Monday, November 28, 2011
Esther Leah Nayer of Westport, a resident for 11 years who was active in many organizations, died Nov. 26. She was 84.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y. on March 4, 1927 the daughter of the late Nathan and Anna Abraham, she was a member of Temple Israel of Westport, the Y’s Women of Westport/Weston, and the League of Women Voters. She was active in the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
She is survived by her husband Stanley, her children, Jonathan Rainer and his wife Renee of Dix Hills, N.Y., David Rainer and his wife Wendy of Raleigh, N.C., Judith Nayer and her husband Robert of New York, N.Y., siblings, Sarah Hirschhorn and George Abraham, and by her grandchildren, Craig, Jason, Stefanie, Joshua, Rebecca and Matthew.
She attended Taft High School and the Jewish Theological Seminary and worked for many years as an insurance agent and as an executive secretary at the Vernitron Corporation in Great Neck, N.Y.
Harold R. Shippey, born in Westport in 1926, died Nov. 21 in his Woodland Park, Colo. home after a lengthy illness. He was 85.
After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, he served as a public servant—in Westport as a fire captain for 21 years, and then a sergeant in the Teller County Sheriff Department for 19 years. His late father, Harold A. Shippey, was a former Westport fire chief.
He and his wife built and enjoyed three homes in their 64 years of marriage, two in view of Pikes Peak.
He was a longtime member of Ute Pass Lions Club and board member of Ute Pass Historical Society; 37-year-member of Midland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Ute Pass Crickets Chapter of Family Campers and RVer’s.
Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm will host a holiday wreath workshop on Sunday.
The 10 a.m. event at the farm, 134 Cross Highway, will enable attendees to learn how to create a fragrant evergreen holiday wreath with Loretta Stagen, an award-winning Connecticut floral designer who sells out her wreath-making workshop every year at the Garden Education Center in Greenwich.
Organizers said this is a very popular workshop and urged those interested to register early as spots are limited.
Stagen will bring an array of supplies that include fresh 24-inch double-sided balsam wreath, ribbon, faux pomegranates, lady apples, cinnamon sticks, acorns and a variety of pinecones to help attendees create a wreath fit to adorn a front door or mantle. To view Stagen’s work, visit her website at www.lorettastagen.com
Westport police advise Church Lane is closed due to construction.
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
With a fare hike coming Jan. 1 and with holiday visits to Manhattan, this is a good time to revisit some money-saving strategies for riding Metro-North.
Buy Tickets Before the Fare Hike: If you’re sure you’ll use them before they expire, buy 10-trips before Dec. 31 and you’ll lock in lower fares, avoiding the 5-plus percent fare hike New Year’s Day.
TransitChek: For commuters, see if your employer subscribes to this fabulous service, which allows workers to buy up to $230 per month in mass transit using pre-tax dollars.
If you’re in the upper tax brackets, that’s a huge savings. A recent survey shows that 45 percent of all New York City companies offer TransitChek which can be used on trains, subways and even ferries.
The unusually warm November weather drew many people to Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday, some of whom lingered long enough to view another colorful sunset. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On Duty: Odermatt, Metinides and Weegee”
11 a.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Westport Public Library presents Dorothy Wickenden: “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West”
1 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Live Well Program
7 p.m. – Room 307 – Green Task Force
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Y’s Men of Westport/Weston, displaced from its usual weekly meeting place by the fire at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, will meet until further notice at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plain Road, it was announced today.
The meeting format will remain unchanged with a coffee and donuts social hour at 9 a.m., the business portion at 10 a.m., and a speaker, followed by a question and answer session from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., an announcement said.
This week’s meeting will feature Michael S. Schell, CEO of RW 3 Culture Wizard. The firm designs and creates online cultural learning tools for global organizations and conducts culturally-based management training programs.
In meeting at the Unitarian Church, The Y’s Men, an organization of 450 retired and semi-retired Westport area men, joins The Y’s Women group which uses the church as its meeting place on Mondays.
Westport’s Metro-North station in Saugatuck was busy tonight with homeward bound travelers on the New York-bound side at the end of the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Sunday, November 27, 2011
By Dave Matlow
The Saugatuck Congregational Church today held its first Sunday service at Temple Israel following last week’s devastating church fire and congregants heard that all signs pointed to an accidental cause for the blaze.
John Walsh, chair of the board of trustees, said the investigational report, not finalized, suggests that “there was nothing suspicious.” He said there was heavy damage caused by fire, water and smoke. The sanctuary was spared most of the damage, however.
Transition minister The Rev. Howie Tobak, welcomed the congregation and thanked Temple Israel for the invitation to use its facility. The temple also provided facilities for church school and child care.
He also thanked the Westport Fire Department and those from neighboring communities that helped protect the church from further damage and destruction. More than 60 firefighters from Westport, Wilton, Weston, Fairfield, Norwalk and Trumbull battled six hours to stop the fire.
Today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church service was held at Westport’s Temple Israel which offered its facility following the devastating fire at the church a week ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck Church congregant Carl Leaman welcomes fellow worshippers today to a service at Westport’s Temple Israel, which offered its home to church members displaced by last week’s fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Temple Israel today hosted the Sunday service of Saugatuck Congregational Church which was heavily damaged by a fire a week ago. The Rev. Howie Tobak, transition minister, said the congregation was grateful for the outpouring of support from the community following the fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On Duty: Odermatt, Metinides and Weegee”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre - “The Seafarer”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The calendar said late November but today’s mild temperatures in the 50s were just right for this visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach to enjoy an ice cream cone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Members of the Staples High School Girls and Boys Lacrosse teams took part today in the sixth annual Sticks For Soldiers Charity Event and Tournament at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. The event raises money for local wounded troops and hopes to create a mature awareness among high school athletes to the unseen sacrifices being make on their behalf by young men and women just a few years older than themselves. Through their play and fund-raising participation they can demonstrate tangible thanks and support. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Judy Szablak
The good news: we have just surpassed last year’s year to date sales The not so good news: it doesn’t appear that we will exceed 2010’s year-end sales figures.
It’s not all dismal though. There is still a small window of opportunity left, and it should be close, based upon the amount of reported sales and reported pending properties.
The dwindling of available inventory may have a lot to do with it, and may have even hurt our last quarter of 2011. We have continued to see that seasonal drop in available homes over the last month or so.
What happens is that as the year winds down, and the holidays approach, some homeowners choose to wait until after the holidays are over to begin the process of moving.
Anthony (Snoop) Fiore, a former Westport police officer and husband of Sue (Kline) Fiore, died Nov. 23 in Norwalk Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Born in the family homestead on Ketchum Street in Westport’s Saugatuck area, he was the son of the late Anthony and Mary (Febbraio) Fiore and a lifelong Westport resident.
He was a 1949 graduate of Staples High School and attended both the University of Maryland and Babson College.
He joined the Westport Police Department on July 1, 1956 serving the town and people of Westport for 30 years. He retired with the rank of Inspector on April 1, 1986.
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On Duty: Odermatt, Metinides and Weegee”
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre - “The Seafarer”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The cast of “The Seafarer” by Irish playwright Conor McPherson and directed by Ruth Anne Baumgartner takes a bow following tonight’s opening night performance at the Westport Community Theatre at Westport Town Hall. It runs through Dec. 11 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Dec.1 at 8 p.m. All tickets are $20. The performers and their respective town of residence: (l-r) Rob Pawlikowski (Roxbury), Al Kulcsar (Fairfield), Damien Langan (Bridgeport), Will Jeffries (Bethel), and David Hartigan (White Plains. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, November 25, 2011
Following Sunday’s devastating fire at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Temple Israel has opened its doors to allow a regular Saugatuck Church worship service to take place on Sunday at 10 a.m.
In addition to providing space for the worship service, Temple Israel is also allowing rooms for church school and child care, according to Mary Ann West, Saugatuck Church spokesperson.
“Saugatuck Congregational Church leaders have expressed their deep gratitude to Temple Israel and for all the many people who have reached out to them with support following the fire,” she said.
Temple Israel is located at 14 Coleytown Road, Westport.