Tuesday, January 02, 2007
New Year’s Day Flooding on Richmondville Avenue
New Year’s Day Plunge at Compo
Members of the Team Mossman Triathalon Club based at Westport’s Family Y held its fourth annual New Year’s Day polar bear plunge Monday at Compo Beach. The temperature reached a balmy 53 duirng the day, but the water was still chilly. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Talking Transportation: The Secrets of Riding Metro-North
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
Each week, dozens of people ride Metro-North for the first time. This week’s column is to let those new, and veteran, commuters in on the secrets of a successful commute.
Parking: You can’t take the train if you can’t get to the station, so invest in your commuting future by getting your name on your town’s (and neighboring towns’) waiting lists for annual permits. In four or five years, when your name rises to the top of the list, you’ll thank yourself. Meantime, opt for legal day-parking or find a friend to ride to the station with.
Platform Positioning: There’s a science to deciding where on the platform to wait for your train. Many commuters position themselves at the front or rear of the train for a quick get-away when they arrive in Grand Central. Contrarian that I am, I tend toward the center of the train because that’s where there’s a better chance of getting a seat.
Finding a Seat Believe me, your commute will be a lot better seated than standing. Seats are in short supply, so here’s the strategy. As your train pulls in, scan the cars that pass you and see how the passenger load looks. As the doors open, move quickly inside, eyeball your target seat and get there fast. Put your carryons in the overhead rack and sit down. If you hesitate, you’re toast and will be a standee.
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
8 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Board of Finance special meeting
January Cherry Blossom Time
WestportNow Named to Top 10 U.S. “Placeblogs” List
WestportNow has been named one the nation’s top 10 “Placeblogs” by a new Web site, Placeblogger.com
“Placebogs” are Web sites that concentrate on one local area, according to Lisa Williams, founder of Placeblogger.com. They are sometimes called “hyperlocal sites” because some of them focus on news events and items that cover a particular neighborhood in great detail, she said.
WestportNow is ranked No. 4 in the list by Placeblogger.com, which said it has catalogued about 975 such sites across the nation.
The others in the Top 10 list are: 1) Baristanet, Montclair, N.J., 2) Edhat, Santa Barbara, Calif.;.3) Fresno Famous, Fresno, Calif.; 5). ChiTown Daily News, Chicago, Ill.; 6) New Haven Independent, New Haven, Conn.; 7) Gotham Gazette, New York, N.Y.; 8). Philly Future, Philadelphia, Pa.; 9) MNSpeak, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., and 10) Duke City Fix, Albuquerque, N.M.
Foggy New Year’s Day Walk
Monday, January 01, 2007
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 113 Newtown Turnpike
Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 113 Newtown Turnpike. The house was built in 1910, and the Historic District Commission will review the matter during its Jan. 9 meeting. The house was sold in December for $650,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A New Year’s Gift to WestportNow Readers
WestportNow published hundreds of pictures in 2006 from scores of photographers. We are proud to present a sampling of 360 of them for year-end review. CLICK HERE. They represent the work of more than 50 photographers.
It is through their efforts and those of other contributors that WestportNow again recorded remarkable growth in 2006. We are pleased to continue to be frequently cited nationally as a trend-setter in Internet citizen journalism.
For almost four years, WestportNow has been the No. 1 source for news and information for Westport, routinely breaking stories and publishing news and pictures found nowhere else. We’ve also enabled an ongoing community dialogue through comments.
We are grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2007. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.
Fireworks Light Up the New Year in Westport
At the stroke of midnight Sunday, fireworks marked the New Year in Westport and the finale of the 13th annual festivities of First Night Westport/Weston. Crowds watched along the Saugatuck River at Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Monday, Jan. 1, 2007
Town Hall Closed
No events scheduled
The Play’s the Thing
A New Year Fortune
Tarot card reader Althea Jacob prepares her table as she prepares for a new client tonight during First Night Westport/Weston. One of the rooms at Westport Town Hall was decked out for fortune reading and tea drinking. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Bingo was a hit at the Westport Center for Senior Activities tonight as part of First Night Westport/Weston. Extra tables and chairs were needed to accommodate the large crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Getting into the Rhythm
String Quartet Entertains at Historical Society
The Annellie String Quartet, all eight and ninth grade students, entertained a full house tonight at the Westport Historical Society as part of the First Night celebration. The group is comprised of Gabrielle and Brianna Fischler (on the ends) twin sisters from Southbury, Rachel Iba (violin) from Lexington, Mass., and Jennie Brent (cello) from New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First Night Crossing
Organizer estimated about 5,000 buttons were sold for tonight’s First Night Westport/Weston festivities. Some of the guests crossed Post Road East under the watchful eyes of Westport traffic agents. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
A model train show at the Westport Public Library tonight was a big hit with children. It was part of the annual First Night Westport/Weston festivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Dancin’ at the Bank
The dance floor wasn’t crowded but there was no lack of enthusiasm at the Commerce Bank on Westport’s Main Street tonight. The “Good Clean Fun Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” and WEBE 108 provided the music and prizes as part of the First Night events. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Toquet Hall Hosts “Battle of the Bands”
Celebrating the New Year
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The children’s fireworks at First Night Westport/Weston tonight attracted a large crowd along the Saugatuck River. These spectators watched from the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
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