Thursday, March 15, 2007
Winter Storm Watch in Effect Tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Westport and portions of the tri-state area from late tonight through Saturday morning. It said the late winter storm system has a potential for a six-inch snowfall.
Rain will change to a mixture of sleet and snow late tonight, eventually turning to all snow Friday morning, an advisory said. Only light snow and sleet accumulations are expected by Friday morning, but hazardous driving conditions may develop for the early Friday morning commute as temperatures fall to around freezing.
A moderate to occasionally heavy snow is expected to redevelop Friday afternoon and continue into Friday night. The snow will likely mix with sleet Friday evening. and may even turn to all sleet for a period Friday night.
Despite a changeover, the potential for six or more inches of snow and sleet exists before accumulating snow ends Saturday morning, the advisory said.
Going Down: 5 Minard Drive
Construction crews demolished the house at 5 Minard Drive, which is in the Saugatuck Shores area of Westport, today. The 1953 house sold in June for $812,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Longshore Golf Upgrades Near Completion
Crews are completing renovations to the golf course at Longshore Club Park. The work is expected to be completed in time for a May 5 opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Bulldozers are still pushing dirt near the entrance to Westport’s Longshore Club Park, but golfers may soon be playing rounds as early as the end of this week.
Crews are putting the final touches on the two-year, $2 million renovation to the Longshore golf course, and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for May 5 to officially reopen the 18-hole facility.
Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said workers started back working on the renovations on Monday for the first time since Christmas.
The ground froze after Christmas, he said, and work could not be done on the course until it thawed.
Day at the Farm
With temperatures around 60 in Westport on Wednesday, people headed out to enjoy the spring weather, including at the Kowalsky family’s Peaceful Valley Farm in the Greens Farms area. The 12-acre property is on the market and the town is considering purchasing it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, March 15, 2007
12:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Youth Commission Executive Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Youth Commission Board Development Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Youth Commission
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Education Committee
Brown Bag to Focus on Community Theatre
A citizens brown bag luncheon on Wednesday, March 21 at noon will focus on the Westport Community Theatre.
The session will take place in Rooms 309/307 in Westport Town Hall.
Members of the Westport Community Theatre will update residents on the theater’s season thus far and give a sneak preview of upcoming shows.
Theater board members Joan Lasprogato, Eli Eisner, and Bill Meyer, Selectman Bob Lasprogato, Publicity Director Ann Kinner, Box Office Manager Kevin Moore and Webmaster George Kleros will attend the luncheon.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Westport’s Compo Beach was a popular place today as temperatures reached into the 60s. The temperature reached 63 degrees at Bedford Middle School. Winter weather, though, with colder temperatures and a mix of precipitation, is expected by the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Banks Signify Strong Westport Economy
HSBC recently opened a new branch in downtown Westport, and it’s one of many new banks that are opening in town recently. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow/WestportNow File
By Jennifer Connic
If Westporters think there are a lot of banks coming to town, they’re not off in their thinking.
Westport already has 26 banks that either exist or have received approval, said Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley, and there is the potential for a total of 30 based on the proposals that have not received necessary approvals yet.
Based on a map available in the Planning and Zoning Department, 10 of the banks are located downtown.
Barbara Sweet, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce executive director, said the number of banks in Westport is a good sign for the economy.
Thomson Corporation CEO to Speak
Richard Harrington: Speaking on Thomson Corporation’s success. Contributed photoThe Y’s Men of Westport Weston will hear about what it takes to lead a successful company in today’s market at the next meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Westporter Richard Harrington, Thomson Corporation president and chief executive officer, will speak on “Leading a Successful Company in Constantly Changing Markets,” and will tell the company evolved over the years and is constantly adapting with the changing world.
Stamford-based Thomson is a leading global provider of integrated information solutions to business and professional customers in the sectors of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate training and assessment, scientific research and healthcare.
Harrington was appointed chief executive officer in October 1997.
For more information, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679.
Going Down: 20 Roseville Road
Construction crews demolished the 1924 house at 20 Roseville Road today. The 778-square-foot-house was sold in September 2005 for $400,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 24. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was buzzing with children and their parents Tuesday as temperatures reached into the mid-50s. There is a chance of rain today with temperatures expected to warm into the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Maintenance Study Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
4:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
“Selected Shorts” Winds Up Season at Playhouse
Performers and staff relaxed off stage in the Green Room prior to tonight’s readings of “Selected Shorts” at the Westport Country Playhouse. This one-time live taping performance is the fourth and final segment of the Arts in the House presentation series by the Westport Country Playhouse and the Westport Arts Center for airing on the “Symphony Space” program on National Public Radio. Pictured (l-r) are: Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director of Westport Country Playhouse; Eileen Weisman, executive director of the Westport Arts Center; Jane Curtin; Chris Sarandon; Isaiah Sheffer, National Public Radio host for the “Symphony Space” program, and Joanna Gleason. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Library’s Winter Book Sale Starts Saturday
The Westport Public Library will hold its annual winter book sale on Saturday through Tuesday, March 20 in the McManus Room.
