Saturday, April 30, 2011
Al DiGuido Cheers On Angel Swimmers
An estimated 100 swimmers participated in “24 Hours of Laps,” the Al’s Angels fundraiser that began at 10 a.m. today at the Westport Weston Family Y Stauffer Pool. Al’s Angels founder and Westport resident Al DiGuido said this event raised approximately $50,000. Swimmers of all ages swam as many laps as they could for 30 minutes to raise funds to provide holiday meals and gifts for children and families within the tri-state area suffering from life-threatening illnesses, cancer, rare blood diseases, and severe financial hardship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Swimming for Al’s Angels
Swimmers participating in “24 Hours of Laps,” the Al’s Angels fundraiser that began this morning. Each swimmer pledged to swim laps for 30 minutes. (l-r) Will O’Sullivan, Finn Johnston, Charlie West, Justin Bacon, Sean Rogers, Cameron Purdy, Sarah Grinalds, Kaitlyn Esse, Michelle Kennedy, Marissa Healy, Caroline Sandhaus, Annie Bowens, Kaela Dockray. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzannah Rogers for WestportNow.com
Turning in Unwanted Drugs
Westport police officers Linda Vena (c) and Sharon Russo (r) welcome Westporter Bertha Mathis today at Westport Town Hall as she dropped off her expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs during the annual Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collection event. This program is conducted by local police departments throughout the country to give people a safe way to dispose of medications they no longer want or need and to help prevent these drugs from being stolen, abused, or dumped into local water supplies. In 2010, Americans turned in 121 tons of unwanted medications to more than 3,000 local police departments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sprucing Up Camp Mahackeno
Twenty-five volunteers, including board members and staff, spent the morning today giving the Westport Weston Family Y’s Camp Mahackeno a major spring cleaning to get it ready for the upcoming summer activities. In addition to tidying the grounds, they repainted the benches in the amphitheater. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Christmas Bird Count Begins at Midnight
By James Lomuscio
Cardinals brighten up gray winter days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Townsend P. Dickinson
While birders do not expect to find any calling birds or French Hens, compilers for the 64th Annual Westport Christmas Bird Count (CBC)—which runs from midnight tonight to midnight Sunday—may spy “geese a laying,” and even an occasional partridge.
But a partridge would be rare, says Mardi Dickinson, who with her husband Townsend Dickinson, will captain one of the 10 teams comprising 45 volunteers recording species and bird numbers over the 24-hour period.
A good number of birds spotted will be bluebirds, cardinals, titmice, and chickadees, she said. Some volunteers will work shifts of several hours, while diehard birders will go the full stretch. Night owl birders will record exactly that, owls.
“The purpose is to count the birds for statistical purposes, for science,” says Dickinson. “If it weren’t for these counts, nobody would know how many birds there are at this time of the year. All of it goes into a national database.”
Friday, December 17, 2010
Commission for Senior Activities Has a “Thank You” Party
Bill Meyer celebrated with Arlene Bloom (left), past president of Y’s Women, and state Sen. Toni Boucher at the Commission for Senior Services’ “Thank You Luncheon” today for members of local commissions credited with making Westport “a wonderful town.” Among those in attendance were Barbara Butler, director of Westport’s Department of Human Services, Sue Pfister, director of the Center for Senior Activities, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and newly elected state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 18, 2010
Field of Flags Demonstrates Heroism, Loss, and War’s Toll
By James Lomuscio
They are the small-sized American flags people joyfully wave along parade routes on national holidays, only these had a more somber message as they were planted throughout the day today on the lawn of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church.
Vets placing their flags in the Field of Flags. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Side by side and in military fashion, each flag represents the American war dead in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past nine years. By 5 p.m., the time a memorial ceremony was about to begin, the flags totaled a sobering 5,516, including 52 fallen soldiers and Marines from Connecticut.
“It looks so beautiful,” said Toni Rubin and she and her husband Stephen Rubin waited at the end of the honor guard procession. “But, when you think of what it is ... ”
“It’s ugly,” Stephen Rubin chimed in about the toll war takes.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Westport Woman’s Club Names Board of Directors
The Westport Woman’s Club has installed its new board with Mary Vickery leading the club for 2010-2011. Front row (l-r) Officers: Anne Hunt (treasurer), Susan Cugliari (third V.P.), Mary Vickery (president), Leah Scherzer (first V.P.), Wynne Abrams (second V.P.), Pat Voris, (secretary). second row: Barbara Levy (programs), Denise, Kuendig (communications), Rose Jordan (rentals), Brenda Sciarra (grounds), Conchita Cassell (house), Carol Goetz (Curio Cottage). Clare Clark (membership). third row: Joyce Netherton (parliamentarian), Kathy Groener (programs), RuthAnn Carroll (house), Jo Fuchs Luscombe (community services). Absent from picture: Mitzi Lyman (programs), Yankee Doodle Fair. The Westport Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of charitable, cultural, educational and public health services. In addition to supporting numerous community services, the Club offers a great number of social activities for its members and for the community at large. For membership information, call the Club office at (203)227-4240 or visit www.WestportWomansClub.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Felicino for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
LWV Awards Scholarship
The League of Women Voters of Westport today presented a $2,000 scholarship to Staples High School senior Alyssa Ruggiero through the Staples Tuition Grants program. The presentation was made by past League president Pippa Bell Adler at the League’s annual meeting at Christ and Holy Trinity Church. Ruggiero will attend Hofstra University in the fall where, as an accomplished dancer, she plans to major in dance and business in the hopes of achieving her dream job—to work in the finance area of a major dance company. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 04, 2010
WHS Receives Generous Donation from Bank of NY Mellon
Westport Historical Society Executive Director Susan Gold received $10,000 donation from the Bank of NY Mellon to be used for on-going programs including exhibits, archives, and a youth scholarship program. Pictured are (l-r) Jeffrey Burns, BNY Mellon Team Leader Westport; Katia Friend, Senior Director BNY Mellon; WHS President Dorothy Curran; WHS VP-Finance Elliott Netherton; Susan Gold; and WHS VP of Sponsors Dave Matlow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Neighbors Assail Zoning Change for Linxweiler Property
A proposed zoning amendment that would allow the construction of at least 12 units of supportive housing for individuals battling mental illness or substance abuse at a Post Road East property in Westport was laid bare at tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing.
Richard Redniss, the Stamford land use consultant who wants to develop the 1.3-acre, town-owned Linxweiler property for Homes for Hope, formerly known as Interfaith Housing Association, at 655 Post Road East began his appeal by trying to clarify supportive housing to the 60 residents who had gathered in the Town Hall auditorium.
“Child molesters and sex offenders are not allowed to be in supportive housing,” Redniss said. “They must be able to live independently, and conducting any illegal activities on the property is grounds for release.”
His assurances, as well as his conditional site plans for the development of the property did little to quell myriad concerns from residents who live on nearby Crescent Road and Sue Terrace. From 1984 to 2008, Interfaith Housing had operated Linxweiler House as a home for men recovering from alcoholism and substance abuse.
Going to Beautiful Lengths for Cancer Patients
Just for the record, Westporter Ann Karrick likes her long hair, those brown, wavy, bouncy locks that not only frame her face but flow down past her shoulders. In fact, she likes her hair so much she wants to share it—with a less-fortunate woman who has lost hers while undergoing chemotherapy. So today Karrick, media consultant and former host and producer of “For the Record,” a national weekly talk show on ION Media Networks, is scheduled to have her signature locks shorn at Westport’s Greg & Tony Salon, 231 Post Road West. She plans to have her hair donated to Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs free of charge to cancer patients. “The reaction from others surprised me at first,” said Karrick. “Typically with long hair, when you mention cutting it, there are gasps of horror.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Trust Fund for Bill Palladino, Staples ‘68, Seeks Donations
By Michelle Sciarappa
If Bill Palladino could speak, what would he tell you? About the throat cancer that stole his trachea? About his wife’s tragic death from a heart attack not even two weeks ago? About his expected loss of health insurance for the chemotherapy he is receiving at Danbury Hospital?
During happier times, Staples High School graduates Bill Palladino and wife Janice Anne McClenathan Palladino. A fund has been set up for Bill, who remains hospitalized with throat cancer. Janice Anne, his sole caregiver, died of a massive heart attack Feb. 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo.
No. He would probably tell you about his two beautiful daughters, Michelle and Sarah, who are both in college. And he would probably tell you about his supportive friends, Staples High School alumni whose bond transcends time as they recently have set up the Billy Palladino Trust Fund at the Danbury branch of Newtown Savings Bank. “I’m trying to reach out to as many people as I can to help a friend from Staples High School (who) is going through a really tough time,” said Shelby Goodlett Pike, who is spreading the word about the fund. Palladino, Staples Class of 1968 and a resident of Sandy Hook, was first operated on in November, and then again Feb. 6 when throat surgery left him without the ability to speak. He has been at Danbury Hospital ever since. Compounding his illness, he lost his wife and sole caregiver, Janice Anne McClenathan Palladino, Staples 1983, to a massive heart attack Feb. 11.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Cub Scouts Visit Westport EMS
In preparation of their Readyman Pin, the Webelos from Westport’s Cub Scout Pack 192 had the honor Monday night of being trained by Alan Stolz, a longtime member of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Service and Special Events Crew Chief. Stolz is an Eagle Scout and continues to have an active role in the Westport Boy Scouts. Webelos in attendance were Sean Hanrahan, Aiden Flaherty, Charlie Nadel, Nick Openshaw, Aiden Weir, Corey Hausman, Alex Carl, and Den Chief, Alex Flug. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UJA Honors Two with Woman of Valor Awards
Wendy Cohen (l), co-president of UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk, left, presented Sandy Lefkowitz (c) of Westport and Barbara Schwab of Weston with Woman of Valor awards, at the organization’s annual gala on Saturday at The Loft in SoNo. The event raised funds for The Jewish High School of Connecticut, the Children’s Village in Israel, and humanitarian relief for elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union, reflecting UJA/Federation’s mission to help those in need locally, in Israel, and around the world. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport