Monday, February 12, 2007
Keeping Watch at the Saugatuck Train Station
A worker today adjusts one of 16 new security cameras being installed at Westport’s Saugatuck train station. The state intiated the project with homeland security funds and the Town of Westport added technology enabling the cameras to be monitored at Westport’s police headquarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Taking a Rest
The ice is frozen at Round Pond off of Compo Road South, and the skaters have taken over the ice. Temperatures crept closer to the freezing mark on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to stay in the 30s today, and possible snow is in the forecast for Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, Feb. 12, 2007
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Parks & Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Compo Mill Scene
Y’s Women to Hear About Oscar Race
Susan Granger: Talking on the Oscars. Contributed photoThe speaker at the next Y’s Women of Westport Weston session on Monday will give a glimpse into the Oscar race.
Susan Granger will speak on“Hollywood’s Valentine: The Oscars.” She will share her insight into the nominated films and the other possible Oscar winners.
The meeting will take place at the Westport Weston Family Y with coffee and conversation starting at 11 a.m. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m.
Granger’s movie reviews have been syndicated on radio around the country and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. Currently, her reviews appear weekly in newspapers in Fairfield County.
For more information, call Ann Lloyd at (203) 226-4245.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Talking Transportation: More Money for the Trains
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
What a difference a decade makes. It was exactly 10 years ago that then Gov. John Rowland introduced his budget calling for elimination of branch line service on Metro-North to Danbury, Waterbury and the Shore Line East line to Old Saybrook.
Now, a decade later, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has just submitted her third budget in a row calling for increased spending on mass transit, including plans for expanded service on Shore Line East.
Not to be outdone, the Democrats in Hartford are falling over each other to out-spend even the Governor’s ambitious plans.
Following on two years of long overdue but much appreciated legislative action that allocates billions for new rail cars and other transit initiatives, the latest Rell budget seeks:
A Handshake With a Legend
Former Yankee great Joe Pepitone was in Westport today signing autographs at Legends of the Game on Post Road East. Pepitone, 66, played on three Yankee World Series teams from 1962 to 1964 and was a three-time Golden Glove award winner. He shakes hands with Alexander Adzima, 6, of Stratford as Dave Laconti of Legends of the Game shop looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Potentially Significant Winter Storm Coming
The National Weather Service said today a potentially significant winter storm could affect Westport and the tri-state area from Tuesday afternoon through late Wednesday.
An area of low pressure is expected to develop over the Southern Plains Monday then track east to the Tennessee River valley byTuesday when a secondary area of low pressure will form off the southeast coast, an advisory said.
Cold air will already be in place across the region ahead of the storm as high pressure builds in from south central Canada from Monday night into Wednesday.
The combination of this cold air and Atlantic moisture being pushed into the region ahead of the storm gives the potential for significant snow fall from late Tuesday through late Wednesday, the advisory said.
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007
1 & 4:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Anne of Green Gables”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - music@the library: Sharon Levin and Gene Pino
4 p.m. - Steinway Piano Gallery - “Mozart and Friends”
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Accident Ties Up Highway Traffic
A two-car accident in the northbound lanes of I-95 in near exit 18 in Westport tied up traffic around 1 p.m. today. There were no reported injuries. Westport firefighters responded with an engine company, rescue vehicle and command car. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fire Department Officials Unveil Staffing Budget Plans
Westport Fire Department officials hope to add 16 new firefighters to its staff of 54 over the course of the next two years, including eight during the 2007-08 fiscal year.
Fire officials met with the Board of Finance today during a special budget session at fire headquarters.
Fire officials gave a presentation on how they need to increase their manpower from two firefighters per engine to three in order to increase productivity and efficiency while keeping firefighters and residents safe.
At present, two firefighters ride each piece of apparatus except the engine at fire headquarters, which has three firefighters. In the 2000-01 budget, town officials added four firefighters to the department so there could be three firefighters on that engine.
Learning to Skate
It was a good ice skating day today on Round Pond off Westport’s Compo Road South as temperatures climbed to near freezing. Steve Minichino showed his son Teddy how to skate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Longtime Westporter Peter J. Petropoulos Dies at 80
Peter J. Petropoulos, chair of the Westport Weston Health District, died Feb. 2 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Petropoulos, who had lived in Westport for 43 years, was a member of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston and a founding member of the “Compo Beach Bunch.”
He worked for Uniroyal Inc. for more than 20 years, retiring in 1987 as vice president of marketing.
Born July 5, 1926 in Newport, R.I., Petropoulos was the son of the late John and Olga Petropoulos. He was a 1950 graduate of Brown University where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
Celebrating Another State Championship
Mambers of Westport’s Staples High School boys indoor track team celebrate Friday night’s eighth straight state championship win after capturing the Class L indoor track championships at the New Haven Athletic Center. Brendon Cristobal was the team’s only individual champion, winning the 600m. The 4x200m team (Lebow, Stuart, Block and Lau) sealed the victory by winning the last event. Notable performances came from Morgan Block (second in 300m) and the 4x400m team of Keaton Cristobal, Christophe Esposito, Matt Marriot and Brendon Cristobal (2nd). The girls team finished tied for 11th. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Several Hundred Attend Levitt Fund-Raiser
Several hundred persons attended the Levitt Pavilion’s 11th annual winter fundraising gala, Midnight in Marrakech, Friday evening at the Inn at Longshore. The exotic evening included silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dancing to the Soul Street Band. Westporter Andrew Crossfield (l), auctioneer for the evening, chatted with Westport artist Miggs Burroughs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Temperatures creeped closer to the freezing mark on Friday, but there was still ice along the channel leading to Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures are again expected to be closer to freezing today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007
10 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - Board of Finance
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Young Authors Workshop
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “Spinning into Butter”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Come Be My Love. . .Love Spoken Here”
Police Officers Injured in Car Crash
Two Westport police officers were taken to Norwalk Hospital for injuries after a car crash when they were responding to a bank robbery tonight. Officers Kevin Smith and Sereniti Dobson were making a U-turn on Post Road to head west to respond to the robbery at TD Banknorth when a woman driving a Jetta traveling eastbound slammed into the cruiser. Firefighters had to extracate Smith from the vehicle. The woman driving the Jetta refused medical attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Aftermath of Police Car Crash
A Westport police car shows damage from a crash tonight as officers were responding to a bank robbery on Post Road East. The officers were taken to Norwalk Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Police are still seeking the bank robber. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, February 09, 2007
Curtain Up at Dressing Room Restaurant
Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant at the Westport Country Playhouse, co-owned by Paul Newman and master chef Michel Nischan, reopened for full operations tonight following a flood early Monday caused by a sprinkler pipe cracked by frigid temperatures. Diners enjoyed lunch today in the smaller front dining room where Paul Newman films are shown on the TV in the bar area. The rear dining room damaged by the flooding reopened tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Celebrating Black History Month
Staples High School students celebrated Black History Month today with a performance by the Vissi Dance Company from New York City. Funded by the Westport PTA Cultural Arts Committee, the dance program surveyed Black American history from the Slave Auctions to Emancipation, from Jim Crow to Civil Rights. The finale was a duet danced to Staples 12th grader April Rose singing “Amazing Grace.” Following the performance, students participated in a workshop with the dancers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s French Restaurant to Close its Doors
Westport’s Chez Stephane, the town’s only French restaurant, will be closing its doors on Wednesday after 16 years.
Stephane Raveneau, the restaurant’s owner, sent a letter to customers dated Jan. 31, but he could not be reached for comment today.
“From the time I arrived in Westport in the early 1990s until now, it has been an exciting journey and a great pleasure to share it with you,” he wrote in his letter. “I had some great times and rougher times during my years but I made it because of your support, your respect and your loyalty.”
He also thanked his wife, Annie, in his letter for working by his side and supporting him since the day he opened the restaurant.
The letter states the expected final day for the Bay Street restaurant is Wednesday, which is also Valentine’s Day.
Westport’s Spencer Platt Wins Photo of Year Award
For Spencer Platt, a Westport native who roams the world for the Getty Images photo agency, winning the World Press Photo of the Year award has always been a dream.
Spencer Platt: “It’s definitely a shock.” Contributed photo
Today that dream came true.
Platt was announced as the winner of the 50th annual World Press Photo contest, based in Amsterdam and judged by an international panel of photographers and editors. It is considered the top prize in photojournalism.
Platt’s image of a group of young Lebanese driving a car through bombed-out south Beirut last summer beat out 78,083 images from 4,460 professional photographers in 124 countries.
Masked Man Robs Westport Bank; Officers Injured in Crash
Westport police released this security photo of the bank robber. Contributed photoA man wearing a mask and displaying a gun robbed a TD Banknorth branch on Westport’s Post Road East late today, police said.
The robbery at the branch at 1111 Post Road East at the corner of Morningside Drive North occurred at 5:35 p.m., according to a time code on a security photo of the suspect released later by police.
A police car responding to the robbery was involved in a crash not far away at Post Road East near Maple Avenue North. The two officers were transported to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later released.
Westport Native Wins World Press Photo of Year Award
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Westport native Spencer Platt, a 1989 Staples High School graduate, today won the world’s top photo prize, World Press Photo of the Year, for his iimage of a group of young Lebanese driving a car through bombed-out south Beirut last summer. Platt, who works for Getty Images Inc., said he was elated with the honor, which includes an award of 10,000 euros ($12,990) to be presented at an awards ceremony in Amesterdam in April. “It’s something you dream about,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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