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Kids and Seniors Sing “Green” Together

Irish eyes of all ages will be smiling together on St. Patrick’s Day as students from Coleytown Middle School entertain at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

The school’s Camarata, a select singing group, will arrive at the center with choral teacher Amy Radomsky at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 17.  The Camarata is an extra-curricular activity open to students in grades 6-8.

The group of 11 youngsters will sing two traditional Irish songs alone, “Caleno Custure Me,” a Gaelic piece, and “The Lord Bless and Keep You,” a traditional Irish air, an announcement said.

They will then join the Melo-Dears and the Hoot Owls, the senior women’s and men’s choruses, respectively,  in such old favorites as “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” “Wild Irish Rose,” and “McNamara’s Band.” Cookies and socializing will complete this intergenerational activity.

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 27-March 3, 2006

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 27-March 3, 2006

Bruce I. Weiser and Tami J. Ganeles-Weiser to Suzanne Elizabeth Watson Trust, 5 Rainey Lane, $1,240,000WN property.jpg

Prudential Residential Services LP to Andrew A. Zipper and Christine Bourget, 10 Winding Lane, $2,200,000

Echo Valley LLC to Trace and Tracy Gallagher, 9 Sugar Maple Lane, $2,300,000

Candace D. Herbst to Jemnam LLC, 205 Main St., $1,950,000

Shirley L. Perry to Mildred H. Hohn, 35 Bridge St., Unit 303, $176,741.08

Westport Foundation Launches “World Kidney Day”

A foundation started by a Westport family has launched “World Kidney Day” to call for additional research—and answers—to a chronic disease that affects more than 20 million people.

The Halpin Foundation (www.halpinfoundation.org), founded by the Halpin family in 1989 after their 14-year-old son was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, is pushing for additional investigations in the field of kidney disease research, especially research related to membranous nephropathy, frequently referred to as MN.

“Our goal is to increase the research related to kidney disease as well as autoimmune disease and, ultimately, find better treatments and a cure for this condition,” said Joan Halpin, founder.

The Halpin Foundation issues grants to support training, education, research and projects that demonstrate the effective delivery of health care services, not only in the United States but globally when special opportunities arise. Previous grantees include hospitals and independent researchers, educational facilities, professional associations and community groups.

Reception Marks Publication of Birdhouse Book

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A reception marking publication of “The Art of the Birdhouse, Portraits of Artists and Their Creations” was held tonight at Westport’s Gault Inc. stone and brick showroom. The 128-page book celebrates 10 years of the Birdhouse Auction for Westport’s Project Return, a therapeutic group home residence for adolescent girls. Project Return’s 11th Birdhouse Auction will be held Friday, March 24, at Westport’s Inn at Longshore. Pictured are Sam Gault, as he welcomed guests, and Susie Basler, executive director of Project Return. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Staples Players Present “Urinetown”

The Staples Players will present “Urinetown, The Musical” the next two weekends at Westport’s Staples High School.WestportNow.com Image

Performances are planned for Friday and Saturday, and March 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. A matinee will be held at 3 p.m. March 18.

Tickets can be purchased at Staples between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, call (203) 341-1310.

Rell Asks for Emergency Declaration for February Storm

Westport could be reimbursed for snow cleanup costs as a result of Gov. M. Jodi Rell asking President Bush to declare an emergency for the entire state as the result of last month’s northeaster. 

Rell said in a statement today that she had informed the president in a letter Tuesday that the Feb. 11 – 12 snowstorm cost the state approximately $3 million and municipalities between $6 million and $12 million.

“As a result of this event and several previous storms in December and January, the State of Connecticut’s snow removal budget for this winter season has been severely impacted, as have the snow removal budgets of municipalities across the state,” Rell said in the letter. 

“Therefore, I am specifically requesting assistance for snow removal for the counties of Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, Tolland and Windham.”.