Sunday, July 01, 2007
Sunday Shopping at Farmers Market
The second edition of the Sunday Westport Farmers Market attracted a big crowd today. Vendors did a brisk business in selling fresh corn, among other vegetables. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
All’s Well That Ends Well
Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped Overnight in Well
By Dave Matlow
Hours of anxiety over a missing Dachshund ended happily early today after Westport firefighters rescued the animal from an abandoned well where it had been trapped overnight.
Pam Nistico holds her 1-year-old Dachshund Brody after his rescue by Westport firefighters early today from an abandoned well where he had spent the night on the family’s property at 292 Wilton Road. The newly-covered well is in the background. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The dog’s owner, Pam Nistico, said she had walked 1-year-old Brody late Saturday night and then returned to her home on the grounds of her family’s Red Barn Restaurant, 292 Wilton Road. When she put him down, Brody playfully chased after the family cat.
After a while, Nistico became concerned when she could not find Brody. She and her daughter, Desiree, 19, and a friend searched frantically on nearby streets.
They called Westport police for help and even spotted a state trooper on the nearby Merritt Parkway where he had stopped a speeder and asked if he had seen the dog. The trooper used his flashlight to look into the woods off the parkway. But Brody was nowhere to be found.
Trying Her Luck
A young lady tries her fishing luck Saturday at the entrance to the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. The temperature reached the lower 80s under sunny skies. Today’s forecast is for sunny weather with highs in the 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, July 1, 2007
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Kings of Strings
Junior Horse Lady
Alexa Stiegler, 6, of Westport takes part in the Leadline event for young riders at today’s Fairfield County Hunt Club horse show. A first grade student in the fall at Coleytown Elementary School, Alexa has been riding two years under the tutelage of her mother, Ariane, who is also a trainer for other riders at the Hunt Club as well as a show competitor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
$25,000 Grand Prix Ends Fairfield County Hunt Club Show
Horses and riders competed today in the finals of the $25,000 Grand Prix of the June Benefit Horse Show at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. The culmination of five days of exciting competition included a champagne reception, a silent auction and a buffet luncheon under a large tent where guests enjoyed watching talented riders of national repute and their horses perform at the highest level of competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Junior Riders on Parade
Saturday, June 30, 2007
A United Nations Gift to Westport
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff accepts a photograph of United Nations headquarters given as a gift to the people of Westport by Ibrahim A. Gambari, U.N. Under Secretrary General, at today’s jUNe Day ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Celebrates jUNe Day
By Ed Kiersh
Westport greeted more than 370 members of the United Nations community today to celebrate the town’s 42nd annual jUNe Day festivities.
Guests at today’s jUNe Day ceremony at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School enjoyed food provided by local restaurants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Members of the United Nations staff and their guests, a vast array of people from India, Lebanon, Russia and a host of other countries, were here for a day of eating, recreation and activities which encouraged inter-cultural understanding and world peace.
“Supporting the U.N., showing this sort of friendship is vital, since there isn’t an important topic on the planet this world organization is not addressing,” said Westport’s Michaela MacColl, the president of the International Hospitality Committee of Fairfield County.
Guests were first greeted at the Saugatuck Elementary School with breakfast and short speeches from First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, MacColl, United Nations Under Secretary General Ibrahim A. Gambari and other dignitaries.
Westporter Says “Support of the U.N. is Vital”
Westporter Michaela MacColl welcomed guests to today’s jUNe Day ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. MacColl, president of the UNA-US Southwest Connecticut chapter and the International Hospitality Committee of Fairfield County said,“Supporting the U.N., showing this sort of friendship is vital since there isn’t an important topic on the planet this world organization is not addressing.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Welcomes jUNe Day Visitors
The flags of United Nations members flew from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today as the town welcomed U.N. visitors marking the town’s 42nd annual jUNe Day hosted by the International Hospitality Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Souvenir Photo
Health District Testing Waters of Muddy Brook
By Nina Zipkin
The Westport Weston Health District is testing the waters of Westport’s Muddy Brook to try to determine the cause of high counts of E.coli bacteria.
Westport’s Muddy Brook runs from near the Fairfield line through the Greens Farms area and into Sherwood Mill Pond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
Testing of the stream, which runs from near the Fairfield town line south through much of the Greens Farms area to Sherwood Mill Pond, began June 18, according to Chief Sanitarian Jeff Andrews.
