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Friday, April 15, 2005
Retirement Event Planned for Kathy Barnard and Judy Nelson
Two longtime Town of Westport employees are retiring soon and their friends and colleagues will honor them at a reception next month.
The event for Kathy Barnard, Planning and Zoning director, and Judy Nelson, director of the Westport Weston Health District, will be held Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore.
There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Cost is $25 per person. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by May 17 to Lorrie Tremonte, Westport Weston Health Distirct, 180 Bayberry Lane, Westport, CT 06880, or Nancy Curcio, Westport Planning and Zoning Department, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880.
Please make checks payable to the Westport Weston Health District.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Text of Telephone Survey Announcement
Here is the text of a news release issued today by four Westporters on a telephone survey they commissioned about the location of a new home for the Westport/Weston YMCA:
OPINION SURVEY LOCATION OF PROPOSED WESTPORT Y APRIL 14, 2005
Survey results show Westporters Want Y at Baron’s South
Results of an opinion survey (“Survey”) by The Marketing Network of North Haven, CT were presented at the Westport Historical Society today. Survey results showed that:
72% OF THOSE WITH A PREFERENCE SUPPORT A SITE OTHER
THAN CAMP MAHACKENO
59% OF THOSE SURVEYED SUPPORT THE LEASE OF TOWN LANDS
AT BARON’S SOUTH TO THE “Y” AND ONLY 28% WERE OPPOSED;
AMONG “Y” MEMBERS SURVEYED, 67% MORE WERE PREPARED TO
CONTRIBUTE MONEY IN SUPPORT OF A NEW “Y” AT BARON’S SOUTH
THAN AT CAMP MAHACKENO.
(Click here for detailed results)
Telephone Survey Results Announced
Westporters favoring the Y on Baron’s South today released this graphic showing results of a telephone survey they commissioned on the issue. Asked whether they had a preference for location of a new Y, 32 percent said Baron’s South, 20 percent said Mahackeno, 10 percent said along the Saugatuck in the commuter lot, 11 percent said “other,” and 28 percent had no preference. Click here for detailed results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Contributed graphic
Westporters Favoring Y on Baron’s South Release Telephone Survey Results
Four Westporters who favor Westport’s YMCA moving to the town-owned Baron’s South property held a news conference today to release the results of a telephone survey of 400 Westporters last week on the issue which they said showed most residents agreed with them. Pictured (l-r) are Andy Lozyniak, Ted Diamond, Roy Dickinson, and Donald Bergmann. Click here for detailed results. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Westport/Weston YMCA Explains Planned Move
Dick Foot, executive director/CEO of the Westport/Weston YMCA, today discussed details of the Y’s planned move from its downtown headquarters to its Camp Mahackeno property. He told a forum for Y members that the organization’s plans for safe and uncongested access to the site include smart signalization to enhance traffic flow, two widened stacking lane connectors from Wilton Road, and a widened Sunny Lane. He said there will be no access to the site via neighboring streets, Rice’s Lane and River Lane, and that all access will be through Sunny Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Smelly Sure Sign of Spring
In a sure sign of spring, skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) have emerged in the woody wetlands along Westport’s Sturges Highway, south of Cross Highway. The skunk cabbage blooms long before any other spring wildflower. The name comes from the odor they release when moved. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Burying Hill Dawn
Monday, April 11, 2005
Doing Good Deeds
More than 100 volunteers fanned out Sunday across Westport, Norwalk and Fairfield from Temple Israel to do “good deeds” as part of Temple Israel’s annual Mitzvah Day. They painted, planted and cleaned for organizations in Westport, Norwalk and Fairfield, including A Better Chance (spring cleaning and planting); Dress for Success and Operation Hope (painting and cleaning);and Habitat for Humanity (work in the group’s Bridgeport warehouse). At Temple Israel, volunteers scrubed, cleaned and restocked the kitchen.(CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Contributed photo
Westport Eagle Scout Ceremony Attracts Political Leaders
Sunday’s Court of Honor for three Eagle Scouts of Westport’s Troop 39 at Greens Farms Congregational Church was attended by three regional political leaders Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi, Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Lawrence Zlatkin for WestportNow.com
Eagle Scouts Honored
Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39 held a Court of Honor today for new Eagle Scouts Codey Fitzgerald Foster, Dulany Foster IV, and Jeffrey Edward Philbin at Greens Farms Congregational Church. For their Eagle projects, the Fosters worked on improvements to the public footpath into Westport’s Winslow Park from Evergreen Avenue while Philbin worked on the beautification of Fairfield’s Fairchild Wheeler golf course. Those attending the ceremony included Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, Mayor John Fabrizi of Bridgeport, and Mayor Alex Knopp of Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Lawrence Zlatkin for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Busy Soundview Drive
Getting Down and Dirty
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Temple Israel Teens Raise Funds to Save Hearts
Touched by the death of a young father at a local gym, teenagers at Westport’s Temple Israel are raising funds to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in an effort to create a safer community.
The teens have already raised more than $700 toward their $2100 goal and on Sunday plan a walk-a-thon to support their efforts.
The students thought they might be able to make a difference after hearing the story of a 42-year-old father of four small children who had died after a workout at a local gym.
Learning that his life might have been saved if a defibrillator had been available, the seventh graders decided to dedicate a yearlong tzedahak (charity) campaign to raise funds.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Compo Beach Playground “Design Day” Set for April 27
“Design Day,” the kickoff event for the rebuilding of Westport’s Compo Beach Playground, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27.
“Design Day” will begin with children from the five Westport elementary schools sharing their expert adviceӔ and ideas for the new playground with John Dean of Leathers & Associates, Inc.
The New York firm, a leader in the field of community-built playgrounds, was selected for the Compo Beach playground rebuilding.
John Dean will spend the morning with the schoolchildren and then spend the afternoon drawing the initial designs for the site based on their ideas, according to an announcement by the Compo Beach Playground Committee.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
A Super Westport House Sale: More than 200 for the Birds
More than 200 birdhouses will be auctioned off today at Project Return’s 10th annual “The Art of the Birdhouse” auction at Westport’s Inn at Longshore. Jane Horton (l), co-chair of the auction, confers with auction committee member Totney Benson about placement of the items. Since opening its doors in 1986, Project Return has provided a family-style therapeutic environment for more than 115 troubled adolescent girls. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com