Thursday, October 12, 2006
Historical Society Sponsors Lantern Tour
Peter Jennings will lead a lantern tour of Willowbrook Burial Park in an event sponsored by the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historical Society will hold its annual Lantern Tour on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. at Willowbrook Burial Park.
Actors will impersonate notable Westporters buried in the cemetery in a tour where participants over 6 years old will carry lanterns.
There will also be hayrides and refreshments.
Those attending should meet at the entrance of Willowbrook Cemetery, which is at 395 N. Main Street for an introduction by Peter Jennings and refreshments.
Admission is $5 per person or $15 for a family of 4 or more. For reservations and information, call (203) 222-1424.
Legal Expert to Speak on Domestic Violence
Linda Fairstein: Best-selling author will speak about domestic violence. Contributed photoLinda Fairstein, a legal expert on crimes of violence, will speak about domestic violence in suburbia on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at Westport Town Hall
The address is part of a series of events throughout October by the Domestic Violence Task Force to mark the month as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The address will be followed by an awareness ceremony sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League.
Fairstein won the 2003 Domestic Violence Crisis Center Women of Courage Award. She served as the bureau chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in New York County’s district attorney’s office for 25 years.
She has also authored “Final Jeopardy” and “Bad Blood.”
NY Times Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins Replaced
Gail Collins: will return as Op-Ed columnist. Contributed photoGail Collins, editorial page editor of The New York Times who addressed the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston this week, will be replaced Jan. 1 by Andrew Rosenthal, deputy editorial page editor, the newspaper announced today.
It said that Collins, a former Westport resident and first woman to run the editorial page of The New York Times, plans to take a leave of absence to complete a sequel to her 2003 book “America’s Women” and will then return to writing an Op-Ed column next July.
“Under Gail’s direction, The Times’s editorial page has grown in its journalistic scope and its physical scale,” said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The Times and chairman of The New York Times Company.
“She has seen us through the horror of 9/11, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a time of great political turmoil. Her lasting legacy will be the expansion of the Sunday editorial pages from two to three, her supervision in the creation of Times Select and the development of editorial pages for each of our Sunday regional sections.
Baked Goods Abound
Baked goods attracted many people at today’s Farmers Market. The market is in its final weeks at the Westport Country Playhouse. It has two Thursdays remaining on Oct. 19 and 26. It runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Flood & Erosion Okays Y Application With Conditions
The Westport Weston Family Y has passed its first Westport regulatory test for its controversial plan to build a new building at its Camp Mahackeno facility.
The Flood and Erosion Control Board, by a vote of 4-1, Wednesday night approved the Y’s application to construct a 100,000-square foot facility with a parking lot, septic system and associated site improvements.
However, the board made its approval subject to 14 conditions.
Among them was a provision that the design of the proposed septic system incorporate safeguards that will shut down the force main in the event of any breakage or line compromise near the Poplar Plains Brook crossing.
Health District Schedules Flu Clinic
The Westport-Weston Health District has scheduled its first flu clinic of the season for Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.
The first two hours, which is 9-11 a.m., of the clinic will be devoted to those 65 years old and older. The final two hours, which is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is devoted to everyone 9 years old or older.
There are no residency restrictions and no appointment is necessary. The cost of the vaccine is $32 cash.
There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants. Medicare Part B participants must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 32 Burnham Hill
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 32 Burnham Hill. The Compo Beach area house was sold in September for $1.562 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Making a Splash
The winds picked up in Westport Wednesday as heavy rains moved into the area. The 25-knot winds brought out para-sailors off the coast of Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006
5:30 p.m. – Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. – Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Curator’s Talk: Allegories of Displacement
Staples Girls Soccer Loses to Wilton 6-1
Westport’s Staples girls soccer team, which has often been victorious in wet field conditions, lost to Wilton 6-1 today. Staples parents watched the game from the new in-ground granite bleachers on the steep slope of Loeffler Field. Launched six months ago, the seating project was funded entirely by private donations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning
The National Weather Service tonight issued a flash flood warning for eastern Fairfield County until midnight.
It said at 10:43 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated an area of heavy rainfall over Long Island Sound with rainfall rates of 1 1/2 to 2 inches per hour moving north.
This heavy rain will move into southern Fairfield County within the next half hour causing flash flooding of small creeks and streams, highways, underpasses and other low lying areas across the warned area, an advisory said.
Westporter Sybil Steinberg, a contributing editor for Publishers Weekly and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, gave some book tips today to a packed audience at the Westport Public Library McManus Room. She reviewed more than 40 books and said her four current favorites were “Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai, which just won the English Booker Award; “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; “Suite Francaise” by Irene Nemirovsky, and “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Westport Schools Prepare for Crisis Response
Westport school administrators participated in a “crisis preparedness” workshop on Tuesday using simulated emergencies at each level, the school district said today.
While the workshop had been planned during the summer, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said that its timing was extremely serendipitous, according to a district news release.
The workshop coincided with the National Conference on School Safety this week that had been generated by the recent spate of school shootings.
Last Friday, prior to the workshop, Landon had posted on the school system Web site a statement about the district’s state of readiness.
Going Down: 39 Danbury Ave.
The house at 39 Danbury Ave., in Westport’s Compo Beach area, came down today. The house built in 1939 changed hands in June for $1,73 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 28, 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Four to be Honored With Annual Arts Awards on Sunday
Four persons will be honored with the 13th annual Westport Arts Awards on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Westport Town Hall.
Jane Yolen: children’s author among honorees. File photo
Since 1994, the Town of Westport and its Arts Advisory Committee have presented awards to 135 Westport and Weston area residents who have contributed significantly to the arts in four disciplines – music, theater, visual arts, and literature.
This year’s recipients include:George Weigle, Staples’ choral director for 35 years; Jane Yolen, a 1956 Staples graduate and author of over 250 books for children and young adults; Larry Silver, internationally renowned photographer, and Ellen Hanley, Broadway performer.
They will be presented Arts Achievement Awards in music, literature, visual arts and theater respectively.
Teen Driver Escapes Injury in King’s Highway South Crash
A 17-year-old female Norwalk student on her way to school escaped injury today in a one-car crash on Westport’s King’s Highway South near No. 44. Her vehicle went off the road, knocked over a utility pole, and spun around facing in the opposite direction before coming to a stop. The driver refused medical treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 14 Sturges Commons
While an application for a demolition permit is in process for the property at Westport’s 14 Sturges Commons, off Sturges Highway, preparation for its demise is already underway. The property changed hands last month for $1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Publishers Weekly contributing editor Sybil Steinberg reviews best new titles and authors
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Flood & Erosion Control Board work session (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
Staples Players Donate to Holocaust Charities
Westport’s Staples High School award-winning theater group, Staples Players, today presented three checks totaling more than $4,200 to three Holocaust-related organizations.
Staples Players officers Georgina Pappas (l) and Brandon Floch (R) present two donation checks to Pearl Kane (2nd l.), representing the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House in Brooklyn, and Eva Cooper (2nd r.), representing the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Staples Players Director David Roth is at center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The proceeds were from ticket sales and funds collected during their recent production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
Recipients included the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington. D.C., the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House in Brooklyn, N.Y., and The Anne Frank Center USA in New York, N.Y.
Staples Principal John Dodig applauded the Staples Players on their willingness to reach out to others.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Staples and Ridgefield Tie 1-1 in Boys Soccer
Second-place Staples and third-place Ridgefield battled to a 1-1 tie today, in a match that kept the FCIAC race red-hot.
The game marked the first time that the Wreckers (now 7-1-2) fell behind.
The goal for Ridgefield (6-0-3) came 11 seconds after halftime, following a defensive giveaway. But Brendon Cristobal converted his twin brother Keaton’s long free kick 15 minutes later, to equalize.
Staples hosts Norwalk on Thursday, at 4 p.m.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Bauer Place
A permit request for approval to demolish the 1943 house at 18 Bauer Place, off Old Road, was on the agenda tonight of the Westport Historic District Commission monthly meeting. The property changed hands in September for $625,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
School Board Discusses AP Exams
More Staples High School students are taking Advanced Placement tests to earn college credit, but school officials are examining what the statistics mean.
The Board of Education Monday night reviewed a report on the results of all standardized tests students took during the 2005-06 school year, including Advanced Placement tests.
Of the Westport seniors who took the test—which earns them college credit—last May, 101 scored high enough to be deemed an AP Scholar.
Natalie Carrignan, director of instructional technology, said 93 percent of students who take an AP class are taking an exam, and 23 percent of the Staples population is taking at least one AP class.
Thieves Make Off With $15,000 in Books
Thieves stole at least two antique books worth at least $15,000 from a Westport dealer, police said today.
The owner of The Avenue at 117 Post Road East noticed the items missing Monday after a man and a woman entered the store at about 10 a.m., reports said.
The man distracted the owner while the woman stole the books, police said. The names of the books were not disclosed, one worth about $10,000 and the other $5,000.
The couple was seen driving away in a black Nissan Murano with Canadian license plates.
Domestic Violence Collections Held Through October
The Westport Young Woman’s League is teaming up with the Domestic Violence Task Force to collect items through October needed at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center shelters in Stamford and Norwalk.
The drive is focusing on collecting full-size toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and gift cards.
Specific items include shampoo, soap, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, combs, brushes, dish-washing detergent, laundry detergent, fabric softener, air fresheners, cleansers, sponges, paper towels and other cleaning supplies.
Large collection boxes for these items are located at Town Hall, The Center for Senior Activities on Imperial Avenue, The Westport-Weston Family Y, the Westport Woman’s Club on Imperial Avenue and TD Banknorth at 1111 Post Road East.Page 1322 of 1634 pages
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