Monday, August 17, 2009
The Bank of America sign in Westport’s center said it got to 96 today, but the sign has been known to display temperatures several degrees warmer than elsewhere in town. Unofficial readings from several Westport weather stations at the shore and inland ranged from a high of 87 to 91. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Workers were busy today readying The Fresh Market supermarket for its Oct. 7 opening at 605 Post Road East in Westport. The site is the former location of Shaw’s Supermarket. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Dave Matlow
The Fresh Market will open Oct. 7 in the former location of Shaw’s Supermarket on Westport’s Post Road, one of the property owners said today.
Jay Kowalsky today outside the future home of The Fresh Market at 605 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“The coolers, tiled floors, overhead and track lighting, and HVAC have been installed, and the deli department cases are coming in this week,” said Jay Kowalsky, president of Kowalsky Real Estate, the family-owned company of the longtime Westport Kowalsky family.
He said that the opening day festivities at 605 Post Road East will include a live music quartet and outdoor grills to prepare food samplings.
“We’re resurfacing the parking lot, we’ll have new lighting and are planting islands with the same theme as seen on the Post Road island entrance to the Sherwood Connector,” he said.
Congressman Jim Himes (D-4), who returned Sunday from a visit to Israel, told a Westport audience today that the Israeli officials told him that they have “the ability to degrade” Iran’s nuclear capability but not eliminate it. At a gathering at the Conservative Synagogue, one of a series of meetings with Jewish congregations, Himes said that such a military option should only be used as a last resort. A number of attendees pressed Himes on his position on health care reform. After answering several questions and running out of time, he said he would hold a Town Hall meeting Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Norwalk City Hall Community Room where the subject will be the only topic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
An application is in process for a permit to demolish the house at 2 Joann Circle, off Roseville Road. Built in 1961 the raised ranch has 1,770 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. The property changed hands in April 2008 for $880,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE & CORRECT Westport firefighters will be joining the fight against neuromuscular disease and “filling the boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Compo Beach.
They will be collecting donations at the entrance road to Compo Beach from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to an announcement today.
“Your donation is voluntary, but much needed, in the fight to eradicate this terrible disease,” the announcement said. “Westport Firefighters Local 1081 has been staunch supporter of MDA for many years. Our goal is to raise $2000. “
All proceeds raised will go towards MDA’s services, research programs and support groups, including its summer camp program for children affected by neuromuscular disease.
Westport’s Compo Beach was wall-to-wall people on a hot Sunday in August with umbrellas providing some protection from the brilliant sunshine. More hot weather is forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Green’s Farms (West Parish) Colonial Church Historic Property Special Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Human / Nature” by Nancy Reinker
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show II”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
10:15 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Historic District Commission Special Meeting
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Bess Rogers w/ Lelia Broussard, Molly Pieper and Ellen Kempner (w/ Chutes and Ladders)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on channel 78)
8:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Teen Flix: “Forrest Gump”
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Westport’s Bob Lasprogato and his Uptown Jazz sextet entertained a large crowd tonight at the Levitt Pavilion despite a classic hot, muggy August night. The sextet performed many oldies including Benny Goodman’s “Memories of You” and Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose” in addition to selections made famous by Duke Ellington, Earl Hines and other musical greats of the 1930s and ‘40s. Pictured (l-r) are Lasprogato on drums, Jim Tutunjian of Stratford, bass; Gim Burton of Ridgefield, guitar; Bobby Day of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., piano; Paul Boehmke of Trumbull, clarinet, and Fred Mariano of Shelton, trumpet. When he is not performing, Lasprogato serves as a Westport selectman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Rollie Devendorf (r) steps off the tennis courts at Longshore Club Park today after playing doubles to find a surprise birthday party. He turns 90 on Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club dominated the team competition at the 2009 USRowing Masters National Championships which ended today, winning the overall, women’s and men’s points’ trophies at the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
The club won the overall team title with 831.50 points. Minneapolis Rowing Club finished second with 399.75 points, followed by Potomac Boat Club with 330.25 points.
Saugatuck won the women’s title with 371 points. Community Rowing, Inc. finished second with 211.75 points, followed by Minneapolis Rowing Club with 153.50 points.
The men’s point trophy went to Saugatuck with 382.25 points. Minneapolis finished second with 235.25 points, with Occoquan International taking third with 228.75 points.
With temperatures soaring into the upper 80s at Westport’s Compo Beach. the sand and water was filled with people today as thousands spent a day at the beach to escape the heat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Caroline Howe for WestportNow.com
Members of Westport’s Staples High School Class of ‘59 wrapped up their 50th anniversary weekend reunion today with a gathering at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. The class was the first to graduate after the school’s move from Riverside Avenue to its present North Avenue location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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