Sunday, December 03, 2006
Holiday Cooking Lesson
A sold-out crowd attended a holiday hors d’oeuvres cooking class at Westport’s Zest restaurant Saturday hosted by chef Pietro Scotti. The event was part of the festivities leading to today’s Westport Historical Society 20th Annual Holiday House Tour. Scotti will also be whipping up signature appetizers at an “After Tour Soiree.” Tour tickets can be purchased today at the Society beginning at 8 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Westport Historical Society - Holiday house tour
Noon - 3 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Westport Police Athletic League children’s holiday party
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Holiday book sale
1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
2 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Academy of Dance presents “Nutcracker”
4 p.m. - Pequot Library, Southport - Wesport Arts Center presents “Jazz to the Max: Bill Churlap”
Disappointment is evident on the faces of Staples Coach Marce Petroccio and his players following a 28-26 Wrecker loss tonight to Bunnell of Stratford for the Class L football championship. The game was played at West Haven High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples senior Alex Lebow gains ground in tonight’s Class L championship game against Bunnell at West Haven. Lebow had 16 carries for 130 yards in the game that saw Bunnell take a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Cheers for a Staples Touchdown
Staples supporters cheer as the Wreckers score a touchdown in the fourth quarter tonight to narrow Bunnell’s lead to 28-26 in the Class L state championship at West Haven. The Wreckers were unable, however, to score on a two-point conversion and the Bulldogs prevailed by that score as the clock ran out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eric Goldschmidt for WestportNow.com
Eluding the Tackle
Bunnell quarterback Steve Smith eludes a tackle by Staples junior Josh Kozel (42) as Andrew Kennedy (15) looks on during tonight’s 28-26 Wreckers loss to the Bulldogs of Stratford in the Class L championship game at West Haven. Smith threw four touchdown passes and intercepted a potential game-tying two-point conversion play with 4:01 remaining to lift Bunnell to victory over the two-time defending champions. More than 5,000 watched the contest at Ken Strong Stadium. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
In the Clear
Staples junior Colin O’Shea gets by Bunnell’s Hopeton Quarrie in tonight’s state Class L championship game at West Haven. O’Shea scored two touchdowns and ran for 96 yards in the upset win by the Bulldogs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Coach P: “We Had Opportunities But Didn’t Cash In”
Staples Coach Marce Petroccio talks to the press following tonight’s 28-26 upset win by Bunnell of Stratford. He said Bunnell quarterback Steve Smith was a key factor in the loss. “The kid just played a great game tonight,” he said. “We just didn’t have answers for him tonight. He’s just a great high school football player. We had our opportunities but we didn’t cash in. But I’m proud of what we did. It’s not easy leaving here with a loss, but that’s the way it is.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
One-Man Wrecking Squad
Bunnell quarterback Steve Smith (12) became a one-man wrecking squad tonight as he fired four touchdown passes in the 28-26 win over Staples. Andrew Kennedy (15) looks on. Smith, a 6-foot, 195-pounder, completed 11 of 20 passes with no interceptions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Library Holiday Book Sale Underway
Getting Santa’s Ear
Santa Claus made an appearance today at Patagonia on Westport’s Post Road East. His first visitor was Jacob Waldman, 2 1/2, of Weston who gave Santa his Christmas wish list. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Learning About the McLaury House
The Westport Historic District Commission (HDC) hosted an open house today to enhance public awareness of the restoration plans for the town-owned historic Emily McLaury House at 99 Myrtle Ave., opposite the Westport Historical Society. The commission is seeking Board of Finance (BOF) and Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approval of funds to restore the building to its original appearance and rehabilitate the interior in a historically sensitive manner. Pictured are HDC member Morley Boyd (r) answeromg questions from (l-r) Selectman Bob Lasprorgato, RTM member Joanne Davidson, BOF member Helen Garten, RTM member Dr. Lisa Rome and BOF member Charlie Haberstroh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Affordable Housing Summit Panelists Named
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff has announced details of a “Citizens Summit on Affordable Housing” on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.
Selected: Dr. Floyd Lapp (l) and Rick Redniss are among panelists. Contributed photos
The meeting, which will be televised live on the town’s government access channel 79, will include a panel discussion with four experts on housing issues as well as an opportunity for audience comment and questions, he said.
The first selectman had earlier disclosed plans for the meeting but did not name the participants. (See WestportNow Nov. 20, 2006)
“I invite all Westporters and others to educate ourselves on how we can address the pressing need for affordable housing for seniors, young people, first-time homebuyers, and moderate-income earners including our police officers, firefighters, teachers and other municipal workers,” Joseloff said.
Merritt Parkway Accident Backs Up Traffic
Southbound traffic on the Merritt Parkway near exit 41 in Westport was backed up this morning by a rollover accident. Westport firefighters said a Shelton man escaped serious injury when his Jeep rolled over after hitting a tree. He told state police he was cut off by another vehicle. The driver, who suffered facial cuts and abrasions, was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said the driver was wearing his seatbelt and the car’s airbags deployed, contributing to his relatively minor injuries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Repubicans Near Choosing Finance Vacancy Candidates
Gavin Anderson announces his retirement in October. Dave Matlow/WN file photo
Westport Republicans are moving closer to making a recommendation on who should fill a vacancy on the Board of Finance that will be created this month.
The opening is due to the retirement of R. Gavin Anderson, a Republican member, who announced in October he would step down by the end of the year. (See WestportNow Oct 25, 2006)
While board members will select the person to fill the vacancy, the Republican Town Committee (RTC) will make a recommendation of at least one person to fill the spot.
Pete Wolgast, RTC chairman, said the nominating committee has interviewed four candidates—some of whom attended Monday’s board meeting—and will make a final decision on recommendations this weekend.
Into the Woods
A young male driver and adult male passenger escaped serious injury Friday night when their car failed to maneuver a sharp turn on Westport’s Charcoal Hill Road, off North Avenue, following the evening’s heavy rains. The vehicle crashed through heavy brush and finally stopped in a swampy ditch, narrowly missing contact with trees. Neither the driver nor the passenger was injured. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A Tough Haul
Westport firefighters stand by as a wrecker pulls a car from a steep embankment after it went off Charcoal Hill Road Friday night. Neither the young male driver nor his adult passenger was injured. Firefighters had to clear heavy debris from around the heavily damaged car before it could be removed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Coming in from the Wind
High winds moving into Westport on Friday meant kite surfers were out at Compo Beach battling the high tides on Long Island Sound. It was a struggle, though, to bring in the kites to pack up for the day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Holiday Book Sale
10 a.m. - Westport Town Hall - 2006 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition semifinals
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Evergreen Day
11 a.m. – 99 Myrtle Avenue – Open House for Board of Finance and RTM Finance Committee
1 & 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
7 p.m. - West Haven - Ken Strong Stadium - Staples vs Bunnell in Class L football championship game
8 p.m. - Westport Community Theatre - “An Inspector Calls”
Friday, December 01, 2006
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued
The National Weather Service tonight issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Westport and portions of the tri-state area.
It said at 6:32 p.m. National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing destructive winds in excess of 70 mph.
These storms were located along a line extending from six miles northeast of Gardnertown to Chester to 33 miles west of Fairfield or along a line extending from seven miles southwest of Poughkeepsie to Goshen to 15 miles east of Phillipsburg and moving east at 45 mph.
A tornado watch remains in effect for the warned area. If a tornado is spotted, act quickly and move to a place of safety in a sturdy structure such as a basement or small interior room.
Staples Candlelight Concert Scheduled Dec. 8 & 9
A Look Back: The Staples Choir performs during last year’s Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow/WN File
The 66th annual Candlelight Concert will take place at Westport’s Staples High School on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the high school.
Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Staples Choir and Chorale, Symphonic and Sophomore Orchestras and the Symphonic and Sophomore Bands will present an evening of holiday music.
Along with individual performances by each ensemble, all of the singers and orchestra students will join forces for the traditional processional off “Sing We Noel” and a community sing-along to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Tornado Watch Issued
The National Weather Service tonight issued a tornado watch for Westport and portions of the tri-state area. The watch is effective until 10 p.m.
An advisory issued at 6:10 p.m. said tornadoes, hail to 1 inch in diameter and thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 35 statute miles east and west of a line from 30 miles north northeast of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to 30 miles east southeast of Allentown, Pa. This includes the Westport area.
A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
Westport Prepares for Tonight’s High Winds
Connecticut Light and Power and Westport Public Works crews are on stand-by in case of any problems associated with today’s high winds.
A high wind advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect until 1 a.m. on Saturday, and winds of 25-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour are expected.
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said Connecticut Light and Power have extra crews on duty in case there are power outages, which could happen with high winds.
As of 5 p.m., there were no power outages reported in Westport by Connecticut Light and Power, but there was one outage reported in Weston.
Holiday House Tour is Sunday
Five Westport homes will be decked out for the holidays and ready for visitors on Sunday as part of the 20th annual Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Westport Historical Society.
The tour is at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes two renovated antiques, a renovated farmhouse and a waterfront Victorian.
The after-tour cocktail party is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. at a 10,000-square-foot colonial manor and features speciality cocktails, champagne and caviar, live jazz music, hors d’oeuvres by Chef Pietro Scotti and a silent auction.
For tickets, call (203) 222-1424.
School Board to Vote on Maintainers Contract
The Westport Board of Education will review and vote on a new, four-year contract with the Maintainers Union, which carries a 4.87 percent salary increase, on Monday.
The information about the new contract was released with the board’s agenda information today. The contract covers eight maintainers.
In addition to the salary increase, the union members will increase their health insurance contributions from 13 percent to 16 percent over the life of the contract.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said the maintainers do not have incremental increases built into the contract like the ones for the teachers and other municipal employees.Page 1315 of 1649 pages
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