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Housing Surveys Posted on Town Web Site

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff has announced that two housing survey questionnaire forms have been posted on the town’s Web site.

“The 2007 Town Plan of Conservation and Development identifies the need for creation of a range of housing opportunities and choices, including moderate income housing for first-time buyers, elderly persons and the workforce,” said Joseloff. 

“The two questionnaires—one for senior housing and one for workforce housing—will give us an indication as to the needs for different housing options as the town and the Westport Housing Authority move forward with our planning process.”

Residents are encouraged to print and fill out a questionnaire and return it by Jan. 31 to the Selectman’s Office, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport 06880.

An Historic Opening

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Members of the Westport Historical Society (l-r) Peter Jennings, Wally Woods, Katie Chase, president of the Society, Ellen Naftalin, Mollie Donovan and Joni Andrews gathered today to put up a banner announcing the Society’s new exhibit. The show will have its grand opening on Sunday with a reception from 3-5 p.m. at Wheeler House, the Society’s home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Westport K-9 Unit Assists in Waterbury Schools Drug Sweep

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Lola and Westport Officer Marc Heinmiller conduct a search at North End Middle School in Waterbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Police service dog Lola and her handler traveled to Waterbury Friday to assist in a drug sweep of the city’s middle schools and high schools, according to Sgt. Foti Koskinas, supervisor of the K-9 unit.

Lola and handler Officer Marc Heinmiller came up with two suspected locations where they found narcotic odors, Koskinas said. The information was turned over to school administrators, who in turn handle the incidents administratively within the Board of Education.

The sweeps are performed once per month on unannounced dates and locations within the school system, he said.

The Waterbury Board of Education sees this program as an effective deterrent to students bringing narcotics into the schools, Koskinas said.

Strike Up the Fife and Drums Corps for Patriot

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Members of North Haven’s Lancraft Fife and Drum Corps entertained at today’s grand opening of the Patriot National Bank branch at 370 Post Road East at the intersection of Compo Road South. The branch is the 18th for the Stamford-based bank—15 are in Connecticut and three in New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

CDs of a Different Kind Offered at former Sam Goody Site

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They are offering CDs again at the former Westport site of the Sam Goody music retailer on Post Road East—but these are certificates of deposit at the new Westport branch of the Patriot National Bank. Wielding the ribbon-cutting scissors at today’s grand opening were Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (4th l.) and Charles F. Howell, Patriot president and CEO. The bank joins People’s United Bank at the intersection of Compo Road South and North and Post Road East. They in turn soon will be joined by a branch of Fairfield County Bank which this week received approval from the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission for its new facility on the southeast corner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Playhouse Change: “Incredibly Sad…Like a Divorce”

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Sunday’s New York Times Connecticut section spotlights the recent departure of Tazewell Thompson as Westport Country Playhouse artistic director (See WestportNow Jan. 2, 2008) and the return of Joanne Woodward (r) and Anne Keefe as interim co-artistic directors. Said Keefe of Thompson’s departure: “It’s not the kind of thing—it was incredibly sad. He was a friend, a colleague. It’s like a divorce.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WestportNow file photo

Off to the Ball

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Junior girls at Westport’s Staples High School and their dates posed for a picture Friday night before heading off to the County Assembly Charity Ball at the Inn at Longshore. Friday’s event followed by a week the 70th Red and White Charity Ball for senior girls. The County Assemblies were first organized in 1938 by Willem C. Schilthuis of Westport to promote inter-town friendships, instill social graces and provide support to organizations benefiting adolescents. Invitations went out to public school students in Westport, Weston, Wilton, and Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Ogintz for WestportNow.com

State Police Pursuit Ends on Westport Residential Street


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A state police pursuit of a stolen car on I-95 ended on a Westport residential street early today with the crash of a vehicle and the arrest of one man, police said.

The man jumped out of the car after it crashed at about 5:20 a.m. at the intersection of Long Lots Road and Moss Ledge Road.

Police arrested the man after a foot chase. It was unclear whether there was a second man in the car, reported stolen in Norwalk, and whether he may have fled, police said.

State police followed the car off of I-95 at Exit 18 in Westport where Westport police joined the chase. It traveled along the Sherwood Island Connector to Post Road East, then turned left on to Cedar Road until it came to Long Lots Road where it turned right and went until Moss Ledge Road.