Saturday, October 02, 2004
Faces in the Crowd
The Staples senior class of 2005 turned out in strength today for the homecoming game against Trumbull. A homecoming parade of cars through Westport preceded the game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples Girls Soccer Ties Darien 2-2
Sophia Vallones game-tying free kick with only 56 seconds remaining earned the Staples Girls Soccer team a 2-2 tie today against Darien at the Middlesex Middle School at Darien.
With Darien leading at the half, 2-1, StaplesҒ goalie senior Kiki Moreo was forced to leave the game with a recurrence of an injury to her shin that she sustained in Thursdays game against Stamford High.
Catherine Johnson served as Staples goalie for the second half and held Darien scoreless.
Fire Department Conducts Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
The Westport Fire Department held a household hazardous waste collection day today at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane. Officials said there was a steady stream of cars from the moment it opened. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Former Westport Broker Pleads Guilty in Bridgeport Corruption Probe
A former Westport real estate broker has become the 12th individual to be found guilty in Bridgeport’s massive municipal corruption probe, the Connecticut Post reported today.
It said Linda Landan, 48, formerly of Westport and currently of Chicago, was the personal real estate broker of Alfred “Sonny” Lenoci Sr. for the Great River housing development in Milford.
Landan waived her right to a federal grand jury indictment Friday and pleaded guilty to (CORRECTED) willfully failing to file her 1999 federal tax return on time, the newspaper said.
Landan ran Hollind Holdings LLC in Westport’s Green Farms section and Land ‘N’ Shore Properties, doing business as Realty Resources in Fairfield County.
Friday, October 01, 2004
Moon Over Compo
Watching at Compo
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane, Household Hadazedous Waste Collection Day
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Football Homecoming game vs. Trumbull
4 p.m. - Compo Beach - Family Fun Walk
5 p.m. - Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave. - Interfaith Housing Association auction, reception, and dinner
A Family Stroll
A mother and son stroll with their dogs at Compo Beach today as winter regulations went into effect allowing dogs on the beach with designated on-leash and off-leash areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
It’s Oct. 1 and That Means Dogs at the Beach Again
It’s been six months since dogs were last allowed on Compo Beach, but with the turn of the calendar today to Oct. 1, Westport canines were back again, and these two seemed delighted. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for WestportNow.com
Good Turnout for Homecoming Dinner
There was a good turnout tonight for the Staples homecoming pasta dinner in the high school cafeteria. Saturdays homecoming football game against Trumbull kicks off at 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Making New Friends
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell makes some new friends today at the Connecticut Humane Society’s Westport shelter. The building was rededicated after a $1.5 million renovation as the Mary E. Hart Memorial Shelter honoring the sister of legendary movie cowboy and former Westporter—William S. Hart. He gave the society a financial gift in 1944 to honor his sister that made the shelter possible. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Humane Society Honors Family of William S. Hart
The Connecticut Humane Society today rededicated its Westport shelter in honor of Mary E. Hart, sister of legendary movie cowboy and former Westporter William S. Hart. Accepting a gift from the society’s president, Richard Johnston, on behalf of the Hart family at a cerermony was Tulip Traber, a Westporter who is a grand-niece of William S. Hart and Mary E. Hart. William S. Hart’s photo is at left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Flipping at Staples
Sharing a Laugh
Staples Principal John J. Brady (c) shares a laugh with football coach Marce Petroccio at today’s homecoming pep rally. At right is interim principal John Dodig who was introduced to students by Brady at the rally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport EMS personnel tend to a woman driver injured today when her car struck a utility pole at the intersection of Main Street and Richmondville Avenue. The sheared pole can be seen at left. She was alone in the car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Main Street Accident Injures One
A woman was injured today when her car struck a utility pole and rolled over at the intersection of Main Streeet and Richmondville Avenue. Witnesses said the driver appeared to be weaving before the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Honored by the Masons
The Westport Masonic Lodge Friday night held its annual charitable giving event at the Peppermill restaurant. Awards were made to representatives of six local organizations. They included, back row (l -r): Peter Powell, Interfaith Housing Association; Adaline Demarrais, Evergreen Network; Wendy McKeon, Westport Women’ Club; Maybeth Winz, Warm-up Fund; and Al Diguido, Al’s Angels. Front row (l to r) :Audrey Sparre, Interfaith Housing Association; Joan Robertson, Evergreen Network; Jo Fuchs Luscombe, Westport Women’s Club; Letitia Ellis, Warm-up Fund, and Jay Paretzky, Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Retiree Frank Mizak of Westport tosses some bread to a flock of mallards in the early autumn morning along the canal in the area that the Westport Parks and Recreation designates as Canal Green located near Kings Highway and the Aquarion Water substation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Today’s Westport Teardown: 374 Greens Farms Road
This house, or whats left of it, came down today at 374 Greens Farms Road. A WestportNow reader Җ who saw the start of this occasional feature Wednesday—alerted us to the demolition but by the time we got there, most of it was gone. We welcome reader photos and tips about Westport teardowns as well as your comments about how they are changing the face of our town. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Former Westport Stop & Shop Employee Alleges Job Discrimination
A West Haven man has filed a discrimination lawsuit claiming he was the target of bias on the job at Westport’s Stop & Shop as well as one in Bridgeport because he is a Muslim.
Mohamed Arshad, who is from Malaysia, claims that his former supervisor at a Bridgeport Stop & Shop called him a “Muslim idiot” and told him that “we do not want any foreigners at this company,” the New Haven Register reported.
The lawsuit also alleges that fellow employees called Arshad “Bin Laden” in his supervisor’s presence and accused him of talking to Osama bin Laden on the telephone.
Arshad’s lawsuit also claims that supervisors at the Westport store put him on probation after a bad review and that he was passed by for promotions when co-workers “who are not Asian, Muslim and/or Malaysian, but who lacked Arshad’s tenure and his relevant knowledge and experience,” were promoted.
Stop & Shop spokesman Rob Keane declined comment on the suit.
Too Bad There’s No Siren on This Buggy
Former Westport Police Chief William Stefan (l) and former Inspector Robert L. Hallock Jr. take part in the recent golf tournament at Longshore Club Park raising funds for the Westport Police Athletic League. The tournament is named in honor of former Police Chief Samuel Luciano who died in 1970 at the age of 57 and is remembered by longtime Westporters as one of the communitys finest police commanders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Board of Selectmen Postpones Decision on Controversial Sewer Plan
In a meeting that ended in the early morning hours today, the Westport Board of Selectmen decided to postpone a decision on rescinding approval of a sewer plan for a controversial housing project on the Westport-Norwalk border.
After first voting 2-1 to turn down a motion by Selectman John Izzo to rescind the approval, First Selectman Diane G. Farrell and Selectman Carl Leaman voted with Izzo to postpone any decision.
They then unanimously approved a “sense of the meeting” resolution calling for a meeting with Norwalk officials to try to resolve the issue. Farrell said she hoped the meeting could be held sometime in October.
The selectmen, acting in their role as the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority, last year had approved the plan allowing extension of a Norwalk sewer line for the 22-unit housing development by ARS Partners in the Partrick Wetlands.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Finance Committee
Westport Teardowns: Creating a Digital Record
With the pace of Westport teardowns at a record level, WestportNow decided to feature some of the demolitions that are causing such an upheaval on the real estate scene. We welcome reader contributions to this occasional photo feature, which is intended to create a digital record of some of Westport’s history. This house was at 161 Compo Road South. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Arts Center Jazz Series Opens Sunday
Jazz pianist Bill Charlap: performs in Westport Sunday Contributed photoThe Westport Arts Center’s jazz series, after several years of concerts in Southport, returns to Westport Sunday with a concert featuring Manhattan’s popular jazz pianist Bill Charlap and vocalist Sandy Stewart.
The 4 p.m. event takes place at Greens Farms School. Other concerts in the series will be held at Greens Farms as well as the Seabury Center.
