Monday, March 23, 2015
Nancy H. Laughlin of Westport, a former Town of Westport employee, died March 3. She was 94.
She was born on April 13,1920 in Westport to the late Hilary and Stella Horelick. She married her husband, Walter, on June 28, 1941 at the Assumption Church in Westport.
She was a secretary for the Town of Westport Building and Zoning Department. She enjoyed many summer vacations with her family on Cape Cod. She enjoyed daily walks and gardening.
She is survived by her daughter Barbara Negeli and her husband Robert of Fairfield her three grandsons, Robert Negeli and his wife Kristina of Shelton, Brian Negeli and his wife Charity of Monroe, Chet Wickett of Bozeman, Mont., and three great-grandsons, Bryce Carter Negeli ,Collin John Negeli, and Sebastian Wickett. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter J Laughlin, sisters Stella Chapman, Anna DeLuca, Rose Carpenter,and Helen Wanat, and by her daughter, Patricia Laughlin Wickett. A private service was held at Assumption Cemetery in Westport.
UPDATE Police said late today that repair work has been completed on Westport’s Post Road East near No. 468 on a second collapsed sewer main. All lanes of traffic are now open, said Lt. Ryan Paulsson. But he said crews will return Tuesday after 9 a.m. to apply a permanent paving patch, which will result in temporary lane closures again. The line collapsed on Sunday, and was described as a smaller one than the one that collapsed on Thursday and took two days to repair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Golfweek Magazine’s annual ranking of Best Courses You Can Play State by State for the first time lists Westport’s Longshore Club Park, coming in at No. 9 for the State of Connecticut.
The course, which experienced maintenance issues until the town brought in an outside company in 2013, was originally designed as a private course in the mid-1920s by Orin E. Smith and renovated by architect John Harvey.
“We are honored to know that Longshore is recognized by Golfweek Magazine as one of the best courses to play in the state of Connecticut,” said head golf professional John Cooper.
“We have always known how special this golf course is and we hope anyone in Connecticut or visiting the area will call and book a tee time and experience the uniqueness of golf at Longshore.”
A 911 call that came in today to Westport police dispatch and then transferred to Westport fire reported a fire in a wall at at house at 36 Weston Road. Westport fire and police units responded to the scene only to find a vacant house. On checking back with the caller, the address turned out to be 36 Weston Road in Weston. A Westport engine and command car responded to Weston but were not needed as Weston handled the call. Traffic on Weston Road in Weston (above) was tied up during the incident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Ed Gerber, president of the Westport Historical Society, says it was a love of the town’s arts history, illustrators in particular, that forged a friendship 15 years ago with renowned illustrator Walt Reed who died at his Saugatuck home March 18 at age 97.
Gerber, a collector of art by George Hand Wright, an illustrator who ushered in Westport’s arts community in 1907, recalled being at Reed’s New York City gallery, in search of Wright’s work.
“I bought a lot of stuff through the gallery, Illustration House, then on West 25th Street,” Gerber said.
Reed, once described as the founding father of the study of American illustration as well as its chief archivist and its patron saint, started Illustration House, Inc. in 1973 in Westport. His son Roger Reed now operates it at 34 West 27 St.
Westport artist Walt Reed, once described as the founding father of the study of American illustration as well as its chief archivist and its patron saint, died March 18. He was 97. Once an instructor at Westport’s Famous Artists Schools, he authored numerous books and articles, including one on fellow Westport artist Harold von Schmidt. He founded Illustration House in Westport in 1974, which was devoted to the art and history of illustration. His son Roger joined him in 1981, and in 1987 they moved the gallery to New York City. He is pictured front of his 1976 American bicentennial U.S, postage stamp issue showing the flags of each of the 50 states which was part of a 2012 Westport Historical Society exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A 2013 exhibition in the Mollie Donovan Gallery at the Westport Historical Society honored Westport artist Walt Reed, who died March 18 at age 97. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The house at Westport’s 18 Reichert Circle, off Cross Highway, was demolished today. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch had 1,936 square feet, was situated on a .36-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, last changed ownership in March 2012 for $585,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 31, 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport students, especially those at Staples High School, have shown they do know much about history.
They excelled Saturday in the Fairfield Regional History Day in Connecticut contest at Fairfield University. More than 300 students from 16 area communities took part in the competition.
Westport students dominated in the senior category (grades 9 to 12), taking 15 of the 20 top awards in the division while those in the junior category (grades 6 to 8) took two of 26 top slots.
Students who placed in the top three in their respective categories and divisions are invited to compete in the State History Day Contest, which will take place on May 9 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6:30 p.m. - Staples Room 1025C - Board of Esucation Special Meeting Executive Session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM P&Z Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Sherwood Mill Pond Special Meeting
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Vocalist Nicole Pasternak performs today with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra led by Donn Trenner (l) in a Westport Arts Center concert at the Pequot Library in Southport. The 15-member group, founded In 1965, has been led by Trenner since 2000. Most of his career has been as a jazz pianist. He has worked as pianist-conductor for such artists as Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vicki Carr, Dick Haymes, Jose Feliciano and Jack Jones. Hartford native Pasternak is featured with a number of jazz orchestras and combos in the area and also is a songwriter and lyricist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
William O. Harbach (l) of Fairfield talks over old times today with Donn Trenner, leader of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, which performed at a Westport Arts Center jazz concert at the Pequot Library in Southport. Harbach is an award-winning television producer, director and author who worked with Trenner on the “The Steve Allen Show,” a spinoff from “The Tonight Show” from 1954 to 1960. Harbach, 95, was the producer and Trenner, 88, eventually became band leader. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Hartford Jazz Orchestra concert sponsored by the Westport Arts Center at the Pequot Library in Southport. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Traffic on Post Road East eastbound near No. 468 was down to one lane of traffic today as there was another sewer main collapse in the area of a collapse Thursday that was repaired Saturday after two days and nights of work. This new section is smaller in size, said Westport Police Lt. Ryan Paulsson, quoting the Westport Town Engineering Department. He said crews will be beginning work on the smaller section on Monday at 9 a.m. after the bulk of the morning commuter traffic has subsided. This will necessitate reducing traffic in both directions again to one lane each, he said. Paulsson said repairs are expected to go into Monday evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There was a large turnout today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities to welcome the “Return of Jodi Keogan & Friends.” They performed songs and duets from the Great American and Italian Songbooks. Before the show, there was a pizza party with pizzas supplied by Westport pizza producers. The series is funded by the Friends of the Center for Senior Activities as well as the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and funded by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport’s U13 Blue Team today won the Westport Soccer Association’s Westport Invitational Soccer Tournament, known as WIN, at Staples High School. The team sealed the victory by winning in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in the finals against Chelsea Piers Premiere. In all, they played four games leading up to championship game – a 1-1 tie against Norwalk; a 0-2 loss to Chelsea Piers Premiere, a 4-0 win over Fairfield, and a 7-0 win over Westport U13 White in the semifinals. Pictured are (top row, l-r) Assistant Coach Alex Anveri, Emerson Anveri, Sam Maged, Lars Djuve, Michael Lau, Drew Halpern, Chet Ellis, Tadeo Messenger, Head Coach Amar Bellara; (bottom row) Andrew Lau, Benny Feuer, Vignesh Kareddy, Matisse DeVos, Colin Corneck, Evan Siegel, Teddy O’Kane, and Josh Dedomenico. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
It was a busy Sunday afternoon at Westport’s Compo Beach today for dogs and their masters despite temperatures in the mid-30s with winds gusting to almost 30 mph making it feel like 25. Dogs are permitted at the beach until April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Bedford Middle School students celebrate Saturday after winning first place at the Science Olympiad state competition held in Farmington. Next step is the national competition in Nebraska in May. The Science Olympiad is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting science education through conducting competitive science tournaments. Teams of up to 15 students meet and compete in about 23 different science events that cover many different areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some events require constructing a project ahead of time. Others involve on the spot application of skills to a given problem. Individual students win medals for placing in an event, with cumulative scores yielding overall team placement at a tournament. Contributed photo
Friday brought not only a first day of spring snow but also a Silver Crown Award for Staples High School’s student-run online publication, inklingsnews.com, at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 91st annual Spring Scholastic Convention. Pictured with the award at Columbia University are (l-r) Managing Editor Ale Benjamin, Advisor Cody Thomas, Editor-in-Chief Zoe Brown, Editor-in-Chief Bailey Ethier, Advisor Mary Elizabeth Fulco, and Web Managing Editor Nicole DeBlasi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Minister Emeritus Frank Hall, 74, spoke to a packed Unitarian Church in Westport today and shared the homily with Interim Minister Rev. Roberta Finkelstein. It was Hall’s first return to the pulpit during a regular service since his retirement in June 2013 after 29 years leading the church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
The Longshore Women’s Golf Association’s (LWGA) 18-hole league will kick-off the 2015 golf season with an opening meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m at the Westport Weston YMCA.
