Friday, September 02, 2005
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Journey’s End
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Westport’s Save the Children said today it is moving quickly to assist children and their families forced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina in the hardest hit areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Save the Children plans to work closely with federal, state and local authorities as well as local community groups to help the thousands of displaced children adjust to their new living conditions, a statement said.
“Our special focus will be on the dislocated children,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We will work with our partners to create safe areas for children to gather and play, as well as provide children materials for fun and learning.
“Our goal will be to inject some normalcy into their lives, especially among children who have lost their homes and their communities.”
The Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross, based in Westport, said today it has been made aware of several fraudulent-related fund-raising efforts for Hurricane Katrina.
Donors making contributions to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund should do so only by using approved methods, a statement said.
The Red Cross said it is currently accepting monetary donations by checks made out to the “Disaster Relief Fund” and mailed to either the local chapter: The Mid-Fairfield County Chapter, 36 Church Lane, Westport, CT 06880, or to National Headquarters: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013
It said Internet users can make a secure online contribution at www.redcross.org.
By Andy MaisSpecial to WestportNow
The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has also, as disasters usually do, brought out the best in many people. Here at the Voluntary Action Center of Mid-Fairfield, a program of the Human Services Council, many area residents have called wondering what they could do to help. Here are some options:
The Salvation Army, 432 Fairfield Ave, Stamford, CT ; (203)359-2320; www.salvationarmyusa.org is taking volunteers for a 10-day stint in the areas affected by Katrina. Call the Army and ask to speak to Capt. Brian between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Money is also desperately needed, to send both people and supplies.
The Army is currently providing help to victims and first responders. A $100 donation to The Salvation Army will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household clean-up kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies. To donate, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, send a check to P.O. Box 4857, Jackson MS 39296-4857, or visit or call the Army location in Stamford at 432 Fairfield Ave., (203) 359-2320.
The Army can also be reached in Norwalk at (203)866-2125 and in Bridgeport at (203)367-0605 or (203)367-8621. Please specify The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
Gas prices jumped today in Westport as well as around the country in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But, as always, it pays to shop around. These were prices as of mid-day along a two-mile stretch of Post Road East in Westport. The prices, clockwise lowest to highest, for regular were at Mobil Self-Serve, 1060 Post Road East; Westport BP, 1510 Post Road East; Green’s Farms Shell, 1530 Post Road East, and Green’s Farms Getty, 1830 Post Road East. WestportNow readers are invited to post other prices/updates below. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photos
Westport Fire Inspector Ed Zygmant was on hand at the Westport Country Playhouse Wednesday to train Playhouse staff on proper fire extinguisher use. Zygmant asked everyone to “be aware of how to use a fire extinguisher, but always call 911 first, as fires grow rapidly beyond the capabilities of an extinguisher.” Pictured (l-r) Zygmant and Playhouse finance manager Kathryn Guimard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 22-26, 2005:
Karl H. and Carmita T. H. Schumacher to David W. and Jennifer B. Keenan, 11 Sandhopper Trail, $5,000
David and Jody Kauffman to Weichert Relocation Resources Inc., 9 Black Birch Road, $1,279,000
Weichert Relocation Resources Inc. to Jed and Lori Corenthal, 9 Black Birch Road, $1,279,000
Estate of Rhoda Nicholson to Julie B. Naughton, 23 Tamarac Road, $780,000
Russell F. Marcus and Mary G. Debutts to Anish P. and Diane N. Kwong Shah, 36 Coleytown Road, $2,425,000
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Ordinance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Journey’s End
A large tree, weakened by recent heavy rains, fell across Maple Avenue South at No. 81 near Green’s Farms Road tonight. Utility workers had to shut off power lines hit by the tree before it could be removed. Westport firefighters Jeff Gootman (l) and Bruce Kelly monitored the work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Westport Public Library official said today the library is hopeful changes may be on the way to the Patriot Act that would lift provisions that allow federal agents to demand library records.
Explaining the government case: Connecticut U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor speaks to reporters today outside U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
George Wagner, assistant Westport library director, spoke as the American Civil Liberties Union urged a federal judge in Bridgeport today to lift a gag order on a Connecticut library or library service which is being asked by the FBI to turn over records about patrons under the federal Patriot Act.
Wagner said library officials have been concerned with the law since it was passed shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, and that the demand for files from a local library entity heightened those concerns.
“People should be able to use the library without concerns that people will seek their records,” he said.