Friday, March 25, 2005
Martha Stewart Wants to Do Spring Planting in Westport
Martha Stewart has asked a federal judge to free her of home confinement in Bedford, N.Y. because, among other things, she needs to be seen on her new TV show doing spring planting at her home in Westport.
She also wants to rid herself of her electronic ankle bracelet because she likes to wear skirts and that bulky monitoring device cramps her style, the New York Daily News reported today.
The newspaper said the unusual argument surfaced in papers filed this week asking Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum to free Stewart immediately from all restrictions so she can rescue her floundering firm.
Stewart argues that her home confinement is killing her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia—referred to in papers as an “innocent third party.”
Westport Historical Society Holds Knitting Workshop
The Westport Historical Society today spotlights the ancient art of knitting.
“Knitting has caught on in a big way, and this is your chance to learn how to create everything from baby items to long sweater coats to the ever-popular scarves,” according to a Society news release.
The workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Society’s headquarters, 25 Avery Place, and will be hosted by Gayle Beyea.
An avid and talented craftswoman, Beyea has won many awards for sewing, embroidery, crewel, her homemade preserves and even photography, the announcement said.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
1 p.m. - Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place - Knitting workshop
Snow or not, the Easter blooms arrived this week in Westport, bringing vibrant visual relief from the somber palette of a long winter. This was the scene today at Geiger’s Garden Center on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Library Friends Launch Annual Membership Drive
The Friends of the Westport Public Library have kicked off their annual membership drive. Signing up recently for a family membership were Ellen Spear (c) and her daughter Hallie (r). Lynn Goldberg (l), president of the Friends, looks on. This week, the Friends have mailed out letters listing categories of membership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A Warm Westport Welcome Home for a Neighbor who Served in Iraq
Residents of Westport’s Elizabeth Drive decorated their street with flags, balloons, and signs to welcome home a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who returned today after serving in Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Workers clean up at the scene of a fatal accident early today on I-95 on the Westport-Norwalk border involving a van and tractor-trailer. The truck driver, Donald Bulk, 52, of Islip, N.Y., died in the accident. It tied up traffic through early morning and sent many drivers on to Westport streets trying to avoid the backup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
A tractor-trailer in which the driver died in a jackknife accident on I-95 on the Westport-Norwalk line this morning sits on a side street after being removed from the highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Traffic Backup from I-95 Accident
Traffic backed up on Post Road East near the intersection with Imperial and Myrtle Avenues today due to the aftermath of a fatal tractor-trailer accident on I-95. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
I-95 Accident Leaves One Dead
The overnight spring snowstorm may have contributed to a fatal accident early today on I-95 just south of Westport’s exit 17 on the Westport-Norwalk border. State police said a van and tractor-trailer were involved in the accident iin the southbound lanes, leaving the tractortrailer driver dead. Westport as well as Norwalk firefighters were on the scene from shortly after 1 a..m. until just after 6 a.m. Crews worked to stabilize the incident, including offloading the diesel tanks on the truck prior to uprighting the vehicle. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. DOT photo
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Parks and Recreation Committee
Don Imus: “We have a $30 Million Estate on the Water in Westport, Conn.”
A charity operated by talk radio host and Westporter Don Imus has come under scrutiny of New York’s attorney general, according to Thursday’s New York Times.
The newspaper said Elliot Spitzer was looking into the business practices of the charity that runs a New Mexico ranch for seriously ill children.
Quoting “people briefed on the matter,” the Times said Spitzer has been reviewing accusations that Imus used the ranch for his personal getaway.
Asked about the matter, Imus told the newspaper that he and his wife ran the charity from New York and spent time at the ranch primarily when children were there to participate in the charity programs.
“We have a $30 million estate on the water in Westport, Conn.,” he said. “We’re hardly looking for a vacation spot.”
It’s Spring but it Looks Like Winter
Springtime Snow Slows Traffic
Traffic makes its way slowly through falling snow tonight on Westport’s Post Road East near the intersection with Compo Road. Forecasters said the spring snowstorm could leave as much as 6 inches in the area before tapering off Thursday morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Spring Snowstorm Could Leave Up to 6 Inches
A spring snowstorm is approaching Connecticut that could leave 6 inches on the ground before it tapers of Thursday morning, forecasters said today.
A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from early this evening through tonight.
The National Weather Service said precipitation will gradually overspread the local area in advance of a strengthening low pressure center off the Virginia coast.
Rain will be the predominate type of precipitation during the daylight hours although some snow and sleet may mix in at times.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Down by the River
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Lunch
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Long Range Planning Committee - CANCELED
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library—Eileen Ogintz, family travel expert, author and syndicated columnist (“Taking the Kids”) will give a talk and answer questions on how to plan stress-free family trips and vacations for parents and grandparents
8:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Ordinance Committee - CANCELED
Music Theatre of Connecticut Masterclass
Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) presented a masterclass by actress Anne Kanengeiser, currently seen in “Little Women” on Broadway. Attending the workshop were: front row (l-r) Chris McNiff; Westport; Dana Parisi; Trumbull; Hannah Dubner; Easton; Brooke Benedetto; Easton; Back row (l-R) Alexa Aron, Westport; Sarah Riordan, Fairfield; Anne Kanengeiser; Michael Bloom, Norwalk; Kathryn Mary Gau, Westport; and Tyler Paul, Westport. MTC’s forthcoming production of “Anything Goes” will be presented at Saugatuck Elementary School on May 6 and 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Police Officer’s Son Joins Greenwich Department
Growing up, Andrew Kassay watched his policeman father helping people.
That was his inspiration to follow in his father’s footsteps and Monday he was sworn in as one of two new officers in the Greenwich Police Department.
The 25-year-old Stratford resident has aspired to follow his father into a police career since his early teens, according to today’s Greenwich Time newspaper.
His father, Detective Sgt. David E. Kassay, is a supervisor in the detective division of the Westport Police Department.
Following OSHA Guidelines, Sort Of
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell told guests at today’s Westport Rotary Club meeting that Town Hall received a surprise visit this morning from an inspector from the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). So she said she was pleased to see that while she was speaking to the group that a worker outside the dining room of the town-owned Inn at Longshore was wearing a protective hearing device as he used a loud leaf blower. That was the good news, she said. But she drew a laugh from the crowd when she said the bad news was the device was positioned not over his ears but above them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Water Main Break Shuts Down Service to Woodside Avenue Area
A water main break on Westport’s Woodside Avenue today shut down water service for several hours to area residents. The break in the street in mid-afternoon affected about 40 residents before it was repaired, according to a spokesman for the Aquarion Water Co. The street was reopened at 5:45 p.m.
Warming Up at Compo
Today’s sunny weather and temperature in the 50s brought people and dogs to Westport’s Compo Beach. But the forecast called for a return to colder, rainy or possibly snowy weather Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Monday, March 21, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Transit District Directors’ Meeting
12:15 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses Westport Rotary Club
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102- Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Finance, Education and Employee Compensation Committees
8:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Finance and Education Committees
9:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Finance Committee
Westport Police Cite Six Merchants in Unannounced Tobacco Inspection
The Westport Police Department, aided by state inspectors, carried out unannounced compliance inspections of Westport merchants selling tobacco products and found six in violation, the department said today.
Lt. Gary T. Golas, detective commander, said the inspections were carried out Saturday by police along with staff members of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
“The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of 18,” he said in a news release.
Under the direction and supervision of state investigators, an underage youth, employed by the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program, entered the establishments and attempted to purchase tobacco products, Golas said.
Shays Votes Against Schiavo Measure
Rep. Christopher Shays, who met with Westport Republicans Sunday afternoon, returned to Washington later in the day and was among those who voted early today against legislation that would allow a federal court to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo.
The measure passed by a vote of 203 to 58. Shays was among five Republicans who joined with 53 Democrats in opposing the legislation.
“My heart goes out to Terri Schiavo, her parents, and family, and, yes, even to her husband,” Shays said in a statement today.
“My heart goes out to everyone who may have found themselves in a similar situation in the past or might find themselves in a similar situation in the future.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Monday, March 21, 2005
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Historic District Commission
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Joint Work Force Senior Housing Committee
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Special Board of Education anticipated executive session
1:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Special Board of Education - (cable coverage on channel 79)
7:45 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 1028 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
8 p.m. - Staples High School Cafeteria - Board of Education (cable coverage on channel 78)
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan addresses Westport Democratic Town Committee
Celebrating the Most Festive Jewish Holiday
Families at Westport’s Temple Israel today celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim with a carnival fundraiser. Purim, the most festive of the Jewish holidays, begins at sundown Thursday. It is celebrated with fun and feasting as children dress up like their favorite Purim characters. The festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the Scroll of Esther. Among those taking part in the carnival were (l-r) Julie Zuckerbrod, Julie Samuels, Bizz Wiggin, Nick Pulvino, and Daniela Sawyer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marilyn Smith for WestportNow.com
Health District Sets Emergency Preparedness Seminars
The Westport Weston Health District will sponsor two emergency preparedness seminars titled Are you Ready?Ӕ on Thursday, April 7, in observance of National Public Health Week, the health district has announced.
The seminars will provide current information on the readiness of the community, local resources that are available to all residents during an emergency, and necessary supplies that should be in everyones homes, an announcement said.
Program locations are at the Weston Town Hall (Meeting Room), 56 Norfield Road, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the Westport Town Hall (Room 201) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Guest speakers include Michelle DeLuca, director of disaster services, American Red Cross Mid-Fairfield County Chapter, and Richard Frazier, public safety officer and coordinator of the Westport CERT Program.
Historical Society Hosts Hilla Rebay Exhibit Reception
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The Westport Historical Society Saturday hosted a reception in connection with its current exhibit “Hilla Rebay—A Baroness in Westport.” Hilla Rebay was the visionary spirit and co-founder of what is now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as a noted painter of non-objective art. A special section of the exhibit is devoted to her home and life in Westport. Pictured (l-r) are: Wally Woods; Enid Monroe; George Sterling; Mollie Donovan; Harry Monroe; Joyce Thompson, curator for the exhibit; Elizabeth Strick, assistant curator; Karole Vail, curator for a Hilla Rebay exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum called Art of TomorrowӔ opening May 20; and Stephen Lowy, New York gallery owner and owner of the Hilla Rebay art and others in the Westport exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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