Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Rev. Peter Powell, president of the Interfaith Housing Association, announced that its new housing at 10 West End Ave. in the Saugatuck area will be dedicated on July 25. IHA broke ground on the six-unit supportive housing facility last fall. (See WestportNow Sept. 22, 2008) IHA received several community grants—including from the Westport Rotary Club and the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club—to help purchase the property that led to the house being named the Westport Rotary Centennial House. The property at 10 West End Ave. was demolished on Sept. 5, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s emergency management team met today to discuss the town’s preparations for a pandemic flu outbreak while getting an update from state officials, including Governor M. Jodi Rell. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff convened the mid-day meeting as Westport pharmacies reported a run on protective masks as well as medications used to treat swine flu. “Westporters need to know that we have plans in place to cope with a flu outbreak and while there is a need for vigilance, there is no reason for panic,” he said. Among those also participating in the meeting were Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, Police Chief Alfred Fiore, Mark A. R. Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, and Human Services Director Barbara Butler.
Russell Levine, pharmacist and owner of Colonial Surgical Supply and Druggist, Inc. on Post Road East reported a run on protective masks and anti-flu medicine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff convened the mid-day meeting as Westport pharmacies reported a run on protective masks as well as medications used to treat swine flu.
“Westporters need to know that we have plans in place to cope with a flu outbreak and while there is a need for vigilance, there is no reason for panic,” he said.
Among those also participating in the meeting were Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, Police Chief Alfred Fiore, Mark A. R. Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, and Human Services Director Barbara Butler.
Westport Tax Collector George Underhill, 71, told colleagues today he is retiring after 16 years on the job. “This is a new chapter in my life – it’s time to move on,” he said. Underhill, whose wife, Carol, works in the Fire Department, said he had decided to accept the town’s early retirement plan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
With beach emblems required at Westport town beaches beginning Friday, there were lines of residents today at the Parks & Recreation office at Longshore Club Park to pick them up. “It’s been like this all week” according to Steve Rubin, a department employee. Residents were reminded that applications for beach emblems and other Town of Westport season passes are available online at www.westportrecreation.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A federal judge in Hartford today sentenced Westporter Robert D. Graham, a former General Re Corporation executive and former member of the Westport Board of Finance and Planning and Zoning Commission, to one year and one day in prison and fined him $100,000 following his conviction on fraud charges.
Robert Graham: “I realize there are no do-overs in life.” WN file photo
The sentence, which is to be followed by two years of supervised release, was handed down by Judge Christopher Droney, who again rejected federal sentencing guidelines in sentencing Graham, 61.
He is the last of five former Gen Re and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) officials to be sentenced since they were convicted in February 2008 following a five-week jury trial. (See WestportNow Feb. 25, 2008).
“I realize there are no do-overs in life,” Graham told Droney. “Nothing I can say or do now can change what has happened or its impact on the lives of others or on me. Your honor, I regret that more than words can adequately express.”
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state Department of Health has identified two students at Fairfield University as probable for swine flu.
Rell advised municipal officials and school superintendents of the test results in a conference call this morning. The governor also announced during the conference call that two cases in East Haddam came back negative for swine flu.
With the Fairfield suspected case, this brings the total number of probable cases in Connecticut to five. All of the individuals are recovering and did not require hospitalization.
Testing done at the DPH Laboratory on samples from two students at Fairfield University determined that the Influenza A virus isolated is non-subtypeable, which means that these cases are not regular seasonal influenza viruses. Neither one of the cases reported recent travel.
A Westport family was awakened by a smoke alarm early today after fire broke out in their home’s laundry room from oil-soaked rags used to clean outdoor furniture, a fire official said.
Firefighters quickly extinguished burning materials located on the floor of the second floor laundry room of the large, three-story home at 5 High Point Road, said Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney.
Fire damage was limited to some scorching of the exterior surface of the washing machine and water damage was minimal, he said. Firefighters used fans to vent smoke from the house. There were no injuries.
Maloney said the homeowner said her family was awakened by activated smoke detectors which led to the 5:02 a.m. 911 call.
Westport’s Bedford Middle School Wednesday nght hosted its annual Museum Night titled “Art in the Middle Ages.” The exhibition was compiled by art teachers Lynne Karmen, Cecily Cowburn and Peter DiFranco. They were aided by a committee headed by local parent, Kim Getschow. The show featured a variety of work by sixth to eighth grade students in a mixed media format. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kristin Rasich Fox for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. - Staples High School - Zon Del Barrio, Latin dance and music
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Sheryl Kayne, “Immersion Travel USA”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Around the World in 80 Days”
Aiden Cohen, 2, of Norwalk enjoyed his 31-cent scoop ice cream tonight at Baskin-Robbins in Westport as the ice cream chain held its Third Annual 31-Cent Scoop Night in conjunction with the national Volunteer Fire Council. Members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department and a fire engine were on hand to help out with the festivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Members of the Staples High School varsity girls lacrosse team were among those turning out at the Westport Baskin-Robbins tonight for the company’s Third Annual 31-Cent Scoop Night. Members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department are in the background. Baskin-Robbins honored America’s firefighters with a $100,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council National Junior Firefighter Program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Hudson Valley Bank, a Westchester-based bank with $2 billion in assets, officially opened its Westport branch today at 420 Post Road West. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (3rd l.) joined James J. Landy (5th l.) president and CEO, and other bank officials and dignitaries in cutting the ribbon. The bank had a “soft” opening last fall. Landy said he was pleased with the response of the Westport community to the bank’s services aimed at individuals, businesses, professional service firms and not-for-profit organizations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Baskin-Robbins will host its Third Annual 31-Cent Scoop Night today from 5 to 10 p.m. at all Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide, including the Westport store at 180 Post Road East. Baskin-Robbins is partnering with the national Volunteer Fire Council, the nation’s leading non-profit association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS and rescue services. Members of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department will be there along with a Westport Fire Department fire engine. Pictured is last year’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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