Saturday, April 25, 2015
Firefighters Respond to Sylvan Road North Fire
UPDATE Westport and Norwalk firefighters late today responded to a structure fire at 69 Sylvan Road North on the Westport-Norwalk line. Heavy smoke coming from a garage attached to the house caused moderate damage to the garage roof, according to Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury. He said the owner reported that construction work was in progress. Firefighters had to tear open part of the roof and adjoining walls to get to the source of the fire, according to Westport fire officials.The Norwalk fire marshal is conducting an investigation into the cause. The driveway of the property is in Westport and the house is in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
4th Annual Maker Faire Wows, Inspires
By James Lomuscio
From high tech to low tech, innovation was the draw today as more than 6,000 persons came to Jesup Green and the Westport Library for the fourth annual Mini Maker Faire showcasing everything from cardboard box arcade games to The Great Fredini’s full body scans to make 3D statues of those who dared.
More than 6,000 persons attended today’s Mini Maker Faire, according to organizers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Under crisp, azure skies, the crowd seemed endless and it moved through the white tents on Jesup Green where 75 booths ranging from Ellen Gang’s dress designs to robotic forklifts, even a Sikorsky-sponsored wind tunnel to demonstrate aircraft liftoff.
In addition to outside booths and demonstrations inside the library, there were “close to 200 people showing off their work,” said Mark Mathias, founder and co-chairman of Westport’s Mini Maker Faire along with Bill Derry, the Library’s director of innovation.
“To me what is interesting is how we touched a positive interest in the community,” Mathias said. “As I see 6,000 people here today, it shows they’re clearly interested in learning, developing and growing.”
Scouts Participate in Mini Maker Faire
Boy Scout Troops 100 and 36 of Westport, Troop 88 of Fairfield and Pack 100 of Westport presented several Scout stations today at the Mini Maker Faire on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Kicking Off Longshore Men’s Golf Season
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today addresses a contingent of 80 golfers who braved the morning’s unseasonably low temperatures to kick off the Longshore Men’s Golf Association (LMGA) tournament season. Buoyed by the hearty breakfast at the Inn at Longshore, two teams captained by Mike Durkin and Skip Lane placed first in the best-ball Scramble format with low scores of 62. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Comings & Goings: SoulCycle Officially Opens
SoulCycle opened for customers on Thursday at its new Westport location, 374 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center, but today was the official opening and ribbon cutting. The popular exercise studio is in the former Jos. A. Bank clothiers location, which moved to Colonial Green. The SoulCycle website describes its activities this way: “SoulCycle doesn’t just change bodies, it changes lives. With inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces, and rocking music, riders can let loose, clear their heads and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Cutting the Ribbon
Cutting the ribbon at today’s grand opening of SoulCycle, 374 Post Road East, were ((l-r) Ben Simpson, asssistant manager, First Selectman Jim Marpe, Ronnie Bencosme, studio manager, and Alyssa Wintergrass, assistant manager. According to Chase Delano, SoulCycle regional marketing manager, the Westport studio is its 41st location in the country and the second site in the state, having opened in Greenwich two years ago. She said there are no memberships—“it’s pay as you go but packages are available.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘Monkey Kingdom,’ ‘Child 44,’ ‘Unfriended’
By Susan Granger
“Monkey Kingdom” is the eighth Disneynature live-action eco-documentary – and one of the best. Narrated by Tina Fey, it follows a toque macaque monkey in Sri Lanka on her journey up the social ladder.
Since Disney movie-makers routinely anthropomorphize animals, giving them names, the heroine is Maya. She and her simian troop live in abandoned Buddhist temple ruins, now overrun by jungle.
Poor Maya is at the bottom of the social order. Which means that - while Raja, the alpha male, and a trio of favored females can climb to the top of a fig tree and eat the ripest fruit - Maya and the other low-born must remain on the ground, foraging for scraps.
One fine day, a male macaque named Kumar comes visiting. Tina Fey wryly dubs him “hunky monkey.” Kumar is banished by Raja but not before impregnating Maya, who gives birth to a baby called Kip.
Mini Maker Faire Draws Crowds
Westport’s fourth annual Mini Maker Faire got under way at 10 a.m. today. It features more 100 exhibiting makers including hands-on workshops, demonstrations, the latest in tools, kits and DIY (do it yourself) resources. There are 57 exhibits under the tent on Jesup Green and the rest inside the Westport Library, according to organizers. It runs until 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Official Opening With Praise for Organizer
Today’s opening of Westport’s fourth annual Mini Maker Faire included a ceremony with proclamations by local politicians and praise for organizer Mark Mathias (r). “Today is the largest event in the state dedicated to creativity and innovation,” he said, adding: “There are over 100 Mini Maker Faires in the world and the Westport event is in the top 10 percent and is one of the few that has free admission.” The theme of this year’s event is “Things That Roll.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Getting Ready for Mini Maker Faire
NY Times Spotlights Westport Real Estate—Again
For at least the 15th time in 10 years, The New York Times again has featured Westport and its real estate doings, including its teardowns.
Sunday’s page one of the real estate section, available online here, features a Westport-datelined story headlined “In Fairfield, the Builders Are Back.” Fairfield refers to Fairfield County.
Written by Lisa Prevost, who has authored many of the previous Times real estate stories mentioning Westport, the story begins: “On a recent Sunday afternoon here, anyone visiting open houses might have thought the recession never happened.
“At one new multimillion-dollar colonial after another, real estate agents were eagerly waiting to show visitors high-ceilinged kitchens anchored by immense white-marble islands; fireplaces hefty enough to offset mega-size flat-screen TVs; exercise rooms with saunas and steam showers; and marble bathrooms with freestanding tubs and heated floors.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Historic District Commission Public Informational Meeting
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library/Jesup Green - 4th Annual Mini Maker Faire
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective” & “Westport High School Student Art Exhibition” (last day)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “And Then There Were None”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, April 24, 2015
About 30 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts camped out on Jesup Green tonight as one of their activities and also because they are taking part in Saturday’s Mini Maker Faire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
On the Red Carpet
UPDATE The Westport-produced documentary “Hey Bartender” was nominated for a James Beard Award for best special/documentary and on the red carpet tonight at the James Beard Award Ceremony at Chelsea Piers in New York City were (l-r) director Douglas Tirola and producer Susan Bedusa both of Westport, star Stephen Carpentieri of Dunville’s in Westport. and co-producer Danielle Rosen of Weston. Later, it was announced the award went to “Food Chains” with Forest Whitaker. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport