Sunday, April 23, 2017
Scenes from today’s 39th annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League. See full results HERE. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Winner of the 10K race in today’s 39th annual Minute Man Race sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League (WYW) at Compo Beach were Petteri Kuorikoski, 40, of Westport and first place female finisher was Mary Dolan-Zengo, 51, of Wilton. According to Natalie Fonteyne of Westport, past WYWL president, today’s races had a combined total of over 1,200 registered participants — the oldest registered was 97 and the youngest was a 1-year-old in the 100-yard dash. Race proceeds directly benefit charities with an emphasis in education located in lower Fairfield County as well as Westport-based agencies. See full results HERE. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Runners in the 5K race are off in the 39th annual Minute Man Race at Compo Beach sponsored by the Young Woman’s League of Westport. The winner was Michael Grant of Wilton (No. 831) in 17 minutes, 6 seconds, next to the runner wearing horizontal striped shirt, blue shorts, and blue cap. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Al Valdes crosses the 5K finish line at the Minute Man Race today at Compo Beach while pushing a stroller with his 2-year-old twins Luke and Dalton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, April 17, 2017
Ten runners from Westport finished today’s 2017 Boston Marathon.
Geoffrey Kirui won the 121st Boston Marathon, pulling away from three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp with two miles to go to give Kenya its first men’s victory in five years. Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race to complete the Kenyan sweep.
According to official results, Niels Lyng-Olsen, 51, was the top Westport finisher, running the 26.2 miles in 3 hours, 11 minutes, 33 seconds, good for a 3086 overall place. He works in the finance industry.
Second best Westporter’s time was by Kenneth C. Klegar, 47, also a finance industry executive, who finished in 3 hours, 23 minutes, 23 seconds. Third was Barbara B. Lincoln, 40, in 3 hours, 41 minutes, 7 seconds, also the top female Westport finisher. A registered dietitian with private practices in New York City and Westport, she began her running career in high school where she ran cross-country and winter and spring track..
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The Staples High School Girls Varsity Golf Team, with help from the Boys Team, today hosted a clinic at Westport’s Longshore Golf Course for youngsters from the Sheehan and McGivney Centers in Bridgeport to introduce them to the game of golf. Junior Sophie Carozza founded a charity called Golf to Give to collect golf equipment for the Bridgeporters and seeks donations at www.golf2give.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Members of the Staples High School Girls and Boys Varsity Golf Teams today pose with students from the Sheehan and McGivney Centers in Bridgeport at Longshore Golf Course where the Westporters hosted a golf clinic for them. Sophie Carozza, a junior and member of the Girls Team, founded Golf2Give to collect donated golf equipment for them. Visit www.golf2give.com to find out how to donate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, April 10, 2017
Westport’s Longshore club Golf Course opened for the season today. Staples High School head golf coach Peter Caligiure drives on a par 3 as Staples assistant coaches, Bill Walsh (l) and Tom Owen look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, April 02, 2017
The Saugatuck Rowing Club’s junior girls today brought home two gold medals from the San Diego Crew Classic in California. It was the third consecutive win for the girls first varsity 8+ crew. The second varsity girls 8+ won the JV category in an exciting finish. Both crews are coached by Gordon Getsinger. Pictured is the SRC girls varsity 8+ crew (l-r): Sophie Pendrill, Caitlin Esse, Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Tati Chermayeff, Charlotte Powers, Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport), Noelle Amlicke (Westport), Grace McGinley (Westport) and Willemijn ten Cate (Westport). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Saugatuck Rowing Club girls second varsity 8+ boat today won the gold in the girls JV race at the San Diego Crew Classic. Pictured (l-r) are Camila Meyer-Bosse (Westport), Parker Cuthbertson (Westport), Brooke Schwab (Westport), Bonnie Pushner, Isabelle Grosgogeat (Westport), Kate Johnson (Westport), Justine McGuire, Clara Everett, and Hope Weismann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, March 31, 2017
Westport’s Longshore Golf Course will open Monday, April 10, weather permitting.
Westport Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced the date today and, along with new Golf Head Professional Jon Janik, also announced the new golf course website at http://www.longshoregolfcourse.com.
“We have had exciting changes in the past couple of months and are looking forward to the 2017 golf season,” Fava said.
She also said the Pro Shop phone number has changed to (203) 221-0900, while other numbers remain the same—for automated tee times call (203) 341-1833, and for day of play tee times call (203) 226-9785.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Coach Jack McFarland and the Staples baseball players held their annual Little League Clinic tonight at the Staples Fieldhouse with a record turnout—just in time for spring (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Participants in the Westport squash community, including some members of the Staples High School Varsity Squash team, recently participated in the 7th Annual StreetSquash Junior Cup in New York City. The charitable organization runs a program in Harlem that supports over 300 students. The tournament raised nearly $90,000 and the local Westport team raised $12,500. The money will be used to support families and schools in Harlem by providing academic guidance, financial assistance, and a supportive place where students can go study and play squash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples senior Ben Shmaruk shows good form at Mount Southington during the recent Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League (CISL) Class L Boys Division state open at which Staples took second place for the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dawn Shmaruk for WestportNow.com
Monday, March 06, 2017
Westport residents Claire Gordy (back row, l) and Elizabeth Kuehndorf (back row, r), both 12, were runners-up in the 2017 12U National Platform Tennis Championships held in Short Hills, N.J. The seventh graders at Bedford Middle School have been playing platform tennis for two years at The Patterson Club, Fairfield. Hannah Bjorkman, a junior at Staples High School, won the 2017 18U national championship. She has been playing platform tennis for at least eight years, and is on the varsity tennis team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Longshore Club Park has a new golf pro and a new golf course superintendent, Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced today.
Jon Janik, picked as head golf professional, comes to Westport from Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull.
Todd Salamone, the new golf course superintendent, previously worked for BrightView Golf Maintenance, serving four years as senior assistant superintendent at The Village Club of Sands Point in Sands Point, N.Y.
“We are very excited to welcome our new team to Longshore Golf Course, and we are looking forward to a great season and lots of good things to come,” said Fava.
Sunday, March 05, 2017
It was a cold, but sunny ribbon cutting ceremony today marking the opening of new platform tennis courts at Westport’s Birchwood Country Club. This was the first expansion of sports facilities at the club, established in 1946, in over two decades and adds a winter option to tennis, golf, and swimming in the summer. Pictured are: Curtis Angell, general manager; Rachel Francis, head of tennis committee; First Selectman Jim Marpe; Spencer Brown, club president; Matthew Mandell, executive director, Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Kember, head tennis pro. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
A large crowd today attended a memorial service at Saugatuck Congregational Church for Michael R. Connors of Stratford, longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck, former Syracuse University and Staples High School football player and Staples coach who died Feb. 15 at Bridgeport Hospital at age 58. (See WestportNow Feb. 19, 2017) Among tributes was this from one attendee: “Mike was the only guy I ever knew who could insult you and make it feel like a compliment.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples High School football coach Marce Petroccio was among speakers at today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church service for Mike Connors, former Staples player and coach, former Syracuse University player, and longtime bartender at Westport’s Black Duck Café. “Mike had charisma,” he said of Connors, who died Feb. 15 at age 58. “He could even make the worst player on a team feel like he was the best player on the team. Mike loved Staples High School football. The only thing in life he liked more was his family.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Saugatuck Congregational Church Service for Mike Connors of Stratford, a well known local bartender, Staples and Syracuse University football player, and Staples coach. He died Feb. 15 at age 58. His sister, Kelli-Connors-Gower of Maine, sang “You’ve Got a Friend,” a tribute to her brother. Kyle Connors, his brother, said: “Mike was charismatic and kind ... It was fun to go anywhere with him. Wherever you go, someone says, What’s up, big Mike?’ Everyone knew him.” Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, February 20, 2017
Westport resident Chris Dobransky (c), a physical education teacher at a New York City high school, warms up with Harlem Globetrotters today at New York’s Madison Square Garden before joining in as a guest player. Dobransky, 33, who has mastered an array of basketball trick shots, was surprised with the invite last week. (See WestportNow Nov. 13, 2017) “It’s the mecca,” he said of the Garden venue. “It’s a dream come true for any sports fan ... My heart’s still racing.” He brought along his kids, adding: “They’ve never been here — and the first time they see their daddy play, you can’t write a better story.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo from WNBC-TV
Monday, February 13, 2017
Westport resident Chris Dobransky, a physical education teacher at a New York City high school who has mastered an array of basketball trick shots, is going to play with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Several members of the team today surprised Dobransky, 33, at his job at the Business of Sports School, gave him a Globetrotters jersey with “Mr. Trick Shot” on the back, and invited him to play at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Feb. 20.
And it was all caught on a Globetrotters video posted on YouTube today. Click HERE.
Dobransky, whose trick shots include bouncing basketballs off the walls or using hockey sticks and baseball bats to help him sink three pointers, sent out a Tweet that said “ Such an honor!!! Can’t wait for Monday!!!!!!!”
Sunday, February 05, 2017
The Staples High School cheerleaders were on hand to entertain today at the Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Guests dined on hot dogs and fixings as well as cake at the afternoon pre-game event, now in its 11th year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Westport Center for Senior Activities 11th annual Super Bowl tailgate party. Among those honored were the highly successful Staples High School Boys Cross-Country Track team and Girls Field Hockey team. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com and contributed photos
Saturday, February 04, 2017
The Staples High School Boys 4x800-meter relay team today competed at the Armory Track Invitational in New York City, placing second in a school record time of 7:54.37. This time is currently the second fastest high school time in the country this year, putting the team in a good position for indoor track national championships in early March. Pictured (l-r) are Will Landowne, Ben Seiple, Brian MacCordy, and Zak Ahmad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Julia Marino, 19, a Westport resident, today won a gold medal in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle event in the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. The X Games rookie was in last place, and then put down her second run with flawless style and supreme confidence which earned a 94.66. “Oh my God, I am just so happy, it felt so smooth when I landed it,” she said. “It honestly doesn’t feel like real life, I’m just on a cloud, I couldn’t ask for a better contest. This is a dream come true.” Earlier in the week she won a bronze in the Big Air competition, an event she won in Fenway Park in 2016 (see WestportNow Feb. 11, 2016). She trains with the U.S. ski team with an eye on competing in the 2018 Olympic Games in Korea. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Facebook.com photo
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Westport resident Mike Greenberg, one-half of one of the longest-running partnerships in sports radio, is moving to television, SI.com reported today. Quoting multiple sources, it said that ESPN executives are moving forward with the plan to shift Greenberg, a partner in the “Mike & Mike” radio show on ESPN Radio with Mike Golic since October 1998, into a new role as the lead host of a television show that would air in the mornings on ESPN. The new show will have elements of “SportsCenter,” which currently airs at that time, as well as a traditional morning show. It is expected to be based in New York City with the transition taking place sooner than later, the report said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
For 26 years, John Cooper has been Longshore Club Park’s golf pro, the town appointed guy who runs the golf pro shop, a non-salaried position that allows him to draw proceeds from shop inventory, golf cart fees and the money from buckets of balls used on the driving range.
Now, his tenure is in question as his contract ends Dec. 31, and the Parks and Recreation Commission has gone out to bid for the role.
The town has received four bids from the request for proposals sent out this fall. One of the four was from Cooper, and it’s not clear whether he is still under consideration.
That has generated a groundswell of concern among golfers on a local blog, suggesting Cooper is no longer in the running.