Sunday, May 02, 2004
Kids Run in “Scampers”
Some Ran, Some Walked
Minute Man Race Gets Off to Fast Start
Runners got off to a fast start in today’s 26th annual Minute Man Race. The five-kilometer run/walk began and ended at Compo Beach. Westport’s Tom Harding (2nd r, No. 127), 38, won the race for the sixth time since 1996 with a time of 16:38. Click on FULL RESULTS for complete list of finishers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, May 01, 2004
Sunday, May 2, 2004
8:30 a.m. - Compo Beach—Minute Man Race
11 a.m. -5 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Garden and antique show
Did You Remember to Get Your Beach Sticker?
The 2004 summer season officially is underway as beach stickers were required beginning today for vehicles seeking to enter town beaches. Stickers will be required until Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A Good Day for Beach Sitting
Friday, April 30, 2004
General Assembly Passes Budget, Westport Reps Vote No
The General Assembly will send a $14.3 billion budget plan to Gov. John G. Rowland’s desk and leaders insist they have the votes to override a veto.
Westport’s two state representatives and state senator, all Republicans, voted against the budget. Included in the budget is a six-month delay in implementing a 5.5 percent fare increase on Metro-North’s New Haven Line.
The package Friday won broad bipartisan support in both chambers, which are controlled by Democrats. It passed the House of Representatives 113-36 early in the morning, then swept the Senate 25-9 at night.
The Republican governor has said he would veto a Democratic spending plan, though Friday morning he said he’d wait and see what happened.
Saturday, May 1, 2004
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center - Earth Day Festival 2004
10 a.m. -5 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Garden and antique show
Betty Lou Cummings Honored at Library
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (r) tonight presents a proclamation to Betty Lou Cummings in honor her being given a Special Friend Award from the Friends of the Westport Library. Cummings has been a tireless fundraiser for the library over the years, heading the brick river walk project as well as the library’s “wall of tiles” project. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. Ann Sheffer for WestportNow.com
New Haven Advisory: Service Normal After Wire Damage Caused Delays
Wire damage in New Rochelle disrupted Metro-North New Haven Line service today but by mid-afternoon the railroad said normal service had been resumed in time for the evening rush hour.
“Normal service has resumed on the New Haven Line,” the railroad said in a 3:23 p.m. advisory.
Earlier, at 12:30 p.m., it had said normal off-peak outbound service from Grand Central to New Haven had been restored with scattered delays.
At 9:22 a.m., Metro-North said the wire damage was causing 15-20 minute delays on trains into Grand Central.
At the same time, it said outbound trains were being combined, making all local stops from Grand Central to New Haven, resulting in delays of about an hour on outbound service.
It’s My Last Day!
Betty Bowes gets a surprise photo taken as she enters the Westport Town Clerk’s office today her last day on the job after almost 20 years. “It’s bittersweet for me,” she said. “I’m going to miss all these people.” (See WestportNow April 27, 2004). Ruth Cavayero for WestportNow.com
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Community Correspondent Report: The Stranger at Your Door
Every year at this time, door-to-door magazine salesmen appear in Westport.
They tell you they are not selling you anything” but want you to give them a chance to ӓhelp them, help themselves. See STORY by WestportNow Community Correspondent Cherie Tripp Lejeune.
Friday, April 30, 2004
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Rock the Vote: Connecticut presents a forum on Iraq
5 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School—“Museum Night” school art show
Police Chief Expresses Reservations about Revising Noise Ordinance
Westport Police Chief Al Fiore expressed reservations tonight about revising the towns noise ordinance if it takes away his officersҒ prerogatives in the field. He told a Town Hall public hearing that use of noise meters to try to enforce an ordinance would be a complicated issue, no doubt about it.Ӕ The meeting on “noise nuisance” was sparsely attended about 15 people showed up. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com
Customer Slightly Injured as Car Crashes into Store
A customer at Stile’s Farmers Market on Post Road East suffered a knee injury today when a motorist lost control of her car and it crashed into the store, causing a cabinet to fall on the customer. The motorist was not injured. Here a firefighter backs the car out of the store. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Firefighters Quickly Douse House Fire Linked to Bird’s Nest
Westport firefighters quickly doused a fire at a Compo Parkway home Wednesday night that fire officials said was touched off by a bird’s nest near an outside light fixture.
Westport firefighters battle a blaze on the second floor of a Compo Parkway home Wednesday night. WestportNow.com photo
No one was injured in the blaze which damaged a small portion of the second floor exterior of the two-story home at 5 Compo Parkway.
A father and three children in the house at the time escaped unharmed.
The man told fire officials that he was on the second floor when he smelled smoke after an exterior light was activated.
He went outside to investigate and spotted flames. He then led his children outside and dialed 911.
Arriving firefighters reported flames coming from around a second floor window.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Human Services Workforce Senior Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Public Meeting on noise nuisance
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Youth Commission
Westport House Fire Linked to Bird’s Nest
Westport firefighters check for hot spots after quickly extinguishing a house fire tonight on Compo Parkway. The fire damaged a small part of the second floor exterior. A father and three children were home at the time and escaped unharmed. Fire officials said the fire appeared to have started around an outside light fixture that had a bird’s nest on it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Another Free Ice Cream Promotion Draws Crowds
For the second day in a row, Westporters had a chance for free ice cream. The crowds were out the door tonight as Baskin Robbins on Post Road East and Bay Street offered a free scoop to all comers between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Board of Selectmen Approves $50 Parking Fee Increase
The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight approved a $50 increase to $225 a year to park at Westport’s two railroad stations. The Police Department requested the increase to pay for increased costs of security and maintenance. It goes into effect July 1. (See WestportNow April 20, 2004)
Crews from Connecticut Light and Power Co. finish bracing a leaning utility pole today at the intersection of Evergreen Avenue and Evergreen Parkway. Someone clipped the pole about half way up and it will have to be replaced in the next few days, according to the workers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Shays Marched for Abortion Rights, Too
Rep. Christopher Shays, Westport’s congressman, marched in Sunday’s abortion rights march in Washington, D.C., too. WestportNow Tuesday carried a picture showing his Democratic rival, Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, at Sunday’s march and is happy to offer “equal time.” Here he is with wife, Betsi, (l) and another unidentified woman. Shays is a member of The Republican Pro-Choice Coalition. Shaysforcongress.org photo
Fire Damages Vermont Home Owned by Westporters
A seasonal vacation home in Vermont owned by a Westport couple has been severely damaged by fire, according to a local newspaper.
The Caldedonian-Record said the second floor of the Cape-style home in Peacham, Vt., was gutted in Tuesday’s blaze with some damage to the first floor.
The home was unoccupied at the time, the newspaper said. A passerby noticed smoke coming from the attic and turned in the alarm.
The report quoted Peacham Fire Chief Jeff Berwick as saying the cause of the fire is undetermined, but there is no reason to believe it was suspicious.
The newspaper said the residence is a seasonal home owned by David and Mindy Mooney of Westport.
Workers Hit Gas Line on Old Road
Construction workers hit a gas pipeline on Westport’s Old Road today, causing police to evacuate nearby homes and stores and to shut down the road for almost an hour.
Fire units responded to the break in front of 23 Old Road and gas company repair crews were summoned after the 11:40 a.m. incident.
Fire Assistant Chief Christopher Ackley said upon arrival, firefighters found a 1-1/4-inch pipeline releasing high pressure gas into the area directly behind 1375 Post Road East.
“As a precaution, all adjacent businesses and residential structures were evacuated until the gas was shut off,” he said.
Police shut down the roadway at Post Road East where it connects to Old Road and well as the intersection with Maple Avenue North.
Residents were allowed back into the homes and customers and workers into the stores, including Anthropolgie and HayDay, shortly after the line was shut down at 12:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Down by the River
When Ben & Jerry’s had its free ice cream day Tuesday, this Westport mother and son decided to eat their ice cream on a nearby bench overlooking the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Walk and Talk” at “The Figure NOW” exhibit.
Wall of Art
Bedford Middle School tonight marked the opening of the “Art Cafe” featuring work by every student in grades sixth through eighth. Organized by BMS art teachers Pete DiFranco, Cecily Cowburn and Lynne Karmen, it was the first school-wide middle school art exhibit to be held in Westport in recent years. See another photo on ARTS & LEISURE page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux Roche for WestportNow.com
Lining Up for Free Ice Cream
They gave away hundreds of free ice cream cones today at Ben & Jerry’s on Post Road East in an effort to draw young people to register to vote. The drive was organized by the “Rock the Vote” group. WestportNow.com photo
Free Ice Cream Draws All Ages
It was free ice cream day at Westport’s Ben & Jerry’s on Post Road East today in conjunction with the teen “Rock the Vote” voter registration drive. Here 3-year-old Emily waits for her mom to exit the store. WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Gary Seevers to Receive MSU Honorary Degree
Michigan State University announced today that it will award an honorary degree May 7 to Westport’s Gary L. Seevers, an economist and financial market specialist.
The Morningside Drive South resident will receive an honorary doctor of business at the advanced degree ceremony.
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice will address approximately 6,000 undergraduate students at the event. She will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters.
In its announcement, the university said Seevers “is an accomplished economist and financial market specialist whose career has encompassed academia, government service and private sector financial markets.”
Westporters March on Washington for Abortion Rights
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (c) poses with fellow marchers from Westport during Sunday’s abortion rights march in Washington (See WestportNow April 26, 2004). Joining her in this photo made available today are (l to r) Jane Fraser, Barbara Bernstein (of Weston), Manny Margolis, Carol Waxman, Valerie Wagenfeld, Sandra Wagenfeld, and Estelle Margolis. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Jo Ann Davidson for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 26, 2004
RTM Finance Committee Recommends Town and Education Budget
The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Finance Committee has unanimously recommended approval of the town and education portions of the proposed 2004-2005 $135.6 million budget.
The full RTM takes up the budgets at its May 3 meeting.
The committee acted Monday night after a lengthy discussion about the Board of Education’s purchasing policies.
The committee took no action on a request by committee member Michael Rea, District 8, to investigate the assessor’s office following postponement of the 2003 property assessment.
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and Finance Director Don Miklus assured the committee that the newly-appointed Revaluation Working Group would look into many of the areas of concern to Rea and other committee members.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Commission (Discussion Sewer Extension Plan)
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Planning & Zoning Fence Committee
Noon - Toquet Hall - Westport Arts Center presents encore performance of “Play With Your Food”
4 p.m. Ben & Jerry’s, 14 Post Road East - “Rock the Vote” teen voter registration drive
6 p.m. - Bedford Middle School—Student art exhibition
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 206 - Historic District Commission
NOTE: A local newspaper mistakenly listed tonight at 7 p.m. as the public meeting on noise. The correct date is Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Mill Pond public meeting
7 p.m. - Bridgeport Transportation Center, 525 Water St. - Hearing on proposed 5.5 percent New Haven Line fare increase
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Transit Committee
Farrell: Women’s Washington March for Abortion Rights “Amazing Experience”
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell says the abortion rights march in Washington, D.C. was “an amazing experience.”
Farrell was among about 140 Westport residents who participated in the Sunday march and rally that drew hundreds of thousands of participants from around the country.
“It was an amazing experience you felt you were part of history,” Farrell said today.
She marched with about 140 Westport residents who boarded three buses before dawn Sunday for the five-hour drive to Washington.
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Monday, April 26, 2004
11:30 a.m. Westport YMCA - Y’s Women present Jean Krasno, a Yale foreign policy expert, speaking on Is the United Nations Relevant Ӗ A Look at a Side of the United Nations Few Know About
11:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Connecticut Department of Social Services Public Forum
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - David Pogue, weekly personal technology columnist for The New York Times, “High Tech Show-and-Tell”
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
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