Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Westport Lunchtime Theater: Play With Your Food
Tom Zingarelli and Kate Katcher were among the perfomers at today’s Play With Your Food presentation at Westport’s Toquet Hall. The lunchtime events are a joint production of the Westport Arts Center and JIB Productions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples Hosts Basketball Doubleheader
Westport’s Staples High School will be the site of a rare basketball doubleheader tonight.
Both the Staples girls’ and boys’ varsity teams will play host to the teams from Fairfield Warde High School.
The Lady Wreckers will take on the 15-1 Lady Mustangs at 6 p.m., and the boys teams will then do battle at 8 p.m.
Staples student radio station, WWPT, will broadcast both games on 90.3 FM.
New Principals Hired
The Westport Board of Education Monday night named two new principals to fill vacancies at Long Lots Elementary and Coleytown Elementary Schools.
The board named Cheryl Dwyer to the Long Lots post and Melissa Paolini to the Coleytown one.
Dwyer comes from a principal position at Canton Intermediate School, and Paolini is the assistant principal at Stratford Academy.
Both start in their positions July 1.
Wings Over the Marina
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
Noon - Toquet Hall - Play with Your Food - “The Jewish Wife” by Bertolt Brecht and others
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
School Board Adds Two Teachers, Approves Budget
The Westport Board of Education tonight approved the proposed 2006-07 school budget, but it added two teachers to the reserve fund before doing so.
The board increased the reserve fund from seven to nine with its vote, but the funding for the two teachers can only be used for teachers. The funding cannot be transferred for another use because of a resolution the board approved.
The two additional teachers add $132,000 to the budget between salary and benefits, and the proposed budget now moves on to the Board of Finance.
With the changes, the school board approved a $83 million budget, which is a 5.6 percent increase over the current budget of $78.6 million.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Fund-Raiser Benefits Scott Coleman Foundation
Members of the Westport Soccer Association held a fund-raiser to benefit the Scott Coleman Foundation which provides scholarships for high school seniors in Westport to continue or start their college education. Coleman was a Westport resident who played soccer in the Westport travel and recreation programs. He was killed Sept. 11, 2001, with his brother Keith, both of whom worked at Cantor Fitzgerald. The WSA has funded the foundation primarily through proceeds from the Westport Indoor Soccer Tournament. This year’s tournament will be held March 18 and 19 at Staples High School. Pictured are (l-r) (row 1) Dan Woog, John Scher, Jem Sollinger, Phil Levieff, and George Llorens; (row 2) Guy Claveloux, Mike Brown, Andrew Udell, and Doug Fincher; (row 3) Jon Walker, Chris Mitchell; (row 4) Dan Donovan, Todd Coleman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Parents Trained About Internet Safety
The popular socialization Web site MySpace.com stirred controversy last week when it was linked to sexual assault cases throughout the state, but Westport school officials have already been training parents on the site and others where teens could be posting too much information.
A sexual assault case involving a Bristol girl has been linked to the site, and Middletown police say the site may be involved in several cases of sexual misconduct. Last week, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal launched an investigation into the site after receiving numerous complaints from parents.
Westport has had its own incidents with MySpace, but nothing as serious as what has been reported in Bristol and Middletown, said Police Lt. Gary Golas.
One person created a fake profile for another Westport teen that included personal information, he said, and in another incident a young girl was solicited to work for an escort service after posting a photo of a Hollywood star.
Earthplace Hosts Dinner for the Critters
Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, will host a “Dinner for the Critters,” a family pasta dinner and animal program, Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will help pay for food, cleaning supplies and veterinary costs for the many resident animals at Earthplace, according to organizers.
The evening starts with pasta from John’s Best Restaurant of Westport.
An animal presentation—which includes rabbits, ferrets, snakes, turtles, guinea pigs and birds—will follow, hosted by the newly-graduated junior curators and Earthplace staff naturalists.
Tickets are $15 per person. Call (203) 227-7253 for reservations or visit www.earthplace.org for more information.
Westport’s Staples HIgh School Boys Indoor Track and Field Team won the FCIAC Championships Saturday for the second straight year. Among the winners were the relay team of (l-r) Will Caffery, Dane Lonsdale, Remi Ray and Jason Hanrahan who took the 4x400 meters by almost 4 seconds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Library Director to Address Y’s Men
Maxine Bleiwis to speak. Contributed photoMaxine Bleiweis, Westport Public Library director, will speak to the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Thursday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Her topic is “New Directions for Libraries.”
Bleiweis has been library director since 1998. She brings what some would call a marketing orientation to the mission of running a library.
Throughout her career, she has used classic marketing principles as a hallmark of her efforts to keep libraries at the forefront of meeting community needs.
