Wednesday, September 27, 2006
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: Stem Cell Research
Allie Walsh (r) pressures her opponent in today’s Staples girls soccer game against Stamford’s Westhill High School. Staples gave up two goals and lost 2.0. The girls are now 3-3-0 on the season. Their next game is away at Greenwich High School on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Cooperman for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
West Hartford high school students will have the opportunity to start school later, but Westport students already have a similar luxury.
During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Hadley Rose, RTM District 3, said the board should examine the West Hartford plan.
Under the plan, he said, school would still run 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and there would be no impact on extra curricular programs, including sports.
In West Hartford, he said, juniors and seniors are being given the opportunity to schedule a study hall during first period.
Ralph Sheffer: shown celebrating his 92nd birthday last year. WN File photoRalph Sheffer, a key figure in the arts, politics, education, and business of Westport in a career that spanned 60 years—including a record 10 years as moderator of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1959 to 1969—died today at his Westport home, his daughter, Ann Sheffer said.
Sheffer, who turned 93 last week, had been in declining health for some time.
“Westport has lost a leader and a treasure,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who ordered town flags flown at half-staff in Sheffer’s honor. “He truly was one of the ‘town fathers.’ We are deeply saddened by the news and extend our sincere condolences to the Sheffer family.”
Ann Sheffer said the family will be sitting shiva Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at her home at 19 Stony Point Road. A memorial service has been scheduled for Westport Town Hall on Monday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m.
Audrey Chapman: Discussing stem cell research. Contributed photoWith the debate about stem-cell research a continuing headline in the news, the Westport Public Library is presenting a Community Conversation on the topic on Wednesday at 7:30 pm, in the McManus Room.
Audrey R. Chapman will lead the discussion on the ethics of research on human stem cells. She is the first holder of the Healey Endowed chair in Medical Humanities, Law and Ethics at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
The program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 203-291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
Composer Stephen Sondheim (c) poses before Monday’s night Westport Country Playhouse tribute to him with (l-r) Judd Burstein, Laurie Lister, Suzanne and Bob Wright. Burstein and Lister of Westport were co-chairs of “The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim” fund-raiser. The Wrights of Fairfield were honorary co-chairs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Taking a curtain call Monday night at “The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim” fund-raiser at Westport Country Playhouse were (1st row, l-r) Barbara Cook, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Benanti, and John Doyle; (2nd row) Donna Lynne Champlin, Diana DiMarzio, Angel Desai, and Lauren Molina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributing Photo
Westport school officials added 64 new teachers this fall, and of those almost 38 percent had no experience.
The Board of Education discussed a staffing report during its meeting Monday night.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the vast majority had experience before coming to Westport, and nine of the teachers had earned tenure elsewhere in Connecticut.
The number of new teachers added to the district, however, is down from previous years by at least 36 percent, he said.
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission
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. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Ordinance Committee
Joanne Woodward, artistic director emeritus of the Westport Country Playhouse, missed tonight’s Playhouse gala tribute to composer Stephen Sondheim because she was injured in a fall earlier today at her Westport home, organizers announced.
Joanne Woodward: cuts required five stitches. WN file photo/Dave Matlow
“She required five stitches,” Anne Keefe, the Playhouse’s associate artistic director, told the audience from the stage at the start of the program. Many of the guests gasped when they heard the announcement.
Keefe said Woodward, 76, who was to co-host the affair with her husband, Paul Newman, took the fall while walking her two dogs, both Miniature Schnauzers. She said the cuts were to Woodward’s face.
Newman was also absent from the sold out performance of “The Ladies Who Sign Sondheim.” The tribute starred Laura Benanti, Kristin Chenoweth, Barbara Cook, and Patti LuPone. Sondheim was in the audience.
Karen Emanuelson spoke tonight of those who inspire her and support her as she was announced as this year’s winner of the Westport Teacher of the Year Award.
She is an elementary school math support teacher at Long Lots Elementary. Five other teachers were also honored for their nomination for the award.
Emanuelson will be Westport’s representative in the state competition for teacher of the year.
Also nominated were Marissa DeVito Haddad, Kenneth C. Hine, Ursula Malizia, Nancy Pennell and Gregg Winters.
Wrecker Matt Lamb moves the ball. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The boys soccer team of Westport’s Staples High School ran its record to 4-0-1 with a 7-0 victory over Harding this afternoon at Loeffler Field.
Matt Sych celebrated his birthday with two goals, while Matt Lamb, Russell Oost-Lievense, Preston Hirten, Eric Meyer and Liam Bohonnon netted one apiece.
Assists came from Lamb (2), Sych, Stuart and Eric Meyer.
The Wreckers travel to Fairfield Warde on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Gail Collins: formerly worked as a journalist in Connecticut. Contributed photoGail Collins, editorial page editor of The New York Times, will address the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston on Monday, Oct. 9.
The meeting at the Westport/Weston Family Y will begin with coffee and conversation at 11 a.m. followed by the 11:30 a.m. meeting. All Y’s Women meetings are open to the public.
Before becoming editorial page editor in 2001, Collins had been a columnist for the Times, and before that, a member of the paper’s editorial board.
Collins has a special interest in Connecticut. She founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics.
The Westport Board of Education will honor the 2007 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony before its regular meeting tonight.
The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. in the Staples High School cafeteria.
Six teachers—Karen Emanuelson, Marissa DeVito Haddad, Kenneth C. Hine, Ursula Malizia, Nancy Pennell and Gregg Winters—have been nominated for the honor, and the winner will be in the running for the state’s teacher of the year award.
The ceremony is open to the public.
An overflow crowd attended the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston meeting today featuring Dan Burstein, author of the best selling “Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code.” He talked about uncovering ancient mysteries from the Da Vinci Code to the latest findings about the Secret History of Mary Magdalene. Before the “Code” books Burstein had published technical books about China, Japan and other titles. He said it would take him three years to write one of the technical books and it would take a year of personal appearances to make a nominal sale of books. When it was decided to do the “Secrets of the Code” he and his co-editor, Arne J. de Keijzer spent three months of hard research and one month to get the book published. It became an almost instant best seller helped, of course, by the popularity of the “Da Vinci Code.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
A demolition application has been submitted for 10 Fairfield Ave. in Westport’s Compo Beach area. The house sold last December for $1,600,000. The 1935-built house is of 20th century vernacular style and is listed on the Westport Historic Resource Inventory. It is part of the Compo-Owenoke National Register Historic District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday’s weather was hot and humid with threatening clouds and a small rainstorm. The clouds still lingered but lightened up enough to allow another pretty sunset as viewed from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
6 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim” cocktails, performance, and dinner
7 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education Reception for Teacher of the Year
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Westport author Ian Bremmer discusses his new book “The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall”
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Rain drops not dust turned out to be the problem at today’s Concours d’Elegance classic car show on Westport’s Veterans Green. A few afternoon light showers brought out the plastic over some of the entrants, but most of the show was held under sunny or partly cloudy skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Town Hall is reflected in the distinctive rear-side window of this pristine 1966 Shelby Mustang GT 350H at the Concours d’Elegance classic car show at Veterans Green today. The car is a special version made for Hertz Rent-a-Car, which rented for $17 per day in 1966. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
today’s Concours d’Elegance classic car show on Westport’s Veterans Green drew hundreds of visitors. Almost 100 cars and motorcycles were on display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A visitor to today’s classic car show on Westport’s Veterans Green admires an old Packard. A portion of the proceeds from today’s event went to Westport’s Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Stephen Sondheim : recalls Playhouse apprenticeship with fondness. Contributed photoComposer Stephen Sondheim, a 1950 apprentice at the Westport Country Playhouse, returns to the Playhouse Monday for “The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim” musical tribute to him. But he says he sees it as more fund-raiser than tribute.
In an interview with the New York Times Sunday Arts and Leisure section today, Sondheim, 76, also said he had not been consulted about the material and presentation—at his request.
“I don’t see this as a tribute,” said Sondheim, whose musical works include “Company” and “Sweeney Todd.”
“This is a fund-raiser. Everyone who ever organizes a fund-raiser has to have some sort of theme, and everyone who achieves any eminence in a public profession eventually becomes the ice sculpture in the middle of the room.
The National Weather Service today issued an advisory warning of possible strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon for Westport and the tri-state area.
It said a strong area of low pressure will move across southern Quebec today with its trailing cold front sweeping across the tri-state area by this evening.
“Summer-like moisture is already in place over the region this morning with dewpoint readings in the mid 60s. These values will rise into the upper 60s by early afternoon, making it feel humid,” the advisory said.
Skies will be mostly cloudy today, but there will be a few breaks of sun that should allow temperatures to rise into the 80s away from the immediate coast. This should result in the development of instability.
Visitors to today’s Concours d’Elegance classic car show on Westport’s Veterans Green will see red and many other colors in the antique autos. Among them will be this 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL belonging to WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeryer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
7:30 a.m. - Luciano Park - Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club Harvest Rides
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -Veterans Green - Concours d’Elegance classic car show
Summer is over and autumn offically began at 12:55 a.m. today. Westport’s Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens dressed up its entrance to mark the seasonal change. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 23, 2006
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Tired of the hassles of air travel, the weather delays, TSA examinations that rival visiting a proctologist, and the cramped coach seating with leg room only for midgets?
Well, try the train—if you can get a seat. In the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak’s flagship train, Acela, is a delight for daytrips to Boston or DC. But I’m not alone in being a big Acela fan, as I found out recently.
Arriving at New York’s Penn Station at 3 p.m. one weekday afternoon. I figured I’d have no problem getting a seat on the 4 p.m. Acela to Baltimore. Wrong! It was sold out and so was the 5 p.m. train.
First class was available for an additional $82, but I opted for a slightly slower but much cheaper “conventional” Acela regional train equipped with the older Amfleet coaches.
The seventh annual Soundkeeper’s Lighthouse to Lighthouse fund-raiser race brought out more than 30 small boats today launching from Westport’s Compo Beach. Kayaks, shells and both large and small outriggers signed up to participate in the 12-mile event which raises money to protect the ecology of the Long Island Sound community and promote the Sound as a viable recreation area. But rough waters forced organizers to call off the race after a short time. Entrants were set to travel from Compo, around Cockenoe Island, passing the Norwalk Islands to the Sheffield Island lighthouse and return on the reverse course. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The annual Soundkeeper’s Lighthouse to Lighthouse fund-raiser race from Westport’s Compo Beach was cut short this year because of today’s inclement weather which brought high seas, wind and rain. Boats launched from Compo could not make headway in the choppy waters. The Westport Marine Police and Coast Guard Auxiliary and other power boats stood by in case of emergency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com