Saturday, September 05, 2015
Crowds came early to this year’s 8th annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and settled in for a day and night of music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photos
If you were not a judge in the barbecue competition at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport today, you had to line up for ribs at Bobby Q’s truck, and the lines were long. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Games, slides, and other entertainment was available today for youngsters at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. The event runs until 10 p.m. and resumes Sunday at 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service Crew Chief Andrew Dinitz cooks up entries today for the barbecue competition at the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. Helping out is Rob Pocious. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Chef Matt Storch of Match in Norwalk serves up samples today at the CtBites.com booth at the Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. Chefs from area restaurants were scheduled to appear throughout today and Sunday (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Scenes from today’s opening day of the 8th annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. Dave Matlow and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow photos
All was ready in the Westport Library parking lot today and adjacent Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for the 8th annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here for more information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Gayle Benderoff Israel of Fairfield died Sept.4 following a brief battle with cancer. She was 62.
She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan, along with four younger siblings, and always took pride in her Detroit roots. After she graduated from the University of Michigan in 1974, she moved to Manhattan and met and married her husband, Sy, in 1977. They lived in Manhattan for the next two decades, before moving with their children to Fairfield.
Gayle launched her four-decade career in publishing at Businessweek, and then became a book editor at William Morrow and later Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. She then co-founded the Benderoff and Geltman Literary Agency, representing experts in décor and leisure topics.
Her intellectual curiosity and love of the arts made her a regular at the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York City Ballet, and countless theaters across Connecticut and New York City. She loved to patronize small, independent businesses, and was a fixture in the village of Southport.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl” (last day)
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Computerized Art Workshop for Kids (8-12)
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion & Westport Library - 8th Annual Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Interactive Storybook: Adult Maker Workshop
3 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Drop-in Night
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, September 04, 2015
More than 60 family and friends from The Unitarian Church in Westport tonight celebrated longtime Westporter Ken Lanouette’s 90th birthday at Compo Beach. Minister Emeritus Frank Hall and incoming Senior Minister the Rev. John Morehouse as well as community minister the Rev. Debra Haffner were part of the celebration. Lanouette was Board of Trustees chair in 1960 when the decision was made to build the church on Lyons Plains Road, designed by modernist architect Victor Lundy. He remains one of the most active members of the congregation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
Youngsters play in rough waters late today at Westport’s Compo Beach. The National Weather Service issued a high rip current advisory for south shore Long Island beaches facing the Atlantic through tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Inflatables were laid out today in the Westport Library parking lot in preparation for this weekend’s eighth edition of Blues, Views, and BBQ Fest. The two-day event is expected to attract thousands to the Levitt Pavilion and adjacent areas. Click here for details on the fest. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Malow for WestportNow.com
A small electrical fire aboard a boat opposite 49 Bermuda Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area today was extinguished by the occupants, according to reports from the scene.
No injuries were reported.
Westport Fire Department dispatched three engine companies and its ladder truck and Westport police sent a marine unit to the scene.
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service is now operating on or close to schedule after earlier delays due to a mechanical issue with the Saugatuck River railroad bridge in Westport.
Spokesman Aaron Donovan said, “This was a momentary glitch. At 12:28 p.m., we received word that the bridge wasn’t able to fully return to the locked position, but they got it locked down by 12:35 p.m.
“I believe there was only one train delayed by an amount approaching 15 minutes. Train 1559, the 11:46 a.m. departure from New Haven, due into Grand Central at 1:45 p.m., was delayed 12 minutes.”
The bridge— built in 1905 and actually not one, but two parallel bridges, each carrying two tracks—was also hit by a closing problem on July 1. (See WestportNow July 1, 2015)
Today’s Westport Arts Center (WAC) ArtCafé featured a talk by ‘The New Yorker in Westport’ authors Eve Potts (c) and Andrew Bentley telling the inside story of their new book featuring 50 Westport-inspired covers of The New Yorker. The book grew out of a popular Westport Historical Society (WHS) exhibit last year showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989. (See WestportNow May 23, 2015) The exhibit will be reprised at the WHS beginning Sept. 25 in a new exhibit, “Talk of the Town.” Today’s ArtCafé was hosted by Helen Klisser During (l), WAC’s artistic director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Best-selling author Jane Green of Westport loads up with copies of “The New Yorker in Westport” by Eve Potts and Andrew Bentley at today’s ArtCafé at the Westport Arts Center. Potts and Bentley discussed how they put together the book featuring 50 Westport-inspired covers of The New Yorker. The book is on sale for $40 at the Westport Historical Society, which will reprise its popular exhibit of New Yorker covers last year in a new exhibit, “Talk of the Town,” which opens Sept. 25. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Today is the 15th annual Good Neighbor Day at Westport Wash & Wax, owned by Scott and Craig Tiefenthaler, 791 Post Road East, with all receipts going to Westport’s Homes With Hope, formerly Interfaith Housing Association. The day-long fundraiser, which runs until 6 p.m., supports Homes with Hope programs and services designed to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in the community. Jeff Wieser, president of Homes with Hope, emphasized that the Tiefenthalers donate the entire revenues for the day, not even deducting the costs they incur. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A one-car crash into a utility pole on Westport’s Hermit Lane near No. 47 today knocked out power to the area. The female driver of the car did not appear to be seriously injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren de Bruijn for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug 17 - 21, 2015:
Peoples United Bank NA to Alan and Julie Drucker Kravetz, 6 Pebble Beach Lane, $1,075,000
Robert and Jody Gelfand to Ryan T. and Sara C. Snow, 241A Wilton Road, $1,610,000
Philip M. and Arlety B. Bowman to Aaron and Abby Greenberger, 4 Victoria Lane, $2,400,000
Lucille C. Hartman Nelson to 46 Old Road LLC, 46 Old Road, $525,000
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Wash & Wax (791 Post Road East) - Good Neighbor Day Car Wash to benefit Homes with Hope
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé: Andrew Bentley
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Senior Friday Social: Wellness Talk on Alzheimer’s
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Ripe w/ Pizza Dust, & Orbit
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Westport firefighters today practiced rescue techniques at the Bedford Square development site. It was the same platoon involved in last week’s response to two construction workers injured in a scaffolding accident at the site. (See WestportNow Aug. 26, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Bedford Square development construction site served as a practice venue today for Westport firefighters honing their rescue skills. The drill took place a week after a real rescue at the site involving two construction workers on a collapsed scaffolding. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 5 Country Road, off Compo Road North, is in process. Built in 1950, the one-story ranch has 4,754-square feet, is situated on a 1.16-acre property and, according to Tax Assessor records, last changed ownership in 2004 for $2,225,000. 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