Saturday, April 18, 2009
Herbert M. Allison Jr.: answers White House call. File photoPresident Barack Obama today nominated Westporter Herbert M. Allison Jr. to oversee the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.
If confirmed by the Senate, the Greens Farms resident would oversee the $700 billion financial rescue fund aimed at restoring rattled markets.
Allison, 65, has been chief executive of Fannie Mae since it was seized by the government in September. He would succeed Neel T. Kashkari and become Treasury assistant secretary for financial stability.
In that role, Allison will be charged with overseeing several federal programs meant to improve the availability of credit, aid major automakers and bolster the housing market.
Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos (r) tonight hosted a reception for theater professionals from various disciplines among Connecticut’s performing arts community. Pictured with him are Michael Ross (l), managing director, and John Tillinger, director of the forthcoming play “Children” scheduled to run from May 26 to June 13 following the production of “Around the World in 80 Days” which begins its run on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, April 17, 2009
Westport medical illustrator Neil Hardy points to a picture of himself as a student at Johns Hopkins University at the start of today’s Westport Center for Senior Activities highly popular “A Conversation with the Artist III” series sponsored by Friends of the Senior Center. Hardy showed many of his meticulously drawn medical illustrations with explanations about each one. He said he occasionally had to store an eyeball or heart in the family refrigerator, much to the dismay of his wife of more than 40 years. “I used (them) to help me get a good drawing,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
State Representative Joe Mioli (l) of Westport today received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) at a ceremony at the Allegra Print & Imaging shop at 645 Post Road East. Making the presentation was Andrew Markowski, Connecticut State Director of NFIB , as Allegra owner Steve Knowles looked on. Markowski said Mioli “is one of the few legislators who has a small business background and understands its regulatory and tax implications.” NFIB is Connecticut’s and the nation’s leading small business advocacy association. The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows upon legislators. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport is losing hedge fund Pequot Capital Management to Wilton.
The $4 billion hedge fund currently at the Nyala Farm office complex has signed a long-term lease on new headquarters at 187 Danbury Road. The building formerly housed Bank of America and Dun and Bradstreet.
“The location, coupled with the existing infrastructure of the building and the high caliber of the space made 187 Danbury Road a perfect fit,” Pequot’s Susan Hotchkiss said. Pequot will occupy 27,000 square feet of the 136,000-square-foot building.
Davis Marcus Partners, the real estate firm that owns 187 Danbury Road, also announced that wealth management firm Granite Group Advisors has leased 2,200 square feet. Other companies with offices at Pequot’s new home are Wilton Reinsurance, Private Client Resources and skin-care group Beiersdorf.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 30 - April 3, 2009:
Webster Bank to Saugatuck Franklin Inc., 67 - 69 Saugatuck Ave., $450,000
Jeffrey J. and Maryellen V. Conway to Christopher Barbuto and Dianne Duffey, 18 Horse Shoe Lane East, $926,000
Thomas P. and Mary L Wynne to Karen H. Kim and Thomas W. Jendrock, 3 Bobwhite Drive, $895,000
Joan Debaun Watkins Est. to Christopher and Ester E. Clanton, 17 Horse Shoe Lane, $850,000
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a red flag fire warning for Westport and area from noon to 7 p.m. today.
Relative humidity levels are expected to fall below 20 percent later today, an advisory said. Winds will increase to around 15 mph with 20 to 25
These conditions combined with dry fine fuels could result in the rapid spread of brush fires if one were to start, the advisory said.
A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or imminent. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will create explosive fire growth potential.
Westport Public Schools - Spring Recess
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Family Vacation Fun Crafts
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Not Picture Perfect”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Thrash Unreal w/ The Blue Pages, Michael Bertini, Cameron Walker, and Kicking Daisies
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents “Master Class”
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The Westport Woman’s Club tonight welcomed about 20 new and prospective members at its 44 Imperial Ave. headquarters. The club, which has been active in Westport for more than 100 years, contributes to more than 40 nonprofit organizations in Westport and surrounding towns. Audrey Rabinowitz, club president, said she was “elated by the turnout and the level of interest by so many members of the community.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Congressman Jim Himes today made his first appearance before the Y’s Men of Westport Weston since taking office and in a wide ranging talk disclosed the he hopes to travel to Afghanistan to gain first-hand knowledge of U.S. military efforts there. His predecessor, Republican Christopher Shays, made repeated trips to Iraq while in office to gain knowledge of U.S. military activities. Himes said solving the dual problems of providing affordable health care and a first rate educational system will require cooperative efforts from all levels of society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
State Representative Joe Mioli of Westport addresses today’s Hartford ceremony inducting Westport’s Paul Newman into the Connecticut Hall of Fame. Accepting the award on behalf of the Newman family was Robert H. Forrester (r), president of Newman’s Own Foundation. With them is former state Senator Judith Freedman of Westport. The Connecticut Hall of Fame is located in the second floor atrium break-out area of the Legislative Office Building next to the State Capitol. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The “Hugging Culture” was the subject of a business breakfast today at Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk featuring business gurus Stew Leonard Jr. of Westport and Jack Mitchell, CEO of the Westport-based Mitchells/Richards family clothing business. Both men said good customer service was paramount to business success. About 150 people heard the businessmen speak about “creating a culture of enthusiastic, empowered employees who deliver unsurpassed customer service in a fun atmosphere.” Each attendee received two best-selling Jack Mitchell books, “Hug your Customers,” and “Hug Your People.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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