Monday, August 28, 2006
A beach cleaner removes the rocks from the shore on Westport’s Compo Beach. The cleaner is used each morning throughout the summer months. Following the storms from last weekend, there were a lot of stones that had to be removed today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing on an application for developing 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. has been postponed.
The hearing was originally slated for Sept. 7, but it has been postponed to Sept. 21, P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said today.
There were problems with the legal notice, he said, which caused the delay.
The Historic District Commission is still scheduled to review the application during its meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The application was filed under the state’s affordable housing statute and calls for 20 condominiums to be constructed on the property. Six of the units would be deemed “affordable.”
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon addresses teachers during this morning’s Back to School Breakfast. School starts Sept. 5 across Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport School District welcomed back its teachers and staff today with the annual Back to School Breakfast.
New teachers were introduced in the crowded auditorium at Bedford Middle School and Jody Gross, a Coleytown Middle special education teacher, was honored for 25 years of service.
Additionally, the faculty met Fan Yan and Zhu Mei, two teachers visiting from China.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon remarked on how well teachers work together to move the district forward and how their work makes them role models for their students.
Fan Yan and Zhu Mei are visiting the Westport School District this year to teach, and they were introduced during this morning’s Back to School Breakfast for teachers. Yan is visiting from Westport’s sister city in China. Each year the school district hosts two teachers from China. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s teachers are back in the schools today, and this morning they met their colleagues who have been nominated for the 2007 Teacher of the Year honor.
Karen Emanuelson, Marissa DeVito Haddad, Kenneth C. Hine, Ursula Malizia, Nancy Pennell and Gregg Winters have been nominated for the honor. The winner will be honored during the Sept. 25 Board of Education meeting.
Emanuelson, an elementary math support teacher at King’s Highway Elementary, said her teaching career began when she was in sixth grade and she was asked to take over teaching a third-grade church school class.
It’s become harder to open the classroom door to other teachers, she said, and to find the keys to learning as the students get older.
Torrential downpours flooded Westport area roadways Sunday night, stranding drivers in their cars and causing scattered power outages.
Motorists navigate a flooded roadway Sunday night at Westport’s Post Road East and Morningside Drive North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The heaviest rains came shortly after 9 p.m. after day-long rains and showers that by late evening totaled 2 inches to more than 4 inches in some areas, according to local weather stations. Another inch fell since midnight Sunday.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. reported 84 Westport customers without power as of 1 a.m. today, but the number was down to four at 2 p.m.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning at mid-evening. It was at least the eighth time this year that some parts of Westport had experienced severe flooding.
8 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Day-long rains turned into a torrent tonight, flooding many Westport area roads. This was the scene at Myrtle Avenue and Post Road East where a car became stuck in rapidly rising waters. Almost 4 inches of rain fell during the day, according to local weather stations. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The National Weather Service tonight issued a flash flood warning for Westport and portions of southwestern Connecticut.
The warning was in effect until 11:30 p.m.
The advisory said excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion closed out its 2006 summer season tonight with a performance by the Fairfield Counts. The concert was moved indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School because of the rain. The Westport Rotary Club Foundation sponsored the evening of big band music by the 17-piece orchestra which played the sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and others. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The National Weather Service today issued a flood advisory for Westport and the tri-state area and later upgraded it to a flash flood warning.
A mid-afternoon statement said as a warm front slowly moves toward the region periods of rain, occasionally heavy, will continue through this evening.
This heavy rain will result in minor flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas including street flooding, the advisory said.
More than 2 inches of rain had fallen by this evening, according to weather stations at Westport’s Bedford and Coleytown Middle Schools.
