Sunday, July 25, 2010
Westport artist and illustrator Elaine Clayton took her sketchbook to Westport’s Longshore Club Park pool to watch Westporters trying to beat the heat. See more of her work at illuminara.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Clayton for WestportNow.com
UPDATE At 9 a.m., Connecticut Light and Power Company said no Westport customers were without power.
UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for an area that includes Westport until 1:15 a.m.
National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph moving toward Fairfield County.
A solar-powered stand on Saturday served smoothies being made in a blender which was powered by the solar panel above it. Sam Vail (r) of SolarGen assembled the system to generate the electricity required to operate the blender. Al Cuseo, owner of A&J Farm Market, asked Vail to design and build the device to show a good use of renewable energy. Of the hundreds of items that Cuseo sells at the farm market, the smoothies came in 37th. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leo Cirino for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Westport Sunday Farmer’s Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010 (last day)
2 p.m. - Jesup Green - Bon Odori Festival sponsored by Japan Society of Fairfield County
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Galvanized Jazz Band
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Westport Arts Center tonight kicked off its 2010 Chamber Music series with a summer concert at the Saugatuck Congregational Church with the husband-wife piano duo, Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung. The concert honored the tradition of South Shore Music, a long-time summer series held at the historic Church. The vibrant couple entertained the large turnout with spirited performances of the works of Schubert, Ravel and Stravinsky in a one piano, four-hand concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said tonight Westport and its residents were deeply saddened by the deaths of two firefighters today in Bridgeport.
“Our Fire Department and Bridgeport’s are part of our mutual aid system and their loss is our loss,” he said. “We send our condolences to the people of Bridgeport and to the firefighters’ families.”
The two died fighting a fire on Elmwood Avenue, according to Mayor Bill Finch’s office.
Westport provided mutual aid to Bridgeport twice in recent weeks for the first time in at least 33 years. Westport firefighters responded to the June 24 tornado in the city and to a high-rise fire on July 6.
A gallery of Westport’s Community Gardens today as it held an “open garden” and ceremony to mark its expansion. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
There was a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the Westport Community Gardens on Hyde Lane marking expansion of the gardens. The gardens doubled in size due to increased demand for garden plots. The original 30 gardeners have expanded to almost 100 members. On hand for the ceremony were (l-r) Trish Williams, Lou Weinberg, chairman, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy and Janis Collins, chair of the Parks & Recreation Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Spyder: on the mend. Bruce Kasanoff for WestportNow.comUPDATE Westporter Jill Newman says that if it were not for Bruce Kasanoff’s photo of her injured cat on WestportNow—and a thorough description of where the feline dragged itself after being hit by a car—Spyder, a 9-month-old male Abyssinian with an equal number of lives, “would be dead now.”
Instead, the rambunctious cat is at an animal hospital awaiting its return to the Newmans’ Janson Court home.
Spyder, who has a habit of slipping out of his collars, had bolted Friday morning, Newman said. As she patiently awaited his return, as has become custom in recent weeks, Spyder was giving one of his nine lives a try.
“I was outside the tennis courts at Town Farm on Compo Road at 10:15 a.m . today and noticed an unusual looking cat, which had no collar,” said Kasanoff, a WestportNow reader. “He was on the stone wall, bordering Compo Road itself. Unfortunately, he then darted across the road, and his rear legs got hit by a car.”
By Ina B.Chadwick
“Happy Days,” ending its run tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse, has everyone talking. Some of the talk is not what you’d desire if you are selling tickets and trying to please the populace.
For those who are not familiar with how artistic programming should work in thriving theaters, and concert halls, and also in art galleries, I offer this bouquet of flowers to a true artistic director, Mark Lamos. He followed the risky path. And he probably got scratched on some thorns.
As someone who has evaluated market trends, and has been creating art and producing other people’s work, I am in awe of Mark Lamos’ bravery. He challenged the audience. He broke with the familiar. He believes in the fundamental intelligence of his theatergoers, even if you hated this play, you had to take a stance.
If you had gone to the theater uninformed about Beckett’s famous play, you might not have felt your day was ending happily. You might have thought the play lasted for days. You might have wondered why you got a babysitter.
Riders were out by the hundreds on the streets of Westport today as part of the Connecticut Challenge—Cycling for Cancer Survivors. The mission of the Connecticut Challenge is to empower cancer survivors to take control of their health by offering credible information, comprehensive resources and a road map for them to live healthier, happier, and longer lives. Pictured are cyclists on North Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A 9-month-old Abyssinian kitty named Spyder has been found by its owner following this posting early Friday on WestportNow. See comments below. WestportNow reader Bruce Kasanoff submitted the following: “I was outside the tennis courts at Town Farm on Compo Road at 10:15 a.m . today and noticed an unusual looking cat, which had no collar. He was on the stone wall, bordering Compo Road itself. Unfortunately, he then darted across the road, and his rear legs got hit by a car. He managed to make it back across the street, over the wall, and into the parking lot. One of his rear legs, near the paw, was visibly broken. I called Animal Control, but just minutes before the officer arrived, the cat panicked and ran into the woods. This may sound like he’ll be okay, but his rear legs are not functioning properly at all…I don’t know whether the cat is wild or has an owner, but just in case the latter is true I thought you might want to publish the photo – which I took after the accident – and the fact that the cat was last seen in the woods between the Town Farm tennis courts, the house next door, and Compo Road itself (about 30 yards from the road.).” Bruce Kasanoff for WestportNow.com
The mostly doctors Westport-based DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) band performed at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion Friday night despite a late rain storm. DoingItLocal.com coverage includes a peek at the WestportNow roll at Matsu Sushi. DoingItLocal.com video
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a heat advisory for Westport and area in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
It said high temperatures climbing to the lower and mid 90s this afternoon combined with high humidity will yield heat index values of 100.
A heat advisory is issued when high humidities are expected to combine with hot temperatures to make it feel like it is 100 to 104 degrees for two consecutive hours.
UPDATE Connecticut Light and Power Company said power restoration from Wednesday’s storm was complete as of early today.
No Westport customers were listed as without power at 4 a.m.
However, the company later said there were still scattered outages and all Westport customers were not restored until early Sunday—three a half days after the storm left as many as 4,000 Westport customers in the dark.
9 a.m. - noon - Westport Community Gardens (13 Hyde Lane) - Open Garden (ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.)
10 a.m. - noon - Westport Public Library - Facebook for Beginners
11 a.m. - noon - Earthplace - Explore the Stream
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Solos 2010
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters & Crafts (ages 3-10)
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Happy Days” (last day)
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Westport Arts Center: “20 FIngers, 88 Keys,” Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Jesse Lopez
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, July 23, 2010
A man driving what police said was a stolen car led Bridgeport and State Police on an I-95 chase tonight that ended with the car crashing on Saugatuck Avenue in Westport.
The driver of the car suffered lacerations in the crash at the bottom of the southbound Exit 17 ramp and was taken to Norwalk Hospital, according to reports from the scene.
Westport police were alerted to the chase by State Police and units were waiting at the exit when the car turned off.
Westport firefighters tonight quickly extinguished a small fire in an electrical wall outlet in a home near the Wilton border.
The fire at 9 Highwood Road scorched a bedroom wall but caused little additional damage, according to firefighters on the scene.
The homeowner said she smelled smoke and a cable television technician who had just arrived told her to call 911.
The technician said he had detected a high power level on a cable line coming into the house just before the fire.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. has issued a tornado watch for Fairfield County, including Westport, until 1 a.m. Saturday.
By James Lomuscio
Iain Bruce called the judge’s decision to dismiss three lawsuits brought by opponents of the Westport Weston Family Y’s move to Camp Mahackeno a “great day for the town, not just for the Y.”
Artist’s rendition of new Y building at Mahackeno. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“Obviously, we’re elated,” said Bruce, president of the Y’s Board of Directors. “We’ve been in the approval process for more than four years.”
But to hear Indy Goldberg, co-director of Y Downtown, one of the plaintiffs, tell it, Stamford Superior Court Judge A. William Mottolese’s ruling released today was no big deal in the greater scheme of things.
“I think it was a very narrow issue of the law,” said Goldberg about Mottolese’s dismissing the suits brought by resident Arthur Cohen and the Y Downtown group against the Conservation Commission and Representative Town Meeting (RTM).
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period July 5 - 9, 2010:
Filo and Francine Shay Sedillo to Kenneth H. Shubin Stein, 27 Danbury Ave., $1,750,000
Southport Development Group LLC to Kevin and Katherine Brennan, 10 Pumpkin Hill Road, $2,622,500
Roseville Associates LLC to Jessica Ilene Basil and Juan D. Bruno, 89 Roseville Road, $1,650,000
Stonebridge Lane Properties LLC to David A. Roberts and Olga G. Santoro, 1 Long Lots Lane, $1,850,000
The Westport Country Playhouse said today it is accepting submissions for three nonunion male actors, late 20s through 40, as Nazi officer and Dutch collaborators for its fall production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” directed by Gerald Freedman.
Actors must be at least 5-foot-11 and have a physically imposing presence, an audition notice said.
The contract runs Sept. 19 through Oct. 30. The production will rehearse in New York and move to Westport for tech and performances. Actors will receive $350 a week, plus transportation to and from Westport for tech and performances. Duties may also include backstage crew, the Playhouse said.
Auditions will be held at Westport Country Playhouse on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are by appointment only.
The Connecticut Light and Power Company at 4 p.m. said the following Westport neighborhoods were still without power almost 48 hours after the first of Wednesday’s storms:
It said 66 customers were out in the area of Whitney Street, including Sugar Maple Lane, Peaceful Lane, and Hen Hawk Lane.
It said 48 customers were out in the Sturges Common area, including Greenwood Lane and Melwood Lane.
It said additional clusters of outages were on Maple Avenue North, the Hunt Club area, Hyde Lane, Evergreen Parkway, Evergreen Avenue, Compo Road North, Darbrook Road, and Lantern Hill. It said there were numerous scattered outages mostly involving home to street connections.
A crew cleans up after Thursday’s demolition of the house at 20 Dover Road, off Westport’s Reichert Circle. Built in 1954, the split-level had 1,088 square feet, was situated on a .57-acre lot and changed ownership last month for $685,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 5, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The house at Westport’s 28 Reichert Circle near Cross Highway was demolished today. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch had 1,239 square feet, was situated on a .68-acre property and changed ownership last month for $655,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 22, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A Stamford Superior Court judge has dismissed three lawsuits brought by opponents of the Westport Weston Family Y’s move to Camp Mahackeno, Town Attorney Ira Bloom said today.
He said he received notification that Judge A. William Mottolese, in a decision dated Tuesday, had dismissed cases brought by resident Arthur Cohen and the Y Downtown group against the Conservation Commission and Representative Town Meeting (RTM).
The opponents had appealed the legality of the commission and RTM approvals of the Y’s proposed community septic system known as the FAST system.
“Contrary to the position of the plaintiffs, the commission gave thorough and meticulous consideration to the effectiveness and reliability of the FAST sewage disposal stem,” Mottolese wrote.
By James Lomuscio
What the economy could not destroy, Mother Nature took a vicious swipe at – the 50 American flags lining Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge over the Saugatuck River.
The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge was without its flags at dawn today after Wednesday’s storms destroyed 30 of them. Only shreds (inset) remained in the flag holders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
All but one of the flags fell as vicious winds Wednesday evening whipped across the Post Road, snapping poles and shredding 30 flags as they became caught in edges of the bridge.
The same storm knocked down trees and branches throughout town, leaving thousands without power for more than a day.
“All but one were wiped off, and more than half were ruined,” said Stephen Edwards, director of the Public Works Department.
Multiple utility crews were working on Westport’s Evergreen Avenue today to restore power to one of the largest group of homes still in the dark following Wednesday’s storms. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo