Monday, October 06, 2014
Workers from Connecticut Light & Power today relocated a large osprey nest from atop a utility pole near the parking lot of Westport’s Fresh Market, 605 Post Road East, to a safer, higher utility pole with fewer wires 150 feet away. A company news release said the move, coordinated with Connecticut wildlife officials and the Audubon Society was “part of CL&P’s commitment to protect the environment and wildlife.” CL&P said to ensure the birds’ safety, the transfer took place when there were no eggs in the nest and the birds have migrated for the winter. “The hope is to encourage these birds to embrace their new home away from power lines,” it said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was moving day today for an osprey nest on Westport’s Post Road East. Connecticut Light & Power Company workers erected a platform and moved an osprey nest from one utility pole to another in the Fresh Market parking lot, 605 Post Road East, to get it away from power lines. The move to the new pole with fewer wires was done with the birds having migrated to other areas and no eggs in the nest, according to a company news release. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Today’s Connecticut Light & Power Company move of an osprey nest at Westport’s 605 Post Road East was from a utility pole with power lines nearby (l) to a higher utility pole with fewer wires (r) much lower. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 63 Valley Road, off Greens Farms Road, is in process. Built in 1952, the 1 1/2-story cape has 1,342 square feet and is situated on a .22-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
By James Lomuscio
Six people were already at the door before the Westport Weston Family Y officially opened its new headquarters on Allen Raymond Lane at 5:30 a.m. today, said Y CEO Rob Reeves.
And by 6:15 a.m., 75 were already inside the facility, using one of the two pools, the gymnasium or taking classes.
The opening capped more than a decade of planning, fundraising, approvals, court cases and construction of the 54,000-square-foot facility at the Y’s Mahackeno Campus. Y officials have a month to officially vacate their downtown facility on Church Lane, its home for the past 91 years, finalizing the transition to the Bedford Family Center, as the new $38.5 million facility is known..
Geoffrey Hooper, a long time Y member who has lived in Westport more than 50 years, arrived at the new Y about 6:10 a.m.
Nick Weiner of Westport (arms spread) was first in line today as the new Westport Weston Family Y opened its doors on Allen Raymond Lane. Weiner, who said he’s been a Family Y member for 10 or 12 years arrived at 5:12 a.m. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” he said. “I don’t normally come this early, but today is different. I wanted to be among the first.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Town Attorney Ira Bloom was among the first members today to enter the new Westport Weston Family Y. Bloom has been a regular early bird user of the Y at its now shuttered downtown facility for years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes as the new Westport Weston Family Y opened its new headquarters at its Mahackeno site on Allen Raymond Lane at Merritt Parkway exit 41. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Farm to Table Cycle” and “Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6:30 p.m. - Staples Room 333 - Board of Education Executive Session
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Storytelling Live! Your Stories
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Legendary drummer and inventor of the “Purdie shuffle,” Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, 75, returned to the Westport Arts Center today with his band. “His ‘Purdie shuffle’ has been heard on countless recordings from Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan,” said Westport Arts Center Jazz Curator Brian Torff, who performed with him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Music on the Hill Chorus, a16-voice professional ensemble, today performed “Music in Nature,” its first fall 2014 concert at the Unitarian Church in Westport. The chorus was led by artistic director Ellen Dickinson and accompanied on the piano by David H. Connell. The group next performs Oct. 17 at the Norfield Congregational Church, Weston, with “Bells Around the World,” and on Nov 9 at the Norfield Congregational Church with “Songs of Thanksgiving.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Texas hoedown and BBQ today marked the 25th service anniversary of Pastor Paul Teske (r) at St Paul Westport. The Texas-themed celebration (Teske’s home state) featured a BBQ spread by Pietro Scotti, hand-clapping bluegrass music and square dancing for the whole family. More than 160 church congregants and St. Paul Christian School families attended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Firefighters Paul Spennato (l) and Brett Kirby today carry a sign pole from a Riverside Avenue parking lot to their nearby Saugatuck fire station for safekeeping. A passerby alerted them that an unidentified woman had attempted to remove parts of the sign, which was on the ground inside the parking lot fence. The woman told the passerby, who alerted police and firefighters, that she wanted to place the signs in her son’s bedroom. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Saugatuck Craft Butchery today held its annual “PORKtoberfest” which drew a large crowd to its Saugatuck Center location. The community celebration of the fall season included three whole-roasted 100-pound Berkshire pigs, beer, apple cole slaw, and German potato salad as well as pumpkin pie and apple caramel crumb ice cream. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Saugatuck Craft Butchery “PORKtoberfest” at Saugatuck Center. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saugatuck Sweets, 575 Saugatuck Ave., will hold a Halloween window painting contest on Saturday, Oct.11 from 8 a.m. to noon. According to Al DiGuido, co-owner with Peter Romano, youngsters will be given paint, brushes, and smocks and asked to create Halloween images on the theme “Have a SWEET Halloween.” Sixty-eight windows will be painted, he said. Prizes will be awarded based on age and best job representing the theme. Images will remain on the windows through Halloween. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Rev. Whitney Edwards and The Rev. Colin Chapman of Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church today participated in worship for the celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi, also known as the blessing of the animals. Christ & Holy Trinity celebrated the yearly service outside with many four-legged friends participating in the blessing. Contributed photo
The Westport Democratic Town Committee will honor longtime Westporters Dora Stuttman and Martha Aasen at its first “Paint the Town Blue” event on Friday, Oct. 17.
It will take place at the Kibberia Restaurant, 361 Post Road West, from 7 to 10 p.m.
“Dora and Martha completely transformed the political landscape of Westport, and for more than 50 years they have been a major force on behalf of Democrats in Connecticut,” said DTC Chair John Hartwell.
“Martha and Dora are clearly the heart of the Democratic Party in Westport, and we proudly honor them at this year’s ‘Paint the Town Blue,’” said event co-chair Candice Savin.
A crash early today on Sturges Highway on the Westport-Fairfield line sent one person to the hospital, reports from the scene said.
Arriving fire department units found a car in its side near 95 Sturges Highway at about 12:45 a.m., the reports said.
Firefighters had to use rescue tools to extricate the female driver from the vehicle. She was transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. There was no word on her condition.
Police reopened the roadway at about 2 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Wakeman Town Farm - Kids’ Sukkot Harvest Celebration
2 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “I’m Not Rappaport!” (last day)
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Alix Christie on “Gutenberg’s Apprentice”
3 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - “Music in Nature” Chamber Chorus Concert
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie
3:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Screening of “Ragtime” (1981)
6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Bernard Purdie and his Soul Band
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, October 04, 2014
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Regular readers of this column know that I’ve never been shy about criticizing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his transportation policies.
But after hearing him and his Republican opponent, Tom Foley, discuss transportation in a recent forum, I am enthusiastically endorsing Malloy for re-election.
In my view, Tom Foley is clueless. He doesn’t understand the issues, has no new ideas and often refuses to address specifics. If he is our next governor, mass transit in Connecticut is in serious trouble.
Since early in the campaign Foley has said we spend too much on mass transit, often to the detriment of our roads. He also says it is not the state’s job to “purposefully push people out of their cars and onto mass transit.”
This year’s Westport Restaurant Week beginning Sunday has a different flavor.
Matthew Mandell, executive director of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, says his organization’s event—this year actually two weeks, running through Sunday, Oct. 19— is an opportunity for residents to “eat local.”
“Why am I asking this? Since taking over the Chamber of Commerce in April, I have set a course to create a more interactive existence between our businesses and our residents, what is known in the jargon as B2C, not business to consumer, but instead business to community,” Mandell said.
Mandell said this year’s event features 28 eateries, “a much more robust and diversified group,” offering fixed price meals “to suit any foodie’s interest and pocket book.”
An application for a permit to demolish the house at 104 Easton Road, in Westport’s Coleytown section, is in process. Built in 1940 with its origin dating to 1810, according to the Town Assessor records, the 1 3/4-story conventional style house has 1,652 square feet and is situated on a 1.65-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