Friday, October 06, 2006
Friday, Oct. 6, 2006
7-10 p.m. - 25 Van Zant St., Norwalk - Builders Beyond Borders Tag Sale Preview Party
Farmers Market Features Fall Produce
It felt like fall and this stand at the Westport Farmers Market today featured fall produce of pumpkins, Indian corn, corn and many other locally grown items. The market continues on Thursdays for three more weeks at the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
SEC Recommends No Action Against Westport’s Pequot Capital
Securities and Exchange Commission attorneys are recommending that no action be taken against Wall Street executive John Mack or Westport’s Pequot Capital Management Inc. in an insider-trading probe that led to allegations of political interference within the SEC.
Art Samberg, chairman of the $7 billion hedge fund, sent a note to clients today disclosing the decision by SEC enforcement staff not to bring charges against the company or its employees, the Wall Street Journal Online said.
Last June, The New York Times reported that federal regulators were investigating Pequot for possible insider trading. (See WestportNow June 23, 2006)
The newspaper cited government officials briefed on the case. Pequot is based in the Nyala Farms office complex on Greens Farms Road off I-95.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Mary Ellen White, Little League “Heart and Soul,” Dies at 84
Mary Ellen White, known as the “heart and soul” of Westport Little League, died Wednesday at Norwalk Hospital. She was 84.
Flashback: Mary Ellen White thanks Westport Rotary for honoring her last Nov. 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow file photo
The cause of death was cancer, according to the Harding Funeral Home.
White was honored a year ago by the Westport Rotary Club with a community service award as “the heart and soul” of Westport Little League. She has worked since 1992 organizing more than 1,500 children a year into almost 100 teams.
Born May 21, 1922, in New Haven, she was the daughter of Mary and James White of New Haven, both immigrants to this country from County Kerry, Ireland.
Staples Girls Volleyball Shuts Out Fairfield Warde
The Staples High school varsity girls’ volleyball team beat Fairfield Warde today 3-0.
The Lady Wreckers improved to 10-0 on the season.
The team next plays Greenwich High school on Tuesday at home at 3:45 p.m.
Westport GOP Sets Open House Saturday
Westport Republicans will be hosting an open house at the new Republican campaign headquarters at 253 Riverside Ave., Saturday at 2 p.m.
Local elected Republican officials and candidates will be in attendance, an announcement said.
All Westporters are welcome to come and meet those who represent them in Hartford and Washington, organizers said.
The event is free and food and beverages will be served.
School Officials Upset Over Erroneous Sex Assault Report
Westport school officials said today they were upset over an erroneous newspaper report that a former Staples High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student was involved in the school’s theater program.
The Connecticut Post reported Wednesday that the former teacher, Peter Eramo Jr., 35, had been a theater teacher at Staples at the time of the alleged assault in 2003. It quoted an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday in Milford where Eramo formerly lived.
WestportNow carried the story Wednesday quoting the Connecticut Post. It subsequently added the disclaimer from Westport school officials that Eramo was not involved in the Staples theater program and had taught English there. (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2006)
“I can’t tell you how many people have been upset over this,” said David Roth, who works with the Staples Players theater group. “This man had nothing to do with our theater program.” He said he would ask the Connecticut Post to print a correction.
Ribbons for Awareness
Police Chief Al Fiore (l) was among a group of police officers and Westport-Weston Y’s Men members who spent two hours this morning at the Saugatuck and Green’s Farms Train Stations handing out cards with purple ribbons to commuters. The ribbons are to signify that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The group handed out over 700 ribbons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Voter Registration on the Rise
It’s normally a busy time of the year in the Westport Registrar of Voters office, but it has been more this year in comparison to other times before a mid-term federal election, according to Democrat Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen.
Nearly 100 people have registered to vote in the last month, and she said people are calling to check on their registration.
“We’re getting more people than usual for (a mid-term election),” she said. “The presidential election is normally heavier. For whatever reason, people are interested.”
She also said in the August Democratic primary, 56 percent of those eligible to vote turned out to vote.
Oops: Teardown of the Day That Wasn’t
WestportNow has been informed that its featured Teardown of the Day Tuesday at 14 Adams Farm Road off North Avenue was erroneously listed by the Westport Building Department as among houses with pending applications for a demolition permit.
In fact, the application was for another matter in the Building Department, the department said today.
WestportNow, contributing photograher Dave Matlow and the Building Department regret the error and apologize for the misidentification.
House Size Topic of Hearing
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public session to take comment from residents on issues related to house size.
The session is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The commission in the past has taken comments about house size and considered regulation changes at the prompting of residents comments about how the size has impacted neighborhood character. Residents in support and against changes have spoken extensively on the matter.
The commission, however, has yet to pass any regulation changes to address the issue.
Lisa Power (l) and Meghan Lehey take advantage of the weather on Wednesday and headed to Westport’s Compo Beach for a stroll. Many Westporters headed to the beach on Wednesday with the summer-like temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
Board Has 15 Days for Y Decision
The Flood and Erosion Control Board now has 15 days to render a decision on an application by the Westport-Weston Family Y for a new facility at Camp Mahackeno.
