Sunday, September 03, 2017
Rain that fell early in the day gave way to sunny skies late today for the second and final day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Rain left some puddles in the Westport Lbrary parking lot early in the day today, but that did not stop playing later in the day on slides and other children’s games on the second and final day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
In response to a request for volunteers between acts, Carly Mori (l) and Zoe Lieberman, both 17 of Westport, tried their hand today at hula hoops on the stage of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Blues, Views, and BBQ visitors Izzy Cardello (l) and Bailey Blaikie, both 16-year-old Staples High School students, show off their painted faces today on the second and final day of the festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Pie eating and ribs eating contests for youngsters and adults were part of the School of Rock Jesup Jam activiities today at the second day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. Luke Ingber (l), 12, of Norwalk took first place in the children’s pie eating competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Noon - 8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 10th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival
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Saturday, September 02, 2017
Westporter Adam Goldberg, owner of the flood barrier company AquaFence, is organizing a food and supplies donation drive for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
He said collections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Imperial Avenue parking lot.
Once his company’s 30-foot truck is filled, it will leave from Westport and head to Houston, Goldberg said.
“As a community, we are all horrified by the images and stories of Hurricane Harvey this past week in Texas,” said Goldberg, a 13-year town resident.
By James Lomuscio
With chillier than usual September weather and a bit of an overcast by 5 p.m., the 10th annual Blues, View & BBQ Festival at first glance today seemed more like an Oktoberfest than a New Orleans style barbecue and music jam.
But the smoking sounds and scents prevailed on the festival’s first day in the parking lot behind the Westport Library and on stage at the Levitt Pavilion.
Hints of barbecue still wafted up from the Imperial Avenue parking lot where Crew du Que took first place for overall best barbecue in the Cooking for a Cause competition in which 15 grillmaster teams vied for the Kansas City Barbecue Society title. All of this year’s funds raised from that event’s entry fees would go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, according to the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA), sponsor of the event.
Savory smells of ribs, brisket and pulled pork also filled the lot lined with food vendors and filled with bouncy games for children, plus merchants showcasing wares.
Scenes from today’s first day of the 10th anniversary edition of the Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
The 10th annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion today drew large crowds. The event continues until 10 p.m. today and resumes Sunday at 10 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sunny, then overcast skies and temperatures in the 60s helped attract thousands today to the 10th annual Blues, Views, and BBQ festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion and nearby public spaces. It continues Sunday at 10 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
David R. Smith of Weston died Sept. 1 at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan after a long illness. He was 88.
Born Aug. 30, 1929 in Burlington, Vermont, he grew up primarily in Lowell and Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
He was an accomplished three sport star in high school and college, earning the coveted Blanket Award from Trinity College where he graduated in 1952.
He went on to graduate from Harvard Business School in 1954, and after completing a stint in the Air Force, started his business career at National Blank Book (NBB) Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) has announced the launch of breakfast business networking meetings, the first one set for Tuesday Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 a.m.
Tentatively called the Chamber Morning Meet, the meetings will be held at Terrain Garden Café, 561 Post Road East, and are open to WWCC members and nonmembers, according to Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director.
“We’re trying to give business people an opportunity to find synergies and an outlet to discuss what’s up with their company, the business climate, the town and even the state,” said Mandell.
“The goal is to find how to make our town even better for business and foster new collaborations while doing so.”
UPDATE Westport provided mutual aid early today to Fairfield when fire broke out at about 1:30 a.m. in an 1816-built home at 480 Old Post Road. Firefighters said the fire began in the rear of the home and quickly spread. Reports said two adults and four children were in the home at the time. A 10-year-old child had to jump from a second story window and was hospitalized with lacerations. The father was also brought to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. As Westport aided Fairfield, Norwalk sent two engines to Westport to fill in to cover the town. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Farifield Fire Department photo
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - 10th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival (see lineup HERE)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SELECTS Artist Member Exhibition” (last day)
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking” (last day)
3 p.m. & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Appropriate” (last day)
5:30 p.m. - Meet at Elivira’s (222 Hillspoint Road) - Westport Historical Society Hummock Island Oyster Tour
7 p.m. - Pearl of Longshore (260 Compo Road South) - Summer Soirée to Benefit Westport & Fairfield First Responders
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Friday, September 01, 2017
Danuta Maciulewski of Bridgeport, a former Westport resident, died Aug. 31. She was 57.
Born April 22, 1960, she immigrated from Poland to the United States in 1972, was raised in Westport, and graduated in 1978 from Staples High School. She attended Katherine Gibbs School, and most recently worked for Suddath Relocation Systems.
Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m. from the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael Church, 75 Derby Ave., Derby. Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery, Derby.
After a day of work set up was complete late today for the Westport Library parking lot portion of this weekend’s 10th annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Officers arrested a Flushing, New York woman on a credit card theft and larceny charges, police said today.
Gabrielle Enache, 38, was arrested at Bridgeport Superior Court Monday where she had appeared to face similar charges for crimes in Fairfield, police said.
The Westport case dates back to June 12 when officials at People’s United Bank at 371 Post Road East reported an incident of fraudulent ATM use the previous day.
Investigating officer Det. Sharon Russo had been advised a suspect had been arrested in Darien earlier that same day for similar illegal transactions, Farrell said.
Officers arrested a Waterbury man on 37 counts of first-degree forgery and larceny charges for writing fraudulent checks to himself from the company where he had worked, police said today.
Michael McCrorken, 28, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday in Norwalk where he had an appointment with a probation officer.
According to Lt. David Farrell, the incident began on May 1 when the victim, the owner of a Westport catering company A Dash of Salt at 971 Post Road East filed a fraud complaint.
“The victim stated his employee, Michael McCrorken, wrote fraudulent paychecks to himself from the business,” said Farrell, adding that the victim discovered digital copies of unauthorized checks made out to McCrorken from the business.
Officers arrested a Wilton veterinarian Thursday night at Rizzuto’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant for breach of peace, criminal trespass after interfering with an officer, police said today.
According to Lt. David Farrell, the incident began when officers were dispatched to Rizzuto’s around 7 p.m. at 540 Riverside Ave. on a report of a person making a disturbance and refusing to leave. The person was identified at Nicholas Sitinas, 57.
“Officers arrived and located a Nicholas Sitinas sitting at the bar,” Farrell said. “Officers learned that Rizzuto’s staff had requested Sitinas to leave as he was causing a disturbance, but he refused.
“Officers asked Sitinas several times to exit the bar, but her continued to refuse,” he added, saying that Sitinas finally began to leave on his own.
Westport Fire Chief Rob Yost announced today that at the request of the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Westport Fire Department has donated 125 t-shirts to be distributed to Texas firefighters who have suffered losses over the last few days. “The t-shirts will provide them with something new to wear after losing so much, and it also allows them to wear the logo of those departments, locals, associations and fire companies that were able to help,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Henry (Hank) Kenneth May of Norwalk, a former Westport resident known for his TV commercials for his tire business, died Aug. 20 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 74.
An avid sailor, he suffered a stroke while doing the thing he loved most, piloting his sailboat outside Norwalk Harbor in the company of friends and family.
A longtime resident of Norwalk and Westport, he was a community fixture known to many in Fairfield County for his decades-long presence in a series of quirky television commercials.
He was the owner of Hank May’s Discount Tire and Auto Centers located in Norwalk, Stamford, and Port Chester, New York, which he founded in 1978.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 14 - 18, 2017:
Cicily S. and Lee F. Baukus Trusts to Naji S.. Farhatand Tess Fantegrossi, 150 Long Lots Road, $950,000
Tessa Elizabeth Smith-McGovern Trust, Daniel G. McGovern Trust to Teoman Ernamli, 101 Roseville Road, $1,700,000
Lisa and Franklin S. Canosa to Erhan Bilal and Gabriela Hayes, 3 Sandy Hill Terrace, $845,000
Robert A. and Sarah J. Pedro III to Ronald D. Wedeking, 10 Davenport Ave., $512,500
Today is the 17th annual Good Neighbor Day at Westport Wash & Wax, 791 Post Road East, with 100 percent of car wash proceeds going to Westport’s Homes With Hope (HWH). According to Jeff Wieser, HWH president, owners Scott and Laila Tiefenthaler have donatedmore than $80,000 through this annual event for HWH, the local provider of housing and support services. Pictured (l-r) Scott Tiefenthaler, Jeff Wieser, and First Selectman Jim Marpe. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Workers today began set up for the 10th annual Blues, Views and BBQ festival this weekend. The Westport Library parking lot was closed to accommodate food vendors, musicians, and children’s games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com