Friday, December 29, 2006
The playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded today as many families headed there to take advantage of the mild weather while school is on vacation. Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-40s, but rain is expected to move into the area this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laurence Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A burning electrical odor in the basement forced an Old Road family to evacuate their home tonight as Westport firefighters tried to pinpoint the source of the problem. Investigators said an overloaded extension cord may have been the cause. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A WestportNow reader submitted this photo taken earlier this week of workers erecting tarps and plywood on the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill. A judge will hear an appeal by preservationists to delay demolition of the house at a Jan. 2 hearing in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Westport officials are planning to invest in restoring the Emily McLaury House, which is located on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Avery Place. The house would be rented to a municipal employee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Historic District Commission will hold a second open house at the Emily McLaury House at 99 Myrtle Ave. in preparations for asking for funding to update the house.
The commission is asking the Representative Town Meeting to approve $268,000 to renovate the town-owned historic house before renting it as affordable housing to a town employee.
The open house is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the house.
Morley Boyd, commission chairman, said the open house is to show off the condition of the house and what needs to be improved before the RTM’s meeting on Jan. 9.
Workers were at Westport Town Hall this afternoon hooking up the lighting necessary for performances that will take place in the auditorium for First Night of Westport-Weston. The annual New Year’s Eve event starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday with activities planned for a variety of downtown venues. The evening is capped off with fireworks at midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Traffic along Westport’s Post Road East came to a standstill today following an accident involving a tanker truck and a pickup that shut down Interstate 95 in both directions between exits 21 and 22 in Fairfield.
Westport firefighters, including Chief Christopher Ackley, assisted Fairfield firefighters today at the scene of a tanker truck-pickup crash (r) on I-95 in Farifield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport firefighters assisted Fairfield fire units at the scene of the accident shortly after 9 a.m. State Police ordered the highway closed after fuel from the tanker spilled on the roadway.
Southbound I-95 was reopened about an hour later, officials said, but it was about 12:30 p.m. before northbound lanes were opened. Northbound traffic was backed-up to Exit 18 in Westport, and many trucks opted for Post Road East in Westport to get around the accident scene.
One report said the accident was touched off when a car rolled over the embankment off the highway’s northbound lane near Mill Plain Road. The pickup and the tanker truck then collided, a witness said.
A floor contractor working at a house on Cob Drive looked out the window shortly after 9 a.m. today to see his truck on fire in the driveway. Westport firefighters found the truck engulfed in flames when they arrived. The truck, registered to a Stratford woman, was destroyed. Cause of the blaze is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport firefighters attack a truck fire today on Cob Drive off North Avenue. Cause of the blaze in the truck belonging to a floor contractor is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The recent warm weather has brought more people out to Westport’s Compo Beach for walks. Temperatures are forecast to remain in the mid-40s through the weekend, but rain and possibly snow may also move into the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
2 & 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
No school this week means there are more people at the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park as people took advantage of the warmer weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Library showing “My Favorite Year” in January. Contributed photoThe Westport Public Library will launch its five-week “Overcoat Film Series” on Thursday, Jan. 4.
The first film will be “My Favorite Year,” which stars Peter O’Toole. All of the films will be shown at 2 p.m. in the McManus Room.
On Jan. 11, the library will show “Songcatcher,” which stars Janet McTeer and Michael Davis, and on Jan. 25 the library will show Pedro Almodóvar’s 2002 film “Talk to Her.”
The series continues on Feb 1. with “The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story,” and will conclude on Feb. 8 with Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.”
No reservations are needed for the series. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
First Night of Westport-Weston starts at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and is capped off with fireworks at midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Those attending First Night of Westport-Weston should get their dancing shoes on for this year’s festivities.
“Every year people ask us to bring something back,” said Rozanne Gates, First Night of Westport-Weston executive director. “Last year they asked if we could bring back more dancing, so we’re giving them more dancing.”
Rock and roll, salsa, swing and blues is some of the music that will be featured throughout the New Year’s Eve event, she said.
First Night is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at various downtown venues. The evening is capped off with fireworks at midnight over the Saugatuck River.
Gerald R. Ford, who died Tuesday night at the age of 93 at his California home, did not visit Westport as president. But he did come here as a congressman for a fund-raising dinner and dance in 1966, according to his presidential library papers.
A 1966 Westport Town Crier photo shows Gerald R. Ford (c) with fellow Republicans at a dinner at Westport’s Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo from Westport Public LIbrary
He also had an indirect connection with Westport—it was a Westport resident, William J. Brink, who wrote the famous 1975 New York Daily News headline: “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD.” Brink, a former managing editor of the newspaper, died last year at the age of 89 (See WestportNow July 1, 2005).
Ford, who attended Yale Law School and made several visits to Connecticut as president and in later years, came to Westport on June 25, 1966, as House minority leader. He attended a fund-raiser for Abner W. Sibal, a former Republican congressman from Norwalk.
Westport newspapers reported the event was at Longshore Club Park and among those attending was Westporter John Boyd, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday here. Earlier in the day, Ford had attended the 4th Congressional District GOP convention in Bridgeport.
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 3 Tupelo Road, which is off of Sturges Highway. The house, which was built in 1958, sold in April 2005 for $860,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A new record was set this month with the number of days in temperatures at 50 degrees or more. Temperatures are expected to stay warmer the remainder of the week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
The sixth annual Staples High School Alumni Basketball Game will take place on Saturday, Jan. 6 at Westport’s high school.
The game tips off at 7 p.m., and alumni are invited to participate.
Pizza will be served following the game.
For more information or to sign up, call Charlie Haberstroh at (203) 682-7200.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
A blue tarp is now on top of the house at 16 Minute Man Hill, and yellow caution tape surrounds the property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
A blue tarp was placed today on the Paul Rudolph-designed house at 16 Minute Man Hill in Westport.
Stamford Superior Court Judge Taggart D. Adams ordered on Friday that no further demolition be done to the house until court hearings on a temporary injunction could be completed (See WestportNow Dec. 22).
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, which is seeking the injunction, had asked for coverage on the roof, which had been removed, so the house could be protected from the elements. But the judge did not include it in his order. There were heavy rains Friday night and Monday night.
Since the court hearing, the subject of a tarp had been discussed in numerous e-mail correspondences, said Philip Walker, attorney representing the trust.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 11-15, 2006:
Mark S. and Sheryl Balfan to Matthew A. and Keren D. Gilbert, 38 Arlen Road, $1,950,000
157 Easton Road Corp. to Connecticut Light & Power Co., easement, 1365 Post Road East, $150,000
Michael Schatz Jr., to Conrad and Saufie K. Flake, 25 Rocky Ridge Road, $750,000
Marian M. Harding Est. to Christian and Susan Herrmann, 5 Spring Hill Road, $689,000
Shoppers are flocking to the stores in downtown Westport today to hit after holiday sales and make returns. The day after Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest retail days of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport fire officials are crediting use of seat belts and side impact air bags with preventing serious injury to two Long Island residents today after their car rolled over several times, hit a tree, and ended up in a marsh on I-95 in Westport.
The 7:26 a.m. accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the highway between exits 17 and 18, according to Assistant Chief William Dingee.
First arriving units found a car down an embankment and into a marsh, he said. Both occupants were out of the car and were being tended to by two emergency medical technicians from a passing AMR ambulance, he said.
The two were returning home to Long Island after spending the holidays with family in the Boston area, Dingee said.
Westport officials are considering a demolition applicaton for the house at 6 Barry Lane off Wilton Road near the Newtown Turnpike intersection. The ranch-style house was built in 1958. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A youngster climbed the rocks at Westport’s Compo Beach Monday afternoon as temperatures reached the 50s before rain moved into the area. Today’s forecast calls for cloudy skies, areas of fog, and spotty light drizzle in the morning with a chance of showers this afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters tonight responded to a report of an electrical odor and smoke in the building at Cumberland Farms, 690 Post Road East. There was no fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com
Monday, December 25, 2006
Amber Flores, 3, of Ansonia, tells Santa (Larry Aasen) about her Christmas wishes at today’s Christmas Day Feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo