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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Remembering a Westport Farm Image
The Westport Historical Society held a reception late today to mark the opening of its new exhibit “Back to Our Roots,” which traces the history of farming in Westport. Among the visitors was Johanna Straczek of Weston who enjoyed looking at some old photos of Nyala Farms, remembering when the fields were once dotted with black and white Holstein cows. She remembers that Nyala was the only farm in Connecticut permitted to sell unpasteurized milk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


05/28/11 01:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

‘Gampfers’ Barn’ Image
Ken Smith and his wife, Linda Gramatky Smith are seen at tonight’s Westport Historical Society reception in front of the 1947 painting “Gampfers’ Barn” by Linda’s father, Hardie Gramatky, best known for his “Little Toot” series. The barn at Onion Hill Farm on Roseville Road was built in 1868. The painting’s description says: “Waiting for the bus are neighborhood children, kept company by Charlie Gampfer and his pitchfork. Linda Gramatky Smith, with braids, lived across the street. At the time, she was attending Miss Orr’s nursery school at 34 Roseville Road.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


05/28/11 01:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wall to Wall Image
The Westport Historical Society, which held an opening reception tonight, features in its Little Gallery “Rock On! Westport’s Stone Wall Heritage,” an exhibit that includes photographs of colonial-era dry-stack stone walls by WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeyer. Enjoying a moment are (l-r) Susan Gold, WHS executive director, Allen Raymond, town historian, and Dorthy Curran, WHS president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


05/28/11 01:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Putting On’Back to Our Roots’ Image
Some of those responsible for mounting the Westport Historical Society’s “Back to Our Roots” exhibit posed together at tonight’s reception. They include (l-r) Brian O’Leary; Sue Gold, executive director; Dorothy Curran, Society president; Anne Levine, and Sue Kirby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Shoes Aplenty Image
Westporter Attorney Ken Bernhard goes through some of the shoes on his porch that he has collected over the past month (see WestportNow, April 26, 2011) for Soles4Souls, a charity that provides shoes for the needy. “I think there must be 700 pairs of shoes,” he said. “Westporters opened both their hearts and their closets. I, and two friends, will be boxing them for delivery to Edison, N.J next week. I only hope three SUVs will be enough.” Bernhard said the drive has been so successful, “we ought to make it an annual thing. This is something that Westporters can be proud of that falls in line with so many other charitable causes that Westporters support.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Westport Property Transfers May 9 - 13, 2011

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 9 - 13, 2011:

James R. and Michele A. Friedman to Robert J. and Karen S. Driscoll, 21 Catamount Road, $1,675,000WN property.jpg

Samuel V. and Rebecca B. Howe to Adam S. Federman and Maria D. Luvera, 35 Clinton Ave., $1,245,000

Mattera Construction 70 Clapboard Hill Road to Robert W. and Corrilee A. Trudeau, 70 Clapboard Hill Road, $4,197,313

Allan M. and Margaret Rahn Keene to Compo Enterprises LLC, 144 Compo Road North, $670,000

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All Gone: 5 West Branch Road Image
The house at Westport’s 5 West Branch Road, off Weston Road, was demolished Thursday. Built in 1967, the two-story colonial had 3,088 square feet, was situated on a 1.2-acre property and changed ownership this month for $780,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 21, 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/27/11 05:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sugarman Right ‘Fit’ for Grand Marshal

By James Lomuscio

This year’s Westport Memorial Day Parade will be even bigger than last year’s extravaganza with 71 floats, bands and marching or riding units participating, according to William Vornkhal, president of the Westport Veterans Image
Tracy Sugarman: “one of the great moments for me.” Phyllis Groner for

But he says it’s not the numbers that will make this year’s event so special. It will be the grand marshal honoree – Tracy Sugarman.

Sugarman, a 61-year town resident, was a U.S. Navy Reserve ensign who served on an amphibious boat during the D-Day invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944.

“He was on Utah Beach from June 6 until November, bringing in stuff for the troops on the land,” said Vornkahl, an army signal corps corporal during the Korean Conflict who is marking his 41st year as parade chairman.

