Monday, June 27, 2005
New Trustees: (top) Hooper and Wachsler; (bottom) Andrade and Velez Contributed photosThe Westport Public Library today announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees. John B Hooper and Robert A. Wachsler were appointed by the Library Board, and Eduardo N.T. Andrade and Linda V.Velez were appointed by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).
Hooper, 64, recently retired from Eastman Kodak Co. where he was director of research and development. He has a Ph.D from Carnegie-Mellon University, a M.A. from Clark University and has completed a fundraising essentials graduate course at Columbia University.
Wachsler, 71, is a former marketing and market research consultant and has a Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio State University. He is vice chairman and one of the founding trustees of The Medici Archive Project of Florence, Italy, and a trustee of The Goodspeed Opera House in Haddam, Conn.
Eduardo N.T. Andrade, 36, is vice president, associate general counsel for Priceline.com Inc., and has a J.D./MBA from the Georgetown University Law Center/McDonough School of Business. He is a trustee and chairman of the executive committee for the Rectory School in Pomfret, Conn.
By Bill Slocum
Twenty-three was the magic number as 23 teenagers and young adults from around Fairfield County who have been diagnosed with cancer were honored at the 23rd annual Susan Lloyd Scholarship Awards Reception Sunday at the Unitarian Church of Westport.
Susan Lloyd Scholarship Award winner Zac Meinero of Westport (c) poses Sunday with Susan Fund director Ann Lloyd (l), mother of the woman after whom the scholarship is named, and Zac’s mother, Teresa. The Westport-based Susan Fund gives scholarships to students like Zac who have had cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Slocum for WestportNow.com
“These kids are so amazing,” said Ann Lloyd, a principal organizer of the event at the church on Lyons Plains Road. “Being dealt a life-threatening disease brings out the best in them.”
The awards totaling $57,000 are financed by the Susan Fund, a Westport-based charity named after Ann’s daughter, Susan. Since its inception in 1982, two years after Susan’s death from bone cancer, the fund has given out 434 awards totaling $739,350.
Anyone who resides in Fairfield County, has cancer, and is either in school or a training program is eligible. Though there is no age limit, most tend to be college age.
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Dancing Thru the Decades, YMCA award winners perform tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Finance
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Long-Range Planning Committee
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion opened its 33rd season tonight with a performance by Dynasty’s Caribbean Fiesta, complete with stilt walkers, limbo dancing, and dancing by the audience. The full season schedule of 50 free performances is available at www.levittpavilion.com or by calling (203) 226-7600. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
Opening night tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion drew hundreds of spectators for the first of more than 50 free nights of summer entertainment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk has the attention of William Amon, 7, today at the Westport Historical Society. He told stories about the early settlers of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park, one of the largest and busiest area beaches, is shy of lifeguards with only four out of 10 full-time lifeguard positions having been filled, The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk reported today.
This is the first time in a few years that the state is finding it difficult to hire qualified lifeguards for Sherwood Island, William Mattioli, water safety coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Protection, told the newspaper.
Mattioli said officials are warning bus groups and people with children who enter the park, telling them where they can swim close to a lifeguard, the report said.
But on other parts of the beach, people will have to swim at their own risk.
3 p.m. - Westport Playhouse - “Finian’s Rainbow”
7 p.m. Levitt Pavilion - Opening night: Dynasty’s Caribbean Fiesta
As flags from around the world flapped in the breeze on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge today in celebration of jUNe Day, Robert Hotaling, president and CEO of Greybow Productions, and his wife, Luz Perez-Hotaling, came to town from Manchester. Hotaling was here to film for his forthcoming documentary, “Bridging the Saugatuck,” which will choreograph Steinkraus Cohen’s life and involvement with the United Nations. “It will focus on how one woman changed the world through hospitality and diplomacy,” Hotaling said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Members of the Staples High School Class of 1963, along with spouses, friends, and others, held a Compo Beach party today to celebrate their turning 60 this year. One participant called it a “welcome to geezerhood” party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Among Staples Class of 1963 members partying at Compo Beach today to mark their 60th birthdays this year were (l-r) George “Monk” Angell, Don Nathan, and Steve Wurster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Flags of the 191 member states of the United Nations fly from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today in honor of jUNe Day. The newest U.N. members are Palau in 1994; Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga in 1999; Tuvalu in 2000, and Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Switzerland in 2002. (The Swiss have been neutral since an international agreement in 1815. They rejected U.N. membership in 1986 through a national referendum but finally joined in 2002). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
U.N. guests in Westport for jUNe Day board a bus at Saugatuck Elementary School today for swimming and boating at Longshore Club Park and Compo Beach. A lunctime beach barbeque was among the day’s events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Westport artist Linda Merk-Gould presented a painting today to representatives of the United Nations on behalf of the town at a ceremony welcoming guests to Westport’s 40th annual jUNe Day. The painting, “Waterfall,” will become part of the U.N. Permanent Collection. Pictured (l-r) are: Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, U.N. Under Secretary General; Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (who is on crutches following recent foot surgery); Rachel N. Mayanja, U.N. Assistant-Secretary General; Linda Merk-Gould, and Westport resident Aye Aye Thant, president of the U Thant Institute and daughter of former U.N. Secretary General U Thant. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell welcomes guests to the town’s 40th annual jUNe day today at Saugatuck Elementary School. About 350 visitors from 55 nations signed up for the day-long event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
It pays to be an early bird to get a grill and picnic table at Westport’s Compo Beach, as was this visitor early today. The beach is expected to be especially crowded today with temperatures forecast to be around 90F. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
One month after a finalist candidate for Staples High School principal abruptly withdrew her candidacy for the position, the Westport school district has announced that another finalist has been selected.
An announcement from the office of Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon did not identify the candidate but said the person would be available Wednesday, July 6 for community interviews.
It said the candidate was selected after an extensive search and interviews with several potential principals by a selection committee made up of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and the superintendent.
Students, staff, parents, members of the Westport community, and government officials will have the opportunity to meet the candidate in three sessions � 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the announcement said.
Westport today welcomes about 350 international visitors for its 40th annual jUNe Day celebration.
U.N. flags will fly today from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in Westport’s center. WN file photo
The Ruth Stcinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge in the town center will fly the flag of every United Nations member to mark the event.
Michaela MacColl, jUNe Day chairperson, said Westport is the only community in the world to have such an event.
Westport’s International Hospitality Committee said it expects visitors from all over the world who work at every level at the United Nations �- from suport personnel to ambassadors.
9 a.m. Cedar Point Yacht Club - Advanced racing clinic for 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships
10:30 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day ceremony
2 p.m. - Compo Beach - Staples Class of ‘63 party to mark 60th birthdays
4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse “Finian’s Rainbow”
Friday, June 24, 2005
Two entrants in the 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship show their form in waters off Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club today. The races get underway Monday at 11 a.m. and continue through Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Entrants in the 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Champsionship get used to the waters of Long Island Sound off Westport today. Westporters interested in watching the races Monday should be at Cedar Point Yacht Club at 9:30 a.m. where they will board boats for viewing. Advice from Regatta Chairman Nelson Stephenson: “Bring lots of sunscreen.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Kevin Burnham, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist, shows off his medals today at Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club. He is guest speaker at a dinner tonight kicking off the 2005 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship which gets underway at the club Monday. Burnham’s father is a former Westport resident. Burnham had the distinction of being the oldest gold medalist winner at the 2004 Athens Games when he won at age 48. He won his silver in Barcelona in 1992. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff/WestportNow.com photo
Nelson Stephenson (l), Regatta chairman and a second-consecutive-term governor of Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club, chats today at the club with U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin Burnham. “It’s all about making it a great week for the competitors,” Stephenson said. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com