Thursday, October 06, 2005
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.
Hands On Learning
Westport’s Greens Farms Academy is in the midst of an $11 million expansion project to add new environmental science and performing arts classrooms to the Upper School. Two juniors, Allegra Staples of Norwalk and Collin Osgood of Darien, took advantage of the construction site to do some soil testing for their environmental science class. Phase One of the construction is set for completion in the summer of 2006. Phase Two, adding more classrooms to both the Middle and Upper Schools, is scheduled to begin next summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples Football Star Joining Marines
Pat Scott, who helped lead the Staples High School football team to the Class L state championship last season, has decided to join the U.S. Marines so he can help fight in the war against terrorism, according to today’s The Hour of Norwalk. Scott, shown earlier this year with Coach Marce Petroccio at a team banquet, reportedly told Petroccio: “Coach, I’m going to the Marines. That’s what I always wanted and that’s what I’m doing. ” He reports to Parris Island, S.C. Oct. 23 to begin basic training, the newspaper said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples Principal Meeting With Seniors
Staples High School Principal John Dodig wants to make his school better and is asking senior class members to help.
In a posting on the school Web site, Dodig said beginning this month he will be inviting 20 seniors to his conference room on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. for a 15-minute meeting.
Invitations will go out by e-mail, he said, adding. “By the winter holiday break I should be able to meet all of you in this small setting.”
Dodig told seniors: “My only goal is to hear from you directly, and to gather information on ways to make Staples even better than it is now for those to follow this class. You will be given a pass to return to class.”
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005
4 p.m.. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning and Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Finance, Public Protection and Employee Compensation Committees
Not Having a Good Day
Human Services Department Offers Training
The Westport Human Services Department will offer an emergency preparedness workshop for licensed professionals and emergency first responders.
“Psychological Trauma: Practical Theory and Skills” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday in Town Hall.
The Human Services Department is co-sponsoring the event with the Wilton Department of Social Services.
Katherine E.B. Davis and Leslie Weiss, PhD. will be the presenters. They both are experts in various subjects related to trauma disorders including EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitization and Reprocessing), which they teach in workshops and seminars around the country.
Superintendent Opposes Community Gardens
By Jennifer Connic
The project to reintroduce the Westport Community Gardens has found opposition from its neighbors—school officials and Long Lots Elementary parents.
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will review a plan for the gardens during its public hearing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Town Hall.
The plan is to place the gardens on the former Jaeger property, which is adjacent to Long Lots Elementary School.
The gardens would have 30 plots on the western side of the property just south of the new parking lot.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Staples Field Hockey Defeats Fairfield Ludlowe 1-0
The Staples Field Hockey team defeated Fairfield Ludlowe 1-0 at home Monday. Pictured is Katie Baxter (1), senior tri-captain, preparing to slam an unassisted goal into the net in the second quarter. The Wreckers are now 6-2 on the season. The next game is today at 3:45 p.m against a tough Darien team on Ginny Parker Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wnykoop for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
3 p.m. – Town Hall Lobby – Beautification Committee Awards Ceremony
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood and Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Public Hearing
Some Flu Vaccine Available, More On The Way
By Jennifer Connic
There will be enough flu vaccine at the Westport-Weston Health District this year, but it remains unclear when the doses will arrive.
Westport-Weston Health District Director Sue Jacozzi said there are 400 doses of the shot, but another 1,800 still have not arrived.
“We will get them, but we don’t know when,” she said. “We don’t understand why this is happening.”
District officials hope to have all of the doses by the end of November, she said.
Westport Community Theater Celebrates 50 Years
The Westport Community Theater is celebrating its golden anniversary this season.
Its first production—“That Championship Season,” a Pulitzer Prize and Best Play Tony award-winning play by Jason Miller—will wrap up this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The anniversary season will feature five of its most popular plays over the past 50 years from the community theater.
The second production is “Charley’s Aunt” to be followed by “Play it Again, Sam” and “Separate Tables.” The final production of the season is the musical “Cinderella” in late spring.
Volunteers Needed for Sunday, Oct. 16 Cancer Walk
The American Cancer Society has issued a call for volunteers to help with its “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” five-mile walk Sunday, Oct. 16 at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m. Last year, almost 4,000 walkers participated in the walk, Fairfield County’s single largest breast cancer walking event.
The Westport event raised $500,000 for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and community services that benefit area breast cancer patients and their families, the charity said.
Volunteers are needed to greet walkers, cheer them on, help with registration, parking, logistics, and clean up, an announcement said.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Norport Drive
A demolition permit has been issued for a house at 3 Norport Drive in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. The house sold in April for $705,000. The sign is on a neighbor’s property. (See WestportNow June 10, 2005) Update: the house was demolished Wednesday morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fire Department Babysitter Class Still Has Openings
The Westport Fire Department said today that there are still openings in its babysitter class which begins Wednesday and runs for four weeks.
The 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. class will be held at fire headquarters, 515 Post Road East. The cost is $20. To register, call Carol Underhill at (203)341-5020.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Fire Department to Host Open House Saturday
The Westport Fire Department will host an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its headquarters, 515 Post Road East.
“This is an exciting time to come meet the firefighters and have fun learning to be safe,” an announcement said.
There will be several hands-on displays and demonstrations throughout the day.
Some of the activities include an escape ladder, jaws-of-life and rescue air bags, extrication demonstartions, children’s photographs on an antique engine, a hands-on “hose squirt,” and Connecticut Light and Power Co.‘s “live wire” demonstration.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Movie Tuesdays” presents “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds”
Letter to the Editor: Pascagoula Better Off Thanks to Westport
(Editor’s note: Due to the nature of the following letter it is being published here as well as on the letters page.)
To the Editor:
Residents of Pascagoula, Miss., are better off today because of the help they received over the weekend in the form of a truck full of cleaning supplies, food, toys, books, backpacks and school supplies from Westport residents.
Westporters in Pascagoula: Pictured are (l-r) Officer Flor Olivares, Firefighter Neil Perrotti, Betty Goodgame (mother of Westporter Dan Goodgame), Dan Smith (a local high school history teacher who took the Westporters around), Officer Laurie Huzina, and Firefighter Brian Meandows. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Two Westport firemen, Brian Meadows and Neil Perrotti, drove a large rental truck, full of boxes packed like sardines, for two full days to the Gulf Coast town that was severely hammered by Hurricane Katrina.
The truck, paid for by the firefighters union, was escorted by Westport police officers Flor Olivares and Laurie Huzina, who were driving an official police vehicle which would bring the four back to Westport. What they saw when they arrived made them want to stay an extra day, which they did, to do whatever they could to help Pascagoulans start over.
A Pascagoula High School history teacher took the crew on a tour of the town, down by the shipyard and over to the beach where massive old oak trees and majestic Southern homes with wrap-around porches and gingerbread trim were crushed like bugs.
P&Z Looks to Inform Public on Zoning Changes
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Planning and Zoning Department staff will issue press releases when there is a zoning regulation change as a response to comments made by the Representative Town Meeting during the summer.
Residents had appealed a zoning regulation change to the RTM in August because they said they were not given enough notice on the change. While a majority of the RTM voted to overturn the regulation, it did not muster the number of votes—two-thirds of the entire RTM—necessary to actually force the regulation back to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the staff does not send specific mailings on zoning regulation changes because they don’t know what properties would be affected.
“We don’t know what neighborhood will be affected until they ask for something to be rezoned,” he said.
Former U.S. Diplomat Addresses Temple Israel Sunday
Dennis Ross: Sunday speaker. Contributed photoFormer U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross, who had a key role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, will speak at Westport’s Temple Israel Sunday.
The 7 p.m. Tzedakah Lecture is an annual event which brings nationally recognized speakers to the community to raise money for the area’s neediest families, an announcement said.
A highly skilled diplomat, Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
In addition to being instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement, he successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together.
Town Clerk Issues Two Civil Union Licenses
Westport Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said today she issued two civil union licenses Saturday, the first day a new Connecticut law authorizing them went into effect.
“I was more than happy to be able to participate implementing this historic law,” Strauss said.
Connecticut Saturday became only the second state in the country, after Vermont, to allow same-sex civil unions and the first to extend civil union rights to its gay and lesbian residents without external pressure from the courts.
Strauss said one of the couples was united in a civil union ceremony Sunday by a Westport justice of the peace while the other couple planned a ceremony later this month.
Y Launches Weekly Swim Period for Children
The Westport Weston Family Y launches a weekly child swim program Thursday.
The 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. pay-as you-go period requires no advance registration and allows a child to participate in an hour of aquatic activity at a cost of $10 per day, an announcement said. It will continue for 10 weeks through Dec. 8.
The Y’s aquatics department developed an organized play period supervised by professional staff. Children and parents/guardians can enjoy games, songs and aquatic activities suitable for the whole family, the announcement said.
For more information contact Bridget Lambo of the Aquatics Department at (203) 226-8981 x128.
Going Down: 4 Appletree Trail
A house at 4 Appletree Trail in the Compo Beach area came down today. Featured as the WestportNow teardown on Sept. 26, 2005, the house, built in 1900, sold last April for $1,743,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Monday, Oct. 3, 2005
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Golf Advisory Committee
Arts Award Recipient Praises Staples Arts Faculty
Ari Edelson, 1994 Staples graduate and recipient of the Arts Awards’ Horizon Award, delighted today’s standing-room only crowd at Westport Town Hall with a an appreciative acknowledgement of the arts faculty at Staples High School. “I learned from them that taking risk—making risky decisions—is worth everything,” he said. After Staples, where he was president of the Staples Players, Edelson graduated from Yale University and the Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is now an internationally acclaimed theater director and producer, and recently founded Old Vic/New Voices US/UK. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
A Crowd Pleaser
The audience at Westport’s Town Hall reacted with smiles to words from Ari Edelson, a 1994 Staples grad honored with a Horizon Award at today’s Westport Arts Award ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
John Hanulik Among Arts Awards Honorees
Among those honored at today’s 12th annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall was the late John Hanulik, Staples orchestra director and music educator for 37 years. The Stamford native came to Westport in 1957 to teach in the elementary schools. He died last March at the age of 71. Nancy Diamond and John Simon presented the award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Actor James Naughton Honored
James Naughton, a longtime Weston resident acclaimed as a brilliant dramatic actor and delightful musical comedy performer, was among those honored today at the Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Toquet Hall Concert Benefits Hurricane Victims
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Teens at Westport’s Toquet Hall today held a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The show featured performances by “Hot Water Variety,” “Kid Ginseng,” “Brandon Mozjer,” “The Locals,” “Joe Soup,” and Omeed Goodarzi. More than 200 students attended the event and the Teen Governing Board raised $1,760 that will be split between the Red Cross and Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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