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Getting Ready for Earth Festival

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Beekeeper Leslie Huston sprays water on a frame of honeybees and their queen today as she transfers them to their new observation hive at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center in Westport.  The Backyard Beekeepers Association is one of the many environmental community groups that will be exhibiting information at the Earthplace’s Earth Festival Saturday. The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature a live bear cub and endangered animals, free-flying hawks and owls, music performances, a giant puppet parade and exhibits from local environmental community groups. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

Sprinkler Causes Flooding at Green’s Farm School

A broken fire sprinkler pipe caused some flooding at Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School Thursday night, fire officials said.

Firefighters responding to an automatic alarm at the school at 17 Morningside Drive South at 10:55 p.m. opened the front doors and found water gushing down the front steps, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar.

“Upon investigation, it was quickly determined that a large diameter sprinkler pipe had broken, dumping large amounts of water in the main hallway and down to the lower level,” he said.

The firefighters immediately shut down the sprinkler system and used large squeegees to push the water out of the building, Kepchar said.

Special Education Survey Results to Be Presented

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Westport school officials will see the first results of a survey of special education parents during the Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said representatives from Glen Martin Associates, the firm that completed the survey, will be on hand to make a presentation.

The board meets at 8 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.

Landon said the results will not be available to anyone—including the board and himself—before the meeting.

Westporter Named Principal of Greenwich Middle School

Westporter Carol Walsh will take over July 1 as principal of Greenwich’s Central Middle School.

Walsh, currently principal at Scofield Magnet Middle School in Stamford, has a keen knowledge of middle school education, adolescent development and best practices, said Superintendent of Schools Larry Leverett in announcing her appointment Thursday.

She’s been a French teacher in Georgia, and French and Spanish teacher in Darien, and also taught in Massachusetts.

In 2002, she was selected as principal to open a new high school in Cincinnati, the Withrow International High School. In 2003, she assumed her current position at Scofield.

Walsh is also an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate School of Education in Fairfield.