Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff was among dignitaries paying tribute to Connecticut’s 911 victims at today’s Sherwood Island State Park ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A major water main break in Bridgeport’s downtown area today stirred up sediment that has cause discoloration of water in Westport, an Aquarion Water Co. spokesman said today.
The 20-inch main ruptured at about 4:30 a.m. on Fairfield Avenue, just west of the Main Street intersection, near the Fairfield County Courthouse.
The spokesman said the break has stirred up sediment that has caused clouding of water from downtown Bridgeport west to Westport.
He said crews will be working to flush the lines and that despite the discoloration, the water is safe to drink.
The house at 109 Wilton Road, which is undergoing extensive restoration, is among eight winners of the Westport Historic District Commission 2009 Preservation Awards to be presented in a Town Hall ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The HDC honored owner William R. Harris, Jr with the 2009 Helen Muller Preservation Award which is given by the commission for a property within a local historic district where there is a demonstrated excellence in the restoration and/or preservation of the property. Known as The Isaac Hurlbutt / Henrietta Wheeler House, c. 1810/1890, it is the childhood home of its owner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Ina B. ChadwickSpecial to WestportNow
Forgive the conceit of my channeling Sarah Jessica Parker while contemplating the meaning of “That Championship Season,” currently playing at the Westport Country Playhouse.
I’m two decades older than Ms. Parker, and I require a cauldron-sized Cosmo in order to withstand the pain of swaggering around in five-inch stilettos.
But indeed, just like Ms. Parker’s character in “Sex and the City,” I’m clicking away on my Apple computer, pondering her fictional character’s column with its simplistic (or are they now philosophical?) questions about romantic relationships?
I’m trying to answer myself because I inadvertently unearthed a long-buried, embarrassing romance while sitting in Row L at the Playhouse last week.
Jim Cameron, whose “Talking Transportation” column appears on WestportNow and in several dozen newspapers throughout Connecticut, addressed the Westport Rotary Club Tuesday. Cameron, chairman of the Connecticut Metro-North / Shore Line East Rail Commuter Council, said some of the improvements he seeks include a push for “quiet cars” that will disallow cell phone usage, improved ticket collection compliance, and improved security and baggage checks. He said the biggest issue is overcrowding. Conductors often don’t go through angry crowds who are standing “and that costs the railroad $2 million a year,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – PIC Downtown Plan Subcommittee
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “That Championship Season” backstage pass
3:30 p.m. – Town Hall Rooms 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
6:15 p.m. - Christ and Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Appalachian Mountain Club Meeting: “Annapurna Trecking” by Jay Vivian
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting Special Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
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One of Westport’s accomplished artists and patron of the arts, Susan Malloy, debuts her solo exhibit, “Visions of New York” at an opening night reception in Manhattan on Thursday.
Susan Malloy: 12th one-person show. File photo
The exhibit is at the ACA Gallery, 529 West 20th St. with the reception beginning at 5 p.m.
Malloy, featured in the film “Years in the Making,” a documentary of Westport’s octogenarian artists, has had a long career creating paintings, prints and collages. This is the 12th one-person exhibit in Malloy’s career.
A generous supporter of cultural life on the local and national art scene, the 1945 art major graduate of Skidmore College attended the Art Students League.
She traveled globally and resided in Greenwich Village until marrying and settling in Westport, where she and her parents spent summers beginning in the 1930s.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Westport Postmaster Dennis Kassimis chats with Westporter Joan Frank today at the newly opened temporary U.S. Postal Service trailer at 20 Saugatuck Ave. The trailer houses postal boxes from the Saugatuck station which closed on Saturday. Frank said that by habit she mistakenly drove to the Saugatuck station to pick up her mail today and then realized that her mailbox was now at the trailer. “Things change, but you just have to adapt,” she said. She said what she missed most about picking up her mail at the trailer is “I don’t have those nice guys behind the counter to wave to—I miss that crew.” Kassimis said he was there to make sure all went well and to oversee installation of motion detectors on some lights for to enhance security and energy preservation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Today was opening day for the temporary U.S. Postal Service trailer housing postal boxes from the Saugatuck Post Office, which closed its doors Saturday. (See WestportNow Sept. 5, 2009) Among those picking up their mail from the trailer at 20 Saugatuck Ave. was Chrissy Seagre, an employee for the nearby law firm of Nusbaum and Parrino. She said getting the mail was “just as easy” as it was at the Saugatuck station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There will be competitive races in at least four of Westport’s nine Representative Town Meeting (RTM) districts in the November election, Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said today.
The competitive races are in District 1 (five candidates for four seats); District 4 (six candidates for four seats); District 7 (five candidates for four seats), and District 8 (five candidates for four seats).
Today was the deadline for candidates to return their petitions to get on the ballot to run for the town’s 36-member nonpartisan legislative body, and 10 did so, Strauss said. Incumbents merely had to indicate a desire to run again to get on the ballot and meet a deadline.
However, two of the 10 petitioners were incumbent RTM members not eligible for the automatic ballot placement: Gene Paul Seidman in District 4—-who changed his mind after initially deciding not to run again—and Elizabeth Milwe in District 1, who moved from District 4.
Governor M. Jodi Rell will lead dignitaries at the annual 9/11 memorial service Wednesday at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park.
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, state Representative Joe Mioli, and state Senator Toni Boucher are among the expected guests at the event marking the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m.
Sherwood Island State park was chosen for the memorial because on a clear day the New York City skyline is visible from that point.
Edgar T. See (l), a longtime Westport attorney who was active in many local causes, reminisced about his Westport memories 10 days ago with longtime friend Allen Raymond, Westport’s municipal historian, at See’s home in the Compo Mill Cove area. See died Monday night after a long battle with cancer at the age of 93. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Ed See: He was grand marshal at this year’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Edgar T. See, a longtime Westport attorney who served as Town Attorney and a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital.. He was 93.
See, who had served as this year’s grand marshal at the Memorial Day parade, had been battling cancer for some time. He was also grand marshal in 1946.
“Westport has lost another icon,” said First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff. “Ed See, like Leo Nevas whose death preceded his by several weeks, was one of those who made Westport the great town it is today. His commitment to public service was legendary. He shall be dearly missed.”
See was a founding partner in the Westport law firm of Wake, See, Dimes, Bryniczka, Day & Bloom (now merged into Berchem, Moses & Devlin). He was elected to the first RTM in 1949 but resigned before the first meeting to become Town Attorney. He later returned to serve a full term in 1955-57 and another in 1967-69.
Westport’s Public Works Department was busy today installing a storm drain line beneath Hillspoint Road. The line will connect with the new catch basin on the east side of the road that will take water run off through an existing line under the the reconstructed Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve into Sherwood Mill Pond. A temporary detour was set up to route traffic around the site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 40 Meadow View Drive in Westport’s Coleytown section. Built in 1954, the one-story split level house has 2,042 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. Ownership last changed hands in November 2008 at $912,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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