Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting tonight approved the town’s proposed 2009-10 municipal budget of $58.9 million, down 1.17 percent over this year’s budget. Board of Finance Chair Jeffrey Mayer explained his board’s reasons for recommending the budget. He praised both the town administration and the Board of Education for cooperating in bringing in a combined budget that shows an overall year-to-year reduction for the first time in a generation. The RTM will take up the education budget Tuesday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, May 04, 2009
Not just high school students took part in today’s rally on the steps of Westport Town Hall protesting a reduction in the requested increase in the education budget. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
About 100 Staples High School students held a rally on the steps of Westport Town Hall today asking for restoration by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) of $1.4 million cut from the Board of Education’s requested 2009-10 budget increase. The students said they feared the cut would alter course offerings and extra-curricular activities at the school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Mark Hennessy (l) of the Staples Diamond Club thanks supporters of the Staples baseball team booster club for their donations and hard work at today’s dedication ceremony for the refurbished Staples baseball field. The project has totally changed the look and feel of the Staples baseball complex, making it among the top fields among FCIAC competitors. In addition to rainy weather, the only negative today was a Staples 3-1 loss to Wilton. The Wreckers are now 8-4 (7-3 FCIAC) on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Students from Staples High School are planning a rally on the steps of Westport Town Hall today to protest cuts in the Board of Education’s requested 2009-10 budget increase that they say will possibly alter course offerings and extra-curricular activities at the school.
The rally was set to begin at 5 p.m. in advance of the 7:30 p.m. start of at least two nights of budget deliberations by the Representative Town Meeting (RT), the town’s legislative body. The RTM will take up the municipal budget tonight and the education budget on Tuesday.
The Board of Education’s original request for a $1.9 million, or 2.06 percent, increase in its proposed $96 million 2009-10 budget was reduced by the Board of Finance by $1.4 million. The education board voted not to seek restoration.
But in an e-mail message Sunday to RTM members, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, writing, he said, as “a private citizen and a resident of Westport,” asked the RTM to restore the $1.4 million. He said an early retirement program offered to town employees showed the cut was not necessary.
Fishermen were out in force Sunday casting their lines in the swiftly running current as the morning tide was receding off Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Waste Water Management Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium- RTM Budget Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Business Authors@the Library: Richard Goldberg, “The Battle for Wall Street”
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The student-organized SafeRides of Westport made its debut Saturday night and early today and sent out this picture to celebrate. The students, with parent volunteers lending support, manned phones at their basement headquarters in Christ and Holy Trinity Church from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. They offered no-questions-asked rides home to callers. There was no word on how many rides, if any, were actually given on the inaugural night. Pictured (l-r) are: Mac Mombello, Seth Cadan, Collin Carroll, Matt Brill, Alex Dulin (Safe Rides of Westport organizer), Carolyn Weverbergh, Hayley Winikoff, Jenny Johnston and Jake McCambley. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, May 03, 2009
A jogger today takes a less traveled scenic path along the pedestrian row across the cause way between Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond and Compo Cove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The UJA/Federation of Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk conducted its first annual community-wide “got mitzvah?” day today. According to the description of the event, it is “a time devoted to helping people and charitable organizations who work year-round to meet the needs of our extended human family.” Some local organizations that benefited from the volunteer effort included the Norwalk Emergency Shelter, the Jewish Home for the Elderly, and three facilities that house residents of CLASP, including the one pictured at 1 Weston Road in Westport, where a dozen employees of TD Banknorth painted the facilities’ interiors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Taking part in today’s “Got Mitzvah?” effort sponsored by The UJA/Federation of Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk were Omar Qadri (l) and Ramona Keovilay, employees of TD Banknorth at its 185 Main St. Westport location, who painted a bathroom at a CLASP residence at 2A Pine Drive, off Park Lane in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Despite rainy weather, hundreds of persons turned out today for the fourth annual STAR Walk, Roll & Stroll at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. The event supports Norwalk-based STAR Inc. Lighting the Way which annually supports more than 600 individuals with developmental disabilities in Fairfield County. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia were among dignitaries on hand as the event got under way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was a last-minute no-show at Saturday’s Westport wedding of his former roommates—a gay couple, The New York Post reported today.
It was a disappointment for Queens car dealer Howard Koeppel and his longtime lover, Mark Hsaio, who tied the knot in a double-ring ceremony before 10 guests at a private Westport home, the newspaper said.
The couple famously let the ex-mayor crash at their luxury $2.37 million three-bedroom Manhattan apartment while he was going through a nasty divorce with Donna Hanover in 2001, the Post said. Later, Giuliani married the “other woman,” Judith Nathan.
The New York Times reported that Koeppel and Hsiao were married at the home of their friends Jeff Soref and Paul Lombardi with Mary C. Pugh, a Norwalk justice of the peace, officiating.
Melissa Yurechko and her husband Tim are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 167A Compo Road South as the Henry Raleigh Studio which was built in 1913. Raleigh (1880-1944) used this house as his studio while living with his wife at 181 Compo Road South. Raleigh was a noted magazine illustrator with four decades of contributions for various publications including Harper’s Bazaar, The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. In 1959, the studio was purchased by writers John and Dorothy Tarrant who collaborated on “A Community of Artists,” which chronicles Westport’s flourishing artist colony. The Yurechkos moved to Westport several years ago after living in other antique houses in Connecticut. They decided to purchase their current home because of the “location, privacy and charm of the house.” They welcome recent increased efforts to enhance the antique character of Westport and say, “Keep up the good work.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com
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