Sunday, September 11, 2005
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
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
Rell Says Friday Last Day for Hurricane Donation Drop-Offs
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said today that Friday will be the last day for residents to drop off donations for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort at state armories. The Westport Fire Department said its collection drop-off will also end Friday.
“The response from thousands Connecticut residents has been overwhelming, and I cannot thank people enough for the way they have stepped up in so many ways to meet this challenge,” Rell said in a statement released by her office.
“We continue to load the food, water and other items into trucks and planes and send it all to the Gulf region.” Food and water continue to be the primary needs at armory drop-off points, and the governor said that used clothing is no longer needed.
Soon after the governor’s announcement, the Westport Fire Department said its collection of supplies at fire heaquarters, 515 Post Road East, will also cease Friday. The supplies have been going to the Norwalk Armory.
Vehicle Flips off I-95
A vehicle (box) flipped off of Interstate-95 today and ended upright in a culvert between the highway and Westport’s Green’s Farms Road opposite an office building at No. 55. All occupants of the car managed to get out safely and their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to emergency workers on the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Checking the Damage
Public to Hear Emergency Plans Tonight
By Jennifer Connic
Residents will have the opportunity to hear the town’s emergency plans and ask questions during a meeting tonight at 7:30 at the Westport Public Library.
First Selectwoman Diane Farrell called the meeting at the urging of RTM Moderator Gordon Joseloff, District 8, and RTM Public Protection Committee Chairman Richard Lowenstein, District 5. The meeting will be videotaped for later replay on the town’s cable channel.
“We’re going to talk about what would happen if we had a disaster here,” Farrell said at Wednesday’s Town Hall brown bag lunch. “Our emergency management team will be available to answer questions.”
Joseloff said the information to be shared is not intended to scare residents, but rather it is to make them think about their own plans.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Residents Plan Hurricane Collection at Mitchells
A group of residents from Westport and Weston said they will be collecting donations for hurricane victims for three days beginning Saturday at Mitchells of Westport, 670 Post Road East.
They said they will have a “You Care, Your’re There” truck which, with the help of the Connecticut National Guard, will deliver the goods to the stricken areas.
The collection is being done in cooperation with Mitchells, the Connecticut National Guard, and the Thomas Keenan Foundation, according to a news release.
It will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday.
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005
5:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 9/11 commemoration ceremony
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library McManus Room – Emergency preparedness informational meeting
Local Agencies Respond to Hurricane
By Jennifer Connic
Westport’s Save the Children is active throughout the South providing for children while the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the Red Cross is preparing to send area volunteer to the region early next week.
Explaining response: Michele DeLuca, director, emergency services, for the Westport-based Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross, addresses today’s brown bag lunch. Westport Fire Chief Chris Ackley listens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Representatives from Save the Children and the local Red Cross were on hand at today’s Citizens Brown Bag Lunch.
Rudy von Burnuth, Save the Children vice president of emergencies and crisis, said the American team is not used to handling disasters, so the agency is not serving as a first responder by handing out food and providing shelter as it does in other countries.
Instead, Save the Children is developing programs to help children because the agency knows how to handle their needs, he said.
Westporters Donate More Hurricane Supplies
Westporters donated more supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims today at the Westport Fire Department. The donations are being trucked several times a day to the Norwalk Armory. The donations included water, breakfast cereals, canned soups, and other food items, toiletries, blankets, children’s games, and even a large tent. Supplies will continue to be collected at the station from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Selectmen to Rescind ARS Sewer Approval
The Westport Board of Selectmen is poised to rescind a sewer extension approval that was needed for ARS Partners development on the Partrick Wetlands.
The selectmen will meet next Wednesday at 4 p.m.
First Selectwoman Diane Farrell said the vote is an effort to clean up issues around the project.
“Norwalk decided to rescind its approval,” she said. “They concluded (ARS Partners) could not have the connection because the P&Z had rejected the application here.”
Baron’s South Could Host Hurricane Survivors
Westport officials met today about opening the homes on the town’s Baron’s South property to those who may be displaced from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.
First Selectwoman Diane Farrell said it was suggested to her by Ann Marie Flynn, RTM District 6, and Human Services Director Barbara Butler about opening the homes on the property, which is also home to the Center for Senior Activities.
“We want to see if we can quickly provide some housing for some of the refugees,” she said during today’s Citizens Brown Bag Lunch. “We want to help the displaced families if we can.”
Ridgefield Selectman Di Masters was also visiting the meeting, and said her town had adopted Pass Christian, Miss., a small community outside of Gulfport, one of the communities that had taken a huge hit by the hurricane.
Rell to Lead Sherwood Island 9/11 Service Thursday
Gov. M. Jodi Rell will lead a memorial service for the Connecticut victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. the governor’s office announced.
The service, which will include the reading of the names of Connecticut residents who died in the 9/11 attacks, is open to the public.
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