Sunday, June 30, 2013
Due to the weather forecast for this evening, the Levitt Pavilion performance by Eight to the Bar will move indoors to Saugatuck Elementary School’s air-conditioned auditorium, 170 Riverside Ave. Show time is 7 p.m.
Please note: with the exception of water, food and beverages are not allowed inside the school. For more details, visit: http://www.levittpavilion.com.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 305 Compo Road South is in process. Built in 1961, the two-story custom colonial has 4,652 square feet and is situated on a 1.37-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
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
7 p.m. -
Jesup Green Saugatuck Elementary School (170 Riverside Ave.) - Levitt Pavilion presents Eight to the Bar
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Tony Riggio, incoming president of the Westport Rotary Club for the 2013-2014 term, brandishes a hammer (substituting for a gavel), presented to him by outgoing club president Julia Broder as past District Governor Rick Benson joins in the fun during the traditional Pass the Gavel ceremony tonight at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. More than 60 members and guests attended the celebration lobster bake party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Balmy summer weather kept many visitors to Westport’s Compo Beach staying late tonight with cookouts, picnics, and just watching the sun go down. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During or WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Westport-based Green Village Initiative (GVI) today held the grand opening in Bridgeport of the Reservoir Community Farm, a 1.5-acre urban farm located at 1469 Reservoir Ave. in the northern section of the city. Mayor Bill Finch (l) was on hand with Westporters Monique Bosch and Dan Levinson, founder of GVI. The event inaugurated the farm’s weekly farm stand and celebrated its first harvest, which includes more than 1,000 heads of local, organic lettuce delivered to Bridgeport public school cafeterias. The farm, with more than 100 raised garden beds, will serve as the “hub” of a network of 30-plus GVI-built school gardens in the city. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
A Bridgeport youngster beams as he shows off a harvest of carrots at Reservoir Community Farm, a 1.5-acre urban farm in the northern part of the city which had its official opening today. Westport-based GVI led creation of the farm which will serve Bridgeport public schools and also provide farm produce to be sold at affordable pricing to the local community through a farm stand and wholesale to local restaurants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s official opening of Reservoir Community Farm in Bridgeport, a project of Westport-based GVI. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
United Nations guests are welcomed today to the Westport Arts Center by Helen Klisser During (r), director of visual arts. It was one of numerous Westport stops for some of the more than 300 guests here for jUNe Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Under sunny skies and with many flags of the United Nations’s 193 member countries billowing on Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, about 300 U.N. ambassadors, delegates, staff and their families converged on the Saugatuck Elementary School today for the town’s 48th annual jUNe Day to commemorate the signing of the U.N. Charter in 1945.
Patricia O’Brien of Ireland, the U.N.‘s Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, was the keynote speaker, noting that she was amazed when she learned the event was being held in Westport.
“In Ireland we have a Westport, and we see our Westport as a very special place,” she said. “In fact, last year it was voted the best place to live in Ireland, so there’s a great synergy.”
O’Brien said that driving around Westport today, she, too, could envision moving to town.
United Nations guests here for today’s jUNe Day annual celebration in Westport marking the 1945 signing of the U.N. Charter walk across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge flying the flags of the U.N. member nations. The guests were welcomed at a ceremony at Saugatuck Elementary School, then spent the day touring Westport, including Earthplace and Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Doris C. Berg of Stratford, a longtime hygienst in Westport, died June 27 in her residence. She was 83.
Born in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Elsie Haffner Berg. She was a retired hygienist for over 60 years in Westport. She was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Hygiene and member of the Connecticut and National Dental Hygiene Association.
She was an avid golfer playing at the Wood Haven CC in Woodbridge. She enjoyed planting her garden each year. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in the Nichols section of Trumbull.
She is survived by her brother, Wallace (Wally) Berg, a nephew Craig Botten and his wife Deborah, of California, a niece Deirdre Kachala, of Shelton, a brother-in-law James Botten, of Trumbull and two great nephews, Cameron and Dustin Botten.
Sandica Dragomir, who is from Romania and works as an interpreter at the United Nations, points out her nation’s flag flying today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center. Flags of United Nations member nations were flown in honor of today’s jUNe Day celebration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Underscoring the importance of local politics, the state Democratic Party’s heavy hitters—Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal—came to Tavern on Main today for a Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) breakfast to root for November’s local elections.
“It’s so important that we get local politics right,” said Jepsen, noting that years ago he never dreamed his would carry the once Republican towns of Wilton and Weston.
He said that national decisions, such as this week’s U.S. Supreme Court’s defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a boon to the gay community, have their beginnings in Democrats gaining influence on the local stage.
Wyman, whom DTC Chairman Jim Ezzes described as “a friend of Westport for a long, long time,” took the opportunity to thank Democratic First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, who is not running for re-election, for his years of service.
It was a misty, cloudy Friday night at Westport’s Compo Beach. Despite a forecast of possible thunderstorms and heavy rains, the storms did not come. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dayle Brownstein for WestportNow.com
10:15 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day opening ceremonies
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Show-Off” (last day)
8 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion: Otis & the Hurricanes
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By Jacqueline Rabe Thomaswww.ctmirror.org
A Superior Court judge today ruled that the superintendent of the state’s largest school system is ineligible to run Bridgeport Public Schools.
“The court orders Paul Vallas be removed from his office,” Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled.
Vallas—who was introduced to the Bridgeport Board of Education by state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor—said during a phone interview tonight he plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.
“Nothing changes,” he said. “It’s not like the decision results in any immediate action. We are going to appeal.”
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By James Lomuscio
High levels of naturally occurring arsenic in well waters in Weston today prompted a call from the director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) for Westporters living near the Weston line to have their wells checked too.
Mark A. R. Cooper: urges testing of wells north of Merritt Parkway. File photo
A deadly poison in high doses, arsenic is relatively harmless in minute, acceptable levels as it appears almost everywhere: soil, air, vegetables, rocks and well water.
But in recent months, some wells in Weston tested at 40 times the acceptable level, said Mark A. R. Cooper, WWHD director.
As a result, Cooper said he is urging Westport residents north of the Merritt Parkway to have their wells tested, too.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Westport Police arrested a Long Island woman for breaking into the SplatterBox, a children’s art studio at 1252 Post Road East, last June, police said today.
Theresa Clinding, 45, of Hempstead, N.Y. was extradited from New York today where she had been incarcerated on unrelated charges, said Capt. Vincent Penna.
Clinding had been identified by witnesses who observed her flee the SplatterBox in a vehicle that was registered to her, Penna said.
Charged with one count of third-degree burglary, Clinding is being held in lieu of a $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, July 16. According to Penna, Clinding faces charges for similar crimes in other Connecticut and New York municipalities.
This little Collie was returned to the owner! It was found in a yard Thursday evening, The dog is now safe at home. Thank you.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 10 - 14, 2013:
Michael and Beth Jabick to Sheng Chieh and Xiao Ling Tzou, 33 Maple Ave. North, $1,715,000
Douglas and Rita Shavel to Michael O. Gordon, 3 Michele Lane, $2,100,000
Stephen Urciuoli and Theresa Tartarone to Renee and Michael D. Holmes, 91 Kings Highway South, $925,000
Robert R. and Catherine K. Zappi to Jason Carter and Luguang Yang, 3 Charmers Landing, $6,205,000
Margot Hayward, a longtime Westport resident, died June 27 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport. She was 79.
The daughter of Eleanore and Merrill Dreyfus, she was born in New Haven in 1934. Her early years were spent in New London. She graduated from Harbor School, where she was valedictorian of her eighth grade class, and editor-in-chief of The Harbor Beacon.
She graduated from Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. in 1951, attended Vassar College and received a degree, cum laude, in Latin from Connecticut College in 1955.
After graduation, she worked for IBM in New York as secretary to the art director of THINK Magazine. In 1957, she was selected to attend programming school. She chose to become a technical writer for the 705 EDPM.
By James Lomuscio
Sold your car eight months ago and just received a personal property tax bill for it?
Westport Tax Assessor Paul Friia said today he has been getting a lot of calls from residents since the real estate and personal property tax bills went out two days ago.
The solution could be simple, said Friia, “depending upon what they did with the vehicle.’”
“If they were transferring the plates from one car to the next, they would just pay the bill for the old car, and then in December they will get a supplemental bill for the new car which will reflect any overpayment on the old car,” he said.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 33 Green Acre Lane, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1940, the 1 1/4-story cape has 3,696 square feet and is situated on a 2.04-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
Cockenoe Island will reopen to the public for camping on July 8, Conservation Director Alicia Mozian announced today
She said the scheduled opening is the result of many people volunteering “time and energy” picking up trash and debris that accumulated from majors storms, as well as cutting and raking and moving rocks and sand to clear areas for tents.
Volunteers also worked to rebuild fire pits that had been washed away, she said.
“People really love this island, and all were anxious to get it cleaned up and ready to go for another camping season,” said Mozian.
It is slow going on Wilton Road in the area of the Exit 41 northbound entrance to the Merritt Parkway in Westport today as alternate one lane passage is in effect because of a gas line installation. According to a worker on site, this segment of the project is expected to be completed by July 1 and will eventually be connected with the Westport Westport Family Y under construction nearby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
James Francis Kingsley, Jr., a former Westport resident, died June 20 in Beaufort, S.C. He was 82.
The Kingsleys moved to Beaufort from Westport in 1992. He was born April 23, 1931 in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the son of James Francis Kingsley and Louise Roy Kingsley.
When he was 5, the family moved to Atlanta, Ga. where he attended Marist Military School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.
He met his future wife, Jo Ann Egger Kingsley from the University of St. Francis at a Notre Dame Mardi Gras Dance. After graduation from Notre Dame in 1951, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps with tours at Parris Island, S.C., Quantico, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C. as an infantry company commander.
A lengthy business career began in New York City with the New York Sales Executives Club, American Management Association, and as head of the worldwide program of AMA’s Presidents Association. He then formed his own firm, Educon International Inc., a training and consulting firm for business and nonprofit organizations in 23 countries.
He was on the Board of Trustees of Saint Leo College and a member of the National Center for Nonprofit Boards and the Strategic Leadership Forum.
Robert L. Gette of Tequesta, Fla., a former Westport resident, died June 23, 2013, at his residence. He was 97.
Born in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., he had been a resident of the area since 1984. While living in Westport, he worked in Manhattan as a head hunter for Haleys & Associates. He was a co-founder of the Westport Little League and enthusiastically coached the team for which his son played.
An avid golfer, he was a former member of the Jupiter Hills Country Club and the Tequesta Country Club.
Survivors include one son, Robert L. Gette, Jr. (wife Terry), of Salem, N.Y., and one great-grandson, Owen Robert Gette, of Charlotte, N.C. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Smith Gette, his son, Carter Smith Gette, and his grandson, Robert C. Gette (wife Jennifer).
Kevin M. White Sr. has been appointed Westport’s Republican Registrar of Voters, the Office of the Registrar of Voters announced today.
White, who had been serving as deputy registrar, took the office in accordance with state statutes following the death of Robert F. Lasprogato.
In addition to registering new voters, the office noted that registrars are “deeply involved in every election, primary, or referendum to ensure that voting machines are programmed and polling places are properly set up and staffed.”
The announcement also noted that registrars send notices to all registered households informing them of the hours, dates and locations of upcoming elections.