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Thursday, August 31, 2006

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 29 Compo Beach Road Image
Westport officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 29 Compo Beach Road. The 1923-house is a colonial revival. It is listed on the Westport Historic Resource Inventory and is part of the Compo-Owenoke National Register Historic District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/31/06 07:09 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Beaches Reopen But Quickly Close Again

Westport beaches reopened briefly to swimmers today after a one-day closure because of high water bacterial counts but quickly closed again when the counts remained high.

State Department of Environmental Protection officials also closed Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park for the second day because of the high bacterial levels due to recent heavy rains.

Sue Jacozzi, director of the Westport Weston Health District, said the beaches were ordered closed after new tests showed the high counts and Westport’s marine police reported waters off the beaches were unusually murky due to the rains.

She said new tests were taken today and the reopening of the beaches to swimming would await the results.


08/31/06 02:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Opening Image
Michel Nischan (l), co-owner of the new Dressing Room Restaurant, works with Bryan Holick, a supervisor, on the final details of the new restaurant adjacent to the Westport Country Playhouse. The new restaurant, which Nischan co-owns with Paul Newman, is set to open on Oct. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


08/31/06 01:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Save the Children Hosts Crochet Event Image
Save the Children crochets caps for newborns. Contributed photo
Save the Children is hooking up with crocheters and knitters to raise awareness of the two million newborns that die within 24 hours of birth in developing countries.

Save the Children will host an event at its Westport office for people to crochet a baby cap that the agency will take to Washington in January with notes to the president. The effort is to show people are concerned about newborn deaths and want more done.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30-8 p.m. at the office on Wilton Road.

Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club and the Connecticut Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America are co-sponsoring the event, and those who attend will learn how to crochet a baby cap. A crochet hook, yarn and pattern will be provided.

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08/31/06 01:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Young Woman’s Leagues Names Uman President Image
Julie Uman: new president joined League 14 years ago. Contributed photo
The Westport Young Woman’s League has announced the appointment of Julie Buoy Uman as president for the 2006-2007 year.

Uman previously served as vice president where she provided leadership and guidance in projects associated with the group’s 50th anniversary, an announcement said.

A Westport resident for 27 years, Uman owned a retail store called Applewoods on Main Street—a connection with the community that prompted her desire to give back by joining the League 14 years ago.

Uman, who lost her husband, Jonathan, 33, in the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, feels a special connection to the League as the five-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

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08/31/06 12:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

A Seagull Picnic Image
The seagulls had some picnic tables to themselves Wednesday night at Westport’s Compo Beach. After days of rain and clouds, today’s forecast called for mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/31/06 03:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
5:30 p.m. – Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”


08/31/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Students Average Over 1700 on SAT

The average Staples High School 2006 graduate scored 1735 on the new, longer version of the SAT, according to a College Board report.

The report—which includes a breakdown of scores by district across the state—was released Tuesday and shows the average score in the state was 1518.

In Westport, 319 Staples students took the test, which the report states is the entire senior class. Across the state about 75 percent of seniors took the SAT.

The 1735 score includes reading, math and writing. Without writing, a new separate section this year, the average Staples score was 1159, down from last year’s 1191.

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08/31/06 12:34 AM Comments () • Permalink

Getting a Tow Image
Sunnier weather meant boats were back out on Long Island Sound today. One, however, needed a tow back to Ned Dimes Marina from the Westport Marine Police after mechanical problems. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


08/31/06 12:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Having a Ball Image
Lifeguards at Compo Beach had some time to kick a ball around today with closure of Westport beaches because of a high bacterial count in the water. The beaches are expected to reopen Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


08/30/06 09:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

Remnants of Erntesto May Cause Tri-State Weather Problems

(UPDATED) Remnants of Ernesto heading up the eastern seaboard may cause heavy rain, wind and possibly coastal flooding across Westport and the tri-state region this holiday weekend, the National Weather Service said tonight.

As of late this evening, the center of Tropical Depression Ernesto was located over the east coast of central Florida. The center of the storm will move northward into the Atlantic Ocean overnight.

The forecast calls for Ernesto to restrengthen to a tropical storm tonight before making another landfall near Charleston, S.C., Thursday afternoon. Ernesto will then weaken to a depression as it moves further inland across North Carolina and Virginia Friday, an evening advisory said.

Such a movement, according to the National Hurricane Center, is expected to bring the remnants of Ernesto into Pennsylvania during Saturday.

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08/30/06 06:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Man Suffers Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Westport police officers and firefighters rescued a man from his Park Lane home today after he suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police said the elderly man had suffered the poisoning because a car was running in the garage.

The man had accidentally left the car running Tuesday night, police said, and it had been running all night.

A visiting nurse came to the house and found doors that are normally unlocked to be locked, police said.

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08/30/06 05:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Transportation: Crunch Time for Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Fresh and rested from their summer vacations, commuters are in for a rude surprise when they board Metro-North trains this week—no seats, more overcrowding and problems with the AC.


Yes, better times are ahead. The new contract for the M8 cars has been signed and bonding money has been approved. But it won’t be until 2009 that even a prototype for the new cars is delivered for testing. So figure on 2010 before we commuters will actually ride in one.

Meantime, ridership on Metro-North continues to climb. It’s up 5 percent this year with no sign of it leveling off anytime soon. And those additional passengers are scrambling for seats on a dwindling number of rail cars.

July saw only eight trains out of 10 with enough cars, down from nine trains out of 10 last summer.

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08/30/06 04:33 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 21-25, 2006

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 21-25, 2006:

Todd Corp. to Connecticut Light & Power Co., easement, 505 Post Road East, $5,800.WN property.jpg

Ann D. Jevne and Richard Dingee Sr. to Michael and Kathleen Gervasio, 15 Juniper Road, $1,250,000

Vivian Edelman and Eric Rosenzweig to Cook Properties LLC, 9 Greenbrier Road, $1,950,000

Michael Dougherty and Alison Stacy Fierce to Michael J. Kaplan and Holly E. Rush, 4 Riverview Road, $892,500

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08/30/06 03:52 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Beaches Closed to Swimmers Today

High bacterial counts in the water due to the recent heavy rains caused closure of Westport beaches to swimmers Image
A sign and flag at Compo Beach tell beachgoers there is no swimming today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Affected were Compo Beach, Old Mill Beach, Burying Hill Beach, and state beaches at Sherwood Island State Park.

Westport has received more than 9 inches of rain this month, according to one local weather station, with almost 7 inches in recent days.

Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department said the town closures were ordered by the the Westport Weston Health District which expected the beaches to reopen to swimmers Thursday.

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08/30/06 10:18 AM Comments () • Permalink

Coed Who Often Visited Westport Killed in Drive-By Shooting

A 19-year-old University of New Haven coed who often visited and stayed with a close friend in Westport was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday night, police said.

A youth arrested in the Yonkers, N.Y. shooting of Jessica Santos, 17, of Tarrytown, N.Y., was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder

Anthony Burton, 17, of the Bronx also was arraigned on an unrelated criminal trespass warrant from a previous incident.

Santos, a criminal justice student who was supposed to start her sophomore year today at the University of New Haven, was struck by a single bullet Sunday night in Yonkers, according to the Journal News of White Plains.

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08/30/06 09:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Golfing Through the Rain Drops Image
Heavy rains meant some flooded paths at Longshore Club Park on Tuesday, but it didn’t stop this couple from playing a round of golf. The rain that has soaked Westport the last few days is supposed to clear today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/30/06 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006

10:30 a.m. – Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”


08/30/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

HDC Feels Condos Threaten Gorham Neighborhood Image
The Historic District Commission listens to Gorham Avenue area residents comment on an application to build 20 condominiums in their neighborhood. The commission will file comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission stating that the project threatens the quality of the neigborhood and is not compatible with the other homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for
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The Westport Historic District Commission will file comments that it feels a proposal to build 20 condominiums in the new Gorham Avenue Historic District would threaten the quality of the neighborhood.

The commission met tonight to determine its comments to file with the Planning and Zoning Commission on the application for 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. The P&Z is scheduled to hold a hearing on Sept. 21.

The room was filled with residents from the neighborhood, but neither Richard Montanaro—who owns the property—nor his attorney Chris Smith was present.

Morley Boyd, a HDC member, read comments he had drafted on the application, and the rest of the commission agreed they should be the ones filed.

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08/30/06 12:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Run in the Rain Image
These young ladies had Westport’s Compo Beach to themselves late this afternoon as they went for a run in heavy rains. A pedestrian on Soundview Drive is more appropriately dressed for the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


08/29/06 09:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Rell Will Attend 9/11 Ceremony at Sherwood Island

Connecticut’s fifth official ceremony marking the anniversary of the losses on Sept. 11, 2001, will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the 9/11 Living Memorial at Westpor’s Sherwood Island State Park, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today.

The 9/11 Living Memorial overlooks Long Island Sound and is inscribed with the names of Connecticut residents who lost their lives. 

Members of public are invited and encouraged to attend this official state ceremony in observance of the anniversary, the governor’s office said.

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff will lead town officials at the ceremony.


08/29/06 09:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Empty Beach Image
Continued heavy rains throughout Westport today meant an empty Compo Beach. The beach will be closed to swimming on Wednesday because of the heavy rains. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


08/29/06 08:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Plan Workshop Scheduled

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled its next public workshop for input from Westport residents in preparing updating the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

The session will be held on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.

The workshop’s intent is for exercises that will identify conservation issues and priorities for the plan update, including natural resource protection, open space preservation, history resource protection and community character enhancement.

“This plan is an important document which will be used to guide future conservation and development activity over the next decade and beyond,” said P&Z Chairwoman Eleanor Lowenstein.

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08/29/06 07:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Beaches Ordered Closed to Swimming Wednesday

The Westport Weston Health District has ordered Westport’s beaches closed to swimming Wednesday because of recent heavy rains, the town’s Parks and Recreation Department said today.

The rains have caused high bacterial counts in the water necessitating the one-day ban on swimming at Compo Beach, Old Mill Beach and Burying Hill Beach, the department said.

It said the beaches will reopen for swimming on Thursday.

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced that Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park beaches also would be closed to swimming.


08/29/06 06:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Power Outage Hits Wilton Road Area Image
A mid-morning power outage hit Westport’s Wilton Road and Kings Highway North area today. Connecticut Light & Power Co. dispatched a crew to repair a popped breaker on a transformer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


08/29/06 02:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

National Weather Service Issues Flood Watch

With some residents still drying out from heavy weekend rains, the National Weather Service today issued a flood watch for Westport and the tri-state Image
Weather radar at 8 a.m. shows storm approaching the tri-state area. graphic

The watch is in effect through this evening, an early morning advisory said.

It said low pressure over the Ohio Valley will slide east towards the region along a stationary boundary just to the south. The front will become the focus for heavy rainfall to develop over the region this morning and continue into this evening.

The forecast for rainfall of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts of up to 4 inches will likely result in flooding in low lying areas and in drainage and basement flooding, according to the weather service.

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08/29/06 11:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Investment Group Purchases F&S Licenses Company

A group of Westport-based investors led by Barry Sternlicht, Michael Tewey and Larry Martin announced today that they have purchased the Field & Stream Licenses Company and its trademark assets.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The company will be based in Westport and run by Tewey and Martin on a day-to-day basis. Sternlicht will serve as the company’s chairman.

Founded 134 years ago by Gordon & Ferguson Co., Field & Stream Licenses Company currently owns more than 115 U.S. and international trademark registrations covering more than 600 products, along with ‘Intent to Use’ registrations for an additional 250 products.

It also owns the Field & Stream trademark for products in 43 countries including China and the European Union. The company is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine, which is owned by Time Warner Corp.

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08/29/06 10:38 AM Comments () • Permalink

Buses, Modulars Among Town Plan Topics

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School officials believe issues of modular classrooms, buses and athletic lights at Staples High School should be items touched on in the update to the town plan.

The Westport Board of Education met with Planning and Zoning Commission representatives Monday night to discuss school issues that should be included in the update of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

Board Chairwoman Mary Parmelee said some schools have short-term space needs, and over the years there has been a negative attitude towards modular classrooms.

“In general, sometimes they can be an ideal solution to a five- to 10-year space problem,” she said. “Our schools are built to last at least 50 years, and sometimes we need more space for a much less amount of time.”

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08/29/06 09:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Looking for Treasure Image
The rain finally broke on Monday, and the sun peeked through during the afternoon. With the rain gone, people headed back to Westport’s Compo Beach, some looking for treasure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006

6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Youth Commission Executive Member Planning Meeting
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”


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