Friday, December 16, 2005
Benson Honored for Board of Finance Service
Fellow Rotarians who served with him on the Westport Board of Finance honored Rick Benson for his years of service on the town body at this morning’s meeting of the Westport Sunrise Rotary. Jeff Mayer, finance board chairman, presented the plaque. Pictured (l-r) are: Jeff Mayer; Rick Benson; Charlie Haberstroh; and Gavin Anderson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed Photo
New Year’s Eve Coming Earlier, Too
Even New Year’s Eve, it seems, is starting earlier. Balducci’s, the Westport specialty food market, has scheduled a First Night preview celebration with balloons, clowns and music for Thursday, Dec. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Teaming up with First Night of Westport-Weston, Balducci’s at 1385 Post Road East, has planned a free and open-to-the-public event that will seemingly step into the future with musical entertainment by the Puttin’ on the Ritz, face painters, food samples and demonstrations.
But the event is not designed to take away from New Year’s Eve by jumping ahead on the calendar. Instead it will offer a sneak preveiw of First Night events while hawking admission buttons to all of its offerings, organizers say.
“First Night offers Westport residents a wonderful and safe environment in which to ring in their New Year,” said Victor DiRoma, Balducci’s general manager.
Accident Closes Bridge Street
A two-car accident closed Bridge Street near Imperial Avenue at 9 a.m. today, according to police. People had to be extracted from two of the cars by firefighters. One was taken to the hospital by Westport Volunteer EMS, but police did not release his injuries. Police said the accident was not weather related. The road was re-opened within 45 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Icy Roads Give Way to Wet Ones
Heavy rain slowed traffic on I-95 and Westport area roads today with some scattered flooding reported as the temperature warmed to the low 40s overnight. Late Thursday night and earlier today, police reported numerous accidents as the temperature was around the freezing mark, causing slippery roadways. Westport schools opened at the usual times this morning. View is from a traffic camera near the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport. DOT Photo
Friday, Dec. 16, 2005
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
7 p. m. - Staples High School - Candlelight Concert
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “David Copperfield”
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Snow on Superintendent’s Mind
With more snow and ice predicted for tonight, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon is hoping he doesn’t have to close school.
A winter mix of rain, sleet and snow is predicted for tonight until midday tomorrow.
Landon said today he doesn’t want to have to cancel school on Friday because he already has closed school once.
He said he’ll check with police and other emergency officials early on Friday before he makes any decisions on if there should be school, even if it’s a delayed opening.
To find information on school closings, parents and students can call the school snow line at (203) 341-1766 or check the school Web site.
Westporter Gets Break in Rolling Stones Case
A Westporter who was arrested for climbing the rafters at a Boston Rolling Stones concert will not see any jail time if she stays out of trouble for six months, according to The Boston Globe.
Claire O’Leary, 20, was before a Boston clerk magistrate today, who considered her clean record and her severe injuries, according to the paper. The charges will be dropped if she stays out of trouble for six months, the paper stated.
O’Leary broke both ankles and her wrist after climbing into the right-field rafters at the Aug. 21 concert at Fenway Park, then falling 35 feet to the seats below.
The Boston Globe stated she could not walk until November.
Police had sought to charge her with disturbing a public assembly, and Thursday’s hearing was held to determine if such a charge was warranted, according to the Boston paper.
Update: Actor Ben Vereen to Miss Seabury Performance
Ben Vereen:cancels scheduled appearance at the Seabury Center. Contributed photoActor Ben Vereen, who was scheduled to headline a Broadway tribute to American composer Stephen Schwartz on Sunday at Westport’s Seabury Center, has had to cancel his appearance, organizers said today.
However, the show will go on, planners say, and Vereen has donated several items to be auctioned off during intermission, one of them being house seats to the Broadway show “Wicked,” followed by dinner with him.
Vereen’s cancellation in Westport is the second change for the event. It had originally been scheduled at the Bedford Middle School.
Titled, “Simple Joys,” the two Seabury performances are being sponsored by the Westport-based Center Stage Theatre Company, and will include five Broadway performers singing pieces from productions that include “Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell,” and “Children of Eden.” The show is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 18, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and from 10 to 11:30 p.m.
Schwartz will be among the guests, according to an announcement.
Hall-Brooke to Open Women’s Unit
A 16-bed, in-patient unit designed for women’s treatment is under construction at Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services on Long Lots Road in Westport.
According to Dr. Thomas E. Smith, medical director, the unit is expected to open Feb. 1, 2006 and occupy 10,000 square feet. He said it will be staffed by clinical experts on women’s mental health.
“Mental illness can affect women to a greater extent than men due to various biological and social factors,” Smith said. “The women’s unit will provide exceptional care for women with mental health problems, especially those with mood and anxiety disorders and issues related to abuse.”
The Westport Board of Selectmen Wednesday night unanimously approved the installation of a supplemental sewer connection to the property to accommodate the extension.
Y’s Men Celebrate
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston held their annual holiday party today at Continental Manor in Norwalk. More than 180 members and their wives attended. Westport’s Hoot Owls and the Highland Rovers (pictured above) were among those providing entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com
Santa’s On the Way
School Board Considers Graduation Requirement Changes
Students soon may not only need to take at least 25 credits to graduate, but they would also have to pass those classes.
The Westport Board of Education has a proposal to change the graduation requirements starting with the current sophomore class on its plate, and first discussed the matter Monday night.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the plan calls for the number of total credits required for graduation to be increased from 22 to 25. Each class represents one credit.
Right now, he said, students are required to take seven classes their freshman year and six their remaining three years, which adds up to 25 credits.
And it’s Not Even Winter Yet
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005
7 p.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7:15 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “David Copperfield”
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Holiday Diversity Displayed at Town Hall
By James Lomuscio
At Westport Town Hall it’s a display that could be put to a familiar holiday tune: two snowmen, one Santa Claus, a nativity creche, Hanukkah book, one menorah and a heritage tree.
The display, which also includes dreidels and candy canes, went up today to show religious diversity and inclusiveness during the holiday season, town officials say. And it seemed to salve Third Selectman John Izzo.
Izzo had expressed concern in a letter to the Westport News today that the Town Hall tree for years has been dubbed a “Heritage Tree” instead of a Christmas tree, while a good-sized menorah has been on display year-round on the second floor.
As Izzo saw it, Christmas was getting short shrift while another religious symbol was being showcased on town government property.
Selectmen Approve Railroad Parking Changes
By James Lomuscio
Motorists looking to park in front of Westport’s Saugatuck train station just long enough to buy a cup of coffee, even those wanting to linger over lunch at Mario’s restaurant without watching the clock, got the gift of time tonight.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on new Railroad Place parking regulations designed to ease strains on commuters and shoppers alike, while offering a boon to restaurateurs and retailers.
Under the changes recommended by the Police Department, 24 parking spaces near the Post Office substation will have times extended from one to two hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Also, spaces in front of the New York-bound depot are now available for 15-minute parking from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Before the area could only be used for passenger drop-off, and drivers were requried to remain in their vehicles.
Joseloff Launches Blog
During the election campaign many residents checked in to see First Selectman Gordon Joseloff’s journal, and he is continuing that journal now that he is in office.
His new blog launched on Monday with a welcome message, and on Tuesday he posted a message about what he spent the day doing.
Since then he has also posted messages about the religious decorations at Town Hall and revaluation.
“This is a way to communicate that is less formal,” Joseloff said today. “The more people know about my thoughts, the better we all are.”
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.
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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
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