Sunday, May 29, 2005
Two young friends sailed their Optimists late Sunday afternoon in Long Island Sound off of Westport despite the lack of wind and threatening rumbles of thunder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
Monday, May 30, 2005
9 a.m. - Riverside Avenue - Westport’s Memorial Day parade kicks off
Even though Westport’s Longshore Pool did not open for the season this weekend due to the recent unusually cool weather, two swimmers managed to sneak through the fence today for a dip. The pool is scheduled to open next weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Martha Nachman for WestportNow.com
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Getting Ready for the Memorial Day Parade
Crews were out repainting the crosswalk at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Post Road East in time for Monday’s Memorial Day parade. The location is a favorite for parade viewers as the line of march makes a turn here en route to Town Hall and Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Whose Face is This?
Of course, we all know that it’s the World War I Doughboy, the Westport Veterans Green statue with a visage that conveys sorrow, pride and respect for his fallen comrades in what was dubbed the war to end all wars. But whose face is it actually? Who was the model? Was he a Westporter? Or, is this face merely a composite that sprung from the creative process? If you have an idea, please let us know. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Hooked on the Saugatuck
Bob Nagle likes to spend all day fishing the Saugatuck River from Westport’s Pasacreta Park. The Bethel resident has been coming to fish in Westport for the past seven years because his landlocked hometown offers no sport for the saltwater fisher. On Saturday he trolled for stripers, though he wouldn’t have passed up a bluefish. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Sunday, May 29, 2005
10 a.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Booked for the Evening” presents award to Arthur Mitchell, founder and director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem
Full Sail for the 45th Season
John Kantor, who founded the Longshore Sailing School, was at the helm of his enterprise today where instructors and students alike hoped the sunny weather would hold out the entire Memorial Day weekend. The alma mater of countless Westport boaters, Longshore Sailing School this year marks its 45th season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Today’s Westport Teardown: 8 Fernwood Road
Set amidst a backdrop of, finally, blue skies, Westport’s Cockenoe Island looked like an island paradise just one mile from the shore Friday. Facing it, these two beachgoers seemed lucky to beat the holiday rush as Memorial Day traffic began to fill Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Friday, May 27, 2005
What should have been a little more than an hour’s journey from New York to Westport took almost three hours Friday night for passengers aboard Metro-North’s 9:37 p.m. train out of Grand Central. The train lost power between East Norwalk and Westport and passengers waited in cars lit only by emergency lighting for an hour and 40 minutes while another train was brought to an adjoining track. Several dozen Westport-bound passengers who should have arrived at 10:43 p.m. finally pulled into the Saugatuck station at 12:25 a.m. today. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, May 28, 2005
10 a.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
Break in the Weather—Finally
Westport Board of Finance Seeks to Fill Vacancy
With the announced resignation of Democrat Steve Ezzes from the Westport Board of Finance, the board is seeking candidates to fill his term which expires in November 2007.
Under the Town Charter, the vacancy is to be filled “by appointment by the remaining members thereof for the unexpired portion of the term. When the person vacating the office was elected or appointed as a member of a political party, such vacancy must be filled from the membership of the same political party.”
In a statement, the board requested that any interested Westport residents who are registered Democrats to submit their names before Tuesday, May 31 to Gail Cristiano, clerk of the Board of Finance, at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880, phone (203)341-1037 for consideration.
Westport Craft Show Debuts Saturday at Staples
The 39th annual Westport Craft Show, one of the oldest and most respected fine craft shows in the Northeast, debuts Saturday at Staples High School.
With 185 juried exhibitors, it is one of the largest craft shows in the area and features top artisans from across North America. It runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Among the offerings are fine works in basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable fiber and wood.
The show is sponsored by the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
CLASP Homes Raises $30,000 with “Taste of Westport” Fund-Raiser
The “Taste of Westport” fund-raiser earlier this month for CLASP Homes raised $30,000 for the Westport-based group that aids people with development disabilities, organizers announced.
Enjoying the evening: Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (r) and Betty Lou Cummings were among “Taste of Westport” attendees. Contriibuted photo
The May 5 event, the first of its kind in Westport, featured gourmet food and beverages served poolside at the Westport Inn. Sushi, seared beef, penne a la vodka, and many other dishes were donated by 20 local restaurants and distributors.
More than 250 guests enjoyed the party atmosphere, as well as an extensive silent auction, CLASP President Tracy Flood said.
�We are so thrilled with the response from the restaurants, and the community at large,” she said. “The planning committee included Betty Lou Cummings, Toni and Steve Rubin, Carline Dean, Bob Hertzel, among others. It was truly a joint effort.�
Bridgeport Hospital Honors Westport Fire, Police and EMS Heroes
They are on call 24/7 and days and weeks may go by without facing a life-or-death situation. But Westport’s emergency service workers are always at the ready and today Bridgeport Hospital honored 13 of them for lifesaving incidents in 2004.
Heroes honored: Bridgeport Hospital paid tribute to 13 Westport emergency services personnel for lifesaving incidents in 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell was on hand for the �Fairfield County Hero Award� presentation ceremony along with Fire Chief Chris Ackley, and Deputy Police Chiefs Don Brown and David Heinmiller.
The first group honored included Westport Police Officer Anastasia DeLuca and Westport Firefighters Philip Hessberger and Brett Kirby. On Oct. 26, 2004, the trio responded to a call of an unconscious woman lying in the roadway. Upon arrival they found that the woman had no pulse or respirations and was in cardiac arrest.
The trio began CPR and utilized a defibrillator to restore the victim�s pulse and respirations. Upon the arrival of Westport EMS, the victim was stabilized and transported to the hospital. The woman was released from the hospital several days later.
Y’s Men Play it Cool at Sherwood Island
The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston held their annual meeting, election of officers and picnic lunch at Sherwood Island State Park today. The well-attended, fun and cool (literally) event was the final meeting of the Y’s Men until September. A special highlight was a performance by the popular Y’s Men singing group, the Hoot Owls.The photo shows outgoing President Bob McGrath giving this year’s Owl award to Bill Balch and Larry Untermeyer (both WestportNow contributing photographers) with incoming president Bill Meyer looking on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Flying the Flags
The flags were flying stiffly today on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the town’s center under overcast skies. The forecast called for clearing weather and warmer temperatures for the Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Charter Oak: Six Figures for Six Nonprofits
The Westport-based Charter Oak Challenge Foundation recently made six grants totaling $112,640 to state and regional social service agencies to address housing and educational needs required to combat poverty.
Recipients included: Operation Hope, a Fairfield-based group providing homeless shelters and services; Fairfield ‘08, a coalition of local nonprofits dedicated to expanding affordable housing units in Fairfield County; FSW, a Bridgeport group that teaches low-income families financial literacy about mortgages, loans and foreclosures; Lawyers for Children America, a Hartford nonprofit that recruits lawyers to provide pro bono representation for abused and neglected children; the Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities in Norwalk; and Bridgeport’s Parent Leadership Training Institute, which teaches parenting skills to improve child health, safety and learning.
�Most of our grants relate to housing and education, two issues that are crucial when it comes to combating poverty,� said Andy Boas, Charter Oak’s president.
Founded in 2001, Charter Oak has raised and donated more than $1.5 million to nonprofit groups. According to Boas, “100 percent of contributions to Charter Oak go directly to support its programming and grants.”
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
This week’s cool, rainy and overcast weather kept Westporters away from Compo Beach only days before the unofficial start of the summer season with Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Thursday, May, 26, 2005
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Human Services Community Support and Counseling Team
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7:30 P.M. - Town Hall Room 307 - Board of Education Public Hearing
Bank Donates $25,000 to YMCA Access Fund
Fairfield County Bancorp today donated $25,000 to the Westport/Weston YMCA for its Access Fund. Charles Bassos, bank vice chairman, presented a check to Rosemary Halstead, president of the YMCA Board of Directors.The Access Fund provides financial assistance to individuals and families for YMCA child care, camperships (sponsoring children at Camp Mahackeno), special needs, aquatic programs and YMCA memberships. Behind Halstead is Rick Saltz, chief financial officer of the YMCA, and Dick Foot, the YMCA’s CEO. Seated on the right is Robert J. Connelly, Westport-Fairfield division president of Fairfield County Bancorp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Back in Tune Seeks Used Musical Instruments for Kids in Need
Two Staples High School music enthusiasts have found a way to provide instruments to students who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
Instrument roundup: Nick DiBerardino (l) and Austin Siegert launch Back In Tune by donating their own first instruments to Principal Ann deBernard of Waltersville School, an elementary performing arts school in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The two sophomores, Nick DiBerardino and Austin Siegert, both 16, realized that many instruments are basically abandoned in closets throughout Westport and could be put to good use helping students in less wealthy areas of Fairfield County.
“Many parents buy their kids instruments in elementary or middle school that are later stuck in closets when their kids lose interest in music or no longer have the time for it,” DiBerardino said.
“There are also many instruments put aside when high school students upgrade to more expensive instruments to play in high school,” Siegert said.
This Weather is for the Birds
As dark clouds converged over downtown Westport, two ducks and a swan headed for shelter in the reeds of the Saugatuck River near Parker Harding Plaza. The forecast was for continued unseasonably cool, overcast weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
A Faithful TEAM Effort
By James LomuscioWestportNow Special Correspondent
Forget politically correct platitudes. A lot of frank talk about perceptions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity—and biases—filled the auditorium at Westport’s Town Hall Tuesday night at the TEAM Westport-sponsored discussion “Who’s Your Neighbor?”
The TEAM discussion brought together (l-r): the Rev. John Branson of Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Rabbi Robert Orkand of Temple Israel, Dr. Kareen Adeeb of the American Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies and the Rev. Frank Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church, who moderated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
The event drew an ethnically diverse crowd of more than 30.
“I’ve always heard religion and politics are two topics to avoid,” said First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell, who welcomed the group.
But she added that the last time the town hosted such a discussion was around 9-11, “and I think it’s important to look at it four years later and to see where we are.”
The discussion moderated by the Rev. Frank Hall of Westport’s Unitarian Universalist Church included: Rabbi Robert Orkand of Temple Israel, the Rev. John H. Branson, rector of Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and Dr. Kareen Adeeb, an Imam who heads the Fairfield-based American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies.
Talking Transportation: �Do You Believe In Ferries? �
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
If you believe in ferries, then clap your hands. Sage advice from Peter Pan, but as your applause subsides, let me debunk the popular myth that the solutions to our transportation woes can be found on Long Island Sound. Ferry boats face several challenges:
SPEED: In open water, fast ferries on the Sound could make 30 knots (35 mph). But if they must sail up inlets to the downtown areas of Bridgeport, Norwalk or Stamford that speed is cut to five knots, losing precious travel time.
PORTS: To keep to competitive speeds, docks would have to be located close to the Sound. That�s expensive real estate. And what about parking at those docks� and travel time on local roads to reach them? Again, more lost travel time.
FREQUENCY: Metro-North offers trains to midtown New York every 20 minutes in rush hour. No ferry service anywhere in the country can compete with that frequency of service. Will travelers really be willing to wait an hour or two for the next boat?
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing on Big Houses
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - RTM Public Works/Finance Committees
Longtime Westport Employees Honored
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Friends and colleagues paid tribute tonight to two longtime Town of Westport employees who are retiring this year, Kathy Barnard (l) director of Planning and Zoning, and Judy Nelson (2nd l), director of the Westport Weston Health District. Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell and Weston First Selectman Woody Bliss read proclaimations honoring the pair at the event at the Inn at Longshore. Among their gifts—large portraits and one word that Jim Ezzes, chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, said characterized their tenures: “DENIED.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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