Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007
10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Vacation Fun Day, vacation program for children ages 6-10
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309- Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Public Protection Committees
Monday, February 19, 2007
Kowalsky Farm Selling for $16.2 Million; Town Has Interest
The 12-acre Kowalsky family farm in Westport’s Greens Farms section—known as Peaceful Valley Farm—is on the market for $16.2 million and the Town of Westport has expressed an interest in acquiring it.
Peaceful Valley Farm is for sale for $16.2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The mostly open property nestled among multimillion dollar residences went on the Multiple Listing Service last week. The offering said it was suitable for a “gentleman’s farm or possible subdivision.”
“All I can say at the moment is that we have been in contact with representatives of the family and have expressed an interest in possibly acquiring it,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “But it’s a steep price.”
Complete with wandering goats, farm buildings and a small man-made pond, the property is in the heart of Greens Farms at 109 Morningside Drive South and is bordered by Clapboard Hill Road and Turkey Hill Road South.
Frozen in Time
The Westport Public Library as viewed today across the ice-covered Saugatuck River. While today’s temperatures barely got into the 20s, Tuesday’s high is predicted to be in the mid-40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Country Playhouse Hosts Public Open House
The Westport Country Playhouse will host three public open houses beginning Sunday to preview its 2007 season and offer guided tours of the recently renovated historic theater, the Playhouse announced today.
The open houses, which are free and include refreshments, will be held on Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7 to 9 p.m.; and Thursday, March 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Tazewell Thompson, artistic director, and Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director, will host.
The first hour will include a discussion of the season’s eight productions by Thompson, followed by a question and answer session. The second hour will offer guided Playhouse tours, taking participants behind the scenes of the theater.
Monday, Feb. 19, 2007
Westport Town Hall closed in observance of Presidents’ Day - Transfer Station Will be Open
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Presidents’ Day Workshops: Illuminated Manuscripts (ages 5-7 10-11:30 a.m.; ages 8-10, 1-2:30 p.m.)
10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Vacation Fun Day, vacation program for children ages 6-10
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Westporter Susan Lucia Palmieri in NYC Grand Opera Benefits
Susan Lucia Palmieri: soprano soloist. Contributed photoSusan Lucia Palmieri, a 1993 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, will perform in a special “Singers of Today and Tomorrow” benefit concert for the New York City Grand Opera Company at Westport Town Hall on Saturday, March 3.
A soprano, she will also perform as a soloist in a Thursday, March 8 benefit for the company at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Palmieri, who once worked as a cook as Westport’s VFW Post and started her own restaurant, My Place, was accepted into New York’s famed Julliard School opera program in September. She started rehearsing with the New York Grand Opera chorus in October.
Palmieri, who goes by the professional name Lucia Palmieri, has strong Westport roots. Her maternal grandfather is retired longtime Westport firefighter Joe Valiante.
Westport Names Community Inclusion Task Force
Westport has established a Community Inclusion Task Force to address issues of concern to those with disabilities.
The task force was established by Rochelle Field, chair of the Westport Human Services Commission, and Lynn Abramson, president of Westport-Weston United Way.
The task force will focus on improving the quality of life for all Westport and Weston residents by ensuring that the needs of residents of all ages with disabilities are addressed so they may participate fully in community life, an announcement said.
“The task force hopes to identify those gaps in current programs and services that prevent full inclusion of the disabled in community life, including such concerns as the availability of after school programs for students with special needs and support for caretakers,” said Barbara Butler, director of Westport’s Human Services Department.
Catch of the Day
Bob Mystrom of Stratford hauls in one of a dozen fish he caught today on Westport’s Lee’s Pond. Mystrom has been coming to Westport to ice fish for about 25 years. He was one of about 15 fishermen on the ice today. The long snap of freezing temperatures has given Lee’s Pond a coating of thick ice—about 10 inches—making it safe for the fishermen to be on the ice, although the snow-covered surface is not conducive to ice skating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Rotary Exchange Students Visit State Capitol
Rotary Youth Exchange students met in Hartford last week with state legislators, including Westport Sen. Judi Freedman and Rep. Joe Mioli. Among them were Westporter Stefania Urist, who is going to Brazil, and Westport-hosted Anita Joaquin, who is from Argentina, and Tony Huang, who is from Taiwan. Rotary Youth Exchange provides an opportunity for short (summer) and long-term (academic school year) exchanges around the world. Westport Rotary and Sunrise Rotary have sponsored Anita and Tony for the school year, placing each student with Westport families for three-month periods. Stefania Urist will be living in Brazil and another Staples senior, Jeremy Lawrence, will live in Japan for the 2007-08 school year. The Westport Rotary clubs are seeking Westport families willing to host students from April through June. For more information, contact Dan Long (203) 454-2194. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Another Artic Cold Wave on Way
The National Weather Service said today that Artic cold temperatures with wind chill values of 5 to 10 degrees below zero are on the way for Westport and the tri-state area tonight.
