Sunday, May 22, 2016
Hartford’s Dillon Stadium on Saturday was the site of the Hartford UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Challenge involving a fast growing, grassroots movement of UAV (commonly known as drone) enthusiasts. They competed in various racing events to demonstrate their piloting skills. Among those attending the first such event in the Northeast was Westporter Mark Mathias, head of Westport’s Mini Maker Faire. “We plan on having some UAV events in Westport within the next year and hopefully something at the 7th annual Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 22, 2017,” he said. One aspect of drone racing on display was pilots wearing headsets that let them actually be “in” the drone so they’re piloting the craft as it is flying rather than watching it from afar. Organizers of the Hartford UAV Challenge said among its aims was promotion of Connecticut companies and individuals excelling in the development and application of this technology. WestportNow contributing photographer David Dreyfuss provided this photo report. David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Westport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Recruiting Social
3 p.m. - Black Box Theatre, Staples - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project 10 Years Later”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Art”
5 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - Friends of Sherwood Island Annual Meeting
7:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Music on the Hill Jubilate Ringers Handbell Concert
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Saturday, May 21, 2016
There was a special treat Friday for some youngsters at Westport’s Coleytown Elementary School. F. Richard Myers (r), a top official with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope project, visited the school where his sister, Annie Roesler (l), teaches kindergarten. He told the students about the scheduled 2018 launch of the telescope, successor to the Hubble Telescope and the largest and most sophisticated space telescope ever conceived. He later lunched with two children from every grade who were chosen based upon essays they wrote. Their questions included specifics about the James Webb Telescope, black holes, age of the sun and earth, and whether life will ever be found in outer space. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Nicole Mathias, a senior at Staples High School, was awarded the first Joyce and Bernie Zimmerman Foundation Music Scholarship at this week’s Staples Choral Concert.
The scholarship is a special gift from the Zimmerman Foundation that is awarded to one male member and/or one female member of the Staples graduating classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 who plan to major in music.
Applications were subjected to a rigorous review process that included the evaluation of GPA in music classes; participation in various musical and civic experiences, and completion of an essay, an announcement said.
Nicole, who will attend Penn State majoring in music education, is the daughter of Kim and Mark Mathias. He is a Board of Education member.
9 a.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Get Your Garden Started, Mike Aitkenhead
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Meeting of Fairfield County Writers Group
1 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Portrait Fundamentals with Jill Sarver
2 p.m. - Westport Library - A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss “Mansfield Park”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - DYI Dino Terrarium
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Red”
7:30 p.m. - Black Box Theatre, Staples - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project 10 Years Later”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Friday, May 20, 2016
Westport police today warned residents that the Bloomin’ Metric Bicycle Tour will be in town on Sunday from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. “Please be aware there will be significant amount of bicyclist on the road throughout town,” an advisory said. “Please use caution while traveling in Westport.” This is a map of the 40-kilometer route. Other routes are for 75- and 100-kilometers. All routes depart from Sherwood Island State Park. See routes here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic
To the Editor:
We wanted to express our outrage and disappointment to PAL for choosing June 30 for the fireworks. It is a Thursday night with people having work the following day. We usually host a party of nearly 110-120 people and already have 20-30 cancellations right off the bat. PAL will be the loser and we are very sorry to see that happen. Everyone we have spoken to is just as disappointed as we are.
The Westport Community Theatre presents “Godspell” from June 3 through June 26, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, with Thursday performances on June 9 and June 16 at 8 p.m. A musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak, “Godspell” opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including a 2011 revival which played on Broadway from Oct. 13, 2011, to June 24, 2012. Tickets are $28, $26 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling (203) 226-1983. The Westport Community Theatre is located at the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave. Pictured (front row l-r): Betzabeth Castro, Caitlin Brown, Jessica Braun, Norris Wakefield (Jesus), Rosalind Cormier, Tyler Campbell, Katherine Logan (back row): Dena Lagonigro, Bill Warncke (Judas), Rob Pawlikowski, and Emily Beers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
If you are dodging an active warrant out for your arrest, it is probably not a good idea to ask police officers for directions.
Godfrey King, 50, of Stamford learned that the hard way after he told assisting Westport officers on Charles Street Sunday that he was lost, police said today.
“While helping King, it was determined that he had an active warrant out of Norwalk for a failure to appear, stemming from a previous assault charge,” Lt. David Farrell said.
He said that King was processed for the failure to appear and was held in lieu of a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Wednesday, May 25.
Westport officers arrested a Bridgeport man for a series of assaults on Long Lots Road dating back to 2011, police said today.
Jeremy Aquino, 23, was arrested on an active warrant Monday following a lengthy investigation dating back to October 2011 when he allegedly assaulted two victims on Long Lots Road, punching one in the face and slapping the other, Lt. David Farrell said.
It is also alleged that in July 2013 Aquino assaulted a male victim on Long Lots Road, punching him in the face.
Farrell said that in March 2015 Aquino again assaulted a male victim at a Long Lots Road address “by throwing him to the ground and punching him in the face twice.”
Alexandra Jabick,a 2012 Staples High School graduate, has been awarded the Outstanding Senior Woman Award at the Neag School of Education University of Connecticut, Storrs.The award, sponsored by The Woman’s Center, Alumni and University provost, is given each year to one female student from each school. She is pictured with the dean of the NEAG School Richard Schwab. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 2 - 6, 2016:
Marie and Christopher P. Howson to Daniel S. and Esther Jo, 3 Hooper Road $880,000
Mary Ryan Foss-Skiftesvik to Kim Rifkin, 1 Fraser Lane , $3,545,000
Adrienne Grossman to JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, 29 Ferry Lane East, $2,933,967
David S. and Marjorie T. French to William Costello and Giselle Hantz, 66 Compo Road North, $1,625,000
An historic 1937 Steinway that was the house piano at the Village Gate in New York City for many years Thursday inaugurated the second year of live jazz at Restaurant 323, 323 Main St., produced by Richard Epstein and Ina Chadwick. Rabbi Greg Wall of Westport, artistic director and sax player, teamed up with Chris Coogan to play two sets of hot music to a full house. Pianists Frederic Chiu, Joe Utterback, and Marco Scott also had chances to try out the instrument. The piano was crowd-funded and fundraising is still underway with the intent of forming a nonprofit devoted to live jazz performance and education in Fairfield County. 323 Jazz Club is ongoing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Thursday night, and an upcoming program will also feature singer Melissa Newman of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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