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Save the Children Names New CEO

Westport’s Save the Children today announced that its Board of Trustees has appointed Carolyn Miles as its new president and CEO. WestportNow.com Image
Carolyn Miles: succeeds Charles F. MacCormack. Save the Children photo

Miles, who currently serves as chief operating officer for the humanitarian agency, will be the first woman to lead the organization in its almost 80-year history.

The former American Express executive who joined the charity in 1998 will officially assume the post on Sept. 1 when current the CEO, Charles F. MacCormack, steps down after more than 18 years of service.

“Our leadership committee considered many extraordinary candidates for this position during a nationwide search conducted by Spencer Stuart,” said Anne Mulcahy, Save the Children’s board chair and former Xerox CEO.

Westport Dems to Host Malloy, Blumenthal on Saturday

There will be a Democratic Town Committee-hosted power breakfast Saturday at Westport’s Tavern on Main Restaurant with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal among the guests.WestportNow.com Image
Dannel P. Malloy campaigns at Oscar’s on Westport’s Main Street last October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Also among those attending the 9 -11 a.m. event will be Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen, and Congressman Jim Himes, said DTC Chair Jim Ezzes.

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff will welcome the guests.

Tickets for the event at 142 Main St. are $50 and are available by calling (203)227-4861 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Ezzes said.

Tuesday Road Closure to Impact Greens Farms Station

Work on the new Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) Sherwood substation will disrupt traffic on Tuesday around Metro-North’s Greens Farms station, it was announced today.

The utility has notified the town that it will be necessary to close New Creek Road to through traffic on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and again at 2 – 4 p.m. to install two manholes, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said.

The work hours were scheduled to have the least impact on morning and evening commuter traffic at the station, according to town officials.

Traffic agents have been hired by CL&P to provide traffic control, an announcement said.

Ready to Go Round at Yankee Doodle

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The Yankee Doodle Fair, one of Westport’s most popular annual attractions, opens today at 5 p.m until 10 p.m; same hours on Friday; Saturday is from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. (carnival rides begin one hour later on each day) The event sponsored by the Westport Woman’c Club takes place on club grounds and adjacent parking lot at 44 Imperial Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Thursday, June 16, 2011


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2011 Solos Exhibition
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot – Westport Farmers Market
5 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Avenue) – Yankee Doodle Fair (rides open at 6 p.m.)
6:30 p.m. – Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Movie: “Mao’s Last Dancer”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Circle”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Tax Rate to Rise 2.95 percent

By James Lomuscio

Even without the exact numbers on Westport’s long term health care liabilities, the Board of Finance tonight unanimously set a 2.95 percent tax increase for the 2011-12 fiscal year which begins July 1.

The new mill rate is now 17.43. In dollars that means that the average homeowner will now pay $17.43 for every $1,000 of a home’s assessed value. But the exact change will depend on how much last year’s revaluation affected the assessed value of the property. Last year, the tax increase was 3.05 percent after no increase the previous year.

In setting the new rate, the board agreed to move $3.5 million from the town’s reserve fund into the OPEB trust (other post employment benefits) to offset what would have been an even greater tax increase.

The motion was made by Helen Garten, board chairman, a Democrat, and seconded by Avi Kaner, the senior Republican on the board.