Monday, May 28, 2007
Many Westporters headed to Compo Beach to celebrate the unofficial start to summer today. Temperatures hit 85 degrees, which made for good beach weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
After today’s Memorial Day Parade, many headed to Westport’s Compo Beach to swim, sunbathe or grill food to celebrate the unofficial start to summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Members of the Staples High School band play as they cross the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in downtown Westport today as part of the annual Memorial Day parade. The Bedford and Coleytown Middle Schools bands also performed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Waiting for the parade in downtown Westport today, three boys waved their American flags. Many flags were flying throughout the parade route between Saugatuck Elementary School and Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Before today’s Memorial Day parade, the Westport Fire Department held a ceremony at fire headquarters attended by a record number of firefighters from the 58-member department. The ceremony honored those who have given their lives in the line of duty. Chief Christopher Ackley (l) spoke to the assembled firefighters. He paid specific tribute to Fire Chief Frank L. Dennert and Firefighters Francis T. Dunnigan, John H. Gallagher and Dominick J. Zeoli who lost their lives in the line of duty on May 2, 1946. He also remembered George Cardozo, the department’s photographer, who died of a heart attack following a 2000 house fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Bill Vornkahl (l) and Ted Diamond, Memorial Day parade grand marshal, lay a wreath at Veterans Green outside of Westport Town Hall today during a ceremony following the parade. Vornkahl has organized the annual parade for nearly four decades. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westporter Mary Jo Kinser (l) and Teri Thompson, of Weston, expressed their emotions through tears during the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Green today. “There is so much divisiveness in the world at this time and that this annual Memorial Day event is the part of Americana that we are all missing,” Kinser said. “It has a very warm community feel and that’s why we come here every year.” Thompson said her father was in World War II and she feels “that Westport seems like the only place where a World War II veteran can openly tell the truth about today’s war situation.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Selectwoman Shelly Kassen and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff march during Westport’s annual Memorial Day parade today. In a ceremony following the parade, Joseloff told the crowd they need to rally around the flag more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Westport Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Ted Diamond gave the crowd the thumb’s up during the parade on Post Road East today. Diamond fought in both the infantry and as a navigator in the Air Force during World War II, and he spoke how he hopes the war in Iraq ends quickly during his remarks in a ceremony following the parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
While many of Westport’s children were in today’s Memorial Day parade, there were many more on the sides of the street watching the parade go by today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell (l) was among Westport League of Women Voters members carrying the Democracy Cup in today’s Memorial Day parade. Westport won the cup for having the largest voter turnout among towns in its population category in the last election. These photos and many more to come are available on a special WestportNow Memorial Day parade page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A backflip on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge was a treat for Memorial Day parade watchers today. The gymnasts were part of the Family Y of Westport Weston contingent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jerry Kuyper for WestportNow.com
Several A-10 Warthog jets from the Connecticut Air National Guard, 103rd Fighter Wing, 118th Fighter Squadron, saluted Westport’s Memorial Day parade today with several flyovers. Police said they received calls from several startled residents wondering what was going on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Y’s Men of Westport Weston depicted the flag raising at Iwo Jima as their float’s theme om this year’s Memorial Day parade. The float was designed by Leonard Everett Fisher and included a tribute to the late Clark Ford, who oversaw the float’s prize-winning design for the last five years. Several of Ford’s children posed as Marines on the float. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Ted Diamond, a World War II veteran, claps in the reviewing stand at Town Hall during the parade today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Westporters were told today to rally around the flag, much like they did decades ago, and remember and honor those who have given their lives and time to protect Americans.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff reminded those who attended the ceremony following the parade of the movie “Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys,” which was filmed in Westport and was about a community battling the construction of a missile silo. Westporters fought such a battle in the 1950s.
But it was Grand Marshal Ted Diamond who was greeted with applause when he expressed his hopes that the Iraq War will have ended by Memorial Day a year from now and the troops are home.
“I hope a year from now we are speaking how the war has ended and there has been a safe return of our troops,” he said, prompting the clapping.
Westport’s political leaders, including (l-r) state Rep. Joe Mioli, Selectwoman Shelly Kassen, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Selectman Bob Lasprogato waved to the crowds at today’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Tony Esposito used today’s Westport Memorial Day parade as an occasion for a public kiss with his wife Helen that is reminiscent of the famous Times Square sailor kissing photo at the end of World War II. Esposito owns AnTony’s Hairstyling and Barber Shop at 10 Bay St., behind the Westport Post Office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jerry Kuyper for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, addressing the annual Memorial Day ceremony at fire headquarters today, said firefighters face unknown dangers every time they leave the fire house. He cited a Waterbury fire captain killed in a fire truck collision last week and two New Haven firefighters injured in an ambulance accident over the weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s annual Memorial Day parade kicks off this morning shortly after 9 a.m. with hundreds expected to participate.
The line of march runs from Riverside Avenue in front of Saugatuck Elementary School, across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, up Post Road East to Myrtle Avenue, and then along Myrtle to Veterans Green.
World War II veteran Ted Diamond is grand marshal for the parade. There will be a reviewing stand in front of Town Hall, and ceremonies will take place across the street on Veterans Green following the parade.
There was good sailing weather at Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday with temperatures reaching almost 80. The forecast is for similar temperatures today for the annual Memorial Day parade in Westport under partly sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - Downtown Westport - Annual Memorial Day Parade
Bernard Kalb, former CBS and NBC newsman and founding anchor of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” paid tribute today to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam at the Westport Public Library’s Booked for the Evening fund-raiser. Kalb called Halberstam a “journalistic giant” and said journalists today who are skeptical about U.S. goverment optimism about the Iraq War echo Halberstam’s work of 40 years ago in Vietnam. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Susan Terry (l-r), Laurence Luckinbill, Lewis J. Stadlen and Frank Deford present a tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam during today’s annual Booked for the Evening gala at the Westport Public Library. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.comBy Jennifer Connic
The Westport Public Library today honored the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam through words, song and stories at its annual Booked for the Evening gala.
“His writing was complex, far reaching and embodied the basic principal of discovering the extraordinary essence of things wherever he looked,” said Maxine Bleiweis, library director. “He was a supreme reporter—always after the facts, the circumstances and points of view surrounding his subject.”
Halberstam died in April in a car accident outside of San Francisco (see WestportNow April 23). Library officials decided to move on with the tribute, and Halberstam’s wife, Jean, was in attendance.
The event featured a tribute to Halberstam’s work through words read by Frank Deford, Laurence Luckinbill and Lewis J. Stadlen and through song from Susan Terry and accompanied by Mark Cherry. Former CBS and NBC News correspondent Bernard Kalb, who worked with Halberstam at The New York Times in the 1960s, also paid tribute to him by telling how he worked through the Vietnam War.