Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Poll Shows 4th CD Race Even; Green Party Backs Farrell
A new Hartford Courant poll shows the 4th Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Christopher Shays and Democratic challenger Diane Farrell a dead heat.
The Hartford Courant/UConn poll released Monday night shows each candidate has 43 percent support among likely voters with the war in Iraq as the driving issue.
According to the poll, unaffiliated voters are shifting toward Farrell, who has erased a 16-point deficit in the last three weeks. The Courant/UConn poll surveyed 805 voters Oct. 16-22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Meanwhile, the Green Party announced it is withdrawing its candidate, Richard Duffee, and throwing its support to Farrell. Duffee and Farrell, a former Westport first selectwoman, made the announcement Monday at a Norwalk news conference.
Showing Some Color
The leaves along the Saugatuck River near Save the Children are slowly showing their colors. Leaves are falling off the trees throughout Westport with recent rainy and windy weather, but the sun was out on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss: “Triangle: A Novel”
11 a.m. – Westport Town Hall Front Steps and Lobby – UN Day Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
School Board Waiting on Compliance Review
The Westport Board of Education will wait until a study of the special education survey is completed before possibly moving forward with a compliance review of the special education program.
The board has been discussing hiring an outside firm to conduct a review of special education cases to ensure they comply with state and federal laws.
Board members, however, said tonight they want to wait until a committee reports on the results of a survey of special education parents survey before moving forward with a Request for Proposals. The committee is slated to give a progress report in December.
“I have a hard time determining what we need without the report from the committee looking at the survey,” said Marge Cion, a board member.
Teachers, School Officials Strike Deal
The Westport Education Association and the Board of Education avoided arbitration by striking a tentative deal on a new labor contract, but details are not yet available.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced the tentative deal during tonight’s Board of Education meeting.
“The terms are confidential at this time,” he said.
The teachers union’s membership needs to ratify the deal, he said, before details are released.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Gallery Director Connects Local Artists to New York
Helen Klisser During, gallery director at Silvermine Arts Center, spoke about connecting local and New York City artists today at the Y’s Women meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Phyllis Groner
Helen Klisser During is working to bring artists and their work from New York City to work with regional artists at the Silvermine Arts Center in Norwalk.
During, gallery director at Silvermine, spoke to the Westport-Weston Y’s Women this morning about her work.
She said as a private art dealer she meets artists and is sometimes able to have them be a part of a show at Silvermine.
She has been trying to incorporate the best of New York City artists with the best ones from Fairfield County, she said.
Make a Difference Week in Full Swing
Hundreds of Westporters will be participating in nearly 30 Make a Difference projects this week that will help thousands of people throughout the region.
The projects range from painting STAR homes to cleaning up parks and there are opportunities for all Westporters to participate.
Make a Difference Day is sponsored by USA Weekend, and is held on the last Saturday in October. Westport, however, works on projects for the entire week proceeding Make a Difference Day, which is Saturday.
The Make a Difference Day Committee has sought little publicity this year, but the community has rallied again, said Barbara Pearson-Rac, committee chairwoman.
Actress Jane Wyatt Appeared at Playhouse in 1932 and 1963
Actress Jane Wyatt, who died Friday at age 96, was in the 1932 repertory company at Westport Country Playhouse. She is pictured at far left on one of the Playhouse’s outside staircases. Armina Marshall Langner, the Playhouse’s co-founder, is on the next step. Wyatt was the season’s ingénue, appearing in several productions during the summer of 1932. She returned to the Playhouse in 1963 in “The Strangers” with Cornelia Otis Skinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Country Playhouse photo
The sun was out most of the day on Sunday in Westport, although a few rain drops fell during the afternoon. Some took advantage of the day to fish off of the jetty at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Monday, Oct. 23, 2006
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - “Life and Remembrance”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Chatting with a Ghost
Staples Senior Jacob Henkoff portrayed Robert Gault during tonight’s third annual Westport Historical Society Lantern Tour at Willowbrook Cemetery. Gault emigrated to Connecticut in the 1880s from Northern Ireland. More than 100 persons attended the event, which was a tour of the graveyard and its historical residents. The Staples Players were among those playing the parts of historical Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Eighth grader Jamie Crane-Mauzy portrayed Armina Marshall, wife of Westport Country Playhouse founder Lawrence Langner, at her gravestone during today’s Westport Historical Society Lantern Tour of Willowbrook Cemetery on Main Street. Marshall, an actress, a playwright and a co-administrator of the Theater Guild whose career on Broadway spanned more than half a century, died in 1991 at the age of 96. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Kids who attended today’s Fall Festival at Long Lots Elementary School were able to have their faces painted just in time for Halloween. They also got to play games and check out a fire engine from the Westport Fire Department. It was a fund-raiser for the school’s PTA. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck Club Members Score in Massachusetts Regatta
Several members of Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club won their events or placed extremely well at the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend in Boston/Cambridge, Mass. The banks of the river were packed with more than 300,000 spectators who came to see 7,500 athletes compete in what is considered the world’s largest rowing event. Among the Westport club’s first-place finishers were Pam Raila and Sue Padilla in a double and the club’s women’s four. The club’s commodore, Saman Majd, and his partner, Mark Alloway, came in second in a double and the women’s eight placed third. Pictured are rower Kit Huber (rear) with partner Kathy L’Hommedieu who placed fifth out of 15 boats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Capacity Crowd for Westport Arts Center’s “Guitar Summit”
An enthusiastic crowd of jazz lovers filled the Southport Pequot Library auditorium to capacity today to hear a “Guitar Summit” concert sponsored by the Westport Arts Center. The concert featured the versatile and accomplished Bucky Pizzarelli (3rd l.) who brought with him three talented musicians (l-r): Gene Bertoncini, Howard Alden, and Frank Vignola. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Candidates Face Off on Housing and Transportation
Affordable housing and transportation were among the issues that dominated today’s forum for state representative and senator candidates at Westport Town Hall.
Today’s Westport Town Hall state candidates forum was telecast live on the town’s cable channel and will be rebroadcast next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com
The Westport League of Women Voters hosted the forum which included Republican incumbent Sen. Judith Freedman and Democrat challenger Craig Rebecca Schiavone in the 26th District, incumbent Republican state Rep. Cathy Tymniak and Democrat challenger Kim Fawcett in the 133rd District, and Democrat incumbent state Rep. Joe Mioli and Republican challenger William Harris in the 136th District.
All of the candidates mentioned the pending affordable housing application in the Gorham Avenue neighborhood when talking about the issues with the state law, which seeks to have 10 percent of a community’s housing stock deemed “affordable.”
The forum will be rebroadcast on cable channel 79 on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m., and Sunday, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Getting in the Halloween Spirit
Fairstein Addresses Issues of Domestic Violence
A former New York City prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist told a Westport forum on domestic violence today that changes in laws in the last 30 years have made it easier to prosecute domestic violence crimes and so have changes in public perception of the problem.
Linda Fairstein signs copies of her book “Death Dance” following her talk on domestic violence today at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Linda Fairstein spent 25 years as bureau chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She also has penned several books since stepping down in 2002.
She spoke before a small crowd in the Town Hall Auditorium in a forum sponsored by the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the community.
“People think that domestic violence is only an issue of the underclass or in the ghetto,” she said. “It happens in the darkest corners of every community across the country.”
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 9-13, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 9-13, 2006:
Doreen Kelly to Marc and Megan E. Morelli, 15 Maplewood Ave., $780,000
Treadwell Avenue LLC to Deane and Maryanne Martire, 27 Treadwell Ave., $1,625,000
Keith Q. Chen and Helen H. Wang to National Residential Nominee Services Inc., 2 Bonnie Brook Road, $1,270,000
National Residential Nominee Services Inc., to David D. and Ellen A. Brown, 2 Bonnie Brook Road, $1,270,000
Portrait of the Artists
Westport and Weston artists gathered at Westport Town Hall Saturday for a group portrait for a documentary project “Years in the Making” aimed at preserving the legacy of prominent Westport and Weston visual artists over 70 who continue to work in their fields. The documentary and interviews will be part of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection archives. The project is written, filmed and produced by Westporter Martin West, a veteran actor and filmmaker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer (who is one of the artists included in the project) for WestportNow.com
League of Women Voters Hosts Candidate Forum Today
The League of Women Voters of Westport will host a public forum today at 4:30 p.m. at the Westport Town Hall Auditorium for candidates for state senate and state representative.
The 90-minute event is co-sponsored by the PTA Council, the Y’s Men and Y’s Women of Westport Weston, and the Westport Women’s Club.
State senate District 26 candidates are incumbent Judith Freedman, Republican, and Craig Rebecca Schiavone, Democrat.
State representative District 133 candidates are incumbent Cathy Tymniak, Republican, and Kim Fawcett, Democrat. District 136 candidates are incumbent Joe Mioli, Democrat, and William Harris, Republican.
Fall Along the Saugatuck
Town Hall Concert Benefits Charities
The “Southworth and Batteau Family and Friends Concert” at Westport Town Hall Saturday night benefited Project A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and the Long Island League to Abolish Cancer. It was the third annual event produced by Westport’s Fran Southworth (c), a noted vocalist/songwriter/actress and sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Pictured with her are (l-r) Robin Batteau, Jamie Southworth, and Jeff Southworth. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Shelton for WestportNow.com
Hartford Courant Endorses Farrell
The Hartford Courant today endorsed Democrat Diane Farrell in her 4th Congressional District bid to unseat Republican Rep. Christopher Shays.
The text of the editorial: “Democrat Diane Farrell came within 4 percentage points of defeating incumbent Chris Shays in the Fairfield County district in 2004. She’s The Courant’s choice this year.
“Ms. Farrell, 51, is a socially progressive, fiscally moderate former two-term first selectwoman of Westport—no small feat in a Republican-dominated town. She knows how to build bipartisan coalitions to get things done.
“Schooled and steeled by two grinding campaigns for the House, this articulate, personable, bright woman is knowledgeable about federal issues and would be an effective change agent to clean up Congress.
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Persiscope Film Series: “The Searchers”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall Auditorium - legal expert Linda Fairstein addresses Domestic Violence Awareness Month event
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
4 p.m. - Pequot Library, Southport - Westport Arts Center presents “Jazz to the Max: Guitar Summit”
4:30 p.m. - Westport Town Hall Auditorium - League of Women Voters of Westport hosts forum for state senate and state representative candidates (live coverage cable channel 79)
5 p.m. - Willowbrook Cemetery - Westport Historical Society presents “Destination Westport: Lantern Tour”
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