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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007

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01/28/07 05:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Celebrating 100 Years

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The Westport Woman’s Club started its celebration of its 100th anniversary tonight with a performance of “Enoch Arden,” a melodrama by Alfred Lord Tennyson and music by Richard Strauss. At the performance were (l-r) Barbara Levy, club president; Gale Martin Henry, pianist for the performance; Charles Gerber, performance narrator, and Betsy Dickinson, club third vice president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sally Balch for WestportNow.com


01/28/07 04:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Field Hockey Asst. Coach, 81, Wins National Award

USA Field Hockey today named Jack Kelly, assistant field hockey coach at Westport’s Staples High School, “Volunteer Coach of the Year.”WestportNow.com Image
Jack Kelly: honored by USA Field Hockey. Contributed photo

Kelly, 81, was informed of the award at a luncheon in his honor.

The USA Field Hockey honorees will now join selections from other Olympic sport governing bodies as nominees for the U. S. Olympic Committee’s Coaches of the Year to be announced later this spring.

As a volunteer assistant coach at Staples, Kelly provides head coach Ralph Unker and the Lady Wreckers everything from stick skills and defensive insight to stick repair and Band-Aids. And it is all done with his signature patience, kindness and vitality, the award announcement said. 

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01/28/07 03:57 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Shep, and I Have a New Home

shepherd mix puppy Shep needs a home
Hi, I’m shep! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

S is for Super dog
H is for big Heart
E is for Extremely friendly and
P is for Perfectly charming, smart and handsome.
Put it all together and you have one incredible dog, Shep. Shep is a 1-year-old altered male shepherd mix and you can find him at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137. He is everything you are looking for in your new best buddy. He’s simply the best. Please stop by soon to meet Shep, a very wonderful dog.


01/28/07 02:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Ross, and I Found a Family

Australian shepherd mix puppy Ross needs a home
Hi, I’m Ross! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Is this a gorgeous face or what? Ross is a 9-month-old altered male Australian shepherd mix and you can find him at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). He’s playful, smart and very affectionate. This friendly fellow will be a wonderful companion on your morning walks and will just love chasing a ball at the park or the beach. He looks at you with those green eyes and you can just tell he wants to be your best friend and make you happy. He will put a smile on your face and an impression on your heart. Please stop by soon to meet Ross.


01/28/07 02:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Echo, and I Found a Home

Hound mix puppy Echo needs a home
Hi, I’m Echo! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Echo is everything wonderful in life all rolled into one tremendous dog: fun, playful, loving, and very smart with just a touch of klutziness. He is a 10-month-old handsome brindle altered male hound mix and you can find him at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). He was pretty much left to fend for himself until his owners decided that didn’t want him around anymore. This sweet dog deserves so much more. He learns quickly and melts your heart when he responds so happily to praise. He will win your heart quickly.


01/28/07 02:27 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Snow, and I Have a New Home

Poodly mix Snow needs a new home
Hi, I’m Snow! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Our delightful little Snow is sticking her tongue out on all those people who say senior dogs don’t make wonderful pets. Snow is a spayed female senior poodle mix that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). This spunky little girl has a lot of living to do and will make a lovely and friendly companion for some lucky person.  She would do best in an adult home. It’s quite sad and depressing for Snow and those that love her at the CT Humane Society each day she has to wait for her loving new home. So, please stop by soon to meet our special Snow.


01/28/07 02:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Westport Property Transfers Jan. 15-19, 2007:

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 15-19, 2007:

Terri Oden Jessup to Scott and Kelly Davidson, 9 River Lane, $4,600,000WN property.jpg

Jeanette O. Salewen Qualified Personal Residence Trust to Sabin Builders LLC, 4 Hawthorne Lane, $885,000

Robert V. Haase to Amie L. Collins and Cody L. Lee, 6 Church St. North, $410,000

Robert A. Bowman to Anthony and Christine Silver, 30 Hillandale Road, $1,700,000

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01/27/07 07:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Hawthorne Terrace

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 4 Hawthorne Terrace, which is off of Bayberry Lane. The 1954 house sits on one acre of land. It sold last month for $885,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


01/27/07 11:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Empty Benches

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No one was sitting on the benches at Old Mill Beach on Friday when the temperatures dipped into the teens. The temperatures are expected to rise towards the freezing mark today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


01/27/07 05:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007

6:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - “Enoch Arden”


01/27/07 05:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, January 26, 2007

Health District Plans Wildlife Symposium

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Westport Weston Health District Director Sue Jacozzi (c) talks during a press conference today about a wildlife symposium the district will be holding. Patrice Sulik, assistant director, and John Cimerosa, district consultant, look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Weston Health District is planning a series of annual symposiums on how the environment affects health, and will kick it off the series next month with a series on wildlife issues.

