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Firefighters Contain Propane Gas Leak; One Overcome

Westport firefighters today contained a leak from an underground propane gas tank damaged by van that had driven over it.

One firefighter was overcome by heat exhaustion and transported to a hospital during the incident at 18 Manitou Road, said Assistant Chief Gene Maloney.

Firefighters responding to an 8:49 a.m. 911 call found a van parked on top of the tank whose protective collar surrounding the fill valve, gauge, and safety valve had been partially crushed by the vehicle’s undercarriage, he said.

There was an odor in the air indicating a propane gas leak, and firefighters set up protective hose lines and took meter readings in the area, the official said.

Bank Robbery Still Under Investigation

Police have not connected Friday’s bank robbery with two earlier ones in Westport and are still investigating all four robberies that have happened in the last four months.

Sgt. David Kassay said detectives don’t know yet if the same man connected to the Webster Bank robbery in March and the People’s Bank robbery in May.

Police have connected the same man to those two robberies and seek two other men for robbing the Hudson United Bank on Post Road West in April. Three robberies have taken place on a Friday afternoon.

The suspect in the two connected robberies has been described as a black male.

Longshore Detour

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Police closed off a road into Westport’s Longshore Club Park today after a tree fell across the roadway adjacent to the golf course, bringing down power lines. Because of the extent of damage, it took more than eight hours—until shortly after 1 p.m.—to restore power. Traffic was allowed to enter the area via the road to the marina while repairs were underway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Open Space and Community Character Top Planning Issues

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Those attending tonight’s meeting on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development update had the chance to vote for what issues they felt were most important. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Westport residents tonight said that open space, preserving community character and traffic were the top issues that needed focus in the new Westport Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

About 125 persons attended a two-hour session at Bedford Middle School held by the firm helping draft the plan.

Participants priortized their desires for the town by depositing play money in 12 boxes representing various issues, and they put dots on two maps indicating their likes and dislikes about Westport.

The meeting was the first of several public sessions to be held to gather residents’ input on the plan. State law requires each community to update its plan every 10 years, and Westport needs to update its plan by the end of 2007.

Teacher Withdraws Resignation, Superintendent Won’t Accept

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Bedford Middle School science teacher Ejay Clark has withdrawn his resignation and wants a hearing before the Westport Board of Education about his termination. But Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said he won’t accept the withdrawal.

Clark offered his resignation in March, and recently parents have been asking for his reinstatement before the Board of Education. He was still teaching until the end of the school year.

Lewis Brey, Clark’s attorney, said he was coerced into resigning after receiving a letter that Landon was going to recommend the board not renew him.

“He was told to think of his family, that he wouldn’t get another job and was told he could have recommendations,” he said. “When it was clear they were not going to follow-up with (some of the promised recommendations), he withdrew his resignation.”