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I’m Rascal, and I Have New Home

Beagle mix Rascal needs a home
Hi, I’m Rascal! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

The name Rascal can conjure up all kinds of negative thoughts when it comes to a dog. In Rascal’s case, however, it’s a name undeserved. He is a 3-year-old altered male beagle mix that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., [203]227-4137). Rascal is extremely friendly and is wonderful with people of all ages and is very fond of other dogs. He goes above and beyond to win your heart with his affectionate nature. Please stop by soon to meet Rascal.  You may want to have other names in mind when you adopt him.  May we suggest Cuddles?

A Better Chance to Hold Fund-Raiser

A Better Chance (ABC) of Westport will hold its annual fundraiser on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Westport.

The event, titled “A Dream, An Opportunity, a Better Chance,” underscores the opportunities afforded to Westport’s ABC scholars.

Attendees will be able to bid on a wide variety of opportunities in live auction and silent auction.  One of the auction items for the evening will include dinner for two at Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant and tickets to a Westport Playhouse performance.

Tickets for the event are nearly sold out. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact Katie Augustyn at (203) 454-4735 or Mary McKenna at (203) 226-5923.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m.- Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – “A Centuries-Old Tradition in a Brooklyn Workshop”
7:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Literature: Mark Schenker

ZBA Modifies 113 Cross Highway Variance

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The Zoning Board of appeals modified a variance for 113 Cross Highway tonight to help preserve the historic garage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Zoning Board of Appeals tonight unanimously approved a plan to help preserve the former Cross Highway Garage.

The owners of 113 Cross Highway—Kim and Michael Ronemus—filed a request for a modification to their recently granted zoning variance for 113 Cross Highway to develop one of the accessory buildings into an office.

The Zoning Board of Appeals last month approved one variance to allow a home office in one of the accessory buildings, which was necessary because Westport zoning regulations do not allow offices in outbuildings. The ZBA, however, rejected two other variance requests that would have expanded the building and allowed a guest room in a separate accessory building (See WestportNow Feb. 28).

The modified plan calls for a new 292-square-foot building adjacent to the garage with a breezeway linking the two buildings. The new building would have a 60-square-foot basement to handle mechanicals for the two buildings.

Homegrown Cooking

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About 50 people attended a talk at the Westport Historical Society today with local chef Michel Nischan, who has also authored a cookbook and is the co-owner of Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant. He described the Dressing Room as a homegrown restaurant and stressed the importance of supporting local farmers. “Our goal is to recapture the simple and pure tastes found in locally grown organic ingredients for this generation and those to come,” he said. Nischan also prepared a turnip soup for those attending and signed copies of his cookbook, “Homegrown: Pure and Simple.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com