Sunday, May 24, 2015
Several hundred residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area off of Compo Road North today attended the annual Memorial Day block party. Food, music, and games entertained young and older. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Becca Webster, 14, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, was among musicians in the Becca, Bobby and Friends Band entertaining at today’s annual block party for residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area. Becca, who has been taking drumming lessons since the age of 9, was recently first runner-up in the under 18 category of the annual Hit Like a Girl global drumming contest for female percussionists. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Colgate 13, Colgate University graduates who performed in the school’s a capella group and live in the Westport area, were among entertainers at today’s annual Memorial Day block party for residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Scenes from today’s Memorial Day weekend annual block party for residents of Westport’s Lone Pine Lane/Tamarac Road area. WestportNow.com photos
A large crowd today attended a Troop 39 Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at Green’s Farms Congregational Church where four scouts were inducted into the Eagle rank. They are (l-r) Aidan Clarke, Patrick Lindwall, David Wisdom and Brendan Wisniewski. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Westport Troop 39 Eagle Scout ceremony at Green’s Farms Congregational Church. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded with Memorial Day weekend visitors today. Temperatures reached the low 80s away from the shore but were in the 70s at the beach under mostly sunny skies. Monday’s Memorial Day forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 77 and light south winds increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
As part of its Memorial Day weekend coverage, WestportNow today offers a photo salute of Westport’s Memorial Day parade grand marshals since 2004, beginning with Bob Satter, 2014. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Ed Gerber, president of the Westport Historical Society and a member of the Historic District Commission, said the flag that drapes his 1764-built house on Cross Highway this weekend is the flag that was presented to his family when his father, a World War II veteran, was buried at Arlington Cemetery in 2001 at the age of 90. Gerber said his father, who served in the Panama Canal for three and a half years, met fellow soldier Frank Boylan who often talked about his artist uncle George Hand Wright who resided in Westport. Boylan was the heir to Wright’s house, located at Westport’s 93 Cross Highway, which is now owned and occupied by Gerber. Following the death of Boylan in 1993 and his widow in 2003, Gerber purchased the house in 2010. Gerber said his Cross Highway residence transcends his father’s World War II friendship with Boylan while preserving the historic house known today as the Eliphalet Sturges 1764-1767 and George Hand Wright 1907-1951 House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Tamarac Road, off Compo Road North, is in process. Built in 1953, the 1-1/4-story cape has 1.282 square feet, is situated on a .25-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, most recently changed ownership in July 2011 for $599,000. 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
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
Among the many Westport residents honoring veterans on the Memorial Day weekend by proudly draping flags on their homes are Veronica and Thomas Hofstetter, 15 Bridge St. Veronica Hofstetter said her family has a long and proud military history. She said her husband, Thomas C. Hofstetter III, served in the U.S. Army in the 1990s, attaining the rank of captain, his father served in the Korean War, his grandfather fought in the Battle of Verdun in World War I, and his great-great-grandfather was in the Civil War. She said Tom, who was invited to address Saugatuck Elementary School students on Friday, told them: When you see a military person in uniform say ‘hello and thank for your your service to our country.’“ (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
The book’s cover tells it all, striking a chord with everyone familiar with Westport.
It’s an artist’s rendering of Compo Beach, glistening sand, grass culms, azure skies spotted with white cotton clouds and beachgoers either on the sand and gathered under a pavilion of sorts, white sails in the distance.
The title of the coffee table sized book, “The New Yorker in Westport,” by Eve Potts and Andrew Bentley also drives home a timeless sense of place, albeit in the same font of the time honored magazine.
Recently, Potts and Bentley sat down at the Westport Historical Society (WHS), home to the book’s genesis. A year ago in April the WHS hosted an exhibit showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989.
Bruce Ward Boland of Westport died May 17. He was 63.
Born Feb. 13, 1952, he grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J. as the son of John J. and Jean Ward Boland.
In addition to his father, John J., he is survived by his daughter, Kelly E. Reilly Boland, and four siblings, J. Jay Boland, Susan Boland Sullivan, Bob T. Boland, and Melissa Boland Turner. His mother, Jean, and sister, Debbie, predeceased him in 2013.
Services and interment will be private.
Patricia Hill Gordon of Red Hook, N.Y., a former Westport resident, died May 19 after a long illness. She was 74.
Born in 1941 in Greenbelt, Md., she grew up in Westport. Her father, Lawrence Hill, was a noted publisher and her mother, Gertrude Hill founded a successful imported home goods business.
She was a highly talented and accomplished artist. She earned her M.F.A. from State University of New York at Albany in 1982, and her paintings, sculptures, painted furniture, cement works, and, most recently, pottery were widely exhibited throughout the Hudson Valley.
She was active in the Summergroup artists collective in Poughkeepsie in the 1980s and was one of the founding members of the Tivoli Artists Coop in Tivoli in the 1990s.
UPDATE and CORRECT An application for a permit to demolish a structure at Westport’s 2 Newtown Turnpike is in process. Built in 1939, the one-story bungalow has 1,240-square feet and is situated on a 4.48-acre property. The demolition permit application excludes the 4,962-square feet main house and the 767-square feet stand-alone apartment. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (Editor’s note: this picture replaces the earlier published picture of the main house.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Boy Scouts from Westport’s Troop 39 placed flags today on graves at the Colonial cemetery at Greens Farms Road and the Sherwood Island Connector. They are (l-r) Kevin Lindwall, Odin Bartie, Jacob Kitchner and Gabi Dick. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com
Members of Westport Cub Scout Pack 100 and their parents spent their afternoon Friday at Coleytown Elementary School grounds. They picked up garbage and cleaned school territory as part of a community service project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo