Wednesday, April 12, 2006
My Name is Moses and I am Lost
The Violette family is seeking help in finding their cat Moses who has been missing from their home at 121 North Ave. since last Friday. Nancy Violette messaged WestportNow: “He is well known and liked in the neighborhood by neighbors and pets alike. He is known for sunning himself just outside the electric fences on Kensington Place to tease the safeguarded pooches…We miss him terribly.” Moses was not wearing a collar. If you spot him, call (203)226-1898. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
All Gone: Staples High School 6 Building
Classes haven’t been held in the 6 Building at Westport’s Staples High School since February, but today the building finally came down. It is one of the final steps in the renovation and expansion project at the high school. The building once housed culinary arts, math and English classes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Getting Their Tickets
A large number of people bought their tickets today to see “Thurgood” at the Westport Country Playhouse. The production is about former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and it stars James Earl Jones. The play runs April 30 though May 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Waiting for Thurgood Tickets
People were lined up outside the Westport Country Playhouse’s box office doors this morning as tickets for “Thurgood” went on sale to the general public. The production about former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall stars James Earl Jones. It runs April 30 through May 14 at the playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Promotions Mean New Firefighters
A combination of retirements and promotions means there will be new firefighters and a new fire marshal at the Westport Fire Department later this year.
Fire Chief Chris Ackley said right now the department is currently testing four, in-house candidates for the training officer position.
The position has been left vacant since it was added to the budget nearly a year ago, and Ackley said leaving it vacant has saved the department some money.
He said he cannot say how much has been saved until the end of the fiscal year.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2:30 p.m. – Westport Center for Senior Activities – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board Meeting
Westporter’s Moment of Fame
Westport’s Frank Bergonzi Jr. had his moment of fame today during the Yankees home opener at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Spotlighted on the stadium’s electronic scoreboard, he correctly answered a mid-inning quiz and won a $50 gift certificate to Modell’s sporting goods. Bergonzi was among almost 55,000 fans who watched the Yankees gain a come-from-behind win over Kansas City 9-7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Bridge Street Bridge to Close April 26
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today that the town has been notified by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) Bridge Maintenance Division of routine maintenance work to the Bridge Street Bridge which will necessitate its intermittent closure on Wednesday, April 26.
The swing bridge and the roadway from Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue to Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue, about a quarter mile, will be closed intermittently from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joseloff said. Signs and markings for detour routes will be posted.
“To assure the safety of motorist and pedestrian traffic, it is imperative that route maintenance be done to the bridge,” said Joseloff. “We have asked CDOT to try to keep the bridge open during the busy noon hour, but that may not be possible and motorists should be prepared to make alternate travel plans.
“The town regrets any inconvenience the bridge work will cause. We thank citizens for their patience and cooperation.”
News-12’s Appleby Addresses Rotary Luncheon
Cablevision News-12’s Tom Appleby addressed today’s Westport Rotary Club luncheon at the Peppermill Restaurant. He discussed the changing role of delivering news, the rise of Internet news blogs and podcasting, and emphasized the importance of quality content regardless of the medium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Farrell Pushes Extension of Medicare Deadline
Congressional Challenger Diane Farrell make points about Medicare at the Westport Center for Senior Activities surrounded by local senior citzens today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Diane Farrell, challenger to U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, is joining her fellow Democrats in pushing an extension on the deadline for Medicare prescription benefits.
Seniors have until May 15 to sign up for a plan otherwise they will face penalties under the federal legislation.
Farrell, who left office as Westport’s first selectwoman last fall, was outside the Westport Center for Senior Activities today touting changes to the Medicare legislation, including extending the sign-up period for a prescription plan through the remainder of the year.
There also needs to be a grace period for senior citizens, she said, so they can switch plans if they decide they have not made the right decision.
Arts Community Gathers for Discussion
Sculptor Lowell McFarland makes a point during today’s arts forum at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Members of the arts community gathered today to discuss the issues they face and how to garner more interest in the arts in Westport.
The Westport Arts Advisory Council sponsored the forum at the library, which focused on how to educate the residents and visitors about programs offered at cultural venues throughout the community.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said those who have been in town for 50 or more years remember it as a community of artists.
Now it has developed into something different, he said.
Homeland Security Equipment Arriving Slowly
Westport’s emergency workers have been slowly receiving equipment and training opportunities from federal grant money that was supposed to be released in 2004 and 2005.
Now because the money was handed out so slowly to be used on homeland security equipment, the grants’ life has to be extended through 2006.
The Board of Selectmen will have to approve the grant’s life through 2006 during its meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Both Police Chief Al Fiore and Fire Chief Chris Ackley said the two departments compiled their grant money with other communities involved with the Southwest Regional Planning Agency to purchase equipment.
Getting Ready to Build
Workers Monday continued preparing the site for the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach. Crews of volunteers will be working April 25-30 to build the new playground, which is sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League. People can still volunteer for the project. For more information, visit www.wywl.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 10, 2006
Staples Students Show Off Award-Winning Project
Elizabeth Marshman steps to the microphone during a presentation she and Vikas Murali, Andrew Tschirhart and Miles Lubin gave to the Board of Education Monday night. The four Staples High School students won the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge for their solution to keeping Social Security solvent for the next 75 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Four students at Westport’s Staples High School Monday night showed off the project that won them the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge and the $20,000 top prize.
The students, who appeared at a Board of Education meeting, included seniors Elizabeth Marshman, Vikas Murali, Andrew Tschirhart and junior Miles Lubin.
They were tops among 129 teams and more than 500 students competing from the New York metropolitan area.
The students had to use their math skills to craft a proposal to make Social Security solvent for the next 75 years. The finals of the competition were held last week in Manhattan. (See WestportNow April 7, 2006)
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9 a.m. - Westport Library McManus Room - Westport Arts Forum 2006
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Health & Human Services Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
8:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Education Committees
School District’s Web Site Earns Award
Joyce Losen, school communications specialist, accepts the CABE award for the district’s Web site tonight from Archie Elam, a CABE representative. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
The Westport Board of Education received a Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) award tonight for its Web site.
Archie Elam, CABE representative, said the Westport schools’ Web site exceeds all the parameters for the award.
“It’s a well-deserved effort,” he told the board during tonight’s meeting.
Joyce Losen, the district’s communications specialist who has overseen the site, said she enlisted a number of Staples High School students who understood HTML—the Internet coding language—when the site was first created.
Now she realizes the site is a little old-fashion looking and needs a redesign, she said.
Final Bedford Funding Due from the State
The Westport Board of Education took action tonight so state officials can release the final $2 million grant money remaining on the Bedford Middle School construction project.
Assistant Superintendent Nancy Harris said there were a number of problems that needed to be fixed before the school was officially complete, but they are now resolved.
She can now submit the project as completed to state officials so the final funding can be released, she said.
Included in the issues were regrouting the kitchen and locker room floors, which were done before the school was opened, she said.
Staples Defeats Trumbull 3-1
Staples defeated Trumbull today 3-1 (25 - 20, 25 - 14, 15 - 25, 25 - 23) in men’s volleyball at home to advance to 2-0 on the season. Senior Peter Killeen (22) and junior Brian Parmelee (4) lead the Staples attack. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
A Walk Down Main Street
Staples Edges Darien 7-3
Staples junior Max Krakowiak gained his first win of the season today as the Wreckers defeated Darien 7-3 at home. He pitched a complete game with five strikeouts while giving up three hits. D. J. Stefkovich went three for three with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored. Matt Greco had two hits including a double, RBI, and stolen base. Wyatt Moss had four RBIs while Matt McGowan scored three runs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Craig Moss for WestportNow.com
Financial Planning for Seniors Series Planned
Stanley Nayer to speak on financial planning. Contributed photoAttorney and financial consultant Stanley Nayer will present two talks at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, on Friday, April 21 and Friday, April 28 both at 1:15 p.m. on how to plan for the future.
The April 21st lecture is titled “Your Annual Financial and Personal Audit.” The April 28th lecture is titled “House Rich/Cash Poor.”
Nayer’s talks are sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
All seniors age 60 and older are invited to attend the lectures, which are free. The Westport Senior Center is located at 21 Imperial Avenue.
For more information, call (203) 341-5099.
P&Z Pushing Open Space
A home along Cross Highway near Whippoorwill Lane will be demolished as part of a subdivision if the application is approved. The P&Z is currently debating if land should be set aside in the project for open space. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is debating whether a land owner should set aside a portion of his property for open space or pay cash to be used to purchase undeveloped land.
The debate comes over a plan to subdivide property on the corner of Cross Highway and Whippoorwill Lane into five one-acre lots.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said according to the zoning regulations and state law, the land owner can either set aside 10 percent of the land as open space or turn over 10 percent of the property’s value as a payment to be used in a fund for open space or recreational purposes.
Based on the assessor’s values, he said, the property is worth $2.1 million on the fair market, which means the town would receive $210,000.
Westport Woman Dies in Merritt Crash
A 24-year-old Westport woman was killed early Sunday after her car struck a rock wall on the southbound Merritt Parkway in Trumbull, news reports said today.
The Advocate of Stamford and the Connecticut Post identified the victim as Melissa Koutsoukos of Silent Grove North, Westport.
State Police at Troop G in Bridgeport and a state police spokesman in Hartford said they had no information on the accident.
The Advocate said Koutsoukos, a 1999 Staples High School graduate, was on the ramp for exit 49 at about 1:30 a.m. when she lost control of her 2006 Toyota Scion and hit the wall on the right side of the road.
All Gone: 25 Bauer Extention
The house at 25 Bauer Extension was demolished this morning. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 31. The house—located off of Old Road behind Balducci’s—sold last month for $530,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Author to Speak on Shakespeare in Prison
Author Jean Trounstine to speak. Contributed photoThe Monday, April 24 Y’s Woman session will be a part of the Westport Public Library’s Shakespeare series with Jean Trounstine to speak about “Shakespeare Behind Bars.”
Trounstine is the author of “Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison.”
The session will take place at the McManus Room at the Westport Public Library. “Coffee and Conversation” starts at 11 a.m. with the program starting at 11:30 a.m.
As with all Y’s Women general meetings, the public is invited.
For more information, call Gloria Stashower, president, at (203) 227-6054.
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