Sunday, April 03, 2011
The Westport Arts Center tonight announced it has received a gift of $1.2 million from the Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation to promote the musical arts in Westport. Joyce Thompson (r), a member of the boards of both the Arts Center and the Foundation, announced the bequest at the conclusion of the Center’s annual gala at the Westport Country Playhouse where she was an honoree. With her is Lance Lundberg, president of the Center’s board. Hermanns, who died in 1995 at the age of 89, was a more than 40-year Westport resident who had been a world-class concert pianist who fled Nazi Germany with her husband Artur Holde. Upon arrival in the United States, Holde acted as her agent and Hermanns had a successful concert career. In 1971, she founded a competition for piano, woodwinds, voice and strings which has been held in Westport since then. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Cindy and John Vaccaro thank attendees at tonight’s Westport Arts Center gala at the Westport Country Playhouse for honoring them for their work for the arts in Westport. WestportNow.com video
Hundreds attended the Westport Arts Center 2011 gala tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. The audience auction conducted during the evening by Guy Bennett added more than $38,000 to the event’s receipts, organizers announced. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Westport-based Green Village Initiative (GVI) today planted an edible garden at the main branch of the Bridgeport Public Library on Broad Street. as part of an effort to bring gardens to public facilities in the Park City. Thirty volunteers were involvd in today’s project with the leadership of Karen Sussman and help from Westport businessman Sal Gilbertie and Monique Bosch. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and his two children showed up for the fun. Starting this month GVI will build 10-plus edible school gardens for Bridgeport public schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Frances Parise of Westport, the beloved wife for 69 years of the late Frank Parise who died March 11, 2011, passed away in her home on March 31. She was 88.
Frances Parise: Westporter since 1947. Contributed photo
Born Dec. 19, 1922, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Pazdan) Kirik. Frances graduated from Harding High School and worked at Manning, Maxwell and Moore, Inc., of Bridgeport as part of the war effort.
She married her childhood sweetheart and after the war they moved to Westport in 1947 where they had lived ever since.
Frances was the quintessential homemaker, mother and wife. Surrounded by her ever growing brood of children, she could be found in the kitchen cooking, in the backyard gardening, or at the grocery store shopping.
WestportNow reader Alan Phillips saw Friday’s picture of a llama nicknamed Sam that died at the Kowalsky family’s Greens Farms Peaceful Valley Farm and emailed this photo. “We know him as Blackie,” he said. “The picture is 20 years ago. Mary Kowalsky walked Blackie to our house next door. Pictured with her is Gabe Phillips approx age 7 at the time.” Mary Kowalsky died Sept. 11, 2001 at the age of 75. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 27 Darbrook Road, off Compo Road North, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story ranch has 3,215 square feet and is situated on a 1.3-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
Taking advantage of today’s warmer weather in the 50s, bikers make their way along Westport’s Main Street. The forecast calls for temperatures to dip into the 30s tonight before heading back into the 50s on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Colin McKechnie appears as Charlie Bucket in Bedford Middle School’s Bedford Acting Group opening night performance Friday night of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The director reports that it was the biggest audience in Bedford theatrical history. Showtimes today are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m, and Sunday at 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Pogue for WestportNow.com
The Westport Arts Center’s “Viva! Feel the Passion – A Taste of Tango and Temptations” fund-raiser at the Westport Country Playhouse tonight honors Joyce Thompson and Cindy and John Vaccaro for their commitment to the arts and the Center.
Joyce Thompson: honoree. Contributed photo
John & Cindy Vaccaro: dual honorees. Contributed photo
The tribute to Thompson recognizes her almost 40 years of championing the arts in Westport. During her tenure as its president, Thompson broadened the scope of the Center by adding many new programs and today remains a member of its board, executive committee, music and visual arts committees.
On its biggest night, the Westport Arts Center will also honor Cindy and John Vaccaro for their generous gifts of time, talent and resources that have enriched the organization and the Westport arts world over the years.
Cindy Vaccaro has a background as a singer and actress while John started his theatrical career as an actor and went on to become a successful theatrical producer before entering the financial world and founding Westport Resources Management and Investment Services, now in its 25th year.
Westport artist Leonard Fisher mounts a Roy Lichtenstein 1963 lithograph, one of the highlights of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, in the Westport Public Library’s Great Hall on Friday. An exhibition of works from the collection, titled “Made You Look!,” opens with a reception 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8. The late Burt Chernow, a former art teacher at Green’s Farms Elementary School, started the collection with donations from artists and collectors, believing that works of art should be a vital part of students’ cultural education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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”
2 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Frames: then and Now, Troy Amuso
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group: “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters & Crafts
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”
7:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Secular Coalition for America: “Sex, Morality, and the Law”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Westport Arts Center Benefit: Viva!
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Augusta Butcher Brennan, formerly of Coral Gables, Fla.,, beloved wife of 61 years of the recently deceased Frank G. Brennan, passed away March 28 in Wallingford, Conn.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of the late Isaiah and Augusta Butcher, she had previously lived with her husband for many years in Westport and Weston.
Prior to her marriage, she was one of the first female credit investigators for the then Chase National Bank. Irrepressibly restless, Augusta loved traveling over the years and witnessed many of the century’s historic events as they happened.
Home over the years included Havana, Santo Domingo, Buenos Aires, Budapest, and San Jose, Costa Rica, in addition to New York, Miami, and Connecticut.
The cast of “My Way - A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” takes a bow in front of a sold out audience on opening night tonight at the MainStage Theatre, located in Westport’s Colonial Green, 246 Post Road East. Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m, and Sundays at 3 p.m. through April 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, April 01, 2011
The Westport Fire Department today placed in service its new Sutphen ladder tower which replaces a 1992 Sutphen tower that was destroyed during the severe weather event of March 2010. The 18-year-old apparatus had already been scheduled to be refurbished when its boom and bucket were destroyed by a large tree while operating at an incident. The aerial apparatus, which costs more than $1 million new, was replaced for just over $711,000. After spending the last two and a half weeks in training and being outfitted, the vehicle was placed into service today and its first run turned out to be a relatively insignificant call involving a sprinkler system flowing water at a commercial occupancy. As is tradition, the Fire Department photographed the new truck making its active debut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westonite Anna Sekaran (l), co-chair of Westport-based Project Return’s 16th annual Birdhouse Auction, discusses final plans with volunteers Susan Shuck, Rick Small and Paul Magnone before the start of tonight’s fund-raiser at the Rolling Hill Country Club in Wilton. Westport-based Project Return celebrates its 25th year of service to adolescent girls and young women in crisis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Kowalsky family’s Peaceful Valley Farm is mourning the loss of its last remaining llama, nicknamed Sam. The animal died Thursday at the family’s often visited farm in Westport’s Greens Farms area. According to a family representative. Sam’‘s estimated age was 20 years. He was the first llama on the farm which eventually grew to as many as five llamas. The others had been given away over time. The family representative said the only animals remaining on the farm are goats, sheep and some chickens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Karen Jordan for WestportNow.com
“My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” opens tonight at MTC MainStage in Westport. The musical revue features more than 50 songs recorded by “Old Blue Eyes.” Pictured are (l-r) Johnny Orenberg, Jillian Schochet, Jodi Stevens and Robert J. Townsend. Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m, and Sundays at 3 p.m. through April 17. For tickets and more info, visit www.musictheatreofct.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Rayfield Road, off Spicer Road, is in process. Built in 1929, the 1 1/2-story conventional has 3,075 square feet and is situated on a 1.66-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
Kathryn Teaze Clark of Naples, Fla., and formerly of Weston and Westport, died March 28. She was 83.
Born in Bloomfield, N.J., she was the daughter of Kathryn Dodd and Moses Hay Teaze. She grew up in Bloomfield and in Westport, where her family spent summers.
She attended the Kimberley School in Montclair, N.J., and was a graduate of the Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Finch Junior College in New York City, where she studied piano. She married John Craig Clark of Youngstown, Ohio, in 1950.
She lived many years in Weston, later moved to Madison, and had been a Naples resident since 1985. She was an avid reader and pianist, as well as a supporter of the American Red Cross and donor to its blood drives.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period March 14 - 18, 2011:
Kingsview Real Estate Partners II LP to John R. Goldman and Wendy Petty-Goldman, 7 Pritchard Lane, $2,845,000
Patrick W. and Ann M. Laffaye to Juan A. Lebrija and Alexandra M. C. Scholer, 21 Turkey Hill Road North, $885,000
Joan A. Barbour to SIR-17 Rayfield LLC, 17 Rayfield Road, $480,000
Johanna Thomas-DeGroot to Robert D. McKay Sr. and Roberta A. Farrell, 3 Lees Lane, $825,000
8:45 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Fire Pension Board
9:15 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Police Pension Board
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Non-Union Supervisory Pension Board
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The Sketch Class: A Westport Tradition” and “Art From The Heart”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Rolling Hill Country Club (333 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton) - Project Return 2011 Birdhouse Auction
7 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Bedford Acting Group: “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory”
8 p.m. - MTC MainStage Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Michele’s Pies, which had its “soft” opening March 22 at Westport’s 180 Post Road East, announced today it will be closed from April 4–12 so owner Michele Albano can attend the National Pie Championships April 8-10 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. sponsored by the American Pie Council. Last year, Albano, who expanded to Westport from her Norwalk location, took home top awards for her Twisted Citrus Blackberry Pie and Classic Italian Tiramisu Pie as well as honorable mention for her Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie. The store will reopen April 13 at 7 a.m. Meanwhile, she will be featured on the April 8 “Today” show during the Willard Scott birthday list at 8:25 a.m. The Westport store will mark its official grand opening on April 16 and 17 with plenty of free samples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com