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Friday, October 31, 2003

Salad Bar, Anyone?

By Fran

WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
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In anticipation of raiding my children’s trick-or-treat bags tonight, I’ve been on the lookout for salad bars around
The shelves are getting bare but the salad bar is still fresh and sparkling at the soon-to-close Peter’s Bridge Market. photo
town for a light dinner.  Here is a rundown.  While prices are relatively similar, offerings are not.  Stew Leonard’s famous hot-and-cold bar runs the gamut from salad to egg foo young, while Peter’s Bridge Market includes fresh fruit.  I encourage readers to let me know if I’ve missed any. Wild Oats boasts mostly organic. Whatever you do, don’t sneeze! Price per pound (prices do not include tax which is additional): Calise’s 3.69 Shaw’s 3.69 Stop & Shop 3.99 Stew Leonard’s 3.99 Peter’s Bridge Market 4.59 Wild Oats 5.99


10/31/03 08:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Colors But Doggie in the Window Too

The fall colors along the Saugatuck River today near Westport’s center overshadow a doggie in a car window. Can you spot it? photo


10/31/03 07:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Morning Scene Members of the

Morning Scene

Members of the Saugatuck Rowing Club pause for some morning coffee along the Saugatuck River today and take in the fall scenery. photo


10/31/03 06:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

My Life, My Vespa: Watts Wacker on Getting Around in Westport

Westporter Watts Wacker drives his Vespa to Staples football games. photo
Todays Escapes section of The New York Times features Westporter Watts Wacker and his Vespa. The 50-year-old futurist jettisoned his Camaro convertible last May for exclusive transport around town on his Italian-made Vespa ET4. ғI havent looked back,Ҕ he wrote in a essay for the newspaper. Excerpt: I feel more at home, more me, on my Vespa. I have my nonconformist tendencies. For example, I wear shorts every day, even in church, even on my scooter. ӓSome people laugh at me, but I don’t care. I’m not trying to be Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider.ђ There’s no overcompensating on a Vespa… Riding my Vespa is so much fun I can hardly stand it. There’s the appeal of being in the elements, feeling the sun beating down on you ӗ all of the stuff that convertibles offer plus you get 65 miles per gallon. דMy 14-year-old daughter loves to ride on the back; I coach her lacrosse team, and when we ride home from practice she holds her sticks. I ride to work, to the center of town, to high school football games… I have my own commuting ritual. Every morning I sling my computer bag over my shoulder and zip straight to Starbucks. I pick up two cups of coffee, put them in a tray and ride one-handed to my office. (One product improvement I would suggest for the Vespa is cup holders.) ӔWhen it’s really cold I pull on a pair of insulated Carhart overalls over my shorts. I’m planning on driving this thing 24/7/365. Except when it’s snowing.


10/31/03 04:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, October 31, 2003

Friday, October 31, 2003

7:30 a.m. Westport/Weston Sunrise Rotary, Hunt Club
6:30 p.m. - Staples football vs McMahon at McMahon, Norwalk

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10/31/03 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Citizen Shooter

Westporter Ted Several takes aim on the Westport Police Department shooting range tonight under the watchful eye of Det. James Baker. He is one of 30 Westporters enrolled in the department’s Citizen Police Academy, a 10-week course designed to improve residents’ understanding and appreciation of police work. photo


10/31/03 01:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Pinch Me; I Must Be Dreaming

Samuel New, 3, of Westport, already knows he wants to be a policeman when he grows up, according to his Mom, Alana. So when Officer Walter Broadhurst gave him a chance to try out a real police motorcycle Wednesday, Samuel was elated. photo


10/30/03 05:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Haberstroh, GOPers Top Westport Political Fund Raisers

Haberstroh, GOPers Top Westport Political Fund Raisers
In the final financial filing before next Tuesdays election, Republican Board of Finance candidate Charles Haberstroh and Westport Republicans were the top fund raisers.

Haberstroh, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) making his first town-wide bid for elective office, received $4,975 in individual contributions during the three-week period ending Oct. 21, according to a report filed with Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss. That brought his total raised from individuals to $4,975.

