Saturday, June 11, 2005
A Better Chance Westport Launches New Program
With the graduation from Staples High School of ABC of Westport�s first scholar just days away, the ABC board has announced the launch of a new social and cultural program, �ABC at Play.”
The program is designed to help the scholars optimize their ABC program experience and prepare them for life beyond the classroom, an announcement said. This will be done by enhancing their social skills, personal interactions and cultural exposures.
Students will be given an opportunity to broaden their learning by trying new activities in areas such as the arts, careers, colleges, computing, health, finances, the outdoors, sports and spirituality.
The scholars will work with selected �certifiers� who will be volunteers from the community. They will oversee student involvement, ensure that certain goals or criteria are met and provide an opportunity for active reflection and documentation of their experiences, the announcement said.
Westport Demo: Support Our Troops, Bring Them Home
About a dozen persons demonstrated today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center urging that passersby support U.S. troops by bringing them home. Organizer Mary Maynard (4th l.) said the protests will continue every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the same spot and urged other Westporters to join them. Estelle Margolis (center, holding gray sign) said the demonstration was a response to a columnist in a local paper who recently asked, “Where’s the outrage?,” referring to the Iraq War.” Said Margolis: “I’m outraged.” The demonstrators said in one hour today, 101 passing motorists indicated support with honks or thumbs up and none indicated disagreeement. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Toquet Hall Wraps Up Photo Show, Readies for Painting Exhibit
Toquet Hall, Westport’s student coffeehouse on Post Road East, wrapped up its first photography art show Friday. Beginning Tuesday, the teen center will host its second annual drawing and painting show. Guests are welcome to view the exhibit 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday. Awards will be announced Wednesday at 6 p.m. Max’s Art Supply is again the sponsor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, June 10, 2005
A Sign of the Changing Neighborhood
Joan Raymond has lived in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area for 45 years and has placed a new lawn sign outside her home to let everyone know what she thinks of the changes to the neighborhood. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Resident Clear on Opinion of Her Changing Neighborhood
By Dave Matlow
Joan Raymond: “What are they thinking?” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com Joan Raymond has lived in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area for 45 years and is so unhappy with the way the neighborhood is changing that she has erected a new lawn sign outside her house: “Slow: Pre-McMansion Historic District.”
And she has offered to give visitors guided tours of her “vintage house of the Fifties,” no appointment needed, before it becomes a teardown like others around her.
“Westport has changed but you have to expect change,” says the retired dietician whose sign has drawn so much attention, not to mention admiration, from neighbors that she is going back to the printer for more.
“This is happening all over. My son lives in New Jersey and it’s happening there. But it’s not happening on small lots. Is this a fad or will it continue? Will these oversized houses become white elephants?”
Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Passes Through Westport
Members of the Westport Police Department were among participants in today’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run along a 47-mile route from Greenwich to New Haven. Runners are seen crossing the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Getting a Police Escort
Westport Police Department runners escort the torch during today’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run through Westport. The torch was being carried to New Haven in time for tonight’s opening ceremonies of the Connecticut Special Olympics at Western Connecticut State University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Friday, June 10, 2005
7 p.m. - Mitchells, 670 Post Road East - Staples Gridiron Club’s “Field of Dreams Gala” to provide seed money for a community project to install artificial turf for football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and rugby teams
Lincoln Link Buys Bradley House Time
By James Lomuscio
Talk about the great emancipator. It seems that a very distant connection between Abraham Lincoln and the Abel Bradley House on the Westport-Fairfield border may play a role is freeing the home built in 1800s from a date with the wrecking ball.
Abel Bradley House: Lincoln connection discovered. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A last-minute discovery announced in Hartford today claims the historic Westport home on Sturges Highway is a copy of a 1690 Cohasset house built by Mordecai Lincoln, Honest Abe’s great-great-great-grandfather.
The new information buys the Bradley house an additional four months of consideration for being placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the state Historic Preservation Board.
While being considered, the house is protected by a court-ordered injunction from being torn down. If placed on the register when the board votes in October, the Bradley House will be permanently protected.
“Hats Off” from Westport-Weston United Way
United Way of Westport-Weston held its annual meeting at Westport’s Peppermill Restaurant today with the theme “hats off” to thank United Way partners and volunteers. Among those honored was former president Mimi Greenlee (l), who served from 2001-03. Behind the podium is Carlos Mello, United Way president, and at right is Marjolijn Wijsenbeek, executive director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
All Gone: 7 Covlee Drive
The house a 7 Covlee Drive in the Saugatuck Shores area came down Wednesday. The house was featured as WestportNow’s teardown on Oct. 23, 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples Post-Graduation Event Set for June 22
The third annual Senior Bash for the 2005 graduates of Staples High School will be held Wednesday, June 22, from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Pavilion at Longshore Club Park.
Flashback to 2004: Fun at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Staples graduation ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the school’s field house.
The Bash is intended to provide a drug-free, non-alcoholic atmosphere where Staples� newest graduates can come together to celebrate their accomplishments, their friends, and their futures, according to organizers.
