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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Thursday, March 24, 2005

7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Public Hearing
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Parks and Recreation Committee


03/24/05 04:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Don Imus: “We have a $30 Million Estate on the Water in Westport, Conn.”

A charity operated by talk radio host and Westporter Don Imus has come under scrutiny of New York’s attorney general, according to Thursday’s New York Times.

The newspaper said Elliot Spitzer was looking into the business practices of the charity that runs a New Mexico ranch for seriously ill children.

Quoting “people briefed on the matter,” the Times said Spitzer has been reviewing accusations that Imus used the ranch for his personal getaway.

Asked about the matter, Imus told the newspaper that he and his wife ran the charity from New York and spent time at the ranch primarily when children were there to participate in the charity programs.

“We have a $30 million estate on the water in Westport, Conn.,” he said. “We’re hardly looking for a vacation spot.”

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03/24/05 03:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

It’s Spring but it Looks Like Winter

The Saugatuck River in Westport’s center took on a winter look tonight as a spring snowstorm moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


03/23/05 10:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Springtime Snow Slows Traffic

Traffic makes its way slowly through falling snow tonight on Westport’s Post Road East near the intersection with Compo Road. Forecasters said the spring snowstorm could leave as much as 6 inches in the area before tapering off Thursday morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


03/23/05 10:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers March 14-18, 2005

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period March 14-March 18, 2005:

Mark A. and Tammy S. Hoffman to Hakija and Sarah Ea Bevan Hrvacic, 13 Bulkley Ave. North, $585,000.WN property.jpg

Anthony F. Slez Jr. to 791 PRE LLC, 791 Post Road East, $1,550,000.

Jalal S. and Mahnoosh S. Naghib to Mark and Lori Silverman Altschuler, 4 Pebble Beach Road, $1,537,500.

G and L Westport Medical LLC to 319 Post Road East Assoc. LLC, 139 Kings Highway North, $425,000

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03/23/05 07:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Spring Snowstorm Could Leave Up to 6 Inches

A spring snowstorm is approaching Connecticut that could leave 6 inches on the ground before it tapers of Thursday morning, forecasters said today.

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from early this evening through tonight.

The National Weather Service said precipitation will gradually overspread the local area in advance of a strengthening low pressure center off the Virginia coast.

Rain will be the predominate type of precipitation during the daylight hours although some snow and sleet may mix in at times.

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03/23/05 07:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Down by the River

An early spring evening Tuesday along the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com


03/23/05 04:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Lunch
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Long Range Planning Committee - CANCELED
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library—Eileen Ogintz, family travel expert, author and syndicated columnist (“Taking the Kids”) will give a talk and answer questions on how to plan stress-free family trips and vacations for parents and grandparents
8:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Ordinance Committee - CANCELED


03/23/05 04:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Music Theatre of Connecticut Masterclass

Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) presented a masterclass by actress Anne Kanengeiser, currently seen in “Little Women” on Broadway. Attending the workshop were: front row (l-r) Chris McNiff; Westport; Dana Parisi; Trumbull; Hannah Dubner; Easton; Brooke Benedetto; Easton; Back row (l-R) Alexa Aron, Westport; Sarah Riordan, Fairfield; Anne Kanengeiser; Michael Bloom, Norwalk; Kathryn Mary Gau, Westport; and Tyler Paul, Westport. MTC’s forthcoming production of “Anything Goes” will be presented at Saugatuck Elementary School on May 6 and 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/23/05 03:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Westport’s Chris Halstead Repeats as Swim Champ

Chris Halstead: repeat champ. Emory University photo
Westport’s Chris Halstead, a senior at Emory University, helped lead the school to its second consecutive second-place finish at the NCAA Division III national championships in Holland, Mich.

Halstead, who turns 22 next month, defended his national title in the 200-yard backstroke becoming the second Eagle from the Atlanta, Ga., school to repeat as a national champion.

His time of 1:48.98 seconds is the fourth-fastest time in school history behind three of his own. He now holds all 10 of the top 10 times in Emory record book.

Halstead set a school record by earning six All-American certificates at the national meet. He earned three individual certificates and three for relay events.

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03/22/05 09:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Police Officer’s Son Joins Greenwich Department

Growing up, Andrew Kassay watched his policeman father helping people.

That was his inspiration to follow in his father’s footsteps and Monday he was sworn in as one of two new officers in the Greenwich Police Department.

The 25-year-old Stratford resident has aspired to follow his father into a police career since his early teens, according to today’s Greenwich Time newspaper.

His father, Detective Sgt. David E. Kassay, is a supervisor in the detective division of the Westport Police Department.

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03/22/05 08:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Following OSHA Guidelines, Sort Of

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell told guests at today’s Westport Rotary Club meeting that Town Hall received a surprise visit this morning from an inspector from the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). So she said she was pleased to see that while she was speaking to the group that a worker outside the dining room of the town-owned Inn at Longshore was wearing a protective hearing device as he used a loud leaf blower. That was the good news, she said. But she drew a laugh from the crowd when she said the bad news was the device was positioned not over his ears but above them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/22/05 07:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Water Main Break Shuts Down Service to Woodside Avenue Area

A water main break on Westport’s Woodside Avenue today shut down water service for several hours to area residents. The break in the street in mid-afternoon affected about 40 residents before it was repaired, according to a spokesman for the Aquarion Water Co. The street was reopened at 5:45 p.m.


03/22/05 07:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Warming Up at Compo

Today’s sunny weather and temperature in the 50s brought people and dogs to Westport’s Compo Beach. But the forecast called for a return to colder, rainy or possibly snowy weather Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


03/22/05 06:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

From Westport to Bridgeport: Honoring Scholars

Andy Boas (r), president of the Westport-based Charter Oak Challenge Foundation, Monday congratulated five Bridgeport high school students chosen as Charter Oak scholars. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship over four years and a laptop computer. Also shown (l-r) are: Dudley Orr, Central High School principal, and seniors (l-r) Vanessa Berrios, Kanha Bou, Victor Santos, Diana De los Santos and Hasan Henry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


03/22/05 03:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Westport Transit District Directors’ Meeting
12:15 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses Westport Rotary Club
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102- Historic District Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Finance, Education and Employee Compensation Committees
8:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Finance and Education Committees
9:00 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Finance Committee


03/22/05 04:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Lt. Gov. Sullivan: “I’ll Decide Within Three Weeks Whether to Run for Governor”

Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan told a meeting of the Westport Democratic Town Committee tonight that he expects to announce within three weeks whether he will be a candidate for governor. The former president pro tem of the state senate said his wife has had a serious back operation and that will be a factor in making his decision. “I’m inclined to do it,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


03/22/05 02:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, March 21, 2005

New Board of Ed Member: “I Have a Lot to Learn”

James. S. Marpe, selected today to fill a vacant Republican seat on Westport’s Board of Education, said he’s long had an interest in some sort of public service in town and when the chance came to serve on the board, he grabbed it.marpe03210504150.jpg
James Marpe: believes in “giving back.” WN photo

“The Westport schools are the centerpiece of Westport,” he said following his unanimous election at a special board meeting in Westport’s Town Hall. “It sets the tone for the community. For me, it’s exciting to be part of that organization.”

Marpe, 58, a retired management consultant who has lived in Westport 16 years, was one of five applicants to fill the unexpired term—until November—of Mark Owades. Owades announced his resignation in January due to the press of other business. His resignation became effective at noon today.

Three of the applicants, including Marpe, were recommended by the Republican Town Committee. Two others applied directly to the board. The board interviewed all five in executive session at their request.

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03/21/05 09:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Police Cite Six Merchants in Unannounced Tobacco Inspection

The Westport Police Department, aided by state inspectors, carried out unannounced compliance inspections of Westport merchants selling tobacco products and found six in violation, the department said today.

Lt. Gary T. Golas, detective commander, said the inspections were carried out Saturday by police along with staff members of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

“The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of 18,” he said in a news release.

Under the direction and supervision of state investigators, an underage youth, employed by the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program, entered the establishments and attempted to purchase tobacco products, Golas said.

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03/21/05 08:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Congratulations—Now Here’s Your Homework

Newly-appointed Board of Education member James S. Marpe accepts congratulations and a packet of homework material from Mary Parmelee, board chair, at Westport Town Hall today. Marpe, a 16-year Westport resident and retired management consultant, was unanimously approved to fill the unexpired term of resigned Republican member Mark Owades. Board member Steve Halstead is at center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


03/21/05 06:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Board of Education Names James Marpe New Member

The Westport Board of Education today voted unanimously to name James S. Marpe, 58, to fill the unexpired term of Republican member Mark Owades who announced his resignation in January. Marpe will serve until November. Board members, voting in a special session at Westport Town Hall, were: (l-r) Steve Halstead, Linda Merk-Gould, chair Mary Parmelee, Sandra Urist, and Lewis Brey. Mark Mathias participated by telephone. Schools Supt. Elliott Landon is at right. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo


03/21/05 06:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shays Votes Against Schiavo Measure

Rep. Christopher Shays, who met with Westport Republicans Sunday afternoon, returned to Washington later in the day and was among those who voted early today against legislation that would allow a federal court to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo.

The measure passed by a vote of 203 to 58. Shays was among five Republicans who joined with 53 Democrats in opposing the legislation.

“My heart goes out to Terri Schiavo, her parents, and family, and, yes, even to her husband,” Shays said in a statement today.

“My heart goes out to everyone who may have found themselves in a similar situation in the past or might find themselves in a similar situation in the future.

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03/21/05 03:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, March 21, 2005

10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Historic District Commission
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Joint Work Force Senior Housing Committee
1 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Special Board of Education anticipated executive session
1:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Special Board of Education - (cable coverage on channel 79)
7:45 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 1028 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
8 p.m. - Staples High School Cafeteria - Board of Education (cable coverage on channel 78)
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan addresses Westport Democratic Town Committee


03/21/05 04:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Shays Addesses Westport Republicans

Rep. Christopher Shays addressed a Westport Republican Town Committee party in Westport today. He is shown with Republican Town Committee Chairman Pete Wolgast as he commented on key issues facing Congress. Jo Fuchs Luscombe and Tammy Pincavage were co-hosts for the party which took place in a new home Rick Benson has recently completed at 1 Flower Farm Road. Later, Shays returned to Washington where he voted against legislation that allows a federal court to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo. The measure passed by a vote of 203 to 58. Contributed photo


03/21/05 03:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating the Most Festive Jewish Holiday

Families at Westport’s Temple Israel today celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim with a carnival fundraiser. Purim, the most festive of the Jewish holidays, begins at sundown Thursday. It is celebrated with fun and feasting as children dress up like their favorite Purim characters. The festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the Scroll of Esther. Among those taking part in the carnival were (l-r) Julie Zuckerbrod, Julie Samuels, Bizz Wiggin, Nick Pulvino, and Daniela Sawyer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marilyn Smith for WestportNow.com


03/21/05 01:51 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Winner

Temple Israel’s celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim today made Tori Lubin a winner of a goldfish. Sister Lexi Lubin is in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marilyn Smith for WestportNow.com


03/21/05 01:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Health District Sets Emergency Preparedness Seminars

The Westport Weston Health District will sponsor two emergency preparedness seminars titled Are you Ready?Ӕ on Thursday, April 7, in observance of National Public Health Week, the health district has announced.

The seminars will provide current information on the readiness of the community, local resources that are available to all residents during an emergency, and necessary supplies that should be in everyones homes, an announcement said.

Program locations are at the Weston Town Hall (Meeting Room), 56 Norfield Road, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the Westport Town Hall (Room 201) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Guest speakers include Michelle DeLuca, director of disaster services, American Red Cross Mid-Fairfield County Chapter, and Richard Frazier, public safety officer and coordinator of the Westport CERT Program.


03/21/05 12:36 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Westport Inn, Manager Receive Awards

The Westport Inn received the Operational Excellence and Market Excellence Awards at the recent annual meeting of Meyer Jabara Hotels, and Lance Herman, general manager, was honored as Manager of the Year. 

Meyer Jabara, a Danbury-based company, operates The Westport Inn as well as 24 other hotels in 12 states.

The awards were an impressive victory for the Inn because the management team has been in place only 17 months, according to an announcement.

Benenson Capital Partners, owners of The Westport Inn, hired Meyer Jabara Hotels in August 2003 to manage the property.

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03/20/05 11:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Schools to Meet With New Kindergarten Parents

Parents of incoming kindergarteners are invited to an orientation meeting with the Westport public school officials Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at each of the town’s public elementary schools.

As this is an informational meeting with the principal, parents are requested not to bring children to this session, according to a school announcement.

A special program for children is planned for later in the school year after the official registration period, scheduled for Monday, May 2.

To be eligible for kindergarten in September, 2005, children must reach their fifth birthday on or before Jan. 1, 2006.

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03/20/05 10:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Historical Society Hosts Hilla Rebay Exhibit Reception

The Westport Historical Society Saturday hosted a reception in connection with its current exhibit “Hilla Rebay—A Baroness in Westport.” Hilla Rebay was the visionary spirit and co-founder of what is now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as a noted painter of non-objective art. A special section of the exhibit is devoted to her home and life in Westport. Pictured (l-r) are: Wally Woods; Enid Monroe; George Sterling; Mollie Donovan; Harry Monroe; Joyce Thompson, curator for the exhibit; Elizabeth Strick, assistant curator; Karole Vail, curator for a Hilla Rebay exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum called Art of TomorrowӔ opening May 20; and Stephen Lowy, New York gallery owner and owner of the Hilla Rebay art and others in the Westport exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


03/20/05 06:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

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