Monday, April 30, 2007
Westport building officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 12 Jennings Court. The 1,422-square-foot, 1954 house sold in March for $910,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A former Westport teacher has filed a federal suit against the school district stating she was not allowed to transfer to a different position because she had attempted “to protect the rights of the students with disabilities,” according to court documents that were filed at Town Hall today.
Karen Pierce, of Sandy Hook, who was a teacher from September 1989 through June 2005 is seeking lost wages, a letter “used against her” at an August 2005 meeting with Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon and other compensatory and punitive damages the court may find in her favor.
She most recently taught fourth and fifth grade at Coleytown Elementary from 1999 through 2005.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon could not be reached for comment today.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation Bridge Maintenance Division is planning work for the Bridge Street Bridge that will necessitate its closure next week, the town announced today.
The bridge will be closed for periods of time on Tuesday, May 8, Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10 to perform routine mechanical and electrical maintenance.
Bridge Street will be closed from Riverside Avenue to Imperial Avenue—which is about one-quarter of a mile—will be closed intermittently from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Signs will detail the detour route.
“We have asked CDOT to try to keep the bridge open during the busy noon hour, but that may not be possible and motorists should be prepared to make alternate travel plans,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said.
Demolition crews continued to clean up the site at 81 Richmondville Ave. after demolishing the house recently. The smell of burned wood lingered in the air after Westport firefighters spent two days training at the site last week (See WestportNow April 25). The 1950 house sat on .5 acre of land, and the Chapmans, who own the property, plan to construct a modular home and move into it in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was overcast with a few showers on Sunday, but it didn’t stop some from fishing off of Westport’s Compo Beach. There remains a chance of showers today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Play Club: Tazewell Thompson on “How to Read a Play”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Artists in Conversation: Lynne Meadow & Patricia Kalember
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Tech Talk: David Pogue on “The Mega Pixel Myth: and Other Hazards of Digital Cameras”
8:30 p.m. – Staples High School Principal’s Conference Room – Board of Education anticipated executive session
A power outage tonight darkened hundreds of Westport homes and businesses for more than an hour in an area from Post Road East and the Sherwood Island Connector to Turkey Hill Road North.
Among those affected were the Harvest Commons condominium complex, the Sherwood Diner, Walgreen’s at 880 Post Road East, and homes along Turkey Hill Road North and parts of Long Lots Road from the Post Road to Morningside Drive North.
CL&P said 669 Westport customers were without power as of 9 p.m. but that all customers had power restored by 10 p.m.
Fire officials said someone at St. Luke Church at the corner of Long Lots Road and Turkey Hill Road North heard a loud bang at about 8:30 p.m. and then the power went out.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
An overflow crowd today welcomed the first program in the Westport Public Library’s “Spoken Word” series which celebrates Ancient Greece. Mark Schenker, associate dean at Yale College, gave the opening lecture titled, ”How the Greeks Invented Tragic Drama.” There will be three more lectures—on Tuesday with Ray Lurie – “Homer’s Art of War;” May 7 with Daniel Cruson – “The Architecture of Greece;” and May 9 – Staged Reading of Medea by members of the Theatre Artists Workshop. All the programs will begin at 7:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Israel Fair marking Israel’s Independence Day attracted crowds to Westport’s Bedford Middle School today. In addition to vendors and exhibits, the fair sponsored by the UJA/Federation of Westport-Weston-Wilton-Norwalk included music and dancing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
There were rain showers at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today as the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica event got underway. But the weather did not dampen the spirits of hundreds who participated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Tom Harding , 41, was first to cross the finish line in today’s Minuteman 10K competition. His time was 9 seconds slower than last year when he placed second. Moments after crossing the finish line, Harding said, “I started out with a slow pace and then picked it up through the race. I wanted to run fast enough to win, but I didn’t want to kill myself trying to do it.” Harding said he has run in this annual race for at least 10 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Amy Fredericks, 41, of New Canaan, was the top female winner in today’s 5K Minuteman Race which began and ended at Westport’s Compo Beach. Fredericks teachs fifth and sixth graders at New Canaan’s Saxe Middle School. Alex Nudimatch, 25, of Watertown, Conn., was the top male 5K runner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday’s weather was a mixture of sun and rain in Westport, including at Nash’s Pond. There is a chance of showers again today with temperatures in the mid-60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
6:30 a.m. - Compo Beach - Minuteman Race registration opens
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Green Earth Fair
11 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - March of Dimes WalkAmerica
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Israel Fair
2 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Bubblemania
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The SpokenWord Celebrates Greece: How the Greeks Invented Tragic Drama
The band Mates of State headlined the Concert for a Green Earth at Earthplace tonight. The concert was part of Earthplace’s Green Earth Fair that is taking place this weekend. The fair continues on Sunday with the Green Living Expo, which starts at 10 a.m. and features a number of speakers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sean Timmins for WestportNow.com
Falconers Lorrie Schumather and Brett Burchetta show off a two-year-old European eagle owl, which is the largest of all the one hundred owl species as part of the Green Earth Fair at Earthplace today. The festival today included vendors in the Green Living Fair and arts and crafts and educational activities for children. The fair continues on Sunday with speakers about a variety of environmental topics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
An I-95 car crash in Westport sent four people to the hospital tonight.
Westport Fire Department officials said the 9:15 p.m. accident between exits 18 and 17 in the southbound lanes involved two cars from New York, a 2001 Honda Accord with four occupants and a 2004 Honda Odyssey.
All four passengers in the Accord were treated at the scene by Westport firefighters and EMTs from Westport EMS and American Medical Response, officials said.
They were taken to Norwalk Hospital for further evaluation, officials said.
State police are investigating the cause of the crash, officials said, and the left lane was closed for about a hour while crews worked at the scene.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Stilt walkers lead a parade today of visitors to Sherwood Island State Park and a Caribbean steel band as part of celebration of the park’s 70th birthday organized by the Friends of Sherwood Island group. The celebration also included park visitors planting trees and a birthday cake. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Cutting a cake marking the 70th birthday of Sherwood Island State Park today at festivities at the park were Winnie Balboni, who founded Friends of Sherwood Island 12 years ago, and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays responds to a question from the audience during a community forum today at the Westport Public Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4, addressed a variety of topics at a Westport Public Library community meeting today, but most of the time was spent on questions and concerns about the war in Iraq.
Shays told the crowd in the McManus Room that he would spend the final 30 minutes of his scheduled 90-minute community forum on the topic, but some disagreed with his decision and walked out and voiced concern with it.
“I spend a lot of time talking about Iraq,” he said. “I have no reluctance on talking about Iraq, but I have other issues I need to address. People say Iraq clouds other issues, and I have a long list of other issues here.”
In addition to Iraq, Shays took on a change in the flight patterns for LaGuardia Airport, term limits, global warming and illegal immigration. But the war in Iraq dominated his time.
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays today (r) presented awards for the 4th Congressional District’s 2007 Congressional Art Competition at a ceremony at the Westport Arts Center. Kylie Collins (c), a senior at Westport’s Staples High School, won with her pastel drawing “Purple Man.” They were joined by Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. The work by Collins will hang in the passageway between the House office buildings and the U.S. Capitol for one year. Another Staples student, Sarah Moss, received one of two runners-up awards, for her self-portrait, “Power.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Rain fell through most of the day in Westport on Friday, including at Longshore Club Park. Temperatures were only around 50 degrees. Showers are still in the forecast for today, but temperatures are expected to warm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 70th Anniversary Celebration
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Green Earth Fair
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Chris Shays Community Forum
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “All About Us”
6:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Concert for a Green Earth
Westport’s Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund presented the deed to the wetlands to Earthplace officials during the Green Earth Gala tonight at Earthplace. Involved in the ceremony were Arthur Cohen (l-r) from the preservation fund, Earthplace Board of Directors President Rob Chasin, preservation fund Co-Director Sean Timmins, preservation fund Co-Director Matthew Mandell and Earthplace Executive Director John Horkel. The preservation fund received the 22 acres of land from ARS Partners as part of a settlement over development of the property located between Newtown Turnpike and Partrick Road. As part of the settlement, the preservation fund was required to find a new steward for the property and announced last month they had chosen Earthplace (See WestportNow March 30). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 16-20, 2007:
Michael A. Fromm and David Gonzales to Brant and Marykate Carr Root, 7 Park Lane, $670,000
David Kandel Hyman and Eugenie Schomer to Jeffrey D. and Vetsy H. Clachko, 205 Wilton Road, $900,000
Gilbert G. Garceau to Andrea Toth, 36 Prospect Road, $890,000
Kent Living Trust to Mark P. Leondires, 26 Sterling Drive, $1,425,000
Friday, April 27, 2007
Rep. Christopher Shays will hold a community meeting Saturday at the Westport Public Library.
The session in the McManus Room is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It is one of 17 community meetings he will be holding in the district beginning today in Ridgefield and Greenwich and ending Sunday, May 6 in Norwalk, Monroe and Oxford.
“Community meetings are a wonderful opportunity for me to hear the views of 4th District residents on issues that affect our district, state and nation,” Shays said in announcing the sessions. “I hope residents will be able to set aside some time to attend one of these meetings to share their thoughts, questions and concerns.”