Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Westport P&Z Rezones Winslow Park for Passive Recreation

The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, by a 6-1 vote, has rezoned Westport’s Winslow Park to a new zoning designation that essentially continues use of the 29-acre facility for passive recreation purposes.

The commission acted at its July 1 meeting and made available its detailed reasoning for the zoning change in documents received by town officials today.

The commission changed the park from its “Residential A and General Business District” designation to a new designation, “Dedicated Open Space and Recreation District #1”  meaning the park may not be used for housing or commercial purposes.

First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and the Parks and Recreation Commission, which she appointed, argued that the park should be given an alternate designation ‘‘“Recreation District #2.”

Assessor’s Office Backlog Almost Cleared

The backlog of building permits in Westport’s assessor’s office that led to postponement of the town’s real property revaluation update has almost been cleared, according to a report presented Tuesday night to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).

Helen Garten,  the RTM representative on the town’s Revaluation Working Group, told the meeting that the firm hired to clear the backlog had almost completed a physical inspection of the 1,187 properties involved.

It was discovery of a backlog of about 1,700 building permits in the assessor’s office some going back to 1998 ֖ that led to First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell’s March 4 announcement she would seek to postpone the revaluation.

The state later approved legislation allowing municipalities to postpone revaluations for up to three years.

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A TEAM Westport Committee      
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens brown bag lunch
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m.  – Levitt Pavilion – Gary Rosen’s Teddy Bear Picnic
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board

Farrell Praises Kerry’s Choice of Edwards as VP

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell said today she was pleased with Sen. John Kerry’s selection of Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket.

“I commend Sen. Kerrys selection of Sen. John Edwards as his running-mate on the Democratic ticket for vice president of the United States,” Farrell, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 4th Congressional District, said in a statement.

“Sen. Edwards has a solid understanding of the challenges that face our middle class families and those struggling to reach the middle class—such as providing good paying jobs, a strong public education system and affordable health care.

“I am proud to be running on the Democratic ticket with the Kerry/Edwards team and Sen. (Christopher) Dodd as we work to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.Ҕ

Post Road, Westport: An Artist’s View

Artist Ann Kromer’s oil on canvas painting “Post Rd-Westport” is one of many works to be seen in the first part of the Westport Art Center’s “The Big Show 2004” opening Friday. Of the 300 artists who have submitted works for the members’ exhibit, 150 are from Westport and Weston. See another photo on the ARTS & LEISURE page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Jane Powell Joins “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” Screening Tonight

Actress Jane Powell joins filmgoers tonight as the Westport Country Playhouse’s Film Series presents her musical film, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at the Community Theatre in Fairfield. powell75.jpg

The 7 p.m. showing will be followed by a discussion led by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne.

Howard Keel and Russ Tamblyn co-star with Powell in the 1954 musical directed by Stanley Donen and choreographed by Michael Kidd. 

Seven brothers in the backwoods of 19th century Oregon realize what they’ve been missing when the oldest one, Adam (Keel) brings home a wife, Milly (Powell), who teaches the uncouth siblings the manners to win wives of their own.

Tuesday, July 6, 2004

7 p.m. Fairfield Community Theatre – Westport Playhouse film series “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission      
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Transit Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (cable coverage channel 79)
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion—Westport Community Band

Westport’s Martha Stewart Celebrates the Fourth in the Hamptons

Westport’s Martha Stewart, whose sentencing for lying about a stock trade has been postponed until July 16, spent the Fourth of July weekend in the Hamptons, attending parties and dining with friends, according to the New York Post.

While Westporters gathered at Compo Beach Friday night for the town’s annual fireworks display, Stewart was in the Hamptons at a Fourth of July party thrown by advertising notable Jerry Della Femina, the newspaper said.

“The suddenly sociable Stewart buffered herself with longtime pal Kevin Sharkey, the decorating editor who was on the Mexico-bound plane with
Stewart the fateful day she took the call about her ImClone shares,” the Post reported.

“Stewart made the rounds with Sharkey, and noshed contentedly on a grilled burger and a hot dog before making her exit.