Saturday, March 24, 2007
Temperatures remained in the 50s today, including at Westport’s Compo Beach, but rain moved through the area. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 40s this weekend, and there is no rain in the forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, March 23, 2007
Solar Panels Could Come to Staples
There will be solar panels on Westport fire headquarters this spring, and town officials will receive additional help in installing more solar panels potentially on a school.
The Board of Selectmen is poised to sign a memorandum of agreement to accept a two-kilovolt solar panel system from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund because more than 100 Westporters have signed up for a clean energy option with Connecticut Light and Power. For each 100 households that sign up for the clean energy option, the town receives a a two-kilovolt solar panel system.
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the town most likely will bank the panels and wait until several hundred more people sign up so town officials would be installing a larger system.
Carl Leaman, Green Energy Task Force chairman, said he would like to see the solar panels installed on a school, and specifically Staples High School.
ESPN Producer Explains Tillman Documentary
ESPN Producer Willie Weinbaum speaks about the ESPN documentary “Tillman’s Final Mission,” which was nominated for an Emmy, during today’s Sunrise Rotary session. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Dave Matlow
Willie Weinbaum, an ESPN producer of documentaries, today presented to the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club a report on his investigation of the 2004 “friendly fire” death of pro football star Pat Tillman while on duty with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
Tillman once played pro football for the Arizona Cardinals, and the results of a U.S. Department of Defense investigation of his death are due to be released on Monday. News reports said that inquiry found that nine officers, including up to four generals, mishandled the aftermath of Tillman’s death.
The interviews Weinbaum conducted were aired by ESPN on its “Outside the Line” on Oct. 15, 2006, in an episode entitled “Tillman’s Final Mission.” The documentary was nominated for an Emmy.
Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Tillman left his team and joined the Army. He was in Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Ranger at the time of his death on April 22, 2004.
Westport Property Transfers March 12-16, 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 12-16, 2007:
Stuart A. and Nancy P. McKeever to B. Deracey Gilbert, 36 Edgewater Hillside, $1,750,000
Stanley M. Seligson Properties to 1032 Post Road East LLC, 1032 Post Road East, $2,275,000
Matthew C. and Mary Rose to 45 Gorham LLC, 45 Gorham Ave., $815,000
Dorothy and Jordan Kaplan to Mary E. and Matthew C. Rose, 7 Cypress Pond Road, $720,000
Draft Town Plan Due Next Week
The first draft of the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development is due to the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission as early as late next week.
Glenn Chalder, Planimetrics principal who is working on the plan with the commission, said Thursday night during a commission work session he wants to have the first draft completed by Thursday.
P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said the first draft plan would be the subject of two discussion sessions with the commission on April 12 and 16, and there is no public session scheduled on the proposed plan until the second draft is completed.
“The first draft is really for the commission to discuss and hash out,” he said.
P&Z Receives Second Saugatuck Center Application
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission has received the second application from Marsh Development in a plan to revitalize Saugatuck Center.
The new planned development, which is called “Saugatuck Mill,” is for 12, 16, 20 Ketchum St. and 518 Riverside Ave. It is across the street from the first development the commission approved earlier this year (See WestportNow Feb. 8).
The property is a total of 2.8 acres and the plans call for a mix of residential and commercial use on the property, which is much like the previous application.
The plans call for the demolition of the structures on 12, 16 and 20 Ketchum St., and the 16,000-square-foot office building at 518 Riverside Ave. will remain standing.
Westport’s Compo Beach was a popular place on Thursday with temperatures reaching 55 degrees. Rain was expected during the night, but temperatures will remain mild and in the 50s for the next few days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, March 23, 2007
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Community Inclusion Task Force
6:30-9 p.m. - Mitchells of Westport - Varsity Vogue Fashion Show
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Composers Project: Tania León & Ursula Oppens, Jade Simmons, Brasil Guitar Duo
8 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players present “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
P&Z Considers Comments on Residential Regulation Changes
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is considering creating one residential zone with regulations that are based on lot size.
