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Five RTM Members Fail to Sign Up for Re-Election

UPDATE Five members of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), including Moderator Alice Shelton, have failed to return papers indicating they will seek re-election, Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said today.WestportNow.com Image
Flashback: Alice Shelton and Dr. Lisa Rome following their election in December 2005 as RTM Moderator and Deputy Moderator. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Steve Rubin for WestportNow.com

The deadline was today for the 36 members to file a statement indicating they intend to seek re-election in November for a two-year term.  But those failing to return papers still have time to change their mind. They, along with anyone else seeking to run for the RTM, have until Sept. 10 to submit a petition signed by at least 25 electors in their district to place their name on the ballot.

According to Strauss, in addition to Shelton (District 2), who has served for 10 years, and moderator for two years, others who did not file re-election statements (and their length of service) include: Valerie Fischel (District 4) four years; Garry Boxer (District 4) two years; Ralph Hymans (District 5), 10 years (not consecutive), and Kim Mathias (District 9) four years. Dorothy Harris (District 2) had originally been listed as not submitting a re-election request,  but Strauss said the document had arrived via e-mail after the office closed.

Velma Heller (District 6), who has served six years, moved to District 9 and will have to petition to appear on the ballot for that district. All residents also may seek to become a write-in candidate with the deadline two weeks before the election, Strauss said.

Police Arrest Five Youths in Concession Stand Break-In

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Westport police early today arrested five 14-year-olds in connection with a break-in at the concession stand at the Little League fields on Compo Road North. A police officer checking the building at about 1 a.m. found the door open and a window broken with two bicycles nearby. A police dog lead officers to the five juveniles hiding in nearby bushes. The youths, three from Westport and two from Weston, were released to the custody of their parents and face burglary and larceny charges in Juvenile Court. Their identities were not released because of their age. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Former Staples Footballer Mulcahy OK After Training Injury

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Sean Mulcahy: Recovering from neck injury. Bengals.com photo
Former Staples and UConn football standout Sean Mulcahy was injured during a training camp practice Monday morning with the Cincinnati Bengals in Georgetown, Ky. But he was back at camp hours later.

“The Bengals suffered a scary moment at Monday morning’s practice when they watched an ambulance drive on the field and take tight end Sean Mulcahy while strapped to a stretcher with a neck injury,” the team’s Web site, bengals.com said. 

“But by the time the Bengals practiced Monday night, Mulcahy was back at camp resting comfortably and ready to meet Tuesday with club doctors about his neck/spinal injury. He’s expected to have a full medical recovery but the continuation of his career will no doubt be discussed.”

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Mulcahy was running a blocking drill when the injury occurred, Bengals.com said. Public relations director Jack Brennan reported Mulcahy was joking and conversing with nurses at the University of Kentucky Trauma Center a short time after he was admitted, it said. 

TeenFlix Season Debut Draws Small Crowd

By Linda Alvkall

High humidity, temperatures in the upper 70s and a sky that looked like it might storm marked tonight’s debut of TeenFlix, the outdoor teen summer Monday night movie series at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion.WestportNow.com Image
Tonight’s TeenFlix movie series debut at the Levitt Pavilion attracted a small but enthusiastic crowd. Among them were Freia Andrews, 13, (l) and her sister Siri, 12 (c.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The Westport Youth Commission-sponsored event was not packed, but those who showed up for the 2006 movie “Talledega Nights” starring Will Ferrell said they had a good time.

“This is my second year watching movies here, and I will come every Monday if I am around,” said Kate Doyle, 17, of Westport who came with a few friends to watch the show.

She said that she likes Will Ferrell and she found out about the NASCAR-themed movie through the Levitt Pavilion calendar.

Newest “Green”: Geothermal and Dual-Flush Toilets

By Ed Kiersh

If you thought a solar cell-covered roof was “green” cool, Westport now has an environmentally sensitive “high performance” house.WestportNow.com Image
The house at 122 Bayberry Lane has the latest “green” systems which could mean up to $8,000 savings in annual utility bills, according to builder Barry Katz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The $3.695 million 5,750-square-foot colonial at 122 Bayberry Lane offers a glimpse into the Green Revolution and the future.

Longtime Westport builder Barry Katz recently completed the house that features a geothermal heating and cooling sytem, formaldehyde-free plywood, water-saving dual-flush toilets, and zero volatile organic compounds.

“I feel houses should not only keep you warm and dry, but they should also keep you healthy,” said Katz, who has spent years researching “green” refinements.

Electrical Firm Files $1 Million Suit Over Staples Project

A Hartford-based electrical contracting company has served notice on the Town of Westport that it is seeking more than $1 million for what it contends is nonpayment for labor services in the recent rebuilding and expansion project at Staples High School.

Electrical Contractors, Inc. (ECI) said the town directed ECI to perform additional work “outside the scope of the contract,” but refused to pay the company for the extra work, according to papers filed with the Town Clerk.

ECI is seeking $1,068,047 plus interest and legal costs.

Town Attorney Ira Bloom said the town had fulfilled its obligations with ECI.

Joseloff Names King’s Highway Maintenance Committee

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today announced the appointment of a special committee to review mold and other air quality issues at King’s Highway Elementary School.

The Special King’s Highway Elementary School Maintenance Review Committee will be headed by R. Gavin S. Anderson, chair of the First Selectman’s Maintenance Committee and a former member of the Board of Finance.

It will include Selectman Shelly Kassen, representatives from the Maintenance Committee, the Westport School District, the Westport Weston Health District, the town’s Building and Public Works Departments, King’s Highway parents, and consultant Gil Cormier of New Britain-based Occupational Risk Control Services, Inc.

“As promised at last week’s Town Hall meeting on this issue, I am naming a committee to take steps to help ensure that students and teachers can return to school next month with the confidence that it is environmentally safe,” said Joseloff. He will be an ex-officio member of the committee. (See WestportNow July 26, 2007)