Sunday, November 04, 2007
Whipping Through the Fall Foliage
Beaver Deceiver: Leveling a Westport Pond
Westporters took action today to thwart some busy beavers, sometimes called the planet’s second-best engineers.
Installing the pond leveling system today in the Partrick Wetlands were (l-r) Skip Hilliker a wildlife technician; John Horkel, Earthplace director; Sean Guinan, wildlife assistant, and Matthew Mandell, an Earthplace trustee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Adam Stolpen for WestportNow.com
A team from Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, installed a pond leveling system at a beaver dam on Poplar Plains Brook inside the sprawling Partrick Wetlands in northwest Westport.
The system was needed because the beavers had built a dam that had grown to 80 feet wide and 4 feet tall, creating a pond well over 5 acres in size.
“There was a need to reduce the size of the pond,” said John Horkel, Earthplace director.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Staples Wins Seventh Straight
The Staples Wreckers improved to 7-0 on the season today with a 28-7 victory over Darien at Darien. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Pacilio (1) started in place of the injured Mike Samela. Staplesfootball.com photo
Staples senior Josh Kozel rushed for a team-high 83 yards today and was a key man on the defense as Staples defeated Darien 28-7. The Wreckers go up against New Canaan Friday night at New Canaan and try to avenge last year’s 14-13 loss. The winner of the contest will face Greenwich in the FCIAC champsionship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for Staplesfootball.com
Winds Pick Up, Scattered Power Outages Reported
Winds generated by the remnants of Hurricane Noel picked up along Westport’s coast today as Connecticut Light and Power Company reported brief scattered power outages in town.
The National Weather Service issued a high winds advisory and a coastal flood advisory for Westport and portions of the tri-state area. Eastern Connecticut and Cape Cod were expected to see the highest winds.
Local weather stations reported winds gusting to 39 miles per hour this afternoon and forecasters predicted gusts may reach 45-55 later in the day. They said winds could be strong enough to whip up tides along Long Island Sound by as much as 2-1/2 feet above normal, causing minor flooding.
At 9 a.m., CL&P reported 19 Westport customers were without power, but an hour later it said all power had been restored.
Town Clerk’s Office Open for Absentee Ballots
The Westport Town Clerk’s office is open until noon today to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Absentee ballots will also be available at the Town Clerk’s office Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., according to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss.
Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday when the polls officially close.
The Town Clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall at 110 Myrtle Ave. in Room 105. Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the town Web site at www.westportct.gov
Enjoying the View
Saturday, November 3, 2007
9 a.m. - noon - Westport Town Hall - Town Clerk’s office open for absentee ballot distribution
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series: “Pinkalicious”
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - The Prevailing Winds woodwind quintet performs
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Kings Highway Walking Tour
2:30 p.m. - Darien High School - Staples football vs Darien
7 p.m. - Seabury Center - Family Chamber Music Concerts: Jorge Caballero, classical guitar
7 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - African Children’s Choir
A Work in Progress
A sign that summer is truly over, this mild autumn will come to an end, and winter shall soon be upon us, is the annual transformation of the tennis court at Westport’s Longshore Club Park to the Police Athletic Leagure (PAL) ice skating rink. Tony Lantier and his crew have been hard at work for the past two weeks readying the rink. Work will continue until it opens the day after Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Paintings and Poetry
The Westport Public Library tonight hosted an opening reception for its exhibit featuring the work of Ann Holmes and Dick Rauh. Both are artists and poets and their many admirers at the reception were treated to examples of their work in both of these genres. In her oil paintings, Holmes adapts works of old masters and reworks them in her own distinctive style. Rauh’s watercolors and poems all have botanical themes. The exhibit runs throiugh November. Rauh and Holmes are pictured in front of Holmes’s painting “Garden of Earthly Delights” and Rauh’s watercolor, “Swamp Loosestrife.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Friday, November 02, 2007
Veterans Day Ceremonies Set for Town Hall Auditorium
Veterans Day ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall auditorium, William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, announced today.
Organizations participating in the ceremonies will be the Westport Community Band, the Westport Boy Scouts, and the Westport Police Department Honor Guard.
Also participating will be members of the Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 Veterans of Foreign Wars, representatives of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 399, and members of the August Mathias Post 63 American Legion.
Town Hall offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. Board of Education offices and the Westport schools will be open.
First Power Line Conduits Installed Under Saugatuck
Workers for Connecticut Light and Power Company today completed installing the first conduits under the Saugatuck River in Westport that will eventually carry the new Middletown-to-Norwalk high voltage power line. The critical operation involved assembling and pulling 1,600 feet of conduit pipes from the west side of the river at Lincoln Street to the east side at Imperial Avenue. The work, which had to be done without stopping, began Thursday morning, a day later than originally announced, and was completed by mid-day today. Workers will soon begin drilling a second bore hole under the river to carry a second set of conduit pipes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Minor Coastal Flooding Possible Tonight
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. said today a strong northeast to north flow tonight into Saturday will produce tidal departures of 2 to possibly 21/2 feet above normal during the times of high tide on Saturday.
“These tidal departures may produce minor coastal flooding across the shorelines of western Long Island Sound and New York Harbor,” an advisory said.
Geese at Westport’s Longshore Golf Course are keeping clear of”foxy loxy.” The foxy signage of a fox seemed to keep geese away from this area, though they were there in force a few hundred yards away. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, November 2, 2007
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Opening reception, “Painting and Poetry” exhibit, works by Ann Homes and Dick Rauh
The National Weather Service said a record high monthly average temperature of 61.8 degrees was set at Bridgeport for October.
This breaks the old record of 60.2 set in 1971.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Looks Like Rain
State Joins FAA Fight
By Dave Matlow
Westport and other towns fighting a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan that would bring more planes over southwestern Connecticut got a heavyweight ally today—the State of Connecticut.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told a New Canaan news conference today that the Federal Aviation Administration’s reaction so far to protests about its new flight plan has been: “We’re right, you’re wrong, go pound sand.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“The FAA may rule the runways and even the skies, but it is not above the law,” said Attorney General Richard Blumenthal at a New Canaan Town Hall news conference announcing that the state has filed suit opposing the plan.
Blumenthal joined Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele and southwestern Connecticut leaders at the event, including Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, state Sen. Judi Freedman, and state Rep. Joe Mioli of Westport.
The FAA plan issued in September would try to cut down on delays by rerouting landing and take-off patterns at the Northeast’s major airports.
Rell, Blumenthal Join Westport and Others in FAA Fight
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced today that the state is joining Westport and 10 other communities in legal action against the Federal Aviation Administration’s new flight paths that will bring more planes over southwest Connecticut. Among those also attending a news conference today in New Canaan Town Hall were Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, state Sen. Judi Freedman, and state Rep. Joe Mioli. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Blumenthal: the FAA is Not Above the Law
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced Connecticut is joining Westport and 10 other communities in filing suit against the Federal Aviation Administration and its plan to reroute more planes over southwestern Connecticut. Blumenthal told a New Canaan news conference: “The FAA may rule the runways and even the skies, but it is not above the law.” Gov. M. Jodi Rell cited Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park and its 9/11 memorial that will be among areas affected by increased noise and pollution from jetliners. Pictured are (l-r): New Canaan First Selectman Judy Neville, Rell, Blumenthal, and Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Farmers Market Extends Into November
Katherine Dyer: managing into November. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.comThe Westport Farmers Market Thursday and Sunday editions have extended into November, according to Katherine Dyer, market manager.
The market will be open Thursdays at the Westport Country Playhouse through Nov. 15, she said.
The Sunday market will remain open at the Westport Center for Senior Activities through Nov. 25.
Meanwhile, she encourages market patrons to visit the market Web site at www.westportfarmersmarket.com to see recipes (new each week), farm profiles, the latest market news, make suggestions, or join the market mailing list.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 21-23 Sylvan Road North
An application for a permit to demolish the house and other structures at 21-23 Sylvan Road North has been filed with the Building Department. Known as the Brosnahan-Bernhard Estate, the 2¾-story colonial revival has 7,822 square feet, was built in 1921-1922, and is located on a 12.3-acre property. Because the house is older than 60 years and is on the list of the historic resource inventory, the application will be reviewed by the Historic District Commission. According to the HDC, the house was originally built for George C. Engel of New York City. In 1945, it was sold to the Bernhard family. The current owner is listed on the demolition application as Jane Bernhard et al trustees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, November 1, 2007
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market
4 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Movies in the Afternoon: “Plan Nine from Outer Space”
7 p.m. – Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
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