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Internet Safety Workshops Set for Parents Next Month

The Westport public schools are offering Internet safety workshops for parents next month.

“The rapidly evolving nature of technology presents parents with numerous challenges in supervising their children’s Internet use,” Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said in an e-mail message to parents.

“Given the increasingly interwoven complexity of the Internet in our lives and its increasing accessibility from remote locations, the need to talk to your child about appropriate Internet use and boundaries is more important than ever.

“To help you navigate these challenges, the Westport Public Schools and the Westport PTA Council have once again partnered to conduct Internet safety workshops for parents.

Jay R. Flaxman, 80

Jay R. Flaxman, 80 of Bridgeport, former manager of The Record Hunter in Westport and Westport Transit District employee, passed away suddenly on Monday, Jan. 11.WestportNow.com Image
Jay R. Flaxman: worked at The Record Hunter. Contributed photo

Mr. Flaxman was born in The Bronx, N.Y. on March 27, 1929. Jay was a family man who was most happy when surrounded by those he loved and they returned his love in full measure. Jay was a veteran of the Korean War.

After his discharge he worked for The Record Hunter In New York City and later opened and managed The Record Hunter in Westport. He took great pleasure in serving the citizens of Westport and enjoyed guiding them in making their selections.

He called on his vast knowledge of classical, pop and folk music to help them make good choices. He created a welcoming environment in the store and was generous to young and old who visited him for advice and companionship.

Police Arrest Five for Fraudulent Credit Card Use

Westport police on Wednesday arrested five men—four from New York and one from Connecticut—on fraudulent credit card charges, police said today.

The five were arrested after Officer Marc Heinmiller stopped a car on Post Road East at 5:25 p.m. on a traffic violation.

“In speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, and through his investigation, it was discovered that the occupants were in possession of fraudulent credit cards,” a news release said.

Seized during the investigation and arrest were fraudulent credit cards, and a large amount of gift cards which were purchased with the credit cards, police said.

Edward G. Goodspeed, 88

Edward Givens Goodspeed died Dec. 31, 2009.

Born on Aug. 21, 1921, in Warwick, R.I., he spent his early childhood in Waban, Mass. In 1931, his family moved to Westport. He spent most of his life there and in Fairfield.

Goodspeed attended The Taft School and graduated from Choate-Rosemary Hall. He went onto Yale University, where he graduated with the class of 1944. At Yale, he served in the ROTC and was captain of the Yale baseball team.

A World War II veteran, he was a first lieutenant who fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a forward observer, helped capture the Remagen Bridge and was an aerial observer in the 308th Field Artillery Battalion, 78th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Air Medal for completing 63 missions.

Joseph W. Ziegahn Sr, 65

Joseph William Ziegahn Sr. died Jan. 6, at his home in New Canaan.

A dynamic, creative and inspiring man, he was born in Luverne, Minn., on Oct. 22, 1944, to Margaret Arnold and George William Ziegahn of Sioux Falls, S.D.

He met and married the love of his life in 1968, Ingeborg Helene Emilie Grassmann Ziegahn of New Canaan, while attending Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. He received a bachelor degree in art and his teaching degree.

After graduation, Ziegahn moved to Connecticut to work for the Westport Board of Education, as a teacher of art, ceramics and photography at Coleytown Junior High School and Long Lots Junior High School for close to a decade.

RTM Overturns P&Z Text Amendment

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UPDATE Ronald Corwin, chairman of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, Wednesday night urged a special Representative Town Meeting (RTM) session not to overturn its recent text change amendment permitting office space at the Inn at National Hall property and adjacent properties in Westport’s center. “We urge you do not overturn this key first step in revitalizing downtown,” he said. After more than fours of debate, the RTM voted early today to overturn the P&Z action by a vote of 26-7. Twenty-four votes were needed to overturn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday, January 14, 2010


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – PIC Downtown Plan Subcommittee
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – “The ABCs of Literacy” with Mardie Gillis, EdD
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
Noon – Toquet Hall – Play With Your Food
1 p.m. – Hall-Brooke Hospital (47 Long Lots Road) – Westport Garden Club public meeting, Tovah Martin
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Overcoat Film Series: “The Stranger” (1946)
6:15 p.m. – Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium –  Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – WestportREADS: Bruce Bukiet, PhD

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Local Ad Agency Offers Pro Bono Help to Businesses

Westport-based The Ad Works, Inc. said today it will offer free advertising consultations to aid local businesses in the current difficult economy.WestportNow.com Image
Dick Commer: Offering a helping hand. Contributed photo

“In difficult times like these, we are offering a helping hand in the form of pro bono advertising consultations to local businesses, organizations, service companies, professionals and chambers of commerce members in Westport and Fairfield,” said Dick Commer, head of the agency.

Commer, whose business is marking its 25th anniversary this year, said he has already offered the pro bono help to some locals.

“The response has been most gratifying and because of the need for it, we are continuing this no obligation service for the next few months,” he said.