Monday, November 30, 2015
Westport Wine & Spirits, 877 Post Road East, opposite the Sherwood Island Connector, has reopened under new management The new owner is Zak Ginzburg, a Westport resident for the past three years. He also operates Cost Less Wines and Liquor on High Ridge Road in Stamford since 2000. He said in addition to wine, liquor and beer, the Westport store also offers a gourmet cheese selection. The store opened in April 2014 under former owner Paul Sherman. (See WestportNow April 28, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Police Officer Jim Loomer has his beard removed tonight at The H Salon, 2060 Post Road, Fairfield. The officer grew the facial hair as part of “No-Shave November” to elevate awareness of cancer and raise funds to support cancer prevention, research and education. (see WestportNow Nov. 7, 2015) Officer Brendan Fearon, co-chair of Westport Patrolmen’s Benefit Association (PBA) along with officer David Scinto, said the event raised $4,100 in support of cancer awareness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Police Officer Scott Morrison has facial hair removed by H Salon stylist Jackie Fernandes in Fairfield tonight at the end of the Westport Police Department’s participation in “No-Shave November,” a national effort to raise cancer awareness. According to Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas, 13 of the 25 police officers who participated in the fundraiser had their facial hair removed tonight. The others, he said, will have the hair removed at another time pending their work schedules. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The planning committee for the Westport Historical Society (WHS) 29th annual Holiday House Tour today worked on final details for the Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tour of six homes decked out in the holiday sprit. The event is one of the most popular dates on the WHS calendar. Tickets are on sale for $50 in advance, $60 day of the tour. Stop in at the Westport Historical, 25 Avery Place, or call (203)222-1424. Proceeds from these fundraising events support WHS educational and cultural programs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The A&J Farm Stand, a Post Road East icon at 1680 near Stop & Shop, celebrates its 25th year at that location, according to owner Albert Cuseo, a lifelong Westport residents and 1987 graduate of Staples High School. He said the stand opened as a seasonal business in 1990, selling locally grown produce in the warm months and in the winter holiday season offering Christmas trees, wreaths poinsettias and other festive holiday items. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
State Department of Transportation workers today supervise the closing of the Bridge Street Bridge after it was opened to allow a barge to pass through. The bridge is currently the subject of scrutiny as the state ponders various ways to repair and upgrade it. The 1884-built bridge, formally known as the William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge spanning the Saugatuck River, is Connecticut’s oldest, surviving, moveable, hand-cranked swing bridge and is on the National Register of Historic Places. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Michael Salvatore Sarno of Norwalk, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 28. He was 93.
He was born to the late Consiglia Venezia and Salvatore Sarno on Jan. 10, 1922 in Westport. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a machinist and fireman first class at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard at the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He was awarded a Victory Medal and after the war continued his service in the Navy, making a goodwill tour on the USS Columbus around the world.
He graduated from Norwalk High School, attended Wright Technical School in Stamford before the war.
After the war he returned home to Norwalk and worked with his brother John running a service station on Westport Avenue in Norwalk. Later he went to manage commercial property. He enjoyed traveling and being physically active, he enjoyed biking, hiking and swimming especially with his grandchildren
The Staples High School Gridiron Club banquet in honor of the 2015 Staples football team will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Continental Manor in Norwalk.
The banquet is an annual event celebrating the Staples High School football program.
Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Nov. 9 - 13, 2015:
Jere L. and Robert A. Moskovitz to Simon C. Moody, 7 Valley Road, $800,000
Frank J. Nistico III and Virgina Nistico to 290 Wilton Road LLC, 290-292 Wilton Road, $2,800,000
Lucille O. Christian to SIR-16 Ridge LLC, 16 Ridge Drive, $602,000
Antonette M. Doddo Revocable Living Trust to Marijus and Irena Sarapinas, 20 Sunrise Road, $530,000
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 1 Oak Ridge Park off Imperial Avenue is in process. Built in 1950, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,245-square feet, is situated on a .34-acre property and, according to town assessor records, last changed ownership in July 2006 for $662,500. 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
Westport police arrested a Norwalk man early today on driving under the influence charge after his car was spotted crossing the double lines on Myrtle Avenue, police said.
Police had responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident a short time earlier in the area of 468 Post Road East with the suspect reported to have left the scene when an officer spotted the car on Myrtle Avenue and stopped it, police said.
The driver, identified as Thomas Kaminskii, 29, of Norwalk failed the field sobriety test and was arrested. He refused to take the drug test at police headquarters, police said.
He was charged with operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol and posted a $500 bond for a Norwalk Court date of Dec. 10, police said.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Dreamscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Westley Dick, 8, a third grader at Coleytown Elementary School, spotted this bald eagle today overlooking the Saugatuck River alongside Wilton Road next to the former Save the Children building. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By James Lomuscio
UPDATE A Westporter says the first hospice home in lower Fairfield County won’t be in Westport because “nobody wants to confront their mortality.”
Inspired by Westporters who initially hoped lower Fairfield County’s first residential hospice would be in their hometown, Fairfield County Hospice House (FCHH) will have its official groundbreaking attended by state and local officials Wednesday, Dec. 2, at noon in Stamford.
Westporter Larry Weisman, a retired land use attorney and co-chairman of the FCHH board, said that the six-bedroom home planned on 1.25 donated acres has been six years in the making. The nonprofit FCHH originally considered using space on Westport’s town-owned, 22-acre Baron’s South property, “but we knew that was not going to work out,” Weisman said.
“It’s a hard sell because nobody wants to confront their mortality,” said Mary Lou Weisman, who has worked with her husband on the project. “But in a hospice, a peaceful death and taxes are what we all have in common.”
The Westport Historical Society (WHS) is set to enchant via nostalgia and decorating ideas with six holiday bedecked homes in Westport and Fairfield at its 29th annual Holiday House Tour Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., WHS officials say.
“Guests always tell us that the house tour really puts them in the holiday spirit,” said Susan Gold, WHS executive director.
Gold said houses on the tour include: a Kings Highway Historic District home designed by Charles Cutler, the architect of Green’s Farms Elementary School and Westport Bank & Trust; a Gothic Victorian; a custom residence filled with antique charm; a home renovated and enlarged from a 19th-century farmhouse; an 1883 Queen Anne-style house; “and a Fairfield property that rose from the ashes following the Revolutionary War.”
Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the tour.
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “The Miracle Worker”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “Strange Gods” by Annamaria Alfieri
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Carol Ann Buch of Austin, Texas, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 21 at home after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was 54.
She was born Aug. 30, 1961 in Lima, Peru. She was the daughter of Ivar and Frieda Buch and the youngest sister to Christine, Philip and Carla.
Ivar’s employment with Mobil Oil resulted in a number of moves for the family. In 1965 the family moved from Westport to Wentorf, Germany, where Carol attended the local German school. From 1969 through 1974, Carol lived in Lagos, Nigeria with her family where she attended the American International School.
After two years back in Westport, she moved with her family to Bogota, Colombia where she graduated high school from Colegio Nueva Granada in 1979.
The Westport Woman’s Club today hosted a Nutcracker Tea Party in partnership with the Westport Academy of Dance for the benefit of Waltersville Elementary School in Bridgeport. The event included a high tea, a “Nutcracker Story” reading by Melody James, set to music, along with vignettes by Westport Academy of Dance’s “Nutcracker” cast. Pictured are WWC volunteers led by Suzan Murphy, event chair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Nutcracker Tea Party at the Westport Woman’s Club with members of the Westport Academy of Dance to benefit Bridgeport’s Waltersville Elementary School. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Gilbert Vogel of Trumbull, a longtime fitness instructor at the Westport Weston YMCA, died Nov. 27 at home. He was 92.
He was born in 1923 in Nymegen, The Netherlands. He and his wife of 67 years, Nora, immigrated to the United States in November 1956. He put himself through college by attending night school while working full time at W.S. Rockwell Co. in Bridgeport as a design technician.
He earned his engineering degree and later got a job at Yale University as technical director of Division of Sciences. He worked there for the remainder of his professional career.
Gil and Nora were an inseparable, active couple throughout their lifetime. They attended the Westport Weston YMCA two or three times a week for more than 30 years, where Gil was the instructor for the “No Frills Adult Fitness Classes.” He was a lifetime YMCA member and a fitness instructor at the Y from 1957-1991.
Shoe-Inn, the women’s designer shoe store for four decades at 38 Main St., will move across the street to 21 Main St. in space formerly occupied by Henry Lehr. The space has been vacant since September 2014. According to the store manager, Shoe-Inn will open across the street in February. It has seven other stores located in New Jersey, Westchester County, New York City, and Long Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A little rain did not deter post-Thanksgiving shoppers today on Westport’s Main Street. Mild temperatures again in the 60s made it feel more like early fall than three weeks before winter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tribeca-based Matt Bernson, specializing in shoes, handbags, jewelry and small leather goods, will open at 136 Main St.in the Brooks Corner shopping center in space previously occupied by the Johnston & Murphy shoe and accessories store. According to its website, “our shoes are produced in quantities of 100 per color. all of our jewelry is handmade in NYC and our handbags are all produced in quantities of 30 per color.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Nina Katz, 7, of Westport and cockapoo Georgia, 3, were having a romp at Westport’s Compo Beach Friday and mom, Stephanie, managed to snap them both airborne. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephanie Katz for WestportNow.com