The board closed the public hearing tonight and will hold a public work session to deliberate on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.
Town Attorney Ira Bloom told the board during its public hearing tonight that it has 15 days to decide on the application because it had held two regular meetings on the matter.
If the board does not decide within 15 days, he said, it will be deemed approved by state statutes.
Staples Boys Soccer Rolls on With Wilton Win
Russell Oost-Lievense takes on a Wilton defender in Staples’ 5-1 win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team rode three first-half goals—including two in a 42-second span—to a 5-1 victory today at Wilton’s Kristine Lilly Field.
The win lifts the league-leading Wreckers to 7-0-1. They travel to second-place Westhill Friday afternoon (4:15 p.m.) for their toughest test yet.
Brendon Cristobal scored two goals, while Preston Hirten, Russell Oost-Lievense and Matt Lamb added one each. Assists came from Keaton Cristobal (2), Lamb, Hirten and Brendon Cristobal.
“It’s always nice to get a good result at Wilton,” said head coach Dan Woog. “They’re extremely well coached, and they always play us hard.”
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 1 Broad St.
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 1 Broad St. The house sits at the corner of Broad Street and Newtown Turnpike. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Teen Bicyclist Hit By Car
(UPDATE)A teenage youth riding his bicycle was hit by a car today on Westport’s Colony Road, officials said.
The exact nature of the youth’s injuries was not known. He was initially taken to Norwalk Hospital and later transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital.
“The youth was conscious and suffered head and body injury from the accident,” said Assitant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. “The driver of the vehicle was not injured.”
The youth was taken by Wesport EMS to Norwalk Hospital after the accident at about 3:30 p.m.
Gathering to Support Domestic Violence Awareness Month
During today’s Westport Town Hall ceremony proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) presented a proclamation to Barbara Heffernan (l), executive director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Members of Westport’s Domestic Violence Task Force joined them for a picture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Proclaiming Domestic Violence Awareness Month
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Selectwoman Shelly Kassen tie a ribbon around a pillar at Westport Town Hall today during a ceremony proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To call attention to the month, purple ribbons have been tied to trees throughout Westport to represent the 84 incidents of domestic violence reported to police since January 2005 and police cruisers will display purple ribbons on their bumpers. Supporters of the awareness efforts will distribute literature about domestic violence Thursday at the Green’s Farms and Westport Railroad stations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Former Staples Teacher Charged in Sex Assault of Student
(UPDATE)A former teacher at Westport’s Staples High School has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a student while at the school, the Connecticut Post reported today. The newspaper said he had taught theater at Staples, but Westport school officials said later he had not been involved in the Staples theater program.
The newspaper said Peter Eramo Jr., 35, who currently lives in New York, turned himself into Milford police Tuesday after an arrest warrant was issued charging him with second-degree assault for the alleged encounter with the girl in his Milford apartment on Memorial Day in 2003.
Eramo, who was let go by the Westport school system in 2003 for “inappropriate behavior” according to the court affidavit, was released on $10,000 bond and is expected to appear again in court Oct. 31, the Post said.
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon today disputed that Eramo was discharged for “inappropriate behavior,” saying that he resigned.
Homecoming Pasta Dinner is Friday
The 13th annual Staples Homecoming Pasta Dinner will be held on Friday at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the high school.
The event, which is sponsored by the Staples PTA and the Westport Kiwanis Club, features spaghetti with meatballs and chicken fettuccini alfredo along with garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverage.
Entertainment will include the Staples Players, the Staples cheerleaders and the Staples Jazz Band.
Tickets purchased in advance are $8 and $10 at the door. Tickets for senior citizens and children under 13 years old are $5.
Temperatures have cooled along Old Mill Pond as the leaves change colors. The weather forecast for today, however, calls for warmer than normal temperatures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Town Hall Lobby - CPR and AED sign up
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Domestic Violence Task Force
9:30 a.m. – Westport Town Hall Front Steps – Proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
3 p.m. – Town Hall Lobby – Beautification Committee award ceremony
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - “Fixing Broken Homes” lecture as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Flood & Erosion Control Board (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Board of Finance Meeting
RTM Accepts New Voting Technology
The Westport Representative Town Meeting passed measures tonight that ensures proper voting equipment are in place for the next two general elections.
The measures ensures that the town is in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act.
The town’s registrars of voters can now accept from state officials a phone voting system for this year’s general election. They will also have ballot scanning equipment to use in the 2007 general election.
For the election this November, a phone system will be set up in each polling place where those who use it can vote by using the phone’s touch-pad. A fax would then be sent to the polling place.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
CPR and AED Training to Be Offered
Residents and Town Hall employees will be able to sign up for coronary pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and/or automated external defibrillator (AED) training on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby.
Westport Emergency Medical Services volunteer Jay Paretzky will be available to take applications and to answer any questions individuals may have.
Residents will also be able to get information about training to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), or member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).
The AED devices are easy to use and only a short training session would be required to become a member of the team.Page 1324 of 1633 pages
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