Monday, October 10, 2005
Bridgeport Mayor Guest Speaker at Tuesday Rotary Meeting
Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi: Rotary guest Tuesday. Contributed photoBridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi will be guest speaker Tuesday at the weekly luncheon of the Westport Rotary Club. The 12: 15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. event at the Inn at Longshore is open to the public.
A lifelong Bridgeport resident, Fabrizi has devoted his life to public service. Prior to assuming his mayoral responsibilities, he served 11 years as assistant director of Bridgeport’s adult education program and an additional 14 years teaching fifth and sixth graders.
He began his political career in 1983 when he became the employee-elected representative to the Bridgeport Civil Service Commission. He served that organization for 14 years, nine as its president.
In 1997, he successfully ran for Bridgeport City Council as a representative of the city’s North End and was voted president of the legislative body shortly thereafter.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Talking Transportation: Try Transit…Again
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Metro-North has become a victim of its own success.
On top of a 4 percent annual growth in ridership year to date, recent spikes in gas prices have attracted even more riders to “try transit.” The problem is, they often don’t like the experience and head back to their cars.
So how can we persuade car commuters to make a more permanent commitment to mass transit? Here are a few ideas:
1. Declare A Transportation Emergency: As hurricanes Katrina and Rita have shown us, we’re only one natural disaster away from economic ruin. Gov. M. Jodi Rell should declare a gas crisis state of emergency and embrace President Bush’s call for reduced driving. We need to make single-occupancy driving socially unacceptable and cast transit users as the true patriots.
Monday, Oct. 10, 2005
8 p.m. - Bedford Middle School Cafeteria - Board of Education
PAL Football: 8th Grade North Bows to Fairfield 16-8
Playing on home turf, Matt Kelly of Westport’s 8th Grade North, with assists from Brian Turkel, Cameron Ventling, Jason Gandelman and Tom Wippick, leads a tackle in today’s 16-8 hard fought loss to Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
“Yesterday’s Toyland” Opens at Historical Society
The Westport Historical Society today held an opening reception for its “Yesterday’s Toyland” exhibit. The display takes a nostalgic look at the toys and games enjoyed by children from the Victorian era through the 1940s when television changed family entertainment forever. Pictured are Mollie Donovan and Wally Woods with Ellen Naftalin, co-curator of the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples Teacher Hosts Puppet Workshop
Joseph Zeighan, Staples High art teacher and technical director of Staples Players, hosted a puppet workshop for parents and students participating in Staples Players’ November production of “Children of Eden.” The show, written by Stephen Schwartz, composer of Broadway’s “Wicked,” is the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and Noah and his Ark. The family show will feature 40 intricate animal puppets constructed by students, parents and faculty—a project led by Zeighan. Pictured (l-r) are Zeighan, students Rachel Ritter, Julie Taylor and Alex Laska and Players parent Allison Angus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
League of Women Voters Hosts First Selectman Debate
The Westport League of Women Voters today hosted a debate for the first selectman candidates at Westport Town Hall. Democrat Gordon Joseloff (l) and Republican John Izzo chat before the event began. The group will host two other debates for candidates for other offices on the next two Sundays. Today’s debate aired live on cable channel 79 and will be repeated nightly this week (except for Tuesday) at 8 p.m. (Editor’s note: Gordon Joseloff is editor of WestportNow.com.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005
3 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - League of Women Voters first selectman debate (cable coverage channel 79)
3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening reception “Yesterday’s Toyland”
Just a Drill
Visitors to today’s Westport Fire Department open house got a chance to watch firefighters conduct a drill simulating extrication of a driver following an accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Behind the Wheel
Love vs. Leukemia: In Search of Westporter’s Miracle Match
Westporters Sunday will have a chance to participate in a search for a bone marrow match that might give a Westport woman and her new husband a chance at living happily ever after.
Tali and Kevin: Fighting to overcome her leukemia. Contributed photo
Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, will host a bone marrow registry in search of an appropriate match for Tali Zeevi Trager, 32, daughter of Nava and Yekutiel Zeevi of Westport, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Israeli-born Trager has leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.
She and her husband Kevin, 35, of West Hartford, were recently married in a private ceremony after her illness forced the cancellation of their long planned larger event.
Blumenthal to Land Trust: “You Are Doing God’s Work”
The Aspetuck Land Trust today dedicated the 22-acre Caryl and Edna Haskins Nature Preserve on Westport’s Green Acre Lane off Compo Road South. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was among dignitaries on hand. He praised the Trust for its efforts, saying: “Open space in Connecticut is in danger. You are doing God’s work.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com
Dedicated to Preserving Open Space
Westporter Roy Dickinson poses with his wife Betsy at today’s dedication of the Haskins Nature Preserve on Westport’s Green Acre Lane. Dickinson serves as secretary of the Aspetuck Land Trust and played a key role in the Trust’s purchase and clearing of the property. Today he even donned an orange vest to help with visitor parking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com
Close Call on North Avenue
A teenage female driver escaped serious injury today when her car went through a fence and flipped over in the area of 195 North Ave. in Westport. The roadway was slick at the time from the heavy rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
Make a Difference Day Celebrates 10 Years
By Jennifer Connic
What started as a day to promote volunteerism 10 years ago has evolved to a week-long community mainstay.
Westport’s Make a Difference Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary Oct. 16-23 with a variety of projects.
So far there are 30 projects planned, but Barbara Pearson-Rac, Make a Difference Day Committee chairwoman, said more projects are in the works.
Included is a used sports equipment drive at Town Hall and Olympia Sports, a new sock drive at Assumption Church, a beautification project by the Westport Garden Club and a computer collection at Town Hall.
Staples Boys Soccer Postponed
The Staples High School boys’ soccer game scheduled for today at Ridgefield has postponed, to a date to be determined.
The Wreckers, now 4-2-2, are next in action on Tuesday, when they host Westhill (3:45 p.m.) in a crucial FCIAC encounter.
NY Times: WN “Gold Standard” for CT News and Info Blogs
Sunday’s New York Times Connecticut section, in a front page story, calls WestportNow the “gold standard” for news and information blogs in the state.
“WestportNow.com has become the gold standard in Connecticut for blogs that focus on news and information,” the Times said.
It also highlighted a blog about knitting by Westporter (and WestportNow contributing photographer) Jennifer Jackson.
Today’s WestportNow Teardown: 16 Ellery Lane
Friday, October 07, 2005
Editor’s Note: WN Comments Now Require Real Names
WestportNow has long pondered whether to require registration to comment.
While anonymous comments have often led to lively discussions, they have also allowed users to say things they otherwise would not say if they had to use a real name.
It has always been my hope to promote meaningful dialogue through WestportNow, not to provide a platform for anonymous sniping and personal attacks. Recent postings have convinced me it’s time to change.
To that end, effective immediately, we have implemented a registration system. Users must supply a real name, real e-mail address, and a telephone number for verification purposes. Go to the top of the right-hand column to register.
Saturday, Oct 8, 2005
10 a.m. - 3 p..m. - Westport Fire Department, 515 Post Road East - Open House
11 a.m. - Green Acre Lane - Aspetuck Land Trust dedicates Caryl and Edna Haskins Nature Preserve
Senior Lonson Becker advances the ball during tonight’s Wrecker 13-0 victory over Trumbull at Trumbull. The Staples win included six interceptions, three by Brian Levine, two by R. J. Marsilio and one by Matt DiCeare. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Cheering in the Rain
The Staples cheerleaders didn’‘t let a little rain dampen thier enthusiasm during tonight’s 13-0 Staples win over Trumbull at Trumbull. The Wreckers advanced to 4-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Save the Children Launches New Hurricane Campaign
Westport’s Save the Children today launched a multi-media public service announcement campaign, featuring Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field and the song “Imagine” by the late John Lennon, to call attention to the agency’s efforts to assist thousands of Gulf Coast children forced from their homes by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The ads are being distributed on the weekend of the late John Lennon’s 65th birthday.
Focusing on the need for additional long-term support to assist children whose lives have been uprooted by the two hurricanes, the PSAs ask Americans to “imagine” a better world for displaced children and then asks Americans to take action to assist the children.
The campaign also urges Americans to help create a better future for all U.S. children in need, especially those living in poor, isolated communities in rural regions throughout the United States. Save the Children operates literacy and nutrition programs in more than 90 of the nation’s poorest rural communities throughout the United States.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
“Yesterday’s Toyland” Opens Sunday at Historical Society
A trip down memory lane is in store as “Yesterday’s Toyland” opens Sunday at the Westport Historical Society. It runs through Jan. 14.
Memory lane: “Yesterday’s Toyland” exhibit features toys from the Victorian era through the 1940s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
The exhibit features vintage toys and dolls from the Victorian era through the 1940s when television changed family entertainment forever.
Children can visit a hands-on Yesterday’s Playroom, where they can play with reproductions of toys on view and to dress up in colorful reproductions of the vintage children’s clothing on display, an announcement said.
Exhibit curators Ellen Naftalin and Elise Meyer researched and met with more than 25 collectors to gather items for the event.
Friday, Oct. 7, 2005
7 p.m. Trumbull (McDougal Field) - Staples football vs Trumbull
Community Gardens Security Addressed
By Jennifer Connic
Town officials outlined security measures to address parents’ concerns about community gardeners near Long Lots Elementary School during a Westport Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing tonight.
Ann GIll: “Maybe the gardeners should be the ones who are paranoid. Maybe they’ll come take our tomatoes.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
The commission is considering a plan to place the community gardens on the western side of the former Jaeger property adjacent to Long Lots. The plan features 30 plots.
Also, the plan calls for workers to dig out two feet worth of dirt to be tested and replaced if contaminated.
The commission did not vote on the plan tonight, and will do so during its work session on Oct. 27.
Westport Property Transfers Sept. 26-30, 2005
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 26-30, 2005
Michael J. and Christian H. Suppan to William F. Wechsler and Helaine S. Klasky, 2 Garden Lane, $1,182,000
Michael K. and Julie B. Naughton to John C. and Cynthia Lee Sorensen, 8 Highwood Road, $1,425,000
Elizabeth J. Jordan to Mary Frances Bishop, 28 Long Lots Road, $908,000
James R. Ryan to Suzanne Warner Raboy, Unit 35 Strathmore Lane, $465,000
Staples Boys Soccer Stops Wilton
The Staples boys soccer team’s new defensive alignment paid dividends at Albie Loeffler Field today.
Eric Meyer (white) bursts through the Wilton defense, in Staples’ 3-0 win today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Melanie Nagle for WestportNow.com
With Colin Nangle anchoring the defense—and scoring the first goal on a free kick—the Wreckers topped Wilton 3-0. Justin Rodriguez got the other two goals off the bench, on assists from Matt Lamb and Greg Bachman.
All three goals came in the second half, after excellent Wilton goalkeeping kept Lamb, Brendon Cristobal, Keaton Cristobal and Preston Hirten from scoring in the first 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, Nangle led the defensive corps of Tyler Ross, Brian Carpenter, Ben King and Nicky Hoberman.Page 1073 of 1226 pages
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