Sunday, March 09, 2014
Taking Advantage of Warm Temperatures
Volleyball players took advantage of Saturday’s spring-like temperatures in the 50s to play some volleyball at Westport’s Compo Beach. But the forecast called for a return to more winter-like weather by mid-week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Noon. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Susan Malloy: In the Studio” & “Abstract Notes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Classical Music with clarinetist C. Winfield Swarr and pianist Hiroko Miyake Dutton
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Blooming at Earthplace
Tony McDowell, executive director of Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, tonight welcomed guests to its Eartplace in Bloom annual spring auction and talked about the environmental work of Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Playhouse Leads Westport Nonprofits on Giving Day
The Westport Country Playhouse topped the list of most donations received by a Westport nonprofit on Friday’s Fairfield County Giving Day, the first year of the 24-hour online giving competition, organizers said today.
In all, 361 donors gave $11,770 to the Playhouse, winning it No. 9 on the list. The second highest Westport recipient was the Westport Arts Center (WAC), which raised $5,694, good for No. 27 on the list. WAC said its total was boosted by an additional $2,000 from a matching grant.
The Fairfield County Community Foundation said a total of 15,423 donations were received by local nonprofits totaling $618,229.64.
An additional $127,500 in prizes funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Bank of America and other corporate and community sponsors, were awarded to more than 50 nonprofits, it said.
Working on the Railroad
Metro-North employees worked on tracks on the bridge over the Saugatuck River today, taking advantage of the fewer trains on the Saturday schedule. Ongoing track maintenance has caused longer travel times on the line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Westport Firefighters Make the Plunge
Plunging in 55-Degree Weather at Compo
Plungers of all ages took part in today’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Compo Beach. The unusual 55-degree weather made the swim slightly more tolerable this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Not Polar Bears But Bedford Bears
Students from Westport’s Bedford Middle School, wearing their yellow Bedford Bears t-shirts, were among those taking the plunge today at Compo Beach in the annual Special Olympics Penguin Plunge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Any Swim Attire Was Acceptable
Suiting Up to Keep Plungers Safe
Firefighter Todd Denke and Police Sgt. Ryan Paulsson, members of the Westport Police-Fire Dive Team, suit up today at Compo Beach to take up water positions for the Special Olympics Penguin Plunge. They are aided by Police Officer Scott Morrison. Westport Volunteer Emergency Service member Martin Iselin looks on. WVEMS provided a standby crew for the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Plunging for a Cause
Scenes from today’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. WestportNow.com photos
Police Nab Bridgeport Stolen Car Suspect
Moments after Westport police heard a Bridgeport police radio alert about a stolen car, it was spotted on Post Road East today by an officer on patrol, police said.
A passing motorist took this photo of police at the scene of the car stop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Doingitlocal.com photo
After the 9:37 a.m. alert, Officer Thomas Casimiro radioed headquarters that he had spotted the car a few minutes earlier heading west on Post Road East.
He caught up with it just before East Main Street and, with the assistance of other officers, took the suspect into custody without incident, police said.
He was identified as Yannick Williams, 23, of New Haven. Bridgeport police officers picked him up from Westport police along with the car, police said. He was charged with third-degree larceny and his bond was set by Bridgeport police at $5,000.
Learning About Robotics
Alec Solder (r), a senior at Staples High School and member of the Wreckers Robotics team, explains the team’s robot today to Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe at Greens Farm Academy, host of the CT FTC Robotics Championship - Battle of the Beaches. Two other Westport teams also took part—i²robotics, which includes Staples and Weston High School students, and the Greens Farms Academy team, the Dragonoids. The Wreckers and the i²robotics teams have already qualified in the prior competition for the regional championship next month in York, Pa., but took part today as a practice session, according to Ii²robotics Coach Terry Sauer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Getting to Know the Teams
Saturday Battle of the Beaches
Scenes from today’s CT FTC Robotics Championship - Battle of the Beaches at Greens Farms Academy in Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport