Thursday, November 16, 2006
Westport Property Transfers Nov. 6-10, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 6-10, 2006:
Lars M. and Elaine M. Headley to Irene S. Stratakis-Allen, 15 Treadwell Ave., $975,000
Robert M. Abramson and Elizabeth L. Lewis to Steven Parkes and Angela Benzan, 14 Broad St., $1,210,000
Westport Rental Holdings LLC to Summit Saugatuck LLC, 47 Hiawatha Lane, $682,527.30
180 Saugatuck Ave. Assoc LLC to Summit Saugatuck 180 LLC, 180 Saugatuck Ave., $785,000
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2006:
Brian T. Rickauer to Carl Gingola and Lorraine A. Jacques, 108 Kings Highway North, $675,000
Dorothy S. Kish Estate to Westport Main St. Retail LLC, 103-107 Main St., $8,200,000
Brad F. and Mary L. Simmons to Shalabh and Zarna R. Garg, 15 Twin Falls Lane, $1,500,000
Kathleen D. Damman to Kathleen S. Lejacq, 46 Terra Nova Circle, $1,325,000
Westport Creative Arts Festival Slated for This Weekend
Debbie Thornton of Kokoons Jewelry in Ridgefield will be selling the dragon pendant this weekend at the Creative Arts Festival. Contributed photoThe Westport Creative Arts Festival is this weekend, and those visiting the show will find changes this year.
The festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Staples High School.
Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and free for children under 12 years old.
The annual Breakfast Preview is scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday for $15 in admission, which includes breakfast.
Weather Hurts First Week of Click It or Ticket
Police officers check cars along Greens Farms Road this week to ensure people are wearing their seatbelts. It is the first week of the most recent Click It or Ticket campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It has been a slow first week of the latest incarnation of the Click It or Ticket program for the Westport Police Department.
Officers have issued 13 tickets through Wednesday to motorists who were not wearing their seatbelts, and Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said the weather is a factor in why more tickets have not been issued.
More tickets are normally issued during the first week of the campaign, he said, but it was rainy the first few days and prevented officers from setting up checkpoints.
“It’s hard to see (into the cars) when you’re on patrol, so officers like to set up checkpoints,” he said. “It’s up to the individual officer, but many prefer to do them so they can see if someone is wearing their seatbelt.”
Town Annual Meeting Focuses on Emergency Services
Members of Westport’s boards and commissions received an update today about the town’s emergency services as part of the town’s annual meeting.
By charter, town board and commission members are required to convene one time per year for an annual meeting.
Police Chief Al Fiore and Fire Chief Chris Ackley presented an overview of how the town’s emergency services are working together and their plans for the future.
“We are constantly training to meet our changing needs,” Ackley said. “When there is snowy weather, it stresses all of our services.”
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 16 Minute Man Hill
Westport building officials are currently reviewing a demolition application for the house at 16 Minute Man Hill. The house, deisgned by famed architect Paul Rudolph and built in 1973, is in the Compo Beach area. The property is 1.42 acres and the house has 3,336 feet of living space, according to town records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Flash Flood Watch Issued
The National Weather Service today issued a flash flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area from this evening through late tonight
An advisory said a a strong cold front will move through the area tonight accompanied by heavy downpours. This will be a quick shot of heavy rain with the brunt of the rainfall falling in a period of six hours or less.
Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected with local amounts of 2 to 3 inches possible.
These rainfall amounts combined with a nearly saturated ground from the rainfall over the last week will likely cause the rapid rise of small rivers, streams and creeks resulting in localized flash flooding, an advisory said.
The only thing casting reflections on the Saugatuck River has been the lights from the buildings in the downtown area. The sun has been missing for the last few days, and the rain is expected to clear this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006
8 a.m. – Center for Senior Activities – Westport Annual Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Third Thursday: Cumulus Wind Ensemble
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - poet@the library - Janet Krauss
Staples Wins PK Shootout Again to Advance into State Finals
Lightning does strike twice. For the second consecutive game, the Staples boys soccer team tonight battled through 100 scoreless minutes of intense soccer. For the second straight time, the Wreckers went through two rounds of nail-biting penalty kicks.
And, for the second time in a row, the Westporters emerged victorious by the same 9-7 count.
The victory over Hall-West Hartford advances the seventh-seeded Wreckers—now 18-1-3 on the year—to the state “LL” (large schools) tournament. They face No. 4 Simsbury (19-1-0) on Saturday, at a site and time to be determined.
The Staples-Hall match, at Pomperaug High School was tense. Staples controlled much of the match, and nearly tallied in the 25th minute when Brendon Cristobal rocketed a 40-yard shot that the goalkeeper saved off the crossbar.
Family Dinner Honors Police, EMS
Officer Kevin Smith was among the honorees at the Westport Rotary Club’s annual Family Dinner tonigh at Bedford Middle School. Smith was among those who received the Public Protection Award. Also honored with the award were Police Officer Jill Ruggiero and EMS Crew Chiefs Ben Frimmer, Eric Hebert, Anrdew Dinitz and Marc Hartog. Isabel and Russell Blair received the Community Service Award. Almost 400 people attended the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Solar Project Moves Forward
Westport officials are moving closer to cutting back on their reliance on energy from fossil fuel sources.
The Representative Town Meeting Tuesday night approved about $200,000 to install a 23-kilowatt solar panel system on the roof of fire headquarters.
The town is expected to receive approximately $100,000 in grants for the project, which would cut the cost in half.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said one of the issues repeated to him during his campaign a year ago was to increase the town’s energy efficiency.
Going Down: 6 Florian Court
The house at 6 Florian Court in Westport was demolished this morning. It sold in August for $890,000. Westporter Paolo Spada bought the house to build a new house for his family. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Police Arrest One of Their Own
Westport police arrested one of their own today after an internal investigation, and Police Chief Al Fiore characterized it as a sad event.
Flashback: Walter Broadhurst is sworn in as a detective on Sept. 1, 2004, by then First Selectwoman Diane Farrell. Broadhurst’s wife Brenda is at right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo
Walter Broadhurst, 37, of Shelton, was charged with tampering with evidence, second degree forgery, two counts of sixth degree larceny and second degree criminal trespass. He started with the Westport department in 1999 and became a detective in 2004. He posted a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Nov. 28 for arraignment.
Fiore told a news conference at Westport police headquarters that it was fair to say there could be additional charges.
Broadhurst was on paid suspension since Nov. 7 until today, he said, and now he will be on unpaid suspension until he is terminated.
Westport Police Announce Arrest of Their Detective
Westport police today announced the arrest of one of their own—Detective Walter Broadhurst, 37, of Shelton, a seven-year veteran of the force, on chages of larceny, forgery, tampering with evidence and criminal tresspass. Police Chief Al Fiore (at podium) said Broadhurst was also being questioned in connection with the disappearance of $17,000 in cash as well as drugs from the police property room. With him at a press conference today were (l-r) Deputy Chiefs Gary Golas and Donald Brown and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
RTM Considers Protecting Cross Highway Historic Home
The Westport Representative Town Meeting started the process Tuesday night to add 113 Cross Highway to the town’s local historic property ordinance.
The RTM will vote on the 113 Cross Highway proposal in December. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow file photo by Dave Matlow
By adding the property to the ordinance, the house would be protected from destruction and the Historic District Commission would need to approve any changes to it.
Michael and Kim Ronemus, who bought the property last spring, are seeking to protect the house because they did not want to see it destroyed (See WestportNow May 20).
The property is known as the Meeker Elwood House and Cross Highway Garage and was the home of Westport’s first filling station.
RTM Supports Supportive Housing Regulations
The Westport Representative Town Meeting voted in the early hours of this morning to uphold a new zoning regulation that allows supportive housing.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the regulations in mid-October. They would enable Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) to construct a new supportive housing facility on West End Avenue in the Saugatuck area.
Save Old Saugatuck members, who had opposed IHA’s proposal, petitioned the RTM asking it to overturn the P&Z’s approval.
The item was on a lengthy agenda Tuesday night, and the RTM did not take up the matter until close to midnight. The 24-6 vote to support the P&Z’s decision came around 1 a.m.
Staying Close to Shore
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Maintenance Study Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library - Katharine Weber
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Rotary Club Family Dinner
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Loretta Court
Officials Look to Refinance Debt
Westport officials are planning to refinance up to $35 million in debt and could save as much as $730,000.
The Representative Town Meeting unanimously approved a measure tonight that allows town officials to refinance the bonds.
The measure was not on the RTM agenda and had to be added by a vote, and Finance Director Donald Miklus said time was of the essence in moving forward with the refinancing initiative.
Interest rates are low, he said, and makes it possible for town officials to refinance the debt and save some money.
Westport’s Old Mill Beach was deserted today as off-and-on drizzle and clouds made for a dreary day. The forecast calls for rain or rain showers through the rest of the week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Westporter Jerry Kuyper, design specialist and rock sculptor, addressed the Westport Rotary Club today and here shows one of the sculptures that appeared off Hillspoint Road at Compo Beach on New Years Day 2005. Over the years, visitors to Compo Beach have been visually treated to his many rock sculptures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Town’s Annual Meeting Set for Thursday
The members of Westport’s boards and commissions will gather for the town’s annual meeting on Thursday.
It’s scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Center for Senior Activities on Imperial Avenue.
The annual meeting is required by the town’s charter, and it is open to the public.
The town’s emergency preparedness management team will make a presentation during the session, and there will be time for questions and answers.
The meeting is intended to end at 9:30 a.m.
Playhouse Brings “A Christmas Carol” to Life
Members of the cast for “A Christmas Carol” practice songs that will be performed. The musical opens at the Westport Country Playhouse later this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Country Playhouse will host a musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” this holiday season.
The play, to run Nov. 29 through Dec. 23, was adapted and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson.
“A Christmas Carol” brings to the stage Ebnezer Scrooge, the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the Fezziwigs, and the Cratchit family with Tiny Tim. “A Christmas Carol” includes more than 20 holiday songs with dancing.
“I cut my teeth on Charles Dickens,” said Thompson. “As a child, my grandmother gave me Grimms’ Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Andersen and Dickens. What I most enjoyed about Dickens’ writing was that he took me on great storytelling journeys, and he portrayed bold, edgy, idiosyncratic characters who were very lively and colorful. His work showed me a great panorama of mankind.”Page 1322 of 1649 pages
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