Saturday, June 02, 2007
Longtime Westport resident Anna Videler, founder with her late husband Cornelis J. Videler of Videler Photography in Westport, died Thursday at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was 75.
Anna Videler: Westport resident 50 years. Contributed photo
Born in Amsterdam, Holland, she was the daughter of the late Johann and Anna Maria (Hammers) Hennen and has been a resident of Westport for 50 years.
She and her husband emigrated to the United States in 1957 where they settled in Westport and founded Videler Photography.
First and foremost in her life was her love for her family, especially her grandchildren. She adored the outdoors and gardening, and her treasurered dogs, Lexus and Lucy, her family said.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Hurricane season officially kicks off today, and Westport officials plan to be prepared no matter what weather may hit Connecticut’s coast.
“It’s not our job to handicap the weather,” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said of the potential for a hurricane hitting Westport. “It’s our job to be as prepared as possible.”
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said every year the weather forecasters say Westport and Connecticut is overdue for a hurricane.
“It shouldn’t be a surprise if it happens, but I hope it’s not the case,” he said.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning to remain in effect until 6:15 p.m. in east central Fairfield County, including Westport.
The storm—which was located near Fairfield and Bridgeport moving southeast—could produce hail and winds up to 60 miles per hour.
“This is a dangerous storm,” the advisory stated. “If you are in its path, prepare immediately for damaging winds, destructive hail and deadly cloud to ground lightning.
“People outside should move to a shelter preferably inside a strong building but away from windows.”
Westport has officially gained jurisdiction over the Cockenoe Flats shellfish beds.
Joe Mioli: “all residents will have same rights.” File photo
Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed a bill transferring the stewardship of the shellfish beds earlier this week, Westport state Rep. Joe Mioli announced today. Mioli sponsored the bill to bring stewardship of the beds to Westport
“I can say with the utmost confidence that the town of Westport will operate these beds indiscriminately,” Mioli said in a statement. “All Connecticut residents will have the same rights and responsibilities as Westport residents.”
The legislation allows Westport to resume charging people to dig for clams in the area. Permit fees were suspended in 1994 when sportsmen from Bridgeport and Stratford sued the town for trying to regulate state lands.
Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association now has in place the funding necessary to complete its project at 10 West End Ave. to provide supportive housing.
Pete Powell: waiting for this for a year. WN file photo
Pete Powell, IHA president and chief executive officer, said today the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority approved the agency’s application for a $1.7 million grant to construct the housing in the Saugatuck area of town.
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission approved the six units of supportive housing—which are used as a transition for homeless people—on West End Avenue last fall, and the Representative Town Meeting supported the approval after area residents appealed the decision (See WestportNow Nov. 15).
The grant will cover the costs to construct the new building, Powell said, and demolition of the current house may take place this summer with a ground breaking taking place this fall.
A small fire in a rooftop motor forced the evacuation of some patients from Westport Health Care on Post Road West at Burr Road at mid-day today. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and the patients, some of whom were in wheelchairs, were able to return to the building. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar said a shorted electrical motor in a rooftop air handling unit was the cause. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A film crew was in Westport’s Winslow Park today for a second day of filming of “Laws of Motion” starring Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank. The comedy, produced by Plum Pictures, Ideal Partners Film Fund and Hilary Swank Productions, also stars Ben Foster. Westport has received a number of applications from film companies to work here following the state’s granting of favorable tax treatment to the film industry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Lee Cooper: Westporter saves two from Florida rip tide. Contributed photoWestporters Kim and Lee Cooper intended to relax at the pool of their hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. last Sunday, but they couldn’t find an open chair.
Instead, they headed to the beach, and it was not long after they arrived when Lee Cooper, 44, of Michele Lane, found himself in the ocean saving a 12-year-old girl and another man from drowning.
While Lee Cooper, an executive with General Electric corporate finance, managed to battle the rip tide to save the Miami girl and a man who had gone in to rescue her, another man, who also had gone in to save her, died in the incident (See WestportNow May 29).
“We never thought of another option,” Kim Cooper said of the ocean rescue. “He did what he knew he had to do.”
Lucky Day (formerly known as Dusty) was abandoned on the steps of the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203)227-4137). She is a lovely 2-year-old Persian with an adorable personality to match her adorable little face. Lucky Day gets along well with other cats too. So, why don’t you stop by the CT Humane Society soon to meet her? We know the day you adopt her will be your Lucky Day!
Temperatures hit the 80s on Thursday, including at Westport’s Compo Beach where some took a quiet moment for reflection. Temperatures are again expected to be in the 80s today, but there is a chance of thunderstorms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Laramie Project”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Souvenir”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Lend Me a Tenor”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Arts Center: Ying Quartet
Thunderstorms rolled through Westport tonight, flooding at least one roadway and cutting power to dozens of homes.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., issued a severe thunderstorm warning shortly after 9 p.m. and the storm pushed through a short time later. A second storm cell passed through about an hour later.
The underpass under the railroad tracks on Compo Road South flooded from the heavy rains and firefighters erected yellow tape on both sides to divert traffic.
Connecticut Light and Power Co reported 41 customers in Westport were without power as of 11 p.m.
The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission tonight went page by page through the second draft of the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development, discussing a range of different topics.
The commission received the second draft a week ago, and it is now available to residents for review at Town Hall, the Westport Public Library and on the town’s Web site.
While commission members said they like the newer draft of the town plan, they were concerned about how the plan showed prevention rather than things town officials could do.
Bruce Kasanoff, a commission member, said he sees the draft as more of a tool to prevent rather than make certain things happen.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. tonight issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and central Fairfield County until 9:45 p.m.
It said at 9:01 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing nickel-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. The storm was located near Wilton and moving southeast at 20 mph.
The severe thunderstorm will be near Westport and 6 miles northeast of Norwalk by 9:15 p.m. and Fairfield and 6 miles southwest of Bridgeport by 9:25 p.m., an advisory said.
In addition to large hail and damaging winds, continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. The Weather Service urged anyone outside to move indoors immediately.
In a ceremony today on the steps of Westport Town Hall, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (c) proclaimed June as Westport Woman’s Club month in Westport. The proclamation was issued in recognition of the club’s 100th anniversary this year. Among the month’s events are a parade on June 16 and the Yankee Doodle Fair June 14-17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo