Saturday, January 07, 2006
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006
2 p.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
5 & 8 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theater - Staples Players One-Act Play Festival
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Planeside, Doublethink & Glorietta perform
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Dar Williams with Freedy Johnston
Friday, January 06, 2006
Staples Players Host One-Act Play Festival
Annie DeKraker, David Winther and Megan Watt perform in the Staples Players sixth annual One Act Play Festival this weekend under the direction of Staples junior Georgina Pappas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Staples Players will present its sixth annual One-Act Play Festival on Saturday and Sunday with three performances.
Performances are slated for 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before the performances in the expanded and renovated Black Box Theater.
The 10 one-act plays are directed by Staples seniors and juniors as part of a Theater Department directing class.
Vintage Toys Subject of Tour
Maura O’Keefe and Jean Ripp examine a doll house filled with vintage toy furniture as part of a tour of the “Yesterday’s Toyland” exhibit today at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Fine for WestportNow.com
Fans of vintage toys had the opportunity to hear first-hand today about items on display at the Westport Historical Society as part of the “Yesterday’sToyland” exhibit.
The exhibit features pieces such as old trains, porcelain dolls and wind-up toys, which still work. Some date back to the early 1900s.
“Most of these toys are priceless to their owners,” said Mollie Donovan, exhibit co-director. “We have made sure they are safe here.”
Ellen Naftalin, exhibit curator, said those who loaned their collection pieces were very generous.
Westport Man Indicted on Federal Firearms Charges
A Westport man was indicted by a federal grand jury for having a firearm as a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced.
Werner William Janer, 43, of Sturges Highway, was indicted Thursday by the jury in Bridgeport, according to an announcement. Janer is also known as “J Werner” and “Joseph Leahy.”
According to the release, Janer was arrested by Greenwich police in September after purchasing wrist watches at Richard’s of Greenwich with fraudulent credit cards.
Officers searched Janer’s home after securing a search warrant, according to the release, and found a .22-caliber Walther semi-automatic handgun.
Historical Society Offers Exhibit Tour Today
The Westport Historical Society will be offering a tour of its current exhibit—“Yesterday’s Toyland”—today at 1:30 p.m. at the society’s home on Avery Place.
Leading the tour will be curator Ellen Nafatalin and exhibit co-chairmen Mollie Donovan and Wally Woods.
The exhibit, featuring vintage toys and dolls from the Victorian era through the 1940s, will close Jan. 15, and this is a unique opportunity to tour the exhibit with the curator before it closes, according to an announcement.
Immediately following the gallery talk, visitors can tour the period rooms in the Wheeler House with trained docents from the Historical Society. They will give guests an insider’s view of life in the Victorian period, including explanations of how all of the historical gadgets and furnishings were used, the announcement said.
Sherwood Island Scene
Friday, Jan. 6, 2006
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening reception for exhibit by artist Miggs Burroughs
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening reception for “Brooklyn” exhibit
Thursday, January 05, 2006
The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today presented past president Jan Van Lear (2000-2001) with a special recognition plaque in honor of his many contributions to the organization. The presentation was made at the group’s first meeting of the year. Picture (l-r) are: Austen Doolittle, also a former president, Jan and Janet Van Lear, and Bill Meyer, current Y’s Men president. The Van Lears will be moving to Fort Myers, Fla., after 33 years as Westport residents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Registrar Happy With Voting Machine Decision
One of Westport’s registrars of voters said today she is happy with Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz’s decision to pull the plug on plans to use electronic voting machines this fall.
Bysiewicz told reporters in Hartford Wednesday that the finalist in the bid process, Simsbury-based Danaher Controls, misled the state and had not yet sought proper certification to meet state and federal requirements.
She will now open the bidding process to all companies across the country, and it means the old lever machines will be used again this fall for the election, which includes the governor’s seat and Congressional spots.
Nita Cohen, one of the town’s two registrars of voters, said she believed from the beginning none of the machines being offered fit the needs of state voters.
Westport Teaching Job of Wife of Missing Man “On Hold”
The Westport teaching job of a Greenwich woman whose husband disappeared in July on their Mediterranean honeymoon cruise is “on hold” while she seeks justice for her husband, The New York Times reported today.
In an interview with the newspaper recounting her movements on the night her husband disappeared, Jennifer Hagel Smith appeared to make reference to what she had said in a family statement in October – that she had been looking forward to her third grade elementary teaching position in Westport. (See WestportNow Oct. 2, 2005)
“The teaching job she once looked forward to is now on hold,” the Times said.
“Finding justice for George is my job,” the woman told the newspaper. “Your whole life just changes when something like this happens.”
