Friday, September 25, 2009
Preparations were fully under way late today forr this weekend’s second annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. The event is taking place at the Levitt Pavilion and adjacent parking areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 6 Elwil Drive, off Westport’s Roseville Road. Built in 1950, the 1-3/4-story colonial has 2,240 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property on a cul-de-sac. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters and an EMS unit today responded to a two-vehicle rear end-type accident on I-95 southbound near Exit 17 in Westport. A woman driver in the second car was transported to Norwalk Hospital, according to Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Workers were pitching tents and preparing the Levitt Pavilion venue today for this weekend’s second annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. The event is open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And Sunday from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 - seniors./students and children under five are free. A portion of the proceeds is returned to the community through contribution to select nonprofit organizations, according to organizers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 8 - 11, 2009:
Elyse Rothschild to Robert A. and Sarah J. Pedro III, 2 Signal Lane, $660,000
Marie A. Veno to Connecticut Light & Power Co., 1686 Post Road East, $80,000
Rosalie E. Bruno to Thomas S. and Mackenzie L. Pretty, 305 Main Street, $743,000
Stella G. Backiel Est. to Yasmin Marinaro and Maria Jodice, 11 Cottage Lane, $580,000
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening reception, “Aggregate”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Hypernova w/ Heatherbird, Stewart, and Sunset on The Rise
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Friday Family Campfire: “Stories by Firelight”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Barefoot in the Park”
Thursday, September 24, 2009
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
I have the solution to highway congestion—a simple plan to cut traffic by 50 percent.
All we have to do is get every SOV (single-occupancy-vehicle) driver to carry one additional passenger who’d otherwise be driving alone. But don’t call this “carpooling” or it’ll never succeed.
Carpooling evokes images of sharing long rides with co-workers who have bad breath, tell dirty jokes or, like me, smoke cigars. You know, the kind of people you avoid at work and surely wouldn’t want to commute with twice a day.
Plus, if you’re in a carpool you’re tied down to someone else’s schedule. Sure, you save on gas money, but at what cost?
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 7 Elizabeth Drive, off Westport’s Old Road. Built in 1955, the one-story split level has 1,424 square feet and is situated on a.52-acre property. Because it was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport-based Velocity Express Corp., a national provider of ground package-delivery services, today filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors, Bloomberg News reported.
The company listed assets of $94.1 million and debt of $120.6 million as of Sept. 1 in Chapter 11 documents filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., the report said.
Twelve affiliates including CD&L, Click Messenger Service, Silver Star Express, Olympic Courier Systems and Securities Courier System are also seeking protection, according to Bloomberg.
The national provider of regional shipping solutions has its corporate headquarters at 1 Morningside Drive North.
There’s a new Sunday sight rolling through Westport—a doubledecker New Jersey Transit train which takes New Haven Line riders to the Meadowlands sports complex in New Jersey. Three trains will stop in Westport to carry passengers on “The Train to the Game” to Jets and Giants games. (See WestportNow Aug. 10, 2009) The trains had their inaugural run on Sunday and will be back this weekend. The trains are going to New Jersey via Penn Station and using the Amtrak ex-New Haven RR Hell Gate Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pete Hoyle for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Parking Lot - Westport Farmers’ Market
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Board of Assessment Appeals
Emily Haines Davidson, a longtime resident of Westport and Weston, died on Aug. 26 at the age of 93.
Emily Haines Davidson: longtime resident of Westport and Weston. Contributed photo
She was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pa, a city she loved for its place in American history. It was in Philadelphia, at the Chambers Wylie Presbyterian Church, that she met her future husband, William A.B. Davidson, a Canadian college student at the Philadelphia Textile Institute, which was directly across from the church.
Early in their marriage, they moved to Westport, where they immediately became active in the community. Emily was involved in the early days of the Friends of the Westport Library.
Emily and Bill loved art, music, literature and the theater. Many of their close friends were artists, writers and theatrical producers.
Westport’s Staples High Schoo boys soccer team extended its record to 4-0-0 tonight with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.
Brendan Lesch tussles with a Brien McMahon Senator in Staples’ 2-0 win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Krosse for WestportNow.com
Mike White started the scoring, following nifty interpassing between Alan Reiter, Greg Gudis, Mikey Fitzgerald and Brendan Lesch.
Lesch got the insurance tally, on a header off a long throw from Mikey Scott.
The Wreckers are in action Friday at 7 p.m. at Danbury.
Meeting in a special session, Westport’s Board of Finance tonight approved almost $3.8 million to address indoor air quality issues at various schools.
The unanimous vote included almost $2.9 million for King’s Highway Elementary School which will be used to upgrade the building’s ventilation system as well as to repoint exterior masonry walls to eliminate water incursion through the walls.
Two years ago, responding to parent complaints, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff appointed a special committee to investigate air quality issues at King’s Highway. (See WestportNow Aug. 2, 2007)
“I take some pride in the fact that it was my responsiveness to parents who first raised air quality issues at King’s Highway with me in the summer of 2007 that got us to where we are today,” he said in endorsing the appropriation request.
Richard Cummings and Merrie Trout rehearse their roles tonight in the Westport Community Theatre presentation of “Barefoot in the Park.” The revival of the 1963 Neil Simon play runs from Friday through Oct. 11 on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. The cast includes Westporters, Marc Hartog and Martin Ripchick as well as the play’s producer Kevin Moore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
An application for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 6 Country Road off Westport’s Compo Road North. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 2,200 square feet and is situated on a 1.26-acre property. It changed ownership in July at $850,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application process includes review by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Author Laura Shapiro, prize winning culinary historian, today addressed a Westport Public Library audience about book “Julia Child.” “The movie, ‘Julie and Julia’ has been a great help to me as I do my book tour,” said Shapiro, a former Newsweek food editor. “Julia Child was as fascinating in her approach to cooking as her inspired recipes were nourishing. She was the Metropolitan Opera to a lot of people—TV was the place that set her apart.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The demolition of the house at 8 Manitou Court in Westport’s Compo Road South area was underway today. The 1965-built, two-story brick colonial had 2,772 square feet, was situated on a 2.76-acre waterfront property and changed ownership in February at $3.125 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Homes With Hope/IHA today formally dedicated its new six-unit supportive housing facility at 10 West End Ave. While a ribbon cutting was held on a Saturday in July, today’s formal dedication ceremony was scheduled so representatives of state and federal agencies could participate. The facility is known as the Westport Rotary Centennial House because of the initial support for the project by Westport’s two Rotary clubs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday’s Y’s Women of Westport Weston guest speaker was Lee Woodruff, a family life contributor for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In her second appearance before the group, she read excerpts from her latest book “Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress.” The collection of 17 brief, plainspoken essays is about being a busy mother to four kids and a loving wife, daughter and friend who doesn’t always know the right answers. It is a solo follow-up to her memoir of healing, “In an Instant,” coauthored with her husband, Bob Woodruff, an ABC journalist who was gravely wounded in a bomb attack in Iraq. Pictured is Judge Fredericka Brenneman buying a book from the author after her talk at the Unitarian Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Laura Shapiro, “Perfection Salad” and “Something from the Oven”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen [email protected] Library: Stacia Morris, “Teen Money 101”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Special Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
The Westport Woman’s Club today ushered in its 102nd year with its annual reception for new and prospective members in the newly decorated main floor of its headquarters at 44 Imperial Ave. Club President Mary Wells Vickery said that the needs of the community have never been greater, making the club’s fund-raising activities more important than ever. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Pathways at Westport’s newest park, the Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve, today were set into the new, fertile soil which has been brought into the area in recent weeks. The town’s Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve Committee is spearheading the development of the new park which is being funded by both the town and private donations. The site is being readied for an all-volunteer planting weekend scheduled for Oct. 3 and 4. To make a donation or volunteer for the planting weekend, contact committee chairperson Sherry Jagerson at (203) 227-7413. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Wendy Crowther for WestportNow.com
Officials of the Westport Weston Health District said today that extensive plans have been made for a possible H1N1 flu outbreak in the area. Director Mark A. R. Cooper (r) and Ken Kellogg, director of emergency preparedness, briefed the Westport Rotary Club on how the District has been preparing for an outbreak. They said an H1N1 vaccine will be available in mid-October but urged residents meanwhile to get a seasonal flu shot. The first chance for residents to get the seasonal flu shot will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseeker Special: “Where are all the jobs?” Michael Shavel, CT Dept. of Labor
10 a.m. - noon - Town Hall - CTWorks Career Coach: beginning Excel 2003
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Town Hall - CTWorks Career Coach: intermediate Excel 2003
2:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Foreclosure Committee
5:18 p.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Autumnal Equinox
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation: “Are You Ready for Life (Part 2)” by Robert Lipsyte
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Long Range Planning Committee
Lynsey Addario: 1991 Staples grad wins MacArthur Award. NY Times photoPhotojournalist Lynsey Addario, a Westporter and 1991 Staples High School graduate, is among the 24 recipients of the $500,000 “genius awards” to be announced on Tuesday by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The New York Times said tonight.
All will receive $100,000 a year for five years, no strings attached, according to the newspaper.
Addario, 35, a Turkey-based photojournalist whose work in war-torn countries has appeared in The New York Times and National Geographic, shared in the Times’ 2009 Pulitzer Prize won by a team for International Reporting.
Her photographic work was part of coverage of the war in Afghanistan for The New York Times Magazine cover article Talibanistan, Sept 7, 2008.