Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005
3 p.m. – Main Street - Parks and Recreation Halloween Parade
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Public Protection, Health and Human Services Committees
7:30 pm. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Peter Gay on “Mozart and the Enlightenment”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
Westporter Aided Louisiana Hurricane Katrina Victims
When Westporter Mary Ann West went to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina she ultimately became an evacuee herself.
West is a volunteer with the local American Red Cross chapter, which is based on Church Lane, and spent 15 days in September helping in the aftermath of the hurricane that left much of the Gulf Coast crippled.
She spoke about her experiences during today’s Brown Bag Luncheon at Town Hall.
She worked as a shelter manager in Opelousas, La., but she made stops at the Cajundome in Lafayette and Baton Rouge before making her way to the smaller shelter.
Toquet Hall Hosts Halloween Costume Party Friday
Westport’s Toquet Hall teen center will host a Halloween costume party Friday.
The 9 p.m. event will feature performances by “Kid Genseg,” Brandon Mozjer, and Elvis McMan.
At midnight, there will be a screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Admission is $5 at the door.
Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out McMahon
Ross McGibney’s true hat trick—three straight goals—powered the Staples boys soccer team to a 3-0 victory today over Brien McMahon at Jack Casagrande Field.
Brad Green, filling in for injured goalkeeper Dave Sharpe, earned the shutout in his first varsity start.
McGibney’s first strike—off the crossbar and in—came off a feed from Keaton Cristobal. The second began with Brendon Cristobal, and was assisted by Brian Carpenter. The third tally began with a full-field switch of direction by defender Tyler Ross.
The Wreckers, now 8-3-2, play their second match in 24 hours on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 3:45 p.m., in Ridgefield.
On to the Semi-Finals
The U12 Westport Warriors soccer team has advanced into Saturday’s semi-finals of the Connecticut State Cup Tournament in Farmington following a weekend win against Shelton. See story on sports page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nancy Crofts for WestportNow.com
Westport Vigil Marks 2000th U.S. Soldier Death in Iraq
More than 100 persons took part tonight in a candlelight vigil on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to mark the 2000th death of a U.S. soldier in Iraq. The event was part of a nationwide series of vigils organized by moveon.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Honoring U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Going Down: 57 Owenoke Park
A house at 57 Owenoke Park came down today. Featured as the WestportNow teardown of the day Jan 11, 2005, the house, built in 1940, sold in April 2004 for $6 million. It was the longtime home of the late Sheila Hehmeyer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Builders Beyond Borders Sets Fashion Show Nov. 5
The Builders Beyond Borders non-profit group will host a “Fashions on the Green” fashion show Saturday, Nov. 5 on Westport’s Jesup Green.
The Norwalk-based group, which provides high school students the opportunity to engage in humanitarian service projects abroad, is sponsoring the event with Lucy’s and the “SoWe” community of merchants along Westport’s Post Road East.
Modeling the season’s latest fashions from beBOP, Knoyzz, Lucy’s, and Roberts will be a mix of the group’s high school students, advisors (trip chaperones), and parents.
The show will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with discounted shopping after the fashion show from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Lucy’s and Knoyzz.
Oil Spill Traced to Homeowner
An oil spill in the Saugatuck River Sunday has been traced to a homeowner who had transferred home heating oil from his in-ground tank to his truck, the Westport Police Department said today.
In a news release, police said they had determined that about 40 to 60 gallons of the fuel oil leaked out onto the homeowner’s driveway during the transfer process Saturday night and some of it had seeped into the river.
Police did not identify the homeowner but said police and fire units responded to a call at 471 Riverside Ave. following a report of an oil spill. The Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard were notified.
The DEP called in a private contractor to deal with the cleanup. Police said the incident was still under investigation.
PTA Council Hosts Board of Ed Candidates Forum
The Westport PTA Council today held a forum for Board of Education candidates at Westport Town Hall. Picrured are (l-r) Democrats Marjorie Cio and Donald O’Day; Republicans Robert Chasin, Krista LaFleur, and Jim Marpe. Dianne Wildman, editorial director of Cablevision News-12, was moderator. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Fire and EMS Respond to Fiery I-95 Accident
Westport firefighters and EMS early today responded to a fiery, five-vehicle accident on Interstate-95 in Norwalk that sent 12 persons to area hospitals.
Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said Westport and Norwalk units responded to the accident at 12:16 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-95 between exits 17 and 16. On arrival, the found one vehicle in flames and four others, including a tractor-trailer, damaged.
The driver escaped the vehicle fire without injury, he said.
Ambulances from Westport, Norwalk, Wilton and Darien were mobilized to transport 12 persons to area hospitals, he said.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – International Hospitality Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - PTA Council hosts Board of Education candidates forum
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Assessor’s Revaluation public information session
State Lawmakers Pass Emergency Energy Assistance Bill
State lawmakers today passed an energy assistance bill that would establish a sales tax holiday from Nov. 25 to April 1, 2006, on weatherizing products, energy-efficient home heating equipment and windows.
Meeting in a special session, they set aside an additional $23.8 million to expand a state energy assistance program for needy families.
They also created a new program to reimburse eligible families $50 for energy-saving measures such as tuning up heating equipment or installing water heater blankets, window film or programmable thermostats.
The bill passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. It next moves to Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s desk. Rell has said she supports efforts to combat the rising cost of fuel.
RTM to Consider Creation of Westport’s Third Historic District
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) next month will consider creation of Westport’s third historic district—four houses on Violet Lane off of Myrtle Avenue. It would be the first such district created in 23 years.
Westport’s Violet Lane would be the first historic district in 23 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The designation, which has to be agreed upon by the homeowners, signifies that the geographical area has been singled out for its architectural, historic, cultural or archaeological importance. Property in a historic district is protected from inappropriate change.
The legislative body will hold a “first reading” of the historic district ordinance at its Nov. 1 meeting and act on it at a special Nov. 15 meeting – after the election but before the new RTM takes office.
Violet Lane is a small enclave of homes built on the site of the former Scribner Tannery by Alfred G. Violet in 1928. The Scribners, whose home still stands at 40 Myrtle Ave., employed many Westporters and were one of the area’s earliest and most industrious settlers.
The Westport Soccer Association/HealthNet Tots’ Program has concluded its fall season. More than 125 preschoolers took part in the program. Pictured is Coach Kelvin Mutambo showing future stars of Westport proper trapping techniques. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kevin Manion for WestportNow.com
More than 160 persons were on hand today at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities for the 8th annual Westport/Weston Aging Successfully Conference. They heard a presentation from Dr. Harvey Jay Cohen, director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University, on the “Fears, Myths and Realities of Aging.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for WestportNow.com
Staples Boys Soccer Postponed
The Staples boys soccer game, scheduled for this evening at Brien McMahon High School, has been postponed to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
That gives the Wreckers three away games in three days, in their drive for an FCIAC playoff berth.
“It’s one more obstacle to overcome,” said head coach Dan Woog. “But our guys are focused and ready for anything.
“This group can achieve anything it puts its mind to. The next few days should be very exciting, and we can’t wait to start playing.”
Cleaning Up a Saugatuck River Fuel Spill
Workers prepare to clean up a fuel oil spill in the Saugatuck River today near the Saugatuck Rowing Club. Westport firefighters placed booms in the water prior to the arrival of crews from Connecticut Tank Removal. The Department of Environmental Protection was investigating the origin of the fuel. Westport police said later that they determined that a homeowner had transferred home heating oil from an in-ground tank to his truck Saturday night and about 40 to 60 gallons had leaked on to his driveway, some of which seeped into the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com
Winds and Rain Lash Westport Area
A tree lies across North Avenue near Long Lots Road today as high winds and rain hit the Westport area. Hundreds of Westport homes were darkened by power outages early in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Fire Department Lists Flood-Prone Streets
The Westport Fire Department today issued a reminder to residents that the following streets are subject to flooding:
Pebble Beach Lane
School Board Considers Special Education Compliance
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Board of Education is considering embarking on a third-party review of special education cases to determine if the district complies with all state and federal laws.
The board considered the review during its meeting Monday night, but only discussed the matter and did not take a vote.
The district would hire a firm for $10,000 to work with the state Department of Education to review half of the special education cases. The review would include a written report and presentation to the board.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said there have been concerns expressed by parents that the district does not comply with the laws.
High Winds and Rain Down Trees and Lines
Westport firefighters placed booms in the Saugatuck River today to contain an oil spill of unknown origin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com
Winds gusting up to more than 30 miles per hour downed trees and power lines across Westport today.
The National Weather Service continued a high wind warning for the area as well as a flash flood watch.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said seven Westport customers were without power at 3 p.m., down from more than 300 in the morning.
Trees and wires were reported down on roadways throughout town, disrupting morning traffic and causing local blackouts. Police and fire units were kept busy responding to the calls.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
First Selectman Candidates Meet in Chamber Forum
Westport First Selectman candidates Republican John Izzo (l) and Democrat Gordon Joseloff (r) met in their fifth and final joint appearance tonight in a forum at the Westport Public Library sponsored by the Westport Chamber of Commerce. News-12 anchor Tom Appleby was the moderator. (Editor’s note: Gordon Joseloff is editor of WestportNow.com.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Best Buddies for Make-A-Diffeerence
Westport’s CLASP Homes, a non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities. joined the Best Buddies program at Staples High School this week to participate in Make-A-Difference Day. This year the participants of Best Buddies worked on cleaning up the yard and raking leaves at CLASP’s Weston Road group home, preparing it for the winter. The Staples students are part of the local chapter of the National Best Buddies program which pairs high school students with people with developmental disabilities in the special education program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed Photo
Staples Field Hockey Edges Danbury 2-1
The Staples varsity field hockey team today edged Danbury 2-1 in a game played at Westport’s Ginny Parker Field.
Senior Emma Mersmann (21), dribbles the ball down for an offensive play in today’s Wrecker 2-1 win over Danbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for WestportNow.com
During a half that was dominated by Staples, the Wreckers scored within the last minute of the half on an assist by Blake Orban to junior Lauren Mlynski, leading the half by a score of 1-0.
In the second half, the Danbury Hatters came back to score a goal on a stroke, leaving the game tied, 1-1.
Shortly thereafter, the Wreckers came back and a goal was scored by junion Arianna Gewith with an an assist by freshman Brooke Donovan.
RTM Considering Noise Ordinance
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) is considering changes to the town’s noise ordinance affecting construction start times that would make it similar to ordinances in other communities.
The ordinance change, which was submitted by First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, would not allow construction to start until 9 a.m. on weekends and holidays, an hour later than the current regulations. The 7 a.m. weekday start time would remain unchanged.
The RTM heard a first reading of the proposal earlier this month, and will take action at the RTM’s Nov. 1 meeting.
Moderator Gordon Joseloff, RTM District 8, had submitted a noise ordinance amendment that was more substantial, but withdrew it because he felt the RTM did not have enough time to consider it before the current session ends in November.Page 1069 of 1227 pages
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