Sunday, February 25, 2007
Isn’t she one cutie of a dog? This is Shyla, a 2-year-old spayed female collie mix. You can find Shyla at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). Just like her name implies, Shyla is a bit shy. She quickly warms up after the first belly rub and will be your new best friend. Shyla loves everybody and is absolutely Adorable (notice the capital A!) And, as beautiful she is on the inside, she is just as beautiful on the outside. What a face! Stop by soon to meet our sweet Shyla.
Courtney is a lovely and gentle 1-to-2-year-old spayed female spaniel mix that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). Because she is wonderful with children and other dogs, she will make a delightful family pet or companion. She’s calm, affectionate and, if you lean in close enough, she’ll give you a little kiss right on the tip of your nose. Please stop by soon to meet Courtney.
The word sweet tends to be overused in dog descriptions but in Nate’s case, no other word will do. Nate is a 7-month-old altered male beagle mix that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). If you are looking for an affectionate Velcro kind of dog, then Nate is your boy. He loves children, adults and other dogs. Please stop by soon to meet Nate. You’ll want to scoop him up in your arms and never let him go.
Bandit is a very handsome and friendly 8-month-old altered male German shepherd that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). He was surrendered in an under-fed and under-trained condition but his intelligence combined with his tremendous heart will make future training a breeze. The three meals a day of puppy food that he is getting now will help too put some pounds on his skinny frame. He is a terrific dog and needs a patient and experienced dog owner that will help him reach his full shepherd potential. Please stop by soon to meet Bandit. He will absolutely steal your heart.
According to Daisy’s foster mom, she deserves to win Doggie Mom of the Year because of the loving and patient care she gave to her nine pups. Daisy can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). She is a 1-½-year-old spayed female corgi mix. She is extremely sweet but very shy and needs someone willing to give her lots of love and attention. You will absolutely adore this special girl. So, don’t waste any time. Stop by soon to meet Daisy.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) today released a report detailing $389 million needed in repairs and maintenance on New Haven Line stations, including Westport’s stations at Saugatuck and Greens Farms.
ConnDOT: “The condition of the (Westport) station depends on where you stand.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Recommendations include expanding the Greens Farms platforms to handle 10 cars instead of the current six and adding a canopy or shelter to the eastbound Greens Farms platform.
“The quaint Green’s Farms Station requires some significant structural repairs and a lot of paint to restore this classic portal to New Haven Line commuter rail service,” the report said.
The document said the recent renovation of the Westport station had improved amenities but much work remains to be done.
After a one-day hiatus due to weather, workers were back on Westport’s Imperial Avenue today doing utility work connected with installation of a high voltage power line that runs from Middletown to Norwalk. The road was closed between Jesup Road and Thomas Road, but the Westport Woman’s Club wants the public to know that its Curio Cottage Thrift Shop will continue to be open during the CL&P construction. Visitors are asked to follow detour signs to Imperial Avenue from South Compo. Traffic agents will direct you where to park for the Westport Woman’s Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An HSBC bank branch has opened at 19 Post Road East in the one-time Westport Public Library building that now also houses Starbucks. Another HSBC branch is scheduled to open soon at 1050 Post Road East, current home of Swanky Frank’s. There are about two dozen bank branches in Westport with an additional six in the planning stages, according to town officials. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Negotiations between Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and union officials resume today in an effort to prevent a strike by unions representing 43,000 New England workers.
Brian Petronella, head of Westport-based United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371, said the talks would resume this morning in Providence, R.I.
“We’re making progess on the health care issues,” Petronella said, declining further comment.
Workers, including 5,000 represented by the union in Connecticut, will remain on the job without a new labor contract with the possibility of a strike still looming. Their contract expired last weekend.
The Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach was partially covered in ice as temperatures moderated Thursday to the upper 30s. They will dip into the 20s by early morning and the National Weather Service urged drivers to beware of “black ice” on roadways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Miller for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - February Vacation Days: Animal Homes
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Retreat From Moscow”
A resdent parking her late model SUV at a condominium at 220 Riverside Ave. today jumped the curb and damaged the front entrance area. Assistant Westport Fire Chief Gene Maloney said there was no structural damage to the building. The front end of the vehicle was severely damaged requiring it to be towed away. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, February 22, 2007
The Westport Community Theatre will produce a free reading of “The Retreat from Moscow” by William Nicholson on Friday at 8 p.m.
The theater is located in Westport Town Hall.
Directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner, the reading stars Alexander Kulcsar, Marguerite Foster and Damian Long.
Subtitled “A Play about a Family,” the play had a successful Broadway run and was recently produced at Hartford Stage.
As the play begins, Edward is reading a book about Napoleon’s army’s retreat from Moscow in 1812. Nicholson uses this as an image of Edward’s desertion of a 33-year marriage to Alice. Their adult son Jamie is caught between the conflicting needs of the two people who are essential to him.
More charges have been filed against the man who allegedly burglarized more than a dozen homes in Westport.
Anthony Barbera, 22, of 18 Eno Lane in Westport, was charged in Norwalk Superior Court this week with eight more burglaries. He has been charged with a total of 14 Westport burglaries and has been linked to other crimes throughout the region (See WestportNow Jan. 12).
Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon, public information officer, said today Barbera was charged with third-degree burglary, seven counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of first-degree larceny and two counts of sixth-degree larceny.
Barbera is being held on an additional $160,000 in bond for the new charges, he said.
Workers at Westport’s Super Stop & Shop awaited word today on whether their union would call a strike against the grocery chain.
Reports said the sides edged closed to an agreement Wednesday on providing ‘‘affordable, quality health insurance’’ for union members.
‘‘We’re not going to get into any specifics, but we are moving in a direction that is positive,’’ said James Riley, secretary-treasurer of Local 328 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
About 5,000 Connecticut workers are represented by Westport-based Local 371 of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union.
The National Weather Service today issued a snow advisory for Westport and the tri-state area. It is in effect from noon to midnight.
Current forecasts call for 2 to 4 inches of snow across the advisory area. The greatest threat for accumulating snow on the roadways will occur from late this afternoon through this evening, an advisory said.
A mixture of rain and snow will develop across the area around midday. Temperatures will initially be relatively mild—in the mid to upper 30s—which will result in limited accumulations at first.
Snow accumulations through the mid afternoon are likely to occur mainly on grassy surfaces and possibly on roadways at some of the higher elevations.
Westport’s Wild Oats natural and organic food market at 399 Post Road West may soon become a Whole Foods market.
Westport’s Wild Oats store at 399 Post Road West may soon become a Whole Foods store. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Under a deal announced Wednesday, Whole Foods Market Inc., a much larger chain, will pay $565 million for Wild Oats Markets Inc.
Whole Foods said it will pay $18.50 per share in cash for Wild Oats and assume the rival’s debt, reported to be $106 million as of Sept. 30.
Wild Oats has annual sales of $1.2 billion and operates 110 stores in 24 states and British Columbia, Canada. West Hartford is its only other Connecticut location.
Whole Foods has annual sales of $5.6 billion with 193 stores in North America and the United Kingdon, including Greenwich and West Hartford in Connecticut.
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - February Vacation Days: Waiting for Spring
Eartha Kitt: stars as fortune teller. Contributed photoThe Westport Country Playhouse announced today that Grammy, Emmy and three-time Tony Award nominee Eartha Kitt, and Tony Award winners Shuler Hensley and Cady Huffman will appear in the new Kander and Ebb musical, “All About Us,” which opens the Playhouse 2007 season, April 10 through April 28.
“All About Us” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder. Book is by the legendary Joseph Stein, author of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 5, at 10 a.m.
Music and lyrics are by John Kander and Fred Ebb, one of the foremost songwriting teams in Broadway history. The famed duo wrote a string of long-running musicals, including “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”
Kitt, a Weston resident, will play Esmeralda, the fortune teller. With an enduring international career that spans theater, cabaret, television, and the recording industry, Kitt is one of only a handful of performers to be nominated for an Emmy Award, twice for a Grammy Award and three times for a Tony Award.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
A portion of Westport’s Imperial Avenue from Jesup Road to Thomas Road is closed to through traffic for sewer construction work related to installation of the high voltage Middletown to Norwalk power line. Over the next two to three weeks, traffic will also be closed on Imperial Avenue from Post Road East to Jesup Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb.12-16, 2007:
Robert F. Sproulis and Lisa A. Vahdat to Zachary M. and Amanda Behrman Zeitlin, 11 Darbrook Road, $3,475,000
Marjorie H. Minor to Morton and Phyllis Silverberg, 205 Lansdowne, $812,500
Westport-Post LLC to Westfield Main Associates LLC, 333 Post Road West, $1,503,770
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston will hear about the Hollywood scene during its next meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Westporter Susan Granger, nationally known movie critic, will give a talk titled “Susan Granger’s Hollywood.”
For more than 25 years Granger has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Her commentaries, reviews and interviews are distributed around the world by SSG Syndicate.
For more information, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679.
New Haven Line trains to and from Grand Central Terminal were subject to lengthy delays this morning because of problems with the overhead “catenary” wire in the vicinity of Rye, Metro-North said.
While the railroad said the delays to Grand Central were 15-20 minutes, a WestportNow reader messaged from one train shortly after 8 a.m.: “My train is already 30 minutes late, and it was the train that ran into the line. They are lining up trains on a single track into the city.”
A Metro-North spokesperson said New Haven Line service leaving from Grand Central Terminal was suspended for about an hour due to the problems but resumed later in the morning.
An advisory did warn, however, that outbound delays from Grand Central could be 60 to 90 minutes. A later advisory said delays were down to 10 to 20 minutes.
A demolition permit was required for today’s WestportNow Teardown of the Day at 156 Easton Road and that technically makes it the shortest life from construction to demolition of any teardown featured on WestportNow. But there are unusual circumstances. The previous house on the property was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 2, 2005. A developer purchased the .75-acre property for $680,000 in September 2005 and built a modular home there. In May 2006, the owners of an adacent (smaller) property on Catamount Road (where their house was built in 1924) purchased 156 Easton Road for $1.3 million and asked the developer to remove the new home. The builder began taking down the house Tuesday and moving it to an empty one-acre site at 6 Barry Lane, which was featured as the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Dec. 26, 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday’s warmer temperatures—in the mid-40s—caused some of the ice on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center to break up. Today’s temperatures are also forecast to be in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn Miller for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - February Vacation Days: Dinosaurs
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - February Vacation Fun Days
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Conservation Commission anticipated executive session
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
A Westport police officer stands watch over an injured deer tonight in front of Mitchells on busy Post Road East after it was struck by a car. The deer had to be destroyed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo