Saturday, April 30, 2011
The house at Westport’s 2 Silent Grove North, off Cross Highway, was demolished today. Built in 1960, the one-story raised ranch had 2,884 square feet and was situated on a one-acre property. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 6, 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A young Westport mother and her infant child escaped serious injury today when her vehicle, an SUV, was rear-ended by another vehicle in front of John’s Best Pizza, 361 Post Road West. According to a witness, her vehicle was struck as she was making a turn. No one was injured. The woman’s husband arrived moments after the accident to comfort his wife and child. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pottery Barn of Westport at 27 Main St. completed its two-month renovation project and marked the occasion today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by employees and visiting management. The makeover began in February and included creating more floor and display space, according to Jessica Arch, a manager. The newly renovated store expanded its product line to include a bath collection and design studio, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo.
The Westport Parks and Recreation Department was busy today as Westporters lined up to buy beach emblems before Sunday’s official start of the summer season. Beginning Sunday, a beach emblem will be required for motor vehicle entrance to Westport beaches. For those who prefer to go online electronically, visit http://www.westportrecreation.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday once again will be the starting point for the 33rd annual 5K/10K Minute Man Race sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League.
Runners set off in last year’s 5K Minute Man Race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Hundreds of runners are expected to take part as well as youngsters ages 3 to 12 in the Kids Fun Races under the direction of Mark Carmody, physical education teacher at Long Lots Elementary School and owner of Peak Performance Sports Camps.
The Kids’ Fun Run races begin with a warm-up at 8:10 a.m. and starting times at 8:30, also the start time for the 5K race, with the 10K race setting off 10 minutes later.
To register for the 5k/10k or kids’ races, or for more information, visit http://www.wywl.com/MinuteMan/Minuteman.html.
An estimated 100 swimmers participated in “24 Hours of Laps,” the Al’s Angels fundraiser that began at 10 a.m. today at the Westport Weston Family Y Stauffer Pool. Al’s Angels founder and Westport resident Al DiGuido said this event raised approximately $50,000. Swimmers of all ages swam as many laps as they could for 30 minutes to raise funds to provide holiday meals and gifts for children and families within the tri-state area suffering from life-threatening illnesses, cancer, rare blood diseases, and severe financial hardship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Swimmers participating in “24 Hours of Laps,” the Al’s Angels fundraiser that began this morning. Each swimmer pledged to swim laps for 30 minutes. (l-r) Will O’Sullivan, Finn Johnston, Charlie West, Justin Bacon, Sean Rogers, Cameron Purdy, Sarah Grinalds, Kaitlyn Esse, Michelle Kennedy, Marissa Healy, Caroline Sandhaus, Annie Bowens, Kaela Dockray. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzannah Rogers for WestportNow.com
Westport police officers Linda Vena (c) and Sharon Russo (r) welcome Westporter Bertha Mathis today at Westport Town Hall as she dropped off her expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs during the annual Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collection event. This program is conducted by local police departments throughout the country to give people a safe way to dispose of medications they no longer want or need and to help prevent these drugs from being stolen, abused, or dumped into local water supplies. In 2010, Americans turned in 121 tons of unwanted medications to more than 3,000 local police departments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Twenty-five volunteers, including board members and staff, spent the morning today giving the Westport Weston Family Y’s Camp Mahackeno a major spring cleaning to get it ready for the upcoming summer activities. In addition to tidying the grounds, they repainted the benches in the amphitheater. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport beaches will require an emblem for motor vehicle entry beginning Sunday, and despite the hours on the sign, the Parks and Recreation office at Longshore Club Park expects a busy time when it is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. A long line formed at the office on Friday as Westporters waited to the last minute to purchase their emblems which have been on sale since March. Those who can wait can also purchase them online at http://www.westportrecreation.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Town Hall, rear entrance - Westport Police take back unwanted prescription drugs
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Green Earth Fair
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart” (last day)
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - American Heart Association Benefit, Listen to the Beat”
7:30 p.m. - Bedford Middle School Auditorium - Westport Sunrise Rotary Presents: “Forbidden Westport III: Beaches, Banks, Barons & Budgets”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Beyond Therapy”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, April 29, 2011
A collision between a car and a pickup truck sent two persons to the hospital late today and tied up traffic northbound on I-95 between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport. View is from a traffic camera. DOT photo
Westporters who could not make it to London for today’s royal nuptials went to the Westport Public Library where tea and scones were aplenty as guests watched a delayed broadcast of the event in the McManus Room. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today honored Louis K. Weinstein, a longtime Westporter and a founding member of the club, who died April 19 at the age of 92. Guests at the weekly breakfast at Bobby Q’s on Main Street included Weinstein’s two daughters, Shelly Forester and Diana Press, both of Norwalk. They heard from members who recounted memories of their father. Among those speaking was Bill Meyer (l) who said that Weinstein’s co-founding of the club made him as “a hero like George Washington.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Janice Lee Lalich of Norwalk died April 28 at Norwalk Hospital after a brief illness. She was 59.
The wife of David M. Lalich for 38 years, she was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 25, 1951, the daughter of Jeanne Gibbons Worrall Gregg of Mount Lebanon, Pa. and the late William Worrall. She has lived in Norwalk since 1981.
Janice was a graduate of Rollins College, Class of 1973 and has been working as the weekend receptionist at the Stamford Hospital, was a member of the Stamford Hospital “HAHA’s” (Health and Humor Associates), doing her best to bring cheer and comfort to her patients and their families.
She was also an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Hospice Caregive for Greenwich Hospice; previously volunteered at the Norwalk Women’s Crisis Center; and a Level 3 Healing Touch Therapist.
Westport native Lynsey Addario was honored Thursday night by the Overseas Press Club of America for her photographs of women in Afghanistan which appeared in National Geographic.
Lynsey Addario: wins Overseas Press Club award. NY Times photo
At a dinner in New York City, she was awarded The Oliver Rebbot Award for best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines or books for her series “Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women.” (Click here for photos.)
A citation said: “Lynsey Addario’s photographs give us a comprehensive and intimate look at a largely unseen aspect of Afghan society — its women. Her images are unvarnished, intimate and far-reaching. Addario worked hard to gain access and in doing so produced a very important body of work.”
In March, Addario was among four New York Times journalists—including fellow Westport native Tyler Hicks—held captive in Libya for six days while covering the fighting there. They were released to the custody of Turkish diplomats.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period April 11 - 15, 2011:
John P. Gudzik Est. to Evan A. and Joanne Gordon, 55 Bulkley Ave. North, $650,000
Grace L. Teresa to Anthony P. Bihl IV and Emily C. Bihl, 6 Hyatt Lane, $665,000
Cheryl Scott Daniels Group LLC to Barrington Homes 7 LLC, 7 Blue Coat Lane, $649,000
Roger Nitkin to F. Michael Shapiro, 3 Berkeley Place, $865,000
Ray Dalio, the head of Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, has joined the ranks of billionaires who have pledged to give away half their fortunes to charity.
Ray Dalio: head of Westport hedge fund has estimated $6 billion net worth. Forbes.com photo
In an announcement on Thursday, Dalio, 61, said he has learned that having more and money wasn’t important. Forbes last month estimated his fortune at $6 billion. (See WestportNow March 10, 2011)
Dalio, who lives in Greenwich, along with his wife joined nine other couples in a program begun by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren E. Buffet in 2010. The number of pledge signatories now totals 69.
Called the Giving Pledge, organizers describe the program as a long-term charitable initiative that aims to inspire conversations about philanthropy and increase charitable giving in the United States.
The parking lot adjacent to the Westport Woman’s Club on Imperial Avenue took on a frightening look late Thursday as apparently heavily armed police officers gathered around an armored vehicle. But it was all just preparations for a practice exercise on Baron’s South by members of the six-town Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team which includes members from Westport, Trumbull, Monroe, Easton, Wilton, and Darien. Team Commander Lt. Ron Kirby of Trumbull said the regional team trains for complex incidents such as barricade support, hostage situations, and crowd control. He said members respond to 12-14 incidents each year and that Westport has had three such responses in the past eight years, including one in the past year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Westport Public Library McManus Room - “Elevenses Celebration” in honor of Royal Wedding
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé: Special coverage Royal Wedding
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Westport Battle of the Bands
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Beyond Therapy”
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Westport Community Theatre: “A Good Place” staged reading (free) Addition
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By James Lomuscio
Rabbi Robert Orkand insisted it was a matter of nighttime safety for congregants at Westport’s Temple Israel. Neighbors countered that it would be an unnecessary intrusion on their quality of life that would hurt real estate values.
At issue for more than three hours tonight before the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission—the installation of light posts in the temple’s rear parking lots on Coleytown Road.
The commission heard conflicting and at times emotional reports that pitted neighbor against house of worship, rabbi against congregant, and one side’s lighting consultant against the other.
After a 20-minute recess both sides agreed to continue the public hearing, which had been applied for back in December, to May 19 so that they could find common ground. P&Z member Michael Kraweic had originally suggested the extension.
Daniel Zlatkin, a senior at Westport’s Staples High School, takes a bow tonight at the Junior/Senior Spring Concert as Adele Valovich, director, looks on. Three Staples music groups performed—the Symphonic Band conducted by Director Nick Mariconda, the A Cappella Choir directed by Justin Miller, and the Symphonic Orchestra led by Valovich. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Staples senior Daniel Zlatkin, the 2011 Senior Concerto Competition Winner, performs Saint Saens Concerto No 1 tonight at the school’s annual Junior/Senior Spring Concert. In addition to being the principal cellist of the Symphonic Orchestra, Zlatkin won the 2011 Greenwich Symphony Orchestra Music Award and was the top finalist in the Stamford Symphony Orchestra scholarship competition. He is currently a student of Jameson Platte and will be studying next year with cellist Peter Wiley and composers Joan Towers and George Tsontakis at the Bard Conservatory. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The house at Westport’s 270 Hillspoint Road, in the Compo Beach area, was demolished today. Built in 1970, the one-story raised ranch had 1,598 square feet, is situated on a .51-acre waterview property, and changed ownership in October 2010 at $4,666,667. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Nov. 8, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matt Murray for WestportNow.com
Jane Ann Alexy Wheatall of Williamsburg, Va., a former resident of Westport, died April 27. She was 78.
Jane Wheathall: founded Westport preschool. Contributed photo
The wife of Ward Wheatall of Williamsburg, she was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Macomb County, Mich., and was the daughter of the late Emil and Esther Alexy. Following graduation from the University of Michigan, she taught elementary school in Michigan and Venezuela.
She founded preschools at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westport and King of Glory Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. St. Paul’s was the first Christian preschool in Westport and one of the first Westport preschools to achieve national accreditation. Early accreditation was also achieved at King of Glory before other Christian preschools in Williamsburg.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Michael Wheatall of Anchorage, Alaska; two daughters, Natalie Welsh of East Granby and Suzanne Casey of Mechanicsville, Va., a brother, David Alexy of Michigan; eight grandchildren; a nephew and five nieces.
A flattened wheel on one of Metro-North’s new M-8 cars left half a dozen Westport residents stranded in East Norwalk early today, according to Metro-North and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff.
One of the new M-8 rail cars. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The problem occurred on the 11:22 p.m. out of Grand Central which was scheduled to arrive in Westport at 12:28 a.m. Passengers told Joseloff the train began moving very slowly after Stamford and came to a complete halt at East Norwalk at about 1 a.m.
While about half a dozen Westport-bound passengers got off in East Norwalk, others waited for another New Haven-bound train that arrived 90 minutes later, said Joseloff who went to East Norwalk after being called by one of the passengers.
Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said a brake pad locked, became heated, and flattened one of the car’s wheels. She said maintenance personnel were reviewing on board computer logs to identify what caused the malfunction.