Saturday, June 23, 2007
Westport building officials today issued a demolition permit for the house at 42 Old Hill Road. Built in 1961, the 4,386-square-foot contemporary-style house is situated on a one-acre property. It sold last month for $1,725,000.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 22, 2007
School just let out for the summer and already new third graders Isabella Ullmann (c) and Katherine Coogan (r) are at work selling lemonade and brownies at Westport’s Compo Beach. The Greens Farms Elementary students are raising money for charity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards has announced that Westport has started its annual road maintenance program.
Each year, the town paves or mills a portion of its 123 miles of roadways and on average, each roadway receives this attention every 12 years, he said.
“Residents are asked to refrain from parking on the road, and as they travel through these areas to respect the directions given by the traffic control personnel,” said Edwards. “The town regrets any inconvenience the road maintenance work will cause. We thank citizens for their patience and cooperation.”
The following roads will be paved, or milled and paved over the course of the next three weeks:
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission/Historic District Commission
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Over and Out Tour
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion kicked off its summer season tonight with a fund-raiser performance by America, an English-American folk rock band. The band, which reached a peak in popularity in the early to mid 1970s and early 1980s, closed the concert with perhaps its best known hit, “A Horse with No Name,” as concertgoers danced in the aisles. The funds raised will help pay for 57 nights of free concerts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Taking pictures to preserve high school memories was a common activity at tonight’s Longshore Club Park party for members of Westport’s Staples High School Class of 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Members of the Class of 2007 at Westport’s Staples High School celebrated today’s graduation with a party tonight at Longshore Club Park sponsored by the Staples PTA. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Members of Westport’s Staples High School Class of 2007 toss their caps in the air at the end of today’s graduation ceremony. Diplomas were awarded to 381 seniors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples valedictorian Mariel Goddu told fellow Class of 2007 graduates today she did not expect them to “run outside and cure cancer and solve social security.” But she urged them to “take a step back, rub high school out of our eyes a little bit and pick out one or two things that interest us, inspire us or intrigue us.” Goddu will attend Yale University in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Phoebe is a lovely 1-year-old spayed female lab beagle mix that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203)227-4137). Phoebe is very loving and affectionate. When she is outside she constantly scans the cars as they drive up to the CT Humane Society in hopes that these visitors will be bringing her to her new home. Phoebe does well with other dogs and will make a devoted companion or family addition. She’s one sweet girl.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 1-8, 2007:
Gary J. & Francis G. Plewak to Jana Dupree, 20 Cross St., 5 Riverside Walk, $526,000
Michael X. Williamson Sr. et al to Equity One, 89 Roseville Road, $990,000
Mark P. Fletcher & Susan E Craig to Charles L. & Jennifer W. Vandis, 128 Greens Farms Road, $975,000
Patricia L. Irving to Jesse S. & Susan Wexler, 1400 Post Road East, 152 Regents Park, $930,000
Wednesday was a great day for playing at Westport’s Old Mill Beach as the temperature reached 79 after some morning showers. Summer officially arrives at 2:06 p.m. today on this longest day of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Graduation
3-5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Summer Reading Kick-Off
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Harry [email protected] movies
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – RTM Environment Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - America Benefit Concert
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
A Wilton woman was injured tonight when her car went off the Merritt Parkway between exits 44 in Fairfield and 42 in Westport and hit a tree. Witnesses said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the southbound roadway and wrapped itself around the tree, according to Westport Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. Westport and Fairfield firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to extricate her. The extent of her injuries was not known. It was the third serious accident on this stretch of roadway in the past two weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A truck carrying a backhoe on a flatbed trailer became wedged under the railroad bridge on Westport’s Saugatuck Avenue today, forcing closure of the roadway for more than four hours.
A backhoe sits on Saugatuck Avenue after being pulled clear of the railroad bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The truck, driven by a Norwalk landscaper, became wedged as he tried to pass under the bridge shortly after noon. The maximum clearance for the underpass is 10 feet, 11 inches.
Busy Saugatuck Avenue was closed to traffic for more than four hours while crews, including a heavy duty wrecker, worked to free the truck, according to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar.
Westport police rerouted traffic to Ferry Lane West to bypass the traffic. As a result of the impact, the backhoe partially fell off the truck, making its removal more difficult, Kepchar said.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
With Westport’s Rep. Joe Miloi looking on, Gov. M. Jodi Rell today signed into law an act that permits courts to issue orders of protection for animals owned or kept by victims of family violence, stalking or harassment.
