Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Romano Gives Rotary Y Relocation Update
Peter Romano, a member of the steering committee for the Westport YMCA’s relocation to Camp Mahackeno, updated the Westport Rotary Club today on the project’s progress and timetables. He was assisted by Steve Halstead who displayed a project site map. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Snow Path to the Sound
Playhouse Gets $2 Million to Maintain White Barn Legacy
Westport Country Playhouse officials announced Monday they have received a $2 million capital grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation to name in perpetuity the building adjacent to the theater as “The Lucille Lortel White Barn Center.”
Getting Grant: There was a large crowd on hand at Monday’s acceptance of a grant by the Westport Country Playhouse from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Pictured are first row (l-r): Tazewell Thompson, WCP artistic director-designate; Ann Sheffer, WCP board member; Joanne Woodward, WCP artistic director and board member; Elisabeth Morten, WCP board chair. Second row (l-r): Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal; Anne Keefe, WCP associate artistic director; Jim Ross, president, Lucille Lortel Foundation, White Barn Theatre Foundation and Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation; Alison Harris, WCP executive director; Dick Ticktin, trustee, Lucille Lortel Foundation, White Barn Theatre Foundation and Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation; and Jerry Rosenberg, chief of charities bureau, office of New York State attorney general. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kathleen O’Rourke for WestportNow.com
In addition, the Lucille Lortel Foundation has pledged a $500,000 operating grant over 10 years to create The White Barn Theatre Program at the Playhouse.
The original White Barn Theatre, founded by Lortel in 1947 to present experimental works, is now a museum located on Newtown Turnpike in Westport. Its final production there was in the summer of 2002.
“We are honored to accept these gifts,” stated Joanne Woodward, Playhouse artistic director. “They are especially meaningful because I knew and admired Lucille Lortel. Her generosity and commitment to the American theater guided the work at the White Barn for over half a century and were an inspiration to me.”
Monday, December 05, 2005
$2 Million Needed for Staples Project
Staples Building Committee representatives made their plea for an additional $2 million in order to complete the Staples High School expansion and renovation Monday night.
Committee representatives explained the additional funding—the second request for more money for the project—is needed because there were major problems uncovered once construction crews began renovating the existing building.
The school board took no vote at its meeting, but is scheduled to do so at its next session Dec. 12.
The project’s plan includes the construction of a new academic wing—which will be completed for use in February—and the renovation and expansion of some current areas of the building, including the cafeteria, auditorium and media center.
Going Down: 263 Compo Road South
The house at 263 Compo Road South came down Monday. The property, located across from Westport’s Longshore Club Park, sold in September for $2,350,000. A demolition permit was issued last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Westport/Weston Health District Avian Influenza Forum
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse - “David Copperfield”
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (live cable coverage channel 79)
Taking Home the Gold
Two television journalists with Westport connections took home the gold last week from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, winning special Emmys for television broadcasts on business subjects. Westporter Tom Seligson (r) and Michael Joseloff (2nd r) of Easton, won the award for Best Documentary for a program on “The Google Boys” which aired on A&E and The Biography Channel. Both Seligson and Joseloff grew up in Westport. Joseloff is the twin brother of Westport’s new first selectman. For Seligson, an executive producer at CBS News Productions, this is his third Emmy. Joseloff, who worked for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour for 13 years, and is now a freelance producer, took home his fourth Emmy. Others pictured are (l-r) Peter Tarshis and Tom Heymann, A&E executives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
15 Minutes of Fame: Lukas Van Zanten
Lukus Van Zanten spends time building boats at Staples.Contributed PhotoAt Staples High School, students with advanced knowledge of a subject often help those who are just learning. Stapleites often gather in the library, cafeteria or classroom to tutor each other in subjects like physics, writing, or Spanish.
So while it was not uncommon for Lukas Van Zanten to share his woodworking talents in the boat-building course last year, one aspect was unusual: Lukas was only a freshman. His classmates were juniors and seniors.
