Thursday, March 18, 2004
Dr. Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, spoke today to TEAM Westport about the importance of diversity on college campuses, in towns like Westport and throughout American society. Clockwise from bottom: Cynthia Swift, Fairfield University, consultant to TEAM Westport; Bernicestine Macleod Bailey, TEAM member, Weston playwright David Wiltse, Harold Bailey, chair of TEAM Westport, and Simmons. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University, was special guest today at a meeting of TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport at Town Hall. Simmons has been president of the university since 2000 and is the first African American to lead an Ivy League institution. She previously had been president of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell addresses today’s Town Hall meeting of the Connecticut Siting Council as it considered a request to raise the height of a town-owned communications tower on Bayberry Lane. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Members of the Connecticut Siting Council visit the Bayberry Lane tower site today. The balloon indicates new tower height. WestportNow.com photoThe Connecticut Siting Council met in Westport today to consider an application to increase by about 50 feet the height of a town-owned communications tower on Bayberry Lane.
If approved, the tower will provide improved cell phone coverage, better emergency radio communications, and enhanced coverage for the Staples High School radio station, according to the Westport Fire Department.
Members of the council met at the tower, adjacent to the Westport-Weston Health District, to inspect the site and see a balloon simulating the requested increase.
They then headed to an afternoon and evening public hearing at Town Hall.
According to Eric Fine, a Westport Fire Department communications specialist, the tower height would increase from its present 100 feet to 150 feet and would actually involve constructing a new tower adjacent to the present one.
A Hillspoint Road homeowner who started a fire in her fireplace got an unexpected surprise when it spread to a crawl space under her house.
Responding Westport firefighters had to follow a circuitous route to find the flames before dousing them.
Assistant Chief Gene Maloney said the homeowner reported she started a fire in her first floor living room fireplace Wednesday and later smelled smoke while on the third floor.
“The homeowner returned to the first floor, saw fire coming from the floor in the area immediately in front of the fireplace hearth and dialed 911,” Maloney said.
2 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Connecticut Siting Council public hearing
2:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - TEAM Westport
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Selectman Carl Leaman, filling for First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell, told today’s citizens brown bag lunch the town has no current plans to do a traffic study of the area around the Camp Mahackeno site the Westport-Weston YMCA says will be its new home.
Leaman was responding to a question from Candice Savin, a resident of the Mahackeno area who said neighbors of the sprawling YMCA property were concerned about increased traffic that would result if the Y relocated from its longtime downtown facility.
“It’s something the town might consider, but we have not been asked to do anything (regarding a traffic study),” Leaman said.
News reports in recent days have said that the Y has finally decided to relocate to the Mahackeno site after outgrowing its 78,000-square foot headquarters at the corner of Post Road East and Main Street which it has occupied since 1923.
This was the snowy view from Town Hall’s Room 309 during today’s Citizens Brown Bag lunch. Selectman Carl Leaman substituted for First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell who was off marching in Bridgeport’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. The bad weather also kept many regular attendees away from the weekly lunch. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westports Martha Stewart is “disappointed over feeling like her life was wasted” after being convicted for lying about a stock sale, her only child says.
“Everything she did is ignored over something that trivial, that maybe didn’t happen,” Alexis Stewart says in an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to be broadcast today.
She said, in excerpts released by the network, that her mother is “incredibly saddened” by the verdict, delivered by a federal jury March 5.
She said a prison sentence would be “incredibly wrong,” but she predicted her mother would handle it well.
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Lunch
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Library Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Education Committee
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
By early evening, a few hours after today’s snow began, the scene across the Saugatuck River looked more like mid-winter than four days before the start of spring. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
With its home undergoing renovation and modernizing, the Westport Country Playhouse is on the road this summer in Ridgefield and today announced its reduced two-play season as well as a special six-evening performance by Paul Newman in a play about a blacklisted writer.
Running from June 24 to July 11 at the Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and
the Performing Arts will be “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” written by Frank McGuinness and directed by Ethan McSweeny.
The second play, which runs from July 29 to Aug. 15, is Moliere’s classic comedy “The School for Husbands.”
Details of the season were announced at a news conference in Ridgefield. (See photo on Arts & Leisure page.)
Set in 1980’s Beirut, Lebanon and inspired by a true story, “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” depicts the imprisonment of three Westerners in the Middle East and the bonds formed between them.
Today’s late winter snowstorm started out as a light dusting. The view is of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge looking west across the Saugatuck River. Schools dismissed early because of the storm, which forecasters said could dump four to seven inches on the area. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A head-on collision today on Long Lots Road near the Fairfield County Hunt Club injured two persons. Westport EMS transported one of the drivers to the hospital in serious condition. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com
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