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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Staples Soccer Player Pulled From Burning Car Undergoes Surgery

The 17-year-old Staples soccer player pulled from a burning car wreck near Long Lots School Aug. 1 by a passerby has undergone major surgery at New York University Hospital, according to the Staples soccer Web site.

In an item headlined Rob Paniccia Ӓ04 Update, the site said Robert J. Paniccia, a striker on the Staples team who will be a senior this year, underwent almost six hours of surgery on Monday.

ԓA team of doctors inserted three plates and numerous screws in his elbow and rebuilt part of the bone, the report said. ԓThey also secured his hip and said he will begin walking soon. The prognosis is good, although therapy and recovery will take many weeks.

Paniccia, who was a front seat passenger in the car, was pulled from the wreckage by Kevin Slater, a Westport Realtor and Staples summer theater technical director. Three others in the car managed to escape with lesser injuries. (See WestportNow Aug. 1, 2003)

Paniccia transferred to Staples last year from Greens Farms Academy.

   

08/13/03 07:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Schools Superintendent Faces Brown Baggers

Westport Schools Supt. Elliott Landon addressed a special summer session of the First Selectwoman’s brown bag luncheon today. His more than two-hour appearance drew an overflow crowd of more than 50 guests. Landon defended the Board of Education’s decision to retain changed school start times to save money and said he had no intention of responding to two parents who had authored a detailed analysis of school business practices. He said he would be responsive only to town bodies. WestportNow.com photo

   

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Schools Superintendent Calls Newspaper FOI Complaint “Unfortunate”

Westport Schools Supt. Elliott Landon said today it was unfortunate that The Hour of Norwalk felt it necessary to file a Freedom of Information Act complaint against him and the Board of Education (BOE) over its request for e-mail correspondence.

The newspaper filed the complaint Monday with the state’s Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford. It said shortly after Landon received a copy, he gave the requested e-mails to its reporter, Jennifer Connic.

The correspondence was about the controversial school start times issue and the system’s insurance fund that had been sent and received by a quorum of the school board since July 1.  The Hour said it had requested the e-mails on July 25.

The board held a special meeting on the issue Aug. 4 and voted 4-3 to retain the changed start times. (See WestportNow Aug. 4, 2003)

As late as Friday morning, Aug. 8, I informed Ms. Connic that she would have all e-mails requested no later than the afternoon of Aug. 11,Ӕ Landon told WestportNow.

Ms. Connic assured me that Aug. 11 was acceptable to her, but warned that were we to delay beyond that date, she would, on behalf of The Hour, file an FOI complaint.  Unfortunately, Ms. Connic filed the FOI complaint before receiving the promised e-mails on the assigned date.Ӕ

The Hours editor, James Dean, disputed LandonҒs version. He said neither had the superintendent promised to turn over the documents to Connic on Monday nor had the reporter told him this was acceptable.

Jennifer was never promised the documents by Monday,Ӕ Dean told WestportNow. ThatӒs not our understanding. While there was a possibility of getting them Monday, we had been asking for them for two weeks.

The newspaper today carried a front-page story on its filing of a formal letter of complaint with the FOI panel. The story said belated distribution of the e-mails did not make its complaint moot.

ԓThe (Hour’s) letter to the commission also asked the commission to rule if school officials had acted promptlyђ under the law, the story said. ԓThe e-mails were not distributed until a week after the school board had discussed the school start-time issue.

The Hour made a copy of the complaint letter available to WestportNow. It was signed by Dean and Connic and copied to Landon.

“Landon distributed the information to The Hour shortly after receiving a copy of the complaint,” the newspaper’s story said. It quoted him as saying, “We regret that The Hour staff thought we weren’t acting in a prompt fashion.”

Landon said his vacation and those of some board members delayed the response. He said he also wanted to have the messages reviewed by the boardԒs attorney for items protected by attorney/client privilege and those protected because of negotiations strategies.Ӕ 

The Hour quoted Dean, its editor, as saying: It appears to us that the school board, in concert with the superintendent, is doing the publicӒs business out of the public view. We believe technology cannot be allowed to serve as a way of avoiding public debate and scrutiny.

The newspaperԒs story did not cite any of the information contained in the e-mails.

It was the second FOI complaint filed against Landon and the school system in less than two years. Seven parents filed a complaint in December 2001 over denial of access to meetings, records, and agendas of a kindergarten review committee.

The commission upheld the complaints in May 2002 and directed Landon and the school board to strictly complyӔ with provisions of the FOI Act.

Update (8/13/03):Wednesday’s The Hour carried excerpts from some of the e-mails. They included exchanges among board members stating their position on the start-time issue and seeking to win over others to their view. Members also discussed The Hour’s request for copies of the e-mails.

   

08/12/03 08:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, August 11, 2003

Tractor-Trailer Carrying Nitrogen Hits Saugatuck

Tractor-Trailer Carrying Nitrogen Hits Saugatuck Avenue Railroad Bridge
A tractor-trailer carrying nitrogen got stuck under the Metro North Railroad bridge on Saugatuck Avenue today. There was no leak in the tank and no injuries, officials said.

The 18-wheeler hit the bridge at about 10:20 a.m. Police closed the road for an hour while firefighters and Metro North police inspected the damage and removed the truck.

A Department of Environmental Protection official also responded to the scene.

Firefighters said damage to the bridge appeared to be minimal and there was only minor damage to the truck.

Railroad traffic was not halted while emergency workers removed the truck from under the bridge.

   

08/11/03 02:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Profits Fall

Westporter Martha Stewart, facing a January trial on charges of obstructing justice in connection with an insider-trading scandal, is also facing lower profits at her company as result.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. today posted sharply lower quarterly profit, forecast wider-then-expected losses ahead and said it would remain under pressure until the legal problems of its namesake founder had been resolved.

The company reported lower second-quarter publishing and merchandising results as selling, promotion, general and administrative costs increased.

“We believe that the Martha Stewart Living core brand will continue to be under pressure until resolution of Martha Stewart’s personal legal situation,” Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said in a statement.

The company, which publishes Martha Stewart Living magazine and sells a line of home products at retailer Kmart, reported second-quarter net income of $931,000, or 2 cents per share, compared with $6.7 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.

Operating income was $1.5 million, down from $13.1 million a year earlier. Revenue fell to $65.8 million from $78.6 million.

   

08/11/03 01:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hartford Courant: Playhouses ғAll My My Sons Deserves Longer Life

Todays Hartford Courant has a glowing review of the Westport Country PlayhouseҒs latest offering, Arthur Millers ғAll My Sons.
Richard Dreyfuss and Jill Clayburgh in “All My Sons.” Westport Country Playhouse photo
Courant theater critic Malcolm Johnson wrote: “ԒAll My Sons, which opened Friday in a sterling revival at the Westport Country Playhouse, speaks passionately and truly about the guilt and anger in the days after World War II, but its characters also deliver a soul-piercing message for today, about war, sacrifice and the corrupting forces of business. ҔWestport has put together an exceptional production, directed by Doug Hughes and pairing Richard Dreyfuss and the remarkable Jill Clayburgh as a couple with a terrible secret and compensating delusions. The review concludes: ԓLast season, Westport sent its Our Townђ to Broadway, and Paul Newman won a Tony nomination for his stage manager. Hughes’ ӑAll My Sons also deserves to find a longer life, and certainly Clayburgh, whose career has burned bright and faded, deserves some kind of award for a singular performance that gives this powerful and timely play its ardent, loyal and deluded heart.Ҕ The Playhouse production runs until Aug. 23.

   

08/11/03 12:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Paul Newman Could Become Westport Selectman in Recall Election

Its a slow August for news, so a Middletown newspaper got to wondering whether there could be a California-style recall election in Connecticut involving well-known entertainers.

It asked the Connecticut Secretary of the StateҒs office which came up with the answer on a state-wide level no, but there are five municipalities among the state֒s 169 towns and cities where it could happen. Westport is one of them.

The Middletown Press quoted Marisa Morello, legislative liaison for Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, as saying: “We have no recall provisions for governor here in this state. Weve had bill proposals, similar to the California provisions, as recent as last session, but a decision never seem to be made.”

The newspaper added: ғHowever, Morello did say there are five municipalities, New Haven, Bristol, Milford, Stratford and Westport, that have had municipal recall provisions in place since the 1950s. Morello indicated the municipal provisions were part of a special act of the legislature.

So, that means screen legend Paul Newman, a Westport resident, couldnԒt make a run for governor in a recall, but he could replace one of his hometowns selectmen.

“ҒIn any of those five municipalities anything is possible, Morello said. ґBut as for anyone becoming governor through the same sort of circumstances that California is facing now, it just couldnt be possible, not under Connecticut law.Ғ

There’s no word where Newman stands on dogs at the beaches, school starting times, the use of Baron’s South or Winslow Park, or bridge naming. But one could always speculate. After all, it is August. And there is still time to petition to run for the RTM.

   

08/10/03 12:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Helps Busy Norwalk Ambulance

Westport Helps Busy Norwalk Ambulance Service
Norwalk relies on emergency medical service operations in neighboring towns, including Westport, to respond to 911 calls more than any other local municipality, according to a report in todays The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk.

It said one of the services it relies on most Җ Darien has a mutual-aid response time slower than the statewide average, according to state health data.

The Advocate, in a story headlined “Ambulances called too slow,” said Norwalk officials were seeking ways to improve the situation which undoubtedly would be more costly.

Norwalk EMS, based at and operated by Norwalk Hospital, passed along 911 calls to neighboring EMS providers 155 times in 2002—three times more than Stamford did, according to the report.

According to statistics compiled by the state Department of Public Health, Norwalk called for out-of-town medical assistance from Darien 90 times and Westport 70 times. During the same period, Stamford requested help 47 times, the newspaper said.

The towns have a mutual-aid agreement with the city to provide emergency assistance when it is overwhelmed by one or more separate, concurrent incidents.

However, it often can take much longer for responders from outside the city to arrive. Darien EMS Post 53 had an average response time of 16.65 minutes, while Westport EMS’ response was 6.2 minutes for mutual-aid calls, according to the state report.

In Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport and Wilton, emergency medical services called for mutual aid less than 12 times in 2002, the newspaper said.

   

08/10/03 07:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Westport Playhouse Sets Renovation Fundraiser

Its an all-star cast for a Westport Country Playhouse event to raise funds to support the renovation of the historic structure. An announcement said Carole King, Paul Newman, and Robin Williams will headline the Oct. 9 event at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. Called “Breaking New Ground: A Celebration!,” the evening will pay homage to the Playhouse with a look back at the history of the theatre and the many luminaries that have performed there. There will be cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, a live auction, and celebrity entertainment.
A model of the renovated Westport Country Playhouse to reopen in 2005. Westport Country Playhouse photo
Playhouse artistic director Joanne Woodward, who with her husband are long-time Westport residents, said of the benefit, “Getting Paul to even go to anything like this is a major coup, and we have him as our auctioneer. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if he wears a suit.” Among the other major celebrities lending their support are actress Olivia de Haviland as honorary chair and Miramax CEO and part-time Westport resident Harvey Weinstein as corporate chair. The announcement described the event as being of special importance to the success of the ғCampaign for a New Era, a $30.5 million campaign to renovate and expand the Playhouse. The campaign will also support artistic enrichment and education program development, property acquisition, and endowment. To date, organizers have raised more than $17.5 million. The Playhouse will close its 73rd summer season with the Irish Repertory Theatre’s musical production of the Victorian melodrama, “The Streets of New York,” Aug.27-Sept.13. It was the first play produced at the Playhouse in 1931 and returns as the grand finale prior to the 18-month renovation project. The 2004 season will be produced off-site while construction takes place. The refurbished Playhouse will reopen in 2005 for its 75th anniversary year. Admission for “Breaking New Ground: A Celebration!” is by reservation only. Tickets range from $500 to $2000 per person. Tables of 10 range from $25,000 to $50,000.

   

08/09/03 02:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, August 08, 2003

WestportNow… and Then: Main Street 1913



WestportNow continues its occasional feature of Westport postcard scenes of the past and how they look today. Bottom is a 1913 view of Main Street from what was known as Fountain Square, named after the fountain from which horses could drink as their riders passed by. Top is Main Street today with only a few recognizable buildings. WestportNow photo/file photo

   

08/08/03 05:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Hall Gets Big Screen

Town Hall Gets Big Screen TV
A big screen plasma TV has replaced the meeting notice board in the Westport Town Hall lobby. The television carries meeting notices and Tuesday night carried live coverage of the Representative Town Meeting as it was broadcast on the town cable channel. First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell said she intends to increase public meeting TV coverage this fall. One added benefit—those attending a meeting being broadcast from the auditorium can step into the lobby for a break and still keep up with proceedings inside. WestportNow.com photo

   

08/08/03 02:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Planning and Zoning Commission Denies

Planning and Zoning Commission Denies Without Prejudice ARS Application
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night denied without prejudice a controversial application by ARS Partners Inc. of Fairfield for a 22-unit clustered housing development abutting Partrick Road and Newtown Turnpike.

The commission, by a 7-0 vote,  said the applicant needed to provide additional environmental testing information about its plan to develop the 56-acre parcel which contains about 36 acres of wetlands.

Opponents of the single-family housing development, called The Reserve at Poplar Plains, hailed the commissions decision as a victory for the entire town.

“This is a victory not just for the Partrick Wetlands community, but for all of Westport,” said Matthew Mandell, a spokesperson for the Patrick Wetlands Preservation Fund, a group that has led opposition to the plan. “The health and well being of our residents should never be in jeopardy or in question.

“A small grassroots movement was embraced by the entire town and stopped a freight train. The next goal is to remove it from the tracks.”

Town boards and commissions have been considering the latest plan of development of the area, formerly known as the F. D. Rich property, for almost two years. The land is zoned open space residential development, a special zone that allows clusters in exchange for preserving the wetlands and open space.

The commission acted after earlier in the evening hearing a discussion of a proposal by the members of the Downtown Merchants Association to improve the downtown area by adding parking as well as mixed use retail and apartment space on Elm Street.

   

08/08/03 03:44 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, August 07, 2003

Westport Beaches Reopen

Westport’s Compo Beach and Burying Hill Beach reopened to swimmers this afternoon after being shut down almost 48 hours because of an increased bacterial count.

Judy Nelson, director of the Westport-Westpon Health District, ordered the beaches closed to swimmers Tuesday following abnormally high bacterial counts found at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

The beaches reopened after a test of the waters Wednesday showed problems created by rains and a sewage spill at the Bridgeport wastewater treatment had abated.

   

08/07/03 06:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

WestportNow… and Then: Post Road East Circa 1937



WestportNow continues its occasional feature of Westport postcard scenes of the past and how they look today. Bottom is a circa 1937 view of State Street East. The YMCA is at the left, Westport Bank and Trust Co. in the center, and Toquet Opera House near right with the four windows. The building with the rounded roof is the Fine Arts Theatre. Top is the view today of Post Road East—the YMCA remains at the left, HUBCO Bank occupies the center building, the theatre is now Restoration Hardware, and there is a teen center on the second floor of what is now called Toquet Hall. WestportNow photo/file photo

   

08/06/03 10:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Don’t Go Near the Water

Westport’s Compo Beach is almost deserted Wednesday because of an emergency no swimming order by the Westport-Weston Health District. Rain caused high bacteria counts at nearby Sherwood Island State Park and prompted Westport to close its beaches pending results of new water tests due Thursday. WestportNow.com photo

   

08/06/03 08:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Westport Closes Beaches to Swimming

Westport closed Compo Beach and Burying Hill Beach to swimming today after elevated bacteria counts were found at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

The beaches will remain closed to swimmers until at least Thursday.

Judy Nelson, director of the Westport-Weston Health District, told WestportNow that heavy rains had contributed to a problem at the Bridgeport sewage plant and increased runoff all along Long Island Sound.

Sherwood Island did a test and the (bacteria) count was off the wall,Ӕ said Nelson. They closed and so did Fairfield. I usually am very conservative in these matters and thought closing Westport seemed the wise thing to do.Ӕ

Westport will conduct its own test Wednesday morning and the waters will remain closed to swimming at least until the results are reported back Thursday, Nelson said.

While swimming will not be allowed, the beaches will remain open to visitors, she said.

   

08/05/03 07:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Board of Ed Votes 4-3 to Retain New School Start Times

Westport’s Board of Education voted 4-3 Monday night to retain the changed start times of 7:30 a.m. at Coleytown Middle School and 8 a.m. at Coleytown Elementary School beginning next month to save money. They had been 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. respectively.  The start times at other schools remain unchanged. The vote came after two hours of discussion and pleas from many in the audience of about 150 to reverse their earlier decision. Voting in favor of no change were Democrats Sandra Urist (chair) and Steve Halstead and Republicans Cheryl Bliss and Mark Owades. Voting to reverse the decision were Democrats Mary Parmelee and Neil Gerhardt and Republican Linda Merk-Gould. Several in the audience booed after the vote and some shouted “recall, recall.” WestportNow.com photo

   

08/05/03 01:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, August 04, 2003

New Sign Marks Ruth Steinkraus

New Sign Marks Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge
Motorists driving across the Saugatuck River in Westport now know the new name of the bridge—the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge. The state legislature in May approved naming the bridge after the late Westporter who was an ardent supporter of the United Nations. WestportNow.com photo

   

08/04/03 08:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Driver Escapes Serious Injury in

Driver Escapes Serious Injury in Rollover
A driver escaped serious injury today when her car rolled over on Ford Road just before noon. Westport police, fire and ambulance personnel work at the scene. WestportNow.com photo

   

08/04/03 03:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow… and Then: The Compo

WestportNow… and Then:

The Compo Beach Trolley Terminal in 1920
WestportNow inaugurates a new occasional feature—Westport postcard scenes of the past and how they look today. In this 1920 postcard (bottom), beachgoers board the trolley car that ran from Westport’s center to just outside the entrance to Compo Beach. Top photo is the scene today. WestportNow.com photo/file photo

   

08/04/03 12:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow… and Then: The Compo Beach Trolley Terminal in 1920



WestportNow inaugurates a new occasional feature—Westport postcard scenes of the past and how they look today. In this 1920 postcard (bottom), beachgoers board the trolley car that ran from Westport’s center to just outside the entrance to Compo Beach. Top photo is the scene today. WestportNow.com photo/file photo

   

08/04/03 12:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, August 02, 2003

WestportNow Exclusive: Westport Theater Teacher and Realtor is Hero in Fiery Car Crash

Kevin Slater says dont call him a hero for pulling a teenage boy from a burning car Friday night on Hyde Lane near Long Lots School. ғI just did what had to be done, said the 39-year-old Stratford resident who was on his way home from a summer theater program at Bedford Middle School where he is technical director when he came upon the accident about 9:30 p.m..
Kevin Slater says don’t call him a hero. contributed photo
The youth, later identified as Robert J. Paniccia, 17, of Westport, was one of four teens from Westport and Fairfield who survived the fiery crash. They were taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Slater, a 1982 Staples grad and former emergency medical technician with Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, told WestportNow he immediately stopped to offer assistance when he saw the burning car. ԓI thought with my medical training I could help stabilize any patients until other help arrived, he said. Slater said he found one of victims, a girl, already being tended to by other passersby and was told that everyone was out of the car. He then found the driver walking around somewhat dazed and began to question him about his injuries. ԓI was thinking it was all over and then someone began yelling that there were four people in the car and somebody else was still in it, Slater said. ԓI ran over but couldnt see anything, but I did hear someone screaming ґsomebody help me. ғI yelled to anyone to ask if they had a fire extinguisher. One man handed me a small extinguisher and I went around to the front of the car and blasted it a few times to try to get the flames down.
Westport firefighter Tom Arnold looks over a sport utility vehicle that crashed on Hyde Lane Friday night. Kevin Slater, a Westport theater teacher and Realtor, pulled out one of four teens in the car, all of whom survived the fiery crash. Exclusive WestportNow.com photo
ThatӒs when I saw the kid hanging half way out of the roof opening. I threw the extinguisher down and ran to the other side of the car and managed to pull him over the top and over a stone wall. He said he couldnӒt move his legs but he wasnt pinned in the wreckage.Ҕ Slater said he dragged Paniccia away from the car and by this time the flames were getting bigger and licking at the passenger compartment. Within moments, however, quickly arriving firefighters managed get the fire out. Slater, who is a Realtor with the William Raveis Westport office, said it was not until later that he realized he was covered with blood and gasoline and that his sneakers were charred. He said he called his wife who works at Norwalk Hospital, told her what happened, went home and took a long hot shower. Slater credited his training as an EMT and four years with the Coast Guard for his quick response and helping him get through the ordeal. I tried to call in sick today,Ӕ he said, But they were busy so I came in.Ӕ

   

08/02/03 05:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Exclusive: Westport Theater Teacher and Realtor is Hero in Fiery Car Crash

Kevin Slater says dont call him a hero for pulling a teenage boy from a burning car Friday night on Hyde Lane near Long Lots School. ғI just did what had to be done, said the 39-year-old Stratford resident who was on his way home from a summer theater program at Bedford Middle School where he is technical director when he came upon the accident about 9:30 p.m..

Kevin Slater says don’t call him a hero. contributed photo
The youth, later identified as Robert J. Paniccia, 17, of Westport, was one of four teens from Westport and Fairfield who survived the fiery crash. They were taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Slater, a 1982 Staples grad and former emergency medical technician with Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, told WestportNow he immediately stopped to offer assistance when he saw the burning car. ԓI thought with my medical training I could help stabilize any patients until other help arrived, he said. Slater said he found one of victims, a girl, already being tended to by other passersby and was told that everyone was out of the car. He then found the driver walking around somewhat dazed and began to question him about his injuries. ԓI was thinking it was all over and then someone began yelling that there were four people in the car and somebody else was still in it, Slater said. ԓI ran over but couldnt see anything, but I did hear someone screaming ґsomebody help me. ғI yelled to anyone to ask if they had a fire extinguisher. One man handed me a small extinguisher and I went around to the front of the car and blasted it a few times to try to get the flames down.

Westport firefighter Tom Arnold looks over a sport utility vehicle that crashed on Hyde Lane Friday night. Kevin Slater, a Westport theater teacher and Realtor, pulled out one of four teens in the car, all of whom survived the fiery crash. Exclusive WestportNow.com photo
ThatӒs when I saw the kid hanging half way out of the roof opening. I threw the extinguisher down and ran to the other side of the car and managed to pull him over the top and over a stone wall. He said he couldnӒt move his legs but he wasnt pinned in the wreckage.Ҕ Slater said he dragged Paniccia away from the car and by this time the flames were getting bigger and licking at the passenger compartment. Within moments, however, quickly arriving firefighters managed get the fire out. Slater, who is a Realtor with the William Raveis Westport office, said it was not until later that he realized he was covered with blood and gasoline and that his sneakers were charred. He said he called his wife who works at Norwalk Hospital, told her what happened, went home and took a long hot shower. Slater credited his training as an EMT and four years with the Coast Guard for his quick response and helping him get through the ordeal. I tried to call in sick today,Ӕ he said, But they were busy so I came in.Ӕ

   

08/02/03 05:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Four Area Teens Survive Fiery Crash

Four teenagers from Westport and Fairfield escaped a fiery rollover crash Friday night on Hyde Lane near Long Lots Elementary School.  The 16-year-old male driver lost control of a Mercedes sport utility vehicle going around a curve in wet weather. The car became wedged between a stonewall and a tree and its engine compartment burst into flames. Three of the teens—the driver and two females in the back—managed to get out by themselves, but the fourth—a male riding in the front passenger seat—was trapped briefly before a passerby rescued him through the roof. The victims were taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Exclusive WestportNow.com photo

   

08/02/03 04:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, August 01, 2003

RTM Member Stephen Rubin Files

RTM Member Stephen Rubin Files to Run as Unaffiliated BOE Candidate
Stephen M. Rubin, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) denied a Republican Party slot as a candidate for the Board of Education (BOE), has filed a petition to become an unaffiliated candidate in the race.

Town Clerk Patricia H. Struass said today that Rubin had filed more than the 82 signatures required to get on the Nov. 4 ballot, although she said none of the signatures has yet been verified.

Rubin, a five-term member of the non-partisan RTM, wears several other hats—he is an employee of the Parks and Recreation Department and head of the municipal employees union representing many non-police and non-fire town employees.

Pete Wolgast, chair of the Republican Town Committee, in a recent letter to local newspapers, cited Rubins union position as one of the reasons Republicans chose not to endorse him as a BOE candidate.

In a press release announcing his candidacy, Rubin did not mention his GOP rebuff or his union affiliation. But he did say:

ғAfter all party nominations were recently announced, Rubin, a registered Republican, decided to run as an unaffiliated candidate and said, It would be a good idea to keep traditional politics out of the BOE.ђ

The announcement also quoted him as saying: ԓI come from the RTM where we are a non-partisan body ... I believe that we vote for the person and not the party.

In what might have been a response to a conflict of interest concerns by some Republicans, Rubin said: ԓMy 100 percent attendance records on the RTM illustrate my dedication as well as my ethics and integrity.

In a question and answer document accompanying his press release, RubinԒs response to the question Should we reverse the new early start timesӔ  a controversial issue currently before the BOE ֖ said:

The current Board of Education did not receive all the facts and pertinent information to make this decision. Proper and thorough study is still required.Ӕ

Rubin, 59, has been a member of the RTMs Education Committee for the past four years and regularly attends BOE meetings.  A 16-year resident of Westport and a retired medical and surgical industry executive,  he is active in a number of volunteer organizations, including Sons of Italy.

Editor’s Note: The editor of WestportNow is moderator of the RTM and the above article is based on publicly available information only.

   

08/01/03 02:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport State Sen. Judith Freedman

The bipartisan vote, 26-8, gave final legislative approval to the deal, five weeks into the new fiscal year that began July 1. All 20 Democrats present voted for the bill. Eight Republicans voted against it.

Two of the 36 members were absent.

Freedman, whose district includes Westport as well as the communities, or portions of the communities, of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, and Wilton, did not respond to a request to comment. (See update below.)


Press reports from Hartford indicated that Republican Party leaders, under pressure from the majority Democrats, pressured a number of their members to vote with the majority so the budget would be seen as truly bipartisan.

The bill, which passed the House of Representatives Wednesday night, now goes to Gov. John G. Rowland, but he won’t receive it for about 10 days.

During that time, lawmakers plan to finish the legislation that spells out of the details of the budget - equally reviled by rank-and-file members of both parties.

Rowland said he won’t sign the budget until he receives the so-called budget implementation bills and the proposed bonding package, yet to be discussed.

Like in the House, few in the Senate had compliments for the package. But legislative leaders described the deal as tough medicine in a year when Connecticut faces a $1 billion deficit.

Update (8/2/03): In belated comments to WestportNow, Freedman said: ғI believe we needed to move ahead and get it accomplished without further delay. The Democrats wanted our fingerprints on it or as (Senate president pro tempore) Kevin Sullivan said, to share the blame.ђ

As I said in my comments on the floor, it is the good, the bad and the ugly. Good to have something upon which to act, bad, that we as legislators allowed the process to get so out of control and ugly…because the ugly in the budget far outweighs many of the good items. 

ӓThe work done by all the committees and the time frame we have established in our rules are at this time ineffective. Either we need to rewrite our rules or members and leadership need to adhere to the deadlines, including getting the budget done on time.

We need to outlaw ԑworks in progress.  Either way, the state will gain. At this juncture as we prepare to write the implementers, it may be possible to salvage some good ideas that have gotten lost by the wayside.

“The budget is basically the raw numbers in the various agencies and major programs; the implementers will now direct the agencies specifically on how to spend the money.

ғThe budget is very reliant on some rather iffy assumptions in the second year, and I suspect we will forced to deal with them next February.

Taking Credit at the New

Taking Credit at the New Westport Senior Center
Let’s see—Diane Farrell’s name is above John Rowland’s. But the governor’s is bigger than the first selectwoman’s. And how come he gets a middle initial and she doesn’t? Passersby will have plenty of time to figure it all out as a new sign takes up residence on Imperial Avenue at the entrance to the new senior facility now under construction. WestportNow.com photo

   

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