Monday, June 27, 2011
The crowd that turned out for tonight’s Levitt Pavilion was one of the largest in recent memory. The crowd was so large and lacking open aisles that police and fire officials debated whether to shut down the performance fearing they would be unable to get to an emergency at the Levitt. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Westport firefighters performed roof ventilation training exercises on Saturday at a house at 4 Cob Drive, near Cross Highway, which is in the process of acquiring a demolition permit. The exercise, according to Fire Lt. Michael Kronick, involved creating smoke in the house to simulate the conditions of a real fire and cutting an opening in the roof. The house was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters open a roof at 4 Cob Drive on Saturday in a training exercise. Lt. Michael Kronick said in a real fire, opening a roof gets all the heat and gases out of the building, improves the chances of survivability for people trapped inside, and draws the fire to the open roof area which reduces the chances of the fire spreading. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters stretch out the truck company’s ladder to reach a rooftop at 4 Cob Drive on Saturday in a drill to practice opening a roof. The house is in the process of being torn down. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from Saturday’s final day of the June Benefit Horse Show at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Flags of United Nations members are reflected on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. The flags flew Saturday on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in honor of the town’s 46th annual jUNe Day marking the signing of the U.N. Charter on June 26,1945. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Saturday’s mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s drew crowds to Westport’s Compo Beach and adjacent Soundview Drive. More perfect beach weather is forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Christie’s Country Store (161 Cross Highway) - Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2011 Solos Exhibition (last day)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Opening Night: The Cast of Beatlemania
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A driver escaped serious injury tonight when his Volkswagen Corrado went off I-95 between Exits 18 and 19 and down an embankment. Westport firefighters found that the car had struck a utility pole and several sections of guardrail before plunging 30 feet down the embankment, said Assistant Chief William Dingee. The driver’s side door had been ripped off from the crash, and the driver was able to get back up onto the roadway by himself with only minor injuries, he said. The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Dingee said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Susan Dorothy Allen, a graduate of Staples High School, died June 24 at home in Kingston, N.Y. She was 53.
Born in New York City on May 29, 1958 and raised in Westport, she was the associate director of the Medical Center at SUNY New Paltz.
A 1976 Staples High School graduate, she graduated magna cum laude from Vassar College with a bachelor of science in biology (departmental honors).
In the 1980s, she completed her medical training at the University of Connecticut Medical School, Kingston Hospital, and Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Ariz.
A team representing Staples High School SLOBs (Service League of Boys) participates today in the 20th annual Pro Sports Challenge field day in New Canaan to benefit Lower Fairfield Center, a Norwalk-based home for the developmentally disabled. Participants included (l-r) David Kalb, Ben Platt, DJ Sixsmith, Michael Sixsmith, Suzanne Salamone, Georgiana Platt, and Brigitte Baron. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Christina Kelly, 18, of Kentucky, riding a 10-year-old French-born horse H H Narcos Du Marais of the Double H Farm in Wellington, Fla. and Ridgefield, today won the $25,000 Grand Prix on the final day of the 2011 June Benefit Horse Show at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Christina Kelly, 18, of Kentucky is all smiles after winning today’s $25,000 Grand Prix at the June Benefit Horse Show at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club.She did it aboard HH Narcos Du Marais, a 10-year-old gelding that Kelly began riding during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Kentucky. “He’s been a superstar, he really is an unbelievable horse,” she has said of the horse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Cob Drive, off Punch Bowl Drive near Cross Highway, is in process. Built in 1960, the two-story colonial has 3,624 square feet, is situated on a 1.69-acre property and changed ownership this month for $1.3 million. 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
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l) today accepts a gift of United Nations posters today from Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, U.N. Under-Secretary General at the 46th annual jUNe Day ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. In return, Joseloff gave Reed a picture book of Westport. More than 300 persons from U.N. member nations spent the day in Westport as the town held its annual salute to the United Nations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westporter Aye Aye Thant, president of the U Thant Institute and daughter of the late United Nations Secretary-General U Thant, acknowledges applause as she is introduced at today’s jUNe Day ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
By Stevie Klein
A vast array of colors of United Nations member flags flapped in the breeze on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center today as the town celebrated its 46th annual jUNe Day.
Ottmane Lamkies (l), his two children, friend Samira Fargali and wife Najat Aznizem, all from Morocco, were among today’s U.N. guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The informal day of recreation and celebration with more than 300 guests from U.N.-related families began under overcast skies and 70-degree weather that later turned partly sunny.
Some guests arriving by train experienced derailment-caused delays in getting to the Saugatuck Elementary School breakfast and opening ceremony which marked the signing of the United Nations Charter on June 26, 1945 in San Francsico.
Started by by the late Steinkraus Cohen, the fun-filled day included a soccer game of the U.N. team against the Westport Knights, tennis, golf and tours of Earthplace, downtown, and new this year, the Wakeman Town Farm.
Flags of United Nations member nations went up early today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center to welcome visitors from U.N. members to Westport for the annual jUNe Day festivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Traffic was light under overcast skies today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge all decked out with U.N. flags flying for Westport’s annual jUNe Day celebration honoring U.N. visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Metro-North said in early afternoon today that New Haven Line trains are operating on or close to schedule following a freight train derailment near Bridgeport late Friday night that disrupted service for 14 hours.
An advisory issued shortly after 1 p.m.announced the resumption of normal service and added: “We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of the earlier incident near Bridgeport.”
Service between Fairfield and Bridgeport was knocked out until about 8:30 a.m. because of the derailment and Metro-North set up a shuttle bus service. The disruption caused delays of up to 45 minutes in both directions.
Amtrak said trains in the Northeast Corridor were also disrupted with service between Stamford and New Haven temporarily suspended because of the freight train derailment late Friday night in Bridgeport that blocked four tracks on the New Haven Line.
A young rider and her mount share a moment on Friday at the June Benefit Horse Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. The five-day event at 174 Long Lots Road in Westport ends today at 11:30 a.m. with the $25.000 Grand Prix presented by Wells Fargo Advisors and George N. Venizelos.The show which benefits The EQUUS Foundation is the only national horse show in Fairfield County that is open to the public free of charge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day ceremony
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - 2011 Solos Exhibition
11:30 a.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club (174 Long Lots Road) - June Benefit Horse Show $25,000 Grand Prix
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit, “Back to Our Roots”
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen Top Chef Ice Cream Challenge
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Circle” (last day)
5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - WWC’s “Waiting in the Wings Cabaret: Midsummer Night’s Dreamin’” benefit
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Metro-North said New Haven Line train service is suspended between Fairfield and Bridgeport.
An unconfirmed report by Clever Commuter said there had been a derailment.
Westbound trains will terminate at Bridgeport and eastbound trains will terminate at Fairfield, Metro-North said.
Limited bus service is being provided between Fairfield and Bridgeport. Customers should be prepared to find alternative transportation, the railroad said.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Printemps custom stationers at 18 Avery Place across from the Westport Historical Society is closing its doors on Saturday after 34 years. “The whole industry has changed,” said owner Sandy Rosenberg. “People use less stationery. Today it’s email.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
After 34 years, Printemps custom stationers at 18 Avery Place in Westport is closing its doors on Saturday. Pictured (l-r) are staffers Diana Bell, owner Sandy Rosenberg, and Heli Stagg. Bell and Rosenberg, Easton residents, said they worked alongside each other for 34 years. Rosenberg said the business has fallen victim to the times, especially the use of electronic communication. Bell said that they have served families “through the life cycle - birth announcements, bar mitzvah invitations, engagements and weddings.” Stagg has worked there for the past four years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon today sent a memo to town elected officials saying that consolidation of school and town Information Technology (IT) services is under way to net savings.
Landon’s memo, addressed to the Board of Education and circulated to Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members, followed up on a report to the Board of Education at its Monday meeting by Nancy Harris, assistant superintendent of business,
He said the IT consolidation plan expected to be implemented within the next few weeks is “a major breakthrough.”
Under the plan, the school board will assume full responsibility for all town and school mailroom operations run by IT and will work to develop a new model governing town and school Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone responsibilities.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 30 Ellery Lane, off Prospect Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the two-story split has 2,147 square feet and is situated on a 1.07-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