Friday, November 28, 2014
Lit Up for the Holiday Season
The William F. Cribari Memorial Bridge over the Saugatuck River was lit up tonight with Christmas lights thanks to the efforts of Al’s Angels volunteers and A.J. Penna & Son construction of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, November 28, 2014
Westport Town Hall and Public Schools are closed.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion Magic”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Screening: “The Lego Movie” plus LEGO free play
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre “It’s a Wonderful Life”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Full House for Thanksgiving Day Feast
There was a full house today at Branson Hall, Christ & Trinity Episcopal Church for the 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast. Saugatuck Congregational Church, Temple Israel, The Unitarian Church in Westport, and the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston were partners for this year’s Feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
He Knows How to Dish It Out
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe was among the scores of volunteers today serving guests at the 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast at Christ & Holy Episcopal Church. With repairs almost complete at the Saugatuck Congregational Church after its 2011 fire, next year’s feast is expected to be back at its traditional home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Just a Little on the Top
Preston Siroka, 7, of Westport (c), aided by Caden Hennesey, 8, of Portland, Conn., serves up some pie to Jessica Bram of Westport today at the 44th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast. Organizers said so many people volunteered to serve at the event that many had to be turned away. CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A Kick That Ties a Record
Staples junior placekicker Paul Tricarico tied a state record today by converting his 12th field goal of the season, this one for 21 yards. The Wreckers defeated the Greenwich Cardinals 38-21 to keep Greenwich out of the Class LL Tournament. Both teams ended the season with 7-4 records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com
Staples Defeats Greenwich 38-21
Staples football defeated Greenwich 38-21 today at Greenwich.
The Wrecker win spoiled the Cardinals’ chance of making the FCIAC finals, payback for when Greenwich acted as spoiler a year ago when Staples needed a win to advance to the Class LL Tournament.
Greenwich went into today’s game, at times played in swirling snow showers, with a seven-game winning streak against the No. 9th-ranked Wreckers.
Staples and Greenwich end their season with identical 7-4 records.
Cameron Marantz, 27, of Philadelphia crosses the finish line today in an unofficial time of 24:10 in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. Marantz, a 2005 Staples High School graduate who ran for Coach Laddie Lawrence, said, “It’s about the seventh time I’ve run this race and finished first four or five times.” Marantz, running for the Bryn Mawr Running Club, graduated Princeton in 2009 and went on to do graduate work at the University of Florida. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
First Female Finisher
The first female finisher in today’s 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race was Kerri Lyons (r), 26, of Wilton, a biology researcher who graduated from Wilton High School in 2006 and Cornell in 2010. She finished the course in an unofficial time of 28:30. She said it was the first time she has run in this race. With her are Mary Dolan Zengo (l), 49, of Wilton, and Jamie Morgenstern, 26, of Pittsburgh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Annual Thanksgiving Day Tradition
Scenes from today’ 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. The 5-mile race made its way through Westport’s Greens Farms section before returning to the start line in Southport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com and WestportNow.com photos
Trotting Like a Turkey
Rebecca Hutton, 27, of Brookhaven, N.Y. was one of many people who took on a turkey look today as they took part in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race in Westport and Southport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Making the Run
John J. Courtmanche (No. 427), 72, of New Haven gives a wave as runners in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport make their way along Greens Farms Road near New Creek Road in Westport today. The 5-mile run took place in near freezing temperatures under cloudy skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Water for the Runners
A volunteer gives Chris Mulliken, 52, of Westport a cup of water near the New Creek Road underpass in Westport today as he took part in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. More than 5,000 runners registered for the 5-mile run and about 300 walkers in the 2.7-mile course, according to race official Laddie Lawrence. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
In the Lead
UPDATE Cameron Marantz (No. 2), 27, of Philadelphia was in the lead today with Harry Warnick, 20, of Fairfield as they approached the New Creek Road underpass in Westport in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. Marantz, a 2005 Staples High School graduate who runs with the Bryn Mawr Running Club, went on to win the race in an unofficial time of 24:10. “It’s about the seventh time I’ve run this race and finished first four or five times,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A Westport police car carrying longtime Staples running Coach Laddie Lawrence leads today’s 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race as the frontrunners make their way along Greens Farms Road near New Creek Road in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Susan Granger At the Movies: ‘The Theory of Everything,’ ‘The Homesman,’ “The Hunger Games’
By Susan Granger
Eddie Redmayne deserves an Oscar nomination for his eloquent portrayal of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Redmayne accomplishes a challenging physical, mental and emotional transformation, comparable to Daniel Day-Lewis’ in “My Left Foot.”
