Monday, January 30, 2006
Westport Police Assist State Troopers in Search
Westport police early today assisted state troopers looking for two men after a car rolled over near Exit 18 on I-95.
Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon said shortly after midnight the local police received a call for assistance from the state troopers for the accident.
Two men who were in the car had fled the scene, he said, and Westport police joined together with state troopers with search dogs and Westport firefighters with thermal imaging cameras looking for the two men.
One was found near the cemetery near Sherwood Island Connector on Greens Farms Road, he said, and the second was found with the search dogs on Nyala Farms Road in a brushy area.
Connecticut’s Role in Slavery Featured at Library
Connecticut was the last state in New England to abolish slavery, and at one point about half of the state’s ministers, lawyers, and public officials were slave owners.
Hartford Courant journalist Joel Lang discusses these facts and the general complicity of Connecticut and the North in slavery on Monday, Feb. 6 at noon in Westport Library’s McManus Room.
Co-author of the recently published “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery,” Lang was the lead writer for the 80-page, September 2002 special issue of the Courant’s Sunday magazine on Connecticut’s complicity in slavery.
It was the special issue that drew the attention of a literary agent who approached the Courant about expanding the research into a book.
Staples PTA Donates to Senior Center
The Westport Center for Senior Activities recently received a donation from the Staples High School PTA. Pictured are (l-r) Susan Pfister, center director; Katie Augustyn, PTA treasurer; Winnie Martinek, the center’s Policy & Planning Board chairwoman; Joyce Eldh, Staples PTA co-president; Rosemarie Carbone, Policy & Planning Board member; and Nora Jinishian, Staples PTA co-president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Sandpiper Road
The Westport Building Department has received an application for a demolition permit for 7 Sandpiper Road. The Saugatuck Shores area home sold for $3.8 million last September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Funds for New Dive Equipment Needed
By Jennifer Connic
Westport Police Department officials were planning to replace the dive team’s equipment starting in July, but it needed to be replaced now because of its age.
Police officials will be seeking nearly $20,000 from the Board of Finance on Wednesday at 8 p.m. to buy new equipment for four divers.
Deputy Police Chief David Heinmiller said two sets of equipment were first going to be replaced in the 2006-07 budget, which goes into effect in July, and the other two would be included in a following budget.
“When we were researching, we realized the suits were bought in 1996,” he said. “The five-year life was stretched to 10 years. We can’t really do half and half in upcoming budgets.”
Making Music for the Gov
Some Westport teens made music for Gov. M. Jodi Rell during her recent visit to a private event at a Westport home.The brass quintet “Five,” consisting of Staples students, performed along with a piano soloist. Rell is seen with (l-r) Peter Menchaca, Tim Day, Danny Fein, Ryan Lester, and Chris Zappi (the members of “Five”), and Mark Zappi, piano soloist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Before the Rain
Monday, Jan. 30, 2006
7 p.m. – Fairfield Hunt Club – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks and Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Special Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Sunrise Rotary Aids Guatemalan Organization
Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club in cooperation with Guatemala’s Coban Rotary has presented a four-wheel drive vehicle to The Transitions organization in Antigua.
Mike Keen, Sunrise Rotary’s International Services Committee chairman, was instrumental in raising more than $25,000 to purchase the vehicle.
The vehicle will be used to transport Transitions’ clients, who are mainly amputees wounded during violent and chaotic conditions that have beset the country for the past 20 years.
Transitions was established a decade ago through the efforts of Westport architect Abe Rothenberg, whose son, Daniel, was studying in Guatemala at the time.
Rainy Day Dog Walk
Talking Transportation: Fire on the Train
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Smoke filled a Metro-North train in the Park Avenue tunnel last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
It was a typical Thursday, mid-afternoon, when Metro-North train No.1540 pulled out of Grand Central on time at 3:34 pm, heading for New Haven. But this train’s journey on Jan. 26 was to be anything but normal.
As told to me by an eyewitness, here is what happened: Snaking its way through the underground yards, the train started toward the Park Avenue tunnel when passengers in the fourth car of the eight-car train started smelling smoke.
Though they didn’t know it, a traction motor on the 1994-built M6 car, one of the newest in our aging fleet, had caught fire.
There were no flames, but there surely was smoke, not only in the fourth car but the three others that followed it. As that smoke grew thicker, being pumped into the car by the ventilation system, passengers started coughing and looking for help.
Noted Portrait Artist Visits Max’s
Noted portrait artist and author Everett Raymond Kinstler (c), an Easton resident, visited Westport’s Max’s Art Supply Saturday where he greeted some fellow artists. He is pictured with (l-r) Tracy Sugarman, Gloria Cole, Shirley Mellor and Edward Vebell. Portrait artist of presidents, movie stars, and the famous and not so, Kinstler signed copies of his most recent book, “My Brush With History,” as well as “The Artist’s Journey Through Popular Culture 1942-1962,” co-authored with Jim Vadeboncoeur. Five presidents—Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton—have posed for him. His portraits of Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits. Original Kinstler art has been featured in Max’s window this month and will continue until Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Skating in Spring-like Weather
The temperature got up into the mid-50s Saturday but the spring-like weather did not deter skaters at the Police Athletic League’s rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, January 28, 2006
It was Eagles Day today at Westport’s Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center. It is home to two bald eagles, the newest of which is Cerena, (l) an immature eagle from Michigan who suffered a permanent disability as a young bird. As she matures, she will acquire the characteristic white head and tail fathers and yellow beak. Chatty (r), originally from Kenal National Wildlife Refuse in Alaska, is a female adult bald eagle who seems to enjoy conversing with her young admirers—hence her name. She is believed to be about 5 years old. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Up Close Look
Rockwell Art and Framing of Westport today began a new series, “Studio for a Day,” inviting local artists to work on site from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Today’s event debuted with husband and wife artists Kevin Thomas and Elizabeth Hitz. Kevin has been producing stoneware pottery and sculpture for almost 20 years. Elizabeth is best known for her soft romantic scenes of sleeping figures and still life. Watching her at work was Haley Schmidt, 2 1/2, of Riverside, Conn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport author and columnist Dan Woog signed copies of his new book “Staples High School, 120 Years of A+ Education” at Mitchells of Westport today. The signing was timed to mark what would have been the 205th birthday Tuesday of Horace Staples, founder of Staples High School. The book, sponsored by the Westport Historical Society, is now in its fourth printing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
One More, Please
Dick Leonard, a former Staples English teacher and past president of the Westport Education Association (1970-1992), purchased another copy of Dan Woog’s book today at Mitchells of Westport. Helping out were Donna Brody (in red), a newly-elected member of the Westport Historical Society board, and the Society’s Mollie Donovan. Next to them is a portrait of Horace Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Masons Install New Officers
Members of Temple Masonic Lodge No.65 of Westport recently installed a new slate of officers. The Masons, who do philanthropic work throughout the community, are located at 210 Post Road East. The lodge was chartered on May 12, 1824, and is the oldest fraternal organization in Westport. The aprons and tuxedos are part of the traditional garb worn by the members to signify their respective functions within the organization. Pictured are: First row - Walter E. Kaechele, past grand master of the grand lodge of Connecticut; Dennis Corsalini, the new master of the lodge; John Hendrickson, senior warden; Donald B.Treadwell, chaplin. Second row - Fred Clark, associate grand marshall; John T. Kahler, junior warden; George Underhill, treasurer; David Feliciano, junior deacon; Scott Adelman, senior steward; Thomas C. Hofstetter, secretary; Dr. Rocco Frank, past master 2005; Wilson Dinielli, senior deacon. Last row – William Dykler, district deputy and Dr. Julian Benetatos, organist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Recent Storm Cleanup Stretches Budget
The recent storms with high winds that knocked out power for thousands of Westporters is pushing the town’s storm account to the limits.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the numbers for the storm are not firm yet, but it cost around $100,000 in cleanup costs.
The money to cover the costs comes from the town’s storm budget, which is the same account used for snow removal, he said.
“We’re hoping there could be some state or federal money coming back to us,” he said.
Westport Property Transfers Jan. 16-20, 2006
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 16-20, 2006
R. Scott and Emery R. Beach to William C. Shope Jr., 68 Partrick Road, $1,265,000
Estate of John P. Grant to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 3 Glenwood Lane, $975,000
Mattera Construction Co. LLC to Robert and Pamela Cornfield, 11 Half Mile Common, $1,680,000
Scott W. and Magda L. Jeffrey to Weichert Relocation Resources Inc., 59 Compo Road North, $1,437,500
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Meeker Road
The Westport Building Department has received an application for a demolition permit for the house at 14 Meeker Road, off of Bayberry Lane.The house was built in 1933. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Enjoying the View
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006
10 a.m. - Mitchells of Westport - Dan Woog book signing for his “Staples High School, 120 Years of A+ Education”
10 a.m. - Rockwell Art & Framing - Studio For A Day
10 a.m. - Westport-Weston Health District - Emergency Preparedness for Nannies/Au Pairs
1 p.m. - Earthplace - Eagles at Earthplace
Friday, January 27, 2006
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 24 Buena Vista Drive
A demolition permit was issued today for the home at 24 Buena Vista Drive on a hill in Westport’s Compo Beach area. The home sold last month for $840,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Swings Not Just for the Little Ones
Beach Sticker Prices May Be Hiked
It may cost a little more this summer to park at Westport’s beaches.
The Parks and Recreation Commission will be considering a proposal to increase the beach emblem prices during its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall.
Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said the resident parking emblems will be increased from $25 to $30, and it’s the first increase since 1999.
Senior citizen fees will be increased from $10 to $15, he said, and it would be the first increase in the senior rate since 1990.
Playhouse to Host “Arabian Nights”
A Tale & Scales Musictale will present “Arabian Nights” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Contributed photo“The Arabian Nights,” descriibed as “a journey of imaginative music and delightful tales,” will be presented at the Westport Country Playhouse Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The program is presented by A Tale & Scales Musictale as part of the Playhouse’s “Family Festivities” series for children, parents and grandparents to share together, an announcement said.
Tales & Scales will stage two stories from “The Arabian Nights.”
Brown Bag to Focus on Emergency Preparedness
A citizens brown bag luncheon Wednesday at noon in Town Hall will focus on emergency preparedness.
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley and Police Chief Al Fiore will be present at the session, an announcement said.
“In light of the recent winter storms, it is timely to review emergency information available to the public, how the public obtains such information, and what actions, before, during, and after the event, residents should take in case of emergencies,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in the statement.
For more information, call the selectman’s office at (203) 341-1111.Page 1083 of 1267 pages
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