Saturday, June 25, 2016
A total of 39 Westporters—24 youngsters and 15 adults—gathered at Saugatuck Congregational Church at 3:30 a.m. today to start their week-long journey to Cuba for this year’s High School Youth Group Mission Trip. During the trip, they will be working with disabled children, helping out on a pineapple plantation, and learning about Cuban history and culture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for WestportNow.com
A driver smashed into a utility pole early today on Post Road East, shearing off the pole entirely and touching off a fire that completely engulfed the vehicle about 100 yards from Westport Fire Headquarters at 515 Post Road East. He managed to escape unhurt. Firefighters, some of whom said they heard the crash, quickly bought the blaze under control. Part of the sheared off pole rested on the back of the car, which was traveling eastbound on the roadway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A utility worker (r) looks at a utility pole sheared off by a car at about 12:30 a.m. today at 485 Post Road East, not far from Westport Fire Headquarters. Part of the pole came to rest on the car, which burst into flames, leaving debris littering the roadway. The driver managed to escape with no injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Workers inspect a utility pole completely sheared off early today when a car crashed into it near 485 Post Road East and burst into flames. The crash, within view of Westport Fire Headquarters, was so violent that the sheared off part of the pole was dragged along by the car until it came to rest. The multiple wires, however, remained in place, supported by other nearby poles. The driver managed to escape without injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Part of a sheared off utility pole rests on the back of a car on Post Road East today following a violent crash near Westport Fire Headquarters. The car burst into flames upon impact with the pole but traveled about another 50 yards before coming to rest. The driver managed to escape without injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A fiery crash early today on Post Road East occurred across the street from a gas station and within view of Westport Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East. The driver escaped without injury as the car, with part of a utility pole attached to its rear, burst into flames. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10:30 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Opening ceremony for 51st annual jUNe Day
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club - Family Day at June Horse Show
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Library - June WestportMAKES: Build Telescopes Together
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Fairfield County Hunt Club - June Benefit Horse Show $30,000 Grand Prix
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Godspell”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, June 24, 2016
Outgoing Westport Rotary Club president Jane Sherman tonight passes the gavel (actually a hammer symbolizing the club’s hands on manner) to incoming president Tony McDowell at the club’s annual passing the gavel lobster bake at the clubhouse at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. He will preside over the club for the 2016-2017 one-year term. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
About 70 Westport Rotary Club members and guests tonight enjoyed a lobster bake with all the trimmings—clams, mussels, corn on the cob and baked potatoes as part of the club’s annual pass the gavel leadership change ceremony at the Ned Dimes Marina clubhouse at Compo Beach. Forrmer club president Marty Resnick told guests he was the one who began the informal lobster bakes in the 1990s. “It used to be black tie and nobody came,” he said of the annual ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Arts Center tonight held its opening reception for the “SOLOS 2016” exhibition featuring the work of eight artists selected by juror Douglas Hyland, former director of the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain. Among the artists was Allan Gorman, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-born realistic oil painter who brings his strengths as an internationally celebrated brand marketing consultant and graphic designer to his artworks that include the power of cities, machines, and the night. Gorman currently maintains a studio practice in Kearny, N.J., and resides in West Orange, N.J. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Among guests at the opening reception tonight of “SOLOS 2016” at the Westport Arts Center (WAC) were (-r) Alice Hyland, “SOLOS 2016” juror Douglas Hyland, and WAC Acting Executive Director Amanda Innes. The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 20 and is free and open to the public. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com
Technicians from New York’s public television station WNET-TV 13 were at the Westport Country Playhouse today preparing to tape Saturday afternoon and evening performances of “Buyer & Cellar,” the one-man show starring Michael Urie for its “Theater Close-Up.” The series showcases Off-Broadway and regional not-for-profit, professional productions for Tri-State viewers. According to a WCP spokesperson, tickets for the play are still available for these performances at http://www.westportplayhouse.org. Pictured are Playhouse facilities manager Anne Kendall (l) and WNET-TV audio specialist Daryl Bornstein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport town officials announced today that the July 1 tax bills will be mailed to taxpayers in upcoming days and urged careful scrutiny of motor vehicle bills.
A joint announcement by Tax Assessor Paul Friia and Tax Collector Peggy Klein said taxpayers will have until the end of July to make real estate and motor vehicle payments without penalty.
Payments must be postmarked by Aug. 1 or received in the Tax Collector’s Office (110 Myrtle Ave., Room 109) by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 to avoid late payment charges, an announcement said.
The officials urged taxpayers to review the motor vehicle tax bills carefully as they said the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently experienced major computer issues that resulted in discrepancies on a number of the bills.
Earthplace summer camp’s Hawks and Owls groups, made up of first to fourth graders, went on their first Saugatuck River canoeing trip of the season today. The trips happen every Friday and focus on fun while educating about the preservation of waterways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
An online funding campaign has been started for Yoshi Mori, a dietitian with the Town of Westport Department of Human Services.
Her husband, Shigemune Mori, 32, died in a boating accident in Bridgeport. The accident occurred off of Seaside Park on June 12.
Yoshi Mori, who works at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, is responsible for both the congregate and home-delivered meal programs. She is the mother of two daughters, 4 and 7, and is expecting a third child.
Contributions can be made here or checks can be dropped off at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave. A service is being planned for Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at Lester Gee Funeral Home, 1390 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport.
Frank J. Clark, husband of Patricia (Law) Clark and longtime Westport resident, died June 7 at his home. He was 92.
He was born June 14, 1924, the son of the late economist John Maurice Clark and wife Winifred. He graduated from Amherst College summa cum laude and attended Harvard Graduate School for one year.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the navy during World War II. He was an architect for many years and founding partner of Lewis and Clark Architects.
He then became the building inspector for the Town of Westport, where he worked for many years until his retirement.
Officers arrested a Bridgeport woman for placing beer and energy drinks into her cart and leaving Stop & Shop at 1790 Post Road East without paying, police said today.
Nickie Thompson, 36, was arrested on an active warrant Tuesday at the Milford Police Department, where she was being held on other charges, according to the arrest report.
Lt. David Farrell said that the theft that took place in April was captured by store video surveillance.
“Officers were able to identify the female as Nickie Thompson because she committed the same crime in Bridgeport,” Farrell said.
A Westport man stopped for speeding on the Sherwood Island Connector was arrested for heroin possession and drug paraphernalia, police said today.
Remington Woodhull, 25, of Roseville Road, was spotted traveling at high speed on Tuesday, and when stopped, officers said it was observed that he “had track marks on his arm, and he was acting strange,” said Lt. David Farrell.
“Officers asked Woodhull to open his wallet, and he complied,” Farrell said, adding that that inside were two bags, which tested positive for heroin.
Held on a $1,000 bond, Woodhull is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 28.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 6 - 10, 2016:
Barend J. and Tony J. Vandenbrink to Thomas Foley Martin and Taran Gulliksen, 5 River Oaks Road, $705,000
David Soriano ansd Laura S. Bard to David W. and Maura K. Hirschler, 19 Gorham Ave., $995,000
950 Post LLC to Ewkai 950 Post Road East LLC, 950 Post Road East, $5,000,000
Christopher W. Smith and Danielle Dobin Trusts to Mark and Allison Peffer, 6 Norfield Drive, $1,399,000
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. - Earthplace - Weekday Walks—Insects
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Password Security
1:45 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch I for Ages 7 & up
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Scratch TinkerShops: Scratch II for Ages 9 & up
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016” Exhibition Opening Reception
6:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Sweets - Acoustic Concert: Charlie Scopoletti
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Abby & The Roadsters
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Godspell”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Buyer & Cellar”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, June 23, 2016
“Photographs by Larry Silver, 1949-1955,” black and white photographs by Westport photographer Larry Silver opens July 1 at the New York Historical Society. The exhibit showcases 45 photos of post-war New York City life, including this scene of two boys playing in the debris of a construction site with the new United Nations building towering in the background. Silver is a 43 -year resident of Westport and a recipient of the Westport Arts Achievement Award in the Visual Arts 2006. He has exhibited recently throughout Connecticut, including the Westport Arts Center, Westport Historical Society, Westport Library and The Housatonic Museum of Art.The works by the Bronx-born photographer will be on display until Dec. 4 at the Society, 170 Central Park West (77th Street). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Larry Silver
There were two ribbon cuttings on Westport’s Jesup Road tonight, one at Green & Tonic (top), the health food cafe at 17 Jesup Road, which opened last week (see WestportNow June 15, 2016), and Lucy’s, a high-end women’s boutique at 23 Jesup Road, which opened in April (see WestportNow April 26, 2016). Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among those making the cuts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photos
Forty-seven members of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today toured the Bedford Square Development project as part of the AIA Hard Hat Tour series, according to AIA member Peter Cornell. He is a staff member of Centerbrook Architects & Planners, project architects. The mixed-use project in the 1923-built former home of the Westport Weston Family YMCA, which will include retail, offices, and residential, is scheduled for completion in 2017. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Emily Weyrauch
Today was the first official day of summer at the Westport Farmers’ Market. Families populated the Imperial Avenue Parking Lot, many especially drawn to the roasting garlic and bright colors at the demo tent.
Susana Trilling, a chef who has lived in Oaxaca ,Mexico for 28 years, was doing a demonstration cooking fried stuffed chard, a recipe from her non-GMO and vegetarian focused cookbook “Milpa: From Seed to Salsa.”
The book, her fourth self-published book, supports a women’s working collective, CEDICAM, in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca.
Said Westport Farmer’s Market Executive Director Lori Cochran-Dougall, “Susana is a world-renowned chef. The fact that she’s here is unbelievable.”
UPDATE Westport police early today arrested three persons and sought a fourth following a chase on I-95 and Fairfield crash that began after a suspicious vehicle was observed in a Westport residential area, police said.
The incident began at about 3:21 a.m. when K-9 Officer James Loomer spotted a black BMW in a northwest Westport neighborhood where there had been an increase in overnight car burglaries and stolen vehicles, police said. The car had been reported stolen the night before.
Loomer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it drove out of the area at a high rate of speed, said Lt. David Farrell. A short time later, Officer David Perez spotted the vehicle on Post Road West near Lincoln Street, he said.
Police units attempted to stop the vehicle as it traveled on Saugatuck Avenue, but it again fled and entered I-95 northbound with police in pursuit, he said.
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
UPDATE Washington — House Republicans early today pulled the plug on a revolt by Democrats led by Connecticut Rep. John Larson and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis by adjourning in the middle of the night for the long July 4th break.
Larson and a group of about 20 Democrats, including all of Connecticut’s House lawmakers, seized control of the chamber Wednesday morning and said they would not relinquish it until GOP House leaders allowed votes on gun safety legislation.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called the Democratic sit-in on the House floor “a publicity stunt,” was not moved. He scheduled key votes on bills that would fund the U.S. response to the Zika virus and military construction next year for 2:30 a.m., then adjourned the House for the holiday two days before it was scheduled.
The move to adjourn the House until July 5 angered the protesting Democrats, who cried out “coward,” “shame, shame,” and continued their chant of “No Bill, No Break.”