Tuesday, September 04, 2007
A driver receives medical attention from Westport firefighters today after his car rear-ended another in front of the Compo Shopping Center on Post Road East. The other car sustained minor damage. The driver was transported to Norwalk Hospital. It was one of several crashes today on Westport roadways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Parks & Rec. Dept. Affirms Continued Turf Field Use
The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said today that continued use of synthetic athletic turf fields in Westport is warranted despite concerns expressed by some that they may adversely affect the health of users.
In a statement, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said: “The Westport Parks and Recreation Department continues to support the installation of synthetic athletic turf as a safe alternative to grass playing fields.
“While we are constantly reviewing all available information on this subject we have seen no evidence that playing on these fields is unsafe. There is ample evidence that these fields perform well, use fewer pesticides and improve playing conditions and athlete safety over the current over-used grass fields.”
McCarthy said the department encourages continued testing of these products to assure the safety of users of these playing fields.
Lending a Hand
Westport fire, police, and EMS personnel assist an injured driver today following a two-car crash at the intersection of the Sherwood Island Connector and Greens Farms Road. The two drivers were taken to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Two Injured in Crash
A two-car crash today on the Sherwood Island Connector and Greens Farms Road sent two drivers to the hospital. There was no word on their conditions. Westport firefighters said both drivers were out of their cars when they arrived on the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Into the Woods
A car traveling northbound on I-95 went off the road shortly before 4 a.m. today near the Hales Road overpass between exits 17 and 18 in Westport. It came to rest up an embankment in heavy brush. Westport firefighters removed one person who was sent to Norwalk Hospital. Using a thermal imaging camera, they helped state police look for other occupants but found none. There was no word on the occupant’s condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s Minteman statute at the entrance to Compo Beach Road took on a Labor Day celebratory air Monday as someone added a colorful necklace to his wardrobe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – P&Z Affordable Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Make A Difference Day Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall - Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse - “Being Alive”
Monday, September 03, 2007
Labor Day Ride
Today’s Labor Day holiday with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s was an ideal day for a bicycle ride along Westport’s Hillspoint Road near Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Labor Day Visitors Crowd Compo
Monday, September 3, 2007
Labor Day: Westport Town Offices and Schools Closed
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Being Alive!”
Saturday, September 01, 2007
A family visiting Westport’s Compo Beach today used a variety of head gear to keep off the sun’s rays. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s on the first day of the Labor Day holiday weekend attracted thousands to area beaches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Landon: Mold Found “Again” at Staples High School
In an unusual holiday weekend e-mail today to parents, Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon disclosed that mold had been found at Staples High School for the second year in a row.
Landon, who has come under parental criticism recently for his handling of mold and other air quality issues at King’s Highway Elementary School, said he was informed this week by Gary Martin, facilities director, that mold had been found in the choral room.
He said a similar problem was found in the same room last year as well as in the school library and auditorium. He said it had been remediated by the School Building Committee, an independent town body which had overseen the school’s recent $78 million renovation and expansion.
No public announcement was made of the initial discovery at mold at the high school, just as there was none when it was found in a portable classroom last summer at King’s Highway.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Little Lane
Westport officials are processing a demolition application for 1 Little Lane at Lyons Plains Road. The Cape Cod-style house, built in 1951, is 2,753 square feet and sits on a one-acre corner property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matloiw for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 1, 2007
noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group II Show
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Being Alive!”
Westport Police Arrest Fairfield Man on Larceny Charge
Westport police, assisted by Fairfield police, today arrested a Fairfield man on attempted larceny charges.
Burr “Chip” Perry, 45, was taken into custody at his home without incident, said Lt. Gorden Hiltz. He was charged with criminal attempt of larceny first-degree.
‘The arrest stems from an ongoing investigation by the Westport Police Detective Division,” Hiltz said without providing details.
A Fairfield newspaper reported earlier this month that Perry was arrested by Fairfield police Aug. 13 following a “spree of terror” in the Southport area that also included an incident in July in Westport.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Feet Up, Fishing and a Few Beers
These fishermen on Westport’s Saugatuck River had a relaxing time today as they put up their feet and had a few beers. Meanwhile, roadways were busy and trains were crowded as people got an early start on the Labor Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Students Do Well in CAPT Tests
UPDATE Westport students performed well in the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) this year, well surpassing state levels and on par with neighboring suburban districts in Wilton and Weston, according to the state Department of Education.
According to data released Thursday, of 10th grade students tested at Staples High School, 96.3 performed at proficiency level or above in math; 97.4 percent were at least proficient in science; 98.4 in reached that level in reading; and 97.9 percent in writing.
In Weston and Wilton the comparable numbers were 98.5 and 96.6 in math; 98.5 and 96.9 in science; 98.0 and 97.2 in reading; and 95.6 and 97.5 in writing.
The state said this year’s test was a new one with changes in content, format, length and scoring and therefore its data cannot be directly compared with the first two versions of the test.
Friday, August 31, 2007
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Friday Fun Films
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Guitar Hero Tournament
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Being Alive!”
Parental Health Concerns Persist at King’s Highway
By Linda Alvkall
UPDATE Although Westport’s King’s Highway Elementary School opened on schedule Wednesday, some parents said today they are still concerned about the health of their children.
The parents expressed their concern at a meeting of the Special Kings’s Highway Elementary School Maintenance Committee in Town Hall.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff appointed the committee in July to investigate parental complaints about air quality at the school. The committee uncovered mold in the school gymnasium and oversaw its remediation.
“I think that what you are hearing among the parents…is that I don’t feel from Nancy (Harris, assistant superientendent) and Elliott (Landon, superintendent of schools) yet that the administration is really willing in a systemic way to validate, you know, the fact that there are air quality issues that need to be followed,” said Lauren Tarshis, a King’s Highway parent and committee member.
Former Westport Teacher Gets 10 Years on Child Porn Charges
A federal judge in New Haven today sentenced retired Westport middle school teacher Paul Held to 10 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.
Paul Held: collected photos of former students. File photo
U.S. District Judge Mark R. Kravitz also ordered Held, 69, to serve a lifetime term of supervised release and pay a fine of $30,000, according to U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor.
When he pleaded guilty last March to one count of receipt of child pornography, federal officials called the former Bedford Middle School art teacher “one of the most prolific collectors of child pornography” ever seen in Connecticut. (See WestportNow March 26, 2007)
During today’s sentencing proceeding, it was also revealed that Held had taken and collected voyeuristic photos of young girls, including his former students, the U.S Attorney’s Office said.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Helping Keep Westport Beautiful
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Members of the Westport Garden Club were out today weeding and clipping bushes and edging at the Westport Public Library helping to keep Westport beautiful. Elena Brynes (l) and Nancy Stewart spent several hours around the library, one of many Westport areas the club helps maintain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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