Saturday, August 26, 2006
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - 290 Main St. - Gorham Avenue Open House
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Archbishop’s Ceiling”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Crawdaddies
Members of the law firm Wake, See, Dimes, Bryniczka, Day & Bloom spent Wednesday helping with a Habitat for Humanity construction project of a new home in Bridgeport. Photographed are (l-r) Mark Kovack, Richard Gibbons, Mario Coppola, Doug LoMonte, Amy Day and Ira Bloom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, August 25, 2006
Residents of Westport’s Gorham Avenue area are inviting fellow Westporters to see first-hand their neighborhood and the impact a proposed condominium development would have on it.
An open house will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 290 Main St., which is the home of John and Susan McCarthy. The open house comes before public hearings start on an application to turn 5 Gorham Ave. and 296 Main St. into 20 condominiums, which would include some affordable housing.
The Historic District Commission will review the application to make comments to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The P&Z will hold its first hearing on the matter on Sept. 7.
John McCarthy said people who attend the open house will have the opportunity to see the neighborhood and proposed plans first-hand.
The Builders Beyond Borders non-profit group is seeking donations for its annual tag sale.
The Norwalk-based group will use proceeds from the sale to help more than 350 area students, including many from Westport, travel abroad next spring to work on construction projects in impoverished areas.
The annual tag sale is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 at 25 Van Zant St. in Norwalk, and is the organization’s largest fund-raiser of the year.
The group is seeking items in good condition to be sold including furniture, games, toys, tools, small appliances, sports equipment, electronic equipment and books. The group will not accept clothes, shoes, mattresses or children’s furniture.
Rep. Christopher Shays, in a shift of his Iraq views, said Thursday the Bush administration should set a time frame for withdrawing U.S. troops.
Flashback: Diane Farrell and Chris Shays shake hands before an October 2004 debate at Westport’s Temple Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The veteran 4th Congressional District Republican, who faces a strong challenge from former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell in a race widely seen as a showdown on the war, spoke to reporters in a conference call from London following his 14th visit to Iraq.
“My view is that it may be that the only way we are able to encourage some political will on the part of Iraqis is to have a timeline for troop withdrawal,” Shays said.. “A timeline of when the bulk of heavy lifting is in the hands of the Iraqis.”
He added that most of the withdrawal could take place next year.
Two Westport firefighters suffered minor injuries Thursday night fighting a house fire in the Saugatuck Shores area.
Westport firefighters check a roof area following a fire at 42 Harbor Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
No one was home when a passing motorist spotted the flames coming from the rear of 42 Harbor Road at 7:43 p.m. and called 911.
The first arriving fire apparatus reported heavy smoke and fire from the rear of the structure, said Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfried.
Arriving firefighters encountered heavy heat and smoke conditions while trying to locate and confine the fire which involved a second story living area over a garage, he said.
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Fiesta Del Norte
Fire tonight damaged a Saugatuck Shores home at 42 Harbor Road. A passerby spotted flames coming from a second story area above the garage and dialed 911. Fireifighters managed to contain the flames to the second story area. No one was home at the time but three cats were found unharmed in another part of the house. One firefighter suffered slight burns and another had a hearing injury as an aerosol can exploded near where he was fighting the flames. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters tonight check the burned out roof area of a home at 42 Harbor Road in the Saugatuck Shores area. Cause of the blaze was under investigation. A brief lightning storm hit the area about the time the fire broke out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r), who is also a volunteer firefighter, confers with Fire Chief Chris Ackley at tonight’s house fire at 42 Harbor Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Westport health officials have not identified any mosquitoes that have the West Nile Virus in town, but the virus is in Connecticut and has claimed the life of one woman.
A New Haven woman died from West Nile Virus on Wednesday, and mosquitoes in 12 towns—including Bridgeport and Greenwich—have tested positive.
“None have tested for it in Westport or Weston,” said Sue Jacozzi, Westport-Weston Health District director.
The New Haven woman, who was elderly, was the second human case identified in the state, she said. The first was in a Bristol man earlier this month, she said, and he recovered.
A change in the fee structure for the Staples High School pool means significant increases for the annual passes, but there are cheaper opportunities for those who do not use the pool that often.
The Westport Board of Selectmen approved a new fee program for the pool during its meeting Wednesday.
An adult annual pass for the pool will increase from $140 to $225 per year, which is a 61 percent increase. The family pass increases from $280 per year to $450 per year, and the senior citizen and junior passes increase from $70 to $115.
The daily fee also will increase from $4 to $6, and a new discount card—which can be used for 15 visits for the pool—will cost $45.
Firefighters rush into the Westport Public Library this afternoon after an alarm cleared the building. Fire officials said someone had pulled one of the alarms. Those who were visiting the library were allowed back into the building after about 20 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
A woman makes her selections at today’s Westport Farmers Markets in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse. The weekly Thursday market remains popular even through the slow days of August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The house at 28 Webb Road in Westport came down today. Featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 11, the property sold in June for $790,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporters (l-r) Jack Roche, Alex Vogt and Alex Perkins spent an afternoon in a kayak on the Saugatuck River near the King’s Highway bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jodi Keogan & Company: Silver Screen Sensations
Town officials have secured a nearly $100,000 grant to install solar panels at Westport Fire Headquarters, and now they have hired a firm to install the 23.6 kilowatt system.
The Board of Selectmen tonight approved a contract with Montpelier, Vt.-based Solar Works, Inc. to install the system for approximately $191,600. The Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting still need to vote on the funding.
About $100,000 of the project, however, will be paid for by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, said Public Works Director Stephen Edwards.
The firehouse was chosen for the project because it would make the system visible at the public, especially at the annual fall open house, he said.
The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight unanimously approved the taking of property on Harbor Road via eminent domain if necessary for the Saugatuck Shores sewer project.
Town officials plan to use a portion of the undeveloped waterside strip property for a pump station for the project.
Before the 3-0 vote, Assistant Town Attorney Gail Kelly said Westport does not have a long track record of using eminent domain.
“It is a last resort,” she said. “We have been negotiating for some time without success, so we are recommending approval because nothing will happen right now.”
Kelly said there is a long court process before the town would actually take the property, she said, so there is still more time for town officials to negotiate with the property owner.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The skies over Westport’s Compo Beach and adjacent Long Island Sound today were full of World War II-era airplanes making a “Wings of Freedom Tour” stop this week at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. This is a B-25 Mitchell medium bomber owned by The Collings Foundation of Massachusetts. Also seen were a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Connecticut United Ride will hold its annual Sept. 11 Memorial Charity Ride, which will roll through Westport, on Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m.
The motorcycle ride starts at Norden Park in Norwalk and will cross into Westport on Saugatuck Avenue traveling north up Riverside Avenue, crossing Post Road West and continuing on Wilton Road into Wilton.
Westport police issued a traffic alert today about the event, sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut.
Last year about 2,300 motorcyclists participated in the ride, and police said they expect similar numbers this year.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 14-18, 2006:
American National Red Cross to Red X Holdings LLC, 36 Church Lane, $1,636,000
Steven and Ashley W. Sikora to Cheryl J. Moore, 9 Lakeview Road, $749,900
Mark L. McMillen to Peter D. and Marisa Fearon, Unit 2, 90 Main St., $369,000
Michael Steinrueck to Michael D. and Mariella G. M. Trager, 10 Norwalk Ave., $1,625,000
A visitor to Westport’s Longshore Club Park Tuesday gives her sister a ride on the smiling whale at the playground near the park’s pool. The largely undiscovered playground gets few users. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Matt Harding grew up in Westport, graduated from Staples High School in 1994, and didn’t do a whole lot of traveling except for the occasional family trip to Disney World.
Matt Harding dances with friends in Luang Prabang, Laos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by wherethehellismatt.com
Maybe that has something to do with his now becoming an Internet sensation known for his world travels dancing a little jig one newspaper described as “something in between a tap dance and a seizure.”
Actually, Harding, now 29 and living in Seattle, has starred in two Web videos showing him doing his goofy dance around the world – every place from Prague to Palau, Red Square to Rwanda.
The first journey he paid for. The resulting video led to the second that covered six months and 39 countries with the Stride chewing gum company picking up the tab.
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Spaghetti Cake
By Dave Matlow
Chloe Hartwell is a hot commodity these days – an American who is fluent in Arabic.
Chloe Hartwell presents Rick Benson with a Cairo Rotary flag at today’s meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A graduate of Westport’s Staples High School and Georgetown University, Chloe spoke today to the Westport Rotary Club about her Rotary cultural scholarship that enabled her to study Arabic in Cairo, Egypt.
“It s really impossible to overstate the importance of speaking Arabic in Egypt, particularly being able to speak the Egyptian dialect,” she said.
“People in general will show much greater respect to you because you have undertaken what they consider the huge task of learning Arabic. Most Arabs don’t believe that foreigners can actually learn Arabic.”