Monday, May 29, 2006
Grand Marshal Art Reale, 84, waves to the crowd during today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. A 1940 graduate of Staples High School, Reale served in the Navy during World War II. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com
Today’s Westport Memorial Day parade inlcuded local dignitaries (l-r) Former First Selectman Jackie Heneage, state Rep. Joe Mioli, former First Selectwoman Diane Farrell, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, former First Selectman Martha Hauhuth, Selectman Shelly Kassen, and Selectman Robert Lasprogato. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phylllis Groner for WestportNow.com
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Memorial Day service
9 a.m. Riverside Avenue - Memorial Day parade begins
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin received the Westport Public Library Award today at a reception at the library. She regaled the audience with tales of growing up in the 1950s in love with the Brooklyn Dodgers and working as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson during the last year in the White House and later assisting him in preparation of his memoirs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Author Doris Kearns Goodwin (c) received the Westport Library Award today from Maxine Bleiweis (l), library director, and Stacy Waldman Bass, president of the Board of Trustees, duing the library’s “Booked for the Evening” event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Author Doris Kearns Goodwin told a Westport Library audience today she was deeply touched by the tribute paid to her as she received the library’s annual award. Among those honoring her was her fourth grade teacher, now a Westport resident, who said she spotted Goodwin’s talent even at that young age. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The floats are ready and the parade route is marked as Westport readies for Monday’s Memorial Day parade.
Westport native Art Reale, a Navy veteran, is this year’s grand marshal.
The parade will kick off at 9 a.m. in front of Saugatuck School on Riverside Avenue. There will be commemoration ceremonies on Veterans Green opposite Town Hall following the parade.
The Westport Fire Department will hold its annual memorial service honoring fallen firefighters at Westport Fire Headquarters on Post Road East at 8 a.m.
Westporters Rozanne Gates (l) and Suzanne Sheridan, who have gained national fame for their country song about a suburban housewife driving her SUV, were among performers Saturday night at a benefit for Bridgeport High School musicians. The event at the Fairfield Theatre Company raised funds for the acquisition and repair of instruments and to purchase sheet music and supplies for students whose talent and determination exceed their fortunes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Westport-Weston Health District officials want to know how they can provide better services to locals.
Starting Tuesday, residents can take part in an online survey, which will be located at the district’s Web site.
Sue Jacozzi, district director, said the district wants to see how the community perceives the district.
“Then we can understand if there are any issues and fix them,” she said. “We’re going to look at our overall structure so we can be customer friendly.”
Giuseppe “Joseph” Boccanfuso of Westport died May 26 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 60.
He was born in New York City, son of the late Giuseppe A. and Anna Monti Boccanfuso and had been a resident of Westport for 57 years. HE was co-owner of Boccanfuso Brothers in Westport.
He was a 1964 graduate of Staples High School and in his leisure time enjoyed boating and fishing.
Survivors include his son, Giuseppe A. Boccanfuso of Westport; two daughters, Annie and Pamela Jo Boccanfuso, both of Fairfield; two brothers, Domenico F. “Dominic” Boccanfuso and Crescienzo J. “Christy” Boccanfuso, both of Westport; two sisters, Carmela O’Boy of East Norwalk and Sophia Freitag of Norwalk; and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by one sister, Marie “Mary” DiMeglio.
There were glum faces among members of the Staples baseball team Saturday after a 4-3 loss to New Canaan in the FCIAC championship game at Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard. Westport’s Wreckers were eighth-seeded going in a four-team tie-breaker that ended with them in the final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Len Samela for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 67 Partrick Road - Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund Tag Sale
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Booked for the Evening” honors author Doris Kearns Goodwin
A tag sale and picnic lunch scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will help raise funds for the Patrick Wetlands Preservation Fund.
The event will take place at 67 Partrick Road in Westport. The lunch includes a hot dog, drink and chips for $5.
The sale and lunch is part of Gabe Block’s bar mitzvah community service project.
He has been making computer presentations throughout Westport to various organizations telling about the Partrick Wetlands.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
New Canaan edged Staples 4-3 today in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) baseball final at Bridgeport’s Habor Yard.
Westport-based Save the Children is among the agencies responding to a powerful earthquake in Indonesia early today, and it is seeking financial donations.
The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck about 250 miles east of the capitol, Jakarta, while many were sleeping. Officials estimated nearly 3,000 had died from the disaster, with thousands more injured, and the totals are likely to rise further.
Save the Children officials are concerned because the earthquake struck in the vicinity of Mount Merapi, an active volcano that recently has been sending out large clouds of gas and ash.
A major eruption of the volcano could claim additional lives and greatly complicate relief efforts, they say.
The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston staged a dress rehearsal for the Memorial Day parade today at the Kowalsky Brothers headquarters on Post Road East while other members constructed the float. The float is a memorial for all American servicemen who have given their lives in all wars since the Revolution. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bill Balch for WestportNow.com
Coleytown Elementary School students marked the end of the school year Friday with a field day. The event organized by the phys ed teachers included stations for facepainting, relay races, dance, bubbles, parachute games, and hot dogs and hamburgers. Fifth grade students danced at the conclusion of the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Jackson for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
Noon - Harbor Yard, Bridgeport - Staples baseball vs New Canaan in FCIAC final
The Ruby Ramblers of Fairfield County from the Red Hat Chapter paid a visit to the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. All enjoyed a pre-Memorial day barbeque luncheon followed by a fashion show sponsored by Dress Barn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nell Mednick for WestportNow.com
Friday, May 26, 2006
Jessica Bram: radio commentary wins award. File photoThe Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut chapter has awarded first prize in the radio commentary category of its 2005 Excellence In Journalism Contest to WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield for the commentary “Ricardo” by Westport writer and commentator Jessica Bram.
On the day it aired on WSHU, “Ricardo” also was published on WestportNow.com (See WestportNow Sept. 29, 2005).
The commentary was about the accidental death of a Quinnipiac University student from Westport.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff swears in Gary Golas as the Westport Police Department’s new deputy chief today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Police Department dipped into its bench today when it promoted Gary Golas to the position of deputy chief.
Golas had been a lieutenant overseeing the Detective Bureau. He fills the spot left by David Heinmiller, who recently retired.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said the department has a “strong bench” with people, like Golas, that go above and beyond the call and grow into their roles.
Golas said he remembers when Police Chief Al Fiore was appointed to his position and he said he wanted people to enjoy coming to work
Westport police started increasing road patrols on Thursday as part of its enforcement for Memorial Day weekend.
Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said patrol officers are looking for those not using their seatbelts as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
Also, they are enforcing the cell phone law that requires motorists to use a headset if they drive and talk on the phone, he said.
In the last 24 hours, he said, patrol officers handed out 31 tickets for seatbelt violations and 10 for cell phone violations.
With the help of an eight-run second inning, Staples edged Fairfield Ludlowe 9-8 Thursday at Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard to qualify for the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) playoffs. Team members celebrate after the final out. Westport’s Wreckers will go up against New Canaan Saturday at noon at Harbor Yard in the FCIAC final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Craig Moss for WestportNow.com
Mollie Donovan admires a dress she wore to the"Bal de Noel” in 1968 which is on display at the Westport Historical Society as part of the “Westport Women: Celebrating 50 Years of the Westport Young Women’s League” exhibit opening Monday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo