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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008


All Day - Earthplace and various locations - Audubon Winter Bird Count
7:04 a.m. - Northern Hemisphere - Winter Solstice
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Music Theatre of Connecticut’s Holiday Review Canceled
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - The Usual Suspects Mystery Reading Group: “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Holiday Garland”
5 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols

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“A Holiday Garland” Curtain Call

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A cast of well known theater, television and film performers took a curtain call following today’s afternoon performance of “A Holiday Garland” at the Westport Country Playhouse. The star-studded group included (l-r)  Q. Smith, James Naughton, Blythe Danner, Edward Herrmann and Jack Gilpin. Joanne Woodward, Playhouse artistic director and scheduled to appear in the production, was sidelined because of laryngitis. The final performance is Sunday at 3 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Police Identify Youths Involved in Robeks Robbery

Westport police have identified at least two juveniles in connection with a robbery Thursday night at Robeks Juice, 398 Post Road East, winning praise today for their quick work from the store’s owner.WestportNow.com Image
Police released this photo of the robber leaving Robeks Juice following Thursday night’s robbery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“In less than 24 hours, the Westport Police Department identified the robbers,” said Westporter Robert J. Adler, owner of the juice bar next to Trader Joe’s. He said he was delighted with the swift and professional work of the Police Department.

“I want everyone in the town to know how quickly and professionally the department handled this event,” he said.

“I received so many calls from people who were concerned about what happened, and I am happy to say that we can go back to business as usual, but with a renewed sense that Westport is a safe place to live and to work, and that our Police Department is really there for its citizens.”

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Main Street Does Brisk Holiday Business

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Westport’s Main Street was crowded with holiday shoppers today and merchants said business was unexpectedly brisk considering the current economic troubles. “It’s been surprisingly good today,” said one. “Let’s hope it keeps up.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Weston Teens Perform on Westport’s Main Street

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The Cocapella group from Weston High School serenaded Westport Main Street shoppers today with holiday songs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Snow Scene

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A view today across Westport’s Sherwood Mill Pond following Friday’s storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Joseloff for WestportNow.com

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Saturday Sledding

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Westport’s Winslow Park was ideal for sledding today following Friday’s storm. More snow is in the forecast for tonight and Sunday with an additional 2-4 inches predicted. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Joseloff for WestportNow.com

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Deserted Compo

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Westport’s Compo Beach was deserted today following Friday’s storm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ben Joseloff for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Holiday Review at Senior Center Canceled

UPDATE Bad weather has caused cancellation of Sunday’s Indoor Music Festival at the Westport Center for Senior Activities that was scheduled to feature Music Theatre of Connecticut’s Holiday Review.

The next performance is scheduled for Jan. 11 featuring the Galvanized Band.

The Center is closed today.

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Snow Deer

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A family of deer wandered in the snow during Friday’s storm in Westport’s Wilton Road area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 20, 2008


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre Company (70 Sanford Street, Fairfield) - Westport/Fairfield Winter Farmers Market Canceled
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
4 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Holiday Garland”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Holiday Movie Night Canceled

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O Christmas Tree

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The scene at A & J’s Farm Stand on Westport’s Post Road East today resembled a Currier & Ives print as the Paul family of Westport selected a Christmas tree. Matthew and Christina Paul took on the snowy chore with Billly, 8, Sawyer, 5, and Cooper, 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Lights in the Snow

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A Hanukkah Menorah shone brightly today through the snow in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s on Westport’s Post Road East. The Jewish eight-day holiday begins at sundown on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tough Times for Westport’s Newspapers

Westport’s two newspapers, the Hearst Corp.-owned Westport News, and Journal Register Co.-owned Westport Minuteman, are targets of their out-of-town corporate owners to reduce expenses.

Employees of the Westport News, which publishes on Wednesdays and Fridays, were among those sent letters today warning of job cuts in the first quarter of 2009, according to a story published on the Web site of the Hearst-owned Connecticut Post.

