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Sawyer Has a New Home

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Sawyer. Westport Animal Control

Sawyer is an affectionate, happy and playful 5-month-old bully breed mix pup that is currently residing at Westport Animal Control (Elaine Road, 203-341-5076).  She came into animal control in need of emergency vet care, probably as a result of neglect, but has made a strong and complete recovery.  She loves to play with people and other dogs but really enjoys just laying next to you with her head in your lap.  She’s one sweet pup!  Please call soon to schedule a time to meet her.

Community Farm Fun That Goes ‘Back to Our Roots’

The idea of a Connecticut farm conjures up images of a less rushed time—one in which there was a greater amount of respect for and dependency on the soil in which crops grew and livestock thrived.

Local families will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of such traditional and sustainable farm life in Westport on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Wakeman Town Farm’s “Family Fun Day.”

In addition to perusing the farm’s organic vegetable gardens, visitors will have an opportunity to meet the farmers, picnic on the grounds, and to take part in a host of activities that includes lawn games, pony rides, a petting zoo, kids’ yoga and face painting. And to cap it all off, an old-fashioned pie eating contest.

Farm officials suggest donations of $5 for children and $10 for adults. They note that all proceeds from this fund-raiser will benefit the programs and upkeep of the Town Farm, a nonprofit organization that focuses on small farming, sustainability, “community and getting back to our roots.”

Dog in Hot Car Draws Parker-Harding Crowd

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A beagle spotted in a parked car for at least 15 minutes in Westport’s Parker-Harding Plaza today under the hot mid-day sun drew a call to police and brought Animal Control Officer Pete D’Amico (l) to the scene. He determined that the high temperature in the car warranted a call to the Fire Department to forcibly open the vehicle. But before firefighters arrived, the owner showed up and retrieved the dog, who drank heartily water that someone offered up. A witness said the car owner appeared to have been issued a citation—something not immediately confirmed by police. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Water Relief

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A beagle gets a drink of water from its owner today in Westport’s Parker-Harding Plaza after a passerby called police to say the dog was inside a hot car with its windows rolled almost all the way up for at least 15 minutes. Animal Control Officer Pete D’Amico responded to the scene and shortly afterwards the owner showed up, retrieved the dog, and gave him a drink. D’Amico radioed that he measured the temperature in the car at 95 degrees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Tonight’s Levitt Performance Moved Indoors

Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance, The Magic of Lyn, back by popular demand and sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League, will take place indoors at 7 p.m. due to technical requirements that cannot be fulfilled at the current temporary stage, organizers announced.

The show will move to Saugatuck School’s air-conditioned auditorium,  170 Riverside Ave.  With the exception of water, food and drinks are not allowed inside the school. Visit the Pavilion’s website: www.levittpavilion.com for more information.

Pesticides Found in LI Sound Lobsters for First Time

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

www.ctmirror.org

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has confirmed the presence of pesticides in Long Island Sound lobsters—albeit a very small sample—for the first time since the crustaceans began their precipitous decline in 1999.

The findings are a surprise to the scientific and environmental communities, which have generally thought that warming water in the Sound was causing the die-off. The commercial fishing industry, however, has long pointed its finger at pesticide runoff because the lobster decline coincided with the West Nile Virus outbreak and the use of mosquito sprays to combat it.

“I’m sure there are a couple of fishermen who’ll say, ‘I told you so,’” said David Simpson, the director of Marine Fisheries at DEEP. “I was pretty surprised; I was expecting no pesticide residue at all.”

Simpson said even with the pesticide findings, Long Island Sound lobster posed no health risk. The pesticides were found in lobster organ tissue, not meat, and in any case the levels were below what is considered harmful. And with lobster hauls at historic lows, the likelihood of actually buying a Connecticut lobster—while higher in this state—is still low.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – UN Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseeker Special: How to use Indeed.com for a Successful Job Search
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Landscape: Scene/Re-seen”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Sound & the Saugatuck” & “Watershed Moments”
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Lunch-escapes: Erin Ostreicher
6:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teen Animé Club
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave. – Children’s Series: The Magic of Lynn
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Executive Session
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

For Better Bus Service, New Committee Climbs Aboard

By James Lomuscio

Most of them already knew each other from riding the bus, but tonight they met for the first time in a different capacity, as members of the newly formed Westport Citizens Transit Committee.

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First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (3rd l) addresses the first public meeting tonight of the Citizens Transit Committee at Town Hall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Established by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, the 10-member committee is charged for one year with evaluating Westport’s bus transit system for usage, costs, routes and ultimately making recommendations for improving efficiency and service. 

“We have a great core group of people here interested in having this succeed,” Joseloff said at the meeting’s start. “I look forward to your recommendations.”

“It’s really about finding a more efficient system,” said James Ross, committee chairman. “And it’s an opportunity not just to defend it, but to promote it.”

Celebrating a 102nd Birthday

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Members of the Gilberti-Doddo-Izzo families gathered today at the home of Antonette Gilberti Doddo at 20 Sunrise Ave. in Westport to celebrate her 102nd birthday. Doddo’s daughter, Annette Izzo, said, “My mother was born a walking distance away at 43 Saugatuck Ave. in 1910.” Pictured are (l-r) A.J. and Annette Izzo, Mary Lou Bell, Claudette Foley, Doddo, her 99-year-old sister Theresa Gilberti, and Beverly Valiante. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com