Sunday, May 29, 2005
Arthur Mitchell, founder and director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, showed off some of his dancers today at the Westport Public Library’s “Booked for the Evening” event at which he was honored. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Public Library today honored Arthur Mitchell, founder and director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, at its seventh annual “Booked for the Evening” event in the library’s Great Hall (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Crews were out repainting the crosswalk at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Post Road East in time for Monday’s Memorial Day parade. The location is a favorite for parade viewers as the line of march makes a turn here en route to Town Hall and Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Of course, we all know that it’s the World War I Doughboy, the Westport Veterans Green statue with a visage that conveys sorrow, pride and respect for his fallen comrades in what was dubbed the war to end all wars. But whose face is it actually? Who was the model? Was he a Westporter? Or, is this face merely a composite that sprung from the creative process? If you have an idea, please let us know. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Bob Nagle likes to spend all day fishing the Saugatuck River from Westport’s Pasacreta Park. The Bethel resident has been coming to fish in Westport for the past seven years because his landlocked hometown offers no sport for the saltwater fisher. On Saturday he trolled for stripers, though he wouldn’t have passed up a bluefish. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Booked for the Evening” presents award to Arthur Mitchell, founder and director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem
Saturday, May 28, 2005
John Kantor, who founded the Longshore Sailing School, was at the helm of his enterprise today where instructors and students alike hoped the sunny weather would hold out the entire Memorial Day weekend. The alma mater of countless Westport boaters, Longshore Sailing School this year marks its 45th season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Justin Paul: Wanted to share his work with his hometown. Contriibuted photoA musical revue, “Edges,” co-written by Westporter Justin Paul is scheduled to be produced by Music Theater of Connecticut on Sunday at The Seabury Center at 45 Church Lane.
“My first attempt at writing for musical theater was for the MTC adaptation of ‘Pinocchio’ when I was in ninth grade,” said Paul, an MTC alumnus.
“It’s certainly been a few years since then, so it’s really neat to come back to MTC with some brand new material now that I have had the chance to hone some of my skills.”
“Edges,” set to run from 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., is a musical theater song cycle that tracks four distinct characters who feel stifled by a world in which they are not challenged to truly know themselves.
Set amidst a backdrop of, finally, blue skies, Westport’s Cockenoe Island looked like an island paradise just one mile from the shore Friday. Facing it, these two beachgoers seemed lucky to beat the holiday rush as Memorial Day traffic began to fill Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
What should have been a little more than an hour’s journey from New York to Westport took almost three hours Friday night for passengers aboard Metro-North’s 9:37 p.m. train out of Grand Central. The train lost power between East Norwalk and Westport and passengers waited in cars lit only by emergency lighting for an hour and 40 minutes while another train was brought to an adjoining track. Several dozen Westport-bound passengers who should have arrived at 10:43 p.m. finally pulled into the Saugatuck station at 12:25 a.m. today. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
10 a.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
Friday, May 27, 2005
With the announced resignation of Democrat Steve Ezzes from the Westport Board of Finance, the board is seeking candidates to fill his term which expires in November 2007.
Under the Town Charter, the vacancy is to be filled “by appointment by the remaining members thereof for the unexpired portion of the term. When the person vacating the office was elected or appointed as a member of a political party, such vacancy must be filled from the membership of the same political party.”
In a statement, the board requested that any interested Westport residents who are registered Democrats to submit their names before Tuesday, May 31 to Gail Cristiano, clerk of the Board of Finance, at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT 06880, phone (203)341-1037 for consideration.
The 39th annual Westport Craft Show, one of the oldest and most respected fine craft shows in the Northeast, debuts Saturday at Staples High School.
With 185 juried exhibitors, it is one of the largest craft shows in the area and features top artisans from across North America. It runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Among the offerings are fine works in basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable fiber and wood.
The show is sponsored by the Westport-Weston Cooperative Nursery School.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell proclaimed Thursday “Staples High School Day” in Connecticut to recognize the science achievements of Westport’s high school. Simultaneously, she proclaimed it “Shane E. Mulligan Day” to honor a Staples senior who won a top science award.
The governor’s proclamations were announced at a dinner Thursday night in Rocky Hill hosted by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering that honored the state’s most talented young scientists and engineers, including two Staples students.
Mulligan received the Joseph H. Gerber Medal of Excellence for his science research efforts. Sophomore Nina Lintermans was honored for her studies of global warming and bird migration which won first place at the 2005 Connecticut Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium
Mulligan received a $1,000 prize in addition to a certificate, while Lintermans was awarded a certificate and Staples was awarded a $300 prize for its science department.
The “Taste of Westport” fund-raiser earlier this month for CLASP Homes raised $30,000 for the Westport-based group that aids people with development disabilities, organizers announced.
Enjoying the evening: Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (r) and Betty Lou Cummings were among “Taste of Westport” attendees. Contriibuted photo
The May 5 event, the first of its kind in Westport, featured gourmet food and beverages served poolside at the Westport Inn. Sushi, seared beef, penne a la vodka, and many other dishes were donated by 20 local restaurants and distributors.
More than 250 guests enjoyed the party atmosphere, as well as an extensive silent auction, CLASP President Tracy Flood said.
�We are so thrilled with the response from the restaurants, and the community at large,” she said. “The planning committee included Betty Lou Cummings, Toni and Steve Rubin, Carline Dean, Bob Hertzel, among others. It was truly a joint effort.�
They are on call 24/7 and days and weeks may go by without facing a life-or-death situation. But Westport’s emergency service workers are always at the ready and today Bridgeport Hospital honored 13 of them for lifesaving incidents in 2004.
Heroes honored: Bridgeport Hospital paid tribute to 13 Westport emergency services personnel for lifesaving incidents in 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell was on hand for the �Fairfield County Hero Award� presentation ceremony along with Fire Chief Chris Ackley, and Deputy Police Chiefs Don Brown and David Heinmiller.
The first group honored included Westport Police Officer Anastasia DeLuca and Westport Firefighters Philip Hessberger and Brett Kirby. On Oct. 26, 2004, the trio responded to a call of an unconscious woman lying in the roadway. Upon arrival they found that the woman had no pulse or respirations and was in cardiac arrest.
The trio began CPR and utilized a defibrillator to restore the victim�s pulse and respirations. Upon the arrival of Westport EMS, the victim was stabilized and transported to the hospital. The woman was released from the hospital several days later.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston held their annual meeting, election of officers and picnic lunch at Sherwood Island State Park today. The well-attended, fun and cool (literally) event was the final meeting of the Y’s Men until September. A special highlight was a performance by the popular Y’s Men singing group, the Hoot Owls.The photo shows outgoing President Bob McGrath giving this year’s Owl award to Bill Balch and Larry Untermeyer (both WestportNow contributing photographers) with incoming president Bill Meyer looking on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The flags were flying stiffly today on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in the town’s center under overcast skies. The forecast called for clearing weather and warmer temperatures for the Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Hans Wilhelm, a Weston author and illustrator of more than 180 books for children and adults, recently visited Westport’s Kings Highway Elementary School. The kindergarten through third grades did an author study of him which culminated in his visit. The kids loved it, especially when he collaborated with them on telling a story with characters the students created. With him is Suse Marciano, a longtime admirer. Contributed photo
The Westport-based Charter Oak Challenge Foundation recently made six grants totaling $112,640 to state and regional social service agencies to address housing and educational needs required to combat poverty.
Recipients included: Operation Hope, a Fairfield-based group providing homeless shelters and services; Fairfield ‘08, a coalition of local nonprofits dedicated to expanding affordable housing units in Fairfield County; FSW, a Bridgeport group that teaches low-income families financial literacy about mortgages, loans and foreclosures; Lawyers for Children America, a Hartford nonprofit that recruits lawyers to provide pro bono representation for abused and neglected children; the Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities in Norwalk; and Bridgeport’s Parent Leadership Training Institute, which teaches parenting skills to improve child health, safety and learning.
�Most of our grants relate to housing and education, two issues that are crucial when it comes to combating poverty,� said Andy Boas, Charter Oak’s president.
Founded in 2001, Charter Oak has raised and donated more than $1.5 million to nonprofit groups. According to Boas, “100 percent of contributions to Charter Oak go directly to support its programming and grants.”
This week’s cool, rainy and overcast weather kept Westporters away from Compo Beach only days before the unofficial start of the summer season with Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Human Services Community Support and Counseling Team
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning and Zoning Commission work session
7:30 P.M. - Town Hall Room 307 - Board of Education Public Hearing
The Wrecker bench exploded with cheers tonight as Staples defeated Fairfield 3-0 to win the FCIAC volleyball title for the third year in a row. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Bluementhal for WestportNow.com
The Staples High School volleyball team won it third straight FCIAC title tonight by defeating Fairfield 3-0 at Fairfield. Coach Bruce Betts contains the emotions of his players in a time out just one point away from victory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Bluementhal for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Fairfield County Bancorp today donated $25,000 to the Westport/Weston YMCA for its Access Fund. Charles Bassos, bank vice chairman, presented a check to Rosemary Halstead, president of the YMCA Board of Directors.The Access Fund provides financial assistance to individuals and families for YMCA child care, camperships (sponsoring children at Camp Mahackeno), special needs, aquatic programs and YMCA memberships. Behind Halstead is Rick Saltz, chief financial officer of the YMCA, and Dick Foot, the YMCA’s CEO. Seated on the right is Robert J. Connelly, Westport-Fairfield division president of Fairfield County Bancorp. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The house at 45 Compo Road South came down Tuesday. Featured as WestportNow’s teardown of the day March 3, 2005, the house sold in April for $825,000 after changing hands in May 2004 for $710,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com