Sunday, November 16, 2014
Joys of Home Cooking for Your Dog
New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and food editor Judith Jones, both proud owners of Havanese canines, talked today at the Westport Library about the benefits and joys of home cooking for your dog. Jones, a longtime editor at Alfred A. Knopf whose new book is “Love Me, Feed Me: Sharing with Your Dog the Everyday Good Food You Cook and Enjoy,” brought along her Havanese pup Mabon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Installation Complete of ‘Perception, Illusion, Magic’
Installation was completed today of the Westport Arts Center’s annual juried members exhibition “Perception, Illusion, Magic “ opening Friday with a reception at 6 p.m. Elizabeth Koehn (l) and Julia Mechtler (r) of New York’s David Zwirner Gallery served as jurors, working with Helen Klisser During (c), WAC artistic director. There were 198 applications for the exhibit, from which 27 artists were selected, including eight from Westport. The exhibition features 40 works including photographs, mixed media, paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and engravings. It runs until Jan. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Duvian Montoya for WestportNow.com
Mezzo Soprano Takes ‘Flight’
Mezzo Soprano Allison Waggener performs “Flight: Songs to Uplift,” a concert today at the Unitarian Church in Westport. Ed Thompson accompanied Waggener on piano The program featured an eclectic mix of 20th and 21st century American composers, including Stephen Sondheim, Craig Carnelia, Marisa Michelson, and Duke Ellington. The final set of songs featured selections from Duke Ellington’s “Second Sacred Concert,” with Ruth Ahlers on saxophone. Contributed photo
Cinema Initiative and Project Return Partner on Screening
Westport Cinema Initiative and Project Return today presented a screening at Westport Town Hall of “A League of Their Own,” a 1992 film about a women’s baseball team as it tours the United States during World War II. The screening was sponsored by Lee Rawiszer (2nd r) of Paradigm Financial Partners of Westport and included a brief talk back that included Meghan Skelton (l) from the Weston Public Schools. With them is Krstin LaFleur, development associate, Project Return, a Westport nonprofit established in 1986 to meet the specialized needs of adolescent girls in crisis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Back to the Big Band Era With Fairfield Counts
Vocalist Michele Grace and Musical Director Gary Riggiero were back at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today with the popular Fairfield Counts Band. Recreating the Big Band sound of the 1940s, the band played a medley of songs that had some attendees dancing in the aisles. It was the first in the Sunday Indoor Music Series presented by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, programmed by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, and made possible by a grant from the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Kicks Off Family Festivities Series
The Westport Country Playhouse kicked off its 2014-15 Family Festivities Series today with “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” produced by Omaha Theater Company. Youngsters engaged in pre-performance activities (above). Family Festivities shows are presented on selected Sundays from November through March. Next up is “Frosty,” on Sunday, Dec. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Fairfield Counts Band Back at Senior Center Today
The Fairfield Counts Band returns to the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. The concert is the first in the Sunday Indoor Music Series presented by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, programmed by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, and made possible by a grant from the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. The series runs monthly from November through March. Doors open at 1 p.m., complimentary refreshments will be served at 1:30, and show time is 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested for this free performance; call (203) 341-5099. Picture is of the band’s 2013 performance at the Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sunday, November 16, 2014
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities: “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse”
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - The Fairfield Counts
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Conversation: Judith Jones & Adam Gopnick: Great Food—for Your Dog
3 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players, “Hello Dolly”
4 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Westport Cinema Initiative & Project Return: “A League of Their Own”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Gala Celebrates Play With Your Food
Performers receive applause tonight at a Play With Your Food gala at Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Proceeds went to benefit programming of the lunch time play readings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday Night Special
Scenes from tonight’s Play With Your Food gala in Westport. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Comings & Goings: Froyoworld Westport Closes
Froyoworld Westport has closed at 361 Post Road West in the shopping center once anchored for many years by the also closed John’s Best. Froyoworld opened in June 2012, one of a wave of frozen yogurt shops that opened about that time. (See WestportNow June 18, 2012) Froyoworld’s closure follows the closing of Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, 113 Post Road East, last June and the more recent closing of Peachwave Yogurt at 170 Post Road West. (See WestportNow June 10, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Jogger Who Found Body Thought It Was a ‘Halloween Thing’
UPDATE Westport police said today they were investigating the “suspicious death” of a Bridgeport man found by a jogger near 47 Partrick Road.
A jogger found the body in front of the slow sign near 47 Partrick Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The jogger found the male, later identified by police as Sandokan Kayan Harrell, 39, of 360 Willow St., Bridgeport, at 9:07 a.m. lying on the shoulder of the roadway, said Capt. Vincent Penna.
The jogger, Peter Van Heerden, director of the Westport Arts Center, said he was out for his normal run when he came upon the body.
“At first I thought it was a scarecrow or Halloween thing dumped on the side of the road,” he said.
Police Reopen Partrick Road Area
UPDATE The Westport Police Department has reopened Partrick Road near No. 47 where earlier a jogger found a man on the roadside who later died at Norwalk Hospital.
Westport Author to Talk About Nigeria
Catherine Onyemelukwe: 24 years in Nigeria. Contributed photo
Westport author Catherine Onyemelukwe will be guest Wednesday at the Friends of The Weston Public Library Lunch and Learn program to talk about events in Nigeria and her recent book “Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad.”
She went to Nigeria as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1962 and stayed for 24 years. She married a Nigerian and went on to raise a family, teach, launch a business and ultimately, adopt the country as her own.
Onyemelukwe will address the current political situation in Nigeria as well as its history, legacy of colonialism and culture, an announcement said. Additionally, she will provide perspective on the tragic kidnapping of the Chibok school girls and their captors.
Preschoolers Honor Emergency Responders
Police, fire and EMS members of the Westports’ Emergency Services were honored Friday by the children and teachers of Three, Four Open the Door Preschool in Westport. They were given posters made by the children and a bag of treats to bring back to the stations. Owner Cindy Zeoli set up the visit to celebrate the good service emergency responders provide for the community. After the presentation, children went outside to see the emergency apparatus that were driven to the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, November 15, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market (Canned Jar Swap at Noon)
1p.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Barbara Pearson-Rac Book Signing & Reading
6:30 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church Branson Hall - Play with Your Food Gala
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players, “Hello, Dolly!”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, November 14, 2014
Staples Players’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Opens to Sell-Out Crowd
Westport’s Staples Players opened its production of “Hello, Dolly!” tonight to a sell-out crowd and a standing ovation. The production, months in the making, dazzled the audience with singing, dancing, costumes and sets to rival any Broadway production. Staples Players parents hosted a pre-show gala fundraiser in the lobby. Performances are Nov. 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 22 at 3 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
On Target as Staples Crushes Norwalk 45-12
Staples senior Jake Melnick gets set to receive a pass from quarterback Teddy Cogan and make a 31-yard touchdown run tonight as the Wreckers crushed Norwalk High 45-12 at Norwalk. In addition to his touchdown pass, Coogan ran for two touchdowns, while teammate Ethan Burger had two rushing touchdowns. It was the third straight win for the Wreckers (6-4) who will end the season against Greenwich on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. at Greenwich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com
Downunder Credit Card Arrests
A phoned in purchase order using a fraudulent credit card at Downunder, 575 Riverside Ave., today led to the arrest of two Bronx men after they arrived to pick up the merchandise, Westport Police said.
Graig Kelly, 22, and Ibrahim Alhassan, 34, were each charged with attempted larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, conspiracy to commit identity theft and conspiracy to commit the illegal use of a credit card, according to Lt. David Farrell, shift commander.
“After the phone order was placed, employees from the store called the credit card company to verify the purchase,” Farrell said. “After determining the purchase was fraudulent, the police were contacted. Westport Police detectives and officers maintained observation in the area and waited for the suspects to arrive.”
At about 2:30 p.m., the two suspects arrived to claim the items and were taken into custody without incident, said Farrell. Each suspect is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond, and both are scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Friday, Nov. 21.
Baron’s South Committee Committed to Senior Facility
By James Lomuscio
Despite a crushing blow from Westport’s Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission in September, the seven-member Baron’s South Committee (BSC) remains committed to establishing a senior housing complex on town-owned land, says Stephen Daniels, committee co-chair.
Daniels said the committee reaffirmed its commitment during its meeting at Town Hall today, looking to increase the number of affordable units at the planned 135-unit senior housing facility, plus memory care units on 22-acres of town-owned land called Baron’s South.
“We would love to sit down in some format and talk to the P&Z and find out what makes sense to them,” said Daniels, who co-chairs the committee with Matha Hauhuth. “Maybe there are elements that will pass muster with them.”
At the same time, he said, Jonathan Rose Companies, the selected developer for the project, has said his company “is looking for a solution that with resonate with them (P&Z) , that will adhere to the guidelines of the P&Z, as well as the Board of Finance,” said Daniels.
It’s official: CT’s Budget is $89M to $100M in the Red
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
UPDATE The state budget received its first official deficit reports today when nonpartisan legislative analysts and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration projected shortfalls ranging from $89 million to just under $100 million.
And while the administration issued the larger of the two deficit forecasts—$99.5 million—budget director Benjamin Barnes, insisted it quickly would be closed, and reasserted Malloy’s insistence that tax hikes are not an option.
“This is consistent with what the administration has been saying,” Barnes said, “that no matter what the projections are, we will manage and administer the budget so that there will be no deficit. It is important to remember that this is a prediction of what would happen now and in the future should we do nothing—and doing nothing is not an option.”
More than half of the deficits projected both by the governor’s staff and by the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis stems from declining revenues, particularly involving receipts from Indian casinos and federal grants.
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Westport Property Transfers Oct. 27 - 31, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 27 - 31, 2014:
John J and Daniele Kyle-Hein to Thomas J. Downing, 14 High Gate Road, $647,000
163 South Compo LLC to Scott B. and Danajean S. Witkin, Compo Road South Segment X, $33,750
Carlos and Milagro Ventura to Yaron Ram, 6 West End Ave., $250,000
Claire Jospe Opalach Estate to Crooked Mile Contractors LLC, 4 Crooked Mile Road, 80% Interest, $704,000
Staples Grad Describes Philippine Relief Efforts
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Marshall Mayer, a 2009 Staples High School graduate, addresses the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today about reconstruction efforts underway in the Philippines in the aftermath of last year’s Typhoon Yolanda. Mayer co-founded Young Pioneer Disaster Response (www.ypdr.org), a non-governmental organization that has built 950 houses on the storm-ravaged island of Bantayan, where 95 percent of homes were damaged or destroyed. Mayer is a trained Emergency Medical Technician and volunteered with Builders Beyond Borders while at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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