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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Cleaning Up Before Next Snowfall

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A worker clears a sidewalk today on Westport’s Post Road West. More snow is expected tonight, according to the National Weather Service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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In Rehearsal

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In rehearsal are Juliet Kimble as Mrs. Lovett and Everett Sussman in the title role of “Sweeney Todd (School Edition): The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which is being put on by the Staples High School Players March. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21. For further information, go to www.staplesplayers.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kerry Long

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Westport Schools on Two-Hour Delay

Westport public schools are on a two-hour delay today.

There is no morning session for Stepping Stone preschool.

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NWS Update: Storm Watch, 3 to 6 Inches

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from tonight through Thursday night.

It said rain will mix with sleet and snow before changing to all snow this evening.

Snow may be moderate at times late tonight through Thursday morning before tapering off late Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening.

Snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches is possible tonight into Thursday, the Weather Service said.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015


8 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Maintenance Study Committee
9 a.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Downtown Steering Committee Special Work Session
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Library - The Refinery: Entrepreneur Accelerator Program for Women-led Companies
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - UN International Hospitality Committee
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Play With Your Food Lunchtime Theater
1 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Digital Application Workshop
4 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Beautification Committee
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Girls’ Robotics Club
6:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Board of Assessment & Appeals
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Flood & Erosion Control Board
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307 - Board of Finance Executive Session
8 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Board of Finance (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)


See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

NWS Update: Winter Weather Advisory, Storm Watch

The National Weather Service has extended a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area until 5 a.m. Wednesday. It had been scheduled to expire at midnight tonight.

In addition, it issued a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.

It said there will be freezing rain tonight, changing to plain rain after midnight, then heavy snow Wednesday night into Thursday with accumulations of 4 to 8 inches.

Hazardous travel conditions are expected Wednesday night and Thursday due to greatly reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations, the Weather Service said.

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All He Needs Is Customers

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An employee awaits customers tonight at Arezzo Risorante, 5 Riverside Ave., near the intersection of Post Road West. Owner/manager Juan Ceballos said he decided to stay open until the usual closing time of 9 p.m. despite the weather. “We dont have any reservations so far, but we did have a few cancellations,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Library Closes Early

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The Westport Library closed at 6:30 p.m. tonight instead of its usual 9 p.m. closing because of the weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:37 PM
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At It Again

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A Town of Westport snowplow clears snow from Parker-Harding Plaza at Post Road East tonight as another snowstorm moved through the area. The National Weather Service said this storm would drop about 2 inches but issued a Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday night into Thursday for another storm, which it said could bring an additional 4 to 8 inches.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 07:30 PM
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Celebrating National Read Across America Day

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Fifth grade students at Westport’s Saugatuck Elementary School celebrated children’s author Dr. Seuss’s birthday and National Read Across America Day. The National Education Association sponsors the annual reading motivation and awareness program. The Saugatuck community came together to read and share their favorite books as students and teachers dressed as their favorite book characters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Comings & Goings: Patriot National Bank to 50 Charles St.

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Patriot National Bank, 370 Post Road East in the Compo Acres Shopping Center, plans to relocate to 50 Charles St. in Westport’s Saugatuck section this summer, according to a bank official. The Stamford-based bank, founded in 1994, which has grown to eight branches in Connecticut and two in New York state, purchased the Charles Street facility from TD Bank NA for $1,925,000 in November 2014. Robert C. Hauck, vice president branch manager of the Westport branch said,“There’s much need for a bank in the Saugatuck section. We plan on a big grand opening.” The Patriot National Bank opened at Compo Acres Shopping Center in 2007 in a space previously occupied by Sam Goody’s record store (see WestportNow July 5, 2007) The 50 Charles St. location had housed Westport Bank & Trust Co. for many years until it closed in 1996. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Play With Your Food Draws Sold Out Crowd


Scenes from today’s Play with your Food lunchtime play reading at Toquet Hall in Westport, which continues Wednesday and Thursday (sold out), then moves to Fairfield on March 10, and Greenwich on March 11 and 12. Among the actors was Patricia Kalember who was asked about her appearances on the popular CBS series “Madam Secretary.” “Now that I have matured a bit, I am being offered many more roles,” she said. “There are more parts for character actors.” Catering was by Westport’s Da Pietro’s restaurant. For more information, visit http://www.jibproductions.org/ or call (203) 293-8729. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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RTM Meeting Postponed Until Next Tuesday

Due to inclement weather, tonight’s meeting of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) has been canceled and rescheduled to Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., Moderator Eileen Lavigne Flug announced.

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Report: Jennifer Lawrence to Play Lynsey Addario in Biopic

The memoir by Westport native Lynsey Addario and her exploits as an award-winning war photographer has been out for a month, but the bidding war for its film adaptation appears to be over.

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Reported winners: Director Steven Spielberg and actress Jennifer Lawrence. Deadline.com photos

Deadline.com said Warner Bros. is working on a deal to bring “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” to the big screen with Steven Spielberg as director and Jennifer Lawrence in a starring role.

Film studios began bidding for the rights after excerpts were published in The New York Times Magazine, Deadline said.

Among the reported bidders: Working Title wanting it for Reese Witherspoon, “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky after it for Natalie Portman, and “The Wolf Of Wall Street’s” Margot Robbie and The Weinstein Company, trying for George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Melon Patch Lane

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Steps are in process to acquire a demolition permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Melon Patch Lane, off North Avenue. Built in 1972, the two-story colonial has 3,022 square feet, is situated on a 1.25-acre property and changed ownership in last month for $1,025,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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