Monday, June 07, 2004
Post Road East Accident Injures One
A three-car accident caused minor injuries to a young child on Post Road East near the intersection with Turkey Hill Road today. The child, who was in an infant seat, was taken to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Martha Stewart Sentencing Delayed
The sentencing date for Westport’s Martha Stewart for lying about a stock sale has been delayed by three weeks to July 8, federal prosecutors said today.
The sentencing originally had been scheduled for June 17.
Stewart said in a posting on her Web site that her defense team had requested the delay so U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum could consider a new appeal.
The chambers of Cedarbaum, who will hand down the sentence for Stewart and former stockbroker Peter Bacanovic, had no comment.
Stewart was convicted in March for lying about why she sold shares of ImClone Systems Inc. stock in 2001. She could face 10 months to 16 months in prison.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Monday, June 7, 2004
7 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Wesport Weston Health District - Westport Weston Health District board of directors meeting
Making a Joyful Noise
Members of Westport’s United Methodist Church choir perform today at Temple Israel as part of “Make a Joyful Noise,” a community concert benefiting A Better Chance of Westport, Inc. The concert was presented by the Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Farrell Addresses U Thant Institute Event
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses today’s Ambassadors’ Luncheon at the Inn at Longshore. Sponsored by the Westport-based U Thant Institute, proceeds of the event went to combating the trafficking of women and children in Asia. Among the attendees was Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, UN Under-Secretary General. See another photo on COMMUNITY page. Saul Haffner for WestportNow.com
D-Day Remembered: Westport’s Robert Loomis
Today’s Sunday Hour of Norwalk features Westport D-Day veteran Robert Loomis in its coverage of the 60th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy.
Robert Loomis rides in the Memorial Day parade. Julia Mally/ WestportNow.com
As a native Parisian, Loomis, 79, could have taken a relatively easy assignment as an interpreter, the newspaper reported. But he chose the infantry instead.
“They had plenty of French interpreters, and I wanted more action,” he said.
Loomis was 19 when he found himself off Utah Beach on June 6, 1944, when the naval bombardment began.
“I was with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, 32nd Regiment, 4th Infantry Division,” he recalled. “We landed at H-Hour plus 90 minutes.
“The tide was so low we jumped off the landing craft into four feet of very cold water and had to wade and swim ashore.”
Annual Compo Fireworks Tickets on Sale
As first reported by WestportNow on March 30, the annual Police Athletic League (PAL) fireworks display this year is set for Friday, July 2 at Compo Beach.
The rain date is Tuesday, July 6.
The renowned fireworks family Grucci will again produce this year’s show, the 49th year the PAL has sponsored the event.
Tickets are on sale at the Parks and Recreation Dept. office at Longshore Club Park and the Westport police station. The price through June 14 is $25 per car and will increase to $30 after that.
All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
Learning About Diamonds
Bedford Middle School presented its annual student entertainment show Saturday night. Riley Andrews and Alex Herbertson sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Juggling Studies at Bedford Middle School
Duncan Raab was one of the Bedford Middle School students performing some juggling Saturday night, thanks to instruction from Vice Principal Tricia Raneri. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Sundy, June 6, 2004
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society’s Hidden Garden Tour
Noon - Inn at Longshore - U Thant Institute’s Ambassadors’ Luncheon
2 p.m. - Quick Center, Fairfield - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Funny Girl”
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Temple Israel - Interfaith Council of Westport & Weston presents “Make a Joyful Noise”
5 p.m. - Continental Manor, Norwalk - Staples Scholar Athlete Dinner
A landscaping truck burns on the I-95 exit 17 southbound off-ramp today. Westport firefighters quickly doused the flames but not before the truck was heavily damaged. The occupants managed to escape without injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Unhidden for a Day
The Westport Historical Society presents is 13th annual Hidden Garden Tour Sunday, including this seaside beauty above. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and advance tickets are on sale at the WHS today from noon to 3 p.m. for $22 for WHS members and $30 for non-members. Day-of-tour tickets are $35. Details are available at the society’s Web site. Contributed photo
Friday, June 04, 2004
Saturday, June 5, 2004
7:30 p.m. - Quick Center, Fairfield - Music Theatre of Connecticut presents “Funny Girl”
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
TEAM Westport Sponsors “Laramie Project” Community Conversation
A controversial play about the murder of a gay student in Laramie, Wyo., will be the focus for a community discussion by Westport’s diversity commission known as TEAM Westport.
