Saturday, January 06, 2007
Many people were taking advantage of the 70-degree weather today at Westport’s Compo Beach by walking along the jetty. Temperatures are forecast to bein the 40s on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The calendar may say it’s January, but the thermometer registered around 70 today in Westport. An ice cream vendor at Compo Beach did a brisk business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
McLaury House Opened to Public
McLaury House Committee Chairman Morley Boyd (c) explains plans to restore the house to RTM members Bill Meyer (r) and Allen Bomes (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
There was a steady stream of people filing through the Emily McLaury House today during an open house in order to show people plans to restore the historic house.
The Emily McLaury House Committee, which has been working for about a year, is seeking $268,000 from the Westport Representative Town Meeting to restore the house, and many RTM members were at the open house today.
The house, which was built in 1921, was designated as historic under a local ordinance by the RTM in December 2005.
Debbie Agnotti, Historic District Commission and McLaury House Committee member, said the committee wanted to restore the house properly and it has “good bones.”
“So Young, So Dead”
About 50 persons gathered on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today to read the names of 3,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. The demonstration has been held on the bridge every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. since June 11, 2005. The participants each read one page of approximately 35 names. A reader from each side of the bridge read simultaneously so that the list could be completed in a little over an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
1966 Staples Grad Jon Gailmor Concert Set for Sunday
Jon Gailmor: former Westporter. Contributed photoVermont singer and songwriter Jon Gailmor, a 1966 graduate of Westport’s Staples High School, will appear Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Saloon in West Redding.
Gailmor, who has recorded seven albums, while at Staples was an All-State Chorus member and Orphenian.
He has toured widely, including with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, he was invited to represent Vermont at the 25th anniversary of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Home has been Elmore, Vt. since 1977, where Gailmor resides with his wife, Cathy, and their three children.
Fourth Town Plan Workshop Set for Jan. 29
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a fourth public workshop for Monday, Jan. 29, to obtain input from Westport residents for the 2007 Plan of Conservation and Development.
The workshop will be held at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave., at 7 p.m.
The event is intended to involve town residents in exercises that will help identify issues and priorities for infrastructure and implementation topics in the 2007 Town Plan.
Topics are expected to include: community facilities and services; vehicular transportation; other transportation (pedestrians, bicycles, transit, rail); utility infrastructure (piped, wired, wireless), and implementation.
Winter Jog That Seems Like Summer
A jogger gets some time in Friday on Wetport’s Compo Beach Road. The calendar said January, but it felt like June with temperatures in the 50s. Today’s forecast called for even milder weather in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007
2 p.m. and 6 p.m. .- Westport Country Playhouse - Buster Keaton Film Festival accompanied by Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Man Wearing Ski Mask Robs Westport Hair Salon
A man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a kitchen knife held up a Westport hair salon tonight on Post Road East near the Fairfield town line, police said.
It was not immediately known how much was taken in the robbery at Super Cuts, 1799 Post Road East, police said. The 911 call came in at 8:32 p.m.
Two female employees were in the store at the time when the man, described as a black male wearing a black ski mask, dark pants, a dark colored jacket, white sneakers and armed with a knife, entered near closing time, a news release said.
“While displaying the knife, the robber ordered one of the female employees to the floor and then had the other female employee take him to the cash register,” the statement said.
Friday, January 05, 2007
The Westport Fire Department added to its officer ranks today in a promotion ceremony at fire headquarters. Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfried (l) became deputy chief; Lt. Andy Kingsbury (c) became assistant chief/training officer, and Firefighter Ernie Ruot (r) became a lieutenant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Settlement Reached Over Rudolph House
The home at 16 Minute Man Hill won’t be demolished if it can be sold before Jan. 12 under an agreement announced today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo by Dave Matlow
By Jennifer Connic
As part of a settlement announced today in Stamford Superior Court, the contract owners of the house designed by modernist architect Paul Rudolph at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill have agreed to negotiate with a potential buyer for one week.
Westport developer David Waldman and his wife Yvette will work through Jan. 12 to negotiate in good faith with an unnamed potential buyer. If they cannot reach an agreement by then, they will demolish the house.
The Waldmans have signed an agreement with Dr. Louis Micheels to buy the house for $3.2 million and have already paid a $500,000 deposit.
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, which was asking for an injunction on demolition until after the home could be formally nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, agreed that it will not do anything to prevent the Waldmans from demolishing the house.
Man Indicted for $1 Million Westport Jewelry Robbery
A federal grand jury has indicted a 36-year-old convicted felon on charges that he stole more than $2.5 million in jewelry during a string of armed robberies across the state between 2004 and 2006, including $1 million from Westport’s Lux Bond & Green.
Jerry Kenyatta Carter, of Bloomfield, Conn., faces maximum penalties of decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines if convicted of the charges, which include brandishing firearms during the robberies and being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, prosecutors said.
Among the crimes he is accused of is the Nov. 3, 2004, robbery of Lux, Bond and Green at 136 Main St., in the Brooks Corner shopping plaza. (See WestportNow Nov. 3, 2004)
U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor said that Carter was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Bridgeport and was arrested Nov. 16 based on a robbery complaint filed by state authorities.
Westport Teardowns Dipped Slightly in 2006
By Dave Matlow
The number of teardowns dipped slightly in 2006 from the previous year, according to the Westport Building Department.