“We’re trying to narrow down where the high counts are and isolate the contributing factors that could cause them,” he said.
“Drainage pipes, for example. There are several reasons why they could be there – pool backwash, sump pump discharge or illegal septic overflow.”
Saturday, June 30, 2007
10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day ceremony
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
4 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Christopher Robin Band
Friday, June 29, 2007
Joseloff Meets With ConnDOT Officials on Merritt Tree Safety
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today met with a delegation of Connecticut Department of Transportation officials who briefed him about tree safety on the Merritt Parkway.
Today’s Westport Town Hall meeting discussed tree safety on the Merritt Parkway, including this incident on May 5 near exit 42 in Westport, which caused no injuries. A Westchester couple died in a June 9 accident, however. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo ©2007 WestportNow.com
The two-hour meeting at Town Hall followed Joseloff’s June 11 letter to Gov. M. Jodi Rell in which he urged her to examine tree safety along the parkway following the deaths of a Westchester couple whose car was hit by a falling tree near exit 42 in Westport on June 9. (See WestportNow June 11, 2007)
Rell responded that she shared his concerns and said that she has directed ConnDOT to work with the Merritt Parkway Conservancy and local officials to analyze and address the safety and integrity of the trees along the road.
Leading the ConnDOT team to Westport was Robert P. Mongillo, transportation maintenance administrator, who was accompanied by seven others, including road maintenance officials, arborists, and roadway planners.
Westport “Well Prepared” for Bird Flu Pandemic
By Ed Kiersh
They hope it will never happen, but Westport officials are refining their plans for an Avian influenza or bird flu pandemic.
Westport Weston Health District Director Sue Jacozzi, pictured at the District today, says Westport is constantly studying how to be a step ahead in pandemic flu preparations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ed Kiersh for WestportNow.com
After attending a regional meeting Thursday of police, fire, and emergency care givers at Fairfield University, Westport Weston Health District Director Susan M.Jacozzi said today the town is well prepared.
“Westport’s local plan is very good,” she said. “We have doctors advising us and we have a very good relationship with first-responders.”
Jacozzi, who has served in her post for almost two years, said, “It’s a worry that we don’t have anti-virals or a vaccine. Yet we are constantly thinking of what could happen, and trying to be a step ahead.”
Close Shave at Compo Barber Shop
A woman driver crashed her car into the front of the Compo Barber Shop shortly after noon today at the Compo Shopping Center on Post Road East. The force of the crash deployed the driver and passenger air bags but caused no injuries to the driver or her female passenger. Although there were employees and customers in the barber shop as well as the Maggie Moos ice cream shop next door, no one inside was injured. The crash shattered glass in the doors of the two stores but caused no major damage. The car had to be towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Get a Car Wash and Support Westport’s Interfaith Housing
Today is the Good Neighbor fund-raiser by Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association at Westport Wash & Wax on Post Road East at Long Lots Road. The car wash is donating 100 percent of its gross receipts today to the charity. Ross Burkhardt, a member of the IHA board of directors, was among the first customers today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 87 North Ave.
Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1945 house at 87 North Ave. near Staples High School. The 1,499-square-foot house sits on a one-acre property and sold this month for $815,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The temperature reached 89 in Westport Thursday before late afternoon rains cooled things off. Today’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies with highs in the 70s. Scene is along the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 29, 2007
8 a.m.-6 p.m. - Westport Wash & Wax - Interfaith Housing Association Fundraiser Car Wash
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception, Solos Show
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Josh Cramoy Band
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Arts Center presents cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
Thursday, June 28, 2007
The fourth Thursday edition of the Westport Farmers Market at the Westport Country Playhouse attracted crowds today despite the 90-degree heat. Picking cherries to buy was a popular attraction for visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
CL&P Details Drilling Under Saugatuck River in July
Representatives of Connecticut Light & Power Co. detailed for reporters today how the drilling to install a new high voltage power line under the Saugatuck River in Westport will proceed beginning about July 23. Taking part in the Town Hall news conference were (l-r) Chris Swan, CL&P municipal relations manager, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Chris Courtwright, a civil and structural engineer on the project. The work will take about five months with drilling to occur about 35 feet under the river bed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Jackie Lane
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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the 1950 house at 6 Jackie Lane off Ferry Lane East. The 833-square-foot house sits on a one-half acre property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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