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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

At Levitt, a Religious Service Under the Stars

Three Conservative synagogues are set to converge on Westport’s Levitt Pavilion Saturday evening Sept. 8 for a special “service under the stars” prior to the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur.

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Pharaoh’s Daughter Band members include (l-r) Basya Schecter, Uri Sharlin, Daphna Mor, Mathias Kunzli, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Meg Okura and Yuval Lion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Officials at the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton say they will co-host the event with Congregation Beth El of Norwalk and Temple Beth El of Stamford. Set to begin at 8:30 p. m., the evening is free and open to the public, and blankets or chairs and flashlights are recommended, synagogue officials say.

They add that the evening will feature the music of acclaimed artist Basya Schechter and her band Pharaoh’s Daughter. The band’s music has been cultivated by Schechter’s Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan, and Greece, according to a spokeswoman for the Conservative synagogue.

Clergy from all three synagogues will be officiating the service: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn and Cantor Laura Berman of the Conservative Synagogue; Rabbi Joshua Hammerman and Cantor George Mordecai of Temple Beth El of Stamford; and Rabbi Ron Fish of Congregation Beth El of Norwalk.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Birdhouse Auction Set for Friday

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Birdhouse “Rockin’ Robin” by Lou Rolla. Photo by Lorin Klaris

Westport-based Project Return’s 17th Annual Birdhouse Auction featuring more than 160 original birdhouses created by artists from all over the country is set for Friday evening from 7 to 10 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

“Inspiration and originality have conspired with an astonishing variety of materials, including feathers, wood, clay, buttons, vintage records, bicycle parts, and shells, to showcase the vision of each artist,” says Project Return’s Laura Bard. “Some of this year’s designs are quiet and personal, while others are whimsical and sassy.”

Traditional and contemporary and designed for outdoor use or to enhance indoor spaces, all of the birdhouses reflect themes of home and sanctuary, according to Bard.

Project Return serves adolescent girls and young women in crisis through its group home facility and other programs that develop self-esteem, resiliency, and independence. Like birdhouses, the agency provides a safe haven for fledglings not yet prepared to leave the nest, noted Bard.

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Friday, January 06, 2012

Chowdafest IV Kick-off

Chowdafest IV Kick-off at Unitarian Church
Chowdafest organizer Jim Keenan (Chief Chowda Head) announced the details of Chowdafest IV at a press conference today at Westport’s Unitarian Church. Present were several representatives of sponsoring local restaurants who are contestants in the “food fight.” The football-themed event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, the day before the Superbowl, at Bedford Middle School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will benefit for the Connecticut Food Bank. The cost is $6 for adults, $2 for kids under 12. More information can be found here: chowdafest.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Great Turnout for Police Toys for Tots Drive

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Westport Policemen Dave Farrell (l) and Marc Heinmiller are all smiles during a successful turnout of generous people from Westport and neighboring communities who donated toys to the annual Toys for Tots drive in the parking lot of The Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East. The collection continues on Sunday and next weekend between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Champing at the Beach

33rd Annual Minute Man 5K/10K Race
Ready to run, entrants in this year’s Minute Man Race waited eagerly at the starting gate at Compo Beach today to begin a 10K race, the proceeds of which go to local charities. Sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League, the race had 1,400 people entered, up nearly 200 from last year, and raised $40,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Norwalker Wins Minute Man’s 5K Men’s Race

Nordee Ab Delfateh
Norwalk resident Nordee Ab Delfateh, 29, won the 5K men’s division of today’s Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach in a time of 17:10. It was the first time he entered the annual Minute Man race. He moved to the United States from Morocco. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Weston 13-Year-Old Bests the Rest in Women’s 5K

Andi Rosenblatt
Andi Rosenblatt, 13, of Weston today won the 33rd Annual Minute Man 5K Race for females at Westport’s Compo Beach with a winning time of 21:54. Rosenblatt is in the seventh grade in the Weston school system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Harding Wins Men’s Minute Man 10K Again

Tom Harding
Westporter Tom Harding, 45, was first over the finish line at today’s 33rd annual Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach. He has won the Minute Man 10K several times over the years. Harding finished today’s race in 35:51 and was in the lead from the first step. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Norwalk’s Sporre Wins Minute Man 10K for Women

Leslie Sporre
Norwalk resident Leslie Sporre, 34, was the first female to cross the finish line today in the 33rd annual Minute Man 10K race with a time of 44:04. She said it was the first time she entered the race. Her husband Ian also ran in the 10K and was among the leaders in the field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Poking Fun at Westport’s Foibles


Westporters had fun raising funds for a serious cause performing in “Forbidden Westport.” The evening’s entertainment, sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary, was a benefit for Homes With Hope. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Al DiGuido Cheers On Angel Swimmers

Al DeGuido, Founder, Al's Angels, Westport Connecticut
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

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Swimming for Al’s Angels

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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

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Turning in Unwanted Drugs

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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

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Sprucing Up Camp Mahackeno

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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

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Bird Count Begins at Midnight

By James Lomuscio

Cardinal by Townsend Dickinson
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.”

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