Friday, October 13, 2006
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Set for Saturday
The Westport Fire Department will be conducting a household hazardous waste collection day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 180 Bayberry Lane.
Household hazardous waste includes items that are toxic, flammable, reactive or corrosive.
Firefighters will be accepting household cleaning products, paints, gardening supplies, propane tanks (empty or full), automotive supplies, mercury thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, NiCad batteries, and many other items.
Items that they will not accept include used motor oil, car batteries and tires. Paints that have turned to a solid can be disposed of with every day trash.
Arts Center Gala is Saturday
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will headline the Westport Arts Center’s annual gala on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School.
In addition to the performance, there will be a live auction that features travel packages.
Tickets start at $175 and can be purchased by calling the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or visiting www.westportartscenter.org.
As part of the gala, the Westport Arts Center is working with The Westport Music Center and the Tipitina’s Foundation to launch a used instrument drive for the children and musicians of New Orleans.
National Weather Service Issues Frost Advisory
The National Weather Service said today that a frost advisory in the Westport area remains in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday.
The combination of mostly clear skies, light winds, and a cold air mass in place will allow temperatures to drop into the lower to mid-30s tonight, forming areas of frost, a mid-morning advisory said.
Localized below freezing temperatures are possible in areas such as The Pine Barrens of Long Island and some sheltered valleys of southern coastal Connecticut.
Westport weather stations overnight recorded lows of of 31 at Bedford Middle School, 33 at Coleytown Middle School, and 37 at Longshore Sailing School.
Mother Nature Showing Her Fall Colors
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 North Ridge Road
Westport officials have received an application for a demolition permit for the house at 7 North Ridge Road off North Avenue. The property changed hands last month for $1,694,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
P&Z Approves Saugatuck Supportive Housing on 4-3 Vote
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission early today approved by a 4-3 vote an application for supportive housing on West End Avenue in the Saugatuck area.
Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) submitted regulations and a site plan to construct six units of supportive housing on the road—reduced from an earlier request for eight. Neighbors had submitted more restrictive zoning regulation changes.
IHA’s supportive housing programs help their clients transition from homelessness into owning or renting.
In an e-mail message to supporters, the Rev. Peter Powell, IHA president, said: “My admiration for the men and women who serve on the various town commissions is huge. I cannot imagine regularly spending a night doing what they do nearly every week.”
Stand Out Leaves
The leaves are changing color all over Westport as the temperatures cool. Along Greens Farms Road the leaves are still green in one spot except for a spot of red and orange. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, Oct. 13, 2006
No public events scheduled
Commission Questions Gorham Developer
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight asked questions for almost three hours of the applicant for an affordable housing development on Gorham Avenue, but they got few answers.
Red Coat Development has proposed to build 20 condominiums at the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. Six of the units would be deemed “affordable” under state statutes.
Christopher Smith, attorney representing Red Coat, answered the commission’s questions by saying the group would respond in writing.
Ronald Corwin, a commission member, said the commission holds a public hearing to have their questions answered, and that’s wasn’t happening.
All Gone: 18 Bauer Place
The 1943-house at 18 Bauer Place was demolished today. The application was reviewed and approved by the Historic District Commission on Tuesday. It was also the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 2-6, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 2-6, 2006:
Estate of Elizabeth Ziobro to Komac Holdings LLC, 26 Morningside Drive North, $725,000
Carolyn A. Young to Steven and Nathalie Laitmon. 100 Compo Road South, $1,080,000
Christopher D. and Joan K. Votta to Philip Wasserman, 133 Roseville Road, $1,763,600
Alma B. Ryan to John J. and Jennifer O’Connor, 4 Wakenor Road, $699,000
Staples Boys Soccer Overpowers Norwalk 7-3
Smarting from two subpar performances, Westport’s Staples High School boys soccer team overpowered Norwalk 7-3 today at Albie Loeffler Field.
Wrecker Preston Hirten (l) takes on a Norwalk opponent today as Greg Bachman backs up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marcina Cristobal for WestportNow.com
The Wreckers poured in five goals in the opening 23 minutes, dropping the Bears to 6-3-1. Staples, now 8-1-2, hosts Trinity Catholic on Monday (4 p.m.).
Staples got balanced scoring. Russell-Oost Lievense tallied twice, while Matt Lamb, Craig Wolgast, Brendon Cristobal, Justin Rodriguez and Jackson Lesser netted one each. Assists came from Lamb, Brendon Cristobal, Keaton Cristobal, Preston Hirten, Matt Sych and Eric Meyer.
“We needed this match—and we got it,” said head coach Dan Woog. “I was very impressed with the way our guys prepared, focused, then got the job done—quickly, efficiently, and with plenty of good soccer. They’re having fun playing, and it shows.”
Historical Society Sponsors Lantern Tour
Peter Jennings will lead a lantern tour of Willowbrook Burial Park in an event sponsored by the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historical Society will hold its annual Lantern Tour on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. at Willowbrook Burial Park.
