Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Going Down: 22 Westway Road
The home at 22 Westway Road was demolished today. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 14. The house off Greens Farms Road was sold last month for $805,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
School Board Suspension Policy Questioned Again
For the second time this month, one resident spoke out to the Westport Board of Education regarding the suspension of a Staples High School student for alleged drug use in a student bathroom.
Josephine Kaye, who works as a psychoanalysist, told the board earlier this month that one of the girls involved in the December incident was unfairly suspended and should have her record cleared. She again renewed her concerns during Monday’s school board meeting.
Drug tests taken seven hours after the incident, she said, show that the girl had not used marijuana, but they were ignored by Staples officials and the Board of Education.
Another girl involved in the incident also recanted and said the girl in question was not involved, she said, but the note about the suspension remains on the student record.
Saugatuck Zone May Return to P&Z
A zoning regulation that now allows affordable housing in the Saugatuck Business District may be up for further changes, but it will not be at the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission’s request.
The commission approved the changes last fall, and they were confirmed by the Representative Town Meeting in December. The RTM, however, passed a resolution asking the commission to further review the regulation.
P&Z Director Laurence Bradley, however, said the commission does not plan on making any of the suggested changes from the RTM, but rather plans to make some technical changes.
Commission Chairwoman Eleanor Lowenstein said many of the suggested changes from the RTM were previously discussed at length by the commission.
Earthplace Hosts Eagle Education Event
Earthplace vistors can learn about the organization’s two resident eagles on Saturday. Contributed photoWestport’s Earthplace will host a day of activities about its resident eagles Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors will meet Chatty and Cerena, the two eagles, and learn all there is to know about the birds, an announcement said.
Guests will take part in eagle activities and exhibits, bird talks at the eagle enclosure, a guided nature walk and crafts.
The event is $4 per member and $6 per non-member.
For more information, visit www.earthplace.org or call (203) 227-7253.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Bowling Lane
The Westport Building Department is currently reviewing an application for a demolition permit for 6 Bowling Lane, off of Old Road near Balducci’s on Post Road East. The home sold earlier this month for $725,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Senior Center to Host Super Bowl Tailgate Party
The Friends of the Westport Senior Center group is planning a Super Bowl tailgate party at the center Sunday, Feb. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All residents regardless of age are invited to the celebration, which also marks the third anniversary of the center, an announcement said.
The tailgate starts promptly at 1 p.m. with the serving of more than 35 feet of sub sandwiches. A cake will be presented, cut and served at 3 p.m.
The first 50 children under 13 years old will receive a mini Staples High School football.
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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Compo Beach Playground Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Mark Schenker: On Wordsworth
Westport Artists Featured in “Studio for a Day”
Westport artist Kevin Thomas will show off his pottery skills. Contributed photoWestport artists Kevin Thomas and Elizabeth Hiltz will be featured Saturday at Rockwell Art & Framing for its “Studio for a Day” series.
For the next two Saturdays, visitors to the Sconset Square gallery can meet the local artists and watch as they create original works of art.
Stamford artist Dana Scinto will be featured on Feb. 4. The studio is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturdays.
Thomas and Hiltz, who are married, will take over the gallery for a special demonstration of pottery and painting.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Silver Speaks to Y’s Men Photographers
Westporter Larry Silver, known internationally for his photography, spoke with the Y’s Men Camera Club this morning. He also presented a slide show of his work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Health District Plans for Training Exercise
Westport-Weston Health District officials are planning for a full-scale training exercise that is overseen by state emergency officials in April.
The exercise will take place on April 19 at Bedford Middle School, said district Director Sue Jacozzi, and is one of seven to take place in the state.
Not only will it involve Westport and Weston’s health officials, it will also involve Wilton, she said, because of how the state has set up procedures for health emergencies.
State Department of Public Health officials will alert the districts of a health emergency, receive vaccine and sent it on to the local districts to be used at a clinic, she said.
Westport Yard Waste Hours Extended Due to Storms
In response to the large amount of tree damage that residents have incurred due to the recent storms, the Westport yard waste site at 180 Bayberry Lane will extend hours of operation this week, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced Monday.
For this week only, the site will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, the site will operate on regular weekend hours (7 a.m. to noon).
Residents whose vans, pickups or tag-along trailers display a valid sticker may deliver up to six 30-gallon bags or containers full of yard waste without a fee. A van, pickup or tag-along trailer exceeding the six-bag limit will be charged $30 per load.
Any vehicle or trailer larger than a conventional pickup with a 4-foot-by-8-foot bed will be charged $80 per ton.
Holocaust Documentary to Be Shown
The Mayer family—Seymour, Brian and Jeff (l-r)—pose last fall when Brian’s film “Full Circle: Coming of Age During the Holocaust” was shown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
“Full Circle: Coming of Age During the Holocaust,” a 2005 documentary film by Westporter Brian Mayer, will be shown at Westport’s Unitarian Church Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
“Full Circle” retraces the life of Brian’s grandfather, Seymour Mayer, from his childhood in Romania to his liberation from a concentration camp in
Austria, where he was interned from 1944-45.
Brian and his family accompanied his grandfather on the journey during the summer 2003.
The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival has accepted the film, and it will be shown in New York City in May and in Los Angeles in March.
A Taste of India at Westport Rotary
WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow will speak about a recent trip to India. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow photographer and Westport Rotary Club Vice President Dave Matlow will present a photographic narrative of his recent trip to India at the Jan. 31 luncheon of the club.
The public is invited to attend the luncheon at the Inn at Longshore at 12:15 p.m.
Matlow’s presentation will include photos and a narrative of his experiences in the Indian cities of Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Agra and Old and New Delhi.
For more information, call Westport Rotary Club President Peter Powell at (203) 226-3426.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
8 a.m. - Westport-Weston Health District - Cholesterol screening
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Education/Finance Committees
School Insurance Costs Kept Down
The Westport school district has had good medical insurance experience the last few years which is helping keep down projected costs in the proposed 2006-07 school budget, according to school officials.
The Board of Education met with the Board of Finance tonight to discuss medical insurance issues and the proposed budget as a whole.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has proposed a $82.9 million budget, which is a 5.4 percent increase over the current budget. The school board will vote on the proposal at its Feb. 6 meeting.
The budget includes an 8 percent increase in medical insurance costs, but Bob Pernicka, district insurance consultant, said it could have been around 12 percent.
Monday, January 23, 2006
P&Z To Examine Affordable Housing
Instead of creating affordable housing solutions for the town piecemeal, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission plans to look at the entire issue to create a better way to tackle the issue.
The commission recently withdrew changes to the town’s multi-family zoning regulations in favor of looking at all of the town’s affordable housing, said P&Z Director Laurence Bradley.
“They want to look at affordable housing more comprehensively,” he said. “They want something more specific to address affordable housing needs.”
The proposal would have removed affordable housing from the town’s cap on multi-family housing units.
FOI Report Finds For School Board
A Freedom of Information Commission hearing officer has ruled in favor of the Westport Board of Education in a complaint over its interviewing procedure to fill vacancies on the board last spring.
Tom Hennick, commission public education officer, said a report will go before the Freedom of Information Commission for a vote during a hearing on Wednesday.
The report recommends the complaint brought by Richard Lowenstein, RTM District 5, be dismissed, he said.
Also, the report states that the officer finds that the board did not violate the Freedom of Information Act by interviewing candidates to fill vacancies in executive session.
Rotary Seeks Candidates for Exchange Program
With international understanding and service one of its primary goals, the Westport Rotary Club is seeking several young professionals to travel to Lithuania or Venezuela in April as part of Rotary’s group study exchange program.
For four to six weeks members of Rotary’s teams will experience the way of life, customs and vocational practices of the host countries. They will also share information about the United States, according to a Rotary announcement.
The Rotary Foundation pays for round-trip airfare, and Rotary Club members in the host country provide meals, lodging and group travel in the region. Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses, the news release said.
The purpose of the Group Study Exchange program is to promote international understanding and goodwill through personal connection.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 69 Red Coat Road
The Westport Building Department is processing a demolition permit for the home at 69 Red Coat Road. The home is located in the far northwest corner of town near Exit 41 on the Merritt Parkway. The home is in the advanced stages of preparation before demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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Monday, Jan. 23, 2006
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Information Technology Committee
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
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