Monday, October 27, 2014
New Haven Delays
UPDATE Metro-North said the New Haven Line is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to a draw bridge malfunction in the vicinity of Westport.
Oscar’s Deli owner Lee Papageorge today helps Westport photographer Irene Penny of Silver Penny Photography install one of her photographs for her show opening at Oscar’s on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a free photo raffle and gifts. The exhibit continues until Jan. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
TEAM Westport Seeks New Members
Harold Bailey, chair of TEAM Westport since its inception in 2003, today spoke to the Y’s Women of Westport Weston about ways the group is working to fulfill its mission of making Westport an increasingly welcoming community with respect to diversity in areas of race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. He said as TEAM Westport is celebrating its first decade of programming and community engagement, it is seeking new members to aid in the effort. The group, whose initials stand for Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism, is an official Town of Westport body. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
One Step at a Time
Workers today replaced wooden steps with granite steps on a stairway to the eastbound platform at Green’s Farms Station. Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas said the project will be completed by mid-November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The wooden steps to the westbound platform at the Green’s Farm station have been replaced with granite ones. Work continues on the steps to the eastbound platform. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
One-Way on Greens Farms Road
Traffic on Greens Farms Road was reduced to one lane again today during repaving work. The Westport Public Works Department alerted Westporters last week that Greens Farms Road between Sherwood Island Connector and Hillspoint Road will be under construction through Nov. 26. There will be alternating one-way traffic during the daytime and raised structures in the road for the duration of construction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
RTM Selects New District 7 Member
Lauren F. Karpf has been selected as the new District 7 Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, Moderator Eileen Lavigne Flug announced today.
Lauren Karpf: attorney joins RTM. Contributed photo
Chosen by the three other District 7 representatives from nine applicants, she will fill out the remaining term of Stephen Rubin, who announced his resignation in September because he was leaving Westport. Rubin, 70, had served since 1993. (See WestportNow Sept. 2, 1014)
Karpf, 39, is an attorney, currently serving as a volunteer mediator with Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Flug said.
She previously served as an attorney with the New York City Department of Education and as a legal intern in the Office of the Mayor of New York City, as well as being an associate at a major New York City law firm. She and her husband Adam purchased a home here two years ago. They have two children, a 3-year-old son and a 10-month-old daughter.
Westport to Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month
First Selectman Jim Marpe has announced that activities relating to Domestic Violence Awareness Month will take place this week, culminating in a proclamation ceremony at Town Hall on Thursday at 1 p.m. The public is invited.
Starting Tuesday, members of the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force will be tying purple ribbons along Main Street and the Police Department will be handing out flyers at the train stations in an effort to help raise awareness of this vital issue, an announcement said. It said residents and town employees are encouraged to wear purple on Thursday to demonstrate support.
“These activities provide an opportunity for citizens to learn more about preventing domestic violence and to show support for the numerous organizations which provide critical advocacy, services and assistance to victims,” said Marpe.
Husband, Wife Charged in Domestic Dispute
Police arrested a Westport husband and wife following a domestic dispute that led to her being treated at Norwalk Hospital.
Police said they issued misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges to Robert Arnold, 42, and his wife Sherlyn Celone-Arnold, 43, following the incident at their Newtown Turnpike home early Saturday.
Sherlyn Celon-Arnold was treated at Norwalk Hospital for a large cut from a broken lamp sustained while the couple argued over a financial matter, police said.
They were both scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court today, police said.
Monday, October 27, 2014
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y (14 Allen Raymond Lane) - Flu Shot Clinic
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
2 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - After School Transportation Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Health & Human Services Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, October 26, 2014
TEA Talk Highlights Technology and the Arts
By Phyllis Groner
The Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC), recognizing 21st century technology’s influence on the arts, today hosted its inaugural TEA Talk at Westport Town Hall -– TEA standing for Thinkers, Educators and Artists.
Richard Epstein (l) interviews composer Nick DiBerardino at today’s TEA Talk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
“The success of the TED talk format led us to imagine our first TEA Talk where artists could discuss and demonstrate how technology is currently employed in various artistic disciplines,” said Nancy Diamond, WAAC co-chair.
“Finding the right people to engage and interview artists about the creative process in a live format seemed very natural,” said Richard Epstein, co-chair.
The format was three 20-minute moderated conversations on the theme of Technology and the Arts. Featured were professionals in the visual arts (Thomas Berntsen), music (Nick DiBerardino) and theater (Gina Rattan).
Arts and Technology Center Stage
Scenes from today’s Westport Arts Advisory Committee TEA Talk at Westport Town Hall. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Lambda Legal Honors Staples Principal Dodig
Staples High School Principal John Dodig today was honored by the Lambda Legal organization at a brunch, silent auction and fashion show at Mitchells on Post Road East. The group was founded in 1973 as the nation’s first legal organization dedicated to achieving full equality for lesbian and gay people. Dodig, Staples principal for 11 years, said 15 years ago he decided to let people know he was gay. “I’m in a community that is accepting,” he told News 12 Connecticut. “I’m able to be an advocate not just for gay kids, but all kids that see themselves as being different. My goal in life as principal has been to help kids avoid, as much as possible, not carrying a scar for the rest of their lives.” A former student nominated Dodig for the award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News12.com photo
Lending a Hand
The Westport Chapter of the National Charity League today helped Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, with trail and playground maintenance. The NCL is a mother-daughter philanthropic organization with 196 chapters nationwide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport