Monday, March 02, 2015
Project Return’s 20th annual Birdhouse Auction Gala will be held Friday, March 27 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. It features artwork created by more than 100 artists, according to the birdhouse curators (l-r) Renee Gold, Mimi Van Deusen and Totney Benson. In advance of the event, the annual Birdhouse Stroll on Main Street will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a welcoming session by Eileen Fisher, 160 Main St. The birdhouses in the photo are (l-r): “It’s Only Natural” by Anita Sobelson, Weston; Twisted” by Sean Lynch, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; “House of Blues” by Mona Brown, Westport, and “Inside Out” by Miggs Burroughs, Westport. Visit www.projectreturnct.org to purchase tickets and for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Mitchells of Westport will once again host the Near & Far Aid spring gala on Friday, this time with a special concert by five-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
The theme for the 20th anniversary event is “Voices of Hope,” highlighting individuals served and the agencies funded by the Southport-based charity. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Near & Far Aid.
It has remained an all-volunteer organization, currently working with more than 100 local agencies that address the causes and effects of poverty, and has granted over $14 million since 2000.
The celebratory fete begins at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy a standing dinner of seasonal epicurean fare and festive signature cocktails and have the opportunity to preview the best of spring fashion before heading into a tent adjacent to the store for the concert performance, an announcement said.
The Best Buddies Club at Westport’s Staples High School is readying for its annual fashion show on Saturday.
The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., will take place just outside of the school auditorium and feature about 30 Staples students plus about 40 from other schools.
Eight buddy pairs will model from a different store.
“Our annual fashion show and silent auction event is a great opportunity for us to share with the Westport community what our club is all about,” said Taylor Harrington, club secretary.
“The goal of Best Buddies is to create an integrated society for people with disabilities. In order to do so, we must spread that message beyond those who are involved in our club.”
Taylor said club members aim to create events that show that “our buddies are just like everyone else.”
To the Editor:
As you are aware, SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing will begin in the Westport Public Schools later this month. This letter is not to debate the appropriateness of this testing or to influence your personal decision, but to inform you of your rights as parents.
Despite Connecticut superintendents having been warned to stop harassing parents who seek to fulfill their constitutionally guaranteed right to protect their children, last week an email was sent to Westport School District parents from our superintendent stating the following:
“CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES (Section 10-14n) REQUIRE EVERY STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE IN STATE STANDARDIZED TESTS.
THERE IS NO PROCESS FOR OPTING OUT OF THE TESTING.”
This email was both forceful and misleading. To be clear: There is no federal or state law, regulation or policy that prohibits a parent or guardian from opting his or her children out of these tests. The former Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, on March 14, 2014 stated in a videotaped hearing in Hartford that there is no consequence to students if they opt-out of SBAC testing.
The National Weather Service in New York has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow and freezing rain, which is in effect from 3 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
It said there will be snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches along with a trace to a few hundredths of an inch of ice.
Temperatures will start in the mid 20s Tuesday afternoon then slowly rise into the lower 30s late Tuesday night.
The Weather Service said snow will develop late Tuesday afternoon then mix with sleet and freezing rain Tuesday evening before changing to freezing rain by midnight.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 55 Cross Highway is in process. Built in 1945, the one-story ranch has 1,956 square feet, is situated on a 1.4-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, last changed ownership in January, 1989 for $330,000. 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
An officer responding to a motor vehicle accident in the Hales Court area Sunday night arrested a Westport man suspected of selling marijuana, police said
Westporter Trevor Maclean, 23 of 9 Church St. North, was charged with sale and possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia following a search of his vehicle.
“While the officer was conducting his investigation into the accident, he detected an odor of marijuana coming from the operator,” said Capt. Samuel Arciola, noting the reason for the search
The search uncovered bags of marijuana, a scale and drug paraphernalia, Arciola said.
New Westport Police Officer Charles J. Sampson gets his new badge pinned on by son Charlie following his swearing in today by First Selectman Jim Marpe at Westport Town Hall. Sampson comes to Westport from the Waterbury Police Department where he served for 22 years. He is a certified Connecticut firefighter, past Fire Chief of the Derby Fire Department, and current director of Derby’s Office of Emergency Management. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A herd of deer gathered today in the backyard of a Westport home on Viking Green off of Cavalry Road. “In 20-plus years of living here we’ve never seen deer just hang out in one place like this for hours,” said resident Andy Yemma. “Our theory is the snow has forced them away from their food source and into this area — lucky for them they are on the other side of our dog fence so the dogs can’t do anything but bark at them.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com
Westport public schools are on a two-hour delay today.