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05/27/11 09:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

A Winner—One of Five for WestportNow Image
This photo—“Hard to Say Goodbye”—by WestportNow contributing photographer Helen Klisser During won a top prize in the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Connecticut Journalism 2010 contest whose winners were announced Thursday night. She also took second prize for a news photo in the online media category for another photo (”Faces on the School Bus”) of Westport school children returning to classes last fall. In all, WestportNow received five awards in the statewide competition. The others went to Lynn U. Miller, honorable mention in the News Photo Online Media category (’A Tribute To Daddy”), to a contributing photographer, honorable mention in the Feature Photo Online Media category (”Did You See a Circus Parade Go By?”), and James Lomuscio, honorable mention, Spot News Online Media category (”Never Forgetting”). Click here for complete list of winners. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


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Friday, May 27, 2011

9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2011 Solos Exhibition
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - 8th Annual Student Art/Photo Show
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Opening Reception, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Staples Players, “Ages and Stages: A Musical Revue”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Players Open ‘Ages and Stages’ Image
The Staples Players tonight opened its latest production, “Ages and Stages,” a fully-staged musical revue with a selection of scenes from some of the theater’s greatest plays. It features almost 40 members of the Staples Players organization and is playing in the SHS Black Box Theatre. Additional performances are on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Seltzer for


05/27/11 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Art Event Offers ‘A Taste’ of Downtown Possibilities

By James Lomuscio

For a brief time tonight, Westport’s Main Street took on a look of what might Image
Tonight’s Westport Main Street street festival featured outdoor dining at several locations, including in front of Bobby Q’s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

Closed to traffic, the street was transformed into a balmy piazza as hundreds strolled, bands played, artists plied their craft, and an outdoor cafe framed by a white picket fence jutted out on the asphalt in front of Bobby Q’s Restaurant.

Sponsored by the 70-member Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA), “Art About Town: Opening Night Street Party,” brought an eclectic mix of shoppers, art lovers and locals interested in a lively night to the downtown from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Its purpose was to turn the downtown into a strolling gallery for 50 artists whose works were showcased in an equal number of shops. But in the process, the event did much more, many said, underscoring the possibilities of a vibrant downtown.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Westport Street Happening Image
Hundreds of persons crowded Westport’s Main Street late today for an Opening Night Street Party for the Downtown Merchants Association’s “Art About Town” art exhibit which runs until June 26. The event features 65 artists’ works in 50 locations, including stores and restaurants, and all is for sale. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Dancing in the Street Image
Street dancers were among the entertainers tonight at the “Art About Town” Opening Night Street Party on Westport’s Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


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Street Entertainment Image
A variety of dancers provided entertainment tonight at the “Art About Town” Opening Night Street Party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for


05/26/11 11:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Small Audience Image
Gyrating dancers on Westport’s Main Street captivated these youngsters late today in the “Art About Town” Opening Night Street party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Bubble Man Image
A bubble man was among the entertainers at tonight’s Westport street festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


05/26/11 11:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Gallery: ‘Art About Town’ Opening Night Street Party

Scenes from tonight’s “Art About Town” Opening Night Street Party. Helen Klisser During, Lynn U. Miller, and contributed photos for


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Westport 7th Grader Wins UConn Writing Contest Image
Grant Sirlin shows off his award. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A seventh grader at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School has won the 2011 Connecticut Student Writers Contest sponsored by the Connecticut Writers Project at the University of Connecticut.

Grant Sirlin’s personal memoir “On the Edge” was selected from more than 1,000 entries and will be published in the 2011 Connecticut Student Writers Magazine, according to an announcement by the Westport schools’ office.

Grant and his fellow authors were honored at a reception for the writers, their families and their teachers on the UConn campus at Storrs on May 10, it said.

Paul Ferrante, Grant’s language arts teacher, said that his story, a recounting of his exploits at a recent skiing competition, was notable for its fast pacing and vivid description, and was a perfect example of techniques employed in the school’s seventh grade personal memoir unit.


