Saturday, September 21, 2013
Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed
The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community. Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society. Thank-You.
Friday, January 01, 2010
2009 In Pictures
Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.
The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.
Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.
In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.
We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
P&Z Denial Halts Senior Housing Complex
By James Lomuscio
After six years of meetings, reboots and town approvals, a proposed senior housing complex on town-owned Baron’s South hit a dead end tonight.
Planning and Zoning Commissioners discuss the proposed amendment tonight before their vote to deny. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in a work session voted 6 to 1 denying a text amendment that would have made the 135-unit facility possible.
P&Z member David Lessing, who participated via phone from Bermuda where he was on business, was the only dissenter.
“There it is foiks,” said P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens after the denial of text amendment 677. “I’m sure everybody’s not going to be pleased. “I’m sure others will be. This was hard for us as I am sure it is for most of you.
P&Z Turns Down Baron’s South Text Amendment
Five members of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission present tonight in the Town Hall auditorium vote to deny a text amendment that would have allowed a senior housing project on town-owned Baron’s South. They were joined in opposition by one member attending by telephone while a second member voted not to deny the amendment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
P&Z Denies Text Amendment, Killing Baron’s South Project
Ending a six-year quest, the Westport Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission tonight voted 6-1 to deny a text amendment that would have permitted a senior housing complex on town-owned property in Westport’s center known as Baron’s South.
The sole vote not to deny came from Democrat David Lessing.
The debate preceding the vote made clear that the greatest objection members had to the amendment was changing the percentage of affordable units in the proposed project from 60 per cent to 20 percent.
“I’m sure everybody’s not going to be pleased,” said Chairman Chip Stephens after the vote. “I’m sure others will be. This was hard for us as I am sure it is for most of you. Hopefully it’s back to the drawing board. Hopefully that’s not the end of senior housing. We’ve done our job.”
Staples Defeats Bassick 4-2
Staples tri-captain Andrew Puchala (c) returned from an injury today, and scored the go-ahead goal to help lead the Staples boys soccer team to a 4-2 victory over Bassick at Loeffler Field. The Wreckers scored three goals in nine minutes to roar back from a 1-0 deficit, thanks to strikes by Puchala, Josh Berman, Patrick Beusse and Nate Argosh. Kenji Goto keyed the defense for Staples, which is now 2-1-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Murphy, Blumenthal Split on Authorization to Arm Syrian Rebels
By Ann Radaletwww.ctmirror.org
Washington – Connecticut’s Democratic senators split today over legislation that would give the Obama administration authority to arm and train Syrian rebels, but the measure won approval in the Senate on a bipartisan, 78-22 vote.
Sen. Chris Murphy, who has one of the first in the Senate to voice opposition to President Obama’s plan to enlist “moderate” rebels in Syria in the U.S. battle against Islamic militants known as ISIS or ISIL, voted against giving the White House authority to do so. ISIS has seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and is thought to be responsible for beheading two American journalists.
“I simply don’t believe an effective strategy to combat ISIL requires America to get more deeply involved in the Syrian civil war,” Murphy said. “ First, the moderate Syrian rebels have shown a disturbing willingness to join forces with Islamic extremists like the Al Nusra Front, a wing of Al Qaeda, and it will be nearly impossible to stop the rebels we train from joining forces with groups that pose a real threat to the United States.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who has expressed skepticism about the plan, was in the majority of senators who voted for the Syria provision. It was part of a short term spending bill that would keep the government running from Oct. 1 to Dec. 11.
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One More Time for the Levitt
There was a quickly put together performance by Otis and the Hurricanes tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The show was organized so a still photographer could shoot scenes for a marketing campaign, according to Freda Welsh, executive director. Invitations for the performance went out Wednesday to those on the Levitt’s email list. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Jury Deliberating Guilt or Innocence of Rowland
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
New Haven – UPDATE The case against former Gov. John G. Rowland went to the jury at 3:37 p.m. today after a day of argument about whether Rowland, the political wunderkind who became a felon, conspired to illegally hide work for a congressional candidate by accepting a consulting contract from her husband’s company.
[The jury ended deliberations for the day at 5 p.m. and will return Friday at 9 a.m.]
In his 90-minute summation, defense lawyer Reid Weingarten struck a conversational tone with the jury, asking them to see Rowland’s eagerness to consult on congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012 as a bid to get back in the game of politics after a corruption scandal forced his resignation as governor 2004.
“You love him or hate him. Thats just the deal,” Weingarten said, but he ridiculed the government’s contention that Rowland had any thoughts of keeping his role in any campaign a secret. “He can’t make a move in Connecticut without everybody knowing it. That’s just the truth.”
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Brown New Arts Center Education Fellow
The Westport Arts Center (WAC) announced today that Rebecca Brown has been named it new Education Fellow for the 2014-15 season.
In her post, Brown will be responsible for developing and teaching WAC’s arts education programs for young children and teens. She will also assist Lindsay Heffernan, WAC’s education manager with WAC’s outreach programs “Connections” and “WAC Gives Back” in Bridgeport, Norwalk, New Haven and Redding.
Brown, who grew up in Fairfield County before moving as a teenager to Illinois, is a graduate of the University of Iowa, holding a fine arts degree in ceramics and museum studies and a minor is art history.
“After parting ways from Connecticut for nine years, I am excited to be back doing what I love to do, teaching art and inspiring kids,” Brown said.
Getting Ready for Saturday’s Lobster Fest
Tom Wormser and other Westport Rotary Club members began setting up today at Compo Beach for Saturday’s annual Lobster Fest. Tickets are still available at www.westportrotary.org or through Westport Rotary members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
Bright Colors to Welcome Fall
Hula Hoop Exercise at Farmers Market
Demonstrating His Chef Skills
Today’s chef demonstration at the Westport Farmers Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot featured Tarry Lodge Chef Andrew Marsilio who created a cucumber and heirloom tomato bruchetta. The market continues through Nov. 6 and then moves indoors to Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
‘Champagne Tea’ Offered at Farmers Market
Among the vendors at today’s Westport Farmers Market was Om Champagne Tea of Pound Ridge, N.Y. It describes its product as “100 percent certified organic black tea, micro-brewed in small batches and available in four flavors – classic, ginger, turmeric, and Korean red ginseng.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo