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Today Is Arbor Day. Westport Is A “Tree City USA.”

Happy Arbor Day!

To celebrate, Westport’s Tree Board announces our town’s newest honor: The Arbor Day Foundation has named us a “2020 Tree City USA.”

The award (which we share with 3,600 other communities) recognizes that we make “planting and care of trees a priority.”

Former Tree Board chair Dick Fincher, tree warden Bruce Lindsay and assistant town attorney Eileen Lavigne Flug helped obtain certification.

Proving that we really are a Tree City USA, this year’s Arbor Day celebration includes tree plantings at the police station on Jesup Road, and Greens Farms fire station.

Planting a tree at the Greens Farms fire station …

The new trees celebrate first responders who worked diligently during the pandemic.

The Tree Board will be active in coming months. They’ll sponsor educational events, and a celebration of oak trees, which reduce runoff, flooding, noise and pollution. Oaks also host over 400 types of caterpillars that birds need for food.

(For more information on the Tree Board, click here.)

… and police headquarters.

Unsung Heroes #188

The other day, David and Arlene Squires brought their 3 1/2-year-old grandson Grayson to the Greens Farms fire station.

Like many youngsters, he loves firefighters and trucks. His grandparents live right across Muddy Brook from the station, so when he is in Westport Grayson hears the sirens and sees the flashing lights.

Though the visit was unannounced, the crew went all out for their guests. They were thrilled to see Grayson dressed in uniform.

Grayson with his dad, grandmother and firefighter Tim Izzo. (Photo/David Squires)

David reports that the trucks are shiny, the helmets are heavy — and there were no Dalmatians.

Grayson was shy when he met his heroes. And that’s what they are — whether in action, or making a young boy’s day in between calls.

Photo Challenge #257

Was it the rainy weather? Too many things to do 4 days before Thanksgiving? The fact that virtually no one knew where the toy donkey pictured in last week’s Photo Challenge could possibly be?

Whatever the reason, Rose Porosoff’s image drew only a few guesses. But 2 were right: Rod Smith and James Lupo knew the curious scene could be seen at the Greens Farms fire station, on Center Street.

It’s a random shot in an out-of-the-way location — unless you live in Greens Farms — so click here to see what you’ve always missed (or never knew existed).

This week’s Photo Challenge stays in the Porosoff family. It’s from Rose’s mother, Tracy. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Westport Firefighter: “Every Neighborhood Deserves To Be Safe”

Some of us look at Westport’s new, large homes and say “oh no!”

Others say “aaah!”

Nick Marsan sees them and thinks “uh oh!”

He’s a Westport firefighter. He knows that — with their open floor plan — new construction burns faster than old.

He also knows that — with just 2 men assigned to one engine in both the Greens Farms and Coleytown fire stations — the situation is dire.

Two men, one engine at the Greens Farms fire station.

Marsan is also president of Westport Uniformed Firefighters IAFF Local 1081.

So he’s decided to speak out.

“Family safety is our number one priority,” he says. “Unfortunately, we’ve reached a point where we can no longer protect you in the way you deserve.”

A 2-person engine crew has limited responses, Marsan says. They can choose to rescue a trapped family member — no easy task, in a large house. Or they can attempt to extinguish the fire.

Marsan says national standards recommend 4 firefighters per engine, to safely battle a house fire in a 2,200 square foot residence.

Westport’s average home size is 5,500 square feet, Marsan notes. He’s asking for only 3 firefighters.

The issue dates back to 2007, he says. Town officials agreed then to 3 firefighters per truck.

But the recession hit. Faced with budget choices, politicians pulled back to 2 per truck — and changed post-retirement benefits for new hires.

The new pension plan will save Westport $40 million over the next 20 years, Marsan says.

So, he believes, “now is the time to put 3 people  on every truck, in every station. The savings are there.”

Every Westporter, he adds — regardless of where in town they live — “deserves a safe and effective response.”

The Westport Fire Department “will continue to do a very professional and dedicated job,” Marsan says.

“We just want as much safety as possible — for Westporters, ourselves, and our own families.”