Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Westport Officials Outline Concerns at Norwalk Hearing
Alicia Mozian addresses a Norwalk hearing tonight. Contributed photoWestport Conservation Director Alicia Mozian told a Norwalk hearing tonight about Westport’s environmental concerns with the proposed 328-unit Norden Park development on the Westport-Norwalk border.
Following up on the Westport Conservation Commission’s 11-point letter submitted last month to Norwalk’s Conservation Commission, Mozian attended the meeting at the request of First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
“The run off from this property will flow into Westport’s wetlands, the Saugatuck River and Long Island Sound and is already polluted,” she said. “We don’t want it to get worse.”
The Norden property, the site of former military radar testing located between I-95 and the Metro-North tracks, totals 41 acres, including 11 acres of wetlands, three of which are in Westport.
Town’s Technology Emphasized
Coming on the heels of the launch of the town’s redesigned Web site, Westport officials tonight outlined plans to improve the town’s technology.
The discussions came during a Board of Finance session to discuss the proposed 2006-07 budget.
The proposed information technology operating budget would increase by more than $230,000 if the budget proposal is approved.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said town officials have been under-investing in technology, and now his administration needs to catch up.
Driver Not Hurt in Accident
A Weston woman was unhurt tonight when her car went off Wilton Road at the intersection of King’s Highway North in Westport. Her vehicle went over a low wall and through a wrought iron fence after she said she veered too far to the right to avoid “oncoming blinding high-beam headlights.” Although shaken, she did not require medical assistance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Nappa Drive
The Westport Building Department is processing an application to demolish the house at 3 Nappa Drive. It is located off of Valley Road, which is near Hillspoint and Greens Farms roads. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Railroad Parking Fees May Increase
Parking permit and daily fees may increase this summer at Westport’s two train stations—Saugatuck and Green’s Farms.
Police officials are studying the fees in comparison to those at surrounding train stations and plan to bring a proposal to the Board of Selectmen this summer.
Deputy Police Chief David Heinmiller told a Board of Finance meeting Monday night that there is a three- to four-year waiting list for a parking permit, and it had been stagnant because of the construction project at the Saugatuck station.
With construction complete and the post office moving its operations, new permits are now being issued, he said.
No One Hurt in Kitchen Fire
No one was hurt and there was no major damage after a kitchen fire in a Yankee Hill Road home Monday night.
Westport firefighters responded to the scene at just before 8 p.m., and a police officer arriving earlier to the scene was able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher.
According to a Fire Department press release, a pot of heated oil flared up on the stove when a lid was removed.
The homeowner attempted to move the pot outside, according to the release, but she dropped it on the floor.
Playhouse Sponsors Student Writing Contest
Westport Country Playhouse invites students to participate in an “Exploring Language” writing contest as part of the March production of “On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning).”
The contest is open to middle and high school students attending schools in Fairfield County. Participants are asked to choose a word—or make up a word of their own—define and explain its origin, and use the word in a story about exploration that is 400 words or less.
Students may accompany their essays with a drawing or collage no larger than 8 ½” x 11”.
All essay entries, and optional artwork, must be postmarked by Friday, March 3, and sent to: “Exploring Language” Writing Contest, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880.
A Westport Sight
An oversize load of a section of a pre-built home captured the attention of passing motorists and many others Monday as it turned on to Imperial Avenue from Westport’s Post Road East. The last of four 14x60 foot sections of the home was delivered to the parking lot next to the Westport Woman’s Club. This morning they will be moved to 155 Compo Road North where a concrete foundation has been prepared. Construction will take three to four weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Trike, a three-legged Husky mix well known to Westporters who frequent Winslow Park and Compo Beach, died Thursday at the age of 18. Trike, who lost his right rear leg due to an accident as a pup, was adopted from a shelter in 1990 by Peter McCulloch, who moved with him to Westport in 1997. They were everyday visitors to Winslow and, in the off season, to Compo. Messaged WestportNow reader Scott Wilder: “Mostly it was because of Trike’s outgoing personality and love for life that endeared him to everyone. Trike always had a happy, inquisitive look on his face and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Budget Workshop
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
Monday, February 27, 2006
Fairfield University President to Speak
Fairfield University President Jeffrey von Arx. Contributed photoFairfield University President Jeffrey von Arx will be guest speaker at the Westport Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore.
Von Arx became Fairfield University president in July 2004 and is the eighth Jesuit to hold the position since the institution’s founding in 1942.
He was appointed to the Fairfield University board in 2002 and continues to serve as a trustee as president.
Guests are welcome to attend luncheons, which cost $20. For information, call Westport Rotary Club President Peter Powell at (203) 226-3426.
Board of Finance Begins Budget Discussions
The Westport Board of Finance tonight began its discussions of the proposed 2006-07 selectman’s budget, which carries a 4.9 percent increase over the current budget.
The Westport Board of Finance tonight began the first of two nights of budget worskhops on First Selectman Gordon Joseloff’s proposed 2006-07 budget. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff’s budget proposal is $53.7 million, which is a $2.5 million increase.
Combined with the Board of Education budget, the proposal is $151.2 million, which is a 4.9 percent increase.
Joseloff said his proposal includes a number of improvements to the town’s technology system—including new people in the Information Technology Department—and a new paid staff person at EMS.
Westport Police Add Two Recruits
The Westport Police Department added two new recruits to its ranks today. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l) swore in Richard Bagley III, 26, of Stratford (2nd l) and Anthony Prezioso, Jr., 26, of Fairfield, (3rd l) at a Town Hall ceremony. Police Chief Al Fiore joined them in posing for pictures. The new officers will join the patrol force in July after completing police academy training. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
New Staples Wing Opens, Library Remains Closed
The remainder of the new Staples High School academic wing opened today as students returned to school for classes. The wing includes world language and math classrooms. The renovated media center, pictured above, will not be completed for another two weeks. Remaining on the $77.5 million project is the demolition of the 5 and 6 buildings and the revamped parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Author to Speak on “Stars of David”
Author Abigail Pogrebin will speak tonight at 7-9 at Toquet Hall about her new book, “Stars of David.”
The book is a collection of 62 prominent figures speaking about being Jewish.
Porgrebin interviewed names such as Dustin Hoffman, Richard Dreyfuss, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Mike Nichols, Ed Koch, and Diane Von Furstenberg for the book.
The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. For more information, call Monica Chusid at (203) 226-4480 or Cynthia Steckel at (203) 227-9040.
Y’s Women to Feature Nussbaum
Actress Muriel Nussbaum will speak to the Y’s women on Monday, March 13 at 11 a.m. at the Westport-Weston Family Y.
Nussbaum presented her one-woman show “Van Gogh and Jo” for the group in 2002, but now she will recreate the story of another artist, her late husband Ervin Nussbaum, a painter and sculptor whose works are in the permanent collections of many museums.
Muriel Nussbaum has had a long and successful career as an actress, director and writer and is a member of the Theatre Artists Workshop. Her husband, Ervin, died in Norwalk in 1996.
His painting, “The End of John Brown,” was shown at the San Francisco Museum, the Butler Art Institute, the Philadelphia Academy and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. It is now in the permanent collection of the Historical Society in Torrington, Conn., the birthplace of John Brown.
For more information, call Ann Lloyd, Y’s Women first vice president, at (203) 226-4515.
Monday, Feb. 27, 2006
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance Budget Workshop
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Actor Darren McGavin, Former Westporter, Dies at 83
Darren McGavin: former Old Mill resident. File photoFilm and television actor Darren McGavin, a former Westporter who got involved in a dispute with town officials over the height of his Old Mill home, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 83.
McGavin appeared on many television series and shows and set a standard for cynical and hard-boiled gruffness as a reporter in “The Night Stalker” and a detective in “Mike Hammer.”
McGain lived in Westport in the 1960s and is remembered by longtime residents for the zoning fight he had with the town over adding an extra story to his house on Old Mill Beach. It is still the tallest house in the area.
McGavin, who is survived by four children, perhaps had his most memorable role as the grouchy father in the film “A Christmas Story,” originally released in 1983, but a television staple on holidays ever since.
Library Winter Book Sale Features “Pampered” Collection
The Westport Library’s annual winter book sale, which opens Saturday, features a “pampered” collection of more than 400 mass-market paperbacks, mostly mysteries, from one collector, as well as a very large selection of children’s books.
The sale, which runs through Tuesday, March 7, will be held in the library’s McManus Room located on the riverwalk level. With more than 14,000 items, this sale is one of the biggest area winter book sales, according to organizers.
The sale also includes fiction in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback; nonfiction in mass-market paperbacks only; videos; LP records; music cassettes. Almost all are priced at $1 or less.
Sale hours are Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. when everything is half price; and Tuesday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to noon when everything is free with cash donations appreciated. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Red Fox in Red Coat Area
A red fox was spotted Friday in her yard by Westporter Nancy Jones Beard in the Red Coat Road area. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Web site says foxes, especially red foxes, commonly live in close association with human residences and communities. It adds, “Healthy foxes pose virtually no danger to humans. Foxes can grow accustomed to human activity but are seldom aggressive toward people.” It says they will prey on small livestock such as ducks, chickens, rabbits, and young lambs, and also cats. Nancy Jones Beard for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Names David Wiltse Resident Playwright
David Wiltse: Westonite named to Playhouse post. Contributed photoDavid Wiltse of Weston has been appointed resident playwright of Westport Country Playhouse. The announcement was made by Tazewell Thompson, artistic director.
Wiltse has had four of his plays produced at the Playhouse, with a fifth, “A Marriage Minuet,” scheduled for the 2006 season in August.
Wiltse has written 11 plays, published 12 novels, and produced more than 50 projects for film and television. A resident of Weston and Westport since 1972, he is married to Anne Keefe, the Playhouse associate artistic director.
According to Thompson, Wiltse will also choose and mentor lucky and deserving young, serious students of playwriting.
Local Actors Open Independent Film Company
Two Westporters are involved in a new Norwalk-based independent film company and its inaugural production.
Colleen Murphy of Westport and James Noble of Norwalk are co-founders of Norwalk-based Open the Gate Pictures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Open the Gate Pictures will begin shooting its inaugural production, “Glacier Bay,” on the site of the Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in March, an announcement said.
Founders and co-producers of the film company are Colleen Murphy of Westport and Hollywood veteran James Noble of Norwalk. Both are members of The Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport.
“Glacier Bay” is a 28-minute screenplay that features Noble and veteran actress Dorothy Bryce of Westport. They play a pair of seniors “as familiar as old furniture: a bit wobbly perhaps, certainly frayed around the edges, but stuffed with history,” the announcement said.
Library Inaugurates 2006 Westport Reads Program
The Westport Public Library will feature “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon in its 2006 Westport Reads annual townwide book club.
Westport Reads 2006 launches March 8. Contributed photo
The first of six events in the program kicks off Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm, in the library’s McManus Rood with Jeff Woodman, reader of the audio-book.
The debut novel by Haddon, first published in hardcover in 2003, is written from the point of view of an autistic 15-year-old who investigates the murder of a neighbor’s dog. Publisher’s Weekly said it “brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice.”
On Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Daniel Stashower, author of the award-winning “Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle” will discuss the life and legacy of the creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Today’s WestportNow Teardown: 6 Garden Lane
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 6 Garden Lane off Westport’s Post Road East near Barnes & Noble. A demolition application is pending. The property changed hands in December for $550,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Attorney Named to Best Lawyer List
Amy L. Y. Day: Named to best lawyer list. Contributed photoAmy L. Y. Day of Westport, a partner in the Westport law firm Wake, See, Dimes & Bryniczka, has been selected to be included in the 2007 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America 7” in the trusts and estates area.
Inclusion in the publication is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey, an announcement said.
Day, a past president of the Westport Bar Association, has served on the Executive Committee of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association for the past 20 years. She also is a member of the Advisory Committee of Connecticut Lawyer, a publication of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County.
Day, Staples High School Class of 1970, is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College (A.B., cum laude, 1974) in Northampton, Mass., where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Brown Bag Lunch Set for March 8 at Library
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced Friday that a citizens’ brown bag luncheon will be held Wednesday, March 8, at noon at the Westport Public Library.
Library Director Maxine Bleiweis and members of the library’s Board of Trustees will also attend. Library officials will provide an update on the library’s programs and activities as well as make a presentation about a proposed expansion/renovation project.
Joseloff anticipates holding a citizens’ brown bag luncheon monthly at various locations throughout Westport. Westport residents are invited to bring a sandwich and attend the luncheon at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road. Coffee will be provided, an announcement said.
Making Eye Contact
The Westport Arts Center Friday night debuted its “Hypervision” exhibit which runs though April 4. Picturted is Barry Katz, a member of the center’s board, as he makes eye contact with artist Janine Antoni’s super enlarged photograph entitled “Mortar and Pestle.”. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 24, 2006
High Winds Down Trees, Power Lines
Winds gusting in excess of 50 mph hit the Westport area today downing trees and causing scattered power outages.
Connecticut Light and Power Co. reported 43 Westport customers without power as of 3 p.m. By 6 p.m., the number had been trimmed to one.
The National Weather Service said a high wind advisory would remain in effect until 6 p.m. with winds gradually diminishing after sunset.Page 1093 of 1284 pages
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