Sunday, August 31, 2003
Saturday, August 30, 2003
Westport, like the rest of the nation, has seen gas prices soar in recent days, but a WestportNow survey shows it does pay to shop as there is a 16-cent gap between the lowest and highest self-serve prices in town.
The survey found that the average Westport regular self-serve gasoline sold for $1.93 a gallon today, or about 5 cents higher than the states $1.88 average. A year ago, the state average was $1.53, according to AAA.
The next lowest price was $1.85 at two stations—Greens Farms Getty, 1830 Post Road East, which was having a “5 cents off” sale today and Sunday, and Cumberland Farms Gulf, 719 Post Road East.
In order of increasing price, here are how the other Westport self-serve stations fared:
$1.88 at The Country Store, 332 Wilton Road; $1.90 at Westport Sunoco, 322 Post Road East; $1.94 at Westport BP, 1510 Post Road East; $1.98 at Greens Farms Shell, 1530 Post Road East, and Mobil Self-Serve, 1060 Post Road East; and $1.99 at Bridge Mobil, 558 Riverside Ave., and Christies, 161 Cross Highway.
Of WestportҒs 14 gas stations, three are full-serve only: $2.06 at Riverside Sunoco, 240 Riverside Ave.; $2.07 at Westport Center Mobil, 302 Post Road East, and $2.09 at Westport Getty, 271 Post Road East.
Fairfield County appeared to have the highest prices in Connecticut with the county’s highest prices in the Greenwich area.
Sundays New York Times Connecticut section sets the record straight on a couple of errors in last weekҒs cover story on the Westport Country Playhouse, as noted in WestportNows Aug. 23 report.
ғAn article last Sunday about the Westport Country Playhouse misspelled the name of a co-founder of the theater, the Times said. ԓHe is Lawrence Langner, not Langer.
The article also misidentified where the composer Richard Rodgers was living when he saw a Playhouse production of ӑGreen Grow the Lilicas, which inspired his musical ґOklahoma! It was Fairfield, not Westport.Ҕ
Friday, August 29, 2003
Attorney Representing Child Hit by Longshore Golf Ball Files Notice
An attorney representing a 2-year-old child hit by a golf ball while being pushed by his mother in a stroller at Westports Longshore Club Park has served notice of a claim against the town, Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said today.
A letter noticing the claim said the July 7 incident was ғproximately caused by a road defect.
The child, Benjamin Goldstein, suffered a traumatic brain injury and his mother, Lynn Goldstein, who was pushing him in a jogger stroller along LongshoreԒs entrance drive at the time, suffered serious emotional distress, the letter said.
Strauss said the letter, which can lead to a court action but does not necessarily mean there will be one, was received by her office Tuesday from Neil W. Sutton. He is an attorney with the Bridgeport law firm of Adelman Hirsch and Newman.
The accident happened near the sixth tee of the golf course. The child was taken to Norwalk Hospital and later was transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The Westport News today quoted Sutton as saying the child has recovered remarkably wellӔ from surgery but has a grotesque scarӔ across the top of his head.
As to whether a lawsuit will actually be filed, he told the newspaper: This could be resolved between the parties.Ӕ
Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director, was not immediately available for comment.
But he told WestportNow after the incident that the entrance road was clearly marked with a sign warning of possible errant golf balls that could cause serious injury or death. (See WestportNow July 8, 2003).
The letter said the cause of this incident was a defect in the road at that location, specifically the failure to install any fence, net, or other barrier or protective device between the tee for sixth holeӔ and the roadway.
It said Benjamin’s “earning capacity and his ability to enjoy life’s activities have been permanently reduced as a result of this incident and the road defect” and his parents had incurred medical bills.
The letter added: ” As a further result of this incident, and the defect in the road, Lynne Goldstein, who witnessed her son being struck and seriously injured by the golf ball, suffered serious emotional distress.”
Last years Staples High School seniors scored a combined average of 1155 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), a slight improvement over the previous year but the same as two years ago, the school district said today.
Joyce Losen, assistant to the superintendent, said the Staples Class of 2003 scored 584 in math and 571 in verbal. This was 16 points better than the previous year which saw an average of 576 in math and 563 verbal for a combined score of 1139, but the same combined score as in 2001.
The scores were well above the state averages of 514 in math and 512 verbal, she said.
The highest possible combined SAT score is 1600.
The Connecticut combined verbal and math scores rose eight points to 1026—the same as the national average, according to figures released this week by the College Board, which gives the exam formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
In Connecticut, the average verbal score increased three points in 2003, to 512, the highest level in 14 years. The average math score was 514, up five points from last year and the highest since class data was first collected 31 years ago.
