Tuesday, March 05, 2024


Leading the Freshman Chorus Chorale

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The Staples High School Freshman Chorus Chorale, under the direction of Alice Lipson, sang several number at tonight’s combined concert at Staples. The evening concluded with the Chorus, Chorale, Choir and Orchestra in a rousing rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Honors for Alice Lipson

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Alice Lipson, who is concluding a 35-year teaching career, the last 22 years at Staples High School, was honored tonight at a combined concert at the school. She received a citation for her remarkable contributions to the Westport music program. Among those on hand were Carrie Mascaro and Adele Cutrali-Valovich, orchestra directors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untemeyer for WestportNow.com

Democrats Nominate Jonathan Steinberg to Succeed Mioli

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Members of the Westport Democratic Town Committee tonight nominated Jonathan Steinberg (r), a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and RTM deputy moderator, as its candidate to succeed retiring state Representative Joe Mioli (l) in the 136th District. The Democrats also nominated Marla Cowden as the new Democratic registrar of voters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Coming and Goings: Legends of the Game Closing

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Westport’s Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store at 381 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center will close its retail business on June 30. Mike Riccio Jr, 33, co-owner with his dad, Mike Sr., 57, said “Our lease was up—it was decision time. We had a great four years here even though the economy made it tough toward the end.” Riccio Jr. said Legends, which has been generous in its support of local organizations, will focus on promoting merchandise through fund-raiser events with not-for-profits. “Meanwhile, until we close in June, everything is being sold here for 50 percent off,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


Staples a Runner-up in CL&P Green Contest

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Westport’s Staples High School has been named a runner-up in the 2009 -10 CL&P Live Green – Win Green contest, which encourages students to consider projects to make their schools more environmentally friendly. Members of Staples’ Club Green submitted a video and essay outlining their plan to implement “green” projects at the school, and were awarded a trophy and a check for $5,000. Celebrating their achievement are (front row, l-r)) Ayelet Get, Annie Harnick, Nicole Brill and Brett Adelglass; (back row): Ben Meyers, Will Sommer, club advisor Mike Aitkenhead and Dan Navarro. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Dining and Home Business Text Changes Effective June 14

Westport Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said today that newly adopted Planning & Zoning Commission text amendments easing rules on outdoor dining and home-based businesses will go into effect June 14.

The commission approved the text amendments at its May 13 meeting. 

One amendment makes it significantly easier for Westport food establishments of all kinds to provide outdoor dining for its patrons.

“Amendment No. 610 will greatly expand the opportunities for outdoor dining in Westport and allow retail food establishments to now have up to 10 seats for their customers,” Bradley said.

National Trust Names Merritt Parkway to Endangered List

By Dave Matlow

A ceremony on the North Avenue bridge over the Merritt Parkway in Westport today marked the naming of parkway to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.WestportNow.com Image
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff addresses today’s ceremony on the North Avenue Merritt Parkway overpass. Next to him is Peter Malkin, chairman of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The Westport ceremony under a tent erected temporarily on the roadway was one of 11 held across the country today to bring attention to the annual list which highlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and national heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage.

Peter Malkin, chairman of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy, a private group dedicated to preservation of the parkway which nominated the roadway for inclusion on the list, pointed out to the small crowd crumbling masonry and rusting rail work on the bridge.

“This is symbolic of what is happening all along the parkway,” he said. Looking around, Malkin noted that a nearby Westport homeowner had intruded into the parkway’s right of way with trees and an earth berm.