Monday, November 05, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Teen gaming in the afternoon (ages 12 and up)
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Eric Booth: “Habits of the Mind: Refocusing the Path of Learning”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. – Staples High School, Room 333 – Board of Education anticipated executive session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Mike Krysiuk - “Why Me Why Now”
8 p.m. – Staples High School, Cafeteria B – Board of Education (televised on Channel 78)
Sunday, November 04, 2007
On the Beach
A day after stormy weather, Westport’s Compo Beach welcomed many Sunday visitors today who enjoyed mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Back Deck View
Sunday, November 4, 2007
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Westport Farmers Market
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series: “Pinkalicious”
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Elliot Aronson on “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts”
Gunman Robs Westport Liquor Store
A man with a handgun robbed a Westport liquor store today and fled with an undetermined amount of cash, police said.
The robbery occurred at International Liquor, 732 Post Road East, next to Calise’s Food Market, near the intersection of Hillspoint Road.
The robber entered the store shortly after 7 p.m., showed his weapon, and told the employee to give him all the money, which he did, said Lt. Leonard Rummo.
The robber fled the store on foot heading westbound, and a K-9 unit was unable to pick up a trail, he said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Detective Bureau at (203)341-6000.
Whipping Through the Fall Foliage
Beaver Deceiver: Leveling a Westport Pond
Westporters took action today to thwart some busy beavers, sometimes called the planet’s second-best engineers.
Installing the pond leveling system today in the Partrick Wetlands were (l-r) Skip Hilliker a wildlife technician; John Horkel, Earthplace director; Sean Guinan, wildlife assistant, and Matthew Mandell, an Earthplace trustee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adam Stolpen for WestportNow.com
A team from Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, installed a pond leveling system at a beaver dam on Poplar Plains Brook inside the sprawling Partrick Wetlands in northwest Westport.
The system was needed because the beavers had built a dam that had grown to 80 feet wide and 4 feet tall, creating a pond well over 5 acres in size.
“There was a need to reduce the size of the pond,” said John Horkel, Earthplace director.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Staples Wins Seventh Straight
The Staples Wreckers improved to 7-0 on the season today with a 28-7 victory over Darien at Darien. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Pacilio (1) started in place of the injured Mike Samela. Staplesfootball.com photo
Staples senior Josh Kozel rushed for a team-high 83 yards today and was a key man on the defense as Staples defeated Darien 28-7. The Wreckers go up against New Canaan Friday night at New Canaan and try to avenge last year’s 14-13 loss. The winner of the contest will face Greenwich in the FCIAC champsionship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for Staplesfootball.com
Winds Pick Up, Scattered Power Outages Reported
Winds generated by the remnants of Hurricane Noel picked up along Westport’s coast today as Connecticut Light and Power Company reported brief scattered power outages in town.
The National Weather Service issued a high winds advisory and a coastal flood advisory for Westport and portions of the tri-state area. Eastern Connecticut and Cape Cod were expected to see the highest winds.
Local weather stations reported winds gusting to 39 miles per hour this afternoon and forecasters predicted gusts may reach 45-55 later in the day. They said winds could be strong enough to whip up tides along Long Island Sound by as much as 2-1/2 feet above normal, causing minor flooding.
At 9 a.m., CL&P reported 19 Westport customers were without power, but an hour later it said all power had been restored.
Town Clerk’s Office Open for Absentee Ballots
The Westport Town Clerk’s office is open until noon today to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Absentee ballots will also be available at the Town Clerk’s office Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., according to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.
Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday when the polls officially close.
The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave. in Room 105. Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the town Web site at www.westportct.gov
Enjoying the View
Saturday, November 3, 2007
9 a.m. - noon - Westport Town Hall - Town Clerk’s office open for absentee ballot distribution
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series: “Pinkalicious”
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - The Prevailing Winds woodwind quintet performs
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Kings Highway Walking Tour
2:30 p.m. - Darien High School - Staples football vs Darien
7 p.m. - Seabury Center - Family Chamber Music Concerts: Jorge Caballero, classical guitar
7 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - African Children’s Choir
A Work in Progress
A sign that summer is truly over, this mild autumn will come to an end, and winter shall soon be upon us, is the annual transformation of the tennis court at Westport’s Longshore Club Park to the Police Athletic Leagure (PAL) ice skating rink. Tony Lantier and his crew have been hard at work for the past two weeks readying the rink. Work will continue until it opens the day after Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Paintings and Poetry
The Westport Public Library tonight hosted an opening reception for its exhibit featuring the work of Ann Holmes and Dick Rauh. Both are artists and poets and their many admirers at the reception were treated to examples of their work in both of these genres. In her oil paintings, Holmes adapts works of old masters and reworks them in her own distinctive style. Rauh’s watercolors and poems all have botanical themes. The exhibit runs throiugh November. Rauh and Holmes are pictured in front of Holmes’s painting “Garden of Earthly Delights” and Rauh’s watercolor, “Swamp Loosestrife.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, November 02, 2007
Veterans Day Ceremonies Set for Town Hall Auditorium
Veterans Day ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall auditorium, William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, announced today.
Organizations participating in the ceremonies will be the Westport Community Band, the Westport Boy Scouts, and the Westport Police Department Honor Guard.
Also participating will be members of the Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 Veterans of Foreign Wars, representatives of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 399, and members of the August Mathias Post 63 American Legion.
Town Hall offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. Board of Education offices and the Westport schools will be open.
First Power Line Conduits Installed Under Saugatuck
Workers for Connecticut Light and Power Company today completed installing the first conduits under the Saugatuck River in Westport that will eventually carry the new Middletown-to-Norwalk high voltage power line. The critical operation involved assembling and pulling 1,600 feet of conduit pipes from the west side of the river at Lincoln Street to the east side at Imperial Avenue. The work, which had to be done without stopping, began Thursday morning, a day later than originally announced, and was completed by mid-day today. Workers will soon begin drilling a second bore hole under the river to carry a second set of conduit pipes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Minor Coastal Flooding Possible Tonight
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said today a strong northeast to north flow tonight into Saturday will produce tidal departures of 2 to possibly 21/2 feet above normal during the times of high tide on Saturday.
“These tidal departures may produce minor coastal flooding across the shorelines of western Long Island Sound and New York Harbor,” an advisory said.
Geese at Westport’s Longshore Golf Course are keeping clear of”foxy loxy.” The foxy signage of a fox seemed to keep geese away from this area, though they were there in force a few hundred yards away. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, November 2, 2007
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening reception, “Painting and Poetry” exhibit, works by Ann Homes and Dick Rauh
The National Weather Service said a record high monthly average temperature of 61.8 degrees was set at Bridgeport for October.
This breaks the old record of 60.2 set in 1971.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
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