Friday, April 22, 2005
10 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Dept. Geese Management Seminar
The National Weather Service said a frost advisory is in effect tonight for the Westport area with temperatures forecast to continue to drop overnight under mostly clear skies and light winds.
Before daybreak Friday, readings are expected to be in the 30s—especially across areas away from the immediate coast, an advisory said.
Due to the recent warm weather, many plants have shown an explosive
green-up and budding and these young plants will be especially susceptible to frost, the statement said.
A frost advisory is issued when frost is expected to develop during the growing season. Those with agricultural interests in the warned area are advised to protect tender vegetation. Also, potted plants normally left outdoors should be covered or brought inside away from the cold, the advisory said.
The warm weather this week brought out the Staples High School volleyball players for some action in the sand at Compo Beach. Jackson Lesser (l) and Mike Smith (r) both go for a block in a late afternoon pick-up game. Both the Staples varsity and JV teams are undefeated so far this season, 6-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Preparing for a new Westport Historical Society exhibit “The Folks Back Home” are exhibit chairs Wally Woods and Mollie Donovan. The exhibit, opening May 30, honors the Westport chapter of the American Red Cross. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
To mark National Volunteer Week, the Voluntary Action Center of Mid-Fairfield tonight honored area volunteers, including seven from Westport, at a reception in Wilton. On behalf of the town, Westport Representative Town Meeting Moderator Gordon Joseloff presented certificates of appreciation to the honorees, including Sue Messervey of the Westport-based Music Theatre of Connecticut. She has been a volunteer with the group for more than 10 years, serving as parent producer, fund-raising chairman, and board member. Other Westporters honored included Geneva Bentley (Westport Health Care Center); Sally Berry (Girl Scout Council of South West Connecticut); Robert Halloran (Home Delivered Meals); Peter Silkowitz (March of Dimes); April Tome (Earthplace), and Jean Wells (Norwalk Hospital). (Editor’s note: Joseloff is also editor/publisher of WestportNow). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
While a new Compo Beach Playground Committee is busy preparing for design day to create a new playground at Compo Beach next April, the “original” Playground Committee headed by Jim Bennett and Rick Benson is organizing a maintenance day Sunday.
The work is needed to ensure the continued safety of the playground for the forthcoming summer season, said Benson, coordinator of the event.
“This will be a joint effort of the original playground committee, the Parks and Rec. Department, the Westport Young Women’s League, and the new playground committee to provide a hands-on experience of all working together for the new generation of children in Westport,” he said.
Volunteer sign up will be 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., work will be done 10 a.m. to noon, and then Joey’s by the Shore will be serving lunch noon until 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Several neighborhood kids watched today’s demolition of a house at 17 Turkey Hill Road South in Westport. The house, WestportNow’s teardown of the day on Feb. 24, 2005, sold last November for $685,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
A visitor enjoys swinging at the Compo Beach playground Wednesday. The summer-like weather—it got up to 84F at Bedford Middle School—had many Westporters heading to the beach (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing
The South Western Regional Planning Association (SWRPA) tonight discussed at its meeting in Stamford changing to a regional Council of Government, known as a COG. Eleanor Lowenstein (r, standing), chair of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, said her group has not discussed the plan in detail and has not taken a position. Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (c ) advocated for the change, which was opposed by most speakers at the meeting. She said “government structure should reflect reality” and a COG might be more efficient and more effective than a regional planning agency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Republican Board of Finance member Gavin Anderson (r) tonight presented his ideas about how the Westport/Weston YMCA might remain downtown. He told a Town Hall forum that his suggestion was that the Y relocate to the Jesup Green area presently occupied by the police station and that the town purchase a building adjoining fire headquarters for a new police station. He said the purchase could be funded by selling several residences on the Baron’s South property. The Y has said it has explored all possible options about remaining downtown and has decided to move to its Camp Mahackeno property. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period April 11-15, 2005:
Kerry J. and Sean Wagner to Rosalyn Levine Pomeraniec, 8 St. John Place, $680,000
Jennifer E. and Eileen S. Mendez to AA Rich Partners, 72 Mills St., $625,000
Antonia Prentice to Mira Safian, 17� Hale St., $570,000
Giancarla and Thomas Truitt to Andrew M. Fuller, 35 Washington Ave., $780,000
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Connecticut made history today with the state Senate approving—and Gov. M. Jodi Rell signing—a bill that would make Connecticut the second state to recognize same-sex civil unions, and the first to do so without court pressure.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the bill, but amended it to define marriage under Connecticut law as between one man and one woman.
Senators approved the amended bill on a 26-8 vote and sent it to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who signed it late today.
“The vote we cast today will reverberate around the country and it will send a wave of hope to many people, to thousands of people across the country,” said Sen. Andrew McDonald, co-chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, and one of a few openly gay state lawmakers.
Ken Paul (l), owner of the Bridgeport Bluefish, showed up at Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell’s brown bag lunch today along with team mascot BB. Paul said Bluefish games are not just baseball, but affordable family entertainment with the average ticket price $8 and as high as $18; seniors are as low at $3. The Bluefish season begins next week and runs through September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com
The Westport Public Schools next month wil conduct a screening to identify �at-risk� preschool children who meet federal and local Title I eligibility criteria, it was announced today.
The Title I screening looks at the child’s development in the areas of concepts, motor, and language. The current Title I program is incorporated into the Westport preschool program, �Stepping Stones.”
Screening for Title I will be held at Pupil Service Administration, Staples High School, 70 North Ave., on Friday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The screening will take approximately 45 minutes.
Only Westport residents are eligible for this screening. Children must be 3 years of age by June 30, 2005.
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 8 Reimer Road off of North Avenue. An application for a demolition permit is pending. The house sold last month for $1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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 Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - RTM Public Protection Committee
7:30 p.m. - Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Boulevard - South Western Regional Planning Agency meeting on changing to a Council of Government
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Parks and Recreation Commission
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Tree Board
Monday, April 18, 2005
Westport’s state Sen. Senator Judith G. Freedman today walked out of a public hearing called by a legislative committee to determine the existence of any wrongdoing in the hiring of former Gov. John G. Rowland by state contractors. She called it a “witch-hunt.”
Freedman, a Republican who represents the 26th district which includes Westport, is the Senate ranking member of the Government Administration and Elections Committee.
It was holding the hearing to look into consulting deals with two state contractors that paid Rowland $15,000 per month after he left office in disgrace.
“The State Attorney General and the State Ethics Commission are both looking into the former Governor’s dealings with state contractors. It is their job to find out if any laws were broken,” Freedman said in a statement.
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 2 Marvin Place off of Baker Avenue. Demolition got underway this morning. The house, built in 1972, sold last month for $900,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Chalk up another job for Westport homeowner Martha Stewart six weeks after being released from prison. Her media company has signed a four-year deal to start a 24-hour radio satellite channel worth $30 million to the company.
The new channel on Sirius Satellite Radio will be aimed at women and will feature Stewart’s trademark cooking, gardening and entertaining programming.
For Sirius, the deal with Stewart is the most recent effort to ramp up its programming slate to compete with its much larger rival in the satellite radio business, XM Satellite Radio Holdings.
Last year Sirius signed radio host Howard Stern to a five-year, $500 million deal starting in 2006.
The Westport Historical Society Sunday celebrated the seasonal opening of its Bradley-Wheeler Barn. The unique cobblestone barn houses the Museum of Westport History, including a diorama of the town as it looked toward the end of the 19th Century. Visitors can also enjoy a dramatic and informative audio accompaniment recorded by Joanne Woodward. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Education Committee
These entrepreneurs from the Westport’s Green Acre and Dogwood Lanes area had brownies and muffins on their menu Sunday in addition to lemonade.They set up on Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Three Greens Farms Elementary School students did brisk business today along Soundview Drive across from Westport’s Compo Beach. The temperature hit 73F during the afternoon, drawing crowds of beachgoers.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo