Monday, May 04, 2015
Priscilla Rose Stampa of Westport died April 26. She was 60.
Born in Naples, Italy, she was raised in Closter, N,.J. A magna cum laude graduate of New York University, she was a founding member, managing director and actor in the New York theater group Heat & Light Co., Inc. and originated roles in many of Tony Kushner’s plays.
She performed at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and numerous New York theaters.
She was costume designer for Heat & Light, in Toronto for Bent Spoons, and in Westport since 2006, resident costume designer at Staples High School with Marjorie Watt.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Westport Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Advanced Writing Class
3:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - P&Z Commission Parking Subcommittee
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - P&Z Commission Open Space Subcommittee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
5 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Arts Advisory Committee Special Meeting
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, May 03, 2015
With temperatures climbing into the 70s, many people today headed to Westport’s Compo Beach. Only three weeks remain before Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
It was a busy day today for the Staples High School SLOBs (Service League of Boys), one of the largest clubs at the high school, founded in 2008. It had more than 180 volunteers, including boys and parents, spending well over 400 hours on community service projects around Westport. The SLOBs took on 11 community service projects today—weeding, planting, mulching, picking up garbage, painting and cleaning at Bacharach House, the Gillespie Center, Compo and Burying Hill Beaches, Wakeman Town Farm, Linxweiler House, Powell House, Project Return, ABC House, and Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport personal tech expert David Pogue marked Green Day today with a Westport Library talk. Host of PBS’s NOVA “Making Stuff” series, he highlighted the episode on “Making Stuff: Cleaner.” He later autographed copies of his newest book, “Pogue’s Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life.” He said it was his first book to make The New York Times best seller list. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
To the Editor:
This past Tuesday the Planning and Zoning Commission’s designation of the Baron’s South property as open space was upheld. The decision by the P&Z and the RTM wisely adds Baron’s South to the small roster of open spaces left in town.
Because of this decision, residents will be able to enjoy this precious and unique space for generations.
This decision, however, also compels a new initiative for the town to actively explore options and opportunities to increase the stock of senior and affordable housing in Westport. Save Westport Now continues to support these efforts.
Save Westport Now has volunteered to participate with the First Selectman and his designees in this important process. We believe that public/private solutions can be achieved and acknowledge and support First Selectman Jim Marpe’s immediate response to form a new initiative for this purpose.
Save Westport Now
Vivace, the senior string ensemble of the Suzuki Music School of Westport and Orange, today serenades customers of Saugatuck Sweets by the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Nancy Diamond, co-chair of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, today welcomes guests to its second TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at Westport Town Hall. The event, called “Healing through the Arts,” featured professionals in the visual and performing arts who utilize music and art therapy for veterans, cancer patients, and prison inmates and their families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Evie Lindemann (l), associate professor in the arts therapy program at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, discusses the healing power of the visual arts today at the TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk at Westport Town Hall. With her are Nell Bernegger, Westport artist and mother of three who volunteers at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Jahmane West, an artist who works with Homeless Veterans, Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport and other “WAC Gives Back” programs at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Members of Westport’s Temple Israel led by its Social Action Committee today engaged in a Day of Service with the Gillespie Center/ Homes with Hope. About 50 congregants were involved at three different sites, including a kitchen project involving making lasagnas and more than 150 sandwiches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Fairfield County chapter of the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club celebrated its 9th annual Spring Breakout Clambake fundraiser today at the Black Duck, 605 Riverside Ave. Funds raised by the group made up of active and retired public safety officers are donated to the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center as well as to public safety charities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Leo Cirino, president of the Westport Electric Car Club, wave the starting flags today at the Westport Metro-North station at the start of the club’s Third Annual Electric Vehicle Rally. There were 21 entries, according to Rally Master Larry Liesner of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First vehicle at the start of today’s Westport Electric Car Club Electric Vehicle rally had Richard Jordan at the wheel accompanied by BreAnna Nygren, both of Vernon, in his Tesla Model S. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Mary Epstin, a resident of Westport for the past 10 years, died May 2 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 107.
