Sunday, July 25, 2004
Seth Orkand, a 1995 Staples grad, greets fellow Westporters Martha and Larry Aasen today on a bus to a reception for the Connecticut delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Orkand, 27, son of Westports Rabbi Robert Orkand of Temple Israel, is one of three ғBeantown Buddies assigned to the Connecticut delegation. Orkand works for a software firm in Boston and begins law school in the fall. See more photos on POLITICS page. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Members of Connecticuts delegation to the Democratic National Convention, including WestportҒs Martha Aasen, were welcomed to Boston tonight with a reception at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westports Martha Aasen, accompanied by husband, Larry, checks in at the Lenox Hotel in Boston today where the Connecticut delegation to the Democratic National Convention is staying. Aasen, chair of WestportҒs Democratic Town Committee, is one of 62 Connecticut delegates to the event. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
Why anyone would voluntarily leave Westport on a summer weekend with the exception of a trip to Boston for the Democratic convention ֖ is beyond me.
French table wear: favorite at Table D’Art. WestportNow.com photo
But in case youre invited to be a house guest at a friendҒs beach house one of these remaining days of summer, youre going to be looking for the perfect house gift.
I will immodestly admit to having earned a reputation as a talented gift-giver. Here are my guidelines:
1. The gift does not impose my personal taste on the recipient.
2. It should be something useful, preferably consumable.
3. It should be out-of-the-ordinary. (WhereҒs the originality in a bottle of wine?)
4. The gift should be slightly indulgent i.e. something my friends would not go out and buy for themselves.
5. It takes recipients tastes and lifestyle into account. For example, the best gift to parents might be something to keep their bored kids occupied on rainy beach days.
In other words, one size does not fit all.
Stories from WestportNow.com, as an accredited online publication at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, are being posted automatically to several sites that aggregate Web coverage of the event.
Supervising online publications at the convention for the Democrats is Brian Reich, son of Westport’s Ann Sheffer, who is among Westporters attending the event along with husband, Bill Scheffler.
7 p.m. Levitt Pavilion - Sherry Winston Band, three-time Grammy-nominated jazz flutist
The Associated Press, in a poll of Connecticut delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, found that most view the economy and jobs as the top issue facing the nation in this presidential year.
Education and the war in Iraq rank second and third respectively.
Westport has one delegate in the delegation Martha Aasen, chair of the town֒s Democratic committee. Westporter Bob Rose is a convention alternate.
The economy, education and the war scored higher in importance among the delegates than other issues such as crime, moral values, taxes, health care and fighting terrorism, the AP said.
Saturday, July 24, 2004
After a full day of rain, Westport’s Compo Beach Friday evening was gray and desolate but for a few individuals—two friends daring each other to jump the gap over a massive puddle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
8 p.m. Levitt Paviliion - Curtis T. and the Bernadettes rhythm and blues band
Friday, July 23, 2004
Westport’s state Sen. Judith G. Freedman, leader of the Fairfield County Caucus, today urged Congress to protect Connecticuts funding while working to resolve the differences in separate pending House and Senate federal transportation bills.
She was among a number of Fairfield County legislators who signed a letter to the conference co-chairs urging Congress to enact a six-year reauthorization bill funded at $318 billion, and maintain the 90.5 percent minimum guarantee contained within the current formula.
The state legislators wrote their letter to emphasize their support for the position staked out by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in a letter she wrote to Congress earlier.
ғAs Connecticut state legislators who represent Fairfield County, we are deeply concerned about the effects that federal transportation legislation can have- both positive and negative on our state֒s ongoing highway and mass transit programs,” the letter said.
About a dozen Westporters, including First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, a candidate for Congress, will attend the national Democratic convention next week in Boston.
Farrell: looking forward to Boston. WN photo
“We’ll have quite a group there,” said Martha Aasen, a convention delegate who is town Democratic chair and a member of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee.
Another Westporter, Bob Rose, is an alternate delegate.
Farrell, who will go to Boston Sunday but return to Westport Monday for business, including a Board of Selectmen meeting, said she is looking forward to the event.
The stockbroker assistant who was the government’s star witness in the case against Westport’s Martha Stewart today was spared jail time and probation and was fined $2,000 for his part in the case.
Douglas Faneuil, 28, who testified that his boss ordered him to tip Stewart about a stock trade, previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and cooperated with government lawyers.
U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum handed out a lesser sentence than recommended by guidelines. She cited Faneuil’s “substantial assistance” during the trial.
The federal sentencing guidelines recommended a prison sentence of up to six months that could have been followed by probation.
Youngsters in grades five through nine participating in Westport Continuing Education’s Westport Youth Summer Theater Camp wound up their five-week workshop Thursday night. Norah Kennedy and Zoe Apoian sang “Ah, Paris!” in the “Around the World in 80 Plays” revue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
By Emily Laux
The homes in my quiet neighborhood are full of surprises. One of my neighbors, a banker with a lot of frequent flyer miles, collects sand from beaches and deserts around the world.
Elise Meyer, curator of “A Community Collects,” with her collection of 1930s-era Chase Chromeware, which she says proves that once the collecting bug hits, itӒs hard to stop at just one. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
His collection is meticulously displayed—each sample of sand is sealed and neatly labeled in a glass laboratory vial.
Hundreds of the matching glass vials are perfectly lined up in rows in an enormous rosewood cabinet he had custom made in Hong Kong.
His wifeԒs collection of snow globes is equally impressive, but less rigorously displayed.
They sit in a friendly manner on open shelves suspended below her kitchen cabinets, inviting guests to pick them up and shake vigorously.
8 p.m. Levitt Paviliion - Rock around the docs with DNR, Fairfiield County’s all-physician rock band
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Today’s The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk, in a lead editorial, said if all the money being raised in the much-watched 4th Congressional District this year means a more thorough and substantive debate about issues facing the district and the country, “then we say: Bring it on.”
The text of the editorial:
The 4th Congressional District race continues to remind us just how ordinary recent elections in lower Fairfield County have been. If discussion of the issues is as substantive as the politics in this election, then this race could set a high standard for local democracy.
Fund raising is off to a brisk start, not only for incumbent Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, but also for his Democratic challenger, First Selectwoman Diane Farrell of Westport. And it’s only July.
The pet companion program of Westport-based CLASP Homes was recently featured in a national newsletter of PetsMarts Charities. CLASP, which serves developmentally disabled adults, found that by adopting homeless pets and bringing them into CLASP homes, both the pet and resident benefited. Shown here are Hollis and her cat Sky. Contributed photo
7:30 p.m. - Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Paviliion - The Armstrong Duo, chamber music
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, joined by Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, tells a Sherwood Island press conference today about a “groundbreaking” lawsuit filed by Connecticut and seven other states against global warming polluters to force them to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Downed power lines in New Rochelle disrupted service on Metro-North’s New Haven Line at the end of the morning rush hour today affecting thousands of commuters. But the line said normal service was restored by 5 p.m.
A Metro-North spokesman said four tracks in the area of New Rochelle were knocked out of service due to wire damage, which occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m.
Service remained disrupted throughout the day, but in mid-afternoon a spokesman “Metro-North expected to operate regular PM peak service on the New Haven Line.”
An announcement shortly after 5 p.m. said full service had been restored.
Stanley A. Barnett, a longtime Westporter who served as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission and was active in the Westport League of Women Voters, has died at the age of 83.
His son, Don, said his father died Monday at Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness.
Barnett moved to Heritage Village in Southbury in 2000 after living in Westport for more than 40 years. But he returned here frequently for town events and the occasional Town Hall brown bag lunch.
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who appointed Barnett as one of her representatives to the Southwest Regional Planning Agency, said she was saddened by his passing.
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal used Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today as the backdrop for announcement of a suit aimed at forcing the nation’s largest power companies to cut their carbon dioxide emissions.
Sherwood Island State Park: Global warming lawsuit announced. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Blumenthal and attorneys general from seven other states and New York City filed a public nuisance lawsuit in Manhattan’s federal district court earlier in the day and then addressed a news conference there.
Blumenthal later traveled to the Westport state park where he held another news conference. Also in attendance were Chris James of the state Department of Environmental Protection and Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.
Blaming the federal government for inaction, Blumenthal said he expects more states to join California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and New York City in the legal action.
The Westport Country Playhouse, located temporarily in Ridgefield, presents a special benefit performance tonight of “Trumbo” starring Paul Newman and Gordon MacDonald. The play is about the blacklisted screenwriter and novelist, Dalton Trumbo, and the loss of his freedom of speech. Contributed photo
The shelves at the Interfaith Housing Association’s Gillespie Center are bare no longer. The Rev. Peter Powell, head of the Westport group, said Tuesday he has been overwhelmed by the community response to his plea to help restock the food shelves at the facility which serves the homeless as well as distributes food to the needy. Contributed photo
One of the cannons at Compo Beach was a good place for this youngster to enjoy the warm sunshine Tuesday. WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Board of Finance Tuesday night approved $700,000 to conduct a physical revaluation of Westport homes and businesses.
Before the 6-0 vote, the town’s new tax assessor, William Gaffney, assured members that he would personally oversee the work of the firm chosen for the job and was putting his reputation on the line.
“If this performance is unacceptable to the citizens of this town, that is my performance,” he said.
Two firms have submitted bids for the work, both under the approved amount.
Westport volunteer firefighter Mike Acquino (l) gets some last minute instructions from Westport firefighter Brett Kirby before repelling from the roof of Westport fire headquarters Tuesday evening in a training exercise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Almost to the ground, Westport volunteer firefighter Mike Acquino gives a wave after a successful exercise Tuesday night. Fellow volunteer Bob McManus mans the safety rope. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Sommers-Rosenthal family band
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A- Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Library Board
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Finance and RTM Public Works Committees