Saturday, June 15, 2024


Arts Center Presents Filmmaking Program on Saturday

The Westport Arts Center on Saturday at 11 a.m. is hosting Michael Mittelstaedt, director of the Motion Picture Arts Division at the acclaimed Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Image
Michael Mittelstaedt presents student films at
Interlochen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Mittelstaedt will talk about ways in which high school filmmakers can best achieve their creative and professional goals, and will answer questions from students and parents.

Interlochen and the Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) have a strong relationship, and each year one WYFF entrant is eligible for a scholarship to Interlochen’s prestigious summer arts program.

The Westport Arts Center is located at 51 Riverside Ave.

Westport’s Ken Bernhard Violates Ethics Law

By Jacqueline Rabe

The chairman of the state’s ethics panel violated state law by donating $250 to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and two other Republican candidates vying for the legislature in 2008, reports the Office of State Ethics. Image

G. Kenneth Bernhard, chairman of the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board and an attorney from Westport, said he was “unaware of the prohibition” and expects “my conduct will be evaluated and handled in the same fashion as everyone else who is subject to the code.”

State laws ban members of the ethics board, and employees of the ethics office, from making campaign contributions to state officials.

Bernhard donated $100 to Rell, $100 to Vincent Marino of Orange who lost against Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg and $50 to Nitzy Cohen of Westport who lost to Rep. Joseph S. Mioli of Westport.

Robert M. Olex, 78

Robert M. Olex, a mail carrier in Westport for 20 years, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the Dover Rehabilitation & Living Center in Rochester, N.H. where he resided. He was 78.

He was born July 15, 1931 in Bridgeport, son of the late Michael and Anna (Klamka) Olex.

Bob served his country in the National Guard as a cook and was a mail carrier in Westport for more than 20 years.

He was a wonderful chef and loved to entertain friends and family. He spent his retirement years keeping up with his grandchildren, enjoying the arts, travel, beloved Red Sox, English mysteries, and many jigsaw puzzles.

Talking Transportation: Death on the Tracks

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

A week ago, early on a Tuesday morning, a 63-year-old woman walked from her home in Norwalk, approached the Metro-North grade crossing at Commerce Street, lay down on the tracks and was killed by the oncoming train. Service was disrupted for hours.


Months before that a well dressed businessman slipped from a boarding bridge-plate platform and was killed by the approaching train. In his pocket was a pink slip. Was he a victim or a suicide?

For whatever reason there has been a growing number of deaths along Metro-North tracks and precious little that can be done to stop them.

In Stamford station’s waiting room sits a large display for “Operation Lifesaver,” a national program to educate us of the dangers of walking or driving over railroad tracks. The message isn’t getting through.

Westport Property Transfers Feb. 8 – 12, 2010

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Feb. 8 – 12, 2010:

Rosalie Aberman Est. to Michael J. and Dorit Sauer Raskin, 116 Harbor Road, $930,000WN property.jpg

Gary E. and Frances Lynn Keaton to Ingi A. Soliman and Aly Hermdan-Abdalla, 131 Compo Road North, $500,000

Neyir and Ilhan Bagoren to Ferdinando Falco and Marilisa Falco Beccalli, 10 Evergreen Ave., $1,750,000

Christ and Holy Trinity Church to Aline Eastwick-Field and Jason Stiegler, 8 Lehn Farm Road, $515,000