Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Westport firefighters today contained a leak from an underground propane gas tank damaged by van that had driven over it.
One firefighter was overcome by heat exhaustion and transported to a hospital during the incident at 18 Manitou Road, said Assistant Chief Gene Maloney.
Firefighters responding to an 8:49 a.m. 911 call found a van parked on top of the tank whose protective collar surrounding the fill valve, gauge, and safety valve had been partially crushed by the vehicle’s undercarriage, he said.
There was an odor in the air indicating a propane gas leak, and firefighters set up protective hose lines and took meter readings in the area, the official said.
Police have not connected Friday’s bank robbery with two earlier ones in Westport and are still investigating all four robberies that have happened in the last four months.
Sgt. David Kassay said detectives don’t know yet if the same man connected to the Webster Bank robbery in March and the People’s Bank robbery in May.
Police have connected the same man to those two robberies and seek two other men for robbing the Hudson United Bank on Post Road West in April. Three robberies have taken place on a Friday afternoon.
The suspect in the two connected robberies has been described as a black male.
Police closed off a road into Westport’s Longshore Club Park today after a tree fell across the roadway adjacent to the golf course, bringing down power lines. Because of the extent of damage, it took more than eight hours—until shortly after 1 p.m.—to restore power. Traffic was allowed to enter the area via the road to the marina while repairs were underway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A tree fell on the entrance drive to Westport’s Longshore Club Park shortly before 5 a.m. today, taking down power lines affecting more than two dozen customers. It took more than eight hours to restore service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Westport Community Band
About 125 persons attended tonight’s first session seeking public input on Westport’s Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The meeting at Bedford Middle School was taped for later playback on the town’s government access channel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Those attending tonight’s meeting on the Town Plan of Conservation and Development update had the chance to vote for what issues they felt were most important. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport residents tonight said that open space, preserving community character and traffic were the top issues that needed focus in the new Westport Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
About 125 persons attended a two-hour session at Bedford Middle School held by the firm helping draft the plan.
Participants priortized their desires for the town by depositing play money in 12 boxes representing various issues, and they put dots on two maps indicating their likes and dislikes about Westport.
The meeting was the first of several public sessions to be held to gather residents’ input on the plan. State law requires each community to update its plan every 10 years, and Westport needs to update its plan by the end of 2007.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) tonight deposits some play money into boxes representing various priorities for Westport’s Town Plan of Conservation and Development. The session at Bedord Middle School attracted about 125 persons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 26, 2006
Bedford Middle School science teacher Ejay Clark has withdrawn his resignation and wants a hearing before the Westport Board of Education about his termination. But Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said he won’t accept the withdrawal.
Clark offered his resignation in March, and recently parents have been asking for his reinstatement before the Board of Education. He was still teaching until the end of the school year.
Lewis Brey, Clark’s attorney, said he was coerced into resigning after receiving a letter that Landon was going to recommend the board not renew him.
“He was told to think of his family, that he wouldn’t get another job and was told he could have recommendations,” he said. “When it was clear they were not going to follow-up with (some of the promised recommendations), he withdrew his resignation.”
The next Community Conversation at the Westport Public Library will focus on sports corruption and debasement.
The event is slated for Sunday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at the library.
Westporter Frank Deford—senior writer at Sports Illustrated, commentator on NPR and a regular correspondent on the HBO show “Real Sports”—leads a panel that also includes Mike Greenberg, co-anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter and co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show and Chris McKendry, ESPN’s weekend morning SportsCenter anchor.
The discussion will be moderated by Chris Hodenfield, Westport Magazine editor.
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 3 Pleasant Valley Lane. The house is near Staples High School off of North Avenue. The property sold this month for $975,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Main Street got a new banner today promoting Thursday’s opening of the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot. The market will be open every Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 26. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The annual Camp Compo kicked off today at Westport’s Compo Beach with a variety of activities. The day started under partly sunny skies, but rain soon started to fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
A banner went up on Westport’s Main Street today promoting Thursday’s opening of the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse.
Members of the Celebrate Westport Committee show off the banner promoting the Westport Farmers Market. Pictured (l-r) are: Daniel Lanzilotta, Nancy Diamond, Rebecca Howe, Ana Rogers, Katherine Dyer, Susan Witkow (chair), Selectman Shelly Kassen, Phyllis Hirschfield, Mollie Donovan and Orna Stern. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The market will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.
Sponsored by the town’s Celebrate Westport Committee and Wholesome Wave, LLC, the initiative is a seasonal weekly market for the community to purchase homegrown produce and artisan foods directly from Connecticut farmers and artisans.
The market will be open rain or shine Thursdays through Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The rain did not dampen spirits Sunday night as Westport’s Levitt Pavilion kicked off its summer season indoors at the Saugatuck Elementary School with C.J. Chenier and The Louisiana Red Hot Band. The Levitt’s next show is Tuesday at 8 p.m. with the Westport Community Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com
7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Town Plan public meeting
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Due to the weather, tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion opening night has been moved to Saugatuck Elementary School.
The season debuts with C.J. Chenier and The Louisiana Red Hot Band.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 12-16, 2006:
Theodore Folke to J. Brian and Jaimee Kelsey, 12 Poplar Plains Road, $927,000
Leslie Cohen to Margaret D. Nelson, 95 Clapboard Hill Road, $3,500,000
Brian and Mary Heather Singer to Tracy M. and Lynn-Ann Smith, 10 Ellery Lane, $1,745,000
Claire D. Nicklas to Daniel and Jennifer Platt, 34 Otter Trail, $1,250,000
Theodore L. Sandler Tr to William R. Green and Linda M. Durakis, 14 Yankee Hill Road, $1,950,000
While the Westport area has escaped most of the predicted heavy rainfall this weekend, the National Weather Service says its flood watch remains until this evening.
Westport weather stations reported less than 1 inch of rain fell Saturday. Parts of eastern Connecticut and Long Island reported 3 to 6 inches.
A slow-moving warm front will slowly track northwest through the tri-state area all day today. This front will be the triggering mechanism for locally heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours, forecasters said.
The heaviest rain will begin to taper off tonight from south to north starting in Long Island early this evening, an advisory said.
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Drawer Boy”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion Opening Night - Moved to Saugatuck School because of weather - C.J. Chenier & The Lousiana Red Hot Band
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Heavy rain today did not slow Shadhrazad and her rider, David Tromp of North Salem, N.Y., from winning this year’s $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix on the final day of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June benefit horse show. A large crowd watched the winning jump at the Westport event from under a large tent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A family visiting Westport today as part of the annual jUNe Day festivities check out a millipede during activities at Earthplace. United Nations families are visiting today and taking part in a number of activities throughout town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Visitors to Westport’s 41st annual jUNe Day had breakfast awaiting them on arrival at Saugatuck Elementary School today. Many of the day’s activities were shifted indoors because of the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
In what has become an annual tradition at Westport’s jUNe Day, there was an exchange of gifts at today’s welcoming ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. U.N. Assistant Secretary General Jan Beagle presented Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff with some U.N-puiblished books for the library. Joseloff presented Beagle with a decorative box from the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed, U.N. Under Secretary General, addresses the welcoming ceremony today for jUNe Day at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School. Looking on are (l-r) Michaela MacColl, president of the International Hospitality Committee of Fairfield County; Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Jan Beagle, U.N. Assistant Secretary General. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Flags of the 191 members of the United Nations flew from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today to welcome visitors for the town’s 41st annual jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport welcomed international visitors today for the town’s 41st annual jUNe Day. Flags of the 191-member U.N. nations flew from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River in the town’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com