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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Lost Paradise”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Paintings by Gay Dearborn”
Noon – Westport Public Library – Best New Books from Sybil Steinberg Rescheduled to Thursday
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – 191 Hillspoint Road CommitteeCanceled
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee

Shoe Megashop to Open Next to Barnes & Noble

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All is not gloom on the Westport retail front. After being vacant for about two years, the 11,000-square foot space once occupied by Genovese Drugs at 1076 Post Road East next to Barnes & Noble has been leased to Marshalls for a Shoe Megashop. The store is only the second standalone Shoe Megashop (the other is in Scarsdale) of a concept that is part of a number of Marshalls stores. It features designer name shoes at discount prices for kids, teens and adults. Opening is set for between March 15 and April 1. Parent TJX Companies also owns HomeGoods which opened on Post Road East near the Fairfield line in September in space formerly occupied by Toys ‘R’ Us. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Seeking Improved Water Quality

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About 75 persons attended tonight’s meeting of the newly launched Westport Water Quality Initiative at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The group seeks to improve Westport’s water quality through responsible use of fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides. Among the speakers was Ann Berman who chairs Milford’s Environmental Concerns Coalition. Her group has recorded notable progress in efforts to improve water quality while succeeding in a broad range of environmental clean up activities. Attendees conducted breakout sessions that addressed control of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, ways to enlist homeowner involvement, and lawn care provider responsibilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Winter Weather Advisory Update

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Westport and area from midnight tonight to midnight Wednesday.

Snow will develop after midnight and will be heavy at times during the Wednesday morning commute, according to an advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

Maximum hourly snowfall rates will be 1 inch per hour in narrow bands. Snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are likely, the advisory said.

As the low gets closer to the region, warm air aloft will move rapidly north and change the snow to rain. A brief period of freezing rain or sleet is likely with ice accumulations less than one-tenth of an inch. This transition will occur by 11 a.m. Wednesday, the advisory said.

Ecuador Exchange Student: “People Are So Friendly Here”

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A 17-year-old exchange student from Ecuador told the Westport Rotary Club today about some of the differences he perceives between his native country and Westport. Raul Oliva Intriago, from the city of Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific coast, said Westport’s winter weather is “like walking in a big freezer.” But he said that people are so much more friendly here than in Ecuador. “You could be standing on a train platform for instance and the person standing next to you may start talking to you,” he said. “In my country that would not happen because the person initiating the conversation would be seen as suspicious.” The Staples junior is active on the Wreckers track and field team where he qualified for the state level competition in the 50-meter and long jump events that begins Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr., 65

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Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr.: 32-year veteran of Westport Fire Department. Contributed photo
UPDATE Lawrence D. Tedesco, Sr., a 32-year member of the Westport Fire Department before retiring in 1998 as an acting assistant chief, died Monday at Yale New Haven Hospital following a brief illness. He was 65.

Formerly of Westport, and husband of Wanda Gupton Tedesco, Tedesco was a resident of Bluffton, S.C.

Born in Norwalk, June 11, 1943, son of the late Donald J. and Margaret (McDermott) Tedesco, Tedesco had resided in Westport for 63 years prior to moving to Bluffton two years ago.

A former member of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, he was appointed to the Westport Fire Department on July 1, 1966, promoted to the rank of lieutenant on July 1, 1980, and served as acting assistant chief before retiring May 1, 1998.

Samuel Febbraio, Sr. 81

Samuel Febbraio, Sr., 81, of Westport, husband of Lena Febbraio, passed away Monday, Jan. 26 in Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Febbraio was born in Westport, June 23, 1927, son of the late Angelo and Mary (Reitano) Febbraio and has been a lifelong resident.

Prior to retiring, he was a self-employed contractor and built many homes in Westport. He graduated from Staples High School where he was an all-star football player. He was also drafted by the Giants at one time but chose not to play. Mr. Febbraio is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 58 years includes, three daughters, Linda Kenefic-Avera of Ludlow, Vt., Maria Heidl of Fairfield, Theresa Pearl of East Lyme, two sons, Thomas E. Febbraio of Westport, Samuel Febbraio, Jr., of Fairfield, one brother, Donald Febbraio of Madison, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Febbraio was also predeceased by one sister, Louise Febbraio.

Westport Again to Participate in “Wear Red Day”

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that Westport will participate in the American Heart Association’s National “Wear Red Day for Women” on Friday,  Feb. 6.  Joseloff will issue a proclamation at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Town Hall. WestportNow.com Image
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff at an earlier “Wear Red Day” Town Hall ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“Wear Red Day for Women” is held annually on the first Friday of February. Held for the fifth year, the day is intended by the American Heart Association to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today.

Many people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women, according to the Association.

It said the color red is a symbol of women and heart disease.  By wearing red on Feb. 6, citizens participate in this national movement to help women learn to love their own hearts and take action to reduce their risk of this serious, and largely preventable, threat to their lives, the Association said.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued; Storm Watch Canceled

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and area for snow, sleet and freezing rain which is in effect from midnight tonight to midnight Wednesday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

Snow will overspread the area after midnight tonight and could become heavy at times during the Wednesday morning commute, an advisory said. Snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are possible during this time.

Warmer air aloft will move into the area beginning late Wednesday morning but temperatures will remain below freezing late Wednesday morning through early Wednesday afternoon. This will allow for the development of sleet and freezing rain with one-tenth to one-quarter inch of ice possible during this time.

Temperatures will warm above freezing during the afternoon allowing precipitation to change over to plain rain before tapering off by midnight Wednesday night.