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Friday, February 24, 2006

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 13-17, 2006

Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 13-17, 2006

DIV Riverside Ventures LLC to Marilyn M. Duane, Unit 10 C Riverside Green, $525,000WN property.jpg

DIV Riverside Ventures LLC to Frank A. Cuttita, Unit 11 C Riverside Green, $735,000
Mary P. Burke to Cecelia Fox, 27 Drumlin Road, $635,000

Phyllis McGovern to Jaclyn K. and Peter J. Flatow, 3 Thomas Road, $900,000

Robert D. and Evelyn A. Graham to Kathleen G. McHugh and Jerilyn J. Medrea, 232 Compo Road South, $1,795,000

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02/24/06 04:48 AM Comments () • Permalink

Playhouse Artistic Director’s Work Wins Five NAACP Awards

“Constant Star,” a play written and directed by Westport Country Playhouse’s new artistic director Tazewell Thompson, won five 2004-05 Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards for a recent production at the Laguna Playhouse in California. 

A production of “Constant Star” will be staged this summer at the Playhouse, directed by Thompson. It is one of eight productions during the Playhouse’s year-round 2006 season.

“‘Constant Star’ is my first play written in 1999 for PlayMakers Repertory Company,” said Thompson. 

“It was a labor of love for me. I wanted the world to know about Ida B. Wells. Thirteen productions later, she still lives and is now being appreciated and honored by the organization she co-founded, the NAACP.”

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Republican Women to Host St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

The Republican Women of Westport will host their annual GOP St. Patrick’s Day Supper Celebration March 11.

The 7 p.m. event, which is open to the public, will be held at the home of Tom and Nitzy Cohen-Fitzgerald, 28 High Point Road, Westport.

It will include a buffet supper, open bar, music, lights, and interaction with old and new friends, according to an announcement.

For more information and to RSVP, call Rita Lener at (203)222-7744 or Lillian Krause at (203)227-6471 by March 8, or send a donation of $35 per person to: RWW, P.O. Box 2293, Saugatuck Station, CT 06880.


02/23/06 11:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Talking Religion

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Rabbi Robert Orkand of Westport’s Temple Israel addressed today’s Westport/Weston Y’s Men meeting. He spoke about religion in America. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


02/23/06 10:18 PM Comments () • Permalink

“Hypervision” Opens Friday at Arts Center

“Hypervision,” a contemporary, mixed media exhibition, opens Friday and runs through April 4 at the Westport Arts Center.WestportNow.com Image
“Traffic, Untitled no 19,” 2001, by Jean-Christian Bourcart is among works on exhibition at the Westport Arts Center. Contributed photo

The exhibition is curated by Denise Markonish, gallery director at Artspace in New Haven, and features work by artists Janine Antoni, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Moyra Davey, Richard Klein, Christian Marclay, Christopher Mir, Michael Snow, Julianne Swartz and Pawel Wojtasik.

“This exhibition is about arriving at a point of hypervision, where our senses are acute and we finally perceive the act of looking as a physical, emotional and transformative experience,” said Markonish. “The artists participating in ‘Hypervision’ bring viewers into this space of increased perception and make them conscious of their own act of looking.”

There will be an opening reception at 6:30 p.m.


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Rabbi Orkand Guest Speaker Today at Y’s Men

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Robert Orkand: Westport rabbi for 24 years. Contributed photo
Robert Orkand, senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Westport, will speak to the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston today on “Religion in American Society.”

The 10 a.m. meeting is at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Ordained as a rabbi in 1973, Orkand has been the senior rabbi of Temple Israel, a Reform Jewish congregation of more than 900 families, since 1982.  Prior to his arrival in Westport he served as an assistant rabbi at Temple Israel in Miami, and as rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Rockford, Ill.

Orkand has served as chair of the Human Services Commission of Westport, as president of United Way of Westport-Weston, and as president of the Westport-Weston Clergy Association. 


02/23/06 05:31 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006

5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House (99 Myrtle Avenue) Committee
7:45 p.m. – Room 309 – RTM Finance/Public Protection/Employee Compensation Committees


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Staples Students of the Month

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Staples High School has announced its Feburary “Students of the Month.”  Pictured are back row (l-r):  Phillip Schneider, Dylan Kurzer, Austin Siegert, Andrew Vaitruadrok, Joshua Navarro, Rose Gradoux-Matt, and Miles Lubin; front row (l-r):  Victoria Aronson, Jessica Sochol, and Alexandra Jones. Missing from the photo are Matthew Frencez and Matthew Samuels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


02/23/06 03:11 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Westport Fuel Assistance Still Available

Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler said today that applications are still being taken for fuel assistance programs. 

The Department of Human Services is offering Westport residents an opportunity to apply for energy awards through the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), Butler said in a statement.

The program is administered through Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. (NEON), a private nonprofit community action agency serving the greater Norwalk area. Families who are eligible may receive an award from $200 to $675. 

Eligibility is determined by income, and assets. Maximum income is as follows: $14,355 for a family of one; (elderly and disabled $19,140); $19,245 for a family of two (elderly and disabled $25,660) and $29,025 for a family of four ($38,700 elderly and disabled).  Asset limits for renters are $7,000 and for a homeowner, $10,000, exclusive of residence, furnishings, car and personal effects.

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02/22/06 11:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Country Playhouse Presents “On the Verge”

The Westport Country Playhouse begins its 76th season March 9 with the adventure play “On the Verge (or the Geography of Yearning),” the first production in a series of eight for 2006. The newly renovated Playhouse now serves as a year-round theater.WestportNow.com Image
Getting ready for “On the Verge” are: top row, from left, cast members Laiona Michelle, Tom Beckett, Susan Bennett and Molly Wright Stuart; seated, production sponsors Joanne Woodward and Ann Sheffer, who are also Playhouse board members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“On the Verge” by Eric Overmyer runs through March 25 and is presented in association with Washington, D.C.‘s Arena Stage. Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson will direct. The production is sponsored by Joanne Woodward and Ann Sheffer, board members. 

“Joanne and Ann are very representative of the three exceedingly bold and courageous women in this play,” said Thompson.

“They are also ‘intrepid trekkers,’ who are unafraid of going against the wind and demonstrating their freedom to choose. They are both exemplary models of socially, politically and civic-minded citizens of Westport. 

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02/22/06 05:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 - TEAM Westport Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen


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Westport Arts Center April 21 Concert Canceled

The Westport Arts Center announced today that a concert by lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani on Friday, April 21 at Westport’s Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, has been canceled due to a death in the family. 

The concert was to be co-presented with Music at Christ and Holy Trinity as Polenzani was a soloist at the church during his graduate studies at Yale School of Music. The Arts Center and Christ and Holy Trinity will not be creating a replacement program.

Ticket-holders are requested to call the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070.


02/22/06 12:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: 7 Broadview Road

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The house at 7 Broadview Ave. in Westport’s Old Hill area came down today. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day Feb. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006

10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners discuss “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind.


02/21/06 05:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Exercise

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Today’s brisk temperatures in the 30s did not deter some people from getting exercise in Long Island Sound off Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Monday, February 20, 2006

Rell Likely to Seek Federal Aid for Snowstorm

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that, pending the results of an end-of-the-month impact assessment, she will request federal aid to help reimburse the state as well as Connecticut towns that were adversely affected by this month’s northeaster that dumped record amounts of snow around the state.

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff welcomed the possibility of federal help. “We had exhausted our snow funds for the year with last month’s storms so we were in the red going into this month’s,” he said.

The storm set several records, including the all-time highest snowstorm total at Bradley International Airport with 21.9 inches. While Westport had 16 to 19 inches from the Feb. 11-12 storm, several other communities had more. Danbury had more than 24 inches, Farmington had 24, and West Hartford registered 22. There were higher unofficial amounts reported in Fairfield.

“I know that municipal budgets are already stretched thin, and this massive weekend storm brought with it significant new costs in terms of overtime,” Rell said in a statement.  “I want to be sure we are doing everything possible to get our towns the assistance they need. 

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02/20/06 06:51 PM Comments () • Permalink

Cold Work

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Workers for Vertical Structures of Kentucky, a Motorola sub-contractor, continue their work today on the communications tower at Post Road East and the Sherwood Island Connector, site of the former state police barracks in Westport. Cold weather has made the work difficult. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com


02/20/06 06:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Malcolm Beinfield, Longtime Westport Physician, Dies at 84

Malcolm S. Beinfield, a longtime Westport physician and surgeon who served as sideline doctor to the Staples High School football team for 38 years and never missed a game, died today at his Westport home. He was 84.WestportNow.com Image
Malcolm Beinfield:Westport doctor for almost 50 years. Contributed photo

Beinfield, Westport’s first board-certified surgeon, had been ill for some time, according to a family spokesman.

The Brooklyn-born, Yale-educated Beinfield headed a Westport practice that at one point included four physicians, a staff of 20, and had 543,000 patient charts. In almost half a century of practicing medicine in Westport, there were few longtime residents who did not come to know “Doc” Beinfield. 

In 1951, Beinfield became chair of Red Cross medical services in Westport and medical director of the town’s civil defense unit. The same year he became surgeon to the Staples athletic program, running out to assess injuries on the football field for every home game until 1989.

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Large Turnout for Historical Society Winslow Exhibit

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There was a large turnout today for the opening reception of the new Westport Historical Society Exhibit “The Life and Times of Winslow Park 1835-2006” and “The Dogs of Winslow.” The exhibit, which runs through May 12, features the contemporary photography setting of dogs romping through Westport’s Winslow Park with a companion exhibit that features the history of Winslow Park and Compo House, one of Fairfield County’s most elegant mansions of yore. Pictured is Wally Woods, Westport Historical Society Exhibit co-director, as he welcomed visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Seeing Herself

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Ria Freydl and her daughter, Morgan, 3, visited the Westport Historical Society’s “Dogs of Winslow” exhibit today and viewed a photo, captured by local photographer David Kalman, of Morgan and the family pup, Bella. Morgan’s dad, Tom, is on the left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/19/06 11:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Longshore Victim

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One of the victims of Friday’s windstorm was this tree which fell on the fence surrounding the pool at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. The tree’s fall startled parents and employees at the Longshore Sailing School building 20 feet away where enrollment was under way for summer sailing classes. This picture was taken today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) John Kantor for WestportNow.com


02/19/06 11:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Neat Skating

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Sunny skies and sub-freezing temperatures made for neat skating today at the Police Athletic League ice rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006

3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening reception for “The Life and Times of Winslow Park 1835-2006 Featuring The Dogs of Winslow”


02/19/06 05:03 AM Comments () • Permalink

Welcoming Historical Society Volunteers

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Earlier this week the Westport Historical Society announced a reduction in its staff and a transition to a volunteer oriented operation. This afternoon approximately 50 people, responding to the call for volunteers, met at the Society to sign up for specific duties central to its operation. Pictured is Dave Matlow, recently elected co-president of the Society (and a WestportNow contributing photographer), as he welcomed the volunteers and introduced some board members and some longtime volunteers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Save the Children Aiding Philippine Mudslide Victims

Westport’s Save the Children today appealed for private donations to assist children and families who survived a deadly mudslide that buried hundreds of houses and a school in the central Philippines Friday.

Save the Children plans to work with other humanitarian organizations and the government of the Philippines to ensure adequate food, water, clothing, shelter and other essential items are available to survivors of the catastrophe, an announcement said.

Save the Children is seeking $480,000 in private donations to support its efforts.

Triggered by two weeks of heavy rains, the mudslide appears to have killed several hundred people including many school children in an elementary school. As many as 1,800 are reported missing and feared dead.

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02/18/06 08:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

Final Day for Westport’s Swezey Jewelers

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Today was the last day for Westport Main Street’s Swezey Jewelers. The store, which has been a Westport mainstay since October 1956, announced its closing in December. (See WestportNow Dec. 8, 2005) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/18/06 08:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Spinning for Joy

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The miniature train that Swezey Jeweler featured in its window for 40 years was auctioned off at noon today, the last day for the Main Street business of 50 years. The winning bid of $1,000 came from Michael and Donna Brody of Westport. Donna, shown spinning with joy, immediately announced that the train will be a gift to the Westport Historical Society, whose mission includes the preservation of Westport’s history. She is a new member of the organization’s board. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


02/18/06 08:11 PM Comments () • Permalink

Better Times at Food Pantry But Still in Need

By Jayde Levesque

Spirits were high this week at the food pantry at Westport’s Gillespie Center homeless shelter. Valentines from Saugatuck Elementary students decorated a wall and bags of food lined the floor.WestportNow.com Image
Westport’s Gillespie Center food pantry has more food now but donations are still needed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jayde Levesque for WestportNow.com

It was a far different picture from the beginning of this month when shelves were bare and the outlook was bleak. (See WestportNow Feb. 1, 2005)

Now, say officials of the Interfaith Housing Association (IHA), which operates the center and its community kitchen, there is enough food to be hopeful about.

“The mood is definitely better,” said Heather Cavanagh, IHA director of community relations. “There’s so much more than we had before.  It’s really hard when we have to tell someone who needs food that we don’t have any.”

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02/18/06 05:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Old Mill Dawn

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Dawn at Westport’s Old Mill beach this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com


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Friday, February 17, 2006

Winds Down Trees, Power Lines But Damage Limited

A fierce wind storm that swept across the Midwest and then into the Northeast today caused relatively minor damage to Westport, downing some trees and power lines.

Connecticut Light & Power Co. reported 24 Westport customers were without power as of 5 p.m. An hour later, the number was down to 16.

A weather station at the Longshore Sailing School in Westport recorded gusts up to 52 mph during the afternoon. The temperature dropped from the mid-50s earlier in the day to the 30s by late afternoon.

“We had some scattered trees down and a couple of dozen power outages,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.  “We got off relatively unscathed. CL&P tells me that they hope to have everyone back by this evening.”


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