The symposium will include panel discussions and community feedback sessions. The first panel discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Coleytown Middle School.

Sue Jacozzi, health district director, said the plan for the session is for people to receive the same information and statistics before moving on to discussions about potential problems and solutions.

Wildlife is a great environmental topic to start the symposium series with because people are talking a lot about it, she said, including with deer and geese.

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01/26/07 08:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Shingles Vaccine Available at Health District

A limited supply of a shingles vaccine is available at the Westport Weston Health District.

Zostivax is now available to Westport and Weston residents 60 years old or older. The vaccine costs $200 and can be paid for with cash, check, or Mastercard or Visa.

At this time, Medicare does not cover the cost of the vaccine. 

Shingles, also called Herpes Zoster, is a painful rash, often with blisters.  The rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts two to four weeks.

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01/26/07 08:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Little League Registration Is Open

Westport Little League and Babe Ruth baseball are taking registration for the spring programs.

Families who wish to register must do so online at www.westportlittleleague.com.

The registration form—which is printed and mailed with payment—is located on the Web site.

The deadline for registration is Feb. 1.


01/26/07 07:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cold Sunrise

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Temperatures were in the single digits when the sun rose over Westport this morning at Compo Beach along Soundview Drive. Temperatures are expected to be in the teens today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


01/26/07 03:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Voting Machines Arrive in February

By Jennifer Connic

Westport’s registrars of voters are ready to receive new, electronic voting machines next month, but they’re still seeking a place to store the equipment.

Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen said the 18 new voting machines—which will electronically scan ballots and capture votes on a computer chip—are due to arrive on Feb. 16.

The other items needed for the new machines including the bins and privacy booths have already arrived, she said, and they stored them in the attic at Town Hall.

But the machines themselves cannot be stored in the attic, Cohen said, because it is not climate controlled.

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01/26/07 11:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Scenes

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Skies were clear when the sun set over Westport Thursday evening near Ned Dimes Marina. Snow squalls spread through Westport on Thursday coating the ground and cars with snow. Temperatures are expected to be in the teens today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


01/26/07 05:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, Jan. 26, 2007

8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Chamber Music: John Corigliano


01/26/07 05:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Historical Society Hosts Reception

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The Westport Historical Society hosted a thank you reception tonight for the house owners, sponsors and volunteers who helped with the 20th annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 3.  As part of the festivities the attendees had a private tour of the newly opened exhibit, “Art and the Good Earth.”  Arlene Skutch (l), founder of the Pink House artists group, and Ellen Naftalin, co-curator of the exhibit, were among the evening’s attendees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


01/26/07 04:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Honored Retired Officers

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The Westport Police Benevolent Association tonight honored five retired members of the Westport Police Department with a dinner and reception at the Inn at Longshore Included in those honored were (l-r) Sgt. Anthony Giunta, who had 34 years of service, Sgt. George Marks, who had 34 years of service, and Deputy Chief David Heinmiller with 32 years of service. Also honored were Det. David Eason and Desk Officer Richard Honorowski, but they were not present at tonight’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


01/26/07 03:53 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Recreation Fees Increasing

By Jennifer Connic

People who visit Burying Hill Beach, take part in the town’s tennis program, take town-sponsored golf lessons or attend Camp Compo will see an increase in their fees this year.

The Westport Board of Selectmen approved an increase in fees for the different programs during its meeting Wednesday night.

The use of the Ned Dimes Marina Clubhouse will increase from $125 to $175 while Burying Hill Beach parking fees will increase by $4-$7.

A number of tennis fees including the senior citizen permit, adult seasonal, adult daily fee, senior citizen daily fee, the junior daily fee and the guess fee will increase by $2-$12.

