Sunday, July 10, 2005
Italian Festival Draws Crowds Despite Heat
Sidewalk Sale Winds Up With Bargains
There were bargains galore today on the last day of Westport’s three-day downtown sidewalk sale. This was the scene on Post Road East near the intersection with Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Noon - Luciano Park - Italian Festival
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Westport Country Playhouse - “Dear Brutus”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Giacomo Gates Quartet, jazz
Two Escape Serious Injury in Crash
Two people escaped serious injury this afternoon in a two-car crash at the intersection of Hillandale Road and Morningside Drive South in Westport. A woman driver of the car on the right is comforted after the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Telling About a Close Call
A Westport policeman interviews a driver involved in a two-car crash today at the intersection of Hillandale Road and Morningside Drive South in Westport. The 18-year-old Weston youth was in the car that rolled over, seen in the rear. He escaped with a scraped arm and shoulder after the car’s airbags deployed. The woman driver of the second car also was not seriously injured when her vehicle came to rest against a stone wall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
One Man Slightly Injured in Basement Fire
A worker staining a basement floor suffered minor burns today when fumes ignited a small flash fire in a home on Easton Road, fire officials said.
The fire self-extinguished and the man initially refused treatment but later was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. Damage to the home was minor, according to Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfried.
Firefighters responded to a 911 report of an explosion and fire in the basement of the home at 130 Easton Road at 1:57 p.m. On arrival seven minutes later, they found that contractors working in the basement spraying a flammable concrete stain caused an ignition and flash fire, Gottfried said.
“One of the contractors received a minor second degree burn on his hand and was treated by firefighters at the scene and then turned over to Westport EMS,” he said.
Hey, Get Your Lemonade and Cookies Here
Today was “Lemonade and Cookie Day” around Westport to raise funds for rebuilding of the Compo Beach playground. At the Westport Public Library, brothers Alex, 4, and Brendan Schoff, 6, of Westport, did the honors along with sisters Grace, 6, and Hope Goodrich, 4, of Weston, and their moms. The community-driven initiative to rebuild the playground will take place in April 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Friday, July 08, 2005
Today’s Westport Teardown: 12 Mills St.
Lemonade and Cookies Sale Benefits Compo Playground
Children and parents will sell lemonade and cookies to thirsty Westport residents and visitors today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit the Compo Beach Playground Fund.
“Lemonade and Cookie Day” donations of all sizes will be accepted for one cup of lemonade and one cookie with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to the community-driven initiative to rebuild the children’s playground on Compo Beach in April 2006.
“This is the first in a series of fundraisers we are planning to have in order to achieve our financial goals to give this town a brand new facility at the beach,” said Suzanne B. Dodge, chair of the playground project.
Lemonade and cookie stands will be set up at several locations, including Shaw’s, Super Stop and Shop, Trader Joe’s, Talbots Mens Shop, Jesup Green, Right Start Store ( 289 Post Road East), the now-closed Eckerd Drug Store next to Barnes & Noble, Gap Kids, Chroma, and Westport Wash and Wax.
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Noon - Luciano Park - Italian Festival
7:30 p.m. Westport Country Playhouse - “Dear Brutus”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Early Clover, a singer who will offer renditions of classics made famous by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke
Basketball Tourney to Benefit Compo Playground Postponed
The 3-on-3 basketball tournament scheduled to be held on the courts at Compo Beach on Saturday. July 16, and Sunday, July 17, has been postponed, organizers said today. A tournament and basketball event will be slated for the fall.
“This time of summer is jam packed with commitments for Westporters as kids and teens head off to summer camps, are on family vacations and are working summer jobs,” said Suzanne Dodge, chairman of the Compo Beach Playground Project.
“Based on the feedback we received from those interested in playing in the tournament and having a fun-filled day of basketball, we would best serve the community and the Compo Beach Playground Project by holding the event in the fall, giving more folks the opportunity to participate.”
A power line burns on the ground of Westport’s River Lane this afternoon as heavy rains pelted the area. Fire and police closed off part of River Lane until utility company workers arrived to shut down the line. By mid-afternoon, about 1 � inches of rain had fallen in Westport since midnight. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Tightens Security; Rell Briefs Local Officials
Westport has tightened security around its railroad stations and tunnels following the terrorist attacks in London, Police Chief Al Fiore said today.
Fiore, Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, and Fire Chief Chris Ackley were on a conference call earlier in the day with Gov. M. Jodi Rell. She briefed local officials on stepped up transit security measures around the state.
“In addition to what the state is doing, we have stepped up our patrols of the railroad stations here in town,” Fiore said. “Our patrol officers will be out of their vehicles and on the platforms as trains arrive and depart.”
Westport has two Metro-North stations � the larger one at Saugatuck and the smaller one at Greens Farms. Both are normally closely monitored by police officers but usually from their vehicles.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Friday, July 8, 2005
6 p.m. - Luciano Park - Italian Festival
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Cajun musicians create a unique genre of rock ‘n’ roll known as swamp pop
8:30 p.m. Westport Country Playhouse - “Dear Brutus”
Westport’s Italian Festival Opens
Westport’s Italian Festival opened tonight for a four-day run. The festival, which began in 1982, has raised $1.6 million over the years which it has distributed to 40 charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Dunking for a Good Cause
Among those getting a dunking tonight at Westport’s Italian Festival was Neil Harding of Fairfield. Harding is a crew chief with Westport’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and operates the Harding Funeral Home in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Dignitaries in Line of March
Among dignitaries marching tonight in Westport’s Italian Festival parade were (l-r) Selectman John Izzo, State Rep. Joe Mioli, State Sen. Judith Freedman, former Second Selectman Betty Lou Cummings, and Representative Town Meeting Moderator Gordon Joseloff (who is also editor of WestportNow). They paused as the parade came to a brief stop along Franklin Street en route to Luciano Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Chauffeured by Bill Schefler, Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell was greeted by cheers and well wishes tonight as she arrived at Luciano Park at the start of Festival Italiano (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Westport Shows Solidarity With Britain Following Terrorist Attacks
In a display of solidarity with Britain following today’s terrorist attacks in London, two Union Jacks flew on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the town’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Italian Festival Gets Underway Tonight
Westport’s Italian Festival opens tonight and runs through Sunday. Carmine Cenatiempo, owner of Calise’s, was among those making preparations today at the festival site near the Westport train station. The event kicks off with a parade along Riverside Avenue at 6:45 p.m. to the festival grounds. For more information, visit www.festivalitaliano.info. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
As Rumored, Westport’s Eckerd Drugs Shuts Down
Eckerd Drugs, at 1096 Post Road East next to Barnes & Noble, shut its doors for good Wednesday night without notice � except for WestportNow’s June 29, 2005, exclusive story reporting rumors of a closure. A sign posted in the store window said prescriptions have been transferred to the Westport Stop & Shop pharmacy and photos to the Eckerd store in Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Rell Signs $1.3 Billion Transportation Initiative at South Norwalk Station
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today used the South Norwalk train station as a backdrop for signing the $1.3 billion Transportation Initiative that includes funding for rail cars, buses and highway improvements.
Rell thanked legislators, in particular those from Fairfield County, for their work in passing the measure.
“Connecticut commuters, especially those here in Southwestern Connecticut, have endured grueling gridlock for too long,” she said. “Today, I can assure them that help is on the way.”
Rell said the bill represents the most ambitious transportation improvement program for Connecticut in more than two decades.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Thursday, July 7, 2005
6:45 p.m. - Riverside Avenue - Italian Festival parade
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Golf Advisory Committee
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mark Verselli, comedian
8 p.m. Westport Country Playhouse - “Dear Brutus” opening night
Rell Promises Sherwood Island to Have Full Lifeguard Coverage by Weekend
Gov. M. Jodi Rell, acknowledging that Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park was not fully covered by lifeguards for the busy 4th of July holiday as she had promised, said today that the shortage should be corrected this weekend.
As reported exclusively by WestportNow Monday, only the park’s West Beach had lifeguard coverage on the holiday while the larger East Beach, where waters are rougher, went uncovered. Park Supervisor Toby Buff said lifeguards were still in training. (See WestportNow July 4, 2005)
Upwards of 18,000 persons visited the beach Monday, some of them swimming in an area of the East Beach clearly marked by a “No Swimming” sign. Westport fire and ambulance personnel responded to at least two incidents in the park.
“At least 13 fully-trained lifeguards will be on duty at Sherwood Island this weekend, and that number should be sufficient to provide coverage of the entire beach,” said Rell in a statement.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
8 a.m., noon and 7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Staples principal finalist meets community
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
2 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Revaluation Working Group
4 p.m. - Room 201 - Beautification Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Magic of Lynn, magical tricks
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance
7:30 p.m. - Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
Rain Fails to Dampen Fireworks Spirits
Westporters had to endure a rain shower before tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks but those who stuck it out were rewarded with a spectacular 24-minute show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Smaller Crowd for Fireworks
Tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks, postponed from Friday, attracted a smaller crowd as a result. Proceeds went to the Westport Police Athletic League. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Getting Out of the Rain at Compo
A brief but heavy rain shower had visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach scurrying for cover tonight as they awaited the 4th of July fireworks show. The event was postponed from Friday when rainy weather was forecast but never materialized. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
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