Saturday, June 10, 2006
Westport Property Transfers May 29-June 2, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 29-June 2, 2006:
Heather May Pope to Christopher P. Haggerty, 2 Oakview Lane, $465,000
Aaron D. and James D. and Paul D. Fisher to Stephen and Catherine Lloyd, 69 Whitney St., $927,500
Rosenfeld Realty and Development Inc. to Rhona S. Lieberson, 229 Hillspoint Road, $1,000,000
George C. and Claire C. Skidd Jr., to Ronald G. Besson and Leslie Ramik, 5 Minard Drive, $812,500
Gilson H. Lincoln to John J. and Markley Rizzi, 22 Sterling Drive, $1,000,000
Saturday, June 10, 2006
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - American Red Cross, Church Lane - Emergency Preparedness Expo
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center - Reptile and Amphibiian Day
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jam & Spice”
We’re No. 1!
Members of the Staples boys volleyball team tonight celebrate winning the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship with a 3-0 victory over Newington at Southington. It was the fifth state title for the Westport volleyball team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com
Staples Boys Volleyball Team Clinches CIAC Title
Westport’s Staples boys volleyball team became Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) champions tonight with a 3-0 victory over Newington at Southington. Tri-Captains (l-r) Julian duPont, Patrick Fenn and Brian Parmelee show off the championship plaque. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 09, 2006
Levitt Pavilion’s Season Kicks Off June 25
The Levitt Pavilion’s 2006 season kicks off on June 25 with C.J. Chenier & the Louisiana Red Hot Band.
The performance starts at 7 p.m. at the pavilion, which is located behind the Westport Public Library.
Those attending the show are asked for a voluntary donation to the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund.
The season runs through Aug. 27 with performances every night except Mondays.
The calendar is on the pavilion’s Web site, and updates can be heard by calling (203) 221-2153.
Underground Explosion Darkens Post Road East Businesses
An explosion in a manhole darkened parts of Post Road East in Westport’s center for more than four hours today and caused lengthy traffic backups. There were no injuries.
Westport fire officials arrive on the scene in downtown Westport moments after a manhole explosion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
The explosion at Bay Street and Post Road East near the Westport Post Office occurred about 10:40 a.m. The lights came back on shortly before 3 p.m., fire officials said.
“It sounded like a big boom,” said Stephane Raveneau, owner of Chez Stephane Restaurant a few yards from where a manhole cover blew off.
He said he and about 40 students visiting the restaurant from a French class at a Trumbull school were startled by the sound and saw smoke coming from the hole. The students were sent back to school.
Red Cross to Host Preparedness Expo Saturday
Now that the 2006 Hurricane Season has officially begun, the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross wants to help residents prepare for disasters.
Together with Westport emergency officials, the chapter will sponsor a free Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday at 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the chapter offices at 36 Church Lane.
“Everyone should have an updated disaster plan and a disaster kit with enough supplies for three days,” said Michele DeLuca, chapter director of emergency services. “This Preparedness Expo will help people get better prepared and we hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity:”
Residents will learn how to create a disaster plan and kit, sample and purchase disaster preparedness items and learn about generator and sump pump safety.
Workers Seek to Restore Power
An explosion in a manhole at the intersection of Westport’s Post Road East and Bay Street today knocked out power to nearby buildings and disrupted traffic in the downtown area. No one was injured and utility workers restored power shortly before 3 p.m. Initially, firefighters were also concerned about elevated carbon monoxide levels in underground ducts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Blackout Hits Downtown
A problem under ground caused a manhole explosion this morning that knocked out power in Westport’s downtown area on Post Road East. Firefighters and Connecticut Light and Power crews were on the scene to help repair the problem, and police redirected traffic. As of noon, 181 customers were without power in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Manhole Explosion, Power Outage Downtown
An electrical problem below ground in Westport’s center along Post Road East today caused a manhole explosion and shut down power to nearby buildings. Firefighters evacuated the buildings and rerouted traffic while utility workers tried to trace the problem. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Downtown Traffic Snarled
Traffic snarled at Post Road East and Imperial Avenue today following a manhole explosion in front of the Westport Post Office. Power was shut down by the 10:40 a.m. incident and traffic was diverted for two hours while repair crews worked to fix the problem. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Coming in for a Landing
Friday, June 9, 2006
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Diary of Anne Frank”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jam & Spice”
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Visiting Old Mill
Town Sells Bonds, Maintains High Credit Rating
Westport officials today sold $11.7 million in bonds for a variety of projects with the highest credit rating assigned by Moody’s Investors Service.
The general obligation bonds, maturing from 2007 to 2025, sold at an average interest rate of 4.1 percent. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. won the bidding for the offering.
Of the money from the sale, the town will spend $7 million on the Staples High School expansion and renovation project, $2.3 million for improvements at the Longshore golf course and $1.8 million for the police communications upgrade.
Money was also included for sewer projects and the King’s Highway Elementary roof project.
Veteran Police Officer George Marks Jr. Retires
George H. Marks Jr.: From a family of Westport police officers. Contributed photoThe Westport Police Pension Board has approved the retirement of veteran Police Sgt. George H. Marks, Jr., a member of family that has devoted more than a century to the town’s police department.
Marks retired June 1 after 35 years of service, according to an announcement Wednesday.
Members of Marks’s family, including his father, mother and uncle, have all served the Westport Police Department for a total of approximately 127 years.
“For more than three decades, George Marks has served the people of Westport with distinction,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “This will be the first time since 1948 that a member of the Marks family has not been part of the Westport Police force.”
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 31 Sturges Commons
On to the State Championship
Members of Westport’s Staples boys volleyball team celebrate their win over Trumbull High School tonight in the semi-finals of the state tournament at Fairfield Warde High School. The team now moves on to the championship game against Newington Friday in Southington. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Thursday, June 8, 2006
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District Board
7 p.m. – Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - “Diary of Anne Frank”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jam & Spice”
Neighborhood Hopes for Historic Designation
Residents of Westport’s Gorham Avenue neighborhood learned Tuesday night they will be battling an affordable housing project as they try to seek a historical designation for the area.
The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) held a first reading on an ordinance to make 24 properties along Main Street and Gorham Avenue an historic district. The homeowners will submit ballots voting their view on the potential district before the RTM votes on the ordinance at its July 11 meeting.
Maggie Feczko, Historic District Commission representative, said there are homes in the area that date back to the Colonial era.
Nancy Stewart, one of the neighbors who brought the application forward, said the designation isn’t about restricting anyone but rather about encouraging preservation.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Going Down: 13 Rockyfield Road
The house at 13 Rockyfield Road in Westport’s Coleytown neighborhood near Easton Road was demolished this morning. The 1959 house, which sold in May for $940,000, was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Golfing in the Rain
Over 80 golfers played through the rain today in the annual Westport Rotary Club’s golf and tennis tournament at Longshore Club Park. The tournament honored Howard Gault. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Connecticut Light and Power crews work to restore power on Turkey Hill Road today. Eleven Westport customers were without power at 11 a.m. today, which is down from the 1,400 customers who were in the dark at 10 a.m. CL&P workers said the outage was caused when a squirrel was electrocuted on a switch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Blackout Hits Post Road East Area
A power outage hit sections of Westport’s Post Road East this morning. Connecticut Light & Power Co. reported more than 1,400 customers were in the dark as of 10 a.m. A policeman directs traffic at Post Road East and Turkey Hill North. The outage stretched from the Sherwood Island Connector to south of Maple Avenue. Power was restored at about 10:30 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Community Gardens Regulations Pass Unchanged
The Westport Representative Town Meeting Tuesday night rejected a measure to amend regulations overseeing the regulations for the community gardens.
Five RTM members petitioned for a review of the regulations—which require community gardeners have their names checked against the state’s sex offender registry—and proposed a sunset clause. The RTM rejected the sunset clause by a 19-8 vote.
Kim Mathias, RTM District 9, who was among those petitioning, said she was not satisfied with the public debate on the regulations or the reasons given for the need to check gardeners against the registry.
A sunset clause of Nov. 15, she said, would allow for more debate and proper discussion on the matter.
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Jam & Spice”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood and Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)
Remembering the Fallen
Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley pauses in reflection as a member of the Connecticut Firefighters Pipes and Drums passes him at Assumption Church tonight during the Bridgeport Area Retired Firefighters annual memorial service. The service honors the 36 firefighters from the region who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Honoring Those Who Have Made the Supreme Sacrifice
Members of the Westport Fire Department march to a memorial service tonight at Westport’s Assumption Church on Riverside Avenue. This was the first time that Westport has hosted the service by Bridgeport Area Retired Firefighters honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
No Serious Injuries in Wilton Road Accident
A two-car accident today at Westport’s Wilton Road and King’s Highway North tied up traffic but resulted in no serious injuries. The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder struck the rear side of a Honda Accord that was turning left onto King’s Highway North. Both drivers declined to be transported to a hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rotary to Honor Howard Gault
Westport Rotary to honor Howard Gault. Contributed photoThe Westport Rotary Club has chosen to honor Howard Wheeler Gault at this year’s golf and tennis tournament scheduled for Wednesday at Longshore Club Park.
Gault died in 1997 at age 99 after a distinguished career marked by both civic and business achievements in Westport.
At his death he was chairman of the board of L.H. Gault & Son, Inc., founded by his father in 1863, where he carried forward a tradition of personal service and community commitment that has become a Westport tradition.
Gault is best remembered by Rotarians for his membership. He an active member with 35 years of 100 percent attendance.Page 1103 of 1327 pages
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