Saturday, May 09, 2009
Westport’s Community Support and Counseling Team led by Human Services Director Barbara Butler sponsored a forum today at the Westport Public Library, “Navigating the Economic Storm: Westport’s Community Response.” A panel of experts addressed the needs and worries of residents on such topics as housing, financial and banking issues, career resources, volunteer and recreation opportunities. Pictured is Butler (r) as she introduced participants (l-r) Elona Needle, (moderator), assistant vice president, First County Bank; Irene Ropicki, vice resident, First County Bank; Michael Buchas, Connecticut Department of Banking, and Gary Dagan, special agent, FBI, New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has outlined his recommended budget reductions necessitated by $1.4 million in Board of Finance-imposed budget cuts.
Elliott Landon: “Moved by ‘cries of the children.’” Dave Matlow/WN file photo
At the same time, he announced he intends to restore the popular Collab course at Staples High School whose budget-related cancellation had sparked an outcry from students and parents. (See WestportNow April 9, 2009)
In a memo to the Board of Education in advance of its Monday meeting, Landon referred to “dramatic cuts” in the amount of $1.4.million made by the Board of Finance and upheld by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at its meeting on Tuesday.
“In preparing this list, I have tried to keep my public promise to the Board of Education and the Westport community….that I would do all that was possible to ensure that any reductions I might propose would not significantly impact the programs and services that we provide to the children who attend our schools now, or in the future,” he said.
Douglas Cosmetics at Westport’s 57 Main St., opposite the new Bluemercury cosmetics store, competes for last minute shoppers today on the day before Mother’s Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The sixth annual Westport Youth Film Festival got under way today at Toquet Hall and Westport Town Hall. Pictured are students at the box office at Town Hall. There will be an awards program at 6:30 p.m. followed by an after festival party at Bobby Q’s on Main Street. Organizers say the festival is the only youth film festival in the world run by high school students, for high school students, and is a program of the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A 9-year-old girl who apparently walked home from a swim session at the Westport Weston Family touched off a brief but intensive search today.
Westport police and fire units converged on the Westport Weston Family Y after a 9-year-old girl was reported missing. She was later found at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The youngster was last seen at the Y at a swim session and was not there at 11 a.m. when she was supposed to be picked up, police said.
Her parents contacted police who launched a massive hunt in the downtown area that involved multiple police, fire and EMS units.
Shortly before 12:30 p.m. word came that the girl had turned up at her Greens Farms area home after walking from downtown.
(Editor’s note: the name of the street where the youngster lives was deleted at the request of her parents.)
Today was the second day of the annual tag sale by the League of Women Voters of Westport at 62 Cross Highway. All items except plants were half price. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s first “Shred Day” did a brisk business today at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane. One resident said she brought old bank statements going back to 1991 as well as old love letters. Residents were able to watch as the mobile shredder gobbled up their papers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Town of Westport debuted its first “Shred Day” today at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane. Residents were permitted to bring up to five boxes of personal papers to be shred free of charge. Helping out were members of the Staples High School Service League of Boys, who are known as SLOBs. The event continues until noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - noon - 180 Bayberry Lane (Westport Weston Health District) - Westport Public Shred Day
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - 62 Cross Highway (corner of Roseville Road) - Westport League of Women Voters Annual Tag Sale (rain or shine)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Animal Babies Family Day
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Westport Youth Film Festival ‘09
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Navigating the Economic Storm, discussion and lunch
Noon - 8 p.m. - Hall-Brooke (47 Long Lots Road) - 7th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art Show and Sale
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Westport Youth Film Festival Screening & Round Table
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
Noon - Boat Launch Ramp (off Compo Road South) - Westport Historical Society, “Paddle to the Pass” canoe and kayak tour
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Around the World in 80 Days” (last day)
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A bank robber made off with an undetermined amount of cash today from a bank on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.
Police said the First County Bank at 1260 Post Road East was robbed by a lone male at 4:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The robbery occurred about 4:45 p.m. at the First County Bank, 1260 Post Road East, said Sergeant Sam Arciola.
The suspect passed a noted to a bank employee demanding money. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and ran east behind buildings on Post Road East, he said.
A K-9 unit responded to the scene and conducted a track which ended behind the Post Road buildings adjacent to the bank, Arciola said.
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff tonight presented Hedi Lieberman, outgoing president of the Friends of the Westport Public Library, with a letter of commendation at the group’s annual meeting. She was honored with its Special Friend Award for her tireless efforts supporting and promoting the library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untemeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, May 08, 2009
UPDATE The Town of Westport is proposing zoning changes that would create a 37-acre nature preserve honoring Paul Newman on town-owned land adjacent to the late actor’s Westport home.
Paul Newman appeared with wife Joanne Woodward in February 2007 at the Westport Country Playhouse for readings of love poems for Valentine’s Day. Kerry Long/Westport Country Playhouse photo
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said the changes would affect a 7.5-acre parcel the Newman family donated to the town in 1997 and a 29.9-acre adjacent parcel the town acquired at the same time from the Poses family for $3.75 million.
“The preservation of this property as the ‘Newman/Poses Preserve’ is in keeping with his family’s wishes and will serve as a tribute to honor his memory,” Joseloff said in a letter to the Planning & Zoning Commission.
The commission originally scheduled a review of the requested zoning changes at its May 14 meeting but later postponed it until June 4, said Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley.
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