Wednesday, June 30, 2004
The Connecticut Humane Society Westport Branch reopened today at 455 Post Road East following extensive renovations. The new improved facility has been expanded to house about 300 homeless animals looking for adoption. CherylAnn Ferandes, district manger, welcomes the latest canine guest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
CherylAnn Ferandes, district manager for the Connecticut Humane Society Westport branch, gets acquainted with a guest ready for adoption. The newly renovated facility at 455 Post Road East is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - International Hospitality Committee
Noon - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Citizens brown bag lunch
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
A motorcyclist suffered a collar injury today in an accident on the Merritt Parkway in Westport, backing up northbound traffic for miles. Westport fire and EMS personnel tended to the victim before he was taken to Norwalk Hospital. View is from the North Avenue overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Conservation Department today cautioned visitors to Cockenoe Island during Friday’s Independence Day fireworks to be alert to threatened and endangered birds nesting there.
Piping plover: Cockenoe resident. USFWS photo
“Many boaters often anchor at Cockenoe Island to gain a spectacular view of the event, but docking on the island, especially the spit to the far west, can pose a danger to the threatened and endangered birds nesting there,” said director Alicia Mozian.
“The eggs are very difficult to see and the parents are very protective.”
Mozian said the endangered birds include piping plovers and roseate terns.
She said her department requests that people pay particular attention to where they walk and to keep their dogs on leash or off the spit of the island altogether.
David Mally is enjoying some of the nature photographs on display at Westport’s Earthplace The Nature Discovery Center from the Norwalk Camera Club’s annual photography contest and exhibit. The photos will remain on display until Aug. 20.Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
This weekend, many of us will be firing up the grill or the barbecue for traditional Independence Day fare like burgers or ribs. But what should you drink with the festive, bold, and sometimes spicy food? WestportNow Community Correspondent Chris Grimm will be drinking the All-AmericanӔ wine Zinfandel. Details in his latest Wine Talk column on the ARTS & LEISURE page.
Comic legend Gene Wilder kicks off the Westport Country Playhouse’s Film Series tonight with the classic movie “Young Frankenstein” followed by a discussion led by critic Janet Maslin.
Due to ticket demand, there will be two showings of the film at 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., at the Community Theatre in Fairfield.
Directed by Mel Brooks and filmed in black and white to simulate the monster movie genre of the 1930s, the 1974 comedy features Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a young neurosurgeon who is the grandson of Dr. Victor von Frankenstein.
After years of living down the family reputation, he inherits his grandfather’s castle where he finds a hunchback called Igor (Marty Feldman), a pretty lab assistant named Inga (Teri Garr) and an old housekeeper, Frau Blucher (Cloris Leachman).
10 a.m. - Town Hall Room 201 - Administrative Review Committee
Monday, June 28, 2004
A new sidewalk enclosure has gone up in Westport’s center at the site of a new Tiffany store to open this fall. The color Tiffany Blue, of course. WestportNow.com photo
9:a.m. - Long Lots School - Long Lots Subcommittee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Conservation Commission
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Board of Finance anticipated executive session
8 p.m. - Town Hall Room 201/201A - Special Board of Finance
Outgoing Westport Sunrise Rotary Club president Valery Austyn receives a gift honoring her service from incoming president Leo Cirino today at the club’s party at the Westport Arts Center. Looking on is Rick Benson, Roatary assistant district governor. Contributed photo
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Even some late afternoon clouds did not deter Westporters from enjoying Compo Beach today. It was a beautiful day with sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s, and low humidity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A tractor-trailer accident on I-95 about 1 p.m. Saturday between exits 18 and 19 sent spillover traffic through Westport. This was the scene on Bridge Street. All was back to normal by late afternoon. Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 26, 2004
These visitors were among almost 300 U.N. guests who traveled to Westport today for jUNe Day activities.Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
First Selectwoman Dianne G. Farrell “pins” Westport on a world map during today’s jUNe Day activities as Michaela MacColl, jUNe Day chairperson, looks on. Saul Haffner for WestportNow.com
Flags of United Nations member countries fly from Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge today to welcome U.N. visitors to the town’s annual jUNe Day. See more photos on COMMUNITY page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
10 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - jUNe Day activities
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents readings from radio plays, programs
Peter Ferrara (l) thanks attendees at tonights Westport Rotary Club ғpass-the-gavel clambake at Compo Beach as he took over the club presidency from John Fitzgerald. With him is Rick Benson, a club member and Rotary assistant district governor. WestportNow.com photo
Friday, June 25, 2004
The $74 million Staples High School renovation and expansion project is on schedule with occupation of a portion of the new construction scheduled for sometime in the fall. This aerial view was taken Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The first of 35,000 tax bills have gone out to Westporters 10,000 real estate bills and 25,000 auto bills, according to Tax Collector George Underhill. Payments are due by July 1 but residents will have until the end of July to pay without penalty. Taxes increased about 2.5 percent over last year. WestportNow.com photo
Westport takes center stage on Connecticut Public Television next week when it airs “A Gathering of Glory!,” the documentary produced by the Westport Historical Society.
The feature, directed by Westport resident Martin West, will be telecast Thursday, July 1, at 9 p.m. (See WestportNow Sept. 28, 2003)
Denise Torv, executive director of the Westport Historical Society, said she is excited that the documentary will be seen by a wider audience.
The production of ‘A Gathering of Glory!’ is yet another way in which the Westport Historical Society works to fulfill its mission of celebrating the history of Westport,Ӕ Torv said.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed the tri-state region in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms for later today, according to the National Weather Service.
The combination of an approaching cold front, a few hours of daytime heating and sufficient low level moisture will provide the ingredients to produce a few strong to severe thunderstorms later today.
The main threat for severe weather would be in the form of hail and strong winds.
Once the front moves into the region late today, the severe weather threat will diminish.
A recent sunny day produced these pretty cloud patterns over Compo Beach. The weather forecast for today calls for some morning low clouds and patchy fog followed by variable cloudiness with a chance of showers from around midday on with possibly a thunderstorm., highs in the upper 70s. Stephen Rubin for WestportNow.com
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre presents readings from radio plays, programs.
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