Tuesday, September 06, 2005
U.S. Attorney Warns of “Jury Duty Scam”
Kevin J. O’Connor, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, said today that the “Jury Duty Scam,” an identity theft scheme that has been reported in other parts of the country in recent weeks, has reached Connecticut.
In a news release, O’Connor said the clerk’s office of the U.S. District Court in Connecticut has received inquiries from citizens who have been called by a scammer who claims to be working for the court.
The scammer notifies the victim that he or she had failed to show up for jury duty and a warrant had been issued for the victim’s arrest, he said.
The victim properly responds that he or she never received a jury duty notification letter. For “verification purposes,” the scammer then asks the victim for personal identifying information, including the victim’s Social Security number and date of birth.
With the Kids Back in School, it’s Party Time
With the return of Westport schoolchildren to classes today, Maureen Coogan organized mothers from Green’s Farms Elementary School for “A Day of Play” at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Welcome Back With a Smile
Lending a Helping Hand
Marilyn Heenan, a paraprofessional, helps some students find their way today at Coleytown Elementary School as Westport schoolchildren reported for the first day of classes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Greeting from the Principal
Principal Robert Buckley greets students today at Saugatuck Elementary School on Riverside Avenue as Westport schools reopened after the summer break. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
A Little Coaxing
It took a little coaxing to make some students feel comfortable on today’s first day back at school. Paraprofessional Marilyn Heenan helps a youngster at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
First Day Back
Marbella Sellers, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, boards a bus today at the intersection of Westport’s Hillspoint Road and Valley Road. Her sister, Leticia Dennis, watches. School officials said the first day back to school generally went smoothly, although, as expected, many buses were late. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Neighborhood kids waited for the schoolbus today at the intersection of Westport’s North Avenue and Hazelnut Road. The Coleytown Elementary School bus was late—not unexpected on the first day back to school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Monday, September 05, 2005
Still Time for Fishing
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Public Protection Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (cable coverage channel 79)
Barbeques Mark Unofficial End of Summer at Compo
An evening Labor Day barbeque marked the unofficial end of summer for many people tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach. Westport public schools welcome back students Tuesday morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Brisk Westport Sailing
The Atlantics, racing Sunday out of Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club, raised their spinnakers—a tricky maneuver in the day’s brisk wind—for the downwind leg of their race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Being Honored: 26 Morningside Drive South
A house at 26 Morningside Drive South is among seven buildings being honored this year by the Historic District Commission at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday. Owner Naiad Einsel will be recognized for the senstive front porch restoration of the Italiante Charles Sherwood house, built in 1853. “Some day, I would like to see this house turned into a museum and open to the public,” she said. Einsel and her late husband, Walter, moved into the house in 1965. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Small Fire Extinguished at Westport’s Lansdowne
Food left on a stove caught fire at Westport’s Lansdowne Condominiums tonight and burned some paper and wood before being extinguished by the homeowner, fire officials said. There was minor damage and no injuries.
Firefighters responded to 131 Lansdowne, 1630 Post Road East, at 8:45 p.m. after receiving an automatic alarm, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. On arrival, they found a light smoke condition on the first floor where a resident said she had extinguished a small fire.
The resident reported food caught fire on the stove and that she removed the burning pan and extinguished the fire after it had spread to some paper and wood items on the countertop, Kepchar said. Firefighters found fire and heat damage to a wall and underside of the cabinets.
The occupant was taken to a neighbor’s house as firefighters ventilated the unit, one of 90 in the 33-acre complex, and removed the debris, the fire official said. The last fire unit left the scene at 9:44 p.m.
Friends, Family Remember Dimes Fondly
By Jennifer Connic
With a setting sun as the backdrop, residents gathered at Westport’s Compo Beach this evening to dedicate the marina to Edwin K. “Ned” Dimes.
Farrell on Dimes:“A man who was truly larger than life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
“He was a living chart for life,” said the Rev. John Danner of Saugatuck Congregational Church. “He showed how to be a citizen of a town, a trustee of a community organization, a member of a church, a husband and a father.”
Dimes, who died last March 4 at the age of 81, served 18 years on the Board of Finance, 14 as chairman, before retiring in 1997. He was involved in a number of community organizations, including the Westport-Weston YMCA Board of Trustees.
Last spring, the Board of Selectmen and Representative Town Meeting unanimously approved naming the Compo Marina in honor of Dimes.
Compo Marina Named in Honor of Ned Dimes
Westport formally dedicated the Compo Beach Marina late today as the Edwin K. “Ned” Dimes Marina in honor of the late Board of Finance chair who died last March. Scores of persons turned out for the ceremony on the marina edge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Report: Westport Teacher Had Caused Concern Before Arrest
The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk reported today that in the months before former Westport Bedford Middle School teacher Paul Held was suspended from teaching three years ago, a paper trail detailed concerns about large number of photographs he took of students.
In a copyrighted front page story, the newspaper said it had obtained school district records about Held dating back to 1996. Held, who retired after being suspended from Bedford in March 2002, was arrested Aug. 2 after investigators said they found thousands of pornographic images of children in his home.
The report said the records “document concerns raised by students and parents about Held and the actions taken by the district.” It said Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon would not comment but authorized attorney Tom Mooney to answer questions.
The Advocate quoted Mooney as saying that the Westport Public Schools took complaints from students and parents about Held seriously. “The district investigated the complaints and took ‘appropriate disciplinary action,’ Mooney said,” the newspaper reported.
Westport Third for Speeding Tickets
Drivers in Westport accounted for the third most speeding tickets in the state in the last five years, the Hartford Courant reported today.
During the five years, 13,147 uncontested tickets were issued in Westport, which accounted for $2.7 million in fines, according to the newspaper.
The average fine was $204, according to the paper’s report.
Ahead of Westport in the number of tickets issued are Bridgeport and Greenwich.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Journey’s End
5;30 p.m. - Compo Marina - Ceremony naming marina after Edwin K. “Ned” Dimes
Westport Road Runners Summer Series Ends
The Westport Road Runners Summer Series ended with a 10-mile race today, which was won in a tie finish between Anatolie Vartosu of Stamford and Pete Brady from New York City with a time of 59 minutes and 54 seconds. Paul Greenberg (c) was the first Westport finisher, placing 10th overall with a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes and 24 seconds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Rell Asks for Help in Sorting Hurricane Relief Donations
Gov. M. Jodi Rell is asking Connecticut residents to show up at state armories, including the one in Norwalk, next week to help sort the donations pouring in for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Connecticut’s armories will be closed Sunday, and only the Hartford Armory will be open Monday. All six - in Hartford, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Putnam and Waterbury - will resume accepting donations Tuesday.
Volunteers should show up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday in Hartford and Tuesday at any of the six locations to help the National Guard sort donations.
“The response so far has been heartwarming - everything we could have hoped,” Rell said. “What we need now are people to help us make sure that the shipments we send to the devastated area are loaded and structured properly - organized so that the disaster workers on the ground can process the material efficiently and get it where it is needed most.”
Soundview Lemonade Stand Raises $1,000
A group of second graders from Green’s Farms Elementary School ran a lemonade and cookie stand today along Soundview Drive at Westport’s Compo Beachn to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. Thanks to the genorosity of passing walkers, drivers and those on the beach, more than $1,000 was raised for the American Red Cross. Among those taking part were (l-r) Cameron, 7; Robert, 7; Brendan, 7; Matt, 7;Blythe, 5; Nina, 4; Anna, 7, and William, 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kurt Eichorn for WestportNow.com
Maddie Hazelwood, 16, (c) set up her Hurricane Katrina victims collection outside Joey’s By the Sea at Westport’s Compo Beach today. She quickly attracted a crowd of youngsters who joined in with contributions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Collecting for Hurricane Victims
Westporters collected funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina all over town today. This group set up outside Shaw’s Supermarket on Post Road East and included (l-r) Suzanne Ehrlich, who moved to Westport two years ago from New Orleans, and daughter Zoe, 6; Molly Kopp, 6, and her mom, Barbara Kopp, who organized the collection; Jesse Shea, Ian Smith, and Derek Horkel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Friday, September 02, 2005
Taking in a Compo Sunset
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005
4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Journey’s End
WestportNow Photographer Phyllis Groner Opens Exhibit
Phyllis Groner (c), a WestportNow contributing photographer, welcomed guests to a reception today at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities where 15 of her WestportNow photographs went on display. Among those on hand to congratulate her were Sue Pfister (l), senior services coordinator at the center, and Gordon Joseloff, editor and publisher of WestportNow.com. The exhibit continues through the end of September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stan Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Flood Map Dates from 1984, Needs Updating
The Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) flood map of Westport hangs on a Police Department conference room wall. A town report to the South West Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) earlier this year noted that the map has not been totally updated since 1984 and “does not account for the significant changes that have occurred in flood-prone areas and several of Westport’s watersheds.” The report said there are 950 flood insurance policies in effect in Westport but a vulnerability assessment indicated that approximately 3,000 structures in the town are in flood zones, indicated by dark gray on the map. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Fire Department Drop Off Point for Hurricane Relief
Beginning Tuesday, the Westport Fire Department will act as a drop off site for town residents who would like to donate supplies to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina, it was announced today.
The Fire Department will transport all collected items to the Connecticut Armory to be shipped to the affected areas.
Only the following items will be accepted: bottled water, easily-opened, non-perishable food and snacks, batteries, blankets, tarps and tents.
The Fire Department will also collect financial contributions for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. All collections, goods and monetary, will be accepted at Fire Headquarters, located at 515 Post Road East in Westport, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Westport Emergency Preparedness Session Set for Sept. 8
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell announced today that there will be a special briefing for residents on emergency preparedness in the wake of Hurricane Katrina on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library.
Members of the Westport Emergency Management Team will participate in the session.
“As Westporters watch the devastating scenes from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, it is important to remember that we, too, as a shoreline community are vulnerable to such a catastrophe,” Farrell said. “It is imperative that our town and residents be prepared.”
Farrell said she called the meeting at the urging of Gordon Joseloff, moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), and Richard Lowenstein, chairman of the RTM Public Protection Committee.
The RTM Public Protection Committee will meet Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall Room 102 prior to the regularly scheduled monthly RTM meeting at 8 p.m. to discuss the Thursday public session.
(Editor’s Note: Gordon Joseloff is also editor of WestportNow.com )
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