Monday, January 08, 2007
Monday, Jan. 8, 2007
10 a.m. - 18 Partrick Road - Partrick Wetlands dedication ceremony
6:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 321, Board of Education Executive Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and www.westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Bob Spitz
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Landon Proposes Full-Day Kindergarten Program
For the third time during his eight-year tenure, Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has proposed changing the kindergarten program so students are attending a full day of school.
Elliott Landon: “urgent need” for full-day kindergarten. WN file photo
Landon has proposed kindergartners attend three full days of school and two extended days of school per week based on the results of a survey of former kindergarten parents. The plan would go into effect for the 2007-08 school year.
The Board of Education will discuss the survey results during its meeting at 8 p.m. on Monday at Staples High School.
Landon, who marks his eighth anniversary with the Westport school system this week, could not be reached for comment.
Ceremony Scheduled to Dedicate Partrick Wetlands
The Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund will hold a public ceremony on Monday at 10 a.m. to dedicate the 22.14 acres of open space it received from ARS Partners in northwest Westport.
The ceremony will take place at 18 Partrick Road, and it will be held rain or shine. The property will remain as open space.
Event organizers say those attending should wear footwear appropriate for a short walk up a gravel trail.
The donation of the property ends 40 years of uncertainty over the property that lies between Partrick Road and Newtown Turnpike.
Mild But Winter-Like Weather Returns
The weather turned colder today but by January winter standards was still mild—in the 50s. But that was good enough to enable these skaters to have fun at the Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
For the Birds
People didn’t necessarily think the weather was for the birds on Saturday with temperatures in the mid-70s. Many visited Westport’s Compo Beach to take advantage of the warm weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007
4 p.m. - Steinway Piano Gallery - Mozart and Friends Recital
Saturday, January 06, 2007
First Taste of Ice Cream
Today’s summer-like weather enabled Elizabeth Tilton, 20 months old, of Norwalk to enjoy her first taste of ice cream outside Ben and Jerry’s on Westport’s Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Winter Bike Ride
It was summer-like in Westport’s downtown today, but the temperature sign at the Bank of America always seems to register a couple of degrees warmer than it really is. If it wasn’t actually 74, it was close enough for a good winter bike ride. (Westport’s weather stations registered a high of 72 during the day.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Winter Day at the Beach
Put the Rowing Machines Away
It’s usually around St. Patrick’s Day that you start seeing rowers on the Saugatuck River in Westport—generally quite bundled up. A big change to be wearing short sleeves on the water, no ice in sight in January. No one was complaining today in this Saugatuck Rowing Club quad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Farewell for WestportNow.com
Jogging and Jamming
Winter Fun at Compo Playground
It looked like mid-summer at Westport’s Compo Beach playground today. Famed Westport photographer Larry Silver borrowed a digital camera to contribute this shot to WestportNow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Silver for WestportNow.com
Taking Advantage of the Weather
Many people took advantage of today’s unseasonably warm weather by heading to Westport’s Compo Beach. The parking lot, though, was filled with cars not only from Connecticut but also New York and New Jersey. Temperatures are expected to be back in the 40s on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Many people were taking advantage of the 70-degree weather today at Westport’s Compo Beach by walking along the jetty. Temperatures are forecast to bein the 40s on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The calendar may say it’s January, but the thermometer registered around 70 today in Westport. An ice cream vendor at Compo Beach did a brisk business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
McLaury House Opened to Public
McLaury House Committee Chairman Morley Boyd (c) explains plans to restore the house to RTM members Bill Meyer (r) and Allen Bomes (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
There was a steady stream of people filing through the Emily McLaury House today during an open house in order to show people plans to restore the historic house.
The Emily McLaury House Committee, which has been working for about a year, is seeking $268,000 from the Westport Representative Town Meeting to restore the house, and many RTM members were at the open house today.
The house, which was built in 1921, was designated as historic under a local ordinance by the RTM in December 2005.
Debbie Agnotti, Historic District Commission and McLaury House Committee member, said the committee wanted to restore the house properly and it has “good bones.”
“So Young, So Dead”
About 50 persons gathered on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today to read the names of 3,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. The demonstration has been held on the bridge every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. since June 11, 2005. The participants each read one page of approximately 35 names. A reader from each side of the bridge read simultaneously so that the list could be completed in a little over an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
1966 Staples Grad Jon Gailmor Concert Set for Sunday
Jon Gailmor: former Westporter. Contributed photoVermont singer and songwriter Jon Gailmor, a 1966 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, will appear Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Saloon in West Redding.
Gailmor, who has recorded seven albums, while at Staples was an All-State Chorus member and Orphenian.
He has toured widely, including with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, he was invited to represent Vermont at the 25th anniversary of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Home has been Elmore, Vt. since 1977, where Gailmor resides with his wife, Cathy, and their three children.
Fourth Town Plan Workshop Set for Jan. 29
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a fourth public workshop for Monday, Jan. 29, to obtain input from Westport residents for the 2007 Plan of Conservation and Development.
The workshop will be held at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave., at 7 p.m.
The event is intended to involve town residents in exercises that will help identify issues and priorities for infrastructure and implementation topics in the 2007 Town Plan.
Topics are expected to include: community facilities and services; vehicular transportation; other transportation (pedestrians, bicycles, transit, rail); utility infrastructure (piped, wired, wireless), and implementation.
Winter Jog That Seems Like Summer
A jogger gets some time in Friday on Wetport’s Compo Beach Road. The calendar said January, but it felt like June with temperatures in the 50s. Today’s forecast called for even milder weather in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007
2 p.m. and 6 p.m. .- Westport Country Playhouse - Buster Keaton Film Festival accompanied by Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Man Wearing Ski Mask Robs Westport Hair Salon
A man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a kitchen knife held up a Westport hair salon tonight on Post Road East near the Fairfield town line, police said.
It was not immediately known how much was taken in the robbery at Super Cuts, 1799 Post Road East, police said. The 911 call came in at 8:32 p.m.
Two female employees were in the store at the time when the man, described as a black male wearing a black ski mask, dark pants, a dark colored jacket, white sneakers and armed with a knife, entered near closing time, a news release said.
“While displaying the knife, the robber ordered one of the female employees to the floor and then had the other female employee take him to the cash register,” the statement said.
Friday, January 05, 2007
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The Westport Fire Department added to its officer ranks today in a promotion ceremony at fire headquarters. Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfried (l) became deputy chief; Lt. Andy Kingsbury (c) became assistant chief/training officer, and Firefighter Ernie Ruot (r) became a lieutenant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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