They were happy for his help. From the boat-building room to the auditorium, where he builds sets for Staples Players productions, no one knows more about construction than Lukas Van Zanten.
“It comes easily to me,” the King’s Highway Elementary and Bedford Middle School graduate said modestly. “I like taking a bunch of wood, and creating something. It’s relaxing and satisfying. Shaping something into a piece of art gives me a good feeling.”
Tonight’s Library Talk Tackles Blogging
A panel of blogging experts including a Staples High School senior is scheduled to meet today at 7 p.m. in the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room to discuss and demystify this growing phenomenon of blogs said to have more than 50 million people writing and reading them daily.
Irving Wadawsky-Berger, IBM’s vice president of technical strategy and innovation responsible for identifying emerging technologies and marketplace developments, is set to moderate the panel discussion.
Scheduled panelists include writer, former New Yorker editor, and veteran blogger Susan Thomsen; John Blossom, president and senior analyst of Shore Communications, which has long maintained a business blog; Howard Bass, senior partner in Ernst & Young’s Global Media & Entertainment Practice, who recently participated in Media, Communications & Technology in the Age of the Blogger Summit; and Staples senior Katrina Ellison, who has had her own blog since 2001.
The discussion is part of the Technology Talk series sponsored by Thomson Corporation. The program is free and open to the public. For further information, phone 203-291-4840 or visit http://www.westportlibrary.org
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Compo Winter Wonderland
Monday, Dec. 5, 2005
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School Cafeteria - Board of Education
7:30 p..m - Town Hall Room 309 - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Tech Talk - “The Blogging Phenomenon”
Getting into the Holiday Spirit
Holiday Stockings, Please
Visitors to the Ludlum House on the Westport Historical Society’s 19th annual Holiday House Tour today were asked to remove their shoes outside. The house at 42 Sasco Creek previously belonged to the late, internationally famous suspense writer Robert Ludlum, who lived here for more than 20 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Form and Function
This house reconstructed in 2002 at 21 Burritts Landing South captivated Westport Historical Society Holiday House Tour visitors with its combined spacious kitchen-dining room that includes a pool table and grand piano. The design incorporates three ceiling elevations that allow sunlight to create a curved feel on the main floor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Local IHOP Changes Name and Roof Color, Not Menu
By James Lomuscio
The change at Westport’s International House of Pancakes (IHOP) on Post Road East came overnight on Dec. 1. True, the time-honored blue roof, a town mainstay since the late 1960s, had been painted green a couple of weeks earlier, but only a few diehard customers raised eyebrows.
A Pancake By Any Other Name: IHOP, a mainstay for decades on Post Road East, was recently renamed the Westport Pancake House & Restaurant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
“Some people asked me why I was painting the roof,” owner Noreen Thomes recalled in her signature Irish brogue today as customers waited in line for tables. “I just told them I liked the color green.”
But this past Thursday morning motorists spied more than a new roof to realize that change is inevitable. IHOP is now the Westport Pancake House & Restaurant.
“IHOP didn’t want to continue the lease here, so the landlord came to me,” said Thomes, who had been paying the rent as well as royalties to IHOP since she bought the franchaise 18 years ago.
Slipping and Sliding
An ovenight light snow left many Westport streets slippery and caused several accidents. This car clipped a mailbox and ended up against a stone wall at 60 Roseville Road. There were no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Linda Gramatky Smith for WestportNow.com
Westport Winter Scene
An overnight snow left about an inch of the white stuff in parts of Westport. Pictured is Round Pond in the Compo Beach area. More snow was forecast for later this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Select Photos To Be Honored
The first selectmen of Westport and Weston are scheduled to honor senior shutterbugs at a special gala planned at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Friday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m.
The gala marks the opening of the Y’s Men of Westport-Weston Camera Club’s Annual Photo Contest and Exhibition. The exhibition is set to run through Jan. 27, 2006.
According to Stan Groner, Camera Club president, more than 40 senior photographers submitted more than 75 photos for the contest to be judged by professional photographers.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss are expected to make more than a dozen awards from Honorable Mention to Best in Show, Groner said. He added that the prizes will range from a digital camera to ribbons and certificates. The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave., and the event is open to the public. For further information call 454-4315.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005
10 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Holiday House Tour
Wreckers Repeat as State Class L Champs
By Dominic Mariani
They strut. They swagger. The Staples Wreckers football team trotted on the wind-swept, frigid field at Trumbull High School today to defend its Class L state championship title. And defend it they did, beating Monroe’s Panthers 31-6.
Ryan Bohling: he and Bryan Wrapp ran at will in the second half. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Coach Marce Petroccio and the Big Blue Wrecking Crew threw everything but the kitchen sink at Monroe’s Masuk High School, and the Panthers had nothing to hurl back. Reporters on the sidelines almost unanimously had the Wreckers a two- to three-touchdown favorite.
But brows soon furrowed as the red-and-white clad visitors took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 advantage.
Quarterback Anthony Krize distributed the ball evenly between receivers Matt Allen and Ray Palmer as Masuk moved unimpedingly down the field. Running back Anthony Zaccarella bulled it over from the three-yard line.
We’re No. 1
Cold Water Treatment
Coach Marce Petroccio gets the cold water treatment from his team members following today’s state champtionship victory over Masuk in Trumbull. It was an especially nostalgic win for Petroccio who played and later coached at Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Staples Rolls Over Masuk 31-6 to Win State Championship
Senior Brian Levine hauls in a pass from D. J. Stefkovich to set up a third quarter touchdown during today’s 31-6 state championship victory over Masuk of Monroe at Trumbull. Levine earlier intercepted a Panther pass and ran 100 yards for a T.D. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Senior Bryan Wrapp (25) carries the ball as Ryan Bohling (10) and Francois Auzerais (36) provide support during today’s 31-6 state championship win over Masuk at Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Taking a Hit
Senior Ryan Bohling gets knocked out of bounds during today’s Wrecker 31-6 victory over the Masuk Panthers. Bohling remained motionless on the ground after the play but soon got to his feet to applause from Staples fans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Italian Club to Show Benigni’s “Pinocchio”
The Staples High School Italian Club has scheduled a showing of the 2002 Italian language film “Pinocchio” in the McManus Meeting Room of the Westport Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Titled, “Pinocchio e Panettone,” the event will also feature discussions by Italian Club members and a sampling of panettone, a traditional Italian sweet bread, said Enia Noonan, a Staples Italian teacher.
The 2002 film with English subtitles stars Roberto Benigni, who also directed it. Rated G, the film was one of the most expensive Italian movies ever made. The event is open to the public.
Library Holiday Book Sale Underway
Rell Promises Commuters New Trains
Talk about trains for Christmas! Gov. Jodi M. Rell said this week that Metro-North should be getting 13 new locomotives to the tune of $25 million, so that more commuters would ride the rails to help ease highway congestion. The State Bond Commission is expected to approve the funds Friday, Dec. 9, Rell said.
“Attracting commuters has been hampered by decreasing reliability and the age of the existing rail fleet,” said Rell. “These new locomotives will improve reliability and increase flexibility in meeting the growing need on the New Haven line.”
Steve Korta, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said that until last year the state’s rail system “had suffered from decades of neglect and deferred maintenance.”
“As we continue to invest in a first-rate rail system, we will see more and more people using commuter rail,” he said.
Charles Reid Exhibit Opens at Library
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Charles Reid, a longtime Westporter and internationally known watercolorist, addressed a reception Friday night at the Westport Public Library where some of his works went on display in the library’s Great Hall. In his remarks, Reid, the author of 10 books on fine art painting, credited Westport’s Famous Artists School with giving him the foundation for later success. He particularly mentioned Al Dorne and Steve Dohanos as well as others. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
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