Saturday, November 12, 2005
Staples Football Edges Ridgefield 27-23
The No. 1-ranked Staples Wreckers edged Ridgefield 27-23 today at home to keep their undefeated record intact.
It was the season’s first loss for the Ridgefield Tigers who led 23-20 in the game with 3:59 left. But for the second week in a row, Staples came from behind to gain the victory.
The Wreckers improved to 9-0 on the season and are now headed to their second appearance in the FCIAC championship in three years. It will be a rematch between Trumbull and Staples Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Boyle Stadium in Stamford.
Trumbull (8-1), which suffered a 13-0 loss against Staples in Week 4, earned its way in by virtue of its 17-13 victory over New Canaan Friday night.
End of Boating Season Nearing
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2005
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2005
Leonardo H. Dicosola to Jeffrey A. Brill and Aileen A. Dowd, 159 Imperial Ave., $835,000
Robert J. and Joan K. Eigen to Patrick and Patricia Gentemann, 45 Burr Farms Road, $1,150,000
Eric J. and Laura W. Schuppenhauer to Karen and Jonathan M. York Trust, 23 Dover Road, $1,840,000
Robert H. and Marilyn Bernard to Erin Powell, 3 Guard Hill Road, $999,000
Saturday, November 12, 2005
1:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples football vs Ridgefield
8 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players present “Children of Eden”
4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Westport Arts Center annual gala “Jazz it Up”
Friday, November 11, 2005
Staples Field Hockey Falls to Simsbury
The Staples field hockey season ended today with a 2-0 loss to Simsbury, ranked No. 3, in the state tourney at Simsbury.
No. 11-ranked Staples dominated the play throughout the entire game but players could not convert their hard work into scoring opportunities.
Abby Healy and Johanna Lou scored for Simsbury which ended the season with a 12-1-2 record. Staples ended with a 11-7 record.
Residents Gather to Honor Veterans
By Jennifer Connic
Westport residents gathered at Town Hall to honor veterans—those who have passed on and those who remain—during the annual Veterans Day ceremony today.
Giving her final Veterans Day address as first selectwoman, Diane Farrell said before she took office she never had anyone touch her life who had been a veteran.
“Most Americans are probably like I was,” she said. “It was extraordinary learning about how you veterans have contributed to our country.”
In her final days in office, she said, she is thanking many people, but she especially wants to thank the veterans for the stories they shared.
Sgt. First Class Brian O’Toole was one of many veterans who spoke to eighth grade students today at Westport’s Bedford Middle School during Veterans Day activities. O’Toole has served more than 14 years in the Connecticut National Guard, and recently spent one year on duty in Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Taps for Veterans
Gregg Winters, a teacher at Westport’s Bedford Middle School, directed student trumpeters in playing “Taps” in honor of veterans who visited the school today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com.
First Night Fashion: Talking Trash
They say fashion goes in cycles. But recyclables? First Night of Westport-Weston 2006 plans to do just that this New Year’s Eve as fashion gurus put on new spin on “out with the old.” A First Night fashion show using recycled trash to create trendy apparel is in the works.
The scheduled show is idea of Westporter Daniel Lanzilotta and Irina Simeonova, head of the fashion design and merchandising program at Gibbs College in Norwalk.
They approached Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon and Lynne Pierson, Weston’s superintendent, who both agreed that students in their respective schools could join with the students at Gibbs College to create trash fashion.
According to Rozanne Gates, First Night’s executive director, the student teams which will create trash fashion are now forming at Bedford Middle School, Coleytown Middle School, Staples High School, Weston Middle School and Weston High School.
Ceremony at Veterans Green
Today’s Veterans Day activities in Westport included a wreath-laying ceremony at Veterans Green in front of Town Hall. William Vornkahl did the honors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adrian Dixon for WestportNow.com
At Attention for the Vets
Observance at Town Hall
“Children of Eden” Debuts Tonight
Eve offers up the granddaddy of all temptations to a bewildered Adam (played by Mia Gentile and Jacob Heimer) in the Staples Players new fall production of “Children of Eden” which opens tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
Enjoying the Fall Colors
Friday, Nov. 11, 2005
11 a.m. Town Hall Auditorium - Veterans Day ceremonies
8 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players present “Children of Eden”
8:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
Thursday, November 10, 2005
ARS Settlement Finalized
By Jennifer Connic
After five years that included a year of negotiations, the controversial housing project for the 55-acre Partrick Wetlands area in northwest Westport has been finalized.
Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission grant their approval tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a settlement between the town, Partrick Wetlands neighbors and ARS Partners during its meeting tonight.
Five years ago, Fairfield-based ARS Partners started the process to develop the property, and the first plans included 25 homes and a sewer extension down Newtown Turnpike from Norwalk.
The settlement the commission approved includes 13 single-family homes on the Newtown Turnpike side of the property, the 22 acres on the Partrick Road side donated to the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund and a private sewer line down Wilton Road.
Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Newtown
The Staples boys soccer team outshot Newtown 12-4 and led on corner kicks 6-3, but the Nighthawks outscored the Wreckers 2-1 today at Blue and Gold Stadium.
Newtown—seeded third in the state “LL” (extra large schools tournament), and ranked eighth in the country, upped their season record to 15-1-1, and advanced to the tourney quarterfinals. Staples, seeded 14th, ends the season at 12-4-2.
Despite dominating play, the Wreckers went into halftime down 1-0. The goal, in the 32nd minute, came after star midfielder Marc Doherty laced a free kick that Chris Hoagland headed in from close range.
The hosts made it 2-0 early in the second half, off a scramble in the penalty area, but Staples retaliated just 51 seconds later. Russell Oost-Lievense played an indirect kick to Ross McGibney. He drove to the left side, then launched a cross to the far post that Ben King headed home.
Westport Preschool Open House Set
Stepping Stones, the Westport Public Schools’ preschool program, has scheduled an open house for the parents and prospective students for Friday, Dec. 2, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Coleytown Elementary School located at 65 Easton Road.
According to school officials, Stepping Stones Preschool, which is open to town residents, provides “a developmentally appropriate program in a caring and respectful environment” that includes a library, gymnasium, playground, art facilities, and technology equipment. All of the school’s teachers are certified.
To be eligible to enter next September, children must attain the age of three on or before Jan. 1, 2007. Next year, Stepping Stones plans to offer morning and afternoon classes and an extended day option from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Fees, which are set by the Board of Education annually, are comparable to those at area, private nursery schools.
School officials note that enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and that applications for the 2006-07 school year will be accepted at the open house.
Avian Flu Health District Focus
To address concerns over what has been called a possible pandemic and to explore ways to protect oneself, the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) has scheduled an avian flu information program for Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 109 at Westport Town Hall.
Dr. Stuart Steinman, the health district’s medical advisor, plans to discuss the nature of avian influenza, “how to protect yourself and loved ones and learn what your country is doing to protect you,” health district officials say.
According to the WWHD, avian Influenza, or bird flu, is a contagious disease of animals caused by viruses that normally infect poultry, waterfowl, and other birds. While it is unusual for humans to acquire influenza virus infections directly from birds, the health district reports that human infections and deaths have occurred in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Citing research from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the WWHD reports that the widespread persistence of avian influenza in poultry poses two main risks for human health. The first is the risk of direct infection when the virus passes from poultry to humans, resulting in very severe disease. The second is that the virus can change into a form that is highly infectious for humans and spreads easily or pandemic.
I-95 Accident Ties Up Traffic in Westport
An accident early today on the Saugatuck River Bridge on I-95 kept Westport firefighters busy. The 2:28 a.m. incident tied up traffic in the area. It was not known if there were any injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
15 Minutes With a Staples Student: Lindsay Thorp
Lindsay Thorp: fifth time a charm. Contributed photo
Lindsay Thorp is barely one-quarter of the way through senior year, but she is already attending her fifth high school. And now that she is at Staples, the well-dressed senior with big, beautiful eyes, believes that the fifth time will be the charm.
The road from Waterbury to Westport is only 40 miles, but for Lindsay it has taken countless twists and turns. The journey began with a troubled family: Her father, an alcoholic, was physically and mentally abusive, while her mother suffered from depression.
Last summer Lindsay moved in with her aunt in Hamden; however, she too was depressed and abusive. Lindsay became depressed as well.
Finally the Department of Children and Families found a place for Lindsay: Project Return in Westport. The group home for adolescent girls provided refuge, stability, structure, discipline, friends – and a chance to enroll at Staples High School.
Riding into the Sunset
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10 a.m. - 5 Sprucewood Lane - League of Women Voters post-election coffee
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site and Building Comission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room—seminar on marketing research resources
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Staples Shuts Out Newtown 2-0 in Field Hockey
No. 11-ranked Staples High School edged No. 6-ranked Newtown 2-0 today in the first round of the Connecticut State Field Hockey games at Newtown.
Staples players rush the goal on a corner play during their 2-0 win today over Newtown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for WestportNow.com
Staples played a very strong game and scored within the first three minutes of the game with an amazing goal scored by senior tri-captain Katie Baxter.
In the latter part of the first half, a second goal was scored by junior, Libby Myers. The game continued to be controlled by a seasoned Staples team, and defensively, Staples was up to the challenge, as many attempts on goal were made by an excellent Newtown team.
The next game in the state championship will be on Friday at 2 p.m. with the site and team determined by other games played today.
