Thursday, August 18, 2005
Jazz at the Levitt
The West Point Jazz Knights performed pieces by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, and several others tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.
Explaining Details of the New Y
Sam Gault explains details of the planned new Westport Weston Family Y at a party tonight at the Westport home of Bill Mitchell. The Mitchell, Gault and Tauck families are heading the Y’s capital campaign in connection with its planned move from downtown Westport to its Camp Mahackeno property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.
Celebrating Connecticut’s Gold Coast
Westport magazine and its sister publications Greenwich and New Canaan, and Darien magazines hosted a party at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich tonight to mark their Best of the Gold Coast awards in the August issue. A number of Westport restaurants and businesses cited were on hand for the party. Jonathan Moffly, president of Moffly Publications, thanked guests for attending. WestportNow.com photo
Cookout at the Senior Center
Compo Beach Playground Project to Host Clambake Sept. 17
The Compo Beach Playground Project will be hosting a clambake at Compo Beach Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5-9 p.m. to raise funds for the Compo Beach rebuilding initiative.
The clambake will only be open to 200 guests and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to a letter to residents from Compo Beach Playground Project Chair Suzanne Dodge.
The night will include music spun by a world-class D.J. as well as a mixture of seafood to feast on, Dodge wrote in her letter.
Tickets are $75 per person and 100 percent of the net proceeds will go to the Compo Beach playground rebuilding project.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Pretty as a Picture
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005
7:15 p.m. - Toquet Hall - Youth Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - West Point Jazz Knights
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Journey’s End
Picturesque Summer Skyline
A Sight Not Seen Since the 1960s
Anti-War Demonstration Attracts More Than 350
By Jonathan Thrope
About 350 people tonight lined both sides of the Ruth Steinkraus Memorial Bridge in downtown Westportt to hold a vigil for Cindy Sheehan, the mother who lost her son in Iraq and has camped outside of President Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch for the past 11 days seeking a meeting with him.
Bob McMahon, 12, of Southport, was among those participating in tonight’s vigil. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The vigil was one of 1,627 vigils organized across the nation by MoveOn.org, TrueMajority, and Democracy for America
The bridge was lined with candle-holding, sign-waving Americans from across Connecticut, all hoping to show support for Sheehan.
“I’m here to show solidarity with Cindy Sheehan and for all the mothers who have lost sons and daughters in this senseless war,” said Daryl Manning, a Westport resident, as she stood on the bridge.
By Land and By Sea
A Reminder of the Price of War
Tonight’s candlelight vigil in Westport in support of Cindy Sheehan was one of many across the country which organizers said was “to remind people of the terrible price of war.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Candlelight Vigil in Westport
Several hundred people held a candlelight vigil tonight on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport in support of Cindy Sheehan and her efforts to the end war in Iraq. The event was one of many held across the country to support the woman who lost her army son in Iraq last year and who has been seeking a meeting with President Bush. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Talking Transportation: The Latest on Traffic Tech
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
When you’re hitting the highway, a little information can save you a lot of headaches. Knowing where the traffic jams are before you’re caught in them can help you find a detour and avoid lost time.
While some roads are always a mess—I-95 and the Merritt between Greenwich and Norwalk—it’s the unexpected jackknifed tractor trailer and 10-mile back-up that can ruin your day. But how do you get “good intel” on such disasters? Let me share a few tried and true tips from fellow road warriors.
RADIO: I’m a big fan of WCBS 880 AM for its “traffic and weather on the 8’s” reports, which almost always include mention of Connecticut. In AM and PM drive-time, their reports on tri-state traffic can run to five minutes and are almost always accurate.
They also encourage “cell-mates” to call in their eyewitness reports, which I do frequently—call (212)975-8888. Now, if they’d only live up their “all news” moniker and drop the Yankees games so I could truly get reliable traffic “all the time.”
West Nile Virus Found in Weston and Wilton
State health department officials have announced that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in 14 communities, including Weston and Wilton.
Until Tuesday, the virus had been detected only in Stamford and Stratford.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the state Department of Public Health released the latest findings.
“With continued warm weather we should anticipate additional positive mosquitoes in these and other areas of the state,” said Theodore Andreadis, chief medical entomologist for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Saugatuck Shores Sunset
School officials placed a cutout of a coyote on the playing field behind Saugatuck Elementary School to scare off bothersome Canadian geese. But users of the field and neighbors said the decoy wasn’t very effective. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005
10:30 a.m. � Town Hall Room 102 � International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Grumbling Gryphons Children’s Theater
Donahue and Thomas Put Westport House on Market for $25 Million
Longtime Westport celebrity residents Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas have put their Greens Farms mansion with Long Island Sound views on the market for $25 million.
Aerial view of the Beachside Avenue property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nicholas H. Fingelly photo
The listing of the Beachside Avenue property by Nicholas H. Fingelly Real Estate in Southport comes two months after reports that Martha Stewart had quietly put her nearby Turkey Hill Road South house on the market for $10 million. A Stewart spokewoman denied the report.
UPDATE: Donahue told The Advocate of Norwalk that he and his wife are not leaving town, the newspaper reported Thursday. “We’ll be staying right here in the neighborhood,” he said. “We’re not leaving Westport.” He spoke while talking an afternoon walk outside his home.
The Donahue-Thomas home is actually three contiguous lots—112, 114 and 116 Beachside Ave. comprising 7.7 acres. Donahue bought the adjoining property some years ago and caused some controversy when he demolished a home to improve his water views.
Mitchells Merging With Long Island Menswear Store
Marsh’s, the Huntington menswear store that has outfitted Long Islanders for 80 years, has agreed to merge with Mitchells/Richards, the owner of two luxury clothing stores in Westport and Greenwich, the Long Island newspaper Newsday reported today.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, including whether the Marsh family, now in its third generation of ownership, will retain a financial stake in the business.
The store will continue to be called Marsh’s and Ron Marsh, who runs the store, will remain at the helm, but will be joined there by Chris Mitchell, the newspaper said.
The merger combines the $70 million in annual sales from Mitchells/Richards’ two stores with Marsh’s $9 million revenues.
Westport Candlelight Vigil Wednesday to Support Cindy Sheehan
There will be a candlelight vigil Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to support Cindy Sheehan and her efforts to end the war in Iraq.
Marla Cowden of Westport, who organized the event, said in an e-mail message: “This is a nonpartisan solemn vigil, not a rally or protest. Please bring a candle. Those with long hair are encouraged to restrain it.”
Sheehan, 48, lost her son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, in Iraq last year, and has spent much of her time since then crisscrossing the country, demanding that Bush withdraw U.S. forces there. She has camped outside his Crawford, Texas, ranch for the past 10 days seeking a meeting with him.
Wednesday’s Westport vigil is one of many organized across the nation by MoveOn.org, TrueMajority, and Democracy for America “to remind people of the terrible price of war.” According to the MoveOn.org Web site, more than 100 persons have said they will attend the Westport vigil.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Forcing Their Way In
The Westport Fire Department Monday used a house about to be demolished on Highland Road, off Bayberry Lane, to conduct training exercises. Skills practiced including forced entry through exterior walls. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Up on the Roof
Getting Some Pointers
Opening a Floor
Kayaking Through the Drain Pipes
Youngsters kayak every day to Saugatuck Shores from Westport’s Compo Beach, but Monday this pair tried something new—they went through the drains that feed Elbow Creek from the Canal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Doreen Birdsell for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005
10 a.m. � Town Hall Room 201 � Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. � Town Hall Room 201/201A � RTM Health & Human Services Committee
7:45 p.m. � Town Hall Room 201/201A � RTM Health & Human Services and Public Protection Committees
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Comedy Club II
Kitchen Fire Doused
Westport firefighters tonight responded to a report of a kitchen fire on Green’s Farms Road.
First arriving firefighters at 132 Green’s Farms Road said that the fire appeared to be out, according to reports from the scene.
The homeowner dialed 911 at 7:38 p.m.and reported that an attempt to put out a fire on the top of the stove had been unsuccessful and flames had spread to an adjoining wall.
Firefighters set up a fan to remove smoke from the house, the reports said.Page 1086 of 1225 pages
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