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YMCA Selects Architect for New Building

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The Westport/Weston YMCA today announced it has selected New York-based architect Robert A.M. Stern Associates to design its new $35 million facility on its 32-acre Camp Mahackeno site. Dick Foot (l), the Y’s executive director and CEO, and Ted Davis, head of the project steering committee, announced details of the plan at a news conference. They promised an environmentally-sound building that would nestle on the north side of the property near the Merritt Parkway, be of New England character, and take advantage of the naturally hilly terrain to blend in with the surroundings and have minimal impact on the land. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Metro-North: Trains Subject to Delays

Metro-North said today that its New Haven Line trains were subject to 15-minute delays because of two unrelated problems.

At Larchmont station, it said there was a wire down on a track that is currently out of service. The wire was also partially blocking an in-service track next to it, an announcement said.

Compounding this problem, there was a train that had to remain at New Rochelle station because a customer on that train required medical assistance, the railroad said.

Westport Schools, Senior Center Closed, Brown Bag Lunch Canceled

Westport schools are closed today because of the weather, the supreintendent’s office announced.

The Westport Center for Senior Activities announced it is closed today—all activities including the noon congregate luncheon program are off.

Town Hall announced that the weeky citizens brown bag lunch scheduled for noon today was also canceled.

Compo Beach Playground to Get a Makeover, Hopefully Minus Controversy

Westport’s Compo Beach playground turns 17 next year and a group of residents wants to mark the occasion with a makeover and hopefully not rekindle the kind of controversy its construction sparked almost a generation ago.compoplayground01250501260.jpg
Compo playground: “the wood has outlived its useful life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

“The wood has outlived its useful life,” said Joanne Heller, a Westport mother who sent an e-mail to fellow parents this week asking for volunteers to attend a meeting Sunday at 2 p.m. at Westport Police Headquarters to discuss renovating the playground.

The playground was built by hand by Westporters with private funding amid much controversy in the spring of 1989.

Controversy in Westport is a way of life, of course, but this one was especially notable for its pitting neighbor against neighbor. After four lawsuits and a series of polls, petitions, and t-shirt wars that attracted national attention, the project went ahead.

Two RTM Committees Split on Recommending Underage Drinking Bill

Two committees of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) met Tuesday night to discuss whether to recommend that the full RTM pass a controversial underage drinking ordinance next week. One endorsed it overwhelmingly; the other did not on a tie vote.

The Health and Human Services Committee voted 10-1-1 (McHenry against, Rome abstaining) to recommend RTM passage of the measure at its Feb. 1 meeting. The Public Protection Committee split on the issue 3-3 (Mioli, Mathias, and Lowenstein in favor; Flynn, Krause, and Starr opposed. See committee list here.)

The committees voted after meeting for several hours and hearing testimony from members of the public, many of them members of the Westport Youth Commission, which drafted the bill. The measure would allow police to ticket underage drinkers on private property, something they cannot do under current law.

(Editor’s Note: The editor of WestportNow.com is also moderator of the RTM.)

Paul Newman, 80 on Wednesday, Set for Daytona Race

Westport’s Paul Newman, who turns 80 Wednesday, said today he is ready to drive in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway next month.

“You bet,” the Academy Award-winning actor said during a conference with reporters.

Just more than two weeks ago, Newman escaped injury when the car he was driving caught fire. He will return to the cockpit of the same car on the same track for the race on Feb. 5-6.

“The car should be rebuilt and ready to test hopefully at another track in Florida before we actually start testing at Daytona,” he said.