Thursday, August 27, 2015
Malloy Picks Landon for State Committee
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, who is retiring after 17 years at the end of the 2015-16 academic year, to the state Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), Landon learned in a letter today. His term runs though August 2017.
The ACIR is a 24-member agency created in 1985 to study the state and local government issues “and to recommend solutions as appropriate,” according to the state website. Its membership represents state legislative and executive branches, municipalities and other local interests, as well the public.
“I’m very excited, and I hope I can contribute,” said Landon, who added that he was recommended by members of the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents (CAPSS).
According to state statute, the ACIR, which is supported by the Office of Policy and Management has four charges: to serve as a forum for consultation between state and local officials; to conduct research on intergovernmental issues; to encourage and coordinate studies of intergovernmental issues by universities and others; and to initiate policy development and make recommendations to all levels of government.
The Kemper-Gunn House was getting a new coat of paint today at its new home on Elm Street. One tenant has so far been announced for the house—Serena & Lily, which describes itself as “a home and lifestyle brand with a fresh, California point of view.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Former State GOP Chair Gets Year in Kickback Case
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Connecticut’s former Republican state chairman, George Gallo, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Hartford to a year and a day in prison for taking kickbacks on campaign mailings he arranged as chief of staff to the state legislature’s House GOP caucus.
Judge Vanessa L. Bryant told Gallo he abused his state employment by accepting $117,000 from a Florida direct mail company, a sum equal to 10 percent of the business Gallo sent the company in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 campaign cycles.
“It siphoned public resources for personal gain, and it is a betrayal of the public trust,” Bryant said.
The mailings all were provided to candidates who accepted public financing under the Citizens Election Program, a reform passed in 2005 in response to the bid-rigging scandal that forced Gov. John G. Rowland from office in July 2004.
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Susan Granger at the Movies: ‘The End of the Tour,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Hitman: Agent 47’
By Susan Granger
“The End of the Tour” documents the final five days of David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book tour for his epic 1,079-page novel “Infinite Jest” by ambitious Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.
Jason Segel is Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg is Lipsky. They chat about a variety of subjects, the most interesting of which is how reclusive Wallace has tried to adjust to his sudden fame and celebrity.
Not so coincidentally, Lipsky’s own first novel, “The Art Fair,” was just published when he convinced his Rolling Stone editor (Ron Livingston) that he felt a genuine kinship with Wallace, although what comes across in his profile is a curiously intoxicating combination of envy and adulation.
Lipskey journeyed to Bloomington, Indiana, to meet Wallace in his ranch-style home. They go to a bookstore and do a Minneapolis-based publicity jaunt, where Joan Cusack is their no-nonsense driver.
Coley the Colt Greeting
Coley the Colt, mascot of Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School, greeted youngsters today on the first day of school. Assistant Principal Kim Ambrosio looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Welcome to Coleytown El
August School Start Feels Like Fall
Students at Westport’s Bedford Middle School make their way to classes today as school began on an August day that was crisp and clear, feeling more like fall than summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
As Promised, Bridge Open for First Day of School
A Westport school bus crosses the North Avenue Bridge over the Merritt Parkway today on the first day of school. Connecticut Department of Transportation and town officials worked out a plan to open one lane of alternating traffic on the bridge in time for school opening. The bridge will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and closed weekends while work continues with a completion date now projected for late October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Back to the Routine
Back to School
Scenes as Westport students went back to school today. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Westport Public Schools: first day of school
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Maker Series for Seniors: Turtle Art
2:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Citation Hearing
5 p.m. - DownUnder Kayaking (575 Riverside Avenue) - Sunset Paddle To Support Earthplace Harbor Watch
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7:15 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Youth Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke: A Night at the Opry
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Fire Interrupts 81st Birthday Party
Westport firefighters at the scene tonight of a second floor bedroom fire at 6 Leslie Lane. A family member said the blaze broke out while the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of the homeowner. All escaped unijured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Now the Clean Up
On the Scene
Westport Firefighters Douse House Fire on Leslie Lane
UPDATE Westport firefighters tonight quickly doused a second floor bedroom fire in a home on Leslie Lane. It broke out while the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of the homeowner.
Everyone escaped from the home at 6 Leslie Lane without injury, according to firefighters.
A family member said someone heard a fire alarm go off on the second floor at about 11:30 p.m. as the family was downstairs celebrating the 81st birthday of homeowner Marion McAdoo.
One of the family went upstairs to investigate, saw a curtain on fire, screamed, and all fled the home, he said.
Pakistani Film Scene Set for Friday
A Pakistani film company will film a moving car scene Friday on the William F. Cribari Bridge, better known as the Bridge Street Bridge, it was announced today.
ARY Digital USA said it would be filming a moving vehicle scene on the bridge for Pakistani director Mehreen Jabbar’s feature film “Dobara Phir Se” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The bridge will remain open to traffic; however motorists may encounter short periods of congestion and should expect delays in the immediate area of Bridge Street, an announcement said.
The Westport Police Department will provide officers to assist ARY Digital USA with traffic control, it said.
Back to School Children’s Concert at Levitt
Jay & Ray and their Back to School special concert headlined at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. Special guests included Pete Francis, co-founder of Dispatch, and Randy Funke. It was the final concert in the Melissa & Doug Children’s Series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Packed Crowd for Levitt Children’s Finale
Surprise! CT Traffic Among Worst in Nation
By Ana Radaletwww.ctmirror.org
Washington – Connecticut has some of the worst traffic in the nation, with snarls that cost drivers about 20 gallons of wasted fuel and dozens of hours of lost time each year — and things are likely to get worse, a new report says.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the traffic monitoring firm INRIX say the Bridgeport-Stamford area is the second-most congested area of its size in the nation, and motorists there spent an average of 49 hours in traffic tieups each year.
Among similar, medium-sized cities, only Honolulu had worst traffic, the study said. The “Urban Mobility Scorecard,” released today, said Hartford was the fifth most congested medium-sized city in the nation, with drivers’ spending an average of 45 hours a year in traffic delays. New Haven came in 11th, with an average of 40 hours a year in traffic jams.
Among large metropolitan areas, Washington, D.C., and its suburbs topped the list of the most congested cities, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif., and the San Francisco metropolitan area.
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Two Workers Injured in Bedford Square Accident
UPDATE Westport fire and EMS personnel tend to one of two workers injured today in a construction accident at the Bedford Square development site. The other worker was able to walk out of the building assisted by fire and EMS personnel. The accident occurred as the two construction workers were getting set on the second floor to cut steel as part of the ongoing renovations when the scaffold they were using tipped over, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. One worker was on the scaffold and the other was hit by it, he said. Both suffered non life-threatening leg injuries, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Wiese for WestportNow.com
Easy Does It
Westport firefighters carry down an injured construction worker today at the site of the Bedford Square development. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening leg injuries, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. A second worker was also injured but managed to walk out of the site assisted by emergency personnel. He was transported in the same ambulance. The accident occurred on a scaffolding, which tipped over, Kronick said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Assisted by Westport EMS
Westport EMS personnel assist a construction worker injured today in an accident at the Bedford Square development site. He and another worker were transported to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rounding the Corner
Work on installing new brick sidewalks on Westport’s Main Street today reached the corner of Elm Street. Work has been going on throughout the summer installing the sidewalk, new underground utility mechanisms, trees, and streetlights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Katrina 10 Years Later: Westporter Returns Home to Pascagoula
(Editor’s note: This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Westport resident Dan Goodgame wrote this account for WestportNow upon his return from his native Pascagoula, Miss. in one of the hardest hit areas. It is republished as it first ran on Sept. 19, 2005.)
Nothing left: Pascagoula suffered catastrophic losses from Hurricane Katrina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gene Jennings Jr. for WestportNow.com
By Dan GoodgameSpecial to WestportNow
On the face of things, Westport would seem to have little in common with Pascagoula, Miss., the hurricane-wrecked coastal town that it just agreed to informally adopt and aid.
One is an enclave of prosperous professionals and business owners; the other a home to blue-collar workers in shipyards, seafood packers and an oil refinery, appended to the nation’s poorest state. Yet the two towns share some important traits. They’re about the same size, and are blessed with picturesque locations where a river meets a sound.
Both take great pride in their football teams and in public schools that rank among the best in their states. And both towns encourage a high level of citizen involvement: in charitable work through religious groups, the PTA, youth sports coaching, and so forth.
I am fortunate both to live in Westport and to have grown up in Pascagoula, from which I just returned after two weeks of hurricane cleanup work at my mother’s home and those of friends and relatives.
Suspected Shoplifter Arrested on I-95
Michael Kondrat: allegedly stole meat, soda, and flashlight. Fairfield Police photo
UPDATE Westport and state police today joined forces to arrest a suspected shoplifter from Fairfield whose apprehension on I-95 in Westport snarled southbound traffic.
At least one Westport police cruiser suffered damage as police followed and then boxed in the suspect’s vehicle near exit 17, according to reports from the scene.
The suspect, later identified as Michael Kondrat, 66, of Fairfield, was charged with sixth-degree larceny and engaging police in pursuit, sajd Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez.
He was wanted in connection with a shoplifting incident at Stop & Shop in Fairfield in which he allegedly stole meat, a soda and a flashlight, Perez said.Page 1 of 1786 pages
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