Sunday, May 07, 2017
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - 180 Bayberry Lane - Westport Weston Health District Free Skin Cancer Screening
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Compo Beach -Westport Historical Society: Danbury Raid Bus Tour with Ed Hynes
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Winslow Park - Westport Dog Festival 2017
11 a.m. - Saugatuck Train Station New Haven-bound side - 5th Annual Westport Electric Car Club EV Road Rally (Registration at 10 a.m.)
1:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Family Maker Day Sunday: Mother’s Day Cards
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Danny Lipsitz and The Brass Tacks Play the Roots of Rock & Roll
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “Random Violence” by Jassy McKenzie
5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Tribute to Pamela” pancreatic cancer benefit by James Naughton and family
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, May 06, 2017
Sunny the Duck, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club’s Great Duck Race mascot, was spotted today enjoying the sun on a Greens Farms Road lawn. The club’s annual race is Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
A team of Staples High School students engaged in underwater robotics today won top honors at a competition in Sandwich, Massachusetts and a right to advance to an international competition. Team Curriodyssea, made up of students Nick Durkin, John McNab, and Daniel Westphal (all 10th graders) and Nathan Wang (9th grader), competed in the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center’s (MATE) New England Regional Competition. The MATE competition requires teams to design, build, and program underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), utilizing math, engineering, and computer science skills. The ROVs are challenged to perform missions (in a swimming pool) modeled after scenarios from the undersea workplace. Curriodyssea came home with first place awards in engineering evaluation, mission (for highest scoring ROV on the underwater challenges), technical report, and poster display. By winning first place overall, they qualified to compete in Long Beach, California on June 23-25, where their underwater ROV (named H2rOver) will face 27 other teams from the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, and Africa. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Scenes from today’s Westport Country Playhouse 2017 Season Kic-off Block Party. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Stella Streicker, 9 months, along with mom Bridget and dad Michael of Westport tour the stage of the Westport Country Playhouse today during its 2017 Season Kick-off Block Party. On the stage were set design models from past productions. Guests toured the behind the scenes of the Playhouse and enjoyed food and drink in the courtyard and parking lot and games for kids. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Risa Davis, 5, of Norwalk dances solo on the Westport Country Playhouse patio today during the 2017 Season Kick-off Block Party. The kindergartner dances to Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” played by the acoustic guitar duo Fred and Ethel. Afterward, she took time to thank the musicians. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Michelle and Gabriel Shenhar of Wewstport check out the scenery workshop today as the Westport Countruy Playhouse opened its backstage areas to the public as part of its 2017 Season Kick-off Block Party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples High School students won 12 awards today, seven of them first place including the best high school radio station in the nation at the John Drury High School Radio Awards held at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Pictured (l-r) Geno Heiter (teacher), Arthur Shapiro, Buster Scher, Cooper Boardman, Jack Caldwell, Jackson Valente, Jarod Ferguson, Luke McManus, and Hunter Duffy. The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Led by Ed Gerber, Westport Historical Society (WHS) past president, about 20 persons today attended a walking tour of the Kings Highway North Historic District. The tour was an opportunity for history buffs to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas, some homes dating to the mid-1700s. One of the stops (above) was at 78 Kings Highway North, built in 1760 and the prior home of the late Lillian Wadsworth. Her charitable ways include a gift of Old Hill land that is now the location of Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
George W. Underhill, Westport’s former tax collector and a two-term Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, died May 5 at his home in Guilford. He was 79.
A 37-year Westport resident, he resigned from the RTM effective Feb. 1, 2013 and said he would move to a newly constructed home in Guilford.
“We’re staying within the State of Connecticut, but moving up the line, downsizing if you will,” Underhill told WestportNow at the time.
He was born Aug. 18, 1937 in Nashua, New Hampshire, the son of the late George and Dorothy (Carrier) Underhill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Boston University and spent the majority of his business life in the banking industry
More than 15 volunteers from Southport’s Trinity Episcopal Church today helped repair a Westport home on Robert Lane, off Hogan Trail in the Saugatuck section. It was part of a statewide blitz to revitalize 60 homes for low-income families on the 30th annual HomeFront Day. HomeFront is a community-based program dedicated to providing quality of life improvements to families with financial hardships. Pictured are House Captain Bahman Azar (l) and Trinity Episcopal Church Volunteer Coordinator Katharine Radziewicz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Back deck repairs were the job today of thes volunteers from Southport’s Trinity Episcopal Church at a home on Westport’s Robert Lane, off Hogan Trail. The effort was part of a statewide blitz to revitalize 60 homes for low-income families on the 30th annual HomeFront Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Breast cancer survivors give each other a hug today at the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Several hundred persons took part in the event under cloudy skies with temperatures in the 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Runners set off today at the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Since its founding in 1982 Susan G. Komen has raised more than $2 billion to help fund breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
U.S. Sen Richard Blumenthal today greets breast cancer survivor Rica Mendes of South Salem, New York, who works in Norwalk, at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. “I wish I lived in Connecticut so I could support you,” she told Blumenthal. Mendes said she is a breast cancer survivor for five years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Several hundred persons today took part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Some ran and some walked in the event, one of many scheduled across the nation to support breast cancer research. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Country Playhouse will host a 2017 Season Kick-off Block Party today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
It will feature food trucks, beer tastings, a photo contest, activities, prizes, music, special ticket offers, and a look at the Playhouse’s “backstage experience.” Admission is free and open to the public.
“Come party with the Playhouse,” said Hope Ventricelli, Playhouse marketing assistant. “To celebrate the start of our 2017 season, we’re throwing open the doors to the theater and offering lots of fun things to do, including self-guided tours.
Local food trucks, including Booth Bay Lobster Company, Skinny Pines Pizza, and Tipsy Cones, will be on site with their specialties available for purchase.
An abandoned snowman spotted at the Westport transfer station. Jim Cutie for WestportNow.com
7 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - United Methodist Church (49 Weston Road) - Giant Church Tag Sale
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
3 p.m. - Old Hill Road & Kings Highway North - Westport Historical Society Kings Highway North Historic District Walking Tour
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - 2017 Season Kick-Off Block Party
6 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Diplomacy Night
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, May 05, 2017
The owner of 26 Evergreen Ave. is the newest recipient of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten (l), WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Liz Crawford who has lived in the house since 1996 when she relocated to Westport. According to Weingarten, the house, known as the Restaino House c. 1925, was built by the Carmela Restaino. Weingarten said records show Restaino purchased the land at the end of 1923 but did not build the house until receiving a mortgage of $4,000 from Lydia Sniffen in June 1925. The property is in the Evergreen Avenue Historic District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Cars make their way slowly through floodwaters today at 53 Cross Highway following an afternoon torrential rain. Police later closed the road until the water subsided. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Catherine Walsh, chair of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, today issued the following update on the commission’s work:
Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD)
At the May 4 meeting it was announced, by Chair Cathy Walsh that the first draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) would be made available on the town website. Comments from the public are invited,
There will be more opportunities for public input over the next few months.
One person was injured today when a car went into a tree at Westport’s 33 Pumpkin Hill. It was raining heavily at the time, but it was not known if the weather was a factor in the crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Westport and area until 5 p.m.
One of the highlights of the New York art scene, Frieze New York, opened today on Randall’s Island. Now in its sixth year, with more than 200 galleries showing modern and contemporary art from 30 countries, the fair is like a small city set up in a lavishly sculptural tent. It runs through Sunday. Helen Klisser During, artistic director emeritus of the Westport Arts Center and WestportNow contributing photographer, was among VIP guests at a preview Thursday and returned today as it got underway in the rain. Click HERE for ticket information. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Apr. 17 - 21, 2017:
Brian J. and Alix H. Ward to Peter T. Grave and Alison R. Kudish, 166 Imperial Ave., $800,000
SIR-56 Maple North LLC to Ivan and Joanna Kohut, 56 Maple Ave. North, $2,250,000
Mark Ritter to Boris and Christine Bystrov, 12 Evergreen Ave., $1,925,000
Steven and Meredith Lorig to Richard K. Vogel and Donna Morgan, 22 Woods Grove Road, $832,500
Members of the Westport Garden Club prepare for their annual plant sale Friday, May 12 on the lawn of the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East. The 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. sale, rain or shine, will feature planters crafted by club members that make a great gift for Mother’s Day. Pictured (l-r) Ginger Donaher, Kristin McKinney (white hat, background) and Andi Turner (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
John George Petti, Jr. of Westport died May 3 at home just shy of his 90th birthday.
Born and raised in the Bronx, he was the star quarterback of his high school football team, before joining the Navy and serving as a medic during World War II.
After the war, he returned home to complete his education and attend New York University. At that time, a mutual friend introduced him to Inez, the love of his life. The couple married in 1949 and the romance continued for over 50 years, until her death in 2001.
He was an extremely devoted husband and father whose mission was to care and provide for his family. Born into a family of modest means, he set out to succeed in business and amply accomplished that goal.
The Kings Highway Elementary School Caring Council collected money from the student body all week in order to provide each bus driver, bus monitor, office secretaries, nurses, cafeteria staff, head custodian, and security officer with a goody bag today. Each bag contained a doughnut, coffee and a gift card to Dunkin Donuts. Students are pictured ready to hand them out to bus drivers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo