Friday, October 20, 2006
Friday, Oct. 20, 2006
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
4 p.m. - Staples High School - dedication ceremony for Legacy Walkway
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - “Roles Women Play”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
Staples Girls Soccer Shuts Out Trinity Catholic 7-0
Lindsey Sagnella (8) heads the ball toward the goal today in the Staples girls soccer 7-0 victory over Stamford’s Trinity Catholic High School at home. The girls face Trumbull Monday at Loeffler Field and will have their last home game on Oct. 30 against Bridgeport Central. Staples is currently 6-7-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Cooperman for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 19, 2006
New Westport Public Safety Radio System Dedicated
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff looks over a new public safty radio system with Firefighter Eric Fine today following a dedication ceremony at Westport fire headquarters. The town spent $3 million on the radio upgrades as well as new fire and police communications centers. The new system provides for seamless communication among Westport police, fire and EMS units as well as with public safety agencies of neighboring communities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Farrell Says Reval Was Her Biggest Political Regret
Diane Farrell, the former Westport First Selectwoman and Democratic congressional candidate, said today that a failed property revaluation was her biggest political regret during her eight years in office.
During the 11th and final debate in her second bid to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays, Farrell cited the revaluation in response to a question asking what was her biggest political regret and how would she change it.
She told the audience at the Norwalk Inn that she acknowledged the problem and fixed it and said this was in contrast to how Shays had dealt with Iraq.
“The revaluation that Chris talks about and continues to try to tar me with was obviously the single biggest challenge that I faced in my administration,” Farrell said. “Chris is wrong when he says we deferred it.”
Fall in the Air at Farmers Market
Fall was in the air today in the second to last Westport Farmers Market of the season. The weekly event at the Westport Country Playhouse winds up next Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Shays, Farrell Debate Westport Traffic
Republican Rep. Christopher Shays, in the last of his debates with Democratic challenger Diane Farrell, said today that Westport has the worst traffic of any town—a claim quickly rebutted by the former Westport first selectwoman.
The subject came up toward the end of their one-hour debate at the Norwalk Inn.
“Now I know my opponent wants to be on the Transportation Committee,” Shays said. “If she’s on the Transportation Committee, she will be able to decide how much money goes all around the districts.
“But if she were a state legislator, she will be able to decide how that money is spent. I would suggest if she really is interested in transportation, she should be a state legislator.”
Longtime Westporter Ted Youngling Dies at 81
Ted Youngling: longtime Westport volunteer. Contributed photoTheodore W. Youngling, a longtime Westporter who served on the Board of Education, the Representative Town Meeting, and the Parks and Recreation Commission and coached local football, died Wednesday at a Fairfield convalescent home. He was 81.
Youngling, who also had a home in Naples, Fla., died of complications from end stage Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Harding Funeral Home.
Born in Freeport, N.Y., June 11, 1925 son of the late Louis S. and Nell Webster Youngling, Youngling has been a resident of Westport for the past 40 years. He was co-founder and operator of Connecticut Temporaries in Stamford for 20 years.
During World War II, Youngling served on a destroyer in the Pacific as a gunnery officer until the close of the war. Following the war, he attended and graduated from the University of Delaware where he participated in intercollegiate football, baseball and wrestling.
Playhouse Plans Halloween Event
The Westport Country Playhouse will present a “Halloween Spooktacular” on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at the playhouse.
The event is free, but reservations are required.
Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson will read selected Halloween stories.
Children can wear Halloween costumes and participate in a costume parade on the Playhouse stage. After the performance, children are invited to trick-or-treat around the decorated Playhouse.
Tickets are free-of-charge to the first 560 people and can be reserved in advance by calling or visiting or calling the box office at (203) 227-4177.
I-95 Accident Backs Up Morning Rush Hour Traffic
An accident involved a tractor-trailer on I-95 northbound between exits 17 and 18 backed up morning rush hour traffic today. It was not known if there were any injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Sunset Over the Saugatuck
Wednesday started with clouds, but they soon broke over Westport in time for the sunset on the Saugatuck River. Temperatures are predicted to be about 75 degrees today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - High School Raps & Wraps
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Third Thursday: Suzanne Sheridan
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
Volunteers Train on Ladders
Westport Fire Department volunteer firefighters trained this evening on ground-ladder exercises. It prepares firefighters to gain entry to elevated levels when the ladder truck cannot be used because of space or angle requirements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Third Town Plan Session Slated for November
Westport zoning officials have tentatively scheduled the next public session on the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said the next session, which will focus on development issues, is set right now for Nov. 20, but the date has not been set in stone.
Last month, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Planimetrics consultants held a similar session on conservation issues.
Bradley said the consultants are currently working on the report about the September meeting.
Author to Speak on New Book to Y’s Men
Jeff Benedict: Authored “The Mormon Way of Doing Business.” Contributed photoJournalist, lawyer and author Jeff Benedict will speak at the weekly meeting of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday at 10 a.m.
In his talk he will preview his new book, “The Mormon Way of Doing Business: Leadership and Success Through Faith and Family.”
For over a year Benedict had exclusive access to CEO’s and top executives, all of whom are Mormons, at companies including Jet Blue Airways, Dell Computers, Deloitte & Touche, American Express, Harvard Business School and Madison Square Garden.
The is held at Saugatuck Congregational Church, which is located at 245 Post Road East.
Halloween Parade Scheduled for Oct. 26
Flashback: a youngster enjoys an earlier Halloween parade. WN file photoThe annual Children’s Halloween Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Westport Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport PAL.
Those attending should gather in front of the YMCA on the corner of the Post Road East and Main Street. The parade will go up Main Street, along Avery Place and then on to Town Hall.
Entertainment and refreshments will be provided at Veterans Green across from Town Hall at 3:45 p.m. This event is for children ages 7 and younger.
Sailor Take Warning
An old sailor’s saying advises that if there is a red sky in the morning they should take warning. The sky over Westport was a brilliant red on Tuesday before the rain moved in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Public Works Committees
“The Wiz” Author Visits Staples
Tony Award-nominated writer Bill Brown visited with the Staples Players at Westport’s Staples High School today. He is the author of “The Wiz,” which won seven Tony Awards when it was on Broadway in 1975. Brown spoke to students for more than an hour and then answered questions. The Staples Players production of “The Wiz” opens Nov. 1, and Brown told the group he plans to attend the performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Poet Billy Collins Addresses Westporters
Poet Billy Collins (l) was this year’s featured speaker in the Malloy Lecture in the Arts at Westport’s Bedford Middle School tonight. He was poet laureate in 2001-03. Following his talk, he signed books in the lobby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Make a Difference Day Sets Monday Concert
A concert sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center of Norwalk and Make a Difference Day will be held at the Westport Town Hall auditorium Monday at 7 p.m.
Cantor Deborah Katcho Gray: among concert performers. File photo
The Westport Community Band, Serendipity Chorale of Norwalk, Cantor Deborah Katcho Gray of Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield, and members of Westport’s Center Stage Theatre Company will perform, organizers said. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff will lead town officials at the event.
The entertainment and candlelight proceeding celebrates “Life and Remembrance.”
Following the performances, there will be a candle procession by the Westport Girl Scouts, a lighting ceremony, and the reading of names of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer by former Fairfield First Selectman Jackie Durell.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Practicing Their Roles
Singing around the piano at a rehearsal for “Roles Women Play” are (l-r) Mary Richard, Carole Schweid, Marsha Lanzo and Mary Munger Taylor. The performance is a musical revue celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Westport Woman’s Club. Proceeds from the event will go to the Children’s Connection, Domestic Violence Crisis Center and Positive Directions. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the Woman’s Club at 44 Imperial Ave. or by calling (203) 227-4240. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Heating Assistance Program in Full Swing
Many people across Westport have been turning up the thermostats and turning on their furnaces for the first time this fall, but others are very concerned about how they are going to pay the oil bills this winter.
Maybeth Wirz, town special social services worker, said today that 66 clients have already visited the Westport Human Services Department seeking aid with their heating bill.
Last year, the department’s staff helped 180 families seek assistance, she said.
“People are concerned already because they went through last year with very high bills,” she said. “They don’t know if the oil prices will stay down.”
Driver Taken to Hospital After North Avenue Accident
A 74-year-old man was taken to Norwalk Hospital this afternoon after suffering injuries in an accident near 14 North Ave. He was attempting to turn left from his driveway when he was struck by a driver traveling on North Avenue. The 17-year-old male driver of the second car told police he could not avoid him because of the wet road surface from today’s rain. Firefighters had to extricate the man from his vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
U.N. Day Celebration Set for Oct. 24
The United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut will celebrate United Nations Day at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Westport Town Hall.
This year, the United Nations Association of the United States of America is highlighting the role that a healthy mother plays in the development of families and communities worldwide.
Under the theme, “Maternal Health and Well-Being: A Cornerstone of the Millennium Development Goals,” the association hopes to highlight the challenges that mothers face in the developing world, according to the association’s Web site.
The Oct. 24 event will include the raising of the U.N. flag, a proclamation of United Nations Day by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and a message from the secretary-general, as well as a guest speaker, organizers said.
Former Staples Teacher Suspended from L.I. Job
A former teacher at Westport’s Staples High School has been suspended from his English teaching job at Lindenhurst (N.Y.) Senior High School after his arrest earlier this month for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old former Staples student he had taken on a date, Newsday reported today.
Quoting school officials, the Long Island newspaper said the Lindenhurst School District suspended Peter Eramo Jr., 35, of West Sayville, N.Y., shortly after he turned himself in to the Milford Police Department on Oct. 3 and was charged with second-degree sexual assault. (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2006)
Connecticut authorities say that in 2003, while Eramo was a teacher at Staples, he had sex with the student after a night of drinking in New York City.
Eramo was released on a $10,000 bond under the condition that he avoid contact with the alleged victim and with anyone under 18 years of age outside of school settings, according to a court affidavit and Connecticut officials.Page 1318 of 1633 pages
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