A banner above the library entrance alerts all to the forthcoming book sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Items are half price on Monday and for a donation on Tuesday.
There will be over 15,000 items for sale, and special this year is a small collection of comic books, vintage paperbacks and young adult books.
There is also a nearly complete run of the first 67 issues of the new Granta magazine, including the first 24 issues. Granta magazine, published quarterly in London, showcases new fiction, personal history, reportage, investigative journalism and documentary photography.
Turf Allows Other Field Improvements
The Westport Parks and Recreation Department is saving money because of new synthetic turf on two athletic fields, and the money will be going into upgrading the remaining grass fields.
The turf has been on the Staples High School Football Field and the Wakeman Farm soccer field for one season. It will be installed on the P.J. Romano Football Field at Saugatuck Elementary and the Ginny Parker Field Hockey Field at Staples this summer if funds are raised as anticipated.
Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said the turf has saved his department money, and the Parks and Recreation Commission has recommended the funds should go back into helping maintain the other fields that remain natural grass.
The fields that will have the turf, he said, are the most heavily used fields that took the most time and money to maintain.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 152 North Ave.
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 152 North Ave. The 1,556-square-foot house was built in 1956, and it was sold in February for $742,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers March 5-9, 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 5-9, 2007:
Thomas and Bernadette Vargas to James Carroll Cousins Jr., 230 Saugatuck Ave. Unit 8, $543,750
Matthew and Kristin K. Hoebermann to Donna L. Balise, 29 West Parish Road, $1,880,000
Regina Sender Levin to Robert H. Christine Nelson Smith Jr., 39 Turkey Hill Road South, $2,995,000
Daniel Marino to Anthony M. Sanfilippo, 261 Bayberry Lane, $2,045,000
Peter and Mary Bethany Zaffina to Peter Romano and Roblyn Leth, 19 Ketchum St., $800,000
Imperial Avenue Remains Closed
Imperial Avenue is closed today between Jesup Road and Post Road East as part Connecticut Light and Power’s project to bury 340-kilovolt power line, which will extend from Middletown to Norwalk. Local businesses, including the Westport Center for Senior Activities, remain open, and police are on site to direct traffic to them. Construction is expected to complete around March 23. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Highway Crash Snarls Morning Traffic
Traffic was tied up on I-95 traveling southbound this morning due to an accident between exits 18 and 19 in Westport. Westport firefighters closed two lanes of traffic for 30 minutes to attend to the three-car crash. Fire department officials said the four people involved in the accident were treated at the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Kindergarten Orientation Sessions Scheduled
Parents can attend meetings on Monday, March 19 at the various Westport schools about their children who will be entering kindergarten this fall.
Meetings at all schools are scheduled for 9:30-10:30 a.m. Parents should attend the meeting at the school in their district.
To be eligible to enter kindergarten in September, children must turn five years old on or before Jan. 1, 2008.
This fall will be the first year of a new program for kindergartners to attend three full days of school with a shortened day on the remaining two days of the school week.
The warm weather that started last weekend continued on Monday in Westport, which was good for jumping on the rocks at Saugatuck Shores on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 60 degrees over the next few days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Selected Shorts”
Buddhist Monks Attract Standing Room Only Crowd
It was standing room only at the Westport Public Library for tonight’s Westport Reads Event about Buddhism. Buddhist monks explained their religion and then led a chant for world peace. This year’s book for Westport Reads is “The Soloist” by Mark Salzman, and there are a variety events this month around the book. For more information on events, visit the library’s Westport Reads Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joan Hume for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 580 Riverside Ave.
Various Westport officials, including the Historic District Commission, are reviewing an application to demolish the 1929 building at 580 Riverside Ave. The HDC will review it during its meeting on Tuesday night. The demolition of the 3,100 square foot building is part of a plan to revitalize Saugatuck Center. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the first phase of the plan last month (See WestportNow Feb. 8). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rupert Holmes Visits with Staples Players
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Rupert Holmes, the three Tony Award-winning writer, composer and lyricist of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” visited with the Staples Players today at Westport’s Staples High School. The Players will be opening their version of the play on Friday with performances Saturday and the following Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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