Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Downed Tree Knocks Out Power on Easton Road
Winds downed a tree on Westport’s Easton Road late Monday night and it knocked out power to about 50 surrounding residents.
Connecticut Light and Power Company said power was still out at 6 a.m. today to 46 customers in the vicinity of 100 Easton Road where the tree came down. An hour later it said power had been restored.
Police closed a portion of the busy road as crews worked on the downed lines.
Winds gusting to 40 miles per hour hit the tri-state area beginning Monday afternoon.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Green Energy Task Force
RTM Elects Rose Moderator, Steinberg His Deputy
Westport’s Representative Town Meeting tonight elected Hadley Rose (l), District 3, as the 13th Moderator of the legislative body since its founding in 1949, and Jonathan Steinberg, District 8, as Deputy Moderator. Rose, a four-year member, defeated Stephen Rubin, District 7, by a vote of 29-6 for the top post. Steinberg was elected unanimously. In his acceptance remarks, Rose pledged “to do the best for the citizens of Westport and together to make Westport an even better town tomorrow than it is today.” He succeeds Alice Shelton, moderator for two years, who did not seek re-election. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, December 03, 2007
Winds gusted up to 40 miles per hour this afternoon in Westport, including Compo Beach, above, as the National Weather Service continued a high wind advisory for the area until 7 a.m. Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Substance Abuse Program Set for Staples on Thursday
Westport’s Teen Awareness Group of Staples High School will sponsor a one-man show of substance abuse and choices called “Dirt” on Thursday at the school, Westport’s Department of Human Services announced today.
“’Dirt’ is not a lecture or a seminar but rather a play of characters performed by actor John Morello” said Barbara Butler, department director. “Morello slips in and out of his characters to tell a compelling and unique story which is unfortunately familiar to far too many young people.”
“Dirt” recently was named the No. 1 recommended assembly for young people by the New England chapters of Students Against Drunk Driving and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The Teen Awareness Group will sponsor two performances during the school day and encourages parents of students to talk with their children about their experience, Butler said.
Westport Police to Set Up DUI Checkpoints
The Westport Police Department said today it will set up sobriety checkpoints on Friday, Dec. 14 extending into the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 15.
An announcement said the checkpoints will run from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will take place either at the Sherwood Island Connector and Post Road East or Wilton Road near Post Road West.
“Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be briefly interviewed by officers,” the department said. “If a violation is detected or if a further interview is required, motorists will be directed to a secondary interview area.”
The department said it will devote eight officers and supervisors to the effort, which will be primarily looking for driving under the influence violators but enforce other laws as well.
Health District Sets Last Flu Clinic Friday
The Westport Weston Health District said today it would conduct its last flu clinic of the season on Friday at the Westport Public Library.
The clinic for everyone 9 years and older will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the McManus Room. No appointment is necessary.
The flu shot costs $32, cash only and no insurance will be accepted. There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants who must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.
If you miss this clinic, contact Loren Pace at (203)227-9571 ext. 231 for another appointment.
Good Samaritan Helps Out in Car Fire
A good samaritan helped out today after a motorist pulled over on the I-95 southbound ramp at Exit 17 in Westport. The driver of a box truck noticed flames coming from under the car and used his fire extinguisher to knock down the flames. Westport firefighters arrived a short time later. The grateful driver, a carpenter from Meriden, said he offered to buy the truck driver breakfast but he just drove off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Before and After: 18 Sue Terrace
WestportNow today begins a new series by Dave Matlow showing WestportNow Teardowns of the Day and their replacement houses. The new house at 18 Sue Terrace off Crescent Road is a notable property to debut the series. As reported in a story on March 24, 2007 when the house was demolished, two neighboring families bought the property so they and not a developer would determine what would be built there. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 14, 2006. Click on the photos or arrows to see the transformation. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Minuteman Gets a Snow Dusting
Monday, December 3, 2007
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Studio Gallery - Adam and Eve
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Middle School Gaming in the Afternoon
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Parks & Recreation Commission Work Session
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Community Conversation on Immigration: Eileen Heaphy
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Organizational Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
8 p.m. – Staples High School Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78)
Making Music at Town Hall
Sara Frisof of Shaker Heights, Ohio, won second place today in the 2007 Heida Hermanns International Woodwinds Competition held at Westport Town Hall. She won $2,500 in the competition which saw 19 musicians participate in the semi-finals on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Winners at Heida Hermanns Woodwinds Competition
The Alliance for Music and the Westport Arts Center judged the winners of the 2007 Heida Hermanns International Woodwinds Competition held at Town Hall auditorium today. First Prize of $5,000 went to Jonathan Yanik (r), saxophone, of Simsbury, Conn. Second Prize of $2,500 went to Sara Frisof (3rd. l.), flute, of Ohio; and third prize of $1,500 was awarded to Harris Hollingsworth (2nd r.), bassoon, of Texas. Honorable Mention awards of $500 were presented to Hye Sung Choe(4th l.), flute, of Korea, Ran Kampel (2nd l.), clarinet, of Israel, and Daniel Loudenback (l), saxophone, of Texas. The late Heida Hermanns, a 40-year resident of Westport, was a celebrated concert pianist and premier music lover and promoter. Thirty nine years ago, she founded the competition, which has since been named in her honor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
New York Taxi Goes Up in Flames at Westport Inn
A New York taxi went up in flames tonight just after dropping off a fare at the Westport Inn on Post Road East, fire officials said.
The driver said he smelled smoke at about 7 p.m. after letting off a passenger at the inn at 1599 Post Road East. Moments later the engine compartment was in flames.
No one was in the car at the time and damage was limited to the vehicle, according to Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar.
Heavy smoke drifted over Post Road East before firefighters got the blaze under control.
Holiday House Party
There was a gala “Festa Elegante” following today’s Westport Historical Society 21st annual Holiday House Tour. The event featured food, wine, and desserts along with a silent auction. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Music for House Tour Gala
Guests at the party after today’s Westport Historical Society Holiday House Tour were entertained by young musicians Sherry Liu of Wilton, Seori Sachs of Westport, Fabian Hough of New Canaan, and David Manoff of Westport. They are students of Asya Meshberg of Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jamie Sachs for WestportNow.com
Emily McLaury House Welcomes Holiday Guests
The town-owned Emily McLaury House, recently restored under the supervision of the Historic District Commission, was among houses on the Westport Historical Society’s 21st annual Holiday House Tour today. The early December snow added an attractive seasonal touch to the festive tour of five unique homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Miggs Burroughs Exhibit Opens at Silvermine
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs opened his “Signs of Life” exhibit today at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan. The exhibit is of his lenticular works in which views change depending on the viewer’s perspective. In the two photos above, Daryl Hawks views the same work, “Sisters,” from two different perspectives. The exhibit runs through Dec. 22. Click on the arrows to view the two pictures. Click here to take a tour of the exhibit with Miggs on YouTube. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, December 02, 2007
The dusting of snow at Westport’s Compo Beach today provided added fun for a young visitor. It was not all fun on area roadways, however. Westport and state police reported several accidents due to the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Compo in White
Westport’s Compo Beach got a snow dusting today as the season’s first snow hit the tri-state area. Little accumulation was forecast for the southern Connecticut coastline. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Jogging in First Snow of Season
Westport’s first snow of the season today coated roadways, trees and lawns in a dusting of white but did not discourage joggers on Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Two Escape Injury in Merritt Rollover
Two persons escaped serious injury today at about 7 a.m. when their car flipped over on the Merritt Parkway between Exits 42 in Westport and 44 in Fairfield. Westport firefighters and a Westport EMS unit responded to the scene along with state police. Both occupants, who had been wearing seatbelts, were out of the vehicle when firefighters arrived. Westport EMS treated one occupant for minor cuts and scrapes. Both declined transport to a hospital. It was not known whether weather conditions contributed to the accident. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, December 2, 2007
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - 21st Annual Holiday House Tour
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery - Quirky
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center Gallery Studio - Adam and Eve
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse & Zest Cafe - “A Christmas Carol” followed by Dickensian Tea
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Friends of Library Holiday Book Sale
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Veronica’s Room”
3 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - 2007 Heida Hermanns International Woodwinds Competition Finals
3 p.m. - Suzuki Music School Recital Hall - Pillow Concert Series for Children: TriCordes
5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
Saturday, December 01, 2007
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