Sunday, July 31, 2005
Sixteen members of the Staples High School Orphenians, including seven who graduated last month, performed at the McManus Room in the Westport Public Library today. At the end of the performance the Orphenians applaud fellow Orphenian Alec Galambos (far right) who accompanied some selections on the piano today as well as having served as conductor for vocal performances. Alec will attend Emory University in the fall pursuing studies in music composition and politics. Today’s performance was the last time that this group of Orphenians will perform together. Pictured (l-r) are: Anna Slate, Cindy Shuck, Mel Siegel, Natalie Carlson, Noah Schnoll, Steve Fuertes, Sally Eidman, Kathleen Hessman, Brooke Charlesworth, Zachary Shornick, Jacob Heimer, Claire Bangser, Chloe Sloat, Rachel Ivison, James Allison, and Alec Galambos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Zachery Kampler, a 2001 Staples grad, led the Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra Saturday night at the Midsummer Music Festival at the Norwalk Concert Hall. All net proceeds of the concert were donated to the Hudsan Valley Cerebral Palsey Association. The all volunteer orchestra, consisting of local college and high school students, played “Overture to Egmont” by Beethoven, “Peter and the Wolf” by Prokefiev and finally Tchaikovsky’s Violin Conerto. Just days before the concert, the violinist who was supposed to play the concerto abruptly quit and Igor Pikayzen, a recent Staples graduate and soon to be Julliard student, filled in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farell Saturday night narrated “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev during a performance of the Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra at the Norwalk Concert Hall. Staples grad Zachery Kampler conducted. Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - Staples High School Orphenians
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
7 p.m . - Levitt Pavilion - Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks, big band, jazz
Saturday, July 30, 2005
The Westport Public Library welcomed about 200 children to its Big Wheels to the Rescue day. Youngsters were able to see a fire engine, ambulance, police car and police dog close up. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynne Perrigo for WestportNow.com
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 43 Sturges Highway. Built in 1916, the property changed hands this month for $847,000. A demolition application is pending. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
7:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
8 p.m . - Levitt Pavilion - 3rd Degree, rock and R&B
Gunsmoke, a popular tri-state country band, performed tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. Dancers swayed to the group’s authentic western swing and honky-tonk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Friday, July 29, 2005
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period July 18-22, 2005:
Gary M. Stibel to Amy S. Benjamin, 11 Covlee Drive, $3,372,500
Alan C. Benjamin to Elliot and Barbara Cooperstone, 6 Marvin Place, $2,120,000
Masayasu and Emiko Koizumi to Carel and Brigid Vandermerwe, 38 Marion Road, $989,000
Lawrence E. Janes and John W. Williams Jr. to Andrew J. Thomas and Randall Alan Hammond, 64 Bayberry Lane, $2,299,000
John F. and Christine Wilkes Beninati to 554 17th street LLC, 43 Crescent Road, $980,000
Pieka Construction Inc. to Christopher D. Quigley, 129 Imperial Ave., $1,700,000
8:30 a.m. � Town Hall Room 201 � Westport Transit District Directors
8 p.m . - Levitt Pavilion - Gunsmoke, country music
8:30 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding”
The violin and piano duo of Helen and Andrew Armstrong performed classical pieces under the stars tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. The two internationally known musicians are part of the not-for-profit chamber music group, Armstrong Chamber Concerts. The organization, founded 21 years ago by Helen Armstrong, aims at broadening public interest in and knowledge of chamber music through performance and education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Mimi Levitt, wife of the late founder of the Levitt Pavilion, Mortimer Levitt, and members of her family, were in the audience at tonight’s Levitt Pavilion performance. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Mortimer Levitt and his contribution to the arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Gov.M. Jodi Rell traveled to Southport today to sign into law four bills that will protect the state’s environment and safeguard the health of Connecticut’s residents.
Protecting the environment: Gov. M. Jodi Rell signs bills in Southport today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Greenburbs.com photo
During a bill signing ceremony at historic Southport Harbor, Rell said, “Enacting these laws means that we are taking new and stronger steps to protect our air, our water, our land and our wildlife.
“It also means we are taking additional steps to protect the health and well being of our citizens.
“These new initiatives will benefit us all right now. But they will also make certain that our children and our grandchildren are able to enjoy the natural beauty of Connecticut and live full and healthy lives in our state.”
Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell has written to Connecticut’s congressional delegation seeking a delay in implementation of what opponents say will be a costly energy plan for southwest Connecticut, it was announced today.
In a letter released by Farrell’s office, the Westport official called on delegation members to support legislation which would delay for two years a two-zone energy pricing scheme the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) plans to impose on Connecticut and all New England states.
“The Locational Installed Capacity Market Proposal (LICAP), proposed by FERC, is ill-conceived,” Farrell said.
Earlier this month, Rep. Christopher Shays said he had written to Rep. Joe Baron, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, to request a one-year delay of LICAP.
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) today announced the resignation of James M. Hardin as its president due to the “press of work” and “some health issues.”
The group’s board of governors elected David Waldman, current vice president, to fill out Hardin’s term, and elected Lee Papageorge as vice president, an announcement said.
Waldman is a principal in the realty firm of David Adam Realty, and Papageorge is the owner of Westport’s Oscar’s Deli.
Hardin, associate executive director of the Westport Weston YMCA, first joined the WDMA board of governors July 1, 2002.
They’ve both won Emmy Awards before but not until this round did Westport’s Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward receive nominations for the same piece of work, the HBO series “Empire Falls.”
Newman was nominated in the category “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie” while Woodward received hers for “Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.”
“It’s a deliight,” said Woodward in a statement issued today by the Westport Country Playhouse, where she is artistic director. “We’ve never been nominated for the same movie. It’s fun.”
CBS is scheduled to air the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 18 from Los Angeles. The nominations were announced July 14.
Westport firefighters today assisted the Wilton Fire Department at a fire in a parking garage.
The mutual aid call came in at 10:07 a.m. for a fire in a three-story parking garage at 50 Danbury Road, according to Assistant Chief Jonathan Gottfried and Lt. Ken Lombardi.
Westport’s Engine Co. 2, led by Lombardi, arrived on the scene and assisted Wilton units in extinguishing two vehicles that were on fire on the garage’s second floor, a news release said.
Multiple vehicles as well as the parking structure sustained smoke damage, fire officials said. There was also possible structural damage to the parking deck in the area of fire origin.
A lifeguard competition scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Westport’s Compo Beach has been canceled, according to Kristen Kelley, waterfront director for the Parks and Recreation Department. “The reason was there were not enough entries,” she said.
For the seventh year, SAAB of Westport will sponsor the Annual Gala Concert to benefit the Levitt Pavilion. This year’s Aug. 5 event features The Beach Boys. Pictured (l-r): Gala Co-Chair Kevin Lally, Pat Ryan, president of SAAB of Westport, and Freda Welsh, executive director of the Levitt. Proceeds of the concert will underwrite the more than 50 nights of free entertainment at the Levitt this year. Tickets for the 9 p.m. concert are limited and range from $50 to $250. For more information, visit the Levitt Web site or call (203) 226-7600. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Ever been interested in volunteering at Westport’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service but don’t have time to take the lengthy Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course? Now there’s a new role you can play � ambulance driver.
Westport’s EMS has launched a new category of volunteers �EMS Ambulance Driver, according to Deputy Police Chief David Heinmiller.
“EMS drivers are an integral part of the EMS response team and the creation of this new volunteer position allows current, highly-trained EMT and paramedic crews to devote all their time to patient treatment,” he said.
In addition to being trained to drive emergency vehicles, these volunteers will be responsible for the inspection and minor maintenance of the ambulances, he said. They also will assist crews with scene safety, equipment and supplies, and patient movement.
A Norwalk-based production company was shooting on Westport’s Wakenor Road Wednesday for a 10-part children’s series on “The Community.” The show is aimed at teaching children about people who work in their community. Roy MdDonald, the series’ producer-director, captured Sheresha Rainey delivering mail to Westporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Students in the Westport Summer Theatre Camp are presenting “Almanac! The Musical” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. Admission is free. Kelly Powers, Lauren Jent and Sami Schwaeber, a hillbilly family, are shown reading the “Farmer’s Almanac” the old-fashioned way compared to the new way presented in the production. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
7 p.m. � Town Hall Room 309 � Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7:30 p.m. � Town Hall Auditorium � Planning and Zoning Commission
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Armstrong Chamber Ensemble
8 p.m . - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Member of the Wedding” (opening night)
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Gov. M. Jodi Rell today urged Connecticut residents to reduce energy consumption, especially in a large area of southwestern Connecticut, as power demands have risen due to extraordinarily high temperatures and humidity levels.
“With temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s and humidity in the low 70s, the demand for power is reaching all-time highs particularly in southwestern Connecticut,” Rell said in a statement.
“That area of the state � from Waterbury to New Haven to Greenwich � has been put under a power watch by the region’s power grid operator, ISO-New England, and by Connecticut Light & Power.
“I am asking everyone to immediately begin conserving power � please turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and anything else you can to help, especially if you live in the region of the state where the power watch is in effect,” the governor said.
By James Lomuscio
With more than 90-degree temperatures that have thinned even beach attendance, the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) today cautioned residents to be aware of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and to take steps to protect themselves.
Hot: the temperature sign at the Bank of America branch on Post Road East told the story this afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
“Most heat-related deaths occur during the summer,” said Sue Jacozzi, WWHD health educator. “By knowing your risk and what prevention measures to take, heat-related illness and death can be prevented.”
Jacozzi added that the WWHD has not yet received any reports of heat-related illnesses in town, and she hopes that an awareness campaign will keep it that way.
Maura Romaine, spokesperson for Norwalk Hospital, said while there have been no emergency room admissions for heat exhaustion and heat stroke, “We are seeing a lot more people coming in with respiratory problems, such as asthma, because of the heat.”
In the heat of the summer, gas prices in Westport are at a high along with the temperature. Here’s a rundown of current gas prices around town compared to a WestportNow survey in August 2003. By shopping around, Westporters can save 17 cents per gallon on regular at self-serve stations and a whopping 47 cents per gallon over highest full-service station. The * denotes a full-service-only gas station. All prices were rounded to the nearest hundredth and they are subject to change on a daily basis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Reporting and Graphic by Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Neighbors and the new property owner, Richard Crane (r), gathered Tuesday to watch 11 Fillow St. come down. The half-acre property, with a house built in 1956, changed hands in May for $702,500. Fillow Street is off Clinton Avenue off of Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. � Town Hall Room 102 � International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Mother Goose Jazz Band