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Police Arrest 12-Year-Old Girl in Nude Photo Distribution

UPDATE Westport police said today they have arrested a 12-year-old girl in connection with the e-mail distribution of a nude photo of a classmate to fellow students at Coleytown Middle School last month.

They said a warrant was served on the youngster Monday and she was referred to Norwalk Juvenile Court on a charge of breach of peace second degree, which involves the distribution of offensive and indecent material. Her name was not released because of her age.

Police said they began investigating the incident May 12 “upon word circulating throughout the school that a nude snapshot was taken during a video chat, this snapshot being distributed to others.” 

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon later warned parents in a letter that middle school and high school students were involved in “criminal activity” involving distributing “live images and photographs of themselves in total nudity and engaging in inappropriate acts while in the nude.” (See WestportNow May 15, 2008)

Planning & Zoning Modifies Office Hours

Westport Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley announced today that effective July 2, the P&Z office will be instituting modified office hours. 

The P&Z Office will be open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“We have chosen to remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays as these are days when there are evening meetings,” said Bradley.  “The Zoning Board of Appeals meets on Tuesday, and the Planning & Zoning Commission meets on Thursday.

“The benefits of these hours would allow the department to more efficiently process permits and applications without interruption.,” he said. “The P&Z Office is one of the busiest offices within Town Hall and the ability to have several hours per week to process applications would provide benefits to the staff and public alike.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Solos Show”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Cover Story”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Longshore Golf Clubhouse Committee
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Hot ‘n Cole:  A Cole Porter Celebration!”
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – The Merwin Mountain Band

Kathleen Turner and Edward Albee at Playhouse

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Veteran actor Kathleen Turner and playwright Edward Albee signed books at the Westport Country Playhouse tonight following “A Conversation with Kathleen Turner and Edward Albee” presented by the Playhouse and the Westport Arts Center. The two engaged in more than an hour of talk and answered questions from a near sell-out audience. Turner recently received rave reviews on Broadway playing Martha in Albee’s modern classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and this fall will star in Albee’s new play, “Me, Myself and I.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Annual Hunt Club Horse Show Opens Tuesday

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Preparations were underway today for the Fairfield County Hunt Club’s annual five-day horse show which opens Tuesday. More than 700 riders and horses of all ages and levels of ability will compete in the 200 classes to be held at 174 Long lots Road, Westport. The show, which is open to the public with no admission fees, winds up on Saturday with the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix. World-class riders and horses compete against the clock at racehorse speeds while navigating over five foot fences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Ordinance Banning Plastic Bags to Go to RTM on July 1

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An ordinance banning distribution of plastic bags by local retailers moved a step closer to reality today with a vote by the Ordinance Committee of the Representative Town Meeting. Four committee members present voted unanimously that the ordinance is ready to be presented to the RTM for a “first reading” at its July 1 meeting. Since all proposed ordinances must hold over a meeting, a vote on the proposal will not come until August or September. Known as the Retail Checkout Bag Ordinance, its purpose “is to improve the environment in Westport by encouraging the use of reusable checkout bags and banning the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Tickets on Sale for July 3 Fireworks

Fireworks at Westport’s Compo Beach take place on July 3 with a rain date of July 7.

Tickets for are $25 and must be purchased in advance, either at the Westport Parks and Recreation office, 260 Compo Road South, during business hours or at police headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, any time.

Ticket holders can arrive as early as 5 p.m. to secure their spot, with fireworks expected to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. For information, call (203)341-5090.