Kite Sailing at Compo Beach
A group of kite sailors took to the sea and air today at Westport’s Compo Beach with wind gusts of 18 to 20 knots which made for perfect kite sailing. Members of the group—10 in all—come from nearby towns and have been klite sailing for the past couple of years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
ARS Settlement a “Win-Win” Situation
By Jennifer Connic
First Selectwoman Diane Farrell points to a map of the proposed settlement for the Partrick Wetlands. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Town officials, ARS Partners representatives and Partrick Wetlands neighbors are calling a settlement over development of the 55-acre property in Westport’s northwest corner a win-win situation.
The group held a press conference today at Town Hall to officially unveil the details of the settlement, which still has not been signed.
First Selectwoman Diane Farrell displayed a map of the proposed plan for the site that shows 13 homes on the Newtown Turnpike side of the property and 22 acres on the Partrick Road side that will be donated to the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund.
She said the homes will a significant distance from any other existing homes in the area. The plan will also require a private sewer down Wilton Road, she said.
Recount Slated in District 3 and 8 Races
There will be a recount in two Westport Representative Town Meeting races because the seats were won by less than 20 votes.
In District 3, Peter Gold beat out Janet Horowitz by nine votes, and in District 8, Dewey Loselle beat Suzanne Sheridan by six votes.
Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said the recount will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Coleytown Middle School, where both districts’ voters visited the polls on Tuesday. Absentee ballots and write-in votes will be counted at 11 a.m. at Town Hall.
She said the loser has the right to waive a recount, but neither losing candidate has waived that right.
Official 2005 Westport Election Results
Town of Westport Municipal Election Official Tally
November 8, 2005 46.9% turnout
First Selectman & Selectman
3255 John J. Izzo & Robert F. Lasprogato
4634 Gordon F. Joseloff & Shelly A. Kassen
Board of Finance vote for any three
3876 Richard B. Benson
4079 Avi Kaner
4235 Jeffrey Alan Mayer
4168 Helen A. Garten
451 Ralph Hymans
Board of Education vote for any four
4044 Kristin Testa LaFleur
3649 Robert M. Chasin
4164 Jim Marpe
4561 Donald G. O’Day
4606 Marjorie Cion
Board of Assessment Appeals vote for any two
3447 John A. Fitzgerald
4050 David B. Krauss
4207 Elaine S. Arnow
Planning & Zoning Commission vote for any three
3258 Timothy William Wetmore
4539 Howard B. Lathrop
4652 Ronald D. Corwin
4494 Bruce E. Kasanoff
Zoning Board of Appeals vote for any two
3161 Peter Thorner
4133 Jacqueline J. Masumian
4205 Douglas J. Bowen
Representative Town Meeting District 1 vote for any four
0228 Diane D. Cady
0235 Matthew I. Mandell
0230 Rose Anne Preston
0244 Judith K. Starr
Representative Town Meeting District 2 vote for any four
0285 Alice H. Shelton
0262 John E. Fisher
0300 Sean M. Timmins
0257 Jay Keenan
Representative Town Meeting District 3 vote for any four
0297 William F. Meyer, III
0313 Hadley C. Rose
0265 John W. Kiermaier
0041 Peter A. Gold
0032 Janet Horowitz
0004 Jeff Shikowitz
Representative Town Meeting District 4 vote for any four
0222 Valerie S. Fischel
0225 Gene Paul Seidman
0004 Garry Boxer
Representative Town Meeting District 5 vote for any four
0244 Richard A. Lowenstein
0217 Ralph Hymans
0267 John W. Booth
0195 Helmuth W. Krause
0235 Chris Grimm
Representative Town Meeting District 6 vote for any four
0354 Ann M. Flynn
0389 Ronald F. Malone
0359 Velma E. Heller
0372 Jo Ann W. Davidson
Representative Town Meeting District 7 vote for any four
0365 John G. Klinge
0352 Allen S. Bomes
0365 Stephen M. Rubin
0401 Lisa S. Rome
Representative Town Meeting District 8 vote for any four
0342 Jonathan Philip Steinberg
0334 Michael A. Rea
0334 Lois G. Schine
0161 Dewey J. Loselle
0155 Suzanne M. Sheridan
Representative Town Meeting District 9 vote for any four
0215 Kim Mathias
0184 Michael A. Gilbertie
0205 Eileen L. Flug
0207 Maria J. Petti
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – TEAM Westport Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Democrats Maintain Control, Sweep Election
By Jennifer Connic
Behind Gordon Joseloff, Westport Democrats maintained control of the town’s top office and all of the boards and commissions with Tuesday night’s election.
The only incumbent to lose his seat was Republican Board of Finance member Rick Benson.
First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, a Democrat who is leaving office after eight years, said she is delighted with the results.
“We have an excellent team that worked very hard,” she said. “This bodes well for the future of Westport.”Page 1062 of 1225 pages
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