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Friday, May 29, 2009


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Home”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art,”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre, “Don’t Drink the Water”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Children” preview

DTC Formally Nominates Joseloff and Kassen for Re-Election

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The Westport Democratic Town Committee tonight formally nominated First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Selectman Shelly Kassen for re-election in November. The two, first elected in 2005, said they were eager to continue serving as they had much unfinished work to do. They said the years ahead would be even more challenging for Westport and required an experienced team with a proven track record. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Streetfest Goes on Despite Cool Temperatures, Drizzle

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The inaugural Westport Streetfest got under way late today on Westport’s Main Street. A drizzle and temperatures in the 50s kept the early crowd turnout low but more people showed up as the evening progressed. Sponsors Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants Association hope to make it an annual event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Additional H1N1 Influenza Case Reported in Westport

UPDATE The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today confirmed 47 new cases of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) among Connecticut residents, including an additional one in Westport.

In an e-mail to parents, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said the case involved a student at Bedford Middle School, adding: “This student was ill last week and is no longer communicable.”

Today’s announcement brings to four by DPH count of cases in Westport.

In addition to Westport, positive results for H1N1 flu were confirmed today at the department’s Public Health Laboratory for residents of Berlin, Bloomfield, Cromwell, Danbury, East Windsor, Greenwich, Mansfield, Naugatuck, New Haven, Norwalk, Old Lyme, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Simsbury, Trumbull, Waterbury, West Haven, Weston, and Wilton.

Westport K-9 Team Visits Long Lots Elementary

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Westport K-9 team police officers made a visit to Long Lots Elementary School today to talk to fifth graders as part of the school district’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Officers Marc Heinmiller (l) and Ryan Paulsson brought along Lola, an 8-year-old Belgian Shepherd, and Ellie, a 4 1/2-year-old Bloodhound, to demonstrate how their team works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Woman’s Club Presents Gift to CLASP Homes

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The Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) today presented its annual Ruegg Award – a $10,000 check to CLASP Homes for its Alzheimer’s Care initiative. CLASP Homes, a not-for-profit organization, has provided homes and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities since 1985. Currently it is the home to five residents with diagnosed Alzheimer’s and has had five other residents succumb to the terminal disease. The grant will be applied by CLASP for specialized training, adaptive equipment and clothing, and enhanced staff support. Tracy Flood, president of CLASP Homes, said, “We are touched and moved by the generous support of the Woman’s Club…it means so much to us, especially in this economic climate.” The check was presented at the CLASP offices in the Colonial Green complex. Pictured are (l-r) First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Joyce Netherton, WWC community services chair; Audrey Rabinowitz, WWC president; Tracy Flood,  CLASP Homes president; Robin Hammond, CLASP development director; Lenny Ronkin, CLASP resident, and Catherine Smith and Dorothy Abrams, WWC community service committee members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com