Friday, March 02, 2007
A car is standed in flood waters today at the intersection of Westport Pumpkin Hill Road and Colony Road. Almost 3 inches of rain fell in several hours this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
An opening reception will be held at the Westport Public Library at 6 p.m. today for an exhibit featuring watercolors by artist Hardie Gramatky, including “Evening Quiet” (above) of a farmhouse on Westport’s Roseville Road. Called “one of America’s 20 great watercolorists” by painter Andrew Wyeth, Gramatky (1907-79) was a prolific artist and a longtime Westport resident. The exhibit includes never-before-seen watercolors painted both in Westport and around the world. Contributed photo
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Community Inclusion Task Force
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening reception Hardie Gramatky exhibit
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Artist Event: Artist’s Salon
7 p.m. - Mitchells of Westport, - Near & Far Spring Gala
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff congratulates new firefighters Joseph Arnson and Matthew Zaremski after a promotional ceremony today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Fire Department welcomed two new firefighters into its family during a promotional ceremony today.
Joseph Arnson, 20, of Middlebury, and Matthew Zaremski, 21, of Norwalk, joined the department and will start attending the Connecticut Fire Academy on Monday for 10 weeks of training.
Following the training, they will spend two weeks training before rotating each of the four shifts for the next year while they are on probation.
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said the new hiring was because of two retirements from the department.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
If you’re running errands in Westport on Saturday at 1-1:30 p.m., keep your ears peeled. You might hear a cello marking the beginning of the Westport Library’s Westport Reads 2007.
This year’s selection is “The Soloist” by Mark Salzman and cellists will be marking the kick off of the month of events by playing at Barnes & Noble, both Starbucks locations, Docs Café, Balducci’s, Trader Joe’s and the Westport Library. Brochures will be available with all of the month’s events.
Events include “’See’ with Your Ears,” featuring the Norwalk Symphony Quintet, on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and “Insights into Juries,” with Judge Alan H. Nevas, on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Also features are “Buddhism 101: Definition, Chants, and Practices” on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 pm, a PageTurners discussion of the book on Tuesday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and “Cello and Flute in Concert” with cellist Eliot T. Bailen and flutist Susan Rotholz on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Jane Curtin: Reading short fiction at the playhouse. Contributed photoJane Curtin, Joanna Gleason and Chris Sarandon will read short fiction in “Selected Shorts,” a live version of the renowned NPR show of the same name and a celebration of the short story, on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse.
Presented by Arts in the House, a co-presentation between the Westport Arts Center and Westport Country Playhouse, the program will be taped for future NPR broadcast.
The evening’s theme is enthralling stories about the unexpected consequences of secrets between lovers.
Curtin will bring to life “Twenty Grand” by Rebecca Curtis, which is about a daughter’s view of her parents’ hopes, dreams and one crucial dispute at a toll booth.
State Sen. Judith Freedman, R-26, touched on a number of topics that face state officials this year including affordable housing during a talk with the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today.
Freedman, a Westport resident, gave an update on the issues facing the state senate this session before taking questions from the audience.
She said she believes the state affordable housing law—which requires each town to have 10 percent of its housing stock be labeled as affordable—will never be repealed.
Under the state law, if a town does not have enough affordable housing a developer can propose a housing development with 30 percent of the homes labeled as affordable.
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1958 house at 15 Bonnie Brook Road in the Coleytown area of town. The house—which is 3,000 square feet and sits on two acres of land—sold in December for $1.1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff this week presented a preliminary 2007-08 budget proposal that includes a 5.8 percent increase, but he said the figures may change before it is formally presented to the Board of Finance on March 7.
Joseloff’s proposal is $57.4 million. Combined with education costs, which include a requested operating budget increase of 8.4 percent, the total budget proposal is $161.2 million, which is a 7.5 percent increase over the current budget.
Joseloff said his budget proposal will change before its formal submission, but he expects the increase to be 5.5-5.7 percent. Town officials may be able to create some savings, including in the insurance account, before the submission.
Fixed costs including rising utility prices and contracted salary increases are partly driving the budget increase, Joseloff said, but there are new initiatives included in his proposal.
11 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Pension boards meeting
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7-9 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Open House
Westport firefighters responded to a fire in a detached garage tonight on Warnock Drive. A neighbor reported the fire and alerted the homeowners in the nearby house. There were no injuries, but one exterior wall of the garage was heavily damaged. Cause of the fire is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport officials are planning a way to honor two people who devoted their time to the town and specifically Westport Little League.
Mary Ellen White: honored by town. Contributed photo
The Board of Selectmen voted today to name a baseball field at Coleytown Elementary School for Donald Levy and to name the baseball and softball fields at the Town Farms “Mary Ellen White Baseball and Softball Complex at Town Farms.” Additionally, the entrance driveway at the Town Farms would be renamed Mary Ellen White Way.
Levy, who spent decades working with Westport Little League, died last August (See WestportNow Aug. 21). Mary Ellen White, known as the “heart and soul” of Westport Little League, died last October (See WestportNow Oct. 5).
“They were involved in the fabric of our town and this is a great way to honor them,” said Selectman Robert Lasprogato.
Thrity Umrigar read from her new novel “The Space Between Us,” which is set in modern-day Bombay, during a session of the [email protected] library series at the Westport Public Library today. It was a standing room only crowd with about 100 people who attended the talk. The book explores the intertwined lives of an upper middle class Parisi housewife and her illiterate servant of 20 years. It captures the divisions of class and culture that separate the intrinsically connected but vastly removed lives of the rich and poor in the author’s native India. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com