Monday, May 26, 2008
Politicians were among the marchers in today’s Memorial Day parade, including (l-r) First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Selectman Shelly Kassen, Selectman Robert Lasprogato, and state Rep. Joe Mioli. See more Memorial Day photos by Phyllis Groner by clicking here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Howard Munce, grand mashal of today’s Westport Memorial Day parade, paid tribute to the statue of the World War I doughboy during his remarks on Veterans Green. He said he was glad it eventually ended up here after years ago being on a median on Post Road East and tipped his hat toward it in salute. See a video of Sarah Morris singing the national anthem by clicking here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Today’s Westport Memorial Day Parade was the biggest ever, according to organizer Bill Vornkahl. Cloudless skies and temperatures in the 70s drew crowds of marcher and onlookers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) © Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com
Clayton F. Chalfant, 84, of Westport salutes during today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. The line of march took almost two hours to pass the reviewing stand in front of Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley addressed today’s morning Memorial Day ceremony at Westport fire headquarters. He said the department is stronger and citizens safer as a result of additional firefighters added to the ranks over the past two years. He thanked town leaders and elected representatives for approving the additional manpower. Behind him are (l-r) state Rep. Joe Mioli, Selectman Robert Lasprogato, and First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Public Library, Schools, and Town Hall are closed in observance of Memorial Day
7 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - Westport Kiwanis Annual Memorial Day Family Pancake Breakfast
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Memorial Day ceremony
9 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Memorial Day Parade kickoff (Riverside Avenue to Veterans Green)
Westport’s annual Memorial Day parade kicks off today 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 and noted artist Howard Munce 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.
Before the parade, there will be a Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane. At 8 a.m., there will be a Westport Fire Department ceremony at its headquarters, 515 Post Road East.
Sammie, a 10-year-old Yorkshire Terrier attracted quite a bit of attention Sunday afternoon as she sat on a River Walk table next to a bag with her likeness printed on the front. Sammie is owned by Norwalk couple Walter Amador and Mary Ann Pellegrino. They say they use the Westport Public Library frequently because of its extensive collection and its proximity to the river. They alway bring Sammie along so she can enjoy a walk by the river and take turns going into the library and staying outside with her. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Premium gas prices climbed from $3.65 to $4.32 during the six weeks since the Cumberland Farms gas station at Post Road East and Hillspoint Road closed its pumps for its periodic replacement of underground fuel tanks. The pumps reopened for gasoline sales on Friday evening. At least one nearby station was charging $4.59 for premium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Westport Historical Society today erected a banner outside its headquarters saluting Memorial Day parade grand marshal Howard Munce, noted artist and long-time advisor to WHS’s exhibit development. Doing the honors were Mollie Donovan (l) and Olivia Yule. Following the parade, the public is invited to the opening reception of the WHS’ new exhibit celebrating the Westport Public Library’s 100th birthday as well as an exhibit in its Little Gallery featuring “A Town’s Treasures” comprised of Tom Kretch photographs that runs to Labor Day. The Historical Society is adjacent to Veterans Green where the Parade ends.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The flags and red, white and blue bunting are out all over Westport this Memorial Day weekend, including at 130 Riverside Ave., where a plaque says it is the John Perry House dated 1869. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Vendor Edward Gazy’s wagon was full of hanging flower baskets today as he awaited customers on the second week of the Sunday Westport Farmers Market at the upper Imperial Avenue parking lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Among those out and about enjoying the spring weather Saturday was Bella, a puppy who clearly enjoys a ride in the family car. She was spotted on Westport’s Treadwell Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue parking lot - Westport Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Color in 3D”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Found”
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Pavilion”
5 p.m. - Wilton High School - “Israel 60” celebration
Members of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston paused in their Memorial Day float preparations today to honor the late Barry McCabe. McCabe, a long-time group member and World War II Navy veteran, worked on the parade float for many years before his death last November. He was the Memorial Day parade grand marshal in 2005. Pictured (l-r) are: Austen Doolittle; Len Fisher; Marjorie Wroblewski, McCabe’s daughter; Robert Fatherley; Kathy McCabe, his wife; Lauren Wroblewski, McCabe’s grand-daughter, and Bill Balch, president of the Y’s Men. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Members of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston put last minute touches today on the group’s float for Monday’s Memorial Day parade at Kowalsky Brothers on Post Road East. The group wanted to keep the theme of the float under wraps until the parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, May 24, 2008
One of a pair of nesting ospreys returned to the nest today at Westport’s Longshore Club Park after a flight over the water while its mate perched high in a nearby tree. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Soon after the lifeguards at Westport’s Compo Beach called it a day today after their first day on the job, a couple of visitors claimed one of their chairs to have a snack. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
L. Dale Burmeister, 64, of Fairfield and formerly of Westport, the devoted husband of Toni Burmeister, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 20, 2008.
Born in Saginaw, Mich., he was a resident of Westport for almost 30 years before moving to Fairfield Beach four years ago.
Trained as a social worker, he spent most of his career as an advertising executive before finding his true calling as a grandfather in 2004.
A lover of life, Dale was known among his friends for his generous hospitality, his love of food – fine and otherwise-, his curiosity about people and interest in their well-being, and his undeterred kindness.
In recent years he also worked as a substitute teacher and a staff member of the Continuing Education program with the Westport public school system.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his loving children: Christine Burmeister Guivernau and her husband Sebastian of Portland, Ore.; Joseph L. Burmeister and his wife Lesley Steinman of Seattle, Wash.; and Jesse Burmeister, also of Seattle; his best friend of 44 years, John Davis of New York City; his mother Mary Burmeister of Midland, Mich.; his brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Carol Burmeister of Midland; his niece Heidi Lyons and her husband Dan of Okemo, Mich.; nephew Jeremy Paul Burmeister of Denver, Colo., and three adoring grandchildren, Rafael, Luca and Alessandra Guivernau.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Tuesday, May 27 at 4 p.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport. Interment is private, there are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 and Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509.
Lifeguards at Westport’s Compo Beach head home today after their first day on the job. The changeable weather from sunny skies to clouds for much of the afternoon kept many beachgoers away on the unofficial first day of the summer season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Staples High School gained its first baseball Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) title since 1985 today with a 3-1 win over Stamford Westhill at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. Team members surged on to the field after the final out with sophomore David Speer (7) center of attention for his dominant pitching performance. He allowed one unearned run on four hits and three walks (one intentional) while striking out eight to improve to 8-0 for the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Moss for WestportNow.com
By Dave Matlow
The protesters were outside Puppies of Westport on Post Road West again today, as they have been on many previous Saturdays—much to the consternation of the owners who say their animals do not come from puppy mills.
Protesters were out again today in front of Puppies of Westport on Post Road West whose owner denies his animals come from puppy mills. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com
“We do not buy from puppy mills,” said Monty Kaufman, who with his wife Lauren, have operated the store at 420 Post Road West since July 2006.
He said the dogs in his store are acquired from independent breeders, all of whom are USDA-licensed in the mid-West where he said more than 90 percent of the breeding facilities are located.
Protester Dorrie Harris of Westport said “the bottom line for these protests is to raise awareness about where these pet store puppies are coming from—they are not sourced from some bucolic farm or raised by loving hand.”
The Westport Weston Family Y this week hosted a badminton promotion event that featured Charmaine Reid, 34, of Calgary, Canada, (yellow shirt) the No. 1 singles and doubles-ranked badminton player in North America. She was joined by Nicole Grether, 33, who represented Germany in the 2004 Summer Olympics. They played against three local residents—Jason Ormeyer of Easton, and Rob Steinmetz and Martin Majtenyi, both of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Westport tradition of more than 25 years resumes this Memorial Day at the new venue of Christ and Holy Trinity Church. The church is at 75 Church Lane, just steps away from the Memorial Day parade route. The Westport Kiwanis Club said it is again proud to offer the breakfast event to the community. It will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the group says it “promises to be an old-time Westport happening.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport resident Gerald M. Kagan and his firm Kagan Architecture of New Haven were awarded the 2008 Merit Award by the Connecticut Building Congress for its design and construction team effort on the Benjamin Jepson K-8 Magnet School in New Haven.
Gerald M. Kagan: $31 million project came in on time. Contributed photo
Kagan Architecture along with the project team members consisting of Fusco Corporation, Gilbane Building Co., Torrenti Engineering, Westcott & Mapes, Inc., vanZelm Heywood & Shadford Inc., and Stantec successfully collaborated more than five years on the school project, which was completed in August 2007.
The 91,000-square foot inspirational flexible design consists of two stories of classrooms, media center/ library, administration spaces and cafetorium, along with a separate wing and playground area designed for the pre-K program.
Kagan and Rosemary Benivegna, project architect, successfully completed the project on time and within budget at a cost of $31 million, an announcement said.