Saturday, August 28, 2010
A motorcyclist from Stafford Springs riding with fellow motorcyclists lost control of his cycle on Westport’s Beachside Avenue today and hit a mailbox, throwing him to the ground. Westport police, fire and EMS units responded to the 2:35 p.m. accident at 128 Beachside Ave. After evaluation, Westport EMS transported him to Norwalk Hospital. There was no word on the extent of his injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE A young boater was injured by a boat’s prop today in waters off Compo Beach and was rescued by one of the Westport police marine units, according to police.
Westport police, fire, and EMS personnel aid the injured boater at the Ned Dimes Marina today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leonard Ances for WestportNow.com
He was taken aboard a police boat from waters where the Cedar Point Yacht Club was holding a Special Olympics regatta.
The victim, reported by a witness to be a Cedar Point employee involved in monitoring the boating event, was said to have suffered deep lacerations to his lower backside from a prop after he fell overboard.
The injured boater was met by Westport firefighters and a Westport EMS unit at the dock at the Ned Dimes Marina and transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 9 - 13, 2010:
Marion Underhill Est. to Ann R. Daven, 29 Strathmore Lane, $392,000
Paul L. Jr. and Cythlen C. Maddock to Michael J. and Christian H. Suppan, 14 Rustic Lane, $1,565,000
Margaret L. Quinlan to William W. and Ginger H. Vail, 21 Lone Pine Lane, $821,000
6 Country Road LLC to Andrew and Felicia Sale, 6 Country Road, $3,200,000
A steady flow of art appreciators today came to see the exhibit and sale at 31 Old Mill featuring the paintings of five artists at the home of Clark Hanford. The works were mostly of the Old Mill Beach area. The exhibit runs until 5 p.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters today performed annual testing of firefighting hose equipment at the entrance to the Bedford Middle School. To assure strength of the hose walls, each hose must withstand a minimum of five minutes at the highest water pressure. Pictured is Firefighter Ben Racho assisting in testing the hoses to assure peak functionality. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Crowds at Westport’s Compo Beach Friday night watched an unusual object pass close to shore—an ultralight aircraft that made several passes off the South Beach before heading back toward the Saugatuck River. The machines, sometimes called microlight aircraft, are popular with sportsmen as they do not require a license. They may only be flown in daylight and may not be flown over populated areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “I Do! I Do!”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Red Molly
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A man wearing a black skull cap robbed the Westport Radio Shack store at 877 Post Road East tonight, police said.
Police said the robbery occurred just before the 9 p.m. closing time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The man entered the store at 8:50 p.m. shortly before the 9 p.m. closing time and confronted the store clerk, said Lt. Arthur Belile.
“The suspect drew the clerk’s attention to his hands in his pockets and intimated that he had a gun,” he said. ”The suspect did not brandish or point a weapon at the clerk, but demanded cash.”
The suspect left the store with an undetermined amount of cash on foot in an unknown direction, Belile said.
One of the coolest, clearest and most comfortable evenings of the summer attracted a large crowd to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion tonight to hear Emil Stucchio & The Classics whose repertoire ranged from hits of the 1950s, Italian specialty numbers to current dance sounds. In addition to Stucchio (l), entertainers included Teresa McClean and Al Contrera. The Classics released their first million selling recording of “Till Then” in 1963 followed by many more including “PS I Love You” and “You’ll Never Know.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fairfield residents Beverly and Neil Goodkind, married for 33 years, dance to the music of Emil Stucchio & The Classics at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. tonight. Neil said that he and Beverly have attended almost every Friday and Sunday night performance at the Levitt this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 27, 2010
Surrounded by some of his paintings, Westporter Clark Hanford sits on the steps of his home at 31 Old Mill Beach today getting ready for Saturday’s art exhibit there. The show from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. also includes art work by Janet Ifland, Cornelia Gaines, Bobbi Mullen, Judy Katz and Jim Capella. “I really thought of having this exhibit because I wanted to share my work with the community,” Hanford said. Most of exhibit is related to Old Mill Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The sign that used to hang outside Westport’s Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store was spotted today in the recycling area of the Westport Transfer Station on the Sherwood Island Connector. The store at the Compo Shopping Center closed in May after a four-year run. (See WestportNow May 19, 2010) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) JP Velotti for WestportNow.com
Westporters today might have noticed John Papa (r) of Ridgefield driving around town in his GEM (Global Electric Motor) vehicle. He’s here to meet with Westporter Leo Cirino and others to discuss strategies to expand education and awareness of electric powered vehicle options for the Westport area. A former Wall Street entrepreneur, Papa said he purchased his GEM in 2007 for about $12,000, goes 25 miles on a charge and attains a top speed of 25 miles per hour. He said that since Westport is “leading the way with an upcoming charging station at Saugatuck,” he has an interest to help Westporters learn more about the practicalities of owning an electric vehicle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Online registration for Westport’s Department of Parks and Recreation fall programs—ranging from fitness swimming to tennis to ice skating lessons at the PAL Rink at Longshore—will begin Monday at 9 a.m., Stuart McCarthy, parks and recreation director, announced today. Click here for the Web site.
He said that walk-in, faxed and mailed registration, along with online, will continue at the Parks and Recreation Sales Office at Longshore Park during regular business hours beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7.
McCarthy urged residents to register online, the fastest method, since many programs will fill quickly.
Despite sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s, Westport’s Compo Beach was not busy Thursday because of a ban on swimming that was only lifted at about 3 p.m. The Westport West Health District ordered the ban since Tuesday because of high bacteria counts in he water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Kids’ Wall” 10th Anniversary
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Summer Group Members Show
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Emil Stucchio & the Classics (Dance lesson at 7:15 p.m.)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “I Do! I Do!”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Westporter Lester Colodny tonight shows off his book “A Funny Thing Happened – Life Behind the Scenes: Hollywood Hilarity and Manhattan Mayhem” following a talk at the Westport Public Library. The Emmy Award-winning scriptwriter worked with all the great names of television, film, and music in the 1960s and ‘70s, from a young Mel Brooks just breaking into show business to Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, Florence Henderson, Joan Rivers, Marlo Thomas, and more. “You should buy my book—you will fall down on the floor laughing,” he said. In introducing his wife, he said: “She is known in Westport as the fourth Mrs. Colodny—and she intends to keep that title.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Anyone missing a white bird? (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Epstein for WestportNow.com
A resident of Westport’s Red Coat Road noticed an unusual visitor to his backyard today and wondered whether the white bird is somebody’s pet.
“This almost pure-white bird flew into my backyard this afternoon,” said Dr. Richard Epstein in an e-mail to WestportNow.
“It certainly looked out of place among the sparrows, cardinals, finches and blue jays. I have bird feeders suspended in the windows in my dental office on Red Coat Road that look out on the gardens, and the bird was certainly hungry!
“It appears to be a pet – there is a metal band on the right leg, and the coloring is white with some blue blush – it looks like some sort of a white parrot or parakeet.”
Curry is short hair cat with a black coat that has calico specs. She was last seen on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 21 at 4 Pequot Trail.
She was recently adopted by our family and may be trying to make her way back to her old home at 3 Stoneboat Lane.
Since she is so new to us we do not have a picture.
If you see her please call the Parkhurst family at 341-9854 or 919-9189.
Volunteers from Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection were out checking the water quality and the fish species and population of Stony Brook behind the office building on Sylvan Road South. Westport Conservation Director Alicia Mozian said the monitoring by the DEP’s Fisheries Division indicates water quality—the greater the fish populations and species variety, the healthier the stream. In addition to Stony Brook, the DEP will be sampling in the Saugatuck and Aspetuck Rivers in coming days, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
The U.S. Postal Service has advised the Town of Westport it soon will be advertising for a permanent home for postal boxes displaced when it suspended service at the Saugatuck Post Office, First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said today.
The Saugatuck postal boxes have been in a trailer at 20 Saugatuck Ave. since last September. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The postal boxes have been housed in a trailer in the parking lot of 20 Saugatuck Ave. since last September. The Saugatuck Post Office effectively closed on Sept. 5, 2009, after 60 years at 611 Riverside Ave. (See WestportNow Sept. 5, 2009)
“In the near future, we plan to advertise for an existing building in which to relocate the Saugatuck Detached Box Unit,” Joseph J. Mulvey, a USPS real estate specialist, wrote to Joseloff in a letter dated Aug. 25.
“The Saugatuck Detached Box Unit offers only post office box delivery. Any relocation of the unit to more permanent space will not require any customer address changes.
The house at 2 Burnham Hill in Westport’s Compo Mill area, was demolished today. Built in 1930, the 1 1/2-story cape had 2,762 square feet, was situated on a .8-acre property and changed ownership in May for $1,630,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 2, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Metro-North announced expanded New Haven Line service on Friday, Sept. 3 before the Labor Day weekend from New York’s Grand Central Terminal to Westport.
On the New Haven Line extra trains depart Grand Central at:
• 1:04 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport, and all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.
• 2:04 PM, stopping at Harlem-125th Street, Westport then all stations between Fairfield and New Haven.
Dale Alden Woodruff, 73, of Alstead, N.H., and formerly of Westport, died Aug. 16 at the Christian Science Benevolent Home in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Born in New London on July 17, 1937, she the daughter of Albert C. and Dorothy Alden (Jones) Woodruff Jr.
She grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., attended Walnut Hill Academy and graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1959.
She had lived in Westport for 20 years and was a life-long summer resident of Alstead, N.H., before becoming a permanent resident of that town in 2004.
The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said today that Westport beaches have been reopened for swimming.
The Westport Weston Health District ordered the beaches closed on Tuesday because of the likelihood of high bacteria counts following heavy rains earlier in the week.
The District approved the reopening of swimming at Compo Beach, Burying Hill Beach, and Old Mill Beach following receipt of results of the latest water tests.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 55 Bulkley Ave. North is in process. Built in 1954, the two-story colonial had 2,486 square feet and was situated on a .86-acre lot. 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
Workers were pouring concrete Wednesday at the new Saugatuck Center development in Westport’s Saugatuck area. The first phase is scheduled for completion in early 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
A 500-pound sculpture created out of plywood, fired terra cotta and inspiration gleaned from reading of “The Diary of Anne Frank” will “build bridges between Westport and Bridgeport,” according to Westporter Harold Levine.
Westport artist Steffi Friedman looks over “A Tribute to the Life of Anne Frank.” Insets are closeups of the figurines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“It’s incredible,” Levine says of the work titled “A Tribute to the Life of Anne Frank” that was conceived and created by 18 students from the Bridgeport-based Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County. Formerly known as the Music and Arts Center for Humanity (MACH), the group provides arts education to children at risk and those with special needs.
The sculpture will soon be leaving the group’s Bridgeport loft to grace the Westport County Playhouse lobby as “The Diary of Anne Frank,” an adaptation by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, opens Sept. 25.
The sculpture is the student’s conception of the Amsterdam home where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years until Anne’s eventual capture and death in a concentration camp at age 15 in 1945.
Colorful black-eyed Susans greet visitors to the newly renovated Sherwood Mill Pond Preserve on Westport’s Hillspoint Road. Volunteers have put in many hours of work in improvements of the town-owned area formerly occupied by Allen’s Clam House. The town bought the property in 1999 for $1.2 million, some of it contributed by neighbors and others. The restaurant, which served generations of Westporters, came down in 2004 (See WestportNow March 30, 2004). A formal opening of the preserve is set for October. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com