Sunday, January 22, 2017
Scenes from the life of award-winning documentary filmmaker Bill Buckley, a longtime Westport resident. He died Jan. 20 at age 88. He most recently lived at Meadow Ridge in Redding with wife Tracy Hamer, also a longtime Westporter. Many of his documentaries involved the civil and human rights movements. He worked closely with the late Westport author and illustrator Tracy Sugarman. He helped to create campaign films for John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and worked with Harry Truman on the award-winning television series, “Years of Decision.” Dave Matlow, Larry Untermeyer and Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com and contributed photos
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Talking to Children about Race
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Biscuit”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Write-in of the Fairfield County Writers Group
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Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Fairfield County Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans held two Chinese New Year celebrations of the Year of the Rooster, 4715 (which actuall y begins Jan. 28) at the Westport Woman’s Club today. According to Westport resident Steven Chin, president of the Fairfield County Chapter, the event “is an outreach to the community and demonstrates community spirit.” About 250 persons attended the second session. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport residents Steven Chin (l), president of the Fairfield County Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, chats with with well known pianist Frederic Chiu tonight at the Westport Woman’s Club celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster. Chiu performed Gao Ping’s “Nostalgia” and “Katyusha.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington – Thousands of marchers from Connecticut today joined a massive protest the day after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, saying they have to protect the environment, health care, women’s rights and a wide range of issues they say are under attack in the new administration.
“It’s important to show that women aren’t going back in time,” said Jessica Cross of Stafford.
A Navy veteran who wore an American flag like a cape to show that the marchers were “true patriots, Cross was unable to participate in protests in the past. She called the Women’s March “amazing,” especially for its “positive energy.”
As Trump attended a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral on his first full day as president, a sea of pink-hatted protesters from across the country descended on the nation’s capital, arriving in buses, caravans and packing public transportation to gather near the National Mall.
Connecticut residents who traveled to Washington for the women’s march were welcomed today by the state’s House delegation for a bit of rest on Capitol Hill. The lawmakers were able to snag the cavernous House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzzanne Stark for WestportNow.com
Westporters participating in today’s March on Washington were among those who got close to the White House during the event. Westporter Jane Sherman snapped this photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
Westport artist Sam Abelow exhibits for the first time today at the weekly Westport Farmers Market, 7 Sylvan Lane, A 2009 Staples High School graduate and third generation Westporter, he specializes in painting animal portraits and describes his art range as “descriptive with realism, classicalism and academic in the traditional style.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
|Chloe Kiev, 11, of Westport enjoys toasting a marshmallow on an open fire today at Westport’s Earthplace Winterfest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com|
At the Westport ‘s Earthlplace Winterfest today, the absence of snow was not a problem. Zane Hinson, a kindergartner at Kings Highway Elementrary School, played in the insta-snow with his sister, Thea Hinson, a fourth grader at the school. Winterfest continues until 2 p.m. at 10 Woodside Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 2 - 6, 2017:
Marilyn M. Duane Trust to Robin L. and Melissa L. Shapier, 220 Riverside Ave Unit 10, $480,000
J. Kevin and Debra J. Ross to Jordan and Vanessa Citak, 37 Crawford Road, $1, 475,000
Jerry M. Melillo Trust to J M K Bridge Street Properties, LLC, 36 Bridge Street, $500,000
C C O Dogwood LLC to Ari Halper and Ebru Buluc-Halper, 8 Dogwood Lane, $2,100,000
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Rockyfield Road, off Easton Road, is in process. Built in 1954, the one-story split level has 1,907-square feet and is situated on a 1.12-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Westport and area, which is in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night.
Winds are expected to be from northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph with strongest winds likely occurring from mid-morning Monday into Monday evening.
The Weather Service said downed trees and power lines are likely, with numerous power outages possible.
Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, and on elevated roads and bridges.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Earthplace - Winterfest
Noon - 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Chinese New Year celebration
1 p.m. - Westport Library -WestportREADS 2017: Getting a Grip on Gender Program for Parents & Students
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Improv Comedy: Greens Farms Academy Red & Bloopers w/ Yale’s Exit Players
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Friday, January 20, 2017
Westport’s award-winning photographer Spencer Platt is in Washington today covering the inauguration and street protests. The 1989 Staples High School graduate shot this photo as protesters torched a stretch limo on a street outside the security zone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Spencer Platt/Getty Images
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) welcomed a new member to its ranks Thursday night—Democrat Danielle Dobin.
She was recommended by the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) to replace David Lessing who resigned in November.
As she took her seat, Dobin was not the only new member at the dais. Longtime P&Z alternate Al Gratrix recently became a full time member replacing Jack Whittle who stepped down last month.
And just when it seemed that the dust from musical chairs had ended, Democrat Andra Vebell cranked up the music again. She announced that after three years she would be stepping down.
Artist Tom Berntsen today installs large scale portraits as part of the “As We Are!” exhibition at the Westport Arts Center opening Friday, Jan. 27. On view through March 11, “As We Are!” features a full gallery installation by Pamela Hovland reflecting the local perspective on identity, stereotype, and the power of words. It includes portraits of students, community leaders, business professionals, artists, immigrants, religious figures, cultural influencers and elected officials who have contributed personal material to express their individual views and experiences with labels and the power of words. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Xenia Gross for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 22 Long Lots Lane is in process. Built in 1954, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,517-square feet, is situated on a .26-acre property and changed ownership in November for $550,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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