Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Rell Removes Fees at Sherwood Island Due to Heat
A bank sign registers an unofficial 101 degrees at mid-day today in Westport’s center. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.comGov. M. Jodi Rell announced that Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park as well as all other state parks and beaches will be open free of charge today and Wednesday to help people beat the heat.
“A great way to stay cool and healthy during the heat wave is to wade into Long Island Sound at one of our four state beaches, or take a refreshing dip at a beautiful inland state park,” Rell said in a statement.
“This is an especially good option for families with young children. To make it easier for everyone, I am directing the Department of Environmental Protection to suspend admission fees at all state beaches and parks today and Wednesday.”
The other state beaches on Long Island Sound in addition to Sherwood Island State Park are Rocky Neck in East Lyme, Hammonasset in Madison, and Silver Sands in Milford.
Going Down: 6 Windrush Lane
The house at 6 Windrush Lane was demolished this morning. The 1923 house sold last month for $962,500. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on May 18. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The waves on Long Island Sound crash against two chairs left unattended at Westport’s Compo Beach on Monday afternoon. While it heated up into the 90s there was a cool sea breeze along the beach. Temperatures are expected to heat up close to 100 today and Wednesday, and the National Weather Service has issued a heat warning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006
9 a.m. – Westport Fire Headquarters – Public Site & Building Commission Levitt Pavilion Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Administrative Review Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Shellfish Commission
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gary Nichols & the Ballistic Bovine Boys
Movie Night at the Levitt
The Westport Youth Commission kicked off its summer movie series tonight at the Levitt Pavilion with “Anchorman” starring Will Ferrell. The Aug. 7 movie will be “Jurassic Park,” and the Aug. 14 showing will be “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Monday, July 31, 2006
Heat Warning Issued for Tuesday Through Wednesday
The National Weather Service today issued an excessive heat warning for Westport and the tri-state area from noon Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A late afternoon advisory said the decision to elevate the alert from a watch to a warning was based on a forecast calling for high temperatures to climb into the mid 90s to near 100 degrees across the area Tuesday.
Combined with oppressively high humidity levels, this will result in heat indices climbing to between maximum levels of 105 to 110 degrees Tuesday afternoon, the advisory said. The highest heat indices are expected to occur between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
This dangerous heat wave will continue through Wednesday. High temperatures Wednesday will be similar to or even a degree or two hotter than Tuesday, climbing to the upper 90s to 102 degrees, the advisory said.
A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach enjoys the sand today as others cool off in Long Island Sound. The temperature along the shore reached 85 today but the forecast called for temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday to be in the 90s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Air Quality Warning Issued for Tuesday
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Environmental Protection Agency today warned that air quality is expected to be unhealthy along the Connecticut coast Tuesday as the temperature soars close to 100.
The agencies said in an advisory that the area will experience elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone, commonly called smog.
The advisory said while anyone can be affected by ozone, groups particularly sensitive include children and adults who are active outdoors, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma.
“Sensitive people who experience effects at lower ozone concentrations are likely to experience more serious effects at higher concentrations. Still, even the healthiest people may find it difficult to breathe when ozone levels are very high,” the advisory said.
Senior Center Open Late to Help People Cool Off
The Westport Center for Senior Activities will remain open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 8 p.m. for anyone needing a place to cool off, town officials announced today.
Temperatures are expected to approach close to 100 degrees on those days, and the center is offering a cool environment to anyone in the community regardless of age without air conditioning.
The center is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For more information, call (203) 341-5099.
Senior Renter Rebate Available
A state-funded renters’ rebate program is available for those who are elderly or totally disabled through the Westport Human Services Department.
Deadline for applying is Sept. 15.
“Persons renting an apartment or room, living in cooperative housing, or a mobile home may be eligible for the program,” said Human Services Director Barbara Butler.
The rebate can be up to $900 for married couples and $700 for single persons.
Boats float on the water off of Westport’s Longshore Club Park Sunday evening after the end of a hot day. More heat is on the way this week with temperatures predicted to climb close to 100 degrees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Monday, July 31, 2006
9 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - “Anchorman”
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Excessive Heat Watch Issued
The National Weather Service today issued an excessive heat watch for Westport and the tri-state area in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.
High temperatures are expected to climb to the mid to upper 90s across the lower Hudson Valley, western and central Long Island, and much of southern Connecticut Tuesday and again on Wednesday, an advisory said.
Combined with rather high humidity levels, this will result in heat indices climbing to between 105 and 110 degrees each afternoon.
An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
Compo Picnic Winds Up 40th Staples Reunion
A Legend of the Game in Westport
Yankees pitching legend Mel Stottlemyre signs a photo for Tom Feige, Jr. (l) and his father, Tom Sr., of Beacon Falls, Conn., during today’s autograph session at Legends of the Game at the Compo Shopping Center. The Westport appearance by the former Yankees pitcher and pitching coach drew scores of baseball fans from the tri-state area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Waiting for Mel
The crowds started lining up an hour before today’s scheduled Westport appearance of New York Yankees pitching great Mel Stottlemyre for an autograph session at Legends of the Game at the Compo Shopping Center. Stottlemyre, 64, who retired last year as Yankees pitching coach, was one of the anchors of the Bronx Bombers for the Joe Torre era starting in 1996. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Joseloff Suggests CBS News Look to Its Past to Map the Future
In an essay for CBSNews.com’s Public Eye, Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff—a former CBS News correspondent, producer and Moscow and Tokyo bureau chief and the publisher and founding editor of WestportNow.com—says news division standards of 30 years ago remain pertinent today and CBS News should look to its alumni for wisdom and guidance.
“I’m not suggesting a return to the past—just that we occasionally review from where we came with those who remember,” Joseloff wrote.
1966 Staples Grads Remember Deceased Classmates
Members of Westport’s Staples High School class of 1966 gathered Saturday evening for a clambake as part of a weekend 40th anniversary celebration. Jeremy Jones, a ‘66 grad and currently an Episcopal chaplain in the Philadelphia area, led the group in a memorial tribute to deceased classmates. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Celebrating Their 40th High School Reunion
Members of Staples High School class of 1966 gathered Saturday night at the Westport home of Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler for a clambake as part of a 40th anniversary weekend celebration. Pictured greeting guests are (l-r) Jeremy Jones, Ann Sheffer, John Lupton, and Bill Scheffler. Sheffer holds copies of a history of Staples by author and columnist Dan Woog, Staples class of 1971. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, July 30, 2006
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Constant Star”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Gerard Carelli and his orchestra
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Crawling on I-95
Traffic on I-95 southbound just south of Westport’s exit 17 slowed to a crawl at mid-day today because of a one-car accident. Westport EMS transported one person to Norwalk Hospital. Photo is from a Department of Transportation camera. DOT photo
Participants in Westport’s Community Garden Friday evening visited the Fairfield garden of Michel Nischan (center, green shirt). A renowned chef, best selling cookbook author and avid proponent of sustainable farming, Nischan and his work were the impetus for the Westport Farmers Market. He and actor Paul Newman helped launch the market and are working jointly on The Dressing Room–Newman’s Own, A Homegrown Restaurant adjacent to the Playhouse opening later this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lou Weinberg for WestportNow.com
Running in the Morning Sun
Taking Center Stage
Westport’s Center Stage Theatre Company presented its summer production of “A Little Bit of This and a Whole Lot of That” Friday night at the Seabury Center. Pictured performing “I Can Hear the Bells” from the stage production of “Hairspray” are (l-r) Annabel Fox, Nina Demeter, Zoe Lowenbein, Nicole Lauria, Jessica Perry, Sammy Brownlow, and Campbell Gallagher. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Saturday, July 29, 2006
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