Tuesday, July 01, 2008
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Once again, our elected officials in Hartford have outdone themselves. At a time when mass transit seems the only alternative to high gas prices (ridership is soaring and trains are jammed), they are nickel and dimeing our state’s transportation future.
The issue: the overdue rail yard maintenance facility in New Haven. In 2005, lawmakers approved $300 million for these vital shops and repair facilities for our soon-to-be-delivered M8 rail cars. Now, everyone in Hartford seems shocked, stunned or amazed that the project has grown to $1.2 billion.
Mind you—the cost quadrupled partly because the project more than doubled in size, so let’s keep our apples and oranges straight.
At recent hearings, legislators have suggested that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) slash its plan, and indeed, the agency itself came up with $11 million in cost cuts. “That’s no more than a ‘rounding error,’” grumbled one lame duck senator.
Monday, June 30, 2008
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 3 Great Marsh Road, off Duck Pond Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area. Built in 1934, the 1 1/2-story conventional-style house is 1,701 square feet and is situated on a 1.11-acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Solos Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Cover Story”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
1 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversations: Sonny Fox, “The Next Chapter—from the Golden Age of Television to His Golden Age”
Sunday, June 29, 2008
The threat of thunderstorms has forced the move of tonight’s performance at the Levitt Pavilion featuring the nuevo jazz sounds of the Los Angeles-based ensemble Incendio indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave., the Pavilion announced.
The free admission performance will begin at 7 p.m.
A 1953 Morgan Plus Four Flat Road (foreground, l.) and a 1959 Morgan 4/4 Competition (r.) were star attractions among 18 antique cars at the Cedar Point Yacht Club antique auto show in Westport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday’s hazy sunset as seen in Westport waters off Compo Beach. The temperature reached an unofficial 85 in Westport. Similar temperatures are forecast for today with the chance of showers and thunderstorms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Solos Show”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Cover Story”
7 p.m. - UPDATE - Levitt Pavilion - Incendio - moved indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave.
Coach Phil Ross’s Westport Allstars drove to the second game of their double header today with Fairfield-American in a hydrogen-powered BMW 7 Series-Hydrogen, on loan to player Ryan Baer’s family from BMW of North America. The vehicle, a hybrid/flex-fuel/bi-fuel car that can run on both hydrogen and gasoline, is one several being used by BMW to raise national awareness of zero-emissons hydrogen-powered vehicles and of the company’s prowess in clean technology. The Allstars went on to win their game 11-2. Pictured (l-r) are: Julian Ross, Noah Yokoi, Ben Thaw, Spencer Gabor, Dylan Dreyfuss, Cameron Chottiner, Ryan Baer, Evan Gilland, Sam Ahlgrim, and Daniel Cozzi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Among those congratulating Kristin Coe, the winner of today’s $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club, was a surprise guest—the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad (5th l.). Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (3rd. l.) invited the envoy to join him in a visit to the Fairfield County June Benefit Horse Show following earlier jUNe Day celebrations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Kirsten Coe of North Hollywood Calif., riding 9-year-old Starlight, won the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix today at the annual Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show. The Westport event, one of the country’s oldest horse shows, has been in existence for 84 years and provides a venue for national and local level competitive events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Town Historian Allen Raymond and Eileen Flug, a member of the Representative Town Meeting, lead a Westport Historical Society-organized tour of Westport’s Main Street today for visitors to the town’s annual jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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