Actors will impersonate notable Westporters buried in the cemetery in a tour where participants over 6 years old will carry lanterns.
There will also be hayrides and refreshments.
Those attending should meet at the entrance of Willowbrook Cemetery, which is at 395 N. Main Street for an introduction by Peter Jennings and refreshments.
Admission is $5 per person or $15 for a family of 4 or more. For reservations and information, call (203) 222-1424.
Legal Expert to Speak on Domestic Violence
Linda Fairstein: Best-selling author will speak about domestic violence. Contributed photoLinda Fairstein, a legal expert on crimes of violence, will speak about domestic violence in suburbia on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at Westport Town Hall
The address is part of a series of events throughout October by the Domestic Violence Task Force to mark the month as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The address will be followed by an awareness ceremony sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League.
Fairstein won the 2003 Domestic Violence Crisis Center Women of Courage Award. She served as the bureau chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in New York County’s district attorney’s office for 25 years.
She has also authored “Final Jeopardy” and “Bad Blood.”
NY Times Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins Replaced
Gail Collins: will return as Op-Ed columnist. Contributed photoGail Collins, editorial page editor of The New York Times who addressed the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston this week, will be replaced Jan. 1 by Andrew Rosenthal, deputy editorial page editor, the newspaper announced today.
It said that Collins, a former Westport resident and first woman to run the editorial page of The New York Times, plans to take a leave of absence to complete a sequel to her 2003 book “America’s Women” and will then return to writing an Op-Ed column next July.
“Under Gail’s direction, The Times’s editorial page has grown in its journalistic scope and its physical scale,” said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The Times and chairman of The New York Times Company.
“She has seen us through the horror of 9/11, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a time of great political turmoil. Her lasting legacy will be the expansion of the Sunday editorial pages from two to three, her supervision in the creation of Times Select and the development of editorial pages for each of our Sunday regional sections.
Baked Goods Abound
Baked goods attracted many people at today’s Farmers Market. The market is in its final weeks at the Westport Country Playhouse. It has two Thursdays remaining on Oct. 19 and 26. It runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Flood & Erosion Okays Y Application With Conditions
The Westport Weston Family Y has passed its first Westport regulatory test for its controversial plan to build a new building at its Camp Mahackeno facility.
The Flood and Erosion Control Board, by a vote of 4-1, Wednesday night approved the Y’s application to construct a 100,000-square foot facility with a parking lot, septic system and associated site improvements.
However, the board made its approval subject to 14 conditions.
Among them was a provision that the design of the proposed septic system incorporate safeguards that will shut down the force main in the event of any breakage or line compromise near the Poplar Plains Brook crossing.
Health District Schedules Flu Clinic
The Westport-Weston Health District has scheduled its first flu clinic of the season for Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.
The first two hours, which is 9-11 a.m., of the clinic will be devoted to those 65 years old and older. The final two hours, which is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is devoted to everyone 9 years old or older.
There are no residency restrictions and no appointment is necessary. The cost of the vaccine is $32 cash.
There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants. Medicare Part B participants must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 32 Burnham Hill
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 32 Burnham Hill. The Compo Beach area house was sold in September for $1.562 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Making a Splash
The winds picked up in Westport Wednesday as heavy rains moved into the area. The 25-knot winds brought out para-sailors off the coast of Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006
5:30 p.m. – Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission
7 p.m. – Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Curator’s Talk: Allegories of Displacement
Staples Girls Soccer Loses to Wilton 6-1
Westport’s Staples girls soccer team, which has often been victorious in wet field conditions, lost to Wilton 6-1 today. Staples parents watched the game from the new in-ground granite bleachers on the steep slope of Loeffler Field. Launched six months ago, the seating project was funded entirely by private donations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning
The National Weather Service tonight issued a flash flood warning for eastern Fairfield County until midnight.
It said at 10:43 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated an area of heavy rainfall over Long Island Sound with rainfall rates of 1 1/2 to 2 inches per hour moving north.
This heavy rain will move into southern Fairfield County within the next half hour causing flash flooding of small creeks and streams, highways, underpasses and other low lying areas across the warned area, an advisory said.
Westporter Sybil Steinberg, a contributing editor for Publishers Weekly and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, gave some book tips today to a packed audience at the Westport Public Library McManus Room. She reviewed more than 40 books and said her four current favorites were “Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai, which just won the English Booker Award; “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; “Suite Francaise” by Irene Nemirovsky, and “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Westport Schools Prepare for Crisis Response
Westport school administrators participated in a “crisis preparedness” workshop on Tuesday using simulated emergencies at each level, the school district said today.
While the workshop had been planned during the summer, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said that its timing was extremely serendipitous, according to a district news release.
The workshop coincided with the National Conference on School Safety this week that had been generated by the recent spate of school shootings.
Last Friday, prior to the workshop, Landon had posted on the school system Web site a statement about the district’s state of readiness.Page 1325 of 1638 pages
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