Sunday, June 23, 2013
For those who prefered to hang out by the pool, the pool at Westport’s Longshore Club Park provided the ideal venue today on the first summer Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
UPDATE The Fairfield Half Marathon returned to Westport roadways today after an absence of several years. The entrants, topped at 5,000, are seen on Greens Farms Road about to turn on to New Creek Road at the Green’s Farms Metro-North station. Men’s winner was Eric Chirchir of Kenya in 1:05:58. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Assistant Town Attorney Gail Kelly was among the spectators today watching the Fairfield Half Marathon on Greens Farms Road. “I’m getting dizzy looking into all the faces that go by trying to find my son’s friend who is running,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Daryl and Kristen Daniels of New Milford and Brit Steel of Westport stop momentarily during today’s Fairfield Half Marathon to greet family members congratulating them with signs at Greens Farms Road. Westporter Jon Steel holds son Jack, 2, with nephew Ben Daniels, 6, and his sister Claire, 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Fairfield Half Marathon as it passed through Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded Saturday night with visitors enjoying games, picnics, cookouts, and a view of the super moon, the biggest and brightest of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dayle Brownstein for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Greens Farms area—Fairfield Half Marathon will disrupt traffic on some streets (see route map here)
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Frost / Nixon” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Show-Off”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
More than 1,750 people, according to Freda Welsh, executive director of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, packed the Staples High School field house tonight for the Levitt gala performance of Foreigner, one of the most popular rock acts in the world. With 10 million platinum albums and 16 top 30 hits, Foreigner is responsible for some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring anthems including ‘‘Juke Box Hero,” ‘‘Feels Like the First Time,” “‘Urgent,” “‘Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “‘Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded” and the No. 1 hit, “I Want to Know What Love Is.” The benefit performance makes possible the more than 50 free nights of Levitt performances, which begin Tuesday on Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An enthusiastic crowd of all ages watched tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts gala starring Foreigner at the Staples High School field house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Some fans crowded near the stage tonight for an up close view of Foreigner, comprised of founder-lead guitarist Mick Jones, lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, keyboardist Michael Bluestein and drummer Mark Schulman. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from tonight’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts gala starring Foreigner at Staples High School. The Levitt free season opens Tuesday on Jesup Green while a new permanent Levitt is constructed on its home grounds overlooking the Saugatuck River. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Westport Sunrise Rotary member Frankie Smith displays the winning tickets in today’s Great Duck Race. First place winner was John Cooper of Westport, who gets a $5,000 debit card; second place went to Tom Feeley of Westport, who wins a $1,000 debit card, and each of the third place winners gets a $500 debit card. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Westport Sunrise Rotary Club Great Duck Race fundraiser. Dave Marlow for WestportNow.com
Nadia Sayegh, 7, of Weston, who will enter third grade in the fall, models a duck-style hat made by her in arts and crafts at today’s Great Duck Race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Hundreds of persons turned out today to watch the Westport Rotary Club Great Duck Race on the Saugatuck River. The annual event raises funds for local charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sydney Shulman, 18, of Greenwich, who has been riding since the age of 3, today won the $25,000 Grand Prix at the June Benefit Horse Show aboard HH Narcos du Marais at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. The horse is owned by her mother, Jill Shulman, owner of Back Country Farm in Greenwich. It was the second year in a row that Sydney won the event. The competition ended the five-day event benefiting the EQUUS Foundation which concluded with a luncheon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s concluding day of the June Benefit Horse Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The Levitt Pavilion summer gala benefit concert starring Foreigner is set to start at 9 p.m. today at the Staples High School Field House. The Levitt is building a new home and will be using Jesup Green for its free summer series, but is taking advantage of Staples for tonight’s performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon gets dunked today at the Great Duck Race by Nick Mathias, 8, who wil enter third grade at Saugatuck Elementary School in the fall. He is the son of Mark (and Kim) Mathias, who is a member of the Westport Board of Education and the only member who who recently cast the sole vote against a raise for Landon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport police today announced the arrest of two men they say kidnapped, robbed, assaulted and threatened to kill a man they gave a ride to early Wednesday from the East Norwalk train station and let him go in Westport.
Turning themselves into police in Westport at 10 a.m. today were Peter Ferraro Jr., 24, of 149 East Rocks Road, Norwalk, and Andrew “Drew” Frank, 21, of 99 Highview Ave., Stamford, police said.
Both are charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Ferraro is additionally charged with credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, and sixth-degree larceny. Both are being held in lieu of a court set $150,00 cash only bond and will be arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, police said.
Police said “media and public assistance, as well as the assistance of both the Norwalk and Stamford Police Departments was instrumental in the speedy and successful conclusion of this violent crime investigation.”
Bodytalk, a women’s clothing and accessories store at 281 Post Road East in the Playhouse Square shopping center, is closing after 20 years in Westport, according to owner and Avon resident Noel Davidson, 81. He said his wife is the owner of another Bodytalk shop on Avon’s Main Street. Davidson did not offer a final date for the store’s closing and said, “We’re closing for a whole bunch of reasons.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) held a silent auction today on Westport’s Main Street to support its mission to help homeless dogs in Fairfield County. Julie Loparo (l), WASA president, was among volunteers on hand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Renee Bacal Keane, a longtime Westport resident who retired to Florida, died June 21 in Fairfax, Va. The cause of death was a brain injury resulting from a fall. She was 76.
A popular real estate agent in Westport for more than a decade, she later worked for 14 years as national meeting coordinator for The Common Fund, a service organization that assisted almost 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide in the management of their endowments.
She and her husband George retired and moved to University Park Florida in 1997, but continued to spend summers in Connecticut with their children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband George Keane of Trumbull, her brother Joe Bacal (Anne) of Manhattan, her children Jeffrey Shwartz (Nancy) of Newtown, Robbin Golas (Gary) of Trumbull, and Joshua Kane (Abby) of Manhattan, as well as her three step-children Brian Keane of Monroe, Geoffrey Keane of Stratford and Sheila Keane (Valerie) of Lismore Australia. She and George together have eight grandchildren: Chris, Tristan (Grace), Amelia, Wylder, Dylan, Alan, Elizabeth, and Zachariah. She was predeceased by her grandson, Maximillian Kane.
Helen Mae Leamer, 95, a former Westport resident, died June 14. She was 95.
Born in Westport to the late Edward and Pearl Burkey, she was one of seven children. After graduating from Staples High School, she was accepted into the University of Chicago where she earned her BA in 1939.
While at the university, she met Laurence Leamer and the couple was married on Aug. 9, 1940. During World War II, she and her two small children lived with her in-laws and parents while her husband served in the Army. Laurence was an economics professor first at the University of Chicago and then for most of his career at what became the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Helen was active in the community, worked part-time in the Vestal Library and was an active member of the Vestal United Methodist Church.
Westport’s unemployment rate in May was 6 percent, up from 5.8 percent in April, the Connecticut Department of Labor said.
The department said the number of Westport unemployed in May was 752, up from 706 in April.
The May labor force in Westport numbered 12,531, up from 12,254 in April.
There were 11,779 unemployed in May, up from 11,548 employed in April. A year ago in May, Westport’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.
All was set in Westport’s Parker Harding Plaza today for the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race on the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center. Festivities start at 11 a.m. with the race scheduled for 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com