Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Let the Chips Fall Where They May
First Night activities New Year’s Eve included ice sculptures on Main Street. Thom Burrows for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
AP Notes Westporters Deaths
A Westporter and two former Westporters made The Associated Press end-of-year notable 2003 Connecticut deaths.
As reported by the AP:
Mary Moers Wenig, 76, of Westport, a Quinnipiac University law professor who wrote many articles on taxation, trusts and estates. She was one of the writers of the Uniform Marital Property Act and was a founding member of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund.Ӕ
Wenig was also a member of Westports Representative Town Meeting.(See WestportNow April 13, 2003).
Monday, December 29, 2003
Westport Country Playhouse Sets Jan. 12 for Groundbreaking
The Westport Country Playhouse has set Jan. 12 for the groundbreaking ceremony for work on its renovation and expansion project.
The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held in a heated tent and include speeches by Playhouse officials, including Joanne Woodward, artistic director, and Bob Wright, chairman and CEO, NBC, and vice chairman, GE, and Playhouse campaign chair.
The Playhouse hopes to raise $30.5 million in its comprehensive campaign to remodel the legendary Playhouse as well as create an endowment and support artistic and educational initiatives.
Westport Arts Center Seeks Entries for its The Figure NOW Exhibit
The Westport Arts Center is seeking entries for an April exhibit it calls The Figure NOW.
The juried show featuring contemporary interpretations of the ageless subject will run at the Center April 2 to May 23.
Open to all media, the exhibition will be juried by Jennifer Gross, curator of modern and contemporary art at Yale University Art and visiting critic at Yale School of Art.
The Figure NOW will display a variety of work that interprets the human figure with excellence of expressionӔ and innovation,Ӕ according to a WAC announcement.
Westport’s Save the Children Helping Iran Earthquake Victims
Westports Save the Children is appealing for public support to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Iran.
Emergency response workers from the Wilton Road-based humanitarian group arrived in Iran over the weekend. They plan to provide dislocated families basic shelter assistance, medical care and help children who have lost parents and other loved ones.
“There are tens of thousands of people without homes,” Michael Kiernan, a Save the Children spokesman, said today. “Many are sleeping on the ground. It’s freezing. It’s clearly important to respond to the survivor’s needs.”
Shays Meets With Rowland, Schedules Westport Community Meeting
U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays met privately over the weekend with Gov. John G. Rowland but did not ask him to resign from office, according to a Rowland spokesman.
The Hartford session with the governor is expected to be among the topics the congressman will discuss in a series of district community meetings next month, including one in Westport on Jan. 17.
Dean Pagani, the governor’s chief of staff and spokesman, said the two Republicans met at the executive residence for about 2 1/2 hours.
They discussed the scandal that has enveloped Rowland since he admitted lying about renovation work done on his Bantam Lake cottage in Litchfield.
Enjoying a Fireside Chat
Seniors enjoy a fireside chat today at Westport’s new Senior Center. WestportNow.com photo
Wheeling and Dealing at the New Senior Center
The new Westport Senior Center hosts bridge players today as limited activities got underway in the $4 million facility. The official ribbon cutting is Jan. 16. WestportNow.com photo
Sunday, December 28, 2003
The Westport Fire Department’s new recruits got some tower ladder training and also learned how to create a man-made rainbow. The location was the office park at 55 Greens Farms Road.Brett Kirby/Westport Fire Department photo
Saturday, December 27, 2003
Westports First Night Set for New YearҒs Eve
If this year is anything like the past, there will be a last-minute surge in button sales for the 10th annual First Night Westport/Weston New Years celebration.
The fun gets underway Wednesday at 3 p.m. and runs to midnight with music, entertainment, dancing and more. This year Weston hosts performers as well.
Organizers say they have sold about 1,000 buttons in advance and need about 4,000 to make the event a financial success. Last-minute sales are the norm, according to Denise Torv, executive director.
Pretty as a Postcard
The west bank of the Saugatuck River provides a picture postcard look Friday night. WestportNow.com photo
Friday, December 26, 2003
Post Christmas Spectacular
The setting sun made a pretty picture over Westport’s Jesup Green and the Westport Public Library today. WestportNow.com photo
What a Difference a Day Makes
Westport’s Main Street is busy and crowded on the day after Christmas. WestportNow.com photo
Thursday, December 25, 2003
Westport’s Main Street looked like a ghost town on Christmas Day. WestportNow.com photo
Talking Turkey at Saugatuck Congregational Church
More than 150 visitors attended today’s Christmas Feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church.WestportNow.com photo
Dining to Christmas Music
Christmas music filled the hall at today’s Christmas Feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church. WestportNow.com photo
A Quiet Christmas
Westport’s downtown area along Post Road East is deserted on Christmas Day.WestportNow.com photo
Christmas Turkey Lineup
Volunteers at Saugatuck Congregational Church, including “field marshall” Ricki Letowt (l.), prepare turkeys for today’s Christmas Feast.WestportNow.com photo
Getting Ready for the Christmas Feast
Volunteers at the Saugatuck Congregational Church get ready today for the church’s 33rd annual Christmas Feast. The afternoon event is expected to attract up to 200 visitors. All food has been donated by local merchants.WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Community Christmas Dinner
A Wet and Soggy Christmas Eve
Shoppers on Westport’s Main Street braved the Christmas Eve rain today to get some last-minute gift buying done. WestportNow.com photo
Metro-North on Holiday Train Schedule
Metro-North is running a holiday train schedule today. Click on the link on the right side of the page for the full schedule
Today’s Christmas Eve schedule is a modified weekday schedule in the morning, an early afternoon getaway schedule with extra outbound service between noon and 4 p.m., a regular schedule between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and a modified weekday schedule in the evening. Metro-North will be providing additional late-morning inbound weekday service on Monday, Dec. 29, and Tuesday, Dec. 30.
And on the Fridays after Christmas and New Year’s, the line will operate a Saturday schedule with additional service inbound in the morning and outbound in the afternoon.
On New Year’s Eve, Metro-North will provide extra late afternoon and early evening inbound service similar to Christmas Eve.
For New Year’s revelers, the last overnight trains leave Grand Central at 4 a.m. On New Year’s Day, the line will operate a holiday schedule.
WestportNow Featured in New England Press Group Newsletter
The New England Press Association, a Boston-based trade group of New England community newspapers, features a story about WestportNow in its December edition.
In a story headlined News Web site offers digital twist to media mix in Westport, Conn.,Ԕ reporter Megan Leppert recounted WestportNow’s history and said the two local Westport newspapers do not consider it competition.
“Residents often choose the medium that is best-suited to their lifestyle and needs at the time, Christina Hennessy, editor of the Westport News, told the publication.
ԓI believe we are still the source of news for local residents, as well as the place they turn to for arts coverage, information on sporting events, business items and other features.”
As for the other local newspaper, Tom Henry, editor of the Westport Minuteman, said reporters for the Minuteman have actually gotten tips for stories from WestportNow,” the NEPA Bulletin said.
“ӒI suppose it is valuable. Whether or not there was a need for it, that is for the public to decide; however, we find it valuable,” Henry said.
Westport Police Alerted to Movie Theater Area Robbery
An armed robbery near a movie theaterwith a shot reported fired—on the Westport-Norwalk line had Westport police on alert early today.
Norwalk police reported two men robbed two youths sitting in car at the Crown Royale Theaters at 542 Westport Ave. and made off with $16 in cash. No one was reported injured.
They were said to have headed east into Westport after the incident, but Westport police reported no contact with them.
The men were described as two black males wearing bandanas and dark clothing.
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Compactor Fire Forces Evacuation of Wild Oats Market
Westport firefighters quickly doused a compactor fire. WestportNow.com photoA compactor fire at the Wild Oats Market on Post Road West today forced evacuation of the store before firefighters were able to douse the flames.
The fire erupted in the compactor at the rear of the store at about 3:45 p.m., sending smoke throughout the store and forcing evacuation of customers and employees.
Firefighters had to pry open the compactor to get at the flames. They set up fans at the front of the store to help clear smoke that had drifted in from the outside.
The store reopened at about 4:35 p.m. following an inspection by a representative of the Westport-Weston Health District.
Westport Police Step Up Security Measures, Emergency Team on Notice
Al Fiore: security measures addressed. WestportNow.com photoThe Westport Police Department, responding to the raising of the national threat level, has increased watch on possible strategic targets in town, Deputy Police Chief Alfred Fiore said today.
Fiore, who takes over as chief on Jan. 1, told WestportNow that he and Fire Chief Denis McCarthy participated in Mondays conference call on security matters with Gov. John Rowland.
ғHe really just told us basically what (Homeland) Secretary (Tom) Ridge had told the public the day before and yesterday as well, Fiore said.
ԓHe said they raised the threat level because of the increase in sources they consider credible—they dont really have any specifics for us.Ҕ
Monday, December 22, 2003
Longtime Westport Resident Ellen Street Ritter Dies at 91
Ellen Street Ritter, a longtime Westport resident who was among the founders of the Westport League of Women Voters in 1949, has died at the age of 91.
Family members said she died Sunday at the home of a son, Nicholas Street, in Gastonia, N.C.
Ritter, a former teacher at the Bedford Elementary School, lived for many years in a house on Myrtle Avenue opposite Christ and Holy Trinity Church.
Friends said it was in Ritters home in 1949 that several Westport women discussed forming a local chapter of the League of Women Voters.
ғSix women got together and started a provisionalђ League, according to an account in the LeagueԒs member handbook.
They were required to write a handbook about Westport before being accepted as a League with full status.
Interfaith Housing Gets $321,535 Federal Grant
Westports Interfaith Housing Association (IHA) has received a $321,535 federal grant to expand its permanent housing offerings.
The grant was part of $1.3 billion in aid to thousands of local programs that house and serve the homeless announced Friday by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Acting Secretary Alphonso Jackson.
The Rev. Peter R. Powell, IHA president and CEO, said he received official notification today.
State Increases Security,
Governor Talks to Municipal Officials
Westport commuters boarding Metro-North trains were greeted by a state police presence today as part of the states tightened security measures.
Meanwhile, WestportҒs top police and fire officers were among municipal and public safety officials on a statewide conference call this morning with Gov. John Rowland.
Getting Ready for “Alice”
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The Music Theatre of Connecticut’s “Alice in Wonderland” debuts Friday, Jan. 9 for a two-day run at Saugatuck Elementary School. It features (l. to r.) Casey Weiss, Weston, as TweedleDum; Annie Nelson, Westport, TweedleDee; Nevona Friedman, Weston, White Rabbit; Jordan Olson, Westport, Alice; Zoe Sheinberg, Weston, Cheshire Cat; and Jayne Smith, Fairfield, Queen of Hearts. Contributed photo
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