Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Westport ceramics artist Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong installs her sculpture at the Westport Arts Center in preparation for her exhibition in the Solos Show, a group show that features the work of five artists which runs until July 15. The opening reception for the show is Friday at 6:30-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Armstrong’s neighbor, Kyle Langford, lent a hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
By Ed Kiersh
To many, Westport’s Legends of the Game sports memorabilia shop is rapidly becoming known as Yankee Stadium North.
Located in the Compo Shopping Center, the shop, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, attracts autograph enthusiasts, baseball card collectors, and assorted nostalgia seekers. But the flood of Yankee supporters puts owner Michael Riccio, 30, in “a tough bind.” He’s an avowed Boston Red Sox fan who sells a wide range of Sox-logoed waste baskets, David Ortiz jerseys and dog bowls celebrating Fenway Park.
The temperature got into the 90s Tuesday in Westport before cooling off at sunset. Today’s forecast calls for similar tempertaures with a chance of late day thunderstorms. Scene is Westport’s Ned Dimes Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Jesup Green - Storytime on Jesup Green
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hall Family
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - RTM Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - TEAM Westport Committee
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A 50-year-old Westport man pleaded not guilty in New Haven federal court today to charges of racketeering in connection with a federal probe of mob influence in the trash industry.
Anthony Luciano, 50, of Davenport Avenue, was indicted by a federal grand jury in New Haven earlier this month on federal charges of racketeering conspiracy and arrested June 14. He was freed on $200,000 bond. (See WestportNow June 15, 2007)
Luciano was identified as a former salesman for a company owned by James Galante, 54, of New Fairfield, who faces a series of federal charges in connection with the investigation.
Galante, who was indicted last summer along with 28 others on charges of participating in a scheme to drive up trash rates, also appeared in the New Haven court and pleaded not guilty to those and new charges.
A show jumper performs at Fairfield County Hunt Club’s Benefit Horse Show, which opened today. The Hunt Club grounds are located on Long Lots Road in Westport. The horse show is open to the public and continues through Saturday and will feature more than 750 riders and horses of all ages and levels competing in 200 classes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The first session of the Aquasize class for Westport seniors started with a lovely warm day at Westport’s Longshore Pool today. Ruth Sherman leads the hour-long class in water exercises every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:35 a.m. Westport seniors are welcome. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Republicans Monday night elected Bob Zappi as their new town chair, replacing Pete Wolgast who has served in the post for eight of the last 10 years.
Old and New: Pete Wolgast (l) was replaced by Bob Zappi as GOP chair. Contributed photos
Zappi, 49, will serve out the remainder of the term of Wolgast, 73, which ends next March.
Wolgast cited “family, civic, and philanthropic commitments” as the reason he is unable to continue as Republican Town Committee chair. Zappi had been vice-chair.
“Bob Zappi has made outstanding contributions to the organization during the last two years,” Wolgast said in a statement.
Westporter Clint Goss sat on a stone bench on the Westport Library River Walk Monday playing a Hang drum, an instrument designed in Switzerland. Created in 2000, the Hang (pronounced “hung”) is one of the younger musical instruments and is the result of many years of research on the steel pan and many other resonating percussion instruments from around the world. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201A - Planning & Zoning Commission Affordable Housing Subcommittee
10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos Members Show
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. - Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
2 p.m. & 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine: Volver
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Girl Authority
7:45 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - RTM Ordinance Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
Recently elected members of the Westport Woman’s Club 2007-08 Board of Directors are: (back row, l-r) Dorothy Packer, rentals chair; Pat Jensen, program chair; Mary J. Lee, communications chair; Rose Jordan, community services; Jeannette Tewey, parliamentary advisor; Dorothy Curran, Yankee Doodle Fair. (Front row, l-r) Linda Clair, treasurer; Josephine Laska, fist vice president; Audrey Rabinowitz, president; Jane Potkin, grounds chair; Leah Scherzer, house chair; Mary Lee Clayton, co-chair, membership; Lorraine Feliciano, Curio Cottage representative. Absent from photo: Barbara Szefc, second vice president, Mary Vickery, secretary, and Mary Beth Allen, co-chair, Membership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, June 25, 2007
Today was the first day of the Beach School at Westport’s Compo Beach. In the foreground, campers are getting prepared for a swim on a hot day while in the background, a group finishes a class in sea life at Compo. At low tide, they will be taken to explore for sea life themselves. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
A woman motorist was taken to Norwalk Hospital today after her car crashed into a stone pillar in front of 270 Saugatuck Ave. in Westport. The extent of her injuries was not known. Rush hour traffic on the busy roadway was backed up by the 7:20 a.m. accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Construction crews begin demolishing the house at 42 Old Hill Road in Westport today. The 1961 house on one acre of property sold in May for $1,725,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A weekend of clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures barely reaching 80 ended with another pretty sunset over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach. Today’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies wiith a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid-80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Rhythm & Rhyme
4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - The Story Wagon
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Planning & Zoning Commission Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School Room 333 - Board of Education anticipated executive session
8 p.m. - Staples High School Room 301 - Board of Education
Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight opened its summer season of 57 free concerts with a performance by four-time Grammy-nominated Buckwheat Zydeco. The Levitt is operating with a temporary stage for the next two seasons. More information is available at www.levittpavilion.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Buck is a handsome, endearing hound mix, a brown-eyed boy with freckles! Though timid, Buck has begun to come out of his shell. He likes other dogs, enjoys ear rubs and loves to go for walks. For more information about Buck, call Westport Animal Control at 203-341-5076.
By Ed Kiersh
The new Sunday edition of the Westport Farmers Market debuted today on a shaded meadow behind the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
Visitors to the Sunday farmers market had plenty of breads to choose from. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Beginning at 10 a.m. a stream of buyers made their way to the market where, amid the bleats from four goats, they found a bounty of locally produced fruits, vegetables and baked goods.
The market will operate every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. It is meant to allow working people to join those shoppers who frequent the Thursday market next to the Westport Country Playhouse.
The grassy setting surrounded by woods on a hill off Imperial Avenue “offers easier accessibility” than the Playhouse site, said Selectwoman Shelly Kassen.
A lush green lawn of the Westport Center for Senior Activities was the venue for today’s debut of the Sunday Westport Farmers Market. The opening of the Sunday version followed last year’s successful launch of the weekly Thursday market at the Westport Country Playhouse, which continues this year. The Sunday market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Penny is a 3-year-old spayed female hound mix that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). This picture does not do justice to this beautiful dog. Penny is the dog that you won’t ever want to leave behind. She will be your best friend and devoted companion. I know once you meet her in person and she rests her head in your lap ... well, you will know she’s the one. She looks sad and she is sad because she needs her new forever home. Stop by soon to meet Penny. She may be just a Penny but you’ll feel rich when she comes home with you.
Your name doesn’t have to be Louise to appreciate this sweetie of a dog. Thelma is a 5-year-old spayed female hound mix that can be found at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). Thelma loves attention and you will want to give her lots of it when she looks at you with those big green eyes. Thelma is gentle, calm and just adores ear scratches. She is just a dear, darling dog. Please stop by soon to meet our charming Thelma.
Workers erected a sign at Westport’s Compo Beach reminding visitors that the Independence Day fireworks are set for Monday, July 3. Vehicle passes at $30 are available at Westport police headquarters and the Parks and Recreation Department office at Longshore Club Park. The event is a joint effort of the Westport Police Athletic League and the Parks and Recreation Department. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Foxy is an adorable collie/shepherd mix who is less than one year old. This friendly girl has a beautiful soft coat and a face that always appears to be smiling. She is very well-behaved, responds to commands, and bounces along happily on her walks. For more information on Foxy, please call Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR) at 203-438-0158 as she is currently “on load” to ROAR.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market (first Sunday opening)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Opening Night: Buckwheat Zydeco
3 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”
Mothers of graduated Staples football players or cheerleaders gathered at Westport’s Compo Beach today to once again celebrate Staples sports. Pictured are: bottom row( l-r): Louise McGlynn, Betsey Lebow, Miriam Auzerais, Marica Goodgame, Denise Lamoureux, Katie Marsilio, Kim Berry, and Audrey Demetres; top row (l-r): Ana Rogers, Judy Kelhoffer, Elise Schneider, Carrie Lozyniak, Maria Kennedy, Nancy Rosato and Lois Backon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, June 23, 2007
A visitor to today’s United Way Family Fun Day on Westport’s Jesup Green gets a little face paint. Cloudless skies and temperatures in the mid-60s helped draw a crowd to the first annual event sponsored by United Way of Westport Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A two-car crash shortly after 9 a.m. today on Westport’s Wilton Road near the southbound exit 41 Merritt Parkway ramp sent one person to Norwalk Hospital. Witnesses said the driver of a black Infiniti was making a left hand turn from Red Coat Lane and collided with a Jeep going north toward Wilton. The male driver of the Infiniti and his female passenger were not injured. The driver of the Jeep, a Wilton man, initially refused medical treatment but was then transported to the hospital. Two children, a 10-year-old boy and his 9-year-old sister, riding in the back seat were uninjured. Witnesses said the Jeep’s occupants were wearing seat belts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATED Thousands of Westporters going to their mailbox today may have found their annual tax bill from the town along with someone else’s.
Tax Collector George Underhill acknowledged that there was a major snafu involving the mailing by a Waterbury-based company that sent many tax bills to the wrong address.
“We only became aware of it as the bills hit the mailboxes today,” he said. “We are getting in touch with the company that did the mailing and trying to figure out what went wrong.”
Later, he said that the company told him there appeared to be a problem with the postal address verification process which, ironically, was intended to ensure the accuracy of the mailing address.
Noon - 4 p.m. - Jesup Green - United Way Family Fun Day
7 p.m. - Rock Aid - Toquet Hall Teen Center
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Mary’s Wedding”