Monday, October 27, 2008
A little breathless, Lee Woodruff arrived at the stroke of noon today for her author’s talk before s standing room only Y’s Women audience at the Westport Public Library. (She’s in the middle aisle making her way down to the speaker’s podium.) She said, “It was one of THOSE Mondays where nothing goes right.” Woodruff’s book with her husband Bob, “In an Instant,” revolves around the war injuries suffered by her ABC News anchor husband in Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 6 - 10, 2008:
Donald G. and Pearl G. Richman to Carrie and Ken Richman Trs., 1400 Post Road East Unit 93, $850,000
Philip T. Teusher and Alice G. Gimenes to Lynroy Henry and Gary Jahnson, 25 Crescent Road, $470,000
Shiela Harrah Amended and Restated Rev. Tr. to Frank P. and Barbara B. Wendt Trs., 141 Regents Park, $935,000
Komac Holdings LLC to David I. and Brandi Briggs, 2 Rainey Lane, $1,748,500
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
An intensifying low pressure system pressure system will bring very gusty winds to the region Tuesday, the advisory said.
Winds will increase during the day and by late afternoon into the early evening are expected to gust to 45 to 55 miles per hour. Winds will gradually subside Tuesday night.
Winds late Tuesday afternoon are expected to be slightly stronger than those that the region experienced on Saturday, the advisory said. As a result of these winds, scattered power outages due to fallen trees are expected.
Westport voters will have two opportunities this week to hear the views of candidates running for state senate and house.
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, will host a candidate forum on the environment attended by the Democratic and Republican candidates vying for the 26th District senate seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Judi Freedman.
Democratic nominee John Hartwell of Westport and Republican nominee state Rep. Toni Boucher of Wilton will discuss their views, ideas and goals for the environment in a session moderated by Matthew Mandell, an Earthplace trustee and member of the Representative Town Meeting.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, Hartwell and Boucher, along with incumbent state Rep. Joe Mioli, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger in the 136th District, Nitzy Cohen, will meet in debates co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westport, the Y’s Men and Women, and the PTA Council.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
11:30 a.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Lee Woodruff, “In an Instant”
4 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission Special Meeting
7 p.m. – Westport Center for Senior Activities – TEAM Westport Committee Forum
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Authors@the Library: Archer Mayor: “The Catch”
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
The Westport Arts Center held its fall fundraiser gala today with a jazz piano performance at the Pequot Library in Southport by the husband and wife team of Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. The two piano journey through the Great American Songbook was preceded by brunches for guests hosted by Center supporters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
An attentive crowd on a beautiful autumn day today attended the Westport Historical Society’s fifth annual lantern tour of Lower Greens Farms Cemetery. The tour was led by host Peter Jennings and others dressed in authentic costumes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Today’s fifth annual lantern tour of the Lower Greens Farms Cemetery sponsored by the Westport Historical Society had Westporters playing the role of town inhabitants in the 19th century. Westporter John Franklin (r) listens to Victor Hollenberg, a Staples High School junior, who portrayed Civil War soldier Jeremiah Allen whose gravestone shows his death to have been in September, 1862. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Don Larsen, famed New York Yankee pitcher best known for his perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series, signed autographs at the Legends of the Game sports memorabilia shop in the Compo Shopping Center today where he last appeared in August 2006. (See WestportNow Aug. 31, 2006) Larsen, 79, pitched for the Yankees from the 1955 through the 1959 seasons. Store owner Michael Riccio Sr. stands in the center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Only the shell remains of a 19th century house at 20 Woodside Ave. in Westport. A demolition permit for the property was issued Wednesday and this photo was shot on Saturday. Built in 1810, the 2,288-square-foot house was situated on a .6-acre lot. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 16, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport photographer David Kalman (r) gets set to take a picture of visual artists over 70 years old from Westport and Weston on the Town Hall steps today. They are the focus of a new documentary, “Years in the Making: A Journey into Late Life Creativity,” directed by Westporter Martin West. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
While the kite surfers took command of Westport’s Compo South Beach Saturday afternoon, several daredevil wind surfers skimmed rapidly over the turbulent waters in a display of athleticism, strength and speed. One of the delighted surfers said conditions were the best they had been all year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Strong winds and rough seas made for high speed kite surfing Saturday with spectacular displays of skill in the waters off Westport’s Compo Beach. The unusually dramatic weather conditions gave the sport an added thrill and attracted surfers from a number of surrounding communities as well as Westport surfers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westporter Mel Yemma, 17, a senior at Staples High School and an accomplished freestyle skier, practices her techniques Saturday at a “rail jam” hosted by the Outdoor Sports Center in Wilton to promote the ski season. Yemma has skied competitively on a freestyle team at Stratton Mountain in Vermont. At Staples she is participating in a three-year science research project in which she has designed and built her own skis made out of bamboo, which she is testing as a possibly more flexible and more environmentally sustainable type of ski material. About two dozen young skiers and snowboarders participated in the event. The Outdoor Sports Center brought in several truckloads of “Zamboni shavings” from area ice rinks to provide the snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com
11 a.m. - United Methodist Church - Joseph Wagenseller, “Spiritual Values in the Family”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Optimism”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - “Campaign Wishes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
Noon - Westport Country Playhouse - JuggleJoy Halloween Tricks and Treats Show
3 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center Fall Gala Performance: “Twice as Nice,” Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes
4 p.m. - Lower Greens Farms Cemetery - Westport Historical Society Annual Lantern Tour
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UPDATE Winds gusted up to 48 miles per hour tonight in Westport, knocking down trees and power lines as the area was under a National Weather Service wind advisory.
Westport police and fire units responded to numerous reports of trees and power lines down through the evening. A large area south of Greens Farms Road was reported without power at mid-evening as well as numerous areas south of the Post Road.
Connecticut Light and Power Company said 2,300 Westport customers were in the dark at the peak of the outages, but by 1 a.m. Sunday, the number was down to 201.
Outages were reported on Sylvan Road North, Wilton Road, Punch Bowl Drive, Cob Drive, Crawford Road, Red Coat Road, Marion Road, and Old Road. One Wilton Road resident said the power was out from about 8:30 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. Sunday.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tyler Healy (2) scores the third and final touchdown of the day for Staples today on a 28-yard burst off right tackle with 1:37 left. Senior Kevin Clark’s game-tying point after kick got caught in the brisk winds which pushed it wide left, allowing New Canaan to come out on top 21-20 as the Rams remained undefeated in the season. Staples (5-2 overall, 3-2 FCIAC) next faces Norwalk Friday at 6 p.m. at Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples senior Robert Toole (44) looks for daylight in today’s 21-20 Wrecker loss to New Canaan at home. Staples, with a 5-1 overall record, was the underdog going into the game against the undefeated Rams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Author Grace Lin was among speakers at today’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature session at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School. Lin’s first novel, “The Year of the Dog,” won critical acclaim. Her books often bring to light the Asian-American experience for all children. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westporter Linda Gramatky Smith enjoys a conversation with Hans Wilheim, an author and Illustrator of children’s books, at today’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature sponsored by the Westport Public Library at Saugatuck Elementary School. Gramatky Smith’s father, Hardie Gramatky, was the author-illustrator of children’s classic “Little Toot.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The fifth annual Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature sponsored by the Westport Public Library drew more than 500 attendees today to an all-day session at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon F Joseloff today welcomed more than 500 attendees to the Westport Public Library’s Rabbit Hill Festival of Literature at Saugatuck Elementary School. Joseloff said the festival was another signature event of the library which has deservedly won acclaim as one of the best in the nation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
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