For comparison purposes, Staples studentsҒ average scores in 2001 were 588 in math and 567 in verbal for a combined score of 1155; in 2000, 590 in math and 569 in verbal for a combined score of 1159, and in 1999, 561 in math and 552 in verbal for a combined score of 1113.
Losen told WestportNow that while Schools Supt. Elliott Landon was pleased with this years scores, he understands that yearly fluctuations in scores within a school are not uncommon and may reflect differences among particular classes or other factors unrelated to the school program.
Todays Connecticut Post spotlights Staples grad and UConn football star Sean MulcahyҒs career aspirations and if he doesn֒t get to play in the NFL, he has a backup plan to become a general manager.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound defensive lineman from Westport would love to get a chance to play in the NFL, with the Giants or anyone else for that matter, after he graduates from UConn,” the newspaper said.
ӓWith a successful final season for the Huskies, who open up their new campaign and new stadium, Rentschler Field, Saturday against Indiana, Mulcahy might be given a shot to play professionally.
But if he doesn’t get to tackle fullbacks, Mulcahy has a fallback plan. If the Giants don’t have a hole on the defensive line, they might have an opening in the front office.
ӓMulcahy, it turns out, wants to be a general manager.
“That’s something I’d definitely like to do,Ғ the 2000 Staples High graduate said this week. I want to stay in the game in some way, and whenever my career ends, I’d want to get into the front office.ђ
Westports Rolnick Observatory Still Busy With Mars Viewers
WestportҒs Rolnick Observatory hosted dozens of people Thursday night and early today hoping to catch a glimpse of Mars.
Although the Westport Astronomical Society announced special viewing hours were 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., the observatory stayed open past midnight as visitors arrived in a steady stream at its location on Bayberry Lane behind the Westport Weston Health District office.
While many people lined up to use the observatory telescope, others took advantage of the willingness of several amateur astronomers who set up their own telescopes on the lawn nearby to share their views and knowledge with visitors.
One man said his telescope was slightly more powerful than the Rolnick scope. Another said his scope had been only recently liberated from an old barn where a father had stored it for more than 40 years after his teenage son had lost interest in astronomy.
Mars appeared as a bright whitish ball through the scopes, its polar ice cap clearly visible.
Visitors moved from scope to scope peering through the viewfinders. The scene was dark except for the natural light from the clear sky and a few dim red flashlights illuminating “donation” signs on scattered tables.
On Wednesday, Mars reached its closest point to earth in 60,000 years. But astronomers at the Westport facility said with good weather, there should be continued good viewing for several days.
Of course, none of the views matched that of the Hubble telescope.
Thursday, August 28, 2003
Its not every restaurant that merits a mention in an obituary. But BridgeportҒs vegetarian Bloodroot restaurant did when a Westporter died this summer and that brought a mention in today֒s Hartford Courant review of the well-known eatery and bookstore.
Customers are committed to Bloodroot, and the restaurant’s staff has a close kinship with them, too,Ӕ the newspaper said.
When 91-year-old Cynthia B. Harrison of Westport died this summer, her children put a paragraph about their mother’s love of going to Bloodroot and being part of the restaurant’s group of friends, into her obituary.
ӓThe obituary is posted, along with a special poster crafted by the restaurant to remember Cynthia; photos of her, and the words We Miss Her,ђ are on the poster, right as you walk in the door. She is remembered at Bloodroot for her cheerful and intelligent spirit.ђ”
NY Times Corrects Westport Fire Death Report Error
Todays New York Times carries a correction to its erroneous Aug. 16 report that one person died in a fire in Westport during the Aug. 14 blackout.
ғBecause of an editing error, an article on Aug. 16 about fires during the blackout misidentified the Connecticut city where a woman was killed in a blaze that officials attributed to a candle left burning. It was Waterbury, not Westport, the Times said.
WestportNow called the TimesԒs attention to the error (See WestportNow Aug. 16, 2003).
A Times Metro section employee told WestportNow the correction was delayed because the newspapers e-mail system became “severely compromised by the computer viruses/worms etc.”
While some real estate agents may see a softening in the luxury home market, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. says Westport is its hottest market so far this year in Connecticut.
The company said today that its affiliates’ mid-year 2003 sales of luxury homes increased by 8.2 percent with 5,849 homes sold with a value of $1 million or more. Westport topped its Connecticut list, ahead of Greenwich and New Canaan.
