Friday, February 02, 2007
Frannie is a lovely spayed female 6-year-old German shepherd that currently resides at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., Westport, (203) 227-4137). This beautiful and gentle dog was surrendered upon the death of her owner. Although gentle and friendly, she is quite timid and would do best in an adult home or a home with older children. She will make someone a devoted, loyal and lovable companion. Please come by soon to meet Frannie. You will bond quickly with this soulful shepherd.
Temperatures were in the 30s on Thursday with mostly clear skies, but forecasters predicted a wintery mix of snow and sleet for today. The view is of the sunset Thursday from Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - Town Hall front steps - Wear Red Day proclamation reading
9 a.m. - noon - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Cholesterol and blood pressure screening
8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Singers & Songwriters: Jim Kempner
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “Spinning into Butter”
The town kicked off the second year of its Celebrate Westport initiative this morning at a Town Hall meeting. Among those addressing the session attended by representatives of many of Westport’s nonprofit organizations were (l-r) Susan Witkow, chair of the Celebrate Westport Committee, Selectwoman Shelly Kassen, and the town’s webmaster, Carrie Makover. During its first year, Celerate Westport helped launch the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse, which will continue later this year. The initiative this year includes an online calendar of events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, February 01, 2007
The National Weather Service said today a wintry mix is on tap tonight and Friday morning for Westport and portions of the tri-state area.
Developing low pressure over the Carolinas will track northeast and will find itself well south of Long Island by Friday morning, then will continue northeast towards Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine, an afternoon advisory said.
Light snow will be developing later this evening—mainly after midnight—before increasing in intensity during the pre-dawn hours.
Along the coast, snow will mix with and change over to rain during the morning commute on Friday, then rain will spread into much of the tri-state area before tapering off by midday Friday, the advisory said.
Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi thanked Westporters during his talk to the Y’s Men of Westport Weston this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi today outlined for a Westport audience his plans to pave a bright future for the city, but he also acknowledged the challenges city officials face in order to turn Bridgeport’s fortunes around.
Fabrizi, speaking before the Y’s Men of Westport Weston at its weekly meeting at Saugatuck Congregational Church, thanked the Westporters in the audience for their contributions to the city.
“No other community does more for Bridgeport through volunteerism than Westport and Weston,” he said.
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 185 Imperial Ave. The 1910 house is on .5 of an acre, and the Historic District Commission will have to review the application because of the home’s age. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
William F. (Crobar) Cribari: lifelong Saugauck resident. WN file photoWilliam F. (Crobar) Cribari, a longtime Westport resident known to many commuters as the man who directed traffic in Saugatuck for many years, died Tuesday at West Haven Veterans Hospital. He was 88.
A life member of the Saugatuck Volunteer Fire Department, Cribari was a special police officer for Westport for more than 30 years.
For many of those years he could be seen walking Main Street every Saturday and directing commuter traffic at the intersection of Riverside and Saugatuck Avenues.
When a traffic light was installed at that intersection, he moved to the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Bridge Street where he directed traffic until retiring a few years ago.
A state grant is allowing town officials to gauge the need for door-to-door bus service for Westport’s physically-challenged residents.
The state Department of Transportation awarded the Norwalk Transit District, which oversees Westport’s bus program, a $32,313 grant for the initiative last fall.
Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler said the program was new last fall and open to existing Norwalk Transit customers and human services clients, but now the program is open to all Westporters.
Previously, only those who lived within three-quarter of one mile from a transit route could receive door-to-door service, she said.
Hi, I’m Colby! Connecticut Humane Society
Did you know that yellow Labradors are the official state dog of Connecticut? Okay, I made that up but if Connecticut did have a state dog, a yellow lab would be it. Hi, I’m Colby, a 5-year-old, altered male yellow lab and you can find me at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). Connecticut is perfect for yellow labs. There are beaches to walk, wooded trails to explore, and I’m just the right dog to take along on your adventures. I’m friendly, playful and would absolutely love to chase a tennis ball. You throw; I promise to bring it back. I’m the sad victim of divorce and would love to be part of a loving new home very soon. Come by soon to meet me. I’ll supply the tennis ball.
Sky is the kind of dog that creeps into your heart and stays there. Unfortunately her former owners didn’t agree and abandoned this poor girl after years as a devoted pet. Sky is an 8-year-old, spayed female husky mix. You can find this sweet pooch at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). Sky is like your favorite stuffed animal from your youth. She is scruffy in spots but will make you feel safe, secure and loved. Please stop soon to meet Sky.
Look at us! Look at us! We’re Jana and Jamie, two very adorable and loving pups that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). We’re spayed female, 8-month-old boxer-spaniel mixes. We love people (all ages), dogs, playing, life, and we would love to come home with you. We know you want to meet us and see for yourself just how cute we are. Stop by soon!
The sun sets over Longshore Club Park in Westport Wednesday night with temperatures that were around the freezing mark. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s today, but there is a weather advisory in effect for tonight and Friday morning. It calls for a wintery mix of snow and sleet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The staff and volunteers of the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137), are constantly amazed by dogs that show up at our doors that have suffered through neglect and abuse and are incredibly forgiving to the human race. Cases in point are Switch Dance (2 yrs, 8 months, altered male, black) and Winter Wind (5 years, altered male, brindle). These dogs, as former racing dogs, lived horrible lives in wooden crates up to 22 hours a day. They were treated cruelly and abandoned after their racing days were through. Yet, despite all this, Switch Dance and Winter Wind are gentle and loving and so hopeful for a better life. Switch would love for you to visit, give him a few treats, and some lengthy ear scratches. Winter would enjoy some leaning time against you. Despite his name, Winter Wind is definitely not too fond of winter weather and loves the warmth of a nice fuzzy blanket. Stop by soon!
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The Line King”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
George Tanner: Joining the Staples staff. Mike Schneider for WestportNow.comBy Mike Schneider
George Tanner started his job today as the new interim assistant principal for the remainder of the school year at Westport’s Staples High School.
He fills the vacancy left by Richard Franzis, who was called to active military service earlier this month (See WestportNow Jan. 9), and will work with the sophomore class.
Tanner, 61, retired last October after 38 years at Derby High School, where he was a teacher, coach and assistant principal.
He said he looks forward to his time at Staples and cited the school’s “stellar” academic reputation.
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Who is looking out for our state’s transportation future? The TSB, that’s who. Created by the legislature almost six years ago, the Transportation Strategy Board has just issued its updated vision of where we’re going, and it holds a number of exciting possibilities.
Railroad Stations and Parking: The TSB calls for additional parking at all stations with uniform permit policies and pricing. They also want to expedite the replacement of the Stamford garage, now set for demolition. New stations should be built in West Haven and, possibly, Orange.
The new stations should be sites for transit-oriented development (TOD) (i.e. shopping and housing within walking distance). Platforms at all stations should be lengthened to accommodate ten-car trains. Intermodal connections between trains and residential / business areas should be enhanced with bus and shuttles.
New Train Service: The TSB endorses plans for new commuter rail service between New Haven and Springfield, the integration of Metro-North and Shore Line East, and future service to Penn Station. They also suggest ordering more new M8 cars.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Irving Berlin: Music featured at the Westport Arts Center. Contributed photo“Broadway Songbook,” a new series presented by the Westport Arts Center, kicks off on Monday at 7 p.m. at the arts center with a performance featuring the early music of Irving Berlin.
The evening includes food and wine, plus the 90-minute musical program. Tickets are $30. Student tickets with valid identification are $5.
Sung by Westporter Susan Terry and Ivy Austin, the series is conceived by Westporter Max Wilk. Stephen Stout will serve as narrator, and Michael Lavine is pianist.
Focusing on the music Irving Berlin composed from 1912 to 1913, songs include “When I Lost You,” ”If That’s Your Idea of a Wonderful Time, Take Me Home,” “I’m Telling You I’m Choking on That Five Cent Cigar You’re Smoking,” “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars,” and “That International Rag” sung with its counterpoint, “When I Get to the U.S.A.”
For information and tickets, call Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070, purchase online at www.westportartscenter.org, or visit the gallery on Riverside Avenue.