Saturday, May 09, 2009
A bank robber made off with an undetermined amount of cash today from a bank on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.
Police said the First County Bank at 1260 Post Road East was robbed by a lone male at 4:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The robbery occurred about 4:45 p.m. at the First County Bank, 1260 Post Road East, said Sergeant Sam Arciola.
The suspect passed a noted to a bank employee demanding money. After receiving an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and ran east behind buildings on Post Road East, he said.
A K-9 unit responded to the scene and conducted a track which ended behind the Post Road buildings adjacent to the bank, Arciola said.
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff tonight presented Hedi Lieberman, outgoing president of the Friends of the Westport Public Library, with a letter of commendation at the group’s annual meeting. She was honored with its Special Friend Award for her tireless efforts supporting and promoting the library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untemeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, May 08, 2009
UPDATE The Town of Westport is proposing zoning changes that would create a 37-acre nature preserve honoring Paul Newman on town-owned land adjacent to the late actor’s Westport home.
Paul Newman appeared with wife Joanne Woodward in February 2007 at the Westport Country Playhouse for readings of love poems for Valentine’s Day. Kerry Long/Westport Country Playhouse photo
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said the changes would affect a 7.5-acre parcel the Newman family donated to the town in 1997 and a 29.9-acre adjacent parcel the town acquired at the same time from the Poses family for $3.75 million.
“The preservation of this property as the ‘Newman/Poses Preserve’ is in keeping with his family’s wishes and will serve as a tribute to honor his memory,” Joseloff said in a letter to the Planning & Zoning Commission.
The commission originally scheduled a review of the requested zoning changes at its May 14 meeting but later postponed it until June 4, said Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley.
The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities presented Westport artist Estelle Margolis today in another in its “Conversations with the Artists” series. Among her works Margolis showed was one done in the late 1980s when she used her voice and paints in protest. “This painting was my message to Jesse Helms when he was going to destroy the National Endowment for the Arts,” she said. The next and last program in the series will feature Westport sculptor Steffi Friedman on May 15 at 1:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 20 - 24, 2009:
Gregory Smith to Kevin B. and Elaine L. Russell Trs., 14 Covelee Drive, $2,075,000
Ruth Berler to Linda and Stephen Couturas, 3 Bruce Lane, $505,088
Fannie Gilbertie Est. to Leo and Jane D. Cirino, 6 Stone Drive, $500,000
Amy Formato to Jennifer McCarthy, 16 Wassell Lane, $168,570
Shoppers used wheelbarrows, wagons, bags and bare hands to carry off their purchases at today’s Westport Garden Club annual plant sale at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
There was a surge of wheelbarrow-equipped gardeners and others today as the Westport Garden Club annual plant sale got under way at the Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East. The popular sale attracted dozens of persons before the 9 a.m. start. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com
West[port Garden Club members (l-r) Linda Bruce, Joanne Reeves and Sally Balch were dressed for the occasion as the annual sale got under way today at the Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - 62 Cross Highway (corner of Roseville Road) - Westport League of Women Voters Annual (2-day) Tag Sale (rain or shine)
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church grounds - Westport Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
10 a.m. – Westport Police Dept. – Public Site & Building Commission Temporary Bay-WVEMS Subcommittee
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Simon Winchester, “The Man Who Loved China”
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - “Conversations with the Artists” with painter Estelle Margolis
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Special Meeting
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Friends of the Library Annual Meeting
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings” Opening Reception
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night w/ Sunset on the Rise,The Cowbell-Classic Rock, Disconnect, & Closed 4 Renovations
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Around the World in 80 Days”
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It was a successful evening for CLASP Homes’ fifth annual Taste of Westport event at the Westport Inn. Guests enjoyed food and beverages from several dozen restaurants and beverage distributors. CLASP Homes is a not-for-profit organization that provides homes and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Ken Wirfel of Westport was a raffle winner at tonight’s fifth annual Taste of Westport event at the Westport Inn. Robin Hammond of CLASP Homes, the event sponsor, made the presentation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Laurie Woodard, Ph.D., lecturer in the History Department of Yale University, talked about the literature of the Harlem Renaissance tonight at the Westport Public Library McManus Room. She brought to life characters who had an influence on the Renaissance such as W. E. B. Du Bois, probably the most important, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke and Zora Neale Hurston. Woodward said the Great Depression was one of the main factors in the ending of the Harlem Renaissance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Members of the Westport Garden Club were hard at work today arranging plants for their 85th annual plant sale which begins Friday at 9 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church on Post Road East. The sale features a wide variety of about 3,000 colorful plants, all grown by Garden Club members, each of whom is responsible for growing a minimum of 20 plants. Would-be plant buyers are advised to arrive early for the best selection, as this popular sale traditionally sells out quickly. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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