The Republican Town Committee reported receiving $3,310 in individual contributions, more than three times that received by the Democrats in the period, $1,010.

Others raking in individual contributions for the period included Eleanor Lowenstein, running for re-election on the Democratic and Save Westport Now lines, who took in $1,870. She has now raised $5,540 from individuals.

Stephen Rubin, a petitioning candidate for the Board of Education, raised $1,445 from individuals. He had raised the most in the last reporting period—$6,615—for a combined total of $8,060, the most of any candidate.

Democrat Mary Parmelee, running for re-election to the Board of Education, raised $1,075 in individual contributions during the period, for a total of $6,269. Fellow Democratic education candidate Mark Mathias took in $569 in individual contributions for the period, raising his total to $4,005.

Republican education candidate Lewis Brey reported $435 in individual contributions for the period, raising his total to $2,380, while fellow Republican education candidate Edward Bowers reported $210 in individual contributions for the period, bringing his total to $1,210.

Petitioning education candidates Robert Andrew and Robert Chasin filed exemption forms saying they do not intend to raise more than $1,000.

Both Republican and Democratic Town Committees reported having about the same amount of money on hand two weeks before the election—$11,897 for the Republicans and $11,356 for the Democrats.

The Republicans reported expending $14,669 for the period, mostly in support of their individual candidates. The Democrats reported expenditures of $668.27. The next financial report is due in January.


10/30/03 04:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Assessor’s Office the Hot Place to Be

The word around Town Hall was that Assessor Glenn Werfelmann’s office was the hot spot for trick or treating during Wednesday’s town Halloween celebration. photo


10/30/03 04:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Witches of Westport: There’s a History Here

By Alice Shelton

WestportNow Community Correspondent For the past several years, I’ve portrayed the Wheeler House Witch for the Westport Historical Society. It’s great fun handing out lollipops to the hundreds of trick-or-treaters in Westport’s annual Halloween Parade.  As I donned my witch’s costume for this years parade, I couldn’t help feeling thankful for the freedom to pretend to be a witch without fearing for my life.  It wasn’t always so. Three centuries ago, the crime of witchcraft carried a death sentence. In 1692, Mercy Disbrow of Compo, (part of present-day Westport) was one of six Fairfield County women accused of being witches. The accuser was a 17-year-old servant girl named Katherine Branch.
Witch Alice Shelton dispenses goodies in front of Westport Historical Society Wednesday. photo
Five of the women were subsequently indicted. The sixth fled to New York. Disbrow was the only one convicted.

More "Witches of Westport: There’s a History Here"


10/30/03 04:10 AM Comments () • Permalink

Like Some Candy, Sweetie?

First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell handles the candy distributing chores on the steps of Town Hall Wednesday during the town’s annual Halloween parade. photo


10/30/03 04:07 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Thursday, October 30, 2003

7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance & Health & Human Services Study Committees


10/30/03 04:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Doing the Main Street Shuffle

Keeping your eye on your lollipop wasn’t easy during the Main Street Halloween parade today. photo


10/29/03 11:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Main Street Takes on Halloween Colors

Westport’s Main Street took on Halloween colors today for the town’s annual Halloween parade.  Editor’s Note: In response to several requests, this photo is now available on a WestportNow mug. Click on the mug on the left hand side of the page for details. photo


10/29/03 09:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Just Color Me Green

Westporters Victoria Finley, 5, and her mother Pam were among those taking part in Halloween festivities today on Main Street. photo


10/29/03 09:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Footballers are Winners off the Field Too

Staples football coach Marce Petroccio tells brown bag lunchers today about the commitment his team’s seniors are making with their community service program. Petroccio and the players also passed out some Wrecker souvenirs. photo


10/29/03 06:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

It’s Not Called the Brook Cafe for Nothing

Water laps up to the door of the Brook Cafe on Post Road East at Cedar Road during today’s morning rain. photo


10/29/03 02:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heavy Rains Make Morning Rush Hour a Slow Go

Traffic moves slowly through the intersection of Post Road East and Morningside Drive during this morning’s rush hour. More than an inch of rain overnight caused minor flooding on a number of Westport roads. photo


10/29/03 01:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Westport King Tut Look

Getting the just right Halloween mask is tough, but this shopper at Westport’s Halloween Castle on Post Road East thinks King Tut is neat. photo


10/29/03 05:08 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Tax Abatement & Deferral Committee
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Special Historic District Commission
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
3:30 p.m. - Veterans Green (rain- Town Hall Auditorium) - Parks & Recreation Halloween Parade


10/29/03 04:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Firefighters Rescue 79-Year-Old Woman from Canal Park Fire

A Westport firefighter (r.) tends to Lorna Tenney, 79, Tuesday night after firefighters rescued the wheelchair-bound woman from her apartment at the elderly housing complex on Canal Street. Asst. Fire Chief Jon Gottfried said a kitchen cabinet caught fire from a candle. Damage was confined to Tenney’s apartment. photo


10/28/03 11:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cow on the Loose? Did Anyone Check Stew Leonard’s?

Cow on the Loose? Did Anyone Check Stew Leonard’s?
Westport police late today checked out a report of a cow on the loose in the area of Partrick Road and Cranbury Road near the town line with Norwalk.

But an officer sent to the area said he found no sign of a wandering cow, spotted or otherwise.

“It was probably a deer,” said another patrol officer.


10/28/03 09:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Windows on Westport

They are probably the most recognizable windows in Westport and were getting a fall touch up today. They belong to the HUBCO Bank building in the Westport center, the one-time home of Westport Bank & Trust. photo


10/28/03 08:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

7:30 p.m. - McManus Room, Library - The USA Patriot Act: Checking Out What You Read and Securing Our Freedoms in a 9/11 World
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Finance Study Committee
8 p.m. -    Town Hall Auditorium - RTM - Live TV Coverage, Channel 79


10/28/03 02:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Scary Doings on Evergreen Avenue

Gremlins and goblins seem to have already made their way to this home on Evergreen Avenue. Westport will hold its annual Halloween parade for youngsters on Wednesday. Judy Burrows for


10/28/03 12:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Heavy Rains, High Winds Hit

Heavy Rains, High Winds Hit Area Heavy rains and high winds pushed through the Westport area Monday afternoon, causing some minor flooding, downed tree branches, and scattered power outages.
Traffic on the I-95 Saugatuck River Bridge slows during a late afternoon rain storm. DOT photo
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning shortly after 5 p.m. for eastern Fairfield County and southern New Haven County. The weather station at Bedford Middle School on North Avenue registered wind gusts up to 29 miles per hour with rain falling at the rate of 1.6 inches an hour. The rain had slowed by 5:25 p.m. but the Bedford station measured 1.82 inches of rain for the day—an amount not seen in a month in recent years. The station at the Longshore Sailing School recorded gusts up to 36 miles per hour. Minor flooding was reported on Post Road East near Shaw’s Supermarket, Cross Highway near Punch Bowl, North Main Street near Canal, Compo Road South near the railroad overpass, Colony Road near Pumpkin Hill, Riverside Avenue near Burr Road, and Post Road East near Morningside Drive. Connecticut Light & Power Co. at midnight reported no Westport customers without power. At 7 p.m., the total was 158. At 7 a.m. today it said two customers had their power out but reported no customers without power as of 8 a.m. The National Weather Service reported a tornado warning from the same storm cell for areas east of Westport near the New Haven line, but it canceled the warning at about 5:50 p.m. Forecasters said more bad weather was on the way. They said low pressure developing over the Gulf of Mexico today will move northeast tonight, then pass through the area Wednesday morning. Rain in association with the low will develop tonight, becomng heavy at times mainly after midnight and continuing into early Wednesday afternoon. THey said total rainfall of one to two inches can be expected in some areas.


10/28/03 12:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, October 27, 2003

Westport Firm Named Rising Star in Connecticut Technology Fast 50 Program

Westport Firm Named Rising Star in Connecticut Technology Fast 50 Program
Chalk another one up for a Westport e-business marketing company. CentrPort Inc., headquartered on Post Road East, has been named a rising starӔ in the Connecticut Technology Fast 50.

The program is a joint effort by Deloitte, one of the nations leading professional services firms, and the CT Technology Council.

CentrPort Inc. is a leading provider of outsourced e-business marketing solutions to Fortune 500 companies. It has about 40 employees and moved to its Westport location three years ago from Norwalk, according to spokesman Jon Diorio.


10/27/03 08:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting More Power to the People Draws Westporters Interest and Concern

Getting more power to the people of energy-hungry southwestern Connecticut drew Westporters interest and concern today. The occasion was a sparsely attended Planning and Zoning Commission hearing at Town Hall. Up for discussion was a $604 million plan by Connecticut Light & Power Co. (CL&P) and The United Illuminating Company (UI) to extend the stateҒs existing 345-kV transmission system from Middletown to Norwalk. Part of the planned 69-mile route runs through Westport, mostly along the Post Road, and all of its Westport portion underground.  But still undecided and controversial—is exactly where it should cross the Saugatuck River and how it will connect back to the Post Road. Anne Bartosewicz, project director, told the hearing that the cheapest option for the power company was to have the line follow exactly along the Post Road. But anticipating concerns about disruption of the heavily trafficked downtown area, initially CL&P proposed the line instead divert north up Myrtle Avenue, cross the river on Canal Street, and then follow Kings Highway North back to the Post Road.
Anne Bartosewicz, project director of a planned new power line through Westport, answers questions today from members of the Planning and Zoning Commission. photo
That drew protests from residents of the Kings Highway historic district area.  So CL&P adopted an alternate plan suggested last June by Barlow Cutler-Wotton, a member of the Historic District Commission. (See WestportNow Sept. 3, 2003) That plan ֖ which has now been submitted to state regulators takes the line south on Imperial Avenue and crosses the river using town-owned land adjacent to the Imperial parking lot. It would then go up Lincoln Street back to the Post Road. Deborah Yasinsky, a resident of Lincoln Street, told the hearing she was concerned about possible health hazards from the lines buried under her street and asked whether the town had investigated that. First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell said the town had not looked into the issue.  Bartosewicz said there have been many scientific reports and that the health community has not made a definitive link between health problems and transmission lines. David Yasinsky did not address the hearing but told WestportNow he thought Lincoln Street had been unfairly singled out for the line because it was a ֓less affluent area of Westport with many residents who were renters, as he and his wife are. ԓIt seems awfully peculiar that the best route just happens to be up our street, he said. Several questioners asked about the line crossing the river at alternate places above or below the Post Road and then snaking along Wilton Road or Riverside Avenue back to the Route 33 intersection and then going south on the Post Road. Deputy Police Chief Al Fiore quickly said such a scenario would be a traffic and parking nightmare. ԓThats the busiest intersection in town and one of the busiest in Fairfield County,Ҕ he said. Steve Edwards, Public Works director, cautioned that any refuse disturbed by a tunneling operation through the Imperial lot, a former landfill, would have to be properly taken care of. Anything that comes out canӒt go back in, he said. Bartosewicz told the hearing the power company could continue to look a better alternatives for Westport as the plan is considered by the Connecticut Siting Council over the next six to nine months. Construction will begin in 2005 with completion scheduled before the end of 2007, she said.


10/27/03 06:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Questioning Possible Health Hazards from New Power Line

Deborah Yasinksky of Lincoln Street expresses concern about possible health hazards from a new 345-kV power line planned to be placed underground on her street. She spoke at an information session held by the Planning and Zoning Commission at Town Hall today. At the podium are (l.) Anne Bartosewicz, project director for the planned Middletown-to-Norwalk line, and First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell. photo


10/27/03 04:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Get Your Tickets Here

Metro-North has set up its ticketing operation in a temporary trailer at the Westport station. Renovation work continues on the ticket office and a new tunnel under the station. The project is scheduled for completion some time this summer. photo


10/27/03 01:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

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