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Readying for BMS Art Exhibit on Wednesday

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Teachers and volunteers prepared today for the 10th annual student art exhibition Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. The evening will feature art, music, and poetry. Family, friends and the Westport community are invited to a reception in the Art Café, according to organizers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Remembering a Westport Educator

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There was a celebration today at the Inn at Longshore of the life of Kenneth D. Brummel, superintendent of schools in Westport for 12 years, who died in December in Palm Springs, Calif. at age 77. He also served as principal of Bedford Junior High School. Among those attending were (l-r) Coach Bob Byiteck of the Staples Varsity and JV girls golf team, daughter Lisa Brummel, and Patty Kondub, assistant coach for the Staples girls golf team and JV team. Lisa Brummel, who lives in Seattle, Wash., was an outstanding athlete in Westport and went on to lead Yale’s teams in four sports. On Wednesday, she will be inducted into the Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame along with Geno Auriemma, head coach of UCONN’s women’s basketball team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Towns Want Any Windfall in State Tax Receipts

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

How tight is state revenue? Even the possibility of a small windfall is causing cities and towns to stake a claim.

Municipal leaders, who were disappointed last week by the lean town aid package recommended by legislators, today called dibs on any last-minute revenue bonanza that sometimes is found after the April 15 income tax filing deadline.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities “urges you to take advantage of expected increases in projected state revenues and craft a state budget that protects the interest of hometown Connecticut and its residential and business property taxpayers,” municipal leaders wrote to top Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate.

State government tests revenues three times annually, including on April 30—usually a few weeks or a month before they adopt a budget for the next fiscal year.

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‘Take Back Day’ Drug Event Set for Saturday

The Westport Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), on Saturday will provide another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft.

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Sgt. Rich Frazier receives a bag of unused drugs last September at “Take Back Day” at Westport Town Hall.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The department will help rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs in what has become known as “Take Back Day.”

Residents are asked to bring medications for disposal to Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, police said.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement partners, according to the DEA.

Staples No. 7 in U.S. News Best CT High School Rankings

Westport’s Staples High School ranked No. 7 among the best Connecticut high schools, according to the 2013 rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. Nationally, it ranked No. 296.

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In the state, the top 10 in order were Darien, Conard (West Hartford), Weston, Ridgefield, Farmington, Wilton, Staples, William H. Hall (West Hartford), Joel Barlow (Redding), and Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy (East Hartford).

According to U.S. News, Staples had a 12:1 student-teacher ratio, a 54.6 college readiness index rating (58 percent took AP courses, 54 percent passed), a 4.5 math proficiency rating (97 percent proficient, 3 percent not proficient), and a 4.4 reading proficiency rating (100 percent proficient).

Last year, U.S. News ranked Staples No. 5 in the state and No. 302 nationally.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Downtown 2020 Committee
10 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Jobseekers: Energize Your Job Search
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2013”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Treasures Revealed: The WHS Archives & Collections” & “Inside Story”
6 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Forum: “The Aftermath of Trauma in Children: Helping Newtown and Lessons from 9/11”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Education Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Going Up (A Little Bit Higher): 65 Compo Beach Road

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Three weeks after it was first featured on WestportNow (see WestportNow March 27, 2013), the house at 65 Compo Beach Road at the corner of Bradley Street is going a little higher. The house is among several dozen Westport homes in the process of being structurally elevated following Storm Sandy—an effort partially subsidized by FEMA, according to Westport Fire Department officials.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed phto

Comings & Goings: Eyeglasses.com to Post Road East

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Eyeglasses.com, an integrated retail and Internet store, has opened at 147 Post Road East across from the site of the former main post office. Westporter Mark Agnew said he founded the company as an Internet-only business in 1999 shortly after leaving Lehman Brothers where he was an emerging market research analyst.“The 2,000-square foot store is a prototype retail operation which we plan to expand geographically aiming at Greenwich next,” he said. He said the Internet retail concept allows customers to purchase from a range of 250,000 frames which may be purchased as frames only or with a prescription to include lenses. An optometrist is on site two days each week for eye examinations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com