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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Into the Woods

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Westport firefighters at the scene of today’s early morning accident on I-95 northbound between Exits 17 and 18. A Ford Explorer veered off the roadway, went down an embankment, and came to rest against a tree. Three persons were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Assistant Chief John Plofkin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

04/03/12 10:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Three Injured in I-95 Car Down Embankment

UPDATE Three persons were injured early today after a car went down an embankment on I-95 between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport, fire officials said.

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The scene of the accident northbound between Exits 17 and 18.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Firefighters had to set up a rope system in order to remove one of the patients up the embankment, due to the extent of their injuries, which appeared to all be minor, said Assistant Chief John Plofkin. He said a Ford Explorer left the highway and traveled down the embankment before coming to rest against a tree. 

The initial dispatch from fire headquarters said there was a child trapped in the northbound vehicle, but that apparently was not the case. Reports from the scene said it took about 20 minutes to remove the last victim from the car.

The accident scene was described as about a half mile before the Sherwood Island Connector. It occurred at about 4:30 a.m.

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04/03/12 09:04 AM Comments () • Permalink

In Bloom in the Center

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Trees in bloom in Westport’s center along the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012


7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Downtown 2020 Committee
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Town Clerk’s Office - Absentee Ballots Available for April 24 Republican Primary
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 8th Annual 2012 SOLOS Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Take-a-Break: “Skin Rules,” Dr. Debra Jaliman
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Staples High School Foyer - Westport Continuing Education Summer 2012 Open House
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Employee Compensation Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Teachers Air Concerns Over Education Reform Bill

By James Lomuscio

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education reform bill aimed at fixing Connecticut’s failing public schools—and its ramifications for high performing districts such as Westport—drew more than 100 teachers and parents to a legislative information session at Town Hall tonight.

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Kathy Sharp. president of the Westport teachers’ union, makes a point at tonight’s Town Hall forum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Teacher tenure reforms, evaluations tied to standardized tests, the bill’s impact on salaries and the fact that there was no teacher input into Senate Bill 24 topped the list of teacher concerns about the 163-page bill revised by the state Education Committee last week.

Present at the dais were state Sen. Toni Boucher (R -26), Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), Kathy Sharp, president of the Westport Education Association, and Staples High School teachers Julia McNamee and Anne Lutz Fernandez-Carol.

Boucher, who sits on the state’s Education and Higher Education Committees, noted that the bill aims to close dramatic achievement gaps between high performing and failing systems, pointing out that over the years the state has fallen from the nation’s top spot to 16th place.

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04/03/12 02:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 21 Partrick Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 21 Partrick Road, near Wilton Road, is in process. Built in 1961, the two-story colonial has 2,356 square feet and is situated on a 1.27-acre property.  The house was severely damaged in a fire in 2010,  (See WestportNow May 15, 2010)  No one was home but a family dog perished in the fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Learning About Educational Reform

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A panel including Westport teachers, state Sen. Toni Boucher, (R-Wilton) a ranking member on both Education and Higher Education Committees, state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), a member of the Education Committee, and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport) tonight discussed proposed changes to the state’s education laws and how they would affect Westport at a public forum in th eWestport Town Hall Auditorium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/02/12 11:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Churches to Conduct Compo Easter Sunrise Services

Three Westport churches will conduct an open service of worship on Compo Beach beginning at 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning. 

The traditional sunrise service will begin with a bonfire on the beach near the cannons,  an announcement said. 

Coordinated by The Congregational Church of Green’s Farms, the service will also be led by the clergy of the United Methodist Church and the Saugatuck Congregational Church.

Sunrise is expected to come during the service at 6:25 a.m.  If it is raining, the service will be conducted in the open-air—but covered—pavilion.

   

04/02/12 10:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

All Gone: 3 Peters Lane

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The house at Westport’s 3 Peters Lane, off Turkey Hill Road North, was demolished today. Built in 1965, the split-level had 1,671 square feet on a .51-acre property and changed ownership last month for $572,500.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 22, 2012. This is the first residential demolition in Westport for the month of April. Thirteen structures were demolished in March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/02/12 07:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Mellow Yellow

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Yellow, natural and man-made, dominates this porton of Westport’s Cross Highway between Main Street and Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, April 2, 2012


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 8th Annual 2012 SOLOS Exhibition
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Next Stop: Westport!” & “The Cold War in Our Backyard”
6 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Forum on Education Reform
6:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Cop Shop: What Every Teen Should Know About Their Rights
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - J.D. Rothman, “The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Opera at Home

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Soprano Elizabeth Baldwin, first place winner in the 2011 Heida Hermanns International Vocal Competition, today raised funds for the Connecticut Alliance of Music (CAM) with a performance before 60 attendees at the Greens Farms Road home of Westporters Maureen Whiteman and Lawrence Zlatkin.  Her performance was accompanied on the piano by Eduard Laurel, a winner of concerto competition at the Manhattan School of Music. “Although opera is designed for the big stage, an intimate setting such as it is today allows the audience to sense the power of a performer and share the experience—it’s a rare treat,” said Maureen Whiteman Zlatkin. A musician herself, she was general counsel for the National Flute Association and plays the flute at Temple Israel on the high holidays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/02/12 01:01 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tribute to Natalie Ryshna Maynard

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About 150 people today attended a memorial tribute at Westport’s Unitarian Church for Natalie Ryshna Maynard of Westport, a prominent concert pianist and arts educator, who died March 4 at age 85. (See WestportNow March 5, 2012). A longtime Westporter, she was a beloved music teacher in Westport for decade and was honored in 2010 by the Westport Arts Advisory Committee with a lifetime achievement award. Dave Duebendorfer, a New York financial executive who studied with Maynard, played Brahms Intermezzo in A Major. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/02/12 12:32 AM Comments () • Permalink

Learning About Genetically Modified Food

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The Westport Farmers Market and The Wakeman Town Farm joined with Right to Know CT today to host a forum at the Westport Inn on proposed legislation that would require producers to label genetically modified food sold in Connecticut. The event was called “Don’t be Fooled by GMOs.” GMO is the abbreviation for genetically modified organisms. Master of ceremonies was Glen Cotello, owner of Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe in Fairfield and the event included a panel of local state legislators. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Talking Transportation: Pols and Gas Prices

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

Recently, I was honored to be a judge at the National History Day competition. Why is it that Middle School kids understand what adults don’t: that you can learn from history and, hopefully, not repeat the same mistakes?  Case in point, the tax on gasoline.

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As gas prices push toward the $5 per gallon mark, politicians are trying to give the impression of doing something they cannot do:  get prices back down.

Politicians don’t set gas prices, the free market does.  But sometimes, in their haste to appear engaged, the pols do more harm than good.

Obama speaks in Oklahoma, saying he’ll fast-track the southern portion of the Keystone pipeline, even though the White House has no say on the already approved project. It’s political grandstanding, but harmless enough.

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Salvaging What’s Left

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Some of the contents salvaged from inside 7 Bumpy Lane following Saturday’s fire are piled up in the driveway of the home off of Wilton Road near the Westport-Wilton line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

04/01/12 08:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fire Victim: ‘Choice Was to Stay or Run Through Flames’

By Dave Matlow

“It was a choice of staying in the flames or running through the flames to get outside.”

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Donald R. Allen, 85, (r), and son Donald C. Allen, 51, returned to the burned out Bumpy Lane home today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

That is how Donald R. Allen, 85, today summed up his choices after going inside Saturday afternoon to check the source of smoke coming from the interior of his one-story home at 7 Bumpy Lane, off of Wilton Road, near the Westport-Wilton town line. Close examination of the map after the fire showed that while most of the private road is in Westport, No. 7 is actually in Wilton.

Allen returned today to the burned out structure to inspect the damage. He was wearing a head bandage after he and his wife Joan, 82, were treated for minor burns at Bridgeport Hospital’s burn unit. Son Donald C. Allen, 51, also suffered burns but declined treatment.

The senior Allen said the three were sitting on the porch of the 1,212-square foot, 1940-built home at the end of the narrow, aptly named Bumpy Lane, when the fire broke out shortly before 5 p.m.

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Lyme Disease Benefit Attracts Sherwood Island Crowds

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The fourth annual Walk/Run to Turn the Corner on Lyme Disease was held today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Participants could participate in either a 5K or 10K run or a 1.5 mile or 3 mile walk. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal was among those on hand to congratulate participants and organizers who raised funds for Turn the Corner Foundation’s research and awareness efforts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/01/12 05:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

A New T-Shirt for a Run

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal got a Walk/Run Turn the Corner for Lyme T-shirt today from Orna Grand, organizer of today’s walk/run on behalf of Turn the Corner Foundation at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Blumenthal could not stay for the walk/run but promised to wear it Monday when he goes for a run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Starting April by Supporting a Good Cause


Scenes from today’s fourth annual Walk/Run to Turn the Corner on Lyme Disease at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

04/01/12 04:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Firefighters Douse Rekindle of Bumpy Lane Home

UPDATE Westport firefighters today quickly doused a small rekindling of a fire at a home on Bumpy Lane that heavily damaged the 70-year-old, one-story structure on Saturday.

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Firefighters ventilate the roof at 7 Bumpy Lane on Saturday.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tory Wallace for WestportNow.com

An engine company and command car responded to the scene off of Wilton Road near the Westport-Wilton line shortly after 7 a.m.

Three persons suffered minor burns in the fire shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday. Two were treated at Bridgeport Hospital’s burn unit and later released and the third declined treatment.

One of the occupants, Donald C. Allen,  51,  said he was on the porch of the 1,212-square foot, 1940-built structure at 7 Bumpy Lane with his parents, Donald R. Allen, 85, and Joan Allen, 82, when his father ran inside when he saw smoke. The father ran through flames to escape, he said.

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Determined Golfers

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Saturday’s drizzle and cool temperatures did not discourage some golfers at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. No fooling. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, April 1, 2012


9:30 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 4th Annual Walk/Run to Turn the Corner on Lyme Disease
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 8th Annual 2012 SOLOS Exhibition
2 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “Alice in Wonderland”
4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nearly Lear” by Susanna Hamnett
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Inn (1595 Post Road East) - “Don’t be Fooled by GMOs”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

   

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Westporters Perform in Ridgefield

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Westporters Suzanne Sheridan (vocals and guitar) and Bob Cooper (keyboard) were at Sarah’s Wine Bar at Bernards of Ridgefield tonight performing the music of two musical poet greats, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jeffrey Mayer for WestportNow.com

   

04/01/12 03:42 AM Comments () • Permalink

Dori Anne Bechtold, 62

Dori Anne Bechtold of Weston, formerly of Westport, died March 30 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport. She was 62.

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Dori Anne Bechtold: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born and raised in Freeport, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Edna Bedell Bechtold. Growing up on the water in Long Island nurtured what would be a lifelong love of water activities that included beach visits and lap swimming at the Westport Weston Family Y. She also enjoyed tending to her home and garden. She found great satisfaction in helping others.

Working in sales for Cuthberson Imports for many years, she changed her career to become a certified nurse’s aid, and cared for many clients with her private practice. She truly loved her family and friends and possessed a gift for making those in her life feel uniquely special. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and the many individuals whom she so positively touched.

She is survived by her sister, Edwinna Nault, of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; her brother, Kimball Bechtold, and his wife, Joan, of Southport; her niece and nephews, Tracy Buck, of Rockledge, Fla., Scott Nault, of Merritt Island, Fla., Justin Bechtold, of Black Rock, Gavin Bechtold, of San Diego, Calif.; grandniece and grandnephews, Heather and Devyn Nault, Eric Nault; longtime devoted friend, Patricia Giannini, of Weston.

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Standing O for Coleytown Company’s ‘Guys and Dolls’

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Westport’s Coleytown Middle School’s Coleytown Company, under the direction of Ben Frimmer, tonight closed out its four-performance production of “Guys and Dolls.” Local musician Chris Coogan was musical director. The closing night audience gave the players a standing ovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sean Timmins for WestportNow.com

   

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