Monday, September 08, 2008
Greeting the Families
Gov. M. Jodi Rell led dignitaries in greeting families today at the 9/11 Living Memorial at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Joining her were (l-r) state Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Lost in Her Thoughts
A young girl attending today’s annual ceremony at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park honoring 9/11 victims seems lost in her thoughts as the names of the Connecticut-related dead were read. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Art of Political Cartooning
Matt Davies, a 1985 Staples High School graduate who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, addressed today’s first meeting of the season of the Y’s Women. His review of the history of political cartooning included showing this picture of the most famous and one of the earliest political cartoons which was attributed to Ben Franklin. Davies works for The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Abandons Saugatuck Pump Station Site
Responding to opposition from neighbors and the City of Norwalk, Westport has abandoned plans to purchase a portion of a property on the Westport-Norwalk line for a sewer pump station to serve the Saugatuck Shores area, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today,
In a brief statement, Joseloff said: “I informed Mayor (Richard) Moccia this morning that Westport is no longer looking at the Pequot Drive location for a pump station.
“Even though we feel the impact would be minimal—and might benefit Norwalk residents on Saugatuck Shores and in the neighborhood—we will pursue other locations.”
The town has had a Saugatuck Shores sewer system in its plans for years, spurred on by a number of failing septic systems in the area. In 2005, the town’s funding bodies approved $241,500 for design and development work for the project.
Talking Transportation: America is Getting into Training
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Any occasional reader of this column knows that I’m a “train nut”—a “foamer,” as the railroad folks describe us (because we supposedly foam at the mouth at the sight of a train).
I’m a big fan of rail travel, both on Metro-North and Amtrak, and I’ve written extensively about both. Last October I wrote about my two-day, two-night journey from Chicago to San Diego on The Southwest Chief. This week, a less cheerful report on my recent trip to the Windy City and back.
We who live along the Northeast Corridor are spoiled with speedy and frequent rail service. Acela can whisk you to Boston or Washington in just a few hours, admittedly at a premium fare. And the reason is that Amtrak owns and maintains its tracks, or “right of way,” where you’ll seldom encounter any slow-moving freight trains.
Not so in the rest of the nation, where freight “rules.” Consider my recent trip to Chicago by way of Washington D.C.
Compo Mill Beauty
Monday, September 8, 2008
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
5 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on channel 78)
7:30 p.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – WWHD Board of Directors
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Burton Bernstein and Barbara Haws, “Leonard Bernstein: American Original”
Sunday, September 07, 2008
All Gone: 273 Saugatuck Ave.
The house at 273 Saugatuck Ave. in Westport has been demolished. Built in 1976, the house was a 2-3/4-story contemporary occupying 5,556 square feet and located on a one-acre waterfront property that changed hands in November 2007 for $7.5 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 11, 2008, (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Murvon Court Fire Under Investigation
Two passersby saw smoke coming from an unoccupied house on Murvon Court off Apple Tree Trail in Westport’s Compo Beach area today and called 911. Firefighters found a mattress in the basement was on fire and quickly extinguished the flames. The owner said the house is on the market and has been empty. The Fire Marshal’s Office and Westport police are investigating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Old Glory Salute Courtesy of Westport Fire Department
The Westport Fire Department ladder truck was used to provide a patriotic salute to participants in today’s eighth annual Connecticut United Ride sponsored by Connecticut firefighters in honor of 9/11 victims. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Riding to Remember
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Hundreds of bikers participated in today’s Connecticut United Ride, a Sept. 11 memorial charity event sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. The riders—who began in Norwalk and covered a 60-mile route through Fairfield County, ending in Bridgeport—are shown on Wilton Road in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Firefighters Joe Arnson and Reggie Stone give a thumbs up to riders in today’s Connecticut United Ride. Hundreds of bikers took part in the annual 9/11 remembrance charity salute. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Two pedestrians walking along Wilton Road today across from Westport’s Save the Children wave to participants in the eighth annual Connecticut United Ride in honor of 9/11 victims. Connecticut’s annual remembrance ceremony will be held Monday at the state’s 9/11 memorial in Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park at 5 p.m. with Gov. M. Jodi Rell presiding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Firefighters Join Charity Ride
Four Westport Firefighters were among those participating in today’s Connecticut United Ride honoring 9/11 victims and raising money for charitable causes. They included (l-r) Assistant Chief Bill Dingee, Firefighter Turker Aksoy, Deputy Chief Jon Gottfried, and Firefighter Tobias Ostapchuk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Dr. Shane Meehan, 39, won the 26th annual Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon today at Compo Beach, crossing the finish line at 36:31 minutes. His father Jim of Westport was at the finish line to snap a photo. Shane, formerly of Westport, is a resident of New York City and is a dermatopathologist (a specialist in diagnosing skin biopsies under a microscope) at New York University. Meehan, winner of the race for the fourth time, also won in 1999, 2004 and 2005 and came in second in 2002 and 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Two in a Row
Megan Kelly, 29, of Stamford crossed the finish line in 41:30 in today’s 26th annual Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon, making her the female winner for the second year in a row. Kelly said she felt good in the race despite having a cast removed from her left foot only seven weeks ago. She is an account manager in an advertising firm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The second leg of today’s 26th annual Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon at Compo Beach was a 5.5-mile bike ride. Bikes were at the ready awaiting completion of the half-mile swim which after the bike ride was followed by a 2.2-mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Everyone Into the Water
More Than 300 Turn Out for Kiwanis Triathalon
More than 300 participants turned out for today’s 26th annual Westport Kiwanis Club Minuteman Triathlon which began and ended at Compo Beach. Last year’s race listed 240 registrants. The race consists of a half-mile mile swim in Long Island Sound, followed by a 5.5-mile bike ride, followed by a 2.2-mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, September 7, 2008
7:30 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Kiwanis Triathlon
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - David Kalman: Bodie
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show Part II
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Emilio and the Enchanted Cow”
1:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal”
Heavy Rains Cause Accidents, Flooding
UPDATE Tropical Storm Hanna dumped almost 4 inches of rain on Westport today, causing several accidents and some flooding.
A two-car crash on Wilton Road that sent four persons to the hospital was blamed on the heavy rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Four persons were hurt in a two-car crash on Wilton Road near the Wilton line, according to police.
One car apparently hit some water and crossed over into the opposite lane and the two cars hit almost head-on.
Westport firefighters had to extricate two persons from one of the cars. Westport EMS transported the injured to Norwalk Hospital. Their injuries were not believed life-threatening, according to emergency personnel on the scene.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Four Hurt in Wilton Road Crash
Weather was a factor ina late afternoon two-car crash today on Wilton Road near Marilane near the Wilton town line. Westport firefighters had to extricate two persons from one of the cars. Police said it appeared one car hit some some water and crossed the road and hit the other almost head-on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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A male driver did a 360-spin on Westport’s Roseville Road as he headed south down a hill near No. 60 today as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hanna pelted the area, although there was break in the rain at the time. The vehicle’s right passenger door slammed into a utility pole. A man and woman in another car coming up the hill were lucky enough to see this about to happen and stopped about 10 feet before the car when it came to rest, witnesses said. The man was not seriously injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Linda Gramatky Smith for WestportNow.com