Friday, November 24, 2006
Playhouse Hosts Autism Speaks Gala
Autism Speaks will host a Theater Gala for the Thursday, Nov. 30 performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the Westport Country Playhouse.
All proceeds from the evening’s festivities – which will include a live auction—will benefit Autism Speaks, a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research and treatments.
Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is adapted and directed by Tazewell Thompson, playhouse artistic director.
For ticket information, visit www.autismspeaks.org.
Before the rain, swans were swimming on the Saugatuck River near the Westport Public Library. The rain is expected to move out in time for the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, Nov. 24, 2006
Noon - Longshore Club Park - Police Athletic League (PAL) ice rink opens
Westport’s Main Street Takes on Holiday Look
Westport’s Main Street is taking on a holiday look as merchants prepare for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aubie Locke for WestportNow.com
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Serving Up the Turkey
For the 37th year, the Westport Saugatuck Congregation Church today prepared and served a Thanksgiving Day feast to about 200 diners. Ricki Letowt, a resident of Norwalk who oversaw all preparations, shows off one of more than 30 turkeys served up. Wiith her is the Rev. John Danner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Community Band and Alan Abel and his Dixieland Band provided the entertainment during today’s Thanksgiving Day feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
It was a rainy Thanksgiving in the Westport area today. Lights of southbound traffic on I-95 near the Saugatuck River Bridge reflected off the roadway in late afternoon. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. DOT photo
Looking for Daylight
Staples senior Alex Lebow looks for some daylight as he shakes off a tackler in today’s 20-0 win over Greenwich at Greenwich. The victory over the No. 1-rated Cardinals assured the Wreckers of a spot in the Class L state playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. They will attempt to win their third straight Class L title beginning Tuesday at home under portable lights brought in for the semi-final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Despite the heavy rain, cheerleaders from Staples and Greenwich managed to have a good time today as they got together in a circle at half-time with the Wreckers leading 7-0. The 20-0 Staples victory improved the Wreckers to 9-1 on the season while it was the first defeat for the Cardinals (10-1). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Gaining Ground En Route to Playoffs
Staples junior Colin O’Shea (7) gains some ground during today’s 20-0 shutout of No. 1-ranked Greenwich as he gets some defensive help. The win, played in driving rain at Greenwich, put Staples into the Class L state playoffs. Altogether, Staples gained 206 yards on the ground with Alex Lebow rushing for 57 yards and O’Shea for 53. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Talking Turkey After Staples Win
Staples Coach Marce Petroccio (c) gathers with his team as MSG does some interviews following today’s 20-0 Wrecker win over Greenwich at Greenwich. “It was the worst day possible, weather-wise, but it was the best day possible to be a football coach,” said Petroccio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Bringing Him Down
Staples seniors R. J. Marsilio (11) and Julian Seidman (4) get their hands on junior John Kavanagh (37) of Greenwich during today’s Wreckers 20-0 win over the Cardinals at Greenwich. The Wreckers’ defense held Greenwich to just 61 total yards in the first half and 54 in the second. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Rain Didn’t Dampen Their Spirits
Despite a heavy rain, there was a good size Thanksgiving Day crowd of Staples supporters on hand today in Greenwich to cheer the Wreckers on to a 20-0 victory over the No. 1-rated Cardinals. The win, Staples’ second consecutive shutout against the Cardinals and Greenwich’s first home loss since October 2000, gave the Wreckers’ a state playoff home game for the fourth straight year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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Library to Hold Holiday Book Sale
The Westport Public Library will hold its fifth annual Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.
The sale will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday on the Riverwalk Level at the library.
There will be more than 1,000 books available for purchase, including a collection of leather-bound books, new fiction and nonfiction books. There will also be a small collection of videos and CDs for sale.
For more informaiton on the sale, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
The chilly weather hasn’t kept Westporters inside. Despite temperatures in the 40s, some headed to Compo Beach Wednesday for some walking and even boating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006
Westport Town Hall and Schools Closed
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Community Thanksgiving Feast
Temperatures were in the low 40s today, but it didn’t stop some from heading to Westport’s Longshore Club Park’s practice range to take golf shots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Coastal Flood Advisory Issued
The National Weather Service late today issued a coastal flood advisory which is in effect from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
A persistent northeast flow will produce tidal departures of 1.5 to 2 feet above normal late tonight through early Thursday afternoon producing minor coastal flooding across western Long Island Sound, the advisory said.
High tides late tonight will be around a foot lower than tide levels early Thursday afternoon and based on current forecast departures minor flooding is not expected with the high tide cycle late tonight.
A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Fire Department Veterans Promoted
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (r) addresses the crowd during a promotional ceremony today. Timothy Chalfant (l) became fire inspector, and Edward Zygmant (c) became fire marshal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was an emotional afternoon for two Westport Fire Department veterans as they were promoted in a ceremony at fire headquarters.
Edward Zygmant was promoted to fire marshal, a position he held in an acting capacity since last March, and Timothy Chalfant, a Westport native, was promoted to fire inspector. Zygmant has been with the Westport department for 27 years, and Chalfant is a 29-year veteran.
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said he probably has spent more holidays with the two veterans than they had spent with their own families, which is a sign of their dedication to protecting Westport.
“They know the meaning of brotherhood,” he said. “They live it.”
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 46 Burr Farms Road
Westport building officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 46 Burr Farms Road. The home, built in 1955, is off of Long Lots Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Getting Ready for Turkey Day
Rain, Wind, Minor Coastal Flooding Expected
The National Weather Service said today rain, wind and minor coastal flooding are expected late today into Thanksgiving Day in Westport and the tri-state area.
A low pressure system off the North Carolina coast this morning will slowly track north today through tonight to off the Delmarva coast by Thanksgiving morning, an advisory said.
The rain shield ahead of the coastal storm will overspread Long Island, New York City and northeastern New Jersey this evening and then gradually work north into the lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut tonight.
The precipitation may start as a brief period of light freezing rain across Orange County in the lower Hudson Valley this evening but will quickly change to plain rain.
Utillty Workers Shut Down Post Road East Gas Leak
After an almost four-hour operation, utility workers early today shut down a stubborn gas leak on Westport’s Post Road East caused during laying of a new underground high voltage cable, fire officials said.
Work on the new underground high voltage line began along Westport’s Post Road East earlier this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo
Police detoured traffic around the area of 1025 Post Road East near West Parish Road, Church Street, and Cedar Road as crews worked to close down the leak.
The 2-inch gas service line was hit at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday by crews laying the new Connecticut Light and Power Co. cable that runs from Middletown to Norwalk, fire officials said.
Workers from Southern Connecticut Gas Co. shut down the line shortly after 1 a.m. today, the fire department said.Page 1289 of 1618 pages
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