Friday, July 06, 2007
Sidewalk Sale Stroll
A mother parked her stroller to take in some of Westport’s Main Street annual sidewalk sale today. The sale continues Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Hall-Brooke CEO Fahey Resigns
Stephen P. Fahey has resigned as president and chief executive officer of Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavorial Health Services after seven years to take over as CEO at the Deaf Academy, LLC, (NDA) in Mount Dora, Fla., an announcement said.
Stephen P. Fahey: resigns after seven years. Contributed photo
During his tenure at Hall-Brooke, Fahey was instrumental in the purchase of Hall-Brooke by St. Vincent’s Health Services of Bridgeport, the construction of the new state-of-the-art facility and the affiliation of Hall-Brooke with Columbia University’s College of Physician and Surgeon’s Department of Psychiatry.
“Steve Fahey has truly built this organization from the ground floor and has been instrumental in positively changing the perception of Hall-Brooke among the behavioral health community,” said Susan L. Davis, president/CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services. “His contributions will be long remembered and we congratulate and wish him well on his new and exciting opportunity.”
Davis said a national search is underway for a new CEO. In the meantime, Dr. Stewart Levine, interim medical director and Joyce Platz, director of regulatory compliance and community residential services, will serve as Hall-Brooke’s interim CEOs.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 21 Turkey Hill Circle
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1973 house at 21 Turkey Hill Circle in the Greens Farms area. The 2,856-square-foot two-story colonial sits on a two-acre property and sold in June for $1.7 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sidewalk Sale Begins Today Amid Merchant Worries
By Josh Goldstein and Ed Kiersh
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association three-day annual Main Street sidewalk sale gets under way today as some members worry about spiraling rents and the dominance of national chain stores in the town center.
The 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. sale continues Saturday and Sunday. The summer fete showcases a mix of newly received fall fashion items and a vast array of merchandise at clearance sale prices. Festival director Gavin Arneth promises it will be “a great opportunity to see what the street offers and to mingle with your neighbors in a calm, friendly atmosphere.” Arneth, president of the merchants’ group, said he hopes Main Street and area restaurants will dazzle sidewalk strollers with their hospitality, charm and finger food treats. Oscar’s, Westport Pizzeria, and other emporiums have delighted sale visitors for the past 15 years.
Friday, July 6, 2007
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10 a.m. -6 p.m. - Main Street - Downtown Merchants Association annual sidewalk sale
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Books Discussions for Teens
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Art & Illustration of Beverly Branch Reception
6 p.m.-11 p.m. - Luciano Park - Festival Italiano
7 p.m. - Luciano Park - The Barons & The Duprees
7:15 p.m. - Levitt Pavillion - Irish House Party
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
Fun, Food and Entertainment at Italian Festival
Heaven is a Carousel
A young girl enjoys the carousel at the Festival Italiano, which opened today. Although storm clouds filled the sky, the rain never materialized. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Parade Kicks Off Westport’s Festival Italiano
Westport’s Italian Festival kicked off tonight with a parade down Riverside Avenue to the festival site at Luciano Park in Saugatuck. Pipers and Grand Marshal Andrew Grega led the line of march. Proceeds from the festival, which runs through Sunday, go to local charities and scholarships. Festival parking is free, with shuttle buses operating between Bedford Middle School, Jesup Green, and Sherwood Island and the festival site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Slowdown on Merritt Parkway
One person was transported to Norwalk Hospital today as a result of a three-car accident in the northbound lane just east of exit 42 on the Merritt Parkway in Westport. Westport firefighters responded to the crash at about 3:30 p.m. and traffic was slowed in the area by the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Property Transfers June 11-15 2007
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 11-15, 2007:
David L. Curtis to Peter S. Yorkes, 14 Gorham Ave., $600,000
Kenneth W. & Julie K. Moore to Mattera Construction 21 Turkey Hill Circ., 21 Turkey Hill Circle, $1,700,000
Starr Hill Assoc. LLC, to Bryan Johnson, 39 Sturges Highway., $2,400,000
Mark P. & Marilyn Johnson to Leo J. & Ellen A. Bates, 4 Christmas Lake Lane, $1,262,500
Overcooked Chicken Soup Causes Smoke Damage
By Dave Matlow
Heavy smoke resulting from a pan of chicken soup left heating on the stove top resulted in moderate smoke damage today to a two-family residence at 8 Clinton Ave., according to Westport firefighters.
