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Troop 36 Set to Honor Three New Eagle Scouts

Three Troop 36 Scouts, Peter Campbell, Steven Bean, and Ben Waller, will receive their Eagle Rank awards at a Court of Honor on Saturday 1 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. 

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New Eagle Scouts: (l-r) Ben Waller, Steven Bean and Peter Campbell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The rank of Eagle signifies leadership, service, outdoor skills, good citizenship and ethical behavior of the highest order.

It also represents years of commitment to a goal, which has been supported by families, Scout leaders and the community. Twenty-one merit badges are required for the Eagle rank in addition to a leadership service project.

Ben Waller is the most recent scout to pass his Eagle Board of Review on April 30.  Ben’s achievement of Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank caps his 12 years involvement in scouting, beginning in first grade with Cub Scouts. 

Fireworks Tickets Go On Sale

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Tickets went on sale today for the annual Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Westport Parks and Recreation fireworks on Friday, July 3 at Compo Beach. Tickets at $35 per car can be purchased at the Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road, and at the Westport Parks and Recreation office, 260 Compo Road South. A limited number are available and once tickets are sold out shuttle passes will be available. Rain date for the event is on Monday July 6. Pictured in Capt. Sam Arciola, president of PAL, handing over the first ticket to Doug Bernstein, who with his wife, Melissa (2nd l), are sponsors of the events through their company, Melissa and Doug, LLC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

New Woman’s Club Officers

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The Westport Woman’s Club today inducted its newly elected board members for 2015-2016 at its June luncheon meeting. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Susan Hricik (membership), Jerilyn DeVeau (programs), Barbara Stemmer (finance), Suzan Murphy (third vice president ways and means),  Dorothy Curran (president), Robin Clark (treasurer), Mary Gladden (community services), Janette Duchnicki (grounds) (back row) Mary Lee Clayton (past president), Dorothy Packer (first vice president), Wynne Abrams (secretary), and Susan Loselle (Curio Cottage representative).
Not pictured are Susan Fox (parliamentary advisor), and Lina Mak-Chin (rentals). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Safety Tips as Hurricane Season Begins Today

The Westport Fire Department reminded Westport residents and businesses that the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season begins today and runs through Nov. 30.

“With a near miss of Hurricane Earl in 2010, a direct hit from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, now is the time to prepare,” said Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, who is also emergency manager.

“We urge every home and business to have an emergency plan and basic supply kit in place now before a severe weather event occurs.”

The Westport Office of Emergency Management offered the following preparedness tips as a minimum:

Girlfriend Arrested After Main Street Ruckus

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Anna Janisch: released on $1,000 bail. Westport Police photo

Police arrested a Westport woman early today after she allegedly forced open a locked, second floor office door at the 323 Restaurant at 323 Main St. and caused a ruckus with her former boyfriend, police said.

It is also alleged that Anna Janisch, 29, of 19A Stoneboat Road, damaged a planter outside the building before going inside, according to Capt. Samuel Arciola.

“During the investigation it was alleged that the girlfriend had forced open the locked second floor office door, and once inside became confrontational with her former boyfriend,” Arciola said.

Charged with disorderly conduct and fighting capable of causing minor injuries, Janisch, who had been an employee of the restaurant, was released after posting a $1,000 bond.

Saugatuck El Raises $22,000 for Hole in the Wall Camp

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Saugatuck Elementary School students raised $11,186.70 with their recent walkathon for The Hole in the Wall Gang, a camp dedicated to providing a “different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge.” That figure is actually doubled—for a grand total of $22,373.40—due to the dollar-for-dollar matching initiative by Positive Tracks, an organization whose slogan is “we help young people get active and give back using the power of sport.” Pictured are SES head library and media specialist Rae Anne Locke (l) celebrating the donation with Andrea Keefe (c) and Melissa Newman of The Hole in the Wall Gang. Contributed photo

Cedar Point Yacht Club Completes OneDesign Regatta

Westort’s Cedar Point Yacht Club completed the 2015 OneDesign Regatta over the weekend, producing winners in the J/109, J/105, Beneteau First and Soverel 33 classes.

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Revelation, skippered by George and Alex Wilbanks of Westport, came in second in a tiebreaker in the J/105 class. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hank Sykes for WestportNow.com

CPYC’s annual OneDesign event for the first time was presented in two parts: the May 30-31 weekend featured races for boats 26 feet and over, following races for J/70s and other sport boats under 26 feet on May 16-17. 

Bill Sweetser, skipper of the J/109 Rush, sailing from Annapolis, Md., won in the J/109 class and accepted the Rex Marine Trophy for Best Overall Performance in the Regatta.

Sailors from throughout the United States and overseas competed in the regatta – more than 40 boats and 300 sailors in the second weekend alone. 

Flash Flood Watch Extended

UPDATE The National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Watch for the Westport area until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Periods of showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain will continue through Tuesday as several disturbances track along a frontal boundary near the local area, the NWS said.

Heavy rain with rainfall rates as high as 2 to 3 inches per hour could cause flash flooding, especially in urban and poor drainage areas and in locations that received heavy rain from thunderstorms on Sunday.

Repeated training of cells over the same areas could lead to localized rainfall amounts over 4 inches, the NWS said.

Monday, June 1, 2015


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Library – “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Westport Weston Health District Live Well Workshop
4 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen: Maker Mondays
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar