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Celebrating His 90th

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Friends and family today honored former state representative and Westport town attorney John Boyd on the occasion of his 90th birthday this month.  Boyd, shown cutting a cake with his wife Jean at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, was a key figure in the town’s 1960 acquisition of Longshore Club Park and in preventing Cockenoe Island off Compo Beach from becoming the site of a nuclear power plant in 1967. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Student Enrollment Drives Budget Process

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Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon hasn’t started preparing his proposed 2007-08 budget yet, but he knows enrollment will be a major influence on it.

The Board of Education and Board of Finance are slated to hold preliminary budget talks during a meeting Monday night, but Landon said the school board has yet to review a report on school enrollment projections.

The report is one factor in determining how many teachers are needed for the school year, he said, but he knows there will be about 100 additional students at Staples High School for the 2007-08 school year.

The last two school years, he said, more students have been arriving at Westport schools than anticipated, but he’s not sure if it should be considered a trend yet.

Friday, Dec. 1, 2006


8:30 – 10 a.m. – Shaw’s Supermarket, 605 Post Road East – Westport-Weston Health District flu clinic
10:30 a.m. – Noon – Stop & Shop Supermarket, 1790 Post Road East – Westport-Weston Health District flu clinic
1:30-3 p.m. – Coleytown Elementary School – Stepping Stones Open House
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Christmas Carol”
8 p.m. – Westport Community Theatre – “An Inspector Calls”
8 p.m. – Seabury Center – Singers & Songwriters: Susan Werner / Guy Davis

P&Z Considers Denying Gorahm Affordable Housing Plan

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All seven Westport Planning and Zoning Commission members said tonight they should deny a plan for an affordable housing in the Gorham Avenue Historic District and began discussing how to back up such a vote.

Red Coat Development has proposed to build 20 condominiums at the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. Six of the units would be deemed “affordable” under state statutes. The application falls under the state’s affordable housing statute, which switches the burden of proof on a zoning decision to the commission.

Commission members said there is a significant need for affordable housing in Westport, but the plan presented was not the proper way to do it.

“We have a need for affordable housing in this town,” said Bruce Kasanoff, a commission member. “It’s critical and we need to do more. If I thought of the worst possible way to do it, (the application) would be close to it.”

Playhouse is Toys for Tots Collection Site

Those attending the Westport Country Playhouse’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” will have the opportunity to donate to the Toys for Tots program through Dec. 23.

The playhouse is an official collection site for the program, which is run by the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve and collects new, unwrapped toys for needy children.

Over the 58 years of the Toys for Tots program, Marines have distributed more than 351 million toys to 166 million needy children.

Performances for “A Christmas Carol” are scheduled for selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 5:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, surf to www.westportplayhouse.org or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.