9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Code Enforcement Committee 10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – P&Z Committee to Develop Zoning Regulations for Affordable & Work Force Rental Housing on Town-Owned Property 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board 8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Health & Human Services Committee
Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian thanks his colleagues after he was named Westport’s Teacher of the Year tonight in a ceremony at Staples High School, where he teaches English. The 38-year veteran of the school system said he was humbled by the selection, adding, “I’ve received a lot of awards over the years, but when you get it from your peers, it takes on a whole different meaning.” His said his “C” hat stands for “classroom, connection, curriculum, and concern.” A colleague added, “And tonight, celebration.” WestportNow.com photo
Gerry Kuroghlian gets a standing ovation tonight from colleagues, parents, and community members after being named Teacher of the Year. Among those applauding is Jennifer Giudice (c), a Staples High School math teacher who was also among this year’s six nominees. On the right (striped shirt) is Frank Corbo, a Staples teacher who won the award in 1997. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A new law exempting gas-electric hybrid cars from Connecticut’s sales tax goes into effect Friday. It was proposed last spring by Westport’s state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard (l), shown here with Westporter Roy Dickinson and his hybrid car in front of the state Capitol today. Dickinson drove to Hartford to be on hand for a news conference Bernhard held to draw attention to the new law. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A controversial proposal to harvest oysters off the Westport coastline using suspended cages has been withdrawn, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said today. Garofalo: withdraws oyster application. WN photo
Cori Rose, senior project manager for the New England district of the Corps in Boston, told WestportNow that she received an e-mail notification Friday of the decision by Westport-based Mariculture Unlimited, LLC.
“It’s withdrawn without prejudice,” she said. “But they can resubmit it any time.”
Rose said she had heard unofficially earlier that the Westport proposal and a similar one for waters off of Milford was being pulled, but did not receive official notice until Friday.
The proposal by Mariculture Unlimited, headed by Dr. John Garofalo of Westport, touched off a storm of protest from sailboat owners and recreational boaters, many of whom spoke at a July 23, 2003, public hearing in Milford. (See WestportNow July 24, 2003)
Westport boaters had said the oyster operation would seriously jeopardize their recreational activities on Long Island Sound.
A new study says residents of suburbs such as Westport with a high degree of sprawl are more likely to report chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, arthritis, headaches and breathing difficulties compared to residents in less sprawled-out areas.
The differences remained even when researchers accounted for factors such as age, economic status and race.
“People who live in more sprawling areas are more likely to have chronic health problems over time,” said Roland Sturm, co-author of the report by Rand Corp., a nonprofit research group. “People drive more in these areas, they walk less.”
Researchers said the findings suggest that an adult who lives in a sprawling city such as Atlanta will have health characteristics similar to someone four years older, but otherwise similar, who lives in a more compact city like Seattle.
Democratic challenger Arlo Ellison today announced a schedule of forums and debates between the two candidates for Connecticuts 26th state Senate seat, both of whom are Westport residents. Freedman and Ellison: debates and forums scheduled. File photos
Ellison called the debates an important opportunity to focus attention on issues long overlooked by his eight-year unchallenged opponent, Republican Judith Freedman.
Beginning with a ғMeet the Candidates Night on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cider Mill School in Wilton, Ellison will square off against Freedman in a series of four public forums.
Subsequent debates will take place on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the New Canaan Library; Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7:45 a.m. at Ridgefield High School, and Monday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Westport Public Library.
Bernhard at Hartford news conference today. Contributed photoWestport state Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard was among state lawmakers today drawing attention to a new law that will make Connecticut the only state to exempt gas-electric hybrid cars from the state’s sales tax.
The new law, proposed by Bernhard, takes effect on Friday.
Bernhard and other lawmakers held a news conference at the state Capitol in Hartford where some of the hybrid cars were on display. One was owned by Westporter Roy Dickinson.
The 6 percent sales tax exemption applies to certain hybrid vehicles that get an estimated 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
Bernhard said that hybrid cars reduce smog-forming gases by 10 to 15 percent and consume 21 percent less gasoline than similar, conventional vehicles.