Saturday, January 31, 2015
Bedford Middle School students celebrate as Bedford won a first place award at today’s Science Olympiad invitationals held at the school. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division with participants competing in genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. The culmination of nearly 300 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university each year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Despite the fading light, sisters Gemma, 4, and Clementine, 6, of Westport convinced their father Jeff to stay a little longer as they played on the snow pile at Greens Farms Elementary School today.. As their father seemed to be having just as much fun as the girls, it didn’t seem to take much convincing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday.
It said to expect snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 10 inches along with a tenth to a quarter of an inch of ice.
Temperatures will be in the mid 20s with winds northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Snowfall rates occasionally will be 1 to 2 inches per hour late Sunday night through early Monday afternoon with visibilities one quarter mile or less at times, the Weather Service said.
Nattily attired in a fashionable sweater and booties, Mocha, a 2-year-old Toy Poodle, obediently posed today for his owner, Wendy Chiou of Stamford, outside the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Claire Louise Mileto of Palm Harbor, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Jan. 27. She was 91.
She married in 1948 the late John A. Mileto of New Rochelle, N.Y. and together raised five children in Connecticut.
She graduated summa cum laude in bilingual studies from the College of New Rochelle in 1945. She worked for several years as a bilingual secretary in Manhattan.
Over the course of her life, she and her family resided in Westport, Southport and Fairfield Beach. She later retired to Palm Harbor in 1991.
William E. “Bill” Alvarez, Sr. of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Jan. 29 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.
He was born in Westport on April 9, 1926, the son of the late Victor and Lillian Judd Alvarez. He attended Westport schools and served his country during World War II as a member of the Seabees in the U.S. Navy.
He worked for most of his life as a body and fender technician for Westfair Ford and Leo’s Body Shop, and for the past 16 years he worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
He enjoyed playing cards, fishing and boating at Candlewood Lake and loved spending his time with his grandchildren.
Snowshoeing was one of the many activities Westport Earthplace’s Winterfest today. Scores of families braved the cold to come out and participate at this annual event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com
Maggie, a beagle mix from Westport, is one of approximately 70 puppies selected to be in the Puppy Bowl airing on Animal Planet Sunday at 3 p.m., according to Dorrie Harris, head of Westport-based nonprofit animal welfare organization TAILS.
“We rescued her in late August,” said Harris. “She was in line to be killed along with the rest of her litter. We are very excited to have one of our puppies pulled straight from death row end up as an ambassador for rescues on national TV. It is so wonderful.”
TAILS, which is dedicated to saving animals through spay/neuter programs, will host a fundraiser Sunday 3 to 5 p.m. to view the program at Burger Bar & Bistro, 60 North Main St., South Norwalk.
Maggie, who has since been adopted by a Fairfield family, will be on hand for the festivities, Harris said.
Maria Fraile originally from Spain, currently living in Stamford, won the Farmer Market’s bacon competition today using her mother’s recipe for Tortilla de Patata. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Tortilla de Patata, a recipe from Spain, won today’s bacon competition at the Westport Farmers Market. It as submitted by Maria Fraile of Stamford, a native of Spain who said it was her mother’s recipe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Sub-freezing temperature and low wind chill readings today did not deter another large turnout at the weekly Westport Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, Sylvan Lane, off Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Kara Windoloski and T.J. Agostino, both of Westport walked to the Westport Farmers Market today and enjoyed sampling some champagne tea from vendor, James Hibler. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Reichert Circle, off Cross Highway, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 1,936 square feet, is situated on a .36-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, last changed ownership in March 2012 for $585,000. 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 Matow for WestportNow.com
The Westport PAL boys lacrosse will hold its annual parent/player meeting and equipment drive on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, organizers announced.
Parents of current players should attend as well as those of potential players, an announcement said.
The meeting will allow attendees to meet the program directors and coaches and to learn about Westport’s boys lacrosse programs.
Players in grades 5-8 should attend. Bantams and fourth graders do not need to attend.
A bank temperature sign on Westport’s Post Road East in the center shows the temperature early today. But it doesn’t show the wind chill, which was below zero as gusty winds whipped through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Earthplace - Winterfest
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Improv Comedy w/ Yale Exit Players & GFA’s Red & Bloopers!
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, January 30, 2015
Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136) led a bipartisan Regional Transportation Caucus press conference today in the Capitol. Republican and Democratic House and Senate members joined in pledging support for immediate improvements for Fairfield County’s highways, bridges, and rail lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport town officials today visited the Rolnick Observatory site, 182 Bayberry Lane, to determine its eligibility for a local historic preservation designation. Randy Henkels, chairman of the Historic District Commission (HDC), said Selectman Helen Garten and Kevin Green, a former Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member and current member of the Westport Astronomical Society, which now uses the site, submitted the request. He said the next steps include the formation of a study committee followed by initiation of the application process. The site, the highest in Westport at the time, was used in the 1950s and 1960s as a Nike/Ajax missile site to protect war manufacturing efforts in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Annamay Bradley of Westport died Jan. 30 in Bridgeport Hospital. She was 80.
Born July 1, 1934 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Lena (Bennette) Mastromatteo Troncone. She worked in the Westport school system in the cafeteria department for many years until she retired.
Survivors include her brother Salvatore Mastromatteo and her daughters, Claudia Bradley of Stratford, Tammy Guarente and her husband Vincent of Beacon Falls, two grandchildren, Angela Guarente and her partner Joe Darrah of Beacon Falls, and Joe Guarente and his wife Megan of Englewood, Fla., and one great grandchild, Michaela Darrah of Beacon Falls.
