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Parks & Rec Summer Registration Set for Saturday

Westport Parks and Recreation Department registration for summer programs will begin on Saturday at Bedford Middle School from 7 a.m. through 10 a.m., the department said today.

Registration will then continue at the Parks and Recreation sales office at Longshore Club Park during regular business hours beginning on Monday. 

All program registrations must be made in person and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are filled, a news release said.

Program registration may be submitted by an unrelated person—however, an individual may enroll only members of one household on Saturday. 

Westport Receives Clean Energy Award

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Westport has received a 2008 Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Award, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today. The award, given by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, recognizes the leadership of Connecticut’s municipalities, businesses and institutions in their support of clean energy. Joseloff (l) posed with the award with Carl Leaman, chairman of the town’s Green Energy Task Force. “Our community’s commitment to reducing energy consumption through conservation and increased use of green energy options has been acknowledged by receipt of this award,” said Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Thursday, April 3, 2008


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Earthplace – “Memories of a Childhood Lost”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – “The Paradox of Water”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
6:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – “Grandparent or Caregiver? Finding the Balance” with Suzanne Wallace
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Orson’s Shadow”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Time of My Life” preview

Towns Urge Legislature to Ground FAA’s Flight Plan

Leaders of Fairfield County towns, including Westport, today called on the General Assembly to pass a resolution opposing a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan for New York area airports.

“As far as we are concerned, the FAA’s plan should never have left the ground in the first place,” said Rudy Marconi, chairman of the Alliance for Sensible Airspace Planning and first selectman of Ridgefield

“The FAA plan to send more jets flying low over Fairfield County is simply unfair to a large swath of our state. We urge the legislature to put a halt to the FAA’s careless disregard for the people living here.”

The FAA says it is implementing the new flight plan to ease air traffic congestion at New York area airports – a plan that will cause a significant spike in the number of planes flying low over Fairfield County, thereby increasing both pollution and noise.

Preparing for Sunday’s 100th Birthday Celebration

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Volunteers packed gift bags for Sunday’s Westport Public Library 100th birthday celebration. The 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. event will feature jugglers, puppets, music spanning 100 years, stories, crafts, art exhibits, displays and much more. Among those packing the bags were (r-l) Kathy Fording, president of the Friends of the Library, and Karen Wolfe and Julie Belaga, co-chairs of the birthday celebration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Residents Reminded of New Accessory Apartment Use

Westport Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley today reminded residents that on Nov. 1, 2007, the Planning & Zoning Commission approved a zoning amendment which created a new permitted accessory use in residential zoning districts to allow for one affordable accessory apartment in single-family dwellings. 

“The purpose of the new section is to provide an opportunity to increase Westport’s inventory of affordable housing units while also preserving the exterior appearance of single-family houses,” said Bradley. “Presently, the one allowed apartment is age-restricted.” 

Affordable accessory apartments must be rented to those whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the state median income for family size, and the maximum rent to be charged cannot exceed 30 percent of the tenant’s income. These restrictions must be contained in a restrictive covenant which is placed on the land records for a period of at least 10 years.

In an effort to increase the town’s affordable housing inventory, town officials are asking property owners to voluntarily come forward with unapproved apartments and to comply with the new affordable accessory apartment zoning regulation.