It said Westport had $68.9 million in sales in the first six months, ranking No. 30 on Coldwell Bankers top 75 city sales list. Greenwich was No. 33 with $65.6 million, and New Canaan was No. 71 with $29.9 million.
Out of the top 30 states in Coldwell Banker luxury home sales, California continued to lead the country reporting more than half the sales of luxury homes with more than $5.5 billion in sales volume.
Florida was the next strongest state with more than $1 billion in luxury home sales volume. Connecticut was No. 6 with $347.8 million in sales.
Only Greenwich in Connecticut made the company’s top 50 individual home sales list, ranking No. 33 with a sale of $7.25 million.
So far Westport has not reported any cases, but the state says mosquitoes and crows infected with West Nile virus have been found again in neighboring Fairfield.
It was the second time infected mosquitoes and birds have been found in Fairfield, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) said Tuesday.
Positive mosquitoes or birds have been found in 48 towns in the state this year, including in addition to Fairfield, Stamford, Darien, Redding, Stratford, Monroe, Newtown, Shelton, Trumbull, and Naugatuck in Fairfield County.
The DPH said the mosquitoes trapped in Monroe on Aug. 14 and the ones caught in New Haven Aug. 19 are the type that feed on humans. The others were predominantly bird-biting.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.
The most common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever and headaches. It can also lead to other complications such as encephalitis, meningitis, convulsions, paralysis or death.
There has been one human case of the virus this year in Connecticut. A North Stonington woman in her 60s is recovering after developing symptoms in late July, shortly after a trip to Colorado. Health officials said there is a good chance she did not contract the virus in Connecticut.
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Rep. Christopher Shays, on a fact-finding mission to the Middle East, deserted his Congressional travel trappings again over the weekend and hooked up with workers from Westport’s Save the Children in Iraq.
The Fairfield County Republican did the same thing four months ago, becoming the first member of Congress to get into Iraq after the war.
According to The Associated Press, Shays was the only lawmaker to stay overnight in Iraq - once again traveling over the Kuwait border with humanitarian workers rather than with an official delegation.
“We could hear gunfire and there was a break-in at a home three doors down, where one person was shot in the shoulder,” said Shays, who stayed in a house operated by Save the Children on Saturday night.
“Your senses become quite acute. You look at someone who’s looking at you, and they have their hand in their pocket, and you wonder what they have in their pocket.”
He told the AP he stayed the night because “Save the Children employees do it every night.” And he took the opportunity to mingle with Iraqi citizens - something he had little chance to do with the congressional delegation.
“They need things they don’t have - Iraqi police need weapons, Iraq needs electricity and running water,” Shays said. “They need nurses, they need medicine, they need oxygen.”
Shays, who is chairman of a Government Reform subcommittee on defense, said he plans to hold hearings after Congress comes back next month to debate Iraq issues.
Mars Viewing Spurs Interest in Westport Observatory
The neighborhood is hopping at Westports Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane as public interest is high in viewing Mars.
The Westport Astronomical Society is hosting visitors to the observatory every evening this week from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. except Sunday.
Cloud cover could hamper tonightҒs viewing.
On Wednesday, Mars will reach its closest point to the earth in 60,000 years.
And attention procrastinators—Mars will not make another neighborly visit this close until 2287.
Police Step Up Speed Enforcement Activities as School Year Opens
Westport police are stepping up their speed enforcement activities with the opening of public schools Wednesday.
Units have been deployed along streets leading to schools, especially in the North Avenue area around Staples High School and Bedford Middle School, according to motorists passing by the area.
Police made no official announcement of the action, but they have undertaken similar increased enforcement in past years in the days leading to school opening.
Police cars also have escorted some of the buses on the opening days in order to enhance safety.
The Westport Country Playhouse, maintaining the-show-must-go-on tradition, has partnered with The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts for its 2004 season while the Westport venue undergoes a major renovation.
The Playhouse said it will produce a shortened season of two plays and a series of special events utilizing the Ridgefield venue as a temporary home while construction takes place. The Playhouse will reopen in 2005, its 75th anniversary year.
In a news release, the Playhouse said its management visited two dozen different venues in Fairfield County in search of an interim stage.
“The Ridgefield Playhouse came out on top for several reasons,” said Joanne Woodward, the Playhouse’s artistic director. “First, it is close to Westport, only 15 miles door-to-door.
It’s a beautiful theatre, recently restored in 2000, with comfortable seating, great sightlines, convenient parking, and all the backstage necessities to produce theatre of the caliber that we strive to bring our audiences.”
