Monday, January 31, 2011
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Economist Barry Bluestone: ‘Our goal should be to prove the census wrong.’ Ctmirror.org photoConnecticut’s leaders are understandably obsessing over the state’s fiscal crisis, but a prominent economist warned today that the bigger and more difficult challenge to its long-term economic health is anemic population growth and an aging workforce.
Barry Bluestone of Northeastern University told a Hartford audience that the state must continue smart-growth zoning policies that encourage denser, less expensive housing—a key factor in attracting a younger workforce.
While politicians often focus on taxes and a regulatory environment, a chronic labor shortage is ultimately more destructive to a region’s business climate and its fiscal stability, Bluestone said.
“Demography is destiny,” he told a forum organized by the Partnership for Strong Communities: “How the States Will Fight for Young Workers and Economic Growth.”
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Four new Westport firefighters get a congratulatory handshake from First Selectman Gordon Joseloff following their swearing in today. The four—(l-r) Joe Micalizzi, 30, Fairfield, Ted Crawford, 33, Bethlehem, Conn., Matt Wille, 25, South Salem, N.Y., and Paul Spennato, 26, Westport—will undergo 14 weeks of fire academy training. They will fill vacancies caused by retirements and a resignation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The house at Westport’s 59 Old Road, near Maple Avenue North, was demolished today. Built in 1940, the two-story conventional had 1,834 square feet, was situated on a .53-acre property and changed ownership this month at $552,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 6, 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples High School senior Zach Slater, 17, earned the $500 first place award Saturday at the annual Rotary International Four Way Speech competition in East Haven. Slater, pictured in December at Westport Town Hall where he won the $500 Westport “speak-off” prize, spoke on why the military needs to eliminate its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gays and lesbians. The road to the East Haven event was paved with a series of four competitive speaking events. Judges at East Haven were chosen from president-elects from 62 Rotary clubs in southern Connecticut.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line trains are now operating on or close to schedule after earlier experiencing delays of 10 - 15 minutes due to weather-related equipment shortages.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Westport and area which is in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening.
Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security issued this updated weather map this morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) DEMHS map
It said snow, sleet and freezing rain is likely beginning Tuesday morning with accumulations of 5 to 9 inches of snow and up to half an inch of ice accumulation by late Wednesday.
The Weather Service said snow begins around sunrise Tuesday with light snow and sleet continuing much of Tuesday and Tuesday night.
A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected Wednesday – and this is when the heaviest precipitation will occur, the Weather Service said.
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Artist Dalton Ghetti on his Sculpture
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (televised on channel 78)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, January 30, 2011
The Westport Historical Society today held a reception marking the opening of two new exhibits curated by Westport artists Howard Munce (l) and Naiad Einsel. Munce’s “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” looks back at Westport artists and their sketch classes over the years, and Einsel’s “Art From The Heart” is a retrospective of works she and her late husband Walter created and exchanged during their 47 years together expressing their love and admiration for each other. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Andrew Miller, 16, a junor at Staples High School, gets a work out today as he shovels snow off the roof of his Westport home. The National Weather Service and atate emergency officials urged homeowners to clear snow from roofs because of the heavy weight. Numerous roof collapses have been reported around the state today, including the former Cedar Brook Café in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A large portion of the rear roof of the now closed Cedar Brook Café on Post Road East collapsed today under the weight of accumulated snow. No one was in the building at the time. The nation’s oldest, continually operating gay bar ended a 71-year run at 919 Post Road East last June. (See WestportNow June 25, 2010). New owner Andy Im, operator of next door Swiss Cleaners who purchased the property for $1.6 million in 2009 and who was on the scene, said he has an application pending before the Planning and Zoning Commission to renovate the building. He said insurance had lapsed on the 5,400-square foot building, parts of which dated to 1920, and he was in the process of obtaining a new policy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A passing motorist alerted Westport firefighters today to a roof collapse at the former Cedar Brook Café on Post Road East at Cedar Road. There was extensive damage to the rear portion of the building, which until last June housed the nation’s oldest continually operating gay bar. Building Department officials said it was likely the structure will have to be demolished. The collapse came as the National Weather Service and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged homeowners to clear roofs of accumulated snow before more bad weather likely this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Today’s roof collapse at the former Cedar Brook Café on Westport’s Post Road East came hours after the National Weather Service issued a special statement warning of the dangers of accumulated snow on roofs. It said 3 to 5 inches of snow water equivalent is in the current snow pack after recent storms, resulting in “a tremendous amount of weight per square foot.” The statement added: “Now is the time for residents and building owners to take preventative action to safely remove snow from flat roof tops and decks.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Radiation fog developed early Saturday over much of Westport, aided by the deep snow pack. View is of the Nyala Farm property in the Greens Farms area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sam Sagnella for WestportNow.com
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors at the Library: Cathryn J. Prince, “A Professor, a President, and a Meteor”
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Bang on a Drum: Latin Rhythms for Kids
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart” opening reception
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Westport Public Library tonight presented its penultimate event in its 2011 WestportReads series—“Zeitoun Monologues.” An audience of about 100 came to the newly refurbished McManus Room to view an original staged reading of monologues written by New Orleans playwright Rob Florence. A group of five actors, assembled by Westporter Carole Schweid, read the monologues that reflected the way some people felt, behaved and reacted to the events during and after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Pictured (l-r) are actors Damian Long, Quillian, Tom Zingarelli, Eileen Lawless, and Mark Sage Hamilton. The final event in the series is a New Orleans-style party on Feb. 11 at the library with live jazz, cocktails and New Orleans cuisine. More information here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The area opposite South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach became increasingly filled with snow today as the town and its approved contractors took advantage of the clear weather to move mounds of snow from the streets and parking lots before the next snow hits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Jane Schutte, 12, and Kelley Schutte, 8, enjoy climbing the snow mountains today at Westport’s Compo Beach. Kelly Gipson for WestportNow.com
A lone ski enthusiast navigates the mountains of snow at Westport’s Compo Beach today. Given the town’s need for innovative revenue sources, perhaps a Compo ski slope can help. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Paul L. Starzyk, of Naples, Fla. died Jan. 26 in Florida. He was 61.
Paul L. Starzyk: grew up in Westport. Contributed photo
Born May 27, 1949 in Bridgeport, he grew up in Westport and was a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in industrial engineering. While attending UConn, he also served as president of the Beta Sigma Gamma fraternity.
Upon graduation he joined Timex, rising to the position of worldwide training manager, later working with Smith & Wesson. In 1986, Paul discovered Naples, owning and operating the Naples Pet Center.
In 1994, Paul found his passion, working with and advocating for adults with special needs with TECH of Collier County, Inc., now known as Sunrise Community of Collier County.
The Westport Historical Society opens two new exhibits on Sunday curated by Howard Munce and Naiad Einsel: “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart.” There will be an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” takes a look back at an event that takes place wherever a group of artists reside and work—not really a class but a gathering of artists and hopefuls who like to draw or paint from live models in costume or not. “Art From the Heart” features the art of Naiad and Walter Einsel who during their 47 years together created and exchanged unique gifts of art. The drawings, collages, sculptures and poems expressed their love and admiration for each other in the form of valentines and other anniversary missives. The exhibits run through April 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Naftalin for WestportNow.com
Metro-North said today (Saturday) it will be operating a regular Sunday schedule on the New Haven Line.
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality action day for the Westport area which is in effect until midnight tonight.
An air quality action day means that fine particulates within the region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards.
For additional information visit the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection website.