Friday, October 01, 2004
Westport EMS personnel tend to a woman driver injured today when her car struck a utility pole at the intersection of Main Street and Richmondville Avenue. The sheared pole can be seen at left. She was alone in the car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Main Street Accident Injures One
A woman was injured today when her car struck a utility pole and rolled over at the intersection of Main Streeet and Richmondville Avenue. Witnesses said the driver appeared to be weaving before the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Honored by the Masons
The Westport Masonic Lodge Friday night held its annual charitable giving event at the Peppermill restaurant. Awards were made to representatives of six local organizations. They included, back row (l -r): Peter Powell, Interfaith Housing Association; Adaline Demarrais, Evergreen Network; Wendy McKeon, Westport Women’ Club; Maybeth Winz, Warm-up Fund; and Al Diguido, Al’s Angels. Front row (l to r) :Audrey Sparre, Interfaith Housing Association; Joan Robertson, Evergreen Network; Jo Fuchs Luscombe, Westport Women’s Club; Letitia Ellis, Warm-up Fund, and Jay Paretzky, Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Retiree Frank Mizak of Westport tosses some bread to a flock of mallards in the early autumn morning along the canal in the area that the Westport Parks and Recreation designates as Canal Green located near Kings Highway and the Aquarion Water substation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Today’s Westport Teardown: 374 Greens Farms Road
This house, or whats left of it, came down today at 374 Greens Farms Road. A WestportNow reader Җ who saw the start of this occasional feature Wednesday—alerted us to the demolition but by the time we got there, most of it was gone. We welcome reader photos and tips about Westport teardowns as well as your comments about how they are changing the face of our town. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Former Westport Stop & Shop Employee Alleges Job Discrimination
A West Haven man has filed a discrimination lawsuit claiming he was the target of bias on the job at Westport’s Stop & Shop as well as one in Bridgeport because he is a Muslim.
Mohamed Arshad, who is from Malaysia, claims that his former supervisor at a Bridgeport Stop & Shop called him a “Muslim idiot” and told him that “we do not want any foreigners at this company,” the New Haven Register reported.
The lawsuit also alleges that fellow employees called Arshad “Bin Laden” in his supervisor’s presence and accused him of talking to Osama bin Laden on the telephone.
Arshad’s lawsuit also claims that supervisors at the Westport store put him on probation after a bad review and that he was passed by for promotions when co-workers “who are not Asian, Muslim and/or Malaysian, but who lacked Arshad’s tenure and his relevant knowledge and experience,” were promoted.
Stop & Shop spokesman Rob Keane declined comment on the suit.
Too Bad There’s No Siren on This Buggy
Former Westport Police Chief William Stefan (l) and former Inspector Robert L. Hallock Jr. take part in the recent golf tournament at Longshore Club Park raising funds for the Westport Police Athletic League. The tournament is named in honor of former Police Chief Samuel Luciano who died in 1970 at the age of 57 and is remembered by longtime Westporters as one of the communitys finest police commanders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Board of Selectmen Postpones Decision on Controversial Sewer Plan
In a meeting that ended in the early morning hours today, the Westport Board of Selectmen decided to postpone a decision on rescinding approval of a sewer plan for a controversial housing project on the Westport-Norwalk border.
After first voting 2-1 to turn down a motion by Selectman John Izzo to rescind the approval, First Selectman Diane G. Farrell and Selectman Carl Leaman voted with Izzo to postpone any decision.
They then unanimously approved a “sense of the meeting” resolution calling for a meeting with Norwalk officials to try to resolve the issue. Farrell said she hoped the meeting could be held sometime in October.
The selectmen, acting in their role as the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority, last year had approved the plan allowing extension of a Norwalk sewer line for the 22-unit housing development by ARS Partners in the Partrick Wetlands.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Finance Committee
Westport Teardowns: Creating a Digital Record
With the pace of Westport teardowns at a record level, WestportNow decided to feature some of the demolitions that are causing such an upheaval on the real estate scene. We welcome reader contributions to this occasional photo feature, which is intended to create a digital record of some of Westport’s history. This house was at 161 Compo Road South. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Arts Center Jazz Series Opens Sunday
Jazz pianist Bill Charlap: performs in Westport Sunday Contributed photoThe Westport Arts Center’s jazz series, after several years of concerts in Southport, returns to Westport Sunday with a concert featuring Manhattan’s popular jazz pianist Bill Charlap and vocalist Sandy Stewart.
The 4 p.m. event takes place at Greens Farms School. Other concerts in the series will be held at Greens Farms as well as the Seabury Center.
Following last year’s sold-out solo concert, this year Charlap appears with Stewart, who also happens to be his mother.
The Westport event will feature pieces from his new CD, “Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein,” released six months ago and warmly received.
Westport’s Martha Stewart Ordered to West Virginia Prison
Westport’s Martha Stewart has been ordered to report to a prison in West Virginia to serve her five-month term, a source close to Stewart said today.
Stewart had hoped to serve her time in Danbury so she could be close to her 90-year-old mother, or in a prison facility in Coleman, Fla., where there are good transporation links.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons told Stewart last week to report to jail by Oct. 8. The source said Stewart had been told to report to the federal prison camp for women in Alderson, W. Va.
Stewart’s lawyer, in a Sept. 15 letter to a federal judge requesting she be allowed to serve her sentence for obstruction of justice as soon as possible, specifically asked that she not been assigned to Alderson because it is not readily accessible by air or rail.
Threatened Strike Today at Westport Nursing Home Averted
Union workers have called off a strike planned for today at seven Connecticut nursing homes, including one in Westport, with more than 1,000 residents.
The strike was averted late Monday when the owners of the homes agreed to end efforts to set aside union contracts.
They said they would pay $750,000 to employee pension, education and uniform allowance funds, according to officials at the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199.
More than 850 workers had voted last weekend to strike.
The nursing homes include Westport Health Care, formerly known as Mediplex of Westport, at the intersection of Post Road West and Burr Road just across from Kings Highway Elementary School. It has 120 beds.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
State Clarifies Sewage Plant Concern as Board of Selectmen Meets Today
With a new clarification from the state in hand about funding, the Westport Board of Selectmen today considers two previous actions affecting a planned $37.7 million upgrade to the town’s waste water treatment plant.
A letter received Monday from the state Department of Environmental Protection said the agency did not intend to hold up state funding for the plant.
But it said it wanted the town to address issues concerning a possible extension of a Norwalk sewer into northwest Westport for a controversial housing project.
The board’s 2003 approval of a plan to hook up the Norwalk sewer to the housing development in the Partrick Wetlands had prompted a letter from the DEP in August saying the action complicated funding of the plant.
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave. - Mark Schenker on Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Good Day to Stay Inside
The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne brought heavy rains to Westport and much of the tri-state area this afternoon. Traffic moved slowly across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport’s center. WestportNow.com photo
Staples Homecoming Pasta Dinner Friday
The Staples High School Homecoming Pasta Dinner takes place Friday in the Staples cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 for senior citizens.
The event is sponsored by the Westport Kiwanis Club and the Staples PTA. Proceeds will benefit the Staples High School/Kiwanis scholarship program and the Senior Class of 2005.
Further information is available from Sue Colasurdo at 227-0103 or Beth Hagan at 226-8245.
News-12’s Tom Appleby to Host IHA Auction Saturday
Cablevision News-12 anchor Tom Appleby will wield the gavel for Saturday’s third annual fundraising auction by Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association.
Tom Appleby: wielding the gavel. Contributed photo
The event at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport begins at 5 p.m. It will be followed by a dinner honoring community leaders Barbara Butler, Westports director of Human Services, and Richard Foot, executive director /CEO of the Westport/Weston YMCA.
Tickets for the auction and reception only are $100, $250 including the dinner.
ғWere delighted that Tom agreed to help,Ҕ said Peter Powell, IHAs president.
In the 20 years that Appleby has been news director and co-anchor of News-12, the cable channel has won more than 400 major awards.
The Westport Community Theatre has opened its 2004-05 season with Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound.” It runs through Oct. 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and one Thursday performance, this Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. More information at www.westportcommunitytheatre.com. .Contributed photo
Monday, September 27, 2004
A Sure Sign of Autumn
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Code Enforcement Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - P&Z Committee to Develop Zoning Regulations for Affordable & Work Force Rental Housing on Town-Owned Property
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Health & Human Services Committee
A Standing O for Dr. K
Gerry Kuroghlian gets a standing ovation tonight from colleagues, parents, and community members after being named Teacher of the Year. Among those applauding is Jennifer Giudice (c), a Staples High School math teacher who was also among this year’s six nominees. On the right (striped shirt) is Frank Corbo, a Staples teacher who won the award in 1997. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westporters Promote New Law Giving Tax Break to Hybrid Cars
A new law exempting gas-electric hybrid cars from Connecticut’s sales tax goes into effect Friday. It was proposed last spring by Westport’s state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard (l), shown here with Westporter Roy Dickinson and his hybrid car in front of the state Capitol today. Dickinson drove to Hartford to be on hand for a news conference Bernhard held to draw attention to the new law. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Oyster Farm Proposal for Westport Withdrawn
A controversial proposal to harvest oysters off the Westport coastline using suspended cages has been withdrawn, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said today.
Garofalo: withdraws oyster application. WN photo
Cori Rose, senior project manager for the New England district of the Corps in Boston, told WestportNow that she received an e-mail notification Friday of the decision by Westport-based Mariculture Unlimited, LLC.
“It’s withdrawn without prejudice,” she said. “But they can resubmit it any time.”
Rose said she had heard unofficially earlier that the Westport proposal and a similar one for waters off of Milford was being pulled, but did not receive official notice until Friday.
The proposal by Mariculture Unlimited, headed by Dr. John Garofalo of Westport, touched off a storm of protest from sailboat owners and recreational boaters, many of whom spoke at a July 23, 2003, public hearing in Milford. (See WestportNow July 24, 2003)
Westport boaters had said the oyster operation would seriously jeopardize their recreational activities on Long Island Sound.
Warning: Suburban Sprawl May be Hazardous to Your Health
A new study says residents of suburbs such as Westport with a high degree of sprawl are more likely to report chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, arthritis, headaches and breathing difficulties compared to residents in less sprawled-out areas.
The differences remained even when researchers accounted for factors such as age, economic status and race.
“People who live in more sprawling areas are more likely to have chronic health problems over time,” said Roland Sturm, co-author of the report by Rand Corp., a nonprofit research group. “People drive more in these areas, they walk less.”
Researchers said the findings suggest that an adult who lives in a sprawling city such as Atlanta will have health characteristics similar to someone four years older, but otherwise similar, who lives in a more compact city like Seattle.
Westport’s Ken Bernhard Calls Attention to Hybrid Car Sales Tax Exemption
Bernhard at Hartford news conference today. Contributed photoWestport state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard was among state lawmakers today drawing attention to a new law that will make Connecticut the only state to exempt gas-electric hybrid cars from the state’s sales tax.
The new law, proposed by Bernhard, takes effect on Friday.
Bernhard and other lawmakers held a news conference at the state Capitol in Hartford where some of the hybrid cars were on display. One was owned by Westporter Roy Dickinson.
The 6 percent sales tax exemption applies to certain hybrid vehicles that get an estimated 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
Bernhard said that hybrid cars reduce smog-forming gases by 10 to 15 percent and consume 21 percent less gasoline than similar, conventional vehicles.
Westport’s Martha Stewart: They’ve Got Her Number
Westport’s Martha Stewart has been assigned her official inmate number—55170-054—according to a posting on the Bureau of Prisons’ Web site and reported by today’s New York Daily News.
Though Stewart has yet to be assigned to where she will be incarcerated, she has been ordered to begin her five-month term on Oct. 8 for her conviction on conspiracy, obstruction of justice and other charges related to an ImClone Systems stock.
The bureau had not notified Stewart of a prison assignment today, said Martin Weinberg, one of her appeals lawyers.
Meanwhile, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has renewed an employment contract for five years with its soon-to-be jailed founder, but she will not be paid a cent while in prison, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Monday, Sept. 27, 2004
11:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston YMCA - The Rev. Charles Allen, executive assistant to the president of Fairfield University, addresses Y’s Women on “College Students in Today’s World”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Venture Investing: What’s Hot in IT,” panel of venture capitalists
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
Big Turnout for Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance
A Veteran, Too
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This 1942 Dodge 5/4 ton command car was a World War II workhorse and fittingly took its place in front of the memorial to Westport’s World War II vets at today’s classic car show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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