The group is sponsoring the discussion June 18 immediately following that evening’s performance of “The Laramie Project” at the Westport Community Theatre in Town Hall.
Director David Roth and several cast members will join audience members in an exploration of the play’s themes, and its applicability to Westport.
“The Laramie Project” explores the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in 1998, and that Wyoming cowboy-and-college town’s reaction to it. Ten actors portray 84 roles, including Shepard’s two killers, his father and friends.
Music Theatre of Connecticut’s “Funny Girl” This Weekend
Westport-based Music Theatre of Connecticut presents the Tony Award-winning musical “Funny Girl” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield. The production features students ages 11-16. Details at the MCT Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, June 03, 2004
On the Wireless Mark
About 60 persons turned out Thursday night to hear technology consultant Mark Mathias speak at the Westport Public Library about home automation and wireless technologies. Using a table lamp and other props, he demonstrated how anyone can set up a home system that can turn lights on or off, view each room in the house, and open and close gates from wireless remote controls. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 4, 2004
4 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Boys Volleyball Team, winners of their second consecutive FCIAC title, begin their defense of their state titlle with a quarterfinal match against Joel Barlow
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
Cedar Brook Caf Drive-In
A woman motorist was slightly injured today when she drove her car into the side of the Cedar Brook Caf at Cedar Road and Post Road East. The bar was not open at the time. Cause of the accident is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Surveying the Damage
A Westport firefighter surveys the damage after a woman motorist drove her car into the side of the Cedar Brook Caf today on Cedar Road. Building officials said the bar would be closed until repairs are made. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Steam from Roof Sends Firefighters Scurrying
A report of smoke coming from a roof which turned out to be steam—sent Westport firefighters scurrying today to a home near the Fairfield line when the caller said there was a wheelchair-bound person in the house.
The call came in shortly after 9 a.m. to a home on Pheasant Lane, off of Meeker Road. As with all calls of a possible structure fire, off-duty personnel were summoned as well.
The call took on added urgency when the caller said there was a person in a wheelchair on the second floor of the home who was unable to get out.
Police and firefighters were on the scene within a few moments. They quickly discovered that what appeared to be smoke was actually steam coming from the roof, fire officials said.
Judy Blume Visits Long Lots
Popular childrens author Judy Blume had Long Lots Elementary School students spellbound Wednesday as she talked about her works, including ғAre You There God? Its Me, Margaret.Ҕ Susan Bachman for WestportNow.com i>
Community Theatre Debuts “Laramie Project”
The Westport Community Theatre Friday debuts its final production of the season, “The Laramie Project.” The work by Moiss Kaufman and members of The Tectonic Theatre Project is directed by David Roth, artistic director and theatre teacher of Staples Players at Staples High School. The play is about the savage murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. in 1998. Performances run Fridays and Saturdays June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and Sundays June 6, 13, and 20 at 2 p.m, and Thursday June 10 at 8 p.m. More information is available at the company’s Web site. Contributed photo
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Down by the River Early in the Morning
Fairfield County Preservationists Hold Planning Session
The newly-formed Fairfield County Preservation Trust (FCPT) held the first of three planning sessions Wednesday at the Westport Public Library.
Preservationists met at the library. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Representatives of 11 of the 23 towns and cities in Fairfield County met to discuss preserving the architectural heritage of the communities. Jim Leahy, a strategic planning consultant, led the session.
Additional meetings will be held June 16 and July 7.
The FCPT’s primary mission is to educate and advocate the preservation of historically significant houses, buildings and landscapes and to preserve the unique New England character of these communities that are threatened by sprawl.
John Lupton, former executive director of the Westport Historical Society, is the founding president of FCPT.
Thursday, June 3, 2004
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission
Comment on WestportNow Martha Stewart Story Draws Attention
A comment made on a WestportNow story by the ex-wife of a Secret Service employee charged with perjury after testifying in the stock fraud of Westport’s Martha Stewart is drawing national attention.
Under the headline “Was the Secret Service employee who testified against Martha Stewart set up?,” MSNBC reported that “Larry Stewart (no relation to the domestic diva) was recently charged with perjury in connection with his testimony against Martha Stewart. But now Stewart is getting defended from an unlikely defender: his ex-wife.”
It continued: “‘The person who came forward alleging that Larry Stewart lied at Marthas trial is the same person who filed complaints about Larry approx. 3 years ago.’ Larry StewartҒs ex-wife wrote in a letter to WestportNow.com.”
It Began With “Begin the Beguine”
The Staples High School jazz concert Tuesday night started off with “Begin the Beguine” featuring a trombone solo by junior Robert Nitkin. See another photo on ARTS & LEISURE page. WestportNow.com photo
NY Times Spotlights Staples Grad’s NY Dining With Kids Venture
Today’s New York Times spotlights Staples grad Dan Lowenstein’s new venture that eases some of the strain of dining out with the kids.
Called PlayDine, the company operates adult-supervised play centers at New York City restaurants.
The centers relieve parents of “the usual burden of distraction while waiting for the food (‘Don’t eat the whole bread basket!’) to the missed entre (‘But Dad, I have to go to the bathroom now!’) to the post-entre whining (‘Can’t we have dessert at home?’),” the newspaper said.
Lowenstein, a 1986 Staples grad and son of Westporters Dick and Ellie Lowenstein, has now expanded the venture to several Manhattan restaurants, winning plaudits from harried parents, the Times said.
Lowenstein, 36, is the father of two boys—Ben, 5, and Arthur, 4. They are pictured together in a photo accompanying the Times story. More information is available at the PlayDine Web site.
RTM Approves $2.45 Million to Expand Long Lots Parking Lot
The Long Lots Elementary School parking lot, long a safety concern for school administrators and parents, is closer to being fixed following Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approval of $2,447,502 to expand it.
The town’s legislative body acted at its monthly meeting Tuesday night only hours after the Board of Finance, meeting in special session, had approved the expenditure.
During the RTM debate, there were several failed attempts to reduce the appropriation on issues not directly related to enhancing the safety of the lot and providing more spaces.
Dick Lowenstein, District 5, proposed a symbolic $14,000 cut that related to a house that was being torn down as part of the project.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
7:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
10:50 a.m. - Staples High School, Room 963 - Board of Education hearing for SHS students on school start time
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood and Erosion Control Board
More from Westport Memorial Day 2004
WestportNow is pleased to present more pictures from Monday’s Westport Memorial Day parade these were inadvertently delayed in transmission to our news desk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux Roche for WestportNow.com
Thanks for the Ride
Make Way for the Brownies
Report: Westport Closing Prompts Animal Dumping
Cats and dogs are being dumped in lower Fairfield County as the Connecticut Humane Society’s Westport shelter remains closed for renovation, local animal control officials and advocates say, according to today’s The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk.
The renovated Westport shelter will be able to hold 300 animals and offer improved veterinary facilities, said Cheryl Rice, a Humane Society spokeswoman in Newington. The Westport shelter is scheduled to reopen this summer, she said.
The Humane Society, a private nonprofit organization based in Newington, operates shelters in Newington, Bethany and Waterford, which are too distant to accept pets from Stamford and Greenwich, animal control workers said.
Several animal control officials and welfare groups in lower Fairfield County said they are struggling to keep up with increased demand to accept abandoned pets, the newspaper said.
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