Monday, May 26, 2014
Westport Town Hall, Schools, and Library are closed
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East - annual Memorial Day service
9 a.m. - Riverside Avenue to Parker-Harding Plaza - Memorial Day Parade
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Here is the is the “Line of March” for Monday’s Memorial Day Parade. The number next to each unit corresponds to numbers on the river side of Riverside Avenue. The numbers start at Saugatuck Elementary School.
All units must be in position by 8:15 a.m. for the official 9 a.m. start. The parade will go along Riverside Avenue, turn east at the Post Road and cross the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge to Myrtle Avenue where it will turn left, continue past Town Hall and end at Main Street.
There will be a memorial ceremony on Veterans Green following the parade. .
Unit commanders are asked to keep pace with the unit in front. Throwing of anything to the parade watchers is prohibited and any violators will be asked to leave the parade.
Westport’s Lone Pine Lane was closed off late today for a neighborhood block party. Invitations went out to households on Lone Pine, Tamarac, Juniper, Gorham, and Compo. Road North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Neighbors in the Lone Pine Lane area of Westport today held a block party to get to know each other better and to celebrate Memorial Day. Attractions included games for kids and visits from a melted cheese vendor and an ice cream truck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saugatuck Congregational Church members today planted 300 flags representing the Nigeria kidnapped girls. Each flag has the name of one of the missing girls. The flags were being planted on the front lawn of the church on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Members of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church today planted 300 flags on the front lawn of the church on Post Road East to express support for 300 kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Members of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston work on the group’s float for Monday’s Memorial Day parade. The float models a World War II landing craft as a remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944. The Y’s Men group counts 62 World War II veterans among its members, including some who participated in the landing or the ensuing action. Several of these veterans will ride on the float. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stan Groner for WestportNow.com
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
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Saturday, May 24, 2014
The lifeguards at Westport’s Compo Beach were back in full force, and sweatshirts, today but the Memorial Day weekend crowds did not materialize as overacast skies with temperatures in the 60s kept many people away. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
An Osprey swooped down into the Saugatuck River near Longshore Club Park today and was rewarded with a Memorial Day holiday weekend takeout meal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com
The Saugatuck Craft Butchery is today’s featured spot in our WestportNow series, Westport Outdoors, highlighting popular spots where Westporters gather to eat, play, or relax during the warm-weather months. Co-owner Paul Nessel said this is the first spring season since the business relocated from across the street last September and the outdoor seating has become an attraction. “The activity in Saugatuck Center is picking up since all the space is now occupied including Saugatuck Sweets which opened this month in our former location,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rene Dawson Purcell, a 50-year resident of Westport, died May 21 following a brief illness. She was 77.
Born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of George and Pauline Dawson, she attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. where she received a B.S. in biology graduating magna cum laude.
Following graduation, she worked for Bristol-Myers where she met her husband, Frank E. Purcell, Jr. They began their married life in Evanston, Ill. where their first child, Frank III was born. They transferred to Westport in 1965 to raise two more children, Pauline P. Akers and Timothy M. Purcell.
She was active in many town and community affairs including the St. Luke Parish Altar Guild, Meals on Wheels, the Longshore Ladies Golf Association, the Minuteman Yacht Club and the American Cancer Society.
Invitations have gone out for a Westport fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on June 6 and the National Journal said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will use the occasion to become the latest Democratic senator to come out for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy.
Blumenthal will make a “special announcement” at a June 6 fundraiser for the super PAC Ready for Hillary at the Westport home of Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler, according to an invitation sent to area Democrats by Martha Aasen, former Westport Democratic Committee town chair.
Harold Ickes, a Bill Clinton White House aide who is now a senior adviser to Ready for Hillary will also give an “important update,” the invitation said. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $201.60 (a nod to the year 2016) for the “sponsor” level and go up to $1,000 for the “cohost” level.
