Saturday, October 24, 2009
In its best team effort of the season, the Staples High School girls varsity soccer team today stunned FCIAC powerhouse St. Joseph of Trumbull 1-0 at Loeffler Field.
The Lady Wreckers improved to 7-5-1 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pam Moss for WestportNow.com
The Lady Wreckers, who improved to 7-5-1 on the season, were led by sophomore Shannon Lesch, the (Wo)Man of the Match.
The lone goal of the game came when Abbey Lake received a pass at the top of the penalty area and drew two defenders before slipping a beautifully timed pass to Jaclyn Katz.
Katz received the pass with one touch and then beat the St. Joe’s keeper to the lower left corner for the game winner.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The staged reading will reunite original cast members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The original Broadway cast of “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley, including former Westport resident Mia Dillon, will be reunited at the Fairfield Theatre Company on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a staged reading of the Southern comedy.
Westporter Rozanne Gates is producing the event along with Miles Marek of FTC.
In addition to Dillon, the original cast members of this 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning play are MaryBeth Hurt, Lizbeth Mackay, Sharon Ullrick, and Ray Baker.
Audience members are invited to remain after the performance for birthday cake. Tickets can be purchased by calling (203)259-1036 or online at www.fairfieldtheatre.org.
Authors attending the Westport Public Library Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature delighted Westport students today with visits to classrooms. Candace Fleming delivered a presentation on her new book, “The One and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum,” before a sixth grade class at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 5 - 9, 2009:
Pennie Ellen Davis to Richard J. and Audrey Harrow Anastasi, 13 Strathmore Lane, $169,000
Herbert Oppenheimer Est. to 4 Thomas Road LLC, 4 Thomas Road, $650,000
Atsushi Watanabe to Yoko Watanabe, 23 Pin Oak Court, 1/2 Int., $800,000
Philip J. and Marilyn H. Kennedy to Walter L. and Elena M. Perez Chudowsky, 5 Turkey Hill Circle, $1,290,000
There has been an increase in influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in the Westport schools, Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said today.
Elliott Landon: CES experiencing higher absentee rates. Dave Matlow/WN file photo
“Consistent with what is now being seen across the State of Connecticut, Westport Public Schools are seeing an increase in ILI activity,” he said in an early afternoon e-mail message to parents.
“This increased activity is substantiated by: reports by parents of ILI in students sick at home; data from school nurse assessments of students who are presenting with ILI in school; and reports by parents of laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1.”
He said the laboratory-confirmed cases are also reported by the laboratory to the Westport Weston Health District.
Saturday’s predicted rainy weather may be okay for dogs, but the Westport “Top Dog” event scheduled for Compo Beach nevertheless has been postponed until Sunday. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event will take place in the grassy area near the basketball courts. The sponsor is the Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) which is raising funds for the renovation of the Westport Animal Control facility. Pictured is Julie Loporo, WASA president, with 5-month-old Melky who is seeking a home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westporters promoting awareness of the need to reduce global warming will gather at Compo Beach at dawn on Saturday as part of International Day of Climate Action.
The Unitarian Church’s Environmental Action Group is organizing the 7 a.m. event at the cannons that mirrors events involving people from 170 countries around the world.
“It is open to all faiths and community members,” an announcement said, adding that coffee will be provided.
For more information visit the Westport event “Sunrise at the Beach” at the official Web site for the International Day of Climate Action.
A Westport Town Hall ceremony today marked Saturday’s 64th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Members of the Staples High School Model U.N. Club spoke of the importance of the world body in maintaining peace and promoting human rights. Sarah Hyman, 17, a junior, is pictured at the podium while fellow students seniors Eric Wessan (3rd l), 17, and Eitan Dror, 17, look on. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff issued a proclamation in honor of U.N. Day, and Bill Hass (2nd l) of the U.N. Association of Southwest Connecticut read a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Connecticut Magazine rates the towns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
In its first such survey in three years, Connecticut Magazine has rated Westport No. 1 in communities with a population of 25,000 to 50,000.
The top 10 were rounded out by Glastonbury, Newtown, Cheshire, New Milford, Branford, Groton, Wallingford, Trumbull, and Wethersfield.
“Westport and Glastonbury seem to be pretty much written in stone as Nos. 1 and 2 in this population group,” the magazine said.
“Both towns boast terrific schools, a low crime rate, a relatively good economy (even though it might not be quite where it once was a couple of years ago) and plenty of things to do.”
10 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Rabbit Hill Festival: Tour of the Weston Woods Studies
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection”
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Front Steps (weather permitting) or Lobby – UN Day Ceremonies
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Zoning Citation Hearing
6:30 p.m. - Red Barn Restaurant - Rabbit Hill Festival: dinner with the authors
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Senators Community Foundation - Spoken Word
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The Westport Public Library’s ninth Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature got under way tonight. The event draws people who have a special interest in children’s books and authors from all over the country. The festival started with each of the six authors reading excerpts from their books. Pictured (l-r) are: Dennis Fradin, Tonya Bolden, Gary D. Schmidt, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Candace Fleming and Judy Fradin. Their books will be on sale for the entire Rabbit Hill Festival which runs through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
U.S. Postal Service officials tonight told a Westport audience that the service is in “dire (financial) straits,” necessitating moving both the Saugatuck and Westport stations to smaller, less expensive locations.
Postal official Guy Polacco addresses a Town Hall hearing tonight as Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff listens in the front row. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“Everything has changed in the past year,” said Guy Polacco, manager of Post Office operations for the area at a Town Hall hearing broadcast live on the town cable access channel. “The economy has hit the Postal Service harder than it hits most businesses, believe it or not.
“We need to look at all avenues—where can we save money, raise revenue in order to save the Postal Service because we are in dire straits right now. Saugatuck is one of I’m sure many others across the country that we will be repositioning, consolidating, just moving along to survive.”
Polacco said losing billions of dollars a year has prompted a “potential sale” of the 7,652-square-foot building that has been home to the main Westport Post Office on Post Road East since 1936.
Representatives of the U.S. Postal Service held a public hearing in Westport Town Hall tonight about the future of the Westport and Saugatuck stations. Guy Polacco (c), manager of post office operations for the area, answered a question from Westport resident Harold Bailey (r). With them is William S. Moncrief, USPS real estate specialist. The postal officials said no decision has been made on where to relocate a permanent Saugatuck station. They said the process has begun for a “potential sale” of the main Westport post office which would move the facility to a new, nearby, smaller location with better parking and handicap access. They said the effort to vacate the building built in 1936 could take many months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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