Monday, March 05, 2007
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Proposed Zoning Regulations Focus on Home Size
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will begin discussions this week on proposed new zoning regulations that would limit the size of residential structures.
The new regulations are available in the Planning and Zoning Department at Town Hall and are scheduled to be placed on the town’s Web site.
The proposed regulations include new limits on height and setbacks, and will be the subject of a commission work session on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. A public workshop on the regulations is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
When town officials hired Avon-based Planimetrics last spring to complete an update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, they also asked the firm to analyze ways to control the size of homes through zoning regulations (See WestportNow April 4, 2006).
Woman’s Club to Hold Tag Sale
The Westport Woman’s Club will hold a tag sale at its Curio Cottage Thrift Shop at 44 Imperial Ave. on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The tag sale will take place in the clubhouse auditorium and will include an expanded selection of furniture, vintage collectibles, china, glassware, house wares, home accessories, artwork, toys and games.
The club will accept “almost new” donations for the tag sale on Wednesday ant Thursday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Westport Woman’s Club will use all proceeds as donations to charitable organizations and social service agencies throughout Fairfield County
Town Receives $5,000 Clean Energy Grant
Westport is among 15 communities that received a $5,000 grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to support small projects that support green energy.
Each of the communities in the state that are part of the 20 percent clean energy by 2010 program received the grant. Also receiving funding were Bloomfield, Canton, Cheshire, Chester, Essex, Hartford, Harwinton, Meriden, Plainville, Salisbury, Stamford, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Woodbridge.
Carl Leaman, Green Energy Task Force chairman, said he’s not sure how the grant will be used, but it could be used for assorted small projects.
The task force, which meets Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall, will begin discussing the matter during its upcoming meeting, he said.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Minard Drive
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 5 Minard Drive, which is in the Saugatuck Shores area. The 1953 house changed hands last June for $812,500. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Temperatures at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park approached 40 degrees on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s today, but they’re expected to dip quickly into the 20s by mid-week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
March 5, 2007
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 321 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Work Session for Town Plan of Conservation &
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: Spotlight on Bridgeport Schools
8 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 301 - Board of Education (live coverage cable 78)
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Accident Ties Up Parkway Traffic
An early evening accident tied up traffic today on the Merritt Parkway between exits 40 and 41 in Westport. The accident just after 5 p.m. involved a van that left the northbound lanes and hit a tree, resulting in injuries. Westport fire and EMS were among emergency services which responded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Arctic Cold Front to Bring Bitter Cold This Week
An Arctic cold front will move through Westport and the tri-state area late Monday afternoon followed by possible record breaking cold Monday night into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said today.
Winds both ahead of and behind the front will be very strong with gusts up to 40 mph from Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning, an advisory said.
These strong winds combined with bitterly cold temperatures will produce wind chill values 5 to 10 degrees below zero with wind chills approaching 15 below possible across the interior lower Hudson Valley and interior portions of southeastern Connecticut from late Monday night into Tuesday morning.
In addition, scattered snow showers will be possible during the evening hours on Monday, especially to the north and west of New York City, the advisory said.
Sunday Afternoon Jazz
There was a full house at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities for today’s performance by the Galvanized Jazz Band, recently recognized as the “Best Jazz Band in the State” by Connecticut Magazine. The event was part of the Sunday Indoor Music Series made possible by a grant from Mimi Levitt and the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for WestportNow.com
Library Event Focuses on Bridgeport Schools
The Westport Public Library will host a “community conversation” Monday at 7:30 p.m. that focuses on Bridgeport’s school system. It is free and open to the public.
Harold Levine: Westporter will moderate discussion. Contributed photo
“Spotlight on Bridgeport Schools—Why Should We Care?” is sponsored by the Smilow Family in conjunction with the Greater Area Bridgeport Foundation, the Fairfield County Community Foundation, the League of Women Voters of Westport, and the Westport-Weston Clergy Association.
Panelists include Dr. John Ramos, superintendent of Bridgeport Schools; Peter Hurst, president of Community’s Bank in Bridgeport; and Marilyn Ondrasik, executive director of the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition.
