Friday, January 26, 2007
Shingles Vaccine Available at Health District
A limited supply of a shingles vaccine is available at the Westport Weston Health District.
Zostivax is now available to Westport and Weston residents 60 years old or older. The vaccine costs $200 and can be paid for with cash, check, or Mastercard or Visa.
At this time, Medicare does not cover the cost of the vaccine.
Shingles, also called Herpes Zoster, is a painful rash, often with blisters. The rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts two to four weeks.
Temperatures were in the single digits when the sun rose over Westport this morning at Compo Beach along Soundview Drive. Temperatures are expected to be in the teens today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
New Voting Machines Arrive in February
Westport’s registrars of voters are ready to receive new, electronic voting machines next month, but they’re still seeking a place to store the equipment.
Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen said the 18 new voting machines—which will electronically scan ballots and capture votes on a computer chip—are due to arrive on Feb. 16.
The other items needed for the new machines including the bins and privacy booths have already arrived, she said, and they stored them in the attic at Town Hall.
But the machines themselves cannot be stored in the attic, Cohen said, because it is not climate controlled.
Skies were clear when the sun set over Westport Thursday evening near Ned Dimes Marina. Snow squalls spread through Westport on Thursday coating the ground and cars with snow. Temperatures are expected to be in the teens today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, Jan. 26, 2007
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Chamber Music: John Corigliano
Historical Society Hosts Reception
The Westport Historical Society hosted a thank you reception tonight for the house owners, sponsors and volunteers who helped with the 20th annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 3. As part of the festivities the attendees had a private tour of the newly opened exhibit, “Art and the Good Earth.” Arlene Skutch (l), founder of the Pink House artists group, and Ellen Naftalin, co-curator of the exhibit, were among the evening’s attendees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Honored Retired Officers
The Westport Police Benevolent Association tonight honored five retired members of the Westport Police Department with a dinner and reception at the Inn at Longshore Included in those honored were (l-r) Sgt. Anthony Giunta, who had 34 years of service, Sgt. George Marks, who had 34 years of service, and Deputy Chief David Heinmiller with 32 years of service. Also honored were Det. David Eason and Desk Officer Richard Honorowski, but they were not present at tonight’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Recreation Fees Increasing
People who visit Burying Hill Beach, take part in the town’s tennis program, take town-sponsored golf lessons or attend Camp Compo will see an increase in their fees this year.
The Westport Board of Selectmen approved an increase in fees for the different programs during its meeting Wednesday night.
The use of the Ned Dimes Marina Clubhouse will increase from $125 to $175 while Burying Hill Beach parking fees will increase by $4-$7.
A number of tennis fees including the senior citizen permit, adult seasonal, adult daily fee, senior citizen daily fee, the junior daily fee and the guess fee will increase by $2-$12.
Going Down: 8 Calumet Road
The house at 8 Calumet Road in Westport was demolished this morning. The 1940 house sits on .4 of an acre of land and sold for $655,000 last August. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 23. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Weston Native Speaks on Hubble Documentary
Filmmaker David Gaynes, a Weston native, speaks to Y’s Men members today about his new documentary, “Saving Hubble.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
A Weston native is preparing to launch a documentary about the importance of the Hubble Space Telescope set against the discussion about the future of the United States space program.
David Gaynes spoke to the Y’s Men of Westport Weston during their session this morning about “Saving Hubble,” the documentary he plans to finish by June.
Workers at Perkin-Elmer in Norwalk and Danbury worked on the mirror for the Hubble Space Telescope, and a number of Perkin-Elmer alumni were at today’s talk.
Gaynes said he was first interested in the space telescope in 2004 when the program was canceled, and he felt it was an “incredibly important” issue based on the reaction.
No Injuries Reported in Bus Accident
A Westport school bus stustained front-end damage in an accident on South Compo Road this morning. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
No students were injured this morning when a car collided with a school bus on snow-covered Compo Road South. School officials were at the scene to ensure the students were safe.
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said a woman was driving too fast for the road conditions when she plowed into the bus at about 7:40 a.m.
A passerby estimated the bus, en route to Bedford Middle School, was carrying about 20 students.
“There were no injuries to the students,” Landon said. “Dattco sent out a replacement bus to get the kids to school and to complete the elementary run.”
Town Plan Workshop Scheduled for Monday
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is preparing for its final public workshop to help in preparation of the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The commission will hold the final session on Monday at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. The session will focus on infrastructure issues.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the session will focus on issues such as utilities, town facilities, roads, bridges, buildings, beaches and parks.
