Saturday, July 26, 2014
Making the CT Challenge Ride
More than 1,000 bicyclists took part today in the 10th annual CT Challenge charity bike ride to raise funds for its cancer survivorship center in Southport. The ride began and finishes at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Last year, the ride raised a record $1.65 million. View is of bicyclists on North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Nora”
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Staples Mainstage - Staples Players Summer Theatre: “Cabaret”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Movie Special: “Grease” (Rockin’ Rydell Sing-a-long Edition)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - DJ Rekha
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, July 25, 2014
Packed in at the Levitt
There was a large Friday night crowd tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pvilion for the Performing Arts for the New York City Irish rock band Black 47. Early in the concert, the band invited several audience members on stage to dance.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com
Black 47 Entertains at Levitt
The New York City-based celtic rock band Black 47 drew a large crowd tonight to Westport’s new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. One of the group’s last concers, it was the first rock concert at the new Levitt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Pony Lane
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 2 Pony Lane, offEaston Road in the Coleytown section, is in process. Built in 1950, the 1-3/4-story contemporary has 2,386 square feet, is situated on a 1.05-acre property and, according to the assessor records, ownership last changed hands in August, 1990. 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
Motor Vehicle Stop Nets Wanted Man
A Bridgeport man stopped for motor vehicle violations turned out to be wanted for four separate probation warrants from previous arrests in other jurisdictions, Westport Police said today.
Police stopped Antonio Funicello, 30, of 143 Ruth St. Monday morning for operating an unregistered vehicle, misuse of plates, no insurance and a suspended license.
It was then discovered that Funicello had outstanding warrants, police said.
He is being held in lieu of a $200,000 court-ordered bond plus $500 for the motor vehicle charges. He is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Tuesday, July 29, police said.
Arrest Made in 2013 Credit Card Theft
Westport Police detectives served an arrest warrant on a Bridgeport man in Norwalk Superior Court Wednesday morning in connection with a 2013 larceny case involving a stolen credit card.
Angel Torres, 32, of 252 Cedar St. was being held in lieu of non-related charges at the time of the arrest, police said, and is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday, Aug. 1.
According to police, Torres is charged with violating a protective order, credit card theft, illegal use of credit card, risk of injury to a child and sixth-degree larceny.
Westport Property Transfers July 7 - 11, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 7 - 11, 2014:
54 Weston Road LLC to Arnoldo Pardo and Daniella Lopez, 54 Weston Road, $765,000
Virginia Ferrari to Glenn A. Ferrari, 7 Island Way, 1/2 Interest, $350,000
Virginia Jean Ferrari Trust to Glenn A. Ferrari, 7 Island Way, 1/2 Interest, $50,000
Daniel and Doria Blank to Stephen and Anne Bernier, 16 Marion Road, $1,200,000
Groovin’ in the Grove
A couple dances to the samba music of the Brazilian group Casuarina tonight at Westport’s New Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The celebrated samba specialists from Rio were the first international band to grace the all-new stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carleigh Welsh for WestportNow.com
Samba Sounds at Levitt
The Brazilian samba and choro group Casuarina performed tonight to the delight of several hundred at the new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The group, which earlier performed at Lincoln Center in New York, is on a tour of the United States and Canada. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunset at Levitt
Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts audience for a concert starring the Brazilian samba group Casuarina also enjoyed a pretty sunset following the first 8 p.m. start at the new facility since Sunday’s grand opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport WVEMS Honors Volunteers
The Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) tonight held its annual barbecue on the South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. The nonprofit service, which operates mostly on donations, honored four volunteers—Aaron Greenspun, Explorer of the Year; Mark Kaminksi, EMT of the Year; Sandi MacPherson, Volunteer of the Year, and Pat Salvo, Crew Chief of the Year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Friends’ Mini-Golf Fundraiser Memorializes Andrew Accardi
By James Lomuscio
To hear Westporter Brett Adelglass, 21, tell it, they were a tight circle of friends, five buddies who met in seventh grade, forged friendships at Staples High School and remained friends throughout college and beyond.
Andrew Accardi and his dad, Frank, at a Jets game. Contributed photo
One of the five was Andrew Accardi, who had battled neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer, from age 5, but never let the disease hold him back, according to Adelglass.
Andrew, who had completed his junior year at Villanova University, majoring in finance, died Oct. 31, 2013.
To celebrate their friend, who loved golf and was on the Staples golf team, Adleglass, Sam Bender, Matt Labarre and Ethan Tassel—all 2011 Staples graduates—are scheduled to host a miniature golf fundraiser Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Norwalk Cove Marina at 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road.
Historical Society Opens Larry Silver Retrospective
The Westport Historical Society tonight hosted a reception to mark the opening of its exhibit “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” by famed photographer Larry Silver of Westport. His retrospective features images of Westport’s favorite haunts, quiet spots and humorous encounters of everyday life since the artist first settled here 40 years ago. Joining him was his son, Bruce Silverstein, -Bruce Silverstein, the youngest of Silver’s three sons and owner of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 535 W. 24th St, New York, N.Y. which he said has the largest body of his father’s works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport