Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Multi-Family Housing Discussion Leads to Heated Exchange
A Westport Planning and Zoning Commission discussion tonight on the second draft of the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development led to a heated exchange on how the commission should handle multi-family housing.
It was the second and final discussion among commission members prior to a public session on the update scheduled for Monday, June 25 at 7 p.m. The commission will collect comments from public on the second draft during the session.
Ron Corwin, commission co-chairman, said he believes the town’s multi-family units should increase by 850 over the next 10 years in order to fulfill a number of needs, including affordable and workforce housing.
“It’s a conservative estimate,” he said. “It’s a low number, but I think it’s the right number for Westport.”
New Long Lots Principal Meets Community
Rex Jones, who will become principal at Long Lots Elementary School this summer, was at the Westport Board of Education meeting tonight to be introduced to the community. Jones said he is thrilled to become the principal at Long Lots and is thankful the school’s community is so welcoming. “It’s bittersweet for me to leave Fairfield, but I look forward to start new here in Westport,” he said. Jones was named to the Long Lots principal job in early May (See WestportNow May 8). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Compo Beach was empty today as almost 1.5 inches of rain fell during the day. The remnants of a tropical storm downed trees and caused scattered power outages before the sun came out late in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
RTM Tours Mahackeno
Westport Representative Town Meeting members toured the Westport Weston Family Y’s Camp Mahackeno tonight. RTM members will review the Conservation Commission’s decision to approve the Family Y’s facility at the site after it received petitions from residents asking for the review. The tour was held to aid in the review. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, June 04, 2007
Police Issue More Seat Belt Tickets
Westport police officers handed out more seat belt tickets for the most recent Click It or Ticket campaign than they have in the past.
Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said today police officers handed out 179 tickets for people who were not wearing their seat belt.
The campaign started on May 14 and closed on Sunday. It included a crackdown on Saturday, May 26, but numbers for the crackdown were not available.
Typically during each campaign police officers hand out about 130 seat belt violations, which carry a $37 fine.
Playhouse to Participate in Open House Day Saturday
The Westport Country Playhouse will participate in the third annual Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a free open house that includes tours of the theater.
The open house is part of a one-day statewide event that is designed to pay tribute to Connecticut’s world of history, art, film and tourism.
“The Playhouse is committed to not only supporting the arts, but to supporting this community as a whole,” said Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, playhouse managing director. “We are delighted to participate in this dynamic event that will help bring new visitors to the Westport area.”
Tours are 45 minutes each and begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Farmers Market Kicks Off Thursday
Westport will open its second year of a farmers market on Thursday at the Westport Country Playhouse.
A kick-off ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., and the market opens for shopping at 10 a.m.
The market will run each Thursday through October at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A second day is planned for Sundays at the Westport Center for Senior Activities at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Sunday market opens on June 24.
Second House Fire in 48 Hours Damages Hale St. Home
Westport’s second house fire in 48 hours early today damaged a home at 4 Hale St., off Greens Farms Road. The homeowner said he heard a loud bang just before midnight during a heavy rain storm and then saw an orange glow at the rear of the house. He got his four children out and then attacked the flames with a garden hose. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames but not before the fire damaged an area around a porch, kitchen door and windows, and a part of the interior. Cause of the fire is under investigation, as is one Friday night on Saugatuck Shores. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 4, 2007
4-8 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Book Club: “The Hours”
6:30 p.m. – 14 Sunny Lane – RTM Environment Committee Tour of Mahackeno Site
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov).
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Westport /Weston Health District – Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Friends of Sherwood Island Hold Annual Meeting
Donald S. Strait, Connecticut Fund for the Environment executive director, addressed the Friends of Sherwood Island during the organization’s annual meeting today. He spoke about the Broadwater proposal to construct a floating liquid natural gas facility in the middle of Long Island Sound. He said it’s important for voters to express their concerns to leaders in both Connecticut and New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Staples Seniors Party at Compo After Prom
Members of the Staples High School Class of 2007 held a post-prom party at Westport’s Compo Beach early today. The class prom was held earlier in the evening at the Greenwich Hyatt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Memories of the Staples Class of 2007
Representatives of the Staples PTA check in students early today for the post-prom party for the Class of 2007 at Westport’s Compo Beach. The nonalcoholic party featured band music and food from Joey’s By The Shore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
With temperatures close to 90 degrees on Saturday in Westport, some took to the water at Compo Beach. Temperatures are expected to be cooler in the 70s today with a chance of showers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, June 3, 2007
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Lend Me a Tenor”
2-4 p.m. - Camp Mahackeno - Westport Weston Family Y Forum/Westport Historical Society Letterboxing
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Souvenir”
Two Struck by Car on Post Road East
Two pedestrians were injured tonight when they were struck by a car on Post Road East in front of Mitchells of Westport. Police closed the two eastbound lanes of the roadway for two and a half hours after the 9 p.m. accident as they investigated, including putting green markings around the tires of the car involved. Police said a 19-year-old Westport youth and a 21-year-old Fairfield woman were transported to Bridgeport Hospital. The extent of their injuries was not known. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Off to the Prom III
Off to the Prom II
Off to the Prom I
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Making New Friends
It was the ninth annual Dachshund Reunion at Westport’s Jesup Green today. Dachshund owners brought their dogs to meet and greet with other dogs and their owners. Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue and the Connecticut Yankee Dachshund Club helped with the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers May 21-25, 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 21-25, 2007:
Carla Menkoff to Carlos E. Montoulieu & Maija Krasts, 3 Cover Lane, $865,750
Jan F. & Nicoline A. Scheffier to Lara Wallace, 35 Tamarac Road, $1,750,500
Michael A. Walmark to Albert & Linda R. Cassuto, 107 Harvest Commons, $861,000
Richard & Lisa Sanchez to Jeffrey N. & Patrick H. Weser, 23 Compo Parkway, $1,825,000
Compo Dawn Fishing
Westport Community Gardeners Launch Second Year
By Jennifer Connic
Westporter gardeners opened a second year of growing today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
The Westport Community Gardens opened for the first time on Hyde Lane adjacent to Long Lots Elementary a year ago, but gardeners don’t want to count it as the first year.
Today, the gardeners cut the ribbon on the second year of gardening with 30 plots—and 42 gardeners working those plots—with new soil that they hope make for a better planting season.
“It was a hard road to hoe,” said Louis Weinberg, garden co-president, referring to the difficult soil that existed in the garden. “Now it’s a place you don’t need a jackhammer to plant.”
Sam Gault donated sand, the Kowalsky Brothers donated time and equipment and Daybreak Nurseries gave the group a break on top soil to enhance the garden to make it better for planting, he said.
Early Morning Fire Hits Unoccupied Saugatuck Shores Home
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Fast work by Westport police officers and firefighters saved an unoccupied Saugatuck Shores home under renovation from being destroyed by fire early today. An off-duty police officer going out to fish from Compo Beach spotted flames coming from the home at 135 Harbor Road shortly after 4 a.m. He alerted colleagues and the first arriving police officers attacked the second story fire with fire extinguishers before firefighters took over. There were no injuries and damage was confined to an area around an exterior wall. Cause of the blaze is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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