Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Spring Starts Today
Snow is on the ground, including at Westport’s Nyala Farms, but spring starts today. Temperatures are expected to warm into the 50s by the end of the week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
8 a.m. - Westport Police Headquarters - South West Regional Planning Agency congestion pricing meeting
9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Public Library - Winter book sale
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Assessor’s Office – Board of Assessment Appeals
School Budget Could Reach $114 Million in Five Years
School officials are projecting budget increases around 5 percent for the five years beyond the 2007-08 school year.
The Westport Board of Education discussed a five-year budget projection model during its meeting tonight. The school board has a $88.9 million 2007-08 school budget proposal, which is a 8.4 percent increase, that will be reviewed by the Board of Finance next week.
The budget model shows that the school budget will reach $114.2 million in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, and the budget is projected to increase 5.3 percent, 5.2 percent, 5.1 percent, 5.1 percent and 5 percent.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the model was created as a discussion tool during the budget approval process with the finance board and eventually the Representative Town Meeting.
Roaring ‘20s at Westport Arts Center
The Westport Arts Center tonight presented the latest in its “Broadway Songbook Series” “Roaring ‘20s, Brown, DeSylva & Henderson. ” Performers included (l-r) Susan Terry, George Dvorsky, and Marianne Challis, and Chilton Ryan as narrator. Terry and Max Wilk, both longtime Westporters, co-produced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Monday, March 19, 2007
Power Line Construction Restarts
Construction crews will be back working on Route 1 tonight as part of Connecticut Light and Power’s high-voltage power line project.
A moratorium had been in place over the last two months on construction on state roads for the project to construct a 340-kilovolt power line from Middletown to Norwalk, including along Route 1 in Westport.
Construction will take place near Compo Shopping Center, Goodwill, Westport Inn, Lincoln Street and Sylvan Road. Crews will also be in the vicinity of Sherwood Island Connector to Hillspoint Road.
Daytime construction will also continue on Imperial Avenue by crews moving a sewer line in part of the same project.
Youth Commission Seeks New Members
The Westport Youth Commission is seeking Westport high school students and adults from the community who want to serve on the commission.
“The Youth Commission serves as a public forum for youth issues, and advocates for youth needs and concerns in the community,” said said Human Services Director Barbara Butler. “Its 30 members, 15 students and 15 adults, are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the First Selectman.”
The Youth Commission in the past created Toquet Hall, started the Compo Beach skate park and developed Speedial, a pocket-sized informational and help guide for teens. The commission also developed a comprehensive community plan to address underage drinking, sponsored outdoor summer movies for teens at the Levitt Pavilion and started the iMentor program, a student-run Internet safety program.
In addition, the commission continues its campaign to develop community support for its plans for a mini-golf course in the downtown area.
Chamber Director Leaving
Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Sweet will be leaving her post at the end of the month to pursue a new position in her hometown.
Barbara Sweet: going home. File photo
Sweet’s last day with the chamber will be March 30, and she has taken the position as executive director at the Tri-County United Way in Queensbury, N.Y.
“It’s an opportunity in my hometown,” Sweet said today. “It’s a chance for me to professionally and personally go home again. I love it here, but it will be nice to be closer to my friends and family.”
No one has been hired yet to replace her, she said, and the chamber’s executive board is examining what to do.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 20 Ketchum St.
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 20,000-square-foot office building at 20 Ketchum St. The 1974 building was sold in May for $5 million in a deal that included 23 Franklin St. The property on Ketchum Street is a part of a second planning and zoning application, which was filed last week, to revitalize Saugatuck. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the first application in February (See WestportNow Feb. 8). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, March 19, 2007
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Winter Book Sale
5:30 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission Levitt Pavilion Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 321 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Broadway Songbook: Roaring ‘20s
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Transit Committee
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
The Westport Public Library’s annual Winter Book Sale continued today, and it features many types of books, including a children’s selection. The sale continues on Monday at 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 a.m. to noon. Items are half price on Monday and for a donation on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Spring’s Around the Corner
There’s snow on the ground, but winter changes into spring this week. Temperatures were only in the 20s on Saturday, but they’re expected to reach close to 40 today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 18, 2007
1-5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Winter Book Sale
1 & 4:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”
5 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (postponed from Friday)
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Exhibit Opening: “States of Connecticut” - (postponed from Friday)
Ready to Sled
Many families headed out to Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School today to sled following Friday’s snow storm. Westporters were busy digging out from the several inches of snow and ice that fell on the region. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Waiting to Ride
While many Westporters were digging out their driveways today after the snow storm, many children were gathered at Green’s Farms Elementary sledding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This was a typical scene throughout Westport today as the town recovered from Friday’s late winter snow and ice storm. This driveway is on Hillspoint Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 17, 2007
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Winter Book Sale
2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - “Sap to Sugar”
8 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
Several inches of snow fell in Westport on Friday, including at Longshore Club Park, and a winter storm warning remains in effect until 8 a.m. More sleet and freezing rain is expected in the morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Ready for Winter Sale
Workers organize books today that will be sold this weekend as part of the Westport Public Library’s annual Winter Book Sale. The sale takes place Saturday at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday at 1-5 p.m., Monday at 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 a.m. to noon in the library’s McManus Room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, March 16, 2007
Gorham Historic District Expansion Planned
The people who live around the Gorham Avenue Historic District are hoping it expands later this year, and the Historic District Commission already has approved the first step in the process.
The current district consists of 24 homes on Main Street, Gorham Avenue and Caccamo Lane, and the neighborhood is seeking to add five homes along Wild Rose Road and the Aspetuck Land Trust’s Lees Canal Preserve, which is across Main Street from the district.
The Westport Representative Town Meeting originally approved the historic district’s creation last July, and some members stated then they’d like to see the district be bigger (See WestportNow July 11).
The Historic District Commission this week approved a historical study of the neighborhood, which is the first step in the process to expand the district.
Heading to Winslow
Waiting for Snow Play
A group of children gather to look at the rapidly falling snow out a window at the Westport Public Library this morning. School was canceled because of the snow, and the storm is expected to continue into Saturday with as much as 10 inches of snow falling. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Dressed in White
Westport Senior Center Closed
The Westport Center for Senior Activities will be closed today due to the storm.
There will be no activities and no lunch.
Those with concerns or questions may call the staff at (203) 341-5099.
Due to the continued storm and snowfall predictions, the center also will be closed Saturday. It will resume normal operating hours on Monday.Page 1279 of 1649 pages
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