Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse “On the Verge”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Gene Wilder in Arts Center Appearance April 25
Gene Wilder: In conversation in Westport. Contributed photoActor Gene Wilder will discuss his career with playwright Tom Cole as part of the Westport Arts Center (WAC) “Artist in Conversation” series Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., at Seabury Center, Westport.
The event is presented in association with the Westport Youth Film Festival, for which WAC is a sponsor.
Wilder and Cole, longtime friends, will center their conversation largely around Wilder’s memoir, “Kiss Me Like a Stranger : My Search for Love and Art,” published last year. The program also includes a question and answer session with the audience.
Wilder has been acting since he was 13. After a small role in “Bonnie and Clyde” pulled him away from a career onstage, he was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actor for his role as Leo Bloom in “The Producers,” which led to “Blazing Saddles” and then to another Academy nomination, this time for writing “Young Frankenstein.”
All Gone: 4 Deepwood Lane
The Westport Building Department issued a demolition permit for the home at 4 Deepwood Lane on Monday. By this morning the home had been demolished. The home sold in June 2004 for $1.4 million. Deepwood Lane is off of Easton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“The Harder They Fall” Author Addresses Rotary
Westporter Gary Stromberg, co-author of “The Harder They Fall,” addressed the Westport Rotary Club this afternoon at the Inn at Longshore. Stromberg’s book reveals thoughts, feelings, regrets and beliefs of celebrities in recovery from drug or alcohol dependence. He described his book as a series of stories that invoke the emotional range of humor, tragedy, heart-warming realities and eventually redemption. In the 1960s, Stromberg represented many rock stars including Jefferson Airplane.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
New Officer, Detective Sworn In
The Westport Police Department welcomed Officer Charles Carr (l) Monday as he was sworn in by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c). He was previously an officer in Bridgeport for five years. Jill Ruggiero (r), an officer in Westport for five years, was also promoted to detective. She is the first woman detective in the Westport department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
School Board to Examine Special Education Compliance
The Westport Board of Education will examine the district’s compliance with special education laws once a survey of parents involved in the program is completed.
The board discussed moving forward with a compliance review during its meeting Monday night, but it elected to wait until the survey of special education parents is completed.
School officials have been looking to complete such a review since last fall, but have run into a number of roadblocks including lack of interest in local firms wanting to complete the project.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said he would expand his search for a firm to complete the review.
Staples Wrestlers Honored
The wrestling team at Westport’s Staples High School honored members Sunday night at its year-end banquet. Among those receiving recognition were (l-r) seniors Max Brown, Andrew Gau, Peter Menchaca, Tom O’Day, Evan James and Ed Mattoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport 4th Highest in County Home Price Survey
Fairfield County topped the list for highest median single-family and condo prices in Connecticut for 2005, according to data compiled by Boston-based The Warren Group, providers of real estate and financial data throughout New England. Westport came in fourth highest.
The single-family median home price in Fairfield County was $520,000 and the median condo price was $292,000.
Fairfield County communities snapped up the highest median prices in the state.
Greenwich had the most expensive median price for single-family homes at $1.6 million. New Canaan was second at $1.5 million. Darien was third with $1.19 million and Westport was fourth at $1.15 million.
Jogging into Spring
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
1 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance, Public Protection and Employee Compensation committees
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “On the Verge”
Monday, March 20, 2006
School Budget Projected to Increase 25 Percent in Five Years
The Westport school district’s budget may increase at least by 25 percent in the next five years, according to conservative estimates completed by school administrators.
The Board of Education received a budget projection out to the 2011-12 fiscal year during its meeting tonight.
The budget is estimated to be $105.4 million that year. School officials have presented an $83 million for the 2006-07 fiscal year.
Board of Education Chairwoman Mary Parmelee said the figures could be much higher, however, because the figures are based on the more conservative student population projections.
Fire Victim Identified, Cause Undetermined
The Westport Fire Department today identified the woman killed in an early morning fire Sunday on Lowlyn Road as Carol F. Reynolds, 54, and said the cause of blaze remains undetermined.
Reynolds, who neighbors said had lived in the colonial-style home for more than 20 years and was divorced with no children, perished in the blaze along with her family dog.
Acting Fire Marshal Edward M. Zygmant said an investigation at the scene of the blaze concluded at 4 p.m. today. He said the medical examiner found the woman died of smoke inhalation.
The probe involved personnel from the Westport Fire Marshal’s office, the Westport Police Detective Division, as well as investigators from the State Police fire marshal’s office.
Shays to Address Y’s Men Thursday
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays to address Y’s Men. Contributed photoU.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, will speak to the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday at 10 a.m.
The subject of is talk is “Washington Update.”
The Y’s Men meet at Saugatuck Congregational Church at 245 Post Road East.
Shays was first elected to Congress in 1987 representing the district. He represents 17 communities in Southwest Connecticut, including Westport.
Playhouse Presents Childrens Production on Bullying
The Westport Country Playhouse presents “The Bully” as a children’s production in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Country Playhouse will present an original musical for children, “The Bully,” a Vital Children’s Theatre production, Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
It is part of “Family Festivities,” a series of Playhouse presentations for children, parents and grandparents to share together.
“The Bully” tells the story of Lenny, the smartest kid in school, but he is not necessarily the strongest kid and he is constantly picked on by Steve, the school bully. A bus mix up leaves the two boys stranded at the wrong school where they both get picked on for being the “new kids.”
Tickets to “The Bully” are $15. The show is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Everyone in the audience needs a ticket.
Getting Ready for a Makeover After 17 Years
Today’s demolition of Westport’s Compo Beach playground is the first stage of a communty effort to replace the 17-year-old structure. The playground was built by hand by Westporters with private funding amid much controversy in the spring of 1989. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day II: Compo Playground
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Brookside Park
The Westport Building Department is reviewing an application to demolish the house at 8 Brookside Park. The Conservation Commission also was involved in the demolition process because the home is near the Saugatuck River. The 1950 home is located off of Richmondville Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Compo Playground Pre-Build Volunteers Needed
Westport’s Compo Beach playground will be demolished today, and the committee overseeing the construction is seeking volunteers to help with the pre-build phase.
The pre-build will be held March 31 through April 2 with three shifts each day. About 50-60 people are needed on each shift.
Shifts will be held at 8 a.m. to noon, 12:30-5 p.m. and 5:30- 8:30 p.m. on each of the three days.
Food will be provided, but no childcare will be available.
Monday, March 20, 2006
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Domestic Violence Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School, Room 107 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Domestic Task Force to Hold First Session
Westport is setting itself in line with other communities by forming a Domestic Violence Task Force, and it will hold its first meeting on Monday.
The task force will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he formed the group at the urging of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk.
The task force will work with the center on projects such as educating the community and raising awareness on domestic violence, he said.
A Trick with Tea
The Great Sirco entertained children at the Westport Historical Society today during the Mad Hatter Tea Party. Chef Cindy and her daughter, Danielle, also gave a cooking demonstration that included how to make scones for the tea party andl homemade whipped cream. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Meet in Westport
It took Westport’s no-nonsense Democratic town chair to get the two mayors vying for the right to challenge Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell in November to meet jointly today at the Westport Woman’s Club to woo local voters.
Westporter Larry Grossman (l) moderated today’s joint appearance by Mayor John DeStefano of New Haven (c) and Mayor Dan Malloy of Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Mayors John DeStefano of New Haven and Dan Malloy of Stamford had not had a joint appearance since last June. Westport Town Chair Martha Aasen insisted that if they wanted to address her committee to seek votes, they had to do it together.
So both showed up to address a standing-room only audience this afternoon in a forum moderated by Westporter Larry Grossman, a former president of NBC News and PBS.
In their almost two-hour appearance, both men covered much ground. They addressed their leadership style, job creation, property taxes, health insurance and Rell’s track record.
Investigators Seek Cause of Fatal Westport Fire
State and loc
State and local investigators spent the day searching for clues to the cause of an early morning fire that killed a Westport woman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
al investigators spent today looking for clues to an early morning fire that killed a Westport woman despite frantic efforts of a neighbor to try to rescue her.
Officials did not identify the woman who perished in the early morning blaze at 5 Lowlyn Road, a quiet street of nine homes between Crawford and Partrick Roads not far from the Norwalk line.
But publicly available records and an Internet search showed she was 54 years old and had operated a graphics firm at that address which specialized in Web site design, marketing, logos, brochures, and packaging.
WestportNow was withholding her name pending official release by authorities. [UPDATE: The Westport Fire Department Monday identified the victim as Carol F. Reynolds, 54, and said cause of the blaze was undetermined.]
Smiles All Around
Democratic Mayors John DeStefano of New Haven (l) and Dan Malloy of Stamford were all smiles following their almost two-hour appearance today at the Westport Woman’s Club. Malloy called on DeStefano to agree to more joint appearances in their quest for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, saying they “would make us both stronger candidates.” Responded DeStefano: “What city are you in tomorrow?” The party holds its gubernatorial primary in early August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Seek Westport Votes
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano (l) and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy courted Westport votes today in a rare joint appearance at the Westport Woman’s Club. Both men are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and criticized Gov. M. Jodi Rell and her leadership. DeStefano said he had a far stronger organization than Malloy, had more union backing and had raised more money. Malloy said he had raised more money in recent reporting periods and could attract more votes in Fairfield County that could tip the balance in Democrats’ favor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Packed House for Democratic Forum
The Westport Woman’s Club was packed for today’s forum with New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy. Among those in the audience was former Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp (3rd l) who lost November’s election by a slim margin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Make a Difference Day Wins $10,000 Prize
Westport’s Make a Difference Day efforts last October have earned organizers a $10,000 prize and national recognition by USA Weekend.
The Hour of Norwalk, which carries the weekly supplement, disclosed the award in today’s edition. Barbara Pearson-Rac, committee chair, had been informed of the selection several weeks ago but was told to keep it confidential.
The “day” is held each year on the fourth Saturday of October but Westport extends it for a week.
Make a Difference Day is a partnership of USA Weekend and the Points of Light Foundation. Westport has won several regional and local hero awards for its efforts but this is the first national recognition of its 10-year-old program.
Practicing for the Real Thing
Westport firefighters Saturday practiced water rescue techniques at Burying Hill Beach. All Westport fire vehicles carry equipment to aid in water rescues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Woman Dies in Westport House Fire
A woman died early today in a fire in her Old Hill area home, Westport’s second house fire in 24 hours, officials said.
Firefighters get coffee from Red Cross workers at today’s early morning Westport house fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Firefighters pulled the victim from the home at 5 Lowlyn Road, between Partrick and Crawford Roads near the Norwalk line, but attempts to revive her failed, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. She was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital.
The identity of the victim was not immediately released. A family dog also perished in the blaze, according to a Fire Department news release. [UPDATE: The Westport Fire Department Monday identified the victim as Carol F. Reynolds, 54, and said cause of the blaze was undetermined.]
A 911 call came into Westport’s dispatch center reporting the fire at 1:02 a.m., the release said.
Fatal Westport House Fire
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A woman died early today in Westport’s second house fire in 24 hours. Neighbors spotted smoke and flames coming from the home at 5 Lowlyn Road, off Partrick Road, not far from the Norwalk border, and called 911. Firefighters found the woman inside but attempts to revive her failed and she was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, fire officials said. A family dog also perished in the blaze, the first fatal Westport house fire in almost three years. In this picture, flames can still be seen coming from the roof. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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