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Friday, June 02, 2006
The Staples High School boys and girls golf teams joined together with senior golfers on Tuesday for the annual Friendship through Fitness Golf Tournament at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. The event raises money for the Center for Senior Activities’ fitness room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sue Pfister for WestportNow.com
Monday, May 29, 2006
Bill Vornkahl has been coordinating Westport’s Memorial Day parade for 35 years. He surveyed the line of march at the end of today’s event. Vornkahl also supervises every other parade in Westport, including 4th of July festivities at Compo Beach and the Italian Festival parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Monday, May 22, 2006
The Westport Public Library will be selling more than 2,000 cookbooks donated from a local cookbook writer.
While most of the books will be sold at the Friends of the Library’s annual summer sale on July 15, some of the nicest and newest cookbooks are now available on the organization’s sale shelves located on the Riverwalk Level, an announcement said.
As cookbooks are sold, new ones will be placed on the shelves. The books are individually priced, and all proceeds benefit the library.
For more information, call (203)291-4840.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The Westport Rotary Club distributed $20,000 in Partnership Grants to 27 local organizations at its luncheon meeting today at the Inn at Longshore. Pictured are representatives of each of the organizations, with Robin Hammond, Rotary charitable giving chairwoman, at left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elizabeth Scheffler for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Julie O’Connor (l) of Weston, enjoys the announcement that her photograph of a Tibetan man in a yak skin boat on the Lhasa River was selected “Best in Show” at the Fourth Annual Friends of Hall-Brooke Mother’s Day Weekend Art Show and Sale in Westport. Frankie Smith (r), of Westport, represented Fairfield County Bank which, along with Castle Wine and Spirits, sponsored the show and provided a $500 award. Laura Wilk, (c), of Westport, served as Curator. She was “Best in Show” winner for 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Underscoring its commitment to and ongoing support of the local community, Nicke Castellano, (l) branch director of the Southport office of RBC Dain Rauscher, presents a $5,000 grant to A Better Chance of Westport’s Cheryl Scott-Daniels and Steve Daniels, chair of facilities and president respectively of ABC of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Members of the Westport Historical Society met to make plans for the group’s Hidden Garden Tour June 11. The annual event will include noteworthy gardens in the area. Pictured are top row (l-r): Joni Andrews, Linda Adelman, Maggie Feczko, and Cynthia Lee; bottom row (l-r): Paula Leonard, Deborah Herbertson, Donna Brody, and Diana Zaslow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Fine for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 26, 2006
William Grassie: talking science and religion. Contributed photoThe Westport-Weston Interfaith Council will hold a community forum on “Science and the Sacred: Towards the Constructive Engagement of Religion and Science” today at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.
The forum features Dr. William Grassie, executive director of the Metanexus Institute. The discussion is an “introduction and invitation to join in the challenging and exciting dialogue between the estranged domains of science and religion,” according to an announcement.
The Philadelphia-based Metanexus Institute says its mission is “to seek to create an enduring intellectual and social movement by collaborating with persons and communities from diverse religious traditions and scientific disciplines.”
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Amy L. Y. Day: Named to best lawyer list. Contributed photoAmy L. Y. Day of Westport, a partner in the Westport law firm Wake, See, Dimes & Bryniczka, has been selected to be included in the 2007 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America 7” in the trusts and estates area.
Inclusion in the publication is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey, an announcement said.
Day, a past president of the Westport Bar Association, has served on the Executive Committee of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association for the past 20 years. She also is a member of the Advisory Committee of Connecticut Lawyer, a publication of the Connecticut Bar Association and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County.
Day, Staples High School Class of 1970, is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College (A.B., cum laude, 1974) in Northampton, Mass., where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
There was a big turnout Saturday night at the “Carnivale 2006” fund-raiser for Westport’s Levitt Pavilion at the Inn at Longshore. Music was provided by Buckwheat Zydeco. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Westport Soccer has opened registration for spring clinics for children who will enter kindergarten this fall or in the fall of 2007.
The weekly clinics for the younger group will be held at Burr Farms Field at 1:45-2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays or Fridays, otganizers said.
The weekly clinics for the older group will be held at the field at 1:45-2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.
The clinic for the younger set will run April 26 through June 9, and the clinics for the older children will run April 10 through June 5.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Members of Temple Masonic Lodge No.65 of Westport recently installed a new slate of officers. The Masons, who do philanthropic work throughout the community, are located at 210 Post Road East. The lodge was chartered on May 12, 1824, and is the oldest fraternal organization in Westport. The aprons and tuxedos are part of the traditional garb worn by the members to signify their respective functions within the organization. Pictured are: First row - Walter E. Kaechele, past grand master of the grand lodge of Connecticut; Dennis Corsalini, the new master of the lodge; John Hendrickson, senior warden; Donald B.Treadwell, chaplin. Second row - Fred Clark, associate grand marshall; John T. Kahler, junior warden; George Underhill, treasurer; David Feliciano, junior deacon; Scott Adelman, senior steward; Thomas C. Hofstetter, secretary; Dr. Rocco Frank, past master 2005; Wilson Dinielli, senior deacon. Last row – William Dykler, district deputy and Dr. Julian Benetatos, organist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, January 13, 2006
Volunteers are needed to help build a new playground at Westport’s Compo Beach. It will replace the current playground that has been enjoyed by children for 16 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The Westport Compo Beach Playground Committee is looking for a few good men and women to help with construction in April.
The committee has raised nearly enough money for a project to replace and build a new playground at the beach, but volunteers are needed to help with building the playground.
Rebecca Ellsley, committee co-chairwoman, said there is a meeting planned for Jan. 25 to organize the project, and 1,500 volunteers are needed by that time. There are 650 names currently on the volunteer list.
Those who volunteer do not need to commit to a specific time, but just need to say they are available to help during the building on April 25-30.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Classic Charlie Chaplin silent films with their original scores performed by a live orchestra are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Westport Country Playhouse.
Planned are a 2 p.m. showing of one Chaplin film, “The Kid,” which Playhouse officials say is appropriate for ages 10 and older, and a 7 p.m. showing of “The Kid,” followed by Chaplin’s “The Adventurer.”
The films are to be accompanied by Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, heard on “Main Street, U.S.A.” at Disneyland, Disney World and Euro Disney.
The films are being presented by ARTS in the House, a co-presentation by Westport Country Playhouse and Westport Arts Center (WAC).
Westport-Weston First Night has distributed 613 free buttons to underprivileged children throughout the region.
The buttons, which would have cost the children $10 each, will allow them to attend more than 30 events for children, teens and adults in venues throughout both towns, said Rozanne Gates, First Night executive director
She said the contributions were made by friends, contacts and sponsors of First Night and will be given to underprivileged children and families in Westport, Weston, Norwalk and Bridgeport.
She said 200 buttons were given to the Westport Department of Human Services, seven to Project Return, 100 to the Weston Department of Social Services, 120 to the Norwalk Human Services Council, 83 to the Carver Center in Norwalk, 100 to the Bridgeport Kiwanis Club and three to a Bridgeport family.
“Wild Women” is the theme of short fiction readings scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Westport Country Playhouse.
The readings will be performed by actors Kathleen Chalfant, Marian Seldes and Joanne Woodward in a program titled “Selected Shorts,” a live version of the National Public Radio (NPR) show of the same name.
Presented by Arts in the House, a collaboration between the Westport Arts Center and the Playhouse, the program is set to be hosted by Isaiah Sheffer, artistic director of “Selected Shorts” and its home theater Symphony Space in New York City.
Playhouse officials say the readings will be taped for a future NPR broadcast. WSHU Public Radio is the event’s media sponsor.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The Westport-Weston Family Y aquatics staff will be offering free “Aquatic Fusion” clinics this week. They will be held Wednesday and Friday at 8:45-9:45 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday in the 90-degree pool at the YMCA. Pictured are (l-r) Audrey Thompson, Aquatic Fitness Director Patty Kondub, and Shelly Goldman (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, December 16, 2005
Even New Year’s Eve, it seems, is starting earlier. Balducci’s, the Westport specialty food market, has scheduled a First Night preview celebration with balloons, clowns and music for Thursday, Dec. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Teaming up with First Night of Westport-Weston, Balducci’s at 1385 Post Road East, has planned a free and open-to-the-public event that will seemingly step into the future with musical entertainment by the Puttin’ on the Ritz, face painters, food samples and demonstrations.
