Friday, February 02, 2007
Library Series Features “Born on the Fourth of July”
The Westport Public Library will feature “Born on the Fourth of July” as the fifth movie in the six-part Periscope Film series on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning film was based on the searing autobiography of Vietnam vet and anti-war activist Ron Kovic.
After the film, Professor Martin Haas will talk about how the film reflects the U.S. value system that led to the Vietnam War while also exploring the struggle of a young man learning to accept the consequences of Vietnam for himself and the nation.
Haas is the Adelphi University History Department chairman and is on the board of directors of the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, N.Y.
For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
Working on the Town Plan
Planning consultant Glenn Chalder (l) and Westport Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley (r) today reviewed information gathered from the public workshop on the update of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development held on Monday (See WestportNow Jan. 29). Chalder is the head of the Avon-based Planimetrics consulting firm hired to help the Planning and Zoning Commission complete the town plan update. The information from the meeting will added to a booklet being developed for the commission and already available in part on the town’s Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
P&Z Examines How to Promote Affordable Housing
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is starting to examine ways it can promote the development of affordable housing.
P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said commission would like to create initiatives and incentives to promote more affordable housing, including allowing for the town’s accessory apartments to be deemed as affordable housing under state statutes.
“We have to look at the process,” he said. “There are things we need to do before they would qualify. That would include deed restrictions and yearly income reviews.”
Additionally, the owners of the apartments—which can only house people ages 62 years old or older per zoning regulations—would need to be willing to allow for the restrictions, he said.
Declaring Wear Red Day
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff reads a proclamation this morning declaring today “Wear Red Day” while surrounded by Town Hall workers wearing red. Wear Red Day is a program sponsored by the American Heart Association to bring attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer among women. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
School Board May Cut Landon’s Budget Proposal
The Westport Board of Education is preparing to deliberate and vote on the proposed 2007-08 school budget, and its final decision may be something less than what Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has proposed.
Landon has proposed an $89.2 million 2007-08 budget, which is a 8.8 percent, or $7.2 million, increase over the current budget. The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal during its meeting at 8 p.m. on Monday at Staples High School.
During a meeting with the Board of Finance on Tuesday night, Board of Education Chairwoman Mary Parmelee said the board most likely would present the finance board with something different than what Landon has proposed.
“I imagine we will make changes to the budget,” she said on Thursday. “I only know of potential requests to lower it.”
Wintery Mix in the Forecast
Temperatures were in the 30s on Thursday with mostly clear skies, but forecasters predicted a wintery mix of snow and sleet for today. The view is of the sunset Thursday from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, Feb. 2, 2007
9 a.m. - Town Hall front steps - Wear Red Day proclamation reading
9 a.m. - noon - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Cholesterol and blood pressure screening
8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Singers & Songwriters: Jim Kempner
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “Spinning into Butter”
Kicking Off Celebrate Westport’s Second Year
The town kicked off the second year of its Celebrate Westport initiative this morning at a Town Hall meeting. Among those addressing the session attended by representatives of many of Westport’s nonprofit organizations were (l-r) Susan Witkow, chair of the Celebrate Westport Committee, Selectwoman Shelly Kassen, and the town’s webmaster, Carrie Makover. During its first year, Celerate Westport helped launch the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse, which will continue later this year. The initiative this year includes an online calendar of events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Wintry Mix Forecast for Tonight and Friday
The National Weather Service said today a wintry mix is on tap tonight and Friday morning for Westport and portions of the tri-state area.
Developing low pressure over the Carolinas will track northeast and will find itself well south of Long Island by Friday morning, then will continue northeast towards Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine, an afternoon advisory said.
Light snow will be developing later this evening—mainly after midnight—before increasing in intensity during the pre-dawn hours.
Along the coast, snow will mix with and change over to rain during the morning commute on Friday, then rain will spread into much of the tri-state area before tapering off by midday Friday, the advisory said.
Fabrizi Talks on Bridgeport’s Successes and Challenges
Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi thanked Westporters during his talk to the Y’s Men of Westport Weston this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi today outlined for a Westport audience his plans to pave a bright future for the city, but he also acknowledged the challenges city officials face in order to turn Bridgeport’s fortunes around.
Fabrizi, speaking before the Y’s Men of Westport Weston at its weekly meeting at Saugatuck Congregational Church, thanked the Westporters in the audience for their contributions to the city.
“No other community does more for Bridgeport through volunteerism than Westport and Weston,” he said.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 185 Imperial Ave.
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 185 Imperial Ave. The 1910 house is on .5 of an acre, and the Historic District Commission will have to review the application because of the home’s age. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Longtime Westporter William F. Cribari Dies at 88
William F. (Crobar) Cribari: lifelong Saugauck resident. WN file photoWilliam F. (Crobar) Cribari, a longtime Westport resident known to many commuters as the man who directed traffic in Saugatuck for many years, died Tuesday at West Haven Veterans Hospital. He was 88.
A life member of the Saugatuck Volunteer Fire Department, Cribari was a special police officer for Westport for more than 30 years.
For many of those years he could be seen walking Main Street every Saturday and directing commuter traffic at the intersection of Riverside and Saugatuck Avenues.
When a traffic light was installed at that intersection, he moved to the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street where he directed traffic until retiring a few years ago.
Transit District Receives Grant for Door-to-Door Service
A state grant is allowing town officials to gauge the need for door-to-door bus service for Westport’s physically-challenged residents.
The state Department of Transportation awarded the Norwalk Transit District, which oversees Westport’s bus program, a $32,313 grant for the initiative last fall.
Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler said the program was new last fall and open to existing Norwalk Transit customers and human services clients, but now the program is open to all Westporters.
