Monday, June 14, 2004
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Commission
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
5:30 p.m. -Town Hall Room 201 - Tree Board
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Screening of “Bloom, The Film,” a screen version of “Ulysses”
A Triple Thank You
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell thanks Jenni, Julie and Jessie Lunde, 10-year-old triplets who are fifth grade students at Long Lots Elementary School, during today’s town annual meeting at Town Hall. The girls organized a project called “Kids Connected” in which they arranged for birthday gifts for themselves and friends instead to go to children in need. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Farrell Holds Annual Town Meeting
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses today’s annual town meeting at Town Hall. The event is required by Town Charter and in the past has included reports from each town department, board and commission. Farrell said she decided to streamline this year’s meeting by making the reports available on the town Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Feds Deny Recognition Again to Tribe
The Golden Hill Paugussett tribe, which has long sought federal recognition and hope of opening a casino in Bridgeport, today was again rejected in its bid for federal recognition.
Westport is among a number of southwest Connecticut communities that have opposed establishment of a casino in Bridgeport.
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs ruling, a final decision, said that the tribal group made no progress in proving its case since a preliminary denial 18 months ago.
The BIA also declined to recognize them in 1999, but the Paugussetts won a reconsideration on appeal.
Sunday, June 13, 2004
An American Kestrel has joined the Connectciut Birds of Prey exhibit at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The bird impaled its wing on a stick and now cannot survive on its own in the wild. It will reside with the other species ambassadors in the outdoor bird cages at Earthplace. Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 14, 2004
4 p.m. - Veterans Green (rain - Town Hall lobby) - Annual Town Meeting
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Parks and Recreation Commission
Westport Library Honors Martin Scorsese
The Westport Public Library today honored film director Martin Scorsese with its sixth annual Westport Public Library Award at its annual “Booked for the Evening” fundraising gala. Scorsese told the crowd that although he was passionate about film from an early age, his love of books only came later in life. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Paying Tribute to Scorsese
Among those paying tribute today to film director Martin Scorsese at the Westport Public Library were (seated front row, l-r) Alec Baldwin, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Verna Bloom, and Jay Cocks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Library Audience Treated to Scorsese Clips
The audience at today’s Westport Public Library tribute to film director Martin Scorsese was treated to excerpts from some of his films, including his soon-to-be-released “The Aviator,” the story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Alec Baldwin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sellout Crowd for Library’s “Booked for the Evening”
Paul Newman on Martin Scorsese
Paul Newman talks about director Martin Scorsese as wife Joanne Woodward looks on at today’s Westport Public Library “Booked for the Evening” tribute to Martin Scorsese. See more photos on COMMUNITY page. WestportNow.com photo
Dusk on the Saugatuck
Off to the Prom
Saturday night was prom night for Westport Staples High School seniors. This group poses before getting into the stretch limo and heading off to Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
More Staples Prom Goers
Also heading off to the Staples prom Saturday night in Stamford were (l-r) Zack Klomberg. Christie Ashway, Ankur Shah, Erin Ostreicher, Grant Burgess, Katherine Zippen, Devin Hanrahan, Sam Ortega, David Koren, Reggie Yemma, Stephanie Kranes, Evan Rock, John Serbell, Jenna Stoyack, Will Bartholemew, and Ashley Oost-Lievense. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Farrell Attending National League of Cities’ Transportation Meeting
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G Farrell is in Chicago this weekend attending the National League of Cities’ Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee (TIS) meeting.
Farrell was appointed in 2002 to the TIS committee for her regional work on transportation.
The 36-member TIS committee, which is comprised of city officials from across the country, is charged with developing national transportation policy.
Amistad Welcomes Westporters/Westonites
Westport’s diversity panel, TEAM Westport, sponsored a reception and visit Friday and today for Westporters and Westonites to the Freedom Schooner Amistad anchored in Stamford. (See WestportNow June 9, 2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
TEAM Westport Chair Welcomes Guests to Amistad
Harold Bailey (r), chair of TEAM Westport, welcomes fellow members and guests to Friday’s reception at the Freedom Schooner Amistad anchored in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
One Year Ago on WestportNow: Town Honors Retiring Firefighters
WestportNow today begins an occasional feature recalling news and pictures from the WN files. One year ago, on June 12, 2003, First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell led tributes to eight retiring Westport firefighters and their combined 250 years service to the community. Shown with her are (l r): Asst. Chief Mark Gurrier, 25 years; Asst. Chief Jeffrey Keene, 27 years; Firefighter Denny Duffy, 37 years; Asst. Chief Kevin McCarthy, 26 years; Firefighter Hank Zarges, 37 years, and Chief Denis McCarthy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunday NY Times: “Beach Cottages Hang Tight in a Corner of Westport”
The Sunday New York Times (registration required) real estate section takes a look at Westport’s Saugatuck Shores/Saugatuck Avenue area and notes its changes over the years.
“The narrow lanes that sneak off busy Saugatuck Avenue toward serene river views are largely the province of the rich some of the grander houses hidden away on Charmers Landing, Burritts Landing and Stony Point have sold for upwards of $7 million in recent years,” the newspaper said.
“Yet elsewhere within Westport’s Saugatuck section, a coastal swath extending south from the train station to the river’s junction with Long Island Sound, some neighborhoods still retain the relaxed feel of a modest beach community.”
The article, which takes of two-thirds of an inside page, is accompanied by four photographs, three showing homes for sale in the area ranging in price from $650,000 to $2,149,000.
Friday, June 11, 2004
Levitt Pavilon Announces 31st Season Lineup
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts has announced details of its 31st summer of free entertainment under the stars beginning Sunday, June 27.
The season will run through Sunday, Aug. 29, and once again offer more than 50 nights of free entertainment with a different format each evening to suit all ages and tastes.
On Sunday, it will be jazz and big band; Monday will be dark; Tuesday, potpourri; Wednesday, childrens series; Thursday, classical and cabaret; Friday, party bands, and Saturday, blues/folk/rock.
The one ticketed event of the summer will be a special concert by American musical icon and Motown legend Smokey Robinson who will perform Monday, July 26 to benefit the Pavilion.
Salute to Special Olympics Torch Run
The Westport Fire Department raised the American flag atop its ladder truck today outside its Post Road East headquarters in salute to participants in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run making their way through Westport. The Special Olympics Connecticut 2004 Summer Games open later today at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Carrying the “Flame of Hope”
Westport Police Officer Eric Woods, accompanied by Officer Chris Proudfoot, carries the “Flame of Hope” past Westport Fire Department headquarters during today’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge attracted some water-borne visitors at dusk Thursday. An earlier WestportNow item that there will be a Town Hall memorial service honoring Steinkraus Cohen today was in error. A Town Hall spokesperson said the event, scheduled for June 25, mistakenly was listed for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux Roche for WestportNow.com
Staples Adds Another State Championship: Boys Volleyball
Staples defeated Lewis Mills 3-0 to win the state championship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CTVolleyball.com photoWestport’s Staples High School has added another state championship to its trophy case this time in boys volleyball.
The top-ranked Wreckers defeated Lewis Mills of Bulington 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-12) to gain their fourth straight CIAC Class M state title Thursday at East Hartford High’s Dandley Gymnasium.
It is the third year in a row that Staples has beaten the Spartans in the finals. The two-time defending FCIAC champion Wreckers ran their unbeaten streak to 35 games.
Leading Staples was Dan Ozar with 18 assists, 11 kills, five blocks and nine service points and two aces.
Joe Forbes also did well with 16 kills and 12 blocks while J.J. Skutnkik had 16 assists and four service points.
Wreckers Coach Bruce Betts said it was a team effort. “It’s great. I’m really happy for the kids. They all worked very, very hard and wanted this 100 percent,” he said.
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Friday, June 11, 2004
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening and reception “Winners Circle” exhibit
7:30 p.m. - CORRECTION - An earlier listed item at the Town Hall Auditorium, a Memorial service for Ruth Steinkraus Cohen, was mistakenly included on the Town Hall calendar. A spokesperson said the event will be held June 25.
Serving Up a Hot Meal
Westporters Ted and Jean Hampe tonight prepare a hot beef stew dinner for more than 20 residents of the Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) at Westports Gillespie Center. Rotary is one of several local charitable organizations that provide and serve dinner to Center residents on a regular basis. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com i>
Westport Public Schools to Remain Open Friday
While many federal and sate offices will close Friday in honor of President Ronald Reagan, Westport’s public schools will remain open, Supt. of Schools Ellliot Landon announced today.
“We have received notification from the Office of the Commissioner of Education that Governor John Rowland has declared Friday, June 11, 2004, a State Holiday and Day of Remembrance in memory of President Ronald W. Reagan,” Landon said in a message to the school community.
“According to state law, public schools that remain open are required to ‘hold a suitable nonsectarian educational program in observance’ of the holiday.”
He said Westport public schools will remain open on Friday, and will, in all schools, “hold suitable in-school programs in observance of the holiday, in keeping with what we have done to commemorate Veteran’s Day, in the past.”
Martha Stewart Renews Request for New Trial
As expected, Westport’s Martha Stewart asked a judge today to grant her a new trial, citing charges that a government witness at her first trial lied repeatedly on the stand.
The request, considered a long shot by legal experts, came four weeks before Stewart and former stockbroker Peter Bacanovic are to be sentenced for lying about a well-timed stock sale she made in 2001.
The motion argues that the conviction is tainted by newly unveiled perjury charges against Larry Stewart, a Secret Service laboratory director who was called as an expert witness at the trial in February.
Prosecutors say Larry Stewart, who is not related to Martha Stewart, lied on the stand about the role he played in ink-analysis tests conducted on a worksheet prepared by Bacanovic. Larry Stewart has not entered a plea.
WestportNow contributing photographer Ron Malone came upon this Westport robin today, which he described as “undecided about today’s weather outlook.” Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
High-Speed Police Chase in Westport Nabs Four
A high-speed police chase early today in Westport ended with the arrest of four youths after their car was found to be stolen.
Police spokesman Sgt. Jerry Shannon said at about 3 a.m., Norwalk police notified Westport that they were in pursuit of a 1999 Neon that had been involved in a robbery in Norwalk.
The car entered Westport in the northwest part of town around the Stonybrook-Old Hill Road area, he said.
Westport police assisted in stopping the car at the intersection of Kings Highway North and Old Hill Road and apprehending four suspects.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
7 p.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
Rowland Announces Purchase of 38 Used Rail Cars to Ease New Haven Line Woes
Gov. John G. Rowland today announced the addition of 4,000 seats to Connecticuts rail commuter service by early fall while accepting a new $1.02 billion plan to purchase more than 300 new electric rail cars to replace and expand the stateҒs aging fleet on the New Haven Line.
A statement from the governor’s office said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is purchasing 38 used rail cars from Virginia Railway Express that will quickly add approximately 4,000 seats to Connecticuts commuter rail service prior to the start of the fall commuting season.
The cars are expected to arrive in Connecticut shortly and will be inspected and serviced over the summer, the statement said. ConnDOT will also purchase some new locomotives to support the expanded fleet.
The cars will be used on Shore Line East and some of the branch lines, transportation officials said, freeing Bombadier cars and maintenance equipment for the New Haven Line.
Playhouse Construction Work on Schedule
The Westport Country Playhouse took the press on a tour today of its site where work is progressing on its $18 million renovation and expansion project. Playhouse executive director Alison Harris (c) said everything is on schedule for reopening in June 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Downed Power Line Shuts Post Road East
A live power line across Post Road East near the Carvel ice cream store shut down the roadway for about an hour today. Police and fire units blocked the roadway until utility workers could cut power to the line. The road was reopened at 1:37 p.m. Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Downed Power Line Closes Post Road East
A downed live power line forced the shutdown of Post Road East today near the Carvel ice cream store in the area of 1000 Post Road East for about an hour.
Police and fire units blocked the scene while utility crews worked to shut off power to the line.
Police detoured traffic in the area. The incident occurred at about 12:35 p.m. and the street was reopened at 1:37 p.m.
Cause of the downed wire was not known, according to police spokesman Sgt. Jerry Shannon.
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