The commission discussed the potential of the plan during a meeting tonight on proposed residential structure regulation changes, which was the subject of a public workshop last week (See WestportNow March 15).
The proposal came up in a discussion on how to prevent a large number of homes that do not conform to the new regulations if they are approved.
Glenn Chalder, Planimetrics consultant who is helping craft the regulations in addition to working on updating the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, said the commission could create one zone rather than its current zones with flexible standards that are based on the size of the lot.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Getting Ready for Surfing
With temperatures in the 50s today, kite surfers flocked to Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures are expected to stay in the 50s for the next few days, although there is rain in the forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Spring’s first robins were spotted at Longshore Club Park today. Temperatures reached 55 degrees today, and they will continue to stay in the 50s for the next few days. Rain is expected tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
David Pogue, New York Times and CBS award-winning technology correspondent, spoke before the Y’s Men of Westport Weston this morning. Pogue discussed technological advances that he believes would have the biggest impact on our lives in the near future. An avid blogger, he said he receives 400-1,000 e-mails daily from around the world. Pogue is a Westport resident and has lived here with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children for the last four years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Officials Plan Update to Flooding Study
A car was stuck in the flooding on Pumpkin Hill when Westport had heavy rains on March 2. Town officials are planning to update a 30-year-old study on the town’s flooding potential. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo
By Jennifer Connic
Westport officials are planning to update an almost 30-year-old study of nine town waterways and their potential for flooding as a check on current priorities.
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the intent of the update to the 1978 Jackson Study is to better respond to current weather patterns and land development trends in Westport.
The first step, he said, is to get the Flood and Erosion Control Board and the Conservation Commission on board with the project. The Flood and Erosion Control Board will discuss the proposal at its April 4 meeting.
The original Jackson Study, Edwards said, was in response to severe flooding in Westport during the 1960s. It examined nine waterways including Muddy Brook, Dead Mans Brook, Pussy Willow Brook, Stony Brook, Poplar Plains, Indian River, Silver Brook and New Creek. The Saugatuck River and Sasco Creek were not included because they were included in a federal review.
ESPN Producer to Speak at Sunrise Rotary
The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will hear about an ESPN documentary about pro football player Pat Tillman’s death due to friendly fire at its next session on Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Peppermill Restaurant.
ESPN producer Willie Weinbaum will speak about the documentary, which today was nominated for a sports Emmy
The results of the investigation of an alleged cover-up of the circumstances of Tillman’s 2004 death while serving with U.S. troops in Afghanistan are due to be released on Monday.
Weinbaum has mainly produced for ESPN’s Outside The Lines investigations and has recently worked on issues as diverse the dangers of fans rushing the basketball courts after high school games to the attempts of Adam Greenberg to return to major league baseball after a severe blow to the head during his first major league at bat.
Going Down: 10 Compo Parkway
Construction crews completed the demolition of 10 Compo Parkway in Westport today. The crews started the demolition on Wednesday. The 2,400-square-foot house that was built in 1928 stood near the entrance to Longshore Club Park. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 21, 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Store to Donate Portion of Sales to Interfaith Housing
Those who shop at upscale women’s fashion store Eileen Fisher on Main Street in Westport on Saturday will be making a donation to the Interfaith Housing Association’s Bacharach Community.
The Bacharach Community is a nonprofit program that provides emergency shelter for mothers and children in need of safe housing.
The store will donate 10 percent of the day’s retail sales, and customers will be given $25 off and a gift with each purchase.
For more information, contact the Eileen Fisher store at (203) 227-1099 or Heather Cavanagh, IHA’s director of community relations, at (203) 226-3426 ext. 11.
Session to Focus on College Admissions Process
Westport parents tonight will have an opportunity to learn how to take the stress out of the college admission process during a meeting with the admissions dean from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The session will run from 7:30-9 p.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School.
Marilee Jones, admissions dean at MIT, will present “Less Stress, More Success: Taking the Anxiety out of College Admissions.” Tickets are free and are available at all public schools and the United Way office at 489 Post Road East.
The session is sponsored by the Westport Weston United Way and Positive Youth Development.
With temperatures close to 40 degrees Wednesday on the first full day of spring, joggers were spotted at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, March 22, 2007
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Investment Resource Seminar
6 p.m. - Downtown Westport - Project Return Birdhouse Stroll
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Marilee Jones, admissions dean at MIT, presents talk on “Less Stress, More Success: Taking the Anxiety out of College Admissions”
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Education Committee—canceled
Newman Seeks Again to Protect Images of Actors
Westport’s Paul Newman was back in Hartford today pushing for legislation that would create a “right of publicity” and prevent unauthorized digital distribution of anyone’s image.
Newman, who was accompanied by fellow actor James Naughton of Weston, made a similar appearance before lawmakers last year in an unsuccessful attempt at getting the legislation. (See WestportNow March, 24, 2006)
“What I am talking about is ownership of self,” Newman told the Judiciary Committee. “To me, that [misuse] is nothing less than theft.”
Because technology has improved dramatically, he said, he fears that film clips from his performances could be digitally extracted for use in film or commercials to unjustly profit the producers.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Westport Community Theatre Visits Brown Bag
Bob Lasprogato and Ann Kinner, both of the Westport Community Theatre, read a scene from “Spinning into Butter” during today’s citizens brown bag luncheon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Westport Community Theatre members call their theater one of Westport’s best kept secrets, but they’re trying to change that.
Theater members were at today’s citizens brown bag luncheon at Westport Town Hall telling the history of the organization—which goes back more than 50 years—and upcoming plans. Bob Lasprogato and Ann Kinner also read a scene from “Spinning into Butter.”
“Most people know about the Westport Country Playhouse, but a treasure most don’t know about is the Westport Community Theatre,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
The next production from the theater, which is located at Town Hall, is “Born Yesterday,” which opens on March 30.
Metro-North Beefs Up Security
Metro-North today announced beefed up security measures on its rail lines.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is among several policing agencies that will boost the law enforcement presence on Metro-North and other lines, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
“This combined deployment of MTA police and officers from a variety of federal and regional sources will give our commuter railroads the kind of police presence our customers deserve and the post-9/11 environment requires,” said Elliot G. Sander, the MTA’s executive director.
Citing security concerns, officials would not say how many new officers would be patrolling the trains and platforms. Under the plan, passengers could be subject to random bag searches.
Today is the first full day of spring with the change of seasons happening around 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, but there is still enough snow on the ground at Westport’s Longshore Club Park for cross-country skiing. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 50s by the end of the week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
House Regulations Topic of P&Z Work Session
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will analyze next steps towards residential structure regulation changes during a work session on Thursday night.
The commission held a public workshop with its consultant from Avon-based Planimetrics last week (See WestportNow March 15), and residents expressed concerns about the proposed changes. The changes include revisions to the coverage and setback allowances in each residential zone.
P&Z Co-Chairwoman Eleanor Lowenstein said the commission will discuss the ideas and comments the public gave during Thursday’s session, which starts at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, and determine the next steps.
Modifications may need to be made to the proposal from Planimetrics, which also is overseeing the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, she said, but there also may need to be more research.
CL&P Plans Emergency Repairs
Connecticut Light and Power crews are planning emergency repairs to strengthen high-voltage transmission lines near the intersection of Maple Lane and Clayton Street on Thursday at about 1 p.m.
The repairs require 40-year-old connectors to be replaced using a new splicing technique.
The repairs will produce a sound similar to the final aerial burst of a commercial firework display, and the Westport firefighters will be on site.
For more information, call the Westport Fire Department at (203) 341-5010 or Connecticut Light & Power at (860) 665-3409.Page 1307 of 1678 pages
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