Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Supporting the Burn Center
Westport Assistant Fire Chief Andy Kingsbury (2nd r) accepts a $1,500 check today from Bob LaRose, owner of Westport’s Bobby Q’s Restaurant, and entertainer Frank Bergonz of Westport. LaRose said that this is the fifth consecutive year that Bobby Q’s has raised funds for the Connecticut Burn Center to whom the Westport Fire Department forwards the funds and that the total contributed is now more than $10,000. The funds were raised last summer when the Lost in the Flood musical group with Bergonz as lead vocalist performed an all-Bruce Springsteen program at the restaurant. Bergonz, who has participated in the fundraising event every year since 2002—when the restaurant site was known as Onion Alley—said it honors the memory of 9/11 firefighters. Pictured (l-r) are Firefighters Chris Carroll and James Workman, LaRose, Bergonz, Kingsbury, and Firefighter Brendan McHugh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, December 07, 2009
Lifeguard Training Course Set for Dec. 26-30
The Connecticut Chapter will be conducting an American Red Cross lifeguard training course at the Westport Weston Family Y on Dec. 26–30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The course teaches the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.
Participants will receive certification in first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, automated external defibrillation and lifeguard training.
To enroll, participants must be at least 15 years of age. Cost is $300. For more information and/or to register, contact Jack Harder at (203)683-4292 or register online at www.ctredcross.org.
Matsu Sushi Supports Breast Cancer Foundation
Westport’s Matsu Sushi restaurant is getting behind the Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation (BCEAF). Owner Michael Cao and Pauline Lee, manager of the restaurant at 33 Jesup Road, presented a check to Westonite Shirley Freifeld in support of BCEAF. The group was founded in 2006 by Freifeld and the late Phyllis Steinberger who died of breast cancer in September. According to Freifeld, BCEAF has provided funding for more than 300 females and one male to cover out-of-pocket expenses related to chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. In addition to Connecticut, BCEAF has now expanded to four other eastern states. Matsu Sushi’s check to the BCEAF represents a portion of its revenues for the month of October, Breast Cancer awareness month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Youth Jazz Ensemble Holding Auditions
The Southern Connecticut Youth Jazz Ensemble, part of Westport Continuing Ed, is holding auditions for the winter/spring season.
The regional group, which is open to high school musicians from throughout Connecticut, rehearses every Monday night at Staples High School. In addition, there are monthly master classes with New York jazz artists, and club/concert performances.
Auditions will be held today and Dec. 14 or by appointment.
Westport Menorah Lighting Set for Monday, Dec. 14
A giant outdoor menorah lighting to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah will take place Monday, Dec. 14 at Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center, 422 Post Road East, in front of Wachovia Bank.
The 2006 menorah lighting at the Compo Acres Shopping Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The event, sponsored by Westport’s Schneerson Center for Jewish Life, will include live music, hot latkes, “Hanukkah gelt,” and dreidels.
The menorah will be displayed from Friday, the start of Hanukkah, to its end on Saturday, Dec. 19.
For more information, call the Schneerson Center at (203)635-4118 or visit its Web site.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Honoring a New Eagle Scout
State Representative Kim Fawcett (at microphone) and state Senator Toni Boucher (2nd l) were among those honoring new Eagle Scout Daniel A. Zlatkin (c) of Troop 39, Westport, at a ceremony today at Temple Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Masons Donate to Charities
The Masonic Lodge of Westport Charitable Giving Committee, headed by George Underhill (3rd l), today recognized four local charities with donations of $1,000 each for their outstanding service to the community. Recipients included Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Westport Warm-Up Fund, First Night Westport/Weston, and Al’s Angels. Following the presentations, Santa appeared with gifts for the children attending the Christmas party with their parents and guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sending Out Holiday Mailings
Members of the Westport Woman’s Club gathered today for the annual holiday food gift card mailings to those in need for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, as well as sending holiday cards to seniors in nursing homes. Chair Dorothy Abrams led the effprt along with fellow club members Linda Clair, Lorraine Feliciano, Pat Jensen, Sue Mahar, Audrey Rabinowitz, Barbara Raffel, Nancy Saipe, Nat Sylander, Marie Taylor, Arlene Thrope, Barbara Wagner and Mary Vickery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, September 11, 2009
Seventh grader Jaime Pettit and third grader Kaitlin Reif won “The Matching Game” contest at the Westport Historical Society. Volunteer Gayle Ferensz presents them with gift certificates for matching the most Heads and Hands at the Years in the Making little gallery exhibit. They were inspired to take two hours to solve the puzzle because of their love of history and the Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Naftalin for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Woman’s Club Installs New Officers
The Westport Woman’s Club has installed its new board with Mary Vickery leading the club for 2009-2010. Pictured standing (l-r) are: Amy Schneider, programs; Lorraine Feliciano, communications; Arlene Thrope, community services; Sarajane Lynch, grounds; Doris Smart, programs; Barbara Szefc, treasurer; Joyce Netherton, parliamentary advisor; Rose Jordan, rentals; Dorothy Packer, house; and Carol Goetz, Curio Cottage. Sitting (l-r) are: Linda Clair, first vice president, special interests; Mary Vickery, president; and Barbara Raffel, secretary. Absent from the picture are Susan McCarthy, second vice president, finance; and Clare Clark, membership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, May 18, 2009
Taking Part in “Got Mitzvah?” Day
Taking part in the May 3 “Got Mitzvah?” day were volunteer Mel Liebergall, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Steven M. Friedlander, executive director of UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk, and volunteer Steve Samuels pictured at Interfaith Housing Association’s Bacharach Community. Volunteers gardened and painted at the Bacharach Community as part of the day of service sponsored by UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk. More than 1,000 volunteers performed a variety of projects to benefit more than 30 charitable organizations throughout the region. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Alison Wachstein Photography
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Soccer Tourney Raises $1,500 for Save the Children
Westporter Andy Mondino, a Greens Farms Academy and Westport Soccer Association U-18 player, along with a friend, as a community service project recently organized a soccer tournament at GFA to raise money to help the refugees in Darfur. They raised $1,500 that they gave to Save the Children. Contributed photo
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Even the Marshes Get Cleaned Up
Members of Westport’s Sunrise Rotary and students and advisers from Builders Beyond Borders gathered at Old Mill Beach today to pick up garbage. One group spread out over the marshes behind the Mill Pond. They collected a lot of plastic bags, Styrofoam cups, and even came across an old concrete tub. The trash in the areas around Old Mill Beach and the marshes filled more than 80 black garbage bags. Following the clean-up, Sunrise Rotary provided pizza for everyone at the Compo Beach Pavilion. Builders Beyond Borders is a nonprofit organization that sends high school students to impoverished countries where they work to help build homes. The students, who raise the money to cover their travel expenses and building materials, also devote time to community service in their hometown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Making a Difference at Westport’s Mill Beach
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Al’s Angels Raise Money for Needy Fairfield County Kids
Al DiGuido (white T-shirt and blue cap) served hot dogs and beverages today at a tag sale on Ketchum Street in Westport’s Saugatuck area to raise funds to help Fairfield County children in need. The mission of Al’s Angels, founded in 2004 by Westport resident DiGuido, is to provide moments of joy and comfort to families challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS, or domestic violence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport