Wednesday, August 08, 2007
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 125 Post Road West
A modular classroom with confirmed presence of mold was demolished today at Westport’s King’s Highway Elementary School, 125 Post Road West. The structure, more than 20 years old, was taken down under the supervision of an air quality consultant retained by the town and school district to investigate air quality at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Police Nab Three in Bank Cash Advance Fraud
Westport police on Tuesday arrested two California men and a woman in connection with what they said was an attempt to fraudulently obtain a cash advance from a credit card at a People’s United Bank branch.
The three were stopped in a rental car as they were leaving the parking lot of the bank branch at 371 Post Road East at about 3:23 p.m., according to a news release.
In the car, detectives found drugs, $9,200 in cash, several credit cards and forms of identification in various names, police said.
The bank, which had sent an alert to its branches to be on the lookout for a cash advance scam involving credit cards, called police after a man complained his credit card would not work in the ATM and asked for assistance, according to detectives.
Stuck in Westport
This New York-bound train sat for at least an hour at Westport’s Saugatuck train station today as train service into and out of Grand Central Station was suspended due to flooding. A conductor could only tell passengers he did not know when trains would start running again. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The waiting room at Westport’s Saugatuck train station was busy today as frustrated commuters waited for train service to Grand Central Terminal to resume after it was knocked out by flooding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Flooding Suspends Metro-North Service
UPDATE Flooding forced Metro-North to suspend train service into and out of Grand Central Terminal for several hours today.
But service was resumed by mid-morning.
“All service (northbound and southbound) has been restored on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines through the Mott Haven area of the Bronx,” the railroad said in an advisory shortly after 9 a.m.
“All service is operating through the area slowly and customers will be significantly delayed.”
It’s Supposed to be “Easy Open”
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Kings Highway School Maintenance Committee Technical Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jesup Green - Storytime on Jesup Green
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Town Hall Auditorium - Connecticut Siting Council
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Chess Club
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Public Protection/Health & Human Services Committees
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Hip Pickles Drum Band
Playhouse Joins CTheatreNow.com
If you like New York’s TKTS ticket booth, you’ll like CTheatreNow.com.
Five major Connecticut theater organizations, including the Westport Country Playhouse, have united for the first time to create a statewide system to offer reduced-priced tickets.
In addition to the Playhouse, the Hartford Stage, Long Wharf and Yale Repertory in New Haven, Goodspeed Musical’s Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam and Norma Terris theater in Chester have created CTheatreNow.com.
The Web site offers 25 percent and 50 percent discounts on tickets the day of performance only.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Back from Spain and Ecuador
Cindy Shuck (r), 18, a 2006 Staples High School graduate and Emilie Blain (l), 18, who will enter her senior year at Staples next month, addressed the Westport Rotary Club today on their experiences of studying abroad for one year on the Rotary-sponsored Youth Exchange program. Shuck (wearing native Spanish attire) spent her year of study partly in Valencia and the rest in the Canary Islands. She starts her college studies at Georgetown University in a few weeks. Blain, who spent a year of study in Ecuador, said that unequivocally, “This was the best year of my life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“Being Alive” Set to Debut at Playhouse Aug. 24
The Westport Country Playhouse hosted a preview today of its next offering, “Being Alive.” Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson (l) talked about the new musical revue conceived and directed by award-winning musical theater performer Billy Porter (c). The show, which opens Aug. 24, blends the songs of Stephen Sondheim with the poetry of William Shakespeare in African-American musical idioms including soul, jazz, blues, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel. It features songs including “Anyone Can Whistle,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Pretty Women,” “Children Will Listen,” and “Being Alive.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westporter Phyllis Kurzer takes her 9-year-old dachshund Bailey and 1-year-old Yorkies Kobe and Cooper for a walk along Hillspoint Road today before the heat settled in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
RTM Votes 18-17 to Uphold Conservation OK of Y Application
After two months of meetings and debate, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Monday night voted 18-17 with one abstention to uphold the Conservation Commission’s controversial approval of a community septic system for a new Westport Weston Family Y at Camp Mahackeno.
The dramatic vote, just before midnight, was greeted by applause and cheers from Y supporters in the auditorium, many of whom wore yellow t-shirts. Those who favored overturning sat in stunned silence. Supporters and opponents of the overturn effort had mounted vigorous campaigns to win votes for their side and neither seemed sure of the outcome until the last roll call vote was cast. Earlier in the evening, by a 29-4 vote with one abstention, the RTM voted to uphold an approval by the Flood and Erosion Control Board of the Y’s application. In both votes, Alice Shelton (District 2), the RTM moderator, abstained.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administration Review Committee
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Energy Task Force
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Ohmygodimonfire w/ Between the Bridges & The Merry Kleghorns
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 102nd Army Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
RTM Rejects Overturning Approvals for Y
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight in two votes rejected motions to overturn the Flood and Erosion Control Board and Conservation Commission approvals of the Westport Weston Family Y’s application made as part of its effort to build a new Y at its Mahackeno property. The vote on the Flood and Erosion Control Board decision was 29-4 (one abstention) and the vote on the Conservation Commission decision was 18-17 (one abstention). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 06, 2007
Health District Thanks Physicians for Lyme Disease Reporting
The Westport Weston Health District said today it wanted to recognize and thank local physicians who have consistently reported the cases of Lyme disease they have diagnosed in their practices to the district.
“These physicians understand that it is their responsibility, under the Connecticut General Statutes and the Public Health Code, to report Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, in addition to many infectious or communicable diseases,” a news release said.
“And though inconvenient, these physicians have been willing to help WWHD monitor the trends in Lyme disease occurrence in our community.”
It said it wanted to thank Internal Medicine Associates of Westport; Dermatology Associates;Westport Family Health; Dr. Robin Oshman, dermatologist; Bay Street Pediatrics; Willows Pediatrics and Children’s Health Services (Weston).
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 16 Rockyfield Road
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1954 house at 16 Rockyfield Road in the Coleytown area. The 2,338-square-foot split-level house sits on a one-acre property. The property changed lands last month for $1,020,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 6, 2007
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show I
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - The Story Wagon
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Gaming in the Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - TeenFlix: “Garden State” (2006, PG-13 version)
Sunday, August 05, 2007
A dash through the waters of Long Island Sound at Westpot’s Compo Beach today provided some relief from the heat as temperatures reached the mid-80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Rell Announces $100 Million Bridge Repair Plan
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced a $100 million “Safe and Sound” bridge repair and replacement plan to speed up high priority bridge projects over the next two years.
“There is a lesson to be learned from the recent tragedy in Minneapolis,” Rell said in a statement. “We must take aggressive action now, during this construction season, to accelerate the repair, replacement and maintenance of our bridges.”
She said putting key repairs off until next season is unacceptable.
The I-95 bridge over Route 33 (Riverside Avenue) in Westport has a deck rated poor, according to state officials.
Boat Parade Marks 40th Anniversary of Cockenoe Victory
Members of Westport’s Minuteman Yacht Club participated in a boat parade Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of saving Cockenoe Island off Compo Beach from becoming home to a nuclear power plant. Dona McKenzie, commodore of the club, said: “I would like to thank the superb Westport Marine Police for leading our 40th anniversary salute to Cockenoe. We could not have done it without their help and enthusiasm. We are proud to remember that Cockenoe almost became a 14-story nuclear power plant in 1967. Due to the efforts of many, Cockenoe is preserved for all of us to enjoy today. Thanks to all captains and crew who participated in remembering and celebrating this magical place.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Annual Summer Running Series Under Way
Under the sign for the Westport Road Runners, participants prepare for the 5.85 miler at Compo Beach Saturday as part of the 45th annual summer series. Laddie Lawrence, a 1964 Staples graduate and track and field, coach, has been organizing the season for the Parks and Recreation Department for much of that time. The distance increases each week, leading up to a 10-mile race on Labor Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
Westport Now Teardown of the Day: 167 Cross Highway
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UPDATE Another of Westport’s heritage homes is facing demolition. Westport building officials have received an application for demolition of the house at 167 Cross Highway. The main part of the 5,038 square-foot house was built in 1790. The house and two other buildings sit on a 7.53-acre parcel. It changed hands last month for $5 million. The sellers were the songwriting/production team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Because it is an historic property, the application must be reviewed by the Historic District Commission (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow, file photo, for WestportNow.com
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