Monday, August 10, 2009
The house at 64 Turkey Hill Road South in Westport’s Greens Farms section was demolished today. Built in 1976, the two-story colonial had 3,487 square feet, was situated on a two-acre lot, and ownership changed hands in June at $2,385,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on July 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An entrepreneurial professional twosome, Dawn Matera and Michele Isenberg, have opened a practice, A Way To Learn, at 175 Post Road West in Westport to assist children and adults who live with learning disabilities. Highly qualified educators, Matera and Isenberg worked together for several years at the Eagle Hill-Southport, a school dedicated to students with learning disabilities. With their new business, the two provide supplemental help to students and adults. “We are not a school, we are a support service,” said Isenberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Ina B. ChadwickSpecial to WestportNow
Does he who laughs last, laugh longest? Or, does he laugh last simply because he’s the last one to get the joke?
During the Westport Country Playhouse’s current run of Alan Ayckbourn’s “How the Other Half Loves,” I had never been more aware of the disparity over the moments that individual audience members found worthy of their laughter.
On this particular evening, it was as if each audience member existed on a separate planet receiving messages at different speeds; the chuckles, giggles and guffaws were popping up in an un-syncopated chorus, behind me, in front of me, and often at seemingly inappropriate times.
Seated between my husband and my business partner, I noticed they too reacted at significantly different times, and rarely to the same lines.
Gray and cloudy skies did not stop many Westporters from spending Sunday afternoon at Compo Beach. This youngster found the view from the cannons especially interesting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
8:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Teen Flix: “Slumdog Millionaire”
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Sunday, August 09, 2009
Due to the weather forecast, tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance will move indoors to Saugatuck School, 170 Riverside Ave. Show time is 7 p.m. and admission is free for the elegant Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Quintet.
Westport firefighters early today cut off the passenger doors of a vehicle involved in a two-car crash on I-95 to rescue one person inside. The driver managed to get out on his own. Both were transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the second car said he had no injuries. The accident occurred at about 3:47 a.m. in the southbound lanes between Exits 18 and 17 near the Hales Road overpass, said Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I” (last day)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves” open caption
7 p.m. -
Levitt Pavilion Saugatuck School (170 Riverside Avenue) - Joe Carter Jazz Quintet
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Saturday, August 08, 2009
Many Westporters today took advantage of Metro-North’s direct train service to Yankee Stadium for the third game of the current four-game Yankee-Red Sox series. Among them were four Staples High School students—(l-r) Justin Hawrysh, 17; Lena Siskin, 17; Alex Mullen, 17; Matt Mirrkine, 16—and parent Fred Hawrysh, who said he learned of the direct train service from WestportNow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 9 Silver Brook Road, off Easton Road in the Coleytown section of Westport. The two-story colonial has 3,172 square feet and is situated on a one-acre property. Since the house was built in 1951, the application process requires review by the Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Anne Wexler, a former Westport homemaker who left an indelible mark on Connecticut politics in the ‘60s and ‘70s and went on to become a national political figure and well known Washington lobbyist, died Friday at her Washington home after a long battle with cancer. She was 79.
Anne Wexler: Westport homemaker became a power in politics. File photo
She first delved into politics working on the Fairfield County congressional campaign of an antiwar candidate in the mid-60s. A staunch liberal, she helped run Eugene McCarthy’s Connecticut operation during his 1968 presidential run.
She got her start in public life working in the Westport PTA and as an elected member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) while the family lived in a Cape Cod-style home on Bonnie Brook Road. The New York Times once noted it had “a swimming pool in the back and a good deal of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in the cellar.”
Her two sons attended Coleytown Elementary and Junior High schools as well as Staples.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Seashore Day
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Years in the Making: Ageless Artists, Ageless Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Heads & Hands” by Kristin Rasich Fox
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Group Show I”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Belles Lettres”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “How the Other Half Loves”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mark Pires
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Westport’s Levitt Pavilion was rocking tonight as rock-folk-pop music icon Don McLean entertained the crowd with selections from his 40 platinum and gold records, including such hits as “And I Love You So,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and “American Pie.” Proceeds from the evening make possible the 58 free nights of music at the Levitt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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