Thursday, January 15, 2009
Gene Seidman, member of the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and one of four District 4 representatives who initiated the plastic bag ban ordinance, prepared for today’s Town Hall announcement of winners of a contest to design a logo for a “unique” Westport reusable bag. The 15 finalists were arranged in three categories—the top row were designs by adults, the ones in the center by K-8 students, and the bottom row by high school students. Overall there were 141 designs submitted. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff will announce the winners in each of the three categories at a 4 p.m. ceremony in Room 309 which is open to the public. The 15 finalist bag design entries will be on display during February in the windows of Max’s Art Supplies on Post Road East and all the designs submitted will on display at the Westport Library in March. The design-winning bags will be available for purchase on March 15, four days before the plastic bag ordinance goes into effect. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Record Retentions Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” (1993)
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Westport Reusable Bag Design Contest winners announced
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Poe at 200: A Graphological Look at Poe,” Arlyn Imberman Canceled (Rescheduled to Feb. 26)
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Westporter Deirdre Imus, a national spokesperson on children’s health and the environment, addressed a large audience tonight at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy with emphasis on the health and well being of children. As the founder and president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology, a part of the Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center, her work focuses on education and actions designed to identify and eliminate the carcinogens and environmental factors that affect children. She is also a co-founder and co-director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, and the author of two books, “Greening Your Cleaning” and “The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Westport police today captured a couple who allegedly made off with a flat screen television from a home near the Weston town line following a chase on the Merritt Parkway that ended in Fairfield.
Police said they received a call at about 2:40 p.m. from a 15-year-old girl living on Broad Street that a burglary had just occurred at her residence.
The teen observed a male taking a large, flat screen television from the house and putting it into a Jeep Cherokee that was parked in the driveway, said Lt. David Kassay.
The vehicle, occupied by a male and female, then quickly took off as the teen obtained the vehicle description. Police units responded to the area, and the descriptions were given to area police departments, he said.
The National Weather Service n Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and area in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m.
Snow is expected to develop rapidly from west to east overnight as low pressure approaches from the west, an advisory said.
Snow will continue during the predawn hours with the heaviest snow expected between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday. The steady accumulating snow will quickly come to and end by early Thursday afternoon and gusty northwest winds will develop.
By early Thursday afternoon, total snow accumulations will range generally from 2 to 4 inches. Roads will quickly become slippery at the onset of precipitation as very cold air is in place over the region and the snow is not expected to melt on contact with roadways.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today that Westport is responding to Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s request for municipalities to assist residents in dealing with the extreme cold temperatures in the next three days.
On Thursday, the Center for Senior Activities will be open to the public during the hours 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. as a “warming center,” he said.
Joseloff said if anyone is in need of assistance with heating their homes, either an emergency delivery of fuel or help with a shut off notice, they should contact the Westport Department of Human Services at 341-1050 during business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
After business hours Westport residents may call the Fire Department at: 341-5010. An emergency oil delivery may be available to residents in need during the overnight hours, he said.
Three months after it unveiled its 2009 season, the Westport Country Playhouse today announced that incoming artistic director Mark Lamos and managing director Michael Ross had made changes, which it termed “a new look.”
The Playhouse now will open its 79th season in April with “Around the World in 80 Days” directed by Michael Evan Haney—a play that was originally scheduled for a September run. (See WestportNow Oct. 6, 2008)
“Around the World in 80 Days,” an adventure tale adapted from the book by Jules Verne and written by Mark Brown, will play April 21 through May 9.
The season’s second play will be “Children,” a family drama by A.R. Gurney, the playwright who penned “The Dining Room,” “Sylvia” and “Love Letters.” It will run May 26 through June 13.
The seventh season of “Play with Your Food” debuted Tuesday at Toquet Hall in Westport to another season sellout crowd. Co-founder Carole Schweid (c., in red)) engaged in a “talk back” with cast and audience following the lunchtime performance. Players included David Rogers, June Walker, Dan Kelly, Joanna Keylock, Kim Maresca and Justin O’Neill. The series, which continues today and Thursday in Westport, also performs in Farifield and Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Joyce Laitman for WestportNow.com
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Julie Mughal, “Land without Hats”
Noon - Toquet Hall - “Play With Your Food”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - Appalachian Mountain Club, Michael Kodas: “High Crimes - The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed” (Wine/cheese 6:15 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m.)
7 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy - Deirdre Imus on “Greening Our Schools and Ourselves”
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Westporter Mike Jaffe, who headed to work late on Sept. 11, 2001, so he could have breakfast with his family, told the Westport Rotary Club today the near death experience changed his life. “I’m playing on house money now,” he said. “Everything is a gift.” Jaffe, who said his World Trade Center desk was smashed by a terrorist-controlled jet, killing all his co-workers, has taken up a new career as a motivational speaker, coaching and facilitating changes in the lives of others. He said he loves his family more than ever and “smooshes” them with kisses every day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Marlo Thomas: marking 35th anniversary of “Free to Be… You and Me.” File photoWestport actress and author Marlo Thomas will visit the Westport Library on Saturday at 3 p.m., to mark the publication of the 35th anniversary edition of her book, “Free to Be… You and Me.”
The library said families are encouraged to attend the event “honoring a book that a generation of children grew up on and whose message of diversity and inclusion is loud and strong.”
The program is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
First published in 1974, the book celebrates individuality, reminding readers that, whoever you are, you don’t have to follow stereotypes—you are literally free to just be yourself.
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Human Services Commission
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m.. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance and Public Works Committees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Emma Gilbey Keller, “The Comeback”
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Monday, January 12, 2009
UPDATE Metro-North said today all service into and out of Grand Central Terminal is experiencing 10-15 minute delays in the evening rush hour due to signal problems.
At 5:40 p.m., Metro-North described the delays as “scattered.”
At 6:27 p.m., Metro-North said “service into and out of Grand Central is running on or close to schedule.”
A driver with an apparent medical condition lost control of his car today while driving southbound on I-95 just prior to the Exit 18 off ramp in Westport and drifted off the highway and into a utility pole causing front end damage to the car. Westport firefighters assisted Westport EMS personnel to remove the driver and place him onto a stretcher for transport to Norwalk Hospital. The vehicle was towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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