Friday, January 01, 2010
2009 In Pictures
Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.
The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.
Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.
In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.
We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Grand Marshal Fisher: Artist Who Made Military Maps
By James Lomuscio
Looking back, Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, who turns 90 next month, finds it unbelievable that as an 18-year-old with an artistic bent and a knowledge of drafting that he was tapped by the U.S. Army to create military topographical maps for the D-Day invasion of Normandy, for Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army and for the planned invasion of Japan.
Leonard Everett Fisher in his Westport studio on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“It’s kind of bizarre for an 18-year-old to be involved the planning of war,” says Fisher, who will serve as Grand Marshal in Monday’s Memorial Day parade. “I should have been in the infantry, but the Army saw something that I had, and they needed it, and they used it for years.”
Fisher, a children’s book illustrator, moved with his wife Margery to Westport in 1957. Margery served as a librarian at Coleytown Middle School for 25 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.
“I’m a little numb,” he said about being picked as Grand Marshal by parade organizer Bill Vornkahl. “It’s a great honor.”
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Danbury Ave.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 8 Danbury Ave. in the Compo Beach section, is in process. Built in 1928, the 1 1/2-story bingalow has 1,452 square feet and is situated on a .1-acre property. The property changed hands this month for $1 million. 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
Tree Down Closes Hillandale
Saturday Morning Find
A one-car rollover occurred sometime overnight at 60 Roseville Road and was not discovered until shortly before 9 a.m. when homeowner Linda Gramatky Smith went outside and found a large rock in her driveway. She then looked around and discovered the car in the woods just off her driveway and called police. They found no one in the car, which was heavily damaged. They traced it to a Fairfield address, and a short time later the driver contacted police, according to reports from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Into the Woods
The driver of a car that rolled over into the woods at 60 Roseville Road overnight managed to get out of the vehicle and was gone by the time the crash was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. today. The car was traced to a Fairfield address and the driver then contacted police. “What a way to start the Memorial Day weekend,” said homeowner Linda Gramatky Smith, who found the wreckage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
‘I Was Afraid Someone Was Still Inside’
Linda Gramatky Smith stands in her driveway at 60 Roseville Road today where she found a wrecked car as she headed outside to go a meeting. “I was afraid there was someone still inside and called 911,” she said. She said she and husband Ken have seen many accidents occur in a curve in the road in front of the house, but this is the first time that a car has ended up in the woods. “Thank goodness the driver managed to get out,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Masons Honored for Service
Westport’s Temple Lodge No. 65 Service Awards were presented by Connecticut’s Grand Master MW Simon R. LaPlace (c). Pictured (l-r): Dennis Corsalin, 40-year pin; George Marks, 60-year pin; Irving Lieff, 60-year pin; Donald Treadwell, 65-year pin; Sanford Lunt, 45-year pin; Steve Bowen, past deputy pin, and Lemuel Johnson, past deputy pin. The Masons are a fraternal organization involved in many charitable and social activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Westport Public Library hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. today
10 a.m. - Aspire Fitness (44 Main St.,, 3rd Floor) - Pushups for Charity benefit for Boot Campaign
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2013”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, May 24, 2013
Members of Westport’s Gault family gathered tonight at the opening of the Westport Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “Five Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family.” The exhibit, which traces the evolution of the family and its endeavors, runs until Sept. 2 (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Curating Westport History
Brian O’Leary, co-curator with Dorothy E. Curran, explains the history of the Westport Historical Society’s newest exhibit tonight at the opening of “Five Generations of Yankees Ingenuity: The Gault Family.” in the Sheffer Galley and foyer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Historical Society Salutes Tracy Sugarman
Also opening tonight at the Westport Historical Society’s Mollie Dononvan Gallery was “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist” about the life of the Westport illustrator, writer and civil rights activist who died in January at age 91. On hand for the reception were Gloria Sugarman (l), his wife, and Dianne Wildman, who curated the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Tracy Sugarman On Display
Guests tonight visit the Westport Historical Society’s “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist” exhibit which opened in the Mollie Donovan Gallery. An inteview with Sugarman plays on a vido screen amid drawings and pictures illustrating his career. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
NTSB: Engineer Saw ‘Unusual Condition’ on Track
The engineer of the the Metro-North train that derailed a week ago in Bridgeport has told investigators he saw “an unusual condition on the track” as he approached the area, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said today.
The NTSB said investigators are focusing on a repaired section of track. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) NTSB photo
“During an interview with the eastbound train engineer, he informed NTSB investigators that he saw what he described as an unusual condition on the track as he approached the Interstate 95 overpass,” the NTSB said in a news release.
“He also stated that the train came to a stop before being struck by the westbound train.”
The NTSB said federal investigators are focusing on a recently repaired piece of equipment called a “joint bar.” It said it was used to join two sections of rail in the area of the derailment. It was cracked and had been repaired by Metro-North personnel in April, the release said.
Himes Interviews Grand Marshal for History Project
Congressman Jim Himes today paid a visit to the home of Westport Memorial Day parade Grand Marshal Leonard Everett Fisher to interview the World War II veteran for the Veterans History Project, a Library of Congress initiative designed to preserve the experiences of the nation’s veterans. Leonard served in the U.S. Army’s 30th Engineer Topographic Battalion, participating in the tactical mapping of Mediterranean, European, and Pacific Ocean invasions and campaigns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport