Friday, May 26, 2006
The Westport Historic District Commission is accepting nominations for the 2006 Preservation Awards.
Among last year’s Historic District Commission award winners was this house at 18 Indian Hill Road owned by the Loffredo family. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Every year the commission honors Westporters who recently completed restorations or additions to their residential or commercial properties. The awards are based on the historic appropriateness of the work and its impact on the local streetscape.
If possible, include a photograph and description of the work involved.
Westport ranked third on a list of the top 20 Connecticut towns with the largest gap between median income and how much a homebuyer needs to qualify for a mortgage based on the median sales price of homes in that town.
The list, based on 2005 figures, showed Westport at $206,780, behind only Greenwich at $366,551 and New Canaan at $295,010.
The figures were released by HOMEConnecticut, a new coalition of housing groups, banks and business leaders that is an initiative of the Hartford-based Partnership for Strong Communities.
It said that it plans to find ways to help Connecticut residents afford to buy homes because too many are being priced out of the expensive housing market.
Members of the Chargers, one of the two 14U (14 and under) softball teams in the Westport Junior League, are shown in the dugout after a 4-3 playoff win over a strong Fairfield team. They are 2-0 in the playoffs thus far. Front row: Aisling Mahoney, Rhiannon Lloyd, Courtney Garzone, Alli Greco, Natalie LeBlanc, Coach Mike Garzone; Middle row: Rebecca Loeser, Maya Hubbard, Coach Glen LeBlanc; Back row: Manager Cliff Ross, Nikki Aison, Genna Grushkin, Becky Ross, Rosie Lesser, and Zoe Hughes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Zoning Board of Appeals has approved demolition of the fire-damaged home and detached garage at 1 Lincoln St., off Post Road West near King’s Highway Elementary School. The home was damaged in a Christmas morning fire in 2004. Permission was granted to replace it with a single-family dwelling. (See WestportNow Dec. 25, 2004) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Westport resident Richard Fogel, 51, of Cedargate Lane, pled guilty on Wednesday on one count of federal health care fraud, U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor said today.
Fogel admitted that he created false medical records for patients who were involved in personal injury claims, settlements, and lawsuits while operating the Norwalk-based Chiropractic Center, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The records falsely stated the patients’ health conditions, and Fogel submitted the false records in order to be paid either directly by insurance companies or as part of the patients’ personal injury claims, according to federal officials.
Fogel’s sentencing hearing will be held on Sept. 18. He faces a maximum prison term of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon is forming a committee to review the findings of a survey of special education parents.
The Board of Education received the results of the survey earlier this month.
Of those responding, 81 percent agreed on some level that they are satisfied with the programs offered by the school system, and 76 percent said the programs meet the needs of their children.
Landon said among others, he will be seeking out parents to work on the committee to analyze the results of the survey.
“Kurt Weill: The Music and the Man,” a Sunday Symposium, will be held at the Westport Country Playhouse following the 3 p.m. performance of “Jam & Spice” on Sunday, June 4.
Kurt Weill: 1900-1950. Kurt Weill Foundation for Music photo
In addition, a discussion with the author of “Kurt Weill on Stage: Berlin to Broadway,” will follow the matinee performance on Wednesday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
“Jam & Spice” features a cast of six singers and dancers presenting Kurt Weill’s music, including “Mack the Knife, “September Song” and “Speak Low.”
Conceived by Tazewell Thompson, playhouse artistic director, and Dianne Adams McDowell, and directed by Thompson, the musical runs from June 1-18.
The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston honored outgoing president Bill Meyer (r) during the group’s annual picnic today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Jon Fox, incoming president, made the presentation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today presented Owl Awards to Mike Stashower and Bruce Allen for service to the group during the annual picnic at Sherwood Island State Park. Stashower served as treasurer for six years and Allen served five years in charge of community service and video. Bill Meyer, outgoing president, is at center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
After months of rumors, Martha Stewart has put her 4-acre Westport “Turkey Hill” home on the market. Asking price: $9 million. The home at 48 Turkey Hill Road South was listed with William Raveis Real Estate. The home has three bedrooms, two baths, is 3,168-square feet and sits on 4.03 acres. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
After months of rumors, Martha Stewart has put her 4-acre Westport “Turkey Hill” home on the market. Asking price: $9 million.
Martha Stewart is asking $9 million for her 4-acre Westport “Turkey Hill” home at 48 Turkey Hill Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
The home at 48 Turkey Hill Road South was listed with William Raveis Real Estate, according to a Multiple Listing Service entry. It said the home has three bedrooms, two baths, is 3,168-square feet and sits on 4.03 acres.
Built in 1805, the property’s amenities include central air conditioning, a swimming pool, zoned temperature control, skylights, walk-in closets, a wet bar, a privacy fence, a barn, and a guest house.
Stewart lived in the home for more than 25 years until she went to prison last year. She later served her house arrest in her estate in Bedford, N.Y. While she was in prison, her mother lived in the Westport home.
Westporters will soon have a better view of computer presentations during meetings if they watch from home.
Town officials have received a $5,000 grant to help improve the town’s telecast capabilities from Westport Town Hall on the municipal cable channel 79.
Eileen Zhang, information technology director, said during Wednesday’s Board of Finance meeting new equipment would allow for computer presentations to be fed into the television broadcast. Now the presentation is a camera shot of the screen.
Also, one of the cameras now needs to be replaced because it cannot focus correctly any more, she said.
After finishing second four times in nine years, the Staples girls golf team Wednesday finally gained its first Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) title in the program’s 12-year history. Staples was favored going into the tourney at Norwalk’s Shorehaven Golf Club. Coach Bob Byiteck congratulated team members (l-r) Erika Kretschmann, Ashley Borom, Alessandra Sarin, Jackie O’Connell, Elizabeth McKenna, and Laura Sousa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jack Farrell for WestportNow.com
The Westport Board of Finance Wednesday night put off a vote on funding for a traffic light at Sylvan Lane and Riverside Avenue until it receives further information.
The state Department of Transportation would pay for 90 percent of the cost leaving local taxpayers to pay $7,900 of the installation.
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said businesses in the area asked for help because an office building’s parking lot is on the opposite side of Riverside Avenue. Pedestrians, he said, have a hard time crossing the road.
The plan for the traffic light, however, has been in process for so many years many people had forgotten about it until state officials recently approved it.
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7 p.m. - Allen’s Clamhouse site – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Poetry and Pizza
8 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Mozart Requiem”
The Staples Boys Volleyball Team celebrates its 3-2 victory over Trumbull High School tonight to win its fourth consecutive Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) title. Team members hoisted senior Brian Parmelee, one of three captains, on their shoulders after he was named MVP following the game at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. Westport’s Wreckers only had one loss on the season, and it was to Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com
There was a noisy crowd of Staples fans on hand tonight to cheer Westport’s Wreckers as the men’s volleyball team defeated Trumbull 3-2 to gain their fourth consecutive FCIAC title. The match took place at Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com
Westport taxpayers will see a 3.8 percent increase in their tax bills beginning in July.
The Board of Finance tonight approved a new tax rate of 12.97 mills. Members voted to use $3 million from the town’s general fund to keep the rate down.
The board, however, debated if less money from the fund should be used. Motions to use $2 million and $2.5 million were defeated.
Charlie Haberstroh, a finance board member, said he felt the use of $3 million was too liberal given the potential for litigation settlement and other issues potentially facing the town.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Westport Building Department officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 11 Poplar Plain Road. The house is in the northwest corner of Westport off of Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Mark Berman, musical director, (l) rehearses with “Jam & Spice” cast members (l-r) Christianne Tisdale, Mary Testa, JD Webster, Carey Brown, Kurt Zischke and Jason Ma. The Westport Country Playhouse presents “Jam & Spice” June 1-18. The song and dance production offers a repertoire of over 30 musical numbers composed by Kurt Weill. The performance schedule is Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Single tickets start at $30. For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or for out-of-town callers at 1-888-927-7529. Tickets are also available at the playhouse’s box office, and more information is available at www.westportplayhouse.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Mollie Donovan and Wally Woods, historical society curators, pose with a display depicting the Westport Young Women’s League cupcake project. Denise McLaughlin for WestportNow.comStarting on Memorial Day, the Westport Historical Society will be presenting the exhibit “Westport Women: Celebrating 50 Years of the Westport Young Women’s League.”
The grand opening is slated for Monday following the annual Memorial Day parade. It will be on display through Sept. 3.
The exhibit is a retrospective that chronicles the history of the league and details its major accomplishments including spearheading the massive town-wide rebuilding of the Compo Beach playground and creating the Minuteman Race and the Creative Arts Festival.
Also displayed is the league’s efforts to organize lesser-known charitable endeavors including the “cupcake project,” which has league members baking more than 100 cupcakes every month for the past 10 years —10,000 to date—so no child at Bridgeport’s McGivney Center goes without a birthday celebration.
With Memorial Day and Westport’s traditional parade marking the event five days away, the American flags have gone up on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the town’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Bridge Street Bridge closed for maintenance
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Westport Library Board of Trustees
8 p .m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)
Westport Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss reminded residents today that June is dog licensing month and that all dogs over the age of 6 months must be licensed.
“Licensing your dog verifies that rabies immunization is up to date, as the dog owner must present a copy of the pet’s rabies certificate when obtaining a license,” said Strauss. “A $60 infraction will be issued for any non-licensed dog.”
The annual cost of licensing a spayed or neutered dog is $8. To issue a license, a dog owner must present a current rabies certificate signed by a veterinarian, and a certificate for spaying/neutering for first time registrations.
The annual cost of licensing an unsprayed or un-neutered dog is $19, of which $6 is deposited in the state-regulated Animal Population Control Fund.
The Sportsmen of Westport tonight honored seven persons at the group’s 45th annual “Dinner of Champions” at Continental Manor in Norwalk. Among them was Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian (at podium), a 39-year veteran of the Westport school system who received the Citizenship Award. Also honored were (l-r on dias) John Cooper, an outstanding golfer at Staples who is now head professional and director of golf at Westport’s Longshore Club Park; Lisa Brummel, arguably the best female athlete ever to come out of Staples, excelling in four different sports from 1974-77; Dale Hollingsworth, a key member of the Wreckers’ 1969 and 1970 champsionship soccer teams; (not shown) Matt McVane, a quarterback on the 1964 Wrecker football team; Pat Smith, former Staples football coach; and Bill Mitchell, longtime supporter of Staples athletics who received the William A. Krause, Jr., Humanitarian Award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo