Thursday, October 14, 2004
Friday, Oct. 15, 2004
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Vote4Freedom student political forum
8 p.m. - Searbury Center, 45 Church Lane, Westport Arts Center presents the Dorian Wind Quintet, chamber music
Make a Difference Day Approaching
Make A Difference Day is quickly approaching and for those who would like to participate but do not know how, organizers of the Westport event have issued some helpful hints.
First, they suggest reviewing the event Web site at www.westport-makeadifday.org for projects that are available.
Organizers are still getting requests and say those interesting in participating should not be discouraged if they do not find something they want to work on.
Volunteers may also just drop by the Bedford Room at the Westport/Weston YMCA on Saturday, Oct. 23 to work on a project.
Westport Police Join in Long Island Sound Hunt
The Westport police marine unit, the Coast Guard and several other rescue agencies searched Long Island Sound tonight for a man who fell overboard.
Rescuers were dispatched around 4 p.m. after getting a report that a tug and barge lost a crew member off the Norwalk-Westport shore.
Reports said the man was a 32-year-old resident of Port Chester, N.Y.
Coast Guard officials said crew members from the tug tried to throw the man a line but he was lost under the water.
Conditions at the time were fairly calm and visibility was good, Coast Guard Ensign Mickey Lalor said.
The Westport unit was still taking part in the search shortly before 11 p.m,.
Westporters Involved in New Arts Initiative
Three Westporters are involved in a new not-for-profit $1 million fund to activate citizens nationwide in advocacy support of the arts.
Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Ann Sheffer have prominent roles in the effort by Americans for the Arts, a NewYork-based nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.
The new fund, called the Arts Action Fund, includes an artists committee consisting of a gallery of star actors who will aid the advocacy effort.
In addition to Newman and Woodward, it includes Robert Redford, Laurence Fishburn, Ossie Davis, Anna Deavere Smith, Meryl Streep, Michael York, pus a handful of other top names.
Westport Weston Health District Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) and St. Vincents Medical Center urologists will be teaming up to offer free prostate screenings on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.
The clinic is open to all men over 50 or those over 40 who are at risk due to family history. Screenings will include PSA blood test and digital rectal exam. There is no residency requirement. An appointment is required.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer, other than skin cancer, among men in the United States.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 230,900 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2004, and approximately 29,900 men will die of this disease.
Westport EMS Seeks Volunteer Candidates
The Westport Emergency Medical Service, a division of the Westport Police Department, is looking for those who want to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Classes will be held at Norwalk Community College’s Public Safety Academy beginning in early January, according to an announcement.
Space is limited and applicants for the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certification must attend an information/review session Nov. 30 at the Westport Police/EMS classroom, 50 Jesup Road.
Westport EMS reserves the right to select the students for the class based on the number of applicants, the announcement said.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Today’s Westport Teardown: 4 Marc Lane
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
Cablevision Editorial Salutes WestportNow.com
Cablevision News-12, in an editorial, today saluted WestportNow.com and its editor/publisher Gordon Joseloff, for its coverage of Westport. The full text of the editorial is available here. Also see letters to the editor. Cablevision News-12/ WestportNow.com photo
Martha Stewart Adds to Furniture Line, Including Turkey Hill
She may be in a West Virginia prison, but Westport’s Martha Stewart is growing her business by adding to her furniture line, including new items to a collection based on her Westport home.
The additions were announced today by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., Stewart’s media company, and Bernhardt Furniture Company at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C.
The two companies said they will introduce 43 new items to the Martha Stewart Signature Furniture inventory collections of Turkey Hill, Lily Pond, and Skylands, as well as to the range of upholstery options.
The new items will be available to consumers at furniture retailers nationwide in March 2005.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Today’s Westport Teardown: 157 Compo Road South
Baby Time at the Library
Members of The Westport Young Woman’s League gathered at the Westport Public Library recently with their babies to mark the group’s 28th annual “Book-a-Baby” celebration. Each year, the League donates a children’s book for every child born to a member during the previous year as part of the League’s efforts to promote books and reading. Each book has a dedication plaque with a child’s name so that children can return to the libarary year after year to see “their” book. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
New Gourmet Italian Deli
There’s a new gourmet Italian deli at 7 Riverside Ave., just off of Post Road West. Il Panino II is operated by Westport’s DeAngelis famiy and offers gelato, Italian pastries, and espresso. The Siena River Caf next door will open soon in space formerly occupied by the Bridge Caf. Il Panino II has no connection to the caf驩. Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
2:30 p.m. - 21 Imperial Ave. - Center for Senior Activities Policy and Planning Board
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Yale’s Mark Schenker on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - RTM Education Committee
Westport Flu Shot Clinic Draws Crowd
With a national shortage of flu vaccine, a flu shot clinic at the Westport Medical Center at 728 Post Road East today brought out dozens of Westporters. The turnout was so great that the Westport Fire Department responded to a report of overcrowding and then assisted in bringing order to the check-in process. Many had to wait hours before getting their shot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Waiting in Line
There was a long wait for flu shots at the Westport Medical Center today on Post Road East three hours or more in some cases. The Westport Weston Health District canceled its Oct. 23 mass flu vaccination clinic because of a national shortage of the vaccine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Bringing Some Order
Westport firefighter Nate Gibbons of the Fire Marshall’s Office lends a hand to bring order to a crowded flu clinic today at the Westport Medical Center. Gibbons took names as people arrived and called them when it was their turn. The Fire Department responded to a report of overcrowding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
His? Hers? Or Undecided?
Political lawn signs have sprouted all over Westport, but these outside a home on West Branch Road no doubt leave passersby wondering. George Demakis for WestportNow.com
Compo Beach Drowning Report Turns Out to be False
Westport police and firefighters early today responded to a report of a possible drowning at Compo Beach.
Fire units, including the rescue truck equipped with a small boat, rushed to the area of the cannons at the beach when the report came in at about 6:30 a.m.
The first fire unit on the scene reported a man was seen in the water at the bottom, according to fire officials.
Further investigation, however, showed it was merely someone out for an early morning swim. All units quickly returned to service.
Monday, October 11, 2004
Today’s Westport Teardown: 39 Spicer Road
Skim-Boarding at Old Mill
Some Westporters Monday engaged in skim-boarding at Old Mill Beach at low tide. Skim-boarding participants ride a flat board across shallow tidal puddles, like riding a skipping stone. Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004
7:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
About 25 persons attended a meeting tonight at the Westport home of Nitzy Cohen-Fitzgerald to discuss the town’s attempts to collect $2.6 million in taxes resulting from a backlog in building permits discovered in the town assessor’s office. They heard from two lawyers who asked them to provide information about their individual cases to see if joint legal action might be taken against the town for failing to collect the taxes in a timely manner. (See WestportNow.com Oct. 8, 2004) WestportNow.com photo
A Warm Welcome to Westport
Westport state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard welcomes the audience to today’s town meeting at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School hosted by Republican Rep. Christopher Shays and special guest Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Joining them on stage was state Sen. Judith Freedman. WestportNow.com photo
Staples Girls Soccer Loses to New Canaan
Staples freshman Anna Wiggin keeps the ball away from New Canaans offense in todayҒs game at New Canaan. Despite the efforts of Wiggin and her teammates, the JV team lost 2-1. The girls varsity team did not do much better, also losing to New Canaan 3-0. Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Westporter Wins $100,000 for Healthy Salad Recipe
Westporter Linda Rohr (inset) has won the $100,000 grand prize in Southern Living magazine’s Cook-Off 2004 with her “Grilled Shrimp, Orange, and Watermelon Salad with Peppered Peanuts in a Zesty Citrus Dressing” recipe. It was entered in the magazine’s “Healthy and Good for You” category. The Food Network covered the Oct. 2 event in Birmingham, Ala., and will air it in 2005. Rohr, who has won previous cooking contests, said she has no plans for the money. Click here for the recipe. Contributed photos
Report: Martha Stewart Friendly With Inmates
Westport’s Martha Stewart was friendly with inmates on her first night in jail, and media reports say she appeared in “good spirits” as she began serving a five-month prison sentence in West Virginia.
The New York Daily News said Stewart, wearing prison slacks, was spotted on Saturday taking a midday stroll by herself on the grounds of the Alderson, W. Va., federal prison.
She also saw two visitors, including her daughter Alexis.
“When she came in, she was in good spirits,” a prison staffer told the newspaper. “She was received professionally. She was treated just like anybody else, just like any inmate would be. She’s in good hands. She’ll be fine.”
Stewart reported to the jail on Friday to start a sentence for lying about a stock sale.
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Today’s Westport Teardown: 22 Bluewater Hill
Today’s WestportNow.com teardown is at 22 Bluewater Hill. An application for demolition is pending. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com>
Monday, Oct. 11, 2004
Town Hall Closed due to Columbus Day Holiday
11:30 a.m. Westport Public Library - “Loyal Citizens: Prisoners of War,”
Westport residents Vi Kosaka and Gene Takahashi recount their individual experiences about what happens when a person is persecuted for looking like the enemy.Ӕ Sponsored by Y’s Women and the Westport Public Library in connection with the “Westport Reads” book, “When the Emperor Was Divine,” which deals with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
2:30 p.m. Saugatuck Elementary School - Town meeting hosted by Rep. Christopher Shays with Sen. John McCain (tickets required).
Shays and Farrell Meet in Westport Debate
Democratic Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell greets rival Republican Rep. Christopher Shays before today’s second 4th Congressional District debate at Westport’s Temple Israel as Rabbi Robert Orkand gets ready to introduce them. A power surge in the area set off a fire alarm during the debate, causing a 25-minute interruption. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo>
Members of the audience at today’s Westport Temple Israel 4th Congressional District debate wait in the courtyard after a power surge set off a fire alarm, causing an evacuation of the building. The debate resumed 25 minutes later after firefighters arrived and reset the alarm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo>
Good Day for a Swim—for Dogs
It was a good day for a swim at Compo Beach today if you were a dog. Most beachgoers were content to walk along the sand, boardwalk, or roadways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo>
Holdup Man Gets $4,500 from Westport Nail Salon
A man who indicated he had a gun robbed a Westport nail salon of $4,500 in cash today, police said.
The man, described as slim with long blonde hair, made off with the cash from the Star Palace nail salon at 536 Post Road East, shortly after noon.
The man indicated he had a gun but no gun was shown, according to police.
They alerted nearby departments to be on the lookout for the man who they said fled in a small, green car.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004
4 p.m. Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road - Debate between Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and Republican Rep. Christopher Shays
Showing His Stuff
A competition at the Compo Beach skate park today included this youngster showing his stuff. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
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