Monday, July 04, 2005
Sherwood Island—No Guards on East Beach
Sherwood Island’s busy East Beach was without lifeguards today despite Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s announcement that lifeguards would be on duty the 4th of July weekend. Guards were in place on the West Beach. Park Supervisor Toby Buff said the lifeguards were still undergoing training and that was why the East Beach was uncovered. He said he expected about 18,000 visitors to the park today after 16,000 on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Special Meaning on 4th of July
Renewing of Vows
Westporters Kim and Mark Mathias renewed their wedding vows Sunday after 20 years of marriage (their official anniversary date is Wednesday). “Perhaps the best addition this year was the inclusion of Nicole, (7), as the flower girl,” said Mark, a member of the Westport Board of Education. Kim is a member of the Representative Town Meeting. The ceremony was held at the Saugatuck Congregational Church with The Rev. John Danner presiding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport View of Norwalk’s Fireworks
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Mother Nature’s Fireworks
Westport Woman’s Club Elects Officers
The Westport Woman’s Club recently installed its new board with Barbara Levy leading the club for 2005-2006. Pictured standing (l-r) are: Rose Jordan, secretary; Linda Clair, second vice president; Barbara Levy, president; Leah Scherzer, first vice president, and Emily Dinsdale, treasurer. Sitting, (l-r): Eileen Petropoulos, club historian; Sally Shauer, curio cottage representative; Fay Farquhar, co- chairman house;, Betty McGrath, co-chairman programs, Audrey Rabinowitz, community services; Wendy Mckeon, membership; Catherine Smith, grounds, and Ann Rossell, communications. Missing are Linda Amos, co-chairman house; Maryann Razzano, rentals; Barbara Raffel, co-chairman programs, and Jean Golden, parliamentarian. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
After serving seven customers in front of his South Compo Road home today, Callum Stirton, 4, decided to sample his own lemonade, while his father, Kerry, and mother, Mary, holding sister, Eleanor, approved. Standing on the far right is Jack Fisher, 14, who stopped his bike to quench his thirst for 50 cents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
4th of July Holiday Weekend Sunday Draws Crowds to Compo
A stiff breeze kept the temperature in the upper 60s but that did not deter crowds who packed Westport’s Compo Beach today. Parking spots were in short supply because of the many who made their way to the beach on the Sunday of the 4th of July holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, July 02, 2005
After a night of threatening thunderstorms that never materialized, Saturday dawned bright and sunny, providing clear sailing weather for those setting out for the day from the marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, July 3, 2005
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Rondi Charleston sings jazz standards
Friday, July 01, 2005
Westporter William Brink, Journalist, Dies at 89
Longtime Westporter William J. Brink, a former managing editor of The Daily News of New York who was responsible for one of the most memorable headlines in American journalism, FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD, died Friday in Norwalk, The New York Times reported today. He was 89.
The cause was congestive heart failure, his son William A. Brink said. Brink had lived for many years on Birchwood Lane.
Set in huge bold letters, the headline screamed across Page 1 of the paper on Oct. 30, 1975. In six taut syllables, it brought home its message with the power of a knockout punch: At the height of New York’s fiscal crisis, President Gerald R. Ford had declined to bail the city out, the Times said.
Those six syllables, as Ford later acknowledged, almost certainly lost him New York State in his 1976 race against Jimmy Carter, and with it, the presidency.
Honoring a Legend: Mortimer Levitt
Mortimer Levitt, a longtime Westporter whose philanthropic activities include Westport’s Levitt Pavilion, was recently honored by Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell for his efforts on behalf of the arts in Westport. Levitt, 98, has authored a number of books including one two years ago: “Ninety-Six and Too Busy to Die: A Life Beyond the Age of Dying.” Between Farrell and Levitt is Levitt’s wife, Mimi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, July 2, 2005
4 pm. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Finian’s Rainbow”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Crawdaddies, Cajun, zydeco, funk, swing, soul, reggae, roots, rock, and an incomparable style of their own
Compo Party Time, No Fireworks Needed
Despite the absence of fireworks and a forecast of thunderstorms, parties went on in and around Westport’s Compo Beach tonight. This group of beachgoers said they were determined to have a good time no matter what. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com
The Sign Tells the Story
A sign at the entrance to Westport’s Compo Beach told the story � tonight’s scheduled fireworks have been postponed until Tuesday, July 5. One Parks and Recreation Department official said it was only the second time in recent years that the fireworks were postponed due to bad weather. He said the last time it happened, only about two-thirds of the originally anticipated crowd showed up on the makeup date. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
New Lifeguards Report to Sherwood Island But Not to Lifeguard Stands
New lifeguards reported to Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today as promised Thursday by Gov. M. Jodi Rell � but they were not on duty. For yet another day, the beaches were left unguarded as the newly hired lifeguards received additional instruction. According to Park Supervisor Toby Buff, 13 or14 lifeguards, all with Red Cross or YMCA certification, reported to the park today and received training specific to Sherwood Island. He said that they should all be ready to be on beach duty Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Fuel Spill at Compo Marina
A boat refueling at Westport’s Compo Marina today dumped gasoline into the marina waters. Fire officials said about 10 gallons of gasoline failed to get into the boat’s tank due to a faulty connection and ended up in its hull. An undetermined amount made its way into the water. Westport firefighters used foam and hoses to dissipate the spilled fuel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com
Report: Westport Man Buys Fireworks in Ohio
A Westport man traveled to Ohio to buy $1,000 worth of fireworks for his backyard 4th of July party, a Pittsburgh newspaper reported today.
In a story on a booming fireworks business in Ohio towns bordering Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said among customers buying fireworks they could not purchase in their home state was Rafael Cotto of Westport.
It said he purchased the fireworks at Wholesale Fireworks in Hubbard, Ohio, which was offering a buy-one, get-one free sale.
“Even with the twofer offer, Rafael Cotto spent $1,000 at Wholesale for a planned neighborhood celebration,” the report said.
Westport Postpones Fireworks Until Tuesday
Westport’s fireworks celebration scheduled for tonight has been postponed until Tuesday, it was announced today.
“The operative word in the forecast was ‘severe,’” said Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director, referring to a forecast of severe thunderstorms.
“It’s not a good night for a party,” said Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.
A meeting of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed to Monday, July 11, according to Gordon Joseloff, RTM moderator.
(Editor’s note: Joseloff is also editor of WestportNow.com)
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Today’s Westport Teardown: 11 Dexter Road
Friday, July 1, 2005
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Finian’s Rainbow”
9:15 p.m. - Compo Beach - Fireworks celebration - POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY, JULY 5
Report of Attic Fire Turns Out to Be Smoldering Light
Westport firefighters tonight responded to a report of an attic fire at a home in the Saugatuck Shores area. It turned out to be a smoldering halogen light circuit in the living room ceiling.
Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said firefighters shut down power to the light and stopped any further damage to the home at 2 Driftwood Point.
Four fire engines, the ladder truck, and shift commander’s vehicle responded to the 9:12 p.m. alarm with a total of 13 firefighters, he said. They left the scene at 9:49 p.m.
The Fire Marshall’s office was investigating the cause of the fire, Kepchar said.
Rell Says 11 Lifeguards to Report to Sherwood Island Friday
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said today that the lifeguard shortage at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport has been successfully addressed just in time for the busy 4th of July weekend.
“Eleven fully-trained lifeguards will report to duty at Sherwood Island on Friday and I couldn’t be happier with the public’s response to my special appeal,” Rell said in a statement.
“I want to publicly thank each of the lifeguards for responding to this call to public service, and I want to publicly thank our staff at the Department of Environmental Protection for their speedy response in solving this problem.”
The governor praised Commissioner Gina McCarthy, saying she “has done a remarkable job under a tight deadline. She has done her agency proud.”
Rumors of Demise of Westport Italian Festival are False
By James Lomuscio
Rumors that Westport’s 22nd Annual Festival Italiano next week will be the final one due to a dearth of young blood and volunteers are false, according to the festival’s coordinator.
Westport’s Italian Festival: still going strong. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo
“Not at all,” said Roberta Delladonna Troy, for the past six years the coordinator of Festival Italiano, also dubbed the Italian Festival.
“It’s a rumor. The Italians are strong, and we’re going to go for it. It’s certainly not going to be my last festival.”
Scheduled to kick off Thursday evening, July 7, with a parade down Riverside Avenue to Luciano Park off Franklin Street, the festival is set to run through Sunday night, July 10.
Rell to Mark First Year in Office With Open House Friday
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said today she will mark her first anniversary in office by holding a public open house Friday at the State Capitol.
Rell will greet visitors on the first floor of the Capitol from noon to 2 p.m.
“This is an opportunity for me to say �thank you’ to the people of Connecticut for the confidence and trust they have placed in me,” Rell said in a statement.
“I have had so many wonderful experiences during this past year and I want to personally express my deepest gratitude to the public.
Richard Foot Resigns as Westport/Weston Y CEO/Exec Director
Dick Foot: will be consultant to Connecticut YMCAs. Contributed photoRichard A. Foot, exercutive director and CEO of the Westport/Weston YMCA since 1996, has submitted his resignation to become a consultant to 25 YMCAs around Connecticut.
“I just felt it was time to look at other opportunities,” Foot, 58, said today. His resignation becomes effective Aug. 15.
Foot, who has been among the Y’s leadership planning a controversial move from its downtown headquarters to its Camp Mahackeno site in northwest Westport, said he would remain for the time being in Westport in the new post.
“I’ll be employed by the national YMCA organization serving as a consultant to 25 YMCAs in Connecticut,” he said. “It is something I am looking forward to.”
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Today’s Westport Teardown: 263 North Ave.
Thursday, June 30, 2005
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Finian’s Rainbow”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Environment Committee
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Two Tenors, a program of Italian and Irish classical and romantic favorites
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