Saturday, November 11, 2006
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006
11 a.m. - Town Hall - Veterans Day ceremony (live coverage cable channel 79)
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night”
8 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Wiz”
Staples Overpowers Ridgefield 14-6
Staples in action as the Wreckers edged Ridgefield 14-6 tonight at Ridgefield. The Wreckers improved to 8-1 on the season and next meet Greenwich at Greenwich on Thanksgiving morning. Despite the victory, the Wreckers likely fell from FCIAC playoff contention when New Canaan—which beat Staples last week—tonight defeated Trumbull 35-10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com
Looking for a Hole
On the Move
Staples junior Josh Kozel advances the ball during tonight’s Staples 14-6 victory over Ridgefield at Ridgefield. Bouncing back from last week’s 14-13 loss to New Canaan, the Wreckers clung to a 7-6 lead in a defensive struggle before quarterback R. J. Masillio scored on a 1-yard run with 3:20 left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com
Friday, November 10, 2006
Actor Keir Dullea Addresses Westport Sunrise Rotary
Actor Keir Dullea was guest at Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club today and discussed his 50 years in show business. The 70-year-old actor has had a leading role in 25 films and five Broadway plays. He won a Golden Globe award for his 1960s hit film “David & Lisa” and is also remembered for playing astronaut David Bowman in the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey” and in 1984’s “2010: The Year We Make Contact.” He said his favorite role was the one-man off-Broadway play in the 1990s called ‘The Other Side of Paradise.” According to Dullea, “the most difficult director I ever worked with was Otto Preminger who screamed at seemingly everyone on the set.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Window on the River
Taking Their Bows
Members of Staples Players at Westport’s Staples High School take their bows Thursday night following a dress rehearsal of “The Wiz.” The show opens tonight and runs this weekend and next. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Florian Court
Community Events to Air on Channel 79
Residents will have the opportunity to watch the town’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony and the Arts Awards Celebration this weekend on cable channel 79, the town’s access channel.
The Veteran’s Day ceremony will air live at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
It will be rebroadcast 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The arts awards celebration, which was held on Oct. 15, will air today, Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 17, Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.
Almost Like Summer
Friday, Nov. 10, 2006
Town Hall Closed
Westport Schools and Offices Open
8 p.m. - Staples High School - “The Wiz”
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night”
8 p.m. - Seabury Center - Singers & Songwriters: Tom Rush
Fifth Gorham Hearing Necessary to Handle Information
The attorney representing the company hoping to construct condominiums in Westport’s Gorham Avenue Historic District told the Planning and Zoning Commission tonight he does not have a burden to provide information in a timely manner. The commission scheduled a fifth hearing.
The commission is considering an application from Red Coat Development to construct 20 condominium units, which include six that will be deemed “affordable,” on 1.5 acres at 296 Main St. and 5 Gorham Ave.
Throughout the proceedings, several commission members had expressed displeasure over when the applicant team has provided information, and again several members tonight expressed such concerns.
Chris Smith, Red Coat Development attorney, said, however, there is no burden on him under the law to provide the information in the way the commission was demanding.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Staples Boys Soccer Advances to State Quarterfinals
Brendon Cristobal tries to beat Xavier goalkeeper Andrew Esposito. Cristobal assisted on Staples’ first goal of the 2-0 second round win in the state tournament today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
Two second-half goals lifted the Staples’ boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Xavier of Middletown today in the second round of state tournament play.
The win—achieved on muddy Loeffler Field at Staples—lifts the Wreckers’ record to 16-1-3, and advances them to the quarterfinal round of the state LL tournament.
The Wreckers will play Farmington on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Farmington.
The first goal, 10 minutes after halftime, began with a tackle by defender Alex Gendell. He slammed the ball forward to Brendon Cristobal, who delivered a perfect cross to wide-open Preston Hirten. Hirten first-timed a blast into the upper right corner.
Flu Clinics Scheduled for Nov. 28, Dec. 6
The Westport-Weston Health District has scheduled two flu clinics for Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Both will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Nov. 28 clinic will be held at the district offices on Bayberry Lane, and the Dec. 6 clinic will be held at the Westport Public Library.
The clinic is open to anyone older than nine years old. There are no residency restrictions and no appointment is necessary.
The cost of the vaccine is $32 in cash. There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants, but they must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.
For more information, visit www.wwhd.org.
Police Begin Click It or Ticket Campaign Monday
Westport police will be enforcing the seatbelt laws starting Monday through Nov. 26 as part of the latest round of the Click It or Ticket program.
Police will be enforcing other motor vehicle laws throughout the time—during which Thanksgiving falls—including driving under the influence of alcohol.
A safety-belted driver has a better chance of maintaining control of the vehicle during and immediately following a collision, protecting passengers and others on the road, police said.
Ejection from a vehicle, which seatbelts prevent, causes 75 percent of deaths in car crashes, police said.
Research has found that lap/shoulder safety belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury for front-seat passengers by 45 percent, police said.
All Gone: 263 North Ave.
Demolition crews today finished taking down an 1840-built house at 263 North Ave. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on June 29, 2005. The property sold in September 2005 for $950,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Perils of Merritt Driving
The trees along the Merritt Parkway provide beauty year-round but also potential danger in wind and rain storms. Westport fireifighters late Wednesday night assisted Fairfield firefighters at a two-vehicle accident caused by a falling tree in the northbound lanes beween exts 42 and 44. The driver of this SUV narrowly escaped serious injury when a tree fell on the car’s roof, penetrating the windshield and frontal areas of the vehicle. The driver suffered lacerations to the face and neck and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. A second vehicle suffered lesser damage with no injuries. Firefighters remained on the scene for an hour treating the patient and cutting up and removing the tree. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Waters on Sherwood Mill Pond were rough Wednesday because of heavy rains throughout the region. Some parts of Westport received almost 2.5 inches of rain during the day, causing flooding on some roadways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Boys soccer state tournament game
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79)
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night”
Conservation Commission Questions Y Officials
The Conservation Commission tonight had their chance to ask a number of questions about a proposal from the Westport-Weston Family Y to build a new facility at Camp Mahackeno, including about cutting down on the amount of pavement on the property.
It was the commission’s second hearing on the matter. If the Conservation Commission approves the plan, Y officials would then need to apply to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Gerald Kagan, a commission member, asked a number of questions about cutting down on the pavement on the site—which includes 380 parking spaces—and retain some of the trees.
Sunny Lane, he said, is going to turn into the equivalent of a three-lane highway because of the two traffic lanes and the row for parallel parking.
Selectmen Approve Sewage System Regulations
The Westport Board of Selectmen tonight approved regulations which give the town financial security if a large, private sewage system fails.
The regulations come during the Westport-Weston Family Y’s application for a new facility at Camp Mahackeno, which includes a private sewage system.
The regulations require those who own a private system that generates 5,000 gallons per day to place money into two accounts.
The first account would hold money to maintain the system, and the second would be for money in case there is an emergency that causes community pollution.
Firefighters Respond to Electrical Fire
Westport firefighters responded to and extinguished a small electrical fire on Hyde Lane this afternoon.
Firefighters were met with a smoky condition in the basement of the home when they arrived on the scene, and they were able to locate a shorted electrical wire in the ceiling.
Thermal imaging cameras were utilized to check how far the fire had reached.
Electricians had been working on an electrical panel when they heard a popping sound followed by a large glow in the ceiling area, according to fire department officials.
Heavy Rains Cause Roads to Flood
Heavy rains brought flooding throoughtout Westport today, including near Sherwood Mill Pond, above.. A flood advisory is in effect until 9:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport officials are asking residents to make sure storm drains and culverts are clear of leaves after the town received more than 2 inches of rain today causing flooding on some roads.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff told a Board of Selectmen meeting this evening that he has received a number of phone calls from residents with concerns about flooding in their neighborhood.
The flooding has been caused by the amount of rain, he said, but also because of leaves that have gathered in storm drains and culverts.
“It’s the time of year when leaves will build up,” he said. “I am calling on residents to help their neighbors and themselves by clearing them if they can.”Page 1312 of 1637 pages
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