In addition to the two plays at The Ridgefield Playhouse, the Kids’ Playhouse will be presented at a location in Westport to be determined, the Playhouse said.
Other Playhouse programming for the transitional 2004 season, including music, film, staged readings, and more, is currently under consideration and will be announced at a later date, the announcement said.
Monday, August 25, 2003
Todays New York Times takes a look at the just completed New York International Fringe Festival that includes a skit lampooning Westport, Conn.
Reviewer Bruce Weber writes:”ҒPeas and Carrots,” a sketch comedy show from the Courthouse Theater Company, which is based in Barnstable, Mass., on Cape Cod, has a nice, modest feel and a pleasing, self-aware sophistication.
ғThe best of the six skits in Stephen O’Rourke’s script are the first, Ginger’s Season,ђ a sendup of high society in which an actor posing as an audience member answers his cellphone to take a surprise call from an actress on the stage and gradually gets inveigled into taking part in the social snobbery onstage; and the last, Westport,ђ a rather ingenious lampoon of the decision to invade Iraq by depicting a Connecticut under siege and three denizens of Fairfield County holed up in a suburban house and living with their idea of deprivation: We’re down to our last wheel of brie.ђ
When their liberators finally appear, announcing that civil rights have been restored, one of the Westport women says, ӑWe didn’t use them, anyway. And the soldiers make their exit, vowing to continue their search for ґweapons of mass consumption.Ҕ
The program for the festival contains this description of “Peas and Carrots”: “Six sketches ranging from a drawing room comedy that goes terribly awry to a woman in Westport, CT desperately waiting for her UPS delivery despite the fact that invading forces are fast advancing and have just ‘liberated’ Darien.”
If you travel to Japan and want wireless Internet access for your laptop or mobile device, theres a Westport waiting for you.
In this case, itҒs Westport Communications Inc. The Tokyo-based company sells wireless Internet data cards, bundled with network and ISP service, with English sales and support.
Why Westport? And is there a Westport, Connecticut connection? Perhaps a WestportNow reader can provide the answer.
Update (8/25/03): Katie McMahon of Westport Communications Inc. supplies the answer:
“It’s named after Westport Co. Mayo, Ireland. That is from where my Irish granny emmigrated at age 18. She went alone to America to make a better life for herself, and due to her courage, my life was full of amazing opportunities. She lived to be 98.
“Anyway, I wanted to name the company in her honor and, well, the ‘west’ and ‘port’ also rang nicely with the market we target & computer/tech. Westport Connecticut, however, is most people’s guess.”
Sunday, August 24, 2003
With gas prices leaping almost by the hour, an online gas price-monitoring service is looking for more consumers, including Westporters, to tell it who has got the highest and lowest gas prices in town and the area.
The Connecticut site has prices from nearby communities, but it appears no one is monitoring Westport. So if you are fed up with high gas prices and want to spread the word, heres your chance—- www.connecticutgasprices.com.
Sundays New York Times Connecticut section prominently features two Westport stories Җ the renovation of the Westport Country Playhouse and the ongoing dispute between Westport boaters and a Westport doctor-oyster entrepreneur.
The Playhouse story with three photos takes up most of the front page. It continues inside for another half page with four more photos.
The Times reviews the Playhouse history and details the $17 million renovation set to begin at the end of this summers season. Artistic director Joanne Woodward is featured in the story.
But it also contains several errors and an omission.
The newspaper repeats a spelling error in the surname of one of the PlayhouseҒs founders which it also made on April 29 and which it corrected—with some prodding from WestportNow—on May 26.
The Sunday section article by David Cote, assistant drama editor at Time Out magazine, says the Playhouse was founded in 1931 by Lawrence “Langer and his wife Armina Marshall. The correct spelling is Langner (See WestportNow April 29 and May 26, 2003).
The article also identifies him as a member of the Theater Guild, which he was. But he is better known as the co-founder of the Guild (with his wife).
It also says Richard Rodgers was a Westport summer resident when he went to see the Playhouse production of ԓGreen Grow the Lilacs in 1940. Three years later, the play became the Rodgers and Hammerstein legendary hit musical ԓOklahoma!
As Westport author Max Wilk recounts in his ԓOK! The Story of Oklahoma!, Rodgers in fact had a home in Fairfield, not Westport, at the time.
The Times notes that the Playhouse has featured the work of playwright David Wiltse several times and this summer presented the world premiere of his Nazi-era drama, ԓThe Good German.