Lynn Abramson, Marge Cion, and Phyllis Hirschfield, members of the Staples High School PTA and co-chairs of the event, hope that parents will spread the word about the party.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
“In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning”
The Bedford Middle School, Coleytown Middle School, and Staples High School Jazz Bands performed their last concert of the year Wednesday night at Bedford Middle School. Here Staples sophomore Mia Gentile sings �In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning� with the Staples Jazz Band led by Nick Mariconda. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Thursday, June 9, 2005
7 p.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
Practicing for the Real Thing
A “victim” grimaces in pain tonight as the Westport Emergency Medical Service conducted a mass casualty drill outside Westport Police headquarters. The event simulated a ferry going aground and spilling passengers on shore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Up a Tree
A Helping Hand
Westport EMT Nancy Strong helps a “victim” during tonight’s mass casualty drill outside Westport Police headquarters. EMS conducts the drills periodically to sharpen skills in case of the real thing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Assessing the Patients
For a Good Cause
Bill Mitchell takes a look at his shot during today’s Westport Rotary Club annual golf tournament at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. The event honored Mitchell’s late father, Ed Mitchell, founder of the Mitchels/Richards clothing stores in Westport and Greenwich and a longtime Rotary member. WestportNow was a sponsor of the tourney which raises funds for local charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Under the Big Tent
The weather was warm and sunny for today’s Westport Rotary Club annual golf tournament benefiting local charities. After the morning rounds, players, members and guests lunched beneath a large tent at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Governor Signs Bill to Keep Children With Food Allergies Safe
Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed a bill requiring all state schools to adopt policies to keep children with food allergies safe, her office announced today.
“My goal is to make Connecticut schools as safe as they possibly can be,” Rell said in a statement.
“This law will put a system in place that can potentially save children’s lives. Parents of students with allergies will finally get some peace of mind. With this law, Connecticut breaks new ground as a leader in prevention and school safety.”
The measure requires the state to develop and make available to each local and regional board of education guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies by Jan. 1, 2006.
Westport Historical Society Set for Sunday’s Hidden Garden Tour
Owners of five Connecticut gardens will open their properties to the public Sunday for the Westport Historical Society’s 14th Annual Hidden Garden Tour.
Porch news: Westport Historical Society uses its porch to promote Sunday’s garden tour. James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
The event traditionally draws hundreds of visitors from throughout the region. It offers unique access to private gardens showcasing flowering perennial beds, peony gardens and pools, historic ivy-covered stone walls, scented shrubs, and lines of Snowgoose cherry trees.
Location of the gardens are revealed to the public only on the day of the tour.
One luxurious garden, designed in a creative and romantic style by renowned British landscape designers Simon Johnson and Piers Simon, will be open to the public by its prominent British owner in memory of Piers Simon, who was a victim of the Tsunami of 2004.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Wednesday, June 8, 2005
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
8:15 a.m. - Peppermill Reataurant - League of Women Voters annual meeting
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
5:30 p.m. - Turner Trailers - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
Going Hungry in Westport
National Hunger Awareness Day came to a close tonight and the Rev. Peter Powell said he was disappointed with the response from Westporters.
While some donors were very generous, Powell, executive director of the Interfaith Housing Association of Westport-Weston Inc., said, it was not enough to serve a growing need.
“The response was not overwhelming, but we are grateful to those who gave,” he said.
Several dozen Westport families rely on the goodwill of others for their next meal, Powell said.
A Layup Lunch?
Staples High School officials closed the cafeteria this week so construction could get underway in the area. Students moved into the gymnasium for lunch for the remainder of the school year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Blumenthal for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge was shrouded in fog early today. But the weather cleared later in the day and afternoon temperatures reached into the low 90s away from the shore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
“Breakfast With Barbara” at Westport Inn
The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce held its monthly breakfast and networking session today at the Westport Inn. The event, “Breakfast with Barbara,” was introduced in March by Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Sweet. The Westport Inn supports the 7:30 a.m. � 9 a.m. session with complimentary coffee and food. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 06, 2005
Talking Transportation: Value Pricing Our Highways
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Tired of sitting in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic on I-95 and the Merritt? Well, esteemed economist Milton Friedman has the answer.
Almost a decade ago, Freidman realized that traffic congestion was just a matter of supply and demand: too much demand and not enough supply.
While some have suggested expanding the supply of roadways by double-decking I-95 or widening the Merritt Parkway, a simpler (and less costly) solution seems to be in managing the demand using “value pricing.”
Today, when we drive on highways at rush hour it costs us no more than if we drive off-peak. That is wrong. The value derived from being able to cruise (or crawl) on I-95 in morning rush hour is much higher, and should be priced accordingly.
Tuesday, June 7, 2005
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning and Zoning Commission Big House Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Employee Compensation/Finance/Education Committees
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
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Dave Pressler, a judge at the Norwalk Camera Club exhibit at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, points to the best in show winner—“Flower” by Wayne Chou. The exhibit runs through Aug. 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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