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“So Where’s the Siren?”

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A youngster enjoys time behind the wheel of the Westport Fire Department’s ladder truck Thursday at a “touch-a-truck” event involving emergency vehicles at the Westport Public Library. Firefighter Brett Kirby assists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Friday, July 27, 2007


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Group Show I
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Revenue Enhancement Subcommittee
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Summer Fun Films
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Book Discussions for Teens: “Pride and Prejudice” (book and movie)
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – DNR
8 p.m.  – Westport Country Playhouse – “Relatively Speaking”

Westport Property Transfers July 16-20, 2007

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 16-20, 2007:

Axis Point Cross Highway Assoc. LLC to Timothy D. and Kathleen McCarthy, 142 Cross Highway, $2,935,000WN property.jpg

Peter and Michelle Drasher to Thomas D. and Lisa Edenholm Murray, 5 Mayflower Parkway, $3,150,000

Robert F. and Linda A. Schoff to Daniel C. Fisher and Carla A. Cohen, 51 Ludlow Road, $1,599,000

John E. and Lynn M. Fisher to Seth D. and Marjorie L. Almansi, 24 Pequot Trail, $1,905,000

“Miss Saigon” Star Visits Staples

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Broadway stars Kevin Gray (front row 3rd l.) and Dodie Pettit (behind Gray) were at Westport’s Staples High School working with the Staples Summer Theatre production of “Miss Saigon.” Gray is famed for playing the Engineer in more than 1,000 performances of “Miss Saigon.” The production runs Aug. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Cargo Saved in I-95 Truck Fire

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Westport firefighters joined with the Norwalk Fire Department today to extinguish flames in a tractor-trailer on I-95 at the Westport-Norwalk border between exits 17 and 16. Westport firefighters in the southbound lane shot water from a high-powered rooftop nozzle across the roadway to the fire in the northbound lanes before Norwalk firefighters got to the scene. The truck’s cargo of furniture was not damaged. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Planning for Emergencies on Long Island Sound

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Representatives of the Westport Fire Department (r) were among regional firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard participating in a meeting of Fairfield County coastal fire chiefs at a Norwalk marina today devoted to discussing cooperation during emergency incidents on Long Island Sound. According to Westport Deputy Chief Jon Gottfried, the meeting took particular note of Westport’s combined police and fire dive team, a joint agency effort that has been in operation for more than 10 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

DOT Details Tree Removal Program for Merritt Parkway

Representatives of the state Department of Transportation, meeting at Westport police headquarters today, detailed for area officials their plans for improved tree safety on the Merritt Parkway.

The discussion about planned tree removals was one of a number of subjects covered at the quarterly meeting of the Merritt Parkway Advisory Committee, made up of DOT officials, representatives of towns traversed by the parkway, the Merritt Parkway Conservancy, regional planners, the State Historic Preservation Office, and others.

Among those in attendance was Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. He had met with a delegation of DOT officials at Town Hall on tree safety on the Merritt on June 29 following the June 9 tree accident on the parkway in Westport which killed two people. (See WestportNow June 29, 2007)

“Essentially, they explained in detail their aggressive tree removal program,” Joseloff said. “They certainly recognize the heightened public concern about trees on the parkway and are taking steps to make the highway safer for the traveling public.”