A Wave Of Suds
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Special School Administrative Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Arts Center Presents “Mozart Project” Literary Series
The Westport Art Centers will host a six-part series titled “English Literature and the Art of Mozart” starting Jan. 11.
Mark Schenker, the center’s literary guru, will lead the Wednesday evening lecture and discussion series at the gallery on Riverside Avenue. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.
The program will feature literary works by Pope, Wordsworth, Keats and others that framed the composer’s lifespan of 1756 to 1791.
The lectures and discussions are part of the art center’s “Mozart Project.”
Police Report Quiet New Year
Police are reporting a relatively quiet weekend in Westport when many were celebrating the start of 2006.
From noon on Friday, Dec. 30 through midnight Monday, Jan. 2 police did not make any driving while under the influence arrests, said Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer.
There were also no deaths on the town’s roads, he said.
Police made 26 motor vehicle arrests, he said, which includes various tickets including speeding.
Truck Snags Wires Outside Town Hall
A delivery truck snagged some utility wires outside of Westport’s Town Hall today, snapping one utility pole and pulling off center another (left of picture and right, on the hill). No one was injured and the only service affected was a fibre optic line operated for the Board of Education. Traffic was rerouted around Myrtle Avenue. Access to Town Hall’s rear parking lot was available via St. John’s Place. Both poles were replaced by early evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
CLASP Receives Newman’s Own Grant
CLASP Homes has received a donation of $25,000 from Westporter Paul Newman’s Newman’s Own foundation.
CLASP is a non-profit community organization serving adults with developmental disabilities.
Currently in its 23rd year, CLASP has grown from operating one group home to hosting 10 group homes, eight apartments, and a Career and Community Options Program throughout Fairfield County.
Program sites are located in Westport, Wilton, Norwalk, Fairfield, Easton, Shelton and Stratford.
P&Z Considering More Affordable Housing Options
The Planning and Zoning Commission is working with another potential zoning regulation that would help provide more affordable housing in Westport.
The commission is considering a regulation amendment that would change the town’s cap on multi-family housing.
A hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 in Town Hall.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the commission wants to add more affordable housing in town.
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Special Commemoration of Martin Luther King Birthday Set
The Interfaith Council (IFC) and the Clergy Association of Westport and Weston will sponsor a special observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church.
The event, “The Voices of Our Children,” will feature an interfaith concert of chorale readings and musical selections by young people from 12 of the religious communities in Westport and Weston, according to an announcement.
The highlight of the commemoration will be the reading of excerpts from King’s “I Have A Dream” speech which he delivered Aug. 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. King, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.
Participating young musicians and actors are scheduled to include Claire Minella of the Staples Players, who will sing a gospel song, and Jeramie Mayes, a scholar with Westport’s A Better Chance, who will sing “The Impossible Dream” from the Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha”.
Westport Property Transfers Dec. 19-23, 2005
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 19-23, 2005
Lorna B. Christophersen to Peoples Bank- Trust, 3 Charmers Landing, $360,961.70
Doris P. Ray to Erik F. and Debra A. Lundquist, 3 Plunkett Place, $1,030,000
SIR- Mortar Rock II LLC to Jeffrey and Lauren Rosenkranz, 8 Mortar Rock Road, $1,999,999
No Flooding Reported, Expected
There was no flooding reported throughout today’s storm although warnings were in place, according to Fire Chief Christopher Ackley.
Ackley said the tides were higher than normal, but the water did not flood into the neighborhoods.
“We’re still going to monitor the situation today and tomorrow with a warning still in effect,” he said. “I don’t foresee any problems.”
The reason there was no flooding may be because there were no high winds like had been expected, he said.
Town Clerk Sworn In
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today swore in Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss to another four-year term in office. Strauss, who has served in the position since July 1998, was reappointed by Joseloff last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples Hockey Tops New Fairfield in Overtime
Staples hockey team beat New Fairfield 3-2 in Overtime Monday night in Danbury. Ben Goodman here is firing at the New Fairfield net. The Wreckers were down 2-1 midway through the third period when they tied the score forcing overtime. They sealed the comeback win in overtime. The team improved its record to 6-1 this season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dag Muller for WestportNow.com
Westport Public Schools Closed
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced that all Westport public schools will be closed today due to the weather.
More Rain, Sleet and Snow
Snow was already on the ground at Longshore Club Park from Saturday’s snow storm, but more is on the way. Rain, sleet and snow were predicted to last through this morning before switching over to all snow. A total of one to three inches of snow is expected to fall. More of the winter mix is predicted for Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006
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