Monday, April 17, 2006
Pretty as a Picture
All Gone: 3 Plunkett Place
The house at 3 Plunkett Place, Westport, came down today. Built in 1925, the home was featured as WestportNow’s Teardown of the Day March 17, 2006. The property, located off North Avenue between Long Lots Road and Staples High School, changed hands last month for $1,199,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Compo Road South Closure Set for Wednesday
Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced today that Compo Road South from the intersection of Greens Farms Road/Bridge Street to Vani Court will be closed to through traffic on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for storm drainage repair.
The existing storm drainage catch basin located beneath the Metro-North railroad tracks has deteriorated and is in need of repair in order to prevent failure of the roadway surface, he said.
“The Public Works Department recognizes this road closure will require that all access to those properties located south of Metro-North must be made over Hillspoint Road during the duration of the closure,” Edwards said.
“The road closure will create a temporarily inconvenience. However because of the extent and scope of the work involved and to maintain public safety, the project warrants the closure.”
Robbery Suspect Photos Released
Police released photos of the two suspects in last week’s robbery at the Post Road West Hudson United Bank branch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport police today released two photos of the suspects who robbed the Hudson United Bank branch on Post Road West last Thursday.
Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said there are no new developments in the case except for the release of the photos.
He said more than $5,000 was taken in the robbery, and FBI investigators are helping local police.
Last Thursday, two suspects entered the branch at about 5:30 p.m. and announced a robbery. Both were wearing masks and carrying guns. (See WestportNow April 13, 2006)
Intergenerational Golf Tournament Coming
Seniors and Staples golfers pose for a photo at last year’s intergenerational golf tournament at Longshore. The fifth annual tournament will be held on Monday, April 24. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Staples High School girls and boys golf teams will team up with Westport seniors on Monday, April 24 for the fifth annual intergenerational golf tournament to raise money for the Westport Center for Senior Activity’s fitness room.
The event starts at 2 p.m. at Longshore Club Park. Foursomes will be composed of two Staples’ players and two seniors.
Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, the closest to the pin and to the lowest score per age and gender.
The first 16 seniors will be accommodated.
Daybreak Settlement Approved, Heads to Court
The Westport Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a settlement between the town and Daybreak Nurseries but changed some of the wording to make it stronger, according to town officials.
The board approved the settlement last week, and it will now be before a judge April 26 for a final hearing.
Town officials had taken court action against the Main Street business prompted by neighbor complaints over violations to zoning approvals more than two years ago, and the board considered an earlier settlement in 2004. After the board placed a number of conditions on that settlement approval, the case went back to court.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said some modifications were made to the settlement’s language to make it stronger.
WestportNow… and Then: Post Road Circa 1906
A WestportNow encore: More than two years ago, we ran a series of Westport postcard scenes of the past and how they look today. Because thousands of readers have joined us since then, we decided to run some of them again. Top is a circa 1906 view of State Street East looking west toward the Saugatuck River Bridge. Toquet Opera House is on the left. The building on the right is the Westport Hotel, later torn down to make way for the YMCA. Bottom is the 2003 view with only Toquet Hall recognizable. File photo/WestportNow.com photo
Enjoying Spring at Compo
Monday, April 17, 2006
No public meetings scheduled
Sunday Bird Watching
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Following Easter Sunday services at Westport’s Green’s Farms Congregational Church today, several dozen Painted Lady Butterflies were released in celebration of the holiday. Many of the butterflies rested on the children’s arms or hands as they dried their wings in the bright sunshine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Schmidt for WestportNow.com
Last Supper Recreation
Good Friday workshop participants at Westport’s Green’s Farms Congregational Church experienced a recreation of the Last Supper, presented by this year’s Confirmation Class. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Schmidt for WestportNow.com
Rushing for the Easter Eggs
Easter Sunrise Service at Compo
Today’s Easter sunrise service at Westport’s Compo Beach was well attended. The service was hosted by Saugatuck Congregational Church, Green’s Farms Congregational Church, and United Methodist Church of Westport-Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Summer-Like April Day
The calendar said April 15 but it seemed like summer today at Westport’s Compo Beach as temperatures soared into the 70s. The weather station at Bedford Middle School registered a high of 78. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Three generations of the Margolis family took part in today’s weekly Saturday demonstration on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge about the war in Iraq. Pictured are: (back row l-r) Abby Margolis Goodman, Manny Margolis, Estelle Margolis; (front row l-r) Hannah Goodman, Adam Goodman, Henry Newman, Aaron Newman (green hood), Jonah Newman, Michael Holtz (friend), and Matilda (Tillie) Margolis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers April 3-7, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 3-7, 2006:
Robert W. and Alyce Sandra Smith to Madeline Nikolson, 7 Grove Point Road, $775,000
Barbara Godfrey to Peter Faigl and Beverly Jean Maura, 60 Harbor Road, $1,385,000
Stanley R. Steinberg and Jenny L. Stewart to Eloise R. Johnson, 10 Brooklawn Drive, $970,000
Brett S. Reiner and Melissa Barlowe-Reiner to Lee D. Caney, 14 Dorchester Drive, $1,260,000
Robert C. Sabin and Shari Butler Schrage to Pondview Village LLC, 6A Pheasant Lane, $1,145,000
Special Education PTA to Hold Forum April 27
The Westport Special Education Parent Teachers Association (SEPTA) will host a forum Thursday, April 27 on challenges facing children with special needs as they move between various levels of public education.
The program, “Transitions – The Public School Years – From Preschool To High School,” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School and feature Westport public school administrators who oversee the transition of children with special needs.
Among the topics to be discussed will be preparing preschoolers for kindergarten, helping children adjust to the structure of elementary school, encouraging middle schoolers to develop self advocacy skills, and recommending ways parents can keep in touch with high school teachers as their children enter and progress through ninth grade.
Westport Man Killed in Merritt Crash
A 46-year-old Westport man was killed Friday in a crash on the Merritt Parkway just north of the Norwalk line in Westport, state police said.
Jeffrey Bacon of Bayberry Lane was alone in his 2002 Saab when it veered off the northbound roadway and struck a tree at 2:34 p.m., police said.
Norwalk firefighters had to extricate Bacon’s body from the car, which sustained severe front-end damage. The road was wet at the time but police are not sure that was a factor.
State police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call Troop G at (203)696-2500.
Bacon was associated with New York-based Jeffrey Bacon Architects.
Friday, April 14, 2006
State Police Honor Westport Firefighters
State Police honored two Westport firefighters this week with a Commissioners Recognition Award for their actions in rescuing a person from a flaming motor vehicle crash on the Merritt Parkway, April 29, 2005. Off-duty firefighters Brian Meadows (2nd l) and Jeff Gootman (3rd l) were nominated for the award by Trooper Chris Tanner (l). Also present at a ceremony at the State Police Academy in Meriden were Assistant Chief Larry Conklin (r) as well as union president Gary Marks and Chief Christopher Ackley, not pictured. Contributed photo
Playhouse, Arts Center, Levitt Receive State Grant
The Westport Country Playhouse, the Westport Arts Center, and Westport’s Levitt Pavilion were among 94 state art organizations that received state funding today.
The Playhouse will receive $9,650.41, the Arts Center will receive $7,262.15, and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will receive $4,681.09. A total of $732,000 was distributed to the arts organizations throughout the state.
The money will come from the state Arts Endowment Fund.
“We continue to strengthen the arts in Connecticut and make artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a press statement. “These groups do tremendous work on behalf of the arts every day.Page 1387 of 1634 pages
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