Saturday, January 21, 2017
By Ana Radelatwww.ctmirror.org
Washington – Thousands of marchers from Connecticut today joined a massive protest the day after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, saying they have to protect the environment, health care, women’s rights and a wide range of issues they say are under attack in the new administration.
“It’s important to show that women aren’t going back in time,” said Jessica Cross of Stafford.
A Navy veteran who wore an American flag like a cape to show that the marchers were “true patriots, Cross was unable to participate in protests in the past. She called the Women’s March “amazing,” especially for its “positive energy.”
As Trump attended a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral on his first full day as president, a sea of pink-hatted protesters from across the country descended on the nation’s capital, arriving in buses, caravans and packing public transportation to gather near the National Mall.
Connecticut residents who traveled to Washington for the women’s march were welcomed today by the state’s House delegation for a bit of rest on Capitol Hill. The lawmakers were able to snag the cavernous House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzzanne Stark for WestportNow.com
Westporters participating in today’s March on Washington were among those who got close to the White House during the event. Westporter Jane Sherman snapped this photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jane Sherman for WestportNow.com
Westport artist Sam Abelow exhibits for the first time today at the weekly Westport Farmers Market, 7 Sylvan Lane, A 2009 Staples High School graduate and third generation Westporter, he specializes in painting animal portraits and describes his art range as “descriptive with realism, classicalism and academic in the traditional style.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sonya Morrison Clark, of Sarasota, Florida, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 6 after a long, valiant battle with vascular dementia. She was 85.
She was born Dec. 22, 1930, her father’s birthday, in Bay Shore, New York to Frederick Morrison and Sadie Morrison, Sonny graduated from Syracuse University.
She and one other woman were the first females to be elected to the university chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, national professional accounting fraternity. As a CPA, she worked with her father in a public accounting practice.
She later became a manager at the Coopers Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) New York City office and traveled extensively as one of their expatriate tax specialists. Sonny developed a private practice in Westport and continued that practice when she relocated to Sarasota.
|Chloe Kiev, 11, of Westport enjoys toasting a marshmallow on an open fire today at Westport’s Earthplace Winterfest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com|
At the Westport ‘s Earthlplace Winterfest today, the absence of snow was not a problem. Zane Hinson, a kindergartner at Kings Highway Elementrary School, played in the insta-snow with his sister, Thea Hinson, a fourth grader at the school. Winterfest continues until 2 p.m. at 10 Woodside Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 2 - 6, 2017:
Marilyn M. Duane Trust to Robin L. and Melissa L. Shapier, 220 Riverside Ave Unit 10, $480,000
J. Kevin and Debra J. Ross to Jordan and Vanessa Citak, 37 Crawford Road, $1, 475,000
Jerry M. Melillo Trust to J M K Bridge Street Properties, LLC, 36 Bridge Street, $500,000
C C O Dogwood LLC to Ari Halper and Ebru Buluc-Halper, 8 Dogwood Lane, $2,100,000
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Rockyfield Road, off Easton Road, is in process. Built in 1954, the one-story split level has 1,907-square feet and is situated on a 1.12-acre property. 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 National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Westport and area, which is in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night.
Winds are expected to be from northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph with strongest winds likely occurring from mid-morning Monday into Monday evening.
The Weather Service said downed trees and power lines are likely, with numerous power outages possible.
Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, and on elevated roads and bridges.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Westport Winter Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Earthplace - Winterfest
Noon - 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Chinese New Year celebration
1 p.m. - Westport Library -WestportREADS 2017: Getting a Grip on Gender Program for Parents & Students
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Improv Comedy: Greens Farms Academy Red & Bloopers w/ Yale’s Exit Players
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, January 20, 2017
Westport’s award-winning photographer Spencer Platt is in Washington today covering the inauguration and street protests. The 1989 Staples High School graduate shot this photo as protesters torched a stretch limo on a street outside the security zone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Spencer Platt/Getty Images
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) welcomed a new member to its ranks Thursday night—Democrat Danielle Dobin.
She was recommended by the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) to replace David Lessing who resigned in November.
As she took her seat, Dobin was not the only new member at the dais. Longtime P&Z alternate Al Gratrix recently became a full time member replacing Jack Whittle who stepped down last month.
And just when it seemed that the dust from musical chairs had ended, Democrat Andra Vebell cranked up the music again. She announced that after three years she would be stepping down.
Artist Tom Berntsen today installs large scale portraits as part of the “As We Are!” exhibition at the Westport Arts Center opening Friday, Jan. 27. On view through March 11, “As We Are!” features a full gallery installation by Pamela Hovland reflecting the local perspective on identity, stereotype, and the power of words. It includes portraits of students, community leaders, business professionals, artists, immigrants, religious figures, cultural influencers and elected officials who have contributed personal material to express their individual views and experiences with labels and the power of words. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Xenia Gross for WestportNow.com
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 22 Long Lots Lane is in process. Built in 1954, the 1-1/4 story cape has 1,517-square feet, is situated on a .26-acre property and changed ownership in November for $550,000. 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
No license, no insurance and wrong plates led to the arrest of Bayshore, N.Y. man Thursday, police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, Donald Potter, 29, was stopped on Post Road East near Compo Road after an officer discerned a license plate did not belong on the vehicle.
Potter also was unable to produce a driver’s license, proper registration or valid insurance, Farrell said.
“Due to the fact that Potter did not have a license or any other photo identification, he was taken into custody,” he said.
9:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Commission for Senior Services
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Anyone Can Use ... Instagram
11 a.m. - Westport Library - Viewing of inauguration of President Trump
11:45 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Healthy Living: Live Your Life Without Body Blockages
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, January 19, 2017
George Hodgman, author of the 2017 WestportREADS selection “Bettyville,” addressed a large audience tonight in the WestportREADS keynote talk at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. The 2015 book tackles questions about the author’s identity as a gay man, as a writer and as a son. Though there were serious moments in the book and in the events that made up the memoir, Hodgman was able to fill the hall with witty humor as he shared many of his life’s events and the words his mother spoke. The event was sponsored by the church and the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Author George Hodgman signs copies of his book “Bettyville” tonight following his WestportREADS keynote address at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Between 250 and 300 Westport women are set to take part in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency, Melissa Kane, chairman of Democratic Town Committee, said today.
“We are going to make a very loud statement that we are watching, and that we are not going to stand for the overturning of any of the rights we have fought so hard for,” said Kane, who added that a sign making session was held on Monday.
She is one of Connecticut’s 20 women organizers who expect to turn out 5,000 to 6,000 women statewide for the rally. She said that about 200,000 women from across the country are expected.
Kane said two buses are set to leave from Westport at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, but she declined to disclose the location(s).
The Westport Arts Center tonight was transformed into a jazz lounge as Darren Litzie and the Saxtet played a tribute to jazz legends Benny Goodman and Stan Getz. They performed their own arrangements of songs such as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Flyin’ Home,” and “The Girl From Ipanema.” Guests enjoyed high top tables, appetizers and wine, and enjoyed a sneak peak of the exhibition “As We Are!,” opening Friday, Jan. 27. The next jazz performance at the Center will be the jazz jam, open to local musicians and students, on Sunday, Feb. 26. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aubrey Grodin for WestportNow.com
Members of Staples Players tonight joined in the nationwide Ghostlight Project collective action by members of the theater community. “Staples Players has always strived to be an inclusive and supportive community,” said Brooke Wrubel, a senior who is Staples Players co-president. “Our participation in the Ghostlight Project reaffirmed these long-held values.” Participants made a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
About 100 persons tonight lit lights at the Westport Country Playhouse as part of the nationwide Ghostlight Project, a shared, ongoing commitment to social justice by the theatrical community. To simulate a collective ghostlight, a theatrical tradition, attendees were requested to bring a light source they lit in unison, When theaters go dark at the end of the night, a ghostlight is turned on, offering visibility and safety for all who might enter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, told a courtyard crowd tonight at the Playhouse’s Ghostlight Project event: “Tonight is not anti-anything. Tonight we celebrate the commitment by theaters nationwide to greater inclusion, participation, and compassion.” With him is Michael Barker, Playhouse managing director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com