Sunday, November 30, 2014
A mild November Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving Day weekend holiday attracted many skaters today to the P.A.L. ice rink at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday begins the final week for the Westport Department of Public Works annual curbside leaf collection program. The department will collect any leaves placed on the curbside in biodegradable paper bags. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up. (See WestportNow Nov. 5, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Lois EttaTreadway (born Alois Etta Palmer) of Norwalk, a longtime employee of Minute Men Cleaners in Westport, died Nov. 25 at Danbury Hospital. She was 70.
She was born in Norwalk on March 16, 1944 and graduated from Port Chester High School in Port Chester, N.Y. Class of 1963. After her tenure at the Westport business, she she spent most of her time as a volunteer for Lifeline in Norwalk and was a dedicated bell ringer for the Salvation Army during the holidays.
Her greatest joy was her family, she had a huge heart of gold, undeniable compassion for anyone she met no matter the circumstances, enjoyed playing Bingo and was a faithful member of Bethany Baptist Church in Stamford and Parkway Assembly of God in Norwalk during her earlier years, according to her family.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and James M. Pearson, Sr of Newtown. grandchildren James Jr and Rebecca Pearson, family member Betty Pearson, siblings Ward and Joy Palmer, Sr., Bernadette “Bunny” Palmer, Louise and Joe Willette, Charmaine Letendre, Peggy and Paul Raymond and Charles Palmer, Jr., along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother Maybelle Heney, parents Charles and Bernadette Palmer, sister Ella-Mae Romsky and brother William A. Palmer, Sr.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 23 Juniper Road, off Compo Road North, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story ranch has 1,420 square feet and is situated on a .52-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
Anthony Lyle Wilcox of Westport, husband of the late Jane L. Wilcox, died Nov. 27 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 87.
Born June 19, 1927 in Norwalk, he was son of the late William and Mary (Romananski) Wilcox and has been a resident of Westport for 63 years.
Prior to retiring in 1992, he was employed as a foreman by the Town of Westport Department of Parks and Recreation for more than 20 years.
He was a graduate of Norwalk High School, loved fishing and spending his free time with his family. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Barnes & Noble (1076 Post Road East) - Music on the Hill: Handbell Carolers
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “It’s a Wonderful LIfe”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, November 29, 2014
The hunt is on for Westport’s Top Dog for 2015.
Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) said it is now accepting entries for the sixth annual Westport Top Dog photo and essay contest.
Essays, photos and donation (check made out to “WASA”) also may be mailed to WASA, 1 Tower Ridge, Westport, CT 06880. Deadline for submission is Jan. 31.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 123 Sturges Highway, aka 17 Boxwood Lane, is in process. Built in 1953, the one-story ranch has 2,182 square feet, is situated on a 1.03-acre property and changed ownership this month for $724,500. 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 Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion Magic”
2 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Nutcracker Tea Party
2:30 p.m. - Earthplace - Turkey Walk
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Movie Special: “Sound of Music” Sing-a-long
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Brett Steinberg w/ Cal Kehoe and Kenny Ward
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “It’s a Wonderful LIfe”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, November 28, 2014
Christian has been found! Christian escaped from his foster home Friday, Nov. 28th around 4 p.m. He was last seen Saturday evening, Nov. 29th near Compo Road and Baker Ave. We were notified of his return late Monday night.
By James Lomuscio
On this Black Friday, Stephen Silver quipped “this is the blackest Friday of all of them. ” The 110-year-old, family business, Silver of Westport at 390 Post Road East, will close once the holiday shopping season ends, he said.
Silver said the decision to shut the specialty gift and luggage shop was made with his two sons and daughters-in-law at 5 p.m. Thursday following Thanksgiving dinner.
He noted his grandfather, Samuel Silver, started the family business in Bridgeport in 1904, selling canes and umbrellas. In 1951, his father, Philip Silver, opened the Westport shop, growing the business with specialty gifts and luggage in Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center.
“We’ve been teetering, talking about closing it for a long time,” he said, adding, “I want to go out like a New Orleans funeral—all the bells and whistles.”
The Longshore Club Park P.A.L. Ice Rink was the site of free skate rentals and two hours of free skating today, compliments of Westport’s P.A.L. for those who donated unwrapped new toys in support of Al’s Angels toy drive to help needy children enjoy the holiday season. Stamford resident Mary Donovan is pictured donating new unwrapped toys to Al’s Angels founder Al DiGuido while her 7-year-old twin sons enjoyed an evening of skating. As DiGuido thanked her for her contributions Donovan, in turn, thanked DiGuido for his generous support of children from needy families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE One of the last mom and pop mainstays in Westport, Silver of Westport, is closing. Co-owner Steve Silver (pictured with his co-owner sister, Susan, before they relocated the store in Compo Acres Shopping Center in 2011) said a “retirement sale: sale of the century, nothing excluded” began today. No date has been set for the closing, he said. The family-owned and operated gift and travel necessity business has served Fairfield County since 1904 and has been in Compo Acres since 1951. It and its neighboring retailers lately have been impacted by remodeling of the exterior and reconfiguration of the rear parking lot. “Business had not been good, but the scaffolding covering the storefront for the past eight months was the icing on the cake,” Silver said. He added: “I want to go out like a New Orleans funeral—all the bells and whistles.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A 36-year-old Westport mother who was drunk and trying to enter her vehicle with a child and drive away early today punched a police officer in the face as they attempted to stop her, police said.
Alyssa Miklinevich of 10 Davenport Ave. was taken into custody after police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance, police said.
“Miklinevich who was visibly intoxicated and attempting to enter her vehicle with a child and drive away,” said Capt. Vincent Penna in a statement. “Officers attempted to keep her from entering her vehicle at which point she became uncooperative and belligerent. Miklinevich then punched one of the officers in the face with a closed fist.”
Miklinevich was arrested and charged with breach of peace, assault on an officer, and interfering with an officer, he said. She was held in lieu of $1,000 bond for arraignment today in Norwalk Superior Court.
Westport and Weston First Selectmen Jim Marpe and Gail Weinstein today welcomed Weston resident Aarti Khosia (c) and celebrated the official opening of Khosia’s Le Rouge handmade chocolates on the lower level of 190 Main St. Khosia, whose business is also operated online (www.LeRougeByAarti.com), said the hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day except Monday and “will extend hours as we get closer to the holidays.” She added, “We’re a cafe as well and serve a range of flavored coffee selections.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 11 Minute Man Hill, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1955, the one-story ranch has 3,742 square feet, is situated on a 1.02-acre property and changed ownership in August for $2,385,000. 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
Freshii Westport has announced a weekend Freshii Kids Eat Free program, which seeks to promote healthy eating among youngsters. The program for children under 10 begins Saturday and runs until the end of January.
During this time, Freshii, 19 Post Road East, is offering children a free entree from the kid’s menu on Saturdays and Sundays when their meal is accompanied by an adult entrée –- one free kid’s meal per adult entrée.
“We want kids to understand that healthy eating doesn’t mean giving up delicious food,” said Jonathan Blob, owner of Freshii Westport. “We are introducing our kids eat free program because we love seeing kids from Westport and surrounding towns come in and enjoy our fresh, healthy options –- and we want to see even more of them.”
Freshii is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, contact Freshii Westport’s director of operations, Craig Charlton at (203)222-3599, or visit https://www.freshii.com/us/locations/connecticut/westport.
The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River was lit up tonight with Christmas lights thanks to the efforts of Al’s Angels volunteers and A.J. Penna & Son construction of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Town Hall and Public Schools are closed.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion Magic”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Screening: “The Lego Movie” plus LEGO free play
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre “It’s a Wonderful Life”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, November 27, 2014
There was a full house today at Branson Hall, Christ & Trinity Episcopal Church for the 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast. Saugatuck Congregational Church, Temple Israel, The Unitarian Church in Westport, and the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston were partners for this year’s Feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among the scores of volunteers today serving guests at the 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast at Christ & Holy Episcopal Church. With repairs almost complete at the Saugatuck Congregational Church after its 2011 fire, next year’s feast is expected to be back at its traditional home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Preston Siroka, 7, of Westport (c), aided by Caden Hennesey, 8, of Portland, Conn., serves up some pie to Jessica Bram of Westport today at the 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast. Organizers said so many people volunteered to serve at the event that many had to be turned away. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples junior placekicker Paul Tricarico tied a state record today by converting his 12th field goal of the season, this one for 21 yards. The Wreckers defeated the Greenwich Cardinals 38-21 to keep Greenwich out of the Class LL Tournament. Both teams ended the season with 7-4 records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com
Staples football defeated Greenwich 38-21 today at Greenwich.
The Wrecker win spoiled the Cardinals’ chance of making the FCIAC finals, payback for when Greenwich acted as spoiler a year ago when Staples needed a win to advance to the Class LL Tournament.
Greenwich went into today’s game, at times played in swirling snow showers, with a seven-game winning streak against the No. 9th-ranked Wreckers.
Staples and Greenwich end their season with identical 7-4 records.
Cameron Marantz, 27, of Philadelphia crosses the finish line today in an unofficial time of 24:10 in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. Marantz, a 2005 Staples High School graduate who ran for Coach Laddie Lawrence, said, “It’s about the seventh time I’ve run this race and finished first four or five times.” Marantz, running for the Bryn Mawr Running Club, graduated Princeton in 2009 and went on to do graduate work at the University of Florida. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com