Friday, June 24, 2005
Today was a day of preparation for entrants in the 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship which begins Monday at Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club. This is the first time that the club, founded in 1887, has hosted the event since the tourney’s inception in 1973. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
The house at 68 North Ave. came down today. Built in 1946, it was featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day March 14, 2005. The property, near Staples High School, sold last October for $755,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Kevin Burnham: Olympic Gold Medalist will speak at dinner tonight. USOC photo The waters of Long Island Sound off Westport will be crowded with young sailors beginning today as 160 of the nation’s top youth sailors compete in the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship 2005.
The event is organized by the U.S. Sailing Association (US SAILING) and is hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club.
The young sailors, who are all under the age of 20, will race on Long Island Sound in Lasers, Laser Radials, and Club 420s to compete for the coveted National Champion title.
The list of competitors in the event reads like a ‘Who�s Who’ in American youth sailing and includes several current and past U.S. Youth World Team members, organizers said.
8:30 a.m. - Cedar Point Yacht Club - 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship preliminary activities
6 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Rotary Club Clam Bake
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse “Finian’s Rainbow”
In an effort to target impaired drivers and prevent alcohol-related crashes, Westport police today announced they will be conducting sobriety checkpoints from June 30 through July 4.
They plan to conduct stops between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Weston Road and South Compo Road, Lt. Dale Call said. He added that motorists passing through the checkpoints will be briefly interviewed by the officer to see if the driver is operating under the influence.
If a violation is detected, or if a further interview is warranted, Call said, motorists will be directed to a secondary interview area. He added that while driving-under-the-influence violations are the primary focus, police will look for other violations, too.
“Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else,” Call said, “but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant.
In a move reminiscent of Elliot Ness, the Westport Police Department and state employees conducted 15 unannounced inspections of stores selling tobacco products last week. They nabbed one employee, underaged himself, selling tobacco to an underaged and undercover buyer, police announced today.
“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,” said Sgt. David Kassay.
The inspections were conducted with the assistance of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program.
Under the direction and supervision of state investigators, Kassay said, an underage youth employed by the state entered each establishment to purchase tobacco.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
The annual June Benefit Horse Show got underway Wednesday at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. It will continue through Saturday when the final silver trophies will be awarded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Dave Matlow
Westport’s skyrocketing land costs are making even home renovators consider the wrecking ball. Take John Dumke, for example.
Since he moved to Westport in 2000 following a career writing and producing corporate films, he has been a Bob Vila of sorts, purchasing, restoring and reselling homes in town for profit.
Westporter John Dumke photographs the demolishing of a home at 56 Compo Road North Wednesday. He purchased the property in April for $1 million. It was WestportNow’s teardown of the day March 24, 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
But Dumke’s latest home purchased for resale—56 Compo Road North—did not have the same good fortune. Purchased in April for $1 million, the house was demolished Wednesday and Dumke said he plans to build another much larger one.
“When a Westport lot cost what it does cost today, it doesn’t make economic sense to build around the existing facility,” he said. “Today it’s a lot tougher. Now it makes more sense to just tear it down and start ove
Richard Somerset-Ward, author of"An American Theatre: The Story of Westport Country Playhouse, 1931-2005 “spoke at the Westport Public Library Wednesday night where he showed slides and choreographed the history of what he termed “a gem of a theater.” Here he was greeted by Laura Feder, chairman of the Authors at the Library Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell earlier this month visited Yangzhou, China, to renew Westport’s sister city relationship. At a state dinner in her honor, she presented the Yangzhou Municipal People’s Government with a silver tray to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sister city relationship. The tray was donated by Tiffany & Co. as part of its community gift-giving program. Yangzhou presented Farrell with several gifts which are now on display on the third floor of Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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7:30 p.m. - Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
The Twins have won the AA (third grade) division of the Westport Little League. The team staged a vigorous comeback to beat the Devil Rays 11-5. Pictured (l-r) are: William Mennie, Christoph Bub, Matthew Weisgerber, Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Felman, Jordan Fishbach, Charlie Leonard, Evan Angelastro, Ethan Weinberger, Robert Giannone and Wyatt Cook. Kneeling is Spencer Warner. Standing in the back row are coaches Don Warner, Ted Cook and Marc Felman. Missing is Twins player Andreas Refvik. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Attendees at tonight’s senior bash at Longshore Club Park snap a photo. Several hundred youths attended the event following today’s Staples High School graduation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Weston Family Y�s Water Rat swim team is looking for family and teammate addresses in advance of its November celebration of 55 years of competitive swimming.
The event will be held Friday, Nov. 25 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport.
With a rallying cry of �55 in 2005,� past and present team members, along with coaches, parents, and longtime Water Rat supporters, will be invited to share memories and look ahead to the team�s future successes, an announcement said.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the YMCA�s Ann Atkinson Fund which helps defray travel and apparel expenses for swimmers so that no child is denied the opportunity to be on the team.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period June 13-17, 2005
Carolynn J. Olsen to John A. and Catherine E. Rotondo, 2 Deletta Lane, $590,000
Melissa W. Hill to Alan and Josephine Kaye, 11 Oak View Circle, $420,000
Paul M. and Elaine D. Meyrial to James W. and Susan M. Westphal, 89 Cavalry Road, $1,495,000
Katherine G. Smith to Igor and Elena Krichevsky, 5 The Mews, $989,000
Meredith M. Johnson to Rhodie A. and David P. Lorenz, 1 Nutmeg Lane, $1,365,000
The Staples High School campus will be completely closed this summer for construction activities beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday until the beginning of school in the fall, the district announced today.
The swimming pool will be closed. Field access will be on foot directly from Bedford Middle School, not through any Staples lots. Continuing Education offices have been relocated to trailers at Bedford Middle School, an announcement said.
New registrations for Staples High School will be at Bedford Middle School Aug. 2, 9, 10, 23 and 24 at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 12:30 p.m. The district asks those interested to please call ahead for an appointment at (203) 341-1225.
The main office at Bedford Middle School will be the location for students in need of working papers. Office hours at Bedford Middle School will be 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the summer months.
Valedictorian Kelley Ty Fong addresses today’s Staples High School commencement exercises. She urged her classmates to savor today’s event, adding: “Don’t fast forward. Pause. Enjoy it.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples Principal John Dodig (l) and Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon lead Board of Education members, faculty, and the 343 Class of 2005 graduates into today’s commencement ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Room 309/307 - Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
2 p.m. - Staples High School - commencement exercises
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Historic District Commission
4:30 p.m. - Turner Trailer/Staples - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee