Monday, August 22, 2005
A Westport woman who attended Sunday night’s Rolling Stones concert in Boston is recovering at a hospital after falling from the rafters at Fenway Park, authorities said today.
Scaling Fenway: Claire O’Leary before her fall. Mark Triffitt/WBZ-TV
A fire department spokesman said the woman climbed to the rafters above Section One in the right field grandstand.
Boston television station WHDH-TV identified her today as Claire O’Leary, 20, and said she was “uncooperative and verbally abusive to medical staff” upon being hospitalized. It said she faces charges of disorderly conduct.
Lt. David Pfeil said the woman was seen hanging from the rafters at about 10:15 p.m. before she fell 35 or 40 feet.
Five-time Grammy Award nominee Roomful of Blues performed at the Levitt Sunday night before a large and active crowd. Since being formed in 1967, the band has released 18 albums and received much acclaim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Broadway Under the Stars
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Planning and Zoning Committee
In the shallow water of Westport’s Old Mill Pond, an avid sportsman casts and recasts his line today enjoying every moment. His joy was in catching small bass and then releasing them. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.
Saturday night saw the opening night performance of the final Westport Country Playhouse production of the summer, “Journey’s End.” On hand to celebrate were (l-r) actors Keir Dullea, Mia Dillon, Marisa Tomei, Jack Gilpin and director Gregory Boyd. “Journey’s End” runs through Sept. 4. For tickets, call (203) 227-4177. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Journey’s End
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Roomful of Blues, blues band
Saturday, August 20, 2005
The Westport home of artist Hilla Rebay, a co-founder of what’s now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, is on the market for $6.95 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Rebay, who died in 1967, championed such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Ilya Bolotowsky. A German native, she moved to the United States. in 1927 and co-founded in 1939 the Museum of Non-Objective Painting by pooling her own art collection with that of Guggenheim’s.
Rebay owned the Westport property — a 19th-century Victorian Italianate house on Morningside Drive South — for more than 30 years until her death. The two-story, nine-bedroom house, built in 1859, sits on three acres and is surrounded by seven acres of nature preserve. A two-bedroom guest cottage, tennis court and pool are on the property.
The home’s current owner, fashion-industry consultant Phil Silber, says he plans to spend more time at his Manhattan home when the Westport house sells, the report said. Gabrielle DiBianco, of Higgins Group in Westport, has the listing.
Fairfield University men’s basketball Head Coach Tim O’Toole and player Charles Bentley spoke at Friday’s Westport Sunrise Rotary Club meeting. He spoke with optimism for the 2005-06 season and proudly mentioned the school’s near 100 percent player graduation rate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo.
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 26 Sturges Commons off Sturges Highway. The property sold last month for $1,220,000. A demolition application is pending. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.
Sunday’s New York Times, in a story on a real estate company specializing solely in teardowns, reports the firm has opened an office in Westport where “teardowns are a source of fascination and fury” and WestportNow’s “teardown of the day” is a popular feature.
Under the headline “Teardowns Reshape Suburbs, And Selling Strategies,” the newspaper said Xchange Properties was founded in a Chicago suburb four years ago and last November expanded to Westport.
It said the company, which enables sellers to market their properties directly to builders without having to pay a full sales commission or go through the charade of house showings, has plans to open offices in other “teardown hotspots” in Virginia, Florida, California, and New Jersey.
“In Westport, Conn., the site of Xchange’s Fairfield County office, teardowns are a source of fascination and fury,” the Times said.
WestportNow Contributing Photographer Saul Haffner submitted this photo with the following caption information: “The on-going effort to improve the visual attractiveness of our town continues. Thursday, a beautiful blue portable potty arrived at 7 Webb Road. It was carefully placed in front of the rock pile. Note how the sky blue of the potty complements the earth-gray of the rocks. All members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and others who favor these kind of projects were invited to view this latest addition to the town’s outdoor art display.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Saul Haffner for WestportNow.
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Journey’s End
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Banjo Dan & The Midnight Plowboys, bluegrass band
Mar Jennings: new lifestyle guru. Contributed photoBy day, Mar Jennings is a Westport banker. But in his off hours, he’s the town’s newest lifestyle guru.
With Martha Stewart spending enforced time in Bedford, N.Y., and rumors that her Turkey Hill Road South home is quietly on the market, the Westport lifestyle guru field is wide open for Jennings, 40, who recently introduced a cable TV show.
Seen Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. on Cablevision channel 84, the effort is called “Mar Jennings Home & Garden.” It was taped at his Westport home, not far from the town’s center.
In June, Jennings hosted a successful series of fundraisers for the Westport Historical Society, “The Passionate Gardener,” which showcased his gardens and guests shared private sessions with him and his passion.
Frank Deford: life on TV. File photoESPN tonight aired a 90-minute documentary on Westporter Frank Deford, the legendary Sports Illustrated journalist.
The documentary, “You Write Better Than You Play: The Frank Deford Story.” will be rebroadcast Monday on ESPN2 at 10 p.m.
The title comes from Deford’s sophomore year at Princeton. While serving both for the Daily Princetonian and a deep bench reserve on the basketball practice squad, Deford was pulled aside by Tigers coach Franklin (Cappy) Cappon. “Frank,” the coach said, “you write basketball better than you play it.”
The film by Neil Leifer, a former Sports Illustrated photographer, looks with fondness at the life and times of the 66-year-old writer and NPR commentator.
Friday, August 19, 2005
A new ambulatory opiate detoxification program has been launched by Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services as part of its outpatient addiction services.
The new outpatient treatment modality is a drastic change for persons seeking freedom from addiction to opiates, which include pain killers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodan, as well as heroin, morphine, codeine and methadone, an announcement said.
Until recently, their only detoxification option, other than hospitalization, was to que up at a methadone clinic for daily outpatient treatments, a requirement considered so demeaning and life disruptive, that it was an effective deterrent for many potential patients, according to the Hall-Brooke announcement.
Because of recent changes in FDA regulations, treatment to break free from opiate bondage is now realistically available in private physicians’ offices with buprenorphine, a controlled substance.
There will be a retrospective art exhibit in Boston next week for Kirsten Anne Malone, a 1993 Staples graduate who died in June 2004 at the age of 29 as a result of injuries received when she was hit by a car while bicycling.
“Kirsten A. Malone: Retrospective,” a three-day exhibition, opens Thursday at the Copley Society Boston, 158 Newbury St. It will be the first retrospective of her photography, video, sculpture, and performance since her death.
An online description of the exhibit says: “Malone introspectively integrates her own experiences with acute commentary on the social constructs affecting her life as a young woman in Boston. Employing her characteristic intelligence and sharp wit, personal histories become pertinent social critique of stereotypes, consumption, and technology.”
Malone grew up in Westport and after Staples attended Boston University where she graduated in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in photo journalism. She went on to study at the Massachusetts College of Art, graduating in 2003 with an additional bachelor of arts in fine arts.
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Celebration, dance music
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Journey’s End
Two men robbed a Westport gas station tonight near the Fairfield town line and one was captured a short time later after a chase in Bridgeport, police said. The second suspect was still being sought.
The robbery occurred at 6:10 p.m. at Green’s Farms Getty, 1830 Post Road East. “Two guys went in and took money by force,” said Lt. Len Rummo. “They indicated they might have a weapon.”
After the men fled, employees called 911 and Westport police issued a broadcast with their description and the description of the getaway vehicle to surrounding departments and the State Police, the police official said.
State Police spotted the vehicle on I-95 and chased it into Bridgeport where the occupants crashed it into a fire hydrant on Iranistan Avenue. Police caught one man after a brief chase on foot, but the other fled.
The West Point Jazz Knights performed pieces by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, and several others tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.
Sam Gault explains details of the planned new Westport Weston Family Y at a party tonight at the Westport home of Bill Mitchell. The Mitchell, Gault and Tauck families are heading the Y’s capital campaign in connection with its planned move from downtown Westport to its Camp Mahackeno property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.
Westport magazine and its sister publications Greenwich and New Canaan, and Darien magazines hosted a party at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich tonight to mark their Best of the Gold Coast awards in the August issue. A number of Westport restaurants and businesses cited were on hand for the party. Jonathan Moffly, president of Moffly Publications, thanked guests for attending. WestportNow.com photo
Thursday, August 18, 2005
The house at 31 Cross Highway came down today. Featured as the WestportNow teardown June 27, 2005, the property sold in June for $815,000. The house was built in 1953. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Compo Beach Playground Project will be hosting a clambake at Compo Beach Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5-9 p.m. to raise funds for the Compo Beach rebuilding initiative.
The clambake will only be open to 200 guests and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to a letter to residents from Compo Beach Playground Project Chair Suzanne Dodge.
The night will include music spun by a world-class D.J. as well as a mixture of seafood to feast on, Dodge wrote in her letter.
Tickets are $75 per person and 100 percent of the net proceeds will go to the Compo Beach playground rebuilding project.
Every kid is a winner at the Westport Weston Family Y’s 14th annual Kids on the Move Triathlon scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 4 at Staples High School.
It’s the Y’s “celebration of healthy kids,” according to race director Bob Knoebel. He said every athlete who crosses the finish line receives an accomplishment medal.
“We want to reward the kids who choose to stay physically fit and active,,” Knoebel said.
Race check in begins at 9 a.m. while the race begins at 10:30 a.m.