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Thursday, December 25, 2008

An Irish Tradition Carried Out at Compo

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Perry Moody of Westport breezes through the waters of Long Island Sound today off Compo Beach in what she says is a Christmas Day tradition in her native Ireland. “Though the water is a lot warmer in Ireland,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Erin Go B-r-r-r-r

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Making big splashes at Westport’s Compo Beach today were Westporters Perry and Simon Moody. They said the Christmas Day plunge is the custom in their native Ireland. Perry Moody said, “My husband and I have been here for two years and hope to be here for at least 60 more!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Firefighters Douse Small Utility Room Fire

Westport firefighters today doused a small fire that broke out in a utility room of a home on Dogwood Lane off Compo Road South.

Responding to a 9:16 a.m. call of smoke in the house at 8 Dogwood Lane, firefighters found a large amount of smoke in a first floor room housing an indoor lap/swimming pool. Its odor was consistent with that produced by burning fuel oil, said Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney.

The homeowner said the home’s oil-fired home heating boiler, domestic hot water heater, and pool water heater were located in a utility room adjacent to the pool, he said.

While the resident was temporarily relocated to a neighbor’s home, firefighters donned self-contained breathing apparatus and entered the smoke-filled area, Maloney said.

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Quiet Christmas Day on Main Street

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Westport’s Main Street was quiet and deserted on this Christmas Day. Today’s forecast was sunny and breezy with a high in the 40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Look at Longshore

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Ground fog combined with snow on the ground Wednesday to create this winter look at Westport’s Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, December 25, 2008 - CHRISTMAS


Westport Town Hall and Public Library are closed in observance of Christmas
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - 38th annual Pot Luck Community Christmas Day Feast

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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph will shift to the west once a cold front pushes through after midnight, the advisory said.

A brief period of west winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph are expected in the wake of the cold front, gradually subsiding towards daybreak Christmas morning.

These winds could knock down some trees, tree limbs and wires, the advisory said. Residents are also urged to secure outdoor holiday decorations.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Fog Rolls In

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Warming temperatures into the 40s today brought fog to the Westport area. View is of the Old Mill Beach area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Busy Christmas Eve Shopping

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The parking lot at Whole Foods Market on Westport’s Post Road West was busy today as residents did some last minute holiday shopping. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Nyala Winter

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Tuesday’s sunset as seen from the Nyala Farms property in Westport’s Greens Farms area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Westport Town Hall and Public Library are closed in observance of Christmas
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”

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Westport Teens Featured in “Lord’s Boot Camp” Discussion

Saturday’s CBS News “48 Hours” broadcast on “The Lords Boot Camp” about teenagers training to become Christian missionaries is followed by a panel discussion on the network’s Web site by seven students from Westport’s Staples High School.WestportNow.com Image
Michael Weinstein, 18, was among Staples students interviewed about the CBS News “48 Hours” broadcast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CBS News photo

The interviews with the seven about the missionaries’ efforts were taped at Staples last April with producer Kristin Whiting, a 1986 Staples graduate, supervising. 

The program, which will be broadcast from 8 p.m. To 9 p.m., is a unique collaboration with Loki Films, producers of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Jesus Camp,” the network said.

It looks at three teenagers training to become Christian missionaries while also dealing with the pressures that teens face daily.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pedestrian Killed on Post Road East

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UPDATE A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car late today on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.

Police identified the victim as William C. Ford, 49, of 1655 Post Road East. A former custodian at Staples High School, he was employed at Trader Joe’s in Westport. (See obituary)

The accident in the vicinity of 1655 Post Road East forced the closure of the busy roadway for a period after the accident which occurred about 6 p.m.

Ford apparently was crossing at a crosswalk when he was struck by an eastbound car, police said. Friends said he did not drive and may have just gotten off a bus from work.

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Gifting a First Night Button

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Denise Torv, executive director of First Night Westport Weston, presents First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff wiith a First Night button during today’s Town Hall holiday party. Joseloff earlier presented Torv with a $2,000 check to First Night from Webster’s Bank. Details on First Night can be seen here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Staples Educator Tells of Time in Iraq

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Rich Franzis, an assistant principal at Westport’s Staples High School, told the Westport Rotary Club today about his year in Iraq as a U.S. Army Reserve officer with a rank of lieutenant colonel. Assigned to the 316th Sustainment Command, his mission was to supply the surge forces everything they needed “from celery to vehicles.” Franzis said he was grateful for the support the Staples and Westport community gave him while in the battle zone. He said he was happy to be home, and was still getting used to everything not moving at top speed all the time as was the case in Iraq. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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