Friday, September 08, 2006
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 56 Easton Road
An application for a demolition permit is in process for 56 Easton Road in Westport’s Coleytown section. The house, built in 1954, changed hands in June for $735,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gas Leak Closes Downtown Street and Causes Evacuations
A construction backhoe hit a high pressure natural gas line outside the Westport Weston Family Y building on Post Road East today, fire officials said.
The 8:47 a.m. rupture forced closure of the road and an evacuation of the building, including day-care youngsters, as well as nearby businesses.
The line was shut down and buildings declared safe more than an hour later. The youngsters, who were evacuated to the Westport Public Library, and others in the area were allowed to return, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar.
He said the backhoe hit the line while excavating a sidewalk. Three engine companies responded and hose lines deployed for protection until the gas company could shut off the gas line, the fire official said.
This fisherman is totally prepared for his catch of the day today—stripers. With his three fishing poles and foot pedals, he skims through the water with the greatest of ease leaving his hands free to use his fishing poles. He left from Westport’s Burying Hill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Off on a Three-Day Bike Tour for a Good Cause
Twenty-three riders set out from Westport’s Colonial Green today on the first day of the sixth annual Charter Oak Classic Bike Tour, a three-day, 240-mile ride to raise money for college scholarships for high school students in Bridgeport. Since 2001, the Charter Oak Challenge Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships and for organizations that work with children and families in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Democrats to Attend Fund-Raiser Tonight
Connecticut Democratic candidates will be out in force tonight at the fourth annual wine tasting and silent auction sponsored by the Westport Democratic Town Committee.
Among those expected to attend the event at the Westport Woman’s Club from 7-10 p.m. are gubernatorial candidate John DeStefano, U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont, and 4th Congressional District candidate Diane Farrell.
Also attending will be state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, state treasurer Denise Nappier, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, state comptroller Nancy Wyman, state Senate candidate Craig Rebecca Schiavone, Joe Mioli, seeking re-election in the 136th District, Kim Fawcett, running in the 133rd District, and Kevin O’Grady, running for re-election as probate judge in Westport and Weston.
For more information, call (203) 341-9426 or (203) 227-6126.
Friday, Sept. 8, 2006
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
Westport Property Transfers Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2006:
Paul Lintermans and Annie Bertels to Eric L. and Shawn C. Nitcher, 94 North Ave., $1,500,000
Paul J. and Lori B. Reszutek to Clarissa Moore, 7 Mayfair Lane, $2,250,000
Lauri Blain to Arthur Doughtery, 52 Strathmore Lane, $472,000
D IV Riverside Ventures LLC to Jonathan J. and Laura E. Roberts, Unit 12 Riverside Green, $770,000
Rell Looks for Federal Aid for Fairfield County Storm Damage
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today took the first step in requesting federal aid for damage caused in Fairfield County by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto.
She ordered Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Commissioner James Thomas to start a preliminary damage assessment that must be completed before the Federal Emergency Management Agency can issue a disaster declaration.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, one of those contacted by the Homeland Security agency, estimated the town had more than $75,000 in storm-related costs.
“Ernesto hit these municipalities and hit them hard, and local taxpayers will be hard-pressed to cover the extra costs incurred,” Rell said in a statement.
Westporter Gordon Manning, Well Known TV News Exec, Dies
Television news executive Gordon Manning, a Westporter who helped guide coverage of some of the 20th century’s most significant events and arranged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s first interview on U.S. television, died Wednesday. He was 89.
Gordon Manning: Westport TV news exec dies at 89. Contributed photo
Manning suffered heart failure at his Newtown Turnpike home and was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he died, said his son, Doug Manning.
Manning started his journalism career in Boston as a reporter for United Press. He later went on to jobs as managing editor of Collier’s magazine, executive editor of Newsweek and vice president of both CBS News and NBC News.
Gorbachev’s one-hour exchange with NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was aired in November 1987, shortly before his Washington summit meeting with President Reagan. Manning had visited Moscow regularly for two years, cultivating contacts in the Kremlin, in his effort to land the interview.
Connecticut Remembers Sept. 11
The fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is not until Monday, but today the families of Connecticut’s 152 victims gathered at Westport’s Sherwood Island State park to honor them. Following the service, family members and friends laid flowers on the memorial to the victims located at the park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Honoring the 9/11 Victims
Gov. M. Jodi Rell addresses today’s Sherwood Island State Park 9/11 ceremony as (3rd l-r) former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, state Rep. Joe Mioli, and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff listen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Flowers for the Victims
Each of the family members of the Sept. 11 attacks victims was given roses at the memorial service at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today. Following the service, each laid the flower on the living memorial at the park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Visiting with the Governor
Westport Acting Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant (l-r), Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar, Fire Chief Christopher Ackley and state Sen. Judith Freedman of Westport visit with Gov. M. Jodi Rell following today’s Sherwood Island State Park memorial service honoring the Connecticut victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and state Rep. Joe Mioli of Westport lay flowers on the Sept. 11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park this evening. The Westport ceremony honored the Connecticut victims in the 2001 attacks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Coming Together to Remember 9/11
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont chats with Gov. M. Jodi Rell at today’s ceremony at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park commemorating the fifth anniversay of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Between them is state Sen. Judith Freedman of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sept. 11 Memorial Service Centers on Children
The family and friends of Sept. 11 attack victims gather around the memorial to the victims at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park this evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The voice of children touched by the Sept. 11 attacks was the focus of a ceremony at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today honoring the 152 Connecticut residents who died five years ago.
The ceremony has been held at the park, site of the state’s 9/11 living memorial, several days before the anniversary each year with many of the victims’ families in attendance.
The children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Connecticut residents who died in the attacks read the names of the victims, and three others read poems they had written about their family.
Children are what keep people hopeful for the future, said Gov. M. Jodi Rell in remarks to the crowd.
In what was a picture perfect day, members of the PTA at Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School today celebrated their second annual “Welcome Back to School Beach Party” with a giant celebration. About 600 people representing 185 families joined together for the fun at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Hugging the Y’s Men
Jack Mitchell, chairman and CEO of Mitchells of Westport was the guest speaker today at the Y’s Men of Westport/ Weston opening the 2006-2007 season. His subject was “Hug Your Customers,” the name of his best selling book about proven ways to personalize sales and achieve astounding results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Police Release Sketch of Robbery Suspect
Police released a rendering of a robbery suspect today. Contributed imageWestport police released a sketch today of the man suspected in a robbery earlier this week.
Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said the suspect is not the same man sought for several Westport bank robberies earlier this year.
Police are seeking a dark-skinned black male that is about 6-foot-2-two-inches tall. The suspect also has a slim build and short hair that may be “styled” in the front.
The suspect may also have a noticeable gap between his front two teeth, and fled the scene in what was described as a newer, tan or brown Chevrolet Impala or similar vehicle.
Farmers Market Remains Busy
Even with summer unofficially over, the Westport Farmers Market remains busy. There were long lines at today’s market. The market takes place every Thursday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse. It runs through October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Gray’s Creek is not far from Westport’s Compo Beach, but it’s relatively quiet and undisturbed except for occasional kayakers who navigate its twists and turns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
5:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Sept. 11 Memorial Service
7 p.m. – Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
First Hearing on Mahackeno Project Held
Supporters of the Westport-Weston Family Y’s move to Camp Mahackeno were easy to spot at tonight’s Flood and Erosion Control Board meeting with their bright yellow shirts.
YMCA officials were taking the first step towards moving from the downtown facility to the camp with a new 100,000-square-foot building, but there were a number of residents, including neighbors, who expressed concerns over the project.
The board was not scheduled to take a vote on the matter tonight.
Rosemary Halstead, Y Board of Directors chairwoman, said tonight represented the second most important day in the organization’s history.
Making Baby Hats
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Dee Stanziano, one of the founders of Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club, instructs how to crochet on how to make a baby cap. Westport-based Save the Children hosted a gathering tonight of experienced and beginner crocheters who wanted to learn how to make caps for newborn babies. Save the Children is seeking to help millions of newborns in undeveloped countries that die within the first 24 hours after birth, many times because they are not kept warm. The campaign—which has people across the country making the caps—started in July and will finish in January when the agency brings the caps to Washington. Agency workers hope to see the president to tell him of the interest of Americans in this project to help. The caps will be distributed to newborns in countries where Save the Children works. Already, the bins are beginning to fill with handmade hats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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