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Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Toquet Hall – “Play With Your Food”
2 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Pandemic Flu Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and at www.westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Work Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Long-Range Planning Committee

RTM Approves McLaury House Funding

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Representative Town Meeting tonight approved $268,000 to rehabilitate the Emily McLaury House on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Avery Place.WestportNow.com Image
The McLaury House will continue to be used for workforce housing after its renovation, according to town officials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The money will be used to refurbish the 1921 house including to replace the bathroom and kitchen, improve the plumbing and electrical systems and fix the collapsed sewage line in order to remove a cesspool in the back yard.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he wants people to come to Town Hall and see the house—which was designated as a local historic property in December 2005—and know town officials are committed to historic preservation.

Additionally, the house will be used to house municipal employees as workforce housing once it is refurbished, he said.

School Calendars Approved

The school year will start before Labor Day for the next two years.

The Westport Board of Education approved calendars for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years during its meeting Monday night.

School will start on Wednesday, Aug. 29 this fall and on Wednesday, Aug. 27 in 2008.

Additionally, Columbus Day returns to a holiday for students, but teachers will use it as a staff development day.

The two calendars are available on the school district’s Web site.

“Play With Your Food” Debuts Fifth Season

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The fifth season of “Play With Your Food” debuted today at Westport’s Toquet Hall. Nancy Diamond and Carole Schweid founded this theater group and continue to oversee all aspects of it. All shows include lunch, professional readings of one-act plays and discussion with the actors. There are performances in Westport (sold out), Stamford and Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers Dec. 25-29, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 25-29, 2006:

Paul A. Schreiner and Ariane C. Mermod to Robert F. Grant Tr, 249 Greens Farms Road, $3,650,000WN property.jpg

Sir 7 Caccomo LLC to Michael A. Smith, 7 Caccamo Lane Extension, $1,985,000

Jay D. and Virginia A. Gould to Cartus Corp., 22 Darbrook Road, $2,585,000

Cartus Corp. to Marianna Kulak McCall Revocable Trust, 22 Darbrook Road, $2,375,000

National Hall Associates LLC to Antares N H LLC, Post Road West and Wilton Road, $19,850,000

Staples Assistant Principal Heading to Iraq

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Richard Franzis: Activated by U.S. Army Reserves WN File Photo
By Jennifer Connic

One of Westport’s Staples High School assistant principals has been called up to active military duty and will be deployed to Iraq later this year.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced Monday night that Richard Franzis, Staples assistant principal who is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, has been called up to active duty.

The 51-year-old Fairfield resident and father of three, who is adviser for the sophomore class, will be on active duty for 18 months, he said.

Staples Principal John Dodig said Franzis’ last day at Staples was Friday and will travel to Pennsylvannia next week for two to three months of training before going to Iraq.

P&Z Approves Lot Use for Power Line Project

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a plan to allow Connecticut Light and Power to use the lower Imperial Avenue parking lot for the high-voltage power line project, but members also heard concerns from neighbors about noise.

The commission approved the plan at its meeting Monday night, during which it heard that use of the entire lower lot is necessary temporarily to allow workers to dig a trench under the river for the power line. It is part of the project for 345-kilovolt transmission line from Middletown to Norwalk by Northeast Utilities.

The lot will also permanently contain a vault for electric equipment. Construction will also be suspended in June in order to make way for the Westport Woman’s Club’s 100th annual Yankee Doodle Fair.

“CL&P has been sensitive to our needs,” Town Attorney Ira Bloom said. “They want to get the ball rolling on this in the month of January.”

Board of Finance Names New GOP Member

The Westport Board of Finance Monday night named Thomas Little as the replacement for Republican member R. Gavin S. Anderson.

The Democratic chair said he will make “a distinctive and valuable contribution to the town.” GOP members said they regretted their Democratic colleagues’ “strong-arm” tactics in making the selection.

A statement by Republican members Charles Haberstroh and Avi Kaner said: “Tonight the Democrats on the Board of Finance voted, along party lines 4-2, to appoint Tom Little to the vacant Republican slot on the board.

“We congratulate Tom on his appointment and look forward to working with him. It is regrettable that the Democrats would use their majority to strong-arm the selection process to appoint the Republican replacement.”

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007


8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Municipal Employees Pension Board
Noon – Toquet Hall – “Play With Your Food”
5 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 590, Staples Subcommittee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 206 – RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and www.westportct.gov)