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More Milling and Paving Set to Begin on Roads on Monday

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that additional milling and paving of local roads will begin Monday, weather permitting.  The work includes approximately 2.2 miles of roadway.

Roadways scheduled for milling and paving include: Pumpkin Hill Road from intersection of Colony Road to intersection of Terhune Drive; Newtown Turnpike from Route 33 to Broad Street, and Center Street from Morningside Drive South.

Also Oak Street from Richmondville Avenue to Lee’s Lane, and Sturges Highway from intersection of Catamount Road to Route 136. 

The normal start time for road work is 7 a.m.

Westporter is GFA Valedictorian

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Greens Farms Academy graduated 67 seniors Thursday during a break in the rainy weather. Westport resident Peter Conroy was the class valedictorian. He has distinguished himself as a musician over his high school life and will be attending Columbia University in the fall. The guest commencement speaker was Dr. Chris Henderson from the Motor Neuron Center at Columbia who encouraged students when they get stuck in life to become “like a stem cell and allow themselves to keep all their options open.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westport Strawberries

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Westport Community Gardens Chairman Lou Weinberg shows some freshly picked wild strawberries from his garden plot at the gardens on Hyde Lane. Now in the fourth year at the current location, the gardens have much improved soil, according to Weinberg, and the level of gardening and creativity is much higher this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Friday, June 5, 2009


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
1:15 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Film Festival with Thelma Gordon: “Rhapsody in Blue”
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Opening reception for “A River Runs Through Us” by Tom Kretsch
7 p.m. – Staples High School Auditorium – Concert: original music composed by students, alumni, & faculty
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Children”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre, “Don’t Drink the Water”

Economy Focus of Library Discussion

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The Westport Public Library’s Community Conversations series tonight focused on the economy with a program titled “Living in Disruptive Times….Societal Implications of the Financial Crisis.” Panelists included (l-r) Westporter Dan Gross, senior editor at Newsweek; Naomi Starobin, WSHU Public Radio news director; Al Puchala, a Westporter, co-founder and managing director of Signal Equity Partners; and Irving Wladawsky-Berger of Westport, moderator, chairman emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Need for Staples Tuition Grants Greater Than Ever

By Dave Matlow

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Co-Chair Ted Sullivan addresses tonight’s Staples Tuition Grants Committee awards night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The economy has contributed to a sharp increase in the number of students at Westport’s Staples High School seeking financial aid from the Staples Tuition Grants program, a program official told the group’s annual awards night tonight.

Ted Sullivan, co-chair of the grants committee, said the difficult economic climate resulted in 106 grant applications this year compared to last year’s 80.

At the meeting, the names were announced of the recipients of the 77 grants awarded this year—to 24 Staples seniors and 53 Staples alumni. 

Despite the endowment funds having decreased by more than 11 percent, there were sufficient funds raised this year to allow the committee to award $195,000 in grants—similar to the amount distributed a year ago, Sullivan said.

Economic Briefing: Tough Times for Old and Young

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Westporter Win Allen, author of “Don’t Get Mad, Get Rich,” told a Westport Barnes & Noble audience tonight that because of advanced age, many older Americans can never recover from recent financial losses. He said young people trying to enter the job market will find fewer openings because older people are not leaving their jobs. A Fulbright scholar and former Xerox Corp. executive, Allen, who earned his Ph.D from Fordham University, is also an accomplished real estate investor, financial adviser and business entrepreneur. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Wilton Road Accident Sends One to Hospital

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A two-car collision on Westport’s Wilton Road at the intersection with Red Coat Lane late today resulted in an injury to one driver who was transported to Norwalk Hospital. There were no passengers in either vehicle other than the drivers. Traffic was delayed on Wilton Road for more than half an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Close Call

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Three persons in a BMW were able to get out of their car without firefighter help early today after it slid under a tractor-trailer in the northbound lanes of I-95 between Exits 18 in Westport and 19 in Fairfield, according to Westport firefighters. They were evaluated by firefighters and paramedics from Westport EMS and American Medical Response and were transported to Bridgeport Hospital. Firefighters said I-95 was shut down while the car, wedged under the front of the rear wheels, was pulled out by a wrecker after the 12:15 a.m. crash. State Police said the driver of the car, traveling north in the left lane, apparently lost control, causing the car to plow under the tractor-trailer that was in the center lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo