Saturday, July 22, 2006
After waiting under the railroad bridge near Westport’s Sasco Creek, two youngsters make a dash for home during a lull in this morning’s storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service today issued a severe thunderstorm and flash flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area.
A one-car accident Friday on Post Road West knocked out power to about 400 Westport customers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A mid-day advisory said hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter, wind gusts to 70 miles per hour, and dangerous lightning are possible in the area.
The advisory of possible severe storms follows Tuesday’s torrential downpour that downed trees and power lines and left more than 300 Westport customers without power.
A brief downpour Friday may have contributed to a one-car accident on Post Road West that damaged a utility pole and knocked out power to about 400 customers.
Kids of all ages had fun at the Westport Public Library’s “Big Wheels to the Rescue” event Thursday. Police, fire, EMS, and CERT personnel were present, and kids got a chance to meet Lola, the police dog, go inside an ambulance, squirt a fire hose, and see a 100-foot ladder go up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historical Society, as part of its “Destination Westport” series, is sponsoring a walking and wine tasting event in the historic Saugatuck area today.
Participants will meet at 4:30 p.m. on the New York-bound side of the Saugatuck train station.
The tour will view several historical sights, including former mattress and button factories, a one-room school building, the old firehouse bell tower, and the ancient swing bridge. It will wrap up with a wine tasting co-hosted by Depot Liquor (founded in 1935) and Tutti’s, a new addition to Saugatuck’s restaurant scene.
2 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Connecticut Music Theatre presents “The Wiz”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Constant Star”
4:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Train Station - Westport Historical Society Walking Tour
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mill River Band
Gov. M. Jodi Rell was an honored guest Thursday night at a Republican Party event at the Westport home of Catherine and Michael Devine. Pictured are (l-r) Catherine and Michael Devine, state Sen. Judi Freedman, Rell, state Rep. Larry Cafero of Norwalk and Lt. Gov. candidate Michael Fedele. In remarks at the event, Rell emphasized the need to elect local Republicans to Hartford. At present, the Democrats hold 24 of the 36 state Senate seats and 99 of the 151 House seats. If they gain a two-thirds majority in both houses, they will be able to override the governor’s vetoes on legislation she does not support. Contributed photo
Friday, July 21, 2006
Alison Harris:resignation takes effect. Contributed photoAlison Harris, who announced last December that she would resign late this year as executive director of the Westport Country Playhouse, is leaving earlier than planned, the Playhouse said today.
Harris and the board agreed on an earlier date so that the board could reassign her responsibilities while searching for her successor, playhouse officials said.
Harris, who joined the playhouse in 2000, helped raise more than $31 million for a renovation and expansion project. In 2002, the playhouse transferred its first production to Broadway in over 35 years.
The playhouse reopened last year after an extensive renovation that enabled it to be open year-round.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 10-14, 2006:
Peter and Ariel Englander to Andrew Giangrave and Erin McAndrew, 14 Meeker Road, $1,725,000
Michael J. Galvin to Ninette Silver, 4 Lone Pine Lane, $1,112,500
Kenneth C. and Deborah O. Slazyk to Adam J. Zeiberg, 43 Treadwell Ave., $1,339,000
Rosalie J. Massimino to Joseph Oppedisano, 31 Valley Road, $565,000
Ines Anna Maria Tait to Leon R. Schweir, 10 Highwood Lane, $1,025,000
A Westport resident received 27 months of jail time today for federal gun possession charges.
Werner William Janer, 44, formerly of Sturges Highway, will have three years of supervised release after his term in a federal jail. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven.
He pled guilty to one count of gun possession by a convicted felon in May. (See WestportNow May 1, 2006)
According to U.S. Justice Department officials, the owner of Richards of Greenwich contacted police in September 2005 when Janer allegedly purchased three wrist watches using a fraudulent credit card and a false name.
Westport-Weston Family Y Camp Mahackeno counselors are on the look out for a common virus after one camper was diagnosed with it this week.
Camp personnel were alerted by a camper’s family on Tuesday that he was diagnosed with Coxsackie Virus, according to a written statement from the Y.
Camp personnel tentatively identified 100 campers who may have the virus, and 26 cases were confirmed by private physicians, according to the statement.
“While we trust that additional confirmed diagnoses will be limited we cannot assume this will be the case,” officials said in the statement. “Therefore, we will make every effort to minimize the potential for additional diagnoses among our campers.”
Scattered power problems continued to plague areas of Westport today.
A torrential morning rain brought down more tree limbs and power lines, but most of the latest outages were due to a one-car accident on Post Road West.
A woman driver was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS after she crashed her car into a utility pole in front of 212 Post Road West shortly after 9 a.m.
The impact of the crash split the pole, causing it and its wires to hang precariously over the roadway.
A 21-year-old Bridgeport woman was injured shortly after 9 a.m. today when her car ran off Westport’s Post Road West and struck a utility pole. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. The force of the collision caused the pole to split and wires hung precariously over the roadway between Kings Highway South and Sylvan Road. Police closed off Post Road West at the intersection with Wilton Road and Riverside Avenue, causing traffic backups. Power was knocked out to about 400 customers in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
By Joanna Pliner
Officials of Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association have tweaked a controversial proposal for a supportive housing zone in the Saugatuck area, but a local group of homeowners is still opposed to the plan.
The Planning and Zoning Commission held a hearing last week on the zoning regulation changes and a plan to construct six units of supportive housing on West End Avenue. The neighborhood group, Save Old Saugatuck, had also submitted a regulation change.
