Monday, September 12, 2005
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005
6 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Polls open for Republican primary
12:15 p.m. - Peppermill Restaurant, 1700 Post Road East - Dr. David Levinson, president of Norwalk Community College, addresses Westport Rotary Club
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
Foundation to Fund Upkeep of Westport 9/11 Memorial
The Fairfield County Community Foundation has established a fund to maintain the memorial in Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it was announced today.
The agreement with the Wilton-based foundation was announced by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Contributions raised for the Sept. 11 fund will be used to maintain and repair the memorial and pay for upkeep of plantings around the memorial.
DEP is responsible for routine maintenance of park grounds surrounding the memorial.
“We are pleased that our agency and the FCCF are working together to guarantee the proper care and maintenance of this important and historic memorial,” DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy said.
To New Orleans with Care
By Jennifer Connic
Laura Gutman’s Westport living room is filled with clothes and shoes that have been organized into children’s sizes, women’s sizes and men’s sizes with sandals lined up under the folding tables where the clothes sit.
Helping out: Three Westport women (l-r) Nancy Rosato, Laura Gutman, and Christy Syrrist go through supplies for relatives and friends from their native New Orleans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
It is the effort of three Westport women trying to help their friends and family down South recover from Hurricane Katrina and patch their lives back together.
Gutman and friends Nancy Rosato and Christy Syrrist, all New Orleans natives, have been up at all hours of the day collecting the clothes and packing them in the boxes to be sent to friends and family, who have now dislocated from their homes.
Their friends and family had been relocated to other areas of Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Wyoming and believe they will be away from New Orleans for at least a year, said Syrrist.
Interim Deputy Fire Chief To Join Staff
Mark Amatrudo is poised to join the Westport Fire Department as interim deputy chief pending Board of Selectmen approval.
The selectmen will take up appointing Amatrudo during its meeting on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said Amatrudo would start immediately after the selectmen approved his contract.
He said he wants to embark on an administrative overhaul at the department, and Amatrudo would assist him in that work.
Westport VEMS Sets CPR Course for Sept. 19
The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) is sponsoring a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course to be held at the Police/EMS classroom, 50 Jesup Road, on Monday, Sept. 19.
The infant and child heart saver CPR class will be given from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m with a fee of $25 charged for the course, an announcement said. Pre-registration is required. Certification will be given upon successful completion.
The class is intended for all ages to help save lives by learning the skills of CPR and is available to all area residents and businesses, the announcement said. The course follows the American Heart Association curriculum. No walk-ins or late registration will be accepted. Call (203) 341-6030 for information.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Talking Transportation: The Lessons of Katrina
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
We’ve all been awe-struck in recent days watching the coverage of the rescue efforts in the South following hurricane Katrina. But I think there are some important lessons to learn—and questions we must answer—all be them at the expense of those tragic victims.
1) Transportation Means Survival: The difference between those who lived and died in New Orleans was based on access to transportation. When told to evacuate, those with cars did. Those without were stranded. The lack of public transportation along the Gulf Coast left the “disadvantaged” as just that—disadvantaged, and maybe dead.
I wonder why every available rail car, bus, plane and helicopter wasn’t called into service to remove people from Katrina’s path. Worse yet, I wonder how those living along the Connecticut coast would evacuate if a category four storm were threatening us. Join the crawl on I-95? Take Metro-North? Or hunker down at a local mall.
2) Our Classless Society Isn’t: The victims of Katrina aren’t characterized as much by race as by economic class. Access to housing away from the flood plain and access to private transportation both cost money. You don’t have to be black to be poor. But a week after rescue efforts began, with hundreds of mostly black bodies still floating, uncollected let alone unburied, one wonders if it’s not also a matter of race.
Monday, Sept. 12, 2005
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Parks and Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education
More Students in Classrooms Than Expected
The Westport School District has 137 more students in its classrooms this fall than originally expected, according to a school report.
The Board of Education will discuss an enrollment report during its meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in Bedford Middle School’s cafeteria.
In a memo to the school board, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon reports there are 60 more students than expected in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
There are 54 more students at the two middle schools and 23 more at Staples High School, according to his letter.
Westport’s Temple Israel Launches Hurricane Drive
Westport’s Temple Israel today launched a drive to collect relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A truck will leave Wednesday at 5 p.m. for The Jesse Tree, a social service agency in Galveston, Texas. Among the items sought: all sizes of clothing (adult and child), diapers, baby formula, car seats, baby bottles, single serving snacks for kids, collapsable cribs and playpens, baby wipes, and bug spray. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
More Hurricane Supplies from Westport
Volunteers were out early today at Mitchells of Westport on Post Road East collecting supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The collection contiinues until 7 p.m. today. A collection scheduled for Monday was canceled because of the overwhelming response. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A Race for Love
There was a surprise for 1995 Staples grad Karem Esteva, 28, at the end of today’s Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon run at Compo Beach. Boyfriend David Austen, 31, who ran with her in the race, had family members hold up a banner asking Esteva to marry him. Austen also had an engagement ring to slip on her finger. Esteva teaches second grade at Manhattan’s Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tears and a Diamond at the Finish Line
Karem Esteva ended today’s Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon run with tears and a diamond engagement ring after boyfriend David Austen made a public marriage proposal at the Compo Beach finish line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathalon
Almost 200 persons participated in today’s Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathalon at Compo Beach. Entrants did a half-mile swim, a 5.5 mile bike ride, and a 2.3 mile run. Here bikers ride along Soundview Drive. Many others came to cheer on participants. Triathalon results can be found here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Early Morning Swim
The first wave of swimmers emerge from Long Island Sound in today’s Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon at Compo Beach. Once out of the water, swimmers peeled off their suits and put on their cycling shoes for the 5.5 mile bike leg of the race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
On the Beach
About 200 athletes walked up Compo beach at 7 a.m. today to the starting point of the annual Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon. The race started off with a half-mile swim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Hundreds Donate to Hurricane Relief Effort
By Jonathan Thrope
The parking lot at Mitchells of Westport was turned into a donation drop off area today as hundreds of Westporters donated supplies for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Outpouring of generoristy: hundreds donated today at Mitchells. The hurricane relief supply drive will continue Sunday amd Monday morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Car after car pulled up to the parking lot, where volunteers quickly removed a multitude of supplies from car trunks.
According to one volunteer, some people came back as many as five times or more with carloads of donations.
The collection was organized by Allison and Brendan Reilly of Westport as well as Casey Brennan of Fairfield.
Annual Flower Show Held at Historical Society
Historic District Commission Honors Preservationists
Westport First Selectman Diane G. Farrell (c) and members of the Historic District Commission honored recipients of the 2005 Historic Preservation Awards today at Westport Town Hall. The awards recognize property owners for recent restoration, renovation, reproduction, rehabilitation or recreation of properties that protect the architectural heritage and contribute to the New England character of Westport’s streetscapes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Seven Westport Property Owners Honored
By Dave Matlow
Seven Westport property owners were honored today for protecting the architectural heritage and New England character of the town.
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell presented certificates to the owners at a ceremony at Westport Town Hall.
They were selected by the Westport Historic District Commission for recent restoration, renovation, reproduction, rehabilitation or recreation of their properties.
