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Blumenthal Tells How His Role Has Changed

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State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal spoke today of a number of suits he has filed or won but said the actions would not be necessary if he had stronger partners in the federal government.WestportNow.com Image
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today that he sues frequently because the federal government has failed to enforce its own laws. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com

Blumenthal addressed a standing room-only crowd of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston at the Saugatuck Congregational Church.

Blumenthal said he is frequently asked why he is suing people like insurance companies and Midwest power plants.

“It’s because the federal government has failed to enforce their own laws,” he said. “We are forced to take an active role. This isn’t about who is in office either.”

Community Groups Gather to Discuss Pandemic Flu

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Officials from a variety of community organizations gathered at Town Hall today to discuss the potential for a pandemic flu outbreak in Westport and Weston and how they would respond.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he is planning an information session for the community on the topic based on information gathered by the different groups, which included emergency officials, pharmacists, businesses and school officials.

He said everyone needs to be careful of creating an “infodemic” because it can be just as dangerous.

“A panic can be caused by one or two cases,” he said. “We need to let everyone know we have plans and are planning more.”

Historical Society Sets Walk in the Park for Sunday

The Westport Historical Society is hosting a “Tree Walk in Winslow Park” Sunday.

The event with former Westport tree warden Don Snook will include a tour of the park and discussion about the various trees there and what occurred beneath them in Westport’s past.

These events include firing of muskets in 1777 and the “salad days” of the 1850s in the park when it was the site of town-wide parties and 4th of July fireworks, according to organizers.

The Society offered registrants two options to participate. They can meet at 1 p.m. at the Historical Society on Avery Place for a “fitness walk” to the park or they can meet at the park at 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 27, 2006


10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Digital Audio Workshop
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Work Session
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Shakespeare in Film: Women and Witches in Macbeth

Izzo Resigns from Board of Selectmen

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Selectman John Izzo (r) looks on as First Selectman Gordon Joseloff reads an official citation tonight thanking Izzo for his service to the town. Tonight was Izzo’s final Westport Board of Selectman meeting, and he submitted his formal resignation. Bob Lasprogato, who was Izzo’s running mate, is slated to fill the slot on the board. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

All the World’s a Stage

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An overflow crowd tonight attended the continuing celebration of Shakespeare at the Westport Public Library. The Theatre Artists Shakespeare Workshop presented “Shakespeare: An Infinite Variety.” Shakespeare was brought to life with performances of several scenes from his most popular plays, and sonnets, soliloquies and songs inspired by his work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com