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Monday, March 28, 2011

George E. Allis, 87

George E. Allis of Hummelstown, Pa., formerly of Westport, passed away March 26 in the Harrisburg (Pa.) Hospital. He was 87.WestportNow.com Image
George Allis: former Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born July 14, 1923 in Meriden, a son of the late Eugene and Constance (Perros) Allis.

Mr. Allis graduated from Meriden High School and received a B.S. degree in commerce and journalism from Rider University in New Jersey. He was self-employed in the field of corporate finance and leasing.

He was a World War II European theater Army veteran where he was twice-wounded and awarded the Purple Heart, a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Hummelstown, as well as Meriden Lodge No. 77 F&AM in Meriden, the New York Athletic Club, the Manhattan Club, the UConn Club, Ocean View (DE) VFW Post 7234, the DAV; and the Purple Heart Club.

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03/28/11 03:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Marsha Gordon, 58

Marsha “Mia” Gans Gordon of Fairfield passed away on March 26 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a long illness. She was 58.

Ms. Gordon was born in Bridgeport, a daughter of Ingrid Heidenheimer Gans of Bridgeport and the late Charles Gans, and was a registered nurse, having been associated with Hall-Brooke Hospital of Westport and St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her loving children, Jason Gordon of New York, N.Y., Jenna Gordon of Stratford, her devoted brother Richard Gans and his wife Shelley of Woodbridge, and nieces, Aliza and Sarah Gans. She was also pre-deceased by a sister, Janice Ellen Gans.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 28, at 2 p.m. from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with Ms. Gordon’s first cousin, Rabbi David Steinhardt of Congregation B’nai Torah of Boca Raton, Fla. officiating.

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03/28/11 03:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Bleifeld Recalled as Artist, Teacher, Friend

By James Lomuscio

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Stanley Bleifeld: died of head injury. Helen Klisser During / WN photo
While still in shock over his untimely death, friends and family celebrated the artistic legacy of noted figurative sculptor Stanley Bleifeld at his Weston home today.

Bleifeld, who at 86 appeared youthful and spry, died at Norwalk Hospital early Saturday from a brain hemorrhage following a fall Monday at his Weston studio, according to his wife, Nicky.

Bleifeld had played sets of tennis two days after the fall, unaware of how serious the head injury was. Close friend Bob January, an artist, said Bleifeld seemed more concerned about pain in his lower back from the fall.

“I’m so torn up right now, I don’t know what to say,” said January. “He was my best friend.”

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03/28/11 02:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday Fishing

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Two Fisherman try their luck today at the fly fishing area at Westport’s Ford Road. This area of the Saugatuck River is designated as a Trout Management Area, meaning fishing is permitted all year with certain restrictions such as catch and release only from Sept. 1 to April 16.The State of Connecticut released 850 trout into these waters on Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


03/28/11 12:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Waiting Game

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A fisherman waits for a strike today in the Saugatuck River off Westport’s Ford Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Honoring 300th Anniversary of Green’s Farms Church

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Today’s service at Westport’s Green’s Farms Congregational Church featured the third and final musical premier for the church’s 300th anniversary celebration.  All of the music played and sung for this special event was composed by Westporter Edward Thompson, composer in residence, who also conducted his inspiring music. The prelude, “Thomson’s Fantasia” scored for the English horn and organ, was performed with the renowned Caesar Storlazzi as the English horn soloist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com


03/27/11 11:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Rugby Defeats Simsbury 29-17

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Members of the Westport’s Staples High School Rugby team today ruck over the ball against Simsbury High at the Staples first home game of the season. Staples won 29-17. Last week, Staples won all three of its games at the annual Rugby Jamboree hosted at Fairfield Warde High. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Marilyn Smith for WestportNow.com


03/27/11 11:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

River Scene—Sunny But Cool

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Sunny skies and cool temperatures barely into the 40s were the order of the day in Westport today. View is of the Saugatuck River from Westport’s Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


03/27/11 04:54 PM Comments () • Permalink

Police Chief Introduces “Texas Chain Saw Massacre”

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Westport Cinema Initiative’s late night screening Saturday of the 1974 American independent horror film “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” at the Westport Country Playhouse was introduced by Westport Police Chief Al Fiore. “At first glance an odd juxtaposition of interests, it speaks to a commitment by the leaders of Westport to make personal connections to all of the town’s constituents,” said Sandy Lefkowitz, Westport Cinema Initiative director.  She added: “A small group of devotees of cult classics watched the scary film. Informal discussion in the lobby afterward had all in agreement that this film was scary because of camera angles, sound track and setting. The underlying story raises some issues of the ills of progress, but like a roller coaster ride, the thrill factor is just harmless fun. Westport’s teen population is able to articulate their thoughts, have fun and as our over 50 volunteers for the day indicated willing to service our community.” Contributed photo


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Chefs: Westport Movie Theater Would Boost Business

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Two Westport restaurateurs addressed a Westport Cinema Initiative audience at the Westport Country Playhouse Saturday night and said the nonprofit group’s efforts to bring movie-going back to Westport would be a boon for their business They spoke following the screening of “Big Night,” a 1996 film about a failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers that gambles on one special night to try to save the business. Pietro Scotti (l) of Da Pietros and Steve Carpentieri (r) of Dunville’s spoke in a discussion moderated by event planner Moshe Aelyon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - TheatreWorks USA, “Click, Clack, Moo”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Author Stephen Battaglio, “David Susskind: a Televised Life”
4 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Kids for Kids concert to benefit African children with HIV via Association of Hole in the Wall Camps

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


03/27/11 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Noted Sculptor Stanley Bleifeld Dies at 86

UPDATE Noted sculptor Stanley Bleifeld of Weston, whose well known works are on display in Washington, D.C. as well as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., died early today at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86. WestportNow.com Image
The “Lone Sailor” by Bleifeld is in Washington, D.C. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
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Stanley Bleifeld: Weston resident since 1950. Helen Klisser During / WN photo

His wife, Naomi (Nicky), said he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage following a head injury received from a fall four days earlier at his Weston studio.

Locally, Bleifeld designed the medal that is used for the annual Westport Arts Awards given to celebrate members of the artistic community. He himself was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Visual Arts at a 2005 ceremony in Westport Town Hall.

Born Aug. 28, 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he has lived and worked in Weston since 1950. Part of each year he has spent at a home and studio in Pietrasanta, Italy where he recently completed a large bronze for the Town Hall. 

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03/26/11 10:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Stanley Bleifeld’s Roy Campanella at Cooperstown

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Noted sculptor Stanley Bleifeld of Weston, who died Friday, did several baseball player sculptures which are on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Brooklyn-born, he was an avid Brooklyn Dodger fan. Among his works on display in Cooperstown, N.Y. is this one donated in 1998 of Dodger catcher Roy Campanella who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nedral/Flickr.com photo


03/26/11 10:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Grilled From War to Economy

By James Lomuscio

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes told a packed audience at the Westport Public Library today that American troops must begin to withdraw from Afghanistan by the summer.WestportNow.com Image
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (c) chats with constituents after his Westport library talk today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

“The president has committed to a withdrawal by the summer, and I’m absolutely going to hold him to that,” Himes told about 125 constituents who had gathered for a standing-room-only, town hall-style meeting in the library’s McManus Room.

Himes said the reason the U.S. troops went into Afghanistan was to fight Al Qaeda, but the terrorist group has now regrouped in Pakistan.

“I know the president would not be happy with hearing me say this, but we’re in Afghanistan nation building,” he said.

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03/26/11 08:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Focuses on Budget Issues at Library

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) held a budget forum at the Westport Public Library today that attracted an overflow crowd. While the budget was the subject of much of the discussion, Himes also touched on the U.S. presence in Afghanistan (he favors a withdrawal beginning this summer) and other issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


03/26/11 07:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Question Time

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) listens to a question today from a constituent about federal funding of programs during a budget forum before an overflow audience at the Westport Public Library.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


03/26/11 06:57 PM Comments () • Permalink

Movie Time at Playhouse

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The Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI), a grassroots effort to bring back a movie theater to Westport, today hosted day-long film screenings at the Westport Country Playhouse. The afternoon film was “Waste Land.” which follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Tonight’s films are “Big Night” at 7:30 p.m. and “Texas Chain Saw Masascre” at 10 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


03/26/11 06:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Partners: Playhouse and Cinema Initiative

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Michael Ross (l), Westport Country Playhouse managing director, pauses for a photo with Sandy Lefkowitz (c), director of the Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI), and Ben Meyer, 18, a Staples senior, during today’s WCI film showings at the Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


03/26/11 06:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Community Nursery School Fans

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Westport’s Community Nursery School today held its annual spring family fun day fund-raiser. The preschool, located at 49 Weston Road has been educating the area’s children since 1959. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jodi Harris for WestportNow.com


03/26/11 06:12 PM Comments () • Permalink

Ambulance Visiting

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An ambulance from Westport’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service was among vehicles available for inspection today at Coleytown Elementrary School and the sixth annual Touch-a-Truck event hosted by the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School. Pictured (l-r) are EMS volunteer Yves Cantin, Brooke Silver 5, of Greenwich, Pierce Silver 7, Michael Prisciandaro, 5, of Fairfield, and Crew Chief Alan Stolz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


03/26/11 04:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Truck Touching

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Andrew McCoy, 2 1/2, of Norwalk was one of the youngsters enjoying himself today at the sixth annual Touch-a-Truck fund-raiser for the Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School at Coleytown Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


03/26/11 04:19 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting a Fresh Coat of Paint

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The skateboard area at Westport’s Compo Beach gets a fresh coat of paint.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Coleytown Elementary School - 6th Annual Touch-a-Truck Event
9:30 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Cinema Initiative: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
1 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Cinema Initiative: “Wasteland”
1 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Town Hall Meeting on Federal Spending and Deficit Reduction with Jim Himes
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters & Crafts
6:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - 7th Annual A Better Chance of Westport Dream Event Fundraiser
7:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Cinema Initiative: “Big Night”
8:30 p.m. - Worldwide - Earth Hour: turn off your lights for 60 minutes
10 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Cinema Initiative: “Texas Chain Saw Massacre”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


03/26/11 04:05 AM Comments Closed • Permalink

Filomena A. Papagno, 98

Filomena A. Papagno, wife of the late Anthony Papagno and a native of Westport passed away March 25 at the Notre Dame Convalescent home in Norwalk. She was 98.

Mrs. Papagno was born June 26, 1912 in Westport, daughter of the late Giuseppe and Amelia (Venezia) Renzulli and has been a lifelong Resident. She is a life member of the Carholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption.

Survivors include three daughters, Marie Gilbertie and her husband Salvatore of Easton, CarolAnn McClatchie and her husband David of Westport. Jane M. Pronovost and her husband John of Vassalboro, Me., andd Encouch, Texas. 11 grandchildren, Salvatore and Thomas Gilbertie, Catherine Knipper, Celeste Vodola, Eric, Christopher, Matthew and Gretchen Brunner, Laura McClatchie, Alisa and Rene Pronovost, 21 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Papagno was also predeceased by 11 brothers and five sisters.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral Monday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. from the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, and 10 a.m. in Assumption Church 98 Riverside Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the funeral home on Sunday, March 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Church or Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Bullying Video Draws Attention

A video posted on YouTube last week and said to portray a 13-year-old Westport student complaining she has been a victim of bullying at Bedford Middle School has drawn several thousand views.WestportNow.com Image
Alye Pollack: “Words are worse than Sticks and Stones.” YouTube video

The two-minute, 58-second video entitled “Words are worse than Sticks and Stones” with more than 2,500 views was posted on March 14. It has no audio other than haunting music.

The teen, who identifies herself as Alye Pollack, holds up a series of hand-lettered signs saying she has been a victim of bullying.

“I am bullied,” she writes on the signs. “Not a day has gone by without one of these words Bitch, Whore, Fat, Lesbo, Slut, Freak, Ugly, Weird, Fag.” She adds: “I am in therapy more than my class.”

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Sherwood Pavilion to Get $300,000 Facelift

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Connecticut’s State Bond Commission today approved $300,000 for renovations to the pavilion at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The approval was part of a $1.1 million bonding package to make repairs and improvements at Connecticut’s major shoreline state parks. “Sherwood Island is one of Westport’s treasures and it is critical that we continue investing in the park,” said state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of Westport. “This funding will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy Sherwood Island.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo


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Westport Property Transfers March 7 - 11, 2011

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 7 - 11, 2011:

People’s United Bank to Joshua and Lydia Hechter, 12 Burr Road, $345,000WN property.jpg

Neil J. Radding aka Neal J. Radding to Michelle Quigley, 30 Rayfield Road, $755,000

Charles A. Horn to David R. and Kathleen K. Groener, 22 Cross Way, $3,850,000

Linda T. Horn Tr. to David R. and Kathleen K. Groener, Cavanagh Ave., $100,000


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P&Z Mulls Swing Set Rule Change

Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission has two months to decide whether to change regulations to exempt swing sets from prohibited uses in setbacks.WestportNow.com Image
A Westport swing set not in a setback. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The commission Thursday night heard an application by a Westport homeowner, Cary Moskowitz, to exempt swing sets from rules prohibiting structures close to property lines.

Joel Green, an attorney for Moskowitz, who has filed suit against the town after his request for a variance was denied, argued that Westport’s regulation is unevenly enforced.

Planning and Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said the commission has 65 days to decide on the application, which gained national attention on Wednesday in a story by The Associated Press. (See WestportNow March 23, 2011)


03/25/11 03:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Himes Brings Budget Forum to Westport on Saturday

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) brings his budget forums to Westport on Saturday with a 1 p.m. meeting in the Westport Public Library’s McManus Room.WestportNow.com Image
Congressman Jim Himes addresses a Jan. 10 meeting at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

It is the second town hall-style meeting in Westport in little more than two months for the second term Democratic congressman. He was last here on Jan. 10 in a meeting marked by a police presence since it followed by two days the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. (See WestportNow Jan. 10, 2011)

“I don’t have to tell you that our country faces serious fiscal challenges that become more serious each and every day,” Himes said in announcing the budget forums.  “We must take a hard, honest look at our federal budget, and we must be prepared to make tough decisions on how to fundamentally change the way the government takes in and spends our money.

“I know that Washington doesn’t have all the answers and that, throughout our district, there are great people with ideas that can help our nation move forward.  That’s why I hope you’ll join me at one of my budget forums. Hearing from you helps me best represent you. ”


03/25/11 12:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Compo Mill View

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A view of Westport’s Compo Mill from “Fiona’s Disappearing Island.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com


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