But the event is not designed to take away from New Year’s Eve by jumping ahead on the calendar. Instead it will offer a sneak preveiw of First Night events while hawking admission buttons to all of its offerings, organizers say.
“First Night offers Westport residents a wonderful and safe environment in which to ring in their New Year,” said Victor DiRoma, Balducci’s general manager.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Beth Israel of Westport-Norwalk and The Schneerson Center of Westport have scheduled five Chanukah events beginning with a menorah lighting ceremony at Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center on Sunday, Dec. 25, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The initial menorah lighting will be in front of Wachovia Bank, and planners say it will feature hot potato latkes, live music, dreidels and hot chocolate. Local dignitaries are scheduled to attend, and Rabbi Levi Stone and Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht plan to emcee the event.
The ceremony is part of the week-long “Chanukah Across Town” activities that will include a menorah lighting at Weston Shopping Center on Monday, Dec. 26, at 5 p.m. and a huge menorah lighting at Stew Leonard’s on Westport Avenue in Norwalk on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m.
Also scheduled is a “Chanukah On Ice” celebration including face painting, holiday gelt and songs at the Longshore Ice Rink on Thursday, Dec. 29. The admission, $12 per adults and $10 per child, covers skates rentals, planners say.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
In an era of fewer and fewer extended families and increased pressures on children, the Westport Center for Senior Activities and Positive Directions, the Center for Prevention and Recovery, are stressing the important role of grandparents.
And on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the two organizations will kick off the first session of a five-week program titled, “Raising Resilient Grandchildren.” The program is set to run Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the senior center.
It uses a research-based curriculum in which grandparents gain the skills needed to help raise healthy grandchildren who avoid risky behavior, said Martha Hauhuth, executive director of Westport-based Positive Directions.
As grandparents assume greater roles, she said, children will become more connected to their families.
Friday, December 09, 2005
A Christmas concert titled “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” has been scheduled by Westport’s St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church on North Turkey Hill Road for Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m.
Concert planners said the event will feature three choirs including a hand chime one, and it will be followed by a traditional nativity pageant staged by boys and girls from the church’s religious education program.
For the first time this annual event will feature a musical prelude for early birds at 2:40 p.m., planners said, to be performed by children who are string and brass players for the Norwalk Youth Symphony. They added that the concert will feature a variety of musical styles, including soloists and instrumental accompanists.
The concert is free and open to the public, and all are invited to join in singing traditional Christmas carols. St. Luke’s parish is located at 49 North Turkey Hill Road on the corner of Long Lots Road. For further information call (203)226-0729.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Two stars from Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” are scheduled to perform opera and Christmas classics in the Suzuki Music School of Westport’s second concert set for Sunday, Dec. 11, at Southport’s Pequot Library.
Part of the school’s 2005-2006 “Da Capo” concert series, Sunday’s “Broadway Christmas” will feature sopranos Rebecca Pitcher and Margaret-Mary Kane, stars from the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic.
The Pequot Library is located at 720 Pequot Ave., Southport. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Preferred seating is $35 and $15 respectively. School officials say tickets will be sold in advance only with no sales at the door. For further information call 227-9474.
Betty Lou Cummings, who served as emcee for CLASP Homes second annual Fashion Show & Fundraiser at the Westport Woman’s Club today, was honored as “CLASP Homes Volunteer of the Year” by the organization’s president, Tracy Flood. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tiffanys held a fund-raiser for Earthplace Wednesday night. The event helped raise money for the new exhibition hall at Earthplace. Here, Mary Alice Timmins tries a key in the “Keys to a Cause.” Those attending would purchase a key and try it to receive one of the gifts inside. Timmins’ key did not unlock the box. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Randy Brody of Sound Directions held a drumming circle at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Center for Senior Activities, attracted more than 40 participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Peter Romano, a member of the steering committee for the Westport YMCA’s relocation to Camp Mahackeno, updated the Westport Rotary Club today on the project’s progress and timetables. He was assisted by Steve Halstead who displayed a project site map. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com