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Farmers Market Opens at Playhouse

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People flocked to the new farmers market at the Westport Country Playhouse today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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People browsed through a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in Westport’s center today, but they weren’t making a stop at the local supermarket.

Instead they were buying produce directly from the farmers at the first day of the new Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse.

The market kicked off today and will run every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October.

There were 14 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads, baked goods, honey and molded soaps.

Buying Farmed Goods

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A large number of people visited Westport’s new Farmers Market today. It was the market’s first day and will run every Thursday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse through October. Vendors from various Connecticut farms sold vegetables and fruits. Some also sold baked goods, honey, flowers and soap. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Cutting the Ribbon

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The Westport Farmers Market kicked off today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The market will be held each Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot through October. Photographed are (l-r) Allison Harris, playhouse executive director; Selectwoman Shelly Kassen; First Selectman Gordon Joseloff; Michel Nischan, Dressing Room Restaurant owner; Market Manager Katherine Dyer; Tazewell Thompson, playhouse artistic director and a representative from the state Department of Agriculture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Kindergarten Under Review Again

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School officials are planning to review the Westport School District’s kindergarten program again, including any potential problems with time.

The measure was included in the district’s goals, on which the Board of Education completed discussions Wednesday night.

Also included were reviewing the district’s class size guidelines, bus safety and the special education survey report.

School officials last reviewed the kindergarten program almost five years ago, and the board later rejected a proposal to implement an all-day kindergarten program.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


10 a.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Special Board of Education—Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Llan de Cubel
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Drawer Boy”

Superintendent Receives 6.5 Percent Raise

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Elliott Landon: (shown addressing Staples grads last week) will earn $249,210. WN photo
The Westport Board of Education voted unanimously tonight to give Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon a 6.5 percent salary increase.

His salary for the 2006-07 fiscal year will increase to $249,210 from $234,000.

James Marpe, board secretary, said the board reviewed the superintendent salaries of other school districts in Westport’s Educational Reference Group.

Board Chairwoman Mary Parmelee said the board reviewed and discussed Landon’s performance in two executive session meetings before meeting with him.

Board Chair: We Have No Role

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The Westport Board of Education chairwoman told parents again tonight that the board has no role in the case surrounding the Bedford Middle School science teacher’s departure.

A group of about 30 parents attended tonight’s meeting to again ask for Ejay Clark’s reinstatement, but also asked for a response from board members.

“Like it or not, the board has no role,” said Mary Parmelee, board chairwoman. “The board is ruled by state statutes, and state statutes do not grant us the power to hold a hearing.”

Parmelee said she was working under the advice of the board’s attorney.