Friday, April 12, 2024


Hall-Brooke Gets $750,000 HUD Housing Award

Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services has been awarded $750,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the McKinney-Vento Continuum of Care Programs to provide 12 new units of supportive housing for persons with chronic behavioral health disorders, it was announced today.

The grant funds 12 scattered-site one-bedroom apartments in the Greater Bridgeport area for homeless persons who need support services for psychiatric problems and/or substance abuse, and training in development of independent living skills, an announcement said.

The award was announced at Hall-Brooke’s main campus at 47 Long Lots Road., Westport, by Rep. Christopher Shays . Shays succeeded the late Stewart McKinney, longtime Representative from Connecticut’s 4th District, who co-authored the bill under which the grant was given.

“I am grateful to Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services for working so tirelessly to meet the needs of chronically homeless and disabled citizens in our community,” Shays said in a statement.

Playtex Says Court Affirms Ruling

Westport’s Playtex Products Inc. said Monday a federal appeals court affirmed a lower court ruling that said Procter & Gamble Co. engaged in false advertising regarding tampons.

In 2003, Playtex filed suit claiming that P&G made false claims in a series of television commercials and print ads for a then-new tampon product, Tampax Pearl.

The suit claimed that P&G falsely said that its Tampax Pearl product had a plastic applicator superior to that of Playtex’s product, Gentle Glide. In addition, the suit claimed that P&G falsely said its Pearl product contained a ” braid” that provided better absorbency than Gentle Glide.

A spokesperson from P&G was not available to react to the decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

National Public Radio Highlights Westport Teardowns, Bradley House

Westport teardowns and the fight to save the Abel Bradley house got some national exposure today on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” program.

The report noted that it is hard to find a street in Westport that either does not have a house being torn down or one going up and highlighted the fight to save the 200-year-old Bradley house. It can be heard online here.

Among those interviewed was WestportNow contributing photographer Dave Matlow whose photos of Westport teardowns were cited in the NPR story.

More national attention is coming to Westport because of Matlow’s photos. Over the weekend, he escorted a BusinessWeek photographer to a number of Westport teardown sites for a story on “the housing bubble” set to run in the magazine next week.

Bradley House Documentary Set for Westport Showing April 11

A “preliminary version” of a 16-minute documentary depicting the battle to save the Abel Bradley house on the Westport-Fairfield border will be shown April 11 in Westport.

The 7:30 p.m. event will take place in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library, according to Eleanor Dickey, who heads a group trying to save the house. Admission is free.

The final version is expected to include the ultimate result of the struggle between developers and preservationists, she said.

A Superior Court judge in Bridgeport has said a ruling on a request for a temporary injunction preventing demolition of the house will not come before April 18. So filmmakers Suzi Yoonessi and Andrea Chignoli have decided to release the preliminary version now, Dickey said. (See WestportNow Feb. 13, 2005)

Westport Woman Pleads Guilty to Narcotics Possession

A Westport woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in New Haven to possessing crack cocaine.

Jennifer Lane, 19, of 68 Harbor Road, entered the plea before U.S.
District Judge Janet Bond Arterton, according to Kevin J. O’Connor, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.

When she is sentenced on June 20, Lane faces a maximum term of imprisonment of one year and a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000. As part of her plea agreement, she also will be required to pay $500 of the cost of her drug treatment and counseling, O’Connor said.

She was among 30 persons arrested during the last week of February by federal and local law enforcement officials in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, and the Bronx, N.Y. (See WestportNow March 10, 2005)

Flood Watch in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the tri-state area, including Westport.

It said rain will become heavy at times over the course of today. A few thunderstorms will also be possible during the daylight hours into the evening.

Current indications are that around 2 inches of rain will fall from this system with locally higher amounts possible, forecasters said.

About 1.25 inches had fallen by late afternoon, according to the weather station at Bedford Middle School in Westport.