Friday, May 28, 2010
First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Marion Yingling, 10, today blow out sparklers on a birthday cake donated by Westport’s Great Cakes to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Westport’s founding at a ceremony at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. The event was created by Dorothy E. Curran, president of the Westport Historical Society, and involved many community members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s made for perfect birthday party weather today as guests gathered at the Saugatuck Congregational Church to mark the 175th anniversary of Westport’s founding. The church, built in 1832, was Westport’s first meeting house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Ann Sheffer was among the readers of highlights of Westport’s history at today’s 175th birthday celebration. The participants read from the balcony of the Saugatuck Congregational Church which was Westport’s original meeting house. The church, built in 1810, was moved to its present location in 1950 from a spot across the road opposite what is now the entrance to the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Today’s 175th anniversary re-enactment of events surrounding Westport’s 1835 founding included readings from Westporters Dianne Wildman, editorial director of News 12-Cablevision, aided by Scott Smith, Selectman Shelly Kassen, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Craig Matheson, Ed Vebell, and Andy Neilly. Each of the participants played a Westport historical figure. Joseloff was the town’s first First Selectman, Thomas Rowland. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for WestportNow.com
Ebenezer Jesup, played by Carl Leaman, runs with the newly delivered Town of Westport charter during today’s re-eneactment of events surrounding Westport’s founding in 1835. The re-enactment, authored by Dororthy Curran, president of the Westport Historical Society, took place at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, which received the charter from Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Today’s 175th birthday celebration of Westport’s founding included a re-enactment of the delivery of the town’s charter from Hartford in 1835. Former Selectman Carl Leaman played Ebenezer Jesup while Ariane Mermod played the messenger. The charter is received at the Ebenezer Jesup House which was built in 1810 and currently is home for the pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church’s pastor where today’s re-enactment took place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
There was a celebration at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church today marking Westport’s 175th birthday. Dorothy Curran, president of the Westport Historical Society, welcomed guests in front of the church where the festivities began involving a re-enactment of the town’s founding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport firefighters attack a dumpster fire today in front of a home at 10 Evergreen Ave. The home was undergoing renovations at the time and was unoccupied, said Assistant Chief William Dingee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE A fire erupted today in a dumpster in front of a house at 10 Evergreen Ave. Westport firefighters quickly doused the flames and damage was limited to the contents of the dumpster. The house, which is undergoing renovations, was unoccupied, said Assistant Chief William Dingee. He said cause of the fire is undetermined. He reminded residents and businesses that dumpsters should be placed well away from the building during construction. Had this dumpster been full at the time of the fire, extension into a large picture window on the second floor could have occurred making the situation far worse, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 17 - 21, 2010:
Margot D. and Adam B. Sappern to Gautam and Nita Verma Prasad, 20 Buena Vista Drive, $1,925,000
Mary Gail Gristina to Thomas and Susan Horelick, 141 and 143 Easton Road, 56.5% Int., $197,750
Mary Gail Gristina to James Michael Horelick, 141 and 143 Easton Road, 43.5% Int., $152,250
William B. Horelick to Thomas and Susan Horelick, 141 and 143 Easton Road, 56.5% Int., $197,750
Former Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board Chairman G. Kenneth Bernhard of Westport has agreed to pay a $3,500 fine for making three prohibited political contributions while serving as a board member, the Office of State Ethics announced today.
Ken Bernhard: No admission of guilt. Contributed photo
The fine was agreed to in a settlement of a case involving three political contributions totaling $250 by Bernhard in 2008, including two to state legislative candidates and one to Gov M. Jodi Rell’s exploratory campaign committee.
Bernhard, a lawyer and former Republican state legislator, resigned from the board March 4, shortly after The Courant disclosed he had made the donations. (See WestportNow March 4, 2010)
Members of the ethics board and the staff of the state ethics office are not allowed to make to anyone who is subject to the group of state laws known as the Code of Ethics for Public Officials.
Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge was decked out in American flags today in readiness for the Memorial Day weekend and parade. The parade sets out at 9 a.m. Monday from Saugatuck Elementary School on Riverside Avenue, goes east on the Post Road to Myrtle Avenue, and then goes along Myrtle Avenue to Town Hall and Veterans Green where there will be the annual ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Cast members of Westport’s Center Stage Theatre Company at opening night Thursday of their production of the Tony Award-winning “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The Seabury Center on Church Lane will host performances tonight at 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Picured are Zach Teicher, Matt Fleisher, Charlie Killoran, Nicole Lauria, Lindsey Reuter, Annabelle Fox, Gregg Bonti and Garth West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday’s opening of the Farmers’ Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot featured more vendors and a new layout. There were also more on-site food sales and tables and chairs to enjoy lunch while shopping the market. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb & Roz Chast”
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Church (245 Post Road East) - Saugatuck Church 1835 Reenactment: Connecticut charters new town called “Westport”
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 7th Annual Art & Photo Show
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Reception, 1835, 1960, and 2000 Exhibits, The Kids’ Wall 10th Anniversary
7:30 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theater - Staples Players, “The Children’s Hour”
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Center Stage presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
WestportNow won top honors tonight in the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Excellence in Journalism awards competition for 2009.
WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff (l) and Associate Editor Dave Matlow tonight accept the first place award from Cynthia Simoneau, president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
WestportNow won first place in the Web: General Excellence, Independent category, the second win in the category in the three years since the group opened its awards competition to Web-only publications. No entry was submitted last year.
All entries were judged by professional journalists outside of Connecticut.
Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff and Associate Editor Dave Matlow accepted the award at the Society’s annual dinner in North Haven.
By James Lomuscio
Down, across and diagonally, it was a celebration of words tonight as more than 350 gathered at the Westport Public Library to honor master crossword puzzle creator Will Shortz at the library’s 12th annual Booked for the Evening gala.
Maxine Bleweis, director of the Westport Public Library, presents the Booked for the Evening Award to Will Shortz tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
With talk show host pioneer Phil Donahue, a Westport resident, serving as emcee and The Doughboys, a self-proclaimed garage band belting out popular tunes altered to include lyrics about crossword puzzles, Shortz, The New York Times crossword puzzle editor, joined an esteemed roster of honorees as he received the Westport Public Library Award for 2010.
Past recipients have included Tom Brokaw, E.L. Doctorow, Pete Hamill, Arthur Mitchell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Halberstam, Oscar Hijuelos, Martin Scorsese, Wendy Wasserstein and Calvin Trillin.
Unlike the others, however, Shortz, a Pleasantville, N.Y. resident, has had a 12-year affiliation with the library, running its annual crossword puzzle contest.
The Doughboys, a self-proclaimed garage band, belted out popular tunes altered to include lyrics about crossword puzzles at tonight’s Booked for the Evening event honoring crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Former talk show host Phil Donahue, a Westporter, was emcee for tonight’s Westport Public LIbrary Booked for the Evening salute to Will Shortz, crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times. He joked that solving Times crossword puzzles sometimes keeps him up into the wee hours of morning. “I’m going to get Will Shortz’ number ... He’d take a call at 3:30 in the morning,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
President Clinton was among those who sent congratulatory notes to Will Shortz, crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times who was honored tonight at the Westport Library’s Booked for the Evening Award ceremony. Clinton said Shortz played a key role in “challenging us to be creative, to think critically, and to consider the world from uncommon perspectives.” Martha Aasen, president of the library board, is at the podium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Joanne Woodward was among those attending tonight’s Booked for the Evening at the Westport Public Library. She is pictured with Myke Scavone from the Doughboys band which performed at the event. Photo by MoPromo
Thursday, May 27, 2010
About 125 Y’s Men came together today for the year’s final meeting at Sherwood Island State Park. Before the meeting began, club photographer and member Larry Untermeyer assembled the guests for a group portrait. Later, Neil Coleman passed the president’s gavel to his successor, Mario Sa’Couto, who had been vice president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Unermeyer for WestportNow.com
Despite all the activity at the opening day of the Thursday Farmers’ Market today, at least one person decided it was a good place to take a nap. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The weather was perfect for today’s opening of the Thursday Westport Farmers’ Market at the Imperial Avenue parking lot. The market returned for the fifth year with more than 25 vendors, some of them for the first time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
An investment firm long based in Westport and its founder and chairman, Arthur J. Samberg, have agreed to pay a total of $28 million to settle regulators’ charges of insider trading in shares of Microsoft Corp., the Securities and Exchange Commission said today.
Arthur J. Samberg: settlement costs $28 million. File photo
In announcing the settlement with Samberg and Pequot Capital Management Inc., which had been based at Westport’s Nyala Farm office complex before announcing a move to Wilton last year, the SEC said neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing.
Pequot Capital Management Inc. announced in May 2009 that Samberg was closing it down amid an ongoing investigation into possible insider trading, (See WestportNow May 27, 2009)
The SEC alleged that the hedge fund traded Microsoft shares on confidential information provided by a former employee of the technology giant whom it later hired.
The Westport Police Department said today its Wednesday crackdown on distracted driving and seat belt use resulted in 132 tickets issued.
Deputy Chief Dale Call said 70 motorists were issued tickets for using a cell phone without a hands-free device. Many of these tickets were issued by officers driving unmarked police vehicles, he said.
Sixty-two motorists were ticketed for failure to wear a seat belt. Two motorists stopped for seat belt violations were driving unregistered, uninsured vehicles with suspended licenses, Call said.
The majority of the tickets were issued during the morning hours, when an additional 10 officers normally assigned to staff or investigative duties, including senior management personnel, were reassigned to the enforcement effort, he said.