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01/25/07 10:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 8 Calumet Road

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The house at 8 Calumet Road in Westport was demolished this morning. The 1940 house sits on .4 of an acre of land and sold for $655,000 last August. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 23. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


01/25/07 10:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Weston Native Speaks on Hubble Documentary

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Filmmaker David Gaynes, a Weston native, speaks to Y’s Men members today about his new documentary, “Saving Hubble.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

A Weston native is preparing to launch a documentary about the importance of the Hubble Space Telescope set against the discussion about the future of the United States space program.

David Gaynes spoke to the Y’s Men of Westport Weston during their session this morning about “Saving Hubble,” the documentary he plans to finish by June.

Workers at Perkin-Elmer in Norwalk and Danbury worked on the mirror for the Hubble Space Telescope, and a number of Perkin-Elmer alumni were at today’s talk.

Gaynes said he was first interested in the space telescope in 2004 when the program was canceled, and he felt it was an “incredibly important” issue based on the reaction.

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01/25/07 08:38 PM Comments () • Permalink

No Injuries Reported in Bus Accident

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A Westport school bus stustained front-end damage in an accident on South Compo Road this morning. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

No students were injured this morning when a car collided with a school bus on snow-covered Compo Road South. School officials were at the scene to ensure the students were safe.

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said a woman was driving too fast for the road conditions when she plowed into the bus at about 7:40 a.m.

A passerby estimated the bus, en route to Bedford Middle School, was carrying about 20 students.

“There were no injuries to the students,” Landon said. “Dattco sent out a replacement bus to get the kids to school and to complete the elementary run.”

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01/25/07 07:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Town Plan Workshop Scheduled for Monday

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is preparing for its final public workshop to help in preparation of the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

The commission will hold the final session on Monday at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. The session will focus on infrastructure issues.

Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the session will focus on issues such as utilities, town facilities, roads, bridges, buildings, beaches and parks.

The discussion could include an engineering study of Baron’s South and Jesup Green, which was commissioned by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.

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01/25/07 11:46 AM Comments () • Permalink

Weston Man Survives Hillspoint Road Crash

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A 27-year-old Weston man survived a horrific crash early today on Westport’s Hillspoint Road near Valley Road. The man lost control of his car on a turn and struck a stone wall head on at 1:10 a.m., said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. Firefighters, police and EMS personnel worked for 40 minutes to free the man from the wreckage before he was transported to Norwalk Hospital. Kepchar said deployed air bags and use of his seatbelt contributed to the driver surviving the crash.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


01/25/07 11:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bright Skies

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The sun shined bright over Long Island Sound off the coast of Westport’s Longshore Club Park on Wednesday as temperatures were around 40 degrees. The temperatures are expected to drop into the teens by Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


01/25/07 05:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007

10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Series: “Talk to Her”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee


01/25/07 05:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Selectmen Consider Speed Hump Proposals

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight approved the possibility for speed humps on Colony Road and Oak Street, but they rejected a proposal for Evergreen Avenue.

Although the selectmen approved the two proposals, they said they wish for alternatives for speed humps to be explored first.

A large number of residents told the board they need help in curtailing speed on their road, including the father of a teen who was hit by a car last fall on Colony Road (See WestportNow Oct. 4, 2006).

Joe Lewis, whose then 16-year-old son Greg was hit by a car, said his neighborhood already had the bad accident that others are trying to avoid.

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01/25/07 04:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Family Y Issues Statement on Power Outage

Westport Weston Family Y officials said today they followed proper proceedures when a massive power outage hit downtown Westport on Tuesday.

A fault in a line that knocked out a circuit that fed Westport caused a power outage on Tuesday in the area from Post Road East at Myrtle Avenue west to Kings Highway South, from the Post Road to Canal Street, and north along Wilton Road to the area of exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway.

A lifeguard at the pool at the Westport Weston Family Y, which was also hit by the blackout, reported to WestportNow about the darkened conditions in the pool and his efforts to make sure everyone was safely out of the pool (See WestportNow Jan. 23).

Today, Westport Weston Family Y officials issued a written statement saying the emergency lighting turned on automatically when the power went out.

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01/25/07 04:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

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