Saturday, December 02, 2006
Repubicans Near Choosing Finance Vacancy Candidates
Gavin Anderson announces his retirement in October. Dave Matlow/WN file photo
Westport Republicans are moving closer to making a recommendation on who should fill a vacancy on the Board of Finance that will be created this month.
The opening is due to the retirement of R. Gavin Anderson, a Republican member, who announced in October he would step down by the end of the year. (See WestportNow Oct 25, 2006)
While board members will select the person to fill the vacancy, the Republican Town Committee (RTC) will make a recommendation of at least one person to fill the spot.
Pete Wolgast, RTC chairman, said the nominating committee has interviewed four candidates—some of whom attended Monday’s board meeting—and will make a final decision on recommendations this weekend.
Into the Woods
A young male driver and adult male passenger escaped serious injury Friday night when their car failed to maneuver a sharp turn on Westport’s Charcoal Hill Road, off North Avenue, following the evening’s heavy rains. The vehicle crashed through heavy brush and finally stopped in a swampy ditch, narrowly missing contact with trees. Neither the driver nor the passenger was injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Tough Haul
Westport firefighters stand by as a wrecker pulls a car from a steep embankment after it went off Charcoal Hill Road Friday night. Neither the young male driver nor his adult passenger was injured. Firefighters had to clear heavy debris from around the heavily damaged car before it could be removed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Coming in from the Wind
High winds moving into Westport on Friday meant kite surfers were out at Compo Beach battling the high tides on Long Island Sound. It was a struggle, though, to bring in the kites to pack up for the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Holiday Book Sale
10 a.m. - Westport Town Hall - 2006 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition semifinals
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Evergreen Day
11 a.m. – 99 Myrtle Avenue – Open House for Board of Finance and RTM Finance Committee
1 & 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
7 p.m. - West Haven - Ken Strong Stadium - Staples vs Bunnell in Class L football championship game
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “An Inspector Calls”
Friday, December 01, 2006
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued
The National Weather Service tonight issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and portions of the tri-state area.
It said at 6:32 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing destructive winds in excess of 70 mph.
These storms were located along a line extending from six miles northeast of Gardnertown to Chester to 33 miles west of Fairfield or along a line extending from seven miles southwest of Poughkeepsie to Goshen to 15 miles east of Phillipsburg and moving east at 45 mph.
A tornado watch remains in effect for the warned area. If a tornado is spotted, act quickly and move to a place of safety in a sturdy structure such as a basement or small interior room.
Staples Candlelight Concert Scheduled Dec. 8 & 9
A Look Back: The Staples Choir performs during last year’s Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow/WN File
The 66th annual Candlelight Concert will take place at Westport’s Staples High School on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the high school.
Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Staples Choir and Chorale, Symphonic and Sophomore Orchestras and the Symphonic and Sophomore Bands will present an evening of holiday music.
Along with individual performances by each ensemble, all of the singers and orchestra students will join forces for the traditional processional off “Sing We Noel” and a community sing-along to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Tornado Watch Issued
The National Weather Service tonight issued a tornado watch for Westport and portions of the tri-state area. The watch is effective until 10 p.m.
An advisory issued at 6:10 p.m. said tornadoes, hail to 1 inch in diameter and thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 35 statute miles east and west of a line from 30 miles north northeast of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to 30 miles east southeast of Allentown, Pa. This includes the Westport area.
A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
Westport Prepares for Tonight’s High Winds
Connecticut Light and Power and Westport Public Works crews are on stand-by in case of any problems associated with today’s high winds.
A high wind advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect until 1 a.m. on Saturday, and winds of 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour are expected.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said Connecticut Light and Power have extra crews on duty in case there are power outages, which could happen with high winds.
As of 5 p.m., there were no power outages reported in Westport by Connecticut Light and Power, but there was one outage reported in Weston.
Holiday House Tour is Sunday
Five Westport homes will be decked out for the holidays and ready for visitors on Sunday as part of the 20th annual Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Westport Historical Society.
The tour is at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes two renovated antiques, a renovated farmhouse and a waterfront Victorian.
The after-tour cocktail party is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. at a 10,000-square-foot colonial manor and features speciality cocktails, champagne and caviar, live jazz music, hors d’oeuvres by Chef Pietro Scotti and a silent auction.
For tickets, call (203) 222-1424.
School Board to Vote on Maintainers Contract
The Westport Board of Education will review and vote on a new, four-year contract with the Maintainers Union, which carries a 4.87 percent salary increase, on Monday.
The information about the new contract was released with the board’s agenda information today. The contract covers eight maintainers.
In addition to the salary increase, the union members will increase their health insurance contributions from 13 percent to 16 percent over the life of the contract.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the maintainers do not have incremental increases built into the contract like the ones for the teachers and other municipal employees.
