Friday, June 25, 2004
The Storm Prediction Center has placed the tri-state region in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms for later today, according to the National Weather Service.
The combination of an approaching cold front, a few hours of daytime heating and sufficient low level moisture will provide the ingredients to produce a few strong to severe thunderstorms later today.
The main threat for severe weather would be in the form of hail and strong winds.
Once the front moves into the region late today, the severe weather threat will diminish.
A recent sunny day produced these pretty cloud patterns over Compo Beach. The weather forecast for today calls for some morning low clouds and patchy fog followed by variable cloudiness with a chance of showers from around midday on with possibly a thunderstorm., highs in the upper 70s. Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents readings from radio plays, programs.
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 14-18, 2004:
Mark P. and Marilyn Johnson to Chistmas Lake Associates LLC, 336 Wilton, Road, $1,500,000.
Pauline W. Preston to Ron Marin, 127 Newtown Turnpike, $600,000.
Westbank Shopping Center Associates to Westbank Shopping Center Associates LLC, 221 Post Road West, $3,400,000.
Robert S. Charney to Gregory B. and Dana R. Pearce, 17 Ferry Lane East, $2,020,000.
W R M LLC to Brian Keith and Robyn Wright Green, 22 Crawford Road, $1,800,000.
Nancy Anne Pinkham to Thomas Pinkham, 27 Turkey Hill Road North, $491,539.85.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Members of the Bedford family pose with the restored portrait of Edward Thomas Bedford, the Westport businessman and philanthropist who founded the Westport YMCA in 1923. Family donations made possible restoration of the work, which has been in the YMCA’s Bedford Building for 80 years. Shown are Bern Dibner, great-great-grandson of E. T. Bedford, Mrs. Lynne A. Warren (Lucie Bedford Warren), Bedford’s granddaughter, and Victoria Dibner, Bedfords great-granddaughter. Contributed photo
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
Pete Muller: Wins $98,000. Worldpokertour.
com photo Westporter Peter Muller placed fourth on the Travel Channel’s “World Poker Challenge” broadcast tonight. His winnings were $98,022
The event at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nev., was taped April 1 for airing on the cable channel.
The 40-year-old Compo Mill Cove resident is an amateur player.
A former Wall Street trader and founder of a hedge fund, he says he uses the poker table as a place to get away from the stresses and demands of work.
Muller is a singer-songwriter as well and will appear at the Levitt Pavilion as “Pete Muller and Friends” Aug. 7.
The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight voted 2-1 (Izzo opposed) to endorse Parks and Recreation Dept. regulations that delete a “sunset clause” from controversial rules governing dogs at Compo Beach. The issue is now likely to go before the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) which has inserted the clause two years in a row so it could review the regulations governing dogs off leash in the non-summer months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Town Attorney Ira Bloom said today uncertainty still exists over how Westport will be impacted by a snag that has developed in plans to upgrade power lines from Middletown to Norwalk.
Bloom spoke after attending a meeting today in New Britain to discuss objections by the operator of New England’s power grid to put some of the lines underground, including the route planned through Westport.
Asked whether Westporters could be confident any lines would be underground here, the town attorney replied, “It’s difficult to say. I’m hopeful they will remain underground, but it’s not clear.”
A top executive for ISO-New England Inc. told the Connecticut Siting Council last week that the grid operator will not support current plans to bury lines from Norwalk to Stratford.
William Gaffney (r), who began work Monday as Westport’s new assessor, meets with members of the Revaluation Working Group today at Town Hall. Gaffney said he hopes to have bid specifications ready Thursday for firms interested in conducting Westport’s physical revaluation. He said he is determined to conduct the best survey possible, adding, “(I know) my head is on the chopping block here.” WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Playtex Products Inc. is losing its CEO. Michael Gallagher plans to retire by the end of the year or when a successor is named, the personal care products company said today.
The company, with its corporate headquarters in the Nyala Farms office complex just off I-95, has been struggling to compete against larger companies like Procter & Gamble Co.
Playtex said it will look for a successor to Gallagher, 58, outside the company.
Gallagher’s contract was due to expire at the end of this month, according to the company’s annual proxy report.
The controversial path from Evergreen Avenue to Westport’s Winslow Park is now complete and area residents can make their way on foot to the Westport facility. A sign tells visitors: “Thank you for visiting Winslow Park. This park crosses a wetland property. Please help us to preserve the wetlands. Please leash dogs beyond this point.” WestportNow.com photo
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
2 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Revaluation Working Group
5:30 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Preparations are almost complete for Saturday’s annual jUNe Day in Westport. More than 300 guests from the United Nations will come to Westport for a day of swimming, boating, and other leisure activities. The day is sponsored by Westport’s International Hospitality Committee and will include flying U.N. member flags from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge, seen here in a 2003 photo. WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s cable government access channel is about to expand its ability to cover Town Hall meetings.
The Board of Finance at its June 28 meeting will consider a request to fund the $7,356 cost of the expansion, funds for most of which have already been received via a $7,090 grant from the Area Nine Cable Council.
Eileen Zhang, the town’s director of the Office of Information Technology, said the funding will enable live or taped meeting coverage from Town Hall rooms 309 and 201/201A.
The town’s government access channel 79 has been able to transmit live telecasts from the Town Hall auditorium for several years.
The latest issue of the Fairfield County Business Journal includes a special section on Westport, including a story on WestportNow. The weekly, published by White Plains, N.Y. -based Westfair Communications Inc., circulates throughout Fairfield County.
Westport’s State Sen. Judith G. Freedman (l) congratulates Republican Women of Westport President Lillian Krause (c) and First Vice President Rita Lener as the group installed its new officers for 2004-2006 at its recent annual spring luncheon. Contributed photo
In an indication of the importance national Democrats are giving the 4th Congressional District race, Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell is getting some fundraising help this week from House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi campaigning for Farrell. File photo
The California Democrat will attend a Farrell fundraiser Friday evening at a private home in Darien.
Farrell was in Washington last week and met with Pelosi and other Democrats. She was introduced to the House Democratic caucus by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who represents Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District.
Farrell’s campaign, which raised more money in the first quarter of the year than opponent Republican incumbent Christopher Shays, is anxious to have even more funds committed prior to the next campaign finance reporting date of June 30.
Farrell will officially open her campaign headquarters on Westport’s Riverside Avenue on Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m.
Monday was the first full day of summer and WestportNow contributing photographer Dave Matlow caught this morning scene at the edge of the Saugatuck River near Westport’s center in the area called the Taylortown Salt Marsh section of the Aspetuck Land Trust. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. - Kings Highway School Library - RTM Education, Finance, Health & Human Services Committees
Westport artists (l-r) Eve Stockton, Leslie Giuliani, and Nina Bentley sit in Bentley’s “Time Out Room” exhibit at the “Artists Play House” at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Selected artists were asked to design interactive playful exhibits for children and adults. With Bentley’s Time Out chairs, visitors can pick one of dozens of red flags displaying various offenses such as “screaming” or “argumentative” or “messy room,” set the timer on the wall, and sit in a chair until time is up. The show runs until Sept. 26. Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 21, 2004
Gov. John G. Rowland made official tonight what many Connecticut residents had long seen as inevitable he announced his resignation following a probe into corruption charges and possible impeachment charges by the state House.
In a televised address, Rowland did not discuss his guilt or innocence but said he tried to do what was right by the people of his state. He will be stepping down as of noon, July 1.
“I acknowledge that my poor judgment has brought us here,” Rowland said, standing on the back lawn of the governor’s residence in Hartford. His wife Patty stood beside him.
“I can only hope that when all is said and done, when dust settles and time casts light back on our time in office, that the people will see that we tried to give something back as well,” he said.
Patrons at Westport’s Bogey’s Grille & Tap Room paid only passing attention to Gov. John G. Rowland’s resignation speech tonight despite the intense media coverage of the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Public Library today marked the 174th birthday of benefactor Morris Ketchum Jesup. (See WestportNow June 17, 2004). Mr. and Mrs. Jesup (library employees Kathy Breidenbach and Ray Porter) greeted guests at the door, including Molly, 7, a student at Green’s Farms Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today wished Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell well as she takes over for Gov. John G. Rowland, who announced his resignation today.
Flashback: Gov. John G. Rowland and Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell at the June 15 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony in New Haven. Linda Gramatky Smith for WestportNow.com
“I wish Lt. Governor M. Jodi Rell well in her effort to rebuild the administration and move our state forward,” Farrell said in a statement.
“The people of Connecticut deserve a fresh start, and today they received it.”
“I look forward to partnering with the new administration on the issues affecting the people of our region including transportation, education and economic development in all of our towns and cities.”
Farrell made no direct comment on Rowland, with whom she had appeared on stage in New Haven last week as the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection received a 2004 Governor’s Arts Award.
Gov. John G. Rowland will announce his resignation tonight amid a federal corruption investigation and a growing move to impeach him, an administration source told The Associated Press.
Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell to move up. WN photo
The governor was planning to announce his resignation on a live television address to the state at 6 p.m., the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Rowland’s resignation would elevate Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell to governor.
Rowland, 47, a Republican easily re-elected to a third term in 2002, admitted late last year that he lied about accepting gifts and favors from friends, state contractors and state employees.
Contrary to popular opinion, Connecticut is not a state of rich and poor but is really “five Connecticuts,” one category of which is best described as “wealthy, Westport-like,” according to a new University of Connecticut study.
The Connecticut towns in blue are categorized as “wealthy, Westport-like” in a new UConn study. The ones with a red x were reclassified from wealthy to a different group from 1990 to 2000. University of Connecticut graphic
The suburban rich got richer and the urban poor made a slight gain in Connecticut between 1990 and 2000, according to the study.
Per capita income in the state’s eight wealthiest towns, all in Fairfield County, increased 31.3 percent in the 10-year period, besting the state average of 11.1 percent.
The urban poor, meanwhile, saw their per capita income grow only 2.1 percent in the same period.