Monday, September 10, 2007
Talking Transportation: All Tickets Please
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
What’s one of the biggest complaints to the Metro-North Commuter Council each week? After a lack of seats on most trains, tops on the list is uncollected tickets.
Passengers on the train get really miffed when they’ve paid for their ticket, but they see others getting a free ride.
Here’s the typical scenario: you’re on a train from Grand Central heading home in the evening. The train stops at Stamford (or Greenwich or New Rochelle) to discharge passengers while other intermediate commuters come on board, filling the previously occupied seats.
As the train proceeds, the conductor walks through the train asking for “Stamford tickets!” and a few honest souls proffer their passes or tickets.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Selectmen special meeting on Town Plan (live coverage on cable channel 79 and at http://www.westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A Parks and Recreation Commission
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School Room 333 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Weston Health District - Board of Directors meeting
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage on cable channel 78)
Cleaning Up at Saugatuck Shores
One of Westport’s lesser known beaches, Canal Beach in the Saugatuck Shores area, got a clean up Saturday from 35 employees of Tauck World Discovery, the locally owned travel firm. The volunteers removed dead trees, cleaned up debris, and raked shells. Contributing supplies and trucks to to the effort were Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy, Jim Donaher of Gault, and Sal and Pete Romano. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) R. Tauck for WestportNow.com
Ellie and Friends
Westport Police K-9 Officer Ryan Paulsson and his bloodhound Ellie visited the annnual Sniffen/Loren/Calument/Stone block party. Members of the Westport Fire Department also stopped by the event which closed down Sniffen Road for the duration. The party featured street games and taking up a collection of useful items to send to U.S. troops abroad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jeff Shikowitz for WestportNow.com
New Yorker Cartoon Editor to Address Y’s Women Monday
The cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Robert Mankoff, will address the Y’s Women of Westport Weston Monday as the group kicks off its fall season.
Robert Mankoff: humor specialist. Contributed photo
His talk, which he calls “The One-Hour New Yorker Cartoon Course,” will explore the creative mind-set that a New Yorker cartoonist must have to produce between 10 and 20 cartoon ideas every week.
Because of the large audience expected to attend the event at the Westport Weston Family Y, this is a “members and member’s guests only meeting.” The membership chairman will be on hand to sign up new members before the 11:30 a.m. program begins.
Mankoff was a cartoonist for The New Yorker Magazine for 20 years before becoming its cartoon editor. He has produced many cartoon compilations and is founder/president of the Cartoon Bank.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Quincy McCray, 6, from Cape Cod, visiting his great-grandmother in Westport, was busy catching minnows today. He later names them and then releases them back into the channel out of Old Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Triathalon is Family Affair
A participant in today’s 24th annual Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathalon at Compo Beach gets some help from family members as he begins the second stage 5.5 mile bicycle ride after completing a .5-mile swim. The approximately 250 entrants also did a 2.2-mile run to complete the event. Paul McCloskey, 22, of Brookfield was the overall winner with a time of 35.59 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
After completing a .5-mile swim, participants in today’s 24th annual Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathalon at Compo Beach change into their biking outfits. Megan Griffis, 28, of Stamford was the overall female winner in 42.21 minutes. The swimming, biking, and running event raises about $8,000 for the Staples High School tuition grant fund. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tae Kwan Do in Luciano Park
Master Dong Soo Lee, 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, aims to break the last wooden board of three being held for him during a demonstration today in Saugatuck’s Luciano Park outside Westport’s World Champion Tae Kwon Do studio. A small crowd of enthusiasts, students and Masters gathered in the park for a picnic, traditional Korean games and food. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Maureen Hines for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Human-Powered Vessels Race from Compo
By Phyllis Groner
There was almost perfect weather—sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s—as the Soundkeeper group held its eighth annual Lighthouse to Lighthouse race today that began and ended at Westport’s Compo Beach.
Mike Tracy of Massachusetts in his open ocean kayak finished first in today’s eighth annual Lighthouse to Lighthouse race that began and ended at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The 14-mile race was open to all seaworthy human-powered vessels.
Mike Tracy of Massachusetts (hometown unavailable) was first to cross the finish line in his surfski, an open ocean kayak. He was first overall and first in his class. He also won the race last time.
The fun event benefited the Norwalk-based nonprofit Soundkeeper whose mission is to protect the ecology of the Long Island Sound community and promote the Sound as a viable recreation area.
Historic District Commission Honors Preservationists
The Westport Historic District Commission today honored the owners of nine Westport properties for their efforts in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. One of the winners at the Town Hall ceremony told the moving tale of acquiring their house from a longtime resident, giving him a life tenancy to live in a building on the property, and being with him as he died in the house where he was born. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Estelle Margolis Paintings Exhibit Opens at Library
Longtime Westporter Estelle Margolis (c) celebrated Friday’s opening of the Westport Public Library exhibit of her paintings, drawings and collages with friends Doris and Frank Jacoby. The exhibit, entitled “Moments of Truth,” runs through Sept. 30. Margolis has been drawing and painting since she was 9. After juggling a long career in architecture with raising five children, she turned back to art in earnest in 1995. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanne Sheridan for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 8, 2007
10 a.m. - Westport Town Hall - Historic District Commission Awards Ceremony
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playouse - “Being Alive”
Westport Property Transfers August 27-31, 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 27-31, 2007:
Peter J. and Monica Dunphy to Richard K. Perry, 17 Wakeman Place $1,490,800
Julie and Robert Haroun to Robert S. and Mara Riemer Goldstein, 5 Silver Brook Road, $2,600,000
John A. and Sonja Epifano to Richard M. Didelot, 6 Linden St., $1,625,000
Daniel E. Kahn to Tze-Chi Huang and Chih-Shan Chen, 11 Cobb Drive, $1,260,000
Friday, September 07, 2007
Getting Ready for Historic District Commission Ceremony
Carol Leahy, administrator for the Westport Historic District Commission, puts finishing touches today on the photographic display of the nine properties for which the recipients of the 2007 Historic Preservation Awards will be honored at a Town Hall ceremony on Saturday, at 10 a.m. The public is welcome. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Joins Effort to Regulate Garbage Industry
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today joined with Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and leaders of Bridgeport, Norwalk, Fairfield and other southwest Connecticut communities in calling for state regulation of trash fees.
“This is an issue important to the residents of Westport, Fairfield County and all of Connecticut,” Joseloff told a news conference outside Bridgeport City Hall Annex. He said if not regulated, there will be dramatically higher garbage costs to homeowners and businesses.
“The word regulation in some people’s minds raises the specter of government interference,” the first selectman said. “But government interference, government regulation, is okay in this case because it is fully justified.”
Joseloff met with Blumenthal, and the mayors and first selectmen of Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stratford, Trumbull and Shelton prior to the news conference to discuss a strategy to pass legislation regulating the trash industry.
One Injured in Wilton Road Crash
An 82-year-old male driver was injured today on Westport’s Wilton Road when his car rear-ended another near the entrance to the Red Barn Restaurant. He was taken to Norwalk Hospital. The female driver of the other car declined medical treatment. Westport police, fire and EMS responded to the crash just before noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Save the Children Announces New Initiative
Westport’s Save the Children has announced a new global initiative, chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, to save the lives of millions of children who die each year from treatable or preventable causes in developing countries.
Called Survive to 5, the new initiative will seek to reduce the number of deaths of children under 5—currently estimated at more than 10 million a year, an announcement said.
The charity said health experts estimate that as many as 6 million children could be saved if a package of low-cost health interventions were made more readily available to children and their families.
Frist launched the new initiative at Save the Children’s 75th anniversary benefit Thursday at Lincoln Center in New York City. Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, attended the benefit as honorees.
Change of Venue for Concours
The annual Fairfield County Gold Coast Concours d’Elegance is getting ready for a spectacular event this year with its change of venue from Veterans Green opposite Town Hall to the Fairfield County Hunt Club on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. To check out some of the more than 150 classic cars and rare motorcycles that will line the polo fields or for more information, go to http://www.FairfieldCountyGoldCoastConcours.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kim Cooper
Friday, September 7, 2007
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - New Year’s Day w/ Moraine and Welwyn
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Westport Democratic Town Committee Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playouse - “Being Alive”
New Illnesses at KHS; Board Members Promise Action
A special committee investigating air quality issues at Westport’s King’s Highway School was told today that new health problems among teachers and students have been reported since school opened last week.
Gavin Anderson and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff inspect the King’s Highway gymnasium on opening day last week. Mold had been found in the wall area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Meanwhile, two members of the Board of Education, speaking out for the first time to the committee, promised board action on the group’s recommendations as well as an investigation into the history of past air quality complaints at the school.
There have been at least 13 faculty complaints of health-related issues at the school since it opened last week and two or three from students, said Sue Jacozzi, director of the Westport Weston Health District and a committee member. They include headaches, sore throats, runny noses, itchy eyes, and nosebleeds, she said.
The committee’s air quality consultant, Gil Cormier, said the problems could be the result of improper removal of ceiling tiles containing fibers or over use of disinfectants in cleaning classrooms.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Placing a Rose for 9/11 Victims
Gov. M. Jodi Rell places a rose at the 9/11 memorial today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park as Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff await their turn. Rell led the state’s sixth anniversary observance of the attack. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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A relative of a 9/11 victim wipes away tears during the state’s sixth anniversary observance of the attack today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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