Friday, November 18, 2005
Friday, Nov. 18, 2005
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
4 p.m. - Town Hall Lobby - Reception for outgoiing First Selectwoman Diane Farrell and Selectman Carl Leaman
7:30 p.m. - Boyle Stadium, Stamford - Staples vs Trumbull for FCIAC football championship
8 p.m. - Staples Auditorium - Staples Players present “Children of Eden”
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Rell Thanks Westporters for Securing Open Space
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and state Sen. Judith Freedman met in Norwalk today wiith Westporters Matthew Mandell (l) and Sean Timmins (3rd l), directors of the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund, to discuss their recent securing of 22 acres of open space land in Westport. Rell, who thanked the Westporters for preserving open space in Connecticut, was in Norwalk to announce a state grant towards purchase of the 18-acre White Barn Theatre property, about two acres of which are in Westport. Later, Gina McCarthy, commissoner of the Department of Environmental Protection, toured the newly protected Partrick Wetlands property and offered her personal commitment to assist in finding a permanent steward for the parcel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Y’s Women Welcome New Members
The Westport-Weston Y’s Women today welcomed 23 new and returning members. Pictured at a coffee for new members are (l-r) rear: Arlene Bogner, Pat Voris, Inge Van Gelder, and Doris Forest. Front: Joyce Colburn, Nadine Schultz, Carol Manasevit, Barbara Hart and Judith Rafael. The Y’s Women have almost 400 members in their organization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Meeting the Deadline for Y’s Men Camera Club Entries
Members of the Westport-Weston Y’s Men line up to meet today’s deadline for submitting entries for the second annual Y’s Men photography exhibition, kicking off Dec. 9 at The Center for Senior Activities. A total of 76 photographs will be on display until Dec. 27. Receiving the entries were (l- r) Carl Rhodes and Stan Groner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Music and Art at the Arts Center
Vibraphonist Arthur Lipner and his trio rehearse in the Westport Arts Center’s gallery for their Third Thursday performance tonight. Every third Thursday of the month the Arts Center presents informal concerts, lectures and performances in its gallery at 51 Riverside Ave., preceded by hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The event is sponsored by Black Bear Wines & Spirits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Erin Hauber for WestportNow.com
Staples Diamond Club Seeks Baseball Alumni
The Staples Diamond Club is building a database of alumni of the Staples High School baseball team and is looking for former players.
The database will be used to keep alumni informed about Staples baseball and the activities of the Diamond Club, including the planned May 2006 Homecoming Game at Harbor Yard Stadium, an announcement said.
The Staples Diamond Club, Inc., is a nonprofit organization run by Staples High School parents to support the Staples baseball program. In its first season, the Diamond Club, among other things, created the Web site http://www.staplesbaseball.com which contains baseball news, game photos and stats for all three Staples baseball teams.
Staples Girls Swim Team Takes Second in State Tourney
The Staples girls swim team took second place at the Class L swimming championship Wednesday night at Wesleyan University with 571.50 points.
Staples opened the meet with the team of Kellyn Loftus, Savitri Horrigan, Anna Smith and Molly Hennessy winning the 200 medley relay in 1:53.22. Smith then came back to take first in the 100 butterfly.
Capping off a victorious night Smith then anchored the 200 free relay of Hennessy, Meghan Lally, Laura Scott and Smith to first place in 1:41.90.
Staples got one more first place as Cydney Eldh tied for first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.83. Newtown won the meet on the strength of 78 points in diving for a total of 593 points. Ridgefield was third with 478.
Avian Flu Program Postponed
The Westport-Weston Health District’s Avian Flu program scheduled for Monday evening has been postponed.
The program will be rescheduled for early December, but no date or time has been released yet.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause,” said Westport-Weston Health District Director Sue Jacozzi in a press release. “We felt with the swearing in ceremonies for the first selectman it was in the best interest to postpone the program.”
Those with questions can contact the district at (203) 227-9517.
Community Thank You Slated
To say thank you, First Selectwoman Diane Farrell and Selectman Carl Leaman are holding a celebration at Town Hall on Friday.
The duo are leaving office after eight years.
The event is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. in the Town Hall lobby.
“It’s been an extraordinary experience for us,” the announcement for the event states. “We would like to thank you for your support, dedication, and contribution to our community.”
For more information, call the selectman’s office at (203) 341-1111.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:15 p.m. – Toquet Hall – Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission work session
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
A Different Dickens at Playhouse This Season
Though not a holiday classic like his time-honored “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield” will serve this season well says Anne Keefe, a Weston resident and Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director, about the production set to open Dec. 1 and run through Dec. 17 .
Playhouse luminaries: Anne Keefe and Joanne Woodward. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“There won’t be any Christmas trees or menorahs, but it’s a family show that you can see at the holiday time when people get together,” says Keefe, who is making her directorial debut alongside Joanne Woodward, Playhouse artistic director.
The stage adaptation of Dickens’ novel tells of the title character’s encounters with corrupt villains, devilish scoundrels, hilarious companions and trustworthy friends. Treacherous Uriah Heep, jovial nurse Peggotty, the childlike Dora, the improvident Mr. Micawber and the self-centered but charming Steerforth come to life in this new adaptation, according to Keefe.
“It’s a lovely adaptation and a wonderful introduction to Dickens if you haven’t seen any,” says Keefe.
Developer Wants Affordable Housing on Hiawatha Lane
Wes Stout of Summit Development explains plans to develop a portion of Hiawatha Lane during today’s Code Enforcement Committee meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The potential developer for land along Westport’s Hiawatha Lane came forward this afternoon to dispell rumors about plans for the land adjacent to the Norden Park property in Norwalk.
The Code Enforcement Committee—which is comprised of a number of town officials—held a public meeting with Summit Development officials. Following the meeting, First Selectwoman Diane Farrell held a closed-door meeting with neighbors and Summit Development officials.
Sandy Campbell, attorney for South Norwalk-based Summit Development, said the group has not submitted much information and the meeting with the committee is a bit premature.
Summit Development officials, however, wanted to dispell rumors and get feedback from town officials about the plans, he said.
Honoring Westport Firefighters
Westport Firefighters Jeffrey Gootman and Brian Meadows (3rd and 4th l) were honored tonight by the Westport Rotary Club for saving the life of a driver earlier this year on the Wilbur Cross Parkway following a crash. Rotary President-Elect Lois Schine and Fire Chief Chris Ackley presented the award at the club’s annual family dinner at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Rotary Honors David Heinmiller
Westport Deputy Police Chief David Heinmiller was honored tonight with a Public Protection Award from the Westport Rotary Club for his longtime volunteer service with Wesport’s Emergency Medical Service. He has been an EMT with the service since 1973 and its director since 1996. He has also worked with the Connecticut Food Bank and the Connecticut Special Olympics. Rotary president-elect Lois Schine presented the award at the club’s annual family dinner at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Rotary Honors Dan Kail
The Westport Rotary Club tonight honored Dan Kail with its Community Service Award. It was presented by Lois Schine, Rotary president-elect, at the club’s 48th annual Fabulous Family Feast at Bedford Middle School. Kail was honored for his many years of skilled and dedicated service to the town, including, most recently, his being chairman of the Staples High School Building Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
U10 Girls Blue Wave Soccer Team Makes Strong Finish
The Westport Soccer Association U10 Girls Blue Wave soccer team finished the fall season with an impressive 5-2-2 record. They outscored their opponents by a 22-12 margin. Both losses were by one goal.
The Blue Wave team had a successful season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The explosive offense was lead by Allison April, Daisy Banta, Brooke Berlin, Isabella Claveloux, Chloe Evans, Kelly Harris, Caitlin Hartmann, Charlotte Massey, Caitlyn Rand and Julia Tziolis.
The tenacious defense was anchored by Kerry Manion and Tyler Scanlin. The fearless goal keepers were Hannah Libby and Ali Thomson.
The team developed as a cohesive unit under Gustavo Villagra, of Mickey Kydes Soccer Enterprises, and parent assistants Kevin Manion and Jim Scanlin.
A Poem to Say Goodbye
Don Bergmann reads a poem during today’s final brown bag lunch during First Selectwoman Diane Farrell’s time in office. The poem mentioned many regulars from the luncheons over the years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Farrell Holds Final Brown Bag
First Selectwoman Diane Farrell held her final brown bag luncheon after eight years in office today. She will be leaving office officially on Monday night. Ed Keehan was the final resident to speak this afternoon, and he was also the first resident to speak during Farrell’s first brown bag eight years ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Flu Shots Limited at Next Clinic
Flu shots will be in limited supply for Friday’s clinic at the Westport-Weston Health District because of a high demand for the vaccine.
The flu clinic is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the district’s office on Bayberry Lane.
Sue Jacozzi, health district director, said the staff has about 250 doses on hand because more than 600 people came to Monday’s clinic.
“We were overwhelmed,” she said. “Surrounding communities and area physicians are either out of the vaccine or have not received their supplies.”
Stamford Symphony Launches Westport Recital Series
Leading Off: SSO Concertmaster Erica Kiesewetter opens the Westport series. Contributed photoThe Stamford Symphony Orchestra is celebrating Mozart’s 250th birthday with a new recital series performed by Symphony musicians at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Westport beginning Sunday.
“Mozart and Friends” celebrates Mozart’s music and his influence on other composers. Concerts are planned for three Sundays at 4 p.m. The other dates are Jan. 15 and Feb. 12.
“The cultural partnership between the Steinway Piano Gallery and the Stamford Symphony Orchestra is an exquisite pairing,” said Barbara B. Oligino, manager of the Steinway Piano Gallery.
“The levels of professionalism and artistic achievement of the Stamford Symphony are consistent with the standards of the Steinway Gallery. It is our shared mission to offer the highest quality experience to the musical community.”
PJ Romano Field Dedication Saturday
Honored: Field to be named after PJ Romano. Contributed photoLongtime community volunteer Peter “PJ” Romano, who was associated with the Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) for almost 50 years, will be honored Saturday with dedication of a football field named after him.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will take place at the field behind Saugatuck Elementary School. Romano, who died in 2003 at the age of 71, spent time there as a high school athlete and as an adult seeing to it that the youth of Westport enjoyed their athletic experience.
Romano, who was PAL director for more than 30 years, led a group of dedicated volunteers whose efforts continue today in such events as the 4th of July Fireworks, the PAL Christmas party at Longshore, the Special Olympics each April and, most recently, the ice rink at Longshore.
Among those participating in the ceremony will be Westport First Selectman Diane Farrell, who initiated the idea of dedicating the field, along with Police Chief Al Fiore and Parks and Recreation Department Director Stuart McCarthy. Friends, past and present PAL players and volunteers, and the public are invited to attend.
“Art Factory” at Westport Arts Center
Westport artist Nina Bentley (brown apron) led a children’s workshop on the design process at the Westport Arts Center Tuesday. Part of the center’s new “Art Factory” after school program, each weekly workshop is taught by a different working artist from the local area. The bold photographs on view in the background are part of the current exhibition “Face & Figure,” which features work by some of the art world’s best known photographers (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
6:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Westport Rotary Club family dinner
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7 p.m.- Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board
7:45 p.m . - Town Hall Room 102 - RTM Finance Committee
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Goodbye to the RTM
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) concluded its 2003-2005 session tonight by honoring departing members. Deputy Moderator Alice Shelton (l), who won re-election Nov. 8, led tributes to those leaving. They included (l-r): Gordon Joseloff, the first selectman-elect who served 14 years on the RTM, 10 as moderator; Joe Mioli, who served a year before being elected a state representative, and Ann Sheffer and husband Bill Scheffler, who both served 12 years. (Editor’s note: Gordon Joseloff is editor of WestportNow.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Westport Soccer Blue Demons U-11 Girls Win Division Tourney
The Westport Soccer Blue Demons U-11 girls are the new division champs.
Blue Demons celebrate their victory. Contributed photo
The team defeated the Monroe Mustangs 1-0 Sunday with Siri Andrews scoring the lone goal on a carefully threaded pass from Carlie Schwaeber. Goalkeeper Meghan Coyne heroically defended the Westport nets.
The Blue Demon team is comprised of Adrian Allen, Siri Andrews, Courtney Barry, Sydney Bibicoff, Turner Block, Sarah Cooperman, Meghan Coyne, Abby Fagan, Amanda Giannitti, Taylor Hawes, Ryan Kirshner, Danielle Kosinski, Karolina Laredo, Rachel McDermott, Carlie Schwaeber, Annie Shoup and Gabrielle Wimer.
The team was coached by Kevin O’Hara and Gabriel Stan from Mickey Kydes Soccer Enterprises, and parent assistants Andrew Laredo and Wayne Schwaeber.
(Editor’s note: WestportNow inadvertently posted an incorrect photo with this article earlier. We regret the error.)
Share the Pie
With nonprofits facing a tough year for gift giving, the Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) is trying to get its share of the pie by selling pies—1,000 of them—as Thanksgiving approaches.
Working in conjunction with the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton, Inc., IHA is hawking apple, pumpkin and pecan pies at $20 each, with all of the proceeds going to its emergency shelters for men, women and families.
But even this sweet pitch hasn’t been an easy sell for the IHA’s fourth annual Share the Pie program as individual donations have been stretched for myriad relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters worldwide this year.
“We’ve been trying to sell pies for a couple of weeks now, but it’s been going very slowly,” said Heather Cavanagh, IHA’s community relations director. “This is our last week to sell pies. Our deadline is this Friday for orders.”
Filling Thanksgiving Bins
Westport’s Al�s Angels charity group has been forced outdoors to fill Thanksgiving bins given annually to the needy. The charity this year will serve 300 families in the Westport area. The Angels hope to repeat the effort at Christmas time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005
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7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
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