Compo Parade of Friends
Monday, Feb. 6, 2006
Noon - Westport Public Library - Hartford Courant journalist Joel Lang, co-author of “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery,” will discuss the role of the North in the slave trade
6:30 p.m. – Bedford Middle School, Room 130 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Job seekers resource seminar
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
9 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Sunday, February 05, 2006
A Mix of Generations
There was a mix of generations today as the teen players of the Staples High School football team joined with older former Staples players and seniors in celebrating the third anniversary of Westport’s Center for Senior Activities. The afternoon’s football theme was timed to today’s Super Bowl. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Cheers for Senior Center Third Anniversary
The Westport Center for Senior Activities celebrated its third anniversary today with a Super Bowl tailgate party that featured players, coaches, and cheerleaders past and present from Staples High School. Betty Lou Cummings helped kick off the program with a cheer as master of ceremonies Bill Meyer (at podium) watched. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Special Education Survey Hits Mail
Westport special education parents should soon receive a survey on their experiences with the district’s system.
“I hope the responses will be helpful in examining our practices and improving services or enhancing them where they work well,” said Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon.
Parents will receive one survey packet—which includes a password into the online system—for each child in the special education system. Parents of special education children receiving services from the 2003-04, 2004-05, and current school years will all be invited to participate.
Landon said if a family has more than one child in the system, they will receive more than one packet with more than one password.
Carnivale Raises Money for Levitt
There was a big turnout Saturday night at the “Carnivale 2006” fund-raiser for Westport’s Levitt Pavilion at the Inn at Longshore. Music was provided by Buckwheat Zydeco. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Moving and Shaking
TAILS Sponsors Spay Day
State Sen. Judith Freedman of Westport presents the proclamation for Spay Day Feb. 28 to Dorrie Harris (l), Spay Day director, and Karen Rasmussen (c), TAILS president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport-based The Alliance In Limiting Strays (TAILS) is the recipient of a state proclamation from Gov. M. Jodi Rell designating Feb. 28 as Spay Day in Connecticut.
The group will coordinate its fourth annual Spay Day event which, despite its name, is actually a month-long project highlighting the importance of spaying and neutering dogs and cats in Fairfield County.
Beginning Feb. 28, the group hopes to complete 140 dog and cat spay or neuters, host an evening of free pet care advice April 6, and have multiple visits at Choice Pet Supply stores.
“I am delighted to help TAILS and encourage all state residents to have their pet spayed or neutered,” said state Sen. Judith Freedman of Westport, who helped obtain the governor’s proclaimation.
New Creek Sunrise
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006
1 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Super Bowl Tailgate
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Two Staples Cheerleaders Win All-FCIAC
The cheerleading squad at Westport’s Staples High School competed in the FCIAC competition tonight at Westhill High School in Stamford. Emma Goss (l) and Mia Backon, both juniors, won All-FCIAC honors. The duo have been best friends since kindergarten at King’s Highway Elementary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Get Your Pencils Ready
More than 80 crossword puzzle enthusiasts spent the afternoon today at the Westport Library’s seventh annual crossword puzzle contest, led by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz. The winner of this year’s contest was New Yorker Jeffrey Schwartz. Last year’s champ, Westporter Phil Weiner, placed third in this year’s contest. Picrtured are the three finalists, Schwartz (l), Robert Moy (c) and Weiner, competing on stage in the last round of the three-hour competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Ed See Marks 90th
Family and friends gathered at the Westport Woman’s Club today to pay tribute to longtime Westport attorney Edgar T. See who celebrated his 90th birthday this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Mark Smith, Former Parks & Rec Chair, Dies
Mark Smith: “extremely dedicated volunteer.”WN photoMark A. Smith, former chair of the Westport Parks and Recreation Commission, died Friday at his Fairfield home of a heart attack, friends said. He was 61.
Smith resigned from the commission last June when he moved to Fairfield. He had served since January 1998.
Under his tenure, the panel had considered a range of controversial issues including dogs on the beach, recreational fees, and renovations to town facilities.
At the time of his retirement, then Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell praised Smith as “an extremely dedicated volunteer, contributing numerous hours, effort and hard work to our community.”
Staples 40th Anniversary in the Works
Westport’s Staples High School class of 1966 is planning its 40th reunion for this summer.
The reunion is planned for July 28-30 at various locations in Westport.
Mythology’s Heros Featured at Library
Jim Weiss will tell mythology’s stories. Contributed photoAward-winning storyteller and recording artist Jim Weiss will tell stories about heroes and heroines in mythology at the Westport Public Library Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2:30 p.m.
The program will be held in the McManus Room and is recommended for children in Grade 1 and up, accompanied by an adult, organizers said.
Weiss has been telling stories for more than 25 years and has received more than 75 national awards from such organizations as the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice Foundation, the Film Advisory Board, and Learning Magazine.
For more information, call (203) 291-4810 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
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