Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services has been awarded $750,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care Programs to provide 12 new units of supportive housing for persons with chronic behavioral health disorders, it was announced today.
The grant funds 12 scattered-site one-bedroom apartments in the Greater Bridgeport area for homeless persons who need support services for psychiatric problems and/or substance abuse, and training in development of independent living skills, an announcement said.
The award was announced at Hall-Brooke’s main campus at 47 Long Lots Road., Westport, by Rep. Christopher Shays . Shays succeeded the late Stewart McKinney, longtime Representative from Connecticut’s 4th District, who co-authored the bill under which the grant was given.
“I am grateful to Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services for working so tirelessly to meet the needs of chronically homeless and disabled citizens in our community,” Shays said in a statement.
Westport’s Playtex Products Inc. said Monday a federal appeals court affirmed a lower court ruling that said Procter & Gamble Co. engaged in false advertising regarding tampons.
In 2003, Playtex filed suit claiming that P&G made false claims in a series of television commercials and print ads for a then-new tampon product, Tampax Pearl.
The suit claimed that P&G falsely said that its Tampax Pearl product had a plastic applicator superior to that of Playtex’s product, Gentle Glide. In addition, the suit claimed that P&G falsely said its Pearl product contained a ” braid” that provided better absorbency than Gentle Glide.
A spokesperson from P&G was not available to react to the decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 -Code Enforcement Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance Budget Hearing (cable coverage on channel 79)
Monday, March 28, 2005
Westport teardowns and the fight to save the Abel Bradley house got some national exposure today on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program.
The report noted that it is hard to find a street in Westport that either does not have a house being torn down or one going up and highlighted the fight to save the 200-year-old Bradley house. It can be heard online here.
Among those interviewed was WestportNow contributing photographer Dave Matlow whose photos of Westport teardowns were cited in the NPR story.
More national attention is coming to Westport because of Matlow’s photos. Over the weekend, he escorted a BusinessWeek photographer to a number of Westport teardown sites for a story on “the housing bubble” set to run in the magazine next week.
A “preliminary version” of a 16-minute documentary depicting the battle to save the Abel Bradley house on the Westport-Fairfield border will be shown April 11 in Westport.
The 7:30 p.m. event will take place in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library, according to Eleanor Dickey, who heads a group trying to save the house. Admission is free.
The final version is expected to include the ultimate result of the struggle between developers and preservationists, she said.
A Superior Court judge in Bridgeport has said a ruling on a request for a temporary injunction preventing demolition of the house will not come before April 18. So filmmakers Suzi Yoonessi and Andrea Chignoli have decided to release the preliminary version now, Dickey said. (See WestportNow Feb. 13, 2005)
A Westport woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in New Haven to possessing crack cocaine.
Jennifer Lane, 19, of 68 Harbor Road, entered the plea before U.S.
District Judge Janet Bond Arterton, according to Kevin J. O’Connor, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.
When she is sentenced on June 20, Lane faces a maximum term of imprisonment of one year and a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000. As part of her plea agreement, she also will be required to pay $500 of the cost of her drug treatment and counseling, O’Connor said.
She was among 30 persons arrested during the last week of February by federal and local law enforcement officials in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, and the Bronx, N.Y. (See WestportNow March 10, 2005)
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the tri-state area, including Westport.
It said rain will become heavy at times over the course of today. A few thunderstorms will also be possible during the daylight hours into the evening.
Current indications are that around 2 inches of rain will fall from this system with locally higher amounts possible, forecasters said.
About 1.25 inches had fallen by late afternoon, according to the weather station at Bedford Middle School in Westport.
11 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Transit District directors
The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, in association with the American Heart Association, is sponsoring free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes in recognition of CPR Week April 815.
The classes will be held at the police/EMS classroom, 50 Jesup Road, Westport. Call (203) 341-6030 to register for any of the following courses:
Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. - noon adult CPR
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. pediatric CPR
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. pediatric CPR (Spanish)
Tuesday, April 12
10 a.m. - noon adult CPR
Sunday, March 27, 2005
To the Editor:
How can a town founded on preservation even consider the destruction of acres of land in a remote, residential area to construct a new fitness facility? The YMCAs desire to place a Wal-Mart sized building in the middle of one of the last parcels of open space in Westport would be a crime.
What exists at Camp Mahackeno today is miraculous, enchanted woodland that every child who passed through camp there, or just passed the day there, remembers for the rest of his or her life. Remember: Inner cities allocate hundreds of thousands of dollars to send underprivileged children to facilities like Camp Mahackeno. Have we forgotten how privileged we are to have such a beautiful resource in our town?
It is time to reconsider for whom we wish to construct a new facility: the children….or the YMCAҒs Board. We will best serve our children by preserving Camp Mahackenos pristine open space for future generations. The YMCA belongs downtown in a central and accessible location such as Baron’s South, to name one of several possibilities. For more information, visit www.YDowntown.com.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Peter Rotolo of Fairfield videotapes the house where he grew up at 10 Hunting Lane, Westport, being demolished today. It was WestportNow’s teardown of the day on Nov. 15, 2004. Rotolo said his father bought the house in 1965 for $23,000 and then added a dormer which cost $5,000. He plans to replace the 2,000-square-foot structure with a larger house of 3,700 square feet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
For six days beginning Tuesday, Staples High School students will have modified school arrival times and bus schedules to accommodate the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT), administered each year to 10th graders state-wide.
Westport school buses: CAPT changes their high school schedule. Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Students taking the CAPT must arrive at school by 8:45 a.m. to take the test, administered each day at 9 a.m. Students not taking the CAPT must arrive at school at times ranging from 10:20 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., depending on the days CAPT schedule (see box).
Those taking the test will be provided with bus transportation at the usual times, although this will set their arrival time 90 minutes before the testing begins.
In a letter to parents, Staples Principal John Dodig suggested that students who are taking the test ғfind alternate methods of transportation to school to avoid having to stay in our cafeteria for an extended period of time before they test.
Westport’s Staples High School will alter its schedule for six days beginning Tuesday to accommodate the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT), administered each year to 10th graders state-wide. WestportNow graphic by Emily Laux
Members of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and others took a guided tour of the Longshore Club Park golf course today led by Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director (2nd r). The RTM will consider a $2.3 million funding request to upgrade and improve the golf course at its April 5 meeting. Some members have expressed concern about the cost as well as the number of trees that will be removed as part of the project. (Editor’s note: The editor of WestportNow is Moderator of the RTM). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Martha Stewart has asked a federal judge to free her of home confinement in Bedford, N.Y. because, among other things, she needs to be seen on her new TV show doing spring planting at her home in Westport.
She also wants to rid herself of her electronic ankle bracelet because she likes to wear skirts and that bulky monitoring device cramps her style, the New York Daily News reported today.
The newspaper said the unusual argument surfaced in papers filed this week asking Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum to free Stewart immediately from all restrictions so she can rescue her floundering firm.
Stewart argues that her home confinement is killing her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia—referred to in papers as an “innocent third party.”
The Westport Historical Society today spotlights the ancient art of knitting.
“Knitting has caught on in a big way, and this is your chance to learn how to create everything from baby items to long sweater coats to the ever-popular scarves,” according to a Society news release.
The workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Society’s headquarters, 25 Avery Place, and will be hosted by Gayle Beyea.
An avid and talented craftswoman, Beyea has won many awards for sewing, embroidery, crewel, her homemade preserves and even photography, the announcement said.
Rep. Christopher Shays will hold two district-wide Social Security town hall meetings next weekend in Fairfield and Darien to discuss challenges faced by the Social Security system and ways to address them.
Jim Lockhart, a 4th District resident and deputy administrator of the Social Security Administration, as well as Marie Smith, president of AARP, and Ridge Multop, senior legislative representative of AARP, will also participate.
The town hall meetings will be held Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart University, Schine Auditorium, 515 Park Ave., Fairfield, and Sunday, April 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Darien Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien
“We have a responsibility to preserve and protect Social Security for those who rely on it now and for future generation,” Shays said. “I hope 4th District residents will join us as we discuss the best ways to achieve this.
1 p.m. - Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place - Knitting workshop
Snow or not, the Easter blooms arrived this week in Westport, bringing vibrant visual relief from the somber palette of a long winter. This was the scene today at Geiger’s Garden Center on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Friday, March 25, 2005
The Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) recently made a donation to the Staples High School lacrosse team. Over the last three years, the team has grown from just over 20 players to 60 players this year.The team did not have money in its budget to deal with the increase and Westport PAL stepped into to assist in funding the program. Shown turning over a Westport PAL check are (l-r): Officer Jill Ruggiero, Head Coach Jonathan Lake, Chief Al Fiore, president of Westport PAL, and Officer David Wolf. John Calka/Westport Police Department photo
The Friends of the Westport Public Library have kicked off their annual membership drive. Signing up recently for a family membership were Ellen Spear (c) and her daughter Hallie (r). Lynn Goldberg (l), president of the Friends, looks on. This week, the Friends have mailed out letters listing categories of membership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Residents of Westport’s Elizabeth Drive decorated their street with flags, balloons, and signs to welcome home a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who returned today after serving in Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Workers clean up at the scene of a fatal accident early today on I-95 on the Westport-Norwalk border involving a van and tractor-trailer. The truck driver, Donald Bulk, 52, of Islip, N.Y., died in the accident. It tied up traffic through early morning and sent many drivers on to Westport streets trying to avoid the backup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
A tractor-trailer in which the driver died in a jackknife accident on I-95 on the Westport-Norwalk line this morning sits on a side street after being removed from the highway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Traffic backed up on Post Road East near the intersection with Imperial and Myrtle Avenues today due to the aftermath of a fatal tractor-trailer accident on I-95. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport’s public schools are on a two-hour delay today because of the weather, the superintendent’s office announced.
The overnight spring snowstorm may have contributed to a fatal accident early today on I-95 just south of Westport’s exit 17 on the Westport-Norwalk border. State police said a van and tractor-trailer were involved in the accident iin the southbound lanes, leaving the tractortrailer driver dead. Westport as well as Norwalk firefighters were on the scene from shortly after 1 a..m. until just after 6 a.m. Crews worked to stabilize the incident, including offloading the diesel tanks on the truck prior to uprighting the vehicle. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. DOT photo