Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 23-27, 2004:
Peter F. and Jurate Antioco to Peter H. Voelkner and Lauren Nasime Alaie Voelkner, 119 Long Lots Road, $1,125,000.
Sir-19 Dover LLC to Mark Roszkowski, 19 Dover Road, $1,640,000.
Ruth E. Burgess Trust to Wasburgess LLC, 13 Whitney Glen, $295,000.
Mark V. and Marie R. Hertenstein to Prudential Residential Services Limited. Partnership, 26 Webb Road, $969,000.
Prudential Residential Services Limited Partnership to Bruce and Amy Humes, 26 Webb Road, $969,000.
Drivers heading south on North Avenue now have a new left turn lane at the new main entrance to Staples High School, just in time for Wednesday’s school opening. WestportNow.com photo
A young female driver was injured today when her SUV went out of control and struck a tree on Long Lots Road near Meadow Brook Lane in Westport. She was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Firefighters inspect a Nissan Pathfinder that went out of control and struck a tree today on Long Lots Road near Meadow Brook Lane in Westport, sending one person to the hospital. WestportNow.com photo
Westport resident Barbara Paul (l) tells the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Parks and Recreation Committee Monday night why she is opposed to efforts to relax rules regarding dogs off-leash at Compo Beach before 9 a.m. during the winter months. The committee, during a three and a half hour meeting, voted 4-3 to recommend the full RTM reject the proposal at its Sept. 7 meeting. However, it voted 4-3 to recommend approval of another proposal allowing dogs in cars in the Soundview Drive parking lot at all times except between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays during the summer season. WestportNow.com photo
Mark Smith, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission (3rd l.), shows photos of Westport’s Compo Beach Monday night to members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Parks and Recreation Committee. The group was considering a Sense of the Meeting resolution for the Sept. 7 RTM meeting calling for improved cleanup procedures for the beach’s boardwalk area. The committee deferred action on the item pending assessment of beach cleanup efforts during the busy Labor Day weekend. WestportNow.com photo
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
11:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning and Zoning Committee to Develop Zoning Regulations for Affordable and Work Force Rental Housing on Town-Owned Property
8:10 a.m. 216 Bayberry Lane, fire alarm
12:01 p.m. ֖ 75 Beachside Ave., public service call
12:05 p.m. 5 Charcoal Hill Common, check a carbon monoxide detector
6:32 p.m. ֖ 16 Sandy Hill Terrace, fire alarm
6:50 p.m. Evergreen Ave., EMS call
8:55 p.m. ֖ 27 Old Mill Road, fire alarm
9:25 p.m. Grist Mill Lane, EMS call
The Westport Board of Education tonight honored retiring Westport Police Detective Arnie DeCarolis for his many years of service to the schools and community as youth officer. He is shown addressing the board flanked by Sandra Urist, chair, and Supt. of Schools Elliott Landon. Picture is from cable coverage of the meeting which tonight marked resumption of regular telecasts of board sessions. WestportNow.com photo
Monday, August 30, 2004
Peter Bacanovic, the former stockbroker convicted of helping Westport’s Martha Stewart lie about a 2001 stock sale, has been barred by securities regulators from working for a broker or investment adviser.
The ban was agreed to Friday by Bacanovic and the Securities and Exchange Commission and became known today.
Bacanovic and Stewart were each sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest after they were convicted in March of lying about why Stewart sold 3,928 shares of ImClone Systems Inc. on Dec. 27, 2001.
The federal judge overseeing the case allowed both to stay out of prison while they appeal their convictions.
Margaret Denninger of Stamford admires some of the winning flowers at the Fairfield County Horticultural Society’s annual Flower and Garden Show Sunday at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
The bus drop off area is paved and ready at Long Lots Elementary School, but school officials say the expanded parking area will not be ready in time for Wednesday’s school opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Parks & Recreation Committee
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
2:33 a.m. 300 Nyala Farm Road, fire alarm
6:38 a.m. ֖ 300 Nyala Farm Road, fire alarm
9:42 a.m. Roseville Road, EMS call
10:26 a.m. ֖ 4 Compo Parkway, fire alarm
11:21 a.m. 45 Silent Grove North, fire alarm
Noon ֖ Post Road East, EMS call
12:27 p.m. 197 North Ave., wires down
2:48 p.m. ֖ 1276 Post Road East, motor vehicle accident
The Fox News Web site today highlighted the Connecticut 4th Congressional District race involving incumbent Republican Christopher Shays against Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.
“His stridency on the (Iraq) war has disenfranchised a lot of the voters,” Farrell told FoxNews.com. “People are unhappy. People feel he’s changed.”
The report quoted state Sen. Judy Freedman as saying, “Chris is very sensitive, he does listen to the constituents in the district; he has a conscience, and I think those are the things that make him a very special congressman.”
Martha Aasen, chair of the Westport Democratic Party, told FoxNews.com that Farrell is “dynamic, thoughtful, experienced, conscientious. I couldn’t say enough of Diane’s qualifications.”
Jim Powers of Hamden chose Vivian Schaufler of Westport as his partner for a dance at tonight’s closing performance at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport. Powers, 80, a professional dance instructor, said dancing keeps him young, adding, “It beats going to the gym.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunday, August 29, 2004
The Fairfield County Horticultural Society hosted its annual Flower and Harvest Show today at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The Backyard Beekeepers Association hosted a beekeeping jamboree with live hive displays, honey products to sample, crafts and activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Terrorism and the economy rank as the nation’s top two issues in the minds of the 30 Connecticut delegates to this week’s Republican National Convention in New York. No Westport residents are among the delegates.
Both issues far overshadow others such as education, moral values and taxes, according to a survey conducted by The Associated Press.
According to the AP survey, 85.2 percent of the delegates ranked “fighting terrorism” as the most important issue facing the nation. In comparison, 24.5 percent of Connecticut delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston chose terrorism.
The economy and jobs ranked tops among the Democrats.
There are 10 delegates six regular, all from Greenwich, and four alternates—from lower Fairfield County to the GOP convention, which runs from Monday to Thursday.
Longtime resident Martin J. Hamer, an author, entrepreneur and former employee of IBM, died Friday at his Westport home. He was 72.
Hamer, who was active in local causes, was editor with his wife Judith of the 1994 book “Centers of the Self: Stories by Black American Women, From the Nineteenth Century to the Present.”
His first work won him an Atlantic Monthly First Award in the early 1960s. His writings were included in several short story anthologies. He was a former columnist for the Westport News and had been published on the op-ed page of The New York Times.
In addition to his wife of 41 years, he is survived by three daughters, two sisters, and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport.
Westport’s Compo Beach was a sea of colors Saturday as Westporters sought relief from the temperature that reached into the 90s in some areas. Today’s forecast calls for patchy fog in the morning with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. It will be humid with highs in the upper 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for WestportNow.com
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Closing night with Fairfield Counts, big band sound and swing
6:47 a.m. 1372 Post Road East, wires down
6:51 a.m. ֖ 5 Charcoal Hill Common, fire alarm
10:21 a.m. I-95 southbound exits 18-17
5:43 p.m. ֖ Lone Pine Lane, EMS call
Saturday, August 28, 2004
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
When a cheery e-mail arrived in my WestportNow inbox this week from the manager of the Mansion Clam House one of my longtime favorite local restaurants ֖ I instantly had the suggestion for this weeks FranҒs List.
Mansion Clam House: Good food and music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
We now have live music every Saturday night all summer on our patio,Ӕ she wrote. Thank you, Fran, for recognizing our place and for enjoying our steamers!
“We have a great venue and awesome music form players like Charlie Karp, Mark Riggs, the former drummer from Blue Oyster Cult Mr. A. Bouchard, and Roger Guimond from the reggae band God’s Green Earth Ӆ I hope more people will see us as ‘the fun place’ and join us for our Saturday nights!
This immediately got me wondering where else in Westport can one go for live music after a great dinner? Here’s what I found:
Mansion Clam House, 541 Riverside Ave., 454-7979; Saturdays starting at 10 p.m. No charge with dinner, $5 cover you if you come for music only. This week, four-man rock band with Charlie Karp.
WestportNow reader Richard Barnett came across this rock balancing act off of Hillspoint Road near Compo Beach a while back and managed to get a snap of it before it disappeared. Richard Barnett for WestportNow.com
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jeremiah Long Band
12:45 a.m. Appletree Trail,EMS call
5:53 a.m. ֖ 399 Post Road West, fire alarm
7:11 a.m. - 399 Post Road West, fire alarm
7:32. a.m. - 399 Post Road West, fire alarm
8:09 a.m. - 399 Post Road West, fire alarm
8:21 a.m. 4 Rockland Place, fire alarm
9:16 a.m. ֖ 162 Kings Highway North, smoke in basement
9:59 a.m. Post Road East, EMS call
11:30 a.m. ֖ Maple Avenue South, EMS call
2:27 p.m. Bayberry Lane and Apache Trail, EMS call
2:28 p.m. ֖ 4 Marc Lane, fire alarm
3:29 p.m. Webb Road, EMS call
8:23 p..m. ֖ Westfair Drive, lockout
Friday, August 27, 2004
A film by Westport native DJ Kadagian will be one of two independent films screened next week as a double-bill during the Republican national convention in New York. The subjects are issues their producers say the GOP gathering ignores.
Kadagian’s work, “State of the Union: the Color of Freedom is Green” is a 45-minute documentary that he says takes a “critical but honest look at the interplay of money and politics and the impact on the underclass.”
Much of his thinking on the subject was formed while growing up in Westport which he calls “the capital of materialism in America.”
As a biographical sketch on his Web site puts it, “Growing up in this environment influenced his path first to join and experience great success in the material world and then ultimately to question that system in his chosen medium/ film.”