Monday, September 25, 2006
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Fairfield Ave.
A demolition application has been submitted for 10 Fairfield Ave. in Westport’s Compo Beach area. The house sold last December for $1,600,000. The 1935-built house is of 20th century vernacular style and is listed on the Westport Historic Resource Inventory. It is part of the Compo-Owenoke National Register Historic District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday’s weather was hot and humid with threatening clouds and a small rainstorm. The clouds still lingered but lightened up enough to allow another pretty sunset as viewed from Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, Sept. 25, 2006
6 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim” cocktails, performance, and dinner
7 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education Reception for Teacher of the Year
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Westport author Ian Bremmer discusses his new book “The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall”
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education
Sunday, September 24, 2006
A Little Dusting Off
Rain drops not dust turned out to be the problem at today’s Concours d’Elegance classic car show on Westport’s Veterans Green. A few afternoon light showers brought out the plastic over some of the entrants, but most of the show was held under sunny or partly cloudy skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Town Hall is reflected in the distinctive rear-side window of this pristine 1966 Shelby Mustang GT 350H at the Concours d’Elegance classic car show at Veterans Green today. The car is a special version made for Hertz Rent-a-Car, which rented for $17 per day in 1966. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Classic Car Show Draws Crowds
today’s Concours d’Elegance classic car show on Westport’s Veterans Green drew hundreds of visitors. Almost 100 cars and motorcycles were on display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A visitor to today’s classic car show on Westport’s Veterans Green admires an old Packard. A portion of the proceeds from today’s event went to Westport’s Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sondheim: Playhouse Event is Fund-Raiser Not Tribute
Stephen Sondheim : recalls Playhouse apprenticeship with fondness. Contributed photoComposer Stephen Sondheim, a 1950 apprentice at the Westport Country Playhouse, returns to the Playhouse Monday for “The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim” musical tribute to him. But he says he sees it as more fund-raiser than tribute.
In an interview with the New York Times Sunday Arts and Leisure section today, Sondheim, 76, also said he had not been consulted about the material and presentation—at his request.
“I don’t see this as a tribute,” said Sondheim, whose musical works include “Company” and “Sweeney Todd.”
“This is a fund-raiser. Everyone who ever organizes a fund-raiser has to have some sort of theme, and everyone who achieves any eminence in a public profession eventually becomes the ice sculpture in the middle of the room.
Strong Thunderstorms Possible This Afternoon
The National Weather Service today issued an advisory warning of possible strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon for Westport and the tri-state area.
It said a strong area of low pressure will move across southern Quebec today with its trailing cold front sweeping across the tri-state area by this evening.
“Summer-like moisture is already in place over the region this morning with dewpoint readings in the mid 60s. These values will rise into the upper 60s by early afternoon, making it feel humid,” the advisory said.
Skies will be mostly cloudy today, but there will be a few breaks of sun that should allow temperatures to rise into the 80s away from the immediate coast. This should result in the development of instability.
Visitors to today’s Concours d’Elegance classic car show on Westport’s Veterans Green will see red and many other colors in the antique autos. Among them will be this 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SL belonging to WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeryer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006
7:30 a.m. - Luciano Park - Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club Harvest Rides
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -Veterans Green - Concours d’Elegance classic car show
Summer is over and autumn offically began at 12:55 a.m. today. Westport’s Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens dressed up its entrance to mark the seasonal change. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Talking Transportation: Amtrak’s Winner—Acela
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Tired of the hassles of air travel, the weather delays, TSA examinations that rival visiting a proctologist, and the cramped coach seating with leg room only for midgets?
Well, try the train—if you can get a seat. In the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak’s flagship train, Acela, is a delight for daytrips to Boston or DC. But I’m not alone in being a big Acela fan, as I found out recently.
Arriving at New York’s Penn Station at 3 p.m. one weekday afternoon. I figured I’d have no problem getting a seat on the 4 p.m. Acela to Baltimore. Wrong! It was sold out and so was the 5 p.m. train.
First class was available for an additional $82, but I opted for a slightly slower but much cheaper “conventional” Acela regional train equipped with the older Amfleet coaches.
Rough Waters Curtail Soundkeeper’s Annual Race
The seventh annual Soundkeeper’s Lighthouse to Lighthouse fund-raiser race brought out more than 30 small boats today launching from Westport’s Compo Beach. Kayaks, shells and both large and small outriggers signed up to participate in the 12-mile event which raises money to protect the ecology of the Long Island Sound community and promote the Sound as a viable recreation area. But rough waters forced organizers to call off the race after a short time. Entrants were set to travel from Compo, around Cockenoe Island, passing the Norwalk Islands to the Sheffield Island lighthouse and return on the reverse course. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Paddling to Protect the Sound Cut Short
The annual Soundkeeper’s Lighthouse to Lighthouse fund-raiser race from Westport’s Compo Beach was cut short this year because of today’s inclement weather which brought high seas, wind and rain. Boats launched from Compo could not make headway in the choppy waters. The Westport Marine Police and Coast Guard Auxiliary and other power boats stood by in case of emergency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Library Selects “The Soloist” for WestportReads
“The Soloist” by Mark Salzman is the 2007 WestportReads selection of the Westport Public Library.
Known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Iron & Silk,” Ridgefield native and Yale graduate Salzman’s book takes readers into the world of a child prodigy cellist, the murder trial of a Zen Buddhist, and a life where dreams are adjusted to fit reality.
“The Soloist” is recommended for high school readers and older, the Library said.
WestportReads activities will begin in March.
Staples Triumphs Over Westhill 31-6
Westport’s Staples High School football team won its first game on the road against Stamford’s Westhill today 31-6. The defense played a vital role in the victory with senior Sean McGlynn (64) helping the cause. The Wreckers improved to 2-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Staples Girls Soccer Shuts Out Norwalk 6-0
Westport’s Staples High School girls soccer team today defeated Norwalk High School 6-0 at home. Captain Lindsey Chandler (r) controls the midfield. The Wreckers are now 3-2-0 on the season. The next home game is Tuesday against Westhill of Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Cooperman for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 22, 2006
Playhouse Names New Development Director
Barbara Bartucca: “an experienced professional.” Contributed photoBarbara “Bobbie” M. Bartucca joined the Westport Country Playhouse as development director this week, said John A. Vaccaro, president of the Playhouse board of directors.
Bartucca joined the playhouse staff on Thursday.
“Bobbie brings her outstanding capabilities and a history of success in the not for profit theatrical development arena to our Playhouse,” said Vaccaro. “She is an experienced professional with exceptional leadership skills in nurturing meaningful relationships in the local, regional and national philanthropic community.”
Bartucca comes to the Westport Country Playhouse from the Hartford Stage where she served as director of development for five seasons.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 5 Rustic Lane
Westport Property Transfers Sept. 11-15, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 11-15, 2006:
Hilary E. Stevens to Kristena Geysel, 121 Compo Road North, $739,000
Brian C. Kane to Christopher E. and Michelle D. North, 5 Clinton Terrace, $518,000
Ellen Harris to Vivian Rosenzweig-Edelman et al, 181 Regents Park, $975,000
Catherine Viscardi and Douglas G. Johnston to Catherine and David Devoe Jr., 108 Morningside Drive South, $3,900,000
IHA to Present “Jazz on the Sound”
The Westport Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) will host its “Jazz on the Sound” benefit on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7-10 p.m.
The event will include a live and silent auction aboard the Cayah Michele leaving from Port Fjord in Cos Cob.
Those on board will have complimentary beverages, hor’d oeuvres provided by Fjord Catering and live jazz from James Daniel Entertainment.
The event’s proceeds will go towards the programs and services provided by IHA.
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