Friday, April 19, 2024


Flags Back Ahead of Election, Veterans Day Image
The American flags were back up on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River today in time for Election Day and Veterans Day. The flags were taken down last month ahead of a wind and rain storm. A Public Works Department worker also took time today to work on lights on the bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

Absentee Ballot Voting Hours Set for Saturday

Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today that special office hours have been scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in the Nov. 2 election.

Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office daily, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Ballots will be available through Monday, Nov. 1, until 4:30 p.m.

Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, when the polls officially close.

The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave in Room 105. Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the town website at

Annual Leaf Collection to Begin Nov. 1

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town will conduct its annual curbside leaf collection program beginning Monday, Nov. 1, until Monday, Dec. 6.

“Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department,” said Edwards.  “Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up as the compost process cannot handle plastic bags.”

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway, he said.

Public Works crews will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period. A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 6, and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 6 will be collected, Edwards said.

Himes-Debicella: Much to Agree On, But Room for Debate

By Uma Ramiah

It wasn’t so much the issues that divided Jim Himes and Dan Debicella at their Sunday night debate in Wilton. Instead, the two 4th District Congressional candidates took shots at each others’ voting history, campaigns and even Image
Dan Debicella (r) and Jim Himes debate as moderator Kay Maxwell observes. Uma Ramiah for

“Let’s mark 15 minutes as the first time Jim Himes has lied to you today,” said Debicella, in response to the claim that the League of Conservation Voters had rated his environmental record the worst of any state senator in Connecticut in past 10 years.

“Our national energy policy should be the same as our national environmental policy, which is we need to get off of foreign oil,” said Debicella, a state senator and the Republican nominee. Instead, he would encourage government incentives for research into alternative energy, whether natural gas, fuel cells, solar.

“Dan is trying to wear the coat of Chris Shays,” said Democratic incumbent Himes, referring to his moderate Republican predecessor. “Shays was an environmental hero,” he said, and Debicella is the opposite end of the spectrum.

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“Topping Out” Set for Saugatuck Center Today Image
Now that framing for Saugatuck Center’s phase one on Westport’s Riverside Avenue has been completed, American flags will be raised atop the development’s Tide and March waterside buildings today. The symbolic “topping out” not only commemorates a construction milestone, but also, according to tradition, will bring good luck to the Saugatuck neighborhood. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

Monday, October 25, 2010

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 – “Memory”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Alex Ross, “Listen to This”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education Public Meeting (televised on channel 78)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

WACky Family Costume Party at Arts Center Image
The Westport Arts Center was packed today with 63 children and 54 parents and grandparents for its second annual WACky Family Costume Party. The event featured four Halloween-themed art activity stations including trick-or-treat bags and haunted houses. Jasper Cahn, 6, showed off a haunted cemetery that he created out of a variety of art materials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alyssa Crouse for