Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Westport firefighters made quick work today of a pickup truck fire at Imperial Avenue and Bridge Streetl. Flames damaged the engine department and spread into the passenger compartment, said Assistant Chief William Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Dave Matlow
UPDATE AND CORRECT Westport’s Staples High School has won first place in the 18th annual Connecticut High School Geography Challenge at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
Celebrating the win are (l-r) James D’Amico, Social Studies Department chair and Geography team coach, Eric Wessan, Victor Hollenberg, and Scott Grundei. Missing from the photo are Jeff Loselle and Alex Nitkin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The competition Tuesday saw juniors Scott Grundei, Victor Hollenberg, Jeff Loselle, Alex Nitkin and Eric Wessan, beat out 14 other teams from 10 schools around the state. It was the second time Staples had entered the competition, placing second last year. (An earlier version of this story said it was the first time.)
However, according to principal John Dodig, the students that entered the contest last year did so on their own entrepreneurial initiative.
“I didn’t know what geography award they were talking about last year when I heard about it the next day,” Dodig said.
An autopsy has revealed that adult film star and ex-Westporter Marilyn Chambers died of the effects of a cerebral hemorrhage and aneurysm related to heart disease.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office released the results of toxicology tests Monday.
The tests also indicated the presence of two prescription drugs in Chambers’ system, but not in excess amounts.
An autopsy was performed on Chambers April 14, two days after she was found dead at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Canyon Country. She was 56. (See WestportNow April 13, 2009)
Tracy Mendez Eager and Ron Eagar are honoring Westport’s heritage by displaying a Westport Historical Society plaque identifying their home at 61 Compo Road North as the Daniel Andrews house which was built in c.1830. The house was originally built at Post Road East and East Main Street in c.1830 by Daniel Andrews, a shoemaker, and was moved to its current location by Lucy R.
Gorman Gorham about 1953. The Eagars moved from San Jose, Calif. to Westport in 2002 and bought this house since they “loved the six-inch pine plank floors, the double veranda, the enclosed sleeping porches and great stone work.” They were told that the house was part of the Underground Railroad and has nifty hidden entrances to what might have been the hideout. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Home”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Raw Edge: Lori Lohstoeter Drawings”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Jessica Bram, “Happily Ever After Divorce”
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 6th Annual Art & Photo Show
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) - Staples High School Book Fair
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Conservation Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. - WYWL (44 Imperial Avenue) - Wine & Cheese Open House for prospective Westport Young Woman’s League members
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
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In its annual Charitable Giving Day, the Westport Rotary Club today honored 39 local charitable organizations with grant award checks totaling about $40,000. The funds were raised by the club primarily through two annual fund-raisers—its June Golf & Tennis Classic and in the autumn its silent auction and raffle program in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance antiques auto show. This year’s Golf & Tennis Classic, conducted at the Longshore Club Park, is scheduled for June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Metro-North’s direct Westport to Yankee Stadium service will begin Saturday—not soon enough for some Yankee fans who have endured traffic-challenged and extended and inconvenient train-subway journeys for years.
The new Yankee Stadium/153rd Street Station will allow Westport Yankee fans to get to and from the stadium in an hour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Metro-North photo
The new service comes two years after construction began of a new $91 million Yankee Stadium/153rd Street station. Metro-North expects up to 10,000 fans to pass through the station on game days.
For 1:05 p.m. weekend games, trains will leave Westport at 10:20 a.m., 10:50 a.m., and 11:20 a.m. and arrive about an hour later.
For weekend 4:10 p.m. games, trains will leave at 1:17 p.m., 1:50 p.m. and 2:17 p.m.
Metro-North Railroad has announced it will operate additional trains from Grand Central Terminal on the New Haven line Friday afternoon as riders set our for their Memorial Day weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, Metro-North will operate a regular weekend schedule. On Memorial Day, Monday, a regular holiday schedule will be in effect.
On the New Haven line, there will be the following additional service Friday from Grand Central Terminal stopping at Westport:
1 p.m., stopping at Westport, then making all stops from Fairfield through New Haven.
A school of bass was disturbing the water off Westport’s Riverside Avenue today as this fisherman was casting his line into the Saugatuck River and within a few minutes had caught two good size fish for dinner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Phil Donahue: Discusses first film effort. Contributed photoWestporter Phil Donahue, executive producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary “Body of War,” will appear at the Westport Public Library on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
Attendees will watch the 87-minute film and then hear Donhue lead a discussion about the film and the issues it addresses.
“Body of War” explores the true cost of war. It recounts the moving story of a young veteran who joined the military after 9/11 to fight in Afghanistan but was instead sent to Iraq, where, a week into his tour of duty, he was shot and paralyzed.
Donahue is best known as the Emmy Award-winning host of the popular TV talk show, “The Phil Donahue Show,” which began in 1967 and ran for 29 years.
By Dave Matlow
A little bit of Westport is changing places next week with the moving of Gary Frame Gallery from its Post Road East location to its new home in Saugatuck after 40 years.
Gary Manne shows a portrait of himself created by son Garrison (l) as a 50th birthday gift in 1997. The Gary Frame Gallery, a Westport institution on Post Road East for 40 years, is moving to Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
To understand what this means is to understand owner Gary Manne, 62, and son, Garrison, 31. The senior Manne, an accomplished artist, is also a no-nonsense individualist.
He says he has never worn a wristwatch, doesn’t own a computer, never owned a credit card, never carried a wallet, has a black and white TV, and only upgraded from his rotary-dial phone in year 2000.
But what he has done all this years is to provide a sympathetic ear to Westporters at the shop at 611 Post Road East in the shopping center formerly anchored by Shaw’s Supermarket.
As preparations are under way for Monday’s Westport Memorial Day Parade, the Westport Kiwanis Club is also busy preparing for its free Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast.
The Kiwanis Club’s Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to the first 300 attendees. Contributed photo
The breakfast will be offered to the first 300 attendees at the Christ and Holy Trinity Church on Myrtle Avenue from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Conveniently located on the parade route, the church has generously offered the Kiwanis use of its kitchen and community room. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, and coffee.
The Westport Kiwanis is affiliated with Kiwanis International, providing support to youth-related activities. The club sponsors the annual Minuteman triathlon at Compo Beach in September and provides scholarships to graduating Staples seniors.
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