Sunday, July 24, 2016
The owners of the house at 22 Crooked Mile Road are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Robert G. Shaw, who has lived in the house with wife Katerina since 2005. According to Weingarten, the 1930-built house, was built for the renowned artist, Charles Prendergast (1863-1948). According to Shaw, Prendergast’s widow donated her husband’s art to the Williams College Museum of Art, which now houses the largest collection of Prendergast’s work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Barbara A. (Simonton) Lasher of Tolland, former principal of Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School, died July 15 at home. She was 77.
Lasher served 12 years at Long Lots before her retirement in 2005.
She was born July 15, 1939 in Queens, N.Y., the daughter of the late Herbert and Marguerite (Coulter) Simonton.
A dedicated and passionate educator, she taught in New York and Tolland before becoming a principal in Mansfield and then Westport.
Saturday was graduation day for the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service spring EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course. Pictured are four of the graduating students, who are now eligible to become state-certified EMTs, running a mock cardiac arrest call under the supervision of lead instructor Pasquale Salvo. WVEMS has annouunced its fall EMT/EMR class with details at www.westportems.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
A Westport youth escaped serious injury early today when he lost control of his BMW and rolled over on to the driveway of 60 Roseville Road. Homeowner Linda Gramatky Smith, who has experienced numerous crashes at the sharp curve in front of her house over the years, called police when she heard the car hit a stonewall. She also called the parents of the youth, who was examined at the scene by medical personnel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A stonewall and pillar in front of 60 Roseville Road were damaged early today as a Westport youth failed to make a curve and rolled over his BMW. He escaped serious injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
11:15 a.m. - Captain’s Cove Marina, Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport - Westport Historical Society Captain’s Cove Tour
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Cracked Ice
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, July 23, 2016
“The Invisible Hand,” a tense drama of a financial futures trader kidnapped and held hostage for ransom in Pakistan, opened tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. Taking a bow after the performance were (l-r): Jameal Ali, Fajer Kaisi, Eric Bryant and Rajesh Bose— an internationally diverse cast playing the roles of Pakistanis, Kaisi was born in Iraq, Ali in London and Bose in Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A one-car crash into a utility pole tonight caused no injuries but brought down wires, shutting down Sturges Highway near Cross Highway.
The incident at about 10:30 p.m. damaged the utility pole, and fire units on the scene said it had to be replaced. The task was not completed until shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday when the road was reopened.
The downed wires were not electrical, only cable television and telephone wires, according to reports from the scene.
Police asked drivers to avoid the area of Sturges HIghway from Cross Highway to Pilgrim Trail.
Katie and Barrett Ward belatedly celebrate their wedding tonight with family and friends at Westport’s Vespa Restaurant. The couple was married in the former Katie DeKraker’s childhood Westport Old Hill Farms Road backyard on May 2, 2015 before her husband, an Army major from Plano, Texas, was deployed unaccompanied to South Korea for a year. Katie, a 2005 Staples High School graduate (who made a WestportNow appearance that year), is an instructor at the New York Center for Autism Charter School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs performed at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. They brought the exuberant sounds of the steamy bayous of southwestern Louisiana to the hills of New England to the dancing audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Bonita Weisman of West Hartford played the rubboard in tonight’s River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs performance at the Levitt Pavilon. Weisman has been teaching, performing and choreographing in Hartford since 1983. She also maintains a private practice as a muscular therapist through her business, West Hartford Massage Therapy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
After a day in which temperatures reached into the mid-90s, many people turned out tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to cool off with River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A 23-year-old former Westport man was killed by lightning while at a suburban Denver golf course, authorities said.
He was identified as Peter J. Hawkes, who attended Staples High School in his freshman year and graduated in 2011 from New York’s Xavier High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015.
Hawkes and another man were struck just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Tree Golf Course in suburban Arvada, the Denver Post reported. Other reports said they were under a tree.
Hawkes spent several hours in a burn unit but was pronounced dead by 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Denver Post said. The condition of the other man was not available.
The owners of the house at 349 Wilton Road are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Kris Toohey who, with her husband John, have occupied the house since 2010 and are Westport residents since 2006. According to Weingarten, the 1834-built house, known as the Captain Alfred Taylor House, was built by Taylor, a captain in the state militia. who also owned a dwelling at what is now 316 Wilton Road, built prior to 1832. Kris Toohey said the meticulous renovations she and her husband incorporated into the house were a “labor of love.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Bertram Aber, a 50-year resident of Westport, died July 22 after complications from a recent illnesses. He was 82.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1933, he found his way to Westport, with his wife Barbara (Cahane), due to her working at the White Barn Theatre.
At first only summer residents in the 1960s by the 1980s this was their full time residence, expanding their original 1860s postal stop house by personally picking out every piece of wood.
He was a founding member of the Partrick Wetlands Preservation Fund, with his son-in-law, Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member Matthew Mandell, and other neighbors on Partrick and Old Hill Roads.
Glenna Frederica Patricia Lewis Kean of Westport died July 19 at Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull. She was 82.
The wife of the late Gerald Kean was born in London, England on Aug. 30, 1933, a daughter of the late Ernest William Bellew Lewis and Lillian Patricia Rice Lewis. She was an actress who dedicated her adult life to community theatre and was very active in the Westport Community Theatre.
Survivors include her two daughters, Victoria Elena Negrin Sloat and her husband Robert of Westport, Cristina Laurel Negrin and her husband Jeffrey Walden of Southport, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as a niece. She was predeceased by her son, Miguel Bellew Negrin and her first husband, Miguel Negrin.
A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.
Runners set out from Compo Beach toady for the fourth in a series of 10 progressively longer distance races known as the Saturday Westport Road Runners Summer Series. Today’s race was 4.1 miles. The races, now in their 54th year, wind up on Sept. 3 with a 10-mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Earth Animal (606 Post Road) - Little Black Dog Rescue Adoption Event
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Fairfield County Writers Group Open Meeting
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Themed Crafts for All Ages
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, July 22, 2016
The North Miami, Fla. police officer who shot an unarmed black man lying in the street with his arms in the air this week is a 2004 Staples High School graduate, according to friends and school records.
Jonathon Aledda 30, had served on the Florida police force for four years, city authorities said.
At Staples, he was a linebacker on the football team, ran on the school’s track team, and also participated in an advanced culinary arts class, according to locals. His family owns a house on Pleasant Valley Lane, not far from Staples, as well as a home in Miami, according to public records.
Aledda is reportedly being represented by the local police union after he shot Charles Kinsey Monday as the victim was lying on his back and complying with police orders.
The Saugatuck Sweets-sponsored outdoor summer series tonight at Westport’s Saugatuck Center featured Adam Roberts (l) and Mike Messer, known as After School Special. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 28 Hillspoint Road is in process. Built in 1929, the two-story conventional has 3,404-square feet, is situated on a 7.4-acre property that includes the adjacent Conservative Synogogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, and last changed ownership in January 1995 for $900,000, according to Town Assessor records. 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
The last installation of 11 new drainage basins in Saugatuck commuter lot No. 1 was near completion today, according to Brian Oman, foreman for Norwalk-based contractors Deering Construction. He said full completion of the drainage segment requires just another day or two. Target for completion of renovations to the lot is Labor Day, Sept. 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE As temperatures soared into the 90s, electrical transformer malfunctions today knocked out power at one point to more than 1,300 Westport customers, Eversource Energy said.
At about 1:30 p.m., police and fire units responded to the Hillspoint Road and Greens Farms area on a report of loud explosions, accordng to dispatchers.
A crew from Eversource Energy soon arrived on the scene. Initially, the utility said 242 customers were without power but as the crews worked to restore service, at one point 1,325 customers were out.
The outage lasted a little more than an hour for most customers, according to Eversource. It said by 4:20 p.m., 105 customers still had not been restored.
Westport commuters will pay 5 percent more for their New Haven Line tickets beginning Dec. 1, under a proposal announced today by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT).
An announcement said the fare increase was necessary to help close a $37 million reduction in transportation spending in the fiscal year that began July 1.
CDOT said on the New Haven Line, the increase would be combined with a 1 percent previously scheduled fare increase that supports the purchase of the new M-8 rail cars that the state put into service beginning in 2010.
The agency said there will be public hearings on the proposal before the increases go into effect.
Human Services Director Sarah Heath announced today that the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., will be open to the public as an officially designated “cooling center” until 4:30 p.m. today.
She said it will also be open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition, the air-conditioned Westport Library welcomes visitors until 6 p.m. today and on Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Heath said.
Tyn Myint-U, a former Westport resident, died July 22 in the Boston area. He was 84.
He was husband of Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary general of the United Nations. Aye Aye Thant was active in U.N.-related activities in Westport.
Together Aye Aye and Tyn established the Thant Institute “to reflect and promote her father’s values and ideals.”
Born Jan. 1, 1932 in Mandalay, Tyn was one of Burma’s first state scholars, studying at Michigan University and then finishing his Ph.D. in aeronautics at New York University.
Acting on a tip from a witness, Westport police arrested a Yonkers, N.Y. couple for allegedly stealing cooking oil from the Five Guys Restaurant, police said today.
They were observed Monday at about 10 a.m. siphoning cooking oil from the tank behind the restaurant, 534 Post Road East, police said.
Arrested were Alondra Aracil, 19, and Jonathan Garces, 22, police said. Both were charged with larceny sixth-degree and conspiracy to commit larceny.
In addition, Aracil was charged with criminal impersonation after she gave a fake name and date of birth as well as interfering with an officer, police said.
Officers arrested a Monroe woman for stalking and harassing her ex-boyfriend, even mailing him photographs of his new girlfriend’s home, police said today.
Margaret Hyman, 36, turned herself in on an active warrant Monday, was held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, July 28.
“Several times in June of 2016, Hyman contacted her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend after being told by the police to have no contact,” said Lt. David Farrell.
“Hyman mailed photographs to her ex-boyfriend with photographs of his new girlfriend’s residence,” he added.