Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Westport Middle School Math Team Tops in County
Westport’s Middle School Traveling Math Team is tops in Fairfield County.
With 102 points (cumulative for the year) the team aced its opponents to take the top position in the Fairfield County Math League for the current school year.
In an 85-point tie for first place with Ridgefield last month, the Westport students blew away the opposition in Tuesday’s meet in New Canaan, winning by six points overall.
Coleytown Middle School math teacher Christina Zadravec coaches the team for both Coleytown and Bedford Middle School) students.
Westport Property Transfers March 27-31, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 27-31, 2006:
Linda and Gary Jacob to Robert and Denise Cantor, 8 Taylor Lane, $2,300,000
880 Post Road East LLC to Westport Drug Assoc. LLC, 880 Post Road East, $12,750,000
RFK Development LLC to CG Development LLC, 6A Cob Drive, $925,000
Kevin McChugh to Jonathan Fleisig and Wendy Giffords, 5 Michele Lane, $4,600,000
Playhouse Officials Outline New Season
Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson outlines the new playhouse season today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Residents had the opportunity to hear about the forthcoming Westport Country Playhouse season today during a citizens brown bag luncheon hosted by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff at the Playhouse.
Tazewell Thompson, Playhouse artistic director, gave an overview of the season, including a special production of “Thurgood” that opens later this month starring James Earl Jones.
Alison Harris, Playhouse executive director, said about 400 Staples High School students will be attending a special matinee of the show.
Playhouse officials had to get permission from Jones about the performance, she said, and he is excited about it.
Area Selectmen Sign Saugatuck Conservation Compact
Five leaders of area towns today added their signatures to the 11-community Saugatuck River Watershed Conservation Compact in a ceremony at Weston’s Cobb’s Mill Restaurant. The document acknowledges a commitment to work cooperatively to balance conservation and growth in the watershed area. Pictured are (l-r): First Selectman William Kupinse of Easton; First Selectman Natalie Ketcham of Redding; First Selectman Gordon Joseloff of Westport; First Selectman Woody Bliss of Weston, and First Selectman William Brennan of Wilton. Earlier, leaders of Bethel, Danbury, Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, and Ridgefield signed the document. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples Men’s Volleyball Gets Underway Today
The men’s volleyball program at Westport’s Staples High School gets underway today at home against Fairfield Warde. JV plays at 3:45 p.m. and varsity will debut at 5:15 p.m Evan James is pictured smashing the ball along with his teammates Patrick Fenn, Brian Parmalee, Julian Du Pont, Stephen Ogilvy and Peter Hlawitschka. More information is available at www.staplesvolleyball.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Thurgood Tickets On Sale April 12
James Earl Jones: will star in “Thurgood” at the Playhouse. Contributed photoTickets for “Thurgood” starring James Earl Jones at the Westport Country Playhouse will go on sale to the public April 12 at 10 a.m.
Performances will run April 30 through May 14.
“Thurgood” tickets have been available exclusively to current Playhouse subscribers, and they will continue to receive priority seating through April 17.
Tickets for “Thurgood” are $45, $55 and $65.
For more information or tickets, call the Westport Country Playhouse at (203) 227-4177, visit the box office at 25 Powers Court or go to www.westportplayhouse.org.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 175 Imperial Ave.
Westport department officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 175 Imperial Ave. The house was built in 1940 and is not visible from the street. Because the house is more than 60 years old, the Historic District Commission will review the application at its next meeting on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Smoke Detector Use Stressed
Fire Chief Chris Ackley stressed the need for smoke detectors during a presentation to the Westport Representative Town Meeting Tuesday night.
He was invited to speak about smoke detectors after a fire St. Patrick’s Day weekend claimed the life of the homeowner, Carol F. Reynolds, 54. (See WestportNow March 19, 2005)
Ackley said 93 percent of American homes have smoke detectors, but less than 50 percent of them are functional.
Half of the fire deaths happen in homes that do not have smoke detectors, he said.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Sunset Over Compo
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
Noon – Westport Country Playhouse, Sheffer Rehearsal Studio – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood and Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library Higgins Room – RTM Library & Museum Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)
RTM Approves Senior Tax Relief Changes
The Westport Representative Town Meeting tonight approved major changes to the town’s senior tax relief program, but a former RTM member questioned the new plan.
The changes would increase the income limits of the abatement program from $40,000 to $55,000 per household. The largest tax discount would increase from $2,000 to $3,500. Households with an income of $75,000 to $100,000 would be able to defer up to 100 percent of any tax increase from their 2005-06 taxes.
The plan improvements, which make good on campaign promises by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and running mate Shelly Kassen, would cost $1.6 million, Kassen said.
It’s hard to determine how many people will actually use the program, she said, but she hopes more apply for the programs.
Bake for Books Raises Funds for Green’s Farms Elementary
The Bedford Middle School cast of “Just So” performed during the recent Back for Books Auction at Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School. Volunteers baked and decorated 25 cakes that were themed around books. Of those, 20 were part of a silent auction and five others were up for a live auction. The money raised from the event will be used to purchase books for the Green’s Farms library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
P&Z To Study Big Houses
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is planning to hire a consultant to help it study big houses and craft regulations to control them.
The Board of Finance will review and vote on a proposal to spend $20,000 to hire the consultant during its meeting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the commission plans to hire Planimetrics—the same group hired to complete the town plan update—to work on the project.
The commission has been studying the issue of big houses—sometimes called mcmansions—for at least five years, but has never approved regulation changes.
Company That Bid on Westport Job Cited for Broken Promise
A company initially chosen – but subsequently rejected—to do Westport’s “Field of Dreams” synthetic turf project with a promised large discount has not made good on a similar promise to a Pennsylvania school district, according to a published report.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said today that Sprinturf Inc., of Wayne, Pa., promised the Seneca Valley School District that if it agreed to pay $642,000 to install synthetic turf at the high school football field in Jackson Township, Butler County, it would get half the money back later.
Sprinturf told the district the rebate would come from an anonymous benefactor interested in helping schools, colleges and communities pay for athletic fields, the report said.
“Ten months after taking up Sprinturf on its offer, Seneca Valley is still waiting for the payoff,” the newspaper said.
Post Road Accident Injures Two
Two persons were injured today in a car-truck crash on Westport’s Post Road East near Turkey Hill Road North. Witnesses said a box truck traveling in the east-bound lane swerved across the road into oncoming traffic and collided with an SUV. Traffic was tied up in the area following the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“Arts Forum 2006” Set for April 11
The Westport Arts Advisory Committee announced today that it will host “Arts Forum 2006” next week to encourage cooperation and communication among Westport cultural institutions.
The event will be held Tuesday, April 11 at 9 a.m. in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library.
The forum, attended by representatives of the town’s cultural organizations, will be addressed by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
The forums are held periodically to provide an opportunity for coordination and communication between the town’s arts leadership.
Driver Injured in Accident
A workman was injured today when his truck struck a rock abutment and overturned on Woods End Lane off Catamount Road near the Fairfield town line. The driver, who had just completed work at a neighbor’s house, managed to crawl out of the vehicle after the accident. He was transferred to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples Academic Integrity Discussed
Staples High School Principal John Dodig told the Board of Education Monday night that the school’s staff takes cheating very seriously and is trying to stop any of it happening at the school.
Cheating has been an issue facing the school since Westport students were highlighted in a New York Times piece about the issue several years ago.
Dodig said there have been 13 instances of cheating this school year that were reported to the assistant principals for action, and two of them were appealed.
The punishment ranged from the student receiving an F on the project to removal from the course, he said.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Clouded Sherwood Sunrise
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission’s Committee
Noon - Toquet Hall - Play with Your Food
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - RTM (live coverage cable channel 79)
School Board Won’t Seek Restoration
The Westport Board of Education voted unanimously tonight not to seek restoration of any part of the $1 million cut to its proposed 2006-07 budget.
A week ago the Board of Finance cut the funds from the proposal saying the cut should be made to the insurance fund. The finance board will hold its restoration hearing on Wednesday.
The changes mean the 2006-07 school budget would be $82 million if the Representative Town Meeting gives its final approval in May. It is a 4.3 percent increase over the current budget of $78.6 million.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon recommended the board not seek restoration, and he said tonight that Board of Finance members gave assurances that if there are problems with the insurance fund it would be fixed.
Playhouse Writing Contest Winners Announced
Westport students Jenna Pan (second from left) and Tory Dodge (third from right) were among winners in the Westport Country Playhouse’s writing contest in conjunction with the staging of “On the Verge.” High and middle school students were asked to choose a word—or make up a word of their own—define and explain its origin and use the word in a story about exploration that was 400 words or less. The winners and their families were invited to a performance of “On the Verge” and a pizza party. Their essays were displayed in the Playhouse lobby for the run of the production. Also photographed are other winners in the contest and playhouse staff. They are Natania Wolansky of Greenwich, Pan, Playhouse Artistic Firector Tazewell Thompson, Michelle Martino of Trumbull, Dodge, Crisara Smith of Fairfield, Playhouse Education Director Hyla Crane and Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Anne Keefe. Missing from photo are LuLu O’Donnell of New Canaan, Rachel Downs of Trumbull and Alex Holcombe of Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
ZBA Considering Daybreak Settlement
The Westport Zoning Board of Appeals is getting ready to vote on a settlement over various zoning issues with Daybreak Nurseries, but neighbors are concerned about the language of the agreement.
The board held a hearing last week and most likely will vote on the matter during its worksession on April 11, said Planning and Zoning Director Larry Bradley.
Town officials had taken court action prompted by neighbor complaints over violations to zoning approvals more than two years ago, and the board considered an earlier settlement in 2004. After the board placed a number of conditions on that settlement approval, the case went back to court.
The new settlement requires a 10-foot, wooden fence will be constructed along the rear and sides of the property, according to the settlement agreement, which is where the neighbors are located.
Broadway Singer to Perform for Y’s Men
Eldh will sing for the Y’s Men on Thursday. Contributed photoWestporter Teresa Eldh, an accomplished singer, will sing and speak at the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston meeting on Thursday.
The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East.
Eldh’s program will consist of singing a variety of familiar musical numbers along with commentary.
She will be accompanied by her pianist, Stephen Sulich.
“Grease” Opens at Coleytown Middle Thursday
Coleytown Company presents “Grease” Thursday through Saturday at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School. Performances are at 7 p.m. each evening as well as a 1 p.m. Saturday matinee—however, the Friday and Saturday evening performances are already sold out. Pictured are Max Stampa-Brown at center surrounded by (l-r) Andie Levinson, Harry Rappaport, Lucy Colgan and Nora Kennedy. For tickets and information, call (203) 341-1600. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Singing in the Barn
Folk singer Lisa Bastoni, formerly of Westport, entertained Sunday in the Westport studio barn of her grandparents, artists Naiad Einsel and the late Walter Einsel. Bastoni, a Staples grad, composed the music and lyrics of the songs from her albums “Small Time Big Town” and “Your First Sweetheart.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Coleytown El Performers in Variety Show
Monday, April 3, 2006
5 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Connecticut Department of Social Services Public Forum for Long Term Care
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - South Western Regional Planning Agency
7 p.m. – Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library Higgins Room – RTM Library, Museum and Arts Committee
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education
Westport Family Dog Dies in Animal Attack
Lilly: victim of an animal attack. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A Westport family today mourned the loss of their beloved dog Lilly in what they believe was an attack by a coyote or fox in the yard of their Tupelo Road home.
Lilly, a 7-year-old Lowchen who weighed about 12 pounds, was found in the family’s yard early Saturday, according to Elizabeth Rockmore, 14, a freshman at Staples High School.
“My Dad saw her on the lawn and it looked like she was sleeping,” she said. “But we knew something was wrong and then we found she was dead. There were no markings of an attack.”
Elizabeth said Lilly had gone outside through a dog door sometime during the night.Page 1063 of 1266 pages
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