Thursday, October 26, 2006
For the second meeting in a row, members of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight expressed concerns over information they said they are not receiving from the team proposing to build affordable housing in the Gorham Avenue neighborhood.
Red Coat Development has proposed to build 20 condominiums at the 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave. Six of the units would be deemed “affordable” under state statutes.
During the commission’s last session on the matter, members expressed concerns over the lack of answers being provided to questions when they were told they would receive answers in writing (See WestportNow Oct. 12).
This morning, P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said he had only received responses to the commission’s questions on traffic, and the staff had asked for the information to be provided by the close of business on Monday.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Miggs Buroughs, Daryl Hawlk and David Pressler (l-r) spent this morning at Earthplace judging 85 photogaphs submitted to the Y’s Men’s annual Camera Club Competition and Exhibition. Of the total, 19 were chosen for prizes and will be unveiled at the exhibition opening that is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thomas R. Brundage Jr.: Speaking on the role of the Naval War College. Contributed photoThomas R. Brundage Jr., retired naval captain of the Naval War College Foundation, will address the next Y’s Men of Westport-Weston meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m.
His talk is titled “The Naval War College - Its History and Mission.” The meeting is held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, which is located at 245 Post Road East.
Brundage currently serves as a regional vice president of the U.S. Naval War College Foundation in Connecticut. His job includes increasing public awareness of the U.S. Naval War College.
For more information, contact Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679 or visit www.ysmenwestportweston.org.
Westport voting families will receive a postcard after Friday telling them where they will vote for this November’s election.
Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen said she and her staff will send cards to 10,065 voting families on Friday informing them where they will vote for the Nov. 7 election.
Additionally, she said, there has been a steady stream of people visiting the office to register to vote or checking on their voting registration.
“I’m expecting a heavy turnout,” she said. “I like to think it means good citizenship, but who knows.”
With former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey (l), a member of the 9/11 Commission at her side, Democratic congressional candidate Diane Farrell today used the Westport Fire Department as a venue for denouncing Republican charges that she shortchanged Westport first responders as the town’s first selectwoman. Westport firefighters demonstrated for Farrell and Kerry their new radio interoperability systems, paid for entirely by Westport taxpayers and initated under Farrell, which allow various emergency agencies to communicate with each other—a top priority identified by the 9/11 Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
R. Gavin S. Anderson (r) reads a statement about resigning from the Board of Finance at Westport Town Hall today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
R. Gavin S. Anderson announced today he will be leaving the Westport Board of Finance after its December meeting, which is nearly a year before his term of office expires.
Anderson, a Republican, has served on the finance board since 1999. He told a Town Hall news conference he made the decision because he wants to spend more time with his family.
“Ten years is a long time,” he said of his service to the town, which also includes two years on the Representative Town Meeting. “I enjoy good health, and want to spend time with my beautiful Kendall, who is doing so well in health at last.”
Anderson, who will turn 69 in March, said he wants to travel with his wife, but he also wants to enjoy his boat and continue writing.
Westport officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 84 Wilton Road. The 1929-house is across from Gorham Island and near the Save the Children offices. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The New York Times, which two years ago endorsed incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays for re-election in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District over Democratic challenger Diane Farrell, a former Westport first selectwoman, today endorsed Farrell in November’s re-match.
The text of the editorial: “The most fundamental rule of democracy is that when elected officials fail repeatedly, voters throw them out of office. If the polls are anywhere near accurate, most Americans have concluded that the Republican Party — particularly the Republican majority in the House of Representatives — has failed egregiously. On Iraq. On ethics. On oversight of a reckless White House. But that conviction sometimes comes into conflict with the feeling that a good representative should be rewarded with re-election, without regard to party.
“All of that brings us to Representative Christopher Shays, a Republican from Connecticut’s 4th District. Mr. Shays has been in office for nearly 20 years, during which his state has grown increasingly Democratic. This year his race with Diane Farrell, a former first selectwoman of Westport, is regarded as one of the tightest in the nation.
