Sunday, June 26, 2005
Susan Lloyd Scholarship Fund Honors 23 at Unitarian Church
By Bill Slocum
Twenty-three was the magic number as 23 teenagers and young adults from around Fairfield County who have been diagnosed with cancer were honored at the 23rd annual Susan Lloyd Scholarship Awards Reception Sunday at the Unitarian Church of Westport.
Susan Lloyd Scholarship Award winner Zac Meinero of Westport (c) poses Sunday with Susan Fund director Ann Lloyd (l), mother of the woman after whom the scholarship is named, and Zac’s mother, Teresa. The Westport-based Susan Fund gives scholarships to students like Zac who have had cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Slocum for WestportNow.com
“These kids are so amazing,” said Ann Lloyd, a principal organizer of the event at the church on Lyons Plains Road. “Being dealt a life-threatening disease brings out the best in them.”
The awards totaling $57,000 are financed by the Susan Fund, a Westport-based charity named after Ann’s daughter, Susan. Since its inception in 1982, two years after Susan’s death from bone cancer, the fund has given out 434 awards totaling $739,350.
Anyone who resides in Fairfield County, has cancer, and is either in school or a training program is eligible. Though there is no age limit, most tend to be college age.
June Benefit Horse Show Wraps Up at Hunt Club
Monday, June 27, 2005
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Dancing Thru the Decades, YMCA award winners perform tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Finance
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
Today’s Westport Teardown: 48 Whitney Street
Telling a Story of Old Westport
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk has the attention of William Amon, 7, today at the Westport Historical Society. He told stories about the early settlers of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Report: Sherwood Island State Park Shy of Lifeguards
Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park, one of the largest and busiest area beaches, is shy of lifeguards with only four out of 10 full-time lifeguard positions having been filled, The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk reported today.
This is the first time in a few years that the state is finding it difficult to hire qualified lifeguards for Sherwood Island, William Mattioli, water safety coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Protection, told the newspaper.
Mattioli said officials are warning bus groups and people with children who enter the park, telling them where they can swim close to a lifeguard, the report said.
But on other parts of the beach, people will have to swim at their own risk.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Sunday, June 26, 2005
3 p.m. - Westport Playhouse - “Finian’s Rainbow”
7 p.m. Levitt Pavilion - Opening night: Dynasty’s Caribbean Fiesta
Documentary Filmmakers Visit Westport
As flags from around the world flapped in the breeze on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge today in celebration of jUNe Day, Robert Hotaling, president and CEO of Greybow Productions, and his wife, Luz Perez-Hotaling, came to town from Manchester. Hotaling was here to film for his forthcoming documentary, “Bridging the Saugatuck,” which will choreograph Steinkraus Cohen’s life and involvement with the United Nations. “It will focus on how one woman changed the world through hospitality and diplomacy,” Hotaling said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
“Welcome to Geezerhood” Party for Staples 60-Year-Olds
Members of the Staples High School Class of 1963, along with spouses, friends, and others, held a Compo Beach party today to celebrate their turning 60 this year. One participant called it a “welcome to geezerhood” party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Among Staples Class of 1963 members partying at Compo Beach today to mark their 60th birthdays this year were (l-r) George “Monk” Angell, Don Nathan, and Steve Wurster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
International Visitors Enjoy American Hot Dogs and Hamburgers at Compo
Westport Takes on International Look for jUNe Day
Flags of the 191 member states of the United Nations fly from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today in honor of jUNe Day. The newest U.N. members are Palau in 1994; Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga in 1999; Tuvalu in 2000, and Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Switzerland in 2002. (The Swiss have been neutral since an international agreement in 1815. They rejected U.N. membership in 1986 through a national referendum but finally joined in 2002). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
U.N. guests in Westport for jUNe Day board a bus at Saugatuck Elementary School today for swimming and boating at Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach. A lunctime beach barbeque was among the day’s events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Welcome to Westport
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell welcomes guests to the town’s 40th annual jUNe day today at Saugatuck Elementary School. About 350 visitors from 55 nations signed up for the day-long event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Compo Early Bird
It pays to be an early bird to get a grill and picnic table at Westport’s Compo Beach, as was this visitor early today. The beach is expected to be especially crowded today with temperatures forecast to be around 90F. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 24, 2005
Westport Celebrates jUNe Day Today
Westport today welcomes about 350 international visitors for its 40th annual jUNe Day celebration.
U.N. flags will fly today from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport’s center. WN file photo
The Ruth Stcinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in the town center will fly the flag of every United Nations member to mark the event.
Michaela MacColl, jUNe Day chairperson, said Westport is the only community in the world to have such an event.
Westport’s International Hospitality Committee said it expects visitors from all over the world who work at every level at the United Nations �- from suport personnel to ambassadors.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
9 a.m. Cedar Point Yacht Club - Advanced racing clinic for 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships
10:30 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day ceremony
2 p.m. - Compo Beach - Staples Class of ‘63 party to mark 60th birthdays
4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse “Finian’s Rainbow”
Showing Their Form
Two entrants in the 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship show their form in waters off Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club today. The races get underway Monday at 11 a.m. and continue through Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 68 North Ave.
The house at 68 North Ave. came down today. Built in 1946, it was featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day March 14, 2005. The property, near Staples High School, sold last October for $755,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Westport Hosting 2005 U.S, Youth Sailing Championship Beginning Today
Kevin Burnham: Olympic Gold Medalist will speak at dinner tonight. USOC photo The waters of Long Island Sound off Westport will be crowded with young sailors beginning today as 160 of the nation’s top youth sailors compete in the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship 2005.
The event is organized by the U.S. Sailing Association (US SAILING) and is hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club.
The young sailors, who are all under the age of 20, will race on Long Island Sound in Lasers, Laser Radials, and Club 420s to compete for the coveted National Champion title.
The list of competitors in the event reads like a ‘Who�s Who’ in American youth sailing and includes several current and past U.S. Youth World Team members, organizers said.
Getting Her Ducks in a Row
Friday, June 24, 2005
8:30 a.m. - Cedar Point Yacht Club - 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship preliminary activities
6 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Rotary Club Clam Bake
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse “Finian’s Rainbow”
Sobriety Checkpoints from June 30 through July 4
In an effort to target impaired drivers and prevent alcohol-related crashes, Westport police today announced they will be conducting sobriety checkpoints from June 30 through July 4.
They plan to conduct stops between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Weston Road and South Compo Road, Lt. Dale Call said. He added that motorists passing through the checkpoints will be briefly interviewed by the officer to see if the driver is operating under the influence.
If a violation is detected, or if a further interview is warranted, Call said, motorists will be directed to a secondary interview area. He added that while driving-under-the-influence violations are the primary focus, police will look for other violations, too.
“Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else,” Call said, “but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant.
The Unpuffables: Police Nab One in Tobacco Inspection
In a move reminiscent of Elliot Ness, the Westport Police Department and state employees conducted 15 unannounced inspections of stores selling tobacco products last week. They nabbed one employee, underaged himself, selling tobacco to an underaged and undercover buyer, police announced today.
“The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning the prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of 18,” said Sgt. David Kassay.
The inspections were conducted with the assistance of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program.
Under the direction and supervision of state investigators, Kassay said, an underage youth employed by the state entered each establishment to purchase tobacco.
School is Out
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Annual Fairfield County Hunt Club Horse Show Underway
The annual June Benefit Horse Show got underway Wednesday at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. It will continue through Saturday when the final silver trophies will be awarded. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Author’s Dramatic History
Richard Somerset-Ward, author of"An American Theatre: The Story of Westport Country Playhouse, 1931-2005 “spoke at the Westport Public Library Wednesday night where he showed slides and choreographed the history of what he termed “a gem of a theater.” Here he was greeted by Laura Feder, chairman of the Authors at the Library Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Farrell Renews Westport’s Sister City Relationship With Yangzhou, China
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell earlier this month visited Yangzhou, China, to renew Westport’s sister city relationship. At a state dinner in her honor, she presented the Yangzhou Municipal People’s Government with a silver tray to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sister city relationship. The tray was donated by Tiffany & Co. as part of its community gift-giving program. Yangzhou presented Farrell with several gifts which are now on display on the third floor of Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo 06/22/05 11:08 PM Comments Closed • Permalink •
Thursday, June 23, 2005
7:30 p.m. - Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission
Attendees at tonight’s senior bash at Longshore Club Park snap a photo. Several hundred youths attended the event following today’s Staples High School graduation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo