Sunday, December 04, 2005
10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 03, 2005
By Dominic Mariani
They strut. They swagger. The Staples Wreckers football team trotted on the wind-swept, frigid field at Trumbull High School today to defend its Class L state championship title. And defend it they did, beating Monroe’s Panthers 31-6.
Coach Marce Petroccio and the Big Blue Wrecking Crew threw everything but the kitchen sink at Monroe’s Masuk High School, and the Panthers had nothing to hurl back. Reporters on the sidelines almost unanimously had the Wreckers a two- to three-touchdown favorite.
But brows soon furrowed as the red-and-white clad visitors took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 advantage.
Quarterback Anthony Krize distributed the ball evenly between receivers Matt Allen and Ray Palmer as Masuk moved unimpedingly down the field. Running back Anthony Zaccarella bulled it over from the three-yard line.
Coach Marce Petroccio gets the cold water treatment from his team members following today’s state champtionship victory over Masuk in Trumbull. It was an especially nostalgic win for Petroccio who played and later coached at Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Senior Brian Levine hauls in a pass from D. J. Stefkovich to set up a third quarter touchdown during today’s 31-6 state championship victory over Masuk of Monroe at Trumbull. Levine earlier intercepted a Panther pass and ran 100 yards for a T.D. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Senior Bryan Wrapp (25) carries the ball as Ryan Bohling (10) and Francois Auzerais (36) provide support during today’s 31-6 state championship win over Masuk at Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Senior Ryan Bohling gets knocked out of bounds during today’s Wrecker 31-6 victory over the Masuk Panthers. Bohling remained motionless on the ground after the play but soon got to his feet to applause from Staples fans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Staples High School Italian Club has scheduled a showing of the 2002 Italian language film “Pinocchio” in the McManus Meeting Room of the Westport Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Titled, “Pinocchio e Panettone,” the event will also feature discussions by Italian Club members and a sampling of panettone, a traditional Italian sweet bread, said Enia Noonan, a Staples Italian teacher.
The 2002 film with English subtitles stars Roberto Benigni, who also directed it. Rated G, the film was one of the most expensive Italian movies ever made. The event is open to the public.
Talk about trains for Christmas! Gov. Jodi M. Rell said this week that Metro-North should be getting 13 new locomotives to the tune of $25 million, so that more commuters would ride the rails to help ease highway congestion. The State Bond Commission is expected to approve the funds Friday, Dec. 9, Rell said.
“Attracting commuters has been hampered by decreasing reliability and the age of the existing rail fleet,” said Rell. “These new locomotives will improve reliability and increase flexibility in meeting the growing need on the New Haven line.”
Steve Korta, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said that until last year the state’s rail system “had suffered from decades of neglect and deferred maintenance.”
“As we continue to invest in a first-rate rail system, we will see more and more people using commuter rail,” he said.
Charles Reid, a longtime Westporter and internationally known watercolorist, addressed a reception Friday night at the Westport Public Library where some of his works went on display in the library’s Great Hall. In his remarks, Reid, the author of 10 books on fine art painting, credited Westport’s Famous Artists School with giving him the foundation for later success. He particularly mentioned Al Dorne and Steve Dohanos as well as others. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Paul Newman, whose Westport-based charity Newman’s Own has handed out millions to worthy causes over the past two decades, this week made a $20,000 donation to the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for a music education outreach program.
The program aims to extend the symphony’s reach beyond the concert hall and into local communities via partnerships with music teachers, school music programs, allied arts organizations and libraries, said Devin Thomas, the symphony’s exective director.
“The Norwalk Symphony recognizes its future depends upon reaching the next generation of music lovers, and our education and outreach programs address this need,” Thomas said. “We’re very gratified to have our work recognized with such a generous gift from Mr. Newman.
“The cost of maintaining an acclaimed orchestra like the NSO requires the support of individuals throughout our community,” he added. “We’re glad to have Mr. Newman leading the way in our year-end fundraising efforts.”
Friday, December 02, 2005
By Jennifer Connic
Westport residents who want to look at information in the Town Clerk’s office now have some access from home if they have an Internet connection.
The indexes for land records, maps, and marriage and death certificates are now available on the town’s Web site.
Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said she has been working with the town’s information technology staff for the last 18 months to get the information online.
There were initial concerns over security, she said, and fear that hackers could gain unauthorized access and change records. However, the information has been placed on its own, secure server to prevent such invasions, she said.
