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Monday, March 12, 2007

Alternative Plans Sought for 113 Cross Highway

By Jennifer Connic

The owners of the historically-designated former Cross Highway Garage, which is Westport’s first filling station, are seeking alternative plans to preserve the property rather than selling it to a developer who potentially could demolish it.WestportNow.com Image
113 Cross Highway: new variance sought. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow file photo by Dave Matlow

Kim and Michael Ronemus have filed a request for a modification to their recently granted zoning variance for 113 Cross Highway to develop one of the accessory buildings into an office. The Historic District Commission will meet today at 11:30 a.m. to review and discuss alternatives other than demolishing the various buildings on the property.

The Zoning Board of Appeals last month approved one variance to allow a home office in one of the accessory buildings, which was necessary because Westport zoning regulations do not allow offices in outbuildings. The ZBA, however, rejected two other variance requests that would have expanded the building and allowed a guest room in a separate accessory building (See WestportNow Feb. 28).

Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the new plan calls for a new building adjacent to the building that would be the office with a breezeway connecting the two. If the ZBA does not grant the requested modification to the variance for the basement, which would house the mechanicals, then the couple would have to make application for a new variance, he said.

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Girl Scout Troop Collecting Books

Westport Girl Scout Junior Troop 269 is collecting new and gently used preschool and young adult books for the Connecticut Department of Welfare.

The collection is part of the troop’s Bronze Award project.

Children who visit the Connecticut Department of Welfare with their parents will be able to choose a book to take home.

People who want to donate books can drop them off at Westport Town Hall, Starbucks in Parker-Harding Plaza, Katzenberg Kafé on Main Street, the Westport Weston Family Y, Sherwood Diner and Saugatuck Post Office.

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Foggy Fairway

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The fairways of Westport’s Birchwood Country Club were covered with fog early Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 12, 2007


11:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Special Historic District Commission Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Reads: “Buddhism 101 - Definitions, Chants and Practices”

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Y’s Women to Hear about Afghanistan

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Michelle Fanzo: will speak about Afghanistan’s future. Contributed photo
The Y’s Women of Westport Weston will hear about the nonprofit organization Arzu in Afghanistan during its meeting on Monday at the Westport Weston Family Y.

Coffee and Conversation begins at 11 a.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Michelle Fanzo, vice president of international operations for the organization, will present an outlook on the country, which includes the need for more resources on stabilizing families.

Since early 2004, Arzu – meaning “Hope” in Dari - has worked in Afghanistan to expand market access for Afghan women carpet weavers and strengthen their role in communities. For more information, call Ann Lloyd at (203) 226-4145.

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Enjoying the Warmer Weather

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The temperature reached 50 today in parts of Westport, bringing out walkers along the road at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Stop & Shop Workers Approve New Contract

It will be shopping as usual at Westport’s Super Stop & Shop and company supermarkets throughout the region following approval today of a new contract by workers.

Union locals representing 43,000 Stop & Shop supermarket workers in southern New England, including about 5,000 in Connecticut, voted to approve a new three-year contract, averting a threatened strike that would have hit consumers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The Quincy, Mass.-based grocery chain and the United Food and Commercial Workers went into protracted negotiations to resolve differences over health care contributions, pensions and wages.

Stop & Shop’s “goal during the negotiating process was to reach agreements with competitive terms that will allow us to remain the leading supermarket in the marketplace,” the grocery chain said in a statement. “We believe these new contracts meet our goal and provide significantly improved wages and benefits.”

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Out of the Fog

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Today’s early morning fog did not hide a resident of the woods off of Westport’s Sturges Highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Milller for WestportNow.com

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Marina Dusk

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The ice is beginning to break up at the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach with the moderating temperatures. Today’s forecast calls for highs in the upper 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 11, 2007


No public events scheduled

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Taking the Plunge

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More than 300 persons—including a small group of Staples High School students—participated in today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. The event raised more than $100,000 for the Connecticut Special Olympics. The group of Staples students was part of a large contingent of high school students who participated in the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Preparing for the Plunge

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Westport’s firefighters were among the over 300 people who participated in the Penguin Plunge today at Compo Beach. The event, which is held annually each March, raised over $100,000 for the Connecticut Special Olympics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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In Character

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Some of those who participated in today’s Penguin Plunge got into character, including dressing as penguins and other assorted characters of the sea. Over 300 people participated in the event at Westport’s Compo Beach, and they raised over $100,000 for the Connecticut Special Olympics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Braving the Cold Water

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Over 300 people—including high school students across the region—participated in today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. The event raised over $100,000 for the Connecticut Special Olympics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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For a Good Cause

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Several hundreds persons participated in today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach to raise money for Connecticut’s Special Olympics. The air temperature was in the upper 40s while the water temperature was 34. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Cheerleaders

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A large crowd was on hand for today’s Penguin Plunge to cheer on the more than 300 participants who braved the chilly waters at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Having Fun

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Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (l) and Firefighter Neil Perrotti have a good time during today’s Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Race to the Water

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It was a race to get into the water and out as fast as you could for most participants in today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Fun for All Ages

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Today’s Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach provided the opportunity for fun for all ages. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Under Water

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Some participants in today’s Penguin Plunge got under water more than others. The charity event for Special Olympics raised more than $100,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

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Architect Chosen for Levitt Pavilion Project

Nicholas Goldsmith, senior principal of FTL Design Engineering Studio based in New York City, has been selected to provide schematic designs as the first phase in a plan to replace the existing bandshell and upgrade Westport’s Levitt Pavilion site.

Levitt Pavilion officials said they are planning to update the facility after four decades of wear and tear on the building and add technology advances to the site located behind the Westport Public Library.

The committee in charge of the project conducted a six-month search for an architect, and reviewed proposals from 20 firms. Goldsmith and his firm were chosen based on their history and experience with outdoor performing arts venues, officials said.

FTL has been the project architects for the Pier Six Concert Pavilions in Baltimore, the Boston Harborlights Pavilion and the 21-acre park Olympic Centennial Park for the 1996 Games in Atlanta.  The schematic designs are expected to cost $60,000, which the Friends of the Levitt Pavilion will fund, and are expected to be completed by early April.

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Winter Shores

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Ice covered the shores of Westport’s Longshore Sailing School Friday after sub-freezing temperatures most of this week. Today’s forecast calls for warming temperatures in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phylllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, March 10, 2007


12:45 p.m. - Compo Beach - Penguin Plunge registration
2 p.m. - Compo Beach - Penguin Plunge
2-4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “George Washington Slept Here” tour
7 p.m. - Birchwood Country Club - Music Theatre of Connecticut’s “One Night Only: A Broadway Gala Celebrating 20 Years of MTC”
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Singers & Songwriters: The Roches

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Friday, March 09, 2007

No Skating Today

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Workers were breaking down the Police Athletic League’s Ice Rink at Longshore today, and the rink has been closed all week. To prepare for spring, workers are shoveling dirt onto the ice to melt it. The dirt helps speed the melting process by a week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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School Officials Face Federal Civil Rights Case

By Jennifer Connic

A Westport family has filed a federal civil rights case against the Westport school district and the town claiming racial discrimination and denial of needed special education services.

Carla Karlen has filed the case on behalf of her two children against the town, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, Pupil Services Director Cynthia Gilchrist and former Coleytown Elementary School Principal Kaye May.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today he had no comment on the case.

The court papers, which were filed today in Town Hall, state that Karlen is African American, her spouse is Caucasian and her children are biracial, and one child has a number of learning disabilities inlcuding Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Auditory Integration Disorder and Erlin Syndrome.

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