Friday, October 29, 2004
John Brady: “Westport will always have a place in my heart.”WN photo Former Westport Staples High School principal John Brady, less than two weeks into his new job as superintendent of schools for a suburban New Haven district, said Westport will always remain special for him.
In an interview published Thursday in the weekly Amity Observer, Brady said it was a difficult decision to leave Staples to take over Oct. 18 as superintendent of the Amity Regional School District.
The newspaper quoted him as saying Westport, where he served in several central office administrative positions before taking the Staples principal’s job, would always have a place in his heart.
“I had a very exciting and rewarding career there,” he said, “but Westport is my past, and Amity is my future.”
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who attended a town meeting on behalf of Republican Rep. Christopher Shays in Westport Oct. 11, is coming back to town Saturday for some last-minute campaigning for Shays, it was announced today.
The Shays campaign said McCain would appear at Westport’s Sherwood Diner from 7:55 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. as part of a tour of area diners that would also take him to Bridgeport’s Harborview Market at 7:25 a.m. and Norwalk’s Silverstar Diner at 8:25 a.m.
At 9 a.m, he will join Shays at a “get out the vote rally” at the Government Center in Stamford, the announcement said.
With five days to go until Election Day, incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays released a final round of campaign television ads that respond directly to negative attacks by his Democratic opponent, Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.
ChrisӒ entire campaign has been about sharing his record with voters and focusing on a positive message about his independence and effectiveness, said Michael Sohn, Shays for Congress campaign manager.
He said Shays is using the last few days of his campaign to get the word out about his endorsements by three of the most important papers to readers in southwest Connecticut—The New York Times, The Advocate of Stamford and the Hartford Courant.
Shays released two radio spots and two television ads. The radio ads will air on WCBS, WFAN, WICC, WGCH and WSTC. The television ads will appear on the four cable stations in Fairfield County and WTNH.
Today’s WestportNow.com teardown is at 37 Bulkley Ave. North. It was sold in September for $600,000 and an application for demolition followed. Since the picture was taken, the house has been torn down (inset). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team begins its quest for its first FCIAC championship since 2000—and 23rd in history—at 11 a.m. Saturday, on its home Albie Loeffler Field.
The Wreckers, ranked third in the league, face Fairfield Warde.
Staples defeated the Mustangs 2-1 in overtime earlier this season. The winner faces Central on Tuesday evening in Norwalk in the FCIAC semifinals.
“This should be a great match between two solid teams and longtime rivals,” said Staples head coach Dan Woog of the Wrecker-Warde contest. “We hope to have a huge crowd on the hill. This is what playoff soccer is all about.”
The media company owned by Westport’s Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., posted a wider loss in the third quarter than a year ago amid declining advertising revenues, it was announced today.
The results beat Wall Street expectations, but the company warned of a wider loss in the fourth quarter than Wall Street anticipated.
The announcement came as Stewart was about to enter the third week of her five-month prison sentence at Alderson, W. Va., for lying about a stock sale.
Martha Stewart Living posted a loss of $14.97 million, or 30 cents per share, during the three-month period ended Sept. 30. That compared with a loss of $3.94 million, or 8 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
This was the view of Wednesday night’s lunar eclipse as photographed through a telescope from Westport’s Compo Beach at 10:54 p.m. when the moon was almost completely within the Earth’s shadow. With the Earth passing directly between the sun and the moon, the only light hitting the full moon was from Earth’s sunrises and sunsets, resulting in an orange and red hue. It was the last lunar eclipse Earth will see until March 3, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for WestportNow.com
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning and Zoning Commission work session
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Derek Kennedy breaks out of the pack during a free kick for Staples today in a 2-0 win over Darien at Westport’s Albie Loeffler Field. Jon Zimmerman and Matt Geringer (rear), blinded by the sun, help out. The Wreckers finished the regular season 12-1-2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Melanie Nangle for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team finished its regular season in strong fashion toda, shutting out Darien 2-0 at Albie Loeffler Field.
The win gives the Wreckers a sparkling 12-1-2 record. Next up: The FCIAC tournament.
If Staples is seeded first or second, they will receive a bye into Tuesday’s semifinal. If the Wreckers are third or fourth, they will play at home on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs.
Final seedings are contingent upon other games played today (results not yet available).
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell greeted trick or treaters at the main entrance to Westport Town Hall today after the Halloween parade on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A Westport Staples High School senior, Shane Mulligan, is one of only five Connecticut high school seniors to be named a semifinalist in the prestigious Siemens-Westinghouse Science competition, the school district announced today.
The competition attracted approximately 2,000 entries nationwide. Shane’s entry was among the top 300 projects as judged by a panel of internationally known scientists. Top prize in the competition is a $100,000 scholarship.
At Staples, the 17-year-old studies under Dr. A J Scheetz who established a three-year science research course at the high school soon after joining the Westport school district in 2001.
Scheetz said he is very proud of Shanes accomplishment and also the work of several other of his students who entered the Siemens competition this year.
Saturday will be a big day for soccer in Westport.—four soccer teams in three different age categories will meet in the semifinals of the Connecticut Cup tournament, a single-elimination event sponsored by the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association.
The achievement marks an unprecedented level of success for the Westport Soccer Associations (WSA) travel soccer program.
Westport is the only youth soccer club in the state with so many teams represented in the final four rounds.
The Connecticut Cup is held each spring and fall to identify the best travel soccer teams in the state from among over 50 to upwards of 64 teams in various age categories.
This house at 60 Clapboard Hill Road is today’s WestportNow.com teardown. An applicaton for demolition is pending before the Historic District Commision, which reviews houses more than 50 years old. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Historic District Commission
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
3 p.m. - Main Street to Veterans Green - Parks & Recreation Halloween Parade
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 18-22, 2004:
John W. and Jennifer Auber to Christopher A. and Julie W. Mori, 4 Rockland Place, $1,365,000.
Craig F. Edwards and Amy Matton to Nancy Romberg, 203A South Compo Road, $430,000.
Etta Mae Mikhael to Joan K. Lasner, 133 Harvest Commons, $695,000.
Peter M. Zaffina to Pieka Construction Inc., 129 Imperial Ave., $908,000.
Harold E. and Mary Elizabeth Ayers to Fairport Development LLC, 37 Old Road, $650,000.
The Staples High School boys’ soccer program has raised over $1,300 for KickAIDS, with more money coming in every day, the team’s coach said today.
The Wreckers solicited pledges this fall for a “juggle-thon” with the funds go to Grassroot Soccer, a program that teaches African teenagers about HIV/AIDS prevention through their soccer clubs.
“Our guys know that soccer has been very good to them,” said head coach Dan Woog. “This project is a way to use our sport to give something back to society.”
Julie Otsuka, author of the Westport Public Library’s “WestportReads” book “When the Emperor Was Divine,” addresses an audience at Saugatuck Elementary School tonight. Her debut novel, which she said took her more than five years to write, tells the story of a Japanese American family forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
More than 100 persons turned out tonight to hear Julie Otsuka, author of the Westport Public Library’s “WestportReads” book “When the Emperor Was Divine,” at the Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
The executive board of the Westport Uniformed Firefighters, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1081 today announced its endorsement of Democratic Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell for Congress. Joining Farrell for the announcement were union officers (l to r) Nathaniel Gibbons, Eric Fine, and Joseph Izzo. Farrell said, “I am deeply honored because these are people I work with, and for them to endorse me means the world.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss announced today that her office will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to issue absentee ballots for the Nov. 2 election.
Absentee ballots will continue to be available through Monday until 4:30 p.m, she said.
All ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day, when the polls officially close.
The Town Clerks office is located at 110 Myrtle Ave Room 105. The office phone number is 341-1110.
Judith Freedman: wins delay in bridge project. File photo State Sen. Judith G. Freedman, who is being challenged for the first time in eight years to retain her seat, has asked the Connecticut Department of Transportation to delay plans to begin repair work on Westport’s Bridge Street bridge by one day until after Election Day.
A few hours after making her request known, the town announced the bridge will not close on Election Day.
The DOT has to plan projects well in advance, and I am sure that no one was thinking about Election Day when staff penciled the start of the Saugatuck Bridge work on the calendar,” Freedman said in a news release.
“But I have to agree with the Registrar of Voters who called me that starting the work on Election Day will make it difficult for some voters to get to the polls, and the last thing anyone in a democracy wants to do is discourage people from voting.”
Freedman said she has contacted the state Department of Transportation to request delaying work on the Westport bridge until the day after Election Day. Freedman is being challenged in the race by Democrat Arlo Ellison.