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Dog Days at the Beach

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As the number of days that dogs will be permitted on Westport’s beaches dwindles down, many dogs and their owners are making sure to take advantage of beautiful spring days such as Friday. Sue Beagley, a dog trainer from Norwalk, brought along her two Bernese Mountain dogs, Sophie, 4, and Cubbie, 6. Bernese Mountain dogs were once used as carting dogs in Switzerland. Sophie and Cubby are cousins whose mothers were sisters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Saturday, March 28, 2009


9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Coleytown Elementary School – Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School’s 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Public Library – The Library’s First Mini-Golf Tournament
10 a.m. – noon – Town Hall Auditorium – Forum on Connecticut budget with state Sen. Toni Boucher and Rep. Joe Mioli
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Green’s Farms School (17 Morningside Drive South) – Green’s Farms School Spring Market
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Art of the Birdhouse”
12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Bedford Middle School – Connecticut Association for the Gifted and the Westport Public Schools sponsor “Minds in Motion”
6:30 p.m. – Unitarian Church – A Better Chance Dream Event fund-raiser
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Kristin Chenoweth benefit concert
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Senators Community Foundation “Cabaret Night”
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Black Box Theatre – Staples Players, “12 Angry Men”

Cans of Flammable Fluids Found at Fire in Woods

Westport firefighters tonight quickly extinguished a fire in a wooded area off Meadow Brook Lane where they found cans of flammable fluids.WestportNow.com Image
One of the cans found in the woods near Long Lots Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Residents called 911 and said there had heard an explosion and then there was a fire about 300 feet into the woods behind Long Lots Elementary School.

“The explosion heard was apparently an aerosol can exploding which had been placed in the fire,” said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. A fire inspector found more than a dozen cans of flammable fluids in the immediate area, Conklin said.

Update: Hershey the Cat is Home

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UPDATE Hershey the cat reported lost March 27 is home safe and sound.

UPDATE The Himalayan Persian cat lost March 27 around the area of Imperial Avenue and Wakeman Place was found in the attic of a neighbor’s garage about three weeks later. The owner reports he is thin, matted, and had to be dehydrated at a vet. But he is recovering and wants to go back outside.

Westport Gets $904,000 for Rail Station Improvements

Westport will receive almost $904,000 in federal stimulus funds for maintenance, repair, and improvements to the Westport and Green’s Farms Metro-North New Haven Line stations.WestportNow.com Image
The funds will be used for repairs and improvements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Of the $10.5 million in funds devoted to New Haven Line improvements, $571,724 will go to the Westport station and $332,164 to the Green’s Farms station.

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said he received details today from the Connecticut Department of Transportation about the program, funds for which were approved earlier this week by Gov. M. Jodi M. Rell’s Recovery Working Group.

“The funds will be used to repair ramps and stairs, as well as to clean canopies, including decking and structural framing, of rust and loose paint,” Joseloff said. “There will also be improvement to amenities, including repairs to platform shelters.”

Charles Lindbergh Cuseo, 80

Charles Lindbergh Cuseo, 80, of Richmond, Va.,  formerly of Westport, died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2009, at the Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond.WestportNow.com Image
Charles L. Cuseo: last of the 12 Cuseo brothers. Contributd photo

Born Jan. 30, 1929, in Fairfield, Charles Cuseo was the last surviving brother of the famous 12 Cuseo brothers of Westport who left their footprint in the written historical pages of our community.

Charles is survived by his wife of 57 years, Josephine Cuseo; daughter, Dr. Lisa Cuseo-Ott; son-in-law, Thierry Ott; and grandchildren, Matthieu and Gabrielle Ott; in addition to several nieces, nephews and in-laws in Connecticut and throughout the United States.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lucy Cuseo; and siblings, Joseph Cuseo, Michael Cuseo, Frank Cuseo, William Cuseo, Nicholas Cuseo, Albert Cuseo, Angelo Cuseo, Anthony Cuseo, George Cuseo, James Cuseo, Robert Cuseo and Mildred Karen.

Westport to Get $30,000 in Law Enforcement Stimulus Funds

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that Westport will receive $30,000 in federal stimulus funding to assist law enforcement efforts ranging from general police work to drug treatment and crime victim assistance programs.

Wilton and Weston got similar amounts. Norwalk and Stamford got $75,000 each and Bridgeport got $100,000.

Rell said the funds are part of $12 million in federal stimulus funding awarded to the state to support local and statewide law enforcement. Of the total, about $4.3 million is going directly to the state’s cities and towns.

The money can be used for a wide range of programs and initiatives, Rell said, including training, personnel, equipment and supplies, information systems, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, drug treatment and crime victim support services and planning and evaluation services to improve existing programs.