Previously, only those who lived within three-quarter of one mile from a transit route could receive door-to-door service, she said.
The sun sets over Longshore Club Park in Westport Wednesday night with temperatures that were around the freezing mark. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s today, but there is a weather advisory in effect for tonight and Friday morning. It calls for a wintery mix of snow and sleet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The Line King”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
Interim Assistant Principal Starts at Staples
George Tanner: Joining the Staples staff. Mike Schneider for WestportNow.comBy Mike Schneider
George Tanner started his job today as the new interim assistant principal for the remainder of the school year at Westport’s Staples High School.
He fills the vacancy left by Richard Franzis, who was called to active military service earlier this month (See WestportNow Jan. 9), and will work with the sophomore class.
Tanner, 61, retired last October after 38 years at Derby High School, where he was a teacher, coach and assistant principal.
He said he looks forward to his time at Staples and cited the school’s “stellar” academic reputation.
Talking Transportation: The TSB Vision of Our Future
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Who is looking out for our state’s transportation future? The TSB, that’s who. Created by the legislature almost six years ago, the Transportation Strategy Board has just issued its updated vision of where we’re going, and it holds a number of exciting possibilities.
Railroad Stations and Parking: The TSB calls for additional parking at all stations with uniform permit policies and pricing. They also want to expedite the replacement of the Stamford garage, now set for demolition. New stations should be built in West Haven and, possibly, Orange.
The new stations should be sites for transit-oriented development (TOD) (i.e. shopping and housing within walking distance). Platforms at all stations should be lengthened to accommodate ten-car trains. Intermodal connections between trains and residential / business areas should be enhanced with bus and shuttles.
New Train Service: The TSB endorses plans for new commuter rail service between New Haven and Springfield, the integration of Metro-North and Shore Line East, and future service to Penn Station. They also suggest ordering more new M8 cars.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Irving Berlin Music Featured at Arts Center
Irving Berlin: Music featured at the Westport Arts Center. Contributed photo“Broadway Songbook,” a new series presented by the Westport Arts Center, kicks off on Monday at 7 p.m. at the arts center with a performance featuring the early music of Irving Berlin.
The evening includes food and wine, plus the 90-minute musical program. Tickets are $30. Student tickets with valid identification are $5.
Sung by Westporter Susan Terry and Ivy Austin, the series is conceived by Westporter Max Wilk. Stephen Stout will serve as narrator, and Michael Lavine is pianist.
Focusing on the music Irving Berlin composed from 1912 to 1913, songs include “When I Lost You,” ”If That’s Your Idea of a Wonderful Time, Take Me Home,” “I’m Telling You I’m Choking on That Five Cent Cigar You’re Smoking,” “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars,” and “That International Rag” sung with its counterpoint, “When I Get to the U.S.A.”
For information and tickets, call Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070, purchase online at www.westportartscenter.org, or visit the gallery on Riverside Avenue.
Train Station Camera Feed to Go Live to Police
Westport officials hope to expand a program that brought security cameras to the Saugatuck Metro-North train station by making the images available in a live feed to police headquarters.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced in October that 16 cameras would be placed at the station (see WestportNow Oct. 7, 2006) and they were installed earlier this month. But under the state plan, the images are stored on a computer hard drive at the station so they can be reviewed after any incidents.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said town officials are working with the Department of Transportation to install technology that would bring the images back to police headquarters for real-time viewing.
“We may be unique to any of the places that have these cameras,” he said.
Engineering Team Reaches National Final
For the second consecutive year, the engineering team at Westport’s Staples High School has made it into the final round of the National Engineering Design Challenge.
The team will travel to Washington Feb. 15-17 to present its final design. The Staples team placed second last year and first in 2001 in the competition, which is sponsored by the Junior Engineering and Technical Society (JETS).
The challenge for this year was to design a device to improve life for people with disabilities, and the team designed a retractable shelving system that would enable a person in a wheel chair to utilize the upper and lower shelves with ease.
Although targeting users in wheelchairs, the device would also be useful to those too short to reach upper shelves without a step-stool and also to those for whom bending or crouching to reach the lower shelves is not possible or uncomfortable.
Library Offers Tax Update Program
The Westport Public Library will be offering a program for residents to learn the latest in the federal tax laws on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. in the library’s McManus Room.
IRS Revenue Agent Joseph D’Agostin will share the most up-to-date information and talk about new tax-law changes and tips that might affect your tax return.
This will be D’Agostin’s ninth IRS update at the Library, and he’ll take questions from the public.
D’Agostin has more than 30 years experience in public accounting and small business, and is currently an audit-team member with the IRS, where he has worked since 1987.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
Temperatures warmed up into the 30s Tuesday bringing people to Westport’s Compo Beach, but there was still a chill in the air. Forecasts called for snow tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Curator´s Talk: Still Missing beauty absent social life
Westport Arts Center Executive Director Eileen Wiseman, John Shea, Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson, Isaiah Sheffer and and Symphony Space Director of Literary Programming Katherine Minton share a conversation before tonight’s performance of “Selected Shorts” at the playhouse. Shea, Sheffer and Thompson read short fiction pieces in the performance, which was taped to be aired on National Public Radio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Boards Battle Over School Budget Proposal
The Westport Board of Education and Board of Finance clashed tonight over the proposed 2007-08 school budget.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has proposed an $89.2 million 2007-08 budget, which is a 8.8 percent, or $7.2 million, increase over the current budget.
The discussion ranged from a battle over all-day kindergarten to the needs at Staples High School, but the two board chairmen argued when Board of Finance Chairman Jeffrey Mayer suggested the school board hold off its budget vote.
The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on its proposed budget on Feb. 5, which is its next scheduled meeting one week from tonight.Page 1307 of 1662 pages
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