Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Spaghetti Cake
Westporter Wins Admirers in Cairo
By Dave Matlow
Chloe Hartwell is a hot commodity these days – an American who is fluent in Arabic.
Chloe Hartwell presents Rick Benson with a Cairo Rotary flag at today’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A graduate of Westport’s Staples High School and Georgetown University, Chloe spoke today to the Westport Rotary Club about her Rotary cultural scholarship that enabled her to study Arabic in Cairo, Egypt.
“It s really impossible to overstate the importance of speaking Arabic in Egypt, particularly being able to speak the Egyptian dialect,” she said.
“People in general will show much greater respect to you because you have undertaken what they consider the huge task of learning Arabic. Most Arabs don’t believe that foreigners can actually learn Arabic.”
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
More Town Plan Meetings Scheduled
With the results of the first public session on the Westport Town Plan of Conservation and Development update in hand, town officials have scheduled two more public sessions on specific issues.
The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing about the town plan update with consultants Planimetrics where residents were able to give feedback on their biggest issues with Westport (See WestportNow June 26).
A booklet is now available in the Planning and Zoning Department and on the town’s Web site that show the results, said P&Z Director Laurence Bradley.
The booklet—called Booklet 2A—shows the things people said they were proud of, like Compo Beach, and the things they are sorry about, like teardowns.
Putting On the Rush
Workers today rushed preparation to put down the the first synthetic turf at Westport’s Staples High School football field as part of the “Fields of Dream” project. The Wreckers hope to have the field ready for their opening game Sept. 16. Eventually four Westport fields will get the treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Senior Center Opens Photo Gallery
Several people check out the new photo gallery at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, which is sponsored by the center and the Y’s Men Camera Club. The center will begin accepting submissions for its next show—Westport Scenes—on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Senior citizen photographers have a place of their own to show their work at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
The center and the Y’s Men Camera Club have created a photo gallery at the center to give senior photographers an opportunity to show their work.
The gallery’s inaugural exhibit was “Manhattan Scenes,” a collection of 10 photographs produced by members of the Y’s Men Camera Club who participated in a field trip to Manhattan.
The current exhibit is “Festival Italiano – 2006,” which consists of 10 photographs produced by Camera Club members.
Garbage Truck Fire and Explosions Rattle Westporters
Several Westport residents near the Sherwood Island Connector called 911 early today as exploding tires from a burning garbage truck rattled the neighborhood.
A large garbage truck awaits a tow truck following an early morning fire on the Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Police closed off a portion of the Connector as firefighters doused the flames in the truck between the Hillandale Road overpass and Post Road East shortly after 4 a.m. There were no injuries.
Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfried said there were three large explosions caused by the tires and batteries located in an external compartment. The explosions could be heard a quarter mile away, he said.
The driver of the truck Alex R.Gomez of Bridgeport said he pulled over when he smelled smoke in the cab. He initially tried to put out a fire in the rear of the engine compartment with a bottle of water he had in the cab, Gottfried said.
Independent Baseball Insider to Speak
Bob Wirz, a sports public relations professional, will speak at the Westport Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 12:15-1:30 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore.
Bob Wirz: to talk about independent baseball. Contributed photo
Wirz spent more than a decade running Major League Baseball’s media office as chief spokesman for Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth.
He is scheduled to talk about independent baseball. Wirz is publisher of the Independent Baseball Insider, a newsletter that details in-depth news and sidelights from every independent league. He also writes a blog about independent baseball, www.IndyBaseballChatter.com.
Guests are welcome to attend the luncheon, which costs $20. For more information, call Westport Rotary Club President Lois Schine at (203) 227-9290.
Pretty as a Picture
Clouds floated against the brilliant blue sky over Westport Monday as the area enjoyed a day with temperatures in the low 80s with low humidity. Similar weather is forecast for today. Two people checked out the view at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Maureen Hamill & Friends
WWII B-17 Bomber Flies Over Westport
A World War II B-17 bomber flew over Westport today and WestportNow reader Matt Murray snapped this picture. “I did the best I could with seconds of warning,” he e-mailed. “I heard the engines first.” The aircraft was possibly a B-17 owned by the Massachusetts-based The Collings Foundation whose “Wings of Freedom Tour” World War II aircraft are flying out of White Plains, N.Y. airport through Wednesday. But there was also the B-17 “Liberty Belle” in the area owned by the Tulsa, Okla.-based Liberty Foundation. It flew out of the Hartford-Brainard Airport over the weekend and will be at Danbury Airport next weekend. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 21, 2006
Going Down: 3 Thomas Road
The house at 3 Thomas Road off of Imperial Avenue, former home of the late Westport Minuteman columnist Pete McGovern, came down today. The property was featured earlier today as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day. It changed hands in February for $900,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Memorial Service Aug. 30 for Donald S. Levy, 79
A Westport Town Hall memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. for Donald S. Levy, 79, a former Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member who worked in the town’s tax collector’s office for the past 11 years.
Don Levy: longtime Westporter served on Board of Finance and RTM. Contributed photo
Levy, a longtime Westport resident, died Thursday night of a heart ailment while driving on the Merritt Parkway between Fairfield and Westport, family members said.
Levy, a former member of the Democratic and Republican Town Committees, served on the RTM from 1971 to 1979, the Board of Finance from 1981 to 1985, and joined the tax collector’s office in 1995.
As chairman of the RTM Transit Committee, he was instrumental in the implementation of the Westport Minny Bus program. He was an early leader in the movement to limit further downtown development.
Participants at the Westport Historical Society’s Time Travelers Camp start the day with yoga led by Susan Gold, society education director. The third session of the camp kicked off today. Participants get to do arts and crafts, walking tours, outdoor treasure hunting, old fashioned lawn games, drama, cooking, historic field trips, meet special guest artists and make homemade ice cream. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Historic Preservation Awards are Sept. 16
The Westport Historic District Commission will hold its annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at Town Hall.
The awards will be presented by First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and members of the Historic District Commission in the upper lobby of Town Hall.
“As part of the its effort to encourage the conservation and adaptive reuse of local historic structures, the Historic District Commission presents its Preservation Awards annually to those Westport property owners whose preservation efforts are particularly meritorious,” said Donald Miro, commission chairman.
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.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Thomas Road
The house at 3 Thomas Road off of Westport’s Imperial Avenue has been approved for demolition. The house was the longtime home of the late Westport Minuteman columnist Pete McGovern and his wife Phyllis. It sold in February for $900,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Navy Show Band Performs at Levitt
The Northeast Navy Show Band based at Newport, R.I. performed at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight. The band played an eclectic mix of musical styles from straight-ahead swing to funky contemporary big band. The Levitt winds up its season next Sunday with the Fairfield Counts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Checking the Lobster Tank
Westport firefighters tonight responded to a call from Stop & Shop on Post Road East where there was a burning smell coming from the lobster tank. It was determined that the cause was an electrical short. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, August 20, 2006
A Good Day for Fishing
Westport Firefighter Exam Attracts 267 Candidates
An exam to fill firefighter positions at the Westport Fire Department attracted 267 applicants today to Bedford Middle School. The department anticipates having about half a dozen openings over the next six months. The top 50 will advance to a series of meetings with the Oral Exam Board and later take a swim test. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gary Jacques (l), a testing official from Warner, N.H., and Westport Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar observe firefighter applicants at Bedford Middle School during today’s written examination for firefighter positions with the Westport Fire Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Bridgeport Youths Crash Stolen Car in Westport
A high-speed police chase late Saturday night that began in Bridgeport and continued along I-95 ended with four youths crashing their stolen car into a utility pole on rain-slicked Post Road East near Westport fire headquarters, Westport police said.
A car reported stolen in Bridgeport rests against a utilty pole and downed wires after crashing late Saturday night on Westport’s Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Two of the youths were injured and taken to Bridgeport Hospital and later released. A third was uninjured. A fourth fled the scene without his shoes and was picked up about two hours later walking on North Avenue near Bedford Middle School.
The crash at about 11:30 p.m. took down the utility pole and left live wires strung across the roadway. A Connecticut Light & Power Co. crew shut off power to the area as they worked through the night to replace the pole in front of the Compo Exxon station at 485 Post Road East. Power was restored shortly after 11 a.m.
Westport police said they charged the driver, Eugene Marrero, 22, of Bridgeport with reckless driving, operating under suspension and failure to have lights lit. He was given a summons to appear in Norwalk Superior Court Aug. 31. He was served while in custody of Bridgeport police at Troop G in Bridgeport.
Downed Trees Cause Power Outages
Trees fell across power lines on Westport’s Prospect Road and Hillspoint Road early today, knocking out power in the area.
Police and firefighters responded to the area of 7 Prospect Road at about 2:30 a.m. and found a large tree across the roadway with power lines involved. A tree also went down a short time later on Hillspoint Road and also involved power lines.
Power was reported out in the area and along Post Road East at Hillspoint Road. At 3 a.m., Connecticut Light & Power Co. reported 678 Westport customers were without power. The number was down to 270 by 10 a.m. Some of the outages were due to a car crash near fire headquarters late Saturday night.
Lights in nearby areas flickered briefly as a result of the outages, setting off burglar alarms at some homes and offices.
Woman Hurt in I-95 Crash in Westport
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A one-car crash early today at the top of the I-95 exit 17 northbound onramp in Westport sent one woman to Norwalk Hospital. The extent of her injuries was not known. Two Westport police officers freed her from the overturned vehicle. A Westport firefighter helps a tow truck operator prepare to remove the vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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