Sunday, February 28, 2010
The first Westport-Weston Restaurant Week got under way today with 19 restaurants offering special fixed price lunches and dinners. The event is sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. At Matsu Sushi, 33 Jesup Road, one of the participating restaurants, chef Sawn Wang shows off the just prepared WestportNow Roll, made up of king crab, asparagus and crunch on the inside, topped with shrimp, tuna, and avocado. The roll is not part of the fixed menus but may be purchased separately. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Westport and area in effect from 7 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Monday…
Tides running 1 to 1.5 feet above normal will result in minor coastal flooding during the high tide cycle this evening, an advisory said.
High tide in Westport is at 10:58 p.m.
It was movie time at the Westport Public Library today as it hosted more than 75 persons for a showing of the 1949 film “The Fountainhead.” The event was in conjunction with the “When Cool Was Hot” Westport Historical Society exhibit featuring modernism architecture. “The Fountainhead,” starring Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, and Raymond Massey, is based on Ayn Rand’s 1943 monumental best-selling book about an uncompromising visionary architect who struggles to maintain his integrity despite pressures to conform and compromise his artistic and personal vision. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Historical Society executive director Susan Gold welcomes a large turnout for the showing of the 1949 film “The Fountainhead” today at the Westport Public Library. The film was shown in conjunction with the Society’s “When Cool Was Hot” exhibit which runs until May 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sisters Emma Loftus (l) 16, and Mollie, 18, both students at Staples High School, enjoy milder weather at a sidewalk table today in front of the Organic Market at Westport’s Playhouse Square. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book “Silent Spring” is considered a cornerstone of the environmental movement, will be the subject of the film “A Sense of Wonder” scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the McManus Room of the Westport Public Library.
Free and open to the public, it is being sponsored by the library in conjunction with Westport’s Green Village Initiative (GVI), a grass roots organization stated in Fall 2008 to begin global environmental change at the local level.
It is the first of five events that GVI and the library have scheduled throughout April.
The film which debuted with a 100-city tour last March in conjunction with Women’s History Month, choreographs Carson’s last year of life as she battles cancer and the chemical industry.
Mark Flinn, a Westport Youth Basketball Association coach, ran through strategies with his sixth grade team, Wake Forest, during the season-ending March Madness games at Bedford Middle School on Saturday. Wake Forest narrowly defeated Texas 32-30 in the first game of the series. March Madness concludes this week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Among Project Return birdhouses that have appeared in stores in Westport is this one called “The Homestead” by Dick Reilly of Norwalk. It is in the window of Main Street’s Banana Republic shop. Reilly, a builder who specializes in preservation, received the Historic Preservation Award for the restoration of an 1850s house in Westport. He is one of a few artists who has contributed birdhouses every year since the inception of the Project Return birdhouse fundraiser. The birdhouses promote the 15th annual Project Return Art of the Birdhouse Auction on Friday, March 19 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton” (last day)
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Charlotte’s Web
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - When Cool Was Hot! Film Series: “The Fountainhead” (1949)
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Looking at Masters of American Jazz,” Brian Torff Quartet
5 p.m. - The Inn at Longshore - Republican Town Committee 2010 Westport First Awards and Lincoln Day Dinner
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Students at Westport’s ABC (A Better Chance) House attended today’s matinee performance of Broadway’s “In the Heights,” a musical panorama of a neighborhood in Washington Heights undergoing change. After the show, the actors appeared on stage to take questions from the youngsters. The Westport ABC House boys were joined by the ABC House girls from Darien and aftwards had a pizza party at the Westport house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Andy Yemma for WestportNow.com
A crew works at 133 Old Road, off Bulkley Avenue North where the house formerly situated on this property was demolished this week. Built in 1950, the one-and-one-half-story Cape had 1,837 square feet and sat on 1.08 acres. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Aug. 27, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, February 27, 2010
After completing the cut of an 85-pound wheel of cheese, Zachary Stein is all smiles today at Westport’s Whole Foods Market as the company sought a world record for cheese cutting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
By James Lomuscio
The art of cracking an 85-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, a.k.a. Italian Gold, is so demanding, the term “cut the cheese” seems a gross understatement.
Zachary Stein, a Trumbull resident and a special department team leader at Westport’s Whole Foods market, cracks an 85-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano at the store today as the company hoped to set a world record. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Many say that making the cut requires skill reminiscent of master masons, if not sculptors. Even likening it to splitting a diamond does not seem a stretch.
And so today about 30 of the curious foodies and cheese lovers converged at Westport’s Whole Foods Market on Post Road West to watch Zachary Stein, team leader for the specialty department, break the wheel. They also got to have a taste.
All 176 Whole Foods Market stores in the United States, Canada and throughout the United Kingdom had scheduled to crack such wheels simultaneously today. The goal, company officials said, was to beat the stores’ 2008 Guinness World Record of 300 wheels opened at once.
Traffic on Charles Street in Westport’s Saugatuck area was reduced to one lane for much of today and will again be starting about noon on Sunday during the replacement of rooftop power and transmission equipment at 21 Charles St. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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