Thursday, January 25, 2007
Town Plan Workshop Scheduled for Monday
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is preparing for its final public workshop to help in preparation of the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The commission will hold the final session on Monday at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. The session will focus on infrastructure issues.
Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the session will focus on issues such as utilities, town facilities, roads, bridges, buildings, beaches and parks.
The discussion could include an engineering study of Baron’s South and Jesup Green, which was commissioned by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
Weston Man Survives Hillspoint Road Crash
A 27-year-old Weston man survived a horrific crash early today on Westport’s Hillspoint Road near Valley Road. The man lost control of his car on a turn and struck a stone wall head on at 1:10 a.m., said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. Firefighters, police and EMS personnel worked for 40 minutes to free the man from the wreckage before he was transported to Norwalk Hospital. Kepchar said deployed air bags and use of his seatbelt contributed to the driver surviving the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The sun shined bright over Long Island Sound off the coast of Westport’s Longshore Club Park on Wednesday as temperatures were around 40 degrees. The temperatures are expected to drop into the teens by Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Series: “Talk to Her”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
Selectmen Consider Speed Hump Proposals
The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight approved the possibility for speed humps on Colony Road and Oak Street, but they rejected a proposal for Evergreen Avenue.
Although the selectmen approved the two proposals, they said they wish for alternatives for speed humps to be explored first.
A large number of residents told the board they need help in curtailing speed on their road, including the father of a teen who was hit by a car last fall on Colony Road (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2006).
Joe Lewis, whose then 16-year-old son Greg was hit by a car, said his neighborhood already had the bad accident that others are trying to avoid.
Family Y Issues Statement on Power Outage
Westport Weston Family Y officials said today they followed proper proceedures when a massive power outage hit downtown Westport on Tuesday.
A fault in a line that knocked out a circuit that fed Westport caused a power outage on Tuesday in the area from Post Road East at Myrtle Avenue west to Kings Highway South, from the Post Road to Canal Street, and north along Wilton Road to the area of exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway.
A lifeguard at the pool at the Westport Weston Family Y, which was also hit by the blackout, reported to WestportNow about the darkened conditions in the pool and his efforts to make sure everyone was safely out of the pool (See WestportNow Jan. 23).
Today, Westport Weston Family Y officials issued a written statement saying the emergency lighting turned on automatically when the power went out.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Staples Senior is Semi-Finalist in Intel Competition
Staples High School senior Miles Lubin is among 300 young scientists that were named semi-finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search.
Lubin will receive a $1,000 scholarship and Staples will also receive $1,000 to enhance math and science programs.
The Westport student was chosen for his statistics project entitled “A Parametric Statistics-based Heuristic for Finding the Nearest Neighbor in Metric Space.”
The project grew out of his earlier project that developed a better grammar checker for computer programs.
Temperatures crept up to around 40 degrees today, which made for better weather for dog walkers at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures are expected to drop down into the teens by Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Author Discusses Segregation Problems in Education
Author Susan Eaton signs copies of her book “The Children in Room 4E: American Education on Trial” following her talk at the library today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The author of a new book on segregation in public education today called the landmark Connecticut Sheff v. O’Neill desgregation lawsuit a small case that points to the American dream of everyone wanting to do better.
Susan Eaton, author of “The Children in Room 4E: American Education on Trial,” spoke at the Westport Public Library about the book that details segregation in the Hartford public school system.
Eaton said the Sheff v. O’Neill case struck her when it was filed in 1989 and she was a reporter with the Stamford Advocate. She said she wanted to get beyond the daily stories and write about what the case really meant.
In its 1996 ruling in the case, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that students in the Hartford public schools were racially, ethnically and economically isolated and that, as a result, Hartford public school students had not been provided a substantially equal educational opportunity under the state constitution.
Woman’s Club 100th Anniversary Kicks off Saturday
The Westport Woman’s Club will kick off its 100th anniversary celebration with a benefit performance of the Alfred Lord Tennyson epic poem/love story, Enoch Arden, set to music by Richard Strauss on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the woman’s club’s building on Imperial Avenue.
A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. There will be coffee and desserts following the performance.
Tickets are $60 and the proceeds will benefit Camp AmeriKids and Caroline House.
For more information, call (203) 227-4240 or visit www.WestportWomansClub.org.
“Anne of Green Gables” to Visit Playhouse
“Anne of Green Gables” is coming to the Westport Country Playhouse in February. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre will bring its musical production of “Anne of Green Gables” to the Westport Country Playhouse on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 1 and 4:30 p.m.
The story is of a young, orphaned girl whose spirit transforms her adoptive family, and the production is appropriate for ages seven years old and up. It is part of the playhouse’s Family Festivities series.
One hour prior to each performance children can color and draw their favorite vegetables and plant them in the Playhouse’s “Green Gables Arts and Crafts Garden.”
Tickets are $15 each, and the production runs about one hour.
For ticket information, call (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, purchase online at www.westportplayhouse.org, or visit the box office at 25 Powers Court.
Y’s Men to Hear About Hubble Space Telescope
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston will hear about a documentary on the Hubble Space Telescope at their next meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Cinematographer, David Gaynes, will speak on “Saving the Hubble Telescope: The Relevance of the Cosmos in a Troubled Time.”
He will talk about his documentary film, “Saving Hubble,” which recounts the recent history of Hubble, explores how the telescope became ensnared in a debate over the future of US Space Policy, and celebrates the accomplishments of the spacecraft that came to ask questions not just about the universe but of its inhabitants as well.
For more information, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679 or visit www.ysmenwestportweston.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Investment Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - authors@the library - Susan Eaton
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 or westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Finance/Parks & Recreation Committees
8:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Special School Building Admin. Committee
8:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Employee Comp/Finance/Parks & Recreation Committee
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Westport’s Main Steet was darkened tonight by a power outage traced to a feeder line in Weston. The power went out shortly before 5 p.m. and came back at about 5:46 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Widespread Power Outage Hits Downtown Area
A major power outage hit Westport’s downtown area shortly before 5 p.m. today. It was restored about an hour later.
Traffic edges through the intersection of Westport’s Main Street and Avery Place during this afternoon’s power outage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A Connecticut Light & Power Company official said a fault in a line in Weston knocked out a circuit in Norwalk that fed Westport’s power substation at Main and Canal Streets.
As a result, there was a blackout in the area from Post Road East at Myrtle Avenue west to Kings Highway South, from the Post Road to Canal Street, and north along Wilton Road to the area of exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway.
Fire units responded to a report of smoke in the building at 125 Main St. The problem was traced to the power outage and there was no fire, according to Deputy Chief Jonathan Gottfried.
Canal Street Substation Offline During Blackout
Westport firefighters check the Connecticut Light and Power Company substation at Main and Canal Streets late this afternoon after a power outage hit the area. Utility workers managed to restore power after about an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) John Bryans Fontaine for WestportNow.com
Updating on the Town
Selectwoman Shelly Kassen (l) spoke at the Democratic Women of Westport’s Super Soup Luncheon today. She explained how she advises First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and does research. She also reviewed a number of the administration’s accomplishments, including a new senior citizen tax relief program, signing a long-term lease for the Inn at Longshore, and the inauguration of a Celebrate Westport initiative that includes the Westport Farmers Market. She also said the administration is drafting an ordinance that will create an ethics advisory panel to help with proper ethics procedures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Artist Receives State Grant
A Westport artist is among those receiving a fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the commisson announced today.
Westporter Matt Debenham, 36, received a $5,000 fellowship from the commission in fiction.
Grants in the amounts of $5,000 and $2,500 were awarded to 34 artists across the state in the categories of choreography, fiction, film/video, music composition, playwriting and poetry.
The commission’s Artist Fellowship program provides monetary support to encourage the continuing artistic development of the state’s artists who are seriously committed to their art form and who have a demonstrated history of professional activity in the state. The program allows artists to devote full attention to the creation of new work and to further their careers.
Longtime Westporter Clark G. Ford Dies at 76
Clark G. Ford, an accomplished advertising professional and Westport resident since 1959 who was active in numerous community endeavors including designing award-winning floats for the town’s Memorial Day parade, died Friday in Westport. He was 76.
Clark G. Ford: ad man who designed parade floats. Contributed photo
Ford, a former member of the Westport Country Playhouse Board of Directors and member of Westport’s Yangzhou, China Sister City Committee, was also active in the Y’s Men of Westport Weston and the Saint Luke Church Ushers Group.
He was perhaps best known locally for the award-winning floats he designed and helped construct for Westport’s Memorial Day Parade on behalf of the Playhouse and the Y’s Men between 1993 and 2006.
Ford put the finishing touches on the Y’s Men float for the most recent Memorial Day parade while at Norwalk Hospital, according to his son, Jeff, a Westport resident, who took photos and a video of the work in progress to his hospitalized father.
With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark in Westport on Monday, ice was forming on the Saugatuck River. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing through Wednesday before dropping to much colder by the end of the week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Administrative Review Committee
4:15 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Art Factory: Printmaking, Poetry, Writing, & Bookbinding
7-8 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Outward Bound information session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
School Building Projects Discussed
The Westport Board of Education focused on the accounts that pertain to its buildings during budget discussions tonight.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has proposed a $89.2 million 2007-08 school budget, which is a 8.8 percent, or $7.2 million, increase over the current budget.
The board is expected to vote on the budget during its Feb. 5 meeting.
Tonight, Assistant Superintendent for Business Nancy Harris outlined $225,000 in building projects at various schools, including improving the ventilation in the Staples High School gymnasium.
Conservation Commission Continues Y Hearing
The Westport Conservation Commission heard from the public tonight about the plan to move the Westport Weston Family Y facility from downtown to Camp Mahackeno.
The commission held another hearing on the matter, and those who both support and oppose the project filled many of the seats in the Town Hall Auditorium to get a moment to speak.
As part of the plan for the new facility on the portion of the property closest to the Merritt Parkway, Y officials would sell its downtown facility to Bedford Square Associates for at least $20 million.
Joe Jackson, who lives on Old Hill Road, said the commission should turn down the project because of the increase in traffic and a “questionable” septic system.
Gathering Before “The Last Journey”
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Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Strauss (l) and Sarah Grace Wilson (r) trade casual conversation before the start of the performance of “The Last Journey” tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. Playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith and actors Patricia Conolly, Laila Robins and Molly Ward share conversations in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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