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Trimming Damaged Trees

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Traffic on Westport’s Wilton Road was reduced to one alternating lane today as workers trimmed overhanging branches at 122 Wilton Road, the lot where a multi-unit residential complex was recently proposed and then denied by Planning & Zoning Commission. A traffic signal worker said a large tree snapped during Wednesday’s storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

New Steps to Reduce School Testing Time

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org

UPDATE Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today dismissed calls from the state’s largest teachers union to stop testing students with the controversial Smarter Balanced Assessment and stood by use of the test results in evaluating teachers.

“We are not getting rid of the Smarter Balanced test,” the Democratic governor told reporters. The computer-based test is being used for the third year.

The Malloy administration did, however, agree to scale back for the second time in a year the number of Smarter Balanced exams public school students must take.

Last spring the state dropped the exam for high school juniors and replaced it with the SAT college-entrance exam. Today at Woodside Intermediate School in Cromwell, the governor announced that elementary and middle school students will no longer have to submit long-form essays – one of the two English assessments that students had to take last year. Students also will still have to take two assessments in math and one in science.

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Post 154 Back on the Market

Westport’s Post 154 restaurant, which closed Jan. 18 because of a pending sale to another eatery, is back on the market.

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A new tenant is sought for Westport’s Post 154, which closed last month at 154 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Post 154 is on the market again after a deal fell through at the eleventh hour,” Laura Leeds, principal of Simon David Real Estate, a Westport-based firm, said today.

Leeds had reported on Jan. 22 that the restaurant located in the old Westport Post Office building at 154 Post Road East had closed becuase the business’ owners had gone to contract “with a company that plans to open another restaurant there this year.”

With today’s news that the deal has fallen through, Leeds said her company is actively looking for a new buyer.