Thursday, February 24, 2005
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 17 Turkey Hill Road South. The demolition application process for the property, which sold last November for $685,000, has been initiated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - TEAM Westport
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning public hearing - CANCELED
By Ed FriedlandWestportNow Community Correspondent
The Wreckers’ season ended on a high note tonight, as Staples defeated Darien by a score of 53 - 40. The JV and Freshmen also posted victories.
Staples senior boys: (l-r) Wes Lemon, Pete Friedland, Sean Milligan Dave Altschuler, and Mike Bruno. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
For the first time this season, the varsity led from start to finish. In the first quarter, the Wreckers were paced with solid three point shooting from Brian Levine and Wes Lemon.
More importantly, the Darien offense, and its leading scoring Brendan Sullivan, was kept in check with swarming team defense. Sullivan was held well below his season average of 25 points per game.
In the second quarter, after Staples went up by 12, Darien tried to make a run, and closed the gap to six points. Staples, however, scored the last four points to take a 30 - 20 lead into halftime.
Former CBS, Warner Bros. and Los Angeles Dodgers executive Robert A. Daly has been elected chair of the board of trustees of Westport’s Save the Children, the charity said today.
Daly, 68, will serve a one-year term in the volunteer position. The charity said that Thomas S. Murphy has completed his seven-year term of distinguished service to the organization and has been named chair emeritus.
He will also continue as chair of the Save the Children Campaign.
Cokie Roberts, nationally-known political commentator, and Philip H. Geier, a communications and advertising executive, have been elected co-vice-chairs.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
A house at 29 Old Hill Farms Road, featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day on Jan. 12, 2005, was demolished today. The house, built in 1972, sold in December for $1,385,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The media company owned by Westport’s Martha Stewart—Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.—reported lower fourth quarter earnings today. It cited declining magazine advertising revenues and softness in its television division.
Stewart, who is scheduled to be released March 6 from a prison in West Virginia, will return to the New York-based multimedia company as it warned that losses for the first quarter will be larger than what analysts expected.
Stewart, who owns about 60 percent of the company’s shares, will be allowed to work at the firm while serving five months house arrest at her home in Bedford, N.Y.
Martha Stewart Living said it lost $7.33 million, or 15 cents per share, in the three months ended Dec. 31, 2004, compared with a profit of $2.37 million, or 5 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Metro-Norths mangled and much-maligned service in Connecticut is made all the more challenging by a technological quirk of fate. Ours is the only commuter railroad in the United States that operates on three modes of power—AC, DC and diesel.
On a typical run from, say, New Haven to Grand Central, the first part of the journey is done ғunder the wire, the trains being powered by 13,000-volt AC overhead wires, or catenaries.
Around Pelham, in Westchester County, the conversion is made to 660-volt DC third rail power for the rest of the trip into New York. Even diesel trains must convert to third-rail as their smoky exhaust is banned in the Park Avenue tunnels.
And thereԒs the rub: Connecticut trains need both AC and DC, overhead and third-rail, power pick-ups and processors. That means a lot more electronics, and added cost, for each car. While the DC-only new M7 cars running in Westchester cost about $2 million each, the proposed dual-mode M8 car designed for Connecticut could cost $3.5 million each.
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 14-18, 2005:
Estate of Emma Louise Mastrianna to Anthony C. Reed, 96 Newtown Turnpike, $200,000
Gertrude C. Leo to Florence Collich, Unit 205, 35 Bridge St., $173,183
Michael J. and Kimberly M. Slimak to Sherwood Drive LLC, 40 Sherwood Drive, $1,500,000
James and Carolyn McIlvenny to Royal Bank of Scotland, 57 Roseville Road, $2,200,000
DNB Nor Bk A S A to Niels P. and Christine K. Lyng-Olsen, 20 Mayflower Parkway, $1,652,500
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
The developer who bought the 200-year-old Abel Bradley House on the Fairfield-Westport town line wants $1.2 million for the property a 100 percent profit on his purchase price, the head of a group trying to save the house said today.
Abel Bradley House: sign announces March 3 demonstration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
As a result, negotiations with the developer, Mark J. Iuraduri of Fairfield, appear to have broken down, according to Eleanor Dickey, a neighbor and leader of a coalition seeking to preserve the structure.
Demolition of the home on the Westport side of Sturges Highway could take place anytime after March 3, she said.
“It’s a great shame because he could make a very nice profit with the figure we’ve offered him,” Dickey said. “It’s also an insult to Martha Stewart and all the other people who have been willing to make financial sacrifices in order to save this building.” (See WestportNow Feb. 17, 2004)
After a technical delay, the Feb. 1 Representative Town Meeting (RTM) debate on a proposed underage drinking ordinance is being rebroadcast on the town’s cable channel.
The almost four-hour meeting, which ended with no action taken and the matter held over to March 1, is being shown nightly beginning at 6 p.m. on Cablevision channel 79.
Earlier, the cable channel broadcast a forum on the ordinance that was sponsored by the PTA Council.
Westport’s Playtex Products Inc. is recalling about 32,000 Hip Hammock child carriers because of problems with the shoulder strap.
The company, whose headquarters is in the Nyala Farms office complex, says the shoulder strap support can detach from the infant carrier, possibly causing the baby to fall.
The company has received two reports of the strap detaching. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled infant carriers were sold under the name “Playtex Hip Hammock,” which is sewn into the front of the carrier. The model number is sewn into the inside panel below the instructions for use.
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
Monday, February 21, 2005
The FBI agent in charge of white collar crime and corruption investigations in Fairfield County will address the Westport/Weston Y’s Men Thursday, March 3.
Stuart Robinson: Y’s Men guest March 3. Contributed photo
Supervisory Special Agent Stuart A. Robinson will speak at the group’s meeting beginning at 10 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church.
He will speak about the FBIs national and international priorities and initiatives, and will describe the methods and intricacies of public corruption investigations, an announcement said.
Robinson joined the FBI in June 1990 after graduating from Indiana University Law School and began work in the Boston office. He worked on public corruption matters there until 1997, focusing on judicial corruption and municipal funding issues.
Two weeks before her release from prison in Alderson, W. Va., Westport’s Martha Stewart is already reminiscing about her experiences there.
In a column in the current issue of “Martha Stewart Living,” editor Margaret Roach says Stewart has been foraging for dandelions to eat, cooking in the microwave, and crocheting holiday gifts for her dogs. At one point, she performed an impromptu headstand.
Stewart also has been gardening and reading Bob Dylan’s “Chronicles.”
She is to be released from the federal women’s prison Alderson on March 6.
Roach, the magazine editor, says Stewart is ready to tend to her garden after she gets sprung this spring.
Westport firefighters confer with a tow truck operator today on Northside Lane off of North Avenue after the department’s ladder truck slid off the icy roadway. The truck, which was responding to a small residential electrical fire, was pulled clear after about two hours with no apparent damage and no injuries. The electrical fire was quickly extinguished. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The concession area of Westport’s Compo Beach is deserted today after an overnight snowfall. The fast-moving storm dumped about 6 inches of snow in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service said a winter storm warning remains in effect overnight and through this afternoon.
Snow will continue to move across the region and could be heavy at times between midnight and 9 a.m., an advisory said.
The snow will lighten considerably and mix with sleet and freezing rain inland and sleet and plain rain at the coast by late this morning. Total snow accumulations are expected to range from 5 to 7 inches before the
transition late in the morning.
Travel on area roadways is expected to become increasingly hazardous during the overnight hours.
Town Hall is closed in observance of Presidents Day. No public meetings scheduled.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Saturday’s clear but chilly weather did not seem to bother these swans in Westport’s Compo Mill Cove. Sherwood Island State Park is in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
The Staples wrestling team took part in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class L tournament today in Bristol. Here Pete Menchaca gets the best of a rival in his 119 match. The Wreckers came in 20th in the team standings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Westport’s Jennifer Jackson-Martins shows off a scarf she knitted for a friend working at The Gates project in New York’s Central Park. She says her friend showed the scarf to Gates artists Jean-Claude and Christo who were “thrilled to inspire another artist to create something Gates-related.” See Jackson-Martins’ knitting blog for more details. Jennifer Jackson-Martins for WestportNow.com/ Andrew Martins for WestportNow.com
Two graduate students, Andrea Chignoli (l) and Suzi Yoonessi, of Columbia University’s College of Fine Arts were in Westport this week shooting footage of teardown sites and interviewing a variety of locals for a documentary project inspired by the Westport/Fairfield community effort to save the 200-year-old Abel Bradley house on Sturges Highway. (See WesportNow Feb. 13, 2005) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Jack Klinge (l), president of Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. accepts a check for $5,000 from Turner Construction Co.‘s Rolff Knobel in honor of the recent first birthday of the center. Klinge said the gift will enable the group to expand its programs, which are open to all seniors over 60. Turner’s other Westport projects include Bedford Middle School and Staples High School. Marjolijn Wijsenbeek for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 18, 2005
Top municipal, fire, police, and health officials from Fairfield County, along with state and federal representatives, met in Westport today for an update on Connecticut homeland security efforts.
Hosted by Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, the meeting at Westport Town Hall heard a similar message from all of them in order to be effective in meeting any challenge, all agencies must work together and share resources.
“When an event occurs ֖ and it will occur is not the time to start exchanging business cards,” said Dr. John J. Shaw, senior project manager of the Capital Region Metropolitan Medical Response System, an emergency planning group of 42 Hartford-area municipalities.
James M. “Skip” Thomas, a former Glastonbury police officer who was named in December to head the newly-formed Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said he was encouraged by his first few weeks on the job.