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Westport 2011 Top Dog Picture Dedicated

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A Westport Town Hall ceremony today marked the dedication of a photo of the Westport Top Dog of 2011. Sarah, a Pointer-Lab mix belonging to (l-r) Ruth Kalla Ungerer and Richard Ungerer, won the title after competing in the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) photo/essay competition. The photo, which joins one of last year’s winner on a wall outside the Town Clerk’s Office, was taken by Helen Klisser During, WestportNow contributing photographer, at a Compo Beach ceremony in October. It was framed as a donation by Rockwell Art and Framing. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff was joined in the ceremony by Julie Loparo, WASA president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for minor flooding of poor drainage areas in Westport and area until 3:15 p.m.

At 11:10 a.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated moderate to occasionally heavy rain across the advisory area.  Rainfall rates of one quarter to locally one half an inch per hour through 3 p.m. is possible.

Excessive runoff from this storm will cause flooding of urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other snow-clogged drainage areas and low lying spots.

Also expect sharp rises across smaller stream, some of which may approach caution stage or even bankfull later this afternoon, the Weather Service said.

Future Home of Westport Post Office?

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An end unit is vacant in Westport’s Playhouse Square that appears to be the one the U.S. Postal Service has set its eyes on for the future home of the Westport Main Post Office. A representative of the shopping center owners would not confirm a specific location in the center that has been targeted by the Postal Service. But the Postal Service had said last summer that an end unit in the center was one of those under consideration when its present Post Road East facility is sold. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Library Director Assails Malloy’s Proposed Cuts

By James Lomuscio

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Maxine Bleiweis: “This is like taking away the foundation.”  Contributed photo
Imagine having a Weston library card and being told you cannot withdraw a book from the Westport Public Library. Or from any Connecticut library outside of your hometown.

To make matters even more restrictive, your hometown library cannot request the book you want from another state library that has it.

Though it sounds like dystopian fiction, if not gleaned from from the days of horse and buggy, Westport Library Director Maxine Bleiweis says it is a strong possibility if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget plan is approved.

Malloy’s proposed budget calls for cutting $281,000 from the Connecticar, a van system that transports books to and from all of the state’s libraries, academic and public.

High Wind Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y.  has issued a High Wind Warning for Westport and area which is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today.

It said west 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 mph and localized wind gusts above 60 mph are possible, especially late this afternoon and early this evening.

The strongest winds are expected late this afternoon and early this evening immediately ahead of and after the passage of a cold front this afternoon, the Weather Service said.

The high winds will bring down trees and power lines, it said.

Friday, February 25, 2011


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Vacation Family Movie: “How to Train Your Dragon”
7 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center – Fast Trac w/ Forgetting Fame, MayOr West, Nick Zanca
8 p.m. – Westport Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Mauritius”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Woman’s Club Seeks New Members

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The Westport Woman’s Club held a reception tonight for prospective new members.  WWC Communications Director Denise Kuendig said that the Club has more than 300 active members and growing. She reminded prospective members that the efforts of the WWC benefit many not-for-profit operations in Fairfield County, provide scholarships for Staples students, collect food that is distributed in support of Westport’s Human Services recipients, and much more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Dominick J. Fiorenza

Dominick J. Fiorenza of Westport, husband of Annette (Pagnotti) Fiorenza, passed away Feb. 23 in Norwalk Hospital with his wife and family at his side.WestportNow.com Image
Dominick J. Fiorenza: longtime Westport resident. Contributed photo

Mr. Fiorenza was born in Scranton, Pa., son of Dominick J. and Jennie (Georgetti) Fiorenza and has been a longtime resident of Westport and member of Assumption Church.

Mr. Fiorenza graduated Sacred Heart University with a Bachelors Degree in both finance and marketing. He was an accomplished and talented musician, and for many years led a popular band called the Roulettes, playing many events and private parties.

Mr. Fiorenza was employed for many years at the Perkin-Elmer Corp. in the financial area. He was later chief financial officer/general manager of Reach Marketing in Westport and most recently worked for Benchmark Communities in sales and marketing.