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Town Begins Annual Curbside Leaf Collection

Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that the town is conducting its annual curbside leaf collection program beginning today through Dec. 2.

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Bags of leaves are ready for pickup on Compo Beach Road in an earlier fall season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

“Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Westport Public Works Department,” said Edwards. “Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up as the compost process can not handle plastic bags.”

Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway, he said.

Public Works crew will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period. A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 2, and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 2 will be collected, Edwards said.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 45 Bulkley Ave. North

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 45 Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 1.096 square feet and is situated on a .50-acre property. The property changed hands this month at $650,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Veterans Day Ceremonies Set for Town Hall Auditorium

Westport Veterans Council President William Vornkahl announced today that Veterans Day ceremonies will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

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Bill Vornkahl addresses last year’s Veterans Day ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Veterans Day is a time to recognize and thank the men and women of our armed forces,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.  “I invite all residents to join me in honoring our veterans.”

Organizations participating in the ceremonies will be the Westport Community Band, the Westport Police Department Honor Guard, members of the Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 Veterans of Foreign Wars, representatives of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 399, and members of the August Mathias Post 63 American Legion.

Town Hall offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.  The Board of Education offices will be opened. 

Monday, November 4, 2013


10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Senior Center Policy Board
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2013 Group Members Exhibition: “Home Sweet Home”
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Steven L. Davis: “Dallas, 1963”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Flowers at Farewell Concert

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Pianist Janina Fialkowska, a longtime Fairfield Country resident and a distinguished international artist, receives flowers at the end of her Westport Arts Center concert today at the Pequot Library in Fairfield. Prior to moving to Germany, she offered a farewell recital that included works by Schubert, Chopin, and Grieg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Brazilian Blue Grass at Library

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The Westport Library today hosted Matuto, an international touring band based in New York City that plays “Brazilian Bluegrass.” Matuto is a Brazilian slang word for “country boy.” The group was recently awarded the title of “American Musical Ambassadors” by the U. S. State Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 793 Post Road East

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 793 Post Road East, near Westport Wash &  Wax, is in process. Built in 1877, the two-story residential-type commercial house has 1,144 square feet and is situated on a 1.3-acre property.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. Previously occupied by Westport Invitations, it was featured in WestportNow’s Comings & Goings on June 1, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com