Saturday, November 04, 2006
New Yorker Editor Y’s Women Guest Nov. 13
Dorothy Wickenden: at the New Yorker since 1995. Contributed photoNew Yorker Magazine executive editor and author Dorothy Wickenden will speak to the Y’s Women at its next session on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Family Y of Westport Weston.
Coffee and conversation begin at 11 a.m. with the meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. Wickenden will answer questions after her talk.
She will discuss what goes on behind the scenes at the New Yorker Magazine each week, including how story ideas are conceived and cartoons and covers are chosen, whether there is such a thing as a New Yorker “style” and what it is like to work with writers and with the editors, copy-editors, and fact-checkers on individual pieces.
Wickenden became executive editor of the New Yorker in January 1996. She joined the magazine as managing editor in March 1995.
All Y’s Women general meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Ann Lloyd at (203) 226-4145.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006
9 a.m. - noon - Town Clerks Office - Absentee ballot application pickup
1:30 p.m. Staples High School - Staples football vs New Canaan
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
Staples Boys Soccer Shares FCIAC Title
One hundred minutes of nail-biting soccer produced no goals and two FCIAC co-champions tonight.
Staples and Trumbull shared the league title following a 0-0 draw at Wilton High School’s Kristine Lilly Field.
It was the Wreckers’ 24th FCIAC championship and Trumbull’s first. Staples’ last league crown came in 2000.
Matt Lamb was named tournament co-MVP for his midfield performance.
A Global Perspective
Artist Niki Ketchman (c) explains her piece of artwork titled “2006” during an exhibit opening at the Westport Arts Center tonight. The new exhibit is titled “Global” and artists were asked to show their feelings on the term “global” and “globalism.” The exhibit runs through Dec. 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westporter Barbara Paul addresses the crowd at the opening tonight of her photography exhibit—“Grasslands of Eastern Tibet – Nomads, Festivals, Monasteries”—at the Darien Public Library. The exhibit, which features over 100 photographs from Tibet, runs through Dec. 4. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Honored as “Heart Safe” Community
The Connecticut Department of Health recently presented Westport Emergency Medical Services and town officials with a certificate recognizing Westport as a “heart safe” community. The town announced in July that Westport EMS had met the requirements to qualify for the three-year designation which recognizes a community’s commitment to provide improved cardiac response and care to residents. Taking part in the Town Hall ceremony were (l-r) Gary St. Amand of the state Health Department; Alan Yoder, April Yoder, Alan Stolz and Isabel Blair of Westport EMS; First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Deputy Police Chief Donald Brown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, November 03, 2006
Selected Shorts Slated for Playhouse
Mia Dillon, Daniel Gerroll and David Rakoff will read short fiction in “Selected Shorts,” a live version of the renowned National Public Radio show of the same name, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.
David Rakoff: will read Thurber tale. Contributed photo
The event is co-sponsored by the playhouse and the Westport Arts Center under the Arts in the House program. The reading will be taped for future NPR broadcast.
Dillon will read “How to Talk to a Hunter” by Pam Houston, Gerroll will lend his voice to “Honeymoon in Tramore” by William Trevor and Rakoff will bring to life “A Ride with Olympy” by James Thurber.
Now in its 20th season, “Selected Shorts” is produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio.
Neighbors Appeal Supportive Housing Approval
Saugatuck residents are appealing to the Westport Representative Town Meeting a zoning regulation change that allows supportive housing in their neighborhood.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the the zoning change, which was proposed by Interfaith Housing Association, in October (see WestportNow Oct. 13). It also approved a site plan for the regulation to be used on West End Avenue.
Save Old Saugatuck members opposed the application and filed a petition with the RTM to review the decision. The RTM can accept or reject the P&Z’s decision, but it cannot modify the regulation.
Carolanne Curry, of Save Old Saugatuck, said the Planning and Zoning Commission did not consider any of the comments made by the neighbors.
Danbury News-Times Endorses Farrell
The Danbury News-Times today endorsed Democrat Diane Farrell in the 4th Congressional District race over incumbent Republican Christopher Shays.
The text of the editorial: “Christopher Shays of Bridgeport has represented the 4th Congressional District since 1987.
“Most of this district runs along the Interstate 95 corridor. After the 2000 Census, Redding and Ridgefield were added.
“Shays is a moderate Republican who often is at odds with his party’s leaders. This has sometimes landed him in a GOP limbo, as party leaders punished him for his independence. This year, those leaders are clinging to Shays, seeing his race as key to Republicans retaining majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Early clouds and rain broke for sunshine later on Thursday on Westport’s Round Pond. Temperatures were much cooler than the previous days and are predicted to remain cold. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, Nov. 3, 2006
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception: Global
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
Westport’s Own Paul Newman Appears in Lamont Ads
Westport’s Paul Newman appears in new television and radio ads backing Democrat Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate.
Paul Newman recorded television and radio ads for Ned Lamont. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
“It’s tough times out there, and Connecticut needs someone who is young, fresh and spunky,” Newman, 81, urges voters in a 30-second spot. Lamont is 52. Incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman is 64.
Newman also recalls Lieberman’s campaign in 1988 when he unseated Lowell Weicker.
“Eighteen years ago, when Joe Lieberman was running against Lowell Weicker, Joe’s battle cry was, ‘Eighteen years is enough,’” Newman says. “I suppose Joe said that because he knew that after 18 years the good-old-boys club trumped good government. Voters should take your advice, Joe. Eighteen years is enough. Vote for Ned Lamont.”
