Wednesday, July 22, 2015
By Susan Granger
In “Mr. Holmes,” Ian McKellan plays craggy, cranky Sherlock Holmes, as the 93-year-old British detective attempts not only to “solve” his last case but also to separate fact from fiction about his life.
Retired to Dover on the southeast coast of England, Holmes lives in a cottage with a housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her curious, precocious son, Roger (Milo Parker), who helps him tend his beloved beehives.
Holmes realizes that his memory is failing, along with his powers of deduction. To remedy that, he’s experimenting with royal jelly and prickly ash, a rare Japanese herb with rejuvenating qualities.
What he’s struggling to recall are the details of a case involving his relationship with a married woman (Hattie Morahan) that’s revealed in flashbacks to postwar London and bombed-out Hiroshima.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Buena Vista Drive, in the Compo Beach area, is in process. Built in 1929, the two-story colonial has 2,333-square feet, is situated on a .32-acre property and changed ownership this month for $1,660,000. 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
Staples High School student Rachel Corbally (r), 17, was one of students from 13 nations who made a visit today in Singapore to the Republic’s leading broadcaster, MediaCorp. They gained hands-on experience working with professionals as they learned about television and radio broadcasts. Rachel is one of three Staples students attending the Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit 2015, which continues until Tuesday. Other Staples attendees include Angela Yu and Aliza Gross along with chaperone Mary Fulco, a Staples English teacher. Staples hosted nine Hwa Chong students last November. (See WestportNow Nov. 7, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport Town Clerk Patty Strauss announced today that residents interested in running for the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) can pick up a petition at the Town Clerk’s office, located in room 105 of Town Hall.
Petitioners must gather 25 signatures from residents in their district to qualify to place their name on the ballot Nov. 3.
The completed petitions must be returned to the Town Clerk by Sept. 8.
“My staff will review the full petition packet with the petitioner,” said Strauss. “A district map and a list of district voters will be supplied to aid each petitioner in gathering the required signatures.”
William Cisler Rippe of Westport, formerly of Westfield, N.J., died July 21 at home after a long struggle with lung cancer. He was 55.
Rippe, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008.
He was born in Summit, N.J. in 1959 and was raised in Westfield, N.J. He graduated from Westfield High School and attended Cornell University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
After two years at the Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas as a process engineer, he returned to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his MBA degree.
The commercial property at 1529 Post Road East at the intersection of Maple Avenue North is in an early stage of a makeover facelift, according to its owner, Post-Maple Real Estate LLC.
Its representatives, led by Fairfield attorney John Fallon, earned the approval of the Board of Selectmen today of their request for an easement of the town-owned curb and adjacent pavement as reviewed by Public Works Director Steve Edwards, who attended the meeting.
The strip of stores, now occupied by a dry cleaner and coffee shop in addition to spaces vacated in the past year by Top Drawer and Boat Locker, will undergo a “significant architectural upgrade and expansion of the building, including replacement of all existing curbs and pavement,” according to text accompanying a site plan submitted to the Planning & Zoning Commission.
Post-Maple representatives said the parking lot will be redesigned to improve entrance and exits, which will improve driver and pedestrian safety.
Purple ribbons decorate the front steps of Westport Town Hall today as the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut chapter decorated key Westport locations with purple to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and to promote a charity walk Sunday, Oct. 4 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut chapter today held a breakfast at the Westport Center for Senior Activities to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Westport singer Leslie Orofino (r) entertained guests, including First Selectman Jim Marpe. Following the event, participants helped decorate key Westport locations with purple ribbons to promote their cause and alert residents to the Fairfield County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Breakfast at the Westport Center for Senior Activities sponsored by the the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut chapter. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Sylvia M. Jander of Keene, N.H., a former Westport resident, died July 18 at home. She was 86.
She was born April 16, 1929, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. to Henry Bernard Jander Jr., a first-generation German-American builder, and Ann Hughes, a Welsh-American teacher and writer.
She lived in Pleasantville, N.Y., until her family moved in 1934 to Westport. She lived on a 7-acre farm with her parents and three brothers, where she raised chickens and milked cows.
In 1944 her family moved to Tangier Island, Va., an historic fishing community first explored by Capt. John Smith in 1608. Ann Hughes Jander later wrote “Crab’s Hole,” a memoir of the family’s life on the island. Henry Jander helped bring reliable electricity to the island and her mother taught English and piano.
The Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts will present “Don Felder –- An Evening at the Hotel California” Saturday as its annual benefit concert, the first in its new home.
A four-time Grammy Award winner, Felder is a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of the 1970s.
The band’s record-setting compilation “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” sold more than 29 million copies in the United States alone and was awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America the top-selling album of the 20th century.
A member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Felder served as a member of The Eagles for 27 years, putting his mark on numerous Eagles milestones.
He originated the music and co-wrote The Eagles biggest hit—the iconic, Grammy-studded smash ‘‘Hotel California’’—along with fan favorites like ‘‘Victim of Love’’ and ‘‘Those Shoes.’’
Irving “Snapper” P. Mills, husband of Dolores Maresca Mills and lifelong Westport resident, died July 19 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88.
Born in Westport on Aug. 24, 1926, he was the son of the late Clifford and Catherine (Healy) Mills.
He was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked for Kowalsky Brothers in Westport and also for the Town of Westport as a heavy equipment operator.
He was a member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399 in Westport and loved fishing and stock car racing.
Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices will close for a week in August, officials announced today.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr., said major customer service improvements, including the addition of new online services, will require DMV to close its offices – except for licensing services – from Tuesday, Aug. 11 through Saturday, Aug. 15.
The department’s offices will reopen for all transactions on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
These improvements come as the DMV undertakes a major upgrade of its complex and outdated computer systems, which will modernize how residents interact and receive services from the agency, an announcement said.
Terrain, the chic home goods store and café at Westport’s 561 Post Road East, is hosting a Summer Garden Party on Saturday.
There will be a special appearance, book signing and dinner hosted by Annie Falk, entertaining expert and author of “Hamptons Entertaining:Creating Occasions to Remember,” an announcement said
“Having entertained with the likes of Judith and Rudy Giuliani, Kara and Steve Ross, and Georgina Bloomberg, the domestic diva and expert chef has an array of activities planned,” it said.
She will sign copies of her book, from which all proceeds go to benefit the Peconic Baykeeper, from noon to 4 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/308 - Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Conservation Commission Show Cause Hearing
9:30 a.m. - Westport Library - TinkerSHOP: Take it Apart—INVENT!
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Girls Coding Camp
Noon - Westport Arts Center - Plean Air Painting with Judy Katz
4:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Tree Board
5:30 p.m. - 134 Cross Highway - Wakeman Town Farm Committee
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - Recption for “Winner of the Teen Photography Contest” exhibit
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Reality Hackers Discussion Group
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - National Register Nomination for Westport Center Public Information Meeting
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Danny Weinkauf
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Love and Money”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
By James Lomuscio
Ideas were all over the map tonight at Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) first Senior Housing Subcommittee meeting that drew a small crowd to Town Hall.
Discussions among the 15 present, including three builders, ranged from senior group homes to continuing care residential communities (CCRCs) to relaxing regulations to expand the three existing senior housing facilities—even constructing a four-story senior complex on private land on the Post Road.
“This is our first meeting; we’re brainstorming,” said Cathy Walsh, who co-chairs the newly formed subcommittee with P&Z Vice Chairman Jack Whittle.
“The ultimate goal is to add to the number of units for seniors, to sweeten it up,” said Whittle. “Everything is on the table.”
The Westport Republican Town Committee (RTC) tonight nominated its slate for the November municipal elections. Among those receiving a unanimous endorsement were Board of Finance candidates (l-r) Michael Rea, an incumbent, newcomer Iain Bruce, and Clarissa Moore, who currently serves on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). John Pincavage and Tom Lasersohn are not seeking re-election. Other endorsements, all incumbents, include Paul Block for Board of Education; Al Gratrix, Chip Stephens, Cathy Walsh, and Jack Whittle, for the Planning and Zoning Commission; Bill Harris for Zoning Board of Appeals, and Garson Heller for Board of Assessment Appeals. Elizabeth Wong is not seeking re-election on the Board of Zoning Appeals. The RTC is also currently interviewing candidates for two additional Board of Zoning Appeals positions. The RTC nominated two placeholder candidates for the Board of Zoning Appeals while interviews are ongoing. Westport Democrats will select their candidates on Tuesday, July 28. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Despite intermittent drizzle, the popular Fairfield Counts played Big Band music tonight at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com photo
Members of the audience joined in tonight when the Fairfield Counts played “Sweet Caroline” at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Kristina Newman-Scott, appointed Connecticut’s new director of culture in May, made her first visit today to a Westport arts institution – the Westport Arts Center. Helen Klisser During, WAC’s artistic director, welcomed her. She previously served as Hartford’s marketing, events and cultural affairs director and before that as director of programs at the Boston Center for the Arts. A native of Jamaica, she was an art consultant in Kingston for eight years prior to her arrival in the United States, where she became a citizen in 2013. In Jamaica, Newman-Scott was a popular television personality and visual artist, and worked in radio, television and the film industry there. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The cast of the Westport Country Playhouse rehearses A.R. Gurney’s new play, “Love & Money,” for its preview performance debut tonight. The play, a co-production with New York’s Signature Theatre where it will open in August, pointedly explores the trials of class, family, legacy, and race, directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, runs through Aug. 8 at the Playhouse before opening at New York’s Signature Theatre in August. Pictured are Joe Paulik, playing the role of Harvey Abel, and Maureen Anderman as Cornelia Cunningham. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Keyser Road, off Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1950, the 1-3/4 story ranch has 1,974-square feet and is situated on a .3-acre property. It changed hands this month for $684,000. 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
Edward Joseph Tarnok of Westport died July 20 of cardiac arrest. He was 69.
A resident of Westport for more than 33 years, he is survived by his wife of 12 years, Audrone, daughter Jennifer and son in-law Ajay, son James and daughter in-law Traci, son Brian and daughter in-law Courtney, daughter Kristin and son in-law Phillip, and son Mark.
Seven grandchildren also survive him: Justin, Caitlin, John, Zachary, Tyler, Taylor and Matthew; brothers Marty and Robert; stepson Arturas; and step grandson Ignas. He was preceded by his first wife, Joan, and son, Edward, Jr.
He was a successful businessman and a distinguished Vietnam veteran. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved to play golf and watch sports.
The Westport Library today announced two events related to Harper Lee’s highly anticipated and unexpected new novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”
It will hold a screening of the 1962 award-winning film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on Lee’s best seller, and a conversation about the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the Library’s McManus Room.
On Sunday, Aug. 29, at 3 p.m., the library will hold a discussion of “Go Set a Watchman,” also in the McManus Room.
Both discussions will be led by Sara Camarro, language arts teacher at Coleytown Middle School, who has taught “To Kill a Mockingbird“ to students for many years and has read the novel more than 40 times, an announcement said. The programs are free and open to the public.
Priscilla Egan of Westport died July 9. She was 82.
Daughter Amanda Egan submitted this obituary titled “Priscilla Egan, Mother, Sister, Friend, Lover of The Laugh”
Priscilla Egan, devoted mother of one, loving sister to several and extraordinary friend to many, died on July 9 in her home. Her daughter by her bedside, she never lost her positive attitude and sense of humor even with the all too common but mysterious card she had been dealt ( lung cancer and a non-smoker ).
Her body was 82, her spirit not even close to that age. Two months prior, upon her diagnosis, she had said “I’m thankful for 82 fabulous years, and now I need to get ready for a great adventure. Don’t know what it will be but I know it’s going to be great. “
The 26-foot oyster fishing boat Gloria (pictured at anchor Monday in Gray’s Creek), owned by the late Westporter Alan Sterling, is the subject of a song “Gloria” by Connecticut singer-songwriter Chris Bousquet in his just released five-song EP called “Into the Light Within.” The lyrics include these lines: “When the wind is ending/Like a dredge descending/Gloria, won’t you land upon the bow and lead us home/Gloria, won’t you stand upon the bow and lead us home/Lead us home.” Bousquet said he never met Sterling, who died in July 2014, but was inspired by his story and his aching for his late longtime girlfriend Gloria. The song can be heard here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe said today that he keeps hearing from more and more seniors “of all ages” about the growing need for senior housing in town.
His comments came as the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) Senior Housing Subcommittee prepared to meet tonight for the first time in the Town Hall auditorium at 7 p.m.
“It’s an important issue,” said Marpe. “I hear from people, young seniors and seniors of all ages, who are thinking of downsizing ...where physical living space from 1,500- to 2,500-square feet would make sense on one floor and be turn key.
“And it’s not just about affordable housing,” Marpe said. “They’re just looking to occupy a smaller, less expensive footprint, but they want to stay in Westport. Westport remains an attractive community.”