Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Yom Kippur Food Drive
As part of today’s Yom Kippur services at Westport’s Temple Israel, many who attended brought food donations. Meri Nash and Eileen Rosen (l-r) load their donations into a truck. The drive benefits Gillespie Center, Linxweiler House, Bachrach House and Homes for Hope, all projects of the Westport Interfaith Housing Association. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
He’s a Stinker
WestportNow contributing photographer Phyllis Groner came across this visitor to her yard near Round Pond Road today. “I looked out the window and saw this skunk wandering in the yard. Nothing that crosses my path is safe from my camera,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Parts of 19th Century Cross Highway Home to be Salvaged
Parts of the 19th century former Meeker family home at 142 Cross Highway, previously slated for demolition, will be dismantled and used in other restoration projects, Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) Chair Don Miro announced today.
Parts of 142 Cross Highway will be dismantled for use in other historic renovation projects. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
At the July 11 HDC meeting, the property owner, Axis Point LLC, agreed to consider various other options besides demolition, including relocation and salvage.
“The HDC quickly began contacting other potentially interested parties in the preservation community,” said Miro. “Although the HDC had hoped to find a buyer for the complete structure, this effort unfortunately proved too difficult given the time constraints.”
In a compromise facilitated by noted architect and preservationist Michael Glynn, the most important elements of the 19th century structure will now be carefully removed by restoration and salvage expert Matt Franjola, of Board and Beam located in New Preston, Conn.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Health officials Wait for Flu Vaccine
It’s not clear when the Westport-Weston Health District will hold its first flu clinic this year because health officials have not received the first shipment of vaccine yet.
Health District Director Sue Jacozzi said the district will have vaccine in the next few weeks, however, but they can’t schedule a specific date until it arrives.
“Our fingers are crossed we have some by next week,” she said. “We’re usually told when it’s going to ship, and we haven’t been told yet.”
While health officials hope to have the vaccine by mid-October, she said, it should be definitely be in their hands by November.
Playhouse to Feature “Old Wicked Songs”
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Old Wicked Songs” by Jon Marans will be staged at the Westport Country Playhouse Oct. 19 through Nov. 5.
In rehearsal for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, “Old Wicked Songs,” at Westport Country Playhouse, Oct. 19 – Nov. 5, Joe Paulik (l), portraying a piano prodigy, and Michael Cristofer, playing his music professor, discuss the music of Robert Schumann which is heard throughout the play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The play was a 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, and it was also the winner of a New York Drama League Award and L.A. Drama-Logue Award in the same year. It was also included in Otis Guernsey’s Best Plays of 1996-97.
The cast includes Michael Cristofer, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright for “The Shadow Box,” and award-winning actor.
Set in a Vienna music studio in 1986, the characters in “Old Wicked Songs” are a music professor and his piano prodigy.
Absentee Ballots Available Friday
Absentee ballots will be available in the Town Clerk’s office starting Friday, but voters can apply for them now.
Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said she has processed 197 applications for absentee ballots already, and they will be mailed on Friday.
Additionally, she said, she mailed approximately another 100 ballots to voters overseas.
Absentee ballots are available to voters who will not be available to vote at a machine in Westport in the Nov. 7 election.
Westport Experienced Fewer Smog Days During Summer
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said today that Westport and the rest of New England experienced a decrease in the number of poor air quality days this year, compared to 2005.
Flashback: This bank sign in downtown Westport registered 105 degrees on Aug. 2. Direct sunlight might have boosted the reading by several degrees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Based on preliminary data collected May through September, there were 13 unhealthy ozone days in Connecticut compared to 20 in 2005. The monitor at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park recorded unhealthy levels on six of the days, the EPA said.
In all of New England, there were 16 days when ozone monitors recorded concentrations above the health standard. By contrast, in 2005, there were a total of 26 unhealthy ozone days.
The six days of unhealthy air in Westport occurred on June 18 and 22; July 17 and 18, and Aug. 2 and 7, the EPA said.
Fire Department Offers Babysitting Safety Class
The Westport Fire Department is offering a Babysitting Safety class starting Wednesday.
The course will begin on Wednesday and continue for four Wednesdays through October at 3:45-5:45 p.m. at fire headquarters.
The class is offered on a first come first serve basis and is limited to 15 people. Those taking the class must be at least 11 years old.
The course will cover a number of topics including the responsibilities of the babysitter, handling babysitting emergencies, first aid, rescue breathing, a demonstration of the use of fire extinguishers and kitchen safety.
The class costs $20 per person. To enroll, call (203) 341-5020.
