Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
7 p.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
Rowland Announces Purchase of 38 Used Rail Cars to Ease New Haven Line Woes
Gov. John G. Rowland today announced the addition of 4,000 seats to Connecticuts rail commuter service by early fall while accepting a new $1.02 billion plan to purchase more than 300 new electric rail cars to replace and expand the stateҒs aging fleet on the New Haven Line.
A statement from the governor’s office said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is purchasing 38 used rail cars from Virginia Railway Express that will quickly add approximately 4,000 seats to Connecticuts commuter rail service prior to the start of the fall commuting season.
The cars are expected to arrive in Connecticut shortly and will be inspected and serviced over the summer, the statement said. ConnDOT will also purchase some new locomotives to support the expanded fleet.
The cars will be used on Shore Line East and some of the branch lines, transportation officials said, freeing Bombadier cars and maintenance equipment for the New Haven Line.
Playhouse Construction Work on Schedule
The Westport Country Playhouse took the press on a tour today of its site where work is progressing on its $18 million renovation and expansion project. Playhouse executive director Alison Harris (c) said everything is on schedule for reopening in June 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Downed Power Line Shuts Post Road East
A live power line across Post Road East near the Carvel ice cream store shut down the roadway for about an hour today. Police and fire units blocked the roadway until utility workers could cut power to the line. The road was reopened at 1:37 p.m. Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Downed Power Line Closes Post Road East
A downed live power line forced the shutdown of Post Road East today near the Carvel ice cream store in the area of 1000 Post Road East for about an hour.
Police and fire units blocked the scene while utility crews worked to shut off power to the line.
Police detoured traffic in the area. The incident occurred at about 12:35 p.m. and the street was reopened at 1:37 p.m.
Cause of the downed wire was not known, according to police spokesman Sgt. Jerry Shannon.
What’s New Inside WN: CPR Classes Offered, New Art Exhibit Readied, etc.
To help readers keep up on what’s new inside WestportNow, we call your attention to the following:
On the COMMUNITY page: Westport Volunteer EMS to offer CPR courses June 14 and 21…Bob McGrath takes over from Pete Wolgast as head of Westport and Weston Y’s Men.
On the ARTS & LEISURE page: The Westport Arts Center readies its Winners Circle exhibit.
On the BUSINESS page: Westport’s Cygnus Business Media names Ken Fisher CFO…Fairfield County Bank and Bank of Westport receive merger approval.
On the HEALTH & FITNESS page: Westport/Weston YMCA offers indoor swimming this summer.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Relaxing at Compo
TEAM Westport Hosts Amistad Tour and Reception
Amistad reception Friday in Stamford. AMISTAD America, Inc. photoFor many people, the Amistad slave incident of 1839 was brought to life by Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film “Amistad.” It told the story of 53 Africans who were kidnapped to be sold as slaves. They were held on a ship called La Amistad.
Three years later, a re-creation of the schooner called Freedom Schooner Amistad was constructed at Mystic Seaport and launched as a floating classroom to foster unity and improve race relations.
Now the Amistad is in Stamford through Saturday and to celebrate its docking, TEAM Westport, the town’s diversity panel, is hosting Westport/Weston residents at a special reception Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Stamfords Avalon Dock.
TEAM is short for Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
5:30 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 -Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance work session
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance
Westport Area Air Quality Unhealthy
The orange around Westport and nearby areas of southwest Connecticut indicates an unhealthy air quality due to elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone levels as of 5 p.m. today. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency predict similar unhealthy levels Wednesday. More information is available here. EPA graphic
Westport Annual Meeing Set for June 14
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell has announced that Westport’s annual meeting will be held Monday, June 14 on Veterans Green from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The meeting is required by the Town Charter.
Members of boards and commissions, volunteers, and Westport residents are invited to attend, Farrell said in a statement issued by her office. In case of rain, the meeting will be held in the Town Hall lobby.
Farrell will present a brief 2003-2004 annual report and also present the 2004 TEAM Westport Community Leadership Award on behalf of the Town of Westport and the TEAM Westport Committee.
TEAM is short for Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism.
Also on the agenda will be recognition of students who have participated in the Kids Connected program, Farrell said. Light refreshments will be served.
Hot Ticket for Fireworks
Westport’s Independence Day fireworks display July 2 at Compo Beach is a hot ticket. Clara Grucci of the famed fireworks family which will produce the display presents ticket No. 1 to Dave Friezo of Lydian Assset Management (LAM) of Westport, the premiere sponsor of the Police Athletic League (PAL) event. Looking on are (l-r) Chief Al Fiore, Buck Iannacone (PAL), Ken Goldberg, Jim Oakley, Dave Friezo and Andrzej Rojek (all of LAM), Grucci, Bill Krause (PAL), Scott Cooper (Grucci), Officer Ned Batlin and Rick Benson (fireworks committee). Tickets are on sale for $25 per car at the Parks and Recreation Dept. and at police headquarters. The price increases to $30 after June 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, June 07, 2004
Pretty as a Picture at Compo
Tuesday, June 8, 2004
6:30 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education public hearing for members of SHS community on school start time (cable coverage channel 78)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Architectural Review Board
Westport Fire Department Now at Full Strength
The Westport Fire Department’s newest recruit, Jason Kronenberger of Meriden, was sworn in today by First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell as his wife, Christine, and son, Garrett, looked on. With his addition to the ranks, the department is now at full strength. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nate Gibbons/Westport Fire Department photo
Rotary Hosts Golf Tourney
It was lunch under a tent today as the Westport Rotary Club held its first annual golf tournament at Longshore Club Park. More than 100 golfers took part in the event, which raises money for club donations to charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
After a weekend of clouds and overcast, today’s sunny weather with temperature in the 70s made for a perfect day for boating. But the marina at Longshore Club Park was deserted it’s Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Post Road East Accident Injures One
A three-car accident caused minor injuries to a young child on Post Road East near the intersection with Turkey Hill Road today. The child, who was in an infant seat, was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Martha Stewart Sentencing Delayed
The sentencing date for Westport’s Martha Stewart for lying about a stock sale has been delayed by three weeks to July 8, federal prosecutors said today.
The sentencing originally had been scheduled for June 17.
Stewart said in a posting on her Web site that her defense team had requested the delay so U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum could consider a new appeal.
The chambers of Cedarbaum, who will hand down the sentence for Stewart and former stockbroker Peter Bacanovic, had no comment.
Stewart was convicted in March for lying about why she sold shares of ImClone Systems Inc. stock in 2001. She could face 10 months to 16 months in prison.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Monday, June 7, 2004
7 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Wesport Weston Health District - Westport Weston Health District board of directors meeting
Making a Joyful Noise
Members of Westport’s United Methodist Church choir perform today at Temple Israel as part of “Make a Joyful Noise,” a community concert benefiting A Better Chance of Westport, Inc. The concert was presented by the Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Farrell Addresses U Thant Institute Event
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses today’s Ambassadors’ Luncheon at the Inn at Longshore. Sponsored by the Westport-based U Thant Institute, proceeds of the event went to combating the trafficking of women and children in Asia. Among the attendees was Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, UN Under-Secretary General. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. Saul Haffner for WestportNow.com
D-Day Remembered: Westport’s Robert Loomis
Today’s Sunday Hour of Norwalk features Westport D-Day veteran Robert Loomis in its coverage of the 60th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy.
Robert Loomis rides in the Memorial Day parade. Julia Mally/ WestportNow.com
As a native Parisian, Loomis, 79, could have taken a relatively easy assignment as an interpreter, the newspaper reported. But he chose the infantry instead.
“They had plenty of French interpreters, and I wanted more action,” he said.
Loomis was 19 when he found himself off Utah Beach on June 6, 1944, when the naval bombardment began.
“I was with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, 32nd Regiment, 4th Infantry Division,” he recalled. “We landed at H-Hour plus 90 minutes.
“The tide was so low we jumped off the landing craft into four feet of very cold water and had to wade and swim ashore.”
Annual Compo Fireworks Tickets on Sale
As first reported by WestportNow on March 30, the annual Police Athletic League (PAL) fireworks display this year is set for Friday, July 2 at Compo Beach.
The rain date is Tuesday, July 6.
The renowned fireworks family Grucci will again produce this year’s show, the 49th year the PAL has sponsored the event.
Tickets are on sale at the Parks and Recreation Dept. office at Longshore Club Park and the Westport police station. The price through June 14 is $25 per car and will increase to $30 after that.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
Learning About Diamonds
Bedford Middle School presented its annual student entertainment show Saturday night. Riley Andrews and Alex Herbertson sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Juggling Studies at Bedford Middle School
Duncan Raab was one of the Bedford Middle School students performing some juggling Saturday night, thanks to instruction from Vice Principal Tricia Raneri. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Sundy, June 6, 2004
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society’s Hidden Garden Tour
Noon - Inn at Longshore - U Thant Institute’s Ambassadors’ Luncheon
2 p.m. - Quick Center, Fairfield - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Funny Girl”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Temple Israel - Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston presents “Make a Joyful Noise”
5 p.m. - Continental Manor, Norwalk - Staples Scholar Athlete Dinner
A landscaping truck burns on the I-95 exit 17 southbound off-ramp today. Westport firefighters quickly doused the flames but not before the truck was heavily damaged. The occupants managed to escape without injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Unhidden for a Day
The Westport Historical Society presents is 13th annual Hidden Garden Tour Sunday, including this seaside beauty above. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and advance tickets are on sale at the WHS today from noon to 3 p.m. for $22 for WHS members and $30 for non-members. Day-of-tour tickets are $35. Details are available at the society’s Web site. Contributed photo
Friday, June 04, 2004
Saturday, June 5, 2004
7:30 p.m. - Quick Center, Fairfield - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Funny Girl”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
TEAM Westport Sponsors “Laramie Project” Community Conversation
A controversial play about the murder of a gay student in Laramie, Wyo., will be the focus for a community discussion by Westport’s diversity commission known as TEAM Westport.
The group is sponsoring the discussion June 18 immediately following that evening’s performance of “The Laramie Project” at the Westport Community Theatre in Town Hall.
Director David Roth and several cast members will join audience members in an exploration of the play’s themes, and its applicability to Westport.
“The Laramie Project” explores the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in 1998, and that Wyoming cowboy-and-college town’s reaction to it. Ten actors portray 84 roles, including Shepard’s two killers, his father and friends.
Music Theatre of Connecticut’s “Funny Girl” This Weekend
Westport-based Music Theatre of Connecticut presents the Tony Award-winning musical “Funny Girl” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield. The production features students ages 11-16. Details at the MCT Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, June 03, 2004
On the Wireless Mark
About 60 persons turned out Thursday night to hear technology consultant Mark Mathias speak at the Westport Public Library about home automation and wireless technologies. Using a table lamp and other props, he demonstrated how anyone can set up a home system that can turn lights on or off, view each room in the house, and open and close gates from wireless remote controls. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 4, 2004
4 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Boys Volleyball Team, winners of their second consecutive FCIAC title, begin their defense of their state titlle with a quarterfinal match against Joel Barlow
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
Cedar Brook Caf Drive-In
A woman motorist was slightly injured today when she drove her car into the side of the Cedar Brook Caf at Cedar Road and Post Road East. The bar was not open at the time. Cause of the accident is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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