Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Westporter Larry Silver, known internationally for his photography, spoke with the Y’s Men Camera Club this morning. He also presented a slide show of his work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport-Weston Health District officials are planning for a full-scale training exercise that is overseen by state emergency officials in April.
The exercise will take place on April 19 at Bedford Middle School, said district Director Sue Jacozzi, and is one of seven to take place in the state.
Not only will it involve Westport and Weston’s health officials, it will also involve Wilton, she said, because of how the state has set up procedures for health emergencies.
State Department of Public Health officials will alert the districts of a health emergency, receive vaccine and sent it on to the local districts to be used at a clinic, she said.
In response to the large amount of tree damage that residents have incurred due to the recent storms, the Westport yard waste site at 180 Bayberry Lane will extend hours of operation this week, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced Monday.
For this week only, the site will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, the site will operate on regular weekend hours (7 a.m. to noon).
Residents whose vans, pickups or tag-along trailers display a valid sticker may deliver up to six 30-gallon bags or containers full of yard waste without a fee. A van, pickup or tag-along trailer exceeding the six-bag limit will be charged $30 per load.
Any vehicle or trailer larger than a conventional pickup with a 4-foot-by-8-foot bed will be charged $80 per ton.
The Mayer family—Seymour, Brian and Jeff (l-r)—pose last fall when Brian’s film “Full Circle: Coming of Age During the Holocaust” was shown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
“Full Circle: Coming of Age During the Holocaust,” a 2005 documentary film by Westporter Brian Mayer, will be shown at Westport’s Unitarian Church Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
“Full Circle” retraces the life of Brian’s grandfather, Seymour Mayer, from his childhood in Romania to his liberation from a concentration camp in
Austria, where he was interned from 1944-45.
Brian and his family accompanied his grandfather on the journey during the summer 2003.
The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival has accepted the film, and it will be shown in New York City in May and in Los Angeles in March.
WestportNow photographer Dave Matlow will speak about a recent trip to India. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow photographer and Westport Rotary Club Vice President Dave Matlow will present a photographic narrative of his recent trip to India at the Jan. 31 luncheon of the club.
The public is invited to attend the luncheon at the Inn at Longshore at 12:15 p.m.
Matlow’s presentation will include photos and a narrative of his experiences in the Indian cities of Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai, Jaipur, Varanasi, Agra and Old and New Delhi.
For more information, call Westport Rotary Club President Peter Powell at (203) 226-3426.
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
8 a.m. - Westport-Weston Health District - Cholesterol screening
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Education/Finance Committees
The Westport school district has had good medical insurance experience the last few years which is helping keep down projected costs in the proposed 2006-07 school budget, according to school officials.
The Board of Education met with the Board of Finance tonight to discuss medical insurance issues and the proposed budget as a whole.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon has proposed a $82.9 million budget, which is a 5.4 percent increase over the current budget. The school board will vote on the proposal at its Feb. 6 meeting.
The budget includes an 8 percent increase in medical insurance costs, but Bob Pernicka, district insurance consultant, said it could have been around 12 percent.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Instead of creating affordable housing solutions for the town piecemeal, the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission plans to look at the entire issue to create a better way to tackle the issue.
The commission recently withdrew changes to the town’s multi-family zoning regulations in favor of looking at all of the town’s affordable housing, said P&Z Director Laurence Bradley.
“They want to look at affordable housing more comprehensively,” he said. “They want something more specific to address affordable housing needs.”
The proposal would have removed affordable housing from the town’s cap on multi-family housing units.
A Freedom of Information Commission hearing officer has ruled in favor of the Westport Board of Education in a complaint over its interviewing procedure to fill vacancies on the board last spring.
Tom Hennick, commission public education officer, said a report will go before the Freedom of Information Commission for a vote during a hearing on Wednesday.
The report recommends the complaint brought by Richard Lowenstein, RTM District 5, be dismissed, he said.
Also, the report states that the officer finds that the board did not violate the Freedom of Information Act by interviewing candidates to fill vacancies in executive session.
With international understanding and service one of its primary goals, the Westport Rotary Club is seeking several young professionals to travel to Lithuania or Venezuela in April as part of Rotary’s group study exchange program.
For four to six weeks members of Rotary’s teams will experience the way of life, customs and vocational practices of the host countries. They will also share information about the United States, according to a Rotary announcement.
The Rotary Foundation pays for round-trip airfare, and Rotary Club members in the host country provide meals, lodging and group travel in the region. Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses, the news release said.
The purpose of the Group Study Exchange program is to promote international understanding and goodwill through personal connection.
The Westport Building Department is processing a demolition permit for the home at 69 Red Coat Road. The home is located in the far northwest corner of town near Exit 41 on the Merritt Parkway. The home is in the advanced stages of preparation before demolition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Information Technology Committee
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Sunday, January 22, 2006
It was standing room only today in the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room as people spilled into the hallway to hear The Nation editor Victor Navasky speak about freedom of the press.
Journalist Victor Navasky told a Westport audience today the nation now is in one of the periods of the dark side of the American legacy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Navasky touched on a range of issues facing the world of journalism today including protecting sources and the training students of the craft receive at universities.
He said there are two things to remember about democracy. The first is the great things everyone learns in the classroom such as liberty, freedoms and the Bill of Rights.
The second, though, is the intolerance and repression that has happened through certain parts of American history such as the Alien and Sedition Acts and the McCarthy trials.
There was a standing room only crowd at the Westport Public Library today for Victor Navasky, outgoing editor of The Nation magazine and a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His talk on freedom of the press was part of the library’s “Community Conversation” series. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A group of licensed massage therapists is offering a Valentine’s Day opportunity in Westport next month to give two gifts from the heart.
The gifts are a massage to a special Valentine and the gift of life to a woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer who has no medical insurance and cannot pay her mounting medical bills.
Ginger Gagliardo had just graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) in Westport and was preparing to take her licensing exam when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Two surgeries later, she is unable to work and has no medical insurance to cover the cost of the necessary treatments to combat her cancer, according to friends.
NYT’s Will Shortz at last year’s crossword contest. Contributed PhotoTest your skills at the Westport Public Library’s seventh annual crossword puzzle contest Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 pm.
New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz will again be on hand to watch the “puzzlers” and play some word games between puzzles.
Both novice and veteran players are welcome.
The contest is free and open to all, and will be held in the Library’s McManus Room.
The Westport Building Department is processing a demolition permit for the home at 8 Caccamo Lane in the Compo Road North area. The house is vacant, but a real estate agent’s sign is out front. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Community Conversation: Freedom of the Press
Saturday, January 21, 2006
The Westport Town Hall Auditorium was the scene of today’s community meeting held by Rep. Christopher Shays. Topics included the war in Iraq, presidential authority to engage in domestic eavesdropping, and energy policies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
As forecast, high winds hit the Westport area late this afternoon, resulting in new power outages. Gusts of 48 mph were reported along the shoreline.
Connecticut Light and Power Co., which earlier today said that most of its almost 12,000 Westport customers had their power back, reported 23 customers without power as of 11 p.m.
Earlier today, the utility variously reported that all customers were back or only one, two or three were out. At one point during the past week’s back-to-back windstorms, more than 4,000 town customers were in the dark.
The National Weather Service said a wind advisory was in effect until 9 p.m. It said winds will shift to the northwest and abruptly increase late this
afternoon to 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph as a cold front sweeps across the region.
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, responds to questions and comments from the crowd during a community forum at Town Hall today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, heard and responded to concerns about the Iraqi war, wiretapping and the country’s reliance on oil during a community meeting at Town Hall this afternoon.
It was Shays 17th community meeting throughout the district in recent weeks.
Shays said that while he had promised his constituents that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there are none there.
“I understand that you’ll now think I am crying wolf about things,” he said. “Whatever you think about me, we should still allow Iraqis the opportunity to succeed.”
A demolition application has been filed for the 1928 home at 10 Compo Parkway. The Westport Historic District Commission reviewed the application in December. Compo Parkway is across from the entrance to Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Town Hall Auditorium - Rep. Christopher Shays community meeting
Friday, January 20, 2006
Westport-Weston Health District officials are planning to attend a state summit on pandemic flu Feb. 2 that will be led by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement that the goal of the summit is to raise awareness among state, local and private sector leaders about the importance of planning now for a possible influenza pandemic.
“Federal and state officials will present strategies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an influenza pandemic,” she said in the statement.
District Director Sue Jacozzi said she hopes there are plans provided that local health districts can use in the case of a pandemic flu.
The Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Kiwanis Clubs of Weston and Westport are seeking nominations for Unsung Heroes from Westport, Norwalk, Wilton and Weston to honor at the 11th annual Unsung Heroes Breakfast.
Flashback: Westporters Lindsay Kulkin and Lucas Rose were among Westport honorees at the 2005 Unsung Heroes Breakfast in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hadley Rose for WestportNow.com
“An Unsung Hero is someone who, in their own way, makes a difference in the lives of our residents and our community,” said Erin Butler, director of public relations and community programs for the Mid-Fairfield County chapter. “What makes them so special is that they do this out of the goodness of their heart and never expect to receive recognition.”
Examples of an “Unsung Hero” include an exceptional mentor or volunteer, going above and beyond the call of duty, saving a life, working “behind the scenes,” a good samaritan, or caring for the ill or elderly as a volunteer.
Nominees do not have to be Red Cross volunteers or members of Kiwanis, but they must live or have completed the services in the four towns.