Wednesday, July 24, 2024


Threatened Strike Today at Westport Nursing Home Averted

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.

State Clarifies Sewage Plant Concern as Board of Selectmen Meets Today

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004

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’s Pequot Capital Management Expands its Management Team

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.

Former Fairfield High Principal Named Interim Replacement at Staples

John Dodig: interim Staples principal. WN photo
The 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.”

Staples Homecoming Pasta Dinner Friday

The Staples High School Homecoming Pasta Dinner takes place Friday in the Staples cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 for senior citizens.

The event is sponsored by the Westport Kiwanis Club and the Staples PTA. Proceeds will benefit the Staples High School/Kiwanis scholarship program and the Senior Class of 2005.

Further information is available from Sue Colasurdo at 227-0103 or Beth Hagan at 226-8245.

News-12’s Tom Appleby to Host IHA Auction Saturday

Cablevision News-12 anchor Tom Appleby will wield the gavel for Saturday’s third annual fundraising auction by Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association.Appleby100.jpg
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.