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Board of Finance Extends Candidate Deadline Until Monday

The Westport Board of Finance has extended until Monday the deadline for applications for the vacancy created by the resignation of Republican R. Gavin S. Anderson.

By a vote of 4-2 along party lines, the board Tuesday night defeated a motion by Charles Haberstroh, seconded by Avi Kaner, both Republicans, to decline to consider any candidates who had submitted their resumes after Dec. 22, an earlier deadline set by the chair, Jeffrey Mayer, according to Mayer.

Mayer said he told the board he had received three resumes from interested parties after the deadline.

He said he was exercising his discretion to waive the deadline because he “did not want to discourage any citizens who might be interested in public service from stepping forward.”

Registration Open for March 10 Compo Penguin Plunge

Registration is open for this year’s Westport Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut which will be held at Compo Beach on Saturday, March 10, organizers announced.WestportNow.com Image
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal joins Westport firefighters at last year’s Compo Beach Penguin Plunge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo by Emily Hamilton Laux

Plungers, volunteers, sponsors and spectators are invited to be part of the event, a news release said.

Those interested can register online at www.soct.org and conduct pre-event fundraising to become eligible for incentive prizes, including a Caribbean Cruise, the announcement said.

More information is available from the Special Olympics Southwest Region office at (203)380-9990 ext. 604 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Judge Asks Parties to Discuss Dismantling Rudolph House

By Jennifer Connic

The judge presiding over a hearing involving a legal effort by preservationists to delay demolition of a house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hall designed by modernist architect Paul Rudolph today cited procedural problems with the case and also encouraged the two parties to discuss the potential for dismantling the house.WestportNow.com Image
A lawyer for the contract owner of the house at 16 Minute Man Hill testified today his client would be willing to see if it could be dismantled and moved. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo by Dave Matlow

David Waldman, the contracted owner for the house, also said during testimony before Stamford Superior Court Judge Taggert D. Adams that his family stands to lose $500,000 if he cannot close on the house later this month because of an injunction.

It was the third day of hearings on the case brought by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to prevent Waldman from demolishing the house until a nomination process to the National Register for Historic Places could be completed.

On Tuesday, the trust’s attorney presented his case and today Waldman’s attorney presented his case through testimony from Waldman, Realtor Sandy Ruta and Louis Micheels, who is selling the property to Waldman.

Family Y CEO to Speak at Y’s Men

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Helene Weir: Speaking about the Family Y’s future plans. Contributed photo
Westport Weston Family Y Chief Executive Officer Helene Weir will speak at the next Y’s Men of Westport Weston meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East.

Weir will speak on “Why the Y?” and discuss the plans to move the facility from downtown to Camp Mahackeno.

She was named the new chief executive officer for the Y last spring after a national search.

For more information, call Bill Meyer at (203) 226-3704 or Jon Fox at (203) 227-2679 or visit www.ysmenwestportweston.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007


10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Guitar Hero event
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning & Zoning Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)

Guitar Hero Game Featured at Library

The Westport Public Library will be providing an opportunity to teens to play the popular Guitar Hero on Wednesday night.

Starting at 7 p.m., teens will have the opportunity to play the video game—which features playing music on a guitar controller—in the McManus Room.

Snacks will be provided.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Staff Working on Gorham Resolution

By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Planning and Zoning Department staff is working on a resolution on the affordable housing project proposed for the Gorham Avenue Historic District and will present the draft Monday night.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold a work session Monday following a public hearing that starts at 7 p.m. It will be the first time the commission has discussed the matter since Nov. 30.

P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said today the staff has been working on a resolution with the town attorney that includes all of the comments commission members made during the Nov. 30 session.

During that session, commission members expressed how they wish to deny the application (See WestportNow Nov. 30).

Seller to Testify on Rudolph-Designed House

By Jennifer Connic

A Stamford Superior Court judge made no decision today on the future of the Paul Rudolph-designed home at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill and testimony by the seller of the property, Louis Micheels, was set for Wednesday.WestportNow.com Image
A judge has yet to decide the fate of the home at 16 Minute Man Hill, and court hearings continue Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN file photo

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking an injunction on the demolition of the house, which Rudolph designed for Micheels, while the research for placing the home on the National Register of Historic Places can be completed.

Marc Kurzman, attorney for David Waldman, a prominent downtown Westport developer who has a contract with Micheels to purchase the property, told Judge Taggert D. Adams today that Micheels is traveling to Connecticut from his Massachusetts home to testify in the case on Wednesday. The sale has not closed yet.

Additionally, several people stated in testimony today that Micheels opposes the movement to list the house on the National Register of Historic Places.