Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Today’s summer play for Bennet, 8, and Rose, 10, Propp included watching the house at 5 Ambler Road come down. Featured as the WestportNow teardown of the day April 22, 2005, the property sold in May for $725,000. Ambler Road is off of Turkey Hill Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park will benefit from a $600,000 modernization study to upgrade utilities at three of the state’s major beaches.
The funds are expected to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets Friday, an announcement said.
The funding will help create comprehensive mapping and utility masterplans for Sherwood Island as well as for Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison and Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, the announcement said.
“Reinvigorating our state park system is a massive undertaking and we must start by assessing the long-term physical needs at our largest beaches,” Rell said.
On the day that NASA successfully launched space shuttle Discovery, Westport had a rocket launch (box) of its own today. Isabelle Palmer pulled the trigger to launch a water-powered bottle rocket at Bedford Middle School Her father, Richard Palmer, is a high school science teacher from Ansonia who is teaching the inter-district Space Camp at Westport Continuing Education’s summer school. The campers will be launching several types of bottle rockets over the next few days at Bedford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Nancy Hadley, Bridgeport’s recently appointed director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development, gave members of the Westport Rotary Club today a rapid-fire update on efforts underway to improve Bridgeport’s economy. Addressing a luncheon at the Inn at Longshore, she said Mayor John Fabrizi’s drive to put a new face on Bridgeport includes $100-a-day-fines for anyone who fails to clean up blighted areas. She also said no developer in Bridgeport has to “pay to play” and upon meeting them, gives them a card with phone numbers of the FBI and U.S. Attorney in case someone did not get the message. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Slurping sodas and sticking toes in the water were among ways visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach tried to stay cool today. The temperature at Coleytown Middle School hit 97F in early afternoon but it was cooler near Long Island Sound. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
By Jonathan Thrope
Members of the Westport Community Garden Project probably once thought that the hardest part of gardening in Westport was protecting their crops from the unabated deer population. But after six years without anywhere to plant, they’ve learned that acquiring land may be even harder.
Since being evicted from Wakeman Park six years ago due to the construction of Bedford Middle School, Westport’s community gardeners have been looking for a new home. Three years ago, Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission agreed that a section of the former Jaeger Property, at 11 Hyde Lane next to Long Lots Elementary School, would be allotted to the gardeners.
But today, the property is still filled with brush, trees, and no garden.
Westporters interested in creating a community garden met at the Westport Library Monday night to discuss the viability of having one at the Jaeger site. Tor Sporre, co-chairman of the Westport Community Garden Project, said that the plan was to have 40 plots of land 40 feet by 20 feet. for local gardeners who don’t have room to plant crops on their own property.
6 p.m. � Town Hall Room 309/307 � Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. � Room 309 � Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. � Town Hall Auditorium � Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. � Compo Beach Open Covered Pavilion � RTM Parks & Recreation Committee
8 p.m - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Rules Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion -Comedy Club I
Almost 100 people turned out tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the inaugural outdoor movie night sponsored by the Westport Youth Commission and the Parks and Recreation Department. They watched the 2004 film “Napoleon Dynamite.” Another teen movie night is scheduled Aug. 15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westporters interested in establishing a community garden on the former Jaeger property on Hyde Lane met at the Westport Public Library tonight and later at the site near Long Lots Elementary School. They discussed the heavy metal presence in the soil at the location and possible ways for remediation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Monday, July 25, 2005
The Westport Woman’s Club has installed high-speed wireless Internet access at its club house on Imperial Avenue. Maryann Razzano (l), Westport Woman’s Club Rentals chairman, and Barbara Levy, president, check out the connection. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Enviromental Protection Agency today predicted that air quality on Tuesday will be unhealthy in the western half of Connecticut due to elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone, commonly called smog.
The agencies also said they expected elevated levels of particulate matter in this same area on Tuesday.
Anyone can be affected by ozone, but groups particularly sensitive include children and adults who are active outdoors, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, the agencies said.
Sensitive people who experience effects at lower ozone concentrations are likely to experience more serious effects at higher concentrations. Still, even the healthiest people may find it difficult to breathe when ozone levels are very high.
A special meeting of the South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) will be held Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. for a presentation on the floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that is proposed for Long Island Sound, it was announced today.
Westport is a member of SWRPA, which is made up of eight southwest Connecticut cities and towns.
The meeting will take place in SWRPA’s conference room on the third floor of the Stamford Government Center at 888 Washington Boulevard. The public is encouraged to attend, an announcement said.
The project is being proposed by Broadwater Energy, a joint venture of Shell and TransCanada Corp.
Economic issues facing Bridgeport will be the topic of the Westport Rotary Club’s luncheon Tuesday featuring guest speaker Nancy L. Hadley, the city’s recently appointed director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development.
The public is invited to attend the Inn at Longshore event from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., an announcement said.
Hadley has served under three governors, three mayors and one county executive in Connecticut and New York State in her 28-year public sector career. In Connecticut, she served as commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles from 1993 to 1995 under both the Weicker and Rowland administrations.
