Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The September issue of Connecticut magazine includes a nine-page feature on the history of Westport’s Post 154 restaurant, which opened to great fanfare in August 2013, then closed last January.
Writer Michael Catarevas, a 20-year town resident, worked at the restaurant during its first five months, and tells the tale from his point of view and those of many others he interviewed.
“It was a fascinating place,” he said. “I was between full-time editorial positions at the time and took a waiter job for a few months.
“I saw how and why a multimillion-dollar investment, with a lot of very smart people involved, could still go downhill fast.”
Phyllis Maisel McCoy of Charleston, S.C., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 15. She was 93.
She was born on June 1, 1923 in Philadelphia, and was one of four children of Ernest and Elsie Weinman Maisel. She graduated from Beaver College (now known as Arcadia University) in Glenside, Pa. in 1945 and obtained a master’s degree in education from Fairfield University in 1960.
She met her husband Bob (Penn State ‘43) on a blind date at a prom at Beaver. They were married in August 1945, and raised four children, moving from New Jersey to Westport in 1956.
She moved from Westport to a retirement home in Charleston in 2011.
Grill masters, blues artists and jammers will be smoking, bringing sultry sounds, scents and flavors to Westport as the ninth annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival fires up this Labor Day weekend at the Levitt Pavilion and in the Westport Library lot.
The Saturday and Sunday event is being sponsored by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (DMA), which promises a “foot stomping, mouthwatering weekend on the beautiful banks of the Saugatuck River” and the Westport Library.
Saturday’s musical lineup on the Levitt stage from noon through 9:30 p.m. includes: Popa Chubby, Anders Osborne, Manny and the Mojomatics, Jay Stollman with Matt Schofield, Funky Meters and Mark Broussard.
But those won’t be the only smoky tunes filling the banks of the Saugatuck River on Saturday, event planners say.
To allow for the replacement of light poles and fixtures, no overnight parking will be allowed at lot No. 1 at the Metro-North Green’s Farms station from Friday midnight until 5 p.m. on Saturday,
The Railroad Parkng Division of the Westport Police Department made the announcement today and asked users to enusre vehicles are removed prior to midnight on Friday.
Vehicles that are not removed prior to the commencement of work will be towed at the owners expense, an annoucement said.
The lot will reopen for use on Saturday at 5 p.m
Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jen Fava announced today that online fall and winter program registration will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Walk in, fax and mailed registration, and continuing online registration, will begin on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Parks and Recreation Sales Office at Longshore (260 Compo Road South) during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
A login and password are necessary to access your account.
Commuter parking lot No. 1 at the Westport Metro-North station in Saugatuck will reopen Monday, Sept. 12, missing a post-Labor Day opening target date of Sept. 6, the Railroad Parking Division of the Westport Police Department announced today. Paving is set to begin Thursday but that and other work won’t be completed until Sept. 12, it said. In the meantime, it said additional temporary permit parking has been secured beginning Tuesday at 60 Charles St., which is across from lot No. 1. Additionally, permit parking has been extended on Railroad Place and Riverside Avenue. Officials encouraged use of the existing shuttle service that runs from the Imperial Avenue parking lot to the Saugatuck station. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A tanker truck fire shut down the southbound lanes of I-95 near Exit 13 in Norwalk today. at about 12:55 p.m.. The fire was concentrated in the cab of the truck and did not extend to the tanker portion, which was separated, according to reports from the scene. State Police reopened the southbound lanes at about 1:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Norwalk Fire Department photo
Amis Trattoria, a Philadelphia-based restaurant group owned by Urban Outfitters, will open in 2017 at 59 Post Road East in the Bedford Building and Firehouse in the Bedford Square Development.
Amis, created by Marc Vetri who owns three Amis restaurants in Philadelphia, is part of the Vetri family of restaurants that includes restaurants under the names of Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Alla Spina and Lospiedo.
Urban Outfitters, a $3.3 billion company, made its first move to casual dining with the December 2015 acquisition of Vetri.
Anthropologie, also owned by Urban Outfitters, will relocate from 1365 Post Road East to Bedford Square where it will occupy 40,000 square feet.
Dolores E. DeMattio, a longtime Westport resident, died Aug. 24. She was 87.
The wife of the late Salvatore DeMattio was born May 18, 1929 in Bridgeport and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Hegi) Carbone.
She loved nature, shopping and traveling. She was extremely talented artistically. She enjoyed painting and numerous craft projects. Her family and role as a mother and grandmother was the most important thing to her.
She spent countless hours with her grandchildren reading or telling them stories, going on nature walks, attending school or sporting events. She cared deeply for those people in her life. Her warm smile and sweet disposition will be greatly missed
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Westport Library & Friends of Sherwood Island: Experience a Revolutionary Way to Study Whales
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Refresh Your Home
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
By Judy SzablakSpecial to WestportNow
Contemporary-style homes continue to hold a solid place in Westport’s real estate market as well as throughout Fairfield County. In fact, they seem to more “in vogue” than they have been for quite some time.
Currently, there are 49 homes available in Westport classified as being in this category.
Westport leads the 23 towns in Fairfield County in available inventory of contemporaries for sale, followed by Ridgefield (43), Stamford (41), Weston (37) and Norwalk (32).
However, just because we have a few more to choose from as opposed to other towns does not mean that this segment of the market isn’t as active as it should be. The market is certainly on par with the rest of the town.
Bill Harmer, executive director of the Westport Library, gives a hug tonight to Pam Einarsen, the photographer who took more than 600 photos as part of the library’s “What Do You Geek ?” campaign, at a “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” tonight at the library The public awareness campaign, which began in April, aimed to connect people by highlighting their passions as well as communicate the vital role the library plays in the community. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
As a thank you to Westport Library supporters of its “What Do You Geek?” campaign, library executive director Bill Harmer tonight presented a giant “The Westport Library Geeks You” from library staff at a reception marking the end of the almost five-month awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A bust of Westport Library benefactor Morris K. Jesup was decked out in his Geek t-shirt tonight as guests attended a “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” marking the end of its Geek library awareness campaign that began in April. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Celebration cakes were at the ready tonight at the Westport Library’s “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” as the library ended its What Do You Geek? library awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Youngsters and some adults worked a “What Do You Geek .jigsaw puzzle tonight at the Westport Library’s “It’s a Wrap…Geek Party” marking the end of its Geek library awareness campaign. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Bella is a current guest at Westport Animal Control (203 341 5076) that came to animal control as an owner surrender. Bella is a 3 1/2-year-old Staffordshire terrier-lab mix. She is very affectionate and well trained. She ALWAYS keeps her kennel spotless. She walks very well on a leash and is a beautiful dog. She enjoys presenting visitors to Westport Animal Control with toys from the toy basket and really appreciates a good game of fetch the tennis ball. For additional information about Bella or to schedule a meet and greet, please call Westport Animal Control at 203 341 5076.
The Pequot Library in Southport on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. will host a reception to kick off an exhibit of the three People’s Choice art show winners from last year’s “Exploring the Landscape of Art, Exploring the Art of Landscape “exhibit. Westport artist Miggs Burrough’s lenticular images will share the exhibit space with painter Nancy Smith, and jeweler and ceramicist Deborah Kouzoukian. In honor of Kouzoukian’s ceramic pomegranates and Burroughs’s’ lenticular pomegranate, there will be zesty pomegranate cocktails served at the reception. The show runs until Sept. 20. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Fides Ostbye, chair of the Westport Rotary Club student exchange program, today places a Rotary exchange program pin on her daughter, Monique, 16, a Staples High School junior who departs on Sunday to begin one-year school term in Barcelona as a Rotary exchange student. Fides told club members she was awarded the pin In 1982 when she was a native of Brazil and spent her junior year in Valentine, Neb. as a Rotary exchange student. The club meeting was held at the pavilion at Compo Beach with Joey’s By The Shore providing hot dogs and hamburgers for the annual summer outing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Janet Ellen Davis, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 19. She was 74.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Elsie and Daniel Stein. She resided in New York City until her move to Westport in 1985. She received her BA from Cornell University and her MA in education from Hunter College.
She started her professional life as a teacher and transitioned to a successful longtime career in educational sales. She was an active community volunteer and participant in Westport cultural and social groups. Most importantly, she was a dear friend and support to many.
She is survived by her husband, Curt Tetrault, two daughters, Kim Davis and Jilian Davis-DiChiaro, her brother, William Stein, and a large extended family including six grandchildren who were the light of her life.
By Susan GrangerSpecial to WestportNow
“Kubo and the Two Strings” begins with the ominous warning - “If you must blink, do it now” - because “if you look away, even for an instant, our hero will surely perish.”
Set in ancient Japan, this animated fantasy-adventure revolves around an 11 year-old boy named Kubo (Art Parkinson), a story-telling musician whose skill at origami (the art of paper-folding) resonates with Hosato (George Takei), Akhiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Brenda Vaccaro).
While taking care of his ailing mother, who warns him to be home before nightfall, the tranquility of Kubo’s life is suddenly shattered when he accidentally breaks a supernatural curse.
Accompanied by a snarky, sassy Monkey (Charlize Theron), Kubo flees, determined to acquire three specific pieces of armor that belonged to his late samurai-warrior father in order to fulfill his destiny.
Dominick B. Attanasio, a longtime resident of Westport, died Aug. 29 at Norwalk Hospital due to complications related to chronic illness. He was 82.
He was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Dominick and Epiphania (Ognibene) Attanasio. He graduated from Manual Training School in 1952.
While attending St. John’s University School of Pharmacy, he was employed by Pfizer as a chromatography chemist on the midnight shift of the Pfizer Brooklyn plant.
After completing graduate studies at New York University, he spent his entire career with Pfizer in various executive positions including plant manager of the Brooklyn plant and vice president of strategic planning for the agriculture division.
Richard “Dick” Pollien of Niceville, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Aug. 25. He ws 78.
He was born in Westport and moved to the Gulf Coast area during his career in the Air Force where he met the love of his life, Kathyrn and decided to make Niceville his permanent home.
He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Flying, sailing and biking were some of his favorite things to do.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Helen Pollien, brothers Ernest and Frank Pollien and Mike McSheehy. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Pollien, daughters Paige Fagan her spouse Robert and son Alex, Pam Bates her spouse Robert and son Aaron, Sister Yvonne Pollien, beloved brothers through marriage, Wayne McSheehy and his wife Libby, Dale Gauvin and his wife Renate, Donald McSheehy and his wife Carole and his nieces and nephews, Robin Hartman, Kevin McSheehy, Sean McSheehy, Kelly Hall, Kelly Wade, Dawn Parrish, Bridget Moyer, Windy Miller, Zach Gauvin, Donald “Bear” McSheehy, Mike McSheehy, Ryan McSheehy, Kendall McSheehy, William Pollien and Rob Pollien.
Jack Wood of Norwalk died Aug. 26. He was 70.
Born in Port Chester, N.Y. on March 20, 1946, he was the son of the late Jack Edward Wood Sr., and the late Lilli Schonning Wood.
A resident of Minnesota, Ohio and Maryland at different times of his life, he grew up in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1964. He then went on to graduate from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. in 1968 and enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
His professional career started in 1968 with 3M Corporation in White Plains, N.Y. where he spent the next 17 years in various senior sales capacities across the United States.
Phyllis E. Nobile of Westport died Aug. 26 at home after battling illness. She was 65.
She was born April 15, 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y.. She graduated from Herbert Lehman College in 1974 with a degree in English education and went on to get a masters in reading education in 1976.
A lifelong mentor, coach, and educational guru, her career included 27 years as the reading specialist for Norwalk High School and heading her private practice, The Reading Company, since the mid 1980s.
She won the Connecticut Reading Educator Award for Excellence in Reading Instruction, the Educating for High Performance Award, and had her work recognized in The New York Times.
9:30 a.m. - 17 Edgewater Place, Norwalk - Westport Historical Society Guided Tour of Copps Island Oysters
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Geek! It’s a Wrap
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar