Wednesday, June 19, 2024


WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Elizabeth Drive Image
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 10 Elizabeth Drive off Westport’s Old Road. Built in 1954, the one-story split level has 1,801 square feet and is situated on a .54-acre property.  Because it was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission at its meeting on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Joseloff Tells Y’s Men He’ll Seek Re-election Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (r) confirmed today in remarks to the Y’s Men of Westport Weston what had been widely expected—that he will be seeking re-election in November. Joseloff said he and Selectman Shelly Kassen will make the official announcement May 28 at a meeting of the Democratic Town Committee. He is pictured with Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss (c), who also addressed the group, and Bill Balch, president of the Y’s Men. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

Getting Ready for League of Women Voters Tag Sale Image
Despite the rain, members were busy today setting up for Friday and Saturday’s 25th annual League of Women Voters of Westport tag sale. The sale will take place both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of Winnie Balboni, 62 Cross Highway. Proceeds will benefit the LWV’s annual grant to a high school student through Staples High School Tuition Grants, as well as other educational, environmental and political activities held throughout the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Thursday, May 7, 2009

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Home”
1:15 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – “Hollywood Sings: Stories Behind Oscar Nominated Songs” with Bill Messenger
4:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Nonprofit Grantseekers Seminar with JuWon Choi
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – SpokenWord: “Literature of Harlem Renaissance” by Laurie Woodward
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Around the World in 80 Days” Talkback

“Ceremonies and Celebrations” Program Marks Sixth Year

Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today that the “Ceremonies and Celebrations” program will again be offered this year as the program marks its sixth anniversary.

The program is in response to requests from school staff for assistance in purchasing new clothing for graduating middle and high school students

“Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Westport community and the schools’ PTAs, 30 Westport students were able to purchase new special event clothing for their graduations from middle and high school,” said Butler.

Butler said the Human Services Department had received numerous heartfelt notes of thanks and the photographs of the proud young people as they walked across the stage or stood with their relatives on this special day.

“Navigating the Economic Storm” Forum Set for Saturday

Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler has announced that on Saturday the Community Support and Counseling Team, a group of community agencies that works with members of the Westport Emergency Management Committee, will sponsor a forum on “Navigating the Economic Storm.”

The panel presentations will be held in the McManus Room at the Westport Public Library from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Available throughout the event will be area resources concerning housing, financial and banking issues, career resources, volunteer and recreation opportunities to help residents deal with the new economic reality. Butler said.

Representatives from the financial sector will include local banking experts, the Connecticut Department of Banking, and the FBI who will discuss financial scams.

Worried About Health Care Availability

To the Editor:

I am worried about the cost and availability of health care.  I know I am not alone.  I have Medicare today, and secondary insurance from my employer.  But how many Westport residents do not have either of these?

There is a proposal before our state legislature that would provide health care for almost everyone. It is called SustiNet. It was created by people who really understand the needs and the dilemmas. It is build on the experience and input of doctors, nurses and hospitals; small business owners and corporate leaders; people without health insurance and with inadequate coverage; labor unions; faith leaders; and health care advocates.

Connecticut can be a leader in health care reform for our country.  SustiNet combines the best of our public and private systems.  SustiNet offers a comprehensive, affordable benefit package including mental and dental health care. SustiNet offers the same health insurance benefits as a typical large employer in Connecticut.

I support this plan and have asked our state representatives to vote for it.  I hope you will join me.  Call today – the vote may come any day.

Catherine Onyemelukwe

Woman’s Club Awards Grants to 38 Nonprofits Image
Audrey Rabinowitz, president of the Westport Woman’s Club, announces the names of the recipient organizations of the club’s 2009 grants at a breakfast today. The grants went to 38 area nonprofit organizations from eight towns in southwest Fairfield County. The grants are funded through the annual Yankee Doodle Fair, Curio Cottage proceeds, and other fundraiser events which take place throughout the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for