Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Westport Public Schools: last day of school
2 p.m. - Staples High School Field House - Graduation
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Gaming (Middle school age and up)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Westport Police/EMS Building – Westport EMS Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Library Bookshelf Collapse Injures Mother and Son, 3
UPDATE A bookshelf broke lose from a wall and fell on a mother and her 3-year-old son today in the children’s section of the Westport Public Library, officials said.
The 41-year-old woman and her son were taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS with unspecified injuries, according to emergency workers. Police Sgt. Richard Sloat said privacy laws prevented him from disclosing anything about their condition.
The youngster was treated and released from the hospital while the mother was still undergoing treatment, officials said later.
Westport firefighters helped remove the bookshelf from the area after receiving a 911 call at 12:19 p.m., fire officials said.
Author Jane Green at Barnes & Noble Tonight
Jane Green: New novel “The Beach House” out today. Contributed photoBest-selling Westport author Jane Green marks today’s publication of her latest novel, “The Beach House,” with a reading at Westport’s Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. today.
“The Beach House” is the tale of a woman in her 60s who is at risk of losing her beloved beach house in Nantucket.
In addition to her Westport appearance, Green will appear Wednesday at Borders in Fairfield at 7 p.m.
Born in London, Green, who has lived in Connecticut for seven years, is one of the founding writers behind the genre known as “chick lit.” She began her writing career in entertainment journalism and public relations and published her first novel, “Straight Talking,” in 1996, which became an overnight success.
Town Gets Terex Loaner
Westport-based Terex Corporation has loaned the Town of Westport a site Dumpster construction vehicle as part of its product development and market research program, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today. The unit from the company’s construction unit will be used by the Parks & Recreation and Public Works Departments in ongoing maintenance work, he said. “This is yet another demonstration of Terex’s commitment to its hometown community and its eagerness to be a good corporate citizen.” Joseloff said. Terex, with its headquarters at the Nyala Farms Corporate Center, is the third largest global manufacturer of construction equipment with sales of more than $9 billion annually. Pictured are (l-r):Stuart McCarthy, Parks & Recreation director; Fred Feuerhake, Terex director of global community relations; Joseloff; Robert Isaman, president, Terex Construction, and Steve Edwards, director of Public Works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Round Two: Board of Finance Approves 4.98% Tax Increase
Acting on a request by Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, the Board of Finance early today voted to rescind its earlier 7 percent tax increase for the next fiscal year and instead set a mill rate that would raise taxes by 4.98 percent.
On a 4-3 vote, with the three Republican members opposed, the board set a mill rate of 14.41 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, up from a 13.73 rate for the current year. The Republicans wanted a 4.72 percent mill rate increase.
The board had voted for the 7 percent increase on May 21 with only two days notice of an accounting standards change involving funding escalating future costs of retiree health care benefits. (See WestportNow May 21, 2008)
At the start of Monday night’s meeting, Joseloff proposed a 5.25 percent tax increase while devoting $2.4 million to fully fund for the retiree account in the first year.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Special RTM Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!”
Monday, June 16, 2008
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued
The National Weather Service in Upton N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and portions of the tri-state area.
The warning was issued until 7:30 p.m.
Town Issues Apartment Amnesty Period Reminder
Westport Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley today reminded residents that an amnesty period for accessory apartments in single family dwellings runs through Dec. 1.
The amendment, approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission in late 2007, allows for one affordable accessory apartment in single family dwellings.
Property owners who have accessory apartments in their homes can come forward to obtain all required approvals to legalize these apartments if they have not done so in the past without paying any fees for their zoning approvals, Bradley said.
Letters have been sent to almost 200 property owners already identified as having accessory apartments that have not received zoning approvals.
Westport Hosts Forum on 21st Century Transportation
Westport Town Hall was the venue today for a panel discussion on transportation in the 21st century convened by Congressman Christopher Shays (at podium). Shays told the meeting that in order for transportation improvements to be realized, the two presidential candidates must make this a national issue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Joseloff Urges Action on Transit Issues
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today welcomed participants in a forum on a 21st century transportation issues to Westport Town Hall. He said many of those taking part no doubt had discussed these issues many times before. “I do hope it translates into some action,” he said. He thanked Congressman Christopher Shays for convening the forum on issues so important to Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A one-car accident late Sunday night on I-95 between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport jammed traffic in the northbound lanes. View is from the Hillspoint Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Skimming the Waves at Compo
Sunday started out sunny and clear after the thunderstorm Saturday night then changed to cloudy and windy and threatening rain. The condtions were just right for these surfers off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 16, 2008
9:30 a.m. - noon - Town Hall Auditorium - Transportation Forum
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - The Classical Series: "Fallen Angels"
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Mark Engler, "How to Rule the World"
8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Special Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
Shays to Host Transportation Forum
Congressman Christopher Shays will host a forum entitled “Transportation and the 21st Century” Monday at Westport Town Hall.
The purpose of the forum is to provide information on the national, New England regional, state, and 4th District discussion and perspective on the forthcoming transportation reauthorization legislation, an announcement said.
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff will welcome the participants to the event , which begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until noon in the Town Hall Auditorium.
Panelists include James Boice, deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation; Francis McCardle, senior adviser, Surface Transportation Commission; Robert Yaro, president, Regional Plan Association; Michele Jalbert, senior vice president and general counsel, New England Regional Council; Floyd Lapp, executive director, South West Regional Planning Agency, and Joseph McGee, vice president, public policy and programs, Fairfield County Business Council.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
After 30 Years, She Meets Her Hero in Westport
It took 30 years, but Debbie Pallotta of Monroe finally got to meet her hero today in Westport—Bucky Dent, 56, the former New York Yankee shortstop in the 1977 and 1978 seasons. As a schoolgirl, Pallotta covered the walls of her bedroom with Dent photographs after his dramatic home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox near the end of the 1978 season. They met at the Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store on Post Road East where Dent was signing autographs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Debbie Pallotta of Monroe shows off her New York Yankees Bucky Dent jersey which the former shortstop autographed for her today at the Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store on Westport’s Post Road East. Dent, who has been her hero since 1978 when she was a schoolgirl, wrote on the jersey: “To Debbie, 30 years later, Bucky Dent.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
One Hurt in Cross Highway Rollover
A Westport man was injured today when his car rolled over on Westport’s Cross Highway and Half Mile Common. Westport EMS transported the man to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of lacerations to his arm while firefighters put down absorbent because of a fuel spill. A utility crew also checked out a pole that was hit in the accident shortly after 6 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. The man told police he fell asleep. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Firefighters Rescue Fawn from Pond
Westport firefighters early today rescued a fawn that had fallen into a pond on Newtown Turnpike.
The homeowners at 15 Newtown Turnpike said they were awakened shortly after midnight by the cries of the young deer and summoned firefighters.
On arrival, they found the deer in about three feet of water alongside the retaining wall of the pond, according to Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar.
The department’s rescue truck set up its light tower to illuminate the area, while firefighters set up on top of the retaining wall in the vicinity of the deer, he said.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
Noon to 5 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Ave. - Yankee Doodle Fair
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Few Good Men”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Mystery Reading Group: “The Bookman’s Wake” by John Dunning
2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!” symposium
First Business Venture
Isabelle Katz, 4, sold lemonade and cookies Saturday on Bukley Avenue North. Her mother Stephanie said she netted $2 profit in her first business venture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephanie Katz for WestportNow.com
“Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!” Debuts at Playhouse
A sold out audience was on hand for tonight’s opening night of the Westport Country Playhouse’s musical revue, “Hot ‘n Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!,” directed by James Naughton. The revue plays through June 28. Pictured are Peter Reardon and Whitney Bashor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) T. Charles Ericskon for WestportNow.com
Off to the Prom
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued
The National Weather Service in Upton N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Fairfield County until 7 p.m.
In addition to large hail and damaging winds, continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm, an advisory said.
Staples Rugby Places Third in State Tourney
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Rescue Dachshunds for adoption, some as young as two months, were among those taking part in today’s 10th annual Daschund Reunion on Westport’s Jesup Green. For information call Sheila Weiss at (203)227-2786. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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