Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Going Down: 13 Sprucewood Lane
The house at 13 Sprucewood Lane was demolished Monday. The house is off of Long Lots Road near the Fairfield Hunt Club. Neighbor Peter Campbell observed the demolition and said it was the first house torn down on his street. He said his friends owned the house before moving to England. They rented the house out for some time, but then realized they would not return to it, he said. The 1930 house sold in March for $1.1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Getting it Done
Volunteers continued to put the finishing touches today on the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach. The grand opening has been set for Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
New CERT Volunteers Take Oath
Risky Behavior Forum Tonight
Positive Directions will present the Ninth Annual Risky Behavior Forum entitled “Sex and the Suburbs - Growing up in the 21st Century” today at 7:30 p.m. at Westport’s Toquet Hall.
A panel of experts and teens will go beyond the birds and the bees and get real, discussing how adults can help children best meet the challenges of sex and the suburbs, what parents need to know to best communicate with their children and how to have those hard-to-hold conversations that may make a difference.
The forum is open to the public with a suggested $10 donation.
For more information call Positive Directions at (203) 227-7644
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 13 Rockyfield Road
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 13 Rockyfield Road. The home is off of Easton Road in the Coleytown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
School Budget Has $10,000 Surplus
The 2005-06 school budget has a $10,297 surplus despite greater than expected costs in heating fuel, electricity and special education.
The Westport Board of Education reviewed the quarterly financial report, which covers the budget through March, during its meeting Monday night.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Nancy Harris warned the money could be eaten up at any moment, however, because of special education costs.
“I just signed two more purchase orders (for special education tuition) today,” she said.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Donahue and Thomas Sell Westport Property for $25 Million
Longtime Westport celebrity residents Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas have sold their 17-room Green’s Farms mansion with Long Island Sound views for their asking price of $25 million.
Aerial view of the Donahue-Thomas Beachside Avenue property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nicholas H. Fingelly photo
Donahue, 70, and Thomas, 68, put the 7.7 –acre Beachside Avenue property on the market last August. They filed papers Monday recording the sale, according to Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss.
The purchaser of the three adjoining lots at 112, 114, and 116 Beachside Avenue was listed as Evergreen East LLC, Evergreen West, LLC, and Evergreen North, LLC. State records show the principal is Herbert M. Allison Jr., chairman, president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, one of the nation’s largest financial services firms.
Donahue told reporters last summer that he and his actress wife were not leaving Westport but would stay in the neighborhood. (See WestportNow Aug. 16, 2005)
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Budget Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Positive Directions - The Center for Prevention and Recovery, presents panel discussion on “Sex and the Suburbs - Growing Up in the 21st Century”
RTM Approves Selectman’s Budget of $53.7 Million
The Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight unanimously endorsed First Selectman Gordon Joseloff’s proposed $53.7 million budget covering town operations.
The body will consider the recommended Board of Education budget of $96.5 million at its session Tuesday night and then formally vote on the combined town and school requests.
The Board of Finance had recommended Joseloff’s proposed budget as submitted but cut $1 million from the requested Board of Education budget because it said the insurance account was over funded.
In a debate that lasted more than two hours, the RTM, by a vote of 28-5, also approved a request by the Planning and Zoning Commission for a $20,000 appropriation to hire a consultant to study the issue of big houses.
About 100 golfers participated in today’s eighth annual Westport Firefighters Golf Tournament at Longshore Club Park. The fund-raiser benefitted the Connecticut Burn Center and Camp in Union, Conn. Pictured is Tom Fey of Westport trying for a hole-in-one for a $10,000 cash prize. No one managed to do it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Special Education Survey Finds Most Satisfied
The Westport Board of Education tonight received the results of a survey of special education parents, which shows the majority of parents are overall satisfied with the program.
The survey results—which were initially only provided to the school board—will be available on the school Web site starting Tuesday. They are part of a report that is more than 160 pages.
More than 1,000 parents were sent the survey, but 352 of them returned it, which is about 35 percent.
Of those responding 81 percent agreed on some level that they are satisfied with the programs offered by the school system, and 76 percent the programs meet the needs of their children.
Artist Howard Munce Addresses Woman’s Club
Westport artist Howard Munce was guest speaker at today’s monthly luncheon of the Westport Woman’s Club. As active and involved today as ever, he reminisced about his long and colorful career in advertising and freelance illustration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bobbie Herman for WestportNow.com
Westport Artist Alfred D. Willmott Dies at 83
Alfred D. Willmott, a longtime local artist known for his pen-and-ink scenes of Westport he created each year as his Christmas greetings, died, Saturday at home of complications from melanoma, his family said. He was 83.
Alfred Willmott’s illustration of Green’s Farms Station hangs in the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Born in Huntington, N.Y., Willmott attended the Whitney School of Art in New Haven, and studied sculpture with renowned artist Laura Fraser in Westport.
His first published work appeared in Naval Aviation and other service publications.
He produced a steady flow of advertisements for local and national accounts appearing in a wide variety of publications including The Saturday Evening Post, Newsweek, TV Guide, the New York Times Magazine and many industrial trade magazines.
Former Westport Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Offense
A former Westport man pleaded guilty in New Haven federal court today to having a firearm as a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced.
Werner William Janer, 43, who formerly lived on Sturges Highway, was indicted in January by a federal grand jury in Bridgeport. Janer is also known as “J Werner” and “Joseph Leahy.” (See WestportNow Jan. 6, 2006)
Janer entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton who scheduled sentencing for July 21. He faces a maximum imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000, according to U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor.
According to O’Connor, Janer was arrested by Greenwich police in September after purchasing wristwatches at Richard’s of Greenwich with fraudulent credit cards.
Emergency Workers Respond to Landscaping Accident
A landscaping vehicle used to install irrigation pipes overturned today on Morningside Drive South near Clapboard Hill Road. The worker operating the machine refused teatment but was taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport by a fellow worker. Louis Toth, owner of Fairfield’s Aqua Lawn which owns the vehicle, said the man has been with the company 28 years and this was his first such accident. Westport firefighters put down absorbent where fuel and oils had spilled. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Surveying the Scene
Going Down: 122 Bayberry Lane
Shays Community Meeting Saturday
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, will hold a community meeting on Saturday in Westport.
It is scheduled for 2-3:30 p.m. at the Center for Senior Activities on Imperial Avenue.
It is one of 18 community sessions being held throughout the district.
The first one was held on Saturday, and they will run through May 13.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Temple Israel Students Raise Money for Cancer Center
A “Live-2-Dance” “dance-a-thon” was held at Westport’s Temple Israel Sunday to raise money to buy DVD players and DVDs for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Cancer Center in New York. The goal was to raise $2,500. Pictured is the seventh grade class of Cindy Zuckerbrod (back row second from right). Also pictured is youth director Leah Schechter (back row far left). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Allen Bomes for WestportNow.com
Monday, May 1, 2006
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting Budget meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:45 p.m. – Bedford Middle School, Room 130 – anticipated Board of Education executive session
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Compo Playground Has “Soft” Opening
The new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach had a “soft” opening tonight. Organizers had hoped to be finished in time for a dedication ceremony this afternoon, but they ran behind schedule and put off the official opening until next Saturday. Nevertheless, they roped off the unfinished areas tonight and let youngsters give the playground a test run for about an hour, much to their delight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Symposium Follows World Premiere of “Thurgood”
“Thurgood: The Law and the Man,” a Sunday Symposium, was presented today by the Westport Country Playhouse following the world premiere of James Earl Jones in “Thurgood,” based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Symposium guest speaker was Stephen L. Carter, Yale University professor of law, who previously served as a law clerk for Marshall. He said the quality that impressed him the most about Marshall was his ability to relate to people on a human level no matter what disagreements he might have with their views or politics. Symposium moderator was Hyla Crane, Playhouse education director. “Thurgood” continues through May 21. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Full House for “Thurgood” Premiere at Playhouse
The Westport Country Playhouse parking lot was full today for the world permiere of James Earl Jones starring in “Thurgood,” based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Jones won a standing ovation from the afternoon audience. “Thurgood” continues through May 21. For information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or visit www.westportplayhouse.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Walk in the Park
Former Westport tree warden Don Snook explains the trees in Winslow Park today during the Westport Historical Society’s tree walk in the park. About 20 persons took part in the event, one in the Society’s “Destination Westport” series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Checking the Chains
Getting a Helping Hand
A construction volunteer gets a helping hand from another volunteer standing behind him while working on the playground project at Westport’s Compo Beach today. Crews will be working through 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Playground Volunteers Continue Work
Volunteers swarmed through the new playground construction site today at Westport’s Compo Beach. They will be working until 9 p.m., and volunteers are welcome to stop at the site any time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Walking for March of Dimes at Sherwood Island
About 1,000 persons took part in today’s March of Dimes WalkAmerica event at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Last year’s event raised $1.1 million and organizers hoped to top that this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Having Fun at Sherwood Island
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Grace Shattuck, 4, of Fairfield, was among those taking part in today’s March of Dimes WalkAmerica event at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Grace’s mother, Laura, was on the organizing committee for the walk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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