Friday, July 01, 2011
Ali Ward, a resident of Westport’s Imperial Avenue, walks along Bridge Street today on her long trek to Compo Beach, towing her beach gear on a radio flyer wagon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Fire Department today added to new recruits to fill positions created by retirements. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff swore in Jose Colon (l), and John Nixon. Both have firefighting experience in other communities—Colon in Milford and Nixon in New Milford and Prince George’s County, Maryland—and will be able to join the active ranks almost immediately. Colon’s father was a Milford firefighter before becoming a state trooper. Nixon is the son of Tom and Tracie Nixon. Tom, a deputy chief in the Greenwich Fire Department, grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Westport Tax Collector Peggy Klein says the new tax bills that went out Thursday—most of which show a 2.95 percent increase—will not impact the town’s strong history of tax collection.
“You have to remember that for some people it’s an increase and for others its a decrease because of the new revaluation,” Klein said. “The new mill rate, 17.43, is only half the equation.”
The mill rate means that for every $1,000 of a home’s assessed value, the property owner will pay $17.43 in taxes. For those who saw their assessed values drop, taxes could still be lower despite the mill rate jump.
But for the majority of property owners, the 2011-12 tax bills that went out with four payment period coupons will show a 2.95 percent bump.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 13 - 17, 2011:
Shirl M. Fowler to Suresh Srinivas Balasubramanian, 8 Oak View Lane, $185,000
Blair L. Fowler Est. to Suresh Srinivas Balasubramanian, 8 Oak View Lane, $185,000
SIR-Janson LLC to Stephen T. and Michelle B. Dodd, 11 Janson Drive, $1,840,000
Patricia Gordon Fogarty to Joshua D. and Suzanne M. Allen, 28 Ellery Lane, $1,103,000
Some visitors were out early on Westport’s South Beach at Compo Beach getting a good spot for tonight’s fireworks. Macaroni salad was on the lunch menu for these beach goers in advance of a fireworks cookout tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said today all tickets for vehicles to enter Compo Beach for tonight’s Police Athletic League fireworks display have been sold out.
A limited number of shuttle tickets—for $30—are available which will allow a carload of guests to take a shuttle bus from Longshore Club Park to Compo Beach, according to Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director.
All of the money raised by the sale of fireworks and shuttle tickets goes to the town’s Police Athletic League, the event’s sponsor. McCarthy said he expects about 10,000 people at the beach tonight.
Each fireworks ticket allows one vehicle into the beach, McCarthy warned those without tickets not to attempt to park near the beach.
UPDATE Metro-North said at 10:41 a.m. that New Haven Line trains are now operating on or close to schedule after morning delays due to wire damage in the vicinity of Harrison, N.Y.
By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
The state of Connecticut began the new fiscal year today with a divided General Assembly approving a measure giving Gov. Dannel P. Malloy only a portion of the additional authority he sought to cut the budget.
Called into special session by Malloy after unionized state employees failed to ratify a $1.6 billion concession deal, the House rebuffed Malloy’s request for authority to cut municipal aid by 2 percent, but granted him other limited rescission powers.
The Republican minority debated the bill just past midnight, symbolically keeping Malloy from beginning the new fiscal year with the tools necessary to finalize a budget passed with great fanfare in May.
The House passed the bill at 12:14 a.m. on a 78-56 vote, with 10 Democrats joining all 46 Republicans present in opposition. On a party-line vote, the Senate voted 21 to 14 at 2:29 a.m. before an empty gallery to approve and send the measure to the governor.
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A display by Cyrus Paktinat, an artist who paints with flowers and who owns The Flowerfall of Westport flower shop, 740 Post Road East, takes on a Independence Day holiday look. Paktinat says he likes to set up beautiful scenes for those passing by on the Post Road to enjoy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 –Make A Difference Day Committee
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 - Baron’s South Committee
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
Dusk - Compo Beach - P.A.L. Fireworks (rain date July 5)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
The House Democratic majority and the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy agreed today to spare municipalities from proposed cuts in state aid, a change that will come at the expense of additional layoffs of state employees if a failed concession deal is not salvaged.
The Democratic majority in the House refused to grant Malloy’s request for authority to cut municipal aid by 2 percent, so Malloy instead says he will impose as many as 1,000 layoffs above the 5,500 previously announced.
But the legislators are gambling that SEBAC, the coalition of state employee unions, can deliver on its promise to salvage concessions voted down last week in voting by individual unions. SEBAC’s board has delayed indefinitely what was expected to be a pro forma acceptance of those votes.
“Our hope is that we don’t do any of these cuts, and that the state employees eventually ratify the agreement and avert all layoffs and avert all cuts. That’s our number one hope,” said House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden.
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William O. Bendtzen of Westport, husband of Stella T. Bendtzen (deceased), died June 25. He was 74.
His funeral will be on Sunday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 126 Newtown Ave., Norwalk.
Artist Christo cuts a “Christo Welcome to Westport” cake tonight following the opening of the Westport Arts Center’s exhibit featuring his work and that of his late wife Jeanne-Claude. A post opening dinner was held at the Westport home of Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Dr. John W. Mulcahy, Ph.D., LL.D., D.H.L., of Westport, Dana Professor of Educational Leadership at the School of Education and senior professor in the School of Business at the University of Bridgeport, died June 29 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 65.
Born in Bronxville, N.Y., the son of the late John A. and Naomi Mulcahy, he had been a Westport resident for more than 30 years.
Mulcahy received his B.S. from Fordham University; M.S & M.B.A. from Iona College; Ph.D., Fordham; LL.D (h.c.) Johnson & Wales; and the D.H.L. (h.c.) Iona College.
His career in higher education spanned more than 44 years. He taught at the Naval War College and joined the University of Bridgeport in 1980 as Dean of the College and Graduate Schools of Business and Public Management.