The National Journal said Blumenthal joins Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow, Barbara Boxer and Dick Durbin, who announced their support for Clinton earlier this week, and Sen. Tim Kaine, who threw his support behind Clinton earlier this month. Several other Democratic leaders have urged Clinton to run.
This house at 42 Myrtle Ave., built in 1877, is decked out in its patriotic best in time for Memorial Day. The parade route passes by the house en route to Jesup Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
9:45 a.m. - Westport Historical Society - World of Westport Bus Tour with Dan Woog
10 a.m. - Westport Library - May Maker-in-Residence Jeanine Esposito: Design Thinking Stations
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abstract Notes” & “Solos 2014”
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Horseshoe Crab Tagging Workshop
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
Noon - 4 -.m. - Pet Supplies Plus, 1870 Post Road East - Little Black Dog adoption event
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Brandi Briggs, elected for the first time last November to represent District 6, has been nominated by Republican Town Committee (RTC) to run for state representative.
The position representing the state’s 136th District is currently held by Jonathan Steinberg, a Democrat and former RTM member now serving his second two-year term.
First Selectman Jim Marpe and school board member Jeannie Smith nominated Briggs at the Republican caucus on Tuesday.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Westport Republicans to be a candidate for the Connecticut State Legislature for the 136th District representing Westport,” said Briggs, a vice chair of the RTC.
There was a 10th anniversary celebration today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. It brought together for the first time former First Selectman Diane Farrell (at podium), on whose watch it was built and opened, former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l), who oversaw most of its years of operation to date, and current First Selectman Jim Marpe (2nd l), who has promised to initiate construction of senior housing adjacent to the center. Highlight of the event was display of an electronic scrapbook presentation featuring the groundbreaking, construction and opening of the center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s 10th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Wesport Woman’s Club today awarded its annual college scholarships. Seven Staples High Seniors plus one adult were the recipients. Over the past year, the club was able to raise $27,500 for the awards. Pictured are (l-r) Wendy McKeon, scholarship committee chair; First Selectman Jim Marpe: Emma Mikesh; Claudine Brantley; Thomas Ward; Katelyn Farnen; Alexander Mapley, and Steven Nelson. Not pictured are Cara McNiff and Carina Amos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Ralph Armond Armstrong of Weston died May 22.
He was the husband of Susan Most Armstrong, father of Jenny and Sam, brother of Patrice (Clareman), Robert and Tom.
Services will be held Monday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m. at The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, Westport.
Interment will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport.
With Westport’s annual Memorial Day parade three days away, Sue Marshall, in her 25th year as owner of Party Harty, 616 Post Road East, is stocked with items to commemorative the occasion. “Every year we have a following among those who decorate parade floats with festive bunting, those who stand along the sidelines waving small flags and those who create a deck party environment for gatherings over the holiday weekend,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that $3.1 million to fund Sherwood Island State Park improvements is expected to be approved at the next meeting of the state Bond Commission.
The funding will allow for major renovations to the park’s main pavilion, among other upgrades, he said.
“Sherwood Island is Connecticut’s first state park and is visited by hundreds of thousands of park goers every year,” said Malloy in a statement.
“It is also home to the state’s 9/11 Memorial and therefore has a special place in the state park system. The main pavilion has not seen any major renovations in nearly 25 years and is showing its age.”
Under renovation plans for the Sherwood Island State Park Pavilion, the stairs to the roof will be closed and solar panels installed to provide electricity and hot water. The second floor will be closed to the public and the office on top will be turned into a sky light. The state Bond Commission is expected to approve the $3.1 million cost next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period May 5 - 9, 2014:
Mattera Construction 28 Ferry Lane E LLC tp Michal and Gavin Coman, 28 Ferry Lane E, $3,329,679
Nancy C. Saipe to John J. Moranski Trust, 9 Hen Hawk Lane, $665,000
Manuel and Fernanda Pires to Raymond and Diana Broady, 5 Abbots Lane, $1,590,000
Monique Bosch and Fred Hawrysh to Josh and Ria Nova, 7 Hawthorne Lane, $1,475,000