Friday, December 26, 2008
No Town of Westport meetings are scheduled
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Thursday, December 25, 2008
Eartha Kitt with her daughter Kitt Shapiro before a preview of “All About Us” at the Westport Country Playhouse last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Actress and singer Eartha Kitt died today at her Weston home, a family spokeswoman said. She was 81.
Kitt, a frequent performer at the Westport Country Playhouse and visitor to Westport, had been under treatment for colon cancer. Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro of Westport, was by her side.
She was performing almost until the end, taping a PBS special six weeks ago in Chicago which is set to air in February. Her recording of the Christmas song “Santa Baby” was certified gold last week.
Kitt was well known for her distinctive voice and made a name for herself in her portrayal of Catwoman in the television series “Batman.” That role produced Kitt’s recognizable sultry cat growl.
Today’s milder than normal Christmas Day weather made for good running along Westport’s Compo Road South. New Zealand-born John Henwood (r) of Manhattan was the winner in this year’s Turkey Day Trot in Southport and was a member of New Zealand’s track team who participated in the 10,000-meter event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Westporter Adam Mulia kept the pace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The 38th annual Pot Luck Community Christmas Day Feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church drew a large crowd today. More than 250 guests enjoyed a delicious meal that included 15 turkeys, 12 hams and an assortment of pies and fruit provided by Stew Leonard’s and 100 pounds of white potatoes, 50 pounds of sweet potatoes and 50 pounds of carrots donated by Stop & Shop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Kim Mathias (l), moderator of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church, gave the invocation before today’s Christmas pot luck feast began. Paula Mikesh, head chef, helped welcome the guests and paid tribute to the many volunteers who made the event an overwhelming success. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
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
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
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.
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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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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