This marks the 55th year for the organization, which was founded in 1960. All women golfers from Westport as well as surrounding towns are invited to attend the meeting and become members of LWGA. an announcement said.
LWGA has a history of offering fun weekly tournaments and competitive matches to all women golfers. Seasonal events are held every Tuesday and will begin in May and run through October.
1:30 p.m. - Staples - Staples Players: “Sweeney Todd”
2 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Jodi Keogan & Friends in Concert
3 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center: The Hartford Jazz Orchestra
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Friends of Music & Arts at Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church were treated to a reception and concert tonight with a variety of music performed, from Mozart and Puccini to Charles Ives and Richard Rogers. Section leaders Jason Linden, tenor, Elizabeth James, soprano, Jamilyn Manning-White, soprano, and Matthew Vitti, baritone, sang to an enthusiastic audience. They were accompanied on piano by Michael Burnette, organist-choirmaster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
Westport robotics team i²r robotics has advanced to the World Championships.The team competed this weekend at the FIRST Tech Challenge East Super-Regional Championship robotics competition in Scranton, Pa. As finalists for the PTC Design Award, they were one of 25 teams which will advance from this event to the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri April 22-26. Team members include (l to r): Julia Schorr, 16, junior, Ben Davis, 16, sophomore, Kiran Nandagopal,15, freshman, Alex Davis, 18, senior, Peter Sauer, 16, junior, Luke Sauer, 14, freshman, Julian Garrison, 17, senior, Alex Somlo, 18, senior, and Ken Asada, 17, senior, all students at Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Two area temples are teaming up to present a unique performance on Sunday, March 29 at Westport Town Hall of one cantor playing another in “Cantor Arik Luck is Moishe Oysher.”
Temple Israel of Westport and Temple Shalom of Norwalk are sponsoring the 3 p.m. performance about the life of Oysher, an unorthodox cantor of the 1930s and ‘40s who played in Yiddish theater and films. He died in 1958 at age 51.
Oysher’s story struck a chord with Cantor Arik Luck (Beth Emet, Evanston, Ill.) who wanted to be a stage actor before he entered cantorial school at Hebrew Union College in New York.
During his studies, Luck discovered Oysher and his interest prompted him to create a full-length musical revue, “Arik Luck Is … Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People!”
In observance of the 50th anniversary of the death of Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, philosopher and medical missionary, the Westport Library today presented a program that included Westporters Clarinda Higgins and her husband, William G. Armstrong, Jr. authors of “Against the Current….How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man’s Journey.” They spoke of Mark Higgins, a cousin of Clarinda’s, who went to Gabon and later was brutally murdered at age 20 in 1960 in the last violent days of the struggle for independence in the Belgian Congo. They are pictured next to a painting of the hospital established in 1913 by Schweitzer in Lambaréné, Gabon where Mark Higgins worked. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The six Wreckers swimmers from Staples High School today placed eighth at the state open swimming championships at the six-lane amphitheater pool at Yale University.
The team was led by senior Daniel Williams who was declared the co-champ in the 500-yard freestyle after an ultra-rare dead heat in high school swimming’s longest and most grueling event.
Williams trailed Karl Bishop from Cheshire who seemed to dominate the race with a comfortable lead until the final 100 yards, when Williams, trailing by two body lengths, started to surge.
The crowd at the arena grew loud as Williams caught Bishop about 10 yards from the finish and big cheers erupted when the scoreboard reported matching times of 4:35.61.
A two-car crash today on Long Lots Road at the intersection of Maple Avenue North resulted in an injury to a male driver who was transported to Norwalk Hospital with unspecified injuries, according to emergency workers on the scene. The other driver was not injured. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com