Saturday, March 04, 2006
Penguin Plunge Attracts Hundreds
Making the Plunge
Library Winter Book Sale Underway
The Westport Library annual winter book sale got underway today. Volunteer Dick Lowenstein said more than 100 persons were on line when the doors opened. The sale runs through mid-day Tuesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Mitchells Hosts Gala
Mitchells of Westport was jumping Friday night as it hosted the Near & Far Aid Spring Gala. Southport-based The Near & Far Aid Association, Inc. is an all-volunteer group that serves primarily Fairfield County residents in need, including the homeless, the elderly, abused children and families at risk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, March 4, 2006
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Annual winter book sale
10:30 a.m. - Compo Beach - Penguin Plunge registration, event at noon
“Jumpstart” Workshop Set for Tuesday
Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler has announced that a “Jumpstart” workshop to learn about social service resources has been scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave.
“Jumpstart” is a family-focused series of meetings intended to provide participants with information about local social service resources. The outreach program is a collaborative effort of Westport’s Interfaith Housing Association and the Westport Department of Human Services.
The workshop will feature keynote speaker Mike Jaffe whose presentation, “Designing and Creating the Life You Really Want,” will provide participants with tools to set life and/or career goals.
Childcare and homework help will be available from the Stapes High School Key Club. To make a reservation, call the Westport Department of Human Services, (203)341-1050.
Free Books Monday Outside Post Office
Look for Mimi Greenlee and Jane Horton, co-chairs of Westport Reads 2006, in front of the Westport Post Office on Post Road East at noon Monday. They will be handing out copies of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon, the library’s choice for Westport’s one-town, one-read with events and book discussions throughout March. Check the library Web site for details. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, March 03, 2006
A Moment’s Distraction
A one-car crash on Westport’s Cross Highway today sent a woman to Norwalk Hospital. A motorist who stopped to help after the accident quoted her as saying she had been “looking down at something” and her car crossed over the line and hit a concrete bridge abutment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Before the Snow Hit
Friday, March 3, 2006
1:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Long-Range Planning Committee
7 p.m. - Mitchells of Westport - Near & Far Aid Spring Gala
Westport Girls Softball Sets Party March 11
Westport Girls Softball will hold a party for girls from kindergarten through fifth grade Saturday, March 11 at the Staples High School field house.
The two-hour event beginning at 1 p.m., with music and decorations, is intended to help youngsters discover the fun of the game, according to organizers.
Among those on hand will be professional coach Emily Robustelli of Integrated Sports Training in Norwalk as well as Westport Little League coaches certified by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
“Attendees will receive a free t-shirt and can win prizes in the simple, fun games like base running races that we will hold,” an announcement said. There also will be “mini-coaching clinics” to show girls the fundamentals of the game.
Directing the Y’s Men
Eckart Preu (c), Stamford Symphony Orchestra music director, spoke to the Westport/Weston Y’s Men today about the plans for the orchestra in the 21st century. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Celebrates Third Anniversary
WestportNow marked its third anniversary today as the 24/7 news and information source for Westport.
“We are very grateful for the support the community has given to WestportNow,” said publisher Gordon Joseloff in a statement.
“With the help of scores of volunteers, WestportNow continues to be the prime real-time source of news and photos of Westport.
“As we enter our fourth year, I hope we can build on our success and continue to offer a valuable service to readers and advertisers.”
Thursday, March 02, 2006
A Bridgeport man sustained minor injuries today when his car ran off Westport’s Riverside Avenue near Saugatuck Elementary School. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar and Firefighter Brendan McHugh survey the damage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Heavy Snow Warning Canceled
The National Weather Service today canceled a heavy snow warning for Westport and the tri-state area but kept a winter weather advisory in effect until midnight.
Snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain will continue into the evening hours, a mid-afternoon advisory said. Storm total snow and sleet accumulations are now expected to range between 3 and 6 inches. Travel will likely be treacherous during the evening rush hour with some icing expected.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
A record snowfall of 3 inches was set at Bridgeport today, breaking the old record of 1.9 inches set in 1994.
Firefighters Respond to Parkway Accident
Westport firefighters responded to three accidents with injuries today during the snowstorm, but the most serious was on the Merritt Parkway.
The accident was just after 9:30 a.m. on the northbound side of the parkway between Exits 42 and 44, and several vehicles skidding on the wet snow, according to department officials.
One of them left the roadway, took down a tree and wrapped the car around a larger tree before it came to a stop, according to officials.
The driver, who was traveling alone, was trapped in the vehicle. Westport and Fairfield firefighters worked together to free the person from the car.
It took 40 minutes to free the person, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Snow Causes Numerous Accidents
Spring is 18 Days Away
It was slow going on Westportg’s Main Street and other town roadways today as snow fell throughout the tri-state area. Police reported several minor accidents due to slippery streets and Westport schools scheduled early dismissals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport Schools Announce Early Dismissal
The Westport public schools will have early dismissal today due to the weather, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced.
The dismissal schedule:
Staples High School
Bedford Middle School
Coleytown Middle School
Saugatuck Elementary School
Coleytown Elementary School
Green’s Farms Elementary School
King’s Highway Elementary School
Long Lots Elementary School
All afternoon and evening activities have been canceled.
Take the Plunge Saturday at Compo
By Jayde Levesque
The eighth annual Penguin Plunge will take place at noon at Westport’s Compo Beach. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
The Special Olympics organizes plunges all over the state, but the Westport event is the only one representing Fairfield County.
“It’s a unique event that would not take place without the generosity of the police and fire departments, emergency services, dive and rescue, and the parks and recreation department,” said Westporter Elizabeth Kuechenmeister, event co-chairwoman.Page 1387 of 1618 pages
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