Monday, May 31, 2004
Staples High School senior Kevin Walker (r) plays taps as veterans lay a wreath during today’s Memorial Day ceremony at Westport’s Veterans Green. See more photos below and on COMMUNITY page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell addresses today’s Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Green. It followed a Memorial Day parade under sunny skies that was the largest in Westport’s history. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Spotting a familiar face in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade brought shrieks of delight to these onlookers. WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Fire Department Memorial Day parade marchers today carried an American flag flown over Baghdad during the war in Iraq. The flag, behind the larger one carried by the department’s honor guard, was signed by members of a Marine battalion, one of whom has since been killed in action. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Martha Stewart is reportedly seeking to do community service work teaching poor women to start their own businesses, in exchange for a shorter stint behind bars.
Stewart has offered to perform 1,000 hours of community work with Women’s Venture Fund, a New York-based non-profit organization, Newsweek magazine reported.
Stewart was convicted March 5 on one charge of conspiracy, one charge of obstruction of justice and two charges of making false statements to investigators.
She has a June 17 sentencing hearing and could face 10 to 16 months in prison.
Firefighters carry flag flown in Iraq in today’s parade. WestportNow.com photo Today’s Westport Memorial Day parade included an American flag of special significance a flag flown over Baghdad during the war in Iraq.
The Westport Fire Department gave the flag an honored place directly behind the department’s honor guard.
Assistant Chief Chris Ackley received the flag from his nephew, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edward Ackley serving with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines based at Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif.
The flag at the time of delivery was signed by all the members of Ackley’s platoon.
Unfortunately, since the delivery date, one of the members who had signed the flag was killed in the line of duty, Chris Ackley said.
The Marine died in an incident in the city of Fallujah, where insurgent activity has been especially active.
The flag will be placed on public display at fire headquarters to honor all the men and women who have served in both peace and war.
Clayton Chalfant, 80, a World War II vet and grand marshall of this year’s Westport Memorial Day parade, delighted the crowd with his formal and informal remarks today at Veteran’s Green. Among those watching were (l to r) Paula Castiglia, Selectman John Izzo and First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell shares a laugh with Memorial Day parade Grand Marshal Clayton Chalfant during today’s parade. With them are Selectman Carl Leaman and former Selectman Betty Lou Cummings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s award-winning lifeguards get ready for a busy season at Compo Beach. Shown (l to r) are Pippa Ellis, 18, Westport; Brendan Nangle, 18, Westport; Anna Dowdle, 19, Westport; Kristen Kelley, 21, Weston; John Gelini, 20, Westport, and Brendan Kelly, 18, Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - Memorial Day Parade steps off from Riverside Ave.
Sunday, May 30, 2004
Visitors to the 38th annual Westport Handcraft Show at Staples High School today were fewer in number than in past years, artists said, because of the nice weather. Artist Megan Brogden of Weston (c) helps a customer. The two-day show was sponsored by the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport firefighters quickly doused an early morning fire today under a wooden walkway of a home where garden mulch had recently been applied near wiring for an outdoor lighting fixture.
Assistant Chief Gene Maloney said the homeowner at 11 Bluewater Hill saw smoke coming from the underside of the walkway leading from the driveway to the front entrance and called in the alarm at 4:44 a.m.
Firefighters used a saw to cut away the structure to gain access to burning wood under the walkway.
“The fire appeared to have started on the surface of a wood joist adjacent to outdoor lighting fixture wiring and recently applied garden mulch,” Maloney said.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Handcraft Show
Saturday, May 29, 2004
To Westporters savvy about housing prices, it’s nothing new, but Sunday’s New York Times cites Westport as among southern Connecticut communities where $1 million often buys a teardown.
Two of the three pictures illustrating the newspaper’s Connecticut section cover story show Westport homes, one for sale for $1.1 million and other for $2.3 million.
Ten years ago, $1 million bought a “pretty high-end home, but $1 million now is pretty much entry level,” said Mary Palmieri Gai, a broker at William Raveis of Westport.
“A million buys a tired house on half an acre or less that is waiting to be knocked down,” she said.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Handcraft Show
Friday, May 28, 2004
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
With fuel prices skyrocketing, its more than worthwhile to scout around for the best price. HereҒs what a precious gallon of gas will cost you around town today.
Price of Regular/Premium Gas
All self-serve unless noted otherwise
Westport Sunoco, 322 Post Road East, 2.119 / 2.319
Gulf (Cumberland Farms), 690 Post Road East, 2.159 / 2.359
Greens Farms Getty, 1830 Post Road East, 2.159 / 2.359
Citgo (DeMattias), 786 Post Road East, 2.179 / 2.429
Greens Farms Shell, 1530 Post Road East, 2.189 / 2.399
BP Amoco, 1510 Post Road East, 2.199 / 2.459
Mobil Self-Serve, 1060 Post Road East (near Barnes & Noble), 2.219 / 2.459
As the second anniversary of the Westport Arts Center (WAC) gallery approaches, preparations are underway for the center’s annual members exhibition, “The Big Show 2004,” which opens in mid-July. Deadline for submissions is June 14.
The show is an all-inclusive, multimedia visual arts exhibit held each summer that is open to all artists who are members of the Westport Arts Center.
“The ‘Big Show’ is aptly named for the quantity of work exhibited,” said Miggs Burroughs, a local artist and one of the organizers of the exhibit.
“I’m always impressed by the depth of talent and creativity we have here in our own backyard.
The Westport Country Playhouse has announced that tickets will be on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 8, at 10 a.m., for all performances and events in its 2004 summer season.
The sale includes the special event “Trumbo” featuring Gordon MacDonald and Paul Newman.
The Playhouse’s box office is now located at The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts, where the majority of this season’s performances will be staged while major renovation is underway at its Westport home.
Two full productions will be presented in partnership with The Ridgefield Playhouse.
To help readers keep up on what’s new inside WestportNow, we introduce this occasional note to keep you up to date:
On the COMMUNITY page: Marian Harding celebrates her 95th birthday…A Better Chance appoints a new board…the Westport Historical Society prepares for its new “Westport By the Sea” exhibit.
On the ARTS & LEISURE page: The Westport Arts Center readies its Builders Beyond Borders exhibit…the Westport Youth Film Festival names its winners…WestportNow’s new Wine Talk column by Chris Grimm.
On the BUSINESS page: Westport’s Jane Sherman accepts an award from Congressman Christopher Shays for Norwalk-based Alden O. Sherman Co. Inc. joining the CONNSTEP program.
No public meetings scheduled.