Tuesday, September 27, 2005
A number of Westport students participted in a car wash Saturday to help raise funds for their trip to Costa Rica in February sponsored by Norwalk-based non-profit Builders Beyond Borders. There will be another car wash Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. on Westport Avenue in Norwalk opposite Staples and Blockbuster. More information is available on the group’s Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
This photo by Kerry Long shows Staples striker Ross McGibney seconds before his collision with St. Joseph keeper Bryan Pollock Monday. The Wrecker striker landed on his elbow, dislocating it but not breaking it. Surgery was not required, and assessment of ligament damage will have to wait until the swelling subsides. Staples overcame McGibney’s absence and won 2-0, on a pair of second-half strikes by Colin Nangle.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
The Aspetuck Land Trust will dedicate its 16-acre Haskins Preserve in Westport on Oct. 8.
The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. at the preserve on Green Acres Lane off of Compo Road South.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will be on hand for the ceremony.
Land trust Executive Director Bruce LePage will make remarks in addition to friends and neighbors of the late donors, Caryl and Edna Haskins.
Tazewell Thompson, who takes over Jan. 1 as artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, addressed today’s luncheon meeting of the Westport Rotary Club. As he did at a recent Town Hall brown bag lunch, Thompson urged Westporters to continue to support the arts but give priority to the neediest first, including recent hurricane victims. He said he was uncomfortable saying he will fill the shoes of current artistic director Joanne Woodward, preferring instead to describe his succession by saying “I will be walking in her light.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Oh happy day! On Saturday the new state law takes effect making it illegal to yabber on a cell phone while driving. Connecticut thus joins New York and New Jersey in leading the nation in this important safety measure.
Sure, cellphone addicts will be allowed to drive and talk if they use a “hands-free” device, but even this begs the question of where their attention should be, i.e. on the road.
I honestly wonder what soccer moms with an SUV full of kids are thinking when they drive down busy streets juggling a latte in one hand and a cellphone in the other. Don’t they love their kids?
Once, when stuck in crawling traffic on I-95, I actually saw a guy reading a book. I’ve seen other drivers shaving or putting on make-up. Give me a break!
In the words of the NPR “Car Talk” guys’ bumper sticker: “Drive Now, Talk Later”. But I’d carry that message to other travel environments as well, especially on the train.
Westport’s Pequot Capital Management, Inc., today announced that Byron R. Wien, managing director and senior investment strategist at Morgan Stanley, will join the firm Dec. 1 as chief investment strategist.
Wien will work closely with Arthur J. Samberg, Pequot chairman and CEO, and the firm’s investment team to develop global macro-investment strategies, an announcement said. He Mr. will work out of Pequot’s New York office.
Wien is a seasoned strategist who brings over 40 years of experience in the global financial markets. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1985, he was a portfolio manager for 20 years, primarily at Weiss, Peck and Greer, where Samberg was also a partner.
The Westport Volunteer EMS will be offering an EMT training course for those who want to join the corps.
An information session will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at police headquarters, and applications are due by Oct. 21.
Class tuition is $500, and it may be refunded later based on volunteer service.
Classes start Nov. 1 and continue through May. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-10 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“06880: The Musical,” which takes a peek into the lives of a group of teenagers growing up in Westport, made its debut Monday at Broadway’s Beckett Theatre.
Broadway debut:“06880: The Musical” plays at Beckett. Contributed photo
The show, featuring music and lyrics by Lawrence Rosen, was staged by Westport’s Center Stage Theater Company. Jill Jaysen, founder of Center Stage Theatre and director, co-wrote the book with Rosen, formerly the composer in residence and musical director at the Williamstown Theatre Festival,
According to the production note, “Through a tragic occurrence, the audience is allowed to witness each individual’s coming of age…Diverse characters (were) developed from the student’s creative writing, improvisation and round-table discussions…Each student involved in the production invented their characters and gave each an honest voice while being guided by professionals to delve deeper into each character’s mind and soul.”
Performers included Kristin Errett, Brandon Floch, Arianna Glass, Mia Gentile, Samantha Goltzer, Britt Hennemuth, Zachary Hutton and others. The two performances at the West 42nd Street theater were part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Sept. 12-16, 2005
Timothy A. Potts to Mitchell H. Cohen, 308 Compo Road South, $1,100,000
Thomas D. Kashetta to MNG LLC, 21 Bulkley Ave. North, $675,000
Leon L. and Patricia Marion Chmielewski to Sherwood Homes LLC, 263 North Ave., $950,000
James P. and Patricia K. Christodoulou to Robert F. Meyer, Unit 109 Lansdowne, $900,000
4 Woodhill Road LLC to Woodhill Builders LLC, 4 Woodhill Road, $1,550,000
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
Linda Johnson, Westport’s teacher of the year, was honored at tonight’s Board of Education meeting at Bedford Middle School. The third grade teacher at Long Lots Elementary School is seen with her husband, Matt. She will compete in the state teacher of the year competition. Contributed photo
Monday, September 26, 2005
Ross McGibney: out with dislocated elbow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team downed St. Joseph 2-0 today at Albie Loeffler Field, running their record to 3-0-2, but the news was not all good.
Striker Ross McGibney—perhaps the best player in the state—suffered a severely dislocated elbow when he flew high with the keeper, fighting to win a loose ball early in the first half. The senior co-captain was scheduled to undergo surgery later this evening.
After the half-hour injury delay, Colin Nangle—co-captain with McGibney—took the game in his own hands. He roamed the field relentlessly, and ran the show from his central midfield position. He also powered in two goals, 6 and 11 minutes after McGibney got hurt.
Nangle’s first tally was a free kick that roared under the keeper; the second was an equally lethal blast off a rebound of a shot by Taylor Stuart.
Westport’s Save the Children said today it is moving to expand its emergency response efforts—currently focused on helping thousands of children forced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi—to other rural communities in southern Louisiana devastated by Hurricane Rita over the weekend.
“Thousands of additional children and their families in small rural communities across southern Louisiana have lost everything—their homes, their schools, their livelihoods—as a result of another terrible hurricane that has struck the Gulf Coast,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children, in a news release.
“We are preparing to expand our work to assist children and families who have been uprooted and forced to leave their communities as a result of Hurricane Rita.”
Save the Children’s emergency response team in Louisiana, based in Baton Rouge, has provided direct assistance to thousands of children as it works with local partners and state officials in meeting the immediate needs of displaced children, the charity said.
A Boston court said today that hearing has been postponed for a Westport woman who fell from the rafters at Fenway Park during an August Rolling Stones concert.
Claire O’Leary, 20, was scheduled to appear in Boston Municipal Court to face a possible criminal charge. But the clerk magistrate’s office said the hearing has been rescheduled for Dec. 15.
O’Leary was hospitalized with two broken ankles and a broken wrist after she climbed the rafters and fell to the seats below during the first of two Rolling Stones concerts at Fenway. (See WestportNow Aug. 22, 2005)
Boston police have said they are seeking to charge her with disturbing a public assembly.
By Jennifer Connic
Plans to merge the Mid-Fairfield County and Stamford chapters of the American Red Cross are on hold as the agency responds to hurricane relief efforts in the Gulf Coast region.
The Mid-Fairfield County Chapter is located on Church Street in Westport, and there had been plans for the two chapters to merge.
Janet Filling, Mid-Fairfield County Chapter executive director, said those plans, however, are on hold, and it remains unclear how long they will remain on hold.
“(A published report on the merge) was premature,” she said. “Everything is on hold.”
Utility officials investigated an odor of natural gas today on Westport’s Riverside Avenue. Firefighters responded after employees of Westport Glass said they smelled the odor when they arrived for work. Police shut down one lane of the roadway while workers accessed a gas main. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A two-car accident this morning at Westport’s Saugatuck Railroad station caused damage to both vehicles but no injuries. Westport firefighters were called to wash down the scene after some fluid spills. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Today’s WestportNow teardown is 4 Appletree Trail in the Compo Beach area. Built in 1900, the property sold last April for $1,743,000. A demoltion permit has been issued. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
7 p.m. – Bedford Middle School Cafeteria – Board of Education
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Employee Compensation, Finance and Public Protection Committees
There were some cool fashions to go along with the cool cars at today’s Concours d"Elegance vintage car show on Westport’s Veterans Green. The fashion show was presented by Tina Dragone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
Almost 100 classic cars and motorcycles were on display today at Westport’s Veterans Green as part of the Concours d’Elegance. A portion of the funds raised went to Save the Children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Hundreds of motorcyclists rode through Westport today as part of the American Cancer Society’s “Kick-It Motorcycle Ride.” The 60-mile route took participants from the Marcus Dairy in Danbury to Indian Wells State Park in Shelton. View is from atop the Westport Fire Department’s tower ladder outside its headquarters on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Brett Kirby/Westport Fire Department for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion was the scene today of “JAMbolina,” a musical fest to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sponsors said the event raised $4,600 for the Amerircan Red Cross. Picutred are members of The Locals (l-r) Matt Rosenthal, Will Richardson, Russell Kranes, and Brian Tapfar, all juniors at Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tom Richardson for WestportNow.com
Volunteers set up at the entrance to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion where local bands performed today in a “JAMbolia” fund-raiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina organized by Jillian Rothman and Stefania Urist. The 16-year-olds are juniors at Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
The Staples Field Hockey team suffered its first defeat Friday against Westhill Stamford but came back Saturday with a win over Weston. Both were away games.
Staples’ Eliza Howe attempts to score against Weston in Saturday’s game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for WestportNow.com
Westhill displayed good field hockey skills and the Staples team suffered because of Westhill’s home turf field, which players had not had a lot of practice on. Overall, Staples outplayed Westhill, but was unable to seize on scoring opportunities, losing 2-0.
In Saturday’s 1-0 win over Weston, an offensive penalty corner, EJ Drevno, a junior, stopped the ball for a feeder to Blake Orban, also a junior, who drove the ball into the goal for a stunning score. Staples played a strong offensive and defensive game and controlled the ball for the entire game.
The field hockey team plays Wilton away Wednesday and its next home game is Friday at 4 p.m. against Trumbull on the Ginny Parker field.
Local gardens have seen a flurry of Monarch Butterflies in the last week as they migrate to Mexico for the winter. They feed on the nectar of fall blooming flowers, such as butterfly bush, asters and buttonbush, as seen here in the Bird and Butterfly Garden at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Veterans Green - Concours d’Elegance classsic car show
1 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - “JAMbolina” fund-raiser for Hurricane Katrina victims
Westport’s Compo Beach was the scene tonight of a clambake to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Compo Beach playground. The event was originally scheduled last Saturday but was postponed due to bad weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo