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Dog Licenses on Sale Friday at Town Hall

Dog licenses for 2018-19 will be available from the Westport Town Clerk’s office beginning Friday, it was announced today.

All dogs over six months old must be licensed, said Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, adding that last year 2,769 dog tags were issued.

“Licensing your dog verifies that rabies immunization is up to date, since the dog owner must present a copy of the pet’s rabies certificate when obtaining a license,” said Strauss.

“Connecticut law requires that all dogs must wear their assigned tag,” she added. “This will assist animal control and others to identify your dog should your pup become lost or run away.”

Flood Resiliency Presentation Set for Wednesday

A study on flooding problems downtown and townwide is scheduled to be presented at Wednesday’s Flood and Erosion Control Board meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, it was announced today.

It is the second presentation of the study, Public Works Director Peter Ratkiewich. He encouraged the public to attend.

Ratkiewich said findings and recommendations for eight major streams in town will be discussed along with the results of the Downtown Resiliency and Recovery Plan. The streams are: Indian River, Stony Brook, Poplar Plains Brook, Silver Brook, Willow Brook, Pussy Willow Brook, Muddy Brook and New Creek.

A Community Development Block Grant in 2016 funded the study designed to see how specific areas could become more resilient to flooding, as well as how to recover more rapidly after a flooding event.

Police Urge Motorist Caution During Sunday Morning Marathon

With Fairfield Half Marathon set for Sunday and a portion of the race coming through Westport, the Police Department today announced heavy road delays between 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.

According to Lt. David Wolf, motorists can expect delays on Greens Farms Road, New Creek Road and Beachside Avenue. 

“Additionally, access to the Greens Farms Train Station may be limited during the height of the race,” Wolf said.
 
Police asked motorists to use extra caution when driving in the area.

Q&A on Medical Marijuana in Westport

(Editor’s Note: Because of questions and concerns about the possibility of medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Westport, WestportNow offers the following Q&A to help clarify the issue.)

By James Lomuscio

Q: How many medical marijuana facilities are there in Connecticut?

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In March, a large crowd was on hand for a P&Z meeting and discussion of medical marijuana dispensaries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A: There are currently nine serving an estimated 26,000 patients with state authorized medical marijuana cards in Connecticut. The dispensaries are located in: Bethel, Branford, Bristol, Hartford, Milford, New London, South Windsor, Uncasville and Waterbury.

Q: Why are operators of medical marijuana dispensaries interested in Westport?

A: The P&Z on June 1, 2017 passed its own text amendment 735, which allows no more than two medical marijuana dispensaries in town. The decision came after a P&Z committee spent two years holding sparsely attended public hearings. The rationale for the amendment was that if the P&Z did not pass the regulation, the state could force such dispensaries on the town. The reason for two dispensaries was to minimize price fixing.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 67 (57) Post Road West

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 67 Post Road West (aka 57 Post Road West,) is in process. Built in 1920, the one-story ranch has 638-square feet. is situated on a 1.64-acre property and last changed ownership, according to assessor records, in March 1999 for $2.6 million. 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

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Westport Library is closed for renovation.
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art” & “4th Annual Student Art Exhibition”
5 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – Shared Voices of the Writers Workshop
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – CT DOT Public Information re: Beachside Avenue Bridge Project
7 p.m. – Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) – Bonnie Siegler, Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Flyin’ West”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar