Monday, December 18, 2006
“Captain Louie” Coming to Playhouse
The Westport Country Playhouse presents “Captain Louie,” which was composed by Stephen Schwartz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The composer of “Wicked” and “Godspell” is bringing his new family musical to the Westport Country Playhouse.
“Captain Louie,” composed by Stephen Schwartz, will be performed at the playhouse on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. It’s a stop for the production on its national tour.
“Captain Louie” is the story of a young boy who escapes into his own imagination as a means of coping with the loneliness he feels when he moves from an inner city neighborhood to a new home.
Having trouble making new friends, he imagines himself flying his own plane back to his former neighborhood so he can rejoin his old gang for trick or treating on Halloween.
Metro-North Schedules Holiday Services
Because Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Mondays this year resulting in three-day holidays, Metro-North has published a special Christmas/New Year’s Holiday timetable.
The timetable will cover both Friday “getaways” and New Year’s Eve / New Year’s morning overnight service. Holiday service highlights include:
On the Fridays before Christmas and New Year’s weekend, inbound service will essentially remain the same.
Outbound service will feature extra trains from noon to 4 p.m., a regular peak schedule (with some minor changes) between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and a reduced schedule between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The regular weekday schedule will resume after 8:30 p.m.
Crews continued work this morning on burying high-voltage power lines under Post Road East near the Westport Country Playhouse. There was one lane of traffic open in either direction. There was also heavy traffic on I-95 this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Warm December Morning
The sun rose over Long Island Sound in Westport on Sunday to another warm day with temperatures in the 50s. The warm trend is expected to end this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Monday, Dec. 18, 2006
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Fire Pension Board Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance/Public Works Committees
8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance Committee
2006 Town Hall Tax Payments Due by Dec. 28
If you plan to pay your Westport property taxes due Jan. 1 in 2006 to gain a tax deduction this year, your last day to pay at Town Hall is Thursday, Dec. 28.
Town Hall will be closed Friday, Dec. 29 and any payments made after Dec. 28 will be posted in the 2007 calendar year, according to Tax Collector George Underhill.
Also, taxpayers for the first time may pay their quarterly payments online with a credit card by going to www.westportct.gov or calling (888)272-982 and using jurisdiction code 1766.
Those paying with a credit card will be subject to a 3 percent service fee.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Talking Transportation: Metro-North Studies Prohibition
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Don’t look now, but Metro-North’s parent agency, the MTA, is about to play Grinch. They’re considering a plan to ban booze on all their trains. Here’s the story.
Last summer a young lady riding the Long Island Railroad was killed when she slipped into a gap between the platform and her train. She was, allegedly, drunk. Rather than fix the problem (the gap), the railroad is blaming the passenger. This just doesn’t make sense.
We don’t know if the young lady bought her booze on the train, at Penn Station or at a corner deli in Manhattan. We don’t know if her inebriation caused her to fall, as there have been plenty of other such accidents involving stone cold sober commuters.
I’m no lawyer, but I don’t see how the railroad can be held responsible for the passenger’s behavior, though it should certainly be liable for the unsafe conditions at the station.
Westport Property Transfers Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2006:
Phyllis Komansky to Prithviraj Bhadra and Indirani Himani Datta, 36 Roseville Road, $1,115,000
Donna D. Langford to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 8 Sprucewood Lane, $1,175,000
Joshua M. Eudowe to John P. Coykendall, 8 Oak St., $45,000
Marie A. Boersma to Michael C. and Connie J. Dawson, 195 Regents Park, $840,000
North Avenue Accident Injures One
A one-car rollover accident at about 12:30 a.m. today on Westport’s North Avenue near Adams Farm Road sent one woman to Norwalk Hospital. A male passenger in the car escaped uninjured. The woman driver was trapped for a brief time before firefighters freed her. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The car, which was northbound, hit a utility pole and then rolled over. Utility crews were called to replace the cracked pole. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Temperatures in the 50s at Westport’s Compo Beach Saturday brought out people and dogs for some fun in the sand. More unseasonably warm weather is forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006
1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
5:30 p.m. - Longshore PAL Ice Rink - “Hanukkah on Ice”
NY Times Spotlights Minute Man Hill Teardown Controversy
Sunday’s New York Times spotlights the Westport controversy over the battle to save the Paul Rudolph-designed house at 16 Minute Man Hill and cites WestportNow as spreading news of the planned demolition.
Architect Paul Rudolph designed the house at 16 Minute Man Hill, which is slated for demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“In this stylish town where residents are waging what seems to be an all-out campaign to bolster its colonial image, teardowns are hardly an unusual sight. But many people are horrified that a Modernist home designed by a renowned architect is about to be razed,” the Times said.
“Since a local Web site began spreading that news last month, a debate has erupted about the character of Westport and the future of the house, which is on sought-after Minute Man Hill Road.”
The Times said: “In an interview on the Web site, WestportNow.com, Morley Boyd, the chairman of the Westport Historic District Commission, said: ‘If you’re looking for shock value, it’s hard to beat the loss of this house. There is not much to top it.’ (See WestportNow Dec. 13, 2006)
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Missing Westport Alzheimer’s Woman Found
Gina Davis: found after missing nine hours. Contributed photo(UPDATE)An 85-year-old Westport woman with Alzheimer’s was located tonight inside a home on Salem Lane after being missing for about nine hours, police said.
Police had earlier appealed for help from the public in finding Gina Davis, who was reported missing at 12:17 p.m. by her husband, Barry, at Shaw’s Supermarket, 601 Post Road East, several miles from where she was found.
She appeared to be in good condition, chatted amiably with her unintended hosts, and was returned to her home by a Westport detective.
Shortly after a state police helicopter equipped with an infrared device began crisscossing the area looking for the woman, a couple living on Salem Lane pulled up to their driveway shortly after 9 p.m. to find all the lights on in their house. They then spotted a woman, later determined to be Davis, looking out a second story window.
Westport Police Toy Drive in Final Weekend
A young visitor eyes Santa’s toys late this afternoon at the Westport police toy drive outside Toys “R” Us on Post Road East. The drive, which wraps up Sunday, is part of the annual WICC Holiday Fund for Children campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
School Officials Considered Redistricting
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has considered redistricting to solve the space problems at Bedford Middle School, but he said he believes there would be problems with doing so.
This week a Westport Board of Education discussion on class size led to a discussion on how there are more students at Bedford Middle School than the school—which opened in 2001—was constructed to hold. The school was built for 800 students, and enrollment projections predict more than 800 students to attend Bedford.
Landon said he has considered redistricting, but it would be a problem because of Westport’s tradition of having feeder schools.
Right now, students who attend Greens Farms, Long Lots and Saugatuck elementaries attend Bedford. Those who attend Coleytown and King’s Highway elementaries attend Coleytown Middle School.
Earthplace Plans Vacation Programs
Westport’s Earthplace will hold its Vacation Days programs for preschoolers through first graders during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Each program includes a live animal program, trail trek, art projects and science enrichment activities.
Families can sign up their children for one of three days of activities or all three days.
On Wednesday, Dec. 27, children will get to know the squirrels and deer they see around them through art, science and role playing.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006
1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
Westport’s Terex Corp. Joins S&P 500
Westport’s Terex Corp will join the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index, it was announced today.
The change will be effective after Tuesday’s close of trading.
Terex, a manufacturer of construction, road-building and mining equipment, will replace Navistar International Corp. whose common stock is scheduled to be delisted by the New York Stock Exchange prior to the open of trading on Wednesday.
Headquartered at the Nyala Farms Corporate Center on Greens Farms Road, Terex will be added to the S&P 500 GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard) Construction & Farm Machinery & Heavy Trucks Sub-Industry index.
Three Escape Serious Injury in I-95 Rollover
Three members of a Fairfield family escaped serious injury tonight when their car rolled over on I-95 in Westport between exits 17 and 18, fire officials said.
The three were in an SUV which was involved in an accident with a second car, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. The occupants of the second vehicle were not hurt.
After receiving a 911 call at 7:46 p.m., firefighters arriving on the scene found the first vehicle on its roof in the grassy area adjacent to the roadway, Kepchar said. The second vehicle was a short distance away on the shoulder.
“The vehicle that had rolled over, a 2006 Chevy Suburban occupied by a Southport family, was heavily damaged by the crash, but the occupants were not seriously hurt,” he said.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Ronald Corwin Named P&Z Co-Chair
Ronald Corwin: named to new P&Z position. File photoThe Westport Planning and Zoning Commisson has a new co-chair—Democrat Ronald D. Corwin.
Members voted Thursday night at a work session to amend the commission’s bylaws to allow for the new leadership position.
Eleanor S. Lowenstein, who had been chair, continues as co-chair and will concentrate her efforts on overseeing the update of town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.
Corwin was elected in November 2005. Lowenstein, also a Democrat, has been chair of the commission since December 1996.
Republicans Nominate Candidate for Board of Finance
Ed Iannone: Nominated to fill finance board vacancy. Contributed photoBy Jennifer Connic
The Westport Board of Finance this week began interviewing candidates to fill a vacancy, including the one nominated by the Republican Town Committee (RTC).
The RTC has nominated Ed Iannone, 41, to fill a vacancy left by R. Gavin Anderson, who retired from his position this month (See WestportNow Dec. 6, 2006)
Iannone was one of two candidates interviewed by the board in executive session this week.
Norma Brown was the other candidate, according to Board Chairman Jeffrey Mayer, and he described her as a 20-year resident of Westport.
Toll Brothers Sues Over Westport Housing Proposal
The national home building giant Toll Brothers has sued a Virginia government board for rejecting a proposal to allow high-density planned communities in a largely undeveloped area west of Dulles International Airport, the Washington Post reported today.
The company’s proposal for the area, dubbed Westport, calls for more than 1,800 houses, townhouses and condominiums on a 734-acre tract in Dulles South, a 9,200-acre swath of farmland and two-lane roads in the southeastern corner of Loudoun County, the newspaper said.
In its lawsuit, filed in Loudoun Circuit Court, Toll Brothers argues that the county failed to provide proper notice for public hearings by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors before it rejected the Dulles South blueprint, the newspaper said.
According to the suit, the county’s decision to combine the Westport application with five others created an “unmanageable” process in which supervisors failed to give proper consideration to Toll Brothers’ application, which called for the provision of a recreation center, several road improvements and a variety of housing, including affordable units.
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Westport was shrouded in fog early on Thursday, but it broke and the sun was shining by late morning. Warm temperatures are to continue today with more sun. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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