Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Demolition has been completed of a house at 12 Blue Ribbon Drive off North Avenue. Built in 1959, the one-story split level was 1,844 square feet, situated on a 1.08-acre lot and changed ownership in April at $950,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 15, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Senior Ben Rosa led the Staples boys track team to a Class L championship Monday in New Britain with twin wins in the high jump and triple jump. Rosa cleared 6 feet 6 inches in the high jump, four inches better than his closest rival, and his leap of 46 feet 3.5 inches won him the triple jump by 1.5 inches over teammate Joshua Henry. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Casey August for WestportNow.com
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar, Michael Shavel
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
1:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – 191 Hillspoint Road Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
The Westport Weston Family Y, stymied by a legal deadline in its efforts to move its headquarters to its Mahackeno site from downtown, tonight withdrew its controversial special permit application to the Planning and Zoning Commission and then promptly refiled it.
The net effect was to restart the clock on the application, which by law the P&Z would have had to close public hearings on by the end of today. The commission agreed to take up the new application on June 23 or possibly later if all commissioners are unable to make a meeting on that date.
The action was announced by Y attorney Larry Weisman at the end of his summation on what many had expected would be the final day of two and a half months of public hearings on the application, which opened on March 13.
Weisman explained that in order to complete its application, the Y still needed to resolve an issue concerning a road abandonment on the property. The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) planned to take up the matter at its session on Tuesday night.
By Phyllis Groner
Westporter Arthur Levitt Jr., former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), told an overflow Westport Public Library audience tonight the sub-prime “mortgage meltdown” has caused a crisis of confidence in the banking industry whose consequences are still unknown.
Westporter Arthur Levitt Jr. addressed an overflow audience at the Westport Public Library McManus Room tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
“The mortgage meltdown has contaminated the entire industry,” he said. “No one knows how far the contagion will spread.”
Describing the U.S. economy as “on the brink or already in recession,” he said the credit crunch was brought about by greed, conflicts of interests and excess.
Levitt, who was appointed SEC commissioner in 1993 by President Clinton and served until 2001, called for a thorough investigation of what led to the financial crisis, just as he said was done after the 1987 stock market crash.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Andy Pettee, of Compo Parkway in Westport, died on May 29, 2008, after an 18-month battle with ovarian cancer.
Andy Pettee: long-time Westporter. Contributed photo
Born on St. Patrick’s Day 73 years ago in Providence, R.I., the younger daughter of Ed and Frances Walton, Andy Pettee was christened Ann Maureen Walton. When she was a baby with very curly hair, people said to her mother, “What a cute little boy.” Hence the nickname Andy.
From the Convent of the Sacred Heart Elmhurst in Providence, Andy was graduated from the Chamberlain School of Retailing in Boston. Soon after, she joined the advertising department at Gladding’s Department Store in Providence, occasionally modeling for them and working closely with Mademoiselle, Glamour and other magazines organizing fashion shows.
Following her stay at Gladding’s, Andy became a bridal consultant at Michael’s Jewelers helping young brides and grooms select their silver, china and crystal. Andy reflected: “What a happy job that was!”
Forty-three years ago, Andy married Mike Pettee, a widower with five small children, ages 12 to 2. When their daughter Amy was born, all eight moved to Compo Parkway in Westport where the Pettee’s have lived ever since.
The Pettee children spent 75 years in the Westport school system, where Andy helped with fund raising and related school activities. She loved gardening and flowers and has been an active member of the Westport Garden Club.
A working mother with a New York City commuting husband, Andy joined the marketing department at Technomic Publishing and then became a paralegal for Boyd, McKeon and O’Neill, a Westport law firm. In 1975, Lisa Reese of Reese Associates brought Andy into the real estate business. Andy’s successful real estate careen spanned more than 30 years.
From Reese Associates, Andy was a partner in Westport Realty Better Homes and Gardens. As the size and scope of the real estate market began to change, Andy joined Prudential Connecticut 15 years ago.
As a Prudential Connecticut Realty broker, she consistently earned the highest designation of Legend status for 15 years of those years and for an additional 12 years won the prestigious Chairman’s Circle award. She established an enviable professionalism with her exceptional integrity and outstanding service. Andy will be greatly missed by her co-workers and the entire real estate community.
Andy also maintained ongoing relationships with all her clients who number in the hundreds and she has probably seen the inside of countless thousands of homes in this area.
She had a photographic memory and could describe in detail the layout of just about every one of them. She remarked,” It’s been a wonderful, happy and very rewarding career and I’ve loved helping so many families join the Westport community. Watching their children flourish in our schools and seeing the whole family enjoy our Westport amenities has been the greatest satisfaction for me.”
In addition to her husband, Mike, Andy is survived by six children and eleven grandchildren: Marianne Churchwell and her two daughters, Allyson and Claire; Michael Pettee and his son, Benjamin; Timothy and Sheila Pettee and their sons and daughters, George, Alex, Katherine and Elizabeth; David and Heidi Pettee and their twin daughters, Grace and Olivia, Brian Pettee and Amy and Jim Dempsey and their two daughters, Ann Frances and Charlotte. She is survived as well by an older sister, Joan Ross of Atlanta, Ga.
A celebration of Andy’s life will take place at Saint Luke Church, 49 North Turkey Hill Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to The Haiti Fund, Inc. (Project Venerable Pierre Toussant), 924 Congress Street, Fairfield, CT 06824.
Some seniors at Wilton High School decided to spend senior “skip day” today at Westport’s Compo Beach. The temperature reached 80 under sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sgt. Richard Sloat, a 34-year veteran of the Westport Police Department, was promoted to lieutenant today in a ceremony at Westport police headquarters. His wife Jody embraced him after pinning on his badge as Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff looked on. The promotion of Sloat and Sgt. Richard Frazier following the retirement last week of Lt. John Croffy, a 33-year department veteran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Police Public Safety Officer Richard Frazier, a 24-year department veteran, gets his gold sergeant’s badge pinned on him today by wife Stephanie at a ceremony at Westport police headquarters. Police Chief Alfred R. Fiore and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Woman’s Club held its annual scholarship awards luncheon today and distributed funds to nine graduating Staples High School students and one adult. According to Carole Hendrickson, committee chair, the award recipients were selected from applications based on financial requirements, academic achievement and community service contributions. Pictured (l-r) are: Marissa Zaffina, Sara Morris, Daniella Sinay, Yuliya Babak, Leah Garzone, Sarah Steinmetz and Jacqueline Myers. Back row: Dylan Bobrow and Galen Blumenthal. Stephanie Petropolis, the recipient of the Adult Woman Scholarship, was absent from the ceremony due to illness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today that a citizens’ brown bag luncheon will he held on Wednesday, June 11, at noon in Rooms 309/307 of the Westport Town Hall with representatives of Connecticut Light and Power Company as guests.
“Representatives of CL&P, including Director of Municipal Relations Christopher Swan, will join the luncheon to discuss a wide variety of topics such as green energy, summer demand on electricity, and the status of the Middletown-Norwalk Transmission project,” said Joseloff.
The meeting will be televised on Westport’s government access cable channel 79.
The Westport-based Major Indoor Soccer League has shut down after seven seasons, and is considering restructuring.
The league, which has its headquarters at 1175 Post Road East, ceased operations effective Saturday, an announcement said.
“The MISL Management Committee has begun formal transition planning and restructuring as they consider moves, which they believe will help lower costs and attract additional owner/operators,” it said. “A decision on the future structure of the league will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.”
“We are considering structural changes that will bring us greater efficiencies, while also allowing long term growth and expansion of the league,” said John Hantz, former chairman of the MISL, and owner/operator of the Detroit Ignition.
Thomas Delmar Lyne, 83, a long-time Westport resident and former second selectman in the 1960s, died May 20, 2008, in Kansas City, Mo. after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
Mr. Lyne was born in New York City to James G. Lyne and Irene Delmar on April 15, 1925, and served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in World War II.
He received a B.A. from St. John’s and an MBA from Harvard. He moved to Riverview Road in Westport in 1963 to work for Avco Lycoming in Stratford.
While raising his children in Westport, he served as second selectman under John Kemish in 1968-69 during the infamous Cockenoe nuclear power plant and school busing issues which launched a recall effort against all three selectmen.
His also worked closely with the Representative Town Meeting and Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mr. Lyne s survived by his second wife, Dana Greb-Lyne of Kansas City, Kans.,; his children James D. Lyne of Tucson, Ariz., Peter F. Lyne, of Taos, N.M., and Jennifer D. Lyne, of New York City, as well as his twin grand-daughters Leslie and Jamie Lyne (of James) in Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. Lyne was buried by his wife and three children near his ancestral farm of Slater, Mo., in Fayette, Mo.
Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 100 added three new Eagle Scouts at a ceremony Sunday at Christ and Holy Trinity Church. Former Scoutmasters (l-r) Ken Carlson, Alan Stolz and Elliott Netherton stood proudly with Andrew Shenoy, Thomas Snyder and Ari Ellenbogen and current Scoutmaster Jennifer Jackson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Hallas for WestportNow.com
These youngsters were among many who headed to Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday to enjoy the picture perfect weather of sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
6:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education Anticipated Executive Session
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – RTM Finance Committee
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversations: The Subprime Primer, Arthur Levitt, Jr.
Hi, I’m Hope! Connecticut Humane Society
Everyone needs some Hope! Hope is a vocal girl who lets you know when she needs some love. Although a bit shy at first, she warms quickly to those who show her compassion. She does not like dogs, but would do well in a home with gentle children. She’s a sweet cat waiting for her forever home to come along! Hope is on a special diet to prevent urinary problems. If you think this special girl could be the cat for you, come meet her at the Westport branch of the Connecticut Humane Society at 455 Post Road East, Westport, CT or call 203-227-4137 for more information.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Pranksters placed a portable toilet on the roof at Westport’s Staples High School and it took hours today to remove it. The culprits have not been caught. Spray painted on the side was “08 is the s—-.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Today’s sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s contributed to a good turnout at the Farmers Market at Westport’s upper Imperial Avenue parking lot. The Thursday Farmers Market returns this week to the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Westport band Disconnect won first prize in Saturday night’s Battle of the Bands at the Norfield Parish Hall in Weston. All five band members are students at Bedford Middle School. The Battle of the Bands is the first charitable event for the recently formed Kids4Kids, a group designed to involve kids in planning and executing clever and engaging fundraising activities to benefit other local kids in need. Nine middle school bands competed to raise money for Family and Children’s Agency of Norwalk. All proceeds went to Family and Children’s after school programs. The evening was capped off with a spectacular performance by Weston High School’s band The Knockouts. Pictured (l-r) are: Alex Mapley, bass; Warren Schorr guitar and vocals; Ian Hubbell, drums; Santi Hervella, guitar and Blake Hoffman, guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
9 a.m. - Long Lots Elementary School - Staples High School/Volvo of Westport - 5K Run in the Sun
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Seabury Center - Center Stage Theatre Company: “Les Miserables, School Edition” with Ivan Rutherford
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “A Few Good Men”