The Bradley family will receive friends on Wednesday Feb. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Annamay’s home, 1655 Post Road East, unit 23. Contributions in her memory in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 333 Seventh Ave., 17th floor, New York, NY 10001. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Westport and area from midnight tonight to noon Saturday.
It said to expect wind chills as low as 15 to 20 below due to temperatures in the single digits and northwest winds sustained at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
The advisory warned of frostbite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs today provided a bit of Time Magazine history he says has not been told before -– the last minute switch of a 1973 Watergate cover he did depicting Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
“It was to be the fifth cover I did for Time Magazine in the early 70s, most of which portrayed aspects of the Watergate scandal,” he wrote in a Facebook posting.
“My assignment was to portray Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, Nixon’s personal counsel in the White House, who were complicit in the ‘coverup’ of Nixon’s impeachable crimes. I put their heads together, sharing an ear, to further convey the media’s and public’s perception of them as one inseparable and evil force in the Oval Office.
“I was told to leave room for the headline but had no clue what it would be. The cover was printed and wrapped around a few hundred thousand issues of the magazine, ready to be distributed, before cooler heads at Time prevailed and had the entire issue pulled and destroyed for its offensive headline. A first in Time’s history, and never revealed until today. This may be the only remaining copy of that cover.”
There is advance praise for Westport award-winning photographer Lynsey Addario’s new book to be published next week, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” (The Penguin Press, HC, $29.95).
The New York Times Magazine this Sunday publishes excerpts from the book, which Kirkus Reviews called “A remarkable journalistic achievement from a Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winner that crystalizes the last 10 years of global war and strife while candidly portraying the intimate life of a female photojournalist. “
Dexter Filkins, a former New York Times colleague and author of “The Forever War,” said: “Lynsey Addario’s book is like her life: big, beautiful, and utterly singular. With the whole world as her backdrop, Addario embarks on an extraordinary adventure whose overriding effect is to remind of us what unites us all.”
Addario, a 1991 Staples High School graduate, is a frequent visitor to her hometown. A year ago, the Westport Arts Center presented an exhibit of 34 of her photographs, “On The Wire: Veiled Rebellion,” which depicted the plight of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. (See WestportNow Jan. 25, 2014)
Helen Clark, U.N. Development Program head and former prime minister of New Zealand, was a drop in visitor today at the Westport Arts Center. She was greeted by Helen Klisser During, fellow New Zealander, artistic director, and curator of the Center’s current exhibit, “Coney Island: Side Show,” which runs until March 14. They are pictured in front of Westport photographer Stephen Wilkes’s shot “Coney Island Boardwalk, NY, Day to Night 2011.” Clark is just back from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where, among other events, she was honored at a reception for Forbes Magazine’s “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” Clark is often mentioned as a possible future U.N. secretary-general. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE It was bitter cold outside Westport’s Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, today but the company founded 14 years ago by restaurateur Danny Meyer was basking in the heat of Wall Street as its initial public offering (IPO) began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock, which went public at $21, closed at $45.90, up almost 119 percent, after trading as high as $52.50. The New York-born cult modern day “roadside” burger stand opened in Westport in July 2011. Meyer was on hand for the debut of the chain’s first actual drive-in eatery and first suburban location. (See WestportNow July 20, 2011) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the Weeks Pavilion building in the former Westport Weston Family YMCA on Westport’s Church Lane is in process. Built in 1976, the two-story commercial structure that housed multiple facilities including the swimming pool, has 50,000 square feet and is situated on an estimated .8-acre property, according to developer David Waldman, principal of Bedford Square Associates. He said he expects the demolition will occur in early April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Westport Firefighter Tobias Ostapchuk said his department decided at the last minute to enter into Chilifest, a pre-Super Bowl cook-off event set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bedford Middle School.
“It’s so we can compete with other fire departments in our area,” said Ostapchuk, who spent Thursday night in a commercial kitchen making 10 gallons of his Checkered Flag Chicken Chili.
Fairfield, Rowayton, Weston, Wilton and Trumbull are also participating in the event, along with a dozen Fairfield and New Haven county restaurants.
While signing up was a last minute decision, Ostapchuk says his recipe is tried and true, evolving over the past 15 years to “almost a mild, spicy chicken soup.”
Elaine S. Horelik of Westport died Jan. 28 at home. She was 87.
A lifelong resident of Westport, she was one of eight children and graduated from Staples High School in 1944. “Lanie,” as she was known to friends, was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Longshore Women’s Golf Association.
She is survived by her daughter Claudia Amen and her husband Robert; her son Daniel Horelik and his wife Janet; grandchildren Robert Jr., Marc, Christopher, Peter, and Caroline Amen and Jacqueline, Jennifer, Jocelyn and Daniel Jr. Horelik; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. meeting directly at St. Luke Church, 84 Long Lots Road for a Mass of Christian Burial.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 12 - 16, 2015:
Jane Green to Keith and Cari Kaplan, 4 Bluewater Hill, $6,375,000
Pamela Camarda Revocable Trust to Peter Ziegler and Tracy Yost, 15 Cross Highway, $1,295.000
Joan Marie Sheehy to 131 Old Road LLC, 131 Old Road, $800,000
John J. Kennedy and Maria L. Casale to Allison L. and Barrie Holmes, 7 Mansfield Place, $1,145,000
A worker spreads ice melt today on a sidewalk on Imperial Avenue. A few inches of snow overnight resulted in some icing conditions but plowing requirements were limited, according to Scott Sullivan, Town of Westport highway superintendent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com