Monday, May 03, 2004
An accident involving two trucks and a car at Post Road East and Morningside Drive today tied up traffic for a while but thankfully resulted in no serious injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com
A busy first weekend in May in Westport included Saturday’s celebration of Earth Day at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Education anticipated special executive session - CANCELED
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM annual budget meeting (cable coverage channel 79)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Golf Advisory Committee
Sunday, May 02, 2004
Runners got off to a fast start in today’s 26th annual Minute Man Race. The five-kilometer run/walk began and ended at Compo Beach. Westport’s Tom Harding (2nd r, No. 127), 38, won the race for the sixth time since 1996 with a time of 16:38. Click on FULL RESULTS for complete list of finishers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Today’s Connecticut Post profiles Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and said the Democrat poses the biggest challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Chrisopher Shays has ever faced for re-election. The newspaper earlier this year did a similar front-page profile of Shays.
8:30 a.m. - Compo Beach—Minute Man Race
11 a.m. -5 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Garden and antique show
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
This week, something different .
I hear a lot of grumbling about how the retail scene in Westport just isnŒt what it used to be (the Klein’s of Westport closing is only the latest example). But then what is?
Where romantic Westport lore has it that the mom-and-pops once knew everyone by name (think of Marthas New York Times Magazine butcher), todayҒs retail landscape of Gaps, Banana Republics, and Talbots’s is impersonal and anonymous. Right?
Well, not always. Here is the good news: weve still got a few absolute gems behind the counters and storefronts in this town who will go the distance for a customer - and beyond.
Here are a few of my favorites ҅do you know them?
Ileen Cooperstock a gem at Ann Taylor. WestportNow.com photo
Ileen has been at Ann Taylor on Main Street for eight years ֖ the longest employee on record at that location and boy, does she know her stuff. Ileen is all business as she whizzes around the floor with her expert, x-ray eyes.
She֒ll show up in your dressing room the very minute you need her how does she know? ֖ then disappear into the deep recesses of the stock room to find that one remaining cream turtleneck in size small youre dying for Җ and invariably finds exactly the right item.
(Compare that to the blank stare and the spaced-out Oh, if you donӒt see it here I guess we dont have itҔ youll invariably get at the Gap.) Best of all, Ileen can be trusted to tell you if those pants are too tight Җ and what looks so great on you, youd be nuts to pass it up. A real pro.
Saturday, May 01, 2004
The 2004 summer season officially is underway as beach stickers were required beginning today for vehicles seeking to enter town beaches. Stickers will be required until Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The General Assembly will send a $14.3 billion budget plan to Gov. John G. Rowland’s desk and leaders insist they have the votes to override a veto.
Westport’s two state representatives and state senator, all Republicans, voted against the budget. Included in the budget is a six-month delay in implementing a 5.5 percent fare increase on Metro-North’s New Haven Line.
The package Friday won broad bipartisan support in both chambers, which are controlled by Democrats. It passed the House of Representatives 113-36 early in the morning, then swept the Senate 25-9 at night.
The Republican governor has said he would veto a Democratic spending plan, though Friday morning he said he’d wait and see what happened.
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center - Earth Day Festival 2004
10 a.m. -5 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Garden and antique show
To the Editor:
Please allow me to extend my warmest appreciation to the Westport community for their strong support of CLASP Homes at our recent wine tasting event at Black Bear Wines & Spirits.
I was so pleased at how willing and eager the community was to support CLASP by purchasing tickets, ads for the program booklet and donating silent auction items.
Having grown up in Westport, it is so heart warming to know how supportive the community is towards people with developmental disabilities.
These people often rely on the generosity of others to keep them safe and healthy.
Special thanks goes to Black Bear Wines & Spirits for generously supporting this event and to First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, a strong advocate for CLASP over her many years in public office.
In addition, Id like to thank state Rep. Ken Bernhard and all the vendors; Stew Leonards, The Vine Restaurant, Michael Powers Catering, Wild Oats Market, Miggs B. Design and Photographic Memories. Together, they helped CLASP raise over $10,000.
Thank you for supporting this fun event that we look forward to sponsoring annually.
CLASP Homes, Inc.
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (r) tonight presents a proclamation to Betty Lou Cummings in honor her being given a Special Friend Award from the Friends of the Westport Library. Cummings has been a tireless fundraiser for the library over the years, heading the brick river walk project as well as the library’s “wall of tiles” project. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. Ann Sheffer for WestportNow.com