Thursday, May 31, 2007
The Westport Arts Center will hold its 2007 Student Art Exhibition June 9-17, and there will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9 at noon-2 p.m.
The exhibition will feature artwork by students from Westport, Norwalk and Bridgeport.
The majority of the artwork on display will work by 19 high school juniors and seniors from Staples High School and Greens Farms Academy.
They include Erica Adler, Ben Bangser, Emily Black, Nick Burrows, Lindsay Chandler, Kylie Collins, Will Denton, Jaclyn Foster, Flora Greenberg, Lauren Gesswein, Brendan Lee, Audrey Miller, Scott Ritchie, Pillip Seo, Austin Arnold Siegert, Sarah Steinmetz, Zach Smart, Stephanie Urist and Alex Vincent.
Paul A. Friia: Coming back to Westport. Contributed photoSomeone familiar with Westport has taken the position as Westport’s new assessor.
Paul A. Friia replaces William Gaffney, who resigned earlier this month after serving three years, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today. (See WestportNow May 11, 2007)
Friia served as Westport’s deputy assessor from 1998 to 2002 and has been Weston assessor since 2003.
“I’m very pleased that Paul (Friia) has accepted Westport’s offer of employment,” Joseloff said in a statement. “I’m confident that his vast knowledge and experience in all aspects of assessing real estate in general and particularly Connecticut municipalities will be a real asset for our community.”
The Westport Community Theatre opens Ken Ludwig’s comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” on Friday. The production will be held on Fridays and Saturdays June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Sundays June 3, 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. There will also be a performance on Thursday, June 7 at 8 p.m. There is much chaos in the Tony Award-winning comedy where confusion and mistaken identities tell the story of the Cleveland Grand Opera’s biggest fundraising night in history, where a world famous tenor is scheduled to perform the lead in “Otello.” Before his arrival, things unravel from start to finish, creating an uproarious evening of theater. Tickets are $12 - $16. Contact the Box Office at (203) 226-1983 for reservations or go to www.westportcommunitytheatre.com for directions. The theater is located at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Many spent time relaxing at Westport’s Compo Beach where temperatures hit 80 degrees on Wednesday. Temperatures are again forecast to be in the 80s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Planning & Zoning Commission Town Plan Work Session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Special Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Laramie Project”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Souvenir”
Westport’s Earthplace will continue its Environmental Film Series on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the facility at 10 Woodside Lane.
The film “Who Killed the Electric Car” will be screened in the auditorium.
For more information, call (203) 227-7253 ext. 109.
Carl Leaman, chair of Westport’s Green Energy Task Force, and Selectwoman Shelly Kassen, a member of the group, smile as they inspect new solar panels dedicated today at Westport fire headquarters. The installation is one of the first on a municipal building in Connecticut and was partially financed by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l-r), Green Energy Task Force Chairman Carl Leaman and Selectwoman Shelly Kassen cut the ribbon for the town’s first solar panel project at Westport Fire Headquarters today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Linda Alvkall
Westport’s top officials gathered at Westport Fire Headquarters today to cut the ribbon on the town’s first solar panel project and celebrate a step forward in saving energy.
Workers from Solar Works recently completed installing 110 panels for the 23.6 kilowatt system on the roof of the building in the project that cost $191,600. Westport received a $100,000 grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund for the project.
The panels, which can be viewed from Post Road East, will provide the building a portion of the electricity it needs.
Mark Pizzi, Westport Solar Consultants principal, said today represented a fine moment for Westport and a unique opportunity.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Westport building officials are considering a demolition application for the house at 48 Myrtle Ave. at the corner of Evergreen Avenue. Built in 1929, the 3,493-square-foot house is situated on a 0.75 acre property. It is on the Historic District Commission agenda for its June 12 meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is seeking comment on the second draft of the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
A public information session where residents can comment will be held on Monday, June 25 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
Copies of the draft are available at the Westport Public Library in the Planning and Zoning Department at Town Hall and on the town’s Web site.
The Westport Country Playhouse hosted an event today to introduce visitors to two new plays that will take stage this summer. Tazewell Thompson, playhouse artistic director, introduced “Souvenir” and “Mary’s Wedding” to the crowd, and the group met many of the people involved in the production of the new plays, including Vivian Matalon, “Souvenir” director. “Souvenir” begins previews Thursday and opens Saturday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Construction crews began demolishing the house at 9 Pumpkin Hill Road today. The one-acre property sold in April for $1.2 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport police arrested the third and final suspect in a robbery at the Merritt Country Store earlier this month, police said today.
A 17-year-old Westporter was charged on Friday with being the driver of a vehicle used as the getaway car in the May 14 robbery, and he got a share in the cash taken from the Main Street store.
The teen was charged with first degree robbery, first degree conspiracy to commit robbery and fifth degree larceny.
He was released on $50,000 in bail and is due in Norwalk Superior Court today.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 14-18, 2007:
Steven D. Cangialosi to Jerrold & Elizabeth A. Owen, 44 Reichert Circle, $772,500
Susan Spivak to Linda Ivanhoe Jacob, 32 Terra Nova Circle Unit 23, $1,193,000
Gary S. Schieneman & Susan B. Fisher to Brendan H. Byrne & Jennifer Purdy, 40 Woodside Ave., $765,000
Mattera Construction Co. LLC to Steven G. Lafontaine, 3 Plunkett Place, $2,875,000
Obviously guided by the big white arrow on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, these commuters were very determined to get to their jobs on time Tuesday before ruffling any feathers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
As the weather has warmed to summer temperatures, more people are climbing the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures were nearly 80 degrees in Westport on Tuesday, and the mercury is expected to rise to the 80s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Community Inclusion Task Force
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
3:30 p.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Solar panels ribbon cutting ceremony
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Special Maintenance Study Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Youth Commission
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Young Woman’s League open house
Recipients of charitable funding at the Westport Rotary Club’s annual Charitable Giving Day event today at the Inn at Longshore show their appreciation. Lois Schine, Rotary Club president and Ann Sheffer, co-chair of the Rotary Club’s Foundation Charities Committee, are in the front row. The club honored 33 not-for-profit organizations in Westport and surrounding communities by distributing funds raised through the year primarily through its June Golf and Tennis Classic and the Family Dinner event each November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Construction crews began to demolish the house at 8 Windy Hill Road. The 1926 house sold for $1.1 million earlier this month. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 27. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tazewell Thompson, artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, led a discussion tonight at the Westport Public Library about the Playhouse’s current production of “Souvenir.” The play, which officially opens Saturday and runs through June 16, is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a professional singer with one irreparable flaw—she couldn’t hit a single note on key. Yet, Jenkins believed herself an opera diva of the highest caliber. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
During June, Westport dogs—like Lee Savetilli’s Bernese Mountain Dogs—need to be registered with the town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN File Photo/Phyllis Groner
By Jennifer Connic
Visitors to Westport Town Hall may hear the sound of barking coming from the basement between now and the end of June.
The Town Clerk’s Office kicked off its dog registration month today, and Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said she expected to register more than 50 dogs in the first day of business.
By state statute, June is dog registration month, and every dog owner must register their dog with the local town clerk and receive a license for the dog.
Strauss said she and her staff sent 2,138 postcards—which represent every registered dog in Westport—to remind owners to register their dogs.
A Westporter was involved in a Florida ocean rescue where one man died, the Palm Beach Daily News reported today.
Lee Cooper: Westporter is hero in Florida rescue. Contributed photo
Lee Cooper, 44, of Michele Lane, was among those who helped rescue a 12-year-old Miami girl in the Atlantic Ocean off of Palm Beach Sunday afternoon.
Two men had entered the water before Cooper, according to the newspaper report, and he then entered the water to save the two men who had gone to save the girl.
He pulled one of the men from the water, the report said, but the second man was pulled from the water unconscious and could not be revived by lifeguards.
After months of work, the Special Education Task Force is ready to make a report to the Westport Board of Education at a June meeting.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the task force will report to the school board during its June 11 meeting.
The item had been on the board’s agenda for May 21, but it was pulled. Landon said it was because the report was not finalized.
The report, he said, will have recommendations and suggestions to improve the system.
Westport police had a quiet holiday weekend on the roads.
Over the holiday weekend, there were 10 accidents on Westport roads, said Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon, public information officer.
The number of accidents is below the average for a non-holiday weekend, he said.
Police also made 87 motor vehicle arrests and did not arrest anyone for driving under the influence, he said.
Handsome Hank (a 1-year-old altered male blue heeler mix) is one fine and friendly fellow. He was surrendered to the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203)227-4137) because his former family did not have time to spend with him. Like most dogs, Hank will do best if given the right amount of exercise and loving attention. He loves to play, is very smart and gets along well with other dogs. Stop by soon to meet Hank and discover your new best friend.
Temperatures hit 85 degrees on Memorial Day Monday, which was the unofficial start to the summer season, including at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures are expected to be around 80 degrees today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Play Club: “Souvenir”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – Special Board of Education with anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Play Club: “Souvenir”
The committee judging Westport’s Memorial Day parade floats announced the winners tonight for this year’s theme, “Remembering the defenders of freedom from the Revolutionary War to Iraq.”
Best Development of a Theme: Westport PAL
Best Youth Organization Float: Suzuki Music School of Westport
Most Creative: Westport Rotary Clubs
Best Community Organization Float: Saugatuck Congregational Church
Most Colorful: Westport Woman’s Club and Westport Public Library—a tie
Best Overall Float: Y’s Men of Westport Weston
Judges included Betty Lou Cummings, Lois Schine and Schine’s granddaughter, Cody. See a special WestportNow Memorial Day parade page for all pictures and stories from the parade.
The colors were not quite red, white and blue but this pooch along today’s Westport Memorial Day parade route nevertheless was dressed up for the occasion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com