Monday, March 27, 2006
First Selectman to Address Westport Rotary Club Tuesday
Gordon Joseloff: will describe life as first selectman. Contributed photo“Westport - The First Selectman’s View” will be the subject of First Selectman Gordon Joseloff’s address to the Westport Rotary Club Tuesday. The public is invited to attend the luncheon at Westport’s Inn at Longshore from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Joseloff, who is also a member of the Rotary Club, will discuss his first four months in office. He will outline his plans for the town, including his efforts to improve emergency preparedness, provide expanded senior tax relief, and make technology advances, among other initiatives.
Joseloff is a Westporter whose family ties to the town go back 90 years. He attended Saugatuck Elementary School and Bedford Elementary School (now Town Hall) and was among the first students to attend Coleytown Elementary School when it opened in 1953.
Joseloff’s award-winning, around-the-world journalism career includes more than two decades with United Press International and CBS News in New York, London, Moscow, and Tokyo covering many of the world’s major news events. In 1984, he was awarded an “Emmy” for his coverage of the assassination of India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He returned to Westport in 1989.
Westport Youth Commission Seeks Nominations
Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today that the Westport Youth Commission is seeking nominations for the annual James S. Bacharach “Service to the Community” award. All qualified Westport high school seniors are eligible for the community service honor.
The award, given to one or more Westport high school seniors, recognizes significant community service contributions in Westport. Citations have been given annually since 1989 as a tribute to the late James S. Bacharach, a founder and past president of the Youth Adult Council. The council was predecessor of the Westport Youth Commission, which Bacharach and other concerned citizens founded in 1974.
“Successful applicants must demonstrate exemplary leadership ability and high standards of community service,” said Butler. “Anyone may nominate a deserving student or high school seniors are free to nominate themselves.”
Applications will be available online a www.westportyouthcommission.org, in the counseling offices at Staples High School, Greens Farms Academy, Hopkins School, at the Westport Public Library, and from the Department of Human Services at Town Hall.
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Brown Bag Session Scheduled at Playhouse
The Wednesday, April 5 Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon will be held at the Westport Country Playhouse.
The session starts at noon and will be held in the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall.
Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson will discuss plans for the 2006 season.
“This is an opportunity for Westporters to find out what’s coming up in the 2006 season at the Playhouse,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said in a press statement. “It will also be a chance for citizens to see the recently renovated Playhouse if they have not seen it before.”
For more information, call the selectman’s office at (203) 341-1111.
Burger King to Become Arby’s
Westport’s Burger King will become an Arby’s if the Planning and Zoning Commission approves changes to the restaurant at 1000 Post Road East. The restaurant chain, with the theme “Now that your tastes have grown up,” features roast beef sandwiches as well as deli-style sandwiches, wraps and salads. Recently, the Atlanta-based company began offering its Arby’s “Chicken Naturals” product line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, March 27, 2006
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Formal Budget Hearing -Selectman and Board of Education budgets (cable channel 79)
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Celebrating “Music in Our School” Month
This is “Music in Our School Month” and students at Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School were among those taking part. First graders in Suzanne Sherman Propp’s class celebrated by singing “Hedwig’s Theme” (Harry Potter) with piano accompaniment by Kayla Manion. Each grade has had performances by talented students throughout the month showcasing a variety of instruments. The celebration concludes Tuesday with the town-wide Elementary Spring Festival at Long Lots Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport-Weston Interfaith Council Hosts Forum Today
William Grassie: talking science and religion. Contributed photoThe Westport-Weston Interfaith Council will hold a community forum on “Science and the Sacred: Towards the Constructive Engagement of Religion and Science” today at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.
The forum features Dr. William Grassie, executive director of the Metanexus Institute. The discussion is an “introduction and invitation to join in the challenging and exciting dialogue between the estranged domains of science and religion,” according to an announcement.
The Philadelphia-based Metanexus Institute says its mission is “to seek to create an enduring intellectual and social movement by collaborating with persons and communities from diverse religious traditions and scientific disciplines.”
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
4 p.m. - Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road - Community Forum of Westport-Weston Interfaith Council on “Science and the Sacred: Towards the Constructive Engagement of Religion and Science”
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Getting an Inside Look at an Ambulance
An ambulance from Westport’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service was among the vehicles at today’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at Coleytown Elemenary School. EMS volunteer Norman Coltin gave youngsters the tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Getting behind the wheel of a Gault Fuel truck brought smiles to the face of this young lady at today’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers March 13-17, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 13-17, 2006:
Edward H. and Susan F. Robbins to Steven and Lauren Rosen, 10 Arrowhead Road, $1,651,000
Old Hill Farms LLC to Jacques and Wendy Bouthillier, 26 Old Hill Farms Road, $2,000,000
Antionette Denvendorf to Carol Ann Dravis, 37 Guyer Road, $300,000
Carol Ann Dravis to Antoinette Devendorf, Unit 27 Whitney Glen, $175,000
Allen G. Schnapp Living Trust o Nitin and Gayatri S. Batra, 15 Hen Hawk Lane, $1,250,000
Getting Some Hands-On Experience
There was hands-on fun at today’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School. The event was a fund-raiser for the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Historical Society to Repeat British Invasion Tour
If you missed the Westport Historical Society’s 2002 sold-out tour of the 1777 British invasion route of Westport and surrounding towns, you’ll have another chance next month.
A painting owned by the Westport Historical Society depicts the 1777 British landing at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Society is repeating the blockbuster “The British Are Coming” bus tour Sunday, April 9, boarding at Compo Beach at 10 a.m. at the cannons and returning there at 3 p.m. – rain or shine.
The route of the 1777 British incursion to Danbury and the hasty retreat and narrow escape to their ships off Compo Beach is closely followed on this 60-mile, narrated tour in the deluxe, 55-passenger motor coach, an announcement said.
A group from the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston traveled to Hartford Thursday to tour the Wadsworth Museum and to see a rare collection of Rodin statuary. They were later given a private tour of the State Capitol and met with State Sen. Judith G. Freedman and Westport Reps. Rep. Joe Mioli and Cathy Tymniak. Pictured is Mioli briefing the visitors in the legislative chamber. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paul Cohen for WestportNow.com
Truckin’ at Coleytown
Among trucks on display today at the “Touch-a-Truck” event at Westport’s Coleytown Elementrary School beginning at 10 a.m. is a “hook” truck owned by Ron Malone, a WestportNow contributing photographer (who will also have his camera). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 25, 2006
10 a.m. - Coleytown Elementary School - Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School “Touch-a-Truck”
2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Walking Tour of Downtown District
4 p..m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “On the Verge”
Friday, March 24, 2006
On the Runway
Staples senior D. J. Steflkovich, a football team co-captain, modeled some sportswear tonight along with cheerleader Allison Westrup at the Staples Varsity Vogue Fashion Show and Auction at Mitchells of Westport. Coach Marce Petroccio (l) was master of ceremonies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Holding the Gold
Staples football co-captains taking part in the fashion show and auction festivities tonight at Mitchells of Westport iincluded (l- r) defensive linesman Wyatt Moss, linebacker and center Matt Dicesare, quarterback, D. J. Stefkovich, and wide receiver Brian Levine. The players are holding their signed state championship team footbal which was auctioned for a record $1,500. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Varsity Vogue Fashion Show and Auction Draws Crowd
Eric von Schmidt Paintings on “Indefinite Loan” to Town
The Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection Committee today installed several large-scale paintings by renowned Westport artist Eric von Schmidt in the hallway outside the Staples High School Auditorium. The paintings are from Schmidt’s “Giants of the Blues” series which were exhibited in September 2004 at the Westport Historical Society. In a fine arts coup for the town, the committee received seven of the paintings on “indefinite loan.” The series by Schmidt, a Staples graduate who is a pioneering figure in the folk music explosion of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, portrays American jazz, blues and folk musicians. Committee members Molly Donovan (l) and Nancy McNerny discuss the placement of the paintings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Paul Newman, Others Urge Protection of Images
Westport’s Paul Newman and several other southwest Connecticut actors traveled to Hartford today to lobby lawmakers to help protect their images.
Newman, along with Christopher Plummer of Weston and Charles Grodin of Wilton, appeared before the legislature’s Judiciary Committee to endorse legislation that would limit the ability of others to use technology to create likenesses of them.
“There’s a kind of cult of piracy that seems to be prevalent,” Newman told the legislators. “This cult of piracy has a new gorilla in the room, which is technology.”
Newman, who was accompanied by two Westport attorneys, said technology makes it possible to make an image appear to be something that really isn’t.
“Art of the Birdhouse” Preparations Underway
Preparations were under way today for tonight’s 11th annual “Art of the Birdhouse” fund-raiser and auction at Westport’s Inn at Longshore to benefit Project Return. Jeff Cook (l) and Lou Rolla, Project Return volunteers, are pictured as they surveyed “The Castle,” a birdhouse created by Jim Rooney of Easton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First Signs of Spring
“Touch-a-Truck” Event Saturday
The Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School will host a “Touch-a-Truck” event Saturday at Coleytown Elementary School.
The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m event provides children with a unique opportunity to climb aboard a selection of construction vehicles, emergency vehicles, a school bus, garbage truck and giant dump truck, organizers said.
“Touch-a-Truck” is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School. The cost for admission is $15 for a family of up to six members.
For more information contact Pat Rackliffe, director of the school, at (203)226-5052.
Friday, March 24, 2006
6:30 p.m. Mitchells of Westport, 670 Post Road East - Staples 9th Annual Varsity Vogue Fashion Show
6:30 pm. - Inn at Longshore - Project Return Birdhouse Auction
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “On the Verge”
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Board of Selectmen Approves Synthetic Fields
By Jayde Levesque
If all goes well, football players at Westport’s Staples High School will be playing on synthetic turf in the fall.
The Board of Selectmen Wednesday night approved two contracts for synthetic turf fields. Shown are (l-r) (seated) Selectmen Shelly Kassen, Gordon Joseloff, and John Izzo, and (standing) Verne Sedlaceck, Westport Field of Dreams Committee, amd Lee De Freitas, Eastern regional manager, Sportexe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for WestportNow.com
The Board of Selectmen Wednesday night approved two contracts that will make that possible.
One contract is with the Sportexe, a synthetic turf firm with U.S. headquarters in Round Rock, Texas. The other is with the Westport Football Association of Connecticut, acting on behalf of the Field of Dreams Committee.
The committee has agreed to raise the $1.5 million needed to complete two fields – and the town agreed to front the funds.
Shays: Troops Leaving Depends on Iraqis
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays speaks with a Y’s Men member after today’s speech to the group. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, told the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today that U.S. withdrawal from Iraq depends on the Iraqis themselves.
“I want to go when the Iraqis want us to go,” he said. “We will leave tomorrow if the new government asks us to leave, or at least move our troops so they are out of harm’s way.”
Shays focused mainly on issues surrounding on the war in Iraq and terrorism during his approximately one-hour talk before a packed room at the Saugatuck Congregational Church.
As more non-commissioned soldiers join the Iraqi army, he said, U.S. troops will be needed less and some can be brought home.Page 1086 of 1285 pages
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