Tuesday, March 27, 2007
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Oak Ridge Park
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1952 house at 8 Oak Ridge Park. The 1,552-square-foot house sold last December for $725,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Getting Back in the Water
With spring and warmer temperatures here, rowers from the Saugatuck Rowing Club are back on Westport’s Saugatuck River. Temperatures were in the mid-40s on Monday under overcast skies, but the forecast calls for temperatures to reach close to 70 today with sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Board of Finance Cuts School Budget by $500,000
The Westport Board of Finance Monday night cut $500,000 from the proposed 2007-08 school budget in a vote that came after midnight in a room that earlier had been filled with parents concerned with a potential large cut.
The cut brings the proposal to $88.7 million, which is a 7.8 percent increase over the current budget. The Board of Education had proposed a $89.2 million 2007-08 operating budget, which is a 8.4 percent increase over the current budget, and will have the opportunity to seek restoration at an April 11 final budget hearing.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon sent an e-mail to parents Monday morning encouraging them to attend the meeting because it was vital they attend to support the proposal. Many of the seats in the Town Hall auditorium were filled, and there was an overflow crowd in the lobby.
Earlier in the evening, Kevin Connolly, finance board vice chairman, proposed an almost $1.9 million cut to the proposed budget, but other members said they could not be on board with the large cut.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Noon - Westport Historical Society - Michel Nischan
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – RTM Transit Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – RTM Rules Committee
Finance Board Cuts $876,000 from Selectman’s Budget
The Westport Board of Finance tonight cut $876,000 from the selectman’s proposed 2007-08 budget, but left a number of issues on the table to be resolved at the April 11 restoration hearing.
It was the first time the finance board cut a significant amount of money from the proposed selectman’s budget in nearly a decade.
With the cuts, the selectman’s proposed budget is $56.6 million, which is a 4.3 percent increase over the current budget. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff had originally proposed a $57.5 million budget, which is a 5.9 percent increase over the current budget.
Board of Finance Chairman Jeffrey Mayer said there are a number open items and invite town officials to bring back new information and seek restoration of the cuts at the April 11 session, which is when the board will make its final vote on the budget.
League of Women Voters Plans Bridgeport Volunteer Fair
The Westport League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Bridgeport Volunteer Fair on Sunday at 4-6 p.m. at the Center for Senior Activities.
The league is sponsoring the event following sessions where Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi and Schools Superintendent John Ramos spoke in Westport.
League planners said Westporters asked at those sessions what they can do to help build an alliance with Bridgeport, and the fair is the beginning of going that.
At least 15 organizations will be at the event, and there will be a presentation on volunteer opportunities in Bridgeport. Active volunteers will also be present to discuss their experiences.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Former Westport Teacher Pleads Guilty on Child Porn Charges
Retired Westport middle school teacher Paul Held, 68, pleaded guilty today on federal child pornography charges, and federal officials called him “one of the most prolific collectors of child pornography” ever seen in Connecticut.
Paul Held: sentencing set for June 14. File photo
Held, who taught at Bedford Middle School, was in New Haven U.S. District Court before Judge Mark R. Kravitz, and he pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.
He was initially arrested in August 2005 on federal child pornography charges after he left a CD full of child pornography in a computer he loaned to his neighbor (See WestportNow Aug. 3, 2005).
Federal officials said at the time of his arrest, Held possessed “numerous computers, compact discs, magazines, photographs and VHS tapes containing child pornography.”
Westport Officials Want Conveyance Tax to Continue
Westport may have to raise about $1 million more in taxes if state officials do not renew the conveyance tax by the end of June.
Proposals to continue the conveyance tax were before a state General Assembly committee today in a hearing, and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is lobbying on behalf of communities, including Westport, to extend the tax.
The state’s Town Clerks Association is also lobbying in favor of continuing the bill, and Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss is the chairwoman of the association’s Legislative Committee.
Finance Director Donald Miklus said Westport could lose about $1.1 million in revenue if the tax at its current rate is not continued.
Westport Property Transfers March 19-23, 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 19-23, 2007:
Fairport Development LLC to James and Dawn Henry, 205 Bayberry Lane, $2,860,000
Schmiedeck Construction LLC to Rosalind N. Siegel, 21 Old Hill Road, $4,975,000
The Land Group Inc. to Matthew and Nichole Feuer, 37 Jennie Lane, $3,070,000
Martin Schultz Est to Bin Zhang, 81 Myrtle Ave., $994,250
Westport Chef Featured at Historical Society
Michel Nischan: to talk about artisan foods. Contributed photoThe Westport Historical Society will present chef Michel Nischan, who is the co-owner of Westport’s Dressing Room Restaurant, on Tuesday at noon.
Nischan will talk about artisan foods, locally grown produce and the Westport Farmers Market.
He will also present a seasonal spring soup for tasting.
Reservations for the talk are recommended, and tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call (203) 222-1424.
CL&P Upgrading Service to Parts of Westport
Connecticut Light and Power said today it is working on a electricity distribution project that will upgrade service to Westporters who live along the Norwalk border.
The $740,000 project will improve reliability for customers in the areas of Kings Highway South in Westport and Strawberry Hill Road, County Street, Wolfpit Road, Westport Avenue and Fullin Road in Norwalk, an announcement said.
The work, which has already started, is scheduled to be completed by June 1.
The work includes in Westport a new circuit and equipment at the Compo substation in Westport, which will allow CL&P better handle customer demand for power.
Crews are also replacing 12 poles, installing pole-mounted high voltage circuit breakers called reclosers, which will cause shorter power outages if a customer loses power.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 45 Gorham Ave.
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1955 house at 45 Gorham Ave. The 1,780-square-foot house sits on a one-half acre property and was sold this month for $815,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Warmer Weather on the Way
While there was sun this weekend in Westport, there were also overcast skies—including near Longshore Club Park—and rain and cooler temperatures. Temperatures were in the 40s much of the weekend, but the forecast is calling for 60-degree weather this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, March 26, 2007
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Joan Gould
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance budget hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen author Gregory Galloway
A Westport firefighter tonight inspects a late model Mercedes involved in a chain reaction accident on Riverside Avenue near Post Road West. An elderly woman motorist driving alone in the car smashed into the rear of an unattended van parked in front of 15 Riverside Ave. shortly before 10 p.m. The van in turn was pushed into the back of a 2001 Ford Excursion, causing damage to the rear of that vehicle. The owner of the Excursion said he was having dinner at the nearby Siena Restaurant when he heard the crash and found the woman standing outside her severely damaged Mercedes. The woman did not require medical attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Author Featured at Y’s Women Talk
Joan Gould: Talking on fairy tales. Contributed photoThe Westport Weston Y’s Women and the Westport Public Library are teaming up to present author Joan Gould on Monday at noon at the library.
Gould is the author of “Spinning Straw into Gold – What Fairy Tales Reveal About the Transformations in a Woman’s Life,” and her talk will be about the book.
Her book is about the hidden meanings in fairy tales and what these beloved stories reveal about a woman’s life.
For more information, call Ann Lloyd at (203) 226-4145.
Westporters Recognized with Boy Scout Award
The Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America tonight honored three Westporters—Elliott Netherton, Robert Anstett and Rick Benson—with its 2007 Distinguished Citizen Awards presented at the Cobb’s Mill Inn in Weston. U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays (l-r), Netherton, Anstett, Benson and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff pose before the ceremony. The Connecticut Yankee Council selected the award recipients from its organization that includes several hundred troops with more than 25,000 members and 5,000 volunteer leaders in Fairfield, New Haven and southern Hartford Counties. Westporter and longtime scout leader Jack Berry, an award recipient last year, served as master of ceremonies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 25, 2007
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Charmers Landing
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 3 Charmers Landing off of Saugatuck Avenue. The 1890 house has 5,651 square feet of space and sits on one acre of waterfront property. It changed hands recently at $6,205,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Surfing Spring Day
With temperatures in the 50s, the kite surfers on Long Island Sound drew a crowd along Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday. A winter mix of weather moved through overnight, but temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Juliet Balian for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 25, 2007
1 p.m. - Earthplace - “An Inconvenient Truth”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Westport Reads: The Burden of Perfection
Stepping Back in Time
Westport educators Kathis Bennewitz and Sarah Spencer facilitated two workshops called “Step Back in Time to 1865” for children in grades two and three at the Minds in Motions workshops at the Bedford Middle School today. Using costumes, art activities, games and dramatic play, the children discovered what it was like to be a child in Westport in 1865. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Visitors to the Westport Center for Senior Activities today learned about the presidents and first ladies. Photographer and historian Bob Berthelson of Trumbull presented anecdotes about former presidents and first ladies in a slide show titled “The President Did What?” Each story was illustrated with slides of presidents and first ladies, and he had a story about each president. Berthelson, who has presented programs to audiences in Connecticut since 1965 and who has been awarded the Certificate of Commendation of the American Association of State and Local History, said it will be harder to give the same talk in the future as there are more presidents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Going Down (With Neigborhood Support): 18 Sue Terrace
By Dave Matlow
Two Westport families which joined together to purchase a neighboring property watched today as the house at 18 Sue Terrace off Crescent Road was demolished.
The house at 18 Sue Terrace in Westport came down today. Featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 14, 2006, it sold in May 2006 for $432,000 to two neighboring familes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Other neighbors joined the families of the property’s new owners, Ed Moeller and Andy Tsilfides, to observe and celebrate the demolition of the 2,246-square-foot corner house built on .40 acre in 1954.
The owners said the purchase was made to allow them and not someone else to determine what is to be built in their neighborhood.
“Andy and I purchased this run-down property with the intention of building a house on it that will help to beautify the street and our neighborhood,” said Moeller.
United Way of Westport to Merge With Eastern Fairfield
The United Way of Westport-Weston has announced plans to merge with the larger United Way of Eastern Fairfield, which serves Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Monroe, Easton and Trumbull.
Both groups said the combined organization would help serve their communities better. The merger, which had been under discussion for some time, will close by July 1, officials said.
The decision follows a merger among three United Way chapters in Stamford, Danbury and New Milford announced last month.
The United Way of Westport-Weston, with headquarters at 489 Post Road East in Westport, has two staff members and annual revenues of about $850,000. The Bridgeport-based Eastern United Way employs 22 full-time workers and has annual revenues of about $7.9 million.Page 1310 of 1682 pages
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