Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Forty-five students from the fifth grade of Classical Studies Academy of Bridgeport were special guests at today’s 9/11 ceremony in Westport. The class raised $200 to pay for the white roses distributed at the ceremony to guests. According to Brian Howard (standing at right), the students were studying 9/11 and asked the governor’s office how they could help. They were told funds were needed for the flowers. Howard said none of the children had any personal relationship with anyone who lost a family member on 9/11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wine-making experts Tess and Mark Szamatulski told Westport Roatary Club members today that the wine-making business is very good despite the recession. The Szamatulskis have owned and operated the Monroe-based Maltose Express Home Beer and Winemaking Supplies store, the largest home-brew and wine-making supply store in Connecticut, for more than 20 years. They said the poor economy has made people more price conscious and probably contributed to increased alcohol consumption. The combination has propelled their business, they said. Pictured (l-r) are Tess Szamatulski and Rotarian Fred Feuerhake opening a bottle of home-made wine for tasting as Mark Szamatulski explains the finer points about the process for making wine at home. “In Canada, 25 percent of consumed wine is home made,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley announced today that the Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing next week to consider a proposed text amendment to zoning regulations that would restrict where banks can be located within Westport.
Employees of Commerce Bank (since acquired by TD Banknorth) celebrated the opening of their Main Street branch in Westport in 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The item is included on the Thursday, Sept. 16 P&Z agenda.
“There are over 30 existing approved bank locations within the Town of Westport, and with 9,600 households, this equates to one bank for every 320 households,” said Bradley.
He said the ratio of banks per capita in Westport is much higher than many surrounding communities. For example, the ratio in Fairfield is one bank per 656 households; in New Canaan one bank per 554 households; in Darien one bank per 467 households; and in Wilton one per 508 households.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 20 Richmondville Ave., off Main Street, is in process. Built in 1928, the 1 3/4-story conventional style structure has 1,404 square feet, is situated on a .23-acre property and changed ownership last month for $365,000 . Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A box truck struck low hanging wires today at about noon in front of 252 Post Road East, near Colonial Green. The result was a snapped utility pole and a hazardous condition. Westport police closed off the eastbound lanes of the busy roadway and said Connecticut Light and Power Company crews said it could take six hours to replace the pole. In fact, it took more than seven hours with the roadway reopened fully shortly after 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport police detoured traffic around Colonial Green on Post Road East today after a box truck ran into low hanging wires and snapped a utility pole. Eastbound traffic was being diverted on to Imperial Avenue of Myrtle Avenue, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Conttributed photo
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
5:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - What’s Playing: “Solitary Man” (2009)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Gov. M. Jodi Rell will lead dignitaries at the annual 9/11 memorial service Tuesday at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park.
A packet of candy was among the items left on the 9/11 memorial following last year’s remembrance ceremony at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Other state and local dignitaries are among the expected guests at the event marking the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The ceremony, which is open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m.
Sherwood Island State park was chosen for the memorial because on a clear day the New York City skyline is visible from that point.
On Sept. 11, 2001, people who gathered there saw smoke rise over the World Trade Center. Then the park served as a staging area for relief efforts for the city.
For the second year in a row, broadcasters from Westport’s Staples High School have been nominated for recognition in a national competition.
WWPT-FM received nine nominations among finalists in the John Drury High School Radio Awards, which were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting and are judged by industry professionals.
The awards, presented at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., are named after a Chicago broadcaster who died in 2007.
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