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Monday, December 07, 2009

Lifeguard Training Course Set for Dec. 26-30

The Connecticut Chapter will be conducting an American Red Cross lifeguard training course at the Westport Weston Family Y on Dec. 26–30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The course teaches the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. 

Participants will receive certification in first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, automated external defibrillation and lifeguard training.

To enroll, participants must be at least 15 years of age. Cost is $300. For more information and/or to register, contact Jack Harder at (203)683-4292 or register online at


12/07/09 11:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Matsu Sushi Supports Breast Cancer Foundation Image
Westport’s Matsu Sushi restaurant is getting behind the Breast Cancer Emergency Aid Foundation (BCEAF). Owner Michael Cao and Pauline Lee, manager of the restaurant at 33 Jesup Road, presented a check to Westonite Shirley Freifeld in support of BCEAF. The group was founded in 2006 by Freifeld and the late Phyllis Steinberger who died of breast cancer in September. According to Freifeld, BCEAF has provided funding for more than 300 females and one male to cover out-of-pocket expenses related to chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. In addition to Connecticut, BCEAF has now expanded to four other eastern states. Matsu Sushi’s check to the BCEAF represents a portion of its revenues for the month of October, Breast Cancer awareness month.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


12/07/09 09:42 PM Comments () • Permalink

Youth Jazz Ensemble Holding Auditions

The Southern Connecticut Youth Jazz Ensemble, part of Westport Continuing Ed, is holding auditions for the winter/spring season.

The regional group, which is open to high school musicians from throughout Connecticut, rehearses every Monday night at Staples High School. In addition, there are monthly master classes with New York jazz artists, and club/concert performances.

Auditions will be held today and Dec. 14 or by appointment.

There is no charge and auditions can be scheduled by calling (203)226-9750 or by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


12/07/09 07:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Westport Menorah Lighting Set for Monday, Dec. 14

A giant outdoor menorah lighting to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah will take place Monday, Dec. 14 at Westport’s Compo Acres Shopping Center,  422 Post Road East, in front of Wachovia Image
The 2006 menorah lighting at the Compo Acres Shopping Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

The event, sponsored by Westport’s Schneerson Center for Jewish Life, will include live music, hot latkes, “Hanukkah gelt,” and dreidels.

The menorah will be displayed from Friday, the start of Hanukkah, to its end on Saturday, Dec. 19.

For more information, call the Schneerson Center at (203)635-4118 or visit its Web site.


12/07/09 05:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Honoring a New Eagle Scout Image
State Representative Kim Fawcett (at microphone) and state Senator Toni Boucher (2nd l) were among those honoring new Eagle Scout Daniel A. Zlatkin (c) of Troop 39, Westport, at a ceremony today at Temple Israel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


12/07/09 03:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Masons Donate to Charities Image
The Masonic Lodge of Westport Charitable Giving Committee, headed by George Underhill (3rd l), today recognized four local charities with donations of $1,000 each for their outstanding service to the community. Recipients included Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Westport Warm-Up Fund, First Night Westport/Weston, and Al’s Angels. Following the presentations, Santa appeared with gifts for the children attending the Christmas party with their parents and guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Feliciano for


12/07/09 03:20 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sending Out Holiday Mailings Image
Members of the Westport Woman’s Club gathered today for the annual holiday food gift card mailings to those in need for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, as well as sending holiday cards to seniors in nursing homes. Chair Dorothy Abrams led the effprt along with fellow club members Linda Clair, Lorraine Feliciano, Pat Jensen, Sue Mahar, Audrey Rabinowitz, Barbara Raffel, Nancy Saipe, Nat Sylander, Marie Taylor, Arlene Thrope, Barbara Wagner and Mary Vickery.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/13/09 01:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, September 11, 2009

Winners Image
Seventh grader Jaime Pettit and third grader Kaitlin Reif won “The Matching Game” contest at the Westport Historical Society. Volunteer Gayle Ferensz presents them with gift certificates for matching the most Heads and Hands at the Years in the Making little gallery exhibit. They were inspired to take two hours to solve the puzzle because of their love of history and the Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Naftalin for


09/11/09 11:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Woman’s Club Installs New Officers Image
The Westport Woman’s Club has installed its new board with Mary Vickery leading the club for 2009-2010. Pictured standing (l-r) are: Amy Schneider, programs; Lorraine Feliciano, communications; Arlene Thrope, community services; Sarajane Lynch, grounds; Doris Smart, programs; Barbara Szefc, treasurer; Joyce Netherton, parliamentary advisor; Rose Jordan, rentals; Dorothy Packer, house; and Carol Goetz, Curio Cottage. Sitting (l-r) are: Linda Clair, first vice president, special interests; Mary Vickery, president; and Barbara Raffel, secretary. Absent from the picture are Susan McCarthy, second vice president, finance; and Clare Clark, membership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/02/09 04:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, May 18, 2009

Taking Part in “Got Mitzvah?” Day Image
Taking part in the May 3 “Got Mitzvah?” day were volunteer Mel Liebergall, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff, Steven M. Friedlander, executive director of UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk, and volunteer Steve Samuels pictured at Interfaith Housing Association’s Bacharach Community. Volunteers gardened and painted at the Bacharach Community as part of the day of service sponsored by UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk. More than 1,000 volunteers performed a variety of projects to benefit more than 30 charitable organizations throughout the region. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Alison Wachstein Photography


05/18/09 02:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Soccer Tourney Raises $1,500 for Save the Children Image
Westporter Andy Mondino, a Greens Farms Academy and Westport Soccer Association U-18 player, along with a friend, as a community service project recently organized a soccer tournament at GFA to raise money to help the refugees in Darfur. They raised $1,500 that they gave to Save the Children. Contributed photo


04/30/09 02:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Even the Marshes Get Cleaned Up

Marsh cleanup by Lynn U. Miller
Members of Westport’s Sunrise Rotary and students and advisers from Builders Beyond Borders gathered at Old Mill Beach today to pick up garbage. One group spread out over the marshes behind the Mill Pond. They collected a lot of plastic bags, Styrofoam cups, and even came across an old concrete tub. The trash in the areas around Old Mill Beach and the marshes filled more than 80 black garbage bags. Following the clean-up, Sunrise Rotary provided pizza for everyone at the Compo Beach Pavilion. Builders Beyond Borders is a nonprofit organization that sends high school students to impoverished countries where they work to help build homes. The students, who raise the money to cover their travel expenses and building materials, also devote time to community service in their hometown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for


10/04/08 05:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Making a Difference at Westport’s Mill Beach

Make a Difference Day by Mark Mathias Sunrise Rotary and Builders Beyond Borders
The Sunrise Rotary and Builders Beyond Borders tackled the Mill Beach cleanup this morning as their contribution to Make a Difference Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mathias for


10/04/08 05:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Al’s Angels Raise Money for Needy Fairfield County Kids

Al's Angels Raises Money for Needy Fairfield County Kids September 20, 2008
Al DiGuido (white T-shirt and blue cap) served hot dogs and beverages today at a tag sale on Ketchum Street in Westport’s Saugatuck area to raise funds to help Fairfield County children in need. The mission of Al’s Angels, founded in 2004 by Westport resident DiGuido, is to provide moments of joy and comfort to families challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS, or domestic violence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for


09/20/08 08:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Celebrating 220 Years of Wedded Bliss Image
Four Westport couples celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary together Friday night at dinner at Bernard’s in Ridgefield. Together, they celebrated 220 years of wedded bliss. Pictured (l-r) are: Stan and Phyllis Groner; Fred and Cheri Schreiver; Bernie and Jane Perry, and Mort and Phyllis Silverberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


07/19/08 02:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, May 02, 2008

Westport Firefighers to Hold Golf Tournament Monday

The Westport Fire Department will hold its 10th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday at Longshore Golf Course.

The tournament will benefit the Connecticut Burns Care Summer Camp for Children and other local charities.

The tournament will be a shotgun format with tee off at 8 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Inn at Longshore, along with a charity raffle.

Prizes for the top three foursomes, two closest to the pin holes, the longest drive, and closest to the line hole will be presented at the conclusion. There will also be “win a new Volvo with a hole in one” on Hole 15 and a putting contest.


05/02/08 07:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

Two Westporters Chairing Cancer Walk Image
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff poses with Kinnary Patel, one of the Westporters working on the May 17 event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Two Westporters are co-chairing the fifth annual “Walk This Way ... With Us” event for the Whittingham Cancer Center.

The walk will take place at Calf Pasture Beach Park in Norwalk, on Saturday, May 17. Registration takes place at 11 a.m. and the walk takes place at noon.

Tammy Zelkowitz and Amy Schafrann are serving as the events co-chairs.

Zelkowitz has volunteered on the planning committee for this annual event since its inception five years ago. Her husband, Dr. Richard Zelkowitz, chief of hematology and oncology at Norwalk Hospital, has also been a major supporter of this walk and has seen the direct impact of this event on the programs and services of the Cancer Center.

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05/02/08 01:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Rick Benson Receives Rotary Award for Scouting Image
The Cliff Dochterman Award was presented to Westporter Rick Benson today at the weekly Rotary luncheon meeting at Longshore Club Park by Jonathan Glassman representing the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. The award recognizes individual Rotarians who act as role models to youth, and render distinguished and dedicated service to Scouting. The award is named in honor of former Rotary International president, lifelong scouting leader, and Eagle Scout Cliff Dochterman of Moraga, Calif.  Glassman, a member of the Stratford (Conn) Rotary Club is the senior district executive of the Connecticut Yankee Council of Boy Scouts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Epstein for


03/25/08 10:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Bogey’s Golf Tourney Benefits CLASP and PBA Image
Westport’s Bogey’s Grille and Tap Room sponsored its 12th annual golf tournament Monday to benefit CLASP Homes and the Westport Police Benevolent Association. The tournament was held at Weston’s Aspetuck Valley Country Club. Picture are (l-r): Brien Schleifer; Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff; Terry Higgins; Tracy Flood, CLASP president; Jim Stablein of Bogey’s; Eric Cook, and Robin Hammond, CLASP development director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributd photo


08/07/07 09:03 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, July 06, 2007

Heaven is a Carousel

Festival Italiano girl on carousel
A young girl enjoys the carousel at the Festival Italiano, which opened today. Although storm clouds filled the sky, the rain never materialized. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/06/07 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Parade Kicks Off Westport’s Festival Italiano

Festival Italiano Parade pipers
Westport’s Italian Festival kicked off tonight with a parade down Riverside Avenue to the festival site at Luciano Park in Saugatuck. Pipers and Grand Marshal Andrew Grega led the line of march. Proceeds from the festival, which runs through Sunday, go to local charities and scholarships. Festival parking is free, with shuttle buses operating between Bedford Middle School, Jesup Green, and Sherwood Island and the festival site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/06/07 03:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Thursday Farmers Market Moving to Winslow Park

Westport Farmers Market
The threat of rain did not deter Westport Farmers Market customers today. Beginning Thursday, July 12, the Playhouse Farmers Market will be located in Winslow Park just to the right of the Country Playhouse entrance into the park. The new locale is an experiment and, if all goes well, the change will become permanent. The new location provides additional parking. The Sunday Market will continue at the Senior Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for


07/05/07 05:27 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Westport Woman’s Club Elects 2007-08 Board Image
Recently elected members of the Westport Woman’s Club 2007-08 Board of Directors are: (back row, l-r) Dorothy Packer, rentals chair; Pat Jensen, program chair; Mary J. Lee, communications chair; Rose Jordan, community services; Jeannette Tewey, parliamentary advisor; Dorothy Curran, Yankee Doodle Fair. (Front row, l-r) Linda Clair, treasurer; Josephine Laska, fist vice president; Audrey Rabinowitz, president; Jane Potkin, grounds chair; Leah Scherzer, house chair; Mary Lee Clayton, co-chair, membership; Lorraine Feliciano, Curio Cottage representative. Absent from photo: Barbara Szefc, second vice president, Mary Vickery, secretary, and Mary Beth Allen, co-chair, Membership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/26/07 01:26 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Westport Fire Department Adds Two Recruits Image
The Westport Fire Department added two new recruits to its ranks today. Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) swore in Todd Hall, 34, of North Haven (2nd l) and Michael Durette, 27, of Seymour (3rd l) at a Fire Department headquarters ceremony. Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (l) joined them in posing for pictures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lee Fleming for


06/20/07 08:39 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Vows:  Annie and Duncan

Wedding Ceremony
A garden wedding ceremony was performed today at the Wakeman Place home of Carol Chambliss, owner of the bride. Duncan wed Annie in an afternoon ceremony presided over by John Wynne of Southport. Guests included owner of the groom Robin Strong along with many children, adults, two daschunds, a poodle, a retriever, and two cats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lee Fleming for


06/17/07 10:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

The Wedding Party

Wedding Party
Members of the wedding party, shown here with groom Duncan and bride Annie, were best man Ryan Mahoney (front, l) and maid of honor Sarah Mahoney (front, r). Guests included Gabrielle Duncan (back, l) and Maggie Fiolek (back, r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stanley H. Thompson for


06/17/07 09:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, June 16, 2007

League of Women Voters Show Support for WWC

League of Women Voters at Yankee Doodle Fair
The League of Women Voters participate in celebrating 100 years of the Westport Woman’s Club. A 100 years ago, women didn’t yet have the right to vote. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for


06/16/07 05:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Poodle Skirts and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Westport Woman's Club members march in Yankee Doodle Fair parade
Members of the Westport Woman’s Club dug out their poodle skirts to march in the Yankee Doodle Fair parade today. The signs read, “March 1957 - To Honor WWC’s 50th Anniversary, Town declares ‘Westport Woman’s Club Month.’” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for


06/16/07 05:32 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, June 15, 2007

Westport Library Book Sale Needs Volunteers

Westport Library Muscle Needed
Staples High School football players helped with the annual Friends of the Westport Public Library book sale in July 2006. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Friends of the Westport Public Library are seeking volunteers to move, unpack and arrange books for its annual sale in July.

The 14th annual sale, scheduled for July 14-17, will feature more than 65,000 items. Beginning Monday, July 9, volunteers will be needed to set up the sale.

Set up will continue through the start of the sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. Cashiers, shelvers, and greeters are needed during the sale, which runs through Tuesday, July 17. Break-down and clean-up help is needed when the sale ends.

Book donations are accepted for the sale during regular library hours until July 1. For more information, call (203) 291-4800 or visit


06/15/07 09:00 AM Comments () • Permalink

State Honors Election Workers

SOTS Awards Ceremony
More than 25 of Westport’s election volunteers were honored Tuesday night by Secretary of State Susan Bysiewitz. Poll workers with five or more years of service were honored at the Public Service Awards ceremony in Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


06/15/07 12:55 AM Comments () • Permalink

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