Monday, October 05, 2015
P&Z Candidates Spar in League Debate
By James Lomuscio
Tonight’s League of Women Voters (LWV) of Westport debate among candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at times seemed like a debate about a single subject—Baron’s South.
Tonight’s League of Women Voters of Westport Town Hall event featured a debate among candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The seven-year effort to build a senior housing complex on the 22-acre town-owned property was mentioned repeatedly by participants seven months after its controversial end in March with the Republican-controlled P&Z declaring all of the land open space.
In fact, the issue became so contentious at the debate’s onset that Republican P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens asked all of the other candidates and LWV Moderator Jean Rabinow to move on.
“This has to be more than a one-issue debate,” said Stephens, who had earlier cited traffic and congestion as major town issues.
RTM Candidates Lobby for Votes in the Lobby
Prior to tonight’s League of Women Voters of Westport presentations and debates in the Town Hall auditorium, candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the town’s 36-member nonpartisan legislative body, met with constituents in the Town Hall lobby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Lobbying for Votes
The Town Hall lobby was crowded tonight with candidates for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) meeting with constituents prior to the League of Women Voters of Westport debates. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Celebrating Arthur Miller
A glimpse of a scene from “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s 1996 adapted screenplay can be seen tonight through a door of the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall at the Westport Country Playhouse. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the film was presented in a free screening in partnership with the Westport Cinema Initiative, a prelude to a series of events celebrating Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday. The Playhouse production of Miller’s “Broken Glass” begins previews Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Peter Chenot: for WestportNow.com
Margaret ‘Peggy’ Brenton, 76
Margarey “Peggy” Brenton of Southport, an active member of Westport’s St. Luke Church for more than 50 years, died Oct. 4 after battling cancer. She was 76.
Peggy Brenton: longtime St. Luke parishioner. Contributed photo
The wife of 34 years of the late John J. Brenton was born Dec. 9, 1938 to William and Kathryn Ryan of Stratford. She was a graduate of Lauralton Hall in Milford and St. Joseph’s College in Hartford.
She ran a successful, full service interior design firm for 20 years. She was on the board of the Sasquanaug Association for Southport Improvement, the chairperson of the Sea Lodge Beach Club in Southport for 30 years, and was on the advisory committee for the Sea Scout Ship No. 84 based at Trinity Church in Southport.
She was a longtime member of the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Kensington Place
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 3 Kensington Place, off North Avenue, is in process. Built in 1987, the two-story custom colonial has 3,547 square feet, is situated on a 1.26-acre property and changed ownership last month for $1,350,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Olivia Vlahos, 91
Olivia Vlahos of Westport died Aug. 26 at home. She was 91.
A bestselling author, professor, and wife of the late Emmy Award-winning screenwriter John Vlahos (see WestportNow April 24, 2004), she was born Jan. 8, 1924.
She showed a flare for the stage at a young age, touring Texas as a young actress with Interstate Players. She later, attended the University of Texas Houston where she wrote and performed in shows for the USO and, under the tutelage of renowned anthropologist Gilbert McAllister, discovered her love of anthropology.
She received her Masters from Sarah Lawrence College where the eminent mythologist Joseph Campbell became a lifelong mentor and friend.
Lucille Barrett, 92
Lucille Barrett of Jenkintown, Pa., a former teacher in the Westport school system, died Oct. 4. She was 92.
Lou Barrett: Westport teacher. Contributed photo
Known to all as Lou, she was a poet, scholar, teacher and social activist. Her poetry appeared in Midstream, Connecticut River Review, Poetica magazine, Muse, Voices Israel, and the National English Journal. She was honored by the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English and the Connecticut Poetry Society for her work.
Her publications include five collections of poetry that explore fearlessly and with intensity her Jewish heritage, her childhood in Brooklyn, and her maturing to adulthood and old age. Through all her writings, she found meaning in the connections between her own life and the symbols and images that have endured in myth, story, and literature throughout the centuries.
She was a lifelong teacher in the classroom, transforming lives for decades of students. Beginning her teaching career in Greenwich Village in the 1940s, she later became a teacher of English literature in the Westport Public Schools, where after retirement she continued as a writing coach.
Erratic Driving, Then a Drug Arrest
Amber Goold: posted $5,000 bond. Westport Police photo
Westport officers arrested a Norwalk woman Friday morning after a vehicle stop for erratic driving led to the discovery of narcotics, police said today.
Amber Goold, 25, was charged with possession of narcotics not in original container and possession of controlled substance.
According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, a witness phoned in the suspect’s reckless driving, providing a description of the vehicle, its plate and the direction it was heading.
“An officer on patrol observed the vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop,” Arciola said. “In speaking with the occupants it was learned that the passenger was in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sunset on Rough Waters
Monday, October 5, 2015
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Print Show: 45 years of Printmaking with Pace Prints”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Talk of the Town”
Noon - Westport Woman’s Club - Jane Condon
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Film: “The Crucible”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - League of Women Voters Debate (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, October 04, 2015
WSJ Highlight’s CT Pension Problems
Connecticut, the state with the richest population, may not have enough money in its own pockets, says a story in Monday’s Wall Street Journal.
“Connecticut has roughly half of what it needs to pay future retirement benefits for its workers, meaning the home to scores of hedge funds and some of the country’s wealthiest towns is wrestling with financial distress rivaling that of Kentucky or Illinois,” the newspaper said.
“Some investors concerned about the size of Connecticut’s pension hole are backing away from bonds issued by the Constitution State or demanding bigger rewards to hold them.
“Investors in some Connecticut state bonds now get a premium of about half a percentage point above benchmark bonds from other states, up from 0.28 percentage point a year ago, according to Thomson Reuters Municipal Market Data. Only four other U.S. states are now priced as riskier bets.”
The Surf Got the Ball
Berkley, an 8-year-old golden lab belonging to Patti Brown of Wilton, turns as a large wave takes away his tennis ball at Compo Beach today. He managed to get it on the next try. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunny Skies and Rough Surf
Despite a forecast of wet weather, there were sunny skies over Westport today but rough seas continued as dogs and owners enjoyed the day at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com