The first Westport demolition permit of 2007 was issued Thursday for 8 Sprucewood Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
In 2006, there were 93 demolition permits issued, down from 102 in 2005, the department said Thursday.
The department Thursday also issued its first demolition permit of the new year—for 8 Sprucewood Lane.
The house was featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 6.
Enjoying the Weather
With temperatures in the upper 50s on Thursday, many people headed outdoors to Westport’s Compo Mill Beach (above) and elsewhere to enjoy the weather. Rain is in the forecast for today with some predicting temperatures close to 70 on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, Jan. 5, 2007
No public events scheduled
Staples Boys Soccer Team Earns National Award
The Staples boys’ soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Team Academic Award, “for exceptional academic performance.”
To qualify, the team’s average GPA must be 3.25 or higher.
The honor—though just announced—is for the 2005 squad.
This marks the third time in four years the Wreckers have won the award.
Commission Continues Saugatuck Hearing
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a third hearing on a proposal to redevelop a Saugatuck property along Riverside Avenue.
The commission held its second hearing tonight and decided a third hearing was needed to discuss issues including drainage and public access to the Saugatuck River, including docks.
The plan calls to construct new buildings that would include retail shops, offices and residences at 553, 570 and 580 Riverside Ave. and 9 Ketchum St., which is set on either side of Riverside Avenue along the Saugatuck River.
Several of the 21 residential units will also be deemed affordable per the requirements of the town’s zoning regulations.
Play Reading Featured at Playhouse
Peter Struass: Reading a new play at the playhouse. Contributed photoEmmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss and Broadway, film and television actress Laila Robins will be cast members for the reading of a new play, “The Last Journey,” at Westport Country Playhouse on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m.
The new work is written by Tricia Walsh-Smith. Others in the cast are Marin Ireland, Debargo Sanyal, and Danielle Skraastad. “The Last Journey” will be directed by Carolyn Cantor, a co-founder and the artistic director of Edge Theater Company in New York City.
The reading is part of Westport Country Playhouse’s play reading series. Plays are read by professional actors without sets or costumes. Readings are followed by an audience feedback session with the playwright in attendance.
“The Last Journey” questions if we are possibly endangering the immortality of the soul.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Westport’s Inn at National Hall Sold for $19.85 Million
Westport’s Inn at National Hall and adjacent shops have changed hands for $19.85 million, according to a filing at the Westport Town Clerk’s office.
A Greenwich real estate investment company bought the Inn at National Hall and adjacent stores on the 2.5 acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Dec. 26 sale was by Norwalk’s Greenfield Partners LLC, operating as National Hall Associates LLC, to Antares National Hall LLC of Stamford, an entity controlled by Anatares Investment Partners of Greenwich.
Two years ago, the owners applied to the Planning and Zoning Commission to convert the hotel rooms into luxury condominiums. The company has yet to file final plans for the conversion after winning approval for larger units. (See WestportNow Jan. 20, 2005)
Built in 1873 and once part of the thriving 19th century Westport waterfront, the Inn at National Hall was restored and transformed into a 15-room luxury hotel in 1993 by developer Arthur Tauck at a cost of about $2.5 million. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Library Space Available to Studying Students
The Westport Public Library has set aside space for Staples High School students who are studying for mid-terms, which start on Monday.
Groups of students who wish to study together can reserve a space in the library by calling (203) 291-4840.
The library’s cafe will also remain open until 7 p.m. through mid-term week.
Family Y CEO Talks on Mahackeno Move
Westport Weston Family Y Chief Executive Officer Helene Weir chats with members of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Weston Family Y’s chief executive officer said today that Y officials need to move forward with plans to move their facility from downtown Westport to the Y-owned Camp Mahackeno.
Helene Weir spoke before the Y’s Men of Westport Weston at the Saugauck Congregational Church on Post Road East. The group has no affiliation with the Y but took its name from the fact that it used to meet at the Y’s 1923 downtown building.
“I’m not trying to change your minds on where we should locate the new building,” she said.
Y officials are deep down the path, however, of building the new facility at Mahackeno, Weir said, and they cannot talk about alternatives unless it is solid and there is no opposition.
Westport Attorney Pleads Guilty on Federal Charges
A Westport attorney pleaded guilty today on federal fraud charges.
Bruce Corrigan Jr., 58, of Southport, waived his indictment and pleaded guilty on one count of mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Aterton in New Haven federal court, prosecutors said. Corrigan has a law office at 1853 Post Road East in Westport.
In court, Corrigan admitted he mailed a false document to MetLife as part of a scheme to obtain over $4,500 in payments, federal officials said.
According to federal officials, Corrigan was approached by an undercover FBI agent in March 2003 during an investigation on health care and insurance fraud that involved Corrigan’s practice and the East Avenue Chiropractic Center in Norwalk.
Landon Finishing Budget Proposal
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon is putting the final touches on his 2007-08 school budget proposal, which will be presented to the Board of Education on Friday.
Landon would not give an indication of how much his proposal would increase the current budget, but he did say he would ask for more teachers.
“We are trying to adjust for an increase in enrollment in some areas and a reduction in other areas,” he said. “The increases, however, are outweighing the reductions.”
It means there will be an increase in teachers, Landon said, but there will not be any increase in the number of administrators.
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The boat slips at Longshore Club Park are empty now, but with temperatures close to 50 degrees in Westport many people are outside enjoying the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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