Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Bicyclist Killed on Post Road East
UPDATE A bicyclist was killed today in a collision with a truck on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.
Witnesses said the man, who was not immediately identified, was riding in the area of the Compo Shopping Center near Compo Road North at about 2:25 p.m. when he collided with the dump truck. A police news release said:“Preliminary investigation determined that a male bicyclist made contact with a dump truck traveling westbound.” Police, fire and Westport EMS units responded within minutes. The man was later pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital, according to police Lt. Dale Call. Police closed off a portion of the roadway while they conducted their investigation.
Going Down (Up in Flames): 76 Clapboard Hill Road
The Westport and Wilton Fire Departments today participated in a “live burn” exercise in demolishing a house at 76 Clapboard Hill Road. The 1947-built house containing 2,846 square feet and sitting on a 4.44-acre property sold in May for $2.3 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 28, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Jo Ann Davidson puts on fire gear with the assistance of Westport Assistant Chief Bob Kepchar today at a live fire training exercise at 76 Clapboard Hill Road. Fellow RTM members Ann Marie Flynn and John Booth observe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Assistant Chief Bill Dingee and Firefighter Joe Izzo ignite the flames during one of the practice rounds of firefighter training today at Westport’s 76 Clapboard Hill Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jesup Green - Storytime on Jesup Green
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Chess Club
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Milkshake
Preservation Award Winner: 3 Evergreen Ave.
The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Rondi Charleston and Steven Ruchefsky, owners of the house at 3 Evergreen Ave., known as the Jauncey-Coley House c. 1835, at a Town Hall ceremony Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commission said 3 Evergreen Ave. was recognized “in recognition of the owners’ successful expansion of this Stick-style landmark structure in a way that respects its architectural significance. The discrete use of period appropriate detailing on the addition serves to further integrate the new with the old. The owners successfully met the challenge of creating more space for present day living which is a challenge that owners of historic buildings face.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
HDC Announces Historic Preservation Winners
The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) tonight announced its 2007 Historic Preservation Awards. Recipients will be honored at a Town Hall ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m.
This year’s recipients include owners of eight residential properties: 173 Roseville Road; 3 Evergreen Ave.; 7 Washington Ave.; 108 Hillandale Road; 131 Sturges Highway; 150 Compo Road North; 225 Compo Road South, and 44 Compo Mill Cove., and one commercial property, 334 Wilton Road belonging to Aquarion Water Co.
Members of the public sent the commission nominations that included recent restoration, preservation, or rehabilitation projects displaying sensitivity to the scale, character, and architectural style of the structure. The commission gave special attention to the project’s impact on the surrounding streetscape.
Future nominations may be addressed to the Westport Historic District Commission, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT, 06880, and should include a photograph and the address of the structure.
On the Run
Members of the Staples Girls Field Hockey Team ran through their paces today at Westport’s Compo Beach under the watchful eye of Coach Ralph Unker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 53 Owenoke Park
UPDATE Westporter Don Hornung videotapes today’s demolition of a house belonging to his son Robert at 53 Owenoke Park. He was particularly eager to get pictures of the demise of two hand-drawn murals he created in the bedrooms of his grandson and granddaughter. The 1960 contemporary with 4,634 square feet sat on 0.5 acres of waterfront property. The owners will rebuild on the site, which was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Former Westport Detective to Get One Year in Prison
Walter Broadhurst: gets one year in prison, three suspended . WN file photo
Former Westport Detective Walter Broadhurst pleaded guilty in Norwalk Superior Court today to charges that included stealing cash from a fellow detective as well as taking items from a Westport home where he was investigating a burglary.
Under the plea deal, Broadhurst, 38, of Shelton will serve one year in prison with three years suspended and five years on probation. Formal sentencing was put off until Aug. 28 so Broadhurst can get his affairs in order before going to prison.
Westport police arrested Broadhurst twice last November on charges that included fifth-degree larceny, tampering with evidence, second-degree forgery, two counts of sixth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal trespass. (See WestportNow Nov. 15, 2006)
Broadhurst pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics, fifth-degree larceny, second-degreee forgery, and sixth-degree larceny.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 High Point Road
Westport building officials have received an application for a permit to demolish a 1949 house located at 22 High Point Road off Long Lots Road. The 2,637-square-foot house sits on a one-acre property (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
School Board Balks, Then Agrees to Fund School Air Analysis
By James Lomuscio
Saying that time was of the essence, the chair of a committee investigating air quality at King’s Highway Elementary School (KHS) asked the Westport school board Monday night for $40,600 to run tests to determine if the school will be safe for opening day Aug. 27.
The Board of Education agreed, saying money could possibly come from funds already budgeted for removal of a mold-infested portable classroom, but only after more than 45 minutes of heated discussions as to who should pick up the tab—the school board or the town.
“Time is short, I have to give Gil a purchase order tomorrow,” Gavin Anderson, head of the Special King’s Highway Elementary School Maintenance Committee, told Mary Parmelee, school board chairman.
Gil is Gil Cormier of New Britain-based Occupational Risk Control Services, Inc., a consultant hired by the town to remediate mold and air quality concerns at the school.
A favorite perch for resting egrets is some dead branches that have fallen into shallow waters of the Saugatuck River just south of Westport’s King’s Highway Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Download Demonstrations
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Administration Review Committee
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. - Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Treehouse Comedy Club II
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
Monday, August 13, 2007
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 53 Owenoke Park
The house at 53 Owenoke Park in Westport’s Compo Beach area has been issued a demolition permit. The 1960-built contemporary has 4,634 square feet and is situated on a 0.5 acre property. The house sold in October 2004 for $5.3 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 13, 2007
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - The Story Wagon
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Gaming in the Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport Fire Department – RTM Public Protection Committee
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - TeenFlix: “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006, PG-13 version)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Teen Escapes Injury in Bayberry Lane Accident
A teen female driver escaped injury today when she lost control of her car on Bayberry Lane, crossed the roadway, and knocked down a mailbox at 171 Bayberry Lane. She steered the car to a stop at Vineyard Road next to the Westport Weston Health District at 180 Bayberry Lane about 100 yards from the point of contact. The force of the mailbox collision resulted in a shattered windshield, front vehicle damage and a left front side flat tire. Firefighters put down absorbent as fluids leaked from the car and they estimated several gallons ended up in a storm drain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
I-95 Accident Kills One, Injures Two
UPDATE A car rolled over just before midnight Saturday on I-95 in Westport and went down an embankment and struck a tree, killing one person and injuring two others, fire officials said.
The accident occurred in the northbound lane just prior to Exit 17 at 11:56 p.m. State police helped an adult female and infant female up the embankment and into the care of paramedics, said Assistant Chief William Dingee.
State police today identified the driver as Vernon Felicien, 41, of Windsor, and the passengers as Jaylin Issacs, 40, and Brianna Issacs, 3. They were released from the hospital today.
The Issacs and Felicien lived at the same Windsor address, police said, although their relationship, if any, was not known.
“Miss Saigon” Delights Audiences at Staples
A full house greeted the Staples Summer Theatre production of “Miss Saigon” Saturday night. Intense and well staged with outstanding singing under the direction of Al Pia, the production concludes with performances Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available at the door. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Camera Club Exhibit Opens Today at Earthplace
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Westport’s Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center plays host to a photography exhibit, “Views of Nature,” featuring photos with a nature theme from 10 members of the Norwalk Camera Club. The show opens today with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that is free and open to the public. The show runs until Oct. 7. Westporter Stan Groner hangs the photos of his wife, Phyllis, a WestportNow contributing photographer, before hanging his own photos for the show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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