Sunday, January 25, 2009
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: The Ralph Lalama Quartet
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Receptions, “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes” and “Paintings by Gay Dearborn” exhibits
3 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “Mothers and Sons”
5 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Ninth Annual One-Act Play Festival (schedule)
7 p.m. - Greens Farm Congregational Church - Good News Gospel Choir
Duncan Crane, 5, of Weston, practices his hockey skills today at Wesport’s PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. Coached by his father, Paul, Duncan has been on skates since he was about 3. He hopes to become a member of the “Mice” team of skaters next year when he becomes 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Today was another “Super Saturday Workshop” at the Westport Arts Center. Anne Penrosa (black top) and Katie Hacala (gray t-shirt) showed a group of 5-10 year olds how to sculpture animals using wire and clay at the workshop which is conducted every other Saturday morning at the Center where children are encouraged to explore multiple art forms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Track and field participants comprised of boys and girls from six area high schools converged on the Staples High School field house today for the third of four Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) indoor track and field qualifier rounds leading to statewide competition. In addition to Staples, the other schools represented were New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Trumbull and Stamford. There were 24 events split evenly between male and female competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Susan Terry (3rd. r)) led a cast of six in the debut performance Friday night of “Mothers and Sons” at the MTC Mainstage Theatre on Colonial Green. Terry, a seasoned Broadway and off-Broadway actress, made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway cast of “Evita” followed by feature roles in “Zorba,” “Anything Goes,” and “City of Angels.” “Mothers and Sons” performances are on weekends through Feb. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. - noon - Westport Arts Center - Super Saturday Workshop: “Animal Kingdom”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “Mothers and Sons”
5 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - 9th Annual One Act Play Festival (schedule)
Friday, January 23, 2009
UPDATE The man behind the fake Bernie Madoff blog that has created a following on Wall Street and elsewhere is Westporter Jay Berkman, CNBC said today.
Westporter Jay Berkman admits on CNBC he’s the “fake Bernie Madoff.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CNBC/WestportNow.com photo
CNBC said Berkman, a marketing and PR consultant, started posing online as Madoff on Dec. 15, shortly after finding out that his father, a Florida retiree, had lost “a significant amount” of money in the alleged Ponzi scheme by the securities dealer.
“It was an emotional event, and that sort of drove me to try and do something creative about it,” Berkman told the cable business network.
He vented that emotion by creating a caricature of Madoff and starting a blog, much like Dan Lyons created Fake Steve Jobs, CNBC said. CNBC broadcast an interview with Berkman and reporter Jane Wells wrote about him on her blog.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 5 - 9, 2009:
Anthony C. Reed to John and Dawn Frank, 96 Newtown Turnpike, $395,000
A mugger made off with cash and a wrist watch from a resident of Westport’s Regents Park condominiums Thursday night, police said.
A resident of Westport’s Regents Park was robbed while picking up his mail at the gate house (rear) at the entry to the complex at 1400 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
At about 9:30 p.m. police responded to the complex at 1400 Post Road East on a report of a strong-armed robbery. They found that a resident was arriving home after making a withdrawal at a Wachovia Bank ATM at 422 Post Road East, a news release said.
Upon pulling up to the gate house, the victim noticed an older model Jeep-style vehicle pull up behind him, according to detectives.
Thinking the vehicle belonged to another resident, the victim entered the gate house to retrieve his mail when he was approached by a white male armed with a baton-type instrument, police said.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Preemptive Resistances”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Lost Paradise”
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception: “Preemptive Resistances”
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening Reception: “Lost Paradise”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Dangerous Summer w/ School Boy Humor, Select Start, The Hot and Heavy, and On The Victrola
8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre - “Mothers and Sons”
The Westport Arts Center hosts a reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday to mark the opening of its latest exhibit “Preemptive Resistances: Critical Pointers in Latin American Art.” The exhibition provides a unique perspective on current issues in contemporary Latin American art and continues the Center’s timely examination of art as a form of activism and as an agent of change. Pictured is curator Denise Carvalho with one of the exhibits from the show which runs through March 22. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A conservative talk radio host has to come to terms with her son’s announcement that he is gay in the new musical “Mothers and Sons” having its world premiere at Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut on Friday. Kevin Connors, the theater’s executive artistic director, composed the music and lyrics and co-wrote the book with Joe Landry, founder and artistic director of Second Guess Stage/Screen and a member of the Dramatists’ Guild. The cast includes (top row, l-r:) Larry Daggett, Rob Sutton, Tom Stuart (bottom row:) Michael Lowney, Carolyn Marcell and Westport’s Susan Terry. The show runs through Feb. 1 at the MTC MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East in Colonial Green (lower level). Ticket details are available on the MTC Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Congressman Jim Himes announced today that under the economic recovery plan currently being considered in Congress, Westport schools stand to receive $1,340,300 for modernization projects and to help meet the costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities.
Of the anticipated funds, $177,300 would be designated for modernization construction—including funding to equip schools with labs and computers and to make schools more energy efficient—and $1,163,000 in IDEA special education grants to help children with special needs succeed, Himes said.
The Congressional Research Service estimates that, according to the first draft of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, schools in Himes’ 4th Congressional District would receive more than $65 million, his office said.
“Investing in education is critical to a long-term solution to the economic turmoil we currently face,” said Himes.
The Westport Woman’s Club Community Services members helped out on the annual Westport Warm-up Fund mailing. Thousands of letters were sent seeking contributions which will aid local residents in need of funds to pay their fuel bills. The club participates in the event in conjunction with the Westport Department of Human Services and United Way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Overcoat Film Series: “The Entertainer” (1960)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Youth Commission
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Public Protection Committee
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
A request is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 12 Woodhill Road off Greens Farms Road near Bulkley Avenue South. Built in 1951, the one-story ranch has 1,316 square feet and is situated on a 0.9-acre lot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Gov. M. Jodi Rell today announced that $3.6 million to fund design work for maintenance and improvements to the New Haven Rail Line is expected to be approved by the State Bond Commission at its Jan. 30 meeting.
Rell: Bond Commission expected to act Jan. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The design work will include platform repair, canopy improvements, safety improvements to stairs, ramps, handrails and lighting fixtures.
The governor also announced that she has ordered creation of a task force to undertake a new review of parking management and capacity issues along the New Haven Line.
A visual inspection report completed two years ago by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) at Rell’s direction identified what was then estimated at $389 million in needed repairs and maintenance on New Haven Line stations. (See WestportNow Feb. 23, 2007)
Westport’s Main Street has lost another tenant—Katzenberg Kafe. The coffee house/deli at 22 Main St. closed without announcement around New Year’s Day after a five-year run. (See WestportNow Oct. 3, 2003) But the windows were covered and its status was not clear until a for rent sign went up. The vacancy in the former location of Moonstruck and The Coffee Tree is one of a number that have occurred in recent months on Westport’s premier shopping street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Members of the Westport Police–Fire Dive Rescue Team conducted a training exercise today at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach to give team members experience in dive rescue operations conducted in and under ice-covered water. The water temperature was approximately 28 degrees when divers entered the water, and the ice was around 4 to 5 inches thick. The team consists of divers from the Westport Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – UN Hospitality Committee
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Pageturners: “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan
Noon - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: Kathy Farrell-Kingsley, “The Home Creamery”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Library Board of Trustees
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Finance Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Finance
Westport firefighters practiced simulated “victim fallen through the ice” rescues at Compo Beach today for training. Firefighters donned cold water exposure suits, and used a special ice water rescue sled device, each taking turns rescuing each other. Each of the Fire Departments vehicles carries at least one of these specialized suits that allows firefighters to enter frigid cold water and performs rescues of those stranded above the water that have fallen through the ice or into water below 70 degrees that cause rapid onset of hyperthermia. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A vehicle crashed into the left rear of a Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority bus on Post Road East at Parker Harding Plaza during the evening rush hour today, causing delays. The impact damaged the gas tank of the bus and resulted in a severe diesel fuel leakage. The first vehicle was towed from the scene while Westport firefighters tried to prevent the fuel from seeping into drains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com