Monday, June 21, 2004
8 p.m. - Staples High School Library - Board of Education
Sunday, June 20, 2004
WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
One of our most popular FranӒs Lists so far was the one citing my favorite salespeople in town.
The message was that despite much ongoing discontent about the creeping commercialism of WestportԒs retail scene, there are still a more than a few sales associates who will go the distance to make a customer happy and beyond.
Here are a few more suggested by WestportNow readers:
Nina Royce sparkles at Max’s Art Supply.Contributed photoOne has to wonder whether Westport would have its longstanding reputation as an artists’ community without the guidance and dedicated assistance of Nina Royce.
She has been helping and guiding customers at MaxŒs Art Supply for an astounding 35 years. Owner Shirley Mellor calls her “the heart and soul of this place.”
One would never know that this slight, self-effacing woman is a Yale Master of Fine Arts graduate. She can advise an accomplished artist on various oil paint mixtures as well as help an 8-year-old select Sculpey clay.
Nina’s praises are regularly sung by local artists such as Miggs Burroughs and Ann Chernow. She calls her the most empathetic person in a commercial establishment IӒve ever met.
This year Mellor threw a big party to mark Nina’s 35th year with the store.
Westport’s Ernest Verina III, one of 140 persons to carry the Olympic flame through New York City Saturday, said today the experience was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill.
Ernie Verina makes his run through the Big Apple Saturday. Spencer T. Tucker/Office of the Mayor photo
“It was great. I got to meet so many people. It was so phenomenal,” he said. “I feel honored to have taken part.”
Verina, 26, was chosen to participate by the Coca Cola Company after his wife wrote a 100-word essay to the company, a presenting sponsor of the torch relay.
The 1995 Staples High School grad works for the Department of Homeland Security in New York where he is a special agent in drug trafficking cases.
“He has taken the humble path to help keep America safe,” Jennifer Verina wrote.
Westport’s Alan Kaye, in a letter to today’s New York Times Sunday sports section, said he has a new attitude about the New York Yankees.
“Did you watch the Yankees game last Sunday?” he wrote to the newspaper.
“Amazing game! You know, I have decided that I intellectualize too much. My compulsively analytical personality tells me that baseball is all messed up because teams can just go out and buy the players they need, with the Yankees being the most blatant culprit.
“Now, I have a new attitude. Why should I deprive myself of all the positive emotions of witnessing what might be the best lineup in the history of baseball overcome mediocre pitching and stage what is the most exciting thing in sports to watch the comeback?
“The Yankees did it twice last Sunday . . . in one game! They have done it 27 times already this year. So, I am back to being an unabashed ח and maybe even enthusiastic Yankees fan.”
To the Editor:
One of your readers wrote to WestportNow to inform us that: [he] “awoke this morning (March 30, 2004) to the sound of bulldozers and backhoes…” He then goes on to state that the “mindset” of Fairfield County politicians should change so that such wanton destruction of historic places should not occur.
What he fails to mention is that what should also change is the mindset of Fairfield Country businessmen like John Nelson of Paragon Realty. Mr. Nelson wants to build 330 condos on 56 acres of wetlands, vernal pools and forests in “far away” Middlebury, CT.
A disregard for history and nature is not a mindset limited to a specific area of Connecticut but rather it is a symptom of current business practices in Connecticut. Such practices condone destruction of any property which is out of the immediate sight of the perpetrator.
Your reader should realize that the answer to Fairfield County’s problem is not to send the bulldozers out of town to us but to convince men like John Nelson that some things are sacred and such destruction should cease no matter where it takes place.
Please don’t send your bulldozers here to Middlebury, CT.
Middlebury, CT 06762
The Nature Conservancy in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Connecticut Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) unit launched a streamwalk training initiative Saturday. The goal is to preserve the treasured natural aquatic system that is comprised of all tributaries in the Westport-Weston-Wilton area that flow into the Saugatuck River, a network known as the Saugatuck River Watershed. Todd Bobowich (on rock top) and Seth Lerman (next to him), both of the NRCS, provide streamwalking guidance to 18 charter volunteers who over a four-month period will survey miles of waterways.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy - Southport-Westport Antiques Show
Noon - 6 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Yankee Doodle Fair
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
Saturday, June 19, 2004
Skateboard enthusiasts gathered at Compo Beach today for an afternoon of competition sponsored by Norwalk’s Ski Market. Among the first place winners were Westporters Tyler Karmen, 11, and Russell Bisanti, 12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Public Safety Commissioner Arthur Spada has proposed installing cameras to catch speeding motorists on Interstate-95, including the portion in Westport. Tickets would be mailed to those caught.
At a meeting Friday, Spada also proposed establishing a traffic court to deal with the increased number of infractions.
He said the state’s courts were a “toothless tiger” when it comes to enforcing laws against speeding, the Hartford Courant reported.
The commissioner also proposed widening I-95 where possible, establishing an exclusive lane for trucks.