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William (Bill) F. Codeanne, 73

William (Bill) F. Codeanne died May 22 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport after a brief illness. He was 73.

Born in New Haven Nov. 5, 1937, he was the son of the late John H, and Josephine (Liguori) Codeanne and has been a resident of Westport for 35 years.

He attended New Haven schools, graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1956, and from Fairfield University in 1960.

Prior to retiring in 2003,  was employed as a manager for IBM for 36 years. He is a member of St. Luke Parish, the Y’s Men of Westport Weston, the President’s Circle at Fairfield University, and enjoyed sailing and walking the Westport shoreline.

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05/26/11 07:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

This is the Way We Do Our Yoga Image
A yoga instructor from Kaia Yoga, 1200 Post Road East, was at the Westport Thursday Farmers Market today to guide youngsters through butterfly moves, frog jumps, and reaching for the stars. “Yoga movements are incorporated into it all,” according to Kaia Yoga’s Jackie Dayton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/26/11 05:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

It’s Official—Thursday Farmers Market is Back Image
The Westport Thursday Farmers Market had its official opening today with a ribbon-cutting. Doing the honors as the market at the Imperial Avenue lot went into its sixth season were (l-r) Market Director Lori Cochran-Dougall, Rebecca Howe; Jeffrey Mayer of MXenergy, a sponsor; First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff; Selectman Shelly Kassen, and Chef Paul of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, which will receive market leftovers. The market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/26/11 05:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tex-Mex Offerings Popular at Farmers Market Image
Among the busy vendors today at the Westport Thursday Farmers Market was Greenwich-based Boxcar Cantina offering a variety of Tex-Mex specialties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/26/11 05:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for Opening Image
Work was under way early for today’s opening day of the Thursday Westport Farmers Market. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an opening ceremony scheduled for mid-day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


05/26/11 01:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

Taking on a Holiday Look Image
With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching and Monday’s Westport Memorial Day parade only four days away, this house on Riverside Avenue already has taken on a holiday look. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2011 Solos Exhibition
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Main Street, Downtown - Art About Town Opening Night Street Party
7 p.m. – Wilton High School – Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
7 p.m. - Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East - Westport author and artist Elaine Clayton launches her new book “Illuminara Intuitive Journal With Cards”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Black Box Theatre - Staples Players, “Ages and Stages: A Musical Revue”

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Corporate Commuters Decry Transit Shuttle Cuts

By James Lomuscio

The attendance was low—only three people—but there stories seemed to hit home with Bud Titsworth, director of the Westport Transit District, as he held the first of two public hearings tonight about proposed cuts in shuttle service.

The proposed cuts, which will be decided by Titsworth and co-director Jim Hood when they meet at the end of June, are the result of a $40,000 Board of Finance cut from the transit district’s $100,000 budget request.

Nancy Carroll, deputy administrator of the Norwalk Transit District, who was present at the hearing, pointed out that the cut actually amounts to $160,000 since the state matches three times what the town funds.

Ariel Zhang and Fany De La Cruz, who work for the Terex Corp. at Nyala Farms, said the plan to cut the Nyala Farms shuttle would impose hardships for them and seven other employees of the complex, all of them commuters from New York City.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

‘Westport Sketchbook’ Artist Launches New Book Image
Author and artist Elaine Clayton – who contributed WestportNow’s popular “Westport Sketchbook” series—launches her new book “Illuminara Intuitive Journal With Cards” at Barnes & Noble on Thursday at 7 p.m. Her new book is described as “a working journal with imagery cards created to help enhance and inspire empathic, intuitive intelligence.” A few Westport scenes are included in the 40 image cards which come with the journal. A Reiki Master and former teacher and parent of two sons, she has been a Westport resident for almost four years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photos


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Testing the Waters Image
The summer-like weather today encouraged a couple of visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach to take to the water. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


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Staples Boys Tennis Advances to FCIAC Finals Image
The Staples High School boys tennis team celebrates today after defeating New Canaan to advance to the FCIAC finals and a chance for the school’s first title since 2001. The top-seeded and undefeated Wreckers go up against Greenwich on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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