Sunday, February 07, 2016
Hundreds turned out at Westport’s Bedford Middle School today for MacChili Fest, a pre-Super Bowl event. Guests enjoyed unlimited sampling of more than 20 different chilis and mac ‘n cheese entries from 17 local restaurants and two local firehouses. Voting was in three categories—beef chili, creative chili and mac ‘n cheese. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe poses with Westport firefighters as he serves up some chili prepared by the Westport Fire Department at today’s MacChili Fest at Bedford Middle School. Pictured (l-r) are Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Marpe, Tobias Ostapchuk,, Ron Burgess, Paul Spennato, Scott Del Vecchio and Chris Carroll. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s MacChilli Fest at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Pietro Scott (r )of DiPietro Restaurant, 36 Riverside Ave., today greets Ray Cooney. host of TV show “Firehouse Kitchen” at the MacChili Fest at Bedford Middle School, Cooney, a retired New York City firefighter and now a volunteer firefighter in Bayport, N.Y., recorded the event for future viewing. Cooney said he compared the chili made by the Weston Fire Department to the Westport Fire Department and will present the results on a forthcoming show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rich Falcone, owner of Art’s Deli, 13 Post Road West, shows off one of his 6-footer subs , which he said are a popular party treat on Super Bowl Sunday. “It’s one of the busiest days of the year for us,” he said. Falcone said so far he has orders for 10 6-footers and 20 1-footers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - MacChiliFest
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Super Bowl Tailgate Party
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “The Blackhouse” by Peter May
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Saturday, February 06, 2016
New York Times Puzzle Editor Will Shortz (2nd l) is joined by the winners of today’s 17th annual crossword puzzle contest at the Westport Library. Glen Ryan (2nd r) of Norwich, finished in first place, Peter Rimkus (r) of Ashford earned second place and Andy Kravis (l) of Brooklyn, earned third place. All are familiar faces. Kravis earned first place in each of the past three years, Rimkus came in second in 2013, and Ryan placed third in each of the past three years but was the winner in 2012. According to Kelle Ruden, event organizer, 30 of today’s participants earned perfect scores in all four crossword puzzles presented. The finalists are determined by three who completed the four puzzles perfectly in the shortest time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for WestportNow.com
There was a packed house today for the Westport Library’s 17th annual crossword competition with New York TImes Puzzle Editor Will Shortz stumping the crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times, again presided at the Westport Library’s 17th annual crossword competition today. He supplied unpublished NYT puzzles for the event and puzzled the puzzlers with some word games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rita Weisskoff of Fairfield (c, black top), the only competitor who has attended every one of the Westport Library’s previous 16 years of crossword competitions, was back again today for the 17th annual contest. She is seated next to Westporter Larry Weisman (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Michael Goodman was at the 17th annual Westport Library crossword competition today. He said he has participated every year but one—because of a death in the family. “Over the years, I’ve completed every puzzle correctly with the exception of one— when I entered ‘aral’ instead of ‘Ural’ as a European/Asian border,” he said. Goodman got a certificate today for another perfect score in today’s competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Orange resident Al Howard entertained visitors to the Westport Farmers Market today with pop rock selections, many self-created. A Connecticut News12 videographer, Howard performed his musical hobby on his 2000 Strat guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Youth Commission (WYC) is seeking high school students and adults to volunteer for the 2016-17 academic year, town officials announced.
Commission members, including students from grades 9 through 12, will be appointed by First Selectman Jim Marpe, and students who are currently in grades 8 through 11 are encouraged to join for next year.
“The Youth Commission serves as a public forum for youth issues and advocates for youth needs and concerns in the community,” Human Services Director Barbara Butler said of the 30-member group consisting of 15 students and 15 adults.
She said the appointment process for youth and adults includes the submission of a letter of interest, a completed interest inventory and at least one letter of recommendation on behalf of the candidate. Completed documents must be received by April 8, she said.
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.- Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East - Westport Sunrise Rotary food drive
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - 17th Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest
7 p.m. - Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) - “Open Road”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Friday, February 05, 2016
The Westport Community Theatre tonight opened its production of Moss Hart’s “Light Up the Sky, “a comedy about Broadway. It runs through Feb.. 21. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, with a Thursday performance on Feb, 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling (203) 226-1983. Westport Community Theatre is located at 110 Myrtle Ave. (Town Hall) in Westport. Pictured are (l-r) Bia Hittman, Rosanne Nelson, John Fatteross and Tom Rushen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“Fat Girls, Interrupted,” a new play by two-time Grammy-nominated comedian/author Lisa Lampanelli, will receive a reading on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse, it was announced today.
Lampanelli has requested that proceeds benefit The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport.
The cast will include Lampanelli as well as Broadway actress Lisa Howard, TV and film veteran Patricia Kalember, and newcomer Jessica Luck.
“Fat Girls, Interrupted” tackles weight, body image, and food issues from the perspective of four very different women with four very different problems, an announcement said.
Westport Assessor Paul Friia today released the annual list of top 10 Westport taxpayers as they appear on the 2015 Grand List Assessment.
Top payer once again was Connecticut Light & Power Inc., now known as Eversource Energy.
Here is the list with the type of tax and the assessment:
1. Connecticut Light & Power Inc., personal property, $135,413,783
2. 60 Nyala Farms Road LLC, real estate, $89,277,600
3. Equity One Westport Village Center, real estate, $35,051,200
4. Bylas LLC, real estate, $24,424,500
5. Campana 125 LLC, real estate, $20,767,800
6. 285 & 355 Riverside LLC , real estate, $20,177,600
7. SL Greens Farms Rd LLC, real estate, $19,937,500
8. Heyman Ronnie F Trustee, real estate, $19,508,800
9. Bridgewater Associates Inc., personal property, $19,126,450
10. Lasry, Marc & Cathy, real estate, $17,470,300
In a sign of Westport’s improving economic health, Westport’s Grand List for 2015—reflecting the latest revaluation—jumped 7.8 percent or approximately $780 million to $10.876 billion, Assessor Paul Friia announced today.
This compared a 1.5 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year and 1.3 percent increase in 2013.
On Jan. 31, Friia signed the Oct. 1, 2015 Grand List as required by state statute. The list is the sum of the net assessed value of all taxable property: real estate, motor vehicles and personal property.
Home values increased approximately 7.5 percent, while commercial values showed a healthy 10 percent jump, making the combined increase in the real estate categories 8.3 percent.
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