Thursday, February 05, 2004
The controversial issue of school start times was before the Westport Board of Education tonight. The co-chairs of the School Start Time Committee, Angela Wormser and Dan Sullivan, presented results of their survey on the subject to board members (See WestportNow Jan. 29, 2004). The board put off a vote on possibly changing start times until next Monday. WestportNow.com photo
Members of the Westport Board of Finance tonight had a lengthy informal discussion about the Board of Ed budget. Among the topics was whether to ask the Board of Education to hold its budget closer to 5 percent rather than what the superintendent calls a proposed 6.9 percent increase, but which finance members calculate is actually 8 percent not counting insurance savings. They also discussed asking the educators to postpone final approval of their budget pending further talks with their board. The discussion followed formal adjournment of the meeting which was broadcast live on the town’s government access cable channel. WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Staples senior Jimmy Hughes, the all-time FCIAC scoring champion, today signed a letter of commitment to attend the University of Rhode Island. Hughes is the seventh Staples high school football player in Coach Marce Petroccio’s 11-year tenure who has gone on to play football at Division I colleges. The others are Mac DeVito (Temple), Charlie Emerson (Indiana), Sean Mulcahy (UConn), Dave Kashetta (BC), and Charlie Stephens and Jessie Becker (Wagner). Hughes and Petroccio are shown together after the Nov. 27 win over Fairfield. University of Rhode Island head coach Tim Stowers said Hughes was one of 20 players signing letters of intent to play for the Rhody Rams. Leonard Samela/Staplesfootball.com photo
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 26-30, 2004:
Sherrylee W.Green to Robert and Amy J. Babkie, 14 Edgewater Commons Lane Unit 2C, $549,000.
Annie Chu to Anil Nair and Aradhana Tyagi, 7 Oakview Lane, $360,000.
George M. Llorens to Angela Camarda, 72 Harbor Road, $700,000.
Alan M. and Nancy Anne C. Forster to Halem Saad and Leslie Clementi, 11 Godfrey Lane, $878,400.
Thelma J. Lubarsky to James J. and Geraldine D. Lawrence, 73-75 West Parish Road, $390,000.
Arthur Millman to Debbie Helft Lerner, 7 Charcoal Hill Common, $1,110,000.
Kathleen Bell and Scott T. Santarella to Allen Raymond Trust, 5 Sunny Lane, $660,000.
Estate of F. Chandler Moffat to Sylvan Road Westport LLC, 82 Sylvan Road North, $845,000.
Mark S. and Allyson S. Juviler to Dwight F. Meyer and Amy M Forte, 66 North Ave., $1,155,000.
The jury trying Westport’s Martha Stewart today heard the most damaging testimony yet in her stock fraud trial in a federal courtroom in Manhattan.
A former Merrill Lynch assistant said Stewart told him to sell her ImClone Systems stock after he advised her that the company founder was trying to dump his own shares.
Douglas Faneuil, under questioning from the prosecution, told the jury about a phone call he received from Stewart on Dec. 27, 2001.
Faneuil said he told her that ImClone founder Sam Waksal was trying to sell all his shares of the stock - and she ordered him to do the same.
The Norwalk Bears hung on to beat the Wreckers 70-64 Tuesday night to go 12-1 overall and 9-1 in the FCIAC.
Norwark, playiung at home, started off fast, scoring virtually at will to lead at the half 44-28.
Staples stormed back in the third and fourth quarters to tie the game at 58 with four minutes left but was unable to close it out.
Staples is 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the FCIA. The Wreckers play Westhill at home on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Westport-based United Food and Commercial Workers Union has threatened to strike Stop & Shop supermarkets in Connecticut and western Massachusetts if the company doesnt change its position in current negotiations.
The unionҒs contract is scheduled to expire at midnight Feb. 14.
Brian A. Petronella, president of Local 371, which has its office on Post Road West, in a written statement accused Stop & Shop officials of proposing “outrageous givebacks that would destroy health care benefits, pension benefits and wage scales.”
He said unless the company changes its position, he will urge workers to vote to strike.
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Ctizens brown bag lunch
7 p.m. - Room 309/307 - Board of Finance public work session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood and Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - Board of Education anticipated executive dession
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education - School Start Time Committee report
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
The government’s star witness against Westport’s Martha Stewart testified today that Stewart’s stockbroker ordered him to pass an ImClone Systems stock tip to Stewart just before she dumped her shares in the company.
Douglas Faneuil, a former assistant at Merrill Lynch & Co., testified that broker Peter Bacanovic ordered him on Dec. 27, 2001, to alert Stewart that the family of ImClone Systems founder Sam Waksal was trying to sell its shares.
Faneuil, 28, said he expressed concern and asked Bacanovic whether passing such a tip would be appropriate.
“Of course. You must. That’s the whole point,” he said Bacanovic replied.
Sheila M. Hehmeyer, a British-born Westporter known for her outspokenness at brown bag luncheons held by First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell where she was a regular, died today, according to a family friend. She was 77.
Hehmeyer, who was made a member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in June 2000 for her services to British cultural services, had been undergoing treatment for cancer in recent weeks. She died at Greenwich Hospital.
“I am devastated to hear the news,” Farrell told WestportNow. “Sheila had been sick for a while and we had been speaking in hospital and at home.
“But she never complained and managed to run her affairs and run her life despite her illness.
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal met today at Westport Town Hall with area municipal leaders and briefed them on the state’s strategy to overturn last week’s federal recognition of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation
Flashback: Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal at the Westport Senior Center opening last month. WestportNow.com photo
“It was a very good session,” said Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell after the one-hour meeting.
“It was mostly informational and from what was said it is clear that we’re talking about a four- to five-year time frame for any resolution.”
Among those attending was Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp. “It was a useful effort, but I am not optimistic about overturning the decision,” he said afterward.
Other communities represented included Stamford, Trumbull, Orange, Fairfield. Ridgefield, Newtown, Wilton, and Weston, according to Farrell, who has led anti-casino opponents in lower Fairfield County.
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
7:30 p.m. Town Hall Room 201/201A - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Architectural Review Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM (live on cable channel 79)
Monday, February 02, 2004
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell tonight welcomes municipal officials of Westport and other communities to a Town Hall workshop on ethics and conflicts of interest held by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. She told the participants “we all hate to be called ‘Corrupticut’” and said together “we can bring back the fine reputation the state truly deserves.” (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The harsh winter has forced majestic bald eagles in the northern part of the state to find food as far south as Westport, according to today’s New Haven Register.
The occurrence is very rare, bird experts say.
While the birds were taken off the federal endangered species list in 1999, they remain on Connecticuts endangered species list until the population increases.
Milan Bull, senior director of the Connecticut Audubon Society, said some of the eaglesҒ food sources notably inland fresh water spots in the northern part of the state ח have frozen, the newspaper said.
In recent weeks there have been sightings in Seymour along the Naugatuck River, in Stratford near the Merritt Parkway, and in Fairfield and Westport.
Bull said there are more than 100 bald eagles in Connecticut, but most live in the northern part of the state.
To the Editor:
Our democracy just got measurably stronger last Saturday as 80 local residents, curious and hungry for the truth, attended a film documentary at the Westport Public Library called Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War.”
Sponsored by Peace Action of CT, the documentary by Robert Greenwald featured interviews with high-level government officials, CIA analysts, top Pentagon officials, and foreign service experts.
They made a compelling case for intentional misrepresentation and distortion of intelligence assessments by the Bush administration.
The experts in the film methodically demonstrate how what was actually known at the time was politicized, stripped of caveats about the unreliability of sources or the uncertainty about certain conclusions—even reused when rejected as junk by CIA—and presented as rock solid ӓevidence by President Bush in his January 2003 State of the Union address and by Secretary of State Colin Powell in his February 2003 U.N. address.
Nearly all of the people who viewed the film raised their hand when asked if they thought a credible case had been made for distortion of intelligence.
