Sunday, March 11, 2007
Out of the Fog
The ice is beginning to break up at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach with the moderating temperatures. Today’s forecast calls for highs in the upper 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 11, 2007
No public events scheduled
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Taking the Plunge
More than 300 persons—including a small group of Staples High School students—participated in today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. The event raised more than $100,000 for the Connecticut Special Olympics. The group of Staples students was part of a large contingent of high school students who participated in the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Preparing for the Plunge
Westport’s firefighters were among the over 300 people who participated in the Penguin Plunge today at Compo Beach. The event, which is held annually each March, raised over $100,000 for the Connecticut Special Olympics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Some of those who participated in today’s Penguin Plunge got into character, including dressing as penguins and other assorted characters of the sea. Over 300 people participated in the event at Westport’s Compo Beach, and they raised over $100,000 for the Connecticut Special Olympics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Braving the Cold Water
Over 300 people—including high school students across the region—participated in today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. The event raised over $100,000 for the Connecticut Special Olympics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
For a Good Cause
Several hundreds persons participated in today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach to raise money for Connecticut’s Special Olympics. The air temperature was in the upper 40s while the water temperature was 34. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A large crowd was on hand for today’s Penguin Plunge to cheer on the more than 300 participants who braved the chilly waters at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Race to the Water
Fun for All Ages
Some participants in today’s Penguin Plunge got under water more than others. The charity event for Special Olympics raised more than $100,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Architect Chosen for Levitt Pavilion Project
Nicholas Goldsmith, senior principal of FTL Design Engineering Studio based in New York City, has been selected to provide schematic designs as the first phase in a plan to replace the existing bandshell and upgrade Westport’s Levitt Pavilion site.
Levitt Pavilion officials said they are planning to update the facility after four decades of wear and tear on the building and add technology advances to the site located behind the Westport Public Library.
The committee in charge of the project conducted a six-month search for an architect, and reviewed proposals from 20 firms. Goldsmith and his firm were chosen based on their history and experience with outdoor performing arts venues, officials said.
FTL has been the project architects for the Pier Six Concert Pavilions in Baltimore, the Boston Harborlights Pavilion and the 21-acre park Olympic Centennial Park for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. The schematic designs are expected to cost $60,000, which the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion will fund, and are expected to be completed by early April.
Ice covered the shores of Westport’s Longshore Sailing School Friday after sub-freezing temperatures most of this week. Today’s forecast calls for warming temperatures in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phylllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 10, 2007
12:45 p.m. - Compo Beach - Penguin Plunge registration
2 p.m. - Compo Beach - Penguin Plunge
2-4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “George Washington Slept Here” tour
7 p.m. - Birchwood Country Club - Music Theatre of Connecticut’s “One Night Only: A Broadway Gala Celebrating 20 Years of MTC”
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Singers & Songwriters: The Roches
Friday, March 09, 2007
No Skating Today
Workers were breaking down the Police Athletic League’s Ice Rink at Longshore today, and the rink has been closed all week. To prepare for spring, workers are shoveling dirt onto the ice to melt it. The dirt helps speed the melting process by a week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
School Officials Face Federal Civil Rights Case
A Westport family has filed a federal civil rights case against the Westport school district and the town claiming racial discrimination and denial of needed special education services.
Carla Karlen has filed the case on behalf of her two children against the town, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, Pupil Services Director Cynthia Gilchrist and former Coleytown Elementary School Principal Kaye May.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today he had no comment on the case.
The court papers, which were filed today in Town Hall, state that Karlen is African American, her spouse is Caucasian and her children are biracial, and one child has a number of learning disabilities inlcuding Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Auditory Integration Disorder and Erlin Syndrome.
Town Plan Won’t Include Family Y Move
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is not planning to weigh in specifically on the Westport Weston Family Y’s decision to move its facility from downtown to Camp Mahackeno in the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
During a discussion on the town plan update during a work session Thursday night, most members of the commission said they were not in favor of mentioning the organization specifically, but they were in favor of talking about the need of certain types of organizations to be downtown and in the Saugatuck area.
Commission Co-Chairwoman Eleanor Lowenstein asked the commission’s members if they wanted to comment on the Y issue because of a discussion that came up during the last meeting on the town plan Monday night.
“It’s silly to try to resolve it in the town plan,” said Bruce Kasanoff, a commission member. “The timing is wrong.”
Historical Society Sponsors George Washington Tour
The Westport Historical Society will celebrate George Washington’s 275th birthday with a tour of places he visited on Saturday at 2-4 p.m.
The tour is called “George Washington Slept Here” and will be led by Barbara and Allen Raymond. Allen Raymond is the town historian.
The tour follows the route of the original King’s Highway, which is still marked with Benjamen Franklin’s milestones. It will conclude with a visit to the Rising Sun Tavern and Burr Mansion in Fairfield with Walter Matis of the Fairfield Historical Society.
There will be refreshments, and the tour costs $13 for society members and $4 for children.
P&Z Reviews House Regulations Proposal
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public workshop next week on proposed house size regulations, but Thursday night it reviewed the changes and considered potential problems with them.
The proposed changes are on the town’s Web site, and a second, updated version will be placed on the Web site by Monday. The workshop will be held on March 15 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
Glenn Chalder, Planimetrics consultant who is helping craft the regulations in addition to working on updating the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, thinks some of the biggest concerns residents will have over the proposal is the changes in coverage.
Tennis courts will count as 100 percent coverage, he said, and walkways, which are currently exempt in many cases, will also count as coverage.
Friday, March 9, 2007
8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Composers Project: Derek Bermel & The Lark Quartet
P&Z To Work on Historic Property Regulations
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is taking steps to help residents preserve historic properties in response to recent events over 113 Cross Highway, which was the site of Westport’s first filling station.
The Zoning Board of Appeals recently approved a part of a plan to restore the accessory buildings at the property, and since then the owners have applied to demolish the property (See WestportNow March 6).
Tonight the Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to start a subcommittee to draft regulations to assist people in preserving historic properties.
“(The ZBA) can’t vary what’s not there (in the regulations), so we need to do something without destroying our residential area,” said Eleanor Lowenstein, commission co-chairwoman.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Former Westport Resident Sentenced on Federal Charges
A former Westport resident and real estate executive was sentenced today in New Haven federal court to three months in a federal prison and three years of a supervised release for tax evasion.
Wade Shavell: former real estate broker gets three months in prison. File photo
Wade Shavell, 45, who now lives in Palm Beach, Fla., was also ordered to spend three months of his probation confined to his home, perform 120 hours of community service and pay a $100,000 fine by U.S. District Judge Mark Kravitz, who presided over the case. Shavell pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion last September (See WestportNow Sept. 15).
The judge could have sentenced Shavell from 12 to 18 months in prison, but chose a lesser standard because of an “extraordinary physical impairment,” officials said. He is to report to a facility, which has not been named yet, on April 30.
According to documents filed with the court, while living in Westport Shavell incurred significant capital gains as a result of the sale of his real estate company in 1999 to Coldwell Banker. He also maintained a condominium in Florida, federal officials said.
Senior Center Remains Open Despite Road Work
The Westport Center for Senior Activities will continue to run as normal during the week of March 12 despite major road and utility construction on Imperial Avenue.
A portion of Imperial Avenue has been closed to traffic due to construction on Connecticut Light and Power’s project to bury a 340-kilovolt power line from Middletown to Norwalk.
Police will be on Imperial Avenue to help direct traffic, including to the senior center.
Construction is expected to conclude on Imperial Avenue around March 23.
For more information on access to the center, call (203) 341-5099.Page 1283 of 1651 pages
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