Westport’s first teardown of the 2005 was a house at 60 Clapboard Hill Road. The 1920 house (inset) was featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day on Oct. 27, 2004. The Historic District Commission approved a delay in September in its destruction, but the permit was finally issued Jan. 6. The property changed hands Jan. 3 for $1,345,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Police Chief Al Fiore told the Westport Y’s Women today that difficulties communicating with other agencies continue to be a major concern in the wake of 9/11. “It’s a huge problem, but it is being addressed,” he said, adding that town funding bodies will soon consider a $2 million upgrade for police communications equipment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Today’s WestportNow teardown is at 6A Pheasant Lane, which runs off of Meeker Road near Sturges Highway. The Historic District Commission Tuesday night will consider an extension of a delay in granting a demolition permit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
11:30 a..m. – Westport YMCA – Westport Police Chief Al Fiore addresses Y’s Women 7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks and Recreation Commission 8 p.m. – Staples High School Library – Board of Education (live coverage on Cablevision Ch. 78)
Paul Newman: “I don’t know what happened.” WestportNow photoWestport’s Paul Newman escaped injury Saturday when the race car he was testing caught fire following a spin at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
Newman, 79, was driving a Daytona Prototype sports car for next month’s Rolex 24 when he spun on the road course, said Adam Saal, Grand American Series spokesman.
The car didn’t hit anything, but when Newman tried to restart the engine it caught fire.
The fire was contained to the engine compartment, and Newman escaped without harm. He was taken to the track’s infield medical center and released after a brief exam.
Hilary Stevens: Owners of antique homes have distinct needs. Contributed photoWith Westport teardowns at a record pace, a Westport Historical Society program spotlighting preservation of antique homes may not be more timely.
The group on Jan. 29 begins another year of its successful Old House School series with lectures and panel discussions highlighting the preservation and restoration of antique homes.
Hilary Stevens, creator of the event and a Westport-based Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate and Home Services, said antique homes comprise the bulk of the housing within Westport and surrounding towns.
Yet, she contends that antique homeowners are not recognized as a group with distinct needs and interests.
A Westport Public Library patron tries out the library’s automated checkout system today. The rainy Saturday weather made it an ideal time to visit the library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com