And more people around the country are becoming aware of this timely film, as screenings of it have been occurring in libraries, town halls, rented movie theatres and house parties from coast to coast for the last eight weeks.
In our area, it was shown at the Weston Library and Town Hall, at a Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting, and it can be seen again at the Unitarian Church in Westport this Sunday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. with a discussion to follow.
Timing is everything, and David KayԒs report on the absence of weapons of mass destruction, along with his conviction that there was no manipulation of intelligence, has made this film essential viewing by serious people interested in knowing how we actually got into Iraq and what we must do to get out of it.
You can learn more about this film, view the credentials of the 26 career officials, and even purchase the film online, by visiting www.truthuncovered.com.
Metro-North announced new schedule adjustments today as it continued to recover from weather-related problems.
It said the following Connecticut-related New Haven Line changes will be in effect from tonight’s rush hour through the morning rush hour of Monday, Feb. 9:
In the morning, the 6:42 a.m. train out of New Haven due in Grand Central at 8:18 a.m. is canceled.
In the evening, the following trains will be combined or canceled:
The 4:11 p.m. train to South Norwalk and the 4:16 p.m. train to New Haven are combined, departing at 4:16 p.m.
Westport’s Martha Stewart was back in a Manhattan federal courtroom today as her stock fraud trial resumed with testimony that she was “very hurried and harsh and direct” in a telephone call on the day of her controversial stock sale.
The description was made by Emily Perret, secretary to ImClone Systems chief Sam Waksal, who said she took a call from Stewart on the day she dumped her stock in the company.
Meanwhile, the judge ruled that Douglas Faneuil, the government’s star witness, will be allowed to testify beginning Tuesday afternoon.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum was a boost for prosecutors because Faneuil’s testimony—which had been postponed last week—is the most critical piece of their case.
The Westport Police Department’s newest lieutenant, Gorden R. Hiltz Jr., smiles as fellow officers and friends applaud following his swearing in today by First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell at Town Hall. With Hiltz, a 26-year veteran of the department who had been a sergeant, are his wife Janet, daughter Brianne, 14, and sons Geoffrey, 17, and Gorden III, 22. WestportNow.com photo
10 a.m . - Town Hall Room 309 - Police promotion ceremony
5:30 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7 p.m . - Town Hall Auditorium - Ethics and conflicts of interest workshop
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
8 p.m. - Staples High School Auditorium - Fine Arts concert
Sunday, February 01, 2004
The Westport Historical Society today debuted its “This Old Westport House” exhibit highlighting the town’s antique housing stock. The display is in its new Betty and Ralph Sheffer Hall. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE). WestportNow.com photo
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
Im not going to wait until Monday for the Punxatawny Phil to tell me this winter is far from over. Get used to the white stuff, because it doesnҒt seem to be melting anytime soon— >
When the going gets tough, the tough go sledding. The selection at Olympia Sports. WestportNow.com photounless you give it a little help with that wonderful stuff called ice melt.
It’s otherwise known as potassium chloride (donŒt hold me to the actual chemical composition, please I֒m just a consumer reporter with an icy front walk). And when you need it, its worth its weight in ҅ salt.
Whether you live in a tasteful Westport-New England style cape (otherwise known as bulldozer baitӔ—see WestportNow Jan. 27, 2004, Westport Reval SnapshotӔ) or a McMansion, chances are that ice melt is a regular on your shopping list.
But like lots of everthing in else in Westport, prices can vary widely.
Westporter Greg Rosen says he has one of the best seats in Houston’s Reliant Stadium for todays Super Bowl.
Actually, heҒs got 75,000 of them.
Rosens company, Meeting Street Promotions of Westport, created the custom seat cushions that every ticket holder will take home after todayҒs game between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots.
The company, which has the NFL license to produce the seats, has overseen the promotion for the past 10 years.
The navy-blue cushions branded with the Super Bowl logo will be waiting in every seat at Houstons Reliant Stadium when fans start pouring in for the 6:15 p.m. kick off.