Thursday, October 05, 2006
Voter Registration on the Rise
It’s normally a busy time of the year in the Westport Registrar of Voters office, but it has been more this year in comparison to other times before a mid-term federal election, according to Democrat Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen.
Nearly 100 people have registered to vote in the last month, and she said people are calling to check on their registration.
“We’re getting more people than usual for (a mid-term election),” she said. “The presidential election is normally heavier. For whatever reason, people are interested.”
She also said in the August Democratic primary, 56 percent of those eligible to vote turned out to vote.
Oops: Teardown of the Day That Wasn’t
WestportNow has been informed that its featured Teardown of the Day Tuesday at 14 Adams Farm Road off North Avenue was erroneously listed by the Westport Building Department as among houses with pending applications for a demolition permit.
In fact, the application was for another matter in the Building Department, the department said today.
WestportNow, contributing photograher Dave Matlow and the Building Department regret the error and apologize for the misidentification.
House Size Topic of Hearing
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public session to take comment from residents on issues related to house size.
The session is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The commission in the past has taken comments about house size and considered regulation changes at the prompting of residents comments about how the size has impacted neighborhood character. Residents in support and against changes have spoken extensively on the matter.
The commission, however, has yet to pass any regulation changes to address the issue.
Lisa Power (l) and Meghan Lehey take advantage of the weather on Wednesday and headed to Westport’s Compo Beach for a stroll. Many Westporters headed to the beach on Wednesday with the summer-like temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
Board Has 15 Days for Y Decision
The Flood and Erosion Control Board now has 15 days to render a decision on an application by the Westport-Weston Family Y for a new facility at Camp Mahackeno.
The board closed the public hearing tonight and will hold a public work session to deliberate on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.
Town Attorney Ira Bloom told the board during its public hearing tonight that it has 15 days to decide on the application because it had held two regular meetings on the matter.
If the board does not decide within 15 days, he said, it will be deemed approved by state statutes.
Staples Boys Soccer Rolls on With Wilton Win
Russell Oost-Lievense takes on a Wilton defender in Staples’ 5-1 win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team rode three first-half goals—including two in a 42-second span—to a 5-1 victory today at Wilton’s Kristine Lilly Field.
The win lifts the league-leading Wreckers to 7-0-1. They travel to second-place Westhill Friday afternoon (4:15 p.m.) for their toughest test yet.
Brendon Cristobal scored two goals, while Preston Hirten, Russell Oost-Lievense and Matt Lamb added one each. Assists came from Keaton Cristobal (2), Lamb, Hirten and Brendon Cristobal.
“It’s always nice to get a good result at Wilton,” said head coach Dan Woog. “They’re extremely well coached, and they always play us hard.”
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Broad St.
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 1 Broad St. The house sits at the corner of Broad Street and Newtown Turnpike. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Teen Bicyclist Hit By Car
(UPDATE)A teenage youth riding his bicycle was hit by a car today on Westport’s Colony Road, officials said.
The exact nature of the youth’s injuries was not known. He was initially taken to Norwalk Hospital and later transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital.
“The youth was conscious and suffered head and body injury from the accident,” said Assitant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. “The driver of the vehicle was not injured.”
The youth was taken by Wesport EMS to Norwalk Hospital after the accident at about 3:30 p.m.
Gathering to Support Domestic Violence Awareness Month
During today’s Westport Town Hall ceremony proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) presented a proclamation to Barbara Heffernan (l), executive director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Members of Westport’s Domestic Violence Task Force joined them for a picture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Proclaiming Domestic Violence Awareness Month
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Selectwoman Shelly Kassen tie a ribbon around a pillar at Westport Town Hall today during a ceremony proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To call attention to the month, purple ribbons have been tied to trees throughout Westport to represent the 84 incidents of domestic violence reported to police since January 2005 and police cruisers will display purple ribbons on their bumpers. Supporters of the awareness efforts will distribute literature about domestic violence Thursday at the Green’s Farms and Westport Railroad stations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Former Staples Teacher Charged in Sex Assault of Student
(UPDATE)A former teacher at Westport’s Staples High School has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a student while at the school, the Connecticut Post reported today. The newspaper said he had taught theater at Staples, but Westport school officials said later he had not been involved in the Staples theater program.
