Saturday, July 16, 2005
Signs of the Times
Visitors to the library book sale today were greeted by Westporters Krista Bradford and David Royce who made their views known on several issues. Bradford is an Emmy Award-winning former television investigative reporter and Royce is a retired IBM executive. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Arts Festival Attracts Crowds
Thumbs Up for Anti-War Protest
A passing motorist gives a thumbs up today to participants in an anti-war protest demonstration on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. The event, held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., urges support of U.S. troops by bringing them home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Organizers Say Protest Numbers Growing
Anti-war protesters wave to passing motorists today on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. Organizers said the number of participants in the weekly protest has grown since it began June 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Familiar Winners in Point to Point Swim
Despite an early morning drizzle and enough jellyfish to cause swimmer’s itch, a record 255 hardy swimmers turned out for today’s Westport YMCA-sponsored Point to Point mile-long swim at Compo Beach. This year’s winners shown with Bob Knoebel, the Y’s aquatics director, were Frisk Driscoll, 18, of Westport, who completed the open swim in 16 minutes and 41 seconds, and Fairfield resident Keenan Koss, 17, who finished in 17 minutes, 5 seconds. It was a repeat win for both swimmers (See WestportNow July 17, 2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Racing to the Finish Line
Frisk Driscoll, 18, of Westport races to the finish line after being the first to complete today’s one-mile Point to Point swim at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Westport Historical Society Ultimate Sale Opens
Volunteer Celeste Boyer of Southport checks out some of the merchandise at the Westport Historical Society’s Ultimate Sale which opened today and continues Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Intense Hunting at Book Sale
About 250 people were on line when today’s Westport Friends of the Library Book Sale opened on Jesup Green. The book hunting was intense in the first minutes of the sale. The event continues through Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Can’t We Go to the Kids’ Books?
Into the Water
Getting Set for Point to Point
First in Line
The lucky shopper at Westport’s Barnes & Noble bookstore who held the No. 1 wristband allowing him to be the first to purchase the new Harry Potter book at midnight Friday was Maxima Olshan-Cantin, 11, of Westport. His mother picked up the wristband for him at 5:25 p.m. Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, July 15, 2005
Westporters Join Harry Potter Midnight Madness
This was the scene at Westport’s Barnes & Noble bookstore early today shortly after JK Rowling’s latest Harry Potter adventure went on sale. Several hundred people were in the store at midnight after earlier receiving wristbands allowing them to purchase the book. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Waiting for Midnight
Witching hour passed and Harry Potter fans snapped up copies of the latest installment Friday midnight at Westport’s Barnes & Noble bookstore on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, July 16, 2005
8 a.m. Compo Beach - Point to Point Swim
9 a.m. - Jesup Green - Friends of Library Book Sale
9 a.m. Main Street - Westport Arts Festival
10 a.m. - Avery Place/Veterans Green - Westport Historical Society Ultimate Sale
4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Dear Brutus”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Irish House Party
Facelift for Westport Town Hall
Traffic Moving Again on Route 7
Traffic is now moving on Route 7 through Ridgefield which had been shut down since a fiery tanker truck crash on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said crews worked through the night for the final repairs and the highway was reopened at 5:12 a.m.
The accident occurred Tuesday when a tanker truck carrying gasoline exploded after it jackknifed. It swerved to avoid another vehicle.
The driver of the truck was killed.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
9:30 a.m. � Town Hall Room 201 � Commission for Senior Services
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mo’Guaiiro, Cuban salsa
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Dear Brutus”
Young Woman’s League’s Gives $4,000 to Families in Need
The Westport Young Woman’s League has donated $4,000 to help single parents and their families in need of emergency shelter, officials at Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) said today.
IHA officials called the donation welcome since the association turns away an average of 22 families a month from its Wassell Lane shelter—the Bacharach Community of Westport, Weston, Wilton—since the demand exceeds capacity.
“Fortunately, the Westport Young Woman’s League has heard the call and responded with a grant of $4,000 to help support the shelter’s general operations,” said Karen Mahar, IHA spokeswoman.
“The women sheltered here typically include victims of economic hardship, drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence and/or mental illness.
Westport Man Pleads Guilty in Enron Case, Agrees to Cooperate
Westporter Christopher Calger, a former Enron vice president, pleaded guilty today to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and has agreed to cooperate with authorities investigating the energy company, the FBI said.
Calger, 39, entered his plea before Judge Lynn Hughes at the U.S. District Court in Houston. As part of his plea, Calger has agreed to cooperate fully and truthfully with the Enron Task Force’s ongoing criminal investigation into the collapse of Enron, an FBI statement said.
Calger pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the loss incurred, the statement said.
He was the 16th person to plead guilty in the Enron debacle in yet another scheme to inflate Enron’s earnings, prosecutors said.
Westporter Mortimer Levitt, Art Patron, Dies at 98
Mortimer Levitt, the millionaire businessman/patron of the arts and benefactor of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, died Tuesday in his Green’s Farms home, his family said. He was 98.
Mortimer Levitt: Recently honored by Town of Westport. Contributed photo
Levitt, who founded Custom Shop Shirtmakers in 1937 in New York City and was a millionaire by the age of 35, was best known around town as the flamboyant, opinionated arts patron sporting a straw hat at summer concerts.
A New York Times obituary today said at 75, Levitt began writing and became the author of five how-to books including: “Class: What It Is and How to Acquire It,” “The Executive Look: How to Get It, How to Keep It,” and “How to Start Your Own Business Without Losing Your Shirt.”
His most recent book published two years ago also evoked Levitt’s chutzpah as he pondered his own mortality: “Ninety-Six and Too Busy to Die: A Life Beyond the Age of Dying.”
Westport Young Woman’s League Holds Food Drive
The Westport Young Woman’s League held a food drive Wednesday night at the children’s concert at the Levitt Pavilion. The drive benefited Westport’s Gillespie Center, the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank of Norwalk and the Thomas Merton Family Center of Bridgeport. Shown (l-r) are WYWL members Kelly Pollard, Kathie Fording and Holly Hellman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
7:30 a.m. � Town Hall Room 309/307 � TEAM Westport Committee
7 p.m. � Westport Fire Headquarters � Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. � Town Hall Auditorium � Planning & Zoning Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Moxie, new arrangements of great swing tunes showcase three-part vocal harmony and jazz rhythm section
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Dear Brutus”
Volunteers worked today to get ready for the 12th annual Friends of the Library book sale opening Saturday on Westport’s Jesup Green. More than 60,000 books will be for sale in the four-day event which benefits the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Rell Announces Route 7 Likely to Reopen on Friday
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today toured the site of Tuesday’s fatal tanker-truck crash on a bridge on Route 7 in Ridgefield and announced that the heavily-traveled roadway would likely be reopened on Friday.
She also said that free bus service is being added between Danbury and Norwalk and that rail commuters will have their fares refunded for travel during the affected period.
Rell also said that temporary shoring will be constructed under the damaged bridge and that it is expected to be reopened to traffic as early as Friday.
The governor said two additional midday trains will be added to the Danbury-Norwalk rail line, and that additional round-trip buses between the two cities will run approximately every hour until the roadway is reopened.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Talking Transportation: Terror on the Tracks
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
The news of the recent terror attacks in London should not really come as a surprise. After the Madrid bombings in March 2004, it was really only a matter of time before terrorism struck again at such a vulnerable target as mass transit.
Our government has proven itself unable to protect the homeland, so seeing state troopers and police riding Metro-North trains seems like an act of PR, propping up public opinion, rather than acting as any deterrence.
According to the House Transportation Committee, since 9/11 we have spent $11 billion improving aviation security, or $9.16 per passenger. In the same time we have only spent $115 million on mass transit, or $0.006 per passenger.
Homeland Security has tried some experiments in improving rail safety— scanning checked baggage in Washington, D.C. and creating a security perimeter around the Hagerstown Md., rail station.
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