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Community Events to Air on Channel 79

Residents will have the opportunity to watch the town’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony and the Arts Awards Celebration this weekend on cable channel 79, the town’s access channel.

The Veteran’s Day ceremony will air live at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

It will be rebroadcast 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The arts awards celebration, which was held on Oct. 15, will air today, Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 17, Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.

Fifth Gorham Hearing Necessary to Handle Information

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The attorney representing the company hoping to construct condominiums in Westport’s Gorham Avenue Historic District told the Planning and Zoning Commission tonight he does not have a burden to provide information in a timely manner. The commission scheduled a fifth hearing.

The commission is considering an application from Red Coat Development to construct 20 condominium units, which include six that will be deemed “affordable,” on 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave.

Throughout the proceedings, several commission members had expressed displeasure over when the applicant team has provided information, and again several members tonight expressed such concerns.

Chris Smith, Red Coat Development attorney, said, however, there is no burden on him under the law to provide the information in the way the commission was demanding.

Staples Boys Soccer Advances to State Quarterfinals

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Brendon Cristobal tries to beat Xavier goalkeeper Andrew Esposito. Cristobal assisted on Staples’ first goal of the 2-0 second round win in the state tournament today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
Two second-half goals lifted the Staples’ boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Xavier of Middletown today in the second round of state tournament play.

The win—achieved on muddy Loeffler Field at Staples—lifts the Wreckers’ record to 16-1-3, and advances them to the quarterfinal round of the state LL tournament.

The Wreckers will play Farmington on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Farmington.

The first goal, 10 minutes after halftime, began with a tackle by defender Alex Gendell. He slammed the ball forward to Brendon Cristobal, who delivered a perfect cross to wide-open Preston Hirten. Hirten first-timed a blast into the upper right corner.

Flu Clinics Scheduled for Nov. 28, Dec. 6

The Westport-Weston Health District has scheduled two flu clinics for Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Both will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Nov. 28 clinic will be held at the district offices on Bayberry Lane, and the Dec. 6 clinic will be held at the Westport Public Library.

The clinic is open to anyone older than nine years old. There are no residency restrictions and no appointment is necessary.

The cost of the vaccine is $32 in cash.  There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants, but they must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.

For more information, visit www.wwhd.org.

Police Begin Click It or Ticket Campaign Monday

Westport police will be enforcing the seatbelt laws starting Monday through Nov. 26 as part of the latest round of the Click It or Ticket program.

Police will be enforcing other motor vehicle laws throughout the time—during which Thanksgiving falls—including driving under the influence of alcohol.

A safety-belted driver has a better chance of maintaining control of the vehicle during and immediately following a collision, protecting passengers and others on the road, police said.

Ejection from a vehicle, which seatbelts prevent, causes 75 percent of deaths in car crashes, police said.

Research has found that lap/shoulder safety belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury for front-seat passengers by 45 percent, police said.