Thursday, May 27, 2004
In moving remarks to a Staples High School assembly today, Mariann Hudak of Stratford told of the accident that killed her 21-year-old daughter, Laurie. She died in a Fairfield crash on Nov. 25, 2001, when a friend who had been drinking and driving crashed into a utility pole. Husak, a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), took part in “Grim Reaper Day 2004” aimed at warning of the dangers of drinking and driving. WestportNow.com photo
Staples High School students found these wrecked cars waiting for them outside school today a reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving. WestportNow.com photo
The pools at Longshore Club Park are sparkling clean and ready for the first cannonballs of the season when they open Saturday. The Longshore pools will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days of Memorial Day weekend. WestportNow.com photo
Congressman Christopher Shays this week congratulated Westport’s Jane Sherman of Norwalk-based Alden O. Sherman Co., Inc. for being the 150th registrant to the Quality Management System with assistance from The Connecticut State Technology Extension Program known as CONNSTEP. The organization helps Connecticut manufacturers apply advanced manufacturing and management techniques to become more competitive, supporting the growth of Connecticut’s economy. A. O. Sherman Co., Inc. is a family-owned aerospace manufacturing company. Contributed photo
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 17-21, 2004:
Jill and Maarten Nederlof to Stephen Kent Curry, 41 Old Road, $1,425,000.
Brooke M. Dojny to Eric and Jennifer Ross, 39 Burr Farms Road, $985,000.
Waler and Karen Joelson to Wikram and Ashima S. Nair, 28 Colony Road, $938,500.
Ruth Solway to Richard C. Montanaro, 15 St. John Place, $614,250.
Wanda J. Knoebel to Jeanne W. DeSalvo, 12C Cross Highway, $475,000.
By Chris GrimmWestportNow Community Correspondent
Two committees of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) have voted overwhelmingly to recommend “passive use” zoning for Winslow Park a direct rebuke to a recommendation by the town’s Parks and Recreation Commission.
The RTM Parks and Recreation Committee voted Tuesday night while the RTM Long Range Planning Committee voted Wednesday night.
At its May 10 meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission had voted unanimously to recommend that the Planning and Zoning Commission adopt two Dedicated Open Space and Recreation District (DOSRD) classifications that could be applied to Westport parks and open spaces.
The P&Z will discuss amending zoning regulations to add these two classifications at its June 3 meeting.
Move over Martha Stewart and Ann Fudge and make room for Erica Feidner—Westport’s latest female business executive on the cover of a national magazine.
Erica Feidner performs in March at Long Lots Elementary School. Long Lots Elementary School photo
Feidner, the top salesperson for Steinway and Sons pianos in New York City, is the cover story in June’s Inc. Magazine.
A profile accompanies her photograph and highlights her success as a salesperson, musician and burgeoning inspirational speaker.
“The whole thing came together in a magical way,” Feidner told the Bennington (Vt.) Banner in explaining how she came to be the cover story.
Feidner grew up in Bennington and every Saturday attended Juilliard’s pre-college division in New York.
2 p.m. - Town Hll Auditorium - Revaluation Working Group
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7: 30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Builders Beyond Borders art exhibition
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
The Westport Board of Selectmen decided today to put off action renewing current regulations regarding dogs at Compo Beach pending a meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission that could lead to additional concessions to dog owners.
First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, saying she was “genuinely conflicted” by the issue, took her cue from Selectman John Izzo who said he wanted to end the controversy by allowing dogs off leash on all sandy areas before 9 a.m. from Oct. 1 to April 1.
The Parks and Recreation Commission had specifically turned down the proposal during recent hearings in which it endorsed current regulations minus a “sunset clause” added by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) that limited the rules to one year.
Selectman Carl Leaman, Farrell’s fellow Democrat on the board, said he favored the Parks and Recreation Commission position that allowing dogs off leash on all sandy areas before 9 a.m. would deny beachgoers a dog-free area to walk in the early morning hours.
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell thanks Sen. Christopher Dodd for his formal endorsement today in her 4th Congressional District race at an event at the South Norwalk train station. Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp and local state legislative candidates were also on hand. WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Police Department’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, part of a national effort to get drivers to use their seat belts, has netted 67 drivers since it began Monday, a spokesman said today.
Sgt. Jerry Shannon said 13 drivers were ticketed Monday and another 54 on Tuesday. The ticket carries a $37 fine.
The two-week enforcement drive, which runs until June 6, is based on a proven public health model to increase belt use called high visibility enforcement,Ӕ according to law enforcement officials.
The Westport Police Department will conduct seat belt checkpoints, saturation patrols and other special enforcement activities during the period, according to police officials.
Vermont state police say a 24-year-old man, whom his Westport parents believed was missing, has been spotted in numerous locations in northern Vermont and is reportedly safe, the Caledonian-Record reported today.
The newspaper said Matthew Harris, who had been coordinating a meditation course at a Buddhist meditation retreat in Barnet, Vt., was reported missing by officials from the retreat May 19.
He had left the facility on foot with a hiking stick and backpack the day before.
An exhaustive search of the property as well nearby areas failed to turn up any signs of him, the report said.
Long Lots Elementary School’s fifth grade Tuesday celebrated the end of its unit on Greek culture with a “Greek Olympics Day” featuring both ancient and modern games. Teacher Lisa Loechner dressed as Medusa for the day. Medusa was once a beautiful maiden whose hair was her chief glory. But as she dared to vie in beauty with Athena, the goddess punished her by changing her beautiful ringlets into hissing serpents and making her a frightful monster, the sight of which turned all living things into stone. Emily Laux Roche for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Long Range Planning Committee
Joe Mioli is congratulated by Democratic Town Committee chair Martha Aasen after his nomination. Contributed photo Westport Democrats tonight nominated Joe Mioli, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), as its candidate for the 136th District legislative seat to oppose incumbent Republican G. Kenneth Bernhard.
The two faced each other for the same seat two years ago with Bernhard winning by 323 votes out of 8,401 votes cast.
Mioli, 66, is a former owner of Westport Pizzeria on Main Street and had become widely known to many Westporters during his tenure at the restaurant.
He was elected to a two-year term on the RTM last November.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Sunny skies, temperature in the low 70s, what better weather for a round of golf today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. Parks and Rec department workers are getting ready for a busy summer kicked off by the Memorial Day holiday weekend. WestportNow.com photo
A suspicious suitcase touched off a brief bomb scare today at Westport’s Inn at National Hall on Post Road West.
But upon closer inspection, the culprit turned out to be a battery-operated toothbrush in the luggage belonging to a guest, according to Westport Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon.
An earlier report had described it only as a type of vibrating machine.
Police and fire units responded to the incident shortly after 4 p.m. at the hotel at the intersection of Route 33 and Post Road West.
The Westport Rotary Club made its annual community partnership grants today at its meeting at the Inn at Longshore. Rotary members and representatives of the recipients pose for a group shot. See a different angle and other photos on COMMUNITY page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Members of the Westport Police Department and Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service wound up training today on how to respond to hazardous materials incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. Instructor Bruce Kelly, a Westport firefighter, explains the equipment on the Westport-based Mid-Fairfield County Hazardous Materials truck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Police in Durham, N.H. say a Westport student studying at the University of New Hampshire was one of 11 university students arrested in the third wave of drug arrests near the university since January, according to The Union Leader.
The newspaper said undercover police arrested Jack E. Kelhoffer, 18, of Westport, and charged him with Class A felony possession with intent to sell a controlled drug and Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled drug, according to police Capt. Paul Dean.
Kelhoffer was arrested two weeks ago and scheduled for a June 24 arraignment in Durham District Court.
Police said most of the drug arrests were for one ounce of marijuana or less.
8:30 a.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - Board of Education Curriculum Materials Review Committee
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Planning & Zoning Commission Fence Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201-201A - 136th Democratic Legislative Convention
With his daughters Jessica and Chloe at his side, Westporter Arlo Ellison accepts the applause of fellow Democrats tonight as they nominated him to run for the 26th state senate seat at a meeting at Westport Town Hall. Ellison will face veteran Republican Judith G. Freedman, also a Westporter, who has only been challenged one other time by a Democrat in the past decade. The district covers Westport, Weston, Wilton, Bethel, New Canaan, Redding and Ridgefield. WestportNow.com photo
Monday, May 24, 2004
Westport’s Paul Newman, joined by movie-star buddy Bruce Willis and other celebrities, has unveiled the sixth of his Hole in the Wall Gang camps for chronically ill children.
The camp was dedicated this weekend in Lake Hughes, Calif., on the edge of California’s high desert.
“A lot of people have ideas and never do anything about them,” Newman said at the dedication of Painted Turtle Camp.
“A lot of people have dreams and never do anything about them. When you have ideas and dreams, you do something about it, and that’s what we’ve done here.
Lawyers for Westport’s Martha Stewart are hard at work on another motion for a new trial based on perjury charges against a key government witness, according to ABC News.
Last week handwriting expert Larry Stewart was charged with perjury. The perjury charge stems from his testimony about ink on a stock brokerage worksheet.
That worksheet was key to the prosecution’s case.
ABC News has learned Stewart’s lawyers will present a motion for a new trial sometime this week.
The judge threw out a previous motion early this month.
A United Parcel Service tractor trailer driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel on I-95 today and the cab of his truck went off the northbound roadway near the Compo Road South overpass. The trailer remained on the highway. The driver was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Firefighters survey the scene today where the cab of a United Parcel Service tractor trailer went down an embankment off of I-95 at the Compo Road South overpass. There were no injuries on the local roadway in the incident shortly after 6 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
11:30 a.m. - Westport YMCA - Gordon Joseloff, editor/publisher, WestportNow.com addresses Y’s Women
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
Area high school students and their parents met in Westport Town Hall today to hear reports on Builders Beyond Borders projects this spring. The Westport-based non-profit group provides high school students with opportunities to experience international service projects in order to promote cooperation and understanding among people of different backgrounds and cultures. Elizabeth Scheffler, 18, a Greenwich High School student who grew up in Westport, reports on her work in the Dominican Republic where she helped construct a multi-purpose center. WestportNow.com photo
Sunday, May 23, 2004
Westport Staples High School students from the the Key Club and the Habitat Club joined forces today to work on a multifamily project in Stratford as part of the efforts of Habitat of Greater Bridgeport. Seen here are (l to r) Jon Sellon, David Rada, Bryan Stenson, and Lucas Rose. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hadley Rose for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
Just when I was about to give up hope entirely, spring has sprung in Westport. Which means one important thing in my household: barbeque.
Time for a refill. WestportNow. com photo
With Memorial Day weekend less than a week away, gas grillers like me wont want to get caught short without a spiffed up barbeque grill and a full tank of propane.
HereҒs where to have yours refilled, buy a new one, or even swap a new filled one for your old tank.
First a few words of caution from my friend Fire Marshall Fred Baker:
1. When transporting your propane tank after refilling, secure the tank in a well-ventilated spot in your vehicle. Drive directly home or to where it will be used.