Sunday, October 02, 2005
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7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Golf Advisory Committee
Arts Award Recipient Praises Staples Arts Faculty
Ari Edelson, 1994 Staples graduate and recipient of the Arts Awards’ Horizon Award, delighted today’s standing-room only crowd at Westport Town Hall with a an appreciative acknowledgement of the arts faculty at Staples High School. “I learned from them that taking risk—making risky decisions—is worth everything,” he said. After Staples, where he was president of the Staples Players, Edelson graduated from Yale University and the Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is now an internationally acclaimed theater director and producer, and recently founded Old Vic/New Voices US/UK. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
A Crowd Pleaser
The audience at Westport’s Town Hall reacted with smiles to words from Ari Edelson, a 1994 Staples grad honored with a Horizon Award at today’s Westport Arts Award ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
John Hanulik Among Arts Awards Honorees
Among those honored at today’s 12th annual Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall was the late John Hanulik, Staples orchestra director and music educator for 37 years. The Stamford native came to Westport in 1957 to teach in the elementary schools. He died last March at the age of 71. Nancy Diamond and John Simon presented the award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Actor James Naughton Honored
James Naughton, a longtime Weston resident acclaimed as a brilliant dramatic actor and delightful musical comedy performer, was among those honored today at the Westport Arts Awards ceremony at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Toquet Hall Concert Benefits Hurricane Victims
Teens at Westport’s Toquet Hall today held a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The show featured performances by “Hot Water Variety,” “Kid Ginseng,” “Brandon Mozjer,” “The Locals,” “Joe Soup,” and Omeed Goodarzi. More than 200 students attended the event and the Teen Governing Board raised $1,760 that will be split between the Red Cross and Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport 8th North Defeats Darien 32-0
Westport 8th grade north shut out Darien 32-0 today at Bedford Middle School. Pictured is Brendan Rankowitz as he breaks tackles and runs for one of the four Westport touchdowns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
Michael Johnson runs for 6 yards on a quarterback sneak putting the final touches on today’s Westport 8th Grade North 32-0 win over Darien in PAL football at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
Historical Society Holds Antiques Show and Sale
Wife of Missing Man Had Been Set to Teach in Westport
The wife of a Greenwich man who disappeared in July during their Mediterranean honeymoon cruise had been looking forward to teaching third grade in Westport this fall, according to a family statement.
Breaking a silence for the first time since George Allen Smith IV was reported missing, the family said its remarks Saturday were timed to coincide with Smith’s 27th birthday Monday, the New York Times reported.
In their statement, the relatives urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation to continue pressing for answers about his disappearance and recommended legislation that they said could better protect Americans traveling abroad.
The statement was signed by Smith’s wife, Jennifer Hagel Smith of Cromwell, Conn., his parents, George and Maureen Smith, who own a liquor store in Greenwich, and his sister Bree Smith.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005
8 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 18th annual Cystic Fibrosis Bike Tour
10 a.m. - Colonial Green - Westport Historical Society Outdoor Antiques Show & Sale
11:30 a..m. - 90 Turkey Hill Road South - League of Women Voters Annual Fall Brunch
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - 12th Annual Westport Arts Awards
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Walk and Talk “In Situ: An Exhibition of Installation Art”
Westport’s Compo Beach welcomed back dogs today at the end of the summer season. Southport’s County Veterinary Hospital provided dog treats and giveaways to mark the occasion. The pet-friendly fund-raiser supported the Connecticut Humane Society’s disaster relief campaign to rescue pets affected by Hurricane Katrina. Among those joining the celebration were (l-r) Rob Peschko and Kate Linderman of Wilton and their dog Charlie. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wreckers Roll Over Harding 41-7
Senior Bryan Wrapp scampers in to score the first Staples touchdown today in the Wreckers’ 41-7 home victory over Bridgeport Harding. It was the first of two for Wrapp. Staples is now 3-0 on the season. Details here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Faces in the Crowd
In for the TD
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Staples Boys Soccer Falls to New Canaan 3-0
The Staples boys soccer team appeared to have weathered the first-half New Canaan storm, but the Rams netted three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half today to take a 3-0 victory at Albie Loeffler Field.
The visitors raised their record to 5-1-1, while the Wreckers fell to 3-2-2. Staples hosts Wilton on Thursday (4:15 p.m.).
Hundreds Take Part in Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hundreds of Westporters and residents from surrounding towns took part in today’s household hazardous waste collection day at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane. The operation was overseen by Westport Fire Marshall Fred S. Baker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Doing the Dog Paddle
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Staples Field Hockey Edges Trumbull 2-0
After a second loss to Wilton, the Staples field hockey team today won 2-0 in a home game against Trumbull.
Junior Lauren Mlynski (14) carries the ball down the field along with junior Libby Meyers (6) in today’s 2-0 home win over Trumhull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for WestportNow.com
The first Wrecker score occurred within the first three minutes—an assisted goal by junior Blake Orban to senior tri-captain Katie Baxter. For the remainder of the first half, Staples was very active offensively and defensively.
Staples scored in the second half with an assist by freshman Brooke Donovan to junior Libby Meyers.
Staples is now 5-2 on the season, including an undefeated home record with opponents failing to score or to tie. The next home game is Monday at 3 p.m. against Fairfield Ludlowe at Ginny Parker field.
Traffic Tieup on Post Road East
The normally heavy Friday afternoon traffic was made more difficult today as work resumed on the installation of a right hand turn lane from Compo Road North onto Post Road East. The state project had been stalled for several months before today’s resumption. According to a worker at the site, the new lane will not be ready for several weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Long Lots Students Walk for Hurricane Victims
Students at Westport’s Long Lots Elementay School today staged a walkathon for victims of the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes. Proceeds went to Westport’s Save the Children. Jane Mastrianni for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Westport Arts Awards Sunday to Honor Area Residents
Shirley Mellor: Honored as a “Patron of the Arts.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
The 12th annual Westport Arts Awards Celebration Sunday at Westport Town Hall will honor area residents for their contributions to the arts.
The 2 p.m. ceremony is sponsored by the Town of Westport and its Arts Advisory Committee.
Since 1994, the committee has presented awards to area residents who have contributed significantly to the arts in four disciplines - music, theater, visual arts and literature.
Four members of the Westport-Weston communities—Gerald Levinson, David Wiltse, Stanley Bleifeld and James Naughton—will be presented Arts Achievement Awards in music, literature, the visual arts and theater, respectively.
His World’s a Stage
Tazewell Thompson, the incoming artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, invited Playhouse subscribers to join him at the theater Thursday night. Thompson spoke to more than 200 audience members about his plans for the future and direction of the Playhouse. Attendees were given an opportunity to ask him questions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, Sept. 30, 2005
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Westport Transit District Directors
CLASP Homes Hurricane Relief Drive a Success
Residents of Westport’s CLASP Homes collected relief supplies this week for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Among those taking part were (l-r) Bill O’Callaghan, Annabelle Aponte, and Allyson Portnoy. Together, they collected two truckloads. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Roll-Over Ties Up Post Road West Traffic
A roll-over accident on Westport’s Post Road West at Sylvan Road tied up traffic in the area this afternoon. It was not immediately known if there were any injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nate Gibbons/Westport Fire Department photo
(Editor’s note: The following commentary by Westport-based writer Jessica Bram was broadcast today on WSHU-FM. Click here for the audio version.)
By Jessica Bram
The name was familiar, but I couldn’t quite place the face. Then my son David reminded me that his high school classmate Ricardo, the boy who died a week ago Saturday night falling off a Quinnipiac University third floor balcony, had been a frequent poker player at our house these last few years. Only then did I remember the dark-eyed, sweet-faced boy.
I always loved it when my sons’ high school friends gathered here for poker. They would crowd our small dining room and kitchen tables, often spilling onto the patio and back yard. When a recent New York Times article decried the dangerous rise of gambling among Westport’s privileged youth, I scoffed. Where else would I rather find my sons and their friends than safely under my own roof, with never a beer can? Heck, there was never even a girl in sight.
But best of all was the overheard repartee, the rough guffaws and the incomprehensive jabs and jokes that rattled and flew as fast as poker chips over the polished wood table. Eavesdropping from my room upstairs, it was hard not to notice how my own son’s voice would lower by about three registers, when undergoing this very male ritual. Finding Oreo crumbs and empty Gatorade bottles under the table the next morning was a small price to pay for this priceless glimpse into this wonderfully male rite of passage.
But those days of having my teenagers safely under my roof suddenly seem long in the past, now that my sons, like their friend Ricardo, have left for college. I’m frequently congratulated at having two sons smart enough to have gotten into very fine universities. But not so smart, I well know, to realize that they are not the indestructible beings that they think they are. That no matter how many times it may happen to a classmate, their car will never smack up. They can handle the beer and the rum-and-Cokes that their dorm counselors turn a blind eye to, despite their below-drinking age status. Just as I turned a blind eye to how David and his friends celebrated this summer when he turned 20 just a year short of drinking age, but oh, so adult.Page 1076 of 1227 pages
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