Friday, July 16, 2010
The Westport Community Theatre tonight and Saturday presents a free one-act original play festival, “Perfect10n.” Performed for the second year, it is a joint project between Eastbound Theatre of Milford and WCT. Following a call last fall for original scripts, 50 submissions were received from around the country and the world and five were chosen. Show time is 8 p.m. at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
8 a.m. - Staples Room 1025C - Board of Education Special Meeting
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Conservation Show Cause Hearing
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010
7:30 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School (255 North Avenue) - MTC School of Performing Arts: “The Wizard of Oz”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Happy Days”
8 p.m. - Bobby Q’s - Staples High School Class of 1985 25th Reunion casual gathering
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre Free One-Act Summer Theatre Festival: “Perfect10n”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight heard about the town’s plan for senior housing and a skilled nursing facility on the town-owned Baron’s South property.
While individual commissioners expressed various concerns about the plans in what is known as a pre-application workshop, there seemed to be a general consensus among a majority of the seven that the proposal was an “approvable use.”
“I was pleased with how it went,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, who presented the plan with Selectwoman Shelly Kassen.
“I did not hear anyone say that this concept, especially the senior housing aspect, was something that absolutely could not get their approval. The devil, of course, is in the details.”
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today he was “encouraged” by a meeting with fire union members about mitigating the cost of a federal grant that would pay $1.2 million toward adding eight new firefighters for two years but obligate the town to pay everything after that.
As a result, he said he had asked that the scheduled vote by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) on Tuesday on whether to recommend acceptance of the grant—and its large financial obligations going forward—be postponed.
“I am encouraged by our discussions,” he said of today’s meeting, without going into details. “The firefighters understand the town’s dilemma about taking on new personnel at a time of higher pension and health costs.”
The Board of Finance and two RTM committees—the Finance Committee and Public Protection Committees—have voted against recommending acceptance of the grant—formally known as the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant—until some concessions have been won from the unions on the pension issue.
The house at 1 Minute Man Hill in Westport’s Compo Beach area was demolished today. Built in 1975, the two-story colonial had 2,310 square feet, was situated on a 1.23-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1,640,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 27, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Minuteman switches from tabloid to broadsheet. WestportNow.com photoAt a time when most newspapers are downsizing, the Westport Minuteman, owned by New Jersey-based Journal Register Company, is expanding, at least in size anyway.
The weekly newspaper, founded in 1993 by a group of Westport investors, has been a tabloid from its inception. The new format, known as “broadsheet” in the newspaper industry, allows for more and longer news stories, larger photographs, and bigger ads.
It now has the format of rival twice-weekly Hearst Corporation-owned Westport News, which also began 40 years ago as a tabloid.
“We definitely believe our new larger format will be a big plus,” said Westport Minuteman Editor Tom Henry in today’s ediiton.
The deadline for renewal of Westport railroad parking permits with an expiration date of June 30, 2010 has been extended to July 31, the Westport Police Department said today.
“The reason for the extension was the discovery that a small percentage of customers did not receive a permit renewal letter due to a mailing error,” a news release said.
“Although the expiration date is printed on the permit, the deadline has been extended in fairness to newer permit holders who may be unfamiliar with the process.”
The department said that permits that have not been renewed by July 31 will be purged from the system if no contact is made with the listed permit holder by that date.
Westporter Amy van Arsdale is a working mother with four children, two homes, and two big dogs. And now she has her own radio show to tell everyone how she stays organized and help them do the same. Her “Simply Organize It” show is on Newstalk WSTC1400/WNLK 1350 AM Fridays from 8 to 10 p.m. It is a live show that takes listener’s e-mails and calls about organization dilemmas within their homes and lives. Van Arsdale says her show is designed to help people realize that it is okay to clear the clutter. “We all have so much, especially here in Fairfield County,” she said. “With the way our economy is and the destruction in the environment, we owe it to ourselves, our children and mother earth to simplify.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
My father taught me that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” I’m trying to teach my daughter that there’s no such thing as a free ride.
With a newly minted driver’s license, she’s found new freedom behind the wheel—until I ask her to fill the gas tank. Now, as we drive past local gas stations, she’s taken new interest in comparison pricing.
A large part of the cost of gas is taxes that subsidize our transportation system. That’s why gas is so much cheaper in New Jersey (no taxes) but also why they have expensive tolls on their highways. Remember—“no free ride.”
But as I have written about for five years now, gasoline prices in this country are still too low because they don’t ask us to pay for the true costs associated with driving.
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