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New Haven Line Adding Extra Trains Today

Metro-North said there will be extra trains on the New Haven Line today in anticipation of riders making an early getaway from New York in advance of the 4th of July holiday.

It gave this rundown of trains stopping in Westport:

12:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.

1:04 p.m. express to Westport, then all stops between Fairfield and New Haven.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Westport Public Library closes at 6 p.m. today
10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Book Chat with Nina Sankovitch
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”
Noon – Westport Public Library – Mahru Ghashghaei & Susan Snyder: “Nine Rubies: Broken Silence of a Daughter of Revolutionary Iran”
Sunset – Compo Beach – Westport PAL Fireworks

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Pesticides in Well Water Could be Widespread

By Neena Satija

www.ctmirror.org

State and Stamford health officials are urging residents with private wells to get their water tested for pesticides and other possible contaminants.

A study of 628 private wells by the Stamford Health Department found that 195 had some amount of the pesticides Chlordane or Dieldrin. More than half of those 195 had concentrations that put residents who regularly drink the water at a greater risk for health problems, as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Joseph Kuntz, a Stamford lab technician, said that when health officials first discovered some well contamination in 2009, they expected it to be localized and due to the nearby Scofield Town Dump. But testing had unexpected results.

“We saw things on the New Canaan border, things on the Greenwich border, things on the Darien border,” Kuntz said, explaining that contamination was everywhere and may well extend beyond Stamford and Fairfield County. “And it was like, OK, this is something anybody with a well anywhere needs to be concerned about.”

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Nursing Home Strike Set for Tuesday

About 700 Connecticut nursing home caregivers—91 of them employed at Westport Health Care Center at 1 Burr Road—are scheduled to strike Tuesday, picketing from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. “indefinitely,” over unfair labor practices, according to officials at New England Health Care Employees Union.

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Workers handed out leaflets in front of the Westport facility last March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Westport police have been notified of the strike which comes on the same day that the department will be busy directing traffic and monitoring the Fourth of July fireworks at Compo Beach which are expected to draw a crowd of about 10,000.

According to Deborah Chernoff, spokeswoman for the union, District 1199, the job action comes after the for-profit, New Jersey-based HealthBridge/Care One corporation “illegally and unilaterally imposed deep concessions on union caregivers employed at HealthBridge facilities in Danbury, Milford, Newington, Stamford and Westport.”

Union members include nurses, nursing assistants, laundry, dietary, housekeeping and other support staff.

Police Issue Fireworks Traffic Rules

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The 2,000 $30 vehicle tickets sold out today. Contributed photo

Westport police today issued an appeal for motorists and pedestrians to be especially careful in the Compo Beach area Tuesday as thousands attend the annual Independence Day PAL fireworks display. They also outlined special traffic rules in effect for the event.

Access to the beach will be made through South Compo Road only, said Capt. Sam Arciola. Hillspoint Road south of Greens Farms Road will be open only to residents with residences south of that intersection, he said.

Firework attendees should display the ticket prominently where it can be seen when entering Compo Beach, he said

This year’s ticket is different from the one-color oblong paper one of years past. The red, white and blue plastic ticket with a hook states “this ticket must hang from the rear view mirror to be admitted.”

Woman Walker Hit by Golf Ball

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A sign on the Longshore Club Park entry road warns visitors of the danger of flying golf balls. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

A woman walking along a roadway at Westport’s Longshore Club Park was hit by a golf ball Sunday and taken to the hospital, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said today.

He said he did not have details of the incident, which occurred in early afternoon, and that Westport police would have to provide any information.

A Police Department spokesman was not immediately available.

Witnesses said the woman was hit in the face, and there was severe bleeding. She was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital.

For Swimmers, Testing the Waters

By James Lomuscio

The Monday morning ritual began around 7:45 at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach.

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Patsy and John Cimarosa collect water samples today at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach for the Westport-Weston Health District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

John Cimarosa, assisted by his wife Patsy, affixed a plastic, 125-milliliter, open-mouthed bottle to the end of a long wooden shaft. She then made a wide sweep to scoop up samples of water. With the bottle filled, he removed it from the pole and poured some water out.

“We need at least one inch of space, air space so that the bacteria in here will not die before we test it,” said Cimarosa, the Westport-Weston Health District’s (WWHD) director of special projects and finance.

As it does every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the WWHD samples bacteria counts to make sure the water is safe for swimming.

17-Year-Olds to be Treated as Children by Courts

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

Last week, a 17-year-old who got into a fight or was caught stealing faced serious jail time if convicted.

That is no longer the case, effective today.

Under a new state law, teenagers convicted of non-felony offenses will be provided with a range of community-based treatments, rather than automatically being sent to the adult court system and its harsher penalties.

In passing the law, Connecticut joins 38 other states in setting the age of an adult for less-severe offenses at age 18, according to the Campaign for Youth Justice.

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Fireworks Tickets Sold Out, Shuttle Tickets Available

UPDATE Westport Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy announced that all 2,000 vehicle parking tickets for Tuesday night’s fireworks at Compo Beach “sold out before 4 p.m.” today and that shuttle bus tickets are still available for the same price, $30.

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A large banner across the entry road to Westport’s Compo Beach reminds residents of Tuesday night’s fireworks display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

The shuttle service will pick up passengers near Longshore Park’s marina.

“The weather will be beautiful, and I encourage people to come early and enjoy the day,” McCarthy said.

He reminded residents that the beach entrance will be closed from 4 to 5 p.m. “because we need to verify vehicle ticket holders,” noting that vehicles without fireworks tickets will be asked to leave.

Jelly Belly Found a Loving Home

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JellyBelly. Connecticut Humane Society

Meet Jelly-Belly, a very sweet older gal, who is looking for a loving home where she can live out her senior years. This beautiful girl is extremely affectionate and loves to be with people. She would prefer an adult only home, were she can relax and she is willing to share a home with other pets. If you can find room in your heart and your home for this lovely lady, please come visit her at the Westport Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society.