The six residential and one commercial property awards went to:
Water Rat Swim Team Honors Bob Knoebel
The Westport Weston Family Y’s Water Rat Swim Team is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. Here, the 8-and-Under Team recently honored retiring coach Bob Knoebel at a picnic at Camp Mahackeno and, with new coach Tara Driscoll, started planning ahead for another successful season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, September 09, 2005
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005
10 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Historic District Commission awards ceremony
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Westport Youth Commission presents “Bueller’s Day Off”
They Did Good
These local youngsters spent their Labor Day weekend not swimming and playing as they usually do, but instead raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The children set up stands at Compo Beach to sell lemonade, hand-made jewelry and their old books. They raised almost $700 for the Red Cross Katrina Relief Fund. Pictured at the Red Cross are (l-r): Chloe Sappern, Sara Gutman, Sophia Green, Alex Bookbinder and Amelia Green. Children not pictured include Jessica Ellison, Georgina Talbot, Tessa Green, Rachel Moss, Billy Sappern, Tucker Rizzi and Bradley Bookbinder.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed Photo
Today’s WestportNow Teardown: 16 Bermuda Road
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 16 Bermuda Road in the Saugatuck Shores area. The property sold in August 2004 for $2.6 million. A demolition permit was issued this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Charter Oak Bike Tour Sets Off Today
The Charter Oak Challenge Foundation, a Westport-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and families in greater Bridgeport, launches its fifth annual classic bike tour today.
Photo op: participants in the two-day classic bike tour posed at Westport’s Colonial Green today before setting off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com
The tour covers 240 miles from Westport to northwest Connecticut and back. It sets off this morning from Westport’s Colonial Green. Riders are expected to raise or contribute at least $2,500 to Charter Oak.
On Saturday, walkers will meet near the Bike Tour’s route, walk a scenic and well-marked path for 5 to 6 miles, and join the riders for lunch. Walkers are expected to raise or contribute at least $500 to Charter Oak.
Charter Oak was founded to help children and families who have the ability to succeed but need financial support to realize their potential. Foremost among its goals is to reduce poverty in families in greater Bridgeport.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Westport Holds Preparedness Meeting
Westport officials tonight briefed residents on disaster preparedness in a meeting at the Westport Public Library. The meeting was videotaped for later replay on the town’s cable channel 79. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Residents Query Officials on Emergency Plans
By Jennifer Connic
Westport’s town officials expressed concerns about evacuation plans for the region during a briefing tonight on the town’s emergency management plans.
Town officials held a public meeting at the Westport Public Library for residents to ask questions about the town’s emergency management plans.
Answering a question from the audience, First Selectwoman Diane Farrell said the region’s evacuation plan has been a bone of contention for her since the Sept. 11 attacks.
There is no evacuation plan in southwest Connecticut, she said, although dialogues have started between state officials and their counterparts in New York and New Jersey.
Westport Opening Its Doors to the Evacuated
Westport will soon open its doors to those evacuated after Hurricane Katrina.
Seven town-owned housing units will be opened to those seeking shelter from the South, First Selectwoman Diane Farrell said today.
Town officials have filed the proper paper work with the state Housing Authority, she said.
Included in the housing units that will be available are two houses at the Baron’s South property, three units at Hales Court and two units at Hidden Brook, she said.
Police to Seek Charges Against Woman Hurt in Fenway Fall
Police said today they will seek criminal charges against a Westport woman who was hurt after she climbed the rafters of Boston’s Fenway Park and fell to the seats below during a Rolling Stones concert last month.
Boston police issued a statement saying they had filed an application for a hearing in Boston Municipal Court seeking to bring charges accusing the woman of disturbing a public assembly.
Claire O’Leary, 20, of Westport, was hospitalized with two broken ankles and broken wrist after she fell 35 to 40 feet from the rafters above the right-field grandstand on Aug. 21, during the first of two Rolling Stones concerts at Fenway.
Fighting Breast Cancer
Westport’s Tiffany & Co. was the scene tonight of a reception honoring large donors, corporate and community leaders in recognition of the 12th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 16 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Among those on hand were (l-r): Melinda Irwin, an American Cancer Society research grantee from Yale University who discussed cancer research she is conducting on exercise intervention in breast cancer survivors; Bobby Flay, a chef/restauranteaur and television personality who was donor of the evening’s fare, and Linda Mowad, recently named chair of the American Cancer Society’s New England Division board of directors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Rell Leads 9/11 Service at Sherwood Island
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Gov. M. Jodi Rell addresses today’s 9/11 commemoration service at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Several hundreds relatives and friends of Connecticut victims of the 2001 attacks took part in the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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