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Compo Seawall Significantly Damaged

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The seawall along Compo Basin and Compo Beach Road was significantly damaged during the recent nor’easter and needs immediate repair, officials said today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Jennifer Connic

Westport officials are working quickly to fix the seawall along Compo Basin, which was significantly damaged during the recent nor’easter.

Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said today the wall was in poor condition before the storm—which was April 15-16—and the storm deteriorated it to the point where it needs to be addressed immediately.

“It’s falling apart,” he said. “Significant sections have begun to collapse.”

Water is getting behind the wall during high tide, he said, and eroding the wall from behind.

Dye Spilled on I-95

Westport firefighters and state Department of Environmental Protection workers determined a purple substance on I-95 this morning was a dye and was not hazardous.WestportNow.com Image
The hull of a boat at All Seasons Marine Works, 609 Riverside Ave., was one of 40 vessels at the business covered with purple residue from the dye. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said there was a powder on the bridge that prompted motorists to call the fire department around 8:30 a.m., and it stretched from Norwalk and through Westport.

“It appears to have been a leak from a vehicle,” he said. “We don’t know where it came from.”

The dye made a mess of the highway, but it didn’t need to be cleaned up because it was run into the road by the vehicles.

Congratulations to Woman’s Club

To the Editor:

The Westport Woman’s Club is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year and deserves special recognition for all the “good” this civic organization has brought to Westport.

My association with Westport Woman’s Club is very recent. We just completed Build for the Cure™ supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and our breast cancer programs. We turned to the Westport Woman’s Club for help with this major project in their community and without hesitation, they were there to help. They provided advice, committee volunteers, and house tour guides, and very importantly awarded a $10,000 Ruegg Grant to Komen for the Cure in Connecticut. We were honored to be selected as the recipient of such a prestigious award.

The Westport Woman’s Club embodies a strong commitment to volunteerism which is so vital to any community.  In these times, it is increasingly difficult to keep this type of organization together and strong, but in Westport, these ladies have done an outstanding job.

I congratulate them on their 100th Anniversary and personally thank President Barbara Levy and Linda Clair for their leadership and assistance on our Build for the Cure.

Pauline R. Kezer
President, Komen for the Cure CT
Old Saybrook, CT

Longshore Almost Ready for Official Opening

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Workers are continuing to sod the final tees at Longshore Club Park, and the work is scheduled to be done this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

Many golfers have been taking advantage of the recent warm weather at Westport’s Longshore Club Park to play early season rounds, but they are golfing around workers finishing the improvements to the golf course.

Crews are finishing sodding the final tees on the course, completing golf cart paths and seeding some areas, but the work is due to be completed in time for an official reopening of the course on Saturday, May 5. A number of events will take place starting at 8 a.m. that day concluding with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Crews have been working since October 2005 on the $2.3 million project to improve the course, and they only paused during last summer to allow for regular use of the course.

Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said the goals of the project were to increase tee space and improve the greens, renovate the existing bunkers that were “old and tired” and review and improve the strategy to play the course.

I’m Harris, and I’ve Been Adopted

Male corgi mix Harris needs a new home
Hi, I’m Harris! Connecticut Humane Society

Harris (aka Harry) is a real fun little guy. He is a 2-year-old altered male corgi mix that has won the hearts of all at the CT Humane Society with his happy demeanor and just plain silliness. He wants to be the friend that will be by your side every day. He’s playful, very friendly and ready to be a part of your life. If you are looking for some added joy in your daily routine, then don’t look any further than this special guy, Harris.

I’m Patches, and I Have a New Family

Staffordshire terrier mix Patches needs a home
Hi, I’m Patches! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Like so many great beauties of the world, Patches has to be seen in person to fully appreciate her beauty. Patches is a 3 ½-year-old spayed female Staffordshire terrier mix. This special girl can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). She delights all those who meet her with her “smile” and gentle nature. She adores attention, walks well on a leash and knows her basic commands. Patches gets along well with other dogs as well. So, please stop by soon to meet our quiet beauty, Patches, and get ready to lose your heart.

Thursday, April 26, 2006


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Subcommittee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. – Toquet Hall – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Living Greener: How to Apply the Latest Scientific Knowledge to Everyday Living
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “All About Us”

Author Tells of African Library Program

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Masha Hamilton spoke about her book, “The Camel Bookmobile,” at the Westport Public Library today. The book is based on an actual effort by Westerners to deliver books on camel-back to remote villages in Kenya. Hamilton read two passages and also had a video to illustrate what it was like for the villagers to pick library books. The Camel Bookmobile goes to different villages three times a week and returns to each village in two weeks when the books must be returned. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Selectmen Reject Sidewalk Replacement Appeal

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight ruled a downtown property owner must pay for the replacement of a sidewalk in front of the property.

Public Works Department crews replaced the sidewalk in front of 35 Church Lane—which is owned by Trivalent Realty—last summer for $13,503.38.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said he tried to work out an agreement with the property’s owner, but no final resolution could be determined. A lien was placed on the property for the cost of the replacement, he said.

Colin Gunn, who represents the owner, said they were willing to repair the sidewalk and not replace it.