Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy has announced that the Westport Beautification Committee and Westport Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring “Green-Up Westport Day” on Saturday, May 17.
“A letter has been sent to 60 civic organizations and community groups asking for help and cooperation organizing the clean-up and in picking adopted clean-up spots,” said McCarthy.
Also, the Green-up Westport Day committees are asking every Westport citizen on that day to take time to clean-up litter along their street or any public space, he said. At the conclusion, the town will collect bagged garbage and debris from the adopted spots.
Groups should specify the time of clean-up by calling the Westport Parks and Recreation Department at (203)341-5091 prior to May 17.
Westport Library Director Maxine Bleiweis told the Y’s Men of Westport Weston today that the library is about 18 months away from a groundbreaking on its $25 million expansion project. “The town has put $7.5 million into its capital forecast, we’re raising the rest,” she said. More than 100 families and individuals have already said they want to be a part of this “legacy,” Bleiweis said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Jerry Aiello of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Westport, died May 6 at the Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota. He was 93.
Born in Bridgeport the son of the late Frank and Adeline Aiello, he had been an area resident for most of his life prior to moving to Florida. He was a talented musician and played in numerous big bands and traveled the world. He later taught music locally.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine, and a daughter, Paula Aiello, of Sarasota.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 12 at 9 a.m. in St. Augustine Cathedral, 359 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford.
A tractor-trailer fire on I-95 southbound near Exit 15 in Norwalk just before mid-day today created backups that stretched to Bridgeport. No one injured and Norwalk firefighters had the blaze under control within 10 minutes, said Deputy Chief Edward Prescott. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Norwalk Fire Department photo
Westport’s Downtown Steering Committee met today to discuss plans for the forthcoming public workshop series on developing a downtown master plan, the first of which is set for early June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Outgoing state Sen. John McKinney (R-28) of Fairfield, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, was honored Wednesday at the State Capitol by his fellow state legislators on the final day of the 2014 Connecticut General Assembly’s legislative session. McKinney has served 16 years in the General Assembly, representing the towns of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport. He was elected Minority Leader of the Senate in 2007. Behind him is his fiancée, Kristin Fox of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The General Assembly moved fitfully through the last day of its 2014 session Wednesday, as the Senate offered six hours of tributes to departing leaders and House Republicans voiced at length their opposition to a fracking waste bill, preludes to a final burst of deals and votes before midnight adjournment.
“A reminder to senators to stay close to the chamber,” Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, told senators after 8 p.m., warning them of the frequent roll call votes about to come. “It’s going to be fast and furious between now and midnight.”
In quick succession, the Senate and House approved a hospital regulation bill that had been the subject of fierce lobbying by the hospital industry and labor unions representing health care employees. It removes an obstacle in existing law that makes it difficult for hospitals to operate as for-profits in Connecticut. But it also gives the state more oversight on sales of nonprofit hospitals and new regulatory authority over transactions involving physician practices.
The last major piece of business was passage of a 314-page supplementary budget bill, a last chance, catch-all measure packed with provisions from bills that failed to win passage during the 13-week session that began Feb. 5 and ended by constitutional mandate at the stroke of 12. Final passage in the Senate came minutes before adjournment.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “ 10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Downtown Steering Committee 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “A Song at Twilight”
UPDATE Former tennis star James Blake, a Westport resident since 2012, is the owner of a Tampa, Fla. area home where four persons were found dead early today after it went up in flames.
Blake, who retired from tennis last year, was notified by authorities that the home inside the exclusive Avila Golf and Country Club was destroyed, according to media reports. One report said he flew to Florida upon learning of the fire, but others said his whereabouts were not known.
The dead were identified as a family of four: Darrin Campbell; his wife, Kim; and their children, Colin, 19, and Megan, 16. The blaze was the work of an arsonist, authorities said
Blake bought his Westport home on Prospect Road in February 2012 for $3.25 million, using a limited liability corporation, according to public records. He previously lived in Fairfield.