Saturday, October 31, 2009
Eileen Bodell and grandaughter Ellery, 5 1/2, waited for Halloween visitors late today in front of grandma’s house at 1 Bradley St. at the corner of Compo Road South in Westport’s Compo Beach section. It was the eighth successive year for the Bodells greeting trick or treaters this way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A pizza truck set up today for the annual Gault Park neighborhood Halloween gathering hosted since 2000 by Keith and Cari Kaplan on Sandhopper Trial. Cari Kaplan said they expect the largest turnout of about 100 neighbors and friends. The Kaplans set up a tent this year for the first time because of the threatened rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Guests at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today had a tasty Halloween brunch prepared by Chef Bob LaBrusciano. The server in costume is senior volunteer Patty Fogliano. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Two persons were transported to Norwalk Hospital today following a one-car crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar said three persons were in the car that bounced off the jersey barrier and ended up facing the wrong way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
In a letter to the Washington Post today, a Westporter overseeing a legal education program in Kabul, Afghanistan disputed a top U.S. Foreign Service officer who resigned in protest over the Afghan war.
“I agree with many of former Foreign Service officer Matthew Hoh’s criticisms of the international effort in Afghanistan, particularly our failures to demand that the Afghan government address corruption and, relatedly, to give non-ideological insurgents incentives to stop planting roadside bombs,” wrote Benjamin Joseloff, 27.
“That said, I don’t agree with Mr. Hoh that there is nothing here worth fighting for.”
Joseloff, son of Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, is a 2000 Staples High School graduate and 2008 graduate of Stanford Law School. After completing a one-year federal clerkship, he has been in the Afghan capital since September as a fellow at the Afghanistan Legal Education Project.
As a Westport artist, illustrator (and Mom) Elaine Clayton has a special eye. It came in handy Friday as she noticed an elderly woman walking along Compo Road South.
Elaine Clayton’s illustration of the missing woman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic
Moments later, Clayton received a CodeRed automatic notification call from police informing her that a 74-year-old woman with dementia had been missing for more than five hours from her Post Road East condominium.
She called police and told them about the woman. Moments later, police called back and said the woman she had spotted indeed was the missing woman. Someone else called in as well. (See WestportNow Oct. 30, 2009)
“I was gushingly thrilled and started whooping and hollering,” Clayton wrote on her Illuminara blog in an entry she titled “Westport Police Bulletin and Vision Angels” where she also posted a sketch of the woman. “I felt like I had just won the lottery!
Many of the hundreds of holiday lights in the trees along Westport’s Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza were getting their annual maintenance on Friday. Workers checked connections, replaced burned out bulbs, and added new strings of lights where needed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night
Backup quarterback Keith Gelman fumbled three times in the first half but great defense helped drive the Staples High School varsity football team to a 38-0 win tonight over Fairfield’s Ludlowe High School at Fairfield.
The victory improved the Wreckers to 7-0 on the season while Ludlow slipped to 3-4.
Gelman was starting in place of the injured Brandon Pacilio. “In the beginning of the game, he needed to settle down and he did,” said Staples coach Marce Petroccio.
Staples meets Wilton next Saturday, Nov. 7 at home, leaving only two games after that—the following Saturday in Trumbull and then Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 at home against perennial rival Greenwich High School.
The Staples High School Student Assembly is sponsoring a drive to collect donations for an infantry platoon in Mosul, Iraq. The soldiers, about 35 men and women based in Ft. Bragg, N.C., are part of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Donations (suggested items can be found here.) should be placed in boxes at the high school in the main lobby or cafeteria, or delivered to 222 Compo Road South in Westport. Checks are also welcome (payable to Staples High School and mailed to the cited address). The deadline is Nov. 6, as it takes up to six weeks to deliver packages to Iraq. For more information, contact Michael Goodgame, 454-3461. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
About 200 guests attended tonight’s 20th annual Westport Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, the club’s largest charity fundraiser, at the Inn at Longshore. The Sunrise Club, chartered in 1988, contributes thousands of dollars annually to local and international charities. It also supports projects in nations such as Guatemala, Egypt and Zimbabwe to promote literacy, vocational training and the discovery of potable water sources. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 30, 2009
Strong attacking, smart midfield play and stellar defense powered Westport’s Staples High School boys soccer team to a 5-0 win today over Stamford’s Westhill High School in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
Mike White celebrates Mikey Fitzgerald’s goal against Westill in the FCIAC quarterfinals. Mikey Scott races over to join in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com
The solid victory advances the Wreckers to the league semifinals. They will face Greenwich—3-1 winners over Trumbullon Monday at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Match time is 5 p.m.
The first goal, 13 minutes in, began with Sean Gallagher in the back. Mikey Scott then raced into the corner, and laced a cross through the box that Brendan Lesch power-headed in.
In the 33rd minutem Scott’s cross and Alan Reiter’s shot—saved off the line-initiated a goalmouth scramble. Mikey Fitzgerald emerged with the ball, and fed Mike White for a tap-in goal.
The Best in Show award in the Sixth Annual Westport/Weston Y’s Men Camera Club competition today went to to Lenny Messman for his amazing snake picture, “Watch Your Tongue.” Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff presented the award to Messman during a ceremony at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Messman said he took more than 1,000 pictures trying to capture the “tongue moment” at the Bronx Zoo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
The Sixth Annual Westport/Weston Y’s Men Camera Club show opened today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities to a packed house. Ribbons and certificates were awarded to eight first place winners in the designated categories and ribbons were given to those earning honorable mention. The exhibit of winners and entries runs until Jan. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
So many people turned out for Thursday’s seasonal flu vaccination clinic at the Westport Weston Health District that vaccine supplies have been exhausted and additional clinics canceled, a District official said today.
Lines formed early Thursday outside the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane for seasonal flu shots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
“The size of the turnout was unexpected,” said Ken Kellogg, director of emergency preparedness.
He said more than 100 persons were on line before the scheduled 1 p.m. start and by 2:10 p.m. it was clear there was not enough vaccine on hand and the clinic closed 50 minutes ahead of schedule.
“We no longer have sufficient vaccine to conduct walk-in clinics so we are canceling the walk-in clinics that were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday,” he said.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 12 - 16, 2009:
Dianne R. Caporale and Gary B. Roberts to Seth Sholes and Suzanne Fitzmaurice, 53 Turkey Hill Road South, $1,575,000
Bank of America NA c/o Edelheit and Assoc. to Dean Kardamis, 140 Newtown Turnpike, $227,000
Daniel P. Weiner to Countrywide Home Loans Inc - FBO Goldman Sachs Mtg. Co., 17 Jennie Lane, $556,302
Robert J. Giunta to Yvonne Bokhour, 220 Riverside Ave. C-11, $575,000
UPDATE A CodeRed automatic telephone call about a missing 74-year-old Westport woman helped locate her today several miles from her home, police said.
The woman who is suffering from dementia wandered away from her condominium home on Post Road East at about 10 a.m., according to police.
After police received a call from relatives, they called in a State Police tracking dog and issued a town-wide CodeRed telephone alert shortly before 3 p.m.
A short time later, two residents who received the call said they saw someone matching her description walking along Compo Road South.
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 66 Old Road, off Maple Avenue North. Built in 1947 the 1 1/2-story conventional-style house has 974 square feet and is situated on a .19-acre property. Because the house was built over 50 years ago the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Samshine, an 11-week-old Yellow Labrador, discovered these Halloween pumpkins carved by his neighbor, Nancy Axthelm, on Westport’s Minuteman Hill. Samshine belongs to Ken Wirfel and June Eichbaum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) June Eichbaum for WestportNow.com
The house at 7 Fraser Road, off North Avenue in Westport’s Coleytown section, was demolished today. Built in 1979, the two-story contemporary had 4,947 square feet, was situated on a 2.3- acre property and changed ownership in August at $1,275,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Congressman Himes’ staff holds community office hours
4 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Ceremony and reception for Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Camera Club’s Sixth Annual Photo Contest
6:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Sunrise Rotary Club wine tasting and silent auction
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - The Waffle Stompers w/ Exit 48, White Rose and Red Light 9
8 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plain Road) - The Leon Tec Showcase for Outstanding Young Musicians: Eroica Youth String Quartet
Westport photographer and graphic artist Miggs Burroughs looks over some of the 80 entries submitted by the members of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Camera Club for its Sixth Annual Photo Contest. Photographers Daryl Hawk and David Pressler also took part in the judging. Winners will be announced Friday at 4 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport has been awarded a $6,000 grant to educate residents about the importance of proper septic system maintenance and management and its environmental impact on rivers, streams and Long Island Sound. The grant was part of more than $1 million awarded to 33 projects in Connecticut and New York by the Long Island Sound Futures Fund. The funds went to the Septic System Education Taskforce, commissioned by the Selectman’s Wastewater Management Committee. Pictured at today’s awards ceremony in Waterford are (l-r) Mark Tedesco, director, Long Island Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Jonathan Steinberg, RTM District 8, and Diane Cady, RTM District 1, co-chairs of the Septic System Education Taskforce, and Alicia Mozian, director, Westport Conservation Department and project officer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Westport Country Playhouse Gala co-chairs, Cindy and John Vaccaro (l), Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler and gala honoree Liz Morten (2nd r) reminisce about the 1931 play “Green Grow the Lilacs”at the Dressing Room restaurant where the co-chairs met to review plans for Monday’s gala. “Lilacs” was the inspiration for the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein blockbuster musical “Oklahoma!” The benefit gala, “An Enchanted Evening – The Music of Richard Rodgers,” includes special guests Christopher Plummer and Stephen Sondheim with performances by James Naughton and his daughter-in-law Kelli O’Hara who recently starred in the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Traffic was jammed today around the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane as residents turned out to get their seasonal flu shot. So many people turned up that the clinic had to shut down earlier than planned. The vaccination total was so high that District officials said they had to cancel clinics set for Monday and Tuesday because they had exhausted their immediate supply of seasonal flu vaccine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com