Saturday, December 13, 2008
The Westport Police Department Local Union No. 2080 and Police Benevolent Association today began collections on Post Road East for their annual holiday toy drive. The event at the former Peppermill Restaurant at 1700 Post Road East is on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday and benefits underprivileged children throughout Fairfield County. Collections will also take place next weekend. The drive seeks new, unwrapped toys. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s The MTC MainStage, Music Theatre presents a return of its Moss Hart Award-Winning production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” with two benefit performances today only at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the MTC MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East (lower level of Colonial Green). Adapted for the stage by Joe Landry and directed by MTC MainStage Artistic Director Kevin Connors, this holiday classic captivates life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. All proceeds to benefit Music Theatre of Connecticut and its programming. The cast includes (l-r) Jim Schilling, Amy Russ, Kathy Calahan and D. Matt Worley. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long photo
The traditional production number of Friday night’s 68th annual Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School drew warm applause. The concert can be seen tonight at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 5 pm. - 1700 Post Road East - Police annual toy drive
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre Company (70 Sanford Street, Fairfield) - Westport/Fairfield Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Children’s Holiday Concert
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Holiday Garland”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. - Staples High School - 68th annual Candlelight Concert
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Connecticut School of Music presents African Music featuring “Mikanic”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Importance of Being Earnest”
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A driver apparently slammed into a utility pole, severing it near 158 Newtown Turnpike in Westport late tonight. The vehicle and driver left the scene before police and firefighters arrived. Westport police closed a portion of Newtown Turnpike to traffic because of the danger of power lines that were left dangling. Shattered pieces of the vehicle were collected at the scene by authorities. No power was reported lost in the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A driver apparently avoided serious injury tonight while traveling in the northbound lane of I-95 just beyond the Exit 17 on ramp in Westport when he lost control of his pckup truck which rolled over and rested against the median divider. The driver was standing outside the vehicle when fire engines arrived on the scene. According to Westport Fire Department Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar, the driver complained of neck and back pain and was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Norwalk paramedics. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The 68th Annual Candlelight Concert at Westport’s Staples High School tonight drew an overflow crowd of all ages. The A Cappella Choir joined their voices under the direction of Choral Director Alice Lipson in a selection of seasonal songs. Behind the choir mostly out of sight is the Staples Chamber Orchestra accompanying them. The concert repeats Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Connecticut artist Danielle Mailer, daughter of the late author Norman Mailer, has brought an exhibit of her work to Westport at 135 Post Road East, across from the Westport Post Office. Mailer’s art in this show concentrates on the female body, portraying colorful female figures in various yoga postures. The show has been arranged by the Westport Historical Society Executive Director Susan Gold and Elizabeth Schneider, a fine arts curator. Works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the scholarship fund of WHS and the Westport-based Charter Oak Foundation. The exhibition opened with a reception tonight and can be seen on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, December 12, 2008
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 24 - 28, 2008:
Charles H. and Barbara W. Culp to John A. and Yasuyo Martins, 10 Highwood Road, $810,000
Sasco III LLC to Christies Realty LLC, 161 Cross Highway, $1,650,000
A man riding a bicycle collided with a truck today at the entrance to Westport’s United Methodist Church, 49 Weston Road. The bicyclist was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. There was no immediate word on his condition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s public safety organizations will soon begin testing the town’s new high speed telephone emergency notification system, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today. He said residents and businesses will be receiving calls that will clearly identify the calls as a test.
The system, named CodeRed, enables the departments to deliver recorded emergency information messages to pinpointed locations throughout Westport. The town announced in October it had contracted with Emergency Communications Network, Inc., of Ormond Beach, Fla., for the high-speed telephone emergency notification service. (See WestportNow Oct. 22, 2008)
Since then, public safety officials have urged residents and businesses to update the town’s database of telephone numbers and addresses—using the town Web page or by telephone—to be called in case of an emergency.
Residents and businesses who have done this will receive test telephone calls over the next few weeks to verify their registration into the database, Joseloff said.
The waters of Westport’s Compo Beach Basin lapped over the wall today as heavy rains, a full moon, and high tides combined to create minor flooding in shore areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Minor flooding hit Westport’s shoreline areas today, including Canal Road in the Saugatuck Shores area. The overnight rains along with a full moon high tide pushed waters over roadways and low-lying areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport attorney G. Kenneth Bernhard told the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today about his experiences in lecturing on U.S. constitutional law to law students in eastern Europe. The former Republican state representative said that since the age of these students is in their early 20s, they grew up in a Communist culture where the jury system was very different from that of democratic societies. Bernhard said that in addition to his lectures, “I bring two DVDs with me—the films ‘Twelve Angry Men’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’—as dramatic examples of the jury system in action.” He is one of 38 U.S.attorneys who provide pro bono services to the Center for International Relations by visiting law schools in former Eastern Bloc countries. Bernhard’s lecture series stints have included two-week visits to Bulgaria (2006), Poland (2007), and Russia (2008). He will lecture at a law school in Riga, Latvia in the spring of 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a flood warning for Westport and nearby areas until 10:45 a.m. today.
An early morning advisory said radar showed additional moderate heavy rain moving through southern Connecticut. Rainfall of 2 1/2 to 3 inches has already taken place and up to an additional inch of rain is possible through early this morning.
This will cause significant flooding of urban, low lying and poor drainage areas which could impact the morning rush, the advisory said.
A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Stream rises will be slow and flash flooding is not expected. However, all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately, the advisory said.
Shannon Hanley: “We have pride in our community, too.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WN photo from Westport Town Television
A single mother of four Thursday night made an emotional plea for more affordable housing in Westport, telling the Planning and Zoning Commission: “I’m your face of affordable housing—it’s me.”
Shannon Hanley, 39, who said she lives in a two-bedroom house in the Westport Housing Authority’s Hales Court project, said approval by the commission of a planned expansion of the project to 78 units was essential. The commission will vote on the application next week.
Her voice breaking at times, Hanley said: “I urge you to pass this project because we need to get this going because my son is turning 8, and soon I will be giving him my bedroom so he has his own space. And I’m not the only one.”
After introducing herself, Hanley told the commission: “And for the record I am not a drug addict, alcoholic or psychotic.”
The adult and children choirs of Westport’s St. Luke Church will present their annual Christmas Concert Sunday at 3 p.m. Accompanied by a seven-piece ensemble, the choirs will present both new and traditional carols. The concert culminates with a Children’s Nativity tableau. General admission tickets are $10, $5 for children 6-12. There are also archangel tickets for $50 (center aisle) and angel tickets for $25. Pictured are choir members with Bishop William E. Lori (l), Bishop of Bridgeport, and Monsignor Andrew G. Varga, pastor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Children’s Program: The Tale of Despereaux
7 p.m. - Staples High School - 68th annual Candlelight Concert
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Importance of Being Earnest”
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
By Dave Matlow
UPDATE An owner of Westport’s Sam Sloat Coins, Inc. today praised the Westport police response Wednesday night after a smash-and-grab thief made off with some estate jewelry.
Bob Walter, an owner of Sam Sloat Coins, Inc. on Post Road East pictured at the store today, said the police response to Wednesday night’s break-in was “astounding.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“The police department response was astounding” said Walter. “They were here immediately and with dogs and were extremely thorough.”
A passerby and the store’s alarm company notified police of the break-in at 9:51 p.m. at the store at 606 Post Road East, opposite Shaw’s Supermarket. Despite the quick response, the thief was able to get away, Walter said.
Police said a video surveillance camera showed a tall, thin white male wearing a black, ski-type face mask and baseball hat using a sledge hammer to smash the front door.
Members of Westport’s legislative body who led passage of a ban on plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods reminded fellow residents today that Monday is the deadline for a contest for design of “Westport’s own, unique reusable bag.”
Members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from District 4—Jonathan Cunitz, Elizabeth Milwe, Gene Seidman, and Jeffrey Wieser—announced the contest in October. (See WestportNow Oct. 21, 2008)
They are seeking to develop a graphic design for a reusable bag that will be widely available in March 2009 to coincide with the implementation of the ban on plastic bags.
The RTM approved the ban on Sept. 2 by a vote of 26-5. (See WestportNow Sept. 3, 2008)
Bob Liftig of Westport, an adjunct English professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., offers a different and comical perspective about life in the baby boomer era in his new book, “The Baby Bomber Chronicles.”
Robert Liftig: author of “The Baby Boomer Chronicles.” Contributed photo
Published by AuthorHouse, his new novel is a biography of many baby boomers during the Vietnam era.
“All we wanted to do was get around the obstacles and get on with our lives,” Liftig said. “So, we ducked and covered as we were trained to do during the 1950s. One day we protested, the next day we joined the Navy or traveled to Canada on the weekend to see if we could really live in exile.”
In the 440-page book, Liftig tells the life story of the character Bob Bacharach, who dodged the draft by joining a Peace Corps bull castration program and was almost killed in the process.
AmeriCares HomeFront, a community-based program that provides free home repairs to low-income residents in Connecticut and New York, said today it is extending its application deadline in some Connecticut and New York towns, including Westport.
The deadline, which was Nov. 28, has been extended until Dec. 19 in more than three dozen areas. The deadline has been pushed back only in towns where volunteer teams have stepped forward, the Stamford-based group said in a news release.
“Last year was a record-breaking year for applications, and with the recent economic downturn we suspect people will need our help more than ever before,” said HomeFront Executive Director Sean O’Brien. “The deadline extension will give us more time to reach out to more homeowners in need.”
Thousands of volunteers participate in HomeFront Day each May, fixing homes that have fallen disrepair. Since the program began in 1988, skilled craftsman and enthusiastic volunteers have performed more than $33 million in repairs to 2,300 homes, including 1,800 in Fairfield County, the group said.
Edward T. Reilly: heads Board of Governors of military service organization. Contributed photoWestporter Edward T. Reilly, president and chief executive officer of American Management Association, has been elected chairman of the board of governors of United Service Organizations, Inc.
Founded in 1941, the nonprofit agency which is better known as the USO, offers support services to American military personnel and their families. While perhaps best known for its celebrity entertainment tours, the USO provides other vitally needed services to military families.
Reilly, 62, has served on the USO’s all-volunteer board since 2002 and as its vice chair since 2007.
“I am honored to assume this new role for the USO,” Reilly said in a statement. “Every time I visit a USO center, I am inspired by the dedication and loyalty of these magnificent men and women.”
All the boats have been removed from the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. The deadline for removal was Nov. 30, but a few remained after that date. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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