Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Landon Supports National Education Standards
Elliott Landon: Suports mandatory national education standards. WN file photoBy Jennifer Connic
U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., has proposed voluntary, national educational standards, but Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said he thinks the standards should be mandatory.
After five years, the U.S. Congress is planning to review the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Dodd is the co-sponsor of the Standards to Provide Educational Achievement for Kids Act with Sen. Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich., and it would provide incentives to states who adopt national standards in math and science.
“Math and science skills are essential to establish and maintain academic competitiveness on the global landscape,” Dodd said in a written statement. “American students should have the same opportunities to learn and achieve success whether they study in large schools or small, or live in Connecticut or California.”
Budget Deficit Could Mean Spending Freeze
If a deficit in the school budget were to continue, Westport school officials would need to freeze accounts or ask for a special appropriation.
The Westport Board of Education discussed how there is a $171,000 deficit in the 2006-07 school budget during its meeting Tuesday night.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said last week that the deficit is not a real problem at this point (See WestportNow Jan. 14).
Assistant Superintendent for Business Nancy Harris said Tuesday night a lot can happen with a number of accounts that would affect if there is a budget shortfall at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.
Winter’s Chill in the Air
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7 p.m. - Westport-Weston Family Y - Mahackeno Forum
7 p.m. - Seabury Center - Anthony Rapp
School Board Discusses Instructional Technology
The Westport Board of Education discussed the proposed $2.5 million technology budget during its discussions on the proposed 2007-08 school budget tonight.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has proposed an $89.2 million 2007-08 budget, which is a 8.8 percent, or $7.2 million, increase over the current budget.
The technology budget would include $1.9 million in instructional technology including an increase in 30 Smart Boards throughout the district.
Smart Boards are interactive whiteboards that allow teachers to project a computer or video presentation.
Parents Seek Reconsideration on School Calendar
Westport parents asked the Board of Education tonight to reconsider its vote on the school calendar for the next two years because they did not know the matter was on the Jan. 8 agenda.
Board of Education Chairwoman Mary Parmelee, however, said she is not inclined to bring the matter back.
At the Jan. 8 meeting, the board voted to start school for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 years on the Wednesday before Labor Day. The school year the last few years has started on the Tuesday following Labor Day.
Nancy Yates, a Silver Brook Road parent, tonight submitted 60 e-mails she received since 11 p.m. Monday night from parents who did not know the matter was on the Jan. 8 agenda for a vote.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Merritt Accident Ties Up Traffic
Westport EMS was among the emergency services which responded this afternoon to an accident on the Merritt Parkway between Exit 40 and 41 on the southbound side of the highway. The accident was near the Newtown Turnpike overpass. Emergency officials did not have immediate information on the cause of the accident or the status of the people riding in the vehicles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Temperatures were around 50 degrees this morning, but they quickly dipped down into the 30s in Westport, including at Compo Beach. Temperatures are expected to stay colder with a chance of snow on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 29 Compo Beach Road
Workers demolished the house at 29 Compo Beach Road in Westport today. The 1923 house was on one-third of an acre of land and sold in December for $1.3 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Hosting “Selected Shorts”
Isaiah Sheffer: Reading short fiction at the playhouse. Contributed photoWestport Country Playhouse artistic director Tazewell Thompson, actor John Shea and National Public Radio host Isaiah Sheffer will be the featured readers at the next edition of “Selected Shorts” at the playhouse on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
“Selected Shorts”—which is sponsored by the Westport Arts Center and the playhouse—features readings of short fiction that will be taped for a future NPR broadcast. The program is heard locally on Saturdays at 3 p.m. on WSHU (FM 91.1).
Thompson will read “The Sermon in the Guava Tree” by Kiran Desai, John Shea will read “Other Persons” by Juan Jose Millas and Isaiah Sheffer will lend his voice to “Man Goes to See a Doctor“ by Adam Gopnik.
Tickets to “Selected Shorts” are $15, $20 and $25. Tickets are available at the Westport Arts Center and Westport Country Playhouse.
For more information, call the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org, or call Westport Country Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, or visit www.westportplayhouse.org.
“Rent” Actor Appearing in Westport
Anthony Rapp: Speaking about his experiences in “Rent.” Contributed photoThe actor who first played Mark in the Broadway play “Rent” will speak and sign books on Wednesday in Westport.
Anthony Rapp will appear at the Seabury Center at 7 p.m. and is presented by the Center Stage Theatre Company.
He will speaking and signing copies of his new book “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical ‘Rent.’”
Rapp—who has appeared in a number of movies and television shows—was the original actor to play Mark Cohen in “Rent” and was with the production for its off-Broadway, Broadway, Chicago and London performances. He also played the same role in the 2005 film version of the movie.
Reservations are required. To make a reservation or for more information, call (203) 341-9659.
Woog to Speak Friday
Dan Woog: Speaking at the Senior Center. Contributed photoWestport columnist, author and boys soccer coach Dan Woog will speak at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Friday at 1:15 p.m.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the center’s “Know Your Neighbors” series.
Woog, a native Westporter, began writing for the Westport News in 1969, when he was in 10th grade, covering Staples High School activities and sports. For the past 20 years, his column, “Woog’s World,” has appeared every Friday in the newspaper.
In addition, his articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and USA Today. He is the author of 13 books, including “Staples High School: 120 Years of A+ Education.”
Woog has spent almost 25 years at Staples High School in various capacities and currently is the varsity boys soccer coach.
For more information, call (203) 341-5098.
Bus to Leave from Westport for Tonight’s Broadwater Hearing
Opponents of a proposal to build a liquid natural gas facility in Long Island Sound have arranged for a bus from Westport to take residents to tonight’s public hearing on the issue in Branford.
Those taking the bus will be able to attend a 6 p.m. rally and 7 p.m. final public hearing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) makes its decision on Shell’s proposal to build the storage facility.
The rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Branford High School Auditorium, 185 East Main St. The hearing is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m.
Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, is offering free roundtrip bus transportation from Westport. The bus departs at 4:15 p.m from the commuter parking lot off exit 18 of I-95 and will depart Branford at 9:30 p.m. for the return trip.
Climbing in the Rain
The rain didn’t keep children away from Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday as schools were off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The rain is supposed to end by today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Code Enforcement Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss: “Behind the Scenes”
4:15 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Art Factory Winter 2007 Workshop Series
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Information Technology Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District - Public hearing on proposed 2007-08 budget
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Talking Transportation: Value Pricing Our Highways
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Tired of sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic on I-95 and the Merritt? Well, esteemed economist Milton Friedman has the answer.
Almost a decade ago, Friedman realized that traffic congestion was just a matter of supply and demand: too much demand and not enough supply.While some have suggested expanding the supply of roadways by double-decking I-95 or widening the Merritt Parkway, a simpler (and less costly) solution seems to be in managing the demand using “value pricing.”
Today, when we drive on highways at rush hour it costs us no more than if we drive off-peak. That is wrong. The value derived from being able to cruise (or crawl) on I-95 in morning rush hour is much higher, and should be priced accordingly.
Consider the other services we consume that offer off-peak pricing. Go to a movie on a Saturday night and you’ll pay more than on a weekday afternoon. Take a flight on a busy holiday weekend, when everyone else wants to fly, and you’ll pay more. Even Metro-North offers peak and off-peak (reduced) fares. So too should our highways.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Westport Property Transfers Jan. 1-5, 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 1-5, 2007:
Daniel D. and Dana Klein to Alexander T. and Lisa Setten, 27 Reichert Circle, $650,000
Fairport Development LLC to Benanav Family Trust, 11 Poplar Plains Road, $865,000
Katherina L. Mard aka Katherina L. Spedero to Ryan and Jennifer Driscoll, 11 High St., $631,000
Andrew and Catherine Hardy to Bernard P. Roesch and Dorothy E. Curran, 36 Cross Highway, $1,425,000
Family Y Sets Wednesday Forum on Mahackeno
The Westport Weston Family Y will present a forum on the future of the Family Y on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Bedford Room of its facility at 59 Post Road East.
The event will provide an opportunity for the Family Y to share with its members, and the Westport and Weston communities at large, its plans to build a new facility on its 32-acre property at Mahackeno, a news release said. It will also offer attendees a chance to inquire about the project.
The Family Y is currently in the permitting process for the new facility and last month announced that it has negotiated the sale of its existing facility to local developers but will remain in the building for three to five years. (See WestportNow Dec. 12, 2006)
“Through this process, we are learning that there are a lot of questions about the future of the Family Y, and, in fact, some misinformation that we’d like to correct,” said Family Y CEO Helene Weir. “We decided to invite all interested parties to come in and learn first hand what we’re planning, and to share their thoughts and concerns with us.”
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
Rachel Wolfe, 6, (l) and Mae Fleischman, 5, work on crafts at the Westport Historical Society today. The society sponsored a kids’ activity day with children ages 5 through 11, who were off from school today, to work on a number of crafts commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Included in the crafts were freedom badges. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Levitt Pavilion Sponsors “Midnight in Marrakech”
The Friends of the Levitt Pavilion group has sent out 2,000 invitations to its Feb. 9 fund-raiser.
The “Midnight in Marrakech” event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Westport’s Inn at Longshore.
Soul Street, a New York City dance band, will perform.
The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a dinner buffet, live and silent auctions.
For more information or tickets, call (203) 226-7600 or visit www.levittpavilion.com.
Library to Show “Glory” in Periscope Series
Library showing “Glory” Thursday. Contributed photoThe Westport Public Library will show the film “Glory” on Sunday at 2 p.m. in its Periscope Film Series.
The film depicts the role of black soldiers during the Civil War and won three Academy Awards, including best supporting actor for Denzel Washington.
Martin Haas, Adelphi University History Department chairman, will introduce the film and lead a discussion about it following the showing.
The Periscope Film Series looks at how defining events in American history shaped and changed Hollywood films. The series will continue with “Born on the Fourth of July” on Feb. 4 and “Thelma and Louise” on March 4.
The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
Staples Football Team Honors Departing Seniors
Westport’s Staples High School held its annual football team banquet Sunday night with former Staples star quarterback Mac DeVito as the guest speaker. DeVito, a 1998 Staples grad, went on to become a star player at Temple University. The event, at Norwalk’s Continental Manor, honored departing senior players, cheerleaders and their families. DeVito’s father, Dan, is to his son’s left with Coach Marce Petroccio. Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Another Rainy Day
Monday, Jan. 15, 2007
Town Hall Closed
Westport Schools Closed
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Workshops: Imagination Illustrations
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Side by Side for 35 Years
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“Appetizers to Desserts,” piano duets performed by Fairfield County residents Sandra Shaw Murphy (l) and Rita Lapcevic, delighted an audience of more than 100 today at the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room. The two performers, who have have played together for more than 35 years, presented a program that ranged from Moszkowski to Mozart to J. Brahms to Bizet and more. They finished up with Cole Porter and an encore from LeRoy Anderson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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