Sunday, January 22, 2006
Library Hosts Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest
NYT’s Will Shortz at last year’s crossword contest. Contributed PhotoTest your skills at the Westport Public Library’s seventh annual crossword puzzle contest Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 pm.
New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz will again be on hand to watch the “puzzlers” and play some word games between puzzles.
Both novice and veteran players are welcome.
The contest is free and open to all, and will be held in the Library’s McManus Room.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Caccamo Lane
The Westport Building Department is processing a demolition permit for the home at 8 Caccamo Lane in the Compo Road North area. The house is vacant, but a real estate agent’s sign is out front. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Community Conversation: Freedom of the Press
Saturday, January 21, 2006
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Meeting His Constitutents
Westport Town Hall Site of Shays Community Meeting
The Westport Town Hall Auditorium was the scene of today’s community meeting held by Rep. Christopher Shays. Topics included the war in Iraq, presidential authority to engage in domestic eavesdropping, and energy policies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE: New Outages Reported as Winds Pick Up
As forecast, high winds hit the Westport area late this afternoon, resulting in new power outages. Gusts of 48 mph were reported along the shoreline.
Connecticut Light and Power Co., which earlier today said that most of its almost 12,000 Westport customers had their power back, reported 23 customers without power as of 11 p.m.
Earlier today, the utility variously reported that all customers were back or only one, two or three were out. At one point during the past week’s back-to-back windstorms, more than 4,000 town customers were in the dark.
The National Weather Service said a wind advisory was in effect until 9 p.m. It said winds will shift to the northwest and abruptly increase late this
afternoon to 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph as a cold front sweeps across the region.
Shays Listens, Responds to Community Concerns
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, responds to questions and comments from the crowd during a community forum at Town Hall today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, heard and responded to concerns about the Iraqi war, wiretapping and the country’s reliance on oil during a community meeting at Town Hall this afternoon.
It was Shays 17th community meeting throughout the district in recent weeks.
Shays said that while he had promised his constituents that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there are none there.
“I understand that you’ll now think I am crying wolf about things,” he said. “Whatever you think about me, we should still allow Iraqis the opportunity to succeed.”
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Compo Parkway
A demolition application has been filed for the 1928 home at 10 Compo Parkway. The Westport Historic District Commission reviewed the application in December. Compo Parkway is across from the entrance to Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Town Hall Auditorium - Rep. Christopher Shays community meeting
Friday, January 20, 2006
Health District Officials to Participate in State Flu Summit
Westport-Weston Health District officials are planning to attend a state summit on pandemic flu Feb. 2 that will be led by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement that the goal of the summit is to raise awareness among state, local and private sector leaders about the importance of planning now for a possible influenza pandemic.
“Federal and state officials will present strategies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an influenza pandemic,” she said in the statement.
District Director Sue Jacozzi said she hopes there are plans provided that local health districts can use in the case of a pandemic flu.
Unsung Heros Nominations Sought
The Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Kiwanis Clubs of Weston and Westport are seeking nominations for Unsung Heroes from Westport, Norwalk, Wilton and Weston to honor at the 11th annual Unsung Heroes Breakfast.
Flashback: Westporters Lindsay Kulkin and Lucas Rose were among Westport honorees at the 2005 Unsung Heroes Breakfast in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hadley Rose for WestportNow.com
“An Unsung Hero is someone who, in their own way, makes a difference in the lives of our residents and our community,” said Erin Butler, director of public relations and community programs for the Mid-Fairfield County chapter. “What makes them so special is that they do this out of the goodness of their heart and never expect to receive recognition.”
Examples of an “Unsung Hero” include an exceptional mentor or volunteer, going above and beyond the call of duty, saving a life, working “behind the scenes,” a good samaritan, or caring for the ill or elderly as a volunteer.
Nominees do not have to be Red Cross volunteers or members of Kiwanis, but they must live or have completed the services in the four towns.
Power Still Out to Some Westporters
While many Westporters have had their power restored, some were still without power today following almost back-to-back winter wind storms this week.
Connecticut Light and Power Co. said as of 10 p.m., 31 of its 11,915 Westport customers were without power.
The utility said it had brought it crews from out of state to supplement its own workers.
There was no estimate when the remaining homes could expect restoration.
Weston Photographer’s Work on Display
E. G. Simson: photos on display at Westport bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Weston resident and nature photographer E.G. Simson’s work is on display now through March at the Westport Fairfield County Bank branch on Post Road East.
The British-born Simson is noted for her photographs of nautical landscapes and animals, including deer, mustangs and thoroughbreds.
She is one of the preeminent equine photographers on the East Coast.
“I have always been fascinated by nature in all its forms,” she said. “My photographs reflect my deep love and reverence of nature in all its infinite displays.”
Westport Property Transfers Jan. 9-13, 2006
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 9-13, 2006
John and Carol Cravenho to Allan and Kristen Silver, 1 Hyde Lane, $2,400,000
Sandra McClave to James S. and Lisa Thompson, 39 Spicer Road,, $760,000
Richard E. Jensen to Jill Gordon, Unit 9 230 Saugatuck Ave., $605,000
Peter A. Jensen and Magdalena Marchwinska to Prudential Relocation Inc., 4 Sterling Drive,, $1,610,000
Prudential Relocation Inc. to Elizabeth H. Tine, 4 Sterling Drive, $1,610,000
Jacqueline D. Scott to Jill and Maarten Nederlof, 16 Colonial Road, $50,000
Friday, Jan. 20, 2006
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Daedalus String Quartet
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Doctor Reflects on Dafur Refugee Camp
Refugee workers are doing all they can to protect refugees in the Dafur region of Sudan, but it will take political will from other countries for the violence to end.
Steven Winter, a Norwalk Hospital doctor, spoke about his experiences with AmeriCares in Sudan last year during Thursday’s Y’s Men meeting at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Winter spoke about his time as a volunteer doctor for the Stamford-based agency in a refugee camp, the violence against the people in Dafur and his impressions on life there.
The militia in Sudan, Winter said, burns villages and often attacks those in the refugee camps.
Networking At Connections
Bedford Students to Fly in “Just So”
Power Still Out for Many Westporters
Many Westporters awoke today cold and in the dark as power outages persisted across Connecticut.
Connecticut Light and Power Co. reported 366 of its 11,915 Westport customers without power as of 11 p.m.
The utility said it expected crews from North Carolina and other areas to arrive in the region today to supplement its own crews.
The temperature dipped below freezing overnight but warmed up during the day to the 40s.
Coleytown’s May to Retire
Flashback: Kaye May welcomes a youngster back to school in September 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Kaye May, principal of Coleytown Elementary School, will retire at the end of the current school year, ending a 36-year tenure in Westport.
May has spent her entire educational career in the Westport school system, coming here in 1969 fresh from college with a new bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
She has been Coleytown principal since January 1998 when she replaced an interim principal who had served for six months following the departure of Dan Sullivan.
Prior to stepping into the top position, May had been the assistant principal for three years, following a two-year stint as an instructional specialist there.
A tree was knocked over by high winds Wednesday at Greens Farms Academy on Westport’s Beachside Avenue, and it fell onto and through a stone wall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Overcoat Series: “Burden of Dreams”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – First Selectman Committee for 99 Myrtle Avenue
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Third Thursday: Jim Kempner
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Representative Town Meeting committee chairs meeting
Volunteers Train With Ladders
Westport volunteer firefighters trained on ladders tonight under the direction of Deputy Chief Mark Amatrudo. The drill took place outside Westport Fire Headquarters on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Residents Question Mahackeno Bridge
Westport residents tonight questioned the use of a new vehicular bridge at Camp Mahackeno, the property owned by the Westport/Weston Famiily Y that it hopes will be the site of its new home.
Discussion at tonight’s Conservation Commission meeting centered on the role the bridge may play in future development of the property. Y officials said the bridge is needed regardless of a planned facility on the property.
Y officials are seeking approval to install a vehicular bridge to replace a bridge that has been damaged. The bridge is used mainly for the camp with small vehicles transporting supplies and campers walking across it.
The commission made no decision tonight, and a second hearing is scheduled for Feb. 6.
Westporters Face Another Night Without Power
Thousands of Westporters were in the dark tonight only hours after most homes got power back after a weekend storm.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said it could be days before some homes in the state get their lights on.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell held an emergency conference call and offered National Guard help to municipalities to help clear roadways of downed trees so power could be restored.
CL&P said 2,325 of its 11,914 Westport customers were without power as of midnight, or about 20 percent.
Playhouse Announces 2006 Season Productions
By Jayde Levesque
Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson today announced eight new plays for the 2006 season.
Making the announcement: Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson addresses the press today as Anne Keefe, associate artistic director, looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Although Thompson declined to reveal the name of a ninth play in the works, he said he was allowed “to dangle” the prospect of a secret play which he said will be announced in a few short weeks.
The only information he did leak was the ninth play is connected with a well-known actor.
Thompson, who was named artistic director Jan. 1, has already begun plans for auditions in New York City to cast the plays.
Residents Express Revaluation Concerns
A handful of Westport residents attended today’s Revaluation Working Group meeting to express concerns that some properties were overvalued during the reassessment.
Assessor William Gaffney said he plans to file the new Grand List at the end of February after reviewing information provided by residents during informal hearings and through his office. He had originally planned to submit the Grand List at the end of this month.
Vision Appraisal representatives gave a presentation on how values were compiled in Westport, and the committee and residents had an opportunity to respond.
Mike Laux, committee member, said he believes the $475,000 per acre base value used in the model was very low because properties would not sell for that little.Page 1086 of 1267 pages
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