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Gorham Neighbors Rally Residents on Condo Proposal
John McCarthy (r) points to a map showing how a proposed affordable housing zoning change could affect Westport to state Rep. Joe Mioli, D-136, (l) and Bill Harris, who is opposing Mioli in the fall election. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Residents of Westport’s Gorham Avenue area are trying to rally residents beyond their neighborhood about the ramifications of a proposed new affordable housing zone.
They held a second open house at the McCarthy home at 290 Main St., this afternoon. Visitors could view plans for a proposed development in the neighborhood and other information.
Red Coat Development is proposing to construct 20 condominiums on 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave., which would include affordable housing units, and has included a zoning regulation change to accommodate the project in the neighborhood.
The first Planning and Zoning Commission hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday in Town Hall.
Fiddling on the Schoolhouse Steps
Westport’s Adams Academy, a 19th century one-room school house on Morningside Drive North, hosted the Westport Historical Society’s “The Little Yellow Schoolhouse Shindig” today. The event included student fiddlers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s One-Room Schoolhouse Greets Visitors
Guests at today’s Westport Historical Society event at the Adams Academy on Morningside Drive North toured the one-room schoolhouse that served as a Westport private and public school for 80 years beginning in 1837. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Telling Tales of Westport History
Today’s Westport Historical Society event at the Adams Academy featured Elizabeth Adams Daniels, great-grandaughter of Ebenezer Adams who operated the one-room schoolhouse from 1837 to 1867. She told of her family’s history and recounted stories about the school. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) introduced the former Vassar College professor and gave a brief history of the schoolhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Dressing the Part
Yoiungsters put on period dress for today’s Westport Historical Society “The Little Yellow Schoolhouse Shindig” at the Adams Academy. The event featured an old-fashioned penny candy “shoppe,” Victorian-era refreshments, and a variety of children’s games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Rockin’ at Toquet Hall
Westport’s Toquet Hall teen center was rocking Saturday night. Columbia Records recording artists “Boys Like Girls” playing to a near sellout crowd. Also appearing on the show were: “Gone Baby Gone,” “Brunswick,” “Wired,” “The Poster Boys,” and DJ Kid Ginseng. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006
Noon - 4 p.m. - Adams Academy, Morningside Drive North - Westport Historical Society presents “The Little Yellow Schoolhouse Shindig”
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Riding Into the Sunset
Traffic heads into the sunset on I-95 near Westport’s exit 17 tonight. View is from a Department of Transportation camera. DOT photo
Illustrators Focus of Historical Society Exhibit
There was a time when Westporters were regular models for covers of The Saturday Evening Post and appeared in numerous illustrations.
Between 1920 and 1940, about 160 illustrators lived in Westport and used locals as their models. Now the Westport Historical Society is honoring the artists and their models.
The society opened its new exhibit—“Westport Artists and Their Models”—tonight with a reception at Wheeler House. Illustrations from Westport artists that feature locals hang on the exhibit hall’s walls, including a large number of Saturday Evening Post covers from Stevan Dohanos.
Howard Munce, an illustrator who mentored under many of the artists featured in the exhibit, said illustration as a whole has taken a dip because magazines do not feature fiction as they did nearly a century ago.
Staples Overpowers Danbury 41-14 in Season Opener
Staples senior Kenny Lozyniak hauls in a pass to set up a first quarter touchdown today against Danbury in the season opener. The Wreckers, playing for the first time on their new synthetic turf field, overpowered the Hatters 41-14. Lozyniak gained 45 yards on four carries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Strutting Their Stuff
Westport’s Staples High School cheerleaders had plenty to cheer about today as the Wreckers easly defeated Danbury 41-14 in the Staples season opener at home on their new synthetic turf field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples junior Josh Kozel eludes Danbury pursuers to put the Wreckers on the scoreboard in the first quarters of today’s season opener at home on the newly renovated field. Kozel picked up 81 yards on five carries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
New Staples Field Dedicated
Westport’s Staples High School “Field of Dreams” synthetic turf football field was dedicated today before the start of the Staples-Danbury game. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c., wearing hat) and State Rep. Joe Mioli (6th l.) were among those on hand for the ribbon cutting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Promoting Concours d’Elegance
Classic car owners were out in Westport today promoting the Concours d’Elegance, which is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Green, which is across from Town Hall. Close to 100 cars will be on display at the event, and nine of them traveled 40 miles in Westport and the surrounding area today to promote the event. Admission to the event is $15 for one and $30 for a family of four. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Historic Property Owners Honored
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff called the Historic Preservation Award winners “heroes” today during a ceremony at Town Hall.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) presents an Historic District Commission award to Bradley Street homeowners Tom Seligson and Susan Farewell during today’s ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“You’re the heroes because you’re preserving Westport,” he said. “This is the fabric of Westport, and no one asked you to do what you did. You did it on your own.”
Ten property owners were honored by the Historic District Commission for preserving historic properties throughout Westport.
This year’s recipients—who were featured in a series on WestportNow—are owners of 1 Beachside Ave., 15 Bradley St., 24 Bridge St., 81 Compo Road South, 9-11 Evergreen Ave., 19 Evergreen Ave., 162 Greens Farms Road, 42 Myrtle Ave., 6 Old Hill Road, and 87 Post Road East.
Getting Ready for Opening
Curator Howard Munce (l) and exhibit co-director Wally Woods prepare for today’s opening reception to the new exhibit “Artists and Their Models” at the Westport Historical Society. A reception will be held 4-6 p.m. The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 2, features the work of the 160 illustrators who lived in Westport in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Their work appeared on the covers of popular magazines, in magazine ads and throughout the print media. Many of their subject models were residents of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006
8 a.m. - Compo Beach - Kiwanis Triathalon
10 a.m. - Town Hall - Historic Preservation Awards
4-6 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Artists and Their Models” exhibit opening
Elementary Enrollment Not as Large as First Announced
Westport’s public elementary schools had 66 more students enroll this fall than anticipated, not more than 100 as first announced.
The Westport School District issued a correction to figures announced at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.
At the meeting, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said Westport elementary schools have more than 100 students than originally anticipated. (See WestportNow Sept. 12, 2006)
The correction issued by the district said 2,487 students were budgeted in the elementary schools while 2,553 showed up, or 66 more.
Staples Boys Soccer Team Mucks Out a Win
Wet, muddy but happy, the Westport’s Staples High School boys soccer team defeated St. Joseph 3-0 this afternoon.
The Cadets’ field was nearly unplayable, with numerous lakes and ruts, but the Wreckers adapted well to the conditions. Now 2-0-0, they entertain Darien in their home opener on Tuesday. Kickoff is 4 p.m.
The first goal came a minute before the end of the first half. Nicky Hoberman blasted a shot through a crowd, and Brendon Cristobal ran on to finish.
Staples wore down their hosts in the second half, and tallied twice midway through. Matt Lamb’s long cross was headed in by Matt Sych; then Brendon Cristobal rebounded in Lamb’s direct kick.
Friends of Sherwood Island
Friends of Sherwood Island, a suportive group of Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park celebrated its seventh annual lobster dinner/silent aution tonight at the park pavilion. Pictured (l-r) are Walter Schlenker, Winifred Keane and Winifred Balboni. Notables among the sellout crowd were First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, State Rep. Joe Mioli, State Sen. Judith Friedman and U.S. Rep Christopher Shays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 15, 2006
Westport Animal Group Receives State Grant
Westport-based The Alliance In Limiting Strays (TAILS) is among 11 organizations to receive a total of $40,000 in state funding under the state’s new Feral Cat Grant Program.
“Feral cats are wild by nature–-many have never known a human touch or received veterinary care,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. “Meanwhile, we are seeing an explosion in their populations which presents us with a major animal welfare challenge.”
The governor said the state wants to get to the root of the problem so it is doing all it can to help local groups address the health of these animals in a humane fashion.
“The nonprofit organizations who are receiving these grants are made up of dedicated volunteers who will help us make steady progress in this area, and I commend them on the fine work they are doing,” Rell said.
P&Z Closes IHA Hearing
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission may start its deliberations on allowing Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) to construct supportive housing on West End Avenue next week.
The commission closed the hearing on the proposal and two zoning regulation amendments during its meeting Thursday night. The proposed supportive housing would be a six-unit house, which Interfaith Housing Association would run.
Save Old Saugatuck, however, has proposed a different regulation amendment that would make it more difficult for IHA to construct the six units.
Save Old Saugatuck representatives do not want supportive housing concentrated in one area of Westport (see WestportNow July 21).Page 1315 of 1618 pages
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