Going Down: 56 Easton Road
The house at 56 Easton Road in Westport’s Coleytown area was demolished this afternoon. Built in 1954, it was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 8, 2006. It sold in June for $735,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Celebrating His 90th
Friends and family today honored former state representative and Westport town attorney John Boyd on the occasion of his 90th birthday this month. Boyd, shown cutting a cake with his wife Jean at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, was a key figure in the town’s 1960 acquisition of Longshore Club Park and in preventing Cockenoe Island off Compo Beach from becoming the site of a nuclear power plant in 1967. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Student Enrollment Drives Budget Process
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon hasn’t started preparing his proposed 2007-08 budget yet, but he knows enrollment will be a major influence on it.
The Board of Education and Board of Finance are slated to hold preliminary budget talks during a meeting Monday night, but Landon said the school board has yet to review a report on school enrollment projections.
The report is one factor in determining how many teachers are needed for the school year, he said, but he knows there will be about 100 additional students at Staples High School for the 2007-08 school year.
The last two school years, he said, more students have been arriving at Westport schools than anticipated, but he’s not sure if it should be considered a trend yet.
Day at the Farm
Visitors to the Kowalsky Farm on Westport’s Morningside Drive were greeted Thursday by several animals, including a llama, who were seeking treats. More warm weather is predicted for today along with showers, possible thunderstorms, and a high wind warning is in effect this afternoon into evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, Dec. 1, 2006
8:30 - 10 a.m. - Shaw’s Supermarket, 605 Post Road East - Westport-Weston Health District flu clinic
10:30 a.m. - Noon - Stop & Shop Supermarket, 1790 Post Road East - Westport-Weston Health District flu clinic
1:30-3 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School - Stepping Stones Open House
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “An Inspector Calls”
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Singers & Songwriters: Susan Werner / Guy Davis
P&Z Considers Denying Gorahm Affordable Housing Plan
All seven Westport Planning and Zoning Commission members said tonight they should deny a plan for an affordable housing in the Gorham Avenue Historic District and began discussing how to back up such a vote.
Red Coat Development has proposed to build 20 condominiums at the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. Six of the units would be deemed “affordable” under state statutes. The application falls under the state’s affordable housing statute, which switches the burden of proof on a zoning decision to the commission.
Commission members said there is a significant need for affordable housing in Westport, but the plan presented was not the proper way to do it.
“We have a need for affordable housing in this town,” said Bruce Kasanoff, a commission member. “It’s critical and we need to do more. If I thought of the worst possible way to do it, (the application) would be close to it.”
Playhouse is Toys for Tots Collection Site
Those attending the Westport Country Playhouse’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” will have the opportunity to donate to the Toys for Tots program through Dec. 23.
The playhouse is an official collection site for the program, which is run by the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve and collects new, unwrapped toys for needy children.
Over the 58 years of the Toys for Tots program, Marines have distributed more than 351 million toys to 166 million needy children.
Performances for “A Christmas Carol” are scheduled for selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 5:30 p.m.
For ticket information, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, surf to www.westportplayhouse.org or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.
With temperatures in the 60s today, people brought out their dogs to play at Westport’s Compo Beach. Warmer temperatures are expected for Friday, but rain is also in the forecast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, November 30, 2006
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Reimer Road
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 5 Reimer Road, which is near Bedford Middle School. The house sold in September for $1.025 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
High Wind Watch in Effect
The National Weather Service said today a high wind watch remains in effect from Friday afternoon through late Friday night for Westport and the tri-state area.
Southerly winds are forecast to increase to 30 to 40 mph by late Friday afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. Higher winds are possible in bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms, reaching 45 to 60 mph, an advisory said.
As this front moves through, winds will shift to the west and northwest with gusts up to 60 mph possible for a few hours.
Those who travel in high profile vehicles should be aware that crossing bridges may be difficult during this time. Power outages will be possible with downed branches and trees, the advisory said.
Moving Van Pulls Down Wires
A moving van (r) pulled down overhead wires at mid-day today as it entered Darbrook Road from Compo Road North. Westport police and fire units responded along with crews from Connecticut Light & Power Co. Traffic was rerouted on Compo Road North for about one hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Rotary’s Newest Members
The Westport Rotary Club this week inducted its newest members. They included (l-r) John Luyando, assistant manager, Commerce Bank; Helene Weir, executive director, Westport Weston Family Y; (in between, Lois Schine, president of Westport Rotary) and Christopher Ackley, Westport fire chief. Rick Benson, Rotary district governor-elect (2008-2009), at the microphone, conducted the installation ceremony at the weekly luncheon at the Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Middle School Musical
Students involved in the drama program at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School thought they would be performing “Aida” this spring, but that changed when Dodie Pettit (l) became artistic director for the Coleytown Company. This week she announced—with the help of three students—they would perform the stage adaptation of “High School Musical,” a Disney Channel original movie. Auditions take place next week, and performances are slated for March 29, 30 and 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
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Continued unusually warm weather has brought people out of their homes, iincluding this man fishing Wednesday at Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. Temperatures are expected to stay warm until this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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