Monday, February 28, 2005
Westport’s John Baumann has earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for games ending Sunday, according to the Web site collegesports.com.
Baumann led his Columbia University basketball team in scoring this weekend, averaging 15.5 points per game and four rebounds per game in just over 20 minutes per contest. The 2004 Staples grad shot 13-of-16 from the floor for a blistering .813 percentage.
He totaled 14 points in 24 minutes vs. Princeton and finished with 17 points in 17 minutes vs. Penn. Baumann has now scored in double-figures in three consecutive contests. In each of the three, he established new career-highs, with 17 points vs. Penn being his best yet.
This is the first weekly honor for Baumann, but the fourth for a Columbia rookie this season. Columbia plays its final two games this weekend, when they travel to Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday.
Farrell: “Negotiate a reasonable price.” WN photoWestport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell today urged the owners of the 200-year-old Abel Bradley House on the Westport-Fairfield border to continue to negotiate a “reasonable” sale price with those seeking to save it from demolition.
Addressing a Town Hall news conference, Farrell said she was pleased that a Superior Court judge in Bridgeport had issued an injunction putting off destruction of the house until at least March 7.
She said she had met with preservationists and owners of the property earlier to try to come to agreement on price and urged them to “come back to the table to negotiate a reasonable purchase price.”
The owners of the home have set a $1.2 million price tag on the property while preservationists have said they have raised $850,000 toward purchase of the property. (See WestportNow Feb. 24, 2005)
Westport’s Peter Perry knows his movie stuff. The Westport Public Library patron correctly chose the six top winners in Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony in Hollywood.
Out of 57 entries dropped in a ballot box in the library’s audio-visual department, his was the only entry that chose Best Picture (“Million Dollar Baby”); Best Director (Clint Eastwood); Best Actor (Jamie Foxx); Best Actress (Hillary Swank); Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman) and Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchette).
For his Oscar expertise, Perry won a $10 gift certificate to use in the library store or the librarys As You Like it Cafҩ, according to Sheri Szymanski, head of the library’s access services.
The Police Athletic League (PAL) ice skating rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park, which had been scheduled to close Tuesday, has extended its winter season through Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Democratic Town Committee has canceled its scheduled meeting tonight due to weather, chair Martha Aasen announced. She said the meeting would be rescheduled.
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (c), along with officials of the Westport/Weston YMCA, met with reporters at Town Hall today in what Farrell said was “a response to a public stirring up” of talk that the Y still wanted its new headquarters on the town-owned Baron’s South property. The Y officials said this was not true and that even if the town made Baron’s South available, the preferred location was the Y’s Camp Mahackeno Outdoor Center in northwest Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Tonight’s state tournament girls’ basketball game at Staples High School has been postponed until Tuesday at 7 p.m. due to weather.
The ninth-seeded Lady Wreckers (15-5) will host the 24th-seeded Bunnell High School (11-9) of Stratford in a first round game in the Connecticut Class LL tournament.
If you can’t make it to the Staples gym, you can hear all the action on WWPT
90.3 FM, the Staples student-run radio station. Sophomores Greg Kaplan and Patrick Toole will call the game starting at 6:50 P.M.
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who came close to knocking Rep. Christopher Shays out of his 4th District seat, is back on the campaign trail; but exactly which trail remains a mystery, the Connecticut Post reported today.
“I definitely intend to run in ‘06,” Farrell said in a recent interview, according to the Washington-datelined report.
What the Democrat won’t say is for which office. She is considering either a rematch against Republican Shays or running for statewide office. She will decide in the next few months, the newspaper said.
“I am conferring with good friends and family,” she told the Post.
7:45 p.m. - Room 201 - RTM Health and Human Services Committee - CANCELED
Sunday, February 27, 2005
This entry to Westport’s Winslow Park looked like a New England calendar scene Saturday. Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
The Fairfield County Coastal WalkAmerica will be held Sunday, May 1, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.
The annual event raises money for the March of Dimes which seeks to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.
Now in its 35th year, WalkAmerica is expected to draw almost half a million walkers nationwide. Last year, the Fairfield County Coastal Walk attracted 1,000 participants and raised more than $200,000.
WalkAmerica offers several ways of involvement—raising money through sponsors and walking as an individual, as part of team, or by being invited by family, friends, or business associates.
Saturday, February 26, 2005
The last weekend of “The Gates” viewing in New York’s Central Park attracted thousands today, including many Westporters. Late afternoon view is from Central Park South looking north. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
WestportNow contributing photographer Richrd Barnett sent in three photos of Compo Beach at dusk Friday. We couldn’t decide which to use so decided to let our readers see them all, beginning with view No. 1. Which is your favorite? (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for WestportNow.com
This is the last weekend for the Westport Public Library exhibit “Ties That Bind: A Tapestry of Cultural Connections” displaying work of Connecticut African-American artists. The event, co-sponsored by TEAM Westport, was facilitated via the Picture That Art Gallery of Stamford and coincides with African American History month. Contributed photo
Friday, February 25, 2005
New York’s “The Gates” project in Central Park comes down after this weekend after a two-week run. Many Westporters have viewed the $21 million project in that time, among them WestportNow contributing photographer Richard Barnett. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Barnett for WestportNow.com
Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn shows off the instrument believed to have inspired the1999 film “The Red Violin” at a Westport fund-raiser Thursday night to benefit the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. The event took place at the home of Milette Alexander. Pitcairn will perform John Corigliano’s “The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra” with the orchestra Saturday night. She acquired the 1720 Stradivarius, once owned by the descendants of composer Felix Mendelssohn, at a London auction in 1990. Corigliano, a former Westport resident who won an Academy Award for his “Red Violin” score and who was honored by Westport’s Art Council in 2003, will speak before the concert at the Norwalk Concert Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Eleanor Dickey: “Very, very pleased.” File photoPreservationists trying to save the 200-year-old Abel Bradley House on the Westport-Fairfield town line have won a Superior Court injunction prohibiting its destruction at least until March 7, the head of a neighborhood coalition said today.
Eleanor Dickey, a neighbor and head of the Coalition for the Preservation of the Bradley House, said the injunction was issued Thursday by Judge Julia Dewey of Superior Court in Bridgeport. She said a hearing will be held by the court on March 7.
A 90-day delay in approval of a demolition permit had been scheduled to run out March 3, after which the owners, developers Mark J. Iuraduri and Mike Horvath, would have been free to begin the demolition process.
They have set a $1.2 million price for the property, which they bought in October for $600,000.
Today’s meeting of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club at the Peppermill Restaurant has been canceled due to the weather.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
New Neighbors of Westport will hold its annual spring fashion show and boutique on Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at The Inn at Longshore.
It will feature fashions from Lucys, Totally Kool, and Jacadi, all of Westport. Proceeds from the show will benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by WestportҒs Paul Newman.
This years show will be a bit different than those in years past with local vendors selling clothing, jewelry, accessories, baby and gift items, paper goods, and hostess gifts, among other items, an announcement said.
In addition, attendees will be treated to a traditional English tea service during the show.
Because of the forecast for snow tonight, Westport’s Town Hall will close at 4:30 p.m. today and an evening meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission and any other meetings have been postponed, the First Selectwoman’s office said.
The eighth annual Varsity Vogue Fashion Show benefiting the cheerleaders, football and basketball teams at Westport’s Staples High School will be held at Mitchells of Westport Friday, March 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Flashback: Jimmy Hughes strolls the runway with Jennifer Brady at last year’s show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The event will feature senior athletes modeling the latest in spring and summer attire—both casual and formal—put together by Mitchells’ professional team. Hair styling will be provided by Effis Salon.
The $10 admission covers entertainment—including dance routines performed by the cheerleaders—and refreshments.
Guests may also participate in silent and live auctions and raffle with goods and services donated by local merchants and families. The items range from gift certificates to local restaurants to event tickets as well as vacation rentals.
CNN reported today that attorneys for Westport’s Martha Stewart may be able to negotiate a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would permit Stewart to return to the helm of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia at some point.
The network quoted a person familiar with the situation as saying,“If she’s living straight and narrow, will the public be at risk if she became CEO again?”
The SEC has filed an insider trading case against Martha Stewart, in which it is seeking to bar her from acting “as a director of, and limiting her activities as an officer of, any public company.”
That case is separate from the federal obstruction of justice charges for which Stewart is serving a five-month prison sentence. She is due to be released next week.