Sunday, May 23, 2004
WestportNow today launches a new feature a wine column by Westporter Chris Grimm. It is the first of what we hope will be a number of columns contributed by Westporters reflecting their interests or hobbies. If you would like to contribute similar columns, please contact the editor. For today’s debut Wine Talk column, go to the ARTS & LEISURE page.
Saturday, May 22, 2004
Taking her turn today on the monkey bridge at the Scouting Expo at the Saugatuck Congregational Church was Sarah Wiles, 10, a fourth grader at Kings Highway Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sophie, a Westport police bloodhound, makes a new friend with handler Officer Ryan Paulsen at today’s Boy Scout and Cub Scout Expo at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. WestportNow.com photo
Westport Schools Supt. Elliott Landon was one of the readers in the all-night Long Lots Elementary School fifth grade “read-in/sleepover.” The annual event is aimed at encouraging reading among elementary school students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays today announced the winners of the 2004 4th District Congressional Arts Competition held at the Westport Arts Center.
Local judges observed 48 artistic submissions from high school students in the district.
The winner was Natalie Birinyi of Southport for her photograph entitled “Dominican Boy.” Natalie is in the 10th grade at Greens Farms Academy in Westport.
Runners up were Brian Kelly, a senior at Darien High School, for his silkscreen, “Love Park,” and Laura Smith, a senior at Masuk High School in Monroe, for her acrylic painting “Invoked Memory.”
Honorable Mentions included:
The Westport Youth Film Festival got underway today at Fairfield’s Community Theatre. The all-day event was screening 78 films out of more than 300 entries submitted. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Women’s Club rocked Friday night as the BDS band (Bouchard, Dunaway & Smith) performed in a Westport/Weston Chamber of Commerce sponsored event. Drummer Neal Smith of Westport formerly played with Alice Cooper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ann Sheffer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Fairfield Community Theatre - Westport Youth Film Festival
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Boy Scout and Cub Scout Expo
Westport First Selectwoman and Democratic congressional candidate Diane G. Farrell greets Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry tonight at a fund-raiser at musician Paul Simon’s home in New Canaan.WestportNow.com photo
The 25th anniversary dinner tonight of Westport’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service at the Inn at Longshore included guests U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays and Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell. Both praised the volunteers for their service and devotion to the community. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. WestportNow.com photos
Friday, May 21, 2004
In another strange twist in the stock fraud trial of Westport’s Martha Stewart, federal authorities today charged a government witness with lying on the witness stand.
But they said the false testimony did not make her conviction invalid.
Prosecutors said they had discovered false statements made on the stand by Larry F. Stewart, a national ink expert who works at the Secret Service.
A government news release said prosecutors did not believe any of the new information called into question the “integrity or validity” of the convictions of Martha Stewart and broker Peter Bacanovic.
The Westport Public Library wants to improve its ability to reach out to the community and is taking advantage of the creative talent of Westporters to do it.
The library announced it is sponsoring a juried competition for a new library marketing campaign that is open to all advertising agencies, creative and marketing executives who work or live in Westport.
There are a tremendous number of advertising, promotion and marketing executives who live and work in Westport,Ӕ said Library Director Maxine Bleiweis.
We wanted to utilize their talents in developing advertising and marketing concepts that can be effectively used by the library.Ӕ
State personnel conducting routine maintenance on the Bridge Street Bridge today opened the swing bridge and then found that it had become stuck and they could not close it. It took more than half an hour to fix the problem.
Traffic backed up in the Saugatuck area as the workers pondered the mid-morning dilemma.
It was the second day in a row that workers had opened the swing bridge for maintenance.
The work began shortly after 10 a.m. and was expected to be completed in a short time, according to police. But it was not until about 11:20 a.m. that workers were able to get the bridge back in place and open the roadway.
Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell Thursday night addressed approximately 120 members and guests of the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners at the organizations 2004 Distinguished Achievement Awards Banquet and Networking Gala at the Inn at Longshore. She drew laughter when she noted that the question most frequently asked of her husband these days is ғHow is Jodi holding up? WestportNow.com photo
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Transit District
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Commission for Senior Services
2:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Commission for Senior Services annual meeting
7 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service 25th anniversary dinner
Workers setting up for the annual Westport League of Women Voters tag sale Friday and Saturday take a break today from their chores. The sale, held in an empty store front four doors down from Trader Joe’s on Post Road East, is on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Shown (l to r) are Pat Coplen, Clare Clark, Phyllis Hirschfield, Lynn Crager, tag sale co-chair Athena Ploumis Bradley, and Marika Panagopulos. Kitty Graves for WestportNow.com
Westport Board of Finance members debate tonight before setting the mill rate for the next fiscal year at 20.6, up from the current 20.1, or about a 3 percent tax increase. The board decided to slightly reduce its earlier projected rate of 20.8 mills in anticipation of funds to be added to the town’s Grand List from a backlog of building permits now being processed in the assessor’s office. Shown (l to r) are Rick Benson, Jeff Mayer, Shelly Kassen, chair Steve Ezzes, Charles Haberstroh, Kevin Connolly, and Gavin Andrerson. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Westport Finance Director Don Miklus addresses the Board of Finance tonight before it set the mill rate for the next fiscal year. Picture is from the town cable channel. WestportNow.com photo
If you were lucky, you were able to have a leisurely spring lunch at Main Street’s Tavern on Main restaurant today. The temperature edged near 70 under brilliant sunshine. Forecasters said warmer, more humid weather was on the way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Westport pediatrician pleaded guilty today in a Hartford court to health care fraud.
Suvarna Shah, 62, who practices in Norwalk, admitted in U.S. District Court that she bilked a children’s vaccine program of more than $350,000 between 1997 and 2002.
Federal officials say the prosecution of Shah was the first of its kind in the
Shah admitted that she billed Medicaid and private insurers for vaccines that are provided free of charge by the federal-state Vaccines for Children Program.
State workers swung open the Bridge Street Bridge today as part of routine maintenance. The road closure backed up traffic in Saugatuck, but work was completed by noon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, fresh from a White House appearance Wednesday with his national championship team, addresses Westport’s Y’s Men today. He quipped that he was pleased that he “got a visa to visit Fairfield County” the “State of Fairfield County.” WestportNow.com photo
As if she didnt already have enough troubles, Westport’s Martha Stewart now has a problem with her signature product line Җ some of her safety matches are not safe.
Kmart said it is recalling almost 600 boxes of Martha Stewart Everyday safety matches because they may ignite upon impact and could pose a fire hazard.
The matches are 11 inches long and come in a yellow checkered box with the UPC code 045774700237 printed on the back.
The matches were manufactured in China and sold for about $2 at Kmart stores from January through March.
People should stop using the matches immediately and return them to the store where they bought them for a full refund.
Westport Arts Center gallery coordinator Anne Landford hangs art work by Fairfield County students in preparation for today’s judging of the 2004 4th Congressional District Art Competition. Now in its 18th year, the competition was established to offset reductions in federal grants to arts programs. Winners will be showcased in the passageway to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux Roche for WestportNow.com
Republicans meeting in Westport have nominated state Sen. Judith G. Freedman for her 10th two-year term to represent the 26th District.
The district covers Westport, Weston, Wilton, Bethel, New Canaan, Redding and Ridgefield.
Democrats meet Monday and are expected to nominate Westporter Arlo Ellison, a political newcomer, to oppose Freedman, the first opponent she has had in several elections.
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Board of Selectmen special public hearing
10 a.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - UConn Coach Jim Calhoun addresses Y’s Men
1:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Board of Education Food Service Advisory Committee
2 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Revaluation Working Group
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Finance public hearing
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Finance anticipated executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Planning & Zoning Commission
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance public hearing
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses a meeting of the professional women’s organization Women in Management tonight in Stamford. The subject was “women in politics.” Joining her were New Canaan First Selectman Judy A. Neville (l) and Darien First Selectman Evonne Klein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo