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Residents Urged to Check Swimming Pool Drain Outlets

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Town of Westport Building Department Director Steve Smith today urged swimming pool owners to make sure a drain cover is installed in all swimming pool suction outlets to avoid entrapment of swimmers, especially children whose smaller bodies can be sucked toward the system.  Smith referred to a tragic incident in Greenwich in July 2007 in which a 6-year-old boy drowned when he became trapped in a suction outlet.  Smith said residents with questions about suction outlet drain covers should call the Building Department at (203) 341-5025. “Keep an eye on your kid in the pool,” Smith said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Patricia Lucci Giannuzzi, 66

Patricia Lucci Giannuzzi of Westport died Monday, July 28, 2008, after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. WestportNow.com Image
Patricia L. Giannuzzi: life-long Westporter. Contributed photo

A life-long Westport resident and 1960 Staples High School graduate, she is survived by her daughter, Kathy Pinkham, and son-in-law, Seth Johnson, of Shelton; her father, Patrick Lucci, of Westport; and her brother, Sal Lucci, and sister-in-law, Martha, of Westport.

She was pre-deceased by her mother, Marguerite Nappa Lucci

While her daughter was growing up, she was an instructor at the town’s Beach School.  A tag sale devotee, she later worked for many years for “Those Two Girls.” She was an avid gardener especially fond of ornamental grasses.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Westport artist Howard Munce
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Group Show Part I: A-K
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
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Hot Peas ‘n Butter

Rush Limbaugh Recalls 20 Years Ago With Westporter

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Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh marked his 20th anniversary on the air today by recalling a 1988 interview with Westporter Miggs Burroughs on a public access channel. “Back then I was willing to appear anywhere to promote the program.” Limbaugh told his audience. “There was a TV show on Connecticut public access TV called Miggs B on TV, and the host was Miggs Burroughs, and he interviewed me, and he said, ‘You have a segment called ‘The Homeless Update.’ You’re misunderstood. I mean, that segment’s misunderstood. Your whole point of it is misunderstood a lot.’” Rushlimbaugh.com photo

Westport Beaches Fare Well in Cleanliness Study

Westport’s beaches fared well in a new report issued today that says Connecticut’s beaches were cleaner in 2007 than in 2006 but that more work needs to be done.

The 18th annual beach water quality report issued by the National Resources Defense Council said there were 108 closings and water advisory days in Connecticut in 2007 compared to 224 in 2006.

Fairfield County had the most closing and water advisories in 2007 in the state, mostly due to contamination from storm water, the report said. Storm water carries pollution from the streets to the beach without treatment whenever it rains.

Of beaches which exceeded Connecticut’s daily maximum bacterial standards, Compo Beach exceeded them 2 percent of the monitored period in 2007 and Burying Hill Beach zero percent, the report said. No data was available for Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

Open Letter to Westport Teens

Open Letter to Westport Teens:

I, 7 months pregnant, was strolling down Main Street with my husband the other evening. A few small packs of teenagers were hanging around the area. We slowly neared one gang of teens whose scooters were blocking the sidewalk. One of them spotted us, told his buddies, “We have to get these off the sidewalk” and promptly moved his gear out of the way to let us through.

We walked through. I didn’t say “thank you.” I’m not sure why. Possibly because I was too busy being impressed that a bunch of adolescents would notice a random pregnant woman and her husband out for a quiet evening walk.

So thank you. Not just to the boy who moved his and his friend’s scooters, but to every young person in this town who steps out of their way to let me through, who smiles at my children, opens a door for us, or performs some other act of grace and kindness.

There are many of you in this town, and I notice every single one of you. I may not verbalize it (fine example I’m setting), but it’s young people like you who make me happy we moved here, and who make me hope our children grow up with the same courtesy and thoughtfulness.

Robin Chung
Westport