“The Times has endorsed Mr. Shays in every race in which he has faced a serious opponent. While this page has disagreed with him on many issues — from tax cuts for the wealthy to warrantless wiretapping — we have admired his independence and respected his leadership on issues like campaign finance reform.
Fall colors are popping up around the Westport Historical Society on Avery Place near Town Hall. Temperatures have been lower than usual and will remain that way through the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] library: Roland Merullo
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Special Public Hearing
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said today she won’t need to pay to reprint absentee ballots following the withdrawal of the Green Party candidate in the 4th Congressional District race.
The secretary of the state ruled the clerks in the district can cross off Richard Duffee’s name, she said.
Duffee withdrew from the race on Monday and urged backers to vote for Democratic candidate Diane Farrell, Westport’s former first selectwoman.
Strauss said her staff spent the afternoon crossing off Duffee’s name with a marker.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 16-20, 2006:
Edwin W. Thomas Jr. to Joshua and Emily G. Prince, 151 Long Lots Road, $825,000
Sundri Alim Tr to M. H. Associates LLC, 19 Terra Nova Circle, $1,147,500
21 Main Street LLC to Haja 21 LLC, 21 Main St., $3,060,000
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The Staples boys soccer team continued to score in bunches today at Albie Loeffler Field, shutting out Bridgeport Central 8-0.
The Wreckers got four goals in each half and are now 11-1-2 with just two games left in the regular season. They host Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School Thursday at 4 p.m.
Staples enjoyed balanced scoring once again. Matt Lamb and Justin Rodriguez tallied twice while Preston Hirten, Russell Oost-Lievense, Brendon Cristobal and Greg Bachman netted one each. Assists came from Oost-Lievense, Lamb and Jackson Lesser (two apiece), and Hirten.
Head coach Dan Woog cited Ben King, Craig Wolgast, Alex Gendell and Liam Bohonnon for their fine defensive work on the Hilltoppers’ talented scorer, Lee Martins. Goalkeepers Dave Sharpe and Sanders McNair combined for the shutout.
Westport’s firefighters today endorsed Democratic former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell for the 4th Congressional District and incumbent Democratic state Rep. Joe Mioli for re-election in the 136th District.
Flashback: Two years ago the executive board of the Westport firefighters union endorsed Farrell in her first bid to unseat Christopher Shays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo
“We are pleased and proud to offer Diane and Joe our unqualified endorsement for the upcoming election,” said Gary Marks, president of Westport Professional Firefighters, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1081, in a statement.
“Our members have worked closely with Diane during her two terms as Westport’s first selectwoman on both labor matters and on goals to improve our service to the public.”
Marks said dealings firefighters had with Farrell were always fair and truthful and that when she made a promise to its members, it was kept.
Staples High School students Rebecca Gould and Sam Goodgame raise the United Nations flag during a ceremony today marking the 61st anniversary of the U.N. charter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The need for the United Nations was emphasized during a ceremony at Town Hall this morning honoring the formation of the international organization’s 61st anniversary.
The annual ceremony included remarks, the raising of the United Nations flag and music from Suzuki Music School of Westport students.
Sam Goodgame, a Staples High School student, said many in his generation know that the United Nations is an organization working to bring peace.
“It’s proven instrumental in keeping our world safe,” he said. “But the job is getting harder.”
The flags representing the United Nations member countries flew over the Saugatuck River today on the Ruth Steinkrauss Cohen Memorial Bridge. The flags are to honor the United Nations 61st anniversary today. A ceremony was held at Westport Town Hall to honor Charter Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said today she may have to reprint ballots for the November election and make other changes because Green Party candidate Richard Duffee dropped out of the race for the 4th Congressional District.
The reprinting and other associated costs could tally around $1,000, she said.
Strauss said normally the clerks can place stickers on the ballots covering the change, but the absentee ballots this year are yellow.
“The clerks can’t find any canary yellow stickers,” she said.
A new Hartford Courant poll shows the 4th Congressional District race between incumbent Republican Christopher Shays and Democratic challenger Diane Farrell a dead heat.
The Hartford Courant/UConn poll released Monday night shows each candidate has 43 percent support among likely voters with the war in Iraq as the driving issue.
According to the poll, unaffiliated voters are shifting toward Farrell, who has erased a 16-point deficit in the last three weeks. The Courant/UConn poll surveyed 805 voters Oct. 16-22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Meanwhile, the Green Party announced it is withdrawing its candidate, Richard Duffee, and throwing its support to Farrell. Duffee and Farrell, a former Westport first selectwoman, made the announcement Monday at a Norwalk news conference.
The leaves along the Saugatuck River near Save the Children are slowly showing their colors. Leaves are falling off the trees throughout Westport with recent rainy and windy weather, but the sun was out on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss: “Triangle: A Novel”
11 a.m. – Westport Town Hall Front Steps and Lobby – UN Day Ceremonies
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. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
The Westport Board of Education will wait until a study of the special education survey is completed before possibly moving forward with a compliance review of the special education program.
The board has been discussing hiring an outside firm to conduct a review of special education cases to ensure they comply with state and federal laws.
Board members, however, said tonight they want to wait until a committee reports on the results of a survey of special education parents survey before moving forward with a Request for Proposals. The committee is slated to give a progress report in December.
“I have a hard time determining what we need without the report from the committee looking at the survey,” said Marge Cion, a board member.
The Westport Education Association and the Board of Education avoided arbitration by striking a tentative deal on a new labor contract, but details are not yet available.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced the tentative deal during tonight’s Board of Education meeting.
“The terms are confidential at this time,” he said.
The teachers union’s membership needs to ratify the deal, he said, before details are released.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Helen Klisser During, gallery director at Silvermine Arts Center, spoke about connecting local and New York City artists today at the Y’s Women meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Phyllis Groner
Helen Klisser During is working to bring artists and their work from New York City to work with regional artists at the Silvermine Arts Center in Norwalk.
During, gallery director at Silvermine, spoke to the Westport-Weston Y’s Women this morning about her work.
She said as a private art dealer she meets artists and is sometimes able to have them be a part of a show at Silvermine.
She has been trying to incorporate the best of New York City artists with the best ones from Fairfield County, she said.
Hundreds of Westporters will be participating in nearly 30 Make a Difference projects this week that will help thousands of people throughout the region.
The projects range from painting STAR homes to cleaning up parks and there are opportunities for all Westporters to participate.
Make a Difference Day is sponsored by USA Weekend, and is held on the last Saturday in October. Westport, however, works on projects for the entire week proceeding Make a Difference Day, which is Saturday.
The Make a Difference Day Committee has sought little publicity this year, but the community has rallied again, said Barbara Pearson-Rac, committee chairwoman.
Actress Jane Wyatt, who died Friday at age 96, was in the 1932 repertory company at Westport Country Playhouse. She is pictured at far left on one of the Playhouse’s outside staircases. Armina Marshall Langner, the Playhouse’s co-founder, is on the next step. Wyatt was the season’s ingénue, appearing in several productions during the summer of 1932. She returned to the Playhouse in 1963 in “The Strangers” with Cornelia Otis Skinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Country Playhouse photo
The sun was out most of the day on Sunday in Westport, although a few rain drops fell during the afternoon. Some took advantage of the day to fish off of the jetty at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - “Life and Remembrance”
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Sedition”
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Staples Senior Jacob Henkoff portrayed Robert Gault during tonight’s third annual Westport Historical Society Lantern Tour at Willowbrook Cemetery. Gault emigrated to Connecticut in the 1880s from Northern Ireland. More than 100 persons attended the event, which was a tour of the graveyard and its historical residents. The Staples Players were among those playing the parts of historical Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Eighth grader Jamie Crane-Mauzy portrayed Armina Marshall, wife of Westport Country Playhouse founder Lawrence Langner, at her gravestone during today’s Westport Historical Society Lantern Tour of Willowbrook Cemetery on Main Street. Marshall, an actress, a playwright and a co-administrator of the Theater Guild whose career on Broadway spanned more than half a century, died in 1991 at the age of 96. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com