Thursday, May 13, 2010
By James Lomuscio
The many challenges facing Westport and Weston in the wake of the economic downturn and budget cuts was the focus of Y’s Men meeting today featuring keynote speakers Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein.
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein fielded questions today from members of the Y’s Men. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Before an audience of more than 150 who gathered at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, Joseloff and Weinstein spoke about the need for taxpayer relief while not compromising essential services, a decline in state and building permit revenue, and how these decreases have been exacerbated by escalating pension and health insurance costs.
They also spoke about the need for regionalization, the greater use of technology, even redefining their towns as they look to the future.
“We are getting squeezed,” said Joseloff, noting that budget cuts have been worsened by contractual pension obligations that are up 90 percent, forcing the town to put $4 million more into its pension fund in 2010-11 over this year.
Staples pitcher Rob Gau winds up on the mound as the No. 1 Wreckers defeated No. 2 Greenwich Cardinals today 2-1 at Staples. Staples (16-1, 14-1 FCIAC), which has won 12 in a row, officially can clinch the top seed in the league with a win over St. Joseph on Friday. Gau (4-1) tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Staples senior standout David Speer got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to clinch the win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Moss for WestportNow.com
As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Westport’s purchase of Longshore Club Park, a committee organizing the event wanted to pay tribute to Herbert E. Baldwin, the First Selectman largely responsible for the acquisition. A commemorative plaque on a bolder marking the purchase dedicated in 1962 was moved today from a spot where it was getting hidden by trees and plant life to a more prominent location near the golf course first tee. Pictured are Robin Hammond, president of the Westport Rotary Club, which will honor Baldwin at its June 9 tennis and golf tournament, and Allen E. Raymond, town historian and Rotary member who worked with Baldwin on the Longshore purchase. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
A boulder with a commemorative plaque honoring former Westport First Selectman Herbert E. Baldwin was moved today to a more prominent space near the Longshore Club Park golf course first tee. The plaque was erected in 1962 to honor Baldwin for his leadership in purchasing the park in 1960. The boulder had become partially obstructed by trees and plants at its nearby location. Dan Rackliffe, golf course superintendent, supervised the placement with Chris Rosenfield at the controls of the machinery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport police said today dental records had confirmed that the body found washed ashore Wednesday evening at Compo Beach was a missing 48-year-old Greenwich woman last seen in the area three weeks ago.
Michiko Kamhi: Dental records confirm identity. Contributed photo
“The person who was found deceased along the shoreline of Compo Beach May 12th, 2010, has been identified through her dental records by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as Michiko Kamhi,” said Captain Sam Arciola in a statement.
He said cause of death was pending further studies by the Medical Examiner. Earlier, detectives said there were no signs of foul play.
The woman’s car was found on Bradley Street in the Compo Beach area on April 20 and her dog later washed ashore at Sherwood Island State Park. (See WestportNow April 21, 2010)
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff Wednesday met with members of the Saugatuck Power Squadron and proclaimed May 22-28 as National Safe Boating Week in Westport. Pictured (l-r) are Grant Kominek, Joseph Schachter, Russell Levine, Joseloff, Harrison Valante, Gordon Bavor, and Art Voldstad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A car crashed into the rear of a construction truck early today on I-95 northbound between Exits 16 in Norwalk and Exit 17 in Westport, trapping the woman driver in her vehicle, Westport fire officials said.
The clean up was under way at daylight today on I-95 northbound between Exit 16 in Norwalk and Exit 17 in Westport following the early morning crash. Department of Transportation photo
Westport and Norwalk firefighters had to extricate the woman from her Jeep Grand Cherokee after the 3:15 a.m. crash, according to Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, he said, as was the truck driver transported for evaluation.
Firefighters had to contain about 10 to 15 gallons of diesel fuel due to a broken fuel line in the truck, Conklin said. Traffic was delayed after daybreak by the clean up operation.
The accident followed by about five hours a four-car accident in the southbound lanes at Exit 17 which sent six persons to hospitals.
Westport and Norwalk firefighters had to extricate the woman driver of this Jeep Cherokee early today on I-95 after it crashed into a construction truck in the northbound lanes between Exits 16 and 17. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples Players Wednesday performed a special preview of their show “Book of Days,” a play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, opening tonight in the Black Box Theatre at the school. Pictured (l-r) are Jake Yarmoff, Dan Shure, Shannon Walsh and Glenn Leo. The show will also run Friday and Saturday at 7:30.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – PIC Downtown Plan Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
6 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Friends of Sherwood Island 13th Annual General Meeting
6:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: “It’s Complicated” (2009)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Longshore 50th Anniversary Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Staples Players present “Book of Days”
7:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Green Earth Series: “Organic Gardening and Living Green,” Nick Mancini
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “She Loves Me”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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UPDATE A four-car accident on I-95 at Exit 17 in Westport tonight injured at least six persons and two of those involved fled the scene, police said.
The scene as recorded by a traffic camera. Connecticut Department of Transportation photo
The accident occurred in the southbound lanes shortly before 10 p.m. State police, Westport fire and EMS responded along with Norwalk units.
Westport fire units on the scene reported four cars were involved and that six persons were being transported to Norwalk and Bridgeport Hospitals. Their injuries were described as non life-threatening.
Shortly after the accident was reported, State Police notified Westport police that two persons, described as possibly black males, fled the scene toward Saugatuck Avenue.
UPDATE A body identified as that of a Greenwich woman missing three weeks was found washed up today at Westport’s Compo Beach, police said.
Michiko Kamhi: body found near Compo playground. Contributed photo
A woman walking along the beach spotted the body late today near the playground, detectives said. Police said on Thursday that positive identification had been made through dental records and that it was Michiko Kamhi, 48, who was reported missing from her Greenwich home on April 19. (See WestportNow April 21, 2010)
Kamhi was last seen the next night in the Old Mill Beach area and a dog identified as hers was later found washed ashore at Sherwood Island State Park. Police said initial examination of the body showed no indication of foul play. Greenwich police had described Kahmi as possibly suicidal.
Police checked the Sherwood Mill Pond area as well as waters off Compo Beach. Her car had been found on Bradley Street, not far from Compo Beach.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Police Chief Al Fiore: In right place at right time. WN file photoUPDATE Two men wanted for passing counterfeit $100 bills were arrested today in Westport after hitting several stores, police said. Police Chief Al Fiore played a key role in their arrests.
At about 4:15 p.m., the suspects passed a bill at Dan’s Liquor in the shopping center anchored by Fresh Market on Post Road East, police said.
As a call went out to be on the look out for the suspects, Fiore happened to be in the area and noticed the men matching the broadcast description.
“I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” said Fiore. “Once a cop, always a cop.”
There was a ribbon cutting late today for Rahelia Evening Wear at 125 Post Road East. The “high end” woman’s apparel store is owned by Rachel Durrani of Easton. Her family has been in business for 32 years starting in Mount Kisco, N.Y. and then Fairfield before relocating to Westport. Among those on hand for the official opening were members of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. (See WestportNow April 17, 2010) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By James Lomuscio
The Jeep is black, 10 years old, has a tear in the front seat and smells like stale cigarette smoke. The Kelley Blue Book value is between $3,000 and $3,500.
The Obama Jeep: smells like stale cigarette smoke. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
But there’s a catch to this black Grand Cherokee, the provenance of which shows it first rolled out of a Chrysler dealership in Chicago —it used to belong to Barack Obama.
That piqued the passion of Westport business owner John Reznikoff for one-of-a-kind collectibles to the point where he outbid everyone else who vied for the Jeep to the tune of $26,437.50 at Robert Edward Auctions in New Jersey.
“I paid eight times the Kelley Blue Book value for it, and the question is, ‘What is it really valued at?’ ” said Reznikoff, owner of University Archives at 49 Richmondville Ave.
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