Saturday, November 05, 2005
Bird’s Eye View
Main Street Parade Marks Start of First Night Button Sales
There was a “Pots and Pans Parade” on Westport’s Main Street today to mark the start of button sales for First Night Westport Weston. Tonight’s “Housewives on Prozac” event at Saugatuck Elementary School will help raise funds for the alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Promoting First Night
Rozanne Gates, executive director of First Night Westport Weston, was among participants in today’s Main Street “Post and Pans Parade.” She wore a poster on her head promoting tonight’s “Houewives on Prozac” fund-raiser at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Police: Most Comply With Cell Phone Ban
By Jennifer Connic
After a two week grace period, Westport police handed out 27 tickets in the final two weeks of October for those who were using their cellular phones while driving, according to police officials.
A new state law went into effect on Oct. 1 that required those using a cell phone while they drive to use a hand-free device, like a headset, otherwise face a ticket and fine.
First-time offenders, however, could avoid the fine if they showed a judge they had bought a hands-free device.
Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said in addition to the 27 tickets, police handed out a number of written warnings, but records are not kept on the number of warnings.
Joy of Victory
Senior Wyatt Moss shares the joy of victory in Friday night’s heartstopping and stunning Staples last-second 28-24 win over New Canaan at New Canaan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
We’re No. 1
Staples players celebrate their come-from-behind 28-24 victory Friday night over New Canaan. The Wreckers scored two touchdowns in the final 2:11, the last one with one-tenth of a second on the clock, to preserve their No. 1 standing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Getting Some November Sun
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005
11 a.m. - Main Street - Pots and Pans parade for Westport/Weston First Night
4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
7:30 p.m. - Jesup Green - Builders Beyond Borders “Fashions of the Green” fashion show
8 p.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Westport/Weston First Night presents “Housewives on Prozac”
Friday, November 04, 2005
Westport Historical Society Hosts “Westport Stories”
The Westport Historical Society tonight presented its gala fund-raiser “Westport Stories:Fame and Infamy, Places, Events” at the Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
Reliving the Past
A skit about Westport’s history was an entertainment highlight at tonight’s Westport Historical Society “Westport Stories:Fame and Infamy, Places, Events” inaugural gala at the Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andrea Maritzer Fine for WestportNow.com
Staples Edges New Canaan 28-24 in Thrilling Win
Staples senior quarterback D. J. Stefkovich gets set to launch a pass during tonight’s come-from-behind 28-24 Wrecker win over New Canaan at New Canaan. With two minutes to go, Staples was down by 10 points. But a 32-yard Stefkovich pass to Ryan Bohling with one-tenth of a second on the clock remaining sealed the Wrecker victory. Staples improved to 8-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com
Cheering on the Wreckers
There was a crowd of Westporters on hand tonight to cheer on the Wreckers as they defeated New Canaan 28-24 in one of the most thrilling Staples’ football victories in years. With one-tenth of a second to go, D. J. Stefkovich connected on a 32-yard pass to Ryan Bohling, completing a shocking Wrecker comeback and stunning the crowd at Dunning Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Health District Officials Prepare for Flu
By Jennifer Connic
Nearly all of this season’s flu vaccine has arrived at the Westport-Weston Health District, and health officials are also planning what to do if there is an outbreak of avian flu in Westport.
Westport-Weston Health District Director Sue Jacozzi said at least 90 percent of this year’s flu vaccine has arrived at the district, and there will be enough for everyone this flu season.
Flu clinics are scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the district’s offices on Bayberry Lane.
Unlike last year and this year’s first clinic, pre-registration will not be required for the clinics, Jacozzi said.
Traffic Improvements on Post Road East
Work continued today on traffic improvements at the busy interestection of Westport’s Post Road East and Compo Road North. A right-hand turn lane has been installed for southbound traffic and new traffic signals installed. The work should be completed in about two weeks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples Boys Soccer Tourney Begins Tuesday
The Staples boys’ soccer team hosts South Windsor Tuesday at 2 p.m., in the first round of the state “LL” (extra large schools) state tournament.
The match, at Albie Loeffler Field, is the first of what the Wreckers hope will be the 12th state championship in their storied 48-year history.
Staples, which finished the regular season with an 11-3-2 record, is ranked 14th in the 32-team “LL” tournament. South Windsor, No. 19, finished the fall 10-4-2.
New England Colors
Friday, Nov. 4, 2005
6:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Opening reception “Face & Figure: Portrait and Figure Study in Contemporary Photography”
7 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Historical Society presents “Westport Stories”
7 p.m. - New Canaan High School - Staples football vs New Canaan
8:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Immigrant”
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Former NY Times Ombudsman Addresses Westport Audience
Daniel Okrent, former ombudsman at The New York Times, was guest speaker tonight at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy. He said the newspaper’s faulty coverage of the weapons of mass destruction issue in Iraq was driven by competitive pressures on editors who “grew epaulets on their shoulders” when the war began and subsequently developed an “unwillingness to say we were wrong.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Seniors Hear from Fairfield U. Official
The Westport Center for Senior Activities tonight hosted the third Interesting Issues program sponsored by the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities. The Rev. Charles Allen, executive assistant to the president of Fairfield University, addressed the crowd on “A Catholic priest’s perspective on religion and politics.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Pfister for WestportNow.com
Staples Girls Volleyball Loses to Darien 3-1
Darien edged the Staples girls volleyball team 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-12, 25-13) tonight for the FCIAC title in a game played at Fairfield Ludlowe High.
Darien (21-0), the state’s No. 1 team, improved its winning steak to 85 matches and has now won 14 of the last 16 FCIAC championships. The Wreckers ended 18-3 on the season.
It was not all one-sided. Staples took the first game 26-24 – the first game Darien lost all season.
Staples senior Kelly Wall had six kills and senior Katrina Ellison had two kills and 11 blocks. Jackie O’Connell and Mariel Goddu combined for nine kills.
Saugatuck Showing its Colors
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Parks and Recreation Basketball Coaches
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing
7:30 p.m. - Greens Farms Academy - Talk by Daniel Okrent, former New York Times ombudsman, as Coyle Visiting Scholar
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Todayt’s WestportNow Teardown: 156 Easton Road
Westport Young Woman’s League Hosts Festival
The Westport Young Woman’s League will sponsor its 30th annual Westport Creative Arts Festival Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at Staples High School.
Holly Hellman (l) and Sandy Morrison are co-chairs of the festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The event, which has been nationally ranked in the top 10 percent of all craft shows in the United States for more than five years, continues to attract 10,000 visitors annually as well as a wide variety of artists and artisans, an announcement said.
More than 150 exhibitors from Connecticut and surrounding states and as far away as Georgia and California have been individually selected by jury.
Hand-crafted basketry, hand-crafted clay, collectibles, dolls, fiber, floorcloths, flowers and herbs, folk art, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, ornaments, papers, soaps, toys, clothing and accessories, wood, and woven textiles will be among the many creations for sale, according to organizers.
Westport Property Transfers Oct. 24-28, 2005
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 24-28, 2005
Helga A. and David A. Rourke to Robert and Lisa Daus, 6 Belaire Drive, $805,000
PK Associates Inc. to Lyons Circle Inc., 58 Lyons Plains Road, $5,780,000
Ronald G. and Hilde M. Uccellini to Selena Roberts, 2 Pondside Drive, $735,000
Riverside Plaza LLC to Abbey Road Riverside LLC, 33 Riverside Ave., $16,500,000
Adrian and Sarah Parsons Zackheim to Bruce A. and Jill Haymes, 5 Sunnyside Lane, $2,000,000
Smart Kids Launches Youth Achievement Award Contest
Westport-based Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities has launched its third annual Youth Achievement Award contest.
Students 18 years old or under with learning disabilities (LD) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are invited to enter this competition highlighting their special gifts and strengths, an announcement said.
The $500 award will go to a candidate who has demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field, including music, art, science, math, athletics or community service.
Honorary Mentions will also be awarded. Deadline for applications is Jan. 31. David Neeleman, chief executive officer, JetBlue Airways, and honorary chairman of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc., will present the 2006 Youth Achievement Award at the Smart Kids with LD benefit dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford next June 15.Page 1066 of 1227 pages
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