Funeral services were held today at St. Luke’s Church in Westport for Kirsten Anne Malone, 29, a 1993 Staples grad, who died Tuesday in Boston as a result of injuries received when she was hit by a car while bicycling.
She was the daughter of William N. and Carol A. Rondelli Malone of Ambler Road, Westport.
The Boston Globe reported that Malone was riding her bike near the intersection of Franklin and Lincoln streets in Allston last Saturday and was hit by a car, according to Boston police.
Malone, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe head injuries and died Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital. Police are investigating the accident, the newspaper said.
The Boston Herald quoted witnesses as saying she didn’t appear to see the car and rode into its path.
Comfortable, oversize plastic chairs, live music, good raffle prizes, and perfect weather combined to make a successful “Senior Bash” Friday night at Longshore Club Park following the Staples High School graduation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy - Southport-Westport Antiques Show
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Unitarian Church - 3rd annual “Fairfield County Gay Pride” celebration
Noon - 11 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Yankee Doodle Fair
8 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Community Theatre presents “The Laramie Project”
Friday, June 18, 2004
Two happy Staples grads make their way out of the Field House following commencement today. WestportNow.com photo
Staples senior Tyler Rackliffe was master of ceremonies for today’s Staples commencement. He will attend Muhlenberg College in the fall. WestportNow.com photo
Among those attending today’s Staples graduation were (l-r) Nancy Harris, assistant superintendent for business, and Board of Education members Lewis Brey, Mark Mathias, Mary Parmelee, and Mark Owades. WestportNow.com photo
Leading the procession into the Field House for today’s commencement exercises were Richard Franzis, assistant principal, Amy Chen, valedictorian, and Tyler Rackliffe, master of ceremonies. Jessica Bram for WestportNow.com
Fog, high humidity, and rain showers had many Westporters staying home Thursday night. This is the view of the Ruth Steinkrause Cohen Memorial Bridge across the Saugatuck in the town’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com
This Sunday, be nice to Dad! WestportNow Community Correspondent Chris Grimm in his latest Wine Talk column says believe him when he tells you that Dad doesnt want fish, he doesnҒt want chicken, and he doesnt want to start his Atkins diet quite yet.
Dad wants steak! And nothing can wash down that steak better than a Cabernet Sauvignon. See ARTS & LEISURE page.
Westport’s four-day celebration of the Bloomsday centennial culminated Thursday night with an authentic Irish Pub dinner and genuine camaraderie. About 40 attendees shared food, song, limericks and stories at Colins Irish Pub in Fairfield. See Westport Community Correspondent Juliet Balian’s report on the ARTS & LEISURE page. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Today is not just the last day of school in Westport. It’s also the final day for artists, aspiring artists and other creative types to submit their entry forms for “The Big Show 2004,” the members’ show held each summer at the Westport Arts Center.
The 4 p.m. deadline is for paperwork only; the actual artwork is due shortly before the show opens.
This year, “The Big Show 2004"is divided into two parts, a testimonial to WACs increase in membership, up 58 percent since 2001.
Part I exhibits work by artists whose last names begin with letters A-K and opens on Friday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Part II will show work by artists whose last names begin with L-Z and opens on Friday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Westport’s Unitarian Church will be the setting Saturday for the third annual Fairfield County Gay Pride event sponsored by Fairfield Countys Triangle Community Center.
The Norwalk-based group is in its 13th year serving the Fairfield County lesbian/gay/bi-sexual/transgendered community.
Last yearҒs event drew more than 700 people. With recent intense media coverage of the same-sex marriage debate, the group decreed this year’s Pride theme to be “Our Time is Now.”
Speakers at the Saturday event will include Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, Congressman Chris Shays, State Sen. Andrew MacDonald, State Sen. Bill Finch, State Rep. Bob Duff, and Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell.
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy - Southport-Westport Antiques Show
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Graduation ceremony
5 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - Yankee Doodle Fair
9 p.m. - Longshore Club Park - “Senior Bash” for Staples High School graduating seniors
Thursday, June 17, 2004
The Yankee Doodle Fair opened for its 97th annual run today at the Westport Woman’s Club, but late afternoon thunderstorms and the threat of more bad weather kept many people away. The fair continues through Sunday. WestportNow.com photo
But probably not many Westporters know the name comes from the Jesup family, one of Westport’s oldest.
Morris Ketchum Jesup is perhaps the best known Jesup. A native Westporter, he went on to make his mark in the world but never forgot his hometown.
Among his gifts to Westport was the first Westport Public Library dedicated in 1908.
The festivities will feature Mr. and Mrs. Jesup in costume and lots of giveaways, such as commemorative bookmarks, brochures with word puzzles, free sashes with ֓Happy Birthday and Morris Jesup stickers for the kids.
The library cafԩ will offer special prices for the event.
Some Bedford Middle School eighth graders walk home, Cinderella-style (shoes missing), across Wakeman Park Wednesday night after the school’s “moving up” ceremony (aka graduation) and dance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com