ԓMr. Wiltse, who lives in the area, is the closest the Playhouse has to a resident playwright, having been produced there four times, the Times said.
And while the story contains numerous quotes from Anne Keefe, the PlayhouseԒs associate artistic director, it fails to say that Keefe is married to Wiltse.
The oyster story is by James Lomuscio, a former Westport News and Westport Magazine editor and a frequent Times contributor.
It is a good review of the dispute involving boaters and plans by Westporter John Garofalo to harvest oysters off of Westport using suspended cages. (See WestportNow July 24, 2003).
Friday, August 22, 2003
Connecticut Post Highlights Saturday Westport UFO Picnic
Todays Connecticut Post takes a look at Westport-based Smoking Gun Research Agency and its Saturday UFO picnic at Sherwood Island State Park.
Columnist Charles Walsh noted that 24-year-old Westporter Jon Nowinksi, the brains behind the group, is ғdisappointingly normal looking. No Finger-in-a-Light-Socket hair. No counter-rotating eyes.
Smoking Gun’s Web site has details of the picnic, scheduled from noon to sunset. Admission is free.
Westports reputation for its top-notch school system is a bit tarnished today thanks to a state Department of Education list that lumps the town with failed school systems across the state.
School officials said the listing came as a complete surprise and was due to one student failing to take a test at Bedford Middle School.
TodayҒs New York Times illustrates the problem. A Hartford-datelined report in the newspapers metropolitan section headlined ғLagging Public Schools Listed began this way:
ԓThe State Education Department yesterday listed 149 public elementary, middle and high schools, some in such affluent towns as West Hartford and Westport, that do not meet federal standards for basic subjects like reading and mathematics.”
The report, while appearing on the newspaper’s Web site, did not appear, however, in editions delivered to Westport homes this morning.
An Associated Press story Thursday on the list of schools that failed to meet minimum standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind law similarly cited Westport prominently.
Neither the Times nor The AP differentiated Westports failure for a non-academic reason from those schools that failed on academics.
But reports in three of Connecticut’s largest newspapers this morning—Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven—did make the distinction. None noted, however, that Westport’s appearance was because of one student not taking a test.
Schools Supt. Elliott Landon told WestportNow, in effect, that the state list was a bum rap for Westport. The problem, he said, had everything to do with how many Westport students took a test and nothing to do with academics.
The stateҒs Web site which carried the complete list of failed schools supported Landons view. It clearly said WestportҒs appearance on the list was because of a failure in the participation-onlyӔ category.
Landon explained that Westport had a 94 percent participation rating because one of Bedford Middle Schools 48 students with disabilities had failed to take a Connecticut Mastery Test. The precise reason was not known, he said, but could have been attendance-related.
A minimum 95 percent participation rate was required under the federal law.
Landon said WestportҒs inclusion on the list for a non-academic reason demonstrates clearly only one of the many problems associated with the No Child Left Behind Act.”
He said he had no inkling Westport would be on the list released Thursday. “It was as much a surprise to us as to everyone else,” he told WestportNow today.
The Connecticut Post, printed in Bridgeport, reported today: “Bedford Middle School in Westport is on the list because less than 95 percent of the student body or any subgroup did not take the test.”
Today’s New Haven Register reported: “However, there were also some unlikely appearances (on the list). Bedford Middle School in affluent Westport made the list because too few of its students participated in the 2002 exam. “
The Hartford Courant said: ” Even Westport, one of the state’s wealthiest towns, has a school on the list because it failed to test enough of its students.”
A 25-year-old Bridgeport man was killed early today in a one-car accident on the Merritt Parkway between exits 42 in Westport and 44 in Fairfield, state police said.
A motorist in another car involved in the accident complained of back and knee pain but did not want to be transported to a hospital, they said.
The Westport Fire Department and Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service responded to the incident on the northbound side at 12:44 a.m.
The man who died was trapped in the car and had to be extricated, state police said. The car crashed into a tree after striking the other car from behind, police said.
Police later identified the victim as Wilson A. Montero, an employee of the Italian Center in Stamford.
The other driver, David V. Palmer, 33, of Redding, told police he was driving in the right hand lane when Montero’s car approached him from the rear at a high rate of speed and struck his car.
Palmer’s car then spun out and blew a tire before coming to a stop on the shoulder of the right-hand lane, police said.
Thursday, August 21, 2003
The state announced today that two Westport service stations are among 262 independent garages authorized to conduct vehicle emissions testing.
They are Bridge Mobil at 558 Riverside Ave. and Greens Farms Shell Service at 1530 Post Road East.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said emissions testing will begin next month. It said it will have 300 authorized stations by December.
It said repairs can be done in the same station where vehicles are tested, or at a repair facility chosen by car owners. However, to be eligible for a waiver the repairs must be performed by a registered emissions repair facility.
The new system replaces 25 state vehicle emission testing stations. They were closed down last year amid allegations of fradulent testing.
More information is available at a special DMV Web site.
I-95 Multi-Vehicle Accident Kills One
A multi-vehicle accident on I-95’s northbound lane near Westport’s exit 17 killed a Brooklyn, N.Y. man and shut down much of the highway today, forcing cars and trucks to get off on local roadways, state police said.
Two people in a car that collided with a tractor-trailer were seriously hurt in the accident. The man had to be extricated from the car by the Westport Fire Department and later died at Norwalk Hospital, police said.
Police identified him as Howard S. Stein, 57. They said his passenger in the car, Louise Forsyth, 56, also of Brooklyn, was hospitalized. The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service transported the victims to Norwalk Hospital.
Police said a 1988 Honda driven by Stein moved from the right to the center lane, colliding with a Mack truck. The Honda then hit a third vehicle in the left lane, forcing it into the median barrier.
The 1:50 p.m accident caused a backup that stretched to at least exit 8 in Stamford.
By 4 p.m., the accident had been cleared and drivers were experiencing only the usual late afternoon delays.
The state Department of Education today cited Westport as having one of 149 schools in 34 districts that are not meeting the federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.
But Westport’s schools superintendent said the inclusion was not academic-related but resulted from one student failing to take a test.
The state’s education Web site said Bedford Middle School (BMS) failed in the “participation only” category.
Schools Supt. Elliott Landon told WestportNow that Bedford’s inclusion on the list resulted from a student with disabilities either being absent on a test day or not taking the test for some other reason.
We do know that this is about one student out of 48 students with disabilities that did not take some form of the 2002 CMT (Connecticut Mastery Test),Ӕ he said.
Landon said Westports inclusion on the list for a non-academic reason ғdemonstrates clearly only one of the many problems associated with the No Child Left Behind Act.”
He said school officials had just completed a review of the 2002 test results from Bedford and had spoken to Sarah Ellsworth at the state Department of Educations evaluation and research division.
ғAccording to Sarah, 48 students with disabilitiesђ were reported at BMS. We calculated that 45 of the 48 took the test, or 94 percent, Landon said.
ԓTo achieve 95 percent participation, we needed 46 out of 48 students to take the test. Of the three who did not take the test, we know that two were absent. We do not know the status of the third student.
Landon said the state official confirmed that 48 is the correct number of students with disabilities eligible for the CMT test at Bedford, combining sixth and eighth graders.
But he said she could not confirm the actual number of students attributed to BMS who took the test.
Landon added: ԓWhat complicates this further is that not all of the sixth graders who took the test at BMS had their scores attributed to BMS because the scores are attributed back to the school students attended for fifth grade in 2001-2002.
Obviously some of the sixth graders at BMS were fifth graders in another school in 2001-2002.Ӕ
Landon said the district will continue to pursue the issue with the state and that Ellsworth promised to get him more data by Monday.
There are no immediate federal or state consequences for the schools on the list, The Associated Press reported.
But if they fail to meet the requirements for two consecutive years they will be deemed “in need of improvement.” They will then be required to offer students extra tutoring or the opportunity to transfer to a higher-achieving school.
State officials stressed that schools on the list are not failing, but need to better serve every group of students.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Westport to Receive $30,000 More State Aid
The state legislation enacted over the weekend to implement Connecticuts 2003-2004 fiscal year budget provides for a $30,000 increase in state aid to Westport, according to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM).
The lobbying group for ConnecticutҒs member towns and municipalities said Westport was one of the lucky ones.
It said it in a news release that more than 100 of the states 169 municipalities will receive less state aid in the next fiscal year than last.
According to figures compiled by CCM, Westport will receive $1,613,567 this year compared to $1,583,211 last year, a $30,356, or 2 percent, increase.
The numbers include multiple forms of town aid, including educational-cost sharing and other types of state grants.
Among neighboring communities, Wilton had a $46,259 increase and Easton had a $32,432 raise. But aid was cut to Weston by $37,897, Norwalk by $337,290, and Fairfield by $771,349, CCM said.
State legislative sources said increases to towns such as Westport were intended to make up for reductions in past years.