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Showing Finer Points of a Safe Car Seat Installation

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Car seat safety specialist Nick Aysseh from Yale-New Haven Hospital today shows Westport mother Lauren Schiller how to properly install a car seat at the Westport Police Department’s Car Seat Safety Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Public Hearing on Town Plan Adoption Set for Sept. 14

Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has scheduled a public hearing to consider adopting the 2017 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) for Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, town officials announced today.

The final draft is available is available on the town website, http://www.westportct.gov, and a hard copy is available for review in the Planning and Zoning Department office.

Over the past year the P&Z has been working on updating the 2007 POCD, incorporating comments and feedback from surveys and public meetings, officials said. They added that input from residents and property owners is still welcome.

The POCD is an advisory document that the P&Z and other town agencies use: to protect resources important to residents; to guide growth and change; and to identify facilities and services needed or wanted to support the community.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Downtown Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – CSA Enhancement Committee
9:30 a.m. – Westport Library – ArtSmart for Newbies-Adults
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
3:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Just for Women Support Group
5:30 p.m. – Sherwood Island State Park – State of Connecticut 16th Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
6:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Wills & Trusts 101
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Task Force
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Public Hearing (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. – Toquet Hall Teen Center (58 Post Road East) – Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Drink & Draw

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Deal or Not, House Democrats Pledge Budget Vote Next Week

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

House Democratic leaders said today they intend to call a vote on a budget next week with or without a deal with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Senate, a ploy to force wavering lawmakers to decide between an imperfect spending plan and the “cataclysmically worse” choice of forcing Malloy to slash municipal aid by executive order.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said the arrival of Oct. 1 without a budget would guarantee cuts in municipal aid that would ripple through every public school in the state, instantly transforming a budget impasse into a full-blown fiscal and political crisis — with the blame laid at the feet of every lawmaker.

“We’ll make it very clear on the House floor, and I’ve said this before, If you are not part of the solution, you are voting for the executive order,” said House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford. “That’s the reality. That’s what’s going to happen.”

But missing from the scenario outlined by Aresimowicz and Ritter was a key element: What exactly would be in the budget up for a vote next week?

Police: Westport Student Threatened Violence at School

Police today arrested a Westport student for allegedly threatening violence on Friday at a school near his home.

Neither the student nor the school was identified.

Police Lt. Jillian Cabana said police were notified of the threat made in an online gaming chat room in August. The source of the notification was not disclosed.

“The individual threatened violence at a school near his home on September 8th,” Cabana said.

Paint Recycling Program Off to Good Start

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Westport Department of Public Works employee Bud Valiante today shows off some of the paint dropped off at the Westport Transfer Station under the new no-fee paint recycling program PaintCare. He said three or four full bags of paint cans have been removed in the past few days. Westport residents can now bring latex paint, oil-based paint, primer, stain, sealer, varnish and shellac, but no spray paint, to the Westport Transfer Station, 300 Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: The Bar Method Opens

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The Bar Method Westport has opened at 25 Sylvan Road South. The studio boasts strength training low impact classes at the ballet barre that promises long, lean muscles and stretching. Visit http://www.westport.barmethod.com or call (203)557-6737 for more info. Introductory offer: $100 for 50 days unlimited. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

Amendment to Allow Trapping Coyotes Fails at RTM

By James Lomuscio

A petition for an ordinance to allow trapping coyotes and coyote-wolf hybrids in Westport was defeated at the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) early today by a vote of 29 to 2 with one abstention.

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Lead petitioner Arthur Buckman explained why he proposed the ordinance change. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The 12:45 a.m. vote came after almost four hours of debate that pitted those fearful of the predators for the safety of their children and pets against animal welfare activists.

The latter objected to what they called the cruelty of leg-hold traps, despite trapping and removal proponents’ assurances the traps would be rubber padded and regularly checked.

At issue was an amendment brought forth by lead petitioner Art Buckman to change the town’s Code of Ordinances to permit the trapping and removal of problem coyotes. Westport is the only one of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities that does not allow hunting and trapping.