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Promotions Mean New Firefighters

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A combination of retirements and promotions means there will be new firefighters and a new fire marshal at the Westport Fire Department later this year.

Fire Chief Chris Ackley said right now the department is currently testing four, in-house candidates for the training officer position.

The position has been left vacant since it was added to the budget nearly a year ago, and Ackley said leaving it vacant has saved the department some money.

He said he cannot say how much has been saved until the end of the fiscal year.

Westporter’s Moment of Fame

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Westport’s Frank Bergonzi Jr. had his moment of fame today during the Yankees home opener at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Spotlighted on the stadium’s electronic scoreboard, he correctly answered a mid-inning quiz and won a $50 gift certificate to Modell’s sporting goods. Bergonzi was among almost 55,000 fans who watched the Yankees gain a come-from-behind win over Kansas City 9-7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Bridge Street Bridge to Close April 26

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today that the town has been notified by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) Bridge Maintenance Division of routine maintenance work to the Bridge Street Bridge which will necessitate its intermittent closure on Wednesday, April 26.

The swing bridge and the roadway from Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue to Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue, about a quarter mile, will be closed intermittently from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joseloff said. Signs and markings for detour routes will be posted.

“To assure the safety of motorist and pedestrian traffic, it is imperative that route maintenance be done to the bridge,” said Joseloff.  “We have asked CDOT to try to keep the bridge open during the busy noon hour, but that may not be possible and motorists should be prepared to make alternate travel plans.

“The town regrets any inconvenience the bridge work will cause.  We thank citizens for their patience and cooperation.”

News-12’s Appleby Addresses Rotary Luncheon

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Cablevision News-12’s Tom Appleby addressed today’s Westport Rotary Club luncheon at the Peppermill Restaurant. He discussed the changing role of delivering news, the rise of Internet news blogs and podcasting, and emphasized the importance of quality content regardless of the medium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Farrell Pushes Extension of Medicare Deadline

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Congressional Challenger Diane Farrell make points about Medicare at the Westport Center for Senior Activities surrounded by local senior citzens today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
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Diane Farrell, challenger to U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, is joining her fellow Democrats in pushing an extension on the deadline for Medicare prescription benefits.

Seniors have until May 15 to sign up for a plan otherwise they will face penalties under the federal legislation.

Farrell, who left office as Westport’s first selectwoman last fall, was outside the Westport Center for Senior Activities today touting changes to the Medicare legislation, including extending the sign-up period for a prescription plan through the remainder of the year.

There also needs to be a grace period for senior citizens, she said, so they can switch plans if they decide they have not made the right decision.