Saturday, December 30, 2006
Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006
1 & 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
Friday, December 29, 2006
“Mozart & Friends” Recital Set for Jan. 7
Emily Wong: Playing piano for Mozart concert. Contributed photoA quintet of musicians from the Stamford Symphony will perform a “Mozart & Friends” recital at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Westport on Sunday Jan. 7 at 4 p.m.
Stamford Symphony Orchestra principal pianist Emily Wong will be joined by flutist Susan Rotholz, clarinetist Dean LeBlanc, violinist Robert Zubrycki and violist Rebecca Osborne.
The recital features a broad range of composers, each of whom either influenced Mozart or was influenced by him. The program opens with Trio Sonate, No. 3 by Giovanni Pergolesi.
The Beethoven Serenade, Op. 25 continues Mozart’s tradition of innovation and sets the stage for two more recent works: Rebecca Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale and Charles Ives Largo. The recital finishes with Charles Duruflé‘s Prelude, Recitatif et Variations.
Tickets for the recital are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (203) 325-1407 x305.
Most of the public marinas are closed and empty with winter here, but some boats are still floating off of private docks, including at Westport’s Owenoke Park, and some take advantage of the mild weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
More Fire Department Promotions Planned
Jonathan Gottfried: new deputy chief. Dave Matlow/WN file photoMore promotions are on the way at the Westport Fire Department for the start of the new year, including a new deputy chief.
Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan Gottfried will be promoted to deputy chief during a ceremony on Jan. 5 at Westport Fire Headquarters.
During the same ceremony Lt. Andrew Kingsbury will be promoted to assistant chief/training officer and firefighter Ernest Ruot will become a lieutenant.
As part of the promotions, William Dingee, current assistant chief/training officer, will move back and take a regular shift with the firefighters as an assistant chief, said Fire Chief Christopher Ackley.
Westport Property Transfers Dec. 18-22, 2006
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 18-22, 2006:
Fyber Development LLC to Julie A. Reid and Linda L. Wolf, 11 West Branch Road, $3,775,000
Land Group Inc. to Edwin Lugo and Amy Zhang, 19 Evergreen Parkway, $1,700,000
Eric J. and Paige T. Strauss to Steven Lewis, 8 Gorham Ave., $548,100
David Smith and Donna Benson to James L. and Ann Haskel, 13 Sprucewood Lane, $2,500,000
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 40 Reichert Circle
Westport officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 40 Reichert Circle. The 1955 house on .43 acre sold this month for $714,500. An earlier version of this item had an incorrect address and price. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach took advantage of Thursday’s warm temperatures in the upper 40s to take a walk at dusk. More unseasonably warm weather is forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Friday, Dec. 29, 2006
2 & 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
The playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was crowded today as many families headed there to take advantage of the mild weather while school is on vacation. Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-40s, but rain is expected to move into the area this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laurence Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Electrical Problem on Old Road
A burning electrical odor in the basement forced an Old Road family to evacuate their home tonight as Westport firefighters tried to pinpoint the source of the problem. Investigators said an overloaded extension cord may have been the cause. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Protecting the Paul Rudolph House
A WestportNow reader submitted this photo taken earlier this week of workers erecting tarps and plywood on the Paul Rudolph-designed house at Westport’s 16 Minute Man Hill. A judge will hear an appeal by preservationists to delay demolition of the house at a Jan. 2 hearing in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Open House Scheduled for McLaury House
Westport officials are planning to invest in restoring the Emily McLaury House, which is located on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Avery Place. The house would be rented to a municipal employee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
The Westport Historic District Commission will hold a second open house at the Emily McLaury House at 99 Myrtle Ave. in preparations for asking for funding to update the house.
The commission is asking the Representative Town Meeting to approve $268,000 to renovate the town-owned historic house before renting it as affordable housing to a town employee.
The open house is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the house.
Morley Boyd, commission chairman, said the open house is to show off the condition of the house and what needs to be improved before the RTM’s meeting on Jan. 9.
Getting Ready for New Year’s Eve
Workers were at Westport Town Hall this afternoon hooking up the lighting necessary for performances that will take place in the auditorium for First Night of Westport-Weston. The annual New Year’s Eve event starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday with activities planned for a variety of downtown venues. The evening is capped off with fireworks at midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
I-95 Tanker Truck Crash in Fairfield Stalls Westport Traffic
Traffic along Westport’s Post Road East came to a standstill today following an accident involving a tanker truck and a pickup that shut down Interstate 95 in both directions between exits 21 and 22 in Fairfield.
Westport firefighters, including Chief Christopher Ackley, assisted Fairfield firefighters today at the scene of a tanker truck-pickup crash (r) on I-95 in Farifield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport firefighters assisted Fairfield fire units at the scene of the accident shortly after 9 a.m. State Police ordered the highway closed after fuel from the tanker spilled on the roadway.
Southbound I-95 was reopened about an hour later, officials said, but it was about 12:30 p.m. before northbound lanes were opened. Northbound traffic was backed-up to Exit 18 in Westport, and many trucks opted for Post Road East in Westport to get around the accident scene.
One report said the accident was touched off when a car rolled over the embankment off the highway’s northbound lane near Mill Plain Road. The pickup and the tanker truck then collided, a witness said.
Westport Firefighters Douse Truck Fire
A floor contractor working at a house on Cob Drive looked out the window shortly after 9 a.m. today to see his truck on fire in the driveway. Westport firefighters found the truck engulfed in flames when they arrived. The truck, registered to a Stratford woman, was destroyed. Cause of the blaze is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Attacking the Flames
Westport firefighters attack a truck fire today on Cob Drive off North Avenue. Cause of the blaze in the truck belonging to a floor contractor is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The recent warm weather has brought more people out to Westport’s Compo Beach for walks. Temperatures are forecast to remain in the mid-40s through the weekend, but rain and possibly snow may also move into the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006
2 & 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
No school this week means there are more people at the PAL Ice Rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park as people took advantage of the warmer weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Library Holds “Overcoat Film Series”
Library showing “My Favorite Year” in January. Contributed photoThe Westport Public Library will launch its five-week “Overcoat Film Series” on Thursday, Jan. 4.
The first film will be “My Favorite Year,” which stars Peter O’Toole. All of the films will be shown at 2 p.m. in the McManus Room.
On Jan. 11, the library will show “Songcatcher,” which stars Janet McTeer and Michael Davis, and on Jan. 25 the library will show Pedro Almodóvar’s 2002 film “Talk to Her.”
The series continues on Feb 1. with “The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story,” and will conclude on Feb. 8 with Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.”
No reservations are needed for the series. For more information, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Dancers Welcome at First Night This Year
First Night of Westport-Weston starts at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and is capped off with fireworks at midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic
Those attending First Night of Westport-Weston should get their dancing shoes on for this year’s festivities.
“Every year people ask us to bring something back,” said Rozanne Gates, First Night of Westport-Weston executive director. “Last year they asked if we could bring back more dancing, so we’re giving them more dancing.”
Rock and roll, salsa, swing and blues is some of the music that will be featured throughout the New Year’s Eve event, she said.
First Night is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at various downtown venues. The evening is capped off with fireworks at midnight over the Saugatuck River.
Gerald Ford: the Westport Connections
Gerald R. Ford, who died Tuesday night at the age of 93 at his California home, did not visit Westport as president. But he did come here as a congressman for a fund-raising dinner and dance in 1966, according to his presidential library papers.
A 1966 Westport Town Crier photo shows Gerald R. Ford (c) with fellow Republicans at a dinner at Westport’s Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo from Westport Public LIbrary
He also had an indirect connection with Westport—it was a Westport resident, William J. Brink, who wrote the famous 1975 New York Daily News headline: “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD.” Brink, a former managing editor of the newspaper, died last year at the age of 89 (See WestportNow July 1, 2005).
Ford, who attended Yale Law School and made several visits to Connecticut as president and in later years, came to Westport on June 25, 1966, as House minority leader. He attended a fund-raiser for Abner W. Sibal, a former Republican congressman from Norwalk.
Westport newspapers reported the event was at Longshore Club Park and among those attending was Westporter John Boyd, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday here. Earlier in the day, Ford had attended the 4th Congressional District GOP convention in Bridgeport.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 3 Tupelo Road
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Westport officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 3 Tupelo Road, which is off of Sturges Highway. The house, which was built in 1958, sold in April 2005 for $860,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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