Sam Gault of Westport, president of Gault Energy & Stone, shows off his dancing energy tonight with partner Anastasia Zhitova, dance instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Norwalk, at the Dancing With the Stars gala benefit at Westport’s Inn at Longshore for Norwalk’s ElderHouse, a not-for-profit adult day center. Gault won the Best Friend to ElderHouse as the most successful fundraiser. Other star dancers included Tony Aitoro, owner of Aitoro Appliance & Electronics, Norwalk; Andrea Coreau, senior vice president, head of retail banking, Fairfield County Bank, Westport; Tina Dragone, owner Tina Dragone, Westport; Terri Polley, president and CEO, Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk; Steve Simmons, founding partner, Sideris Capital Partners, Stamford, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson of Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Dancing With the Stars Gala Benefit for ElderHouse
Scenes from tonight’s Inn at Longshore Dancing With the Stars gala benefit for ElderHouse of Norwalk. The not-for-profit adult day center serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. For more information, visit www.elderhouse.org. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Mimi Sheraton: Today’s Critics Focus More on Writing Than Food
An overflow, standing room only crowd gathered today at the Westport Library McManus Room to hear Mimi Sheraton, 89, award-winning author, grande dame of food journalism and former restaurant critic for The New York Times, discuss her newest book, “1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List.” She was in a conversation with Westport-born Matt Storch, partner and chef of both Match Restaurant in Norwalk’s SoNo District and The Chelsea in Fairfield. Sheraton said in 1983, her last year with the Times, she had dinner at home only five times that entire year. Her opinion of today’s food critics? Many of them focus too much on the writing than the food, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Full Plate for Mimi Sheraton Talk
Raising Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe took part today in a purple ribbon-tying ceremony outside David’s Tea, 135 Main St.. to kick off Westport’s first “Paint the Town Purple Awareness Blitz.” The purple ribbon bows around the trees lining Main Street are to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease. The weekend marks the two-week countdown to the Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser event March 13 at the Fairfield Theater Company. Joining Marpe in the ribbon-tying were Westporter Jeff Ruden, a board member of the Norwalk-based Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Eleanor Tornatore-Mikesh, CEO of the organization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Learning Hands-Only CPR
Kris Nash, a Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services CPR instructor, and a member of the Westport Library staff, gives instructions today on hands-only CPR at the Westport Library. On Thursday, students at Westport’s Staples High School will have an opportunity to learn the life saving skill for free during their lunch waves. The Staples classes have been organized by senior and WVEMS volunteer Reni Forer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Winter Weather Advisory, 2-6 Inches
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow and freezing rain. It is in effect from 10 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday.
It said to expect snow accumulation of 2 to 6 inches along with up to around a tenth of an inch of ice. Visibilities will be one-quarter to one-half mile at times.
The Weather Service said snow will develop beginning late Sunday morning over the western portions of the tri-state, then expand over the remainder of the advisory area Sunday afternoon.
The snow will mix with or change to freezing rain across New York City, and other areas including coastal portions of Fairfield County Sunday evening. The precipitation will taper off from west to east after midnight Sunday night.
Honoring Our Heritage: 111 Kings Highway North
The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are the owners of the 1915-built house at 111 Kings Highway North, John Koren and his partner Patti McGovern, who acquired the house in 2012. The plaque was presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS house, plaque historian. In 2014, the Historic District Commission (HDC) awarded Koren and McGovern a preservation award for the house in recognition of “the meticulous restoration of this previously abandoned house.” Pictured are (l-r) Weingarten; Koren’s son Jonathan; Koren; John’s partner Patti McGovern; Koren’s daughter, Georgia, and Jonathan’s wife, Anna, holding their daughter Olivia, eight months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Assists at Wilton House Fire
Westport firefighters today assisted at a house fire in Wilton. Engine 2 and Car 3 with five personnel responded to 266 Range Road where the unoccupied house was fully ablaze. The Westport units were on scene for approximately four hours until the fire was brought under control, said Assistant Chief John Plofkin, Jr. He assisted Wilton Capt Kevin Czarnecki with accountability and incident command while Lt. Brett Kirby supervised the Westport firefighters. New Canaan, Weston, Georgetown, West Redding and Norwalk also provided help. Cause of the fire is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Capt. John Lynch/Wilton Police Department photo
Nicholas J. Huydic, 31
Nicholas Huydic: son of former Staples basketball coach. Contributed photo
Nicholas J. Huydic of Fairfield, son of Edward and Mary (Gerosa) Huydic, died Feb. 26. He was 31.
Edward Huydic retired in May 2014 after 34 years as girls varsity basketball coach at Staples High School in Westport, where he is also a guidance counselor.
Born in New Haven, Nick was a graduate of Fairfield High School, Class of 2002, and Sacred Heart University with a B.S. in business.
He was a marketing executive with LDC Sleep Management Center. He worked previously at the Connecticut Humane Society in Westport where he rescued animals and often brought them home.