The newspaper said Peter Eramo Jr., 35, who currently lives in New York, turned himself into Milford police Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued charging him with second-degree assault for the alleged encounter with the girl in his Milford apartment on Memorial Day in 2003.
Eramo, who was let go by the Westport school system in 2003 for “inappropriate behavior” according to the court affidavit, was released on $10,000 bond and is expected to appear again in court Oct. 31, the Post said.
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon today disputed that Eramo was discharged for “inappropriate behavior,” saying that he resigned.
Homecoming Pasta Dinner is Friday
The 13th annual Staples Homecoming Pasta Dinner will be held on Friday at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the high school.
The event, which is sponsored by the Staples PTA and the Westport Kiwanis Club, features spaghetti with meatballs and chicken fettuccini alfredo along with garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverage.
Entertainment will include the Staples Players, the Staples cheerleaders and the Staples Jazz Band.
Tickets purchased in advance are $8 and $10 at the door. Tickets for senior citizens and children under 13 years old are $5.
Temperatures have cooled along Old Mill Pond as the leaves change colors. The weather forecast for today, however, calls for warmer than normal temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Town Hall Lobby - CPR and AED sign up
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Domestic Violence Task Force
9:30 a.m. – Westport Town Hall Front Steps – Proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
3 p.m. – Town Hall Lobby – Beautification Committee award ceremony
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - “Fixing Broken Homes” lecture as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Flood & Erosion Control Board (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance Meeting
RTM Accepts New Voting Technology
The Westport Representative Town Meeting passed measures tonight that ensures proper voting equipment are in place for the next two general elections.
The measures ensures that the town is in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act.
The town’s registrars of voters can now accept from state officials a phone voting system for this year’s general election. They will also have ballot scanning equipment to use in the 2007 general election.
For the election this November, a phone system will be set up in each polling place where those who use it can vote by using the phone’s touch-pad. A fax would then be sent to the polling place.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
CPR and AED Training to Be Offered
Residents and Town Hall employees will be able to sign up for coronary pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and/or automated external defibrillator (AED) training on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby.
Westport Emergency Medical Services volunteer Jay Paretzky will be available to take applications and to answer any questions individuals may have.
Residents will also be able to get information about training to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), or member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).
The AED devices are easy to use and only a short training session would be required to become a member of the team.
Reminder Issued on Disposal of Leaves
Conservation Director Alicia Mozian reminded residents today that Westport regulations for the protection and preservation of wetlands and watercourses and the Waterway Protection Line Ordinance both prohibit the dumping of debris in a wetland or watercourse.
“Now that autumn has arrived, it seems like the yard work has only begun,” said Mozian. “Before long residents will be raking and hauling leaves in an effort to clean up, and looking for a way to dispose of them.
“As tempting as it may be, however, our wetlands and watercourses are not the place to be dumping leaves.”
Mozian said that the laws are to protect the town’s natural resources as well as private property.
Alzheimer’s Disease Topic of Oct. 26 Forum
A forum on aging successfully at the Westport Center for Senior Activities will will feature a keynote address about Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Robert Levine, former chief of neurology at Norwalk Hospital and associate clinical professor of medicine at Yale University, will make the keynote address at the ninth annual forum. His will speak on “Understanding and Preventing Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders.”
The forum is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 1:30-4 p.m.
Douglas Werner, of Riverside Club of Westport – Integrated Health Management Facility, will also speak at the forum.
Builders Beyond Borders Tag Sale This Weekend
Thousands of items—including a one-of-a-kind “Art Deco Italian Bar”—go on sale this weekend at a giant tag sale to help the fast-growing non-profit Builders Beyond Borders (B3) organization.
Paul (l) and Lukas Van Zanten, two student members of Builders Beyond Borders, are pictured with the “Art Deco Italian Bar” to go on sale this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Norwalk-based group will use proceeds from the sale to help more than 350 area students, including many from Westport, travel abroad beginning in February to work on community service construction building projects in Ecuador.
The sale will be held at 25 Van Zant St., Norwalk, which has plenty of free parking, organizers said.
Hours are Friday, preview party, 7-10 p.m. ($15 admission); Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Health District Offers Nutrition and Weight Help Classes
The Westport-Weston Health District is offering its Weigh to Go class for the second year in a row starting Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.
The course includes six sessions, and Health District Director Sue Jacozzi said it was popular last year when it was first offered.
“We got a good response last year,” she said. “It seems to work.”
The class is geared not only for people who want to lose weight but also those who have high blood pressure or cholesterol, she said.
Westport-Based Connecticut Film Fest Opens Today
The Westport-based Connectict Film Festival opens today.
In addition to Westport, the inaugual edition of the event will show 73 independent films, including features, documentaries, shorts and student films, at venues in Stamford, New Milford, Litchfield, Bethel, New Haven, Norwalk and Waterbury.
Westport venues include the Westport Public Library, Saugatuck Elementary School, and the Westport Center for Senior Activities. A complete schedule of films can be found at www.ctfilmfest.com.
The opening film, “The Gold Bracelet,” is at Norwalk’s Garden Cinemas. The acclaimed Indian feature film features actor Kavi Raz playing Arjun Singh who is a new American and proud of the opportunities this new world gives his family.
Early Morning Floating
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006
7 p.m. - Garden Cinemas, Norwalk - Opening night and reception Connecticut Film Festival
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79)
Yom Kippur Food Drive
As part of today’s Yom Kippur services at Westport’s Temple Israel, many who attended brought food donations. Meri Nash and Eileen Rosen (l-r) load their donations into a truck. The drive benefits Gillespie Center, Linxweiler House, Bachrach House and Homes for Hope, all projects of the Westport Interfaith Housing Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
He’s a Stinker
WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner came across this visitor to her yard near Round Pond Road today. “I looked out the window and saw this skunk wandering in the yard. Nothing that crosses my path is safe from my camera,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Parts of 19th Century Cross Highway Home to be Salvaged
Parts of the 19th century former Meeker family home at 142 Cross Highway, previously slated for demolition, will be dismantled and used in other restoration projects, Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) Chair Don Miro announced today.
Parts of 142 Cross Highway will be dismantled for use in other historic renovation projects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
At the July 11 HDC meeting, the property owner, Axis Point LLC, agreed to consider various other options besides demolition, including relocation and salvage.
“The HDC quickly began contacting other potentially interested parties in the preservation community,” said Miro. “Although the HDC had hoped to find a buyer for the complete structure, this effort unfortunately proved too difficult given the time constraints.”
In a compromise facilitated by noted architect and preservationist Michael Glynn, the most important elements of the 19th century structure will now be carefully removed by restoration and salvage expert Matt Franjola, of Board and Beam located in New Preston, Conn.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Health officials Wait for Flu Vaccine
It’s not clear when the Westport-Weston Health District will hold its first flu clinic this year because health officials have not received the first shipment of vaccine yet.
Health District Director Sue Jacozzi said the district will have vaccine in the next few weeks, however, but they can’t schedule a specific date until it arrives.
“Our fingers are crossed we have some by next week,” she said. “We’re usually told when it’s going to ship, and we haven’t been told yet.”
While health officials hope to have the vaccine by mid-October, she said, it should be definitely be in their hands by November.
Playhouse to Feature “Old Wicked Songs”
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Old Wicked Songs” by Jon Marans will be staged at the Westport Country Playhouse Oct. 19 through Nov. 5.
In rehearsal for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, “Old Wicked Songs,” at Westport Country Playhouse, Oct. 19 – Nov. 5, Joe Paulik (l), portraying a piano prodigy, and Michael Cristofer, playing his music professor, discuss the music of Robert Schumann which is heard throughout the play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The play was a 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, and it was also the winner of a New York Drama League Award and L.A. Drama-Logue Award in the same year. It was also included in Otis Guernsey’s Best Plays of 1996-97.
The cast includes Michael Cristofer, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright for “The Shadow Box,” and award-winning actor.
Set in a Vienna music studio in 1986, the characters in “Old Wicked Songs” are a music professor and his piano prodigy.
Absentee Ballots Available Friday
Absentee ballots will be available in the Town Clerk’s office starting Friday, but voters can apply for them now.
Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said she has processed 197 applications for absentee ballots already, and they will be mailed on Friday.
Additionally, she said, she mailed approximately another 100 ballots to voters overseas.
Absentee ballots are available to voters who will not be available to vote at a machine in Westport in the Nov. 7 election.Page 1068 of 1325 pages
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