Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Transmission Project Ties Up Traffic
Those traveling along Post Road East near the Westport Country Playhouse have encountered traffic problems this week as crews continue work on the United Illuminating project to bury a high-voltage transmission line under the state road.
Typically the crews work at night, but Frank Poirot, Northeast Utilities spokesman, said the contractor believed more work could be completed during the day before the end of the road construction year on Thursday. It sought and received state approval to change the work hours.
Workers have had a hard time getting the concrete—which encases and protects the piping—to cure and set at night because of the cold, he said.
Crews are on the roads between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., he said, which state Department of Transportation officials have told the electricity company are the off-peak hours.
Staples Girls Hockey Plays First Game
The new Staples High School girls ice hockey team played its first game at Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport Monday night, a 7-3 loss to Fairfield Warde High School. Center Paige Smith had two goals, which were scored on breakaways. Liz Bomes had the third goal for the Wreckers. Hannah Chusid was in net for Staples. This was the first game for 13 of the 15 girls on Westport’s squad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Suzuki School Presents Jazz Extravaganza
Dave Samuels, Grammy-award-winning musician, will lead a jazz extravaganza at The Suzuki Music School of Westport. Contributed photoThe Suzuki Music School of Westport will present a jazz extravaganza as the the third event in its Da Capo Visiting Artist Series.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6, and a day of workshops for musicians is capped off with a 7:30 p.m. benefit concert at the Fairfield Theater Company.
Throughout the day, 300 young musicians will take part in workshops teaching Latin rhythms and jazz improvisation led by Dave Samuels, a Grammy-award-winning musician and a parent at the school.
He leads a cast including violinist Christian Howes, pianist Alain Mallet, bass player Boris Kozlov and Zildjian artist Joe McCarthy.
Tickets for the evening concert are $30 for adults and $15 children and can be purchased by calling the school at (203) 227 9474.
With warmer temperatures continuing on Monday, people who were walking at Westport’s Compo Beach could spot some rock sculptures along the jetty. Temperatures are expected to dip from the 50s into the 40s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
5:30 p.m. - Compo Acres Shopping Center - Menorah Lighting
6:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - High School Poetry & Pizza
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
Westport Police Arrest Two in House Burglaries
(UPDATE) Westport police tonight arrested two men in connection with house burglaries in an area near the Norwalk line, police said.
Anthony Barbera, 22, of 18 Eno Lane, Westport, and Randal Weis, 26, of 450 Woodlawn Ave., Bridgeport, were charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree larceny, possession of burglar tools, and interfering with a police officer, a news release said.
At about 6 p.m., officers responded to a report of a burglary at 28 Stony Brook Road, not far from the Norwalk line, said Lt. Leonard D. Rummo. As officers were interviewing the homeowners, they noticed two young men leaving the home next door, he said.
“The officers tried to get their attention and the males ran into the wooded area behind the house,” Rummo said.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Parent Asks for Removal of School Library Book
A committee comprised of Westport school administrators, teachers and parents is reviewing whether a book should be removed from the Coleytown Middle School library.
The Challenged Materials Committee is reviewing the request to remove “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold, but it has not made a recommendation to Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, who makes the ultimate decision.
Lynne Shain, assistant superintendent for curriculum and staff development, said the parent of a sixth-grade girl at Coleytown Middle filed a challenge form requesting the book be removed from the library.
The committee, of which she is chair, interviewed the school library media specialist, the challenging parent, and a Westport resident who used to be an American Library Association member with experience in challenged materials, she said.
“Captain Louie” Coming to Playhouse
The Westport Country Playhouse presents “Captain Louie,” which was composed by Stephen Schwartz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The composer of “Wicked” and “Godspell” is bringing his new family musical to the Westport Country Playhouse.
“Captain Louie,” composed by Stephen Schwartz, will be performed at the playhouse on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. It’s a stop for the production on its national tour.
“Captain Louie” is the story of a young boy who escapes into his own imagination as a means of coping with the loneliness he feels when he moves from an inner city neighborhood to a new home.
Having trouble making new friends, he imagines himself flying his own plane back to his former neighborhood so he can rejoin his old gang for trick or treating on Halloween.
Metro-North Schedules Holiday Services
Because Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Mondays this year resulting in three-day holidays, Metro-North has published a special Christmas/New Year’s Holiday timetable.
The timetable will cover both Friday “getaways” and New Year’s Eve / New Year’s morning overnight service. Holiday service highlights include:
On the Fridays before Christmas and New Year’s weekend, inbound service will essentially remain the same.
Outbound service will feature extra trains from noon to 4 p.m., a regular peak schedule (with some minor changes) between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and a reduced schedule between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The regular weekday schedule will resume after 8:30 p.m.
Crews continued work this morning on burying high-voltage power lines under Post Road East near the Westport Country Playhouse. There was one lane of traffic open in either direction. There was also heavy traffic on I-95 this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Warm December Morning
The sun rose over Long Island Sound in Westport on Sunday to another warm day with temperatures in the 50s. The warm trend is expected to end this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Monday, Dec. 18, 2006
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Fire Pension Board Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance/Public Works Committees
8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance Committee
2006 Town Hall Tax Payments Due by Dec. 28
If you plan to pay your Westport property taxes due Jan. 1 in 2006 to gain a tax deduction this year, your last day to pay at Town Hall is Thursday, Dec. 28.
Town Hall will be closed Friday, Dec. 29 and any payments made after Dec. 28 will be posted in the 2007 calendar year, according to Tax Collector George Underhill.
Also, taxpayers for the first time may pay their quarterly payments online with a credit card by going to www.westportct.gov or calling (888)272-982 and using jurisdiction code 1766.
Those paying with a credit card will be subject to a 3 percent service fee.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Talking Transportation: Metro-North Studies Prohibition
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Don’t look now, but Metro-North’s parent agency, the MTA, is about to play Grinch. They’re considering a plan to ban booze on all their trains. Here’s the story.
Last summer a young lady riding the Long Island Railroad was killed when she slipped into a gap between the platform and her train. She was, allegedly, drunk. Rather than fix the problem (the gap), the railroad is blaming the passenger. This just doesn’t make sense.
We don’t know if the young lady bought her booze on the train, at Penn Station or at a corner deli in Manhattan. We don’t know if her inebriation caused her to fall, as there have been plenty of other such accidents involving stone cold sober commuters.
I’m no lawyer, but I don’t see how the railroad can be held responsible for the passenger’s behavior, though it should certainly be liable for the unsafe conditions at the station.
Westport Property Transfers Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2006:
Phyllis Komansky to Prithviraj Bhadra and Indirani Himani Datta, 36 Roseville Road, $1,115,000
Donna D. Langford to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 8 Sprucewood Lane, $1,175,000
Joshua M. Eudowe to John P. Coykendall, 8 Oak St., $45,000
Marie A. Boersma to Michael C. and Connie J. Dawson, 195 Regents Park, $840,000
North Avenue Accident Injures One
A one-car rollover accident at about 12:30 a.m. today on Westport’s North Avenue near Adams Farm Road sent one woman to Norwalk Hospital. A male passenger in the car escaped uninjured. The woman driver was trapped for a brief time before firefighters freed her. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The car, which was northbound, hit a utility pole and then rolled over. Utility crews were called to replace the cracked pole. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Temperatures in the 50s at Westport’s Compo Beach Saturday brought out people and dogs for some fun in the sand. More unseasonably warm weather is forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006
1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
5:30 p.m. - Longshore PAL Ice Rink - “Hanukkah on Ice”
NY Times Spotlights Minute Man Hill Teardown Controversy
Sunday’s New York Times spotlights the Westport controversy over the battle to save the Paul Rudolph-designed house at 16 Minute Man Hill and cites WestportNow as spreading news of the planned demolition.
Architect Paul Rudolph designed the house at 16 Minute Man Hill, which is slated for demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“In this stylish town where residents are waging what seems to be an all-out campaign to bolster its colonial image, teardowns are hardly an unusual sight. But many people are horrified that a Modernist home designed by a renowned architect is about to be razed,” the Times said.
“Since a local Web site began spreading that news last month, a debate has erupted about the character of Westport and the future of the house, which is on sought-after Minute Man Hill Road.”
The Times said: “In an interview on the Web site, WestportNow.com, Morley Boyd, the chairman of the Westport Historic District Commission, said: ‘If you’re looking for shock value, it’s hard to beat the loss of this house. There is not much to top it.’ (See WestportNow Dec. 13, 2006)
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Missing Westport Alzheimer’s Woman Found
Gina Davis: found after missing nine hours. Contributed photo(UPDATE)An 85-year-old Westport woman with Alzheimer’s was located tonight inside a home on Salem Lane after being missing for about nine hours, police said.
Police had earlier appealed for help from the public in finding Gina Davis, who was reported missing at 12:17 p.m. by her husband, Barry, at Shaw’s Supermarket, 601 Post Road East, several miles from where she was found.
She appeared to be in good condition, chatted amiably with her unintended hosts, and was returned to her home by a Westport detective.
Shortly after a state police helicopter equipped with an infrared device began crisscossing the area looking for the woman, a couple living on Salem Lane pulled up to their driveway shortly after 9 p.m. to find all the lights on in their house. They then spotted a woman, later determined to be Davis, looking out a second story window.
Westport Police Toy Drive in Final Weekend
A young visitor eyes Santa’s toys late this afternoon at the Westport police toy drive outside Toys “R” Us on Post Road East. The drive, which wraps up Sunday, is part of the annual WICC Holiday Fund for Children campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
School Officials Considered Redistricting
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has considered redistricting to solve the space problems at Bedford Middle School, but he said he believes there would be problems with doing so.
This week a Westport Board of Education discussion on class size led to a discussion on how there are more students at Bedford Middle School than the school—which opened in 2001—was constructed to hold. The school was built for 800 students, and enrollment projections predict more than 800 students to attend Bedford.
Landon said he has considered redistricting, but it would be a problem because of Westport’s tradition of having feeder schools.
Right now, students who attend Greens Farms, Long Lots and Saugatuck elementaries attend Bedford. Those who attend Coleytown and King’s Highway elementaries attend Coleytown Middle School.
Earthplace Plans Vacation Programs
Westport’s Earthplace will hold its Vacation Days programs for preschoolers through first graders during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Each program includes a live animal program, trail trek, art projects and science enrichment activities.
Families can sign up their children for one of three days of activities or all three days.
On Wednesday, Dec. 27, children will get to know the squirrels and deer they see around them through art, science and role playing.
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