Following last year’s sold-out solo concert, this year Charlap appears with Stewart, who also happens to be his mother.
The Westport event will feature pieces from his new CD, “Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein,” released six months ago and warmly received.
Westport’s Martha Stewart Ordered to West Virginia Prison
Westport’s Martha Stewart has been ordered to report to a prison in West Virginia to serve her five-month term, a source close to Stewart said today.
Stewart had hoped to serve her time in Danbury so she could be close to her 90-year-old mother, or in a prison facility in Coleman, Fla., where there are good transporation links.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons told Stewart last week to report to jail by Oct. 8. The source said Stewart had been told to report to the federal prison camp for women in Alderson, W. Va.
Stewart’s lawyer, in a Sept. 15 letter to a federal judge requesting she be allowed to serve her sentence for obstruction of justice as soon as possible, specifically asked that she not been assigned to Alderson because it is not readily accessible by air or rail.
Threatened Strike Today at Westport Nursing Home Averted
Union workers have called off a strike planned for today at seven Connecticut nursing homes, including one in Westport, with more than 1,000 residents.
The strike was averted late Monday when the owners of the homes agreed to end efforts to set aside union contracts.
They said they would pay $750,000 to employee pension, education and uniform allowance funds, according to officials at the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199.
More than 850 workers had voted last weekend to strike.
The nursing homes include Westport Health Care, formerly known as Mediplex of Westport, at the intersection of Post Road West and Burr Road just across from Kings Highway Elementary School. It has 120 beds.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
State Clarifies Sewage Plant Concern as Board of Selectmen Meets Today
With a new clarification from the state in hand about funding, the Westport Board of Selectmen today considers two previous actions affecting a planned $37.7 million upgrade to the town’s waste water treatment plant.
A letter received Monday from the state Department of Environmental Protection said the agency did not intend to hold up state funding for the plant.
But it said it wanted the town to address issues concerning a possible extension of a Norwalk sewer into northwest Westport for a controversial housing project.
The board’s 2003 approval of a plan to hook up the Norwalk sewer to the housing development in the Partrick Wetlands had prompted a letter from the DEP in August saying the action complicated funding of the plant.
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave. - Mark Schenker on Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Good Day to Stay Inside
The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne brought heavy rains to Westport and much of the tri-state area this afternoon. Traffic moved slowly across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport’s center. WestportNow.com photo
Staples Homecoming Pasta Dinner Friday
The Staples High School Homecoming Pasta Dinner takes place Friday in the Staples cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 for senior citizens.
The event is sponsored by the Westport Kiwanis Club and the Staples PTA. Proceeds will benefit the Staples High School/Kiwanis scholarship program and the Senior Class of 2005.
Further information is available from Sue Colasurdo at 227-0103 or Beth Hagan at 226-8245.
News-12’s Tom Appleby to Host IHA Auction Saturday
Cablevision News-12 anchor Tom Appleby will wield the gavel for Saturday’s third annual fundraising auction by Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association.
Tom Appleby: wielding the gavel. Contributed photo
The event at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport begins at 5 p.m. It will be followed by a dinner honoring community leaders Barbara Butler, Westports director of Human Services, and Richard Foot, executive director /CEO of the Westport/Weston YMCA.
Tickets for the auction and reception only are $100, $250 including the dinner.
ғWere delighted that Tom agreed to help,Ҕ said Peter Powell, IHAs president.
In the 20 years that Appleby has been news director and co-anchor of News-12, the cable channel has won more than 400 major awards.
The Westport Community Theatre has opened its 2004-05 season with Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound.” It runs through Oct. 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and one Thursday performance, this Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. More information at www.westportcommunitytheatre.com. .Contributed photo
Monday, September 27, 2004
A Sure Sign of Autumn
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Code Enforcement Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - P&Z Committee to Develop Zoning Regulations for Affordable & Work Force Rental Housing on Town-Owned Property
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Health & Human Services Committee
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