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Friday, June 27, 2008

Handing Over the First Fireworks Ticket Image
Lydian Asset Management, the sponsor of Westport’s annual fireworks display, received the symbolic first ticket to the July 3 event in a ceremony at Compo Beach. The Police Athletic League display, performed by the Grucci fireworks family, begins at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $25 per car at the Westport Police Department and the Westport Parks and Recreation Department. Police Chief Al Fiore (l) handed over the ticket to Dave Friezo of Lydian Asset Management and his daughter Anna. Rain date is Monday, July 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/27/08 12:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Laszlo Steinberger, 95

Dr. Laszlo Steinberger, a longtime Westport resident, passed away June 24, 2008, at the age of 95.

Born July 29, 1912 in Szombathely, Hungary, he earned degrees from the University of Graz, in Austria, and the University of Pécs, in Hungary. He also served in the Hungarian Army.

In 1938, with Nazism on the move in Europe, he fled Hungary for the United States. It was a decision that almost surely saved his life; most of his family perished in the Holocaust.

He settled in East Norwalk, where he opened a medical practice on West Avenue and began an association with Norwalk Hospital that would last more than half a century, until his retirement in 1993. For many years, he served as the staff physician for hospital employees.

In 1954, Dr. Steinberger relocated his family to Westport while keeping his office in East Norwalk.

In addition to his medical career, he was an accomplished pianist and an avid bridge player, opera fan, and swimmer. Into his 90s, he continued to travel to Italy for his annual summer vacation on the island of Capri.

In addition to speaking English and Hungarian, he was fluent in Italian, French, and German. He was also a talented baker whose walnut torte was the subject of an article in Saveur magazine four years ago. He was truly a Renaissance man.

Dr. Steinberger was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Violet, who died in 1995.

He is survived by his sons John, of East Norwalk, and Peter, of Portland, Ore., his daughters-in-law Rita and Maureen; his sister-in law, Evelyn Burack; his grandchildren Michael, David, Catherine, Thomas, and Julia; the spouses of three of his grandchildren, Kathleen Brennan, Alyssa Steinberger, and Gary Steadman; and his great-grandchildren James, Ava, Nazla, Lucas, and Vivian, for whom he was, and will always be, their beloved “Opapa.”

Visiting hours will be at his home in Westport on Sunday, June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. For further information, call (203)858-0092. Donations can be made in his memory to the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which is located at 8 East 69th St., New York, NY 10021.


06/27/08 12:06 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Day at the Market Image
The weekly Westport Thursday Farmers Market attracted a crowd today at the parking lot at the Westport Country Playhouse. The weekly 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. market, rain or shine, complements the Westport Sunday Farmers Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/26/08 09:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Levitt Community Band Concert Moved Indoors

The Westport Community Band’s performance, which was to be held at the Levitt Pavilion tonight, will move indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave., the Pavilion announced.

Show time is 8 p.m. and the concert, sponsored by Parks & Recreation, is free to the public. 

The weather forecast calls for a high probability of thunderstorms this evening.

For more information on more than 50 nights of free entertainment, visit the Pavilion’s Web site.


06/26/08 06:56 PM Comments () • Permalink

Irving Gordon, 95

Irving Gordon, a lawyer and mill owner, died at Norwalk Hospital on June 22, after a short bout of pneumonia. He was 95.

Born in New York City on Oct. 9, 1912, he was the youngest of six children, a brother, Sidney, and sisters Sadie, Dorothy, Helen and Edna.

He graduated from Syracuse University in 1932 with a degree in economics, and New York University Law School in 1935, where he was on the law review and wrote a now classic paper on child contracts. He practiced law until World War II.

In the Army Air Force, he originally trained to be dropped behind enemy lines with a radar unit, but later became a radar instructor, a communications officer and finally became chief statistical control officer for the Pacific Theater.

Returning home in 1946, he built homes on Long Island and worked in the garment industry as well as practiced law. In 1960, he was invited by his father-in-law, Irving Hillelson, and his brother-in-law, Upton Hillelson, to join the family business, Andrew Worsted Mills, in Pacoag, R.I., as a vice president.