Prior to her Bridgeport appointment, Hadley was deputy commissioner of planning in Westchester County. She worked with government, non-profit agencies and developers to increase opportunities to house Westchester’s workforce and residents in need.
”Napoleon Dynamite:” inaugural Levitt Pavilion teen movie event. File photoThe Westport Youth Commission and Parks and Recreation Department invite teens to attend an inaugural outdoor movie event “Napoleon Dynamite” tonight at 9 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion.
Rain location is nearby Toquet Hall on Post Road East.
Teens of all ages are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs, enjoy the beautiful setting and laugh out loud at the quirky comedy, an announcement said.
The 2004 film tells the story of a listless and alienated teenager who decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home
7:45 p.m. � Town Hall Room 102 � RTM Ordinance Committee
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Westport Youth Commission and Parks and Recreation Department present inaugural outdoor teen movie event “Napoleon Dynamite”
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Joanne Woodward, artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse and director of “The Member of the Wedding” opening Thursday, wrapped rehearsals today for the play. She was the first to use the new rehearsal space on the campus of the Playhouse—the space which had formerly been the scene shop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Today’s Sunday New York Times Connecticut section features a story about Hilla Rebay, an early champion of modern art who lived in Westport for almost 30 years and helped Solomon R. Guggenheim build his art collection and museum.
Rebay’s life and work is featured in an exhibit at the New York museum which runs through Aug. 10. Earlier this year, the Westport Historical Society also had an exhibition of Rebay’s art and an account of her life in Westport. (See WestportNow March 20, 2005)
Flower and vegetable sales were brisk this weekend at the Starhusky farm stand on Westport’s Maple Avenue North. John Starhusky bags a selection for a customer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Jo Rasmussen, president of Westport’s Longshore Women’s Golf Association and owner of Fitness Works in Playhouse Square, admires her latest golf trophy. She was champion and medalist at the 2005 H. Smith Richardson Women’s Golf Association Championship at the H. Smith Richardson golf course in Fairfield. This is Rasmussen’s second straight victory, having won the championship in 2004 as well. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Three local actors will make their professional theatrical debuts in the Westport Country Playhouse production of “The Member of the Wedding” opening Thursday. They are (l-r) Emma Wiseman of Weston, Samantha Kindler of Westport, and Brett Aresco of Westport. The production is directed by Joanne Woodward, Playhouse artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A. E. Hotchner: Westporter recalls days with Hemingway. File photoNewspapers around the country today are featuring an Associated Press story about Westport’s A.E. Hotchner and his relationship with Ernest Hemingway.
More than 40 years since Hemingway took his own life, Hotchner has forgotten nothing about his old friend and father figure: his books and the sound of his voice, the way he would put his hand over his mouth when he laughed, the AP said.
Feminists, animal rights advocates and others have taken on Hemingway, but for Hotchner, the author remains the ideal as both man and writer, someone who burned the fat off American prose and made a religion out of experience and adventure, the report said.
“He’s the bellwether,” the 85-year-old Hotchner told the AP. “He’s the bar that’s too high to jump, but nevertheless you know that somebody once jumped it. His lust for life, his embracing of so many layers of living was just incredible.”
3 p.m - Westport Country Playhouse “Dear Brutus”
7 p.m . - Levitt Pavilion - Richard Thomas and Friends, a tribute to the greatest singers of our time
It was a perfect day for a wedding at Westport’s Compo Beach today. David DiMinico, 28, married Tara Lonergan, 28, as scores of friends and family looked on. Lance Lonergan, the bride’s brother and the famed Staples amd Penn State quarterback, has a home on Soundview Drive overlooking Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Kyoko Ohnishi of New York, a member of the advisory board of the Japan Society of Fairfield County, leads visitors in some Japanese folk dancing today on Westport’s Jesup Green. The event marked Bon Odori, or Obon, and is one of two major annual Japanese festivals. It is derived from a traditional Buddhist belief that deceased family members return for a visit once a year in the summer. The festival welcomes the spirits back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Jesup Green was the setting today of a Japanese “Bon Odori” folk dance festival hosted by The Japan Society of Fairfield County. Westporter Nina Streifeld heads the group. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Natalie Partow, 5 1/2 of Westport, tries her hand at beating a Japanese drum today on Westport’s Jesup Green. Natalie gained some fame earlier this year for her participation in Westport’s Memorial Day parade, including a coveted spot on the reviewing stand. (See WestportNow May 31, 2005) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
“Blizzard,” one of 40 albino alligators known to exist in the world, is on display at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk through Labor Day. The 8-foot, adult American Alligator was born at an alligator farm in Florida and must remain in captivity since its white color would make it nearly impossible to survive in the wild. It can’t blend in with its surroundings as a typical alligator does and thus would have a lot of trouble catching food if it lived outside of captivity. For more information about “Blizzard,“or the Aquarium, call (203) 852-0700. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com