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Wednesday, November 28, 2018


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Exhibition: “Paradise”
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – WPCA Executive Session
Noon – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Superintendent Parent Forum (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 6021, & www.westportps.org)
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Fundraiser for the Mary & Eliza Freeman Houses, Bridgeport, the oldest surviving Connecticut homes built by African Americans
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Cribari Bridge PAC
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance, Education, Public Works, & Protection Committees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – RTM Public Protection Committee See Above
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Campaign Pushes ‘Love’ for Local Businesses

Local retailers should be getting a lot of love this holiday season due to the brainchild of Melissa Post and Megan Rutstein, aka WestportMoms.

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The Local Love card. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Their campaign dubbed Westport Local Love lets consumers buy a Local Love card for $40 and then use it for discounts up to 20 percent at more than 100 town businesses, including retailers, salons, spas, restaurants, even the Westport Playhouse.

“Not only is this campaign a wonderful push for consumers to shop local this holiday season, but a portion of the proceeds will also go toward building a playground in downtown Westport,” said Colleen Angione-Wiedmann, communications director for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA).

“The WDMA is thrilled to support this campaign, along with the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Westport,” she added.

RTM to Utility Wires: We Will Bury You

Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight paved the way for the completion of Main Street’s underground utilities to enhance the downtown streetscape.

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Some of the wires to be buried. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

By a 24 to 2 with 1 abstention vote, the legislative body approved a $328,000 appropriation to remove the remaining three utility poles at the intersection of Main Street, Avery Place and Parker Harding Road at Gorham Island and to bury the communications wires.

Public Works Director Pete Ratkiewich, who made the request, said the poles’ removal would allow his department to complete the repaving of Main Street and to begin repaving of Parker Harding Plaza.

The three poles, which Ratkiewich called unsightly, currently support only communications wires because Eversource removed the overhead electrical wires several years ago.

Listening to Parents

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Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer, members of the Board of Education, and the
Community Advisory Committee (CAC) tonight held the first of two meetings to discuss the various options for the 2019-20 academic year. The meeting with parents on options following the closure of Coleytown Middle School was held at Long Lots Elementary School. A second event will be held Wednesday at noon in Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Cribari Bridge Committee to Hear State’s Proposals Wednesday

The Cribari Bridge Project Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in room 201 at Town Hall to discuss the state’s latest plans for the historic swing bridge.

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The meeting will review Cribari options. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) committee includes representatives of local stakeholders.

They include: Westport Preservation Alliance (WPA); Save Westport Now; Coalition for Westport; Greens Farms Association; and Bridge Street neighbors.

At issue are the CDOT’s plans to renovate or possibly replace the iconic Saugatuck bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thomas Tremonte, Jr., 71

Thomas Tremonte, Jr. of Londonderry, New Hampshire, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 22 at the New Hampshire Veteran’s Home, Tilton, New Hampshire. He was 71.

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Thomas Tremonte, Jr,: Staples graduate. Contributed photo

He had been a resident there for eight years. He was born on Feb. 2, 1947, a son of Thomas Sr. and Felecia (Borriello) Tremonte, and grew up in Westport.

Following graduation from Staples High School, he attended Southern Connecticut University for a brief period before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1967. He served in Vietnam from 1968-69 and was decorated with several commendations and medals.

His lifelong career as a plumbing and heating contractor began with training he received while serving his country. Upon his active military discharge in 1971, he completed formal training and apprenticeship as a master plumber. He ran his own successful plumbing and heating company for over 25 years.

Human Services Opens Online Portal for Donations

Westport’s Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced an online donation option to support its programs.

“Those people wishing to help Westport’s most vulnerable residents can go to one site to donate to a wide variety of our income-based programs, including seasonal programs and other supports for individuals facing financial hardship,” said DHS Director Elaine Daignault.

The donation portal titled “We Care Westport CT” can be found on the DHS webpage at https://www.westportct.gov/index.aspx?page=1183.

According to Daignault, each of the seven established funds are dependent on the generosity of community donations, delivering essential resources to Westport residents in crisis.

Marie C. Taylor, 93

Marie C. Taylor, a resident of Westport for 51 years, died Oct. 23 at home. She was 93.

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Marie Taylor: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Fulton, New York in 1924, she also previously resided in the Syracuse, New York area and in Lynchburg, Virginia.

She was a longtime member of the Westport Woman’s Club and Garden Department, serving on the board and participating in their many community outreach and fundraising endeavors.

She thoroughly enjoyed many trips to New York City, New England points of interest, and many luncheons and guest speakers/performers who brought fun and enrichment.

Police: Two Unlocked Cars Stolen, Two Burglarized Overnight

Two unlocked cars with keys inside were stolen and two unlocked ones were burglarized today in Westport’s Hillspoint area during the early morning hours, police said.

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, credit cards stolen from one vehicle were later used in Stratford.

“All vehicles were believed to have been unlocked and keys were left inside the stolen motor vehicles,” Cabana said. “Another vehicle was stolen over the weekend, which was also unsecured with the keys left inside.”

Cabana said that despite multiple warnings over the last few years, residents continue to leave valuables and keys in their unlocked vehicles.