Saturday, March 04, 2006
Mitchells Hosts Gala
Mitchells of Westport was jumping Friday night as it hosted the Near & Far Aid Spring Gala. Southport-based The Near & Far Aid Association, Inc. is an all-volunteer group that serves primarily Fairfield County residents in need, including the homeless, the elderly, abused children and families at risk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, March 4, 2006
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Annual winter book sale
10:30 a.m. - Compo Beach - Penguin Plunge registration, event at noon
Friday, March 03, 2006
“Jumpstart” Workshop Set for Tuesday
Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler has announced that a “Jumpstart” workshop to learn about social service resources has been scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave.
“Jumpstart” is a family-focused series of meetings intended to provide participants with information about local social service resources. The outreach program is a collaborative effort of Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association and the Westport Department of Human Services.
The workshop will feature keynote speaker Mike Jaffe whose presentation, “Designing and Creating the Life You Really Want,” will provide participants with tools to set life and/or career goals.
Childcare and homework help will be available from the Stapes High School Key Club. To make a reservation, call the Westport Department of Human Services, (203)341-1050.
Free Books Monday Outside Post Office
Look for Mimi Greenlee and Jane Horton, co-chairs of Westport Reads 2006, in front of the Westport Post Office on Post Road East at noon Monday. They will be handing out copies of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon, the library’s choice for Westport’s one-town, one-read with events and book discussions throughout March. Check the library Web site for details. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A Moment’s Distraction
A one-car crash on Westport’s Cross Highway today sent a woman to Norwalk Hospital. A motorist who stopped to help after the accident quoted her as saying she had been “looking down at something” and her car crossed over the line and hit a concrete bridge abutment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Before the Snow Hit
Friday, March 3, 2006
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Long-Range Planning Committee
7 p.m. - Mitchells of Westport - Near & Far Aid Spring Gala
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Westport Girls Softball Sets Party March 11
Westport Girls Softball will hold a party for girls from kindergarten through fifth grade Saturday, March 11 at the Staples High School field house.
The two-hour event beginning at 1 p.m., with music and decorations, is intended to help youngsters discover the fun of the game, according to organizers.
Among those on hand will be professional coach Emily Robustelli of Integrated Sports Training in Norwalk as well as Westport Little League coaches certified by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
“Attendees will receive a free t-shirt and can win prizes in the simple, fun games like base running races that we will hold,” an announcement said. There also will be “mini-coaching clinics” to show girls the fundamentals of the game.
Directing the Y’s Men
Eckart Preu (c), Stamford Symphony Orchestra music director, spoke to the Westport/Weston Y’s Men today about the plans for the orchestra in the 21st century. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Celebrates Third Anniversary
WestportNow marked its third anniversary today as the 24/7 news and information source for Westport.
“We are very grateful for the support the community has given to WestportNow,” said publisher Gordon Joseloff in a statement.
“With the help of scores of volunteers, WestportNow continues to be the prime real-time source of news and photos of Westport.
“As we enter our fourth year, I hope we can build on our success and continue to offer a valuable service to readers and advertisers.”
A Bridgeport man sustained minor injuries today when his car ran off Westport’s Riverside Avenue near Saugatuck Elementary School. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar and Firefighter Brendan McHugh survey the damage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Heavy Snow Warning Canceled
The National Weather Service today canceled a heavy snow warning for Westport and the tri-state area but kept a winter weather advisory in effect until midnight.
Snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain will continue into the evening hours, a mid-afternoon advisory said. Storm total snow and sleet accumulations are now expected to range between 3 and 6 inches. Travel will likely be treacherous during the evening rush hour with some icing expected.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
A record snowfall of 3 inches was set at Bridgeport today, breaking the old record of 1.9 inches set in 1994.
Firefighters Respond to Parkway Accident
Westport firefighters responded to three accidents with injuries today during the snowstorm, but the most serious was on the Merritt Parkway.
The accident was just after 9:30 a.m. on the northbound side of the parkway between Exits 42 and 44, and several vehicles skidding on the wet snow, according to department officials.
One of them left the roadway, took down a tree and wrapped the car around a larger tree before it came to a stop, according to officials.
The driver, who was traveling alone, was trapped in the vehicle. Westport and Fairfield firefighters worked together to free the person from the car.
It took 40 minutes to free the person, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Snow Causes Numerous Accidents
Spring is 18 Days Away
It was slow going on Westportg’s Main Street and other town roadways today as snow fell throughout the tri-state area. Police reported several minor accidents due to slippery streets and Westport schools scheduled early dismissals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Schools Announce Early Dismissal
The Westport public schools will have early dismissal today due to the weather, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced.
The dismissal schedule:
Staples High School
Bedford Middle School
Coleytown Middle School
Saugatuck Elementary School
Coleytown Elementary School
Green’s Farms Elementary School
King’s Highway Elementary School
Long Lots Elementary School
All afternoon and evening activities have been canceled.
Take the Plunge Saturday at Compo
By Jayde Levesque
The eighth annual Penguin Plunge will take place at noon at Westport’s Compo Beach. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
The Special Olympics organizes plunges all over the state, but the Westport event is the only one representing Fairfield County.
“It’s a unique event that would not take place without the generosity of the police and fire departments, emergency services, dive and rescue, and the parks and recreation department,” said Westporter Elizabeth Kuechenmeister, event co-chairwoman.
Heavy Snow Warning Issued
Westport put its snow clearing force on alert today as the National Weather Service upgraded a snow advisory to a heavy snow warning.
A morning advisory said the warning is in effect from 9 a.m. to midnight and predicted 5 to 10 inches could fall during the day.
Snow will begin by mid to late morning and continue through the afternoon before ending during the evening, the advisory said. The heaviest snow is forecast to fall in the afternoon, including the evening rush hour.
“Our public works personnel and contractors are ready,” said First Selectman Gordon Joseloff. “Although the amounts may be smaller, this one could involve heavier, wetter snow than last month’s large snowfall and make clearing more difficult.”
WestportNow contributing photographer Larry Untermeyer points out some of his photos on display at Westport’s Center for Senior Activities. The exhibit, which opened Wednesday, runs through the end of the month at the center at 21 Imperial Ave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Burying Hill Birds
Westport Twins Organize Food Drive
Hearing the call from Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association food pantry, 12-year-old twins Rosie and Farrel Levinson of Westport organized a neighborhood food drive. As part of their forthcoming fall B’not Mitzvah at Temple Israel in Westport, the Bedford Middle School seventh graders are required to perform community service in addition to their studies. They are pictured with the generous donations collected from neighbors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, March 2, 2006
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing—CANCELED
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102– RTM Ordinance Committee—CANCELED
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Snow Advisory Issued
The National Weather Service has issued a snow advisory for Westport and the tri-state area from 9 a.m. Thursday to midnight.
Snow will begin Thursday morning and continue through the afternoon before ending Thursday night. The steadiest snow is forecast to fall during the afternoon hours, the advisory said.
“At this time total accumulations are expected to range from 3 to 6 inches across the advisory area,” the statement said.
A snow advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
Grand List Signed with 74 Percent Increase
Westport Assessor William Gaffney signed a Grand List that has a 73.95 percent increase.
It includes revaluated properties that grew by 79.4 percent and account for 95.9 percent of the town’s tax base.
It is a total value of $9.97 billion
Motor vehicle values grew by 2.1 percent, but personal property values fell by .5 percent.
Playhouse Features Student Scripts
Westport elementary school students crafted original scripts that will be performed at the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Professional actors will perform original scripts crafted by elementary students enrolled in Westport Country Playhouse’s Playmaking Workshop on Monday, March 13 at 8 p.m. on the Playhouse stage.
The readings are open to the public at no admission charge.
The young playwrights will be part of the production, taking a seat on the stage to watch their words come to life.
The playreadings culminate the eight-week program modeled after the hugely successful 52nd Street Project in New York City.
Stamford Symphony Orchestra Subject of Y’s Men Session
Eckart Preu to speak to Y’s Men. Contributed photoEckart Preu, music director of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, will speak to the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston Thursday about “The Symphony Orchestra of the 21st Century.”
An accomplished pianist, he will also play several selections in addition to his talk.
The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East
Preu was named music director of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra last June after an international search.Page 1074 of 1266 pages
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