Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Longtime Westporter Ted Diamond, navigator on a B-17 bomber who flew 50 missions over European targets in World War II, flew his 51st mission today accompanied by a “crew” of nine—family and close Westport friends. The flight was arranged as a gift to Diamond on his 90th birthday from Tom, Bill and Eleanore Hunter, former Westport residents. As the B-17 took off from Oxford Airport and circled Connecticut, Diamond, armed this time with his camera instead of a machine-gun, relived his many wartime experiences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Mark Iuraduri of I.K. Builders, LLC. for the rehabilitation and expansion of the property at 131 Sturges Highway known as the Abel Bradley House, c. 1800 at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commission is honoring I.K. Builders “in recognition of the rehabilitation and sensitive addition to what must be the most famous farm house in Connecticut. By skillfully designing the new construction you have not only saved, but actually managed to feature, a valuable part of Westport’s heritage. Your service to this community is noteworthy and will serve as an inspiration to others.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Author Sherri Brooks Vinton demonstrated how to “Eat Well to Live Well” in a cooking demonstration today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities involving tomatoes from the Westport Farmers Market. The cooking series is sponsored by Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and made possible by a grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation. Contributed photo
The Westport Police Department today issued a list of do’s and don’ts for residents concerned about home invasions.
The department said in a news release its list was prompted by the murder of three people last month in Cheshire, Conn., in a home invasion incident.
“The term ‘home invasion’ strikes fear in the hearts and minds of every police officer in the United States,” the department said.
“The officers, particularly those of whom have investigated this type of crime, will never forget the typical force and brutality exhibited by the perpetrator to accomplish his goal, whatever that might be.”
Westport officials have received an application for a demolition permit for the house at 1 Quintard Place off Maple Avenue South. The 933-square foot ranch built in 1948 is situated on a 0.3-acre corner property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jesup Green - Storytime on Jesup Green
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Kings Highway School Special Maintenance Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Library Board of Trustees Canceled
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Circus Minimus
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Westport’s Save the Children announced today that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help thousands of families in Nepal and Bangladesh recovering from the recent monsoon-triggered flooding.
Save the Children said it is reaching out to tens of thousands of children and their families in the area with critical supplies and providing ongoing support in the areas of health, emergency food and nonfood supplies, and water and sanitation as the population works toward recovery.
“Besides providing badly needed resources, we hope that this decision by the Gates Foundation draws more public attention to a humanitarian crisis that is getting far too little attention in the United States but continues to imperil the lives of hundreds of thousands of families in South Asia,” said Rudy Von Bernuth, who heads emergency response operations for the charity.
“We hope that the generosity of the Gates Foundation will encourage others to support this important humanitarian effort.”
The house at 87 North Ave. came down today as new owner Terry Brannigan watched. Brannigan, and his wife Laurie and two children bought the house in June. (It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 29.) Brannigan, a native Westporter, 1979 Staples graduate, and former wrestling coach there, said their present home next door on Blue Coat Lane is “too large for us and we wanted to design our own house.” Their new home will be about 4.000 square feet and is scheduled to be completed next spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rain and temperatures in the 50s kept people away from Westport’s Compo Beach today. The forecast called for mostly clouds skies on Wednesday with highs in the 70s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The application process for a demolition permit has been initiated with Westport officials for the house at 3 Sprucewood Lane off Long Lots Road. The 1954-built ranch is 2,619 square feet and sits on a one-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Among the nine properties whose owners have been selected for a Westport Historic District Commission Preservation Award for 2007 is a pump station at Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike owned by the Aquarion Water Company—the sole commercial winner. The commission, which will present the awards Saturday, Sept. 8 at Town Hall ceremony, said the “decision to use quality materials for this high visibility location speaks volumes about your concern for the community. Resembling a rural 19th century industrial building, this is a truly inspiring example of compatible new construction.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Winds gusted to 25 miles per hour off of Westport’s Compo Beach South Monday creating perfect conditions for the sport of kite surfing. Several surfers from Westport, Darien, and Greenwich took advantage of nearly perfect conditions to launch the colorful kites that propel them rapidly across the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Evan Harding Point at Longshore - Storytime at Longshore
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners Discuss: “Remembering Laughter”
7 p.m. - Community Room, Canal Park - Westport Housing Authority Meeting of the Commissioners
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Connecticut Ballet
Monday, August 20, 2007
A two-car crash this afternoon on Westport’s Riverside Avenue in front of Saugatuck Elementary School sent one person to Norwalk Hospital. Traffic on the busy roadway was tied up as police, firefighters, and Westport EMS responded to the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The house at 40 Park Lane was demolished today. The 1960-built split-level house was 1,250 square feet and situated on a 0.7- acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 27, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Annette Coplit of 7 Washington Ave. with the Helen Muller Award which is a special award reserved “for those living in a local historic district.” This award will be presented at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8 “in recognition of the thoughtful improvements to this handsome arts and crafts bungalow c. 1900.” The award is particularly noteworthy as it is the first to a resident in the Gorham Avenue Historic District. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Norwalk man failed to negotiate a curve on Westport’s Beachside Avenue early today and his car crashed through a fence above the waters of Long Island Sound, police said.
