Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava today announced some updates regarding the use of town recreation facilities in light of the coronavirus.
Tennis: The Town Farm tennis courts and the Doubleday tennis courts (located behind Saugatuck Elementary School) are anticipated to open on June 5. At this time, play will be limited to courts with nets and singles play only, along with other restrictions, which can be found on the tennis pages at www.westportrecreation.com.
Longshore Golf Course: As of June 1, single rider golf carts and pull carts will be available at Longshore Golf Course through the 2 p.m. tee time. Use is restricted so that enough time is available at the end of the day to ensure proper sanitization. Carts are limited and available while supplies last.
As of June 5, tee times at Longshore Golf Course will start at 7 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and will remain at 8 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Additionally, play will be extended daily with the last tee time at 7 p.m.
Former Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman announced today she is stepping down on June 10 as the Democratic state chair, a position she took at the request of Gov. Ned Lamont after his election in 2018. She will swap jobs with Nancy DiNardo, a former state chair and current member of the Democratic National Committee.
“I’ve had an amazing career in Connecticut politics, and it has been an honor to continue to serve as party chairman. I am grateful to Gov. Lamont for giving me this opportunity, but it is time for me to step back from day-to-day operations,” Wyman said in a statement. “This is an extraordinary election year, and I hope to continue to support the party by stepping into Nancy DiNardo’s role on the DNC.”
Wyman, 74, a popular figure among Democratic insiders, helped Lamont resolve a post-election drama in 2018 over whether Nick Balletto would remain as state chair against the wishes of the governor-elect. Lamont and Balletto jointly introduced Wyman as the new chair on Dec. 13 of that year, ending an awkward struggle.
The job swap is subject to approval by the 72-member Democratic State Central Committee, which is likely given Lamont’s backing of the plan.
UPDATED and CORRECTED Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) is scheduled to meet Monday, June 15, to vote on whether to overturn a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) text amendment that petitioners say restricts where developmentally disabled adults can live.
The group home at 124 Compo Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
However, P&Z Chairwoman Danielle Dobin says that is false, and that text amendment 778 approved by a 5 to 2 vote May 14 actually expands opportunities for “group homes for adults with special needs.”
Under federal law, group homes for up to six unrelated adults with special needs can exist in any home, according to Dobin.
“Test Amendment 778 allows kitchenettes and bathrooms to be added to town-owned residential buildings in Residential A zones without a variance from the ZBA,” she said.
The state today released adjusted COVID-19 statistics, putting the Westport case count at 285, up two from its also adjusted count on Wednesday. The number of deaths was put at 21, down one from Wednesday.
The latest figures showed Connecticut with 41,559 cases, which the DPH said was an increase of 271. Fairfield County cases were listed at 15,353, up 39 reported on Wednesday.
There were 23 new fatalities statewide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 3,826, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The Fairfield County number was 1,246, up four.
Statewide hospitalizations were listed as 648, a decrease of 36 while In Fairfield County, there was a decrease by nine to 211. Statewide tests administered were 235,525, up 5,756 in the last 24 hours, Lamont said.
The state adjusted its COVID-19 case count today, lowering Westport’s number from 291 to 283 while the number of deaths was unchanged at 22 in the last 24 hours, state officials said today.
A note on the state Department of Public Health website said: “The staff at the Department of Public Health have removed 356 cases and 808 tests in the past 24 hours, which were identified as duplicates in the system, affecting both test and overall case numbers. Since yesterday, there have been 341 new positive cases, and 5,215 new tests were reported.”
The latest figures on the website showed Connecticut with 41,288 cases, which the DPH said was a decrease of 15. Fairfield County cases were listed at 15,314, down 41 reported on Tuesday.
There were 34 new fatalities statewide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 3,803, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The Fairfield County number was 1,242, up 11.