Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar, Michael Shavel
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
Y Withdraws and Refiles P&Z Application; Hearings Extended
The Westport Weston Family Y, stymied by a legal deadline in its efforts to move its headquarters to its Mahackeno site from downtown, tonight withdrew its controversial special permit application to the Planning and Zoning Commission and then promptly refiled it.
The net effect was to restart the clock on the application, which by law the P&Z would have had to close public hearings on by the end of today. The commission agreed to take up the new application on June 23 or possibly later if all commissioners are unable to make a meeting on that date.
The action was announced by Y attorney Larry Weisman at the end of his summation on what many had expected would be the final day of two and a half months of public hearings on the application, which opened on March 13.
Weisman explained that in order to complete its application, the Y still needed to resolve an issue concerning a road abandonment on the property. The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) planned to take up the matter at its session on Tuesday night.
Arthur Levitt Says Extent of Sub-Prime Crisis is Unknown
By Phyllis Groner
Westporter Arthur Levitt Jr., former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), told an overflow Westport Public Library audience tonight the sub-prime “mortgage meltdown” has caused a crisis of confidence in the banking industry whose consequences are still unknown.
Westporter Arthur Levitt Jr. addressed an overflow audience at the Westport Public Library McManus Room tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
“The mortgage meltdown has contaminated the entire industry,” he said. “No one knows how far the contagion will spread.”
Describing the U.S. economy as “on the brink or already in recession,” he said the credit crunch was brought about by greed, conflicts of interests and excess.
Levitt, who was appointed SEC commissioner in 1993 by President Clinton and served until 2001, called for a thorough investigation of what led to the financial crisis, just as he said was done after the 1987 stock market crash.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Some seniors at Wilton High School decided to spend senior “skip day” today at Westport’s Compo Beach. The temperature reached 80 under sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Police Promote Richard Sloat to Lieutenant
Sgt. Richard Sloat, a 34-year veteran of the Westport Police Department, was promoted to lieutenant today in a ceremony at Westport police headquarters. His wife Jody embraced him after pinning on his badge as Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff looked on. The promotion of Sloat and Sgt. Richard Frazier following the retirement last week of Lt. John Croffy, a 33-year department veteran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gold Badge for Rich Frazier
Westport Police Public Safety Officer Richard Frazier, a 24-year department veteran, gets his gold sergeant’s badge pinned on him today by wife Stephanie at a ceremony at Westport police headquarters. Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Woman’s Club Awards Scholarships
The Westport Woman’s Club held its annual scholarship awards luncheon today and distributed funds to nine graduating Staples High School students and one adult. According to Carole Hendrickson, committee chair, the award recipients were selected from applications based on financial requirements, academic achievement and community service contributions. Pictured (l-r) are: Marissa Zaffina, Sara Morris, Daniella Sinay, Yuliya Babak, Leah Garzone, Sarah Steinmetz and Jacqueline Myers. Back row: Dylan Bobrow and Galen Blumenthal. Stephanie Petropolis, the recipient of the Adult Woman Scholarship, was absent from the ceremony due to illness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Brown Bag Lunch Will Host CL&P
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that a citizens’ brown bag luncheon will he held on Wednesday, June 11, at noon in Rooms 309/307 of the Westport Town Hall with representatives of Connecticut Light and Power Company as guests.
“Representatives of CL&P, including Director of Municipal Relations Christopher Swan, will join the luncheon to discuss a wide variety of topics such as green energy, summer demand on electricity, and the status of the Middletown-Norwalk Transmission project,” said Joseloff.
The meeting will be televised on Westport’s government access cable channel 79.
Westport-based Major Indoor Soccer League Shuts Down
The Westport-based Major Indoor Soccer League has shut down after seven seasons, and is considering restructuring.
The league, which has its headquarters at 1175 Post Road East, ceased operations effective Saturday, an announcement said.
“The MISL Management Committee has begun formal transition planning and restructuring as they consider moves, which they believe will help lower costs and attract additional owner/operators,” it said. “A decision on the future structure of the league will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.”
“We are considering structural changes that will bring us greater efficiencies, while also allowing long term growth and expansion of the league,” said John Hantz, former chairman of the MISL, and owner/operator of the Detroit Ignition.
New Eagle Scouts for Troop 100
Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 100 added three new Eagle Scouts at a ceremony Sunday at Christ and Holy Trinity Church. Former Scoutmasters (l-r) Ken Carlson, Alan Stolz and Elliott Netherton stood proudly with Andrew Shenoy, Thomas Snyder and Ari Ellenbogen and current Scoutmaster Jennifer Jackson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Hallas for WestportNow.com
These youngsters were among many who headed to Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday to enjoy the picture perfect weather of sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 2, 2008
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
6:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education Anticipated Executive Session
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversations: The Subprime Primer, Arthur Levitt, Jr.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Up on the Roof
Pranksters placed a portable toilet on the roof at Westport’s Staples High School and it took hours today to remove it. The culprits have not been caught. Spray painted on the side was “08 is the s—-.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Brisk Business at Farmers Market
Today’s sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s contributed to a good turnout at the Farmers Market at Westport’s upper Imperial Avenue parking lot. The Thursday Farmers Market returns this week to the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Disconnect Connects in Weston
The Westport band Disconnect won first prize in Saturday night’s Battle of the Bands at the Norfield Parish Hall in Weston. All five band members are students at Bedford Middle School. The Battle of the Bands is the first charitable event for the recently formed Kids4Kids, a group designed to involve kids in planning and executing clever and engaging fundraising activities to benefit other local kids in need. Nine middle school bands competed to raise money for Family and Children’s Agency of Norwalk. All proceeds went to Family and Children’s after school programs. The evening was capped off with a spectacular performance by Weston High School’s band The Knockouts. Pictured (l-r) are: Alex Mapley, bass; Warren Schorr guitar and vocals; Ian Hubbell, drums; Santi Hervella, guitar and Blake Hoffman, guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Mother Nature Showing Off
Sunday, June 1, 2008
9 a.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Staples High School/Volvo of Westport - 5K Run in the Sun
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Seabury Center - Center Stage Theatre Company: “Les Miserables, School Edition” with Ivan Rutherford
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Few Good Men”
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued
UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and parts of the tri-state area until 7:30 p.m.
An advisory at 6:55 p.m. upgraded a severe thunderstorm watch issued an hour earlier to a warning.
It said thunderstorms in advance of an approaching cold front will move across the area this evening. Some thunderstorms could produce damaging winds and large hail with perhaps an isolated tornado.
Some of the thunderstorms would also produce very heavy rain with localized flash flooding as well as frequent lightning, it said.
Landon: “Feeling of Dismay” Over Nude Photos
Elliott Landon: “Feeling of failure this could happen.” Dave Matlow/WN file photoWestport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon says there is a “feeling of dismay” among Westport educators and parents over nude photos circulated electronically by middle school and high school students.
Breaking a silence on the matter he first reported in a letter to parents earlier this month (See WestportNow May 15, 2008), Landon told The New York Times: “There’s a feeling of dismay and a feeling of failure that this could happen.”
Landon, who has refused to comment to local news media about his letter, told the Times Sunday Connecticut section that parents and school officials are working to develop more effective teaching tools to warn Westport students of cyberspace dangers.
He said it was too late in the school year to launch new programs but that the Westport schools would beef up their cyberspace initiatives in the fall.
Westport Volunteers Help in “Great Park Pursuit”
Westport members of Friends of Sherwood Island State Park were among volunteers helping out today at the park as families from across the state took part in “The Great Park Pursuit – The Connecticut State Parks Family Adventure” sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy was on hand to welcome guests for the event, part of the department’s “No Child Left Inside” campaign. The statewide initiative is designed to raise awareness for state parks and forests and build enthusiasm for the outdoors among children. Pictured (l-r) are: Sheila O’Neill, Hope Hageman, Marilyn Bakker, Winnie Balboni and Liz-Ann Koos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
“Hold on, There’s Someone on My Other Line”
Cartoonist Legend Mel Casson Dies at 87
Mel Casson: 40-year Westport resident. King Features photoCartoonist legend Mel Casson, the writer and illustrator of the comic strip “Redeye,” died on May 21 at his Westport home. He was 87.
Casson was a 40-year Westport resident and lived on Guyer Road. For almost 20 years Casson illustrated “Redeye,” a parody strip about a 19th century tribe of Native Americans, for King Features Syndicate.
When cartoonist Bill Yates, who wrote the “Redeye” scripts, retired in 1999, Casson assumed full writing and drawing duties of the strip.
“King Features has been very fortunate to represent the work of Mel Casson over the years,” said Brendan Burford, King Features comics editor. “He put great care and craft into his cartoons, adding to the beauty of the comics page every day. He will be sorely missed.”
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