Police arrested James McGarty Jr., 19, of Norwalk on charges of operating a vehicle with a suspended license and driving under the influence, according to Sgt. Richard Sloat.
He said an officer on routine patrol came across the accident at 4:10 a.m. in the southbound lane of Beachside Avenue. The car “came to rest before going over the embankment into the ocean,” Sloat said.
A police news release made no mention of injuries to the driver.
The Westport Historical Society will conduct its second annual Sherwood Mill Pond “Wilderness Salt Marsh Water Tour” on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Sunday as the rain date.
Flashback: Last year’s inaugural kayak tour attracted several dozen participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Participants may bring their own kayak or canoe or borrow or rent a small number of kayaks from the Society. A staff member from Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center will provide the narrative.
The tour will set off from the former Allen’s Clam House location on Hillspoint Road and participants are asked to arrive by 9:45 a.m. as it is a tide-sensitive trip. Refreshments will be provided and families are welcome.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group Show II
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Wesport Public Library - Teen Gaming in the Afternoon (ages 12 and up)
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - The Story Wagon
8 p.m. - Staples High School Cafeteria B - Board of Education
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - TeenFlix: “Spaceballs” (1987, PG)
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Today’s Farmers Market at the Westport Center for Senior Activities was the focus of a canned and fresh food drive to assist the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport and its Hunger Outreach Network. The network is comprised of 39 food pantries and soup kitchens which are experiencing an extreme food shortage. John Cottrell (l), chief executive officer of the council, was on hand along with Mary Ann West, of the Saugatuck Congregational Church, administrator of today’s drive, and her daughter, Amelia, home from college helping out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Karen and Bob Weingarten, owners of 108 Hillandale Road, at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commission is honoring the Weingartens, owners of the house known as the Simon Couch House, c. 1805, “to recognize the adaptive reuse of a historic barn. The repurposing of existing structures is an appropriate means of conservation – and barns, by their very nature are well suited for this purpose.” It cited the couple’s “meticulous documentation” of the building’s history and said it will serve to educate and orient future stewards of the property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Westport Farmers Market - Canned and fresh food drive for area food banks
noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Group II Show
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Discuss: “The Chatham School Affair”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jerry Weldon Trio
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Westport’s Center for Senior Activities today welcomed national school Scrabble champions Matthew Silver, 13, of Westport and Aune Mitchell, 14, of Ridgefield as it hosted intergenerational Scrabble matches. The oldest attendee was 91 and the youngest was 11. The Senior Center plans to have monthly Scrabble sessions beginning in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Composer Stephen Sondheim visited the Westport Country Playhouse Friday and posed with the company of “Being Alive,” a world premiere musical revue with music and lyrics by Sondheim, conceived and directed by Billy Porter and additional text by William Shakespeare. It opens Aug. 24 and runs through Sept. 9. Sondheim was an apprentice at the Playhouse in 1950. Contributed photo
A demolition application is in process for the house at 7 Twin Falls Lane off Wilton Road in Westport. The 1,406 square feet ranch house, built in 1954 sits on a one-acre property. It changed hands last month for $725,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Historic District Commission will honor Pamela and Dimitri Vlahakis, owners of 150 Compo Road North (at the corner of Cross Highway), at a Town Hall ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8. The commission is honoring owners of nine Westport properties for their work in rehabilitating, adapting, or preserving structures. The commission is honoring the owners of the house known as the Maj. Allen Chapman/John Marchand House c. 1799 “in recognition of the sensitive and high quality restoration of this 18th century home. The effort to preserve the scale and historic character of this well known landmark is especially important in light of the redevelopment pressures that exist in Westport. At a time when several nearby historic homes have been lost, the Vlahakis’s decision to preserve an important aspect of our heritage is especially praiseworthy.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com