There is no morning session for Stepping Stone preschool.
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Arduino Workshops
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Golf Advisory Committee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, March 01, 2015
Snowplows could not keep up with the snow tonight that dumped 5 to 6 inches on the Westport area. View is from the bottom of the northbound exit 42 ramp of the Merritt Parkway. To the left is Weston Road and the former Daybreak Nursery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com
A ribbon cutting ceremony today celebrated the reopening of the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) historic banquet room and performance space, which recently underwent a major renovation, according to Dorothy Curran, WWC president. She said the section is originally the 1866-7 Saugatuck Church Sabbath Meeting Hall, which was moved from Post Road East in 1950 and joined to the main WWC clubhouse, the 1881 Queen-Anne-style Sidney Watts House. She said the renovated room will soon be renamed as Bedford Hall in honor of the generosity of Frederick Bedford, E.T. Bedford’s son, who facilitated relocation of the WWC weekly meeting space from the second floor of the YMCA to its current location, 44 Imperial Ave. Joining in the ribbon cutting were (l-r) Kristin Fox, former state Sen. John McKinney (a Bedford descendant), Curran, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Susan Loselle, WWC rentals director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The newly refurbished banquet and performance space at the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC), 44 Imperial Ave., is ready for rental, according to .Dorothy Curran, president. Soon to be rededicated as Bedford Hall, the space is a crucial source of revenue that supports the WWC and its many charitable activities, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Falling snow created hazardous driving conditions on area roadways late today. Westport Police and State Police reported numerous vehicles having trouble negotiating the roads, some stuck trying to get up hills, and some off roads into snowbanks. No serious injuries were reported. View is looking east on Post Road East near Church Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
The snow did not deter many from turning out today for a concert by Eight to the Bar at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Postponed from last week, the performance was sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The Sunday Music Series is programmed by the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and funded by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Mathis Iacono, 18 months, of New Canaan offers a friendly hand today to Zoey, a 5-year-old Greyhound retired racer, who is now a certified therapy dog. The get-to-know-you session with therapy dogs took place in the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall at the Westport Country Playhouse following the 1 p.m. performance of “Dog Loves Books.” It was arranged in conjunction with the Reading to Rover program at the Westport Library. Lynne Perrigo, a children’s librarian and facilitator of the Reading to Rover program, a library staple for the past 10 years, said that as many as 20 certified therapy dogs are brought to the library multiple times each year so that children can improve their reading capabilities by reading to the empathetic therapy dogs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow and is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday.
It said to expect snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches with ice accumulation from a glaze to a tenth of an inch. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s. Visibilities will be one-quarter to one-half mile at times.
The Weather Service said snow will be moderate to locally heavy at times late this afternoon and should mix with sleet at times late this afternoon.
Precipitation should mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain this evening especially from New York City south before ending after midnight tonight.
UPDATE One person was slightly injured in a one-car rollover today on Westport’s Weston Road, reports from the scene said.
The accident happened shortly before 2 p.m. near 57 Weston Road. The driver was reported out of the Jeep Cherokee, which was on its roof, moments later.
Snow, which began falling a short time earlier, quickly made roads slick.
Police later reported other accidents involving no injuries, including one on Patrick Road, a car into a snowbank, and on Burr Farms Road.
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series: “Dog Loves Books”
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Concert: Eight to the Bar
4 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - Anonymous 4: “1865: Songs of Hope & Home from the American Civil War”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Sam Gault of Westport, president of Gault Energy & Stone, shows off his dancing energy tonight with partner Anastasia Zhitova, dance instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Norwalk, at the Dancing With the Stars gala benefit at Westport’s Inn at Longshore for Norwalk’s ElderHouse, a not-for-profit adult day center. Gault won the Best Friend to ElderHouse as the most successful fundraiser. Other star dancers included Tony Aitoro, owner of Aitoro Appliance & Electronics, Norwalk; Andrea Coreau, senior vice president, head of retail banking, Fairfield County Bank, Westport; Tina Dragone, owner Tina Dragone, Westport; Terri Polley, president and CEO, Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk; Steve Simmons, founding partner, Sideris Capital Partners, Stamford, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson of Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com