The discussion could include an engineering study of Baron’s South and Jesup Green, which was commissioned by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
Weston Man Survives Hillspoint Road Crash
A 27-year-old Weston man survived a horrific crash early today on Westport’s Hillspoint Road near Valley Road. The man lost control of his car on a turn and struck a stone wall head on at 1:10 a.m., said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. Firefighters, police and EMS personnel worked for 40 minutes to free the man from the wreckage before he was transported to Norwalk Hospital. Kepchar said deployed air bags and use of his seatbelt contributed to the driver surviving the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The sun shined bright over Long Island Sound off the coast of Westport’s Longshore Club Park on Wednesday as temperatures were around 40 degrees. The temperatures are expected to drop into the teens by Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Series: “Talk to Her”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
Selectmen Consider Speed Hump Proposals
The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight approved the possibility for speed humps on Colony Road and Oak Street, but they rejected a proposal for Evergreen Avenue.
Although the selectmen approved the two proposals, they said they wish for alternatives for speed humps to be explored first.
A large number of residents told the board they need help in curtailing speed on their road, including the father of a teen who was hit by a car last fall on Colony Road (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2006).
Joe Lewis, whose then 16-year-old son Greg was hit by a car, said his neighborhood already had the bad accident that others are trying to avoid.
Family Y Issues Statement on Power Outage
Westport Weston Family Y officials said today they followed proper proceedures when a massive power outage hit downtown Westport on Tuesday.
A fault in a line that knocked out a circuit that fed Westport caused a power outage on Tuesday in the area from Post Road East at Myrtle Avenue west to Kings Highway South, from the Post Road to Canal Street, and north along Wilton Road to the area of exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway.
A lifeguard at the pool at the Westport Weston Family Y, which was also hit by the blackout, reported to WestportNow about the darkened conditions in the pool and his efforts to make sure everyone was safely out of the pool (See WestportNow Jan. 23).
Today, Westport Weston Family Y officials issued a written statement saying the emergency lighting turned on automatically when the power went out.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Staples Senior is Semi-Finalist in Intel Competition
Staples High School senior Miles Lubin is among 300 young scientists that were named semi-finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.
Lubin will receive a $1,000 scholarship and Staples will also receive $1,000 to enhance math and science programs.
The Westport student was chosen for his statistics project entitled “A Parametric Statistics-based Heuristic for Finding the Nearest Neighbor in Metric Space.”
The project grew out of his earlier project that developed a better grammar checker for computer programs.
Temperatures crept up to around 40 degrees today, which made for better weather for dog walkers at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures are expected to drop down into the teens by Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Author Discusses Segregation Problems in Education
Author Susan Eaton signs copies of her book “The Children in Room 4E: American Education on Trial” following her talk at the library today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The author of a new book on segregation in public education today called the landmark Connecticut Sheff v. O’Neill desgregation lawsuit a small case that points to the American dream of everyone wanting to do better.
Susan Eaton, author of “The Children in Room 4E: American Education on Trial,” spoke at the Westport Public Library about the book that details segregation in the Hartford public school system.
Eaton said the Sheff v. O’Neill case struck her when it was filed in 1989 and she was a reporter with the Stamford Advocate. She said she wanted to get beyond the daily stories and write about what the case really meant.
In its 1996 ruling in the case, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that students in the Hartford public schools were racially, ethnically and economically isolated and that, as a result, Hartford public school students had not been provided a substantially equal educational opportunity under the state constitution.
Woman’s Club 100th Anniversary Kicks off Saturday
The Westport Woman’s Club will kick off its 100th anniversary celebration with a benefit performance of the Alfred Lord Tennyson epic poem/love story, Enoch Arden, set to music by Richard Strauss on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the woman’s club’s building on Imperial Avenue.
A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. There will be coffee and desserts following the performance.
Tickets are $60 and the proceeds will benefit Camp AmeriKids and Caroline House.
For more information, call (203) 227-4240 or visit www.WestportWomansClub.org.
“Anne of Green Gables” to Visit Playhouse
“Anne of Green Gables” is coming to the Westport Country Playhouse in February. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre will bring its musical production of “Anne of Green Gables” to the Westport Country Playhouse on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 1 and 4:30 p.m.
The story is of a young, orphaned girl whose spirit transforms her adoptive family, and the production is appropriate for ages seven years old and up. It is part of the playhouse’s Family Festivities series.
One hour prior to each performance children can color and draw their favorite vegetables and plant them in the Playhouse’s “Green Gables Arts and Crafts Garden.”
Tickets are $15 each, and the production runs about one hour.
For ticket information, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, purchase online at www.westportplayhouse.org, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.
Y’s Men to Hear About Hubble Space Telescope
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston will hear about a documentary on the Hubble Space Telescope at their next meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Cinematographer, David Gaynes, will speak on “Saving the Hubble Telescope: The Relevance of the Cosmos in a Troubled Time.”
He will talk about his documentary film, “Saving Hubble,” which recounts the recent history of Hubble, explores how the telescope became ensnared in a debate over the future of US Space Policy, and celebrates the accomplishments of the spacecraft that came to ask questions not just about the universe but of its inhabitants as well.
For more information, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679 or visit www.ysmenwestportweston.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007
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10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Investment Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library - Susan Eaton
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 or westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Finance/Parks & Recreation Committees
8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Special School Building Admin. Committee
8:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Employee Comp/Finance/Parks & Recreation Committee
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