Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Fides Ostbye, chair of the Westport Rotary Club student exchange program, today places a Rotary exchange program pin on her daughter, Monique, 16, a Staples High School junior who departs on Sunday to begin one-year school term in Barcelona as a Rotary exchange student. Fides told club members she was awarded the pin In 1982 when she was a native of Brazil and spent her junior year in Valentine, Neb. as a Rotary exchange student. The club meeting was held at the pavilion at Compo Beach with Joey’s By The Shore providing hot dogs and hamburgers for the annual summer outing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Janet Ellen Davis, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 19. She was 74.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Elsie and Daniel Stein. She resided in New York City until her move to Westport in 1985. She received her BA from Cornell University and her MA in education from Hunter College.
She started her professional life as a teacher and transitioned to a successful longtime career in educational sales. She was an active community volunteer and participant in Westport cultural and social groups. Most importantly, she was a dear friend and support to many.
She is survived by her husband, Curt Tetrault, two daughters, Kim Davis and Jilian Davis-DiChiaro, her brother, William Stein, and a large extended family including six grandchildren who were the light of her life.
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
“Kubo and the Two Strings” begins with the ominous warning - “If you must blink, do it now” - because “if you look away, even for an instant, our hero will surely perish.”
Set in ancient Japan, this animated fantasy-adventure revolves around an 11 year-old boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson), a story-telling musician whose skill at origami (the art of paper-folding) resonates with Hosato (George Takei), Akhiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro).
While taking care of his ailing mother, who warns him to be home before nightfall, the tranquility of Kubo’s life is suddenly shattered when he accidentally breaks a supernatural curse.
Accompanied by a snarky, sassy Monkey (Charlize Theron), Kubo flees, determined to acquire three specific pieces of armor that belonged to his late samurai-warrior father in order to fulfill his destiny.
Dominick B. Attanasio, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 29 at Norwalk Hospital due to complications related to chronic illness. He was 82.
He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Dominick and Epiphania (Ognibene) Attanasio. He graduated from Manual Training School in 1952.
While attending St. John’s University School of Pharmacy, he was employed by Pfizer as a chromatography chemist on the midnight shift of the Pfizer Brooklyn plant.
After completing graduate studies at New York University, he spent his entire career with Pfizer in various executive positions including plant manager of the Brooklyn plant and vice president of strategic planning for the agriculture division.
Jack Wood of Norwalk died Aug. 26. He was 70.
Born in Port Chester, N.Y. on March 20, 1946, he was the son of the late Jack Edward Wood Sr., and the late Lilli Schonning Wood.
A resident of Minnesota, Ohio and Maryland at different times of his life, he grew up in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1964. He then went on to graduate from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. in 1968 and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
His professional career started in 1968 with 3M Corporation in White Plains, N.Y. where he spent the next 17 years in various senior sales capacities across the United States.
Phyllis E. Nobile of Westport died Aug. 26 at home after battling illness. She was 65.
She was born April 15, 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y.. She graduated from Herbert Lehman College in 1974 with a degree in English education and went on to get a masters in reading education in 1976.
A lifelong mentor, coach, and educational guru, her career included 27 years as the reading specialist for Norwalk High School and heading her private practice, The Reading Company, since the mid 1980s.
She won the Connecticut Reading Educator Award for Excellence in Reading Instruction, the Educating for High Performance Award, and had her work recognized in The New York Times.
9:30 a.m. - 17 Edgewater Place, Norwalk - Westport Historical Society Guided Tour of Copps Island Oysters
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Geek! It’s a Wrap
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
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Monday, August 29, 2016
By James Lomuscio
After what Westport Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon called “a long engagement,” Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer—hired in February and appointed July 1—attended her first school board meeting tonight as the town’s education leader.
Gordon exuded an air of enthusiasm about Palmer, former superintendent of Weston, being at the helm as the school system readied for Thursday’s start of the 2016-17 academic year for Westport’s 5,612 students.
“They represent 22 percent of our population in Westport,” Palmer said, stressing that her guiding principles put students’ needs first, making education a joy.
Tonight’s changing of the guard for the board that had worked for the past 17 years with former Superintendent Elliott Landon, who retired in June, was also marked by another change. School board member Brett Aronow announced she will be stepping down effective Sept. 30, saying she recently sold her home.
By Keith M.Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
As state officials increase their warnings that municipal aid may be curtailed in the coming years, Connecticut’s cities and towns will craft their own plan to regionalize services and make local government more efficient.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities announced today the formation of a new “state-local partnership panel” to find ways to ease burdens on property taxpayers, diversify local options to raise revenue and deliver services regionally.
The panel, which will feature mayors, first selectmen and town managers — including leaders from some of Connecticut’s largest cities — will deliver a blueprint to legislators in December.
“We are seeking to develop a legislative action plan that can be implemented by the 2017 General Assembly and designed to change the course of events in Connecticut towns and cities” starting next July, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who is CCM president and chairman of the study group.
Two Westport firefighters are among a 20-person Connecticut interstate fire crew helping fight ongoing wildfires in Idaho.
Assistant Chiefs Rob Yost and Michael Kronick left Saturday, joining crews from Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania who arrived in Boise, Idaho on Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury.
The Connecticut crew is currently assigned to the Black Fire in the Black Canyon drainage on the Palisades Ranger District in Idaho, he said.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Black Fire was detected on Aug. 19 and is believed to have been caused by lightning. It currently covers 280 acres and is centered 10 miles southwest of Swan Valley, Idaho. The Forest Service said 61 firefighters are involved in firefighting efforts there.
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) tonight hosted a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cove home of Robin Tauck. The event celebrated the WHS summer exhibit “the beautiful POND” by artist Judith Orseck Katz and sponsored by Tauck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, tonight welcomes guests to a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cov home of Robin Tauck (l). Tauck was a sponsor of the WHS exhibit “the beautiful POND” based on the book of the same title by local artist and author Judith Orseck Katz. Like the book, the exhibit features watercolors of the Sherwood Mill Pond and its environs. It runs through Sept. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Oysters from Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond were among the offerings tonight at a Westport Historical Society benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cove home of Robin Tauck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Officers arrested a Fairfield man on charges of assault, risk of injury to a minor and drug sales, as they were alerted to a domestic dispute in the rear parking lot of the Westport Police Department, police said today.
According to Lt. Eric Woods, the incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. Sunday when witnesses told police that Stephen Shulman, 31, was striking a female passenger in his vehicle.
“It was also learned that a 6-week old infant was in the vehicle as well during the assault,” Woods said.
Woods said that following Shulman’s arrest, his vehicle was searched, and marijuana and butane honey oil or DAB was found along with packaging materials, scales and other paraphernalia associated with the manufacture and sale of DAB.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 82 Compo Mill Cove is in process. Built in 1964, the 1-1/2 story custom contemporary has 3,203-square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in June for $1,455,000. 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
Actor Gener Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford. His nephew ,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder, a frequent Westport visitor, is pictured at a 2010 Westport Country Playhouse gala with wife Karen. In a 2008 appearance at the Westport Library, he said said he did not like today’s movies because of the foul language and felt some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate. Wilder appeared at the Playhouse in 2001 in “Don’t Make Me Laugh,” three one-act plays by Chekhov, Feydeau, and Shaw, with Bob Dishy and Carol Kane. He was also in Playhouse productions of “The Complaisant Lover” (1962), “The Millionairess” (1963), “The White House” (1964), a fundraiser “For the Children” (2001), and a film series talk on “Young Frankenstein” (2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
George H. Marks Sr. a veteran of World War II and 26 years with the Westport Police Department, was buried today with full military honors at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport following graveside services. Marks, who served as grand marshal of Westport’s 2010 Memorial Day parade with son George H. Marks Jr.,(c, gray jacket) a U.S Navy veteran who served 35 years with the Westport Police Department, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Present and past members of the Westport Police Department today paid tribute to George H. Marks Sr., who died Thursday at age 96. A 26-year veteran of the Westport Police Department who served in World War II, Marks was grand marshal of the 2010 Westport Memorial Day parade with son George H. Marks Jr., a Navy veteran who served 35 years with the Westport Police Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
At today’s Bedford Milldle School convocaton for teachers, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer (r) introduced Mary Elizabeth (ME) Fulco as Teacher of the Year. Fulco teaches English and journalism at Staples High School and is mentor for Inklings, the school newspaper. The annual event was held in advance of Thursday’s school opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Days before the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) opens public hearings on a proposed 5 percent fare increase on Metro-North, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy held a media event to promote good news about “improved service” on our highest-fares-in-the-nation railroad.
What? A return of the bar cars? More seats on crowded trains? No, nothing that monumental: just a new e-ticketing app and word that bike racks have been installed on our trains.
Now, the new MTA eTix smart-phone app is a big deal, but it’s not anything that CDOT or our governor had a hand in. It was designed and built by the MTA, parent of Metro-North. So far it’s functioning well.
But the other piece of news was more concerning. The governor said that “as a result of listening to our customers” 190 new bike racks (hooks, actually) have been installed on the new M8 rail cars. Great!
UPDATE: Monster returned home today, safe and sound. He was found Sunday, August 28, on Main Street—a kind gentleman took him in and fed him, and then saw Monster’s poster and called the owner. Monster is a 10-year-old Male Bengal cat, declawed (front only), neutered, with light brown with dark brown spots, green eyes. He is 13 pounds, is tall and slender, friendly and vociferous but tends to be shy. He went missing August 8th at night from Washington Avenue in Westport (off Evergreen).
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport Weston Family YMCA - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
11 a.m. - noon - King’s Highway Elementary playground - Kindergarten Play Date
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Westport’s Staples High School Gridiron Club tonight hosted a Compo Beach party for the Wrecker football team, parents and supporters. More than 100 persons attended. Staples opens the season on Friday, Sept. 9 at home against Brien McMahon of Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There were clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s tonight as the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts closed out its season with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. Audience members joined in dancing as the concert drew to a close. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com photo
Members and guests of Gold’s Dragoons, a Westport-based social and commemorative society, gathered today at the Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Rd, Westport for the seventh annual competition for the Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup, a match against New York’s Squadron A Club. Gold’s Dragoons were victorious, 11-4 for the fifth time in the seven-year-old competition. The match was preceded by a tailgating party. Gold’s Dragoons, formed in the early 1930s, was selected to honor one of Connecticut’s first mounted colonial militia units, founded in 1660 by Maj. Nathan Gold of Fairfield, whose troop was chartered under the seal of King Charles II. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com