Monday, November 20, 2006
Monday, Nov. 20, 2006
7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School – Westport Town Plan of Conservation and Development Workshop Meeting
Bucky Dent Meets Some Admirers
Former Yankee Bucky Dent was at Westport’s Legends of the Game in the Compo Shopping Center today signing autorgraphs, including one for Max Zimmerman, 7, of Westport. Dent laughs in response to a comment from Max’s mom, Jennifer, that “I once had a crush on you.” Dent, who turns 55 on Saturday, is most famous for his home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1978 season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Preparing Thanksgiving Meals for the Needy
Members of Al’s Angels, a longtime Westport philanthropic organization, spent much of the weekend at the Gault warehouse preparing for Thanksgiving. The group will distribute more than 500 holiday dinners to the needy in Westport and surrounding communities. Al’s Angels, headed by Al DiGuido, lights up the Saugatuck Bridge with holiday lights, supplies toys to the needy, and also distributes holiday meals during Christmas and Chanukah. More information is available at www.alsagels.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Creative Arts Festival Continues Through This Afternoon
Shoppers admire fine woodworking from Sokolowski Studios from Pennsylvania at the 31st annual Creative Arts Festival at Staples High School. The show continues today until 4 p.m. with admission $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (62+). Children under 12 are free. Shuttle buses are available from Coleytown Middle School and Long Lots Elementary.The show is sponsored by the Westport Young Women’s League and all net proceeds go to charity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sixth Grade PAL Wreckers Win Football Championship
Westport’s sixth grade Police Athletic League football team beat the New Canaan Rams Saturday night 6-0 to win the Fairfield County football championship under the lights in New Canaan. After scoring on their first possession, the Wreckers held off a late fourth quarter drive by the Rams to take control of the ball with two seconds to play. Here, the team celebrates after the win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Allen Wind for WestportNow.com
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is Tonight
The annual interfaith Thanksgiving service sponsored by the Westport-Weston Clergy Association is scheduled for tonight at 7 at Temple Israel on Coleytown Road.
The service will incorporate celebrations and prayers from the Jewish and Christian traditions. Rev. Frank Hall of the Unitarian Church is scheduled to preach.
Cantor Richard Silverman of Temple Israel will direct the service’s music.
The offering will benefit the Interfaith Housing Association.
Staples Boys Soccer Falls in State Finals
The Staples boys soccer team scored first, but Simsbury rallied to down the Wreckers 2-1 in overtime in Saturday night’s state “LL” (extra large schools) final.
Members of the Staples boys soccer team walk together across the field following their loss to Simsbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The Wreckers, who earlier earned a share of the FCIAC championship, end the season at 18-2-3. That ties them for the second highest win total in the school’s 48-year soccer history.
Staples—ranked No. 7 in the tournament—controlled much of the first half against their once-beaten, No. 4-ranked foes.
They got an early goal, just 11 minutes in, when Brendon Cristobal flicked a ball to Preston Hirten.
The sun was out for the second day in a row on Saturday, but there were cooler temperatures. It didn’t stop people from enjoying Compo Beach, though, even from Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006
10 a.m. - 4 p.m - Staples High School - Creative Arts Festival
1 p.m.- 3 p.m. - Legends of the Game, 381 Post Road East - Autograph session by former Yankee Bucky Dent
2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Bobby Doowah
4 p.m. - Steinway Piano Gallery - Mozart and Friends series
7 p.m. - Temple Israel - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Singers & Songwriters: Robert Earl Keen
Saturday, November 18, 2006
More Charges Filed Against Westport Detective
Walter Broadhurst: charged with larceny. WN file photoNew charges were filed against Westport police detective Walter Broadhurst today.
Broadhurst, 37, of Shelton, was arrested on a warrant for fifth-degree larceny and was held on a court-ordered $5,000 bond.
The warrant, according to police, was issued after an investigation determined that Broadhurst, while investigating a burglary at a Westport residence in October, had stolen additional property from the home.
Police Lt. Dale Call said the charges are not related to ones filed earlier this week against Broadhurst. He would not say what items were taken from the Westport home because of other ongoing investigations.
Two Men Rob Riverside Sunoco
Two men who displayed a gun and robbed Westport’s Riverside Sunoco gas station today were later apprehended, police said.
The men made off with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured in the mid-afternoon incident at 240 Riverside Ave.
Police Lt. Dale Call said the two men were arrested in Greenwich and a gun was recovered, but he did not have further information.
A radio alert to police in neighboring communities described the robbers as two black men who left the scene in a tan Acura.
Westport Marketing Executive Robert S. Shulman Dies at 55
Robert S. Shulman, a Westport marketing executive, author, and adjunct professor at Columbia University Business School, died Thursday at home. He was 55.
Robert Shulman: formerly served on Westport Arts Center board. File photo
Cause of death was liver cancer, according to an e-mail to members of the Westport Arts Center where Shulman formerly served on the board of directors.
Shulman was chairman and CEO of Norwalk-based Markitecture, Inc., a leading marketing research and strategy firm
He formerly was CEO of Westport-based Yankelovich Clancy Shulman, Inc., and co-founder and CEO of Copernicus, both marketing firms.
All Gone: 12 Blind Brook Road
Workers completed the demolition of 12 Blind Brook Road in Westport today. The home was demolished on Friday. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 28. The house sold in October for $720,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Electronic Recycling Day Today at Bayberry Site
Have some old TVs, computers, hard drives, answering machines, telephones, copiers, microwave ovens, printers, stereos, etc., stashed around the house?
Today is the day to get rid of them at an electronic recycling day in Westport.
The collection runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.
The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, which is sponsoring the collection, began electronic recycling in 1999. Since then it has collected more than one million pounds of unwanted, obsolete electronic equipment.
Not Yet Out of Water
There are still several boats in the water at Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach, but that soon will change. The Parks and Recreation staff has posted signs stating the boats need to be removed by the end of the month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006
9 am. - 1 p.m. - 180 Bayberry Lane - Electronic recycling collection day
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Staples High School - Creative Arts Festival
8 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Wiz”
Westport Police Apprehend Bank Robbery Suspect
Caught:: Police say this suspect in several bank robberies was arrested today. Contributeed photo Westport police today arrested a 53-year-old Bridgeport man they say is a suspect in at least two Westport bank robberies and several others in the area.
Kenneth M. Charlton was apprehended outside the Webster Bank, 244 Post Road East, in the Colonial Green shopping plaza late this afternoon after Officer Adam McLarin spotted him leaving the building, a news release said.
As the man exited the bank, which had been robbed by a man fitting his description in March and who had made a second robbery attempt there several weeks ago, bank employees followed him out, said Lt. Leonard D. Rummo.
The employees yelled to McLarin that the man was the one who had previously robbed the bank, Rummo said. The officer called for backup and as he followed him on foot, other officers helped surround the suspect and take him in to custody.
Friday, November 17, 2006
P&Z Closes Gorham Hearing
After five sessions, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission closed its public hearing on the proposal to construct affordable housing in the Gorham Avenue Historic District, but it won’t begin deliberating until the end of the month.
It was just days before a deadline for the hearing to be closed per state statutes.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the commission most likely will start its dialogue on the application at its Nov. 30 session, which is the next scheduled work session.
Red Coat Development has proposed to construct 20 units of cluster housing—which includes six deemed as “affordable”—on the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. The property is located in the Gorham Avenue Historic District, which was formed last summer.
Getting to Know Mary Maynard
Mary Maynard speaks as part of the “Know Your Neighbors” series at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. Maynard outlined her time as a child during World War II when she and her family fled from the Japanese in the jungles of the Philippines. They spent two years on the run before being rescued by a submarine in 1943. Maynard wrote about her times in the jungle in her book “My Faraway Home.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Leonard Honored for Service to Seniors
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presents Paula Leonard with a proclamation today in honor of her retiring as chair of the Commission for Senior Services. Leonard has worked on behalf of Westport’s senior citizens for more than 20 years and was instrumental in gaining town approval for construction three years ago of the Center for Senior Activities where today’s ceremony was held. She was also honored by state Sen. Judith Freedman, R-26, and state Rep. Joe Mioli, D-136, during a party following today’s Commission for Senior Services meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Driver Escapes Injury in Hillspoint Road Crash
A Darien man escaped injury this morning when his car rolled over on Hillspoiint Road near the former Allen’s Clam House restaurant. The driver said he did not need medical attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 151 Long Lots Road
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 151 Long Lots Road, which is near Bayberry Lane. Built in 1952, the house sold in October for $825,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Meeting to Focus on Development Issues
Westport residents will have an opportunity to sound off on development issues in the next round of a public meeting on the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The session is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said he hopes there is a good turnout.
The topics that are among those for discussion are residential development, the Saugatuck neighborhood, downtown development and teardowns, he said.
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