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CLASP Homes Cookie Time

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Westport Girl Scout Troop 50088, led by Janet Rogers and Lee Yin, paid a visit to CLASP Homes headquarters on Post Road East to personally donate cookies to some CLASP residents. CLASP Homes was a recipient of some the proceeds from the troop’s cookie sale.The girls participated in a question and answer session with CLASP President Tracy Flood, who told them: “We, as a society, will only grow and get better if we take the time to know one another, especially people who may seem different from us.The younger we learn this, the better off we all will be.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Maritime Aquarium Seeks Horseshoe Crab Tagging Help

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Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium is seeking help from Westporters and other area residents as spring moons draw male and female horseshoe crabs on to beaches for an annual mating ritual.

An announcement today said it is seeking volunteers to help attach census tags to horseshoe crabs as they come out of the water to spawn at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach. 

It is part of a census of horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound being led by Jennifer Mattei of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, the announcement said. The Maritime Aquarium is assisting with the census and tagging.

The horseshoe crab population on the East Coast may be declining as the animals are harvested and ground up for use as bait in eel pots, the Aquarium said.

CL&P: Power Outage in Greens Farms Area

UPDATE A power outage traced to the failure of a high voltage line leading to Connecticut Light and Power Company’s Sasco Creek substation in the Greens Farms area left almost 200 Westport customers in the dark for a brief period today, according to a CL&P official.

CL&P reported 191 Westport customers without power as of 12:30 p.m. but all but one were restored about half an hour later.

The official said cause of the failure involving the substation on Clayton Street near the Fairfield line was not related to the rain and high winds which buffeted the area since Tuesday night.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
9:30 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog
11:30 a.m. – Westport Woman’s Club – Spring into Summer Fashion Show & Luncheon benefit TIME CORRECTED
12:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Writers Artists Collaborative
6:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Animé Night
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Staples Concert in Support of Japan Earthquake Relief
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Westport Animal Shelter Advocates
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Library, Museum & Arts Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – RTM Finance Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Scoutmaster, Rector ‘Shocked,’ Concerned for Family

By James Lomuscio

A congregant for 10 years at Westport’s Christ and Trinity Church, Kevin Hill, 47, was also a Boy Scout leader for Troop 100 based there.

Hill’s churchgoer, scout leader and family man persona, however, shattered with his arrest Friday on a child pornography charge based on a four-month investigation.

“We’re shocked by the news; many people are for sure,” said the Rev. John H. Branson, rector of Christ and Holy Trinity, today.

“What I have to say is, we as members of this congregation prayerfully support the Hill family, and with our love and affirmation hold them, as we do any persons who have been impacted by online pornography, in love and affirmation.”

WHS to Launch 150th Civil War Anniversary Web Effort

By Larry Untermeyer

The Civil War began 150 years ago today on April 12, 1861 and the Westport Historical Society (WHS) marked the occasion by announcing a unique, five-year web journal about the war and Westport’s connection.WestportNow.com Image
Westport Historical Society exhibits historian Brian O’Leary (l) and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today examine the 33 stars on a replica of the Fort Sumter garrison flag at the WHS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

The war broke out when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter, in Charleston, S.C. The most decisive war in American history ended four years later with slavery abolished, the national union preserved, and 620,000 soldiers dead.

Westport Historical Society exhibits historian Brian O’Leary was on hand at the WHS today with First Selectman Gordon Joseloff as they counted the 33 stars on a replica of the Fort Sumter garrison flag.

The new WHS web exhibit—which will be published in the near future—is curated by O’Leary, and Westport Civil War historian and Planning and Zoning Commission member David Press.

Post Office Buyer and Postal Service Offer Clarifications

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said today representatives of the group purchasing the Westport Main Post Office have disputed a U.S. Postal Service assertion the group’s plans do not include space for the Postal Service within the building.WestportNow.com Image
A for sale sign went up outside Westport’s Main Post Office one year ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“In a press release of March 31, I said the U.S. Postal Service has done a disservice to the town and its residents by selecting a buyer who is unwilling to accommodate a smaller postal retail operation in its plans,” Joseloff said. (See WestportNow March 31, 2011)

“I am now apologizing to the buyer group for misrepresenting its position. I did so in good faith on the basis of what I was told in a March 23 letter from the Postal Service.

“I have since talked to representatives of the buyer and seen a portion of the signed sales contract. The facts as presented appear inconsistent with the Postal Service assertion.”

Staples Musicians in Concert Wednesday to Aid Japan

Members of Westport’s Staples High School Music Department will be performing a special concert on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium to aid in Save the Children’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief effort.  WestportNow.com Image
Daniel, Rachel, and Ellie Shapiro are among Westport students taking part in the concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The concert is being spearheaded by Tri-M, the National Music Honor Society at Staples.

Staples specialty groups taking part in the concert include the Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Adele Cutrali-Valovich. It will perform “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Seasons” with Sam Weiser, the group’s concertmaster as featured soloist, as well as a contemporary selection, “Winter Dances” by David Holsinger. 

The Orphenians, under the baton of Justin Miller, will perform several selections, including “Miserere Mei” by Lotti, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and the traditional spiritual, “Ride the Chariot.”