Friday, September 24, 2004
The Westport/Weston YMCA held its annual “Faces of Achievement” awards event Thursday night at Fairfield’s Quick Center. Among the honorees was Mollie Donovan, shown with husband John at a reception prior to the awards ceremony. Donovan has been the champion of Westport’s arts collections. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There was a big turnout Thursday night for the Westport/Weston YMCA’s annual “Faces of Achievement” awards ceremony in Fairfield. Dick Foot, executive director of the Y, chatted with Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell before the program began. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Among the “Faces of Achievement” honorees Thursday night was Dorothy Bryce, who with her late husband Ed, graced the stages of Broadway and local theater for more than 50 years as well as appearing on soap operas such as “The Guiding Light” and “The Doctors.” Bryce, who has lived in Westport for more than 40 years, has used her talent as an entertainer and producer to raise funds for many philanthropic causes. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. - Room 201 - Westport Transit District Directors meeting
Thursday, September 23, 2004
The Westport Board of Selectmen next week will consider two previous actions affecting a planned $37.7 million upgrade to the town’s waste water treatment plant.
One approval involved sewers to a controversial housing development in northwest Westport and the other concerned the ratio of public funding of the plant.
Both matters are subjects of two “Sense of the Meeting” resolutions to be considered by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) at its Oct. 5 meeting.
An agenda published today for the board’s Sept. 29 meeting at 7:30 p.m. said the board, acting in its capacity as the Water Pollution Control Authority, will consider rescinding its permit agreement for sewer extensions granted to ARS Partners, developer of the housing complex, and further to prohibit any sewer extension into or from Norwalk.
The Westport Board of Education Monday night will review its e-mail policies following a new round of e-mail exchanges that prompted a local newspaper to file a Freedom of Information Act request for copies of electronic board communications and a board member to boycott a meeting.
In a memo to board members included in the backup materials for Monday’s meeting, Supt. of Schools Elliott Landon said discussion of e-mails was proposed by board members and therefore was being included as part of a review of board goals for the 2004-05 school year.
The Hour of Norwalk reported today that it had filed a Freedom of Information Act request to access e-mails exchanged among board members in advance of special board meeting Friday to discuss job performance of Landon and board members.
The newspaper said the e-mails—which it said it had meanwhile obtained from board members—were about whether Landon should attend the meeting.
Westport’s Save the Children building on Wilton Road was rededicated Wednesday night. Following the ribbon cutting, board chair Tom Murphy was presented with a sculpture, donated by Carol and Bill Haber (shown to the right of Murphy and Charles MacCormack, president of Save the Children). The event was hosted by Cokie Roberts, who is a member of the group’s board. WestportNow.com photo
Staples teacher Jerry Kuroghlian: he’s starting to relate to Frankenstein.WN photo Parents, teachers, and others interested in education held “house parties for great public schools” across the country Wednesday night to discuss education issues in the presidential campaign. One session was hosted by two Westport middle school teachers.
An Associated Press reporter attended the meeting at the Trumbull home of Stacy and Lloyd Stableford, who both teach at Coleytown Middle School.
The gatherings were part of a national effort to spark awareness of education issues in a presidential campaign dominated by war, unemployment and the economy.
The parties were sponsored by organizations including the National Education Association and MoveOn.org which said there were 3,800 such discussions Wednesday night.
Among those at the meeting was the principal of Bridgeport’s Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School, Leslie Alexander.
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment Appeals
7:15 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
The Staples boys soccer team tonight got a lovely goal from Charlie Reiter, off a fine header assist by Derek Kennedy, but Trumbull tallied on a free kick with 5:20 remaining in the game in Trumbull.
A furious overtime ended 1-1.
The Wreckers, now 2-0-1, host Greenwich at the Staples Albie Loeffler Field Friday at 3 p.m.
She hasnt gone to prison yet, but already WestportҒs Martha Stewart is planning a new television venture with the creator of Survivor” and ӓThe Apprentice.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. announced today it is teaming with leading reality television producer Mark Burnett to create a new primetime network television series featuring its namesake founder.
As part of the agreement, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has also issued Burnett a warrant to purchase up to 2.5 million shares of the company’s Class A common stock at an exercise price of $12.59 a share.
Shares of Stewart’s company have jumped since reports surfaced about her announcement that she wants to serve the prison sentence as soon as possible and news about a possible partnership with Burnett.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Students in Westport’s Staples High School class of 2004 posted the highest SAT scores in a decade, continuing recent trends for excellent performance, the school district has announced.
With scores of 593, math, 581, verbal, the classs combined total of 1174 is an increase of 19 points over last yearҒs scores, which were 584, math, 571 verbal, totaling 1155. The prior years total had been 1139.
The Staples scores continue to be higher than the state and national scores by a wide margin as well, according to a district announcement.
State scores for 2004 were 515, math, 515, verbal; nationals were 519, math, 508, verbal. Both the state and the national scores were higher than they had been in 2003.
The fifth Annual Soundkeeper Lighthouse to Lighthouse Race will be held at Compo Beach on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. The 14-mile race is open to all seaworthy human-powered vessels.
All profits will benefit Soundkeeper, a non-profit group whose mission is to protect the ecology of the Long Island Sound community, and promote the Sound as a viable recreation area.
Racers are asked to make a $45 donation. More than 150 people are expected to enter the race this year.
Last year’s participants included an eclectic mix of small craft including fixed and sliding seat rowers, solo and tandem kayaks and Outrigger Canoes. More information is available at www.soundkeeper.org.
The Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance will bring together 60 of the world’s most spectacular classic automobiles Sunday on Westport’s Veterans Green across from Town Hall.
1941 Packard Woodie: part of Sunday’s classic car event. Contributed photo
The show will include antique cars, sports cars, racing and touring cars, hot rods, muscle cars, vintage American cars, and a varied collection of rare motorcycles. Food and beverages will be available.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Fairfield County Preservation Trust. More information at www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com.
A Theatre Audition Workshop for high school students, grades 9-12, will be presented by the Westport Country Playhouse on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Toquet Hall, Post Road East.
The workshop is designed to assist students with auditions for school plays, college and conservatory programs, and professional theatre.
Each participant should be prepared to deliver two memorized, well-rehearsed monologues, one comic and one serious, of no longer than three minutes each, and bring a headshot and a resume, if possible.
The audition panel is comprised of Joanne Woodward, artistic director, Westport Country Playhouse; Deborah Brown, casting director, Deborah Brown Casting NYC; Mark Wade, actor, director and instructor, Arcadia University; and Anne Keefe, associate artistic director, Westport Country Playhouse.
The Westport Weston Health District and the Westport/Weston YMCA are teaming up to host the fifth annual Family Fun Walk at Compo Beach Saturday, Oct. 2.
The non-competitive walk will feature a one-mile, two-mile, and three-mile walk along Compo Beach.
Last year, families that included young and old took part in the event.
Registration begins at 3 p.m. at the pavilion and the event begins at 3:30 p.m. with a warm-up stretch on the beach. The suggested donation of $5 includes t-shits, raffle prizes, a drumming circle, tattoos for kids, refreshments and a variety of health screenings.
The Westport Fire Department will conduct a household hazardous waste collection day Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.
Residents will be able to dispose of hazardous pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, paints, cleaning supplies and flammable liquids.
This year, items also to be accepted include propane tanks from gas grills, small one-pound propane tanks, fluorescent light bulbs, DDT, and Nicad batteries (rechargeable).
Further information is available from the Westport Fire Department at 341-5020.
It may be the first day of autumn, but the waters of Long Island Sound off of Westport’s Compo Beach in recent days have offered plenty of opportunity for fun. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Earthplace - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag lunch
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Make A Difference Day Committee
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 13-17, 2004:
Zoltan Toth to Jonathan Rubin and Fay Murakawa, 105A Old Road, $1,930,000
Sotirios Zachariadis to Mark Dido and Emily Vargas, 9 Morningside Lane, $1,530,000
Village Pond LLC to Peter and Nancy Alamo, 31 Hiawatha Lane Ext., $550,000
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Former Gov. John G. Rowland’s proposal to ease congestion on I-95 by allowing drivers to use the breakdown lanes from Stamford to Westport has been rejected by a new study.
While a report to the state’s Transportation Strategy Board shows the idea would reduce some of the gridlock during commuting hours, the analysis also found that it could increase traffic accidents 10 to 15 percent.
“We’re not going to recommend the use of breakdown lanes for commuter purposes,” R. Nelson “Oz” Griebel, the board chairman, told the AP. “From the board’s standpoint, it was never anything we were pursuing.”
Last year, Rowland suggested the state consider a six-month pilot project that would open the breakdown lanes during morning and evening rush hours on I-95 between Stamford to Westport.
The federal judge in the obstruction of justice trial of Westport’s Martha Stewart today cleared the way for her to report to jail by Oct. 8.
The judge agreed to her request to begin her prison sentence immediately and recommended that U.S. prison officials assign Stewart to a prison camp in Danbury or Coleman, Fla.—the two she requested last week.
U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum sentenced Stewart to five months in prison in July, but allowed Stewart to remain out
of prison while she appealed her conviction.
Last week, Stewart asked the judge to allow her to begin serving her time, saying she wanted to “reclaim my good life” and put the ordeal behind her and her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
Republican Rep. Christopher Shays and challenger Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell met briefly today at an AARP forum at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The candidates did not debate but appeared separately to address seniors and answer questions. Picture is from Cablevision News-12 coverage. Cablevision News-12/WestportNow.com photo
Westporter Elizabeth Beeby recently erected this sign in Winslow Park in honor of longtime Westporter Robert H. Bradley who died in an auto accident Sept. 14. She never met him but happened to see the accident while driving by on I -95 and attended his memorial service with a friend. Beeby, an artist, was so moved by the outpouring of affection for Bradley that she decided to create this sign in his honor. It is her hope the town might name a park path or erect a permanent plaque on a tree in his memory. Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
The Westport Weston Health District is trying something new this year with its annual flu shots it’s offering the vaccine in two simulated emergency mass vaccinations in October and November.
(Editor’s Note: In light of the flu vaccine shortage the Health District canceled the first clinic and put the second on hold. See update on WestportNow Oct. 5, 2003)
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the district and members of its emergency management team have been working hard to develop an emergency response plan for the towns of Westport and Weston as it relates to terrorism.
The plan’s purpose is to prepare for a major public health emergency, such as a pandemic flu outbreak. But in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan, district officials need to put it into action.
So this year, the health district will change the venue of the community flu clinics to incorporate components of the emergency response plan, as well as a drill exercise.
The Staples boys soccer team scored three minutes into sudden-death overtime Monday, edging Fairfield Warde 2-1 at the losers’ home field.
The Wreckers scored first, in the 36th minute, when Ross McGibney tore down the left sideline, then fed Chris Meinke who waited patiently before finishing low and hard.
The Mustangs equalized 11 minutes into the second half, but the Westporters earned their second victory against no defeats when Charlie Reiter’s corner kick was touched on by McGibney, into the box.
Central midfielder Jon Zimmerman was there to ram it home. Staples’ next game is Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Trumbull High.
There’s another restaurant change on Post Road West at Sylvan Road South. Vine Mediterranean Grill & Pizza, which in April 2003 replaced longtime tenant Connollys Restaurant and Taproom, is out and a grill featuring fresh Mexican cuisine and a patron bar is moving in. Franco Fellah of Westport’s HK Group handled the sale from Alpha Omega Hospitality Group I, LLC to Bulletproof Restaurants, Inc. Price was not disclosed. Contributed photo