Tuesday, August 03, 2004
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Planning & Zoning Fence Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. - Community Theatre, Fairfield - Westport Country Playhouse Film Series presents a conversation with Keir Dullea after a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (live cable coverage channel 79)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gary Nichols and the Ballistic Bovine Boys
Westport artist Howard Munce was at Bedford Middle School today with Mollie Donovan for the hanging of “Fall Outfit,” a work he painted in 1993 that is a colorful and witty image of a football uniform. “Fall Outfit” completes a quartet of sports paintings that hang in the entrance lobby to Bedfords gymnasium. The Howard Munce sports paintings are part of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Westport resident, Frank M. Lupo, AIA, has been named senior associate at Fox & Fowle Architects. The New York firm is best known for its innovative skyscraper designs for Conde Nast and Reuters building in Times Square.
Lupo has more than 20 years of design experience with an extensive portfolio of award- winning corporate, health care, science, technology and education projects.
His current projects include two mixed-use residential towers in midtown Manhattan.
Prior to joining Fox & Fowle,. Lupo served as design director at Perkins & Will, an associate at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and was a partner at New York Architects.
Rep. Christopher Shays will lead a trip to the Middle East later this week as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation.
The delegation will include Minnesota Reps. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, and Mark Kennedy, a Republican.
Shays, who faces Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane Farrell in November, is chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on national security, emerging threats and international relations.
The delegation will meet with U.S. troops and top leaders in the area. Further details were not released due to security considerations.
Monday, August 02, 2004
Gov. M. Jodi Rell briefed Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell and other Connecticut municipal leaders today on the states stepped up security measures.
Rell made a conference call to Farrell and leaders of many of the stateҒs other 169 communities in mid-afternoon following threats to financial institutions in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
Also on the call were Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, Police Deputy Chief David Heinmiller, and Judy Nelson, director of the Westport Weston Health District.
Farrell did not disclose exactly what was discussed, but Rell told reporters in Hartford that her call with municipal leaders and corporate executives concentrated on measures Connecticut is taking following the new threats.
Westport police and fire units today investigated a mercury spill inside a drop off mailbox on Richmondville Avenue.
Fire and police officials said the spill was discovered by a postal employee at about 12:05 p.m. as he was making a pickup from the box at 49 Richmondville Ave., where several businesses are located.
How the employee knew the substance was mercury was not explained, but fire and police were notified.
Also responding were representatives of the U.S. Postal Service as well as the state Department of Environmental Protection.
“The scene was isolated because of a hazardous material spill,” said a police statement said. “The spill involved the interior of the drop box and the area around the box. The incident is under investigation at this time.”
Metro-North New Haven Line commuters today noticed increased security following new warnings of a possible terrorist attack on financial institutions in New York, Washington, D.C., and Newark, N.J.
Connecticut state troopers rode the rails and unformed police toting assault rifles were seen in Grand Central Terminal as commuters arrived during the morning rush hour.
The government acted on intelligence that Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge called alarmingly specific, but he said officials could not tell whether an attack might be imminent and he encouraged people to go about their business.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she asked state police to increase surveillance and security on trains and highways running between Connecticut and New York. She also asked state troopers to increase truck inspections at all weigh stations.
Westport defeated Danbury Sunday 6-1 to win the Fairfield County Fastpitch Softball League championship in the U-14 division.
No. 4 seeded Westport beat No. 2 seeded Danbury in their third game of the day.
Westport advanced to the final by knocking off Norwalk 11-3 and edging No. 1 seed Stamford 11-10 in a seesaw game earlier in the day.
Westport rallied from a 6-2 deficit to take an 11-7 lead and hung on.
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Employee Compensation Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Golf Advisory Committee
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
I dont claim to know much about cars or their upkeep. To be honest, I regard my Toyota as a CD player with four wheels.
Westport Sunoco: An oil change costs $32.95. Watch out for those add-ons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
But I did learn early on that changing the oil regularly exends the life of oneҒs car. While I am not so great about things like flossing and watering plants, I do have my cars oil changed every 3,000 miles or so.
We compared the prices of a basic oil change in and around Westport, including two while-you-wait oil and lube centers just over the Norwalk border.
Generally the price includes, in addition to the oil change and ғwaste removal (for exceptions, see below), a check of brakes, tires, all fluids, belts and hoses. Prices also vary depending on make of car, regular versus synthetic oil, and the amount of oil needed, etc. Call ahead to make sure.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Cloudy skies were the order of the day today as dawn broke over Westport’s Burying Hill Beach. Today’s forecast was for showers and thunderstorms this morning, becoming scattered in the afternoon with locally heavy rain possible, highs in the lower 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Richard Thomas and Friends