Wednesday, October 26, 2005
The Builders Beyond Borders non-profit group will host a “Fashions on the Green” fashion show Saturday, Nov. 5 on Westport’s Jesup Green.
The Norwalk-based group, which provides high school students the opportunity to engage in humanitarian service projects abroad, is sponsoring the event with Lucy’s and the “SoWe” community of merchants along Westport’s Post Road East.
Modeling the season’s latest fashions from beBOP, Knoyzz, Lucy’s, and Roberts will be a mix of the group’s high school students, advisors (trip chaperones), and parents.
The show will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with discounted shopping after the fashion show from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Lucy’s and Knoyzz.
An oil spill in the Saugatuck River Sunday has been traced to a homeowner who had transferred home heating oil from his in-ground tank to his truck, the Westport Police Department said today.
In a news release, police said they had determined that about 40 to 60 gallons of the fuel oil leaked out onto the homeowner’s driveway during the transfer process Saturday night and some of it had seeped into the river.
Police did not identify the homeowner but said police and fire units responded to a call at 471 Riverside Ave. following a report of an oil spill. The Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard were notified.
The DEP called in a private contractor to deal with the cleanup. Police said the incident was still under investigation.
The Westport PTA Council today held a forum for Board of Education candidates at Westport Town Hall. Picrured are (l-r) Democrats Marjorie Cio and Donald O’Day; Republicans Robert Chasin, Krista LaFleur, and Jim Marpe. Dianne Wildman, editorial director of Cablevision News-12, was moderator. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport firefighters and EMS early today responded to a fiery, five-vehicle accident on Interstate-95 in Norwalk that sent 12 persons to area hospitals.
Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said Westport and Norwalk units responded to the accident at 12:16 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-95 between exits 17 and 16. On arrival, the found one vehicle in flames and four others, including a tractor-trailer, damaged.
The driver escaped the vehicle fire without injury, he said.
Ambulances from Westport, Norwalk, Wilton and Darien were mobilized to transport 12 persons to area hospitals, he said.
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – International Hospitality Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - PTA Council hosts Board of Education candidates forum
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Assessor’s Revaluation public information session
State lawmakers today passed an energy assistance bill that would establish a sales tax holiday from Nov. 25 to April 1, 2006, on weatherizing products, energy-efficient home heating equipment and windows.
Meeting in a special session, they set aside an additional $23.8 million to expand a state energy assistance program for needy families.
They also created a new program to reimburse eligible families $50 for energy-saving measures such as tuning up heating equipment or installing water heater blankets, window film or programmable thermostats.
The bill passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. It next moves to Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s desk. Rell has said she supports efforts to combat the rising cost of fuel.
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) next month will consider creation of Westport’s third historic district—four houses on Violet Lane off of Myrtle Avenue. It would be the first such district created in 23 years.
Westport’s Violet Lane would be the first historic district in 23 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The designation, which has to be agreed upon by the homeowners, signifies that the geographical area has been singled out for its architectural, historic, cultural or archaeological importance. Property in a historic district is protected from inappropriate change.
The legislative body will hold a “first reading” of the historic district ordinance at its Nov. 1 meeting and act on it at a special Nov. 15 meeting – after the election but before the new RTM takes office.
Violet Lane is a small enclave of homes built on the site of the former Scribner Tannery by Alfred G. Violet in 1928. The Scribners, whose home still stands at 40 Myrtle Ave., employed many Westporters and were one of the area’s earliest and most industrious settlers.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
The Westport Soccer Association/HealthNet Tots’ Program has concluded its fall season. More than 125 preschoolers took part in the program. Pictured is Coach Kelvin Mutambo showing future stars of Westport proper trapping techniques. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kevin Manion for WestportNow.com
More than 160 persons were on hand today at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities for the 8th annual Westport/Weston Aging Successfully Conference. They heard a presentation from Dr. Harvey Jay Cohen, director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University, on the “Fears, Myths and Realities of Aging.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer game, scheduled for this evening at Brien McMahon High School, has been postponed to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
That gives the Wreckers three away games in three days, in their drive for an FCIAC playoff berth.
“It’s one more obstacle to overcome,” said head coach Dan Woog. “But our guys are focused and ready for anything.
“This group can achieve anything it puts its mind to. The next few days should be very exciting, and we can’t wait to start playing.”
Workers prepare to clean up a fuel oil spill in the Saugatuck River today near the Saugatuck Rowing Club. Westport firefighters placed booms in the water prior to the arrival of crews from Connecticut Tank Removal. The Department of Environmental Protection was investigating the origin of the fuel. Westport police said later that they determined that a homeowner had transferred home heating oil from an in-ground tank to his truck Saturday night and about 40 to 60 gallons had leaked on to his driveway, some of which seeped into the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com
A tree lies across North Avenue near Long Lots Road today as high winds and rain hit the Westport area. Hundreds of Westport homes were darkened by power outages early in the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Fire Department today issued a reminder to residents that the following streets are subject to flooding:
Pebble Beach Lane
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Board of Education is considering embarking on a third-party review of special education cases to determine if the district complies with all state and federal laws.
The board considered the review during its meeting Monday night, but only discussed the matter and did not take a vote.
The district would hire a firm for $10,000 to work with the state Department of Education to review half of the special education cases. The review would include a written report and presentation to the board.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said there have been concerns expressed by parents that the district does not comply with the laws.
Westport firefighters placed booms in the Saugatuck River today to contain an oil spill of unknown origin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com
Winds gusting up to more than 30 miles per hour downed trees and power lines across Westport today.
The National Weather Service continued a high wind warning for the area as well as a flash flood watch.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. said seven Westport customers were without power at 3 p.m., down from more than 300 in the morning.
Trees and wires were reported down on roadways throughout town, disrupting morning traffic and causing local blackouts. Police and fire units were kept busy responding to the calls.
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
Westport First Selectman candidates Republican John Izzo (l) and Democrat Gordon Joseloff (r) met in their fifth and final joint appearance tonight in a forum at the Westport Public Library sponsored by the Westport Chamber of Commerce. News-12 anchor Tom Appleby was the moderator. (Editor’s note: Gordon Joseloff is editor of WestportNow.com.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, October 24, 2005
Westport’s CLASP Homes, a non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities. joined the Best Buddies program at Staples High School this week to participate in Make-A-Difference Day. This year the participants of Best Buddies worked on cleaning up the yard and raking leaves at CLASP’s Weston Road group home, preparing it for the winter. The Staples students are part of the local chapter of the National Best Buddies program which pairs high school students with people with developmental disabilities in the special education program. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed Photo
The Staples varsity field hockey team today edged Danbury 2-1 in a game played at Westport’s Ginny Parker Field.
Senior Emma Mersmann (21), dribbles the ball down for an offensive play in today’s Wrecker 2-1 win over Danbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for WestportNow.com
During a half that was dominated by Staples, the Wreckers scored within the last minute of the half on an assist by Blake Orban to junior Lauren Mlynski, leading the half by a score of 1-0.
In the second half, the Danbury Hatters came back to score a goal on a stroke, leaving the game tied, 1-1.
Shortly thereafter, the Wreckers came back and a goal was scored by junion Arianna Gewith with an an assist by freshman Brooke Donovan.
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) is considering changes to the town’s noise ordinance affecting construction start times that would make it similar to ordinances in other communities.
The ordinance change, which was submitted by First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, would not allow construction to start until 9 a.m. on weekends and holidays, an hour later than the current regulations. The 7 a.m. weekday start time would remain unchanged.
The RTM heard a first reading of the proposal earlier this month, and will take action at the RTM’s Nov. 1 meeting.
Moderator Gordon Joseloff, RTM District 8, had submitted a noise ordinance amendment that was more substantial, but withdrew it because he felt the RTM did not have enough time to consider it before the current session ends in November.
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
When American forces burned villages in Vietnam, their excuse for those acts was “we had to destroy it to save it.” It seems the Bush administration is using the same tactic in rescuing Amtrak.
Weeks after their September meeting, it leaked out that the Bush-appointees to the Amtrak board of directors had secretly voted to spin off the Northeast corridor, the railroad’s most heavily ridden and least subsidized (but still unprofitable) rail operation.
The plan is that the line between Washington, D.C. and Boston would be run by a consortium of eight states and federal government.
If approved by the states, that would leave the rest of Amtrak’s national operation to wither and die, cut off from a subsidy of federal dollars and the revenue of the NE Corridor (NEC).
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory effective from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The Westport Fire Department said the high winds, coupled with up to two inches of rain, will mean downed trees and branches which in turn will cause power outages and road closures.
“Residents are advised to secure outdoor objects that could become missiles if picked by the wind—things such as outdoor furniture,” said Fire Marshall Fred S. Baker.
He said minor coastal flooding is expected with a storm surge of 3.5 feet above high tide at 5:17 a.m. Tuesday morning and 6:18 p.m. Tueday evening.
2:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Planning and Zoning Commission anticipated executive session
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Ordinance Committee
Keith Gelman, with blocks from John Crosby and Ben Schneider, breaks tackles on a long TD run in today’s Westport 8th Grade North 28-13 victory over Darien on Saugatuck Field in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 23, 2005
The Westport Historical Society today held its annual Lantern Tour at Greens Farms Lower Cemetery. Peter Jennings, a burial grounds expert and Society board vice president, led the tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Vistors listen to a voice from the past as they take part in today’s Westport Historical Society Lantern Tour at the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery. Staples Player Ryan Malloy plays the role of Horace Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Candidates for the Planning and Zoning Commission answered questions today at a Town Hall forum sponsored by the Westport League of Women Voters. They included (l-r) Democrats Howard Lathrop, Bruce Kasanoff, Republican Tim Wetmore, and Democrat Ronald Corwin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo