Friday, April 19, 2024


A Community Conversation on Underage Drinking

By James Lomuscio

As she addressed the more than 100 parents and students assembled in the Bedford Middle School cafeteria tonight, Pam Kelley stressed that teen alcohol abuse “is not a new problem and not unique to Westport.” Image
Staples junior Stephanie Klein (l) and sophomore Zoe Cohen take part in tonight’s community conversation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

“Changing the culture will take time and resources,” said Kelley, grant coordinator for Westport’s Positive Directions—The Center for Prevention & Recovery, a nonprofit organization that focuses on prevention of and recovery from substance abuse and dependencies.

The meeting,“Community Conversation on Underage Drinking,” was lauded by Kelley as a good first step.

“I know I’m preaching to the choir, but I hope this choir sings loud enough so other parents will hear,” she said.

Wednesday’s Milling Location Image
The Westport Public Works Department issued this map of road work operations scheduled for Wednesday. No paving is scheduled. Milling is scheduled to take place on North Avenue south of Cross Highway and near the school entrances. It said this will depend on the weather—if it rains hard as predicted, work will likely be canceled (if it even begins). In any case, the Wakeman Park Road and the Staples-Bedford gate will remain open for morning and afternoon access. All normal entrances will be open for access from North Avenue. Contributed graphic

Despite Forecast, Halloween Parade Still On—For Now

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said today that the annual Children’s Halloween Parade on Main Street is still scheduled to take place Wednesday despite the forecast of inclement weather.

Scheduled to start at 3 p.m. in front of the Westport/Weston Family Y and sponsored by the department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport PAL, the festivities will also include entertainment, music and refreshments on Veterans Green.

In case of heavy rain, the festivities will be moved inside to the Westport Town Hall starting at 3 p.m. 

Any change in the venue due to the weather will be posted on the town’s website

Herbert C. Hartmann Sr., 94

Herbert C. Hartmann Sr., 94, of Westport and Jupiter, Fla., the husband of the late Grete Hartmann, died Oct. 25 at his son’s home in Old Saybrook.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Henry and Jennie Hartmann and a longtime area resident. He attended Peter Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan.

He began his professional career working six years at Chase Bank, then five years at IBM.

He moved on to Fairchild Camera in Jamaica, N.Y., where he played a role in Jimmy Doolittle’s “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.”

Shirley Yvonne Huston Young, 84

Shirley Yvonne Huston Young, a Westport resident many years, died Oct. 18 in Wilton. She was 84.

Born on June 9, 1926, in Schenectady, N.Y., she was the daughter of Orrin R. and Blanche Gallant Huston of Scotia, N.Y.

She graduated Scotia High School in 1944, became a visiting nurse, married her husband, Richard Allen Young, in 1950.

In 1969, the family moved to Westport where she resided until 2000, then retired to Wallingford. She eventually moved to Wilton in 2006.

Report: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Rates Rise

Nursing home and assisted living rates rose significantly from 2009 to 2010, according to the Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs released today by Westport-based MetLife Mature Market Institute. Image

Private room nursing home rates rose 4.6 percent to $229 per day or $83,585 per year, while assisted living rose 5.2 percent on average to $3,293 per month, or $39,516 per year.

These increases come on top of increases from 2008 to 2009 when both nursing home and assisted living costs were up 3.3 percent.

Costs for home health aides and adult day services were unchanged in the past year. Home health aide costs remain at an average price of $21 per hour, while adult day services costs are still $67 per day.