At its height, the business had four mills, two in Rhode Island, one in Vermont and one in South Carolina.

A Westport and Boca Raton, Fla., resident for more than 50 years, he was an avid tennis player until age 92.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Arline Gordon of Boca Raton and Westport; his son Andrew Gordon and his wife, Nancy, of Rockaway, N.J.; his daughter Rikki Gordon and her husband, Allen Pack, of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and grandchildren Daniel Gordon, Marissa Gordon, Alexander Pack and David Pack.



06/26/08 12:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Janet Feitelson, 91

Janet Feitelson died June 24 at the Fisher Home in Amherst, Mass., after a period of declining health. She was 91.

Born in West New York, N.J., Feb. 28, 1917, to Anniece (Landau) and Frank Pearlstein, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1938 with a chemistry degree.

She worked for Standard Oil of New Jersey as a chemist and research librarian. She married Norman Feitelson, a dentist, and settled in Westport where she lived until 2002 when she moved to Amherst.

She had a lifelong interest in the arts. She knitted, sewed, wove and did needlepoint and ceramics. She worked as a volunteer in the textile department of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City.

Survivors include her daughter, Ann Feitelson and grandson, Henry Weis, both of Montague, Mass.; and her brother, Malcolm Preston of Truro, Mass. She was predeceased by her husband.

Gifts in her memory may be given to the Fisher Home, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002.


06/26/08 12:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunset Sail Image
A sunset sail ended a weather perfect day for this visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


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Thursday, June 26, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Solos Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Cover Story”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teddy Bear Tea (Grades 1 & up)
6:30 p.m. – Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “Can Writing be Taught?” by Mary-Lou Weisman
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Hot ‘n Cole:  A Cole Porter Celebration!”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - UPDATE - Westport Community Band - Concert moved inside to Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Irish Novelist, Playwright and Poet Sebastian Barry at Library Image
Sebastian Barry, an Irish playwright, novelist, and poet, was guest today at the Westport Public Library. He read sections of his latest book, “The Secret Scripture.” Writing this week on, critic Allen Barrra said: “Sebastian Barry’s achievement is unlike that of any other modern Western writer, a tapestry of interrelated works in different mediums woven from strands of his past and that of his country.‘The Secret Scripture’ fits seamlessly into a vision that seeks to restore with language that which has been taken away by history.” Barry, 52, is in New Haven this week where the U.S. premiere of his play “The Pride of Parnell Street” is being staged at the Long Wharf Theatre through Saturday. The original production premiered in London in 2007 and was the hit of the Dublin Theatre Festival, receiving The Irish Times’ Irish Theatre Award nomination for Best New Play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/25/08 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Painter Discovers Garage Fire Image
A painter arriving for work at 8:15 a.m. at 6 Forest Drive off of Old Road smelled smoke and when he opened the garage found a fire. He used a garden hose to control the flames before Westport firefighters arrived. Assistant Chief Larry Conklin said there was moderate heat and smoke damage to the garage and two late model vehicles inside as well as a light smoke condition inside the house. Cause of the blaze was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/25/08 02:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

RTM Names John Suggs to Fill District 5 Vacancy

John F. Suggs, 47, has been selected by a committee of members of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from District 5 to fill a vacancy in the district.

Suggs, who has more than 20 years professional experience in financial and public policy analysis, community leadership development and coalition building, was selected to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Chris Grimm.

Since 2003, Suggs has been vice president at a Stamford investment advisory and management firm. He formerly was information technology manager at Citco Group Limited in New York and earlier was employed by United Way, Inc., the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, and the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness.

Suggs received his B.A. in political science from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, an M.S. in management and systems from New York University, and an MBA from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business.


06/25/08 02:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Pritchard Lane Image
An application for a permit is in process to demolish the house at 7 Pritchard Lane off Maple Avenue South. Built in 1951, the one story ranch is 2,094 square feet in size and is situated at the of a cul-de-sac on a 1.14 acre property. Ownership last changed hands for $975,000 in October 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/25/08 01:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting a Ride on a Three-Wheeler Image
A mother and son shared a bicycle outing Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/25/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – PIC Subcommittee on Downtown Plan
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Solos Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Cover Story”
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Sebastian Barry, “The Secret Scripture”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Hot ‘n Cole:  A Cole Porter Celebration!”
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Artists’ Talk, “Solos Show”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hall Family
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Honor Society postponed to July 10th
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac, “Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East”


06/25/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Changeable Weather Image
The clouds came and went today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/25/08 01:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Going Down: 3 Charmers Landing Image
The house at 3 Charmers Landing off of Saugatuck Avenue was demolished today. The 1890-built house was 5,651 square feet in size, situated on a one acre waterfront property and changed ownership this month for $6,205,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on March 25, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/24/08 11:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Feeling Crabby Image
It’s horseshoe crab season, and they are in the shallow waters off of Westport’s Compo Beach laying their eggs. A visitor picked up a male (the females are larger) for a closer inspection today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/24/08 10:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Going Down: Hunt Club Entrant Image
A horse balked at taking the jump on this first day of competition at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club today, causing the rider to be thrown over his head and into the soft grass and the rails being knocked down. The horse and rider both regained their composure and were seen walking back to the starting point where, aside from hurt pride on the part of the rider and being disqualified, no harm was done. Shortly thereafter, the rider remounted her horse and rode off towards the stable. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/24/08 09:49 PM Comments () • Permalink

Caroline Lehn Gieges, 99

Caroline Katherine Lehn Gieges, 99, died peacefully at Shard Villa Nursing Home in Salisbury, Vt., on Thursday, June 5, 2008. She was born Jan. 24, 1909, in Westport, the youngest of 10 children to Edward and Caroline (Strock) Lehn.

Caroline graduated from Staples High School, received an associates degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1929, and her bachelor’s from Yale School of Nursing in 1933. Her career included school nurse in Westport, visiting nurse with the Department of Public Health, and working with special needs students in Bridgeport and Danbury schools.

She spent 20 years of her retirement in Shoreham, Vt. There she spent her days tending bees, caning chairs, baking, and hosting family and friends. She was an active member in the Historical Society and local church groups, while maintaining her involvement with the Connecticut Grange and Order of Eastern Star.

She attended the Shoreham Congregational Church as well as St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury.

Caroline migrated between Vermont and Connecticut throughout her retirement. In 2001, she settled at Shard Villa in Salisbury, Vt., where she simultaneously endeared herself to and drove to distraction the staff and volunteers.

Caroline is survived by her granddaughter Katie, of Cornwall, Vt., and many nieces and nephews. Caroline was predeceased by her two children and ex-husband.

A gathering for Vermont friends will be held at Shard Villa on June 21. In Westport, a memorial service will be held at Christ and Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, June 28 at 1 p.m., followed by a reception for family and friends. Internment will be at Willowbrook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Residents’ Activities Fund at Shard Villa, 1177 Shard Villa Road, Salisbury, VT 05769.


06/24/08 09:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Nab Man After Interrupted Burglary

A Westport police officer on a downed tree call today arrested a 34-year-old Fairfield man caught burglarizing a nearby home.

Police said Alberto Rodriguez was spotted by a homeowner carrying a flat screen television from his home on Partrick Road at about 9 a.m. The man was alerted to the burglary in progress by a loud banging at the front door.

The man called police and then left the house and then continued to communicate with police from a neighbor’s telephone, police said. He provided police with a description of the man and his vehicle.

Officer Alan D’Amura, who had been on a nearby call of a downed tree on Cavalry Road, apprehended Rodriguez as he exited the house through a rear door. In his possession was jewelry taken from the house, police said.

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06/24/08 07:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Arrest 12-Year-Old Girl in Nude Photo Distribution

UPDATE Westport police said today they have arrested a 12-year-old girl in connection with the e-mail distribution of a nude photo of a classmate to fellow students at Coleytown Middle School last month.

They said a warrant was served on the youngster Monday and she was referred to Norwalk Juvenile Court on a charge of breach of peace second degree, which involves the distribution of offensive and indecent material. Her name was not released because of her age.

Police said they began investigating the incident May 12 “upon word circulating throughout the school that a nude snapshot was taken during a video chat, this snapshot being distributed to others.” 

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon later warned parents in a letter that middle school and high school students were involved in “criminal activity” involving distributing “live images and photographs of themselves in total nudity and engaging in inappropriate acts while in the nude.” (See WestportNow May 15, 2008)

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06/24/08 06:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Planning & Zoning Modifies Office Hours

Westport Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley announced today that effective July 2, the P&Z office will be instituting modified office hours. 

The P&Z Office will be open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“We have chosen to remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays as these are days when there are evening meetings,” said Bradley.  “The Zoning Board of Appeals meets on Tuesday, and the Planning & Zoning Commission meets on Thursday.

“The benefits of these hours would allow the department to more efficiently process permits and applications without interruption.,” he said. “The P&Z Office is one of the busiest offices within Town Hall and the ability to have several hours per week to process applications would provide benefits to the staff and public alike.”


06/24/08 12:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Sunset Image
Clouds partially hid Monday’s sunset over the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/24/08 04:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Solos Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Cover Story”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Longshore Golf Clubhouse Committee
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Hot ‘n Cole:  A Cole Porter Celebration!”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Merwin Mountain Band


06/24/08 04:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Kathleen Turner and Edward Albee at Playhouse Image
Veteran actor Kathleen Turner and playwright Edward Albee signed books at the Westport Country Playhouse tonight following “A Conversation with Kathleen Turner and Edward Albee” presented by the Playhouse and the Westport Arts Center. The two engaged in more than an hour of talk and answered questions from a near sell-out audience. Turner recently received rave reviews on Broadway playing Martha in Albee’s modern classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and this fall will star in Albee’s new play, “Me, Myself and I.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


06/24/08 02:29 AM Comments () • Permalink

Making Like Babe Ruth Image
Noah Yokoi, slugger for Coach Phil Ross’s Westport All Stars, does a Babe Ruth, pointing to where his next hit will go in this evening’s game against Easton. Yokoi’s rip into the outfield drove in three runners, putting Westport ahead by three runs. Westport went on to win the game 6-5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for


06/24/08 12:08 AM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, June 23, 2008

Annual Hunt Club Horse Show Opens Tuesday Image
Preparations were underway today for the Fairfield County Hunt Club’s annual five-day horse show which opens Tuesday. More than 700 riders and horses of all ages and levels of ability will compete in the 200 classes to be held at 174 Long lots Road, Westport. The show, which is open to the public with no admission fees, winds up on Saturday with the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix. World-class riders and horses compete against the clock at racehorse speeds while navigating over five foot fences. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


06/23/08 09:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ordinance Banning Plastic Bags to Go to RTM on July 1 Image
An ordinance banning distribution of plastic bags by local retailers moved a step closer to reality today with a vote by the Ordinance Committee of the Representative Town Meeting. Four committee members present voted unanimously that the ordinance is ready to be presented to the RTM for a “first reading” at its July 1 meeting. Since all proposed ordinances must hold over a meeting, a vote on the proposal will not come until August or September. Known as the Retail Checkout Bag Ordinance, its purpose “is to improve the environment in Westport by encouraging the use of reusable checkout bags and banning the use of plastic bags for retail checkout of purchased goods.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


06/23/08 05:44 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tickets on Sale for July 3 Fireworks

Fireworks at Westport’s Compo Beach take place on July 3 with a rain date of July 7.

Tickets for are $25 and must be purchased in advance, either at the Westport Parks and Recreation office, 260 Compo Road South, during business hours or at police headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, any time.

Ticket holders can arrive as early as 5 p.m. to secure their spot, with fireworks expected to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. For information, call (203)341-5090.


06/23/08 11:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Storm Watch Image
A couple watches an approaching storm Sunday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Milller for


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