Thursday, May 30, 2024


Westporter to Carry Olympic Torch in New York Saturday

Westport’s Ernest Verina III is readying for his moment to shine this weekend. torchlogo150.jpg

He’ll be among the more than 100 people selected to carry the Olympic flame through New York City on Saturday and one of only 480 Americans chosen for the honor.

“I can say I grabbed a little moment,” the 1995 Staples grad told New York Newsday.

Verina, 26, works in New York for the Department of Homeland Security where he is a special agent in drug trafficking cases.

He was nominated for the honor by his wife.

“Bloomsday 100” Part 3: “Ulysses” on Stage

Wednesday night was the third night of Westport’s “Bloomsday 100” celebration and this time the characters of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” were presented in the flesh. WestportNow Community Correspondent Juliet Balian continues her coverage of events marking the centennial of Leopold Bloom’s epic walk through Dublin in the the world’s mostly highly acclaimed modern novel. See ARTS & LEISURE page.

“Moving Up” at Bedford MIddle School

Bedford Middle School eighth graders had their moving upӔ ceremony tonight (aka, graduation). They are the first graduating class to have gone all three years at the new Bedford Middle School.The auditorium was unable to handle the crowd of 1,200 (some 237 eighth graders and their familieseach student was permitted only four tickets), so the presentation of certificates was held in the gym. Principal Angela Wormser addresses the students and guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for

Celebrating at the Ball Game

Under the direction of music teacher Anne Hadden, the Long Lots Elementary School chorus sang the Star Spangled Banner to open the Bridgeport Bluefish game against the Somerset Patriots Tuesday evening. The entire school celebrated the completion of a successful year with a Long Lots family outing for the game.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for

Westbank Shopping Center Sold for $3.4 Million

The Westbank Shopping Center at 221 Post Road West has been sold to Westbank Shopping Center, LLC, a local investor, for $3.4 million, it was announced today.

The 8,400-square foot retail center built in 1966, has four tenants a dry cleaner, liquor store, nail salon and restaurant.  westbank260.jpg
Westbank Shopping Center: sold for $3.4 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The announcement was made by HK Group, the Westport-based commercial realtor.

Westbank had been owned since 1986 by Westbank Shopping Center Associates, a partnership with Vasilios Nikifordis of Norwalk as general partner.

Long Lots School Parking Lot Expansion Plan on His Shoulders

russblair061604.jpg Russ Blair, chair of the School Building Committee subcommittee overseeing the expansion of the Long Lots Elementary School parking lot, leaves Town Hall today following opening of bids for the $2.45 million project. Blair, seen carrying the project’s plans on his shoulder, said he was pleased with the bids submitted and that work would get underway this summer. photo

Westport Property Transfers June 7-11, 2004

Property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period June 7-11, 2004:

Christos Menenlaou Ioanna Pinotsi to Andrew Case Braskamp, 6 Drumlin Road, $555,000.WN property.jpg

Kara Riggle Edwards to Darlene and Paul Letersky, 19 Roosevelt Lane, $1,520,000.

William J. McGuinness to Mary Ellen Sullivan, 15 Remlin Court, $604,000.

Michael J. Geraghy Trust to Richard A. and Margaux G. Fuchs, 79 Clinton Ave., $750,000.

Susan Oliver Trust to Richard A. and Margaux G. Fuchs, 79 Clinton Ave., $750,000.

“Bloomsday 100:” Westport Hosts Second U.S. Showing of “Bloom”

bloommovie147.jpgToday is “Bloomsday 100,” the centennial of Leopold Bloom’s epic walk through Dublin in James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Westport Tuesday night hosted only the second U.S. showing of the new movie version called “Bloom.” WestportNow Community Correspondent Juliet Balian reports on the event on the ARTS & LEISURE page.

Westport Country Playhouse Presents Symposium on Middle East Captivity

A symposium, “Beiruit 1985: Psychology of Captivity,” will be presented by the Westport Country Playhouse on Wednesday, June 30, following a performance of “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” a play about the imprisonment of three Westerners in the Middle East. 

The symposium program, to be held at the Playhouse’s temporary summer venue in Ridgefield, provides the audience with guest speakers’ in depth insights and observations about the play followed by an interactive dialogue, according to a Playhouse announcement.

The symposium speakers will be Joshua Kronen, a doctoral candidate at Yale University’s Ph.D. program in modern Middle Eastern history, ABD Status, and Dr. Douglas Lane, a post-doctoral associate at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. 

Kronen will place the play in its historical and political perspective. Lane will provide observations on the psychology of those held hostage.