Friday, October 20, 2006
Staples Players Capture Overall Moss Hart Award
The Staples Players captured the Overall Moss Hart Award for the second time in its history with its production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” last spring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Staples Players June production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” has not only been named the New England Theatre Conference winner of the 2006 Moss Hart Award for best secondary school production in New England, but it also received the 2006 Overall Award Trophy.
The Award Trophy winner is selected each year from Moss Hart winners in five theater divisions that includes professional, community, collegiate, secondary and children’s groups. Staples Players won the award one other time in 1968.
Anne Frank marks the fourth time in the past five years that Westport’s Staples High School theater group has been honored with the Moss Hart award in its division.
The Players earned the awards for “Cabaret” in 2005, “Merrily We Roll Along” in 2003 and “Into The Woods” 2002.
Rain, Wind Descends on Westport
Rain and heavy winds blew into Westport today. A wind advisory is in effect until midnight tonight. Wind gusts 40-50 miles per hour can be expected. It didn’t stop fishermen to try their luck off of the jetty at Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Going Down: 14 Sturges Commons
The house at 14 Sturges Commons in Westport came down today. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 11. The property changed hands last month at $1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Getting Ready for Y’s Men Photo Exhibit
Members of the Camera Club of the Westport Weston Y’s Men are preparing for the gala opening next Friday at 3 p.m. of their Third Annual Y’s Men Photo Contest and Exhibition. The event will be at the Center for Senior Activities and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Center for Senior Activities. Shown going over the entries are (l-r): Bill Balch. Bernie Perry. Larry Untermeyer, Stan Groner, the club’s president, Mike Guthman, Lennie Messman, and Buddy Rubin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
National Weather Service Issues Wind Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Westport and the tri-state area which is in effect from 4 p.m. today to midnight.
Low pressure developing over the mid Atlantic region this morning will move across the area early this afternoon then rapidly intensify as it moves into New England late this afternoon and this evening, the advisory said.
The deepening low along with very strong winds aloft will result in strong gusty winds late this afternoon and this evening.
Southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph will develop this afternoon. These winds will turn west late this afternoon and increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts between 40 and 50 mph then become northwest this evening.
Friday, Oct. 20, 2006
9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Commission for Senior Services
4 p.m. - Staples High School - dedication ceremony for Legacy Walkway
7 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club - “Roles Women Play”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
Staples Girls Soccer Shuts Out Trinity Catholic 7-0
Lindsey Sagnella (8) heads the ball toward the goal today in the Staples girls soccer 7-0 victory over Stamford’s Trinity Catholic High School at home. The girls face Trumbull Monday at Loeffler Field and will have their last home game on Oct. 30 against Bridgeport Central. Staples is currently 6-7-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Cooperman for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 19, 2006
New Westport Public Safety Radio System Dedicated
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff looks over a new public safty radio system with Firefighter Eric Fine today following a dedication ceremony at Westport fire headquarters. The town spent $3 million on the radio upgrades as well as new fire and police communications centers. The new system provides for seamless communication among Westport police, fire and EMS units as well as with public safety agencies of neighboring communities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Farrell Says Reval Was Her Biggest Political Regret
Diane Farrell, the former Westport First Selectwoman and Democratic congressional candidate, said today that a failed property revaluation was her biggest political regret during her eight years in office.
During the 11th and final debate in her second bid to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Christopher Shays, Farrell cited the revaluation in response to a question asking what was her biggest political regret and how would she change it.
She told the audience at the Norwalk Inn that she acknowledged the problem and fixed it and said this was in contrast to how Shays had dealt with Iraq.
“The revaluation that Chris talks about and continues to try to tar me with was obviously the single biggest challenge that I faced in my administration,” Farrell said. “Chris is wrong when he says we deferred it.”
Fall in the Air at Farmers Market
Fall was in the air today in the second to last Westport Farmers Market of the season. The weekly event at the Westport Country Playhouse winds up next Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Shays, Farrell Debate Westport Traffic
Republican Rep. Christopher Shays, in the last of his debates with Democratic challenger Diane Farrell, said today that Westport has the worst traffic of any town—a claim quickly rebutted by the former Westport first selectwoman.
The subject came up toward the end of their one-hour debate at the Norwalk Inn.
“Now I know my opponent wants to be on the Transportation Committee,” Shays said. “If she’s on the Transportation Committee, she will be able to decide how much money goes all around the districts.
“But if she were a state legislator, she will be able to decide how that money is spent. I would suggest if she really is interested in transportation, she should be a state legislator.”
Longtime Westporter Ted Youngling Dies at 81
Ted Youngling: longtime Westport volunteer. Contributed photoTheodore W. Youngling, a longtime Westporter who served on the Board of Education, the Representative Town Meeting, and the Parks and Recreation Commission and coached local football, died Wednesday at a Fairfield convalescent home. He was 81.
Youngling, who also had a home in Naples, Fla., died of complications from end stage Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Harding Funeral Home.
Born in Freeport, N.Y., June 11, 1925 son of the late Louis S. and Nell Webster Youngling, Youngling has been a resident of Westport for the past 40 years. He was co-founder and operator of Connecticut Temporaries in Stamford for 20 years.
During World War II, Youngling served on a destroyer in the Pacific as a gunnery officer until the close of the war. Following the war, he attended and graduated from the University of Delaware where he participated in intercollegiate football, baseball and wrestling.
Playhouse Plans Halloween Event
The Westport Country Playhouse will present a “Halloween Spooktacular” on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at the playhouse.
The event is free, but reservations are required.
Artistic Director Tazewell Thompson will read selected Halloween stories.
Children can wear Halloween costumes and participate in a costume parade on the Playhouse stage. After the performance, children are invited to trick-or-treat around the decorated Playhouse.
Tickets are free-of-charge to the first 560 people and can be reserved in advance by calling or visiting or calling the box office at (203) 227-4177.
I-95 Accident Backs Up Morning Rush Hour Traffic
An accident involved a tractor-trailer on I-95 northbound between exits 17 and 18 backed up morning rush hour traffic today. It was not known if there were any injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Sunset Over the Saugatuck
Wednesday started with clouds, but they soon broke over Westport in time for the sunset on the Saugatuck River. Temperatures are predicted to be about 75 degrees today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing
7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - High School Raps & Wraps
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Third Thursday: Suzanne Sheridan
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Youth Commission
Volunteers Train on Ladders
Westport Fire Department volunteer firefighters trained this evening on ground-ladder exercises. It prepares firefighters to gain entry to elevated levels when the ladder truck cannot be used because of space or angle requirements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Third Town Plan Session Slated for November
Westport zoning officials have tentatively scheduled the next public session on the update to the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
P&Z Director Laurence Bradley said the next session, which will focus on development issues, is set right now for Nov. 20, but the date has not been set in stone.
Last month, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Planimetrics consultants held a similar session on conservation issues.
Bradley said the consultants are currently working on the report about the September meeting.
Author to Speak on New Book to Y’s Men
Jeff Benedict: Authored “The Mormon Way of Doing Business.” Contributed photoJournalist, lawyer and author Jeff Benedict will speak at the weekly meeting of the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday at 10 a.m.
In his talk he will preview his new book, “The Mormon Way of Doing Business: Leadership and Success Through Faith and Family.”
For over a year Benedict had exclusive access to CEO’s and top executives, all of whom are Mormons, at companies including Jet Blue Airways, Dell Computers, Deloitte & Touche, American Express, Harvard Business School and Madison Square Garden.
The is held at Saugatuck Congregational Church, which is located at 245 Post Road East.
Halloween Parade Scheduled for Oct. 26
Flashback: a youngster enjoys an earlier Halloween parade. WN file photoThe annual Children’s Halloween Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Westport Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport PAL.
Those attending should gather in front of the YMCA on the corner of the Post Road East and Main Street. The parade will go up Main Street, along Avery Place and then on to Town Hall.
Entertainment and refreshments will be provided at Veterans Green across from Town Hall at 3:45 p.m. This event is for children ages 7 and younger.
Sailor Take Warning
An old sailor’s saying advises that if there is a red sky in the morning they should take warning. The sky over Westport was a brilliant red on Tuesday before the rain moved in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006
7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Literature: Mark Schenker
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Finance & Public Works Committees
“The Wiz” Author Visits Staples
Tony Award-nominated writer Bill Brown visited with the Staples Players at Westport’s Staples High School today. He is the author of “The Wiz,” which won seven Tony Awards when it was on Broadway in 1975. Brown spoke to students for more than an hour and then answered questions. The Staples Players production of “The Wiz” opens Nov. 1, and Brown told the group he plans to attend the performance. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Poet Billy Collins Addresses Westporters
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Poet Billy Collins (l) was this year’s featured speaker in the Malloy Lecture in the Arts at Westport’s Bedford Middle School tonight. He was poet laureate in 2001-03. Following his talk, he signed books in the lobby. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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