Westport state Rep. Joe Mioli (4th r) was among lawmakers on hand in Newington today as Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed legislation protecting pets in domestic violence cases. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Rell signed the legislation at a ceremony at the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington. Mioli was one of a number of lawmakers thanked by the governor for their leadership in moving the bill through the legislative process. In signing An Act Concerning the Protection of Pets in Domestic Violence Cases., Rell also thanked the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence for its advocacy. The new law, effective Oct, 1, permits courts to issue orders of protection for animals owned or kept by victims of family violence, stalking, or harassment.
The Westport Fire Department added two new recruits to its ranks today. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) swore in Todd Hall, 34, of North Haven (2nd l) and Michael Durette, 27, of Seymour (3rd l) at a Fire Department headquarters ceremony. Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (l) joined them in posing for pictures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lee Fleming for WestportNow.com
The United Way of Westport Weston will hold its First Annual Westport Family Fun Day on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on Jesup Green.
Admission to the event is free, and it will feature family activities throughout the day.
Entertainment includes family drum shows from 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. by Randy Brody-The Drum Guy, live music by Midi and the Modern Dance, a magic show by Junior Genie-Oliver Kisielius, face painting, bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, and carnival games for children.
There also will be craft and art vendors, refreshments from Bobby Q’s restaurant and the Redding Creamery ice cream truck.
UPDATED Two men armed with a knife and gun robbed the Black Duck Café in Westport’s Saugatuck area early today, police said.
The men tied up a worker in a back room at about 4:45 a.m. and took an undetermined amount of money from a safe at the popular restaurant at 605 Riverside Ave., according to police..
“They took a butcher knife from the kitchen and told him if he didn’t open the safe for them—give them the combination—they would start cutting his toes off,” owner Peter K. Aitkin told Cablevision News12. “He was more mad than shook up.”
The victim was able to free himself and called police at about 5:20 a.m., police said. He was not injured, according to detectives.
This adorable feline will just break your heart as she rubs against her cage to get your attention. Her name is Shenzie, a 10-year-old spayed female DSH that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203)227-4137). She was surrendered because of “allergies.” Although allergies are nothing to sneeze at, we think that serious antihistamines are a better alternative than not having this cutie in your life. She is extremely friendly and loves attention. Shenzie was declawed (yuck!) by her previous owner and needs to be an indoor cat. So, fluff those sofa and toss pillows and get ready to bring Shenzie home.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 28-June 1, 2007:
Irina Aronson Irrevocable Trust to Robert J. & Dorie A. Hordon, 78 Easton Road, $1,540,000.
Hillandale Partners LLC to Peter & Stephanie Durett, 13 Hillandale Road, $1,830,000
Maria Silver to Bluford H. Putnam III & P. Eloise Fuller, 18 North Ave., $1,650,000
Helen Lawler White Revocable Trust to C G Development LLC, 5 Devon Road, $1,650,000
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Finance Government Efficiency Subcommittee
8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – ABC Executive Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Public Works Committee
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission Work Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Parks & Recreation Commission - Work Session
Parents happily watched and recorded tonight’s eighth grade graduate procession from the bleachers at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. Most of the 302 students who participated in the “Moving Up Ceremony” will begin ninth grade at Staples High School in August as the Class of 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Tickets have gone on sale for Westport’s Independence Day fireworks Tuesday, July 3 at Compo Beach.
Flashback: Last year’s fireworks were cut short by a technical problem and organizers promised to make up for it this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo
The event is an effort by the Westport Police Athletic League and Westport Parks and Recreation Department. The rain date is Monday, July 9.
Tickets for automobile entry to the beach are available for $30 at Westport police headquarters on Jesup Road and at the Parks and Recreation office at Longshore Club Park.
Lydian Asset Management of Westport is again this year’s sponsor.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Westport hosted the quarterly meeting of fire marshals from Fairfield County and New Haven at the Compo Beach Pavilion today. They met for lunch, networking, and an exchange of ideas. Participants included (l-r) Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, John Blasschek, Deputy Connecticut Fire Marshal; Lee Cooke, Milford Fire Marshal and president of the Fairfield-New Haven Fire Marshal Association, and Westport Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com