Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Officials Address Revaluation
Westport Assessor William Gaffney explains a map that shows how assessments changed throughout town during today’s Brown Bag Lunch. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Town officials are seeking input from residents about the latest revaluation, which property owners are currently receiving notices about in the mail.
The notices about the new assessments—which will take effect on July 1—were mailed on Monday and Tuesday.
Assessor William Gaffney spoke at a Citizens Brown Bag Lunch this afternoon, and said the largest increases were along the water where the increases could be three to seven times what they were.
“The Bermuda Road area’s assessments changed dramatically,” he said.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - TEAM Westport
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “David Copperfield”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – School Building Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Finance Committee
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Rail Service to Remain Normal in Event of Transit Strike
Metro-North’s New Haven line promises normal service on Thursday even if New York City transit workers make good on their threat to strike at midnight, according to the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council.
“Union officials from Metro-North have told the council their workers will come to work, even if there are sympathy picket lines,” said Jim Cameron, vice chairman of the council, a watchdog group created by the state legislature to be a voice for commuters.
Metro-North also plans to run additional in-city shuttle trains on the New Haven line to be served by Harlem line trains.
Cameron added that there will be a new, temporary station erected at Yankee Stadium to offer park-and-ride service, as all private cars into Manhattan south of 96th Street will be required to have four passengers.
School Board Supports NCLB Lawsuit
The Westport Board of Education has chosen to support the state Department of Education’s lawsuit against the federal government over the No Child Left Behind Act.
The board unanimously approved a resolution supporting the lawsuit during its meeting Monday night.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the board’s resolution specifically targets the “unfunded mandate” portion of the act.
“This is only about the financing and not the other substantial issues of the law,” he said. “The issue is mandates and that the government should not do them without the money to support them.”
Staples Basketball To Air on WWPT
Starting tonight, Staples boys and girls basketball games will be aired on WWPT 90.3 FM.
Home games will air live on the station starting tonight at 6 p.m. when the 2-0 Lady Wreckers take on the 0-1 Harding Presidents.
The basketball schedule is available on the Staples Athletics Web site.
Going Down: 24 Webb Road
The house at 24 Webb Road came down this morning. A demolition permit for the 1950 home, which is off of Whitney Avenue, was pulled last month. Contractors Joe Feinleib (l) and Mike Lato oversee the demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
School Board Approves 2006-07 Calendar
The next school year isn’t for another nine months, but the calendar is in place.
The Westport Board of Education approved the 2006-07 school calendar during its meeting Monday night.
Students will again start school after Labor Day with classes starting on Sept. 5. School will end on June 22.
Students will also again have school on Columbus Day. Students had school on Columbus Day—a non-required holiday—for the first time last October.
This photo, “Reflections,” won photographer Larry Untermeyer first place in the Action/Motion category Monday in the Westport/Westport Y’s Men Camera Club competition. The photo, showing a scene on the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center, was one of three won by Untermeyer. Winners were announced at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities where all entries are on exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer photo
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Tree Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
Monday, December 12, 2005
Parmelee, Mathias and Marpe Re-Elected
Mary Parmelee (r) was re-elected Westport Board of Education chairwoman Monday night. Also re-elected were Vice-Chairman Mark Mathias (c) and Secretary James Marpe (l). The three have been the board’s officers for the last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Board of Education Approves Staples Funding
The Westport Board of Education unanimously voted tonight to recommend an additional $2 million for the Staples High School renovation and expansion project.
The Board of Finance is next to take up the funding before the Representative Town Meeting would have the final say on the matter.
Staples Building Committee officials explained in a presentation at the last board meeting a week ago that the funding is to coverunforeseen problems with the building during the renovation portion of the project.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the building committee’s arguments seem reasonable.
Photographer Larry Untermeyer took top prize in the Westport/Weston Y’s Men Camera Club show today with his “River Fog” entry. Untermeyer, a contributing photographer for WestportNow, said he grabbed the shot through his car window as he was crossing the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center one foggy morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer photo
Larry Untermeyer Takes Top Honors in Photo Competition
Larry Untermeyer (l), a WestportNow contributing photographer, won three prizes—including the top Best in Show prize—today in the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Camera Club second annual photo contest and exhibition at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff presented awards to the winners. In addition to Best in Show, Untermeyer won first place in the Westport/Weston category as well as first place in the Action/Motion category. His Best in Show award for “River Fog” won him a Nikon digital camera. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Executive Director to Resign
Alison Harris: gives notice to resign. Contributed photoAlison Harris, executive director of Westport Country Playhouse, plans to resign her position in late 2006, Playhouse officials reported today.
Harris has provided approximately one year’s notice to the Playhouse’s board of directors to “assure a smooth artistic leadership transition beginning in
January,” according to a Playhouse release.
Next month, Tazewell Thompson will succeed Joanne Woodward as artistic director.
Harris has served as executive director since December 2000, and her tenure is credited with the Playhouse’s $30.6 million “Campaign for a New Era” that funded the $18 million renovation and expansion of the historic, 75-year-old theater. The Campaign is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 31, 2005.
Heritage Tree Decorated
Westport Historical Society representatives and teens spent this afternoon decorating the tree in the Town Hall lobby, but the tree has a twist.
Volunteers from the Westport Historical Society decorated the group’s “Heritage Tree” today in Westport’s Town Hall lobby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The society’s tree—which has been on display since 1979—not only celebrates the holidays, it also celebrates the town’s art heritage.
Each of the ornaments on the tree have been created by one of the town’s artists.
New ornaments have been added this year honoring the town’s 170th birthday.
Revaluation Notices in the Mail
William Gaffney: assessor sends out notices. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.comWestport property owners should receive revaluation notices over the next few days.
Assessor William Gaffney said the 10,000 notices were to be mailed today and Tuesday, and a link to the information was posted on the town’s Web site tonight.
The information was also accessible directly at the Web site of Vision Appraisal, the Massachusetts-based firm which carried out the revaluation.
The notices, which are not a bill, include the old assessment, the new assessment and the projected taxes under the new system, he said.
Candlelight Concert Set for Friday, Saturday Nights
The 65th annual Staples High School Candlelight Concert is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and again at 9:30 in the Staples auditorium.
This year the concert, which will be presented by more than 450 students from the Staples music department, is dedicated to the memory of John Hanulik, a former Staples orchestra director.
Performing groups scheduled to perform are the Staples choir, chorale, chorus, and symphonic, sophomore and chamber orchestras, as well as the sophomore and symphonic bands.
According to the music department, the concert is set to open with the symphonic orchestra under the direction of Adele Cutrali-Valovich, performing “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach. The orchestra then plans to combine with all the choral groups in a presentation of the traditional procession, “Sing We Noel”.
Monday, Dec. 12, 2005
2:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport-Weston Y’s Men Camera Club Awards and Exhibition Reception
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Planning and Zoning Committee, RTM Health and Human Services Committee, RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks and Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education
Sunday, December 11, 2005
‘Chanukah Across Town’ Menorah Lightings Scheduled
Beth Israel of Westport-Norwalk and The Schneerson Center of Westport have scheduled five Chanukah events beginning with a menorah lighting ceremony at Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center on Sunday, Dec. 25, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The initial menorah lighting will be in front of Wachovia Bank, and planners say it will feature hot potato latkes, live music, dreidels and hot chocolate. Local dignitaries are scheduled to attend, and Rabbi Levi Stone and Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht plan to emcee the event.
The ceremony is part of the week-long “Chanukah Across Town” activities that will include a menorah lighting at Weston Shopping Center on Monday, Dec. 26, at 5 p.m. and a huge menorah lighting at Stew Leonard’s on Westport Avenue in Norwalk on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m.
Also scheduled is a “Chanukah On Ice” celebration including face painting, holiday gelt and songs at the Longshore Ice Rink on Thursday, Dec. 29. The admission, $12 per adults and $10 per child, covers skates rentals, planners say.
Westport Snow Scene
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005
2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Toys Lead the Musical Play” family concert
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “David Copperfield”
Saturday, December 10, 2005
An Angel Delivery in Preparation
Volunteers for Westport’s Al’s Angels charity group today readied boxes for delivery to needy families at Christmas, just as they did on Thanksgiving. The group will deliver more than 300 holiday meals to area families. Al’s Angels gave special thanks this year for the always needed community financial support, for Gault’s facilities, and for the labors of Builders Beyond Borders. Toys will also be distributed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Firefighters Respond to Sewage Leak on Fairfield Border
Westport firefighters Friday night responded to a sewage leak in the parking lot of the Toys ‘R Us plaza that was seeping into Sasco Brook on the Westport-Fairfield border.
Firefighters received a call just after 8 p.m. about a leaking pipe and water flowing into a storm drain adjacent to the plaza that goes into Sasco Brook, according to a department release.
Firefighters at the scene observed gray water flowing from a manhole, into the parking lot and into the storm drain, according to the release.
Public works representatives identified the source as a private sewer that is used by the businesses in the shopping plaza, according to the release, and health district officials requested the businesses to close for the evening in order to stop the flow of sewage.
Westport Property Transfers Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2005
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2005
Susanne N. Winch to Jesse S. and Susan Wexler, 62 Regents Park, $875,000
Crispin M. Cioe and Krista Bradford to Michael W. P. and Suzanne L. Hermus, 2 Edgemarth Hill Road, $885,000
Lawrence C. Kennedy to Mary McFelly, 4 Sachem Trail, $750,000
Dorian Development LLC to Diana L. and Daniel Sussman, 6 West Branch Road, $3,291,750
Senior Center to Offer Grandparenting Classes
In an era of fewer and fewer extended families and increased pressures on children, the Westport Center for Senior Activities and Positive Directions, the Center for Prevention and Recovery, are stressing the important role of grandparents.
And on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the two organizations will kick off the first session of a five-week program titled, “Raising Resilient Grandchildren.” The program is set to run Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the senior center.
It uses a research-based curriculum in which grandparents gain the skills needed to help raise healthy grandchildren who avoid risky behavior, said Martha Hauhuth, executive director of Westport-based Positive Directions.
As grandparents assume greater roles, she said, children will become more connected to their families.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005
4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “David Copperfield”
Staples Boys Soccer Team Donates to Biloxi
The Staples boys’ soccer program has donated $750 to Biloxi High School’s soccer team.
The Mississippi school, devastated by Hurricane Katrina, was the recipient earlier this fall of a backpack drive conducted at Staples High School. At that time the Wreckers donated used soccer equipment to Biloxi.
The Biloxi coaching staff told Staples head coach Dan Woog that the funds would go to provide important equipment for the team—in Mississippi, interscholastic soccer is played in the winter.
In addition, the coaches will disburse funds to individual players on an as-needed basis. Several players lost their homes in the hurricane.Page 1095 of 1266 pages
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