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Passage Of $193M Town Budget Leads Westport’s Week In News

Westport's municipal and education budgets for the next fiscal year, totaling $193 million, were approved this past week.
Westport's municipal and education budgets for the next fiscal year, totaling $193 million, were approved this past week. Photo Credit: File: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. – Both the town and Board of Education budgets for the next fiscal year were approved this past week by the town’s legislative body. Here’s a look at this and other top stories from the week.

? The Representative Town Meeting, Westport’s legislative body, on Monday approved a town budget of $75.6 million. On Tuesday, the RTM approved a total Board of Education budget of $117.3 million. Of that amount, a $104.2 million is the schools operating budget. Combined, Westport’s total overall budget for next year is $193 million, which represents a 2.44 percent increase. The Board of Finance will soon set the town’s tax rate for next year.

? Staples High School announced its top two graduating seniors . Madeleine Seidman was named the Class of 2013 valedictorian, and Robert DeLuca was named salutatorian. Seidman will speak at graduation, and DeLuca will give a speech the night before at the baccalaureate ceremony.

? The Westport Conservation Department on Tuesday announced that camping at Cockenoe Island is temporarily suspended until further notice . The island was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and the four campsites need to be rebuilt in place or relocated.

? Westport’s Bedford Middle School this week kicked off a collection drive for Crutches 4 Kids, a nonprofit that provides crutches to disabled children in need across the world. The donation drive will continue through May 17.

? A Westport woman made headlines this week after she was arrested Monday by Fairfield police and charged in two different cases. Lynn Sclafani was arrested on two warrants, one charging her with writing a series of bad checks at Marshall’s, police said. The second warrant charged Sclafani in a March hit-and-run, police said.

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