Sunday, July 31, 2011
By James Lomuscio
They came in droves to the Mansion Clam House in Westport’s Saugatuck section today to remember and pay tribute to local restaurateur Donald “Jocko” Saltus III, 53, who died in Stonington last week after a brief illness.
Friends and family of Jocko Saltus gathered at the Mansion Clam House in Westport’s Saugatuck area to remember him. Saltus owned the restaurant from 1987 to 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Soltus, who in 1987 had bought and put his signature on the Mansion, a Westport mainstay since the 1950s, was remembered as gregarious, friendly and someone with a great sense of humor by friends, family and other Westport restaurateurs.
He sold the Mansion in 2005 to open Tavern on Main, which he later sold before moving to Stonington.
“His biggest love was the Mansion,” said Matt Saltus, his brother.
The Westport Arts Center hosted “WACky Family Day Goes Green” today. As usual, it offered opportunities for children and families to make art in a creative community environment. WAC partnered with Green Village Initiative GVI AND Melissa & Doug to offer environmentally aware projects. WAC was filled laughing happy families together creating fun creations. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Christie’s Country Store (161 Cross Highway) - Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Family Y Mahackeno Outdoor Center - Summer Sunday
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
2 p.m. - Sherwood Island Nature Center - A Place Called Hope “Live Birds of Prey” program
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Michael Coppola Trio and the Young Lions
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A large crowd converged on Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight to hear the Gas House Gorillas, a New York City-based rhythm and blues band, led by vocalist Rick Fink who is also the songwriter. Fink describes the band’s music as “specializing in jump blues in the style of Louis Jordan and Wynonie Harris, with a dash of rockabilly.” He said he gets upset when the band’s music is referred to as a “swing band.” Pictured (l-r) are: Dean Shot (guitar), Rick Fink (vocals), Noel Sagerman (drums), Jerry Scaringe (bass) and Jim Davis (sax). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday’s heavy rain and strong winds may have contributed to the weakening of a large tree branch that fell across one lane in front of 19 North Ave., near Long Lots Road today. Police Officer Craig Bergamo used an ax to cut the fallen branch to help get it ready to be cleared from the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
More than 1,100 cyclists participated today in the seventh annual CT Challenge bike ride and raised $1,057,000 for cancer survivors, organizers said.
The cyclists gathered at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club for the event which had riders registered for courses of 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles.
“We want to thank all of the riders and volunteers from across Connecticut and across the country who joined us to ride in support of cancer survivors, making it a truly great statewide event and a great day for Connecticut,” said Bob Mazzone, the executive director of CT Challenge.
“There are now more survivorship programs in Connecticut than anywhere else in the U.S. today and we are proud to be providing support to many of them. The CT Challenge Bike Ride makes it all possible.”
UPDATE An early morning crash involving a Range Rover traveling along Greens Farms Road between Clapboard Hill Road and Sherwood Island Lane left a Westport woman uninjured but with a charge of driving while intoxicated on her birthday, police and fire officials said.
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar said the vehicle veered off the road, crashing into a utility pole, splitting it in half, at about 12:15 a.m. The crash left it dangling, he said.
Police later identified the driver as Erika Horn Miller of 302 Compo Road South, who turned 38 today. She was charged with operating under the influence and failure to keep right and released on $500 bond for a Aug. 11 court date.
Police said an officer could smell alcohol on her breath and that she failed field sobriety tests. She was taken into custody and was found to have breath test alcohol level results of .1675 and .1627 which is over the legal limit of .08, according to police.
The house at Westport’s 60 Coleytown Road has been demolished. Built in 1963, the two-story custom colonial has 3,897 square feet and is situated on a 2.89-acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 17, 2011. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Phyllis Groner
The documentary “Old Is ... ,” which choreographs what keeps older adults young and vibrant, proves that age is relative. The film drew more than 100 to the Westport Center for Senior Activities Friday, and most agreed the 40-year-old documentary’s theme is timeless.
Tracy Sugarman (l) and Bill Buckley introduce their short documentary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Created by local artist and author Tracy Sugarman and documentary film producer Bill Buckley, the film demonstrates that seniors who stay active lead longer, productive lives.
Local illustrator Howard Munce, who spoke on a panel following the film, offered proof. At 95, the Westport illustrator still draws and serves as a mentor to other artists, even setting up their exhibits.
“Westport is a great town for any artist,” said Munce, calling the Westport School Collection of 1,000 works “a marvelous thing that can’t be duplicated in any other town.”
Staples Players Summer Theatre performers in “Jesus Christ Superstar” presented Save the Children with a check for $3,000 to go toward tornado relief. The money was raised during Staples Players’ spring production of an original musical revue, “Ages & Stages.” “Jesus Christ Superstar” runs at Staples today at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.staplesplayers.com or at the door. Pictured are incoming senior Gregg Bonti and outgoing senior Max Samuels presenting the check to representatives of Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
The Nu-Utopians, formed last September by band members Rex Fowler and Tom Dean, celebrated the 70th birthday (Oct. 9, 2010) of the late John Lennon Friday night at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. They played their interpretations of his famed works including “Across the Universe,” “Dear Prudence,” “Revolution,” “Beautiful Boy,” “Come Together,” and others. The eight-member band includes the father-daughter duo of Robby and Maggie, 15, Coffin. The performance was moved indoors to the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium because of the wet weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players present “Jesus Christ Superstar”
4 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Lips Together Teeth Apart” (last day)
7:15 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gas House Gorillas (RiverSwing Series)
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Theatre - Staples Players Summer Theatre/Westport Continuing Education: “Jesus Christ Superstar”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, July 29, 2011
The National Weather Service canceled the tornado warning for southern Fairfield Country.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for southern Fairfield County until 7 p.m.
When a Tornado Warning is issued it means that strong rotation has been detected in the storm. A tornado may already be on the ground or expected to develop shortly. If you are in the path of this dangerous storm, move indoors and to the lowest level of the building. Stay away from windows. If driving, do not seek shelter under a Highway overpass.
The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. Get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. If no basement is available, seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.
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