Monday, September 11, 2006
Flags Fly as Nation Honors 9/11 Victims
U.S. flags fluttered in the breeze today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge across the Saugatuck River in Westport as they do for many months of the year. But they took on special meaning for many passersby as the nation marked the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in which four persons with ties to Westport died. Westport hosted a 9/11 ceremony at Sherwood Island State Park last Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Staples Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Tuesday
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Westport’s Staples High School to mark the completion of the expansion and renovation project.
The ceremony will start outside the main entrance with the traditional ribbon-cutting led by Board of Education Chairwoman Mary Parmelee.
The group will then move inside for speeches from various dignitaries including Parmelee, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, School Building Committee Chairwoman Jo Fuchs Luscombe, Staples Building Committee Chairman Dan Kail and Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon.
Refreshments and student-led tours will follow the formal ceremony.
Way to Row!
Kirsten DeBiasi, 39, of Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club waves after winning first place in her heat in the single sculls at the World Masters Regatta in Princeton, N.J. The club’s masters rowing team sent 57 rowers—23 women and 24 men, ranging from age 28 to 74—to the regatta which ended Sunday. They came back with more than a dozen medals for racing in fours, singles, doubles, fours, and eights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Saman Majd for WestportNow.com
Brown Bag Lunches Resume Sept. 20
The Citizens’ Brown Bag Luncheons will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at noon with a session focused on storm preparedness.
The session will be held in Room 309/307 in Town Hall, and will also be televised live on cable channel 79.
“As it is hurricane season and winter storms are just around the corner, the topic of discussion will be preparedness for storm-related emergencies,” Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said.
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards and Conservation Director Alicia Mozian will discuss the town’s preparedness for potential flooding, and individual property owner concerns will be addressed.
Evening Sun Rays
Monday, Sept. 11, 2006
No public events scheduled
A Touch of Fall
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Soaping for Soccer
Coastal Flood Problems Possible
The National Weather Service said today that swells from Hurricane Florence along with northeast winds could cause some minor coastal flooding Monday and Tuesday in the Westport and Long Island Sound area.
An afternoon statement said swells were already affecting the ocean waters.
“Although these swells will not directly impact New York Harbor, western Long Island Sound or Peconic Bay, the swells in combination with a long period of northeast winds through Tuesday night will likely cause water to pile up,” the advisory said.
It said minor coastal flooding problems will be possible during the high tide cycles Monday through Tuesday. Depending on the evolution of wind and sea conditions locally moderate coastal flooding may become a possibility, the statement said.
Cleaning Up Lee’s Canal
A cleanup of Lee’s Canal along Westport’s Main Streeet attracted scores of Westporters today. Sponsored by residents of the Gorham Historic District, the cleanup focused on part on the area of the six-acre wetlands habitat owned by the Aspetuck Land Trust that is adjacent the District. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Wyman for WestportNow.com
Bagging the Debris
Residents bag some of the debris collected today from Lee’s Canal adajcent to the Gorham Historic District. About 75 persons took part in the cleanup of the area owned by the Aspectuck Land Trust. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Wyman for WestportNow.com
“Open Garden” at Community Gardens
The Westport Community Gardens on Hyde Lane welcomed residents to its “open garden” event today. Among those stopping by was Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (r) who came away with some fresh vegetables courtesy of the gardeners. He chats with (l-r) Mary Ann West, co-chair of the Westport Community Gardens, Ken Smith, and Chris Singer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Fire Applicants Undergo Swim Tests
Fifty candidates applying for four openings in the Westport Fire Department today performed the swim test segment at Staples High School. Applicants must complete two laps then a one-minute rest period followed by two minutes of treading water. The openings, the result of retirements and promotions, will be filled before Oct. 1. Inspector Nate Gibbons observes some of the testing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Awaiting Their Turn
Fifty candidates for Westport Fire Department positions await their time in the pool at Staples High School today. Four of them will be hired by Oct. 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Field of Dreams
Two future players check out Westport’s Staples High School new “Field of Dreams” synthetic turf field Saturday. The Wreckers play their first game on the field on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006
Noon - 3 p.m. - Westport Community Gardens, Hyde Lane - Open Garden
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Another Saturday, Another Tree Down
One week after the remnants of Tropic Storm Erntesto downed trees and power lines around Westport another tree fell today on Cob Drive off of North Avenue. The tree may have been weakened by last week’s storm. No one was injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Former Met George Foster Makes Westport Scene
Former Major League star George Foster appeared at the Legends of the Game sports memorabilia store on Westport’s Post Road East this afternoon to sign autographs. A crowd of more 100 brought their memorabilia collections for Foster to sign, including John Schwartz (l) of Fairfield. Foster began his big league career with the San Francsico Giants, played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1971-81, and was with the Mets from 1982-86, including their ‘86 World Series championship. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 63 Maple Ave. South
An application is undergoing review for a demolition permit for the 1900-built house at 63 Maple Ave. South near Clapboard Hill Road in Westport’s Greens Farms area. The property changed hands in May for $1.3 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Democrats Wine and Dine
Westport Democrats and guests got together Friday night for their annual wine tasting and auction fund-raiser at the Westport Woman’s Club and took time out for a group picture. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
“Stick Racing” on Hillandale Bridge
Westport’s Hillandale Bridge and children’s “stick racing” provided for a leisurely Friday afternoon for this Colonial Road couple. For those who have forgotten (or never knew), “stick racing” involves dropping a boat (stick) on one side of a bridge and crossing to see which boat (stick) gets to the other side first. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Archbishop’s Ceiling”
Friday, September 08, 2006
Mosquito Control Briquettes Available
In an effort to combat the spread of West Nile virus, the Westport Weston Health District announced today it is making available mosquito control briquettes to residents for use on stagnant water pools on their property.
Director Susan Jacozzi said residents of Westport can pick up free starter packs of the larvicide briquettes and information at the Health District office, 180 Bayberry Lane, or the Westport Town Hall (Selectman’s Office), 110 Myrtle Ave.
“The bacterial larvicide is called Bti, which is used for mosquito larval control in a broad range of fresh and salt marsh habitats. It uses naturally occurring bacteria and provides 30 days of protection,” Jacozzi said.
Residents are directed to use one briquette per 100 square feet of standing water. Briquettes can be used in non-aerated ponds, pools of stagnant water, and/or wetland areas around their property.Page 1303 of 1603 pages
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