Wednesday, August 31, 2016
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Westport Library & Friends of Sherwood Island: Experience a Revolutionary Way to Study Whales
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Refresh Your Home
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Contemporary-style homes continue to hold a solid place in Westport’s real estate market as well as throughout Fairfield County. In fact, they seem to more “in vogue” than they have been for quite some time.
Currently, there are 49 homes available in Westport classified as being in this category.
Westport leads the 23 towns in Fairfield County in available inventory of contemporaries for sale, followed by Ridgefield (43), Stamford (41), Weston (37) and Norwalk (32).
However, just because we have a few more to choose from as opposed to other towns does not mean that this segment of the market isn’t as active as it should be. The market is certainly on par with the rest of the town.
Bill Harmer, executive director of the Westport Library, gives a hug tonight to Pam Einarsen, the photographer who took more than 600 photos as part of the library’s “What Do You Geek ?” campaign, at a “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” tonight at the library The public awareness campaign, which began in April, aimed to connect people by highlighting their passions as well as communicate the vital role the library plays in the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
As a thank you to Westport Library supporters of its “What Do You Geek?” campaign, library executive director Bill Harmer tonight presented a giant “The Westport Library Geeks You” from library staff at a reception marking the end of the almost five-month awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A bust of Westport Library benefactor Morris K. Jesup was decked out in his Geek t-shirt tonight as guests attended a “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” marking the end of its Geek library awareness campaign that began in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Celebration cakes were at the ready tonight at the Westport Library’s “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” as the library ended its What Do You Geek? library awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Youngsters and some adults worked a “What Do You Geek .jigsaw puzzle tonight at the Westport Library’s “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” marking the end of its Geek library awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Pequot Library in Southport on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. will host a reception to kick off an exhibit of the three People’s Choice art show winners from last year’s “Exploring the Landscape of Art, Exploring the Art of Landscape “exhibit. Westport artist Miggs Burrough’s lenticular images will share the exhibit space with painter Nancy Smith, and jeweler and ceramicist Deborah Kouzoukian. In honor of Kouzoukian’s ceramic pomegranates and Burroughs’s’ lenticular pomegranate, there will be zesty pomegranate cocktails served at the reception. The show runs until Sept. 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Fides Ostbye, chair of the Westport Rotary Club student exchange program, today places a Rotary exchange program pin on her daughter, Monique, 16, a Staples High School junior who departs on Sunday to begin one-year school term in Barcelona as a Rotary exchange student. Fides told club members she was awarded the pin In 1982 when she was a native of Brazil and spent her junior year in Valentine, Neb. as a Rotary exchange student. The club meeting was held at the pavilion at Compo Beach with Joey’s By The Shore providing hot dogs and hamburgers for the annual summer outing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
“Kubo and the Two Strings” begins with the ominous warning - “If you must blink, do it now” - because “if you look away, even for an instant, our hero will surely perish.”
Set in ancient Japan, this animated fantasy-adventure revolves around an 11 year-old boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson), a story-telling musician whose skill at origami (the art of paper-folding) resonates with Hosato (George Takei), Akhiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro).
While taking care of his ailing mother, who warns him to be home before nightfall, the tranquility of Kubo’s life is suddenly shattered when he accidentally breaks a supernatural curse.
Accompanied by a snarky, sassy Monkey (Charlize Theron), Kubo flees, determined to acquire three specific pieces of armor that belonged to his late samurai-warrior father in order to fulfill his destiny.
9:30 a.m. - 17 Edgewater Place, Norwalk - Westport Historical Society Guided Tour of Copps Island Oysters
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Geek! It’s a Wrap
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
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Monday, August 29, 2016
By James Lomuscio
After what Westport Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon called “a long engagement,” Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer—hired in February and appointed July 1—attended her first school board meeting tonight as the town’s education leader.
Gordon exuded an air of enthusiasm about Palmer, former superintendent of Weston, being at the helm as the school system readied for Thursday’s start of the 2016-17 academic year for Westport’s 5,612 students.
“They represent 22 percent of our population in Westport,” Palmer said, stressing that her guiding principles put students’ needs first, making education a joy.
Tonight’s changing of the guard for the board that had worked for the past 17 years with former Superintendent Elliott Landon, who retired in June, was also marked by another change. School board member Brett Aronow announced she will be stepping down effective Sept. 30, saying she recently sold her home.
By Keith M.Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
As state officials increase their warnings that municipal aid may be curtailed in the coming years, Connecticut’s cities and towns will craft their own plan to regionalize services and make local government more efficient.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities announced today the formation of a new “state-local partnership panel” to find ways to ease burdens on property taxpayers, diversify local options to raise revenue and deliver services regionally.
The panel, which will feature mayors, first selectmen and town managers — including leaders from some of Connecticut’s largest cities — will deliver a blueprint to legislators in December.
“We are seeking to develop a legislative action plan that can be implemented by the 2017 General Assembly and designed to change the course of events in Connecticut towns and cities” starting next July, said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who is CCM president and chairman of the study group.
Two Westport firefighters are among a 20-person Connecticut interstate fire crew helping fight ongoing wildfires in Idaho.
Assistant Chiefs Rob Yost and Michael Kronick left Saturday, joining crews from Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania who arrived in Boise, Idaho on Sunday afternoon, said Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury.
The Connecticut crew is currently assigned to the Black Fire in the Black Canyon drainage on the Palisades Ranger District in Idaho, he said.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Black Fire was detected on Aug. 19 and is believed to have been caused by lightning. It currently covers 280 acres and is centered 10 miles southwest of Swan Valley, Idaho. The Forest Service said 61 firefighters are involved in firefighting efforts there.
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) tonight hosted a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cove home of Robin Tauck. The event celebrated the WHS summer exhibit “the beautiful POND” by artist Judith Orseck Katz and sponsored by Tauck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sue Gold, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, tonight welcomes guests to a benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cov home of Robin Tauck (l). Tauck was a sponsor of the WHS exhibit “the beautiful POND” based on the book of the same title by local artist and author Judith Orseck Katz. Like the book, the exhibit features watercolors of the Sherwood Mill Pond and its environs. It runs through Sept. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Oysters from Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond were among the offerings tonight at a Westport Historical Society benefit end of summer party at the Compo Mill Cove home of Robin Tauck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Officers arrested a Fairfield man on charges of assault, risk of injury to a minor and drug sales, as they were alerted to a domestic dispute in the rear parking lot of the Westport Police Department, police said today.
According to Lt. Eric Woods, the incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. Sunday when witnesses told police that Stephen Shulman, 31, was striking a female passenger in his vehicle.
“It was also learned that a 6-week old infant was in the vehicle as well during the assault,” Woods said.
Woods said that following Shulman’s arrest, his vehicle was searched, and marijuana and butane honey oil or DAB was found along with packaging materials, scales and other paraphernalia associated with the manufacture and sale of DAB.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 82 Compo Mill Cove is in process. Built in 1964, the 1-1/2 story custom contemporary has 3,203-square feet, is situated on a .22-acre property and changed ownership in June for $1,455,000. 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
Actor Gener Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford. His nephew ,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder, a frequent Westport visitor, is pictured at a 2010 Westport Country Playhouse gala with wife Karen. In a 2008 appearance at the Westport Library, he said said he did not like today’s movies because of the foul language and felt some of his greatest hits would not be made in the current climate. Wilder appeared at the Playhouse in 2001 in “Don’t Make Me Laugh,” three one-act plays by Chekhov, Feydeau, and Shaw, with Bob Dishy and Carol Kane. He was also in Playhouse productions of “The Complaisant Lover” (1962), “The Millionairess” (1963), “The White House” (1964), a fundraiser “For the Children” (2001), and a film series talk on “Young Frankenstein” (2004). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
George H. Marks Sr. a veteran of World War II and 26 years with the Westport Police Department, was buried today with full military honors at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport following graveside services. Marks, who served as grand marshal of Westport’s 2010 Memorial Day parade with son George H. Marks Jr.,(c, gray jacket) a U.S Navy veteran who served 35 years with the Westport Police Department, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. See obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Present and past members of the Westport Police Department today paid tribute to George H. Marks Sr., who died Thursday at age 96. A 26-year veteran of the Westport Police Department who served in World War II, Marks was grand marshal of the 2010 Westport Memorial Day parade with son George H. Marks Jr., a Navy veteran who served 35 years with the Westport Police Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
At today’s Bedford Milldle School convocaton for teachers, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer (r) introduced Mary Elizabeth (ME) Fulco as Teacher of the Year. Fulco teaches English and journalism at Staples High School and is mentor for Inklings, the school newspaper. The annual event was held in advance of Thursday’s school opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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