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Bridgeport Mayor to Speak to Y’s Men Thursday

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John Fabrizi: Speaking on Bridgeport’s future. Contributed Photo
Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi will speak at the next Y’s Men of Westport Weston session on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church.

In his talk titled “Building a Better Bridgeport,” the mayor will outline the progress that Bridgeport has made over the last three years and outline his plans for the future of Connecticut’s largest city.

Fabrizi, a lifelong Bridgeport resident, was City Council president when he became mayor in 2003 when former Mayor Joseph Ganim resigned when facing jail on federal corruption charges.

For more information about the Y’s Men, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679 or visit www.ysmenwestportweston.org.

Budget Proposal Could Include More Firefighters

By Jennifer Connic

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff is still reviewing budget proposal from the various town departments, but he today he said he needs to give serious consideration to a fire department proposal that could include more firefighters.

Joseloff said he has finished half of the budget sessions with the department directors and everyone is doing their best to keep their costs down.

“But we have told them to let us know their needs, and we will look at them carefully,” he said.

One area is with the Westport Fire Department, he said, which is expected to bring forward a renewed request to increase the number of firefighters on the variety of engines.

Westport Property Transfers Jan. 22-26, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 22-26, 2007:

Michelene Spencer to Vincent R. Petrecca, 25 Owenoke Park, $5,565,000WN property.jpg

Peter and Karen Coveney to Elizabeth Belkonen, 6 Birch St., $849,000

Catherine R. Campbell Est. to Martha Ben-Shahar, 35 Bridge St., $170,445.50

Carol Reynolds Est. to Arthur Nager, 5 Lowlyn Road, $375,000

Light Snow Expected Tonight

The National Weather Service said today that light snow with minor accumulations is expected in the Westport and tri-state area through early Wednesday.

A weak clipper system will be moving across the area this evening before moving over eastern Long Island by midnight, then east of Cape Cod by Wednesday morning, a mid-afternoon advisory said.

Light snow will be developing over western portions of northeast New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley early this evening before spreading east over New York City, southwest Connecticut and Long Island, the advisory said.

Light snow will begin to taper off over western portions of the area after midnight as it continues to spread east into eastern Connecticut and Long Island.

Family Y Promotes Staff at Mahackeno

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Jennifer Seirup: New director of family and youth programs at Mahackeno. Contributed photo
Jennifer Seirup became the full-time director of family and youth programs at the Westport Weston Family Y’s Mahackeno Outdoor Center earlier this month.

Seirup began her Mahackeno experience as one of the campers and joined the staff in the summer of 2002.

After working her first summer at Mahackeno, Seirup taught in the Family Y School Age Program. She was tapped to assume the position of head teacher in 2004 and promoted to summer program director at Camp Mahackeno in 2006.

Now working full time at the Family Y, she is energized by her expanded role in the organization and her program responsibilities, including Adventure Guides, a venerable YMCA initiative, and Building Bridges, an inter-generational program between seniors and children. She also is pursuing her degree in Human Development and Family Services at the University of Connecticut.

“I believe in providing experiences which are not only educational but also adhere to the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility,” she said.

Community Theatre Presents “Spinning into Butter”

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Westporter Judi Heath, Geoffrey Gilbert, Linda Gilmore and John Pyron (l-r) appear in the Westport Community Theatre’s production of “Spinning into Butter,” which opens this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Community Theatre opens its next performance “Spinning into Butter” on Friday at 8 p.m.

The performance, which is directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner, runs on Fridays and Saturdays Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Sundays Feb. 4, 11, and 18 at 2 p.m. There is also a performance scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.

A Fairfield County premiere, “Spinning Into Butter” is about a New England college campus rocked by the dangers of racism and political correctness.

Tickets cost $12 and $16. The theater is located at Westport Town Hall on Myrtle Avenue.

For more information, call the WCT Box Office at (203) 226-1983 or visit www.westportcommunitytheatre.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007


4:15 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Art Factory: Hearts & Portraits: A Valentine Workshop
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Special Meeting of Board of Education and Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Selected Shorts”

Town Plan Session Focuses on Infrastructure Issues

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Glenn Chalder, planning consultant, (r) speaks with a small group during tonight’s final workshop on the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development. Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley (l) looks on. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

Groups huddled over maps and diagrams in Bedford Middle School this evening, but it wasn’t students doing their homework.

It was groups of residents examining infrastructure issues during the last of the public sessions that will be used to build the update to the Westport Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

Each group was handed one of four topics that were community facilities, utilities, transportation and how to better implement the town plan.

Conversations included sidewalks connecting community facilities downtown, providing a shuttle bus from Weston to the train station, drainage into Long Island Sound and improving the town’s power lines so there are less outages.