Thursday, April 02, 2009
The Westport Community Theatre debuts its latest production, Terrence McNally’s “Master Class,” on Friday at Town Hall. The play won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Play. Priscilla Squiers (l) of Danbury plays the role of Maria Callas in this fictionalized account of a series of master classes given by the renowned opera singer at the Juilliard School of Music in New York in 1971 and 1972. Norwalk resident Rachel Matz (r) plays the role of first soprano in the play that casts six actors. Performances run weekends through April 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Arts Center will launch the start of its 40th anniversary year on Friday with an exhibition entitled “Home,” curated by Eric Aho. Applying finishing touches for the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday is Terri C. Smith, director of visual arts. She is adjusting the lighting on artist Quentin Curry’s abstracted psychological landscape “Outcast.” The show is on view through June 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Westport-based Terex Corporation, a world leader in heavy construction equipment manufacturing, has donated a trailer-mounted generator light tower to the Town of Westport’s emergency services, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced today.
Westport officials and representatives of Westport-based Terex Corporation show off the new emergency lighting platform the company has donated to the town. Pictured (l-r) are: Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin; Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury; Fred Feuerhake, director, Global Community Relations, Terex; First Selectman Gordon F Joseloff; Tim Ford, president, Terex Aerial Work Platforms; Fire Chief Christopher Ackley, and Deputy Police Chief Gary Golas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“We are deeply indebted to Terex for this gift,” Joseloff said. “Even in these difficult economic times, once again Terex has demonstrated its commitment to be an exemplary corporate citizen in Westport, and we are extremely grateful for its generosity.”
“This piece of equipment will allow Westport Emergency Services to provide high intensity lighting at emergency and non-emergency scenes,” said Fire Chief Christopher Ackley. “The supplementary lighting will ensure the safety of the public and emergency service workers.”
He said having a small, portable lighting unit will free up the need to use larger vehicles such as the rescue truck or an engine company to provide emergency lighting when required.
James Michael Corbett, 73, passed away peacefully on March 26 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he resided for four years.
Born in New York City, he was a longtime resident of Westport.
He was a successful builder and renowned for his design skills. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served his tour in Germany. He was an avid skier and sailor who enjoyed outdoor life to the fullest.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann (nee Heneghan) and children; Christine Kazazes, Carolyn Corcoran, Caitlin Kitlas and James Corbett. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and sister Loretta Hauprich. He is pre-deceased by his parents, brother John and grandson Ian Kitlas.
Legendary newspaperman and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jimmy Breslin talked about his career Tuesday night before an overflow Westport Public Library audience. Among his observations: “I hate legitimate people. They all proclaim immaculate honesty, but each day they commit the most serious of all felonies, being a bore.” The 79-year-old Breslin who has written often about the Mafia—and who was once viciously attacked and beaten by a mobster who objected to an article—related numerous anecdotes about crime families. In his latest book, “The Good Rat,” just published in a paperback edition, Breslin draws on his experiences to recount numerous tales about the antics of notorious mobsters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Presidents, Politicians & Popular Heroes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Art of the Birdhouse”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – UN Hospitality Committee
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Beautification Committee
6 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Board of Finance Government Efficiency Subcommittee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Green Energy Task Force
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - [email protected] Library: “Pitching Man: Satchel Paige—Defying Time” with Craig Davidson
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Parks & Recreation Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – RTM Education Committee
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (242 Post Road East) - “Making Peace Within and Without” by Dr. Rev. John Danner
Westport and Norwalk firefighters tonight responded to a report of a car into a tree in the northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway just prior to Exit 41 in Westport. A Norwalk ambulance transported one person to the hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Amid the economic reverberations heard through Westport, the Knoyzz teen apparel shop at 147 Post Road East, across the street from the main Post Office, closed it doors to business on Feb. 20. The Westport-based chain was one of six stores, all of which are now closed according to the owner, Richard Moskowitz of Westport. The other locations were in Greenwich, New Canaan, Glastonbury, Rye Brook and Mt. Kisco. “We’re moving on to the next chapter in our lives,” he said. “This economy is not helping anyone.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Another entrepreneurial business, Paw-radise, a dog and cat grooming salon, has opened at 9 Post Road West in Westport. Owner Aleida Kohen, a Fairfield resident shown with her pet Daisy Mae, an 8-year-old Pomeranian, spent her career in wholesale banking but “always wanted to operate the kind of grooming salon that I would want to bring my own dog to.” The Brazilian-born Kohen provides a range of services including grooming and aroma therapy for dogs and cats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A back yard visitor spotted on Westport’s High Point Road. Rebecca Nissim for WestportNow.com
Westporter Ann Sheffer was among more than 500 persons from around the country in Washington, D.C. today for Arts Advocacy Day, and she stopped in to see freshman Congressman Jim Himes, who represents Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District. The visitors talked to their congressmen about the importance of funding for the arts and arts education—particularly as part of the economic stimulus effort and because of all the jobs in the creative industries. Sheffer is chair of the Arts Action Fund, which promotes support for the arts at the federal, state, and local levels. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo