Friday, November 17, 2006
P&Z Closes Gorham Hearing
After five sessions, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission closed its public hearing on the proposal to construct affordable housing in the Gorham Avenue Historic District, but it won’t begin deliberating until the end of the month.
It was just days before a deadline for the hearing to be closed per state statutes.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the commission most likely will start its dialogue on the application at its Nov. 30 session, which is the next scheduled work session.
Red Coat Development has proposed to construct 20 units of cluster housing—which includes six deemed as “affordable”—on the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. The property is located in the Gorham Avenue Historic District, which was formed last summer.
Getting to Know Mary Maynard
Mary Maynard speaks as part of the “Know Your Neighbors” series at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. Maynard outlined her time as a child during World War II when she and her family fled from the Japanese in the jungles of the Philippines. They spent two years on the run before being rescued by a submarine in 1943. Maynard wrote about her times in the jungle in her book “My Faraway Home.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Leonard Honored for Service to Seniors
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presents Paula Leonard with a proclamation today in honor of her retiring as chair of the Commission for Senior Services. Leonard has worked on behalf of Westport’s senior citizens for more than 20 years and was instrumental in gaining town approval for construction three years ago of the Center for Senior Activities where today’s ceremony was held. She was also honored by state Sen. Judith Freedman, R-26, and state Rep. Joe Mioli, D-136, during a party following today’s Commission for Senior Services meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Driver Escapes Injury in Hillspoint Road Crash
A Darien man escaped injury this morning when his car rolled over on Hillspoiint Road near the former Allen’s Clam House restaurant. The driver said he did not need medical attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 151 Long Lots Road
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 151 Long Lots Road, which is near Bayberry Lane. Built in 1952, the house sold in October for $825,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Meeting to Focus on Development Issues
Westport residents will have an opportunity to sound off on development issues in the next round of a public meeting on the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The session is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said he hopes there is a good turnout.
The topics that are among those for discussion are residential development, the Saugatuck neighborhood, downtown development and teardowns, he said.
Friday, Nov. 17, 2006
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District Directors’ Meeting
9:30 a.m. – Center for Senior Activities – Commission for Senior Services
1:15 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Know Your Neighbors: Mary Maynard
8 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Wiz”
Drainage at Issue in Gorham Hearing
The deputy town engineer said tonight there was a potential public safety problem with drainage that could filter onto Westport streets from a proposed affordable housing project in the Gorham Historic District.
Tonight marked what potentially was the fifth and final hearing before the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission for the application from Red Coat Development.
The plan calls for 20 units of cluster housing—which includes six deemed as “affordable”—on the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave.
Peter Ratkiewich, deputy town engineer, said there are a number of unanswered questions about the drainage system—which would filter the water to the area near the Main Street and Canal Street intersection.
PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Readied
Wind Advisory Issued
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Westport and the tri-state area which is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.
Strong southerly winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph are expected ahead and along of an approaching cold front this evening through late tonight.
The combination of saturated grounds from heavy rains ahead of the front and the strong winds will bring down trees and could cause some scattered power outages. Winds will weaken late tonight behind the cold frontal passage.
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds his strong can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
Staples Soccer State Tourney Final Set
The Staples boys soccer team will meet Simsbury in the state tournament final on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Willow Brook Field in New Britain.
Westport’s Wreckers are ranked seventh in the tournament with a 18-1-3 record on the season. Simsbury is ranked fourth with a 19-1-0 record.
Staples is shooting for its 12th LL state title. All have come in the largest high school division, which is a Connecticut record.
The Wreckers are 3-2-1 against Simsbury since 1980.
They have met twice in the state finals. In 1981 the teams tied 1-1 to become co-champions. In 1992 the Trojans topped Staples, 3-0.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Westport Property Transfers Nov. 6-10, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 6-10, 2006:
Lars M. and Elaine M. Headley to Irene S. Stratakis-Allen, 15 Treadwell Ave., $975,000
Robert M. Abramson and Elizabeth L. Lewis to Steven Parkes and Angela Benzan, 14 Broad St., $1,210,000
Westport Rental Holdings LLC to Summit Saugatuck LLC, 47 Hiawatha Lane, $682,527.30
180 Saugatuck Ave. Assoc LLC to Summit Saugatuck 180 LLC, 180 Saugatuck Ave., $785,000
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2006:
Brian T. Rickauer to Carl Gingola and Lorraine A. Jacques, 108 Kings Highway North, $675,000
Dorothy S. Kish Estate to Westport Main St. Retail LLC, 103-107 Main St., $8,200,000
Brad F. and Mary L. Simmons to Shalabh and Zarna R. Garg, 15 Twin Falls Lane, $1,500,000
Kathleen D. Damman to Kathleen S. Lejacq, 46 Terra Nova Circle, $1,325,000
Westport Creative Arts Festival Slated for This Weekend
Debbie Thornton of Kokoons Jewelry in Ridgefield will be selling the dragon pendant this weekend at the Creative Arts Festival. Contributed photoThe Westport Creative Arts Festival is this weekend, and those visiting the show will find changes this year.
The festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Staples High School.
Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and free for children under 12 years old.
The annual Breakfast Preview is scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday for $15 in admission, which includes breakfast.
Weather Hurts First Week of Click It or Ticket
Police officers check cars along Greens Farms Road this week to ensure people are wearing their seatbelts. It is the first week of the most recent Click It or Ticket campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It has been a slow first week of the latest incarnation of the Click It or Ticket program for the Westport Police Department.
Officers have issued 13 tickets through Wednesday to motorists who were not wearing their seatbelts, and Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said the weather is a factor in why more tickets have not been issued.
More tickets are normally issued during the first week of the campaign, he said, but it was rainy the first few days and prevented officers from setting up checkpoints.
“It’s hard to see (into the cars) when you’re on patrol, so officers like to set up checkpoints,” he said. “It’s up to the individual officer, but many prefer to do them so they can see if someone is wearing their seatbelt.”
Town Annual Meeting Focuses on Emergency Services
Members of Westport’s boards and commissions received an update today about the town’s emergency services as part of the town’s annual meeting.
By charter, town board and commission members are required to convene one time per year for an annual meeting.
Police Chief Al Fiore and Fire Chief Chris Ackley presented an overview of how the town’s emergency services are working together and their plans for the future.
“We are constantly training to meet our changing needs,” Ackley said. “When there is snowy weather, it stresses all of our services.”
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 16 Minute Man Hill
Westport building officials are currently reviewing a demolition application for the house at 16 Minute Man Hill. The house, deisgned by famed architect Paul Rudolph and built in 1973, is in the Compo Beach area. The property is 1.42 acres and the house has 3,336 feet of living space, according to town records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Flash Flood Watch Issued
The National Weather Service today issued a flash flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area from this evening through late tonight
An advisory said a a strong cold front will move through the area tonight accompanied by heavy downpours. This will be a quick shot of heavy rain with the brunt of the rainfall falling in a period of six hours or less.
Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected with local amounts of 2 to 3 inches possible.
These rainfall amounts combined with a nearly saturated ground from the rainfall over the last week will likely cause the rapid rise of small rivers, streams and creeks resulting in localized flash flooding, an advisory said.
The only thing casting reflections on the Saugatuck River has been the lights from the buildings in the downtown area. The sun has been missing for the last few days, and the rain is expected to clear this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006
8 a.m. – Center for Senior Activities – Westport Annual Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Third Thursday: Cumulus Wind Ensemble
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - poet@the library - Janet Krauss
Staples Wins PK Shootout Again to Advance into State Finals
Lightning does strike twice. For the second consecutive game, the Staples boys soccer team tonight battled through 100 scoreless minutes of intense soccer. For the second straight time, the Wreckers went through two rounds of nail-biting penalty kicks.
And, for the second time in a row, the Westporters emerged victorious by the same 9-7 count.
The victory over Hall-West Hartford advances the seventh-seeded Wreckers—now 18-1-3 on the year—to the state “LL” (large schools) tournament. They face No. 4 Simsbury (19-1-0) on Saturday, at a site and time to be determined.
The Staples-Hall match, at Pomperaug High School was tense. Staples controlled much of the match, and nearly tallied in the 25th minute when Brendon Cristobal rocketed a 40-yard shot that the goalkeeper saved off the crossbar.
Family Dinner Honors Police, EMS
Officer Kevin Smith was among the honorees at the Westport Rotary Club’s annual Family Dinner tonigh at Bedford Middle School. Smith was among those who received the Public Protection Award. Also honored with the award were Police Officer Jill Ruggiero and EMS Crew Chiefs Ben Frimmer, Eric Hebert, Anrdew Dinitz and Marc Hartog. Isabel and Russell Blair received the Community Service Award. Almost 400 people attended the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Solar Project Moves Forward
Westport officials are moving closer to cutting back on their reliance on energy from fossil fuel sources.
The Representative Town Meeting Tuesday night approved about $200,000 to install a 23-kilowatt solar panel system on the roof of fire headquarters.
The town is expected to receive approximately $100,000 in grants for the project, which would cut the cost in half.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said one of the issues repeated to him during his campaign a year ago was to increase the town’s energy efficiency.
Going Down: 6 Florian Court
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The house at 6 Florian Court in Westport was demolished this morning. It sold in August for $890,000. Westporter Paolo Spada bought the house to build a new house for his family. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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