Thursday, June 30, 2016
Scenes from tonight’s P.A.L. fireworks display at Westport’s Compo Beach. Dave Matlow and Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Thousands watched tonight’s fireworks display at Westport’s Compo Beach. But several police officers and veterans of past Compo displays said the crowd was not as large as some past years, which they attributed to the Thursday night timing with Friday a work day for many. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
There were a few clouds in the sky but they did not interfere with tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks display. Bad weather was forecast to move in Friday, the rain date for tonight’s event, and already a number of surrounding communiies have postponed their fireworks displays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
One of the biggest crowd pleasers of tonight’s Compo Beach fireworks event was the New York City-based Marching Cobras who performed for the third successive year. Kevin Young, assistant director of Bands for Cobra Performing Arts, Inc. said the performers, ranging in ages from eight to 21, were from 10 schools across all five New York City boroughs and Westchester County. He said the group practices solely at P.S. 123 in Harlem. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
With state budget cuts set to leave Project Return high and dry, the nonprofit group home for girls announced today it has joined forces with Homes with Hope, a local agency that addresses homelessness.
Established in a five-bedroom, country farmhouse at 124 Compo Road North in 1983—it actually opened in 1986 after three years of renovations—Project Return has been financially supported by the state Department of Children and Families (DCF).
But that support ends Friday as the state’s budget crisis deals financial blows to nonprofit, supportive services statewide.
Homes with Hope, established in 1983, then as the Interfaith Housing Association of Westport and Weston, is not as dependent on government monies.
UPDATE & CORRECT An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Mimi Lane, off Hillspoint Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the 1-1/2 story ranch has 2,462-square feet, is situated on a .5-acre property and changed ownership last month for $880,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (An incorrect picture was posted earlier.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
Blending live action and computer animation, Steven Spielberg has adapted Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale “The BFG” with Oscar-winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) as the titular character, The Big Friendly Giant.
Scripted by the late Melissa Matheson (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”) and directed by Spielberg, it’s set in London in the early 1980s and revolves around 10 year-old orphan, Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a lonely insomniac who - at 3 a.m. - spies a 24-ft.-tall giant lurking about the cobblestone streets, collecting and dispensing phosphorescent dreams to unsuspecting sleepers.
She sees him and he sees her. Reaching his hand through an open window, the grandfatherly-looking BFG gently plucks Sophie out of bed because - if word got out that giants roamed the city - that would end their nocturnal visits.
So the BFG whisks terrified Sophie off to Giant Country, where sinister Fleshlumpeater (voiced by Jermaine Clement) and Bloodbottler (voiced by Bill Hader), constantly bully him.
A house along Westport’s Soundview Drive is decked out in red, white, and blue today in advance of party time for tonight’s Westport P.A.L. fireworks display, which begins at 9 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
You know it’s Westport’s Independence Day (even though it is June 30) fireworks night when beach chairs and tables are set up early at Compo Beach. This was the scene along Soundview Drive early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - #ThrowbackThursdays
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Drink n’ Draw
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Movie Night: “Finding Nemo”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
9 p.m. - Compo Beach - Westport PAL Fireworks (rain date July 1)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Among those seeing tonight’s performance of Michael Urie in “Buyer & Cellar” at the Westport Country Playhouse were (l-r) Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist; actors Chris Sarandon and Joanna Gleason; “Buyer & Cellar” playwright Jonathan Tolins; and 2016 Tony Award winners Stephen Karam (“The Humans” playwright) and Thomas Kail (“Hamilton” director). Gleason was in a New York production of Karam’s play “Sons of the Prophet.” Today marks the Playhouse’s 85th anniversary. Co-founders Lawrence Langner and wife Armina Marshall opened the first show at the Playhouse on June 29, 1931. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Don Rebar for WestportNow.com
There was a large turnout tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for the season opener of the Melissa and Doug Children’s Series featuring the Dirty Sock Funtime Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
This youngster gives a four-finger approval to tonight’s Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts season opener of the Melissa and Doug Children’s Series featuring the Dirty Sock Funtime Band. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
There are about 300 vehicle tickets left for Thursday night’s P.A.L. fireworks display at Compo Beach, a Westport Parks and Recreation (P&R) Department employee said today.
In all, 2,000 tickets, at $35 each, were made available for the event, said Emily Kristy, assistant to P&R Director Jennifer Fava.. When those are gone, about 50 shuttle tickets from Longshore Club Park will be sold for same price, she said.
The weather forecast is for clear skies during the day with a high of 86. Rain date is Friday.
Meanwhile, Westport police issued a fireworks traffic advisory, as well as caveats for those who walk to the event.
In an often emptional ceremony, Westport bid farewell today to Barbara Butler, who is retiring Thursday after 27 years as Westport’s director of the Depatment of Human Services. First Selectman Jim Marpe led tributes to Butler at a reception at the Westport Center for Senior Activities and presented her with a commendation. Other speakers included Selectman Helen Garten, former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, former Selectman Shelley Kassen, Representative Town Meeting Moderator Eileen Flug, and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, who presented Butler with a commendation from the state legislature. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Retiring director of the Department of Human Services Barbara Butler shares a moment today with Sue Pfister, direcor of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, at a retirement party for her at the Center, Pfister kept a box of tissues close at hand as she and others paid tribute to Butler, who retires Thursday after 27 years at the helm. Butler said she she decided on retiring confident the department will continue its stellar ways under new director Sarah Heath. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
It was an emotional farewell today to Barbara Butler, retiring director of the Department of Human Services, at a party in her honor at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Butler said any success she had was due to her staff at what one speaker said was the gold standard for a human services department that is the envy of every other community in the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
A giclee of Westport artist Hardie Gramatky’s watercolor of Compo Beach from Westport’s art collection was presented to retiring Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon in his last week on the job after 17 years. Making the presentation were members of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection (WSPAC) Committee (l-r) co chairs Maija Krasts and Kathie Bennewitz, and Michele Mechanic. “He has always been a strong supporter of WSPAC,” said Bennewitz, adding as a last act, Landon supported the Board of Education and Westport Arts Advisory Committee in making the former PTA committee evolve into a new entity, the Westport Public Art Collections (WESTpac), which will operate as the caretaker of the WSPAC and town art collections beginning Friday, July 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
UPDATE A construction crew today sheared off the mechanism on an underground propane tank on Bermuda Road in Westport’s Saugatuck Shores area, according to fire officials.
A Gault Energy crew managed to quickly stem the leak, which was reported shortly after 1 p.m., they said.
The tank involved was said to be a 500-pound one.
Fire units left the scene at 1:40 p.m.