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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory Extended

The National Weather Service has extended a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area until 7 p.m.

It said an additional snow accumulation of up to 1 inch is possible and snow will taper off this evening. The snow could be moderate at times.

It said motorists are advised to use caution traveling tonight as black ice will form on untreated surfaces as temperatures fall into the 20s.

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Remembering Sidney Kramer Image
There was a large turnout at the Westport Library today to celebrate the life of Westporter Sidney Kramer. The attorney, literary agent and co-founder of Bantam Books, as well as the prime mover of the local preservation group Save Westport Now (SWN), died Dec. 10 at age 99. Among the speakers was grandson Eli Kramer, 16, who said, “Sidney taught me to be humble. He proved to me that subtlety and persistence are far more efficient than eagerness and sheer force.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Recalling Sidney Kramer’s Generosity Image
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs recalled at the Sidney Kramer celebration of his life today at the Westport Library that his mother, now 101, worked in the Kramers’ Remarkable Book Shop for 35 years. She said she would come home many nights with humorous stories about incidents that happened at work. “Even though Sidney was rarely there, the incredibly generous atmosphere trickled down from him,” he said. Burroughs added, “My mother said in some years, the very generous end-of-year bonuses would be greater than her salary for the year.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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First Snowfall Ritual Image
Michael Maurillo of Westport’s Imperial Avenue today lifts a son to celebrate the annual hanging of the Mt. Maurillo sign on a tree in their yard to mark the first snowfall of the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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All Clear Image
Westport’s Main Street was all clear today for Saturday shopping after an overnight storm dumped about 6 inches on the Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Shovel Time Image
Westport Main Street merchants were out early today clearing snow from sidewalks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Snowy Compo Image
Westport’s Compo Beach was all but deserted early today after the overnight snowfall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Updated Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service said a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Westport and area until 6 p.m. today.

There will be rain and freezing rain this morning, which will end as a period of snow this afternoon.

Snow accumulation of 4 to 7 inches are likely along with several hundredths of an inch of ice.

The heavy snow has passed to the east and there will be periods of light mixed precipitation this morning, or plain rain. A transition over to a period of snow is expected this afternoon, the Weather Service said.

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Westport Farmers Market Closed Today

The Westport Winter Farmers Market is closed today due to the weather.

“If you are in need of Beaver Brook Farm’s delicious raw milk, you can pick it up at Double L in Westport on Monday or Tuesday,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, director.

“Canceling the market is hard on many of our vendors who have prepared food for today that now has no home. If there is a particular item or vendor you wish to reach out to, please let me know. Many of the vendors are willing to meet at Gilbertie’s or a convenient location tomorrow.”

She said the bacon competition will be rescheduled to next week.

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YMCA Opening Delayed

The Westport Weston Family YMCA at 14 Allen Raymond Lane will open at 10 a.m. due to the current weather conditions, an announcement said.

The YMCA Gymnastics Center at 145 Main St. in Norwalk will open at 9:30 a.m.

Also, practice for the Water Rat Swim Team has been canceled for today. The Nussbaum Y Kids’ Club—the Y’s child watch area—will be open on a limited basis.

Members are asked to call (203)226-8981 for the status of specific programs and classes scheduled to take place today after the 10 a.m. opening.

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Weather Service Storm Statement

UPDATE The National Weather Service said warmer air aloft has worked in across Long Island and New York City with a mix of sleet, freezing rain, and rain.

Across Connecticut, the lower Hudson Valley, and interior northeast New Jersey there is still snow falling.

The heaviest snow though will fall across southern Connecticut the next hour with rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour.

Light snow will fall elsewhere. Much of the area will see a transition to a wintry mix over the next several hours with coastal locations going over to rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m.

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Saturday,  January 24, 2015

Westport Senior Center is closed due to the weather.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) - Winter Farmers Market Canceled
11:30 a.m. - Westport Library - Community Meeting: Memorial for Sidney Kramer
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
Noon - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
2 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - WestportREADS: Mother-Daughter Tea & the Film “Circle of Friends”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Open Meeting of Fairfield County Writers Group
7:30 p.m. - Westport Weston YMCA - Youth Night (4th-5th grades)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Time-Lapse Video Brings Coney Island Photo to Life Image
Guests tonight watch a time-lapse video at the Westport Arts Center showing how Westport photographer Stephen Wilkes shot “Coney Island Boardwalk, NY, Day to Night 2011.” The wide-frame overhead image, which took 15 hours to shoot and months to compose, shows Coney Island gradually morphing from blinding sunshine on the right to midnight darkness on the left. (See video here) It is one of more than 70 works by 14 photographers in “Coney Island: Side Show,” curated by Helen Klisser During, WAC artistic director, which runs until March 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for

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Coney Island Exhibit Centerpiece Image
This 2011 wide-frame of Coney Island by Westport photographer Stephen Wilkes showing it morphing from day to night is the centerpiece of an exhibit of 70 works by 14 photographers in “Coney Island: Side Show,” which opened tonight at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Stephen Wilkes

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Westport Meets Coney Island Image
Helen Klisser During, Westport Arts Center artistic director, thanks Westport photographers who contributed to “Coney Island: Side Show,” which opened tonight and runs to March 14. It includes 70 works by 14 photographers. With her are (l-r) N.W. Gibbons, Douglas Healey, Stephen Wilkes, Larry Silver, and David Kalman.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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