Tuesday, March 05, 2024


4th District Debate Turns to Energy and the Environment

By Uma Ramiah


It’s been a campaign season fiercely focused on the economy, and this latest debate in the 4th Congressional District was no exception. But for a good part of today’s event at Norwalk’s DoubleTree Hotel two other crucial issues got some attention: energy and the environment.WestportNow.com Image
Dan Debicella (l) and Jim Himes in the final debate of their campaign today in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Uma Ramiah for Ctmirror.org

“Ninety seconds on energy policy,” said incumbent Democrat Jim Himes, “Okay. Here’s an area where we really need substantial change.”

Himes and his opponent, Republican state Sen. Dan Debicella, agreed that reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil by developing alternative energy sources was the only way forward.

“We continue to send billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela,” said Himes. “I was in Afghanistan nine months ago and I’ve seen what that money gets used for against our young men and women.”

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Staples Awareness Group Hosts Pre-Homecoming Assemblies

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Saturday is Homecoming at Westport’s Staples High School and today the school’s pajama-clad Teen Awareness Group held two powerful assemblies aimed at raising awareness of underage drinking. Students watched “Haze,” a documentary about a student who died in an alcohol-related hazing incident in 2004 at the University of Colorado. They also heard from Principal John Dodig and football Coach Marce Petroccio urging students to make responsible decisions this Homecoming and throughout the year. Dodig moved up the time for Saturday’s game against Fairfield Ludlowe from 2 p.m. to 10 a.m. in hopes of discouraging drinking which marred last year’s event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Recasting Westport Inn as a Boutique Hotel

By James Lomuscio

When Sheldon Stein bought The Westport Inn three years ago this month, he planned a total redevelopment, one that would involve knocking down the front building facing Post Road East and replacing it with an elegant boutique-styled inn designed by Westport architect Peter Cadoux.WestportNow.com Image
Sheldon Stein’s plans include a ballroom for 250 people. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Two-and-a-half years later, Stein, managing principal of New York City-based Ranger Properties, got all the Planning and Zoning Commission approvals required.

There was just one problem—the economy had gone into a tailspin.

“Our intention is still to go ahead with it, just not immediately,” he said Wednesday as he walked between the two buildings, the one constructed in 1965 near Post Road East and the one behind it built in 1985.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Memory”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Putting Westport on the Map” & “Zoom in on Westport”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Imperial Avenue Parking Lot – Westport Farmers Market
11:30 a.m. – DoubleTree Hotel, 789 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk – 4th Congressional District candidate debate on environment
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: S.J. Rozan and Daniel Judson
7:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Candidates for 136th House District answer questions about environmental issues
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Diary of Anne Frank” (post performance: “So the World Will Know: Attempts to Document Genocide”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Candidate Forums set for Thursday

There will be two candidate forums on the environment on Thursday sponsored by Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center.

Earthplace is co-sponsoring, with the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, a debate and luncheon featuring the candidates for the Connecticut 4th Congressional District, Democrat Jim Himes and Republican Dan Debicella.

The debate will be moderated by News-12 Anchor Tom Appleby and take place at the DoubleTree Hotel, 789 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The fee for the event, which includes lunch, is $45.

In the evening, Earthplace will host the candidates for Westport’s 136th State House District, Republican Nitzy Cohen and Democrat Jonathan Steinberg. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Earthplace. Admission is free. 

Staples Boys Soccer Beats Bassick

Balanced scoring lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Bassick today in Bridgeport.WestportNow.com Image
Connor Walsh saves for Staples during today’s 4-1 win over Bassick in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com

The win gives the Wreckers a final regular season record of 13-2-1.  Seeded second in the FCIAC tournament, they host a quarterfinal game this Friday (3 p.m., Loeffler Field). 

The opponent has not yet been determined.

Court Lake, Greg Gudis, Harry Birch and Max Hoberman all scored for Staples. Lorenz Esposito, Dylan Evans and Taylor McNair registered assists.