Hawking’s story begins in 1963 at Cambridge University, where he wooed and wed Jean Wilde (Felicity Jones). When he was diagnosed with ALS – a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease – he was given two years to live. Yet he continued his cosmology studies, earning his doctorate and writing “A Brief History of Time.”
What’s astonishing is how Eddie Redmayne is able to communicate Hawking’s emotions by mirroring the expressive, often mischievous movements of his eyes and eyebrows.
On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “The Theory of Everything” is an extraordinary, inspirational 10. “There should be no boundary to human endeavor,” Hawking concludes. “However bad life may seem, where there is life, there is hope.”
Thousands to Run in Turkey Day Trot
Thousands are expected to participate in today’s 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. The 5-mile race begins in Southport, continues through portions of Westport’s Greens Farms section, and ends in Southport. The race is now Connecticut’s second largest road race and last year included a record 5,300 entrants.The race begins at 8:15 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Pequot Running Club map
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Thanksgiving
Westport Town Hall, Library, and Public Schools are closed.
8:15 a.m. - Wakeman Boys/Girls Club (385 Center St., Southport) - Start of 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race that includes route through Greens Farms
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church (75 Church Lane) - Saugatuck Congregational Church 44th Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Firefighters Will Arrange for Santa to Visit Your Home
The newly formed Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF) is bringing Santa Claus to Westport neighborhoods.
It said on three days next month—Friday, Dec. 19, Saturday Dec. 20, and Sunday Dec. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. -– it will bring Santa on a fire engine to neighborhoods to deliver gifts to children of all ages.
Families are able to sign up online here to have Santa visit their home. Sign ups will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. an announcement said.
Storm Dumps Wet, Not White
Even though temperatures “are just north of freezing,” causing rain, not snow, to fall throughout most of Westport today, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said his department is not taking any chances.
So far about 20 tons of salt have been put down in case temperatures drop.
“Now it’s just wait and see,” Edwards said at mid-afternoon. “We have some slush on the road, but no accumulation, and I don’t anticipate any accumulations.
“The question is what happens tonight,” he added. “The temperature is just north of freezing.”
Snow and Sand
Winter Weather Advisory: 1 to 3 Inches Expected
UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued an updated Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area which continues to 1 a.m. Thursday.
In an early afternoon advisory, it called for snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches but said portions of southern Fairfield County north of the Merritt Parkway may see higher snow and sleet accumulations of 4 to 6 inches.
The Weather Service said a mixture of rain, snow, and sleet this afternoon should change to primarily snow this evening. The snow should then taper off toward midnight.
Inland portions of Connecticut were under a Winter Storm Warning with predicted accumulations of 4 to 8 inches.
Fall Colors and Snow
Touch of White
Sleet, Snow Cause Slippery Road Conditions
UPDATE Westport police reported slippery road conditions as a result of today’s storm, especially in the northern parts of Westport.
A three-car accident at Cross Highway and Punch Bowl Drive closed down the roadway at about 1 p.m. and police asked motorists to avoid the area. It was reopened at 1:45 p.m.
The storm brought mostly rain through the morning but snow began sticking at mid-day, causing slippery conditions.
Westport was under a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 a.m. Thursday with the National Weather Service predicting the storm would dump 1 to 5 inches of snow on the southern Connecticut coastline.Page 1 of 1651 pages
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