The rain kept their numbers down but hundreds of bikers participated in today’s Connecticut United Ride, a Sept. 11 memorial charity event sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. The route took participants from Norwalk to Bridgeport after traveling through 11 communities as far as Newtown. The bikers are pictured going through the intersection of Westport’s Post Road West and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westporters Jim Curran and his wife Stacie wave to their children and Stacie’s mother, Rhona Lieberson (by wall in jeans), and Curran’s niece, Lindsay (dressed in black), as they ride through Westport’s Post Road West and Wilton Road during today’s Norwalk-to-Bridgeport charity ride. An earlier caption misidentified the riders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Fire Department ladder truck (l) joined with the Wilton Fire Department truck at a Wilton intersection today to salute bikers in the annual Connecticut United Ride sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A number of area police officers, including some from Westport, took part in today’s motorcycle charity ride from Norwalk to Bridgeport sponsored by Connecticut firefighters. These officers are shown going through Westport’s Post Road West at Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
An elderly Southport man suffered slight burns to his hands from an exploding air bag today after he crashed his car into the front of the McDonald’s at Westport’s Post Road East and Roseville Road. He declined medical treatment. The building suffered some structural damage, but the restaurant remained open. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport firefighters check the structural damage today after a motorist crashed his car into the front of the McDonald’s at Post Road East and Roseville Road. The driver told police his foot slipped from the brake pedal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A “Welcome to Westport” sign at Post Road East and the Sherwood Island Connector has a new look. Town officials asked Kowalsky Bros. Inc.—which erected the garden and sign with state and town permission—to reduce the size of the company’s name. It had been the same as the word “Westport.” Also at the town’s request, Kowalksky eliminated its Web address and that of the sign company. While the road divider is state property, the town holds the permit to put the garden there. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Archbishop’s Ceiling”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Fairfield Counts (season closer)
A large tree fell on power lines on a busy roadway near Westport’s Compo Beach area tonight.
Police and fire units responded to the intersection of Compo Road South and Bradley Street and found a tree completely blocking Compo Road.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. dispatched a unit to the scene and the town’s Public Works Department called in a crew to remove the tree.
Reports from the scene said the wires were intact between two poles but were arcing because of the tree branches resting on them.
Dark storm clouds did not deter some visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach today. The clouds mixed with sunshine with temperatures in the 60s. Sunday’s forecast called for showers and thunderstorms developing with a low in the 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Workers tug at the sythetic turf being laid down today on Westport’s Staples High School football field. The new covering is part of the “Field of Dreams” project that will eventually see four such fields created in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Main Street resident John McCarthy addresses today’s open house in his backyard which was called to explain how the Gorham Avenue neighborhood will be impacted by a proposed condominium development. He invited residents to attend forthcoming meetings of the Westport Historic District Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission to make their views known on the developer’s application. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) checks over a map at today’s open house called by Gorham Avenue neighbors opposed to a condominium development at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. At left is Bill Harris, Republican candidate for the 136th District General Assembly race opposing incumbent Democrat Joe Mioli. Other man is not identified. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Longshore Sailing School Friday night awarded certificates to winners of its week long-championship regatta held in 14-foot Lasers. Andrew Gruen-Krellenstein (l) of Westport won 10 of the 14 races and established an all-time high average of .962 in a dominating performance. Betsy Goldemen (c) earned the second spot with consistent high finishes, a solid performance, and a .813 average. In third place was Will Grathwohl (r) with a .725 average. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) John Kantor for WestportNow.com
The house at 6 Sycamore Drive, off of Sturges Highway, Westport, came down this week. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 18 and changed hands in July for $1,025,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was a busy Friday night for Westport emergency workers as they responded to a car that crashed into a house on Hillspoint Road and a one-car accident on I-95 near Westport’s exit 17.
A report shortly after 11 p.m. of a car into a house brought police, fire and EMS personnel to 97 Hillspoint Road. They found a 2004 Audi A6 had run into the front yard of the home and ended up against the porch, according to Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar.
The car was heavily damaged and both air bags deployed. The lower structure of the porch was also damaged, he said.
The occupants of the car were examined by Westport EMS and declined to be transported to a hospital, Kepchar said.
The Westport Young Woman’s League is accepting applications for new membership until Sept. 9.
The league sponsors the annual Creative Arts Festival and Minuteman Race.
Information and application are available at www.wywl.com, by calling (203) 222-1388 or at the Westport Historical Society, which plays host to the exhibit “Women of Westport: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Westport Young Woman’s League.”
Arthur Miller’s “The Archbishop’s Ceiling” opens tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse and runs through Sept. 10. The 1977 play features (l-r) Thomas G. Waites, Heather Kenzie, Bruce McCarty, David Rasche and Sara Surrey. For more information and tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or 888-927-7529, visit the box office at 25 Powers Court or check www.westportplayhouse.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Termine for WestportNow.com