Ecplise Watching in Westport
Clouds permitting, LANDTECH’s eclipse-watchers and others be on hand early next Monday afternoon at The Westport Astronomical Society’s Rolnick Observatory (182 Bayberry Lane). Visitors can enjoy the use of solar telescopes, safety lenses and expert guidance. The “maximum” eclipse for Connecticut is expected at 2.45pm. https://www.was-ct.org [hat tip to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog]
A New Plan for the Cribari Bridge
Local legislators working with CT’s D.O.T. have developed a plan that could give Westport’s landmark Cribari Bridge over to local control. Plans call for reposting CT Rte 136 to Post Road instead, allowing the bridge to get needed upgrades and repairs without being a state road and thus having to be retrofitted to accomodate interstate trucks – a major bone of contention in and around the Saugatuck area… many details to be worked out, so stay tuned! [hat tip to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog]
Getting Ready for the Eclipse
The scientists and engineers here at LANDTECH are plenty worked up about the solar eclipse coming on August 21st. Southeast US will see the closest to a total eclipse, but Connecticut will have a great view… the best since 1918! Read up on keeping eyes protected – be safe, and enjoy! Learn more…
Development of Taylortown Salt Marsh Blocked
A final decision from CT Superior Court has closed the door on Stamford developer Garden Homes’ most recent attempt to take advantage of CT’s 830-g affordable housing statute and plant a 48-unit housing block where the Taylortown salt marsh currently stands (corner of 33 & Kings Highway N) on environmental, traffic and safety grounds [hat tip & photo tx to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog]
Humpback Whale Spotted off Compo Beach
A rare sighting of humpback whale off of Compo Beach today has raised the attention of boaters and marine enthusiasts. Boaters – including sailboats, kayaks and jet skis – are reminded to give these animals a very wide berth (wider than this video would suggest!) as not only are they protected by law, they are very vulnerable to injury from boats, and can inadvertantly cause serious damage to boats (and boaters) … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrMpd8Rs9ow [hat tip to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog]
Final Draft of Town Plan
The Town of Westport’s final draft of the Town Plan for Conservation and Development has been released, and the public is being asked to review the plan and attend hearings to provide input… [hat tip to WestportNow.com]
Pine Street Concessions opens
Landtech provided site planning and oversight of permitting and approvals for Pine Street Concessions a gourmet food hall in New Canaan, CT which opened in June 2017. The space includes three permanent food vendors, a Farmers’ Market table, retail space, extensive seating inside, patio area, and plenty of parking. Pine Street Concessions is the creation of New Canaan Racquet Club president Peter Lane and was designed by Balance Architecture LLC. The building is 3,000 square foot, 1.5 stories high and designed to resemble an old train station building that is naturally lit under a vaulted ceiling. Learn more…
Celebrating Tim’s Kitchen
Friends and supporters of one of LANDTECH’s favorite causes, Wakeman Town Farm, celebrated the opening of Tim’s Kitchen, a new educational classroom at the farm. It was created to honor the memory of Timothy Wormser, a dedicated young volunteer who passed away one year ago. Tim’s mom and dad, Town Farm co-chair Liz Milwe and LANDTECH colleague and architect Peter Wormser (who designed the space), were on hand with co-chair Christy Colasurdo to celebrate and prepare for a ribbon-cutting later this summer. [Tx for story and photo to our friends at Westport Now]
When Rising Seas Hit Home
Fun reading in a new report, “When Rising Seas Hit Home,” an analysis of challenges ahead for ours and other coastal communities. The report predicts a dramatic and alarming increase in “Sunny Day Flooding” (tidal flooding, not rainfall flooding) – but also what preventive steps property owners (and governments) can take to prevent or minimize damage.
Helping to preserve Connecticut for generations to come
As part of volunteer work with the CT Environmental Review Team, LANDTECH scientist Chris Allan starts work this summer to provide an environmental evaluation and recommendations to the town of Thomaston CT for a large parcel of open space west of their downtown. For more info, visit www.ctert.org
Summer Camp at Wakeman Town Farm
We’re so pleased the summer campers are back at Wakeman Town Farm here in Westport. A couple dozen elementary school kids joined in the fun today, working on gardening, composting, animal care and arts & crafts. Camp runs until mid-August, mornings and afternoons, and we recommend families pay a visit – learn more at www.wakemantownfarm.org… [hat tip to Dave Matlow and WestportNow.com for photo & story!]
Opposition to Cribari Bridge Replacement
LANDTECH applauds Jim Marpe, First Selectman of Westport, who notified CT State Transportation officials today of his opposition to funding any design or construction projects related to the reconstruction of Saugatuck’s historic Cribari Bridge, pending further review and assessment of community, traffic and environmental impacts [hat tip to Dan Woog’s 06880 blog for breaking this story…]
Climate Central has released a new interactive map showing shoreline impact for coastal locations for every foot of rising sea level… type in your location while you’re donning goggles and a snorkel…
Your Resource for the CT Coast
Now that glorious summer is in full swing, this newly updated Connecticut Coastal Access Guide is a great resource for finding sites along the CT shore for boating, swimming, hiking, fishing and the like…
The Perfect Tool for Beach Season
Perfect for beach season, Save the Sound has an online tool that displays water quality conditions all along Long Island Sound. Westport’s own Compo Beach earns pretty steady B+ to A ratings. soundhealthexplorer.org
Becoming a Net-Zero Community
LANDTECH urges all our friends to consider joining this online petition – supported by all 3 town selectman, many town boards and committees – to endorse the Net Zero plan to develop an environmentally sustainable future for Westport and all of Connecticut.
Peter Romano honored by Wakeman Town Farms
Wakeman Town Farms honored LANDTECH’s Peter Romano and architect Peter Wormser at Town Hall yesterday with Volunteer of the Year awards for both, for their help and dedication in making WTF the success it has become. We are very proud of both Peters! Awards were given out to several other hard working and dedicated volunteers, including checks for $10,000 each in tuition grants given to three deserving high school students!
Gault Energy’s new green headquarters
LANDTECH is providing civil engineering, site planning, coastal management and environmental science, and oversight of permitting and approvals for Gault’s proposed new headquarters in Bridgeport, CT. Designed by Newman Architects, the proposed building will contain numerous environmental and “green” initiatives, including a rain garden, “green” roof, landscaping to protect adjacent tidal wetlands and provide shoreline access to the public. Learn more…
The future of Saugatuck
We want to encourage all our friends and neighbors to come out this Monday night, June 12th at 6:30pm at Town Hall to meet with the steering committee developing a master plan for the Saugatuck neighborhood — our neighborhood! Make your voices heard! A petition is online.
Welcome back, Samantha
LANDTECH is pleased to welcome back Samantha Cheruk! She was one of our summer interns from last year, and will continue to help with field work, applications, reports and administrative work. A Stamford native, Samantha just finished her sophomore year at Villanova where she studies environmental science and geography and participates in the school’s competitive swim program.
Kent Falls Brewing Company opens tasting room.
Another milestone for LANDTECH friends Kent Falls Brewing Company. June 10 they open the doors to their dedicated barrel barn tasting room where visitors can sample beers and other treats in an environment worthy of their great product! LANDTECH worked on permits and approvals, civil engineering and septic.
The Village Shopping Center gets approved
The Village is a 102,000 sq ft shopping village in Norwalk CT, designed by Beinfield Architecture PC. Recently approved by Norwalk’s Zoning Commission, it will contain large scale retail space, storefront for retail and a restaurant. Landtech provided civil engineering, site planning and applications perit coordination and management services for this project. Learn more…
Preparing for Maplewood Senior Living
Maplewood Senior Living is preparating for construction of its newest luxury facility (the 7th in Connecticut), a 98-unit assisted living and memory care community to be built on 27 acres in Southport. LANDTECH is providing civil engineering and permitting along with restoration of a natural conservation area that’s been set aside, and other environmental improvements… [image courtesy of Stein-Troost Architecture]
Choate St John Student Center Opens
The newly constructed St John Student Center at Choate Rosemary Hall has opened for students. Designed by Bowie Gridley Architects, the facility maintains the look and feel of much older campus structures, while aiming for a LEED-Gold environmental certification.
Along with all of its work across this campus, LANDTECH is especially proud of the contributions of civil engineering, permit management and other services to this extraordinary project. We think it will serve as a positive, environmentally sound example of educational architecture for years to come. Learn more…
Welcoming our new summer intern
LANDTECH is pleased to welcome our new summer intern Ben Shmaruk. A senior at Staples High School, Ben will be attending Lafayette College this fall to study engineering. Ben will be helping our engineers and scientists with field work, report preparation, and project applications. A Westport native, he is new to engineering and enjoys using math and science in everyday life. Ben enjoys skiing and hiking in his free time. This winter he took a trip to Lake Tahoe where he had the best skiing of his life!
Fundraising at the Lemonade Stand
For the third year in a row, the LANDTECH crew was out today selling lemonade for the Al’s Angels “Angel-Ade” fundraiser, and funds were indeed raised! Thanks to all our friends and neighbors who stopped to contribute and take part in this great effort that helps so many kids and families… [hat tip to Dave Matlow for the photograph]
Supporting Young Engineers
We’re super proud to be one of the sponsors of the award-winning Westport Staples i2 Robotics team (shown here at the 2017 Super Regionals with their OOORION 6081 robot). These kids (who may one day be professional engineers themselves) have scored highly in different categories in multiple major competitions and have set their sights on more to come!
Help name Petunia and Daisy’s Kids!
Wakeman Town Farm is one of our favorite places in Westport! Their goats Petunia and Daisy recently had kids! Help name Petunia’s twins (brown and tan with little ears) and Daisy’s kid (white with long ears) by emailing your best suggestions for names by May 25 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more details at http://www.wakemantownfarm.org
Annual Plant Sale benefits Wakeman Town Farm
We encourage friends and neighbors to join us at a favorite springtime event, the Westport Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale. It’s at Saugatuck Congregrational Church this Friday, May 12, 9.30am to 1.30pm. The club does great work, and this year’s proceeds benefit one of our favorite causes, the Wakeman Town Farm. [hat tip to Dan Woog & 06880]
Conservation and Development in Westport
The Town of Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission has released a latest draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development, a possible roadmap for where the town is going in the future. The 180-page PDF can be downloaded and the town is encouraging comments from the public.