Monday, January 07, 2008
Imperial Avenue Electrical Work
It was one lane of traffic today as work proceeded on some underground electrical work on Westport’s Imperial Avenue near Post Road East. The work was connected with construction of the Middletown to Norwalk high voltage power line along Post Road East. The line goes down Imperial Avenue before crossing the Saugatuck River to Lincoln Street. From there, it goes to Post Road West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Landon Proposes 7.3 Percent School Budget Increase
Elliott Landon: added no new programs. WN file photoWestport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has proposed a 7.3 percent increase for the 2008-09 school budget.
The proposal was sent to the Board of Education on Friday and will be discussed at tonight’s board meeting.
The proposal is a $6.5 million increase over the current budget and would bring the total budget to $95.4 million.
A year ago, Landon proposed a 8.9 percent increase which was cut to 7.8 percent by the time final approval was given by the Representative Town Meeting.
Talking Transportation: The Truth About Trucks
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Two years ago, in my very first Talking Transportation column, I tried to dispel the myth that our highway problems are all caused by trucks. “Let’s Blame the Trucks” attacked that common wisdom with facts that didn’t win me many friends. But that’s hardly my goal in these musings.
Hardly a week goes by without some spectacular highway pile-up involving a truck. But check the facts and you’ll find most of those accidents were caused by motor cars, not the trucks drawn into the incidents.
Do trucks drive too fast? Sure, but don’t we all? Next time you’re on I-95 check who’s in the high-speed left lane and you’ll see cars, not trucks.
Should there be better safety inspections of trucks? Absolutely! And Sens. Duff and McDonald deserve kudos for their long fight at keeping the Greenwich inspection station open more hours.
So, too, do my friends at the Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby deserve credit for forcing better reporting on what those inspections turn up in the way of violations and fines ($2 million between July and December 2007).
Air Quality Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for Westport and all of Fairfield County until 1 a.m. Tuesday.
An air quality alert means that particle concentrations within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.
Today’s alert means that members of sensitive groups may experience health effects.
For additional information, visit the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Web site and click on air quality index.
Three Bridgeport Robbery Suspects Arrested After I-95 Chase
UPDATE A high speed I-95 chase involving three suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Bridgeport ended early today with their car crashing into a guardrail and a Westport police car at Exit 17 in Westport, police said.
Three suspects were taken into custody after the crash. At least one of the suspects was taken to Norwalk Hospital along with a Westport police officer whose car was hit by the suspects’ car, according to police.
The police officer was not injured but had recently undergone surgery and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, police said. He was released a short time later.
At least six Bridgeport cruisers were pursuing the car along the highway. State police put out “stop sticks” at Exit 18 in Westport and the tires on the suspects’ car were punctured as a result.
Milder Weather Today
Temperatures in the 40s on Sunday attracted many visitors to Westport’s popular shoreline areas, including Longshore Club Park. Forecasters said today will be even warmer—highs in the lower 50s.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, January 7, 2008
10 a.m. – Weston Town Hall Commission Room – Westport/Weston Health District Budget Workshop
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - “China and the U.S., Current Problems and Prospects” lecture by Dr. Richard DeAngelis
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage channel 78)
Smiles After Loading Up at Toy Sale
Westport teacher Todd Zavorskas was all smiles after he left the Toys ‘R’ Us sale this weekend with a full shopping cart and very happy children. The toy store, a tenant in the shopping center since 1992, is having a closing sale after losing its lease at 1790 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Sunday, January 06, 2008
There was a large crowd on hand today waiting for the ice cleaning to be completed before the Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink opened at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wendy Nylen: Giving Art and Inspiration Back to Westport
For Wendy Nylen, art and Westport have been synonymous from her earliest years.
Wendy Nylen: art and Westport are synonymous. Contributed photo
“Growing up in Westport was all about art,” said the new owner of Picture This and Nylen Gallery LLC at 606 Post Road East, opposite Shaw’s supermarket.
The graduate of Staples High School (1980) and Harvard University (1984), where she majored in art history, recalls having artists and illustrators Hardy Gramatky and Joan Walsh Anglund sign books for her at the Hillspoint Elementary School book fair.
“My neighbors were cartoonist Curt Swan, painters Pete Landa, Herctor Garrido, Verne Bowman and Marge Clay, filmmaker Gordon MacNamee and illustrator Erik Blegvad,” she said.
