Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Many were out enjoying the sun on Tuesday, including along the Saugatuck River, before showers moved into Westport. A chance of rain continues in the forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library: Marilyn Nissenson
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
Library Director Outlines Expansion Plans
Maxine Bleiweis, executive director of the Westport Public Library, today told the Westport Rotary Club about the library’s planned $40 million renovation project. She said the project reflects the library’s expanding role as a research and social center in the community. She also disclosed that the “Booked for the Evening” May 27 fund-raising event honoring the late journalist and author David Halberstam will include remarks by former CBS, NBC, and New York Times correspondent Bernard Kalb. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Lights on the Saugatuck
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Michigan Restaurant Serves Up Cockenoe Island Oysters
Chip Stephens, a Westport resident and WestportNow contributing photographer, was in Ann Arbor, Mich., last weekend to see daughter Ashley and five other graduates of Staples High School graduate from the University of Michigan. He sent the above photo and e-mailed: “At dinner the night before at Real Seafood in downtown Ann Arbor while looking over the menu, I saw a interesting item—check out the third item on the raw bar. What a hoot!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Westport Health Center Looks to Upgrade
Westport Health Care Center is planning upgrades to its building to address changes in the long-term health care field, and the Zoning Board of Appeals is the first stop for those changes.
The ZBA recently held a hearing that will continue on May 8 for changes to the 120-bed facility at 1 Burr Road opposite Kings Highway Elementary School. If variances are approved, the plans will move on to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“The framework of today’s long-term care environment is comprised of advanced rehabilitation techniques and accompanying equipment in addition to evolved systems of caring for and making comfortable prototypical age-related illness and disease,” said a document from the center filed in the Planning and Zoning Department.
“In conjunction with these advances in treatment and therapies is both a federal and state focus to make the long-term care setting less institutional and more of a friendly residential environment.”
Beach Sticker Season Opens
Starting today, a beach sticker is required on cars for entry to Westport’s beaches, including Compo. There are daily fees for those without a beach sticker of $15 on a weekday and $30 on the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Rell Seeks Disaster Declaration; Storm Damage $43 Million
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced she has written President Bush to formally request that he declare a major disaster in Connecticut as a result of the April 15 nor’easter.
The storm dumped as much as 8 inches of rain on the state and caused both coastal and inland flooding, including in Westport.
The total cost of the storm to state and local governments and property owners is currently estimated at more than $43 million, the governor’s office said.
“The damage I have seen from this storm rivals anything Connecticut has endured in the last 20 years,” Rell said. “The dollar figure calculated after the damage survey only hints at the storm’s effects.
Flags Fly Again in Westport’s Center
All Gone: 40 Reichert Circle
Demolition crews continued to clean up the site after taking down 40 Reichert Circle in Westport. The 1955 house on .43 acre sold last December for $714,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 29. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Historical Society to Host Compo Beach Walking Tour
The Westport Historical Society will hold a “Mystery Tour” on Saturday at 2-4 p.m. as part of its ongoing Destination Westport series.
It is an historical tour of Compo Beach and will be hosted by Ron Malone, former Westport police chief and lifelong Westport resident. He will share stories about the Compo Beach area of Westport.
The walk starts at Compo Beach and details the beach during the time of the early settlers. It ends with a “surprise” final destination to offer a glimpse into early 20th century life.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 for Society members and $10 for nonmembers. Call Sue Gold at (203) 222-1424 to reserve a space.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green Energy Task Force
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The SpokenWord Celebrates Greece: Homer’s Art of War
Power Line Construction Continues
Construction crews have been on Route 1 in Westport almost every night since mid-March, including tonight, working on Connecticut Light and Power’s transmission line project. The project stretches a 345-kilovolt power line from Middletown to Norwalk. The power line is buried under mainly Route 1 in Westport. Crews will be burying the power line under the Saugatuck River this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Demystifying the Megapixel Myth
David Pogue, New York Times personal technology columnist and Westport resident, told a Westport Public Library audience tonight about megapixels and whether they make a difference in digital photography. He said that unless someone is a professional photographer or wants very large photos a 5- or 6-megapixel camera will be best. He hung three photos of the same person using different megapixel cameras, and very few people could determine which photo came from which camera. He also gave guidelines on buying a digital camera. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 30, 2007
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Jennings Court
Westport building officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 12 Jennings Court. The 1,422-square-foot, 1954 house sold in March for $910,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Former Westport Teacher Files Federal Suit
A former Westport teacher has filed a federal suit against the school district stating she was not allowed to transfer to a different position because she had attempted “to protect the rights of the students with disabilities,” according to court documents that were filed at Town Hall today.
Karen Pierce, of Sandy Hook, who was a teacher from September 1989 through June 2005 is seeking lost wages, a letter “used against her” at an August 2005 meeting with Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon and other compensatory and punitive damages the court may find in her favor.
She most recently taught fourth and fifth grade at Coleytown Elementary from 1999 through 2005.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon could not be reached for comment today.
Bridge Street Bridge to be Closed for Maintenance
The Connecticut Department of Transportation Bridge Maintenance Division is planning work for the Bridge Street Bridge that will necessitate its closure next week, the town announced today.
The bridge will be closed for periods of time on Tuesday, May 8, Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10 to perform routine mechanical and electrical maintenance.
Bridge Street will be closed from Riverside Avenue to Imperial Avenue—which is about one-quarter of a mile—will be closed intermittently from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Signs will detail the detour route.
“We have asked CDOT to try to keep the bridge open during the busy noon hour, but that may not be possible and motorists should be prepared to make alternate travel plans,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said.
All Gone: 81 Richmondville Ave.
Demolition crews continued to clean up the site at 81 Richmondville Ave. after demolishing the house recently. The smell of burned wood lingered in the air after Westport firefighters spent two days training at the site last week (See WestportNow April 25). The 1950 house sat on .5 acre of land, and the Chapmans, who own the property, plan to construct a modular home and move into it in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was overcast with a few showers on Sunday, but it didn’t stop some from fishing off of Westport’s Compo Beach. There remains a chance of showers today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 30, 2007
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Play Club: Tazewell Thompson on “How to Read a Play”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Artists in Conversation: Lynne Meadow & Patricia Kalember
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Tech Talk: David Pogue on “The Mega Pixel Myth: and Other Hazards of Digital Cameras”
8:30 p.m. – Staples High School Principal’s Conference Room – Board of Education anticipated executive session
Power Outage Darkens Hundreds of Homes
A power outage tonight darkened hundreds of Westport homes and businesses for more than an hour in an area from Post Road East and the Sherwood Island Connector to Turkey Hill Road North.
Among those affected were the Harvest Commons condominium complex, the Sherwood Diner, Walgreen’s at 880 Post Road East, and homes along Turkey Hill Road North and parts of Long Lots Road from the Post Road to Morningside Drive North.
CL&P said 669 Westport customers were without power as of 9 p.m. but that all customers had power restored by 10 p.m.
Fire officials said someone at St. Luke Church at the corner of Long Lots Road and Turkey Hill Road North heard a loud bang at about 8:30 p.m. and then the power went out.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Celebrating Ancient Greece
An overflow crowd today welcomed the first program in the Westport Public Library’s “Spoken Word” series which celebrates Ancient Greece. Mark Schenker, associate dean at Yale College, gave the opening lecture titled, ”How the Greeks Invented Tragic Drama.” There will be three more lectures—on Tuesday with Ray Lurie – “Homer’s Art of War;” May 7 with Daniel Cruson – “The Architecture of Greece;” and May 9 – Staged Reading of Medea by members of the Theatre Artists Workshop. All the programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Israel Fair Draws Crowds
The Israel Fair marking Israel’s Independence Day attracted crowds to Westport’s Bedford Middle School today. In addition to vendors and exhibits, the fair sponsored by the UJA/Federation of Westport-Weston-Wilton-Norwalk included music and dancing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Rain Showers Don’t Dampen March of Dimes Walk Spirits
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There were rain showers at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today as the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica event got underway. But the weather did not dampen the spirits of hundreds who participated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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