Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Westport Beaches Closed to Swimmers Today
High bacterial counts in the water due to the recent heavy rains caused closure of Westport beaches to swimmers today.
A sign and flag at Compo Beach tell beachgoers there is no swimming today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Affected were Compo Beach, Old Mill Beach, Burying Hill Beach, and state beaches at Sherwood Island State Park.
Westport has received more than 9 inches of rain this month, according to one local weather station, with almost 7 inches in recent days.
Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department said the town closures were ordered by the the Westport Weston Health District which expected the beaches to reopen to swimmers Thursday.
Coed Who Often Visited Westport Killed in Drive-By Shooting
A 19-year-old University of New Haven coed who often visited and stayed with a close friend in Westport was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday night, police said.
A youth arrested in the Yonkers, N.Y. shooting of Jessica Santos, 17, of Tarrytown, N.Y., was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder
Anthony Burton, 17, of the Bronx also was arraigned on an unrelated criminal trespass warrant from a previous incident.
Santos, a criminal justice student who was supposed to start her sophomore year today at the University of New Haven, was struck by a single bullet Sunday night in Yonkers, according to the Journal News of White Plains.
Golfing Through the Rain Drops
Heavy rains meant some flooded paths at Longshore Club Park on Tuesday, but it didn’t stop this couple from playing a round of golf. The rain that has soaked Westport the last few days is supposed to clear today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006
10:30 a.m. – Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
HDC Feels Condos Threaten Gorham Neighborhood
The Historic District Commission listens to Gorham Avenue area residents comment on an application to build 20 condominiums in their neighborhood. The commission will file comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission stating that the project threatens the quality of the neigborhood and is not compatible with the other homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historic District Commission will file comments that it feels a proposal to build 20 condominiums in the new Gorham Avenue Historic District would threaten the quality of the neighborhood.
The commission met tonight to determine its comments to file with the Planning and Zoning Commission on the application for 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. The P&Z is scheduled to hold a hearing on Sept. 21.
The room was filled with residents from the neighborhood, but neither Richard Montanaro—who owns the property—nor his attorney Chris Smith was present.
Morley Boyd, a HDC member, read comments he had drafted on the application, and the rest of the commission agreed they should be the ones filed.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
A Run in the Rain
These young ladies had Westport’s Compo Beach to themselves late this afternoon as they went for a run in heavy rains. A pedestrian on Soundview Drive is more appropriately dressed for the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Rell Will Attend 9/11 Ceremony at Sherwood Island
Connecticut’s fifth official ceremony marking the anniversary of the losses on Sept. 11, 2001, will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the 9/11 Living Memorial at Westpor’s Sherwood Island State Park, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today.
The 9/11 Living Memorial overlooks Long Island Sound and is inscribed with the names of Connecticut residents who lost their lives.
Members of public are invited and encouraged to attend this official state ceremony in observance of the anniversary, the governor’s office said.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff will lead town officials at the ceremony.
Continued heavy rains throughout Westport today meant an empty Compo Beach. The beach will be closed to swimming on Wednesday because of the heavy rains. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Town Plan Workshop Scheduled
The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled its next public workshop for input from Westport residents in preparing updating the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The session will be held on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.
The workshop’s intent is for exercises that will identify conservation issues and priorities for the plan update, including natural resource protection, open space preservation, history resource protection and community character enhancement.
“This plan is an important document which will be used to guide future conservation and development activity over the next decade and beyond,” said P&Z Chairwoman Eleanor Lowenstein.
Westport Beaches Ordered Closed to Swimming Wednesday
The Westport Weston Health District has ordered Westport’s beaches closed to swimming Wednesday because of recent heavy rains, the town’s Parks and Recreation Department said today.
The rains have caused high bacterial counts in the water necessitating the one-day ban on swimming at Compo Beach, Old Mill Beach and Burying Hill Beach, the department said.
It said the beaches will reopen for swimming on Thursday.
The state Department of Environmental Protection announced that Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park beaches also would be closed to swimming.
Power Outage Hits Wilton Road Area
A mid-morning power outage hit Westport’s Wilton Road and Kings Highway North area today. Connecticut Light & Power Co. dispatched a crew to repair a popped breaker on a transformer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
National Weather Service Issues Flood Watch
With some residents still drying out from heavy weekend rains, the National Weather Service today issued a flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area.
Weather radar at 8 a.m. shows storm approaching the tri-state area. Wunderground.com graphic
The watch is in effect through this evening, an early morning advisory said.
It said low pressure over the Ohio Valley will slide east towards the region along a stationary boundary just to the south. The front will become the focus for heavy rainfall to develop over the region this morning and continue into this evening.
The forecast for rainfall of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts of up to 4 inches will likely result in flooding in low lying areas and in drainage and basement flooding, according to the weather service.
Buses, Modulars Among Town Plan Topics
School officials believe issues of modular classrooms, buses and athletic lights at Staples High School should be items touched on in the update to the town plan.
The Westport Board of Education met with Planning and Zoning Commission representatives Monday night to discuss school issues that should be included in the update of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
Board Chairwoman Mary Parmelee said some schools have short-term space needs, and over the years there has been a negative attitude towards modular classrooms.
“In general, sometimes they can be an ideal solution to a five- to 10-year space problem,” she said. “Our schools are built to last at least 50 years, and sometimes we need more space for a much less amount of time.”
Looking for Treasure
The rain finally broke on Monday, and the sun peeked through during the afternoon. With the rain gone, people headed back to Westport’s Compo Beach, some looking for treasure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Youth Commission Executive Member Planning Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
Monday, August 28, 2006
Cleaning the Beach
A beach cleaner removes the rocks from the shore on Westport’s Compo Beach. The cleaner is used each morning throughout the summer months. Following the storms from last weekend, there were a lot of stones that had to be removed today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Gorham Avenue Application Postponed
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing on an application for developing 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. has been postponed.
The hearing was originally slated for Sept. 7, but it has been postponed to Sept. 21, P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said today.
There were problems with the legal notice, he said, which caused the delay.
The Historic District Commission is still scheduled to review the application during its meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The application was filed under the state’s affordable housing statute and calls for 20 condominiums to be constructed on the property. Six of the units would be deemed “affordable.”
Landon Touches on Collaboration, Role Models
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon addresses teachers during this morning’s Back to School Breakfast. School starts Sept. 5 across Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport School District welcomed back its teachers and staff today with the annual Back to School Breakfast.
New teachers were introduced in the crowded auditorium at Bedford Middle School and Jody Gross, a Coleytown Middle special education teacher, was honored for 25 years of service.
Additionally, the faculty met Fan Yan and Zhu Mei, two teachers visiting from China.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon remarked on how well teachers work together to move the district forward and how their work makes them role models for their students.
Visiting from China
Fan Yan and Zhu Mei are visiting the Westport School District this year to teach, and they were introduced during this morning’s Back to School Breakfast for teachers. Yan is visiting from Westport’s sister city in China. Each year the school district hosts two teachers from China. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Teacher of the Year Candidates Introduced
Westport’s teachers are back in the schools today, and this morning they met their colleagues who have been nominated for the 2007 Teacher of the Year honor.
Karen Emanuelson, Marissa DeVito Haddad, Kenneth C. Hine, Ursula Malizia, Nancy Pennell and Gregg Winters have been nominated for the honor. The winner will be honored during the Sept. 25 Board of Education meeting.
Emanuelson, an elementary math support teacher at King’s Highway Elementary, said her teaching career began when she was in sixth grade and she was asked to take over teaching a third-grade church school class.
It’s become harder to open the classroom door to other teachers, she said, and to find the keys to learning as the students get older.
Torrential Downpours Hit Westport
Torrential downpours flooded Westport area roadways Sunday night, stranding drivers in their cars and causing scattered power outages.
Motorists navigate a flooded roadway Sunday night at Westport’s Post Road East and Morningside Drive North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The heaviest rains came shortly after 9 p.m. after day-long rains and showers that by late evening totaled 2 inches to more than 4 inches in some areas, according to local weather stations. Another inch fell since midnight Sunday.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. reported 84 Westport customers without power as of 1 a.m. today, but the number was down to four at 2 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning at mid-evening. It was at least the eighth time this year that some parts of Westport had experienced severe flooding.
Monday, Aug. 28, 2006
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Heavy Rains Flood Westport Roads
Day-long rains turned into a torrent tonight, flooding many Westport area roads. This was the scene at Myrtle Avenue and Post Road East where a car became stuck in rapidly rising waters. Almost 4 inches of rain fell during the day, according to local weather stations. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Flash Flood Warning Issued
The National Weather Service tonight issued a flash flood warning for Westport and portions of southwestern Connecticut.
The warning was in effect until 11:30 p.m.
The advisory said excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
Levitt Ends Season With Big Band Sound
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Westport’s Levitt Pavilion closed out its 2006 summer season tonight with a performance by the Fairfield Counts. The concert was moved indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School because of the rain. The Westport Rotary Club Foundation sponsored the evening of big band music by the 17-piece orchestra which played the sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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