Wednesday, June 24, 2015
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver” (last day)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang”
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6:30 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Margaret Nagle’s “The Good Lie”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Planning & Zoning Commission Subcommittee
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
After a one hour and 21 minute rain delay, the Staples High School Orphenians led by Luke Rosenberg sang the national anthem at Yankee Stadium tonight before the Bronx Bombers took on the Philadelphia Phillies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heather Hychko for WestportNow.com
The big screen scoreboard at Yankee Stadium tonight showed the Staples High School Orphenians singing the national anthem behind home plate. An adjacent big screen identified them as being from Staples High School (without identifying the school’s location—but Westport was mentioned by the public address announcer.) Anxiously awaited for months by the Staples singers, the appearance was delayed one hour and 21 minutes by rain before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies began. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Heather Hychko for WestportNow.com
The Yankee Stadium crowd tonight got a closeup view of the Orphenians performing the national anthem. This was among the images projected on the scoreboard screen in center field. See the complete Yankees scoreboard video here as well as a video shot by Staples media teacher Jim Honeycutt here, including some of the Orpheneians greeting Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels in seats behind home plate after their performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) New York Yankees photo
Fresh Green Light driving school has opened at 1362 Post Road East. Steve Mochel and his wife Laura Shuler or Weston, parents of four teenage drivers, co-founded Fresh Green Light in 2009 after leaving corporate marketing jobs with a mission to make teen drivers safer behind the wheel. The company also has sites in Greenwich, Darien, and Wilton and will open in Fairfield next month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Evangeline Harlan Dillingham of Hingham, Mass., an accomplished pianist and chamber music player who helped establish the Heida Hermanns International Competition in Westport, died June 14. She was 83.
A longtime resident of West Redding, she was active throughout her life in the classical music community in Connecticut and New York.
A passionate supporter of young musicians, she helped to establish the Heida Hermanns International Competition in Westport. She also founded the Meadow Ridge Concert Series in Redding.
She worked with many members of the Ridgefield Symphony. She served on the board and as president of the Connecticut Alliance For Music and oversaw the creation of its educational outreach program, which brought professional artists to inner-city schools.
A Sacred Heart University political science professor told the Westport Rotary Club today it is possible that Democrats will retake control of the U.S. Senate in the 2016 elections.
“The 2016 Senate races are taking place in blue states where (President) Obama won,” said Gary Rose, chair of the Department of Government Politics and Global Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, who has studied the U.S. political system for four decades. “And control of the Senate very possibly could swing back to the Democrats.”
The political landscape has changed with U.S. Supreme Court rulings that political money is equivalent to speech and is protected by the U.S. Constitution, he told the club’s weekly meeting in Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. This has led to an influx of funds, often from sources that don’t have to identify themselves.
“It’s an almost absurd situation,” Rose said, adding that the unidentifiable funds have become known as “dark money.”
UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Westport and area until 4:30 p.m.
Much of the worst parts of the storm moved through north of the Merritt Parkway, leaving Westport with only some showers.
The Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 9 p.m.
UPDATE The National Weather Service has extended a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Westport and area until 9 p.m.
An advisory said said primary threats include isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible with isolated large hail events to 1 inch in diameter, and possibly a tornado or two.
“Strong/severe storms continue to increase across eastern New York and adjacent western New England this afternoon with additional increases expected over the next couple of hours,” the advisory said.
“Damaging winds will likely be the primary severe risk with these storms along with hail and the potential for an isolated tornado.”
By James Lomuscio
At its official ribbon cutting today, the Sherwood Island State Park pavilion seemed as refreshed as those who had gathered there in the cooling breezes blowing in from the Long Island Sound.
“We’re here to celebrate the reopening of the pavilion built in 1961,” Susan Whalen, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) told the approximate 30 persons in attendance. “It served us well, but it needed a facelift.”
While the changes do not seem dramatic, the $3.8 million facelift funded by state bonding boasts upgrades including a new roof, renovated kitchen and concession facilities, an off-season heated bathroom, photovoltaic cells providing 10,000 kw hours per year, landscaping improvements, and skylights for more natural lighting.
Pasquale Salemi, deputy commissioner of the state’s Department of Construction Services, said at least four, possibly more, electric vehicle charging stations would be added.
An official ribbon-cutting by state and local officials today marked the official opening of the renovated Sherwood Island State Park pavilion in Westport. Improvements include a new roof, renovated kitchen and concession facilities, an off-season heated bathroom, photovoltaic cells providing 10,000 kw hours per year, landscaping improvements, and skylights for more natural lighting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A 40-minute police chase involving Westport and five other Fairfield County communities—which caused at least two minor accidents in Westport—ended in Trumbull today with arrest of the suspect.
There were no injuries in the Westport sideswipe accidents, which occurred in the Post Road East and Imperial Avenue area, police said.
After receiving an alert from state police, Westport police pursued the New York-registered vehicle as it entered town on Post Road West, looped through Westport’s center, and then headed toward Compo Beach.
Police broke off pursuit of the vehicle but monitored its progress as it traveled along Hillspoint Road from the beach area, then on Post Road East to Fairfield, where they discontinued the monitoring.
Joseph Francis Nistico, Jr. of Houston, Texas, a former Westport resident, died June 21. He was 64.
He was born in Norwalk, son of Helene and Joseph Francis Nistico.
He excelled in school, and found passion in many types of music, from the classical piano he played as a youth, including at Carnegie Hall, to the late 1960s psychedelic songs his rock band, Goodhill, performed throughout southern Connecticut.
He spent his college years in Vermont at Windham College, where his love of literature and the English language flourished.
Tod Allen Dockstader, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 27 in Arlington, Mass. He was 82 and had suffered from vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In Westport, he owned Westport Communications Group and made award-winning educational filmstrips and videos.
He and his wife Beverly enjoyed sailing, antiquing, reading, and lively conversation. A quiet, private, kind man, he had a fierce intellect, imagination, and a clever sense of humor. A true artist, he was a writer, painter, cartoonist, recording engineer, photographer, and composer.
He is best known as a pioneer of electronic music. His early works predated synthesizers. He referred to his music as “organized sound,” and he released more than a dozen albums over 45 years. His music appeared in Frederico Fellini’s “Satyricon,” and more recently in a boxed set of the Who’s “Tommy,” on Pete Townsend’s demos CD.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
Noon - Sherwood Island - Pavilion Reopening Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
2 p.m. - Westport Library - More Oscar-worthy Films: “Inherent Vice”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - How to Live to be 100
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “And a Nightingale Sang”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Zoning Board of Appeals (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, June 22, 2015
The cast takes a bow tonight before an overflow crowd at the Westport Country Playhouse following the script in hand reading of the comedy “Country Club.” One of the loudest laughs in the script by Tony-nominee Douglas Carter Beane referred to the WASP domain where the play takes place that includes houses “that made Martha Stewart forget she was Polish.” Pictured (l-r) are Jake Robards, Rebekah Brockman, Monique Barbee, Kate MacCluggage, Matthew Amendt, Robert Eli, and Amelia Pedlow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director Michael Ross and script in hand curator Anne Keefe celebrate tonight’s performance of “Country Club” with actors Amelia Pedlow and Matthew Amendt, who recently completed a two-month run in the play, “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” at the Red Bull Theatre Company in New York in which they played brother and sister. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Actors Kate MacCluggage who read the role of Soos and Robert Eli who read the role of Hutch in tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse script in hand reading of “Country Club,” are going a step beyond the script of the play and turning art into reality. The couple will marry next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
Tonight on the lawn of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church, nine candles were lit to remember nine lives extinguished by hatred.
Members of the Interfaith Clergy Association of Westport and Weston and TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport also led the approximate 125 who had gathered in singing “We Shall Overcome,” and everyone held hands, softly swaying in the balmy, late light of summer.
And they prayed. They prayed for the lives lost in a hail of bullets during a service at the Charleston, S.C. Mother Emanuel AME Church Thursday night.
They prayed for the victims’ families. And they prayed for colorblindness in the wake of the racial hatred that reportedly drove the white supremacist suspect Dylann Roof, 21, to do the unthinkable.
About 125 persons tonight attended an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Charleston shootings on the law of the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East. The event was sponsored by the Interfaith Clergy Association of Westport Weston and TEAM Westport (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Attendees at tonight’s Westport vigil for the victims of the Charleston shootings were moved by the service on the front lawn of the Saugatuck Congregational Church. Among them was nIne-time Grammy Award winner Jose Feliciano (r, hands covering face) of Weston and wife, Susan, standing behind him. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Scenes from tonight’s Westport vigil on the lawn of the Saugatuck Congregational Church for the victims of the Charleston shootings. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
To the Editor:
As a Westport resident for 20-plus years, I’ve enjoyed kayaking from Compo Beach where I keep my boat in a dry stall that I rent for $100+/per season.
In the past, the town maintained a hose with available water for cleaning the boats each time they came out of the Sound. However this year, the hose and any available water for boaters with dry stalls disappeared!
I went looking for a hose and found several new hoses with running water for the power boats and sail boats at Ned Dimes Marina. One of the boaters told me that the town diverted the water for the kayaks into drip lines/hoses
used exclusively for newly planted grass that was part of the “upgrade.”
What’s wrong with this picture? For starters, I paid $100+ for keeping my kayak at a location where I could both take it into the Sound and properly maintain it afterwards. I went home and got a huge bucket which I filled with water
from new hoses at the boat docks and carried the water several hundred yards to my kayak and washed it before putting it back on the rack.
I am all in favor of exercise, but lugging a bucket full of water because no water or hose was available near the kayak stalls was not part of the deal.
Please stop diverting the hose/water that over the years has been part of the boat launch area, so that us dry stallers can keep our kayaks free of corrosive salt without breaking our backs carrying water that should be readily available on site.
Westport artist Tammy Winser (l) was among those putting finishing touches today on some of the portraits painted Saturday as part of the Westport Paints the Town project on the construction fence on Church Lane surrounding the new Bedford Square development. Portraits shown include members of the Board of Selectmen—Helen Garten, Jim Marpe, and Avi Kaner (holding his dog). At right is Dan Woog, Staples High School boys soccer coach and local blogger. The event was cut short by rain and will resume for two hours on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
William “Bill” George Cahill of Cornucopia, Wisc., a former Westport resident, died June 14. He was 80.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, on Feb. 20, 1935, he was the fourth child of Francis and Margaret (White) Cahill. He spent his first years there with the family while his father worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The family returned to the Boston area and settled in Revere, Mass.
He was born into a large family of Irish descent steeped in the traditions of lively debate, celebration and hard work. Growing up he was known for his many escapades and his love of a new adventure.
These adventures were known in the family as “Uncle Billy” stories and were broken out at most family gatherings. As one nephew said, “He lived more life than most.”
The cast of tonight’s Westport Country Playhouse script in hand play reading of Tony Award-nominee Douglas Carter Beane’s “Country Club” pose for a photo during today’s rehearsal. The play is a wry comedy, in which a young, witty and charmingly neurotic named Soos retreats from a failed marriage to her upper-class hometown and returns to her circle of old friends. The reading is directed by Anne Keefe, curator of the popular play reading series, and begins at 7 p.m. Pictured (front, l-r) are Anne Keefe, Monique Barbee, Rebekah Brockman, Kate MacCluggage and Amelia Pedlow; (rear, l-r) Robert Eli, Matthew Amendt and Chad Kinsman, stage directions. Absent from the photo is Jake Robards. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com