Saturday, October 28, 2006
Hauling One In
Staples senior Andrew Kennedy gets set to haul in a pass from R. J. Marsilio in today’s home game against Stamford. The Wreckers easily overpowered the Black Knights 42-12 to improve to 7-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A Stamford tackler brings down Staples senior Kenny Lozyniak during today’s Wrecker 42-12 home win over the Black Knights. Staples meets New Canaan at home next Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wrecker Defense in Action
The Staples defense causes a Stamford player to lose control of the ball during today’s game against Stamford. Stamford managed to recover the ball on the play but the Black Knights fell to the Wreckers 42-12. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Making the Play
With a Little Help from My Friends
Staples quarterback R. J. Marsilio gets a little help from junior Michael Samela (12) before scampering across the goal line to make it 34-6 in the second quarter of today’s Staples 42-12 win over Stamford. Marsilio took a toss from Alex Lebow on the play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Hard Work Pays Off
Staples senior Alex Lebow tosses to R. J. Marsilio to score in the closing minutes of the first half of today’s game against Stamford. “We’ve been working on that play for a long time,” Coach Marce Petroccio said after the game. “The kids executed it perfectly.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Storm Downs Trees, Power Lines
Today’s storm downed a number of trees and power lines in Westport but the damage was not as severe as some storms experienced earlier this year. As of mid-day, CL&P reported 50 Westport customers without power. This tree came down at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
NY Times Features Westport Teardowns
The Sunday New York Times Connecticut section this week features a front-page story on Westport teardowns and cites WestportNow and its teardown feature by photographer Dave Matlow. Highlighted is 14 Sturges Commons, the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 11 and featured as “Going Down” on Oct. 20. Pictured are Times photographer Janet Durrans and developer Rob Haroun, owner of SIR Development, which purchased the property for $1 million. The Sunday Times real estate section also mentions Westport teardowns in a feature on Westport’s efforts to regulate house sizes and to preserve historic neighborhoods. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Flash Flood Warning Issued
The National Weather Service today issued a flash flood warning for the Westport area until 10:45 a.m.
It said persistent heavy rains have been falling for the past couple of hours and more rain is anticipated through late morning.
An advisory urged motorists not to drive into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.
A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile.
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Blind Brook Road
On the Rocks
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006
11 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Halloween Spooktacular Stories”
1:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples football vs Stamford
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
Discussing the Art
Westport artist Howard Munce spoke to an audience of art curators today with stories behind the work in the current Westport Historical Society exhibition, “Westport Artists and Their Models.” Munce, curator for the exhibit, is an illustrator, painter and art director. He had many anecdotes about artists who made up Westport’s large community of mid-20th century illustrators, such as Stevan Dohanos, who illustrated 139 covers for the Saturday Evening Post. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 2.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 27, 2006
High Wind Warning, Flood Watch in Effect for Saturday
The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a high wind warning and flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area.
The high wind warning is in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday while the flood watch is in effect for Saturday morning through afternoon.
An advisory said although rain is forecast to develop and spread northeast across the region before midnight, heavy rain is forecast to occur
from around 6 a.m. until around 4 p.m. from southwest to northeast. Two to 3 inches of rain is forecast to occur during this time.
Heavy rain will combine with strong and gusty southeast winds causing widespread urban flooding, including small stream and river flooding. Leaves falling off trees will block drains causing significant ponding of water in normal poor drainage areas, the advisory said.
Indoor Music Festival Kicks Off Sunday
Maureen Hamill kicks off the Westport Indoor Music Festival with “Broadway Moments” on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Indoor Music Festival debuts with “Broadway Moments” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.
Maureen Hamill and others will perform show tunes from the 1940s through today.
Refreshments are served at 1:30 p.m. and the performance follows.
The event is free and open to the entire community. Seating is limited. Call (203) 341-5099 to reserve a space.
National Weather Service Issues Storm Advisory
The National Weather Service today issued an an advisory warning of a significant storm with high winds and heavy rain moving into the Westport and tri-state area late tonight into Saturday.
It said low pressure moving into the central Appalachians tonight will deepen rapidly on Saturday. Southeasterly winds ahead of the low will increase as the low intensifies, possibly gusting 35 to 45 mph for a short period Saturday morning and early Saturday afternoon.
Winds gusting to 45 mph are also expected behind the system. These strong winds will continue overnight on Saturday and through the day on Sunday, the advisory said.
With the combination of heavy rains saturating the ground and the highs winds there is a possibility of downed trees and power lines. High profile vehicles will be susceptible to cross winds on bridges and over passes, the advisory said.
The sun rose over a quiet and cold Sherwood Mill Pond in Westport. Cooler temperatures are expected to continue with rain possibly moving into the area this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Friday, Oct. 27, 2006
3 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Y’s Men Camera Club Photo Exhibit Opening
6:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”
Sunrise Rotary Hosts Wine Tasting
The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a wine tasting to raise funds for area organizations on Friday at 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore.
Local and regional charities that benefit from the proceeds include Interfaith Housing, Project Return, Cancer Care, Westport and Weston senior centers, A Better Chance, Starr, Evergreen, Dress For Success, The Children’s Connection, The Susan Fund, Smart Kids, Positive Directions and The Weston Warm Up Fund.
Harvey Skolnick of Main Street’s Liquor Locker will supply a selection of more than 50 national and international wines.
Food includes roast beef and gourmet breads, and Bob Lasprogato will play jazz. There is also a silent auction and a raffle prize of two tickets to anywhere Jet Blue flies.
Wine tasting tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door beginning at 6 p.m.
Christmas Comes Early
Two girls at today’s annual Halloween Parade are dressed as a Christmas tree and present. Hundreds of children dressed in their Halloween costumes to march down Main Street. They trick or treated along the way before gathering treats at Westport Town Hall. They then listened to music and had refreshments on Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Alice Shelton, RTM moderator, hands out candy dressed as a witch in front of the Westport Historical Society during today’s annual Halloween Parade. Hundreds of children trick or treated down Main Street to Town Hall where they also sought out treats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Halloween Spaghetti and Meatballs
Among Halloween visitors today to the Tax Assessor’s office at Westport Town Hall was Tia Pogue, 7, of Westport, in her spaghetti and meatballs costume. Dozens of youngsters visited Town Hall following the annual Halloween parade down Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples Boys Soccer Edges McMahon 1-0
Russell Oost-Lievense, who scored the only goal in Staples’ 1-0 victory today over Brien McMahon, puts a move on a Senator defender. Staples is in first place in the FCIAC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
A pesky Brien McMahon team nipped at Staples’ heels today, but a second-half goal propelled the Wreckers to a 1-0 home victory.
The win raises the boys soccer team’s record to 12-1-2, good for first place in the FCIAC. More importantly, it clinches one of four spots in the FCIAC tournament, which begins next Wednesday. One regular season game remains: Monday, 3 p.m. vs. Danbury in Westport.
The lone goal was a pretty one. In the 50th minute Preston Hirten won a hard tackle at midfield. He fed Matt Lamb, with his back to the goal in the center circle. The tri-captain turned 180 degrees, and found Russell Oost-Lievenze. The junior blazed forward, beating both a defender and the keeper, before finishing low and hard.
“We needed a game like this,” said head coach Dan Woog. “We had to be tested, to see what it’s like to dig deep and win a 1-goal game. This was an important test for us—and it’s nice to see we passed the test.”
Large Turnout for “Aging Successfully” Session on Dementia
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The Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Westport/Weston United Way today sponsored an “Aging Successfully” forum on “Defying Dementia”. More than 175 persons at the Westport center heard speakers Dr. Robert Levine and Douglas Werner, MS speak on understanding and preventing Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Hard copies of the PowerPoint presentation are available by calling (203)341-5099. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sue Pfister for WestportNow.com
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