Saturday, June 26, 2010
Assistant Secretary General Michael Adlerstein: delivered Secretary General’s message. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
United National Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in a message to Westport’s annual jUNe Day, said today the world faces serious challenges but often lost are the “vast new possibilities for common progress.”
His remarks were delivered to guests at the Saugatuck Elementary School opening ceremony for the day by Michael Adlerstein, Assistant Secretary General and executive director of the U.N.’s Capital Master Plan. The plan is a five-year program to restore and renovate the historic United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan.
“The world faces serious challenges—climate change, unprecedented levels of hunger, extremism, intolerance, and the greatest economic upheaval in generations,” Ban said. “Yet we often lose sight of the vast new possibilities for common progress.
Ban, who a year ago visited this area (see WestportNow June 1, 2009), sent his “warmest greetings” to jUNe Day participants.
Bacher al-Okla, a native of Syria who serves the United Nations as an interpreter, came to jUNe Day today “for the fourth or fifth year in a row.” Posing for a photo with him were his wife Dahra, a native of Morocco, and their children, Nada (l), 8 1/2 and Nadeen, 6 1/2. Nada, proud of her family, said that her father “speaks many languages including Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Hebrew and others.” Both children said they do not consider themselves as having a first language because they speak English and Arabic equally well. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Some of the 300 visitors from the United Nations who participated in today’s jUNe Day activities beginning with a welcome breakfast and ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. This is the 45th year Westport has hosted the U.N. visitors for a day of fun and relaxation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Williard Hass, president, UNA-USA, Connecticut Chapter and International Visitors Committee, welcomes guests at today’s welcoming ceremony for jUNe Day at Saugatuck Elementary School. Looking on are Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport volunteers, including Boy Scouts, served up breakfast today to United Nations guests at Saugatuck Elementary School where the opening ceremony was held for today’s 45th annual jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Greens Farms Congregational Church bid their teens farewell today as 34 volunteers journeyed to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota to assist in building various structures and aid in the summer day camp for children on the reservation. The trip is sponsored by Simply Smiles, and the group returns to Westport in a week. Among those on the trip are (l-r) Drew Berman, Gregg Bonti, Sofia Ribolla, and Emily Bowman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Martha Bonti for WestportNow.com
Flags of the United Nations member states flew from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge today as the town welcomed visitors from the world body for the 45th annual jUNe Day festiviites. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with visitors Friday night under a full moon known as a strawberry moon because, legend has it, the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Welcome for United Nation guests for 45th Annual jUNe day celebration
10:45 a.m. - Saugatuck School Soccer Field - U.N. guests in Over 30 soccer matches
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Bees Family Day
11:30 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - jUNe day guided walking tour
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club - EQUUS Benefit Luncheon & Fairfield Grand Prix
Noon - Saugatuck School Soccer Field - Under 30 soccer matches
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Sunny Daes ice cream store on Riverside Avenue did a brisk business tonight as Westporters sought some sweets to cool off on the eve of the first weekend of the summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, June 25, 2010
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 7 - 11, 2010:
Stuart L. and Christine Updegrove to Thomas P. and Jessica E. Brookbanks, 4 Berry Lane, $825,000
Anthony and Daria K. Ward to Daniel Malasky, 1 Harbor Road, 93.57% In Westport, $1,275,000
Zack and Anne Catherine Alcyone to Wilmot Harkey and Papri Bhattacharya, 46 Hillspoint Road, $1,320,000
David S. Himmel and Jennifer E. Cooley to Michelene Spencer, 25 Danbury Ave., $958,000
Competitors were on their horses in advance of Saturday’s $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix at the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Show. The show benefits the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., a national charitable foundation dedicated to educating the public on the value of the horse in society and awarding grants to charities that promote horse welfare, benefit the public and elevate the equestrian sport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Everyone escaped serious injury today in a three-car crash at Westport’s Cross Highway and Roseville Road. According to witnesses, the driver of a red Volvo convertible attempted a left turn from Cross Highway onto Roseville Road and crashed head-on into an oncoming gray Suburu traveling in the opposite direction. The impact of the collision pushed the oncoming vehicle into the third vehicle at the Roseville Road stop sign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters check one of the cars involved in a three-vehicle accident today at Cross Highway and Roseville Road. All escaped serious injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Today was Good Neighbor Day at Westport Wash & Wax on Post Road East with all receipts going to Westport’s Homes With Hope, formerly Interfaith Housing Association. The fund-raiser continues until 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Alice Lipson, who retired this month after 35 years in the Westport school system, including 22 years as director of choral music at Staples High School, shared some of her memories with members of Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today. As she has said repeatedly—most recently atop her mortar board at Wednesday’s graduation ceremony, “It’s all about the music.” She recalled her start as a music teacher at Long Lots Junior High – the one level she didn’t want to teach. She said she ignored a mentor’s advice, smiled at her students, “built relationships of mutual respect… and learned that kids will do anything if you just believe in them,” and came away thoroughly enjoying those years. Hal Levy for WestportNow.com
An application is in process to acquire a permit to demolish the house at 187 Sturges Highway. Built in 1957, the two-story colonial has 1,666 square feet and is situated on on a two-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Clem Bellairs, owner of Westport’s Cedar Brook Café, expects his establishment to be filled to capacity Saturday night when the nation’s oldest, continually operating gay bar holds its farewell bash ending a 71-year run on Post Road East.
The Cedar Brook Café closes with a Saturday night farewell party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
“It’s sad, very sad,” said the Stamford resident who purchased the business 12 years ago.
Bellairs, 57, cites hard economic times and harassment from neighbors at a time of “a more restrictive society.”
He also took aim at Internet dating, and in an ironic twist, increased societal acceptance of gays that has negated the need for gay bars once considered sanctuaries as well as meeting places.
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Wash & Wax (791 Post Road East) - “Good Neighbor Day,” 100 percent of proceeds to Homes With Hope
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Midi and the Modern Dance w/ Suns, MLK, & Max Stampa-Brown
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Friday Family Campfire-Meadow Walk
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A powerful storm with tornado-like winds brushed Westport today and tore through downtown Bridgeport, collapsing nine buildings and downing trees and power lines. Westport quickly sent aid to the state’s largest city.
Some of the storm damage in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Cablevision News-12 photo
“It was hectic there for a while,” said Deputy Chief Jonathan Gottfried who headed a contingent of 10 Westport firefighters who responded with an engine and rescue truck after the storm slammed into Bridgeport at 2:25 p.m. Westport police sent two officers and a canine.
Damage in Westport from the fast-moving storm was limited to scattered trees and wires down. Much of it occurred in the northeast part of town near the Fairfield line—Catamount Road, Sturges Highway and Meeker Road.
Connecticut Light and Power Company said 245 Westport customers were without power immediately after the storm but all but a handful were restored by late evening.
Ten Westport firefighters and an engine company and rescue truck answered Bridgeport’s call for help today after a powerful line of thunderstorms with tornado-like winds tore through the city. The storm collapsed nine buildings, downed trees, and snapped power lines, and the Westport companies responded alongside other neighboring communities that sent help. Among them were Wilton, Fairfield, Trumbull, Milford, and Shelton. The Westport units and personnel, some of whom are pictured working on Newfield Avenue, returned to town early in the evening. The Westport Police Department sent two officers and a canine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, June 24, 2010
It was easy to spot Westporter Annie Fasanella at the Farmers’ Market today. She was the lady with the big smile and wearing a pretty straw hat topped with sunflowers. She was also sporting a pastel Winnie-the-Pooh umbrella that she carried like a parasol. At one time a farmer, Annie is now involved with education and the arts. She loves Westport, art, sunflowers, farmers markets and her Winnie-the-Pooh umbrella. The special umbrella which she says tends to attract quite a bit of attention, once belonged to her late father, Dr. Rocko Fasanella, a well known eye surgeon at Yale University. Her father used it when he played golf. Now it protects Annie from the strong, damaging rays of the sun. This protection is very important as Annie is currently being treated for skin cancer on her scalp and face. She said she would be proud to be photographed today so that she can help get the word out about skin cancer prevention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A severe thunderstorm that brushed by Westport today did severe damage to downtown Bridgeport, including this building on Congress Street. Westport sent a police canine unit, an engine company, and a fire rescue unit to the state’s largest city whose mayor declared a state of emergency. A total of 12 Westport police officers and firefighters were on the scene rendering assistance, according to police and fire officials. Westport fire officials brought in off-duty personnel to replace those sent to Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from News-12 Cablevision
UPDATE A Westport police canine unit, a Westport fire rescue unit and engine company were dispatched to Bridgeport today after a severe thunderstorm caused widespread damage in the downtown area. There were reports of one or more building collapses as well as trees and wires down after the storm, which some reports said included a mini-tornado, tore through the area at about 2:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo from Cablevision News-12.
A section of Westport’s Sturges Highway from Catamount Road to Meeker Road was closed this afternoon after a severe thunder and wind storm passed through the area, knocking down trees and power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Jerry Roodhuyzen, 89, passed away on June 18.
Jerry Roodhuyzen: 13-year Westporter. Contributed photo
He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Jerry married Jean Marie Atma after serving in the Army Air Force in World War II. They moved to Devon, Pa. in 1952 with three children, Charlotte, Jim, and David.
In 1970 they moved to Westport and lived here until 1983 when they retired to Irvine, Calif.
In Irvine, Jerry started as a volunteer with the Irvine Police Department and soon became a permanent member of their crime prevention division. He retired again at the age of 80.
UPDATE High winds from a passing thunderstorm that touched off a tornado warning took down trees and power lines in the northeastern part of Westport bordering on Fairfield today.
A Department of Transportation camera shows an overturned tractor-trailer on I-95 in Bridgeport. Two Westport fire units and a canine unit were sent to assist Bridgeport in the storm’s aftermath. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) DOT photo
Trees were down with wires in multiple areas, according to police, fire and utility spokesmen. They included Catamount Road, Sturges Highway, Meeker Road, Long Lots Road near High Point Road, Easton Road, Bittersweet Lane, and Grays Farm Road. The storm passed through the area at about 2:20 p.m.
At 11 p.m., Connecticut Light and Power Co. reported four Westport customers were without power, down from 245 at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, Westport emergency management officials dispatched a police canine team, a a fire engine company, and a rescue truck to Bridgeport where damage included a building collapse. Mayor Bill Finch declared a state of emergency and imposed a 5:30 p.m. curfew to get people off the streets.
With dark clouds rolling in and thunder beginning to rumble right around closing time at the Westport Farmer’s Market, the vendors scrambled to break down their stalls and pack up their things before the storm hit. While Westport experienced a short period of heavy rain, Bridgeport received the brunt of the storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a tornado warning for portions of Fairfield County, including Westport.
Radar indicated the cells capable of producing a tornado were moving quickly away from Westport toward Bridgeport and the east as of 2:26 p.m.