Saturday, August 31, 2013
The sixth annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival got under way today on Westport’s Jesup Green. The two-day event includes 14 different blues bands, barbecuing competitions, family games, as well as pie and rib eating contests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A band from the Fairfield-based School of Rock was among musicians providing enterianment today at the sixth annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival on Jesup Green in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Bob Le Rose (r), owner of Westport’s Bobby Qs Barbeque and Grill and past president of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, takes a break today to listen to the tunes of the band from the Fairfield-based School of Rock at the sixth annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 73 Old Hill Road is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story ranch has 1,343 square feet and is situated on a 1.62-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
Michel G. Delhaise, owner of Jordan Delhaise Gallery at 238 Post Road East, Westport before moving the business to Woodbury, died at home of complications from lung cancer which was diagnosed in November 2012. He was 58.
Well known in the art and antiques profession, he was born in Ghent, Belgium, and grew up in Brussels. In his 20s, he became the commercial attaché from the Belgian government to the southeastern region of the United States. He was first stationed in Atlanta, and then in New Orleans, which he adopted as his second home.
He is survived by two brothers and several nieces and nephews in Brussels, and by his partner of 30 years in the United States, George E. Jordan.
Interment will be private.
By Ina B. Chadwick
“Oblivion,” the next to the last play of what had been announced as a Westport Country Playhouse 2013 season of all comedy, takes its place as a winner, a world premiere performance that is destined to anything but oblivion.
Written by Carly Mensch and running until Sept. 8, it might beg the question of what is comedy and what is drama, but this new work delivers on a promise made last season when “Harbor” a new work by Chad Beguelin, debuted. (See WestportNow Sept. 12, 2012)
It is a dark comedy with searing irony about relevant issues in today’s changing landscape of “family.”
Speaking of family, (why not?) “Oblivion” enraged my mother-in-law, a season subscriber. She could hardly remember what the plot was, only that “people said things that touched on every issue unnecessary for the whole world to hear.”
Friday night’s sunset and balmy weather with temperatures in the upper 70s had many lingering late at Compo Beach as the Labor Day weekend got under way. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klissser During for WestportNow.com
11 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Jesup Green - Levitt Pavilion presents Blues Views & BBQ ticketed event
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 - “Oblivion”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) awarded Westport-based Positive Directions, a nonprofit, state licensed, prevention and treatment agency, a $20,000 grant for its family focused treatment programs, Martha Hauhuth, Postive Directions’ executive director, has announced.
“We are grateful for Fairfield County Community Foundation’s generosity, and we are very proud of our partnership,” Hauhuth said. “When good organizations join forces, the community always benefits”
According to Hauhuth, the treatment program supports behavioral and emotional health of children, young adults and parents via early intervention access to licensed addiction and mental health treatment services for at-risk youth and parents who, due to their financial circumstances, may not have other treatment options.
She said the FCCF funding will be used to improve treatment access for low-income or financially troubled households and other at-risk populations, such as single parent or special needs ones.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Cadet Peter Hugh Bonenfant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bonenfant of Westport, Conn., completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.
Bonenfant entered West Point on July 1 and has successfully completed six of CBT. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.
The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological, and chemical training.
Bonenfant began classes Aug. 19. The West Point curriculum offers 37 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
The office and retail building at 180 Post Road East, one-time home to a movie theater and present home to Michele’s Pies and La Villa Trattoria restaurant, has been sold for $11 million, according to a filing today in the Town Clerk’s office.
The sale includes $10.6 milliion for the building and $400,000 for an adjacent parking area at 11 Bay St., according to the filing.
The seller was a limited liability company whose principals are Jo-Ann Price and Bernard Nevas, children of the late Westport attorney Leo Nevas, who died in 2009 at age 97 and had extensive real estate holdings in the Westport area.
The buyer was a limited liability company whose principal is listed as Salvatore Campofranco, founder and managing member of real estate investment company Luzern Associates LLC in Wilton. It owns and operates multifamily apartment properties and suburban office buildings in the northeast.
Workers readied Westport’s Jesup Green today for the weekend’s sixth annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival. It will feature 14 different blues bands, barbecuing competitions, family games, pie and rib eating contests and late night dining overlooking the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The Taylor Place parking lot adjacent to Jesup Green was a staging area today for workers setting up for this weekend’s sixth annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival. The parking lot and Jesup Road will be closed during the two-day event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s World Series Little Leaguers were back on ESPN today, not playing baseball but soaking up accolades for their Wiliamsport performance, especially the heart-stopping, come from behind victory over Washington.
At the invitation of ESPN, the 11 team members took a day off from school to drive to ESPN headquarters in Bristol with manager Tim Rogers. A caravan of five cars driven by parents left from Rogers’ driveway this morning for the scheduled 11:40 a.m. appearance on SportsCenter.
“They could make a movie about the way the Connecticut team came back,” said ESPN anchor Jay Crawford referring to the Aug. 18 9-7 win over Washington as he introduced the team.
Asked about that game, Rogers said: “It was amazing. These kids never wavered, stuck to it and didn’t try to get it back all at once. One base runner at a time. One pitch. One at bat. All the classic clichés, but that’s what they did.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 12 - 16, 2013:
Keith Michaelson and Catherine Beavan to 124 Hillandale LLC, 124 Hillandale Road, $1,330,000
Gregory G. Gatta to Lawrence D. and Karen J. Greenblatt, 4 Highland Road, $760,905
Franck K. and Julaine S. Davis II to Theodore and Theodore Balagtas,
Lawrence D. and Karen J. Greenblatt to Spikanth Puttagunta and Karen J. Greenblatt, 37 Oak St., $762,000
Westport Firefighters Pete Nichio (l), who recently returned from a 10-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, is reunited with fellow firefighter Nick Marsan who also served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. Nichio, a Shelton resident and member of the Army National Guard Motor Transport Unit in Stratford, returned with his unit to Fort Hood, Texas a few weeks ago. Although on furlough, he will remain on active duty until Sept. 22. Nichio, who holds the rank of staff sergeant as does Marsan, said he served with a convoy in Afghanistan who were assigned to the “breakdown of small bases” which, he said, is part of the military withdrawal process. Marsan served in Afghanistan from November 2009 to December 2010 in the National Guard 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Unit headquartered in New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Little League World Series team headed for Bristol today for an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter. The team is scheduled to appear at 11:40 a.m., according to manager Tim Rogers. Parents and the team members congregated in the Rogers’ driveway before a caravan of five vehicles, driven by parents, departed to Bristol. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Long Lots Road is in process. Built in 1928, the two-story colonial has 1,672 square feet and is situated on a .39-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
The New York Yankees announced today they will honor Westport’s Little League team on Sunday, Sept. 8 before a game against the Red Sox and offered Westporters discount tickets.
To take advantage of the offer, visit http://www.yankees.com/westport and enter the promo code “Westport.”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Bird’s-Eye View”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “5 Generations of Yankee Ingenuity: The Gault Family” & “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist”
12:10 p.m. - Veteran’s Green - Westport Historical Society presents Qi Gong with Susan (rain location: WHS Sheffer Gallery)
3 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Tree Board
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Oblivion”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
A large party under the stars tonight celebtated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Westport Gault family’s Gault Energy company. The party on the grounds of the Gault Barn on Compo Road South was attended by family, employees, and business associates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Bill Gault (l) and son Sam (2nd l) view a gift from Gault Energy employees tonight at a party celebrating the company’s 150th anniversary on the grounds of the Gault Barn on Compo Road South. The gift is a lenticuar portrait by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs of Gault employees today and of the first employees in the 1800s. Lenticular technology allows two separate images to be combined into one print, which is then laminated with a special optical plastic, creating the illusion of change or movement when viewed from different angles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Kisser During for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Roy Swan, a resident of CLASP Homes in Westport, tonight thows out the first pitch at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport as the Bridgeport Bluefish took on the Camden Riversharks. The evening fundraiser promoted CLASP’s mission to provide homes and opportunities for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Little League star Charlie Roof, 13, lets no grass grow under his feet as he transitions from the stellar World Series team to the P.A.L. Fairfield County Football League. A seventh grade student at Coleytown Middle School, Charlie has played fullback since he was in third grade, according to his mother, Karla. She said his first game of the season will be on the weekend following Labor Day. Regarding the Little League World Series experience, Karla Roof said, “It was a good ride but we’re back to reality now.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Stratford resident in his 60s has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus (WNV), Connecticut’s first case this season, the State Mosquito Management Program announced today.
According to the state, the man became ill during the last week of July. He reported being bitten by mosquitoes prior to onset of illness characterized principally by joint and muscle pain, and diarrhea.
Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of WNV antibodies, and the man, who was not hospitalized, is recovering, state officials said.
“If you’re planning to spend time outdoors this Labor Day weekend, it’s very important that you take steps to protect yourself from mosquito bites,” said Randall Nelson, state Department of Public Health (DPH) veterinarian.
A resident of Westport’s Woodside Ave. spotted this fisher, also called a fisher cat, in her yard. It is a member of the weasel family. Debbie Shelling for WestportNow.com