Monday, April 15, 2024


After ‘Long Engagement,’ Palmer’s First BOE Meeting

By James Lomuscio

After what Westport Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon called “a long engagement,” Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer—hired in February and appointed July 1—attended her first school board meeting tonight as the town’s education leader. Image
Colleen Palmer (in her office): she has visited every school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Gordon exuded an air of enthusiasm about Palmer, former superintendent of Weston, being at the helm as the school system readied for Thursday’s start of the 2016-17 academic year for Westport’s 5,612 students.

“They represent 22 percent of our population in Westport,” Palmer said, stressing that her guiding principles put students’ needs first, making education a joy. 

Tonight’s changing of the guard for the board that had worked for the past 17 years with former Superintendent Elliott Landon, who retired in June, was also marked by another change. School board member Brett Aronow announced she will be stepping down effective Sept. 30, saying she recently sold her home.

Towns Will Craft Their Own Plan to Regionalize, Ease Local Tax Burden

By Keith M.Phaneuf

As state officials increase their warnings that municipal aid may be curtailed in the coming years, Connecticut’s cities and towns will craft their own plan to regionalize services and make local government more efficient.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities announced today the formation of a new “state-local partnership panel” to find ways to ease burdens on property taxpayers, diversify local options to raise revenue and deliver services regionally.

The panel, which will feature mayors, first selectmen and town managers — including leaders from some of Connecticut’s largest cities — will deliver a blueprint to legislators in December.

“We are seeking to develop a legislative action plan that can be implemented by the 2017 General Assembly and designed to change the course of events in Connecticut towns and cities” starting next July, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who is CCM president and chairman of the study group.

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Two Westport Firefighters Battling Idaho Wildfire

Two Westport firefighters are among a 20-person Connecticut interstate fire crew helping fight ongoing wildfires in Idaho. Image
Assistant Chiefs Rob Yost (l) and Mike Kronick: off to Idado. Contributed photo/Dave Matlow for

Assistant Chiefs Rob Yost and Michael Kronick left Saturday, joining crews from Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania who arrived in Boise, Idaho on Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury.

The Connecticut crew is currently assigned to the Black Fire in the Black Canyon drainage on the Palisades Ranger District in Idaho, he said.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Black Fire was detected on Aug. 19 and is believed to have been caused by lightning. It currently covers 280 acres and is centered 10 miles southwest of Swan Valley, Idaho. The Forest Service said 61 firefighters are involved in firefighting efforts there.

Welcome to Compo Mill Cove Image
Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, tonight welcomes guests to a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cov home of Robin Tauck (l). Tauck was a sponsor of the WHS exhibit “the beautiful POND” based on the book of the same title by local artist and author Judith Orseck Katz. Like the book, the exhibit features watercolors of the Sherwood Mill Pond and its environs. It runs through Sept. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Assault Arrest Leads to Drug Charges

Officers arrested a Fairfield man on charges of assault, risk of injury to a minor and drug sales, as they were alerted to a domestic dispute in the rear parking lot of the Westport Police Department, police said today. Image
Stephen Shulman:held on $10,000 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. Eric Woods, the incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. Sunday when witnesses told police that Stephen Shulman, 31, was striking a female passenger in his vehicle.

“It was also learned that a 6-week old infant was in the vehicle as well during the assault,” Woods said.

Woods said that following Shulman’s arrest, his vehicle was searched, and marijuana and butane honey oil or DAB was found along with packaging materials, scales and other paraphernalia associated with the manufacture and sale of DAB.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 82 Compo Mill Cove Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 82 Compo Mill Cove is in process. Built in 1964, the 1-1/2 story custom contemporary has 3,203-square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in June for $1,455,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Actor Gene Wilder, Frequent Westport Visitor, 83 Image
Actor Gener Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford. His nephew ,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder, a frequent Westport visitor, is pictured at a 2010 Westport Country Playhouse gala with wife Karen. In a 2008 appearance at the Westport Library, he said said he did not like today’s movies because of the foul language and felt some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate. Wilder appeared at the Playhouse in 2001 in “Don’t Make Me Laugh,” three one-act plays by Chekhov, Feydeau, and Shaw, with Bob Dishy and Carol Kane. He was also in Playhouse productions of “The Complaisant Lover” (1962), “The Millionairess” (1963),  “The White House” (1964), a fundraiser “For the Children” (2001), and a film series talk on “Young Frankenstein” (2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for