Monday, June 15, 2015
Mural Moving Day
The iconic mural of Westport’s historic Saugatuck section, “Saugatuck in the 19th Century,” created in 1969 by the late Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin, was relocated today from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) to a wall adjacent to the Town Hall auditorium. It had been part of the WHS exhibit “Saugatuck @ Work” since November. In Town Hall, it joins the existing Lambdin murals that were installed at that site in 1934. The mural was moved from the one-time Westport Bank & Trust Co. branch in Saugatuck after TD Banknorth closed its office there in March 2014. Watching the installation were Kathie Bennewitz, town curator, and First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
After-School Bus Service ‘Going Away’
By James Lomuscio
The Westport Transit District’s (WTD) more than 30-year-old after-school bus service will come to a grinding halt at the end of school Wednesday, with no prospects of starting up in the fall, WTD officials announced today.
The Westport Transit District co-directors hope the town and Board of Education can find a way to retain the service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“There’s nothing at this point,” said Jennifer Johnson, WTD co-director with Eugene Cederbaum. “It’s going away. It’s very sad.”
The service—which provided about 5,000 rides this year to elementary and middle school children attending after-school activities—has been on borrowed time since last July.
That was when the from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) said the afterschool service was out of compliance with the Norwalk Transit District’s (NTA), which runs the WTA, charter. With prodding from local, state and national leaders, the WTD received a six-month extension in the fall, an extension renewed for the spring semester, to find alternatives.
Car Burglary Suspect Arrested
Westport Police arrested a Norwalk man Friday in connection with a series of motor vehicle burglaries going back to January, police said.
Daniel Lewis: turned himself in. Westport Police photo
According to Capt. Samuel Arcola, Daniel Lewis, 28, turned himself in at headquarters following a lengthy investigation that involved outside agencies. In lieu of bonds totaling $55,000, Lewis is being detained at Norwalk Superior Court, Arciola said.
The burglary charges date to a Jan. 12 complaint, when a Westport woman noted her car had been burglarized, and her credit cards had been stolen to make fraudulent purchases. For that incident, Lewis’ initial bond was set at $5,000.
On Feb. 19, a man reported that his unlocked vehicle had been entered, and his vehicle had been rummaged. For that charge, a $25,000 bond was set, and another $25,000 bond was set for a similar May 5.
Another Bite Out of Crime for Koda
Koda: makes another arrest. Contributed photo
Following a motor vehicle stop Friday night, Westport Police officers observed two hypodermic needles in the vehicle, police said today.
That’s when Police Service Dog Koda was deployed at the car stop to sniff out drugs, Capt. Samuel Arciola said.
Koda located 10 folds of heroin.
Donald Vinci, 30, of Fairfield, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and posted a $500 bond.
He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on June 22.
Sunny skies and summer-like temperatures in the 90s made for good sailing Sunday from Westport’s Longshore Sailing School at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Monday, June 15, 2015
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
9:15 a.m. - Various - Conservation Commission Field Trip
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport Weston Health District Live Well Workshop
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
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Sunday, June 14, 2015
Garden Party Hatters
Tonight’s Westport Historical Society garden party following the Hidden Garden Tour featured guests wearing a variety of hats, some of which won prizes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Enjoying a WHS Garden Party
Scenes from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) post-Hidden Garden Tour garden party at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden. Awards were given for hat wearers. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Levitt Pavilion Opens June 28 With Orleans
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts today announced its opening night performance on Sunday, June 28 will feature the classic American pop-rock band Orleans.
The classic American pop-rock band Orleans will open the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts season on Sunday, June 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Its Saturday, July 25 summer benefit gala will be headlined by four-time Grammy Award winner Don Felder, renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles and a member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998.
The “Don Felder – An Evening at the Hotel California” will begin at 9 p.m. following a pre-show cocktail party. It will honor the Plotkin Family, Janet and Fred, Carolyn, Amanda, and Jonathan “for their outstanding and longstanding leadership support” of the Levitt Pavilion as well as other philanthropic activities, an announcement said.
On Friday, Aug. 14, a ticketed event will present the Little River Band, one of Australia’s most significant bands, the announcement said.
Garden No Longer Hidden
Visitors today enjoy a garden on Arlen Road, one of seven gardens on the Westport Historical Society’s annual Hidden Garden Tour. It was followed by a post-event party at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, 7 Sylvan Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Garden Flag Art
Flag art, especially appropriate on today’s Flag Day, decorated a garden on Fraser Road in Westport on the Westport Historical Society’s Hidden Garden Tour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Gardens on Display
Scenes from today’s Westport Historical Society annual Hidden Garden Tour. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck Rowers Winners at Youth Nationals
Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club today won the girls 8+ and lightweight girls 8+ races at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Fla., dominating the national field. Also medaling was Saugatuck’s girls pair, placing third. Saugatuck’s girls second varsity 8+ earned second place in the B final, competing against a group of first-varsity competitors, placing eighth overall. Also competing were a lightweight girls 4+ and a boys quad and lightweight boys double. Saugatuck was widely praised for the depth of talent shown by the club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
SafeRides Awards Announced
SafeRides of Westport has announced its award winners for the 2014-2015 school year. Pictured (l-r) are Nadav Friedman, Senior Savior; Sarah Herbsman, Rachel Morrison, Executive Board MVPs, and Anna Daytz, Junior Gem. The Senior Savior and Junior Gem Awards go to the senior and junior, respectively, who has volunteered the most and/or worked on important Saturdays which are often difficult to fill (proms/homecoming). The Executive Board MVPs are awarded to one junior and one senior member who have devoted the most time to training, organizing and volunteering for the executive board, made up of 13 students and five adults. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Celebrating National Flag Day
The owners of the 1885-built house at 7 Sunrise Road in Westport’s Saugatuck section today honored Flag Day. The flag was officially recognized on this date in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The day was officially established by the proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. And while Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until Aug. 3, 1949 that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day. As for the towered house, according to Bob Weingarten of the Westport Historical Society, it served as the Saugatuck Methodist Church parsonage from 1894 until the 1940s when the church was merged with the Westport United Methodist Church. The house was moved to its present location in 1952. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Flies the Red, White and Blue on Flag Day
Flags fly on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center and atop the old Westport Bank & Trust Co.(now Patagonia) building on National Flag Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Draw Your Dog Winner Wins Weekly Ice Cream Cones
Emma Saxon, 12, of Westport was the winner Saturday in the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) Draw Your Dog Contest at Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Riverside Ave., as part of its “Sizzling Summer Silent Auction.” Emma, who is finishing sixth grade at Bedford Middle School, won for her drawing of Ozzy, a 2 ½-year-old Australian Labradoodle and gets one free double scoop ice cream cone from Saugatuck Sweets every week for July, August, and September. When not drawing, Emma enjoys singing at the School of Rock in Fairfield. She has performed at local venues, including Bobby Q’s and Steam Cafe, and also enjoys acting and has performed at the Westport Country Playhouse with MTC. Emma’s team sport of choice is lacrosse and she plays for the Westport PAL team. Ozzy, according to Emma’s dad, Jon, enjoys eating steak and chicken and playing ball in her backyard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, June 14, 2015 - Flag Day
11 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - 24th Annual Hidden Garden Tour
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Nine”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang”
5 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Historical Society Garden Party
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Saturday, June 13, 2015
‘And a Nightingale Sang” Opens at Playhouse
The cast takes a bow tonight following the opening night performance of the Westport Country Playhouse production of “And a Nightingale Sang” by C. P. Taylor and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. The portrait of a working class family in Northern England as the world rushes toward the brink of war in 1939 runs through June 27. Pictured (l-r with role in brackets) are: Jenny Leona (Joyce), John Skelley (Eric), Richard Kline (Andie), Brenda Meaney (Helen), Matthew Greer (Norman), Deirdre Madigan (Peggy), and Sean Cullen (George). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Front Loader Cam View
The view from a camera attached to a front loader today as rubber ducks were dropped into the Saugatuck River for the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club seventh annual Great Duck Race. See video here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com
For Sunrise Rotary, Dunks, Ducks and Charitable Giving
By James Lomuscio
Ears pricked up on Westport’s Jesup Green today when Roy Fuchs announced that Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Chairman Chip Stephens would be the next in the dunk tank at the Sunrise Rotary’s seventh annual Great Duck Race.
Westport Planning and Zoning Chair Chip Stephens was among town officials getting dunked. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
“For five dollars you can get to dunk Chip Stephens, and for an extra five you can hold him down,” quipped Fuchs, Rotary spokesman.
Already, First Selectman Jim Marpe had been dropped into the tank four times by children tossing balls at the spring lever circular target. So too were Firefighters Ben Racho, Earl Hill, and Lt. Brett Kirby.
Marpe seemed to have enjoyed making a splash, as he stood drying off in the morning sun. And the three firefighters welcomed the cool water. After all, all had already taken part in the morning’s 5K Fun Run sponsored by the Staples High School Interact Club—and they ran in full gear and with breathing tanks on their backs.
Accepting the $5,000 Great Duck Race first prize today were today were (l-r) Cheryl Eldh, Terry Eldh, and Hannah Eldh, 14, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School whose mother, Katie, was the actual ticket holder, with Rotary official Roy Fuchs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
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