Monday, May 02, 2011
Workmen salvage three stable doors today from a barn being demolished at 7 North Ave. Westport interior designer Betsy Phillips said they will be reinstalled in Bobby Q’s Restaurant, 42 Main St., which is soon to undergo a major renovation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Dave Matlow
Westport and the state’s 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park became the focus today for a number of Connecticut residents reacting to the death of Osama bin Laden.
Kristy Gray of Danbury visited the 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park after hearing the news of bin Laden’s death. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Among them was Kristy Gray, an employee of the Westport Weston Health District. She was mourning the loss of her brother’s girlfriend, Candace Williams, 20, a college student who died when Flight 11 slammed into the first tower.
Gray, who lives in Danbury, said she was in bed Sunday night when she learned from something she saw on her phone that bin Laden was dead.
“It’s a joke, it can’t be true,” she said summed up her first reaction. Then she turned on the television, heard the details, and started crying. Today she decided to visit Sherwood Island.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 19 Woodhill Road, off Greens Farms Road, is in process. Built in 1951, the 1 1/4-story ranch has 1,675 square feet and is situated on a .56-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
(Editor’s note: The Newman Poses Preserve opened Sunday in Westport under the auspices of the Aspetuck Land Trust. Lissy Newman, a daughter of Paul Newman, who donated much of the land to the Trust, wrote this perspective for the Aspectuck Land Trust website. )
By Lissy Newman
I believed, from the time I was about 7, that all of this land was mine. I treated it like it was mine. I went crazy wild here with dogs every day after school, indeed, I thought I was a dog. I seemed to experience nature here the way a dog does, face first, running through thorns, snuffling in the mud, tracking deer.
The Newman Poses Preserve is 39 acres in Westport’s Coleytown area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Later, I built entire miniature farm communities with sticks and stones and mud, tiny rows of moss laid out like gardens, and stone walls and country lanes, stretching down the river, periodically washed away by spring rains.
I could spend hours lying with my cheek on the wet ground, peering through the tiny doorways, half expecting tiny farmers to peer back at me, waving tiny shotguns, and threatening to chase me off their land.
But nobody did ever chase me, not Lillian Poses, or Mary Warburg, not even Dominic, the gardener, who stoically endured our constant filching from the garden shed.
A new Westport group today announced plans to raise $300,000 help fund a replacement for the Halfway House at Longshore Club Park destroyed by fire eight years ago.
An artist’s rendering of the new Halfway House. Contributed photo
Established in November, Friends of Westport Parks and Recreation was organized to supplement efforts by the Parks and Recreation Commission to build and improve parks and recreational facilities, according to its chairman, Jeffrey Mayer, a former chair of the Board of Finance.
“Our mission is to work in partnership with the town at a time when our budgets are constrained,” said Mayer in a news release. “We are delighted to help turn what has become the Halfway Trailer into a beautiful new Halfway House.”
The Halfway House was proposed by a group known as the 9th & ½ Hole Committee, Mayer said.
A boat makes its way into the Ned Dimes Marina at Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday. The beach officially opened on Sunday with beach emblems required for all cars entering the facility. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club- May Flower Sale fundraiser
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Task Force
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting Budget Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Harvard University law professor and celebrity defense attorney Alan Dershowitz was in Westport today to address an audience in a private residence in an event sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League. Dershowitz explained his proposal for an Israel-Palestine peace plan that includes President Obama going to both Israel and Ramallah to gain agreement on halting further building on the left bank for a period of months. His plan would define “rough borders” and seek an agreement that Israel would not build in areas that would be defined as the Palestinian state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Under azure skies and cool breezes, more than 100 family members, friends, and admirers came to grounds of the Westport Historical Society (WHS) today to celebrate the life of Ines Amalia “Mollie” Donovan.
Remembered as an energetic, Renaissance woman who gave decades of selfless service to the town, Donovan died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 84. (See obituary here)
She was recalled as a devoted volunteer in Westport’s arts and preservation community, as well as one of the area’s “first soccer moms.”
“She loved her family, the arts and Westport, and not always in that order depending upon the day,” said her son, David Donovan of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Ready to run, entrants in this year’s Minute Man Race waited eagerly at the starting gate at Compo Beach today to begin a 10K race, the proceeds of which go to local charities. Sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League, the race had 1,400 people entered, up nearly 200 from last year, and raised $40,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Norwalk resident Nordee Ab Delfateh, 29, won the 5K men’s division of today’s Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach in a time of 17:10. It was the first time he entered the annual Minute Man race. He moved to the United States from Morocco. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Andi Rosenblatt, 13, of Weston today won the 33rd Annual Minute Man 5K Race for females at Westport’s Compo Beach with a winning time of 21:54. Rosenblatt is in the seventh grade in the Weston school system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Tom Harding, 45, was first over the finish line at today’s 33rd annual Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach. He has won the Minute Man 10K several times over the years. Harding finished today’s race in 35:51 and was in the lead from the first step. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Norwalk resident Leslie Sporre, 34, was the first female to cross the finish line today in the 33rd annual Minute Man 10K race with a time of 44:04. She said it was the first time she entered the race. Her husband Ian also ran in the 10K and was among the leaders in the field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
8 a.m. - Compo Beach - 33rd Annual Minute Man Race
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - Free cancer screening
10:15 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 6th Annual Star Walk, Roll & Stroll (walk begins at 11:30 a.m.)
11 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - Memorial service for Mollie Donovan
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Hope in Haiti” & SHS “Dog Show”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - “The Rockefellers: Philanthropic Legends,” Suzanne Loebl
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Beyond Therapy”
3 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Clothing Swap
4 p.m. - Greens Farms Church (71 Hillandale Road) - Staples High School Orphenians concert
5 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - Broadway Babes for Bright Futures benefit for FSW (family services agency)
7 p.m. - Conservative Synagogue (30 Hillspoint Road) - Holocaust Memorial Service with speaker Anita Schorr, survivor
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
All in good fun, it was an evening of the town’s movers and shakers showing they can laugh at themselves—“Forbidden Westport.” Tonight’s event sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary drew a large crowd to the Bedford Middle School auditorium to help raise funds for Hopes with Hope. Under the direction of John Franklin, cast members included: RTM members, State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, the Hoot Owls, Westport Community Theater, the Green Village Initiative, members of the clergy, Westport Young Women’s League, Parks and Recreation Commission members, and representatives of the Downtown Merchants Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westporters had fun raising funds for a serious cause performing in “Forbidden Westport.” The evening’s entertainment, sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary, was a benefit for Homes With Hope. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The cast of “Beyond Therapy,” which opened tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse, takes a curtain call. The comedy, which runs through May 14, is directed by WCP Associate Artistic Director David Kennedy. The play is a funny look at the young and single and their crazy therapists, where “life is a potent cocktail of sexual mix-ups, relationship neuroses, and a serious lack of impulse control.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples High School teacher Michael Aitkenhead, overseer of the Wakeman Town Farm, helps children plant vegetable seeds in pots made from old newspaper at today’s Green Earth Fair at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Twins Lindsey and Vanessa Kanter enjoyed creating their Smurf Houses today at Earthplace’s Green Earth Fair using biodegradable cornstarch puffs from Educational Warehouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Today’s Green Earth Fair at Westport’s Earthplace included an electric car. Gabriel Shenhar, test engineer for Consumer Reports, brought a Nissan Leaf for spectator inspection. The vehicle is currently only available in five states, and Consumer Reports is testing it at its facility in Colchester, Conn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
At the Green Earth Fair at Westport’s Earthplace today Rhyse McLean and Emerson Lovell from Staples High School demonstrated how wastewater is treated by a septic system, a display presented by the League of Women Voters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com