Friday, July 28, 2006
The Westport Soccer Association is offering instructional programs for children entering kindergarten this fall and next fall.
The programs have limited enrollment and are fun and noncompetitive for both boys and girls.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.westportsoccer.org.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Playwright David Wiltse of Weston will discuss “The Making of ‘A Marriage Minuet,’” at a Sunday Symposium presented by the Westport Country Playhouse in conjunction with his comedy, “A Marriage Minuet.”
The symposium is scheduled on Sunday, Aug. 6 following the 3 p.m. performance.
Wiltse was appointed playwright-in-residence for the playhouse by Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson earlier this year.
The comedy of misunderstandings and misbehaving will be staged at Westport Country Playhouse Aug. 3-20.
A visitor to the Westport Farmers Market today balances baby and produce. The weekly Thursday market at the Westport Country Playhouse is drawing increasing crowds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 17-21, 2006:
William G. Bulakites Jr. to Michael O’Leary, 1 Oak Ridge Park, $662,500
Joseph D. Warren Jr. and Judith Ann Johnston to Drew Friedman, 25 Old Mill Road, $872,500
Christopher J. and Rebecca Bergman to Ian T. and Suzannah H. Rogers, 5 Hunting Lane, $1,340,000
John R. and Mary Beth Laux to Aaron and Liane Dahlke, 25 Marion Road, $1,125,000
By Joanna Pliner
Students from Norwalk and Bridgeport were able to feel the velvety-soft red seats of the Westport Country Playhouse Wednesday to enjoy “Constant Star.”
The Westport Country Playhouse opened its doors to several underprivileged students from Music and Arts Center for Humanity of Bridgeport, ACHIEVE of Norwalk and George Washington Carver Center of Norwalk as part of the Arts Access Fund for the matinee showing of the play.
Patricia Blaufuss, playhouse spokeswoman, said the goal of the Arts Access Fund is to “provide access to the theater to new and under-served audiences through education and community outreach.”
Alonzo Virgil, founder of ACHIEVE, said Wednesday afternoon was many of his students’ first time in a theater.
It was pop and hop time Wednesday evening as youngsters took part in First Night Westport/Weston’s “Bubble Pop Hop” on Westport’s Jesup Green. The event was postponed from last New Year’s Eve due to bad weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] library: “Endless Summer”
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - “Bye, Bye Birdie”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Constant Star”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - I Squared: Irish & Italian Song
The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight approved installing a traffic light at Riverside Avenue and Sylvan Lane, but the Board of Finance put off its vote until September.
The finance board was scheduled to vote tonight on an appropriation of $7,900—Westport’s share of the installation cost— but will vote at its September meeting.
Kevin Connolly, who was sitting as chairman of the finance board meeting, said one member—Charlie Haberstroh—feels strongly about the matter, but couldn’t be present for the meeting. Haberstroh was one of two board members not present at tonight’s meeting—the other was its chair, Jeffrey Mayer.
The Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 to approve the light. First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and fellow Democrat Shelly Kassen were in favor while Republican Robert Lasprogato was opposed.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Youngsters finally got a chance to take part in the “Bubble Pop Hop” today sponsored by First Night Westport/Weston. The event on Jesup Green had been planned for last New Year’s Eve but was canceled because of bad weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
The would-be developer of two properties in the new Gorham Avenue Historic District has filed a second court appeal against Westport’s boards and commissions.
Richard Montanaro—who owns the property at 5 Gorham Ave. and 296 Main St.—and his development company Redcoat Development filed suit with the Westport Historic District Commission and the Representative Town Meeting on Tuesday and was filed with the Town Clerk the same day.
The RTM approved the historic district at its meeting earlier this month. Montanaro had previously appealed the Historic District Commission’s decision to support the historic district (See WestportNow June 20).
The developer has proposed to construct 20 condominiums on the two properties, which would include affordable housing. The application was filed with the Planning and Zoning Commission in June under the state affordable housing law.
Two Westport friends—Dylan Chapman, 3, (l) and Cole Ehrlich, 4—found a way to cool off in a front yard. Temperatures in the 80s accompanied by high humidity had many Westporters headed to the beach today or seeking a place in the shade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christine Chapman for WestportNow.com
Westport Wreckers U-13 Koufax League team—comprised of boys from both Westport and Fairfield—is in Battle Creek, Mich., to play in the 13-year-old World Series, which starts today. Team members are (front l-r) Ben Meyers, Dustin Lowman, Andy MacPherson, Steve Guasco, Mikey Scott, (back l-r) Assistant Coach Tim Currie, Maxx Keane, Eric Mollo, Brendan Lesch, Patrick Rhea, Frankie Bergonzi, Robert Gau and Coach Pat Vigilio. Missing from photo are Tyler Jacobs and Dylan Meissner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Traffic was one-lane northbound on Westport’s Compo Road North this morning because of work on a water line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Work on a water line on Westport’s Compo Road North slowed traffic in the area Tuesday night and today.
Police said there was one lane of traffic northbound between East Main Street and Evergreen Avenue with southound traffic being diverted at Evergreen Avenue.
The work was completed around mid-day, police said.
A lifeguard makes his way to his post Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. The lifeguards meet at 10 a.m. each day for their assignments before heading out to their posts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Non Union Non Supervisory Pension Board
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Jobseekers Resource Seminar
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
2 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Constant Star”
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Subcommittee – Town Plan Update
6 p.m. - Jesup Green - Bubble Pop Hop
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Lyle Sings Broadway for Kids
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Anticipated Executive Session
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79)
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Westport officials are working with residents in the area of High Point Road and Meadow Brook Lane after rain made an oily mess on the roads last week.
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said workers laid down a “crack seal”—which is a mixture of asphalt and oils—on the road Friday and then placed a stone dust and compost mix on top of it.
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t mix well with water,” he said. “When it rained, it washed away.”
The mixture is supposed to sit on the road for about two days to cure, he said, but an unexpected deluge of rain on Friday morning made the roads an oily mess.
Commuters crowd on the train platform at Westport’s Saugatuck Train station this morning. Commuters said summertime has not meant a shift down in the numbers of people traveling via MetroNorth trains. They said seats are hard to find, especially if trains are short. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com
Westport-based Terex Corp., the world’s third largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, will be shifting its corporate operations from 500 Post Road East to the Nyala Farms Corporate Center, according to GlobeSt.com
The firm, a major construction and mining equipment manufacturer, will relocate by year’s end from its current office opposite Westport fire headquarters to the office complex just off I-95 on Greens Farms Road, the Web site reported.
Terex currently occupies 35,000 square feet at 500 Post Road East and will move to 79,598 square feet of space at the 372,207-square-foot, five-building complex at Nyala Farms.
The long-term lease is the largest lease transaction so far this year in Fairfield County and brings the Nyala property to 100 percent occupancy, according to real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.
A couple engages in conversation in the shade at Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday. People flocked back to the beach after the last few days filled with rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – RTM Transit Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Constant Star”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Peter Spink
Monday, July 24, 2006
Westport children ages 5 through 15 are spending their days this week learning about skateboarding and inline skating at Compo Beach’s skate park. By the end of the week the skaters will have mastered new skills including high jumps and will go on to an advance one-week course in August. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport’s “Bubble Pop Hop” had to be canceled because of snow during First Night last December, but it is coming this week to Jesup Green.
The event—sponsored by First Night Westport/Weston—will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. prior to the “Lyle Sings Broadway for Kids” performance at the Levitt Pavilion.
Bubble wrap was originally going to line Taylor Place—the side street by Tiffany’s.
But 2,500 feet of bubble wrap—donated by Sealed Air Corporation in New Jersey—will be ready for Wednesday.
For more information about the “Bubble Pop Hop,” call (203) 341-1041. For concert information, call (203) 226-7600 of visit levittpavilion.com.
The Westport Historical Society is leading a canoe tour of the Sherwood Mill Pond. Contributed photoThe Westport Historical Society will hold the next edition of its Destination Westport series on Sunday, Aug. 13 at 2:30 p.m. with a tour of the Sherwood Mill Pond.
Those attending will need to bring their own canoe or kayak for the tour, which will be done on the pond itself.
Those attending will meet at the former Allen’s Clam House, and the tour will start promptly at 2:45 p.m.
The narrated “Sherwood Mill Pond Wilderness Salt Marsh Water Tour” takes about two hours, and concludes at Burying Hill Beach, where refreshments will be served. The society will provide transportation back to Allen’s Clam House.
5:30 p.m. – Town Hal Room 201A – Historic District Commission Subcommittee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance and Employee Compensation Committees
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Westport’s Bogey’s Grille and Tap Room will sponsor its 11th annual golf tournament Aug. 7 to benefit CLASP Homes and the Westport Police Benevolent Association.
The tournament will be held at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston.
CLASP Homes has provided support and services to people with mental retardation and related disabilities for 24 years.
Headquartered in Westport, CLASP operates 10 group homes, seven apartments and a Career and Community Options Program in Westport, Fairfield, Wilton, Easton, Stratford, Shelton and Norwalk.
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Constant Star”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Eight to the Bar, swing band
Saturday, July 22, 2006
More than 50 members and guests of the Westport Historical Society took a walking tour of the Saugatuck area today. At the Saugatuck train station, guide Barbara Raymond recounted some railroad history. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com