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Morris Has A New Home

Morris
Morris. Connecticut Humane Society
**I BELONG TO PROJECT PURRFECT!  $50 OFF MY ADOPTION DONATION!**  – Morris would prefer to live in a home with children 12 years and older.  – He would prefer to be your only pet so he can have all your love and attention.  Morris is a very special boy. Morris is a real love and enjoys lots of attention, affection and petting from teens and adults but he must be an only pet. He is a good boy who will even let you trim his nails without fuss. Morris originally came to CHS when his owner passed away. He was adopted out but his second owner also became ill and was unable to care for him, so Morris was returned. Poor guy! Morris is FIV positive, so he must also be an indoor only kitty. If you want to help rescue a senior cat who will definitely appreciate his new home, come meet Morris at the Westport branch of the CT Humane Society!

Flood Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Flood Watch for Westport and area from Friday morning through Saturday morning.

An advisory said a total rainfall amount of 1 to 1.5 inches with locally higher amounts up to 2.0 inches is expected to occur during Friday morning into Friday afternoon.

In addition, the potential for brief heavy rainfall from embedded thunderstorms could further exacerbate rapid water rises across the watch area.

The combination of current snow pack, frozen ground and high rainfall rates could result in significant ponding on urban areas roadways and underpasses as well as small stream flooding, the Weather Service said.

Getting Ready for Chef Mario

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Work was under way today at the 30 Charles St. building in Westport’s Saugatuck area that soon will house celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali’s Tarry Lodge Enoteca & Pizzeria. The new restaurant at the former site of Abbondanza, the specialty food store and catering service and its Bonda restaurant, is scheduled to open in late spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Paying Tribute

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Firefighters from Westport, Fairfield and numerous nearby communities turned out to pay tribute today to Harry W. Ackley, a former president of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department and father of Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, who died Friday at the age of 95. Services were held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Travel Agent Facing One-Way Trip to Jail

A Westport travel agent is facing a one-way trip to prison after pleading no contest Wednesday to stealing nearly $40,000 from a group of 54 Stratford seniors who had booked a trip through him to Branson, Mo., the Connecticut Post reported.

It said Peter Heyel, 67, dressed in a blue blazer over an open-collared white shirt, calmly told Superior Court Judge George Thim he was no longer contesting the charge of second-degree larceny pending against him. The judge then found him guilty of the charge. He was arrested in November. (See WestportNow Nov. 12, 2010)

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Brennan told the judge he will be recommending that Heyel serve a four-year prison term when he is sentenced June 1, the newspaper said.

However, the prosecutor continued that if Heyel should come up with at least half the restitution money he would consider recommending the defendant instead serve two years in prison.

Malloy Seeks Authority to Make Emergency Cuts to Local Aid

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

A week after winning accolades from municipal officials for proposing a budget that largely maintains state aid to cities and towns, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is under fire for seeking authority to reduce that assistance unilaterally if the state’s financial problems worsen.

Allowing the governor to reduce aid mid-year “is non-negotiable for us,” James Finley, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Cities and Towns, said Wednesday, responding to new budget legislation drafted by Malloy’s office. “We’re going to fight this.”

Malloy, who was CCM president while mayor of Stamford, inherited a built-in shortfall ranging from $3.2 billion to $3.67 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1. To help close a gap equal to nearly one-fifth of current spending, the governor proposed several unpopular steps, including:

—More than $1.5 billion in new annual state taxes including increases in levies on income, sales, gasoline, cigarettes, liquor. insurance companies and electricity generation.

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High Wind Watch Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a high wind watch for Westport and area from Friday morning through Friday evening.

It said southwest winds 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 mph and possibly up to 60 mph will develop Friday morning ahead of a storm system tracking to the northwest of the tri-state area on Friday.

Winds will shift to the west to northwest behind its trailing cold front late Friday with gusts up to 55 mph and possibly up to 60 mph into the early evening hours, the Weather Service said.

It said the strongest wind gusts are most likely just ahead of the front Friday afternoon and in its immediate wake late Friday afternoon and early Friday evening. These strong gusty winds likely will bring down trees and power lines, the Weather Service said.

Update: New Roundabout Opens Saturday

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Roundabout, a women’s shop of new and consignment apparel, marks its grand reopenimg on Saturday at 606 Post Road East in the shopping center across the street from The Fresh Market. Owned by New Canaan residents Laurie and Richard Perren, the shop relocated from 170 Post Road West where it has been since 1991. Speaking of their new 3,800 square feet location, Laurie Perrin said: “We’re growing and needed more space—this new location has double the space of our former Post Road West store.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Thursday, February 24, 2011


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Financial Retirement Planning Workshop : “Is Your Plan in Place?” with Shelby Wilson

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar