Friday, April 28, 2006
A broken fire sprinkler pipe caused some flooding at Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School Thursday night, fire officials said.
Firefighters responding to an automatic alarm at the school at 17 Morningside Drive South at 10:55 p.m. opened the front doors and found water gushing down the front steps, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar.
“Upon investigation, it was quickly determined that a large diameter sprinkler pipe had broken, dumping large amounts of water in the main hallway and down to the lower level,” he said.
The firefighters immediately shut down the sprinkler system and used large squeegees to push the water out of the building, Kepchar said.
Westport school officials will see the first results of a survey of special education parents during the Board of Education meeting Monday night.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said representatives from Glen Martin Associates, the firm that completed the survey, will be on hand to make a presentation.
The board meets at 8 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.
Landon said the results will not be available to anyone—including the board and himself—before the meeting.
Westporter Carol Walsh will take over July 1 as principal of Greenwich’s Central Middle School.
Walsh, currently principal at Scofield Magnet Middle School in Stamford, has a keen knowledge of middle school education, adolescent development and best practices, said Superintendent of Schools Larry Leverett in announcing her appointment Thursday.
She’s been a French teacher in Georgia, and French and Spanish teacher in Darien, and also taught in Massachusetts.
In 2002, she was selected as principal to open a new high school in Cincinnati, the Withrow International High School. In 2003, she assumed her current position at Scofield.
Walsh is also an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University’s Graduate School of Education in Fairfield.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Catherine Smith of Westport was among the models at today’s charity fashion show at the Westport Woman’s Club. Proceeds went to support the Christian Community Action, Elder House and Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal spoke today of a number of suits he has filed or won but said the actions would not be necessary if he had stronger partners in the federal government.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today that he sues frequently because the federal government has failed to enforce its own laws. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com
Blumenthal addressed a standing room-only crowd of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston at the Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Blumenthal said he is frequently asked why he is suing people like insurance companies and Midwest power plants.
“It’s because the federal government has failed to enforce their own laws,” he said. “We are forced to take an active role. This isn’t about who is in office either.”
Volunteers were again at Compo Beach today working in the third day of the playground reconstruction project. Workers will continue to put the new playground together through Sunday. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Officials from a variety of community organizations gathered at Town Hall today to discuss the potential for a pandemic flu outbreak in Westport and Weston and how they would respond.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he is planning an information session for the community on the topic based on information gathered by the different groups, which included emergency officials, pharmacists, businesses and school officials.
He said everyone needs to be careful of creating an “infodemic” because it can be just as dangerous.
“A panic can be caused by one or two cases,” he said. “We need to let everyone know we have plans and are planning more.”
The Westport Historical Society is hosting a “Tree Walk in Winslow Park” Sunday.
The event with former Westport tree warden Don Snook will include a tour of the park and discussion about the various trees there and what occurred beneath them in Westport’s past.
These events include firing of muskets in 1777 and the “salad days” of the 1850s in the park when it was the site of town-wide parties and 4th of July fireworks, according to organizers.
The Society offered registrants two options to participate. They can meet at 1 p.m. at the Historical Society on Avery Place for a “fitness walk” to the park or they can meet at the park at 2 p.m.
The Westport Building Department is reviewing an application to demolish the house at 99 Bayberry Lane. The 1945 house sold in May 2004 for $1.4 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Digital Audio Workshop
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Work Session
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Shakespeare in Film: Women and Witches in Macbeth
Selectman John Izzo (r) looks on as First Selectman Gordon Joseloff reads an official citation tonight thanking Izzo for his service to the town. Tonight was Izzo’s final Westport Board of Selectman meeting, and he submitted his formal resignation. Bob Lasprogato, who was Izzo’s running mate, is slated to fill the slot on the board. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
An overflow crowd tonight attended the continuing celebration of Shakespeare at the Westport Public Library. The Theatre Artists Shakespeare Workshop presented “Shakespeare: An Infinite Variety.” Shakespeare was brought to life with performances of several scenes from his most popular plays, and sonnets, soliloquies and songs inspired by his work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Community gardeners will have their names matched against the state’s sexual predator registry before they are issued a handpass to use the garden at Long Lots Elementary School during school hours, but some are opposed to the measure.
The Board of Selectmen approved regulations tonight that require the check. It could be reviewed by the Westport Representative Town Meeting.
In addition to requiring gardeners to be checked against the registry, they will be required to have their photo handpass when school is in session. The gardens would also be closed 8-9 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. on weekdays when school is in session.
Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said the check against the registry is to help with concerns Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon expressed about adults being on the property during school hours.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Volunteers were at Westport’s Compo Beach today for day two of the playground reconstruction. A sign, though, shows more volunteers are welcome to help with the construction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The second annual Taste of Westport fundraiser benefitting CLASP Homes will be held Thursday, May 4 at the Inn at Westport.
Twelve Westport restaurants will present gourmet food accompanied by the best wines and spirits.
A special preview party will begin at 5 p.m. and will include a cooking demonstration by the Food Network chef George Stella. General Admission begins at 6 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit CLASP Homes, a Westport based non-profit providing support to individuals with developmental disabilities.
A Better Chance (ABC) of Westport will hold its annual fundraiser Saturday, May 6, at the Unitarian Church in Westport, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The event will include a live and silent auction with proceeds to benefit the group.
ABC of Westport gives academically gifted, economically disadvantaged children of color the opportunity to live in Westport, attend Staples High School and get a better chance in life.
Currently, there are seven students who reside at ABC’s Glendarcy House, located at the corner of North Avenue and Cross Highway.
State transportation workers today closed Westport’s Bridge Street Bridge for about five hours for maintenance.
The shutdown, which was announced April 11, affected the swing bridge and the roadway from Bridge Street and Riverside Avenue to Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue. (See WestportNow April 11, 2006)
Workers planned to open the bridge at 3 p.m. but did not get it open until about 4:30 p.m.
During the closure, heavy traffic backed up in areas around the bridge and along the Post Road as motorists sought alternate ways across the Saugatuck River.
Grant money may make it possible for workers in the Westport town clerk’s office to place some older land records onto computers.
Town Clerk Patricia Strauss is seeking a $12,000 state Historic Document Preservation Grant, which is funded by money collected in her office, to scan 414 of the 3,166 land record books in her office.
Each year Strauss applies for and receives the grant, which is funded through money collected in her office when people record on the land records.
She said with last year’s grant she was able to install equipment so all land records are now scanned and placed into a computer.
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Westport Public Library – Westport Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Shakespeare on Stage
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Information Technology Committee
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
The Westport Fire Department’s Rescue 3 truck provided lighting tonight as the first full day of construction of the new Compo Beach playground came to an end. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo