Thursday, August 31, 2006
Westport officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 29 Compo Beach Road. The 1923-house is a colonial revival. It is listed on the Westport Historic Resource Inventory and is part of the Compo-Owenoke National Register Historic District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport beaches reopened briefly to swimmers today after a one-day closure because of high water bacterial counts but quickly closed again when the counts remained high.
State Department of Environmental Protection officials also closed Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park for the second day because of the high bacterial levels due to recent heavy rains.
Sue Jacozzi, director of the Westport Weston Health District, said the beaches were ordered closed after new tests showed the high counts and Westport’s marine police reported waters off the beaches were unusually murky due to the rains.
She said new tests were taken today and the reopening of the beaches to swimming would await the results.
Michel Nischan (l), co-owner of the new Dressing Room Restaurant, works with Bryan Holick, a supervisor, on the final details of the new restaurant adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse. The new restaurant, which Nischan co-owns with Paul Newman, is set to open on Oct. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Save the Children crochets caps for newborns. Contributed photoSave the Children is hooking up with crocheters and knitters to raise awareness of the two million newborns that die within 24 hours of birth in developing countries.
Save the Children will host an event at its Westport office for people to crochet a baby cap that the agency will take to Washington in January with notes to the president. The effort is to show people are concerned about newborn deaths and want more done.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30-8 p.m. at the office on Wilton Road.
Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club and the Connecticut Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America are co-sponsoring the event, and those who attend will learn how to crochet a baby cap. A crochet hook, yarn and pattern will be provided.
Julie Uman: new president joined League 14 years ago. Contributed photoThe Westport Young Woman’s League has announced the appointment of Julie Buoy Uman as president for the 2006-2007 year.
Uman previously served as vice president where she provided leadership and guidance in projects associated with the group’s 50th anniversary, an announcement said.
A Westport resident for 27 years, Uman owned a retail store called Applewoods on Main Street—a connection with the community that prompted her desire to give back by joining the League 14 years ago.
Uman, who lost her husband, Jonathan, 33, in the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, feels a special connection to the League as the five-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches.
The seagulls had some picnic tables to themselves Wednesday night at Westport’s Compo Beach. After days of rain and clouds, today’s forecast called for mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
5:30 p.m. – Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
The average Staples High School 2006 graduate scored 1735 on the new, longer version of the SAT, according to a College Board report.
The report—which includes a breakdown of scores by district across the state—was released Tuesday and shows the average score in the state was 1518.
In Westport, 319 Staples students took the test, which the report states is the entire senior class. Across the state about 75 percent of seniors took the SAT.
The 1735 score includes reading, math and writing. Without writing, a new separate section this year, the average Staples score was 1159, down from last year’s 1191.
Sunnier weather meant boats were back out on Long Island Sound today. One, however, needed a tow back to Ned Dimes Marina from the Westport Marine Police after mechanical problems. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Lifeguards at Compo Beach had some time to kick a ball around today with closure of Westport beaches because of a high bacterial count in the water. The beaches are expected to reopen Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
(UPDATED) Remnants of Ernesto heading up the eastern seaboard may cause heavy rain, wind and possibly coastal flooding across Westport and the tri-state region this holiday weekend, the National Weather Service said tonight.
As of late this evening, the center of Tropical Depression Ernesto was located over the east coast of central Florida. The center of the storm will move northward into the Atlantic Ocean overnight.
The forecast calls for Ernesto to restrengthen to a tropical storm tonight before making another landfall near Charleston, S.C., Thursday afternoon. Ernesto will then weaken to a depression as it moves further inland across North Carolina and Virginia Friday, an evening advisory said.
Such a movement, according to the National Hurricane Center, is expected to bring the remnants of Ernesto into Pennsylvania during Saturday.
Westport police officers and firefighters rescued a man from his Park Lane home today after he suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.
Police said the elderly man had suffered the poisoning because a car was running in the garage.
The man had accidentally left the car running Tuesday night, police said, and it had been running all night.
A visiting nurse came to the house and found doors that are normally unlocked to be locked, police said.
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Fresh and rested from their summer vacations, commuters are in for a rude surprise when they board Metro-North trains this week—no seats, more overcrowding and problems with the AC.
Yes, better times are ahead. The new contract for the M8 cars has been signed and bonding money has been approved. But it won’t be until 2009 that even a prototype for the new cars is delivered for testing. So figure on 2010 before we commuters will actually ride in one.
Meantime, ridership on Metro-North continues to climb. It’s up 5 percent this year with no sign of it leveling off anytime soon. And those additional passengers are scrambling for seats on a dwindling number of rail cars.
July saw only eight trains out of 10 with enough cars, down from nine trains out of 10 last summer.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 21-25, 2006:
Todd Corp. to Connecticut Light & Power Co., easement, 505 Post Road East, $5,800.
Ann D. Jevne and Richard Dingee Sr. to Michael and Kathleen Gervasio, 15 Juniper Road, $1,250,000
Vivian Edelman and Eric Rosenzweig to Cook Properties LLC, 9 Greenbrier Road, $1,950,000
Michael Dougherty and Alison Stacy Fierce to Michael J. Kaplan and Holly E. Rush, 4 Riverview Road, $892,500
High bacterial counts in the water due to the recent heavy rains caused closure of Westport beaches to swimmers today.
A sign and flag at Compo Beach tell beachgoers there is no swimming today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Affected were Compo Beach, Old Mill Beach, Burying Hill Beach, and state beaches at Sherwood Island State Park.
Westport has received more than 9 inches of rain this month, according to one local weather station, with almost 7 inches in recent days.
Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department said the town closures were ordered by the the Westport Weston Health District which expected the beaches to reopen to swimmers Thursday.
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