Monday, April 15, 2024


Westport EMS Schedules CPR Classes

The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, in association with the American Heart Association, is sponsoring free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes in recognition of CPR Week April 815.

The classes will be held at the police/EMS classroom, 50 Jesup Road, Westport. Call (203) 341-6030 to register for any of the following courses:

Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. - noon adult CPR
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. pediatric CPR
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. pediatric CPR (Spanish)

Tuesday, April 12
10 a.m. - noon adult CPR

Serve Future Generations by Preserving Open Space

To the Editor:

How can a town founded on preservation even consider the destruction of acres of land in a remote, residential area to construct a new fitness facility? The YMCAs desire to place a Wal-Mart sized building in the middle of one of the last parcels of open space in Westport would be a crime.

What exists at Camp Mahackeno today is miraculous, enchanted woodland that every child who passed through camp there, or just passed the day there, remembers for the rest of his or her life.  Remember: Inner cities allocate hundreds of thousands of dollars to send underprivileged children to facilities like Camp Mahackeno.  Have we forgotten how privileged we are to have such a beautiful resource in our town?

It is time to reconsider for whom we wish to construct a new facility: the children….or the YMCAҒs Board. We will best serve our children by preserving Camp Mahackenos pristine open space for future generations. The YMCA belongs downtown in a central and accessible location such as Baron’s South, to name one of several possibilities.  For more information, visit

Karen Fernandez

Memories at 10 Hunting Lane

Peter Rotolo of Fairfield videotapes the house where he grew up at 10 Hunting Lane, Westport, being demolished today. It was WestportNow’s teardown of the day on Nov. 15, 2004. Rotolo said his father bought the house in 1965 for $23,000 and then added a dormer which cost $5,000. He plans to replace the 2,000-square-foot structure with a larger house of 3,700 square feet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Staples Changes Bus, School Times During CAPT Testing

For six days beginning Tuesday, Staples High School students will have modified school arrival times and bus schedules to accommodate the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT), administered each year to 10th graders state-wide.wsptschoolbus032605260.jpg
Westport school buses: CAPT changes their high school schedule. Emily Laux for

Students taking the CAPT must arrive at school by 8:45 a.m. to take the test, administered each day at 9 a.m. Students not taking the CAPT must arrive at school at times ranging from 10:20 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., depending on the days CAPT schedule (see box).

Those taking the test will be provided with bus transportation at the usual times, although this will set their arrival time 90 minutes before the testing begins.

In a letter to parents, Staples Principal John Dodig suggested that students who are taking the test ғfind alternate methods of transportation to school to avoid having to stay in our cafeteria for an extended period of time before they test.

Checking Out the Longshore Golf Course

Members of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and others took a guided tour of the Longshore Club Park golf course today led by Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director (2nd r). The RTM will consider a $2.3 million funding request to upgrade and improve the golf course at its April 5 meeting. Some members have expressed concern about the cost as well as the number of trees that will be removed as part of the project. (Editor’s note: The editor of WestportNow is Moderator of the RTM). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Martha Stewart Wants to Do Spring Planting in Westport

Martha Stewart has asked a federal judge to free her of home confinement in Bedford, N.Y. because, among other things, she needs to be seen on her new TV show doing spring planting at her home in Westport.

She also wants to rid herself of her electronic ankle bracelet because she likes to wear skirts and that bulky monitoring device cramps her style, the New York Daily News reported today.

The newspaper said the unusual argument surfaced in papers filed this week asking Manhattan Federal Judge Miriam Cedarbaum to free Stewart immediately from all restrictions so she can rescue her floundering firm.

Stewart argues that her home confinement is killing her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia—referred to in papers as an “innocent third party.”

Westport Historical Society Holds Knitting Workshop

The Westport Historical Society today spotlights the ancient art of knitting.

“Knitting has caught on in a big way, and this is your chance to learn how to create everything from baby items to long sweater coats to the ever-popular scarves,” according to a Society news release.

The workshop will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Society’s headquarters, 25 Avery Place, and will be hosted by Gayle Beyea.

An avid and talented craftswoman, Beyea has won many awards for sewing, embroidery, crewel, her homemade preserves and even photography, the announcement said.

Shays to Hold Social Security Meetings Next Weekend

Rep. Christopher Shays will hold two district-wide Social Security town hall meetings next weekend in Fairfield and Darien to discuss challenges faced by the Social Security system and ways to address them.

Jim Lockhart, a 4th District resident and deputy administrator of the Social Security Administration, as well as Marie Smith, president of AARP, and Ridge Multop, senior legislative representative of AARP, will also participate.

The town hall meetings will be held Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart University, Schine Auditorium, 515 Park Ave., Fairfield, and Sunday, April 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Darien Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien

“We have a responsibility to preserve and protect Social Security for those who rely on it now and for future generation,” Shays said. “I hope 4th District residents will join us as we discuss the best ways to achieve this.