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Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004

10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag lunch
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Make A Difference Day Committee

Westport Property Transfers Sept. 13-17, 2004

Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 13-17, 2004:

Zoltan Toth to Jonathan Rubin and Fay Murakawa, 105A Old Road, $1,930,000WN property.jpg

Sotirios Zachariadis to Mark Dido and Emily Vargas, 9 Morningside Lane, $1,530,000

146 Lansdowne LLC to Mary Elizabeth Fellah, 146 Lansdowne, $725,00014riverlane11290401260.jpg
14 River Lane: sold for $2 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Village Pond LLC to Peter and Nancy Alamo, 31 Hiawatha Lane Ext., $550,000

Study Rejects I-95 Breakdown Lane Use from Stamford to Westport

Former Gov. John G. Rowland’s proposal to ease congestion on I-95 by allowing drivers to use the breakdown lanes from Stamford to Westport has been rejected by a new study.

While a report to the state’s Transportation Strategy Board shows the idea would reduce some of the gridlock during commuting hours, the analysis also found that it could increase traffic accidents 10 to 15 percent.

“We’re not going to recommend the use of breakdown lanes for commuter purposes,” R. Nelson “Oz” Griebel, the board chairman, told the AP. “From the board’s standpoint, it was never anything we were pursuing.”

Last year, Rowland suggested the state consider a six-month pilot project that would open the breakdown lanes during morning and evening rush hours on I-95 between Stamford to Westport.

Judge Clears Way for Martha Stewart to Go to Jail by Oct. 8

The federal judge in the obstruction of justice trial of Westport’s Martha Stewart today cleared the way for her to report to jail by Oct. 8.

The judge agreed to her request to begin her prison sentence immediately and recommended that U.S. prison officials assign Stewart to a prison camp in Danbury or Coleman, Fla.—the two she requested last week.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum sentenced Stewart to five months in prison in July, but allowed Stewart to remain out
of prison while she appealed her conviction.

Last week, Stewart asked the judge to allow her to begin serving her time, saying she wanted to “reclaim my good life” and put the ordeal behind her and her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.

In Honor of Someone She Didn’t Know

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Westporter Elizabeth Beeby recently erected this sign in Winslow Park in honor of longtime Westporter Robert H. Bradley who died in an auto accident Sept. 14. She never met him but happened to see the accident while driving by on I -95 and attended his memorial service with a friend. Beeby, an artist, was so moved by the outpouring of affection for Bradley that she decided to create this sign in his honor. It is her hope the town might name a park path or erect a permanent plaque on a tree in his memory. Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

Health District Offers Flu Vaccine in Emergency Training Drill

The Westport Weston Health District is trying something new this year with its annual flu shots it’s offering the vaccine in two simulated emergency mass vaccinations in October and November.wwhd100.jpg

(Editor’s Note: In light of the flu vaccine shortage the Health District canceled the first clinic and put the second on hold. See update on WestportNow Oct. 5, 2003)

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the district and members of its emergency management team have been working hard to develop an emergency response plan for the towns of Westport and Weston as it relates to terrorism. 

The plan’s purpose is to prepare for a major public health emergency, such as a pandemic flu outbreak. But in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan, district officials need to put it into action. 

So this year, the health district will change the venue of the community flu clinics to incorporate components of the emergency response plan, as well as a drill exercise.

Sports: Staples Boys Soccer Team Edges Fairfield Warde 2-1

The Staples boys soccer team scored three minutes into sudden-death overtime Monday, edging Fairfield Warde 2-1 at the losers’ home field.

The Wreckers scored first, in the 36th minute, when Ross McGibney tore down the left sideline, then fed Chris Meinke who waited patiently before finishing low and hard. 

The Mustangs equalized 11 minutes into the second half, but the Westporters earned their second victory against no defeats when Charlie Reiter’s corner kick was touched on by McGibney, into the box. 

Central midfielder Jon Zimmerman was there to ram it home. Staples’ next game is Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Trumbull High.

The Vine is Out and a Mexican Grill is In

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There’s another restaurant change on Post Road West at Sylvan Road South. Vine Mediterranean Grill & Pizza, which in April 2003 replaced longtime tenant Connollys Restaurant and Taproom, is out and a grill featuring fresh Mexican cuisine and a patron bar is moving in. Franco Fellah of Westport’s HK Group handled the sale from Alpha Omega Hospitality Group I, LLC to Bulletproof Restaurants, Inc. Price was not disclosed. Contributed photo