Meanwhile, Journal Register this week laid off the publisher of the Westport Minuteman and Fairfield Minuteman, which publish Thursdays, following an earlier reduction of the Westport reporting staff to one. A publisher of one of its Litchfield County newspapers has assumed the Westport and Fairfield publisher duties.

And on Thursday Journal Register informed employees it was shutting down 16 of its other Connecticut weekly newspapers affecting 21 editors and reporters, according to the New Haven Independent Web site. Eight are in the company’s Shore Line division and the eight in its Elm City chain.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Helping Hand

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A state snowplow driver left his vehicle today to help a motorist stuck on Westport’s icy Wilton Road. Today’s storm dumped up to 9 inches of snow in some parts of the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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Westport Fire Department Gets $22,428 Federal Grant

The Westport Fire Department has been awarded a $22,428 federal grant to improve operations and safety at its facilities.WestportNow.com Image

Senators Christopher Dodd and Joseph Lieberman said Westport was one of six Connecticut fire departments awarded more than $400,000 under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The other Connecticut departments receiving grants were Farmington ($13,500); Wallingford ($127,514); Union ($25,175); Meriden ($199,857), and Woodstock ($20,963).

The 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grants included 197 grants totaling $17.7 million to U.S. fire departments.

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Easy Going

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Traffic moved slowly along Westport’s Post Road East today as a late autumn snow storm hit the region. Police responded to numerous accidents and spin outs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Cancels Tonight’s “A Holiday Garland”

Westport Country Playhouse has canceled tonight’s performance of “A Holiday Garland” due to weather conditions.

Anyone who has tickets for the performance may call the Playhouse today to exchange to another date. 

Performances continue through Sunday. Box office:  (203) 227-4177 or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

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On Guard

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Today’s snow did not seem to disturb Westport’s Minuteman statue on guard on Compo Beach Road.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport Property Transfers Dec. 1 - 5, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 1 - 5, 2008:

Amie E. Bertsch to Eric J. and Margaret R. Margolis, 17 Brook Lane, $884,000 WN property.jpg

Marti Miles to Harvey and Andrea A. Marco, 5 Norport Drive, $1,140,000

Bryan K. and Judy A. Segedi to Aimee Rein, 3 Pleasant Valley Lane, $2,250,000

Phillip E. and Donna Mae Lint to Mattera Construction 19 High Point, 19 High Point Road, $1,125,000

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Police Release Photo of Robeks Robbery Suspect

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Westport police today issued a video surveillance photo of a suspect in Thursday night’s robbery at Robeks juice bar, 398 Post Road East. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, slender build, wearing a black, ski-type Northface jacket, green cargo pants, and sneakers with a white sole. A handgun was displayed. Police ask anyone with information on the suspect to call the Detective Bureau at (203)341-6080. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Winter Storm Warning Update

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said the winter storm warning for Westport and region remains in effect until midnight.

Snow is expected to overspread the region this morning and will become heavy at times in the afternoon. The snow will mix with sleet especially near the coast, an advisory said.

Total snow accumulation of 5 to 8 inches can be expected by the time the snow ends later tonight with the highest amounts furthest from the coast.

There may be a very sharp difference in snowfall amounts over a short distance, especially where sleet mixes with snow, the advisory said.

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Westport Senior Center Closed

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is closed today, but the staff is in should anyone need assistance.

All programs including lunch are canceled for the day.

The Center will also be closed Saturday because of the storm.

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Westport Public Schools Closed

Westport public schools are closed today due to the predicted snow storm, Superintendent Elliott Landon announced.

All after school activities are canceled, he said.

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Graduation Day

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Four new Westport firefighters were among 40 firefighters representing 16 departments who received their diplomas Thursday at graduation ceremonies in Hartford of the Connecticut Fire Academy. They began their training in September and spent the past 14 weeks at the academy in Windsor Locks. The new recruits (no hats) posing with officers included (l-r) ) Scott Del Vecchio, Dan Mascolo (partially hidden), James Workman, and Michael Grasso. Officers included (l-r) Assistant Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Deputy Chief Jonathan Gottfried, and Chief Christopher Ackley. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bernie Meehan, Jr. for WestportNow.com

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