The Westport Public Library’s Holiday Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the hallway of the building’s Riverwalk Level. Library officials boast there will be more than 1,000 “gift quality books” of different genres for children and adults.
The event is sponsored each year by the Friends of the Library, a volunteer group that uses all proceeds to benefit the library and its programs. This year the Friends Book Sale Committee noted a recent donation “of hundreds of brand-new books on gardening, cooking, nature, history and transportation.”
For further information call 291-4840 or visit http://www.westportlibrary.org
The campaign finance reform bill that passed the state Senate this week to the praises of Gov. Jodi M. Rell who has vowed to sign it soon has been called a landmark and a national model for reform.
But to hear state Sen. Judith G. Freedman, a Westport Republican who voted against the bill that passed by a vote of 82-65, tell it, the “bill is a sham” rushed by majority Democrats, riddled with loopholes and does not offer true reform.
The bill, “An Act Concerning Comprehensive Finance Reform for Statewide Constitutional and General Assembly Offices,” establishes a system for publicly funding in 2008 legislative and statewide campaigns and in 2010, runs for governor and other top offices. It also sets spending limits for candidates.
In addition, the bill establishes a Citizens Elections Fund from unclaimed property in the state Treasurer’s office estimated to be about $20 million per year.
Bedford Middle School’s specialty ensembles kicked off the Westport school holiday concert season tonight with performances by the Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Camerata, pictured here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 21-25, 2005
Constance R. Kennedy to Mary and Lucy Stefani, Unit 72 Whitney Glen, $570,000
Voula M. Vatis to David Kronick, 11 Hunting Lane, $670,000
Benjamin Cherner to Alfred Popken and Marian Hamersma, 9 Thomas St., $1,350,000
Roy E. and Jaqueline Fuchs to Webb Holdings LLC, 24 Webb Road, $737,500
Louis and Blair Rosenfeld to Timothy P. and Teresa M. Walsh, 63 Sturges Highway, $2,800,000
After four years as deputy moderator, Alice Shelton is now running to become moderator of the Westport Representative Town Meeting.
Shelton will be running for the job—which is equivalent to being a chairman—during the RTM’s next meeting on Tuesday.
The moderator job is open after Gordon Joseloff decided to run for first selectman and was elected last November.
A number of collegues on the RTM encouraged her to run, Shelton said, and she originally did not have an intention to run for the RTM’s top job.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
The Charter Oak Foundation, a Westport-based, nonprofit organization aimed at Bridgeport area families and children, recently made grants totaling $60,000 to three area organizations. The recent grants bring Charter Oak’s gifts to more than $1.5 million over the past two years.
Among the Bridgeport recipients were: Career Resources, which offers basic education classes to help adults earn their GEDs; the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, which runs clinics at Bridgeport Hospital and at its Fairfield office; and Original Works, an outlet for teenagers interested in drama involving plays, television documentaries and song and dance performances.
“All of the organizations funded during our fall grant cycle have previously received grants from Charter Oak and proven that they efficiently and effectively empower some of our area’s most disadvantaged individuals and their families,” said Westporter Andy Boas, the foundation’s president.
According to Boas, Charter Oak was founded in 2001 to help children and families who have the ability to succeed but need financial support to realize their potential. He said that foremost among the foundation’s goals is to reduce poverty in the Bridgeport area.
Claiming the state legislature is acting under a cloak of secrecy undermining the public, state Sen. Judith G. Freedman of Westport filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) complaint against the General Assembly’s Legislative Commissioners’ Office Wednesday after being denied a copy of draft legislation pertaining to campaign finance reform.
Freedman says her complaint is designed to ensure that legislators are informed of bills being drafted and given sufficient time to study them before being asked to vote. Freedman had asked for the campaign finance reform draft legislation but was denied it on the grounds of client-attorney privilege.
“Unfortunately, this is not new for the legislature, but it has gotten increasingly more comon to circumvent the process,” Freedman wrote to Andrew O’Keefe, the state’s FOI Commission chairman. She added that under the guise of special sessions and emergency certified bills, committees do not have a chance to meet.
“In other words, the public is the big loser,” she stated.“They have no idea what the General Assembly is about to do.”
Workers marked the pavement at Westport’s Peoples Bank at Compo Road North early today. The activity indicated completion of intersection improvements at the corner of Post Road East and to the bank’s parking and drive-in area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
7:30 p.m.—Town Hall Auditorium—Planning and Zoning Commission