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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Sunday, February 01, 2015

One-Alarm Chili Wins it for Westport FD

By James Lomuscio

The ingredients were as varied as the taste buds of the estimated 1,500 persons who crowded the Bedford Middle School cafeteria today for Chilifest, a regional restaurateur competition that also attracted four local fire departments, including Westport’s, for the coveted best chili titles.

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Westport firefighter Mike Peck serves up Westport’s winning Checkered Flag Chicken Chili at today’s Chilifest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

And after the last ladle was served and the final votes tallied, the Westport Fire Department’s Checkered Flag Chicken Chili created by Firefighter Tobias Ostapchuk emerged victorious in the firehouse chili competition, beating out the Weston, Bridgeport and Rowayton fire departments.

“Westport edged out Weston and Bridgeport by 30 votes,” said Jim Keenan, event coordinator.

Though Ostapchuk—who had described his creation as mild yet flavorful, “a single alarm chili”—was not there to savor the victory, being on duty at the Coleytown Firehouse, cheers followed.

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Serving Up a Fire Department Chili Winner

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe helps serve up the Westport Fire Department’s entry at Chilifest at Bedford Middle School today aided by recently appointed firefighters, Robert Lee (c) and Mike Peck. The Westport Checkered Flag Chicken Chili was created by Firefighter Tobias Ostapchuk. It was voted tops in the fire department category that also saw entries from Weston, Rowayton, and Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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NWS Update: Winter Storm Warning, 4-9 Inches

The National Weather Service, in an update to its Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area, said snow accumulation of 4 to 9 inches is expected.

The warning remains in effect from 7 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Monday.

It said heavy snow will fall late tonight into Monday morning, changing to a mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, then changing back to snow in the afternoon.

In addition to the snow accumulation, there will an ice accumulation of around one-quarter to one-half inch of ice, the Weather Service said.

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Ice Hockey Sweets

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Staples High School girls’ Ice Hockey teammates, (l-r) Erin McGroarty, a freshman, Abby LeFleur, a junior and Emily Gitlin, a freshman, sell a variety of Munson Chocolate bars today at the entrance to Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East, to raise funds for the team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Stocking Up for the Big Game

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The deli counter at Westport’s Stop & Shop was busy today as shoppers got ready for the Super Bowl. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow, for WestportNow.com

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Super Sub for Super Bowl

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Super Bowl Sunday is one of the busiest day’s of the year at Art’s Deli, 13 Post Road West in Westport, according to Rich Falcone (l), owner. He and his son, Christopher, 25, show off a 4-foot grinder ready to be picked up by a customer. Falcone said he and three members of his staff have been at the deli since 12:30 a.m. preparing and packaging treats for Super Bowl Sunday parties. “We had orders for 18 grinders ranging form 3- to 6-feet,” he said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Waiting for an Appointment

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A visitor to Effi’s Salon. 719 Post Road East, gets some sun today while apparently waiting for an appointment.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Vivian Taylor for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 122 Imperial Ave.

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 122 Imperial Ave. is in process. Built in 1950, the 1-1/2 story cape has 1,892 square feet, is situated on a .33-acre property and changed ownership last month for $885,000.  Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Bichon Freeze

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A visitor to Westport’s Winslow Park Saturday had a romp in the snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  February 1, 2015


11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - Chilifest
1:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Ninth annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam
3 -5 p.m. Burger Bar & Bistro, 60 North Main St., South Norwalk. - Westport TAILS ‘Puppy Bowl’ party

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bedford Middle Schoolers Tops in Science Olympiad

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Bedford Middle School students celebrate as Bedford won a first place award at today’s Science Olympiad invitationals held at the school. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division with participants competing in genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. The culmination of nearly 300 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university each year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Snow Sisters

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Despite the fading light, sisters Gemma, 4, and Clementine, 6, of Westport convinced their father Jeff to stay a little longer as they played on the snow pile at Greens Farms Elementary School today.. As their father seemed to be having just as much fun as the girls, it didn’t seem to take much convincing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Update: Winter Storm Warning, 5 to 10 Inches Monday

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Westport and area from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday.

It said to expect snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 10 inches along with a tenth to a quarter of an inch of ice.

Temperatures will be in the mid 20s with winds northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Snowfall rates occasionally will be 1 to 2 inches per hour late Sunday night through early Monday afternoon with visibilities one quarter mile or less at times, the Weather Service said.

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Obedient Pose

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Nattily attired in a fashionable sweater and booties, Mocha, a 2-year-old Toy Poodle, obediently posed today for his owner, Wendy Chiou of Stamford, outside the Westport Library. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Enjoying Winterfest

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Snowshoeing was one of the many activities Westport Earthplace’s Winterfest today. Scores of families braved the cold to come out and participate at this annual event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

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Westport Pup Featured in ‘Puppy Bowl’

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Maggie gets ready for her national television debut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Maggie, a beagle mix from Westport, is one of approximately 70 puppies selected to be in the Puppy Bowl airing on Animal Planet Sunday at 3 p.m., according to Dorrie Harris, head of Westport-based nonprofit animal welfare organization TAILS.

“We rescued her in late August,” said Harris. “She was in line to be killed along with the rest of her litter. We are very excited to have one of our puppies pulled straight from death row end up as an ambassador for rescues on national TV. It is so wonderful.”

TAILS, which is dedicated to saving animals through spay/neuter programs, will host a fundraiser Sunday 3 to 5 p.m. to view the program at Burger Bar & Bistro, 60 North Main St., South Norwalk.

Maggie, who has since been adopted by a Fairfield family, will be on hand for the festivities, Harris said.

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Just Like Mom Makes

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Maria Fraile originally from Spain, currently living in Stamford, won the Farmer Market’s bacon competition today using her mother’s recipe for Tortilla de Patata. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Bacon Winner

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Tortilla de Patata, a recipe from Spain, won today’s bacon competition at the Westport Farmers Market. It as submitted by Maria Fraile of Stamford, a native of Spain who said it was her mother’s recipe.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Cold Outside But Cozy Crowd Inside

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Sub-freezing temperature and low wind chill readings today did not deter another large turnout at the weekly Westport Farmers Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, Sylvan Lane, off Riverside Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Worth the Walk

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Kara Windoloski and T.J. Agostino, both of Westport walked to the Westport Farmers Market today and enjoyed sampling some champagne tea from vendor, James Hibler. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 18 Reichert Circle

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 18 Reichert Circle, off Cross Highway, is in process. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch has 1,936 square feet, is situated on a .36-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, last changed ownership in March 2012 for $585,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for WestportNow.com

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PAL Boys Lacrosse Sets Annual Meeting Sunday

The Westport PAL boys lacrosse will hold its annual parent/player meeting and equipment drive on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, organizers announced.

Parents of current players should attend as well as those of potential players, an announcement said.

The meeting will allow attendees to meet the program directors and coaches and to learn about Westport’s boys lacrosse programs.

Players in grades 5-8 should attend. Bantams and fourth graders do not need to attend.

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But It Doesn’t Show Wind Chill

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A bank temperature sign on Westport’s Post Road East in the center shows the temperature early today. But it doesn’t show the wind chill, which was below zero as gusty winds whipped through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Pink Cold

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Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond was pink cold on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrew Colabella for WestportNow.com

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Saturday,  January 31, 2015


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Earthplace - Winterfest
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Improv Comedy w/ Yale Exit Players & GFA’s Red & Bloopers!

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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