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Little League Registration Deadline March 4

Westport Little League (WLL) officials today reminded parents that the registration deadline for this spring’s baseball and softball teams is Saturday, March 4.

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Costs range from $150 to $300 to sign up for the season, which runs from March 11 through June 15, said David Goldshore, WLL president.

Parents can sign up at www.westportbaseballandsoftball.com.

“Anyone ages 4 through 19 can sign up, even beginners,” says Justin Walters, WLL board member. “Little League has had a very successful partnership with the town for decades now, and we’re all about the community.”

State Releases Revamped Grades for Every School- – and Most Drop

By Andrew Ba Tran, Jake Kara and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

www.ctmirror.org
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The Westport School District dropped year-over-year with only Staples High School and Greens Farms Elementary improving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CtMirror.org graphic

The zero-to-100 grade the state gives every public school and district each year declined for the vast majority of public schools and districts, according to data released today by the State Department of Education.

[The Westport School District dropped to 84.4 in 2015-16 compared to 92.2 in 2014-15. Only Staples High School and Greens Farms Elementary school showed marked overall improvement. (see chart HERE)]

But the state’s education commissioner said the widespread declines in scores should be seen as part of a recalibration of the grading system. The majority of students scored better on standardized tests.

The state’s grading system is based on more than a dozen different measures, including factors such as test scores and how many students are chronically absent, enroll in arts and Advanced Placement college-prep courses, graduate from high school and enroll in college within a year of graduation.

Failure to Stop Leads to Drug Bust

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man on drug charges at 2 a.m. today after he was observed driving very slowly on Main Street and not stopping at a light,  police said.

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Chad Davis: held on $15,000 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, Officer Rachel Baron spied Chad Davis, 21, not only traveling slowly in his blue sedan, but failing to come to a complete stop at a red blinking light at the intersection of Main Street and Avery Place.

“The suspect vehicle then made several turns in the area, which was suspicious as it did not appear to be traveling to a specific location,” Farrell said. 

When the vehicle was stopped on Post Road East, Davis was identified by his Connecticut learner’s permit and an Oregon license, Farrell said. The officer also spotted a baggie containing a leafy green substance in the door, he added.

Going 96 on Connector, Ignoring Officer Gets Norwalk Man Arrested

Officers arrested a Norwalk man at 1:30 a.m. today after he was clocked doing 96 m.p.h. on the Sherwood Island Connector and refused to pull over for an officer in pursuit, police said.

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Christopher Anderson: free on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. David Farrell, Officer Thomas Casimiro was running a radar detail when he observed a vehicle driven by Christopher Anderson, 56, speeding southbound on the connector.

“As the officer pulled out to stop the suspect vehicle, the suspect turned off all the vehicle lights,” Farrell said. “The operator did not slow down for the stop sign before making a left-hand turn onto the I-95 northbound ramp.”

Farrell said that while on the ramp, the suspect cut off another vehicle, nearly running it off the road. As soon as Anderson got onto I-95, he cut over three lanes of traffic and nearly crashed into several vehicles, he added.

CT Lawmakers’ Guests for Trump’s Speech Intended to Send Message

By Ana Radelat

www.ctmirror.org

Washington — Connecticut lawmakers have joined other Democratic colleagues in inviting guests to President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress today — people who will serve as symbolic rebukes to the new president’s policies.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal with Hewad Hemat, a former U.S. Army interpreter in Afghanistan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Pazniokas for CtMirror.org

The delegation has invited constituents with ties to Trump’s suspended “Muslim ban,” a retired school principal who enthusiastically supports public schools, a hospital administrator concerned about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a police chief who supports gun control.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, for instance, has invited Fadi Kassar, a Jordanian native who was caught up in Trump’s executive order that barred immigration from seven Muslim majority countries in the Middle East.

Because of that ban, which has been blocked by a federal court, Kassar’s wife and children were temporarily detained at customs in New York.

Lights, Camera, Sew

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There was a commercial shoot today for Singer Sewing Machine products at the empty storefront at 153-155 Post Road East formerly occupied by Organics Moderne. Randy Herbertson (l), owner of the Westport-based ad agency The Visual Brand (and president of the Downtown Merchants Association) was directing. According to Alyssa DeLucia, project manager, the shoot with seven models and a staff of 20 is part of a Singer national campaign, “It Starts with a Stitch.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

GFA Head of School Announces Retirement

Greens Farms Academy’s Head of School Janet Hartwell says she will retire from the Westport-based independent school in June 2018.

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Janet Hartwell: GFA years “so deeply rewarding.” Contributed photo

“These years at GFA have been so deeply rewarding for me, professionally and personally,” she was quoted as saying in a school news release. She is now in her 14th year at the PreK-12 co-ed day school on Beachside Avenue.

Last year’s graduating class named Hartwell as an honorary “lifer” — a term for students who attend the school from kindergarten through to 12th grade — having started with them back in 2003. 

“One of the great joys of working with our students is to watch them grow and develop at GFA, finding their voices, passions, and their sense of self,” Hartwell said.

Reminder of Giving Day March 9

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A banner across Westport’s Main Street reminds everyone that Thursday, March 9 is Fairfield County’s Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraising competition involving 431 nonprofits. This is the fourth year of the event, which last year raised $1,246,964 donated by more than 11,000 individuals for 410 nonprofits.Visit www.fcgives.org for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynnn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words/As We Are”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport School Days 1703–Present”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Transit Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

New Domain Name for Westport Schools

The Westport Public Schools will have “a more accessible user friendly domain name,” Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer announced at the Board of Education meeting tonight.

The new web address will be www.westportps.org, not the current www.westport.k12.ct.us.

Palmer also took the opportunity to weigh in on gender identity issues that are at the forefront nationally and statewide as it pertains to transgender students.

“This district has always been a leader,” she said about its acceptance of students from diverse backgrounds. “...We are not changing any of our practices.