Friday, August 05, 2005
Going Down: 21 Woods Grove Road
The house at 21 Woods Grove Road, off of Canal Street, came down today. Featured as the WestportNow teardown of the day June 6, 2005, the 0.28-acre property changed hands in April for $700,000. The house was built in 1947. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Country Playhouse Announces Fall Musical, “The Immigrant”
The Westport Country Playhouse, newly renovated and serving as a year-round performing arts center, has announced the title of its fall production � a new musical, “The Immigrant.” It will run from Oct. 27 through Nov. 12.
The play will be directed by stage and opera director and playwright Tazewell Thompson, who will succeed Joanne Woodward as the Playhouse’s artistic director on Jan. 1.
Nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, “The Immigrant” is the true story of Haskell Harelik, a young Jewish immigrant who flees Czarist Russia in 1909 and peddles his pushcart into the tiny Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas.
“The Immigrant” is the first theatrical production in a series of three scheduled from autumn through spring at the Playhouse.
Foggy Summer Morning
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Friday, Aug. 5, 2005
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Beach Boys benefit concert
Update: CL&P Making Progress on Green’s Farms Substation Repair
A transformer that failed at the Connecticut Light & Power Co. Green’s Farms substation causing blackouts and prompting appeals to conserve energy has been repaired and is ready to be placed back on line, a utility company official said tonight.
Christopher Swan, director of municipal relations for CL&P parent company Northeast Utilities, said the transformer has been thoroughly tested and will be returned to service Friday.
He spoke hours after CL&P issued another telephone appeal to Westporters to conserve energy to avoid blackouts such as occurred over much of the eastern part of town on Tuesday and Wednesday as temperatures soared into the 90s. The outages were caused by transformer problems at the Green’s Farms substation.
Swan said a backup mobile transformer would remain at the substation on Post Road East through early next week. “Pending successful transition and problem-free operation, we would then remove the mobile transformer and return it to our central warehouse,” he said.
Small Fire Damages Basement Ceiling of Westport Home
A small fire in a basement ceiling kept Westport firefighters busy for several hours today as they took apart the ceiling to get at the flames and extinguish them.
Because of the extreme heat and humidity, crews had to be rotated frequently at the scene of the blaze on Daniel Court, off of Sturges Highway, said Assistant Chief Larry Conklin.
The alarm came in at 2:10 p.m. with a resident reporting smoke in the basement of the home.
“A fire was found between the basement ceiling joists and caused moderate damage to the basement ceiling and the underside of the kitchen floor,” Conklin said.
CL&P Renews Appeal to Conserve Energy in Westport
The Connecticut Light & Power Co., in an automated telephone message to its Westport customers, today renewed its urgent appeal for energy conservation to avoid more blackouts.
The utility said a transformer problem at its Green’s Farms substation that resulted in blackouts Tuesday and Wednesday was continuing.
“While we have installed a portable unit, we are having difficulty managing customer demand for power,” the message said.
“If you could shut off non-critical electric load today it will help ensure we won’t suffer another failure until we can make permanent repairs.”
Jesup Green is White
Westport’s Jesup Green took on a white look today as workers prepared a tent for Friday’s Gala Dinner prior to the Beach Boys concert at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Trying to Beat the Heat
Local equestrians exercised their horses early today at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club between the sprinklers before the temperatures rose too high. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Commentary: A Son in a Dangerous World
Editor’s note: the following was broadcast on WSHU public radio. Jessica Bram is Westport writer.
By Jessica Bram
When my son David e-mailed me that his summer college internship had him living across from the Madrid train station where 89 morning commuters died during rush hour last year, I had only the briefest moment of unease. After all, I told myself, the simultaneous explosion of 10 bombs in Madrid’s public transportation system 16 months ago was now long in the past. Then I quickly turned my attention to David’s jubilant report of his host family’s perfect location two blocks from the Prado, of strange and wonderful Spanish customs such as dinner at 11, and discovering that eight years of classroom Spanish finally paid off. “I can understand them!” he marveled.
I rejoiced for my 19-year-old son at the prospect of this wondrous experience when he would leap into the world, unjaded and unafraid, to encounter strange customs and unfamiliar sounds, while stretching his young legs into adulthood. It brought back with crystal clarity my own summer after college in 1974, when I crisscrossed Europe with only a backpack, Eurailpass, and ripped-apart copy of Harvard’s “Let’s Go Europe.” I sometimes marvel at my own courage to have ventured out alone that way so young. But I don’t remember courage � only a dizzy intoxication at being footloose and utterly on my own in strange and wonderful foreign lands.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jodi Keogan and Friends: light-hearted combination of opera, Broadway, and cabaret.
Fire at Country Store Quickly Extinguished
Westport firefighters tonight quickly extinguished a small fire on a propane stove at the Country Store at the intersection of Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike. They broke a window to gain entry after a worker in the adjacent liquor store heard a fire alarm and smelled smoke. There was minimal damage, fire officials said. One firefighter slightly injured his knee during blaze but remained on duty. The store was heavily damaged by a fire several years ago. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Martha Stewart’s House Arrest Extended
Martha Stewart, who still maintains a home and TV studio in Westport, will spend three extra weeks under house arrest at her Bedford, N.Y., home, her lawyer said today.
The extension following reports that she violated terms of her home confinement by going to a yoga class and motoring around her estate in an off-road vehicle.
Stewart “has agreed to an extension of the terms of her home confinement until Aug. 31,” her lawyer, Walter Dellinger, said in a brief statement. He did not elaborate on why the house arrest had been extended.
Stewart, who turned 64 today, served five months in a West Virginia prison camp and was scheduled to complete five months of house arrest Aug. 10.
Realtors Compo Clambake Draws Crowd
The Mid-Fairfield County Association of Realtors held its annual clambake tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach. Guests lined up in the steamy evening temperature in the 80s for shrimp cocktail, steamers and mussels as well as lobster, steak and chicken catered by Westport’s Westfair Fish and Chips. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
CL&P Urges Energy Conservation, Warns More Westport Outages Possible
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said that today’s Westport power failure was due to continued problems with a transformer at its Green’s Farms substation. It asked Westporters to conserve power and warned that more outages are possible.
In a recorded message telephoned to all its Westport customers—a first in recent memory—the utility said that it had installed a portable unit at the substation but that it was “having difficulty in managing the load on this unit.”
“Unfortunately, this situation may continue for the next several days,” the message said, “and we may call you again for help in shutting off non-critical electric loads.”
The message told residents that “if you would shut off non-critical electrical load this evening, it will help ensure we do not suffer another failure until we make permanent repairs.”
Feds List Charges Against Former Westport Teacher
A former Westport middle school teacher inadvertently left a CD full of child pornography, including what appear to be lewd pictures of schoolchildren, in a computer he borrowed from a neighbor, federal investigators said today, the AP reported.
Paul Held, 67, a former teacher at Bedford Middle School, was arrested Tuesday at his North Avenue, Westport, home on federal charges of possession and distribution of child pornography and is being held without bond.
Held left thousands of sexual images of children as young as 2 years old on a laptop he borrowed from a neighbor while visiting his home in Vermont, according to court documents unsealed today.
“Some of the photographs also appeared to have been taken underneath school desks of unsuspecting female adolescents who were wearing skirts and dresses,” Jolinda L. Wnuk, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, wrote in an affidavit.
Today’s WestportNow Teardown: 25 Old Road
Another Power Failure Hits Westport
For the second day in a row today, large parts of Westport near the Fairfield town line as well as north to the Coleytown area were were hit by a power failure that lasted about 90 minutes.
Traffic moves along Post Road East today with traffic lights out due to the power failure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Power went out shortly after 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 2,271 Westport customers were without power, or 19 percent of all customers in town. All areas appeared restored by 2:40 p.m.
The blackout occurred in the same area where CL&P said more than 1,700 customers were left without power Tuesday. That failure, up to five hours in some places, was due to transformer problem at the utility’s Green’s Farms substation.
There was no immediate explanation for today’s outage which came as mid-day temperatures soared into the mid-90s. Areas affected were Post Road East from Maple Avenue North to the Fairfield town line and north to the Coleytown area.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309, SBC Staples Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Trent Arterberry: Mime Out Loud
Update: Power Outage Leaves More Than 1,700 Westport Customers in Dark
A five-hour power outage hit parts of Westport near the Fairfield line today, Connecticut Light & Power Co. said.
Emergency power lit Westport’s Stop & Shop during today’s power outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A CL&P spokeswoman said the outage—which came as mid-day temperatures soared into the 90s—was caused by a transformer problem at the utilty’s Green’s Farms substation.
“We had 1,727 customers out at about 10:30 a.m.,” said the spokeswoman, Mary Ingarra.
She said power was restored to more than 500 customers by mid-day but 1,054 were still in the dark at 3 p.m. The llights flickered on in most homes and businesses shortly after 3:30 p.m.
Not a Good Day
The driver of a Porsche pulled over in front of 156 North Ave. today as flames erupted from his car’s rear engine compartment. A passing pickup driver sprayed the flames with a fire extinguisher before Westport firefighters arrived. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Checking the Damage
Westport firefighters check a Porsche after flames erupted in the engine compartment on North Avenue. The driver, (rear, on the phone), pulled over and escaped without injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Monday, August 01, 2005
Honoring Dick Foot
Richard Foot, who is retiring this month as executive director/CEO of the Westport Weston Family Y, was honored by colleagues Monday night at the Cobb’s Mill Inn in Weston. Foot, who has served in the position since 1996, announced June 30 that he will become a consultant to 25 Y’s in Connecticut effective Aug. 15. (See WestportNow June 30, 2005) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005
8 p.m. � Town Hall Auditorium � Representative Town Meeting (cable coverage channel 79)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 102nd Army Concert Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
Former Town Attorney and Wife Make Spanish Pilgrimage
Former Westport Town Attorney Andy Fink and his wife Helen will address a Michigan meeting Wednesday about their 500-mile trek across northern Spain retracing a pilgrimage route.
Fink, who served as town attorney from 1993 to 1997 under former First Selectman Joe Arcudi, moved with his wife, a former special ed teacher, to his native Michigan where they operate a bead and breakfast, The Finch Nest, in Whitehall. (See WestportNow July 28, 2003)
They will address the Montague Friends of the Library about their walk on the centuries-old 500-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain to Compostela where the bones of Spain’s patron saint, St. James, are reported to be buried, according to the White Lake Beacon, a weekly newspaper in Whitehall.
The Finks hiked 300 miles of the route and traveled the rest by bus, the newspaper said.
Save the Children Expanding Aid to Niger
Westport’s Save the Children said today it is moving quickly to expand its emergency response to the food shortage crisis in the West African country of Niger, where tens of thousands of children and their families face starvation.
A Save the Children aid plane arrived in Niger last week with enough food and equipment to support one month of therapeutic feeding for severely malnourished children and those recovering from malnutrition, the humanitarian organization said.
With more than 40 tons of essential supplies now on the ground, Save the Children is working to provide nutritional assistance to children under 5 who are facing severe food shortages following the lethal combination of poor rainfall this year and a locust infestation in the sub-Saharan African country.
Almost a third of Niger’s population of 11.3 million people risk starvation in the already desperately poor West African nation, hit first by a locust invasion and then by drought. Children are the most vulnerable - some 800,000 under age 5 are suffering from hunger, including 150,000 faced with severe malnutrition.
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Monday, Aug. 1, 2005
7:30 p.m. � Town Hall Room 201/201A � Golf Advisory Committee
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Sunday, July 31, 2005
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Staples High School Orphenians
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
7 p.m . - Levitt Pavilion - Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks, big band, jazz
Little Boys and a Big Fire Engine
The Westport Public Library welcomed about 200 children to its Big Wheels to the Rescue day. Youngsters were able to see a fire engine, ambulance, police car and police dog close up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynne Perrigo for WestportNow.com
Today’s WestportNow Teardown: 43 Sturges Highway
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Today’s WestportNow teardown is 43 Sturges Highway. Built in 1916, the property changed hands this month for $847,000. A demolition application is pending. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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