Saturday, January 28, 2006
Members of Temple Masonic Lodge No.65 of Westport recently installed a new slate of officers. The Masons, who do philanthropic work throughout the community, are located at 210 Post Road East. The lodge was chartered on May 12, 1824, and is the oldest fraternal organization in Westport. The aprons and tuxedos are part of the traditional garb worn by the members to signify their respective functions within the organization. Pictured are: First row - Walter E. Kaechele, past grand master of the grand lodge of Connecticut; Dennis Corsalini, the new master of the lodge; John Hendrickson, senior warden; Donald B.Treadwell, chaplin. Second row - Fred Clark, associate grand marshall; John T. Kahler, junior warden; George Underhill, treasurer; David Feliciano, junior deacon; Scott Adelman, senior steward; Thomas C. Hofstetter, secretary; Dr. Rocco Frank, past master 2005; Wilson Dinielli, senior deacon. Last row – William Dykler, district deputy and Dr. Julian Benetatos, organist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The recent storms with high winds that knocked out power for thousands of Westporters is pushing the town’s storm account to the limits.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the numbers for the storm are not firm yet, but it cost around $100,000 in cleanup costs.
The money to cover the costs comes from the town’s storm budget, which is the same account used for snow removal, he said.
“We’re hoping there could be some state or federal money coming back to us,” he said.
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 16-20, 2006
R. Scott and Emery R. Beach to William C. Shope Jr., 68 Partrick Road, $1,265,000
Estate of John P. Grant to Mattera Construction Co. LLC, 3 Glenwood Lane, $975,000
Mattera Construction Co. LLC to Robert and Pamela Cornfield, 11 Half Mile Common, $1,680,000
Scott W. and Magda L. Jeffrey to Weichert Relocation Resources Inc., 59 Compo Road North, $1,437,500
The Westport Building Department has received an application for a demolition permit for the house at 14 Meeker Road, off of Bayberry Lane.The house was built in 1933. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Mitchells of Westport - Dan Woog book signing for his “Staples High School, 120 Years of A+ Education”
10 a.m. - Rockwell Art & Framing - Studio For A Day
10 a.m. - Westport-Weston Health District - Emergency Preparedness for Nannies/Au Pairs
1 p.m. - Earthplace - Eagles at Earthplace
Friday, January 27, 2006
A demolition permit was issued today for the home at 24 Buena Vista Drive on a hill in Westport’s Compo Beach area. The home sold last month for $840,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It may cost a little more this summer to park at Westport’s beaches.
The Parks and Recreation Commission will be considering a proposal to increase the beach emblem prices during its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall.
Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said the resident parking emblems will be increased from $25 to $30, and it’s the first increase since 1999.
Senior citizen fees will be increased from $10 to $15, he said, and it would be the first increase in the senior rate since 1990.
A Tale & Scales Musictale will present “Arabian Nights” at the Westport Country Playhouse. Contributed photo“The Arabian Nights,” descriibed as “a journey of imaginative music and delightful tales,” will be presented at the Westport Country Playhouse Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The program is presented by A Tale & Scales Musictale as part of the Playhouse’s “Family Festivities” series for children, parents and grandparents to share together, an announcement said.
Tales & Scales will stage two stories from “The Arabian Nights.”
A citizens brown bag luncheon Wednesday at noon in Town Hall will focus on emergency preparedness.
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley and Police Chief Al Fiore will be present at the session, an announcement said.
“In light of the recent winter storms, it is timely to review emergency information available to the public, how the public obtains such information, and what actions, before, during, and after the event, residents should take in case of emergencies,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff in the statement.
For more information, call the selectman’s office at (203) 341-1111.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Laszlo Birinyi, founder and president of Birinyi Associates, Inc., spoke before the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today about “Outlook for 2006.” His investment career began as a trader and culminated in the development of the trading calendar and eventually one of the premier books on stock market trading, “The Equity Desk.” Birinyi is a columnist for Forbes, was a panelist for Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street and is a frequent guest on CNBC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jayde Levesque
The Westport Board of Selectmen has postponed a petition for speed humps to be put on Hales Road so police can survey the speed problems on the road.
The application, which was postponed during Wednesday night’s meeting, has been in the works since October 2004, but the selectmen agreed there wasn’t enough evidence despite the strong cases made by both sides.
Of the nine people to sign the petition this time, only one showed up to the selectmen meeting. Geoffrey Lund, of Hales Road, said as a parent of small children, his concern is for the children in the neighborhood.
“There are a lot of children on that road,” he said. “And there is a lot of speeding on that road.”
The Westport Building Department is currently processing an demolition permit application for the home at 223 Bayberry Lane. The home sold for $825,000 last June when this photo was taken. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Horace Staples Contributed photoIn 1884, Horace Staples donated land and the money to construct Westport’s high school.
For the next two decades, until shortly after his death in 1897 at the age of 96, Staples High School students celebrated Jan. 31—his birthday—as “Founder’s Day.”
This year marks the 205th anniversary of Staples’ birth, and to celebrate the occasion Mitchells of Westport will host a book-signing event for Dan Woog’s “Staples High School: 120 Years of A+ Education” on Saturday at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mitchells is located at 670 Post Road East.
The book, in its fourth printing, looks at the history of Staples High School from 1884 through today and at the people who played major roles behind the scenes, in the classrooms and on the fields.
Westport Board of Finance members are again asking school and town officials if there are ways some services could be shared as a means to save money and be more efficient, and the new administration is willing to study the issue.
Charlie Haberstroh, a finance board member, is asking, as he has in past budget cycles, if there are areas where some services could be shared.
“We have a new first selectman now, so maybe something can be done,” he said.
He pointed out that First Selectman Gordon Joseloff is examining hiring new technology experts, and perhaps they could be shared with school officials.
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Series: “Harold & Maude”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission work session
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance, Employee/Compensation/Public Protection Committees
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
The home at 22 Westway Road was demolished today. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 14. The house off Greens Farms Road was sold last month for $805,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
For the second time this month, one resident spoke out to the Westport Board of Education regarding the suspension of a Staples High School student for alleged drug use in a student bathroom.
Josephine Kaye, who works as a psychoanalysist, told the board earlier this month that one of the girls involved in the December incident was unfairly suspended and should have her record cleared. She again renewed her concerns during Monday’s school board meeting.
Drug tests taken seven hours after the incident, she said, show that the girl had not used marijuana, but they were ignored by Staples officials and the Board of Education.
Another girl involved in the incident also recanted and said the girl in question was not involved, she said, but the note about the suspension remains on the student record.
A zoning regulation that now allows affordable housing in the Saugatuck Business District may be up for further changes, but it will not be at the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission’s request.
The commission approved the changes last fall, and they were confirmed by the Representative Town Meeting in December. The RTM, however, passed a resolution asking the commission to further review the regulation.
P&Z Director Laurence Bradley, however, said the commission does not plan on making any of the suggested changes from the RTM, but rather plans to make some technical changes.
Commission Chairwoman Eleanor Lowenstein said many of the suggested changes from the RTM were previously discussed at length by the commission.
Earthplace vistors can learn about the organization’s two resident eagles on Saturday. Contributed photoWestport’s Earthplace will host a day of activities about its resident eagles Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors will meet Chatty and Cerena, the two eagles, and learn all there is to know about the birds, an announcement said.
Guests will take part in eagle activities and exhibits, bird talks at the eagle enclosure, a guided nature walk and crafts.
The event is $4 per member and $6 per non-member.
For more information, visit www.earthplace.org or call (203) 227-7253.
The Westport Building Department is currently reviewing an application for a demolition permit for 6 Bowling Lane, off of Old Road near Balducci’s on Post Road East. The home sold earlier this month for $725,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Friends of the Westport Senior Center group is planning a Super Bowl tailgate party at the center Sunday, Feb. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All residents regardless of age are invited to the celebration, which also marks the third anniversary of the center, an announcement said.
The tailgate starts promptly at 1 p.m. with the serving of more than 35 feet of sub sandwiches. A cake will be presented, cut and served at 3 p.m.
The first 50 children under 13 years old will receive a mini Staples High School football.
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Compo Beach Playground Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Mark Schenker: On Wordsworth
Westport artist Kevin Thomas will show off his pottery skills. Contributed photoWestport artists Kevin Thomas and Elizabeth Hiltz will be featured Saturday at Rockwell Art & Framing for its “Studio for a Day” series.
For the next two Saturdays, visitors to the Sconset Square gallery can meet the local artists and watch as they create original works of art.
Stamford artist Dana Scinto will be featured on Feb. 4. The studio is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturdays.
Thomas and Hiltz, who are married, will take over the gallery for a special demonstration of pottery and painting.