Friday, June 03, 2005
In honor of Trail Day, Mark Pare, a licensed occupational therapist, demonstrated an iBOT, a self-balancing and self-correcting wheelchair, on the new Universal Design Nature Trail at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Earthplace also honored the Greens Farms Garden Club and the Westport Garden Club for their work in maintaining the gardens at Earthplace, as well as for their beautification activities around Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Thursday, June 02, 2005
By James Lomuscio
Normally by this time of year, the pool at Westport’s Longshore Club Park has a different look.
Delayed opening: the pool at Longshore Park will open Saturday, a week later than usual, due to the cool weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
While not teeming with people as it is when school is out, it has an assortment of mothers with young children, nannies with their charges or men and women who’ve opted to take off the week after Memorial Day.
But this week the pool seemed eerily silent amidst a backdrop of cold gray skies. The only person there today was pool worker Andrew Long, a Westporter home for the summer after completing his freshman year at Colgate.
He was busy vacuuming the bottom of the pool to prepare for its opening on Saturday, a week later than usual. Town officials decided to wait because the weather was just too cool.
Award-winning documentaries produced by high school students? Elementary school children, too?
That’s what the Area Nine Cable Council and Cablevision of Connecticut thought about the work of Westport students from Staples High School and Green’s Farms and Long Lots elementary schools.
These students took top honors and awards totaling $5,000 in U.S. savings bonds for their productions cablecast during the school year on Cablevision Educational Access Channel 78, school officials announced today.
Staples High School freshman Jonathan Karman, Carter Meyers, a sophomore, and Ben Blyer, a senior, won the overall excellence award and $2,100 collectively for their four-minute project entitled �Trash: the Lunchroom Dilemma.” Their faculty advisor was James Honeycutt.
A 1900 house at 82 Roseville Road came down today. Featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day April 5, 2005, it sold in April for $855,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples High School has altered its bus schedules because of final examinations scheduled for June 14-17, it was announced today. Makeup exams will be given on June 20.
Bus pickup in the mornings will be at the usual time, but buses will leave the high school on those days at 12:30 p.m., at the end of the second exam of the day, the announcement said. There will be no morning or afternoon buses on make up exam day, June 20.
Editor’s note: the following was broadcast today on WSHU public radio. For audio version, click HERE. Jessica Bram is a Westport writer.
By Jessica BramSpecial to WestportNow
The house next door to me came down this week and everyone tells me I should be thrilled. The old lady who lived there died two years ago; and in the time it took to settle a small boundary issue, the buyer�s offering price had jumped from $469,000 to over $700,000. That�s right, $700,000 for a half-acre property with a ramshackle 1954 ranch that would be torn to the ground.
Jessica Bram: “My house is worth more than you’‘ll ever know.”
The price sounds high until you think about the $1.8 million that a developer will certainly get for the newly-built mini-mansion to be shoehorned into that modest half acre. “You should be thrilled,” people keep telling me. “Look how much it means your house is worth!”
My house! My 30-year-old, trim little gray and black-shuttered cape with the welcoming beet red doors and split rail fence? When did my house become no longer my home, my safe and cozy haven, but a commodity like � pork bellies!?
I moved to Westport from another state some years ago, to make a new life with my three young sons. Our little gray cape was cozy and it was safe and best of all, it was mine. Four small bedrooms, one in each corner of the house, comprise the entire top floor. Tucked into each of our rooms at night, so close I can sometimes hear my sons breathing, I imagine I can almost hold my arms around them as we sleep.
Westport’s Y�s Women members will gather for their annual meeting and picnic Monday, June 13, at noon at Sherwood Island State Park.
This event will be held at the covered pavilion rain or shine, an announcement said. Admission to the park will be free for Y�s Women members attending the picnic.
The barbershop quartet, �The Grandmas and the Grandpas,� will provide entertainment and there will be a catered lunch.
Members are asked to send their checks for $12 by June 6 to Ruth Rubin, 36 Karen Drive, Norwalk, CT. 06851, to make a reservation.
The O’Shea family is renovating their new home at 162 Greens Farms Road and put out a sign for all to see that it is NOT a Westport teardown. The property changed hands last month for $1.3 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period May 23-27, 2005:
Ronni Burns to Hayes B. and Clare S. Clark, 123 Harvest Commons, $793,000
Michael Ann Hay to Stephen J. and Jill H. O’Shea, 162 Greens Farms Road, $1,300,000
Ronald Grant and Kay Dawn McKinley to Leslie S. Eisen and Jay Kirkorsky, 8 Rivard Crescent, $1,050,000
Denise Chividian to Nordic Builders Inc., 11 Dexter Road, $660,000
Joanne M. Foster and Robert and Glenn Giustin to Axis Point Group Holdings LLC, 17 Ledgemoor Lane, $1,175,000
By James Lomuscio
The Cockenoe Island cleanup which had been set for Saturday has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict with the Westport marine police who were supposed to ferry volunteers to the island, according to Alicia Mozian, Conservation Department director.
Cockenoe Island: awaiting cleanup volunteers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Mozian said she is now looking for another date, and while grateful to the marine police for their past assistance, would welcome any responsible volunteer with a boat who is willing to transport a cleanup crew to Cockenoe.
Saturday’s canceled event had been planned in conjunction with the Norwalk-based Save the Sound, a Connecticut Fund for the Environment organization that has been orchestrating Long Island Sound beach cleanups for the past five years.
The non-profit group had picked Saturday to celebrate World Oceans Day, according to Sherill Baldwin, Save the Sound spokeswoman.
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing
Retiring Long Lots Elementary School Principal Barbara Lasher (center in purple) was honored by past and present Long Lots Elementary School PTA board members and Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon tonight. The Long Lots PTA is donating funds to renovate the school library in honor of her 12 years at the school and her dedication to children. Participants are shown listing the “Top 10 Things Barbara Lasher Will Miss About Long Lots.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
By James Lomuscio
To date the Westport police have issued more than given 150 tickets to drivers unlucky enough to be unbuckled during the town’s “Click It or Ticket Mobilization” that kicked off May 23. authorities said today.
The stepped up effort is part of a nationwide seatbelt enforcement campaign that runs through Sunday. Each ticket carries a $37 fine
According to Sgt. Jerry Shannon, most of the traffic infractions took place over Memorial Day weekend.
“We just sent the state the stats from Friday at noon to midnight Monday, and seatbelt violators this weekend totaled 94 of the 119 motor vehicle tickets issued,” Shannon said.
The house at 260 Hillspoint Road, between Old Mill and Compo Beach, came down today. Featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day May 8, 2005, the house changed hands last August for $3.4 million. It was the 44th demolition permit issued this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on proposed text amendments designed to protect environmentally sensitive areas. The proposal would also provide funds to purchase land for open space.
The session will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.
The text amendments to the Westport subdivision regulations would require conservation easements on environmentally sensitive land such as wetlands, steep slopes in excess of 25 percent, or scenic vistas.
The amendments additionally provide for a developer subdividing a property to pay a fee to the town in lieu of any requirement to provide a set aside of open space.
Lewis Brey: Decision to leave Westport “one of most difficult of my life.”WN photoLewis Brey, the secretary of the Board of Education, announced his resignation Tuesday night, the second Republican member to resign this year.
The lifelong Westporter said his decision to move to Redding was one of the most difficult of his life.
“With great sadness and regret, I am announcing that I will be unable to continue to serve as a member of the Board of Education, as I will be moving from Westport in July,” Brey told the board.
The 36-year-old attorney, who previously served on the Representative Town Meeting and the Board of Finance, said his resignation will be effective June 30. He was elected in 2003 and his term expires in 2007.
Keith Rosdahl of Chicago (l) and Brant Hoffman of New Canaan sifted the sands at Westport’s Compo Beach Tuesday in search of loose change, jewelry, and other objects left behind by beachgoers who flocked here over Memorial Day weekend. The pickings were slim as Rosdahl found only a 1980 penny. He boasted doing much better in New Canaan the day before where he dug up an 1899 quarter beneath a tree in a church courtyard which he valued at $120. But he said he’d return to Compo anyway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
The first man to walk on the moon wants his hair back from a Westport collector.
The Associated Press reported from Cincinnati that Neil Armstrong used to walk into Marx’s Barber Shop in suburban Lebanon, Ohio, about every month for a trim.
That stopped when Armstrong learned that owner Marx Sizemore picked up some of the former astronaut’s hair from the floor of his shop and sold it for $3,000 to Westport collector John Reznikoff.
“I didn’t deny it or anything,” said Sizemore, who recently bought the shop. “I told him I did it.”
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon . - Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Special Board of Finance public meeting to interview board candidates to fill vacancy
Being shy is not one of Natalie Partlow’s qualities. The 5-year-old decided she wanted to join Westport’s Memorial Day parade Monday and ended up not only as a flag-waving marcher but also as a VIP in the reviewing stand.
Natalie Partlow: 5-year-old (r) makes it to VIP reviewing stand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
“She’s exuberant, outgoing and boisterous,” said her proud father, Daniel, who has lived with his family in Westport for about three years. “At family-style restaurants, she likes to go greet everyone at nearby tables. She really enjoys it.”
Natalie was with her father and 14-month-old sister, Isabella, watching the parade when she spied the Westport Community Band going by. She asked her father if she could march alongside.
“Figuring this would be a half-block adventure (like most little kids bashfully following to the side), I said OK,” Daniel Partlow said in a comment posted on WestportNow under picture of his daughter. “Not Natalie. She marched five paces in front of the band leader.”