About 100 persons, many of them seniors, turned out tonight for a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting in which town officials sought commission approval for the first step toward building senior housing and a skilled nursing facility on the town-owned, 22-acre parcel known as the Baron’s South property. Selectman Shelly Kassen outlined her thoughts on the application to P&Z members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
After three-and-a-half hours of comments from local officials and the public, the P&Z decided to resume hearings on Thursday, Nov. 4.
“People tell me, ‘Demonstrate leadership, Gordon. Leave a legacy,’ ” First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said, adding that he could not think of a more important legacy than allowing seniors to remain in their town.
As outlined by Joseloff and Selectman Shelly Kassen, the plan calls for 66 senior housing units, 60 percent of which would be affordable, and nearby, an 84-resident skilled nursing facility.
In their second and final debate, candidates for the 136th House District debated environmental issues tonight at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Democrat Jonathan Steinberg and Republican Nitzy Cohen touched on the effectiveness of the Department of Environmental Protection, the deer population and what to do about them, and energy costs. About 50 persons attended the debate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Members of the Staples High School environmental class attended tonight’s debate at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Pictured (l-r) are Zoe Greenblatt, Ali Jadick ,Mike Nussbaum, abd Vinny Amaru. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Democrat Jonathan Steinberg and Republican Nitzy Cohen were all smiles before tonight’s debate at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. The two are vying to fill the seat of state Representative Joe Mioli, a Democrat, who is not seeking re-election in the 136th House District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The integrity of Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) came under attack in Stamford Superior Court today by a former commissioner. Helen Martin Block: “They didn’t want to probe the issues.” WN file photo
Judge A. William Mottolese heard former commissioner Helen Martin Block charge that the majority of the P&Z was biased toward the applicant in its 5 to 2 vote in 2008 approving the construction of a new Westport Weston family Y at Camp Mahackeno.
The P&Z and the Y are codefendants in a suit initiated by Y Downtown, a group that opposes the move and charges that the commission did not perform due diligence regarding town regulations when making the approval.
The predisposition claims were made by Martin Block who served on the commission from November 2003 to October 2008 when she resigned.
UPDATE A 17-year-old Westport youth was struck by a car today on Hen Hawk Lane off of Whitney Street and hospitalized.
Police did not identify the victim. Sergeant Eric Woods of the department’s Accident Investigation Unit said he suffered head and other injuries He was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. He was released on Friday.
Because of the severity of the injuries, the Accident Investigation Unit was called in to thoroughly document the accident scene. One of the victim’s sneakers was still in the roadway as they worked.
A police news release said arriving emergency personnel found the victim next to the vehicle which hit him and administered medical treatment. It said the cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Westport Police Patrol Division and the Accident Investigation Unit.
It’s still more than four months away, but Spin Odyssey’s 2011 fund-raising event on Sunday, March 6 got a boost today at the Westport Thursday Farmer’s Market. Giving out information to visitors were (l-r) Don Stillman of Greenwich, Patty Kondub of Westport and Mariann VanZanten also of Westport. Kondub stressed that 100 percent of the monies raised will go directly to breast cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com