Tess Herman watches as Westport firefighters clear her house of smoke today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Only one person, Tess Herman, 21, was in the house at the time.
Herman said she was awakened from her sleep in her first-floor bedroom when heavy smoke drifted into her room.
According to Herman, her mother and sister Cynthia, 18, left for work around 8 a.m. leaving chicken soup cooking on the stove top.
Thursday Farmers Market Moving to Winslow Park
The threat of rain did not deter Westport Farmers Market customers today. Beginning Thursday, July 12, the Playhouse Farmers Market will be located in Winslow Park just to the right of the Country Playhouse entrance into the park. The new locale is an experiment and, if all goes well, the change will become permanent. The new location provides additional parking. The Sunday Market will continue at the Senior Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 15 Bonnie Brook Road
Construction crews begin demolishing the house at 15 Bonnie Brook Road today. The 3,000-square-foot house built in 1958 was situated on a two-acre property. It sold in December for $1.1 million. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 1, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Three Corners at Post Road and Compo Will Have Banks
The Patriot National Bank will soon move into the Compo Acres Shopping Center at the southeast corner of Post Road East and Compo Road where Sam Goody’s had been for many years. The latest Westport bank entry joins Peoples Bank on the northeast corner and the yet-to-be-built Fairfield County Bank on the southwest corner adjacent to the town-owned Baron’s South property. The Planning and Zoning Commission will take up a Fairfield County Bank application for an office building and a drive through later this month. The town-owned Winslow Park occupies the remaining northwest corner of the busy intersection. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 5, 2007
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. - Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
3:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Fables & Foibles: A Storytelling Workshop
5:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Emily McLaury House Committee
6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Harry Potter@the movies
6 p.m.-11 p.m. - Luciano Park - Festival Italiano
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission work session
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - RTM Environment Committee
7:30 p.m. - Riverside Ave. - Festival Italiano Parade
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Sommers Rosenthal Family Band
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
Car Stop Results in Marijuana Arrest
A car stopped because its driver did not have headlights on during a rain storm resulted in an 18-year-old Westport youth’s arrest today on a marijuana charge, police said.
Timothy Wormser was pulled over on Weston Road and an officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, police said.
A police dog trained to detect drugs was utilized at the vehicle and alerted officers to the presence of drugs. The vehicle was searched, and a bag containing suspected marijuana was located under the seat. A half a pound of marijuana was seized from within the vehicle, police said.
Wormser was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to detectives. He was being a held on a $10,000 bond and will be arraigned at Superior Court in Norwalk, police said.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
All Dressed Up for the 4th of July
Showing the Flag
End Near for Italian Festival?
Festival Italiano, Westport’s 24th annual “Kiss Me, I’m Italian” summer fun fest opening Thursday night, won’t be all scungilli, fried pizza fritta, and dunk-a-cop games this year.
The four days of merriment for adults and youngsters at Luciano Park next to the Saugatuck train station will have a bittersweet edge—a sense of loss that might just lead to the end of this amusement park-like party.
“It’s sad, very sad that this staple of summer life in Westport could be ending after next year,” said Roberta Troy, the organizer of the Westport Sons of Italy-sponsored event.
“Club members are getting up in age, passing on, and the younger generation doesn’t have the time or interest to volunteer. I’m proud of my Italian heritage. I’m sorry to say it, but festivals like this could be a dying element of our culture.”
Red, White, and Blue
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Independence Day - no town meetings scheduled
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Wingnuts
Fireworks Light Up Compo Beach
Tonight’s 4th of July fireworks at Compo Beach went off almost without a hitch, making up for last year’s finale fizzle. This year about 35 fireworks failed to explode during the show and were set off as an encore performance for those staying late on the beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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