Friday, October 04, 2013
Reps to Address Suffering Rail Commuters
State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, who represents Westport, and state Rep. Kim Fawcett, who serves Fairfield, are scheduled to be at the Greens Farms train station Monday at 7 a.m. to listen to commuters’ concerns in the wake of a power outage that has disrupted service over the past two weeks.
Both have stated that they support Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s demand that commuters be given full refunds from Metro-North for the number of days the trains are not in service. They also want Metro-North to give an explanation as to how an outage of such magnitude could occur.
“New Haven line commuters are long-suffering, from coping with substandard rail cars and tracks to frequent delays and outages,” Steinberg said. “It’s time Connecticut’s rail customers got a fair deal from Metro-North, starting with full reimbursement for every day without regular service.”
Calling the failed service outrageous, Fawcett stressed that the rail system cannot “wait until the next major failure to open the conversation.”
Lining Up to Vote (While Away)
Absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 special state and municipal elections were requested by 115 people today, the first day they became available. Most requests were made online, according the Town Clerk’s office. Absentee ballots may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or can be downloaded here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 30, 2013
Staples Grad Completes West Point Basic Training
Cadet Peter Hugh Bonenfant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bonenfant of Westport, Conn., completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.
Bonenfant entered West Point on July 1 and has successfully completed six of CBT. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.
The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological, and chemical training.
Bonenfant began classes Aug. 19. The West Point curriculum offers 37 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Relief: How to Help
A couple living at the corner of Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue are accepting donations of food, water, clothing, blankets, garbage bags, and other goods and will be delivering these goods to victims on Staten Island tonight and over the next few days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for WestportNow.com
The Connecticut Food Bank has launched launched a “Hurricane Sandy Virtual Food Drive” to respond to the rapidly growing need for food assistance as well as seeking food donations and volunteers.
Stamford-based AmeriCares is seeking donations to support its provision of medical and other aid to Sandy victims in the United States and the Caribbean.
The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with food, clean-up kits, and emotional and spiritual care.
Volunteers Move the Election Process Along at Town Hall
Volunteers are busy matching the records for ballots that were distributed against those that have been received by the Town Clerk office at Westport Town Hall. According to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, 2,357 absentee ballots were distributed through Friday and 1,738 completed ballots have been returned. She said as of this morning, there were approximately 75 ballots distributed, most of which were completed on site. Strauss said the deadline for distribution of ballots is 4:30 p.m. on Monday and completed ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday. Sealed ballots will be opened in Room 201 starting at 10 a.m. on Election Day, and that process is open to the public, according to Strauss. “This will be the first presidential election voting process without the use of levers,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
At Levitt, a Religious Service Under the Stars
Three Conservative synagogues are set to converge on Westport’s Levitt Pavilion Saturday evening Sept. 8 for a special “service under the stars” prior to the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur.
Pharaoh’s Daughter Band members include (l-r) Basya Schecter, Uri Sharlin, Daphna Mor, Mathias Kunzli, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Meg Okura and Yuval Lion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Officials at the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton say they will co-host the event with Congregation Beth El of Norwalk and Temple Beth El of Stamford. Set to begin at 8:30 p. m., the evening is free and open to the public, and blankets or chairs and flashlights are recommended, synagogue officials say.
They add that the evening will feature the music of acclaimed artist Basya Schechter and her band Pharaoh’s Daughter. The band’s music has been cultivated by Schechter’s Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan, and Greece, according to a spokeswoman for the Conservative synagogue.
Clergy from all three synagogues will be officiating the service: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn and Cantor Laura Berman of the Conservative Synagogue; Rabbi Joshua Hammerman and Cantor George Mordecai of Temple Beth El of Stamford; and Rabbi Ron Fish of Congregation Beth El of Norwalk.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Birdhouse Auction Set for Friday
Westport-based Project Return’s 17th Annual Birdhouse Auction featuring more than 160 original birdhouses created by artists from all over the country is set for Friday evening from 7 to 10 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.
“Inspiration and originality have conspired with an astonishing variety of materials, including feathers, wood, clay, buttons, vintage records, bicycle parts, and shells, to showcase the vision of each artist,” says Project Return’s Laura Bard. “Some of this year’s designs are quiet and personal, while others are whimsical and sassy.”
Traditional and contemporary and designed for outdoor use or to enhance indoor spaces, all of the birdhouses reflect themes of home and sanctuary, according to Bard.
Project Return serves adolescent girls and young women in crisis through its group home facility and other programs that develop self-esteem, resiliency, and independence. Like birdhouses, the agency provides a safe haven for fledglings not yet prepared to leave the nest, noted Bard.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Chowdafest IV Kick-off
Chowdafest organizer Jim Keenan (Chief Chowda Head) announced the details of Chowdafest IV at a press conference today at Westport’s Unitarian Church. Present were several representatives of sponsoring local restaurants who are contestants in the “food fight.” The football-themed event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, the day before the Superbowl, at Bedford Middle School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will benefit for the Connecticut Food Bank. The cost is $6 for adults, $2 for kids under 12. More information can be found here: chowdafest.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Great Turnout for Police Toys for Tots Drive
Westport Policemen Dave Farrell (l) and Marc Heinmiller are all smiles during a successful turnout of generous people from Westport and neighboring communities who donated toys to the annual Toys for Tots drive in the parking lot of The Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East. The collection continues on Sunday and next weekend between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Champing at the Beach
Ready to run, entrants in this year’s Minute Man Race waited eagerly at the starting gate at Compo Beach today to begin a 10K race, the proceeds of which go to local charities. Sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League, the race had 1,400 people entered, up nearly 200 from last year, and raised $40,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Norwalker Wins Minute Man’s 5K Men’s Race
Norwalk resident Nordee Ab Delfateh, 29, won the 5K men’s division of today’s Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach in a time of 17:10. It was the first time he entered the annual Minute Man race. He moved to the United States from Morocco. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Weston 13-Year-Old Bests the Rest in Women’s 5K
Andi Rosenblatt, 13, of Weston today won the 33rd Annual Minute Man 5K Race for females at Westport’s Compo Beach with a winning time of 21:54. Rosenblatt is in the seventh grade in the Weston school system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Harding Wins Men’s Minute Man 10K Again
Westporter Tom Harding, 45, was first over the finish line at today’s 33rd annual Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach. He has won the Minute Man 10K several times over the years. Harding finished today’s race in 35:51 and was in the lead from the first step. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Norwalk’s Sporre Wins Minute Man 10K for Women
Norwalk resident Leslie Sporre, 34, was the first female to cross the finish line today in the 33rd annual Minute Man 10K race with a time of 44:04. She said it was the first time she entered the race. Her husband Ian also ran in the 10K and was among the leaders in the field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Poking Fun at Westport’s Foibles
Westporters had fun raising funds for a serious cause performing in “Forbidden Westport.” The evening’s entertainment, sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary, was a benefit for Homes With Hope. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com