A hearing on the applications has been continued to Sept. 14. Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the continuation was needed because the association submitted changes and there were many letters submitted to the commission.
The IHA’s proposed zoning changes include limiting supportive housing to the town’s smallest zone north of the railroad tracks, he said, and restricting the projects to one building that covers more than 5,000 square feet.
A small fleet of Hobie Cats sailed Thursday on Long Island Sound off of Westport’s coast and beached at Compo Beach. The weather was nice early, but rain started moving into the area by evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
7:30 p.m. - Coleytown Middle School - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “The Wiz”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Constant Star”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - DNR
Members of the Westport Woman’s Club and its neighbors on Imperial Avenue expressed concerns tonght about a plan to use a portion of a parking lot adjacent to the club to stage construction vehicles for a high voltage power line project.
The concerns were aired at Planning and Zoning Commisson hearing considering an application by the town to lease a portion of the “upper” parking lot to United Illuminating, parent company of Connecticut Light and Power Co., for its construction firm, Bond Brothers.
The plan calls for the construction company to lease the area for 30 months. The work is part of the utility company’s 345-kilovolt electrical line project that stretches 69 miles from Norwalk to Middletown. Westport would be home to 5.5 miles of the project with all work buried under Route 1.
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said the lot was the only place suggested by town officials—although they also considered a portion of Winslow Park—because of its proximity to Route 1.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
The Westport Youth Commission will hold three outdoor movies at the Levitt Pavilion on July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14.
The series kicks off on Monday with “Anchorman,” which stars Will Ferrell. The Aug. 7 movie will be a “surprise thriller,” and the Aug. 14 showing will be “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”
The movies start at 9 p.m. and are proceeded by musical acts, which have not been announced yet.
If there is rain, the movies will be moved to Toquet Hall.
The specific number of people who have switched to a Democrat party affiliation aren’t available, but there has been a large number of voters to do so in Westport.
People are changing their party affiliation in order to vote in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary for both governor and U.S. senator.
“There have been a lot of changes,” said Nita Cohen, registrar of voters. “It’s been a steady stream.”
Voters across the state have been moving to change their affiliation to Democrat so they can vote, she said.
Westport firefighters rescued a worker from Mingoti Painting in Fairfield who was trapped on the top of a 32-foot ladder that had partially collapsed this morning on Bayberry Lane. The worker only spoke Portuguese, and Lt. Kenneth Lombardi, who is fluent in the language, led the ladder rescue. The worker was not hurt in the incident, but he was shaken up, according to fire department officials. Officials said the painting contractor had lashed two ladders—24 and 16 feet long—together with bungee cords and rope, and that caused the incident. Westport police and EMS were also at the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Flowers were plentiful at today’s Westport Farmers Market. One girl checks out a variety of flowers that included sunflowers. Other farmers had hanging baskets in addition to cut flowers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Piles of real estate tax appeals are being filed in the Westport Town Clerk’s office as the deadlines loom for them to be filed in court.
Those wishing to appeal Board of Assessment Appeals decisions in court have 60 days after their notices are sent out to file, said Town Attorney Ira Bloom.
“They went out on different days at the end of May, so the deadlines are different days at the end of July,” he said.
About 50 appeals have already been filed, six of them filed on Tuesday alone, Bloom said.
Two children walk along the jetty at Westport’s Compo Beach Wednesday night as the sun set. The sun set on a warm day, but it was not nearly as warm as the previous days where temperatures reached 100 degrees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] library: “All About Eve”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance/Public Works/Public Protection Committees
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Constant Star”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Andrew Schulman’s Abaca String Band
UPDATE An earlier report stating property land claims by a state Indian tribe were filed against Westport was in error.
The Golden Hill Paugussetts, which are based in Trumbull, renewed federal land claims earlier this month for property in Bridgeport, Orange and Trumbull.
No federal claims were renewed in Westport, but there could be future state claims if the tribe chooses to renew them.
The tribe claims it has been “denied the use and enjoyment of any rental income and profits rightfully due to it from the land” and seeks “damages representing the fair rent value of the land.”
A couple takes in some fishing on the Saugatuck River near Longshore in Westport tonight. Temperatures were much cooler today compared to recent days, but it was still warm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Kara Wolters, former UConn womens basketball player, visited a clinic for girl basketball players at Westport’s Staples High School. She showed off a gold medal she won in the 2000 Olympics to the girls. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
State Department of Transportation officials are planning to improve a key Westport intersection—Main Street with Compo Road and Clinton Avenue—but they are stumped on how to improve the nearby busy intersection with Easton and Weston Roads.
In a letter recently sent to First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, state officials explained how they plan to widen the road at the Compo Road intersection and create turn lanes.
Previously the plan had included improvements to the Main Street intersection with Easton and Weston Roads, and state officials had held a public hearing on the matter in 2002. Residents from the area were split on their support for the plan.
The letter, however, states those improvements are no longer planned as part of the project.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities will hold its annual clambake on Tuesday, July 25 at 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Longshore Club Park.
Those attending can pick lobster, swordfish, steak or chicken to eat. All meals are accompanied with clams, steamers, shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, potato, coleslaw, dinner roll, watermelon and a beverage.
The event is $30 per person, and reservations and payment are due by Friday.
Entertainment will be provided by two members of the Easton Banjo Society.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (203) 341-5099.