Wednesday, June 30, 2004
The Connecticut Humane Society Westport Branch reopened today at 455 Post Road East following extensive renovations. The new improved facility has been expanded to house about 300 homeless animals looking for adoption. CherylAnn Ferandes, district manger, welcomes the latest canine guest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
CherylAnn Ferandes, district manager for the Connecticut Humane Society Westport branch, gets acquainted with a guest ready for adoption. The newly renovated facility at 455 Post Road East is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Rep. Christopher Shays today announced a “2004 Campaign Kick-Off Tour” in his November battle against Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.
The veteran Republican lawmaker’s four-day 4th District tour begins Thursday at 8:30 a..m. at Corelli’s Pastry Shop in Stamford and ends Sunday with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at his Bridgeport home.
Among the stops is a Westport reception at 5 p.m. Friday at the home of David and Daryl Cheifetz, a time when many Westporters will be gathering at Compo Beach for the town’s Independence Day fireworks.
Today’s Hartford Courant spotlights Staples High School junior Dan Ozar, 17, as its “State Volleyball Player of the Year.”
The 6-foot-1 setter/outside hitter has been a member of three Class M championship teams, including this season’s undefeated team, since the CIAC started sanctioning boys volleyball in 2001, the newspaper said.
Ozar earned FCIAC All-Conference honors in 2003 and 2004 and was MVP of the conference tournament both years.
A Westport nursing home and six other similar facilities around the state have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plan to lay off employees Saturday as they reorganize.
In addition to Westport, the homes in Danbury, Darien, Milford, Newington, Stamford, and Wethersfield are owned by Hackensack N.J.-based Care Realty.
The company hopes to reorganize the homes’ finances and emerge stronger, according to company spokeswoman Ann Collette.
The Westport facility, Westport Health Care Center, is at 1 Burr Road and formerly was known as Mediplex of Westport. It has 120 beds.
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
A motorcyclist suffered a collar injury today in an accident on the Merritt Parkway in Westport, backing up northbound traffic for miles. Westport fire and EMS personnel tended to the victim before he was taken to Norwalk Hospital. View is from the North Avenue overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Conservation Department today cautioned visitors to Cockenoe Island during Friday’s Independence Day fireworks to be alert to threatened and endangered birds nesting there.
Piping plover: Cockenoe resident. USFWS photo
“Many boaters often anchor at Cockenoe Island to gain a spectacular view of the event, but docking on the island, especially the spit to the far west, can pose a danger to the threatened and endangered birds nesting there,” said director Alicia Mozian.
“The eggs are very difficult to see and the parents are very protective.”
Mozian said the endangered birds include piping plovers and roseate terns.
She said her department requests that people pay particular attention to where they walk and to keep their dogs on leash or off the spit of the island altogether.
David Mally is enjoying some of the nature photographs on display at Westport’s Earthplace The Nature Discovery Center from the Norwalk Camera Club’s annual photography contest and exhibit. The photos will remain on display until Aug. 20.Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
This weekend, many of us will be firing up the grill or the barbecue for traditional Independence Day fare like burgers or ribs. But what should you drink with the festive, bold, and sometimes spicy food? WestportNow Community Correspondent Chris Grimm will be drinking the All-AmericanӔ wine Zinfandel. Details in his latest Wine Talk column on the ARTS & LEISURE page.
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 21-28, 2004:
George S. and Trish M. Lawrence to Daniel E. and Shirley A. Smith, 8 Arrowhead Road, $2,595,000..
Christian J. Trefz to Phyllis F. Trefz, 18 Playhouse 20 60%, $111,000.
Sir Maple LLC to David B. and Lori Beth Sochol, 47 Maple Ave. North. $1,899,999.99.
Owen E. and Virginia B. Landon Jr. to Paul Fonteyne, 4 Deepwood Lane, $1,385,000.
Louis P. and Patricia Ann Cirillo to Shine Group Holdings LLC, 175 Post Road East, $675,000.
Pequot Development LLC to Hilary P. Califano Trust Joseph A. Califano Jr. Trust 42 Morningside Drive South, $3,300,000.
Comic legend Gene Wilder kicks off the Westport Country Playhouse’s Film Series tonight with the classic movie “Young Frankenstein” followed by a discussion led by critic Janet Maslin.
Due to ticket demand, there will be two showings of the film at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., at the Community Theatre in Fairfield.
Directed by Mel Brooks and filmed in black and white to simulate the monster movie genre of the 1930s, the 1974 comedy features Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a young neurosurgeon who is the grandson of Dr. Victor von Frankenstein.
After years of living down the family reputation, he inherits his grandfather’s castle where he finds a hunchback called Igor (Marty Feldman), a pretty lab assistant named Inga (Teri Garr) and an old housekeeper, Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman).
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
Monday, June 28, 2004
A new sidewalk enclosure has gone up in Westport’s center at the site of a new Tiffany store to open this fall. The color Tiffany Blue, of course. WestportNow.com photo
Westporters Jane Green and David Burke (l) hosted a party at their home Sunday for supporters of Congressman Christopher Shays. Shays (3rd l) invited his friend from Washington, Rich Galen, who earlier in the week testified before the Congressman’s House Committee about his six months in Iraq. Galen shared his insights in regard to Iraq and the national political scene. Contributed photo
9:a.m. - Long Lots School - Long Lots Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance anticipated executive session
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Special Board of Finance
Outgoing Westport Sunrise Rotary Club president Valery Austyn receives a gift honoring her service from incoming president Leo Cirino today at the club’s party at the Westport Arts Center. Looking on is Rick Benson, Roatary assistant district governor. Contributed photo
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Even some late afternoon clouds did not deter Westporters from enjoying Compo Beach today. It was a beautiful day with sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s, and low humidity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
If your life is anything like mine youre now totally strung out from these last few weeks. End of school, graduations, moving up ceremonies, camp trunks locked and sent, down-to-the-wire deadlines, last-minute doctors and orthodontists and haircut appointments ҅ got the picture?
Beautiful Faces owner and makeup artist Gail Sagel puts a beautiful face on a client at her salon at 719 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
But all that is over and done with. And now that everything and everyone is finally settled for the summer, its time for the Big Aaaaahhhh—that time when you finally sit back, exhale, and treat yourself to an hour or two of pure relaxation and indulgence.
A facial would be just about perfect, donҒt you think?
To mention a few of my favorites, Meg Murray gives what she calls a luxuryӔ facial I call it decadent ֖ that includes back massage, full arm and hand massage, followed by neck and face.
A tractor-trailer accident on I-95 about 1 p.m. Saturday between exits 18 and 19 sent spillover traffic through Westport. This was the scene on Bridge Street. All was back to normal by late afternoon. Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 26, 2004
These visitors were among almost 300 U.N. guests who traveled to Westport today for jUNe Day activities.Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
First Selectwoman Dianne G. Farrell “pins” Westport on a world map during today’s jUNe Day activities as Michaela MacColl, jUNe Day chairperson, looks on. Saul Haffner for WestportNow.com
Flags of United Nations member countries fly from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge today to welcome U.N. visitors to the town’s annual jUNe Day. See more photos on COMMUNITY page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day activities
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents readings from radio plays, programs
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (c) poses tonight with House Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John B. Larson from Connecticut’s 1st District at a fundraiser in Darien. (See WestportNow June 23, 2004) Contributed photo
Peter Ferrara (l) thanks attendees at tonights Westport Rotary Club ғpass-the-gavel clambake at Compo Beach as he took over the club presidency from John Fitzgerald. With him is Rick Benson, a club member and Rotary assistant district governor. WestportNow.com photo
Friday, June 25, 2004
Housing construction in Westport slowed slightly in May from the month earlier and is down compared to 2003, the state Department of Economic and Community Development said today.
State housing activity also slowed in May compared to April, but unlike Westport, overall Connecticut activity is up year-to-date compared to last year, the department said.
The agency said Westport authorized 10 new housing units in May compared to 13 in April. Westport year-to-date in 2004 has authorized 44 new units compared to 50 in the same period in 2003.
The department said all Connecticut towns and cities authorized 942 new housing units, a 2.8 percent increase compared with 916 in May 2003.
The $74 million Staples High School renovation and expansion project is on schedule with occupation of a portion of the new construction scheduled for sometime in the fall. This aerial view was taken Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The first of 35,000 tax bills have gone out to Westporters 10,000 real estate bills and 25,000 auto bills, according to Tax Collector George Underhill. Payments are due by July 1 but residents will have until the end of July to pay without penalty. Taxes increased about 2.5 percent over last year. WestportNow.com photo
Westport takes center stage on Connecticut Public Television next week when it airs “A Gathering of Glory!,” the documentary produced by the Westport Historical Society.
The feature, directed by Westport resident Martin West, will be telecast Thursday, July 1, at 9 p.m. (See WestportNow Sept. 28, 2003)
Denise Torv, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, said she is excited that the documentary will be seen by a wider audience.
The production of ‘A Gathering of Glory!’ is yet another way in which the Westport Historical Society works to fulfill its mission of celebrating the history of Westport,Ӕ Torv said.