Sunday, May 27, 2007
Westport firefighters tended to an accident on I-95 this afternoon that sent a 13-year-old Norwalk boy to Norwalk Hospital. Two cars collided near the Exit 18 ramp in the northbound lanes of I-95. The teen was the only one injured in the accident. The right northbound lane was closed for about 30 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday’s temperatures in the 80s forced many to seek relief in cooling waters, including this visitor to a creek at Westport’s Canal Street and Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 8 Windy Hill Road off of Roseville Road. The 1926, 2,058-square-foot house sold earlier this month for $1.1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
While many were lying on towels on Compo Beach Saturday, one person tried to catch some fish off of the jetty. With the weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, many people headed to Westport’s beaches and pools to enjoy temperatures in the mid-80s. Temperatures are expected to cool today with a chance of rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
5 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project”
4-7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Booked for the Evening: David Halberstam Remembered
Staples High School Interact Club members gathered today to work on the Westport Rotary Club’s float for Monday’s Memorial Day Parade. The theme of the float focuses on a water purification system that is used in India. Many Westport organizations are putting the final touches on floats for Monday’s parade this weekend. The parade steps off from Saugatuck Elementary School on Monday at 9 a.m. It travels Riveside Avenue to Post Road to Myrtle Avenue and on to Town Hall. A ceremony follows the parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Lifeguards were back on duty today at Westport’s Compo Beach for the first time as the summer season officially got underway. Beachgoers began the Memorial Day weekend with sunny weather and temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 26 Morningside Drive North. The 1966, 1,565-square-foot house was sold in October 2006 for $725,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Staples High School Staples Players played to a soldout audience Friday night for their production of “The Laramie Project.” The 14-member cast plays more than 80 roles in the true story of the brutal 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard outside of Laramie, Wyo. During the curtain call, Brandon Floch (bottom r.) announced that Staples Players will be making a donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s “Erase Hate” campaign. Additional donations were collected at the door. The show continues today at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 5 p.m. and next Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The temperature hit a high of 89 in Westport on Friday, and it made for a good day for kayaking along the Saugatuck River. Today’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s, except around 80 along the shore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine - “Yellow Brick Road”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project”
More than 150 artisans from across North America will be on hand to sell their wares at the Westport Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday at Staples High School.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens over 62 years old. Children under 12 years old are admitted free.
Now in its 41st year, the Westport Craft Show is one of the oldest fine craft juried shows in the Northeast, and more than 3,000 visitors attend the event each year.
The two Westport Rotary Clubs today hosted five visitors from Sri Lanka who are on a one-month cultural exchange visit to southern Connecticut. Following a breakfast reception at the Sunrise Rotary Club’s weekly meeting at the Peppermill Restaurant, the group met with First Selectman Gordon Joseloff at Town Hall, followed by a Westport Playhouse tour and a visit to Staples High School where they joined students in the cafeteria. Team Leader Mohamed Adamaly (1st l.) said he never expected a densely populated area so close to New York City to be as lush with greenery. “This is greener than most parts of Sri Lanka,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, May 25, 2007
Temperatures soared to close to 90 today in Westport and some visitors to Compo Beach took shelter in the Pavilion to seek relief from the heat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Ted Diamond: war was “an incredible bonding experience” WN file photoThe Westport Veterans Council will honor the “defenders of freedom from the revolutionary to Iraq” during the Memorial Day festivities on Monday, and World War II veteran Ted Diamond will be grand marshal of the parade.
The parade is scheduled to step off at 9 a.m. from Saugatuck Elementary School and will travel Riverside Avenue to the Post Road, up to Myrtle Avenue and on to Town Hall. A ceremony will follow the parade.
Diamond, who turns 90 in July, said he is excited and honored to be this year’s grand marshal.
He was drafted shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and the following February enlisted into the Army after admission to the New York Bar Association.
Westporter Paul Newman says his acting career is a “closed book” so he can concentrate on his Dressing Room restaurant at the Westport Country Playhouse and other activities.
Paul Newman appeared with wife Joanne Woodward in February at the Westport Country Playhouse for readings of love poems for Valentine’s Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long/Westport Country Playhouse photo
Newman, 82, said on the ABC News “Nightline” broadcast Thursday night that he is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a high level of performance so is ditching the silver screen to promote the restaurant and other ventures, including his Hole in the Wall Gang camps for critically ill children.
“I’m not able to work anymore as an actor at the level I would want to,” he said. “You start to lose your memory, your confidence, your invention.
“So that’s pretty much a closed book for me. I’ve been doing it for 50 years. That’s enough. I won’t miss it because I know I can’t work at my optimum anymore. I would miss it if I was ready to go to work and didn’t get any offers.”
President Bush has announced that he intends to nominate former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell to serve on the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank.
Flashback: Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell greets supporters on election night in November. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com
Farrell, a Democrat who lost a second bid to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays last November, will fill out the remainder of a four-year term that expires in January 2011, according to an announcement Thursday.
The appointment of Farrell to a government post had been rumored for some time as a number of Westport friends and acquaintances had been contacted in recent months by FBI agents as part of a background check.
She is the second Westporter to serve in an Export-Import Bank post. Julie Belaga, who ran unsuccessfully as the Republican nominee for Connecticut governor in 1986, was nominated by President Clinton in 1994 to serve as a bank board member. She also served as chief operating officer.
It felt more like summer than spring on Thursday as temperatures reached 84 degrees in Westport, including at Longshore. Temperatures are again expected to reach into the 80s today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project”
The Planning and Zoning Commission received the second draft of the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development tonight.
The new draft could be available to the public in the Planning and Zoning Department and on the town’s Web site as early as Friday.
The commission spent considerable time tonight determining when the draft should be available before deciding it should be available immediately. It will also be sent to town departments, boards and commissions for review and comment.
The commission has scheduled a meeting for June 25 for residents to comment on the draft. It will meet on May 31 to review the new draft in a work session.
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight reviewed the latest proposal of house size regulations, and changes are in the works for the proposal.
The proposal has yet to be released to the public, and a public hearing has yet to be scheduled.
Glen Chalder, Planimetrics principal who is helping the commission write the regulations, said he met with several architects since the last time the regulations were before the commission and created a simpler proposal that focuses on height, coverage and setbacks.
The proposal introduces coverage standards for the AA and AAA zones, which did not have a parameter previously, but the definition of coverage has not been changed.
The thermometers reached into the 80s today in Westport. It brought out a considerable number of people to Compo Beach to get an early start to Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Westport Police Department has scheduled a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement crackdown on Saturday at 1-5 p.m.
The department is taking part in the national campaign seat belt enforcement through June 3.
To date, police officers have issued more than 92 tickets for seat belt violations in Westport. Each ticket carries a $37 fine.
The enforcement will take place on all of Westport’s local and state roads, and there will not be one specific checkpoint.
Westport officials are sending private home damage reports from the April nor’easter to state officials, and Gov. M. Jodi Rell today said she wants people who suffered damage to call 211 to file a report to strengthen a case for individual assistance for the state.
Connecticut’s initial request for individual assistance was rejected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and state officials had requested earlier this month for people to report damage to local authorities (See WestportNow May 15).
The new information is to be used in appealing for federal monetary assistance for residents who suffered damage during the April storm.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said today 14 residents sent information about damage to their homes, including photographs.
More paperwork has been filed at Town Hall to appeal the Westport Conservation Commission’s decision to approve the Westport Weston Family Y’s new facility at Camp Mahackeno.
Two petitions were filed on Wednesday asking the Representative Town Meeting to review the decision, and a second court appeal of the decision was filed today.
A court appeal from Y Downtown was filed in the town clerk’s office on Wednesday (See WestportNow May 23).
The petitions asking for the decision to be reviewed were filed by Douglas Jebb and Richard Harris, and the RTM has 90 days to review and potentially act on the commission’s decision.
Construction crews completed the demolition of 173 Riverside Ave. today. The 978-square-foot house was built in 1935. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 12.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com