Union workers have called off a strike planned for today at seven Connecticut nursing homes, including one in Westport, with more than 1,000 residents.
The strike was averted late Monday when the owners of the homes agreed to end efforts to set aside union contracts.
They said they would pay $750,000 to employee pension, education and uniform allowance funds, according to officials at the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199.
More than 850 workers had voted last weekend to strike.
The nursing homes include Westport Health Care, formerly known as Mediplex of Westport, at the intersection of Post Road West and Burr Road just across from Kings Highway Elementary School. It has 120 beds.
With a new clarification from the state in hand about funding, the Westport Board of Selectmen today considers two previous actions affecting a planned $37.7 million upgrade to the town’s waste water treatment plant.
A letter received Monday from the state Department of Environmental Protection said the agency did not intend to hold up state funding for the plant.
But it said it wanted the town to address issues concerning a possible extension of a Norwalk sewer into northwest Westport for a controversial housing project.
The board’s 2003 approval of a plan to hook up the Norwalk sewer to the housing development in the Partrick Wetlands had prompted a letter from the DEP in August saying the action complicated funding of the plant.
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee 10 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Arts Advisory Committee 10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens brown bag lunch 5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen 7:30 p.m. – Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave. – Mark Schenker on Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Westport-based Pequot Capital Management, a superpowerful $7 billion hedge fund that is one of the nation’s largest, today announced that it has expanded its investment management team by adding two seasoned professionals.
The fund, which is based in the Nyala Farm office complex off of Greens Farms Road and I-95, said Michael M. Takata, co-founder and former general partner of Ulysses Partners, and Ramu Thiagarajan, a former managing director of Mellon Capital, have joined Pequot Capital as a managing director and a principal, respectively.
Pequot also announced today that Peter Dartley, former director of trading and a managing director of Pequot, has rejoined the firm as vice chairman and director of business development.
Employee-owned, Pequot Capital offers funds that focus on technology, health care services, and small-cap firms to institutional investors and wealthy individuals.
John Dodig: interim Staples principal. WN photoThe recently retired principal/headmaster of Fairfield High School, John M. Dodig, has been named interim principal at Westport’s Staples High School, replacing the departing John J. Brady, it was announced today.
The appointment was announced to school staff by Supt. of Schools Elliott Landon in an e-mail. Landon said Dodig will serve for the remainder of the school year.
Brady is expected to report to his new job in the Amity Regional School District Oct. 18. His hiring was confirmed tonight by the Amity Board of Education which said he had agreed to a three-year contract.
Landon told staff members that Dodig “comes to us with a great reputation among teachers, administrators, students, and parents who have had the opportunity to know and work with him at Fairfield High School over the past 11 years.”
The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne brought heavy rains to Westport and much of the tri-state area this afternoon. Traffic moved slowly across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport’s center. WestportNow.com photo
Cablevision News-12 anchor Tom Appleby will wield the gavel for Saturday’s third annual fundraising auction by Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association. Tom Appleby: wielding the gavel. Contributed photo
The event at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport begins at 5 p.m. It will be followed by a dinner honoring community leaders Barbara Butler, Westports director of Human Services, and Richard Foot, executive director /CEO of the Westport/Weston YMCA.
Tickets for the auction and reception only are $100, $250 including the dinner.
ғWere delighted that Tom agreed to help,Ҕ said Peter Powell, IHAs president.
In the 20 years that Appleby has been news director and co-anchor of News-12, the cable channel has won more than 400 major awards.
The Westport Community Theatre has opened its 2004-05 season with Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound.” It runs through Oct. 10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and one Thursday performance, this Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. More information at www.westportcommunitytheatre.com. .Contributed photo