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Tuesday, May 5, 2009


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Home”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
6 p.m. – Room 309 – Special Board of Finance
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission/ARB Joint Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m.- Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Budget Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Around the World in 80 Days”
8 p.m. – Greens Farms Academy – “The World to Come” by futurist Andrew Zolli

RTM Approves 2009-10 Municipal Budget

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Westport’s Representative Town Meeting tonight approved the town’s proposed 2009-10 municipal budget of $58.9 million, down 1.17 percent over this year’s budget. Board of Finance Chair Jeffrey Mayer explained his board’s reasons for recommending the budget. He praised both the town administration and the Board of Education for cooperating in bringing in a combined budget that shows an overall year-to-year reduction for the first time in a generation. The RTM will take up the education budget Tuesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Town Hall Rally Protests Budget Cuts

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About 100 Staples High School students held a rally on the steps of Westport Town Hall today asking for restoration by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) of $1.4 million cut from the Board of Education’s requested 2009-10 budget increase. The students said they feared the cut would alter course offerings and extra-curricular activities at the school.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

New Staples Baseball Field Dedicated

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Mark Hennessy (l) of the Staples Diamond Club thanks supporters of the Staples baseball team booster club for their donations and hard work at today’s dedication ceremony for the refurbished Staples baseball field. The project has totally changed the look and feel of the Staples baseball complex, making it among the top fields among FCIAC competitors. In addition to rainy weather, the only negative today was a Staples 3-1 loss to Wilton. The Wreckers are now 8-4 (7-3 FCIAC) on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Students Plan Town Hall Budget Protest Today

Students from Staples High School are planning a rally on the steps of Westport Town Hall today to protest cuts in the Board of Education’s requested 2009-10 budget increase that they say will possibly alter course offerings and extra-curricular activities at the school.

The rally was set to begin at 5 p.m. in advance of the 7:30 p.m. start of at least two nights of budget deliberations by the Representative Town Meeting (RT), the town’s legislative body. The RTM will take up the municipal budget tonight and the education budget on Tuesday.

The Board of Education’s original request for a $1.9 million, or 2.06 percent, increase in its proposed $96 million 2009-10 budget was reduced by the Board of Finance by $1.4 million. The education board voted not to seek restoration.

But in an e-mail message Sunday to RTM members, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, writing, he said, as “a private citizen and a resident of Westport,” asked the RTM to restore the $1.4 million. He said an early retirement program offered to town employees showed the cut was not necessary.

Monday, May 4, 2009


9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Home”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Waste Water Management Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium- RTM Budget Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Business Authors@the Library: Richard Goldberg, “The Battle for Wall Street”