A weak clipper system just east of Long Island this morning will rapidly intensify as it tracks northeast of Cape Cod this afternoon and into the Canadian Maritimes tonight, an advisory said.
A tight pressure gradient will develop tonight between this departing low and high pressure building in from the Ohio Valley with northwest winds of 20 to 25 mph and gusts to 40 mph expected after midnight into Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile a strong cold front will cross the region late this afternoon ushering an Arctic air mass into the region for tonight into Monday. Temperatures in the wake of the cold front will drop through the 20s this evening and into the lower to mid teens by Monday morning.
Compo Mill View
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007
1 p.m. - Earthplace - “An Inconvenient Truth”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre, “Spinning into Butter”
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Dem Presidential Candidate Kucinich Makes Westport Stop
Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich made a stop at the Westport Public Library today en route to three days of campaigning in New Hampshire. Saying “I can’t be bought and I can’t be bossed,” Kucinich pledged if elected to remove U.S. troops from Iraq and replace them with an international security force. “We’re moving toward fascism with the government we have now,” he said. Among those in the audience were Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c), Westport News columnist Dan Woog (arm on chair), and Elizabeth Kucinich, the candidate’s wife (partially hidden). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Hockey Without Skates
A father and son play hockey without skates today on Westport’s Round Pond off Compo Road South. With warmer temperature—it got to 32 today—some of the ice is very thin and residents should take caution on area ponds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Snow and seagulls were the few things that could be found at Westport’s Compo Beach on Friday when temperatures were in the mid-20s. The temperature is expected to warm to the mid-30s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre, “Spinning into Butter”
Clouds and Snow
Clouds and snow added to the scenics at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today as temperatures rose only to the mid 20 during the day. After several days below freezing, temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 16, 2007
Driver Injured as Ice Smashes Windshield on I-95
The driver of a vehicle on I-95 in Westport suffered facial injuries today when a piece of ice from a passing truck flew off that vehicle and smashed through the windshield. The driver was traveling southbound on the Saugatuck River Bridge at the time of the accident just after 1 p.m. Westport firefighters and EMS responded along with state troopers, and the driver was transported to Norwalk Hospital. Drivers must remove snow and ice and from their vehicles under the law and maintain proper distances from other vehicles, said Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
New Electronic Voting Machines Arrive in Westport
Westport took delivery today of 18 new electronic voting machines, and the town’s registrars of voters will now embark on an education campaign to familiarize voters with the machines.
Democratic Registrar Nita Cohen and Republican Registrar Judith Raines spent the morning opening boxes and testing the machines, which scan ballots, before taking ownership of them.
With the 18 new machines, the town now has 20 of the ballot scanners. State officials picked up cost of 19 of the machines, which cost $7,000 each. The 20th machine has been used for five years to scan absentee ballots, and it will be replaced with a new model, the registrars said.
In addition to the machines themselves—which are in canvas bags and locked away in the town clerk’s office—the registrars took delivery of the ballot bins that sit under the machines, battery packs, voting booths and DVD players.
Former Volunteer Coach Files Notice of Intent to Sue
A former volunteer assistant coach at Staples High School filed notice today that he intends to sue the Town of Westport, the Westport public schools and the Westport Board of Education for wrongful termination.
Jason Gladstone, a Westport attorney representing Westport resident David Alexis, filed the intent to sue in the town clerk’s office.
The papers state Alexis intends to sue for wrongful termination, discrimination, false accusations, defamation, slander, breach of contract and violation of municipal employment wages and state he will seek payment of back wages.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today he has no comment on the matter.
Westport Takes Delivery of Electronic Voting Machines
The Town of Westport today took delivery of 18 new electronic voting machines which will be used in the November elections. Checking out one of the new machines at Town Hall today were Democratic Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen (l) and her Republican counterpart, Judith Raines. There will be training sessions for the public on the new machines beginning in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Voting Machines Stored in Vault
Westport today took delivery of 18 new electronic voting machines. Town Hall employee Doug Meier stores the machines, each in a canvas bag, in a secure cabinet in the town clerk’s vault. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Water Main Breaks Affect Two Westport Neighborhoods
An early morning water main break at Westport’s Rayfield Road and Spicer Road shut down water in the area, police said.
Utility crews from Aquarion Water Co. responded to the 1:42 a.m. call and were still on the scene at 7 a.m.
It was not known how many homes were affected by the break which came as temperatures dipped to 13 degrees overnight in Westport.
Shortly before 7 a.m., police said there was another break near the end of Grove Point Road off of Hillspoint Road.
School Officials Reviewing Security Plans
There may be security changes at the eight schools in Westport soon, but most of those changes will not be noticeable.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said a consultant recently completed a review of the school system’s security and issued a report to the Board of Education.
Because the matter concerns security in the school system, he could not give details what was included in the report, but each of the recommended items could be completed, Landon said.
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