Say Hello, Gracie
Gracie was one of the cats available Saturday at the FeralCare Inc.‘s adoption drive in the Toys R Us parking lot on Post Road East. Gracie is a 1-year-old who was rescued after someone noticed the cat being put out of a car and abandoned. Lisa Richards, who picked up Gracie, said eight of the 14 homeless cats were adopted Saturday. More information is available on the group’s Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Before and After: 3 Norport Drive
WestportNow presents another in its series of before and after looks at transformed Westport properties. The house at 3 Norport Drive in the Saugatuck Shores area was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 4, 2005. It was purchased in April, 2005 for $705,000 and demolished on Oct. 5, 2005. The current house, located on a 0.28-acre property, changed ownership in January 2007 for $2,220,000. Click on the photos or arrows to see the transformation. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There were lots of clouds late Saturday afternoon, but they parted a little allowing a pretty sunset to make its appearance at Westport’s Compo Beach South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, January 6, 2008
10 a.m. - Temple Israel - “Chagall Revealed” lecture by Jonathan Wilson
11:30 am. - 5 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - Open skating at Westport Police Athletic League Ice Rink
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library, McManus Room - Seminar on college sports recruiting sponsored by the Westport Field Hockey Association and Staples Field Hockey Booster Club with guest Marcia Pankratz, two-time U.S. Olympic Field Hockey player
Slick Roadways Possible
A mixture of rain and sleet covered Westport and portions of the tri-state area tonight as the National Weather Service said the combination with temperatures at about 32 could create localized slick spots on roadways. View is from a Department of Transportation camera at I-95 Exit 17 in Westport. DOT photo
Repositioning the Art Work
Installation was underway today at the Westport Arts Center for the exhibition “Repositioning the Landscape,” a group show of contemporary landscape painting which opens Friday with a public reception at 6:30 p.m. Installers Nate Gibbons, Joyce Thompson, and Tom O’Connor position a large-scale triptych painting, “Niagara Panorama” by artist Cadence Giersbach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Saturday, January 05, 2008
“Zara, No Kisses, I’m Trying to Read!”
Zara, a German Shepherd and formerly a Guide dog, owned by Claudette Tallon, gives a youngster a kiss as she reads to him today during the Westport Public Library’s “Reading to Rover” program. Sponsored by the library under the supervision of Lynne Perrigo, the program involves many “therapeutic” dogs who are trained to be calm and loving. They are often taken to nursing homes and similar places to bring some joy into the lives of those who live there. They sat patiently as the children read stories to them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
“Read Me the Part Again About the Fancy Collars”
Misha, a Russian Toy Dog Blonka breed owned by Susan Tane, listens as a youngster reads a story to him today during the Westport Public Library’s “Reading to Rover” program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Talbots Mens to Close After Almost 5-Year Run
Westport’s Talbots Mens on Main Street will close after an almost five-year run. Also closing is Talbots Kids at 170 Parker Harding Plaza. The Boston-based company said Friday it will close its 78 men’s and children’s apparel stores and focus on its core middle-age female customer. The Westport Talbots Mens—the company’s first such store and the only one in Connecticut—opened on April 3, 2003, with a glittering champagne reception hosted by Arnold B. Zetcher, chairman, president and CEO of Talbots. Westport police officers modeled the clothing at the charity fund-raising event. Talbots women’s store in the former Remarkable Book Shop location a short distance away on Main Street is unaffected. It, along with Talbots Kids, opened in 1990. The men’s store site was formerly occupied by The Limited and longtime Westporters will remember it as a Mobil gas station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Stolen Fairfield Police Cruiser Found in Westport
Someone stole a Fairfield police cruiser at the scene of the Southport train station fire early Friday and it was later found abandoned in Westport, the Connecticut Post reported today.
The Southport train station is boarded up today following Friday’s fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Police are now investigating if the theft of the cruiser — recovered a short time later in the 900 block of Post Road East in Westport — is related to the fire, which heavily damaged the station on the New York-bound side.
Police Lt. Michael Walsh said the marked police car was parked, with emergency lights flashing, at the Center Street entrance to the train station to prevent anyone from driving onto the property while the depot was burning. The keys were in the cruiser, Walsh said.
Detectives are also trying to find the man who hailed a Westport taxi near the site where the police car was abandoned and was driven back to Southport early Friday, the newspaper said.
Built-in Extra Fur Coat
A Westport squirrel knows how to keep warm—he just folds his furry tail over his back and gets a little extra toasty. Temperatures today are forecast to moderate somewhat to a high in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, January 5, 2008
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Sidewalk Dave w/ Aeroplane 1929, Hungry Hungry Hypocrites, Stereo Police and Rachel Browne
Shanghai-Born Artist Debuts Exhibit at Library
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A reception marking an exhibit of paintings by John Tang, a Shanghai, China native, was held tonight at the Westport Public Library. Tang, who makes his home now in Brookfield, Conn., graduated from the Shanghai Institute of Fine Art in 1976 and furthered his study at Nanjing University of Fine Art in 1979. Tang’s paintings “reflect his yearning and searching for the past,” according to his Web site. The exhibit in the library’s Great Hall continues through the month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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