Monday, January 15, 2007
Monday, Jan. 15, 2007
Town Hall Closed
Westport Schools Closed
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Workshops: Imagination Illustrations
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Side by Side for 35 Years
“Appetizers to Desserts,” piano duets performed by Fairfield County residents Sandra Shaw Murphy (l) and Rita Lapcevic, delighted an audience of more than 100 today at the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room. The two performers, who have have played together for more than 35 years, presented a program that ranged from Moszkowski to Mozart to J. Brahms to Bizet and more. They finished up with Cole Porter and an encore from LeRoy Anderson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Westport Public Library today presented a program of piano duets by Fairfield County residents Sandra Shaw Murphy (l. hands) and Rita Lapcevic. The two performers have played together for more than 35 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sparky Lyle Appears at Legends of the Game
Former New York Yankees pitcher Sparky Lyle, 62, signs a copy of “Bronx Zoo,” which he authored, for Rob Morton, of Monroe, today at Westport’s Legends of the Game. Lyle was with the Yankees from 1972 through 1978 and was the American League Cy Young winner in 1977 with a 2.13 earned run average. In addition to the Yankees, he played for the Red Sox, Phillies and Rangers during his 16-year career. His career ERA is 2.17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
School Officials Not Concerned with Budget Deficit
The current school budget has a $171,000 deficit half way through the fiscal year, but Westport school officials are not worried about the shortfall yet.
The Westport Board of Education will discuss the quarterly financial report, which shows the shortfall, during its meeting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
The benefits, property services and other purchased services accounts is where the school budget carries a shortfall, including over $124,000 in other purchased services. Additionally, there is a surplus of about $47,000 in the salary account.
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said school officials don’t see it as a “real deficit.”
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007
1 & 4:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Captain Louie”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - McManus Room - music@the library: Piano Duets Sandra Murphy and Rita Lapcevic
2 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Eight to the Bar
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Singer/songwriter Ellis Paul
Saturday, January 13, 2007
A Neighbor’s View
The new owner of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill kept photographers (except for WestportNow) away from today’s demolition, but this view was provided by a photographer shooting from a neighbor’s property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo ©2007 WestportNow.com
A member of the demolition crew at 16 Minute Man Hill in Westport sweeps up the steps this afternoon. Most of the house, which was designed by Paul Rudolph, was taken down by early afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com
Computer Recycling Day at Earthplace
Volunteers take a breather from hauling computers, monitors, printers, and other electronics for recycling during today’s Computer and Paper Recycling Day at Westport’s Earthplace. This monitor and printer graveyard shows just a fraction of the computer equipment turned in to keep them out of landfills. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lee Fleming for WestportNow.com
Almost All Gone
Rudolph-Designed House Comes Down
Following failed efforts by preservationists to save it, the house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill designed by Modernist architect Paul Rudolph was demolished today.
Today’s demolition of 16 Minute Man Hill ended weeks of controversy during which preservationists tried to save the structure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com
Precisely at 9 a.m.—when construction can begin on weekends in Westport—a giant yellow claw of an excavator began attacking the corner of the structure as contract owners David and Yvette Waldman looked on in a light rain. By the end of the afternoon, it was gone.
The Waldmans hired a policeman to keep journalists and the curious off the property as the demolition got underway. The exception was WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow.
“It’s sadly ironic that as interest in Modernist architecture is awakening, this house goes down,” said Morley Boyd, Westport Historic District Commission chairman. “This serves as an example that underscores the importance of designating a home as historic. If a house is not designated, it isn’t safe.”
Those who sought to observe today’s demolition of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill were denied access to the site on the private road and gathered on nearby Compo Road South. They included journalists as well as representatives of the Paul Rudolph Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Just Another Westport Demolition
Workers watch during today’s demolition of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill. The demolition followed weeks of controversy in which preservationists sought to delay the teardown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com
Going Down: 16 Minute Man Hill
Demolition got underway today of the Paul Rudolph-designed house at 16 Minute Man Hill following failed efforts by preservationists to save the 1973 house. A court-imposed moratorium on demolition which provided time to find another buyer expired at 5 p.m. Friday. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 16, 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com ©2007 WestportNow.com
Sunday NY Times Cites WestportNow
The Connecticut section of the Sunday New York Times spotlights local Web sites in the tri-state region, including WestportNow.
It noted that WestportNow “has gained national attention in the emerging realm of so-called citizen journalism.”
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 27 Spicer Road
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 27 Spicer Road, which is behind Volvo of Westport. The 1929 house sits on .3 acres, and the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission because of the house’s age. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
After several days of colder temperatures, the temperature was around 50 degrees Friday in Westport. It brought children out to play at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Earthplace - Recycling Day
2 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Pinocchio”
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Wolf children’s program
Leaving for Counties
High school students (l-r) Amy Vickery, Brandon Davis, Lee Wacker, Sam Moritz, Zoe Sansted and Noah Witke get ready to take a limo to the Counties Ball held at Westport’s Inn at Longshore tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Josh Moritz for WestportNow.com
Westport Arts Center Debuts New Exhibit
The Westport Arts Center tonight held a reception to mark the opening of its new exhibit, “Still Missing: Beauty Absent Social Life,” which runs through March 4. The paintings explore the sense of isolation or disconnectedness that has come to define the modern era, according to the Center. Westporter Barry Hyman, a real estate photographer, studies one of five of artist Verena Landers’ ”Pass Over Series.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 12, 2007
School Board Spends Day Discussing Budget
The Westport Board of Education spent today discussing the 2007-08 school budget proposed by Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon.
Landon has proposed a $89.3 million budget, which is a 8.9 percent, or $7.3 million, increase over the current budget.
The discussion today ranged from insurance to class size to guidance counselors.
The budget discussions will continue during the board’s next meeting on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Staples High School.
More Charges Filed on Westport Burglars
Westport police filed more charges against the two men arrested last month in connection to a series of burglaries.
Anthony Barbera, 22, of 18 Eno Lane in Westport, and Randal Weis, 26, of 450 Woodlawn Ave. in Bridgeport, were arrested by Westport police while they were in Norwalk Superior Court answering to other charges on Thursday.
Barbera was charged with two counts of attempt to commit a crime, four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of sixth-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny and first-degree larceny.
Weis was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of sixth-degree larceny and fourth-degree larceny.
Board of Education Chairwoman Mary Parmelee (l) asks a question during a board budget session today with Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon (c) and Assistant Superintendent for Business Nancy Harris (r). Landon has proposed a $89.3 million 2007-08 school budget, which is a 8.9 percent, or $7.3 million, increase over the current budget. The board is spending the day at the Westport Public Library discussing the proposal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 173 Riverside Ave.
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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 173 Riverside Ave. The 1935 house sits on .9 acres along the Saugatuck River, and because of its age, the Westport Historic District Commission will review the application. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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