Gorham Hearing Potentially Closing Next Week
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to close its public hearing on the proposal from Red Coat Development to construct condominiums on Gorham Avenue next week.
P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said the commission is waiting for additional information from outside consultants it hired and from the applicant.
“They’re probably going to close the hearing next week,” he said. “They then have 65 days to make a decision assuming there isn’t a fifth hearing.”
The commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Nov. 9 on the matter, and it would be the fourth hearing on the application to construct 20 condominium units, which include six that will be deemed “affordable,” on 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave.
Westport’s Big Dig Underway
Work crews have begun their nighttime digging along Westport’s Post Road East to lay cable as part of the 69-mile Connecticut Light and Power Co. Middletown-to-Norwalk high voltage line project. The line is expected to go into service in late 2009. This crew was working tonight near Starbucks at 925 Post Road East. A second crew was working closer to the Fairfield town line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Westport Main Street Property Sells for $8.2 Million
(UPDATE-adding comments from W&M Properties)
In a sign of the continued attractiveness of Westport’s Main Street to real estate investors, a one-story building housing Westport Pizzeria and two upscale retail stores has sold for $8.2 million or $1,955 a square foot, an apparent record for the street.
The $8.2 million sale of this building on Main Street is equal to about $1,955 per square foot, an apparent record. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The sale of 103,105, and 107 Main St. was recorded Tuesday in the Town Clerk’s office. The building houses the pizza restaurant and retailers Sigrid Olsen and Francois Du Pont Jewelers.
Town records show it includes 4,194 square feet of retail space.
The buyer was a partnership led by Stamford and New York-based W&M Properties which three years ago paid $18.1 million for neighboring 66-99 Main St., or about $1,046 a square foot. (See WestportNow April 19, 2003)
Naughton Brings New Musical to Playhouse
James Naughton: Bringing new cabaret act to the playhouse. Contributed photoTwo-time Tony Award-winner, film star and Weston resident James Naughton brings his new musical cabaret act, “Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night,” to Westport Country Playhouse for four performances.
Performances are slated for Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 and 8 p.m.
“Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night” includes songs ranging from the standards of Frank Sinatra, Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, Johnny Mercer and Cy Coleman to the contemporary hits of Tom Waits, Junior Brown and Randy Newman.
The concert features a wide array of musical stylings, from pop to jazz, with a repertoire including “My Foolish Heart,” “I Ain’t Got Nothing But the Blues” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.”
Tickets are $35, $45 and $50. For ticket information, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, purchase online at www.westportplayhouse.org, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.
Going Down: 28 Manitou Road
Construction crews demolished the house at 28 Manitou Road in Westport today. The family that lived in the house remains the owner of the property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
NY Daily News Endorses Shays
The New York Daily News today endorsed incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in his contest against Democratic challenger Diane Farrell, a former Westport first selectwoman.
The text of the editorial: “As a Republican who has been strong on Iraq, Rep. Chris Shays is being challenged by a Democrat who hopes to ride into office on anti-war fury and discontent with President Bush—never mind that Shays has ably represented southwest Connecticut for 19 years.
“Shays is a moderate GOP representative. He’s pro-choice, pro-gun control and pro-stem cell research. As chairman of a national security subcommittee, he has pushed to distribute homeland security aid on the basis of risk rather than as pork. And he was Sen. John McCain’s House counterpart on campaign finance reform. (Although Shays blundered in failing to include in his own disclosure report the acceptance from an interest group of travel to Qatar and lodging there, as revealed last week by The New Republic.)
“Shays is challenged by former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, who simply wants out of Iraq, placing her among those who refuse to confront the deadly nature of what would likely happen the day after American forces retreated over the horizon.
Westport’s CLASP Homes held its annual fashion show and luncheon at the Westport Woman’s Club Wednesday. Tracy Flood, CLASP president, addresses guests at the podium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Felt Like Summer
Many people headed down to Westport’s Compo Beach to enjoy the warm weather on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 40s, however, by the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006
6 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
Staples Boys Soccer Moves on to FCIAC Final
Ben King’s header with just 50 seconds remaining in the final sudden death overtime gave the Staples boys soccer team a dramatic 1-0 win over Greenwich in tonight’s FCIAC semifinal game played at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School.
The goal—after 99 minutes of scoreless, end-to-end action—lifted the Wreckers into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. FCIAC title match at Wilton High School’s Kristine Lilly Field.
Staples, now 14-1-2, faces Trumbull. The two teams tied 1-1 earlier this year.
The Wreckers are seeking a record 24th league title.
Finance Board Discusses Power Line Project
The Westport Board of Finance tonight discussed a lease that will allow workers burying a high voltage power line under Route 1 to stage the equipment in a town-owned Imperial Avenue parking lot.
Bond Brothers, the construction company hired to bury the power line for United Illuminating, is looking for the space in the Imperial Avenue upper lot.
The Board of Selectmen will vote on the lease during a meeting at noon on Thursday.
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the company’s workers will use one-third of the paved lot, which is about 33 parking spaces.
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Three Westport young people were honored at Westport’s Temple Israel Sunday night by the Connecticut chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. Receiving Community Leadership Awards were (l-r) Julie Raice, 16, Brian Mayer, 19, and Ilana Levy, 25. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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