Even though rain dominated the weather early in the day, the sun came out at Westport’s Compo Beach Sunday afternoon in time for parents and children to enjoy the playground. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Monday, Oct. 2, 2006
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Fun for All Ages
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy sitting on the cannons at Westport’s Compo Beach. After a morning of rain showers and clouds, the sun came out in the afternoon today and so did beach visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scott Proctor: From Yankee Stadium to Westport
Yankee relief pitcher Scott Proctor put on a hitless, two-strikeout performance in the eighth inning of today’s 7-5 loss to Toronto in the Yankees season finale at Yankee Stadium. He then made it on time for his 6 p.m. autograph signing event at Westport’s Legends of the Game at the Compo Shopping Center. That’s Legends owner Mike Riccio in the background with his grandson Anthony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples Alums Add to Tuition Grants Fund
Representatives from the Staples Class of 1966 presented checks totaling $1,500 from classmates to launch a new “All-Alumni Scholarship Fund” in support of the Staples Tuition Grants program that started in 1943. They encouraged other Staples grads to make similar contributions. Pictured (l-r) are: Jeff Wieser (past chair of the Staples Tuition Grants Committee); Donna Smirniotopoulos, current chair; John Lupton (president of the Class of 1966), Lynne Baker Betts (‘66) and Ann Sheffer (‘66). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Fishing in the Surf
Dogs Back at the Beach
Dogs were back at Westport’s Compo Beach today as Oct. 1 marked the period that animals are permitted at town beaches. There are designated areas where dogs must be on leash and where they may be off leash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
NY Times: WestportNow Inspires New Jersey Teardown Map
Inspired by WestportNow’s “Teardown of the Day” series and interactive map, a New Jersey community Web site has launched its own map of properties being razed, The New York Times reported today.
The site is Baristanet (www.baristanetnj.com) based in Montclair, N.J., co-owned by Liz George, who is also managing editor.
“Maybe something like this will give people pause,” the newspaper quotes George, 39, as saying in her office at her gracious 100-year-old home.
“Knowing you’re having your house on the teardown map, knowing it will be part of this trend, I don’t think it has a positive implication.”
Early Morning Holiday Bridge Work
For many years, Westport’s Saugatuck River Bridge has been lit for the year-end holidays. To get ready for this year, members of Al’s Angels charity group were were out early this morning removing damaged lights. Soon phase two to place new lights for this season will begin. Angel Al DiGuido and John Guinta (not shown) performed the bridge work. As part of its efforts, Al’s Angels supplies Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals for the needy and gifts for youngsters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Oct 1, 2006
9 a.m. - Sherwood Island State Park - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Bike Tour
1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series presents “Jabberwocky,” “A Tales & Scales Musictale” appropriate for ages 5 and up
3 p.m. Westport Public Library McManus Room - Poet’s Voice featuring poet, fiction writer and critic Carol Muske-Dukes
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Staples Shuts Out Harding 33-0
Staples shut out Harding at Bridgeport today 33-0, improving to 3-0 on the season. Senior Kenny Lozyniak carries the ball while Nick VanVlamertynghe (60), Roger Muchnik (32), and Matt Santora (78) block. Next Saturday the Wreckers take on Trumbull in the homecoming game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Lebow Scores Career-High Three Touchdowns
Staples senior Alex Lebow grabs a pass in today’s 33-0 win over Harding at Bridgeport. Lebow racked up 113 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on 15 carries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Saturday Morning Accident Ties Up I-95
Southbound traffic backed up on I-95 in Westport at about 9 a.m. today because of a two-car accident on the Saugatuck River Bridge. A Westport EMS ambulance can be seen making its way to the accident. EMS transported two persons to Norwalk Hospital. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Arts Center Hosts Exhibit Reception
The Westport Arts Center Friday night held an opening reception for its “Allegories of Displacement” exhibit. Standing in front of one of the pieces on display, “Hard Rain,” are (l-r)) Murray Kronick, Susanna Heller, the artist, William Di Fazio and Sylvia Kronick. The evening was well attended with a wine and cheese reception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006
1:30 p.m. - Bridgeport - Harding High School - Staples football vs Harding
Friday, September 29, 2006
Staples Boys Soccer Earns Another Shutout Win
Nicky Hoberman (blue) heads a ball out of danger in Staples’ 1-0 win over New Canaan today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
Matt Lamb’s penalty kick—his third in as many games—was the difference as the Staples boys soccer team shut out New Canaan 1-0 at the Rams’ field today.
The Wreckers’ victory—their sixth shutout in seven matches—raised their record to 6-0-1. Staples’ next test comes Wednesday (4 p.m.), against a tough Wilton team at Kristine Lilly Field.
Lamb’s penalty kick came after Brendon Cristobal drove into the box and was fouled. Cristobal, Preston Hirten and Russell Oost-Lievense were dynamic attackers throughout the afternoon.
Defensively, they teamed with Keaton Cristobal to neutralize Jeff Leach, the Rams’ All-American player.Page 1311 of 1619 pages
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