The discussion will be moderated by Westporter Harold Levine, co-chair of the Music and Art Center for Humanity in Bridgeport and a member of the Library’s Advisory Council.
Spinning for Breast Cancer Research
Many Westporters participated today in SpinOdyssey 2007 at the Fitness and Tennis Club on Westport Avenue in Norwalk, including a large contingent from the Westport Weston Family Y. Almost 500 persons signed up for the event which raised a total of $460,270 for American Cancer Society breast cancer research. Now in its eighth year, SpinOdyssey also raised an additional $14,000 plus for the Whittingham Cancer Center in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
NY Grand Opera Company Performs at Town Hall
The New York Grand Opera Company performed in a benefit concert Saturday night at Westport Town Hall and among the featured performers was Westport’s Lucia Palmieri (4th l.), a soprano. Vincent La Selva (2nd l.), conductor and artistic director, introduced the selections of arias, duets, and ensemble pieces from the world’s most loved operas. The program will be repeated at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Thursday. Pictured are (l-r) pianist Michael Pilafian, La Selva, mezzo-soprano Valeria Girardi, Palmieri, soprano Joanna McIntire, and tenor Jose Antonio Ponce Mendez. A video of Palmieri’s performance is available on YouTube. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Rockin’ at Toquet Hall
Saturday night’s sold out show at Westport’s Toquet Hall teen center featured performances by Atlantic records recording artists Tally Hall (above) with A Sight For Sore Eyes, The Knockouts, Brighton and Ivydrive. Tally Hall, formed in December 2002, is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 4, 2007
1 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - The Galvanized Jazz Band
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Periscope Film Series: “Thelma and Louise”
Jazz Band to Play Senior Center
The Galvanized Jazz Band will perform at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities’ music series.
Doors open at 1 p.m. with refreshments being served at 1:30 p.m.
The band was named “Best Jazz Band in the State” by Connecticut Magazine, and it features a dynamic group of Connecticut musicians devoted to the energetic performance of hot Dixieland, New Orleans jazz, blues and rags.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave. Call (203) 341-5099 for more information.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Westporter Named White House Fellow Regional Finalist
Darin McKeever: 1992 Staples grad helps D.C. youngsters. File photoThe White House has named Westport native Darin M. McKeever, a 1992 Staples High School graduate, one of 107 regional finalists for the White House Fellows Program, the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service.
McKeever, 32, is co-founder and executive director of Heads Up Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides after-school and summer programs for elementary school children in the most underserved neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., where he lives.
A White House announcement said this year’s regional finalists come from 29 states, as well as the District of Columbia. McKeever is one of four who listed a hometown in Connecticut.
During March and April, the finalists participate in a rigorous interview process that will result in approximately 30 candidates being named national finalists.
Near & Far Gala Draws Crowd
Mitchells of Westport Friday night hosted the 13th annual Near & Far Spring Gala which raised money for Southport-based The Near & Far Aid Association, Inc.. The all-volunteer group serves primarily Fairfield County residents in need, including the homeless, the elderly, abused children and families at risk (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Honoring Westport Artist Hardie Gramatky
The Westport Public Libray Friday night held an opening reception to mark the opening of its exhibit of works by the late Westport artist Hardie Gramatky. The exhibit in the Great Hall runs through April 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Linda Gramatky Smith, daughter of the late Westport artist Hardie Gramatky, poses in front of one of her father’s rare oil paitings, East Side Brewery done in 1933. The Westport Public Library Friday night hosted a reception to mark the opening of its exhibit of Gramatky works which features his watercolors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
After heavy rains brought flooding into Westport on Friday, it pushed out and brought the sun and later the moon, including at Burying Hill Beach. Temperatures are expected to reach 50 today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Miller for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 3, 2007
1-4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Game Day
1-1:30 p.m. - Various Locations - Westport Reads: Cellos Around Westport
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - New York City Grand Opera Company
Catching Too Much Air
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Rains moved out of Westport by early afternoon today, but it was still windy enough to bring kite surfers to Compo Beach. One surfer was seperated from his board after one large gust of wind. Temperatures stayed warm today and are expected to approach 50 on Saturday although there is a slight chance of precipitation in the forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mike Guthman for WestportNow.com
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