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Homes with Hope/IHA Names Jeff Wieser New President

Westport’s Homes with Hope announced today that the agency has selected Jeffrey N. Wieser of Westport to be president/CEO of the Interfaith Housing Association dba Homes with Hope. WestportNow.com Image
Jeffrey N. Wieser:  Succeeds Peter Powell. Contributed photo

Wieser, 57, will assume his responsibilities in late March, taking over from the recently retired Peter R. Powell who had led Homes with Hope for the last 22 years. 

Cathy Cohen, who has served as interim executive director of Homes with Hope since mid-January, will continue in that capacity until late March.

Wieser, a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM),  has a long association with Homes with Hope having served on the board in 1989-1990 and from 1995 until last month. He was board chair from 1998-2002.

Discarded Fireplace Ashes Suspected in Fire

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Westport firefighters said today that discarded fireplace ashes are the suspected cause of an early morning fire on April Drive off of Wilton Road. Flames destroyed an outdoor shed and damaged the rear of the home. There were no injuries. Officials said precise cause of the blaze is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Outdoor Fire Threatens Westport Home

UPDATE An outdoor fire apparently caused by discarded fireplace ashes erupted early today at the rear of a home on Westport’s April Drive, destroying a storage shed and causing damage to the home’s exterior.

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A melted electric meter and charred exterior attest to the intensity of the fire early today on April Drive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze but not before it tore through the shed, melted an electric meter at the rear of the home, and charred portions of a wall, according to witnesses.

Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin said the owner discarded fireplace ashes around 4:30 a.m. onto the ground outside of the house. An hour or so later the house dog was barking awakening the residents and those inside smelled burning. 

Conklin said the ashes apparently fired up the leaves which initiated the shed fire which spread to the exterior of the house.

Talking Transportation: High Speed Rail—Really?

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

There’s been a lot of media hype and political hoopla of late about Connecticut receiving $40 million from the feds for “high speed rail.” While any money spent on rail is great, let’s take a reality check.

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That federal money (combined with $26 million from the state) is merely a small down payment on an $880 million, five-year plan to bring just commuter rail service to the New Haven – Springfield corridor.

That first money will be spent adding a second track on a 10-mile stretch of existing rail between New Britain and Newington. That’s a good start, but the rest of the project is far from a sure thing. And it sure ain’t “high speed rail.”

Media reports that we’ll soon have 110 mph rail service to our capital are folly because they assume our cash-strapped state will continue funding the other 90-plus percent of the project.

Super Sunday of Music

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Harpist Bridget Kibbey (l) and flutist Claire Chase entertained an audience of more than 100 persons Sunday at the Westport Arts Center. The varied program included solo performances by both artists as well as selections that displayed their combined talents with music that ranged from Bach to Piazzoll. Perceptive program notes and comments by WAC Curator for Chamber Music Russell Platt added to the audience’s enjoyment of an afternoon of music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyerfor WestportNow.com

Monday, February 8, 2010


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
Noon – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Susan Abulhawa, “Mornings in Jenin”
7 p.m. – 5 Canal Street Community Room – Westport Housing Authority Board
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Connecticut’s Achievement Gap & Race to the Top, Alex Johnston
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Benjamin F. Grywalski, 93

Benjamin F. Grywalski, 93, of Southington, formerly of Wallingford, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., died peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, Feb 6.

He was born July 8, 1916, in Westport, son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Zawiskak) Grywalski.

He was a World War II Veteran, having served from 1941 to 1945 at the U.S. Army’s Headquarters Battery, 11th Coast Artillery Unit at Fort H. G. Wright on Fishers Island, N.Y.

He had been employed by the Joseph T. Ryerson & Son Company in Wallingford for 30 years until his retirement in 1976.

Newspapers Oppose Plan to Put Legal Ads On-line

By Jacqueline Rabe

www.ctmirror.org

Towns across the state are required by law to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars to print notices in local newspapers to inform the public of government happenings – a mandate Gov. M. Jodi Rell is calling on the legislature to throw out.

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But at a time when they are already struggling to stay afloat,  newspapers say the loss of legal advertising revenue could be a fatal blow.

“There’s no question some newspapers would go out of business,” said Jim Leahy, executive director of Connecticut Daily Newspapers Association.

Rell’s proposal to allow municipalities to use Web sites instead of newspapers to publish legal ads is part of a package to reduce “unfunded mandates” on Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns.