two- time first selectwoman and Board of Finance member as a former “city councilwoman and then mayor.”

The newspaper focuses on Shay’s support of the war in Iraq and Farrell’s opposition. Farrell lost to Shays in November 2004.

Earthplace Hosts Vacation Days

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Children have the opportunity to visit the animals at Earthplace during school vacation week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Children can spend their upcoming winter vacation with the animals at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center.

Registration is ongoing for “Vacation Days,” a drop-off nature program for pre-kindergarten through third-grade children.

Each day includes a live animal program, trail treks, art projects, science exploration and activities with new friends, according to an annoucement.

Programs are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 24.

For a registration form or more information, visit www.earthplace.org or call (203) 227-7253. Registration and advance payment are required.

Historical Society Makes Cuts Due to Financial Problems

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The Westport Historical Society has had to cut its staff because of a $650,000 construction debt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Westport Historical Society officials said today they have eliminated two top staff positions because of financial problems growing out of a now-competed building expansion program.

At a press conference, Allen Raymond, society co-president, said the society has been carrying a $650,000 construction debt since the 2003 completion of the project to expand the building on the corner of Avery Place and Myrtle Avenue. In addition, the society has a $375,000 annual operating budget, he said.

As a result, the society’s leadership decided to cut the director and associate director positions, he said, which saves approximately $90,000 annually in the operating budget.

Denise Torv, director, and Katie Otey, associate director, both will end their tenures this month, according to a release, but both will continue to be involved with operations.