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Germany’s Consul General in NY Visits Staples

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Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth, Germany’s consul general in New York, visited Westport’s Staples High School today to discuss Germany’s role in the European Union with students. Students from social studies and German classes attended the session, and he answered their questions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Y’s Men Change Scheduled Speaker for Thursday

State Sen. John McKinney will speak at the Y’s Men on Thursday as a replacement on the speaker schedule.

U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays was originally scheduled to speak, but he had to cancel due to a last-minute change in his schedule.

The Y’s Men meet at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East.

McKinney, a Fairfield resident, is the minority leader pro tempore of the state Senate. He represents Weston, Fairfield, Newtown and Easton.

P&Z To Review White Barn Plans

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will review and comment on the plans to convert the White Barn Theatre’s property into a school for the Connecticut Friends during an upcoming session.

P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said the plan for the property—which sits on the border of Norwalk and Westport—was referred to the commission by the Norwalk Zoning Board, which will hold a public hearing on the plans on May 16.

The commission needs to review the information and send back comments before then, he said, and the item is on Thursday’s agenda. The item is last, however, on a lengthy agenda, he said, and may be pushed off to a future session.

According to a memorandum sent to the commission on the project, the plans call to redevelop the site to construct a school for kindergarten through eighth grade that would have a maximum enrollment of 125 students.

HazMat Team to Receive New Vehicles

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Fire chiefs from the region met today to discuss Fairfield County HazMat Team funding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Dave Matlow

The Mid-Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Team will be purchasing a command, control and communications vehicle partly with federal funding.

The HazMat Team—which covers 15 communities from Stratford to Greenwich—is based in Westport, and the unit chiefs met at Westport Fire Headquarters today to finalize approval of a $150,000 supplement from the unit’s funds to cover the cost of the vehicle.

The team has already received $270,00 from the U.S. Homeland Security Department to purchase the vehicle.

The vehicle would be available in early 2008 and would serve as a mobile headquarters that responds to the 15 communities if there is a large emergency or incident.

I’m Rocky, and I was Adopted

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

Rocky is our resident “pedigree” beagle at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., [203]227-4137). Registration papers may or may not impress you but what will impress you is his gentle and loving nature. Rocky is a 5-year-old altered male beagle. He can be a buddy to both cats and dogs. He is very friendly and will make a fine companion for some lucky person.

Save the Children Aids Solomon Island Tsunami Victims

Westport-based agency Save the Children is working to provide relief to families and children left homeless by a deadly tsunami that struck the Solomon Islands Monday morning.

The agency — which has extensive health, education and child protection programs in the affected area — has sent a team to the island along with urgently needed supplies. The Save the Children team will assess the status of families and work to ensure that children are protected as the region recovers from the tsunami.

Save the Children has been working in the Solomon Islands for more than 20 years and reports that its 45 staff members there are safe.

A magnitude-8.1 earthquake, with its epicenter 25 miles from the western island of Gizo, triggered a large tsunami early Monday that killed at least 28 people — among them children — and left widespread destruction on the island, including in the large town of Gizo. Numerous aftershocks continue to rock the area.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Toquet Hall – “Play With Your Food”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
5:30 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site and Building Commission Levitt Pavilion Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – TEAM Westport Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Conservation Commission work session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Flood and Erosion Control Board