She was born in Russia, a daughter of the late Chaim and Hannah Kaminoff, and was formerly of New York and Florida. She was an importer and dealer of fine antiques in Woodmere and Brooklyn, N.Y. and was a member and avid supporter of the Anti-Defamation League.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Zebulon Epstin and Jack Jaffe, and by her daughter, Marcia Siegelaub. She is survived by her son, Dr. Morton Jaffe and his wife Linda, son-in-law Donald Siegelaub, sister Harriet Balin, her grandchildren, David Jaffe, Michael Jaffe, Carrie Jaffe, Debbie Schneider, Susan Katz, Steven Siegelaub, many great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Services will take place on Tuesday May 5 at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, with interment following at Temple Israel Cemetery on Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, celebrated Green Day today with a variety of activities for the family, including a pond study, a Long Island Sound Touch Tank, guided trail walks and encounters with Earthplace animals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Hands For Life Westport Weston Wilton, a free, community-wide hands-only CPR and AED training event, is taking place today until 4 p.m. at the Westport Weston Family YMCA, 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport. The 15-minute training process teaches community members how to take action when someone is experiencing cardiac arrest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A young visitor to the Westport Weston Family YMCA today learns hands-only CPR. The event, which runs until 4 p.m., was sponsored by the Westport Weston Wilton Medical Reserve Corps, Westport, Weston and Wilton EMS, Westport Weston Family YMCA, Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The 10th Annual STAR Walk, Roll and Stroll at Sherwood Island State Park today attracted an estimated 800 walkers and volunteers, according to organizers. The Walk and Family Fun Day is a celebration and fundraiser to benefit individuals who have intellectual disabilities and programs offered by STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way. The event raises funds for programs serving infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Southwestern Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The 10th Annual STAR Walk, Roll and Stroll at Sherwood Island State Park today generated more than $100,000 toward support of the STAR organization, according to Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR. She addressed guests at the start of the event at the park’s Nature Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Trees and flowers in full bloom provided a spring backdrop as guests gathered at Saturday’s first communion ceremony for second graders at Westport’s Assumption Church on Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Westport Weston Health District (180 Bayberry Lane) - WWHD & Fairfield County Dermatologists Free Skin Cancer Screening
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Weston YMCA - Hands For Life Westport Weston Wilton: hands-only CPR & AED training
Noon - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - GreenDay
Noon - 4 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Art Show fundraiser
1 p.m. - Metro-North Westport Station (New Haven-bound side) - Third Annual Electric Vehicle Rally
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
2 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Westport Arts Advisory Committee’s Second Annual TEA Talk (Thinkers, Educators, Artists)
4 p.m. - Westport Library - GreenDay Talk: David Pogue on Green Tech Trends
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, May 02, 2015
Westport’s Town Hall auditorium tonight hosted a screening of the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary “The Whale.” Sponsored by the Westport Cinema Initiative, which seeks to bring a movie theater back to Westport, and the Staples High School Green Club, it is about a friendly whale who gets separated from his pod at 2 years old and pays frequent visits to residents living along Nootka Sound on the west side of Canada’s Vancouver Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport filmmaker Doug Tirola of Westport Cinema Inititative interviews “The Whale” director Michael Parfit today by Skype following a Town Hall auditorium screening of his 2011 critically acclaimed documentary “The Whale.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
A visitor to today’s first of two days of the Westport Woman’s Club art show featuring local artists looks at works by Susan Malloy. The show was dedicated to the Westport artist who died last month at age 91. Curated by Westport artist Miggs Burroughs, the show continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at 44 Imperial Ave. Thirty percent of proceeds go to scholarships for Staples High School seniors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s opening day of the Westport Woman’s Club art show featuring 14 local artists. It continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at 44 Imperial Ave. A portion of the proceeds of the show, revived after a 30-year hiatus, will benefit Staples High School senior scholarship recipients. Lynn U. Miller and Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
First Selectman Jim Marpe today presents a WeGreen Award to Leo Cirino, president of Westport’s Electric Car Club, at a ceremony at the Wakeman Town Farm. He was one of five recipients named by Westport’s Green Task Force, including Clarinda (Rindy) Higgins (r) of the(Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center. Others honored included Sherry Jagerson, Sherwood Mill Pond Reserve, Melissa Gryspeerdt, Greens Farms School garden beds, and Doug McDonald, home energy efficient building designer. (See detailed list of awardees and their efforts here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A look at flowers in bloom around Westport today. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay, assisted by Noah Reiner, a Staples High School senior and AP environmental student, plants a New Harmony American Elm tree today at the Wakeman Town Farm. It was one of two new trees at the farm planted to mark today’s Green Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Albert J. Silvestro of Newtown, former butcher and owner of Westport Food Centre, died April 30 at home. He was 87.
He was born on Dec. 29, 1927, in Bridgeport to the late Lorenzo and Domiana Silvestro.
After serving in the military during the Korean War, he was the owner and butcher at Westport Food Centre, 19-27 Main St. (built in 1879 and now housing Pottery Barn), serving many local families for more than 35 years.
A kind, caring, and thoughtful person, he had a passion for golf, was a Yankees fan and a family photographer. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and was a good neighbor and friend to many in the Walnut Tree Hill community in Sandy Hook.