Friday, March 31, 2006
After receiving slightly more than 200 responses on a survey about using the Westport Center for Senior Activities, the Senior Center Long-Range Planning Committee plans to change the survey before it is sent to more than 4,000 senior citizens in late April.
The committee reviewed the initial results today of the survey that was distributed to seniors at various community organizations and in a local newspaper.
The committee received 209 responses, of which 115 use the senior center and 85 do not.
Those who responded also generally preferred weekday programming at the center over weekend, and also do not have transportation problems.
Crews dug into the pre-build today for the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach. They will continue to work throughout the weekend getting site ready for the community build at the end of April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters had a ladder truck training opportunity today at Veterans Green across from Town Hall. They assisted the Parks and Recreation Department by fixing the flag that had flipped over the top of the flag pole. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon is recommending the Board of Education not seek restoration of the $1 million cut from its proposed 2006-07 budget, according to a memo released today.
The board will discuss Landon’s recommendation during its meeting Monday at 8 p.m. in Bedford Middle School.
Last Monday the Board of Finance cut the funds from the proposal saying the cut should be made to the insurance fund. The finance board will hold its restoration hearing on Wednesday.
The changes mean the 2006-07 school budget would be $82 million if the Representative Town Meeting gives its final approval in May. It is a 4.3 percent increase over the current budget of $78.6 million.
The Westport Building Department is reviewing an application to demolish the house at 25 Bauer Place Extension. The house is located off of Old Road behind Balducci’s. The house recently sold for $530,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Veteran aerial photographer and airplane traffic reporter Morgan Kaolian addressed Thursday’s meeting of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston. Kaolian recounted some of his flying experiences and showed an aerial photo of Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge he is donating to the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Rabbit Hill Festival: Weston Woods tour (registration required)
1:30 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Long-Range Planning Committee for the Senior Center
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Rabbit Hill Festival: James Daugherty exhibit tour
Bethany Hart, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team, tonight addressed a meeting at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The event, sponsored by Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, was part of the center’s “Interesting Issues” series. Hart was a fitness trainer in the center’s fitness room prior to making the Olympics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A giant sand pile left over from preparations for a new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was a good place for playing today—despite signs warning that the area was off limits to visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Firefighters Wednesday night quickly extinguished a fire in some garbage at the Westport transfer station on Sherwood Island Connector, officials said.
Westport’s tower truck was used to put out Wednesday night’s fire at the Sherwood Island Connector transfer station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Dept. photo
No one was injured in the 7:30 p.m. blaze that originated in dumped garbage, and was contained to one of the station’s compactor units, according to Assistant Chief Larry Conklin.
On arrival, firefighters found heavy fire in the garbage pit held in check by the building’s deluge sprinkler system, a press release said.
Smoke belched from the building and the initial fire attack crews said there was zero visibility inside the structure, the release said.
The house at 19 Evergreen Parkway came down today. The property, which changed hands earlier this month for $735,000, was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Feb. 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Three Westport businesses received violation notices in an unannounced tobacco inspection carried out Wednesday by Westport Police and state authorities, police said today.
Cited were CVS Pharmacy, 397 Post Road East, and employee Thelma Latorre, 72; Walgreens, 880 Post Road East, and employee Crystal Smith, 18, and Mobil Self-Serve, 1060 Post Road East, and employee John Roddenberry, 71, a press release said.
The clerks were issued an infraction in the amount of $200 for illegal sale of tobacco to minors under 18. The businesses face additional administrative sanctions from the Department of Revenue Services, the agency that issues cigarette dealer licenses, the release said.
Police said under the direction of investigators, an underage youth entered the business and attempted to purchase tobacco products.
The pre-build for the new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach will take place this weekend, and volunteers are still needed.
The pre-build will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Crews of volunteers will be setting the posts of the new playground and completing site work to get it ready for the April construction.
Volunteers are most in need for the 5:30-8:30 p.m. shifts.
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