Sunday, July 31, 2016
Singer Howie Day performed at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. The rain-plagued concert – the third successive night of rain at the Levitt – included his chart-topping hit “Collide” and new favorites from his latest album “Lanterns.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A Sherwood Island State Park visitor today watches police, fire, and the Norwalk fire boat as they search for a possible drowning victim. A father and son were rescued earlier and a search was launched for a possible third person. But it was called off at about 8 p.m. when no other person was reported missing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A father and son natives of Yemen living in the Bronx were rescued from Long Island Sound waters off of Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today, police said.
Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas said a precautionary search was launched for a third person following a report of an additional missing swimmer. But it was called off at 8 p.m.
The rescues were carried out by lifeguards and a Spanish-speaking visitor to the park, Koskinas said. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which runs the park, identified those rescued as Shuja Nagi, 31, and his son.
Westport EMS transported the two swimmers to Norwalk Hospital. One initially was reported as unresponsive but later was recovering, according to police.
Onlookers gathered on some rocks at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport today as dive teams searched for a possible third swimmer reported in distress. Two male swimmers were rescued earlier. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
For the many who crowded Oscar’s Deli today, it was a celebration of 42 years on Main Street—and a chance to say goodbye.
There were the last bagels. The last pastries. The final servings and savorings of lox, cream cheese and capers. And, of course, shared memories, handshakes and embraces.
For decades the narrow, snug, albeit cozy eatery with a distinctive touch of Manhattan and an artsy, bohemian flare has remained a popular Westport gathering spot, with al fresco get-togethers under the front awning.
Located at 159 Main St., Oscar’s has been iconic and ironic: a traditional Jewish style deli/restaurant shephered since 1974 by Greek-American Lee Papageorge.
By Gordon Joseloff
A little bit of Westport died today. Oscar’s was 42.
Unlike the loss of Klein’s, Max’s, the closing of the movie theaters, the moves of Westport Pizzeria, Liquor Locker, and Achorn’s from Main Street to elsewhere, this one really stung. It will hurt for a long time.
It wasn’t so much a deli. It was more — a place to call home. A survivor. Something that said no matter how much the world changed, this was the heart of our comfort bubble.
But the bubble now has finally burst. Maybe we all knew deep down it was only a matter of time. All good things must come to an end, etc.
Frank Scotti ,a former Westport resident, died July 20 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in New Jersey. He was 85.
He was born Dec. 6, 1930 son of Emilio and Anna Scotti in Bronx, N.Y. He received his B.S. from The City College of New York, and his Ph.D from the University of Maryland. He served two years in the Air Force.
On Dece. 23, 1953 he married Joan C. Brennan of The Bronx, N.Y. They initially lived in Westport and then settled into Pines Lake, Wayne, N.J from 1967. He worked as a research chemist for American Cyanamid in Wayne, N.J, and then started his own business, Scott-Page, Inc, developing environmentally safe painting and caulking supplies. He has held several U.S patents.
After his wife’s death, he spent his time with Annie Pelligrini. He enjoyed walking, playing bridge with his many friends, and the Wayne Library’s political discussion group.
Robert B. Lamson, Sr. of Palm Bay, Fla., a former Westport resident, died July 19. He was 67.
The son of the late George and Anne Lamson, he was born in Norwalk on July 20, 1948, He grew up in Westport until he was drafted into the army, where he served from 1968 to 1970.
He was a longtime employee of Stop & Shop in Trumbull and Stratford and retired from Winn Dixie in Florida. His passions were bowling and gardening.
He is survived by his children Stephanie O’Bar and her husband Dave, Lisa Vieira and her husband Rob and Robert Lamson, Jr. and his wife Lisa; his sisters Betty Warren, Pat LaPlace and Ann Lamson and his brother George and his wife Cathy; his grandchildren Natalie, Shane, Ethan, Patrick and Stella; many nieces and nephews; his companion Darlene DelVecchio and her children Stefanie and Michael as well as their grandson Anthony.
Donald Joseph Good of Siesta Key, Fla. a former Westport resident, died July 13. He was 86.
He was born in New York, N.Y. on June 21, 1930 to Irving and Edna Good. He was a longtime resident of New York, also spending 14 years in Westport, and most recently lived in Siesta Key.
He attended Lawrence Senior High and the University of Georgia. He served in the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. After that he had a long, successful career as a salesman.
He married his wife Dorothy in 1972. He loved to be active whether hiking, playing tennis, softball with the Boys of Summer or skiing.
Betsy Anne Cassella of Sandy Hook, a former Westport resident, died July 23 at Regional Hospice Center for Comfort Care and Healing, Danbury. She was 60 and had battled lung cancer.
She was born in Greenwich on Aug. 24, 1955 to Grace Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Humphreys) and Roland Carl Casperson, late of Westport. She was the fourth child of what became a family of five siblings.
She lived in Westport for the first 20 years of her life.
Through her work during her teen years as a Candy Striper, serving local hospitals, she developed her lifelong interest in nursing. Sensitive, compassionate and empathetic, she set her sights on the nursing profession at an early age.
It was often standing room only inside and outside Oscar’s Deli today with memories and some tears as the iconic Westport eatery marked its last day after 42 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Brothers Joaquin Dolores (l), a 10-year Oscar’s employee, and Chris, 12 years, served their last customers today. “It is really sad,” said Joaquin. “I can’t explain how bad I feel. This is like family. I worked here seven days a week for the last eight years. This is my house. You don’t leave your father. (Owner) Lee (Papageorge) is my heart.” Chris said he will continue his part-time job at Little Barn on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The mid-morning crowd at Oscar’s Deli on Main Street today lingered over breakfast and coffee recalling the 42 years of the iconic eatery. Those ordering eggs were out of luck. “We don’t have any today,” said one employee. “It’s our last day.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A photo of Oscar’s owner Lee Papageorge sat today in his beloved barber’s chair as well wishers gathered for the iconic eatery’s last day. A paper plate (partially covered by the photo) said: “No sitting. Reserved for our king.” Papageorge, 65, is hospitalized, undergoing treatment for lung cancer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A television monitor in Oscar’s Deli late Saturday contained a message to Westporters along with a bit of wisdom from one of Oscar’s napkin dispensers. The iconic Main Street eatery will close Monday after 42 years. The family of ailing owner Lee Papageorge invited customers to come in this morning to share “memories and stories with each other.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
3 p.m. - Guard Booth, Old Mill Beach Parking Lot - Westport Historical Society Tour of Old Mill at Compo Cove
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Howie Day
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Amelia Schweizer, 8, a student at Norwalk’s Marvin Elementary School, picks up her copy of the latest Harry Potter book just after midnight at the Westport Library. The library distributed 94 copies of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” according to Mary Parmelee, the library’s coordinator of children’s services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Daniela Garcia, 11, of Westport gets the first copy of the latest J..K. Rowling Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,”at the stroke of midnight tonight at the Westport Library. Daniela, who will enter sixth grade at Bedford Middle School in the fall, was named the library’s Harry Potter VIP after she won a raffel as part of the library’s Summer Reading Club. Daniela said she has read 50 books so far this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Copies of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are ready for distribution shortly before midnight tonight at the Westport Library’s celebration marking publication of the latest J. K. Rowling work. It is different from its seven predecessors in that it’s a play script and set 19 years after the novels ended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Harry Potter fan Sophie Jacques, 7, of Westport gets some Shake Shack ice cream tonight at the Westport Library’s Harry Potter book launch party. With her is her brother Hugo, 9. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Alpaca Gnomes, a seven-piece rock/folk band, performed before a rain-diminished WestportLevit Pavilion crowd tonight. Some in the audience as well as band members wore Harry Potter-style head gear to mark the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two.” It was the second consecutive night that it rained during the Levitt performances. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A member of The Alpaca Gnomes band wore Harry Potter headgear tonight at the Levitt Pavilion performance as the clock ticked away for the latest Harry Potter book release. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Barnes & Nobel tonight hosted a Harry Potter party in advance of the midnight release of the latest J. K. Rowling work. The party began at 8 p.m., an hour before a similar affair at the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A car and a bicyclist collided today in front of 62 Cross Highway. The bicyclist was transported to Norwalk Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. A police officer checks a bicycle involved. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Members of the Westport U10 softball team today celebrate their state title win over Seymour with some ice cream at Saugatuck Sweets in Westport. It was the second consecutive state title for the U10 team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport U10 Little League softball team today clinched its second consecutive state title with a 4-0 win over Seymourl at Unity Park in Trumbull. Morgan Carnahan went the distance, helped by a spectacular catch by outfielder Olivia Stubbs and third inning hits from Grace Alfero – a triple – as well as Stubbs, Kate McDonald, and herself. The U10 team joined the U11 club as state champions this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo