Ashman says thank you, District 7

As the newest member of RTM District 7, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to my neighbors, friends and the residents of my district.

I am honored to be one of your representatives, and look forward to working with the other RTM members on district and town issues.

Your confidence and support shown to me, strengthens my resolve to do the best job I can. I promise to work hard to be worthy of your trust. Your questions and concerns are important, and I look forward to hearing from you.

I greatly enjoyed talking with many of you on Election Day at the polls and during my campaign. It was a wonderful experience that I hope will continue during the future years.

Also, I would like to acknowledge the contributions of retired RTM District 7 member, Dr. Lisa Rome, whom I am replacing. Over the years she has served our district and our town well.

Dr. Arthur Ashman

RTM District 7



Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby were award recipients, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at a Bush administration reunion at the neoconservative Center for Security Policy dinner -- Libby, for the "Service Before Self" award (for being a fall guy) and Cheney, for the "Keeper of the Flame" (for enhancing American security).

Scooter and Dick, felonious dudes,

By all rights should be royally screwed,

Justifiable sitting ducks;

Instead of that, each in his tux,

Is glorified for telling lies

And gets a highfalutin prize.

Though infamous malfeasants these,

Guests warmly toast those honorees.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, George W. Bush joined other famous speakers at a "Get Motivated" seminar in Fort Worth, Texas. He's to repeat his performance Dec. 2.

Although the event was said in advance by its organizers to deliver "more inspirational firepower than a stick of dynamite," one wonders how Dick Cheney's tool, more concerned with recreation and personal fitness than with governance, could galvanize others to action. His numerous vacation days at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, Camp David, his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, and elsewhere, as well as his hours-long morning exercise ritual in the White House gym, are well-documented.

Talk about a whopping goof,

Unless it actually was a spoof,

Fitness freak, vacationing

Former president George two

Was a speaker in October

At that motivational thing.

For some really good advice,

Who knows why they didn't pick

Super-motivated Dick,

Powerful past president of vice?

Elizabeth Gerteiny


Thank you to our local synagogues

On behalf of the board, staff and those served by Homes with Hope/IHA, I extend our heartfelt thanks to Temple Israel and The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton for their extraordinary effort to collect non-perishable food items for the Homes with Hope Food Pantry. Again this year, congregants brought their donations to High Holy Days services, responding with great generosity to our area's ongoing and increasing need for food for individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. This food collection is the largest that Homes with Hope/IHA receives all year; it is crucial to our ability to feed the hungry.

The Pantry is located in the Gillespie Center/Hoskins Place, our shelter and community kitchen at 45 Jesup Road in Westport. Food is provided by individuals, who may drop off donations at any time, and by organizations holding special collection drives throughout the year. There is always a need.

Thank you, again, to our synagogue members for their continued support.

Martha Ercole,

Member of the Board, Homes with Hope


Collaboration more

important than ever

Now that the local elections are behind us and we anticipate the State and National elections in one year, I would like to thank the Republican candidates and numerous volunteers that helped raise the discussion of local issues to a level not seen in years. As I resume my responsibilities as chairman of the Westport Republican Party, I reflect on the hard work of many individuals who volunteer their time with little recognition or fanfare. Two such public servants who were both candidates and fulfilling their terms in elected public office were: Bob Lasprogato on the Board of Selectmen and Kristin LaFleur who decided not to run for another term on the Board of Education opting instead to run for second selectmen. Lasprogato and LaFleur are a credit to our community.

Many thanks to all our candidates and their supporters who tirelessly worked for the past several months: including Gavin Anderson, Desiree Soli and Mike Calise. Their dedication and desire to elevate key issues facing our town should be commended.

Congratulations to the elected officials from both parties, particularly Avi Kaner, Jim Marpe and Mike McGovern. The responsibility of all our elected officials is great; current and future Westporters are depending on them to do what's best for Westport. During these difficult financial times, bi-partisan cooperation and collaboration is more important than ever. The issues raised during this election cycle shouldn't fade away with the memory of the campaign.

Bob Zappi,


Republican Town Committee