Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Arts Advisory Committee
5:30 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission Levitt Pavilion Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Carter Wiseman
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “All About Us”
Conservation Commission Plans Family Y Approval
Updated After months of hearings and controversy, a poll of Westport Conservation Commission members tonight showed an approval of the Westport Weston Family Y’s application to move its facility to Camp Mahackeno.
The members gave their preliminary votes twice tonight, and voted 5-1 the first time and 6-0 the second time with one member abstaining both times. William Blaufuss was the member who said he’d vote against the application, but in the second straw vote he reversed his vote.
The commission is expected to cast its final vote on Thursday.
Westport Weston Family Y officials are planning to move their facility from the corner of Main Street and Post Road East in the downtown area to Camp Mahackeno adjacent to the Merritt Parkway. The plans include a septic system—called FAST—that would handle 34,000 gallons of sewage and water per day.
Library Honoree David Halberstam Killed in Crash
David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who was to be honored at the Westport Public Library’s Booked for the Evening fund-raiser next month, was killed today in a car crash south of San Francisco, a coroner said. He was 73.
David Halberstam: was to be honored May 27. Contributed photo
Halberstam, a New Yorker, was a passenger in a car that was broadsided by another vehicle in Menlo Park, south of San Francisco, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told reporters.
The Westport Public Library Award to Halberstam, which was announced in March, honors those whose work furthers the goals of the library. The event had been set for Sunday, May 27. (See WestportNow March 12, 2007)
Previous recipients of the award have been Tom Brokaw, E.L.Doctorow, Calvin Trillin, Wendy Wasserstein, Pete Hamill, Martin Scorsese, Arthur Mitchell, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Man Found Dead in Garbage Truck
An employee of a Westport garbage collection company was found dead on Greens Farms Road today, police said.
Westport police, fire, and EMS personnel investigate today’s fatality at 243 Greens Farms Road involving a garbage truck (l). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A contractor at the scene called police after he found the male employee wedged in the compactor of his garbage truck at 243 Greens Farms Road, police said.
The truck was owned by Malone’s Refuse of Westport, and the employee was dead when police, firefighters and EMTs arrived at the scene, police said.
Police said the next of kin need to be contacted before the name of the victim is released, and police continue to investigate the incident.
Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Office of the Medical Examiner were also at the scene.
Voluntary Action Center Honors Westport Volunteers
The Voluntary Action Center of Mid-Fairfield tonight honored 85 persons who volunteer for various organizations in the area at a ceremony at Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented certificates to a dozen Westporters or those nominated by Westport-based organizations, including Melody D’Alessandro, a sophomore at Greens Farms Academy. She was honored for her work with the American Red Cross Mid-Fairfield County Chapter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanne Sheridan for WestportNow.com
Municipal Storm Damages Total About $100,000
Westport officials said today that the town spent about $100,000 in efforts to respond to the nor’easter that pelted Westport and the region on April 15-16.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said, however, the major damage was to Westport’s private homes, and town officials do not know the total of those damages.
Westport was hit with extensive inland and coastal flooding during the two-day storm event. About 5 inches of rain fell as measured by Westport weather stations, and the storm surge along the coast and the Saugatuck River rivaled the one that caused extensive flooding in December 1992.
Joseloff said town officials are sending the bills to the state which is likely to seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which could authorize up to 75 percent.
Adding to the Information Flow at the Train Station
The town has installed a television in the waiting room of Westport’s Saugatuck train station as part of what First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said is an effort to keep commuters better informed. The town has also arranged for images from security cameras installed at the station by the state to be monitored in real-time at Westport police headquarters. In addition, Westport is extending its Wi-Fi initiative to the station and surrounding area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Weir: Mahackeno Wasn’t the First Choice
Westport Weston Family Y Chief Executive Officer Helene Weir addressed the Y’s Women of Westport Weston this morning just hours after a confrontation with those opposing how Y officials are planning a move to Camp Mahackeno.
“I was told before I got here that it was a contentious process and people were emotional over it,” said Weir, who just celebrated the one-year anniversary of taking her position. “I could never describe it now that I know it because it’s so unbelievable. I’ve never been yelled at like I was this morning on the sidewalk.”
Weir said the move—which the Conservation Commission may vote on tonight—is a tough deal and she doesn’t want to make anyone upset.
Family Y officials have been looking for a solution for 12 years on where to move, she said, and Camp Mahackeno was not the first choice.
Sides Speak Out at “Y Rescue Group” Press Conference
Win Baum (l) and Tom Orofino spoke today about at the new “Westport Y Rescue Group” and trying to make the process surrounding the Family Y’s planned move more open. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
There was a clashing of ideas on the steps of the Westport Weston Family Y this morning.
The members of the newly formed “Westport Y Rescue Group” held a press conference about its formation and seeking a more open process on plans to move the Family Y to Camp Mahackeno. But also there were members of the Family Y leadership along with a number of community members.
The gathering led to a flow of questions and accusations between the two sides, including over the resignation of Win Baum, one of the rescue group’s founders, from the Family Y’s Board of Directors.
Baum recently resigned from the Board of Directors, he said, after he was accused of “misconduct and malfeasance” after he published an op-ed about his opinions on the decisions made by the board.
Enjoying the Weather
Many were out in Westport on Sunday to enjoy the weather with temperatures around 70 degrees, including along the water at Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Talking Transportation: Highway Service Areas
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
With warmer weather comes the annual cry—“road trip!”
Now, most of us don’t think twice about the decrepit service areas on I-95 and the Merritt Parkway. Their nasty fast food and over priced gas are best avoided by knowing locals.
But a study is underway by the Connecticut Department of Transporation (CDOT) to rehabilitate these service and rest areas, and, hey, there’s hope for the future.
Last year, I attended a focus group which examined the shortcomings of the 31 facilities, most of them in southwest Connecticut. The complaints I heard echo commuters’ gripes about Metro-North: facilities are too old, the bathrooms are dirty, and there’s not enough parking.
Sunday’s summer-like weather with temperatures in the 70s brought many visitors to Westport’s Winslow Park, including a man who enjoyed a slow walk along its pathways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Monday, April 23, 2007
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Strange and Separate People”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Title Swap: Something Special for Book Clubs
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance/Education Committees
9 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance Committee
Riding Near Compo
With temperatures in the 70s in Westport today, motorcyclists rolled through the streets, including near Compo Beach, enjoying the summer-like weather. Only a week ago Westport was hammered with a nor’easter that led to extensive flooding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Woman Injured in Hales Road Accident
A car went into a a utility pole on Hales Road at Inwood Lane late today, severing the pole and sending a Westport woman to Norwalk Hospital. It took four hours after the 4:32 p.m. accident to fully restore electric, telephone and cable TV service to the area. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar said air bags and using a seat belt limited the injuries to the motorist, who was not identified. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Komen Foundation Hosts Build for the Cure Home
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation hosted a Build for the Cure show home on Clapboard Hill Road, and visitors were able to tour the $5.6 million house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Over the last two weeks people had the opportunity to take a peek inside of Westport’s newest homes while supporting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
The foundation hosted tours of a show home for the Build for the Cure on Clapboard Hill Road, which was designed by Westport-based Robert Storm Architects and built by Coastal Construction Group.
Pauline Kezer, Komen Foundation Connecticut chapter Board of Directors president, said Home Magazine approached the foundation about forming a focus group of women ages 30-50 years old to design a home that they would want.
The ideas from the group—which included many breast cancer survivors—were incorporated in the $5.6 million home including a lot of storage room and quiet spaces. Additionally, there are gathering spaces for the family.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
April Sunday at Compo: Bikinis and Ice Cream
It was bikini and ice cream weather at Westport’s Compo Beach today as the Sunday crowd enjoyed sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s—more like July than April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Summer-like Boom at Joey’s by the Shore
Sounds of Cole Porter at Senior Center
William Thorpe and Nancy Fox shared the singing while William Merrill played the piano both as accompanist and soloist at today’s Cole Porter concert at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Packed House for Senior Center Concert
There was a packed house at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities today as a concert of Cole Porter music attracted more than 300 persons. The concert was presented by the Friends of the Senior Center with a grant from the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Weir to Address Y’s Women
Helene Weir: Speaking on the Family Y’s Mahackeno move. Contributed photoWestport Weston Family Y Chief Executive Officer Helene Weir will speak at the Y’s Women Meeting on Monday at the Family Y.
Weir will speak about plans to move the Family Y’s facility from downtown Westport to Camp Mahackeno.
Coffee and Conversation starts at 11 a.m. with the meeting starting at 11:30 a.m.
Weir has been in her position in Westport for one year and has been with the Y organizations for 24 years.
For more information, call Ann Lloyd at (203) 226-4145.
Welcome from the Chief
Westport Police Chief Al Fiore welcomes athletes to today’s Special Olympics track and swim meet at Staples High School. The Westport Police Athletic League was among the event’s sponsors. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff also addressed the opening ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Carrying the Torch
Participants in today’s spring invitational track and swim meet at Staples High School carry the torch in to the field house. The event was sponsored by the Westaport Police Athletic League, CLASP Westport, and the Special Olympics of Connecticut Southwest Region. In addition to athletes from Westport, there were entrants from groups in Darien, Fairfield, Ridgefield and Stratford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Plugging Into Electric Cars
Robert Chasin, Earthplace Board of Trustees chairman, shows off an electric car at Westport’s Compo Beach on Saturday. He was advertising Earthplace’s upcoming Green Earth Fair, which will take place April 26-29 at the organization’s site on Woodside Lane in Westport. Visit Earthplace’s Web site for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 22, 2007
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