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Renowned Westport pianist Frederic Chiu entertained about 50 invited guests at a private home in Westport’s Greens Farms area today to help raise funds to purchase a new piano at Staples High School. Hostess Maureen Whiteman said when Chiu heard about Staples’ need to replace its existing piano he asked Whiteman what he could do to help raise funds. He offered to perform a recital which led to today’s event. The Staples Music Parents Association is only a “few thousand dollars away” from the goal of raising $30,000 to purchase a new Yamaha C3 grand piano. Donations are welcome and checks should be made payable to the Staples Music Parents Association and mailed to Staples MPA, P.O. Box 223, Westport, CT 06881-0223. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A tree down across wires blocked Westport’s Whitney Street today near the intersection of Roseville Road. Utility crews said they would have to cut power to the area to clear the wires so a tree crew could remove the tree. At 4:15 p.m., CL&P said 72 Westport customers were without power. The road was reopened at about 4:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
High winds brought down a tree in front of 324 Greens Farms Road today, forcing motorists to make a detour. Forecasters said winds could gust up to 60 miles per hour this afternoon and tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, already the biggest U.S.-based hedge fund, pulled in more new money in the 2010 first half than any of its rivals, industry magazine AR reported today.
The firm, which employs more than 800 persons in four Westport locations, now oversees $51 billion in assets, the magazine said.
It said during the first half, the firm took in $7.3 billion in new money, boosting its assets by almost 17 percent. A year ago Bridgewater had $37 billion.
JP Morgan’s asset management unit ranks as the industry’s second-largest U.S.-based fund with $41 billion in assets, the magazine said. This was a $2.7 billion gain since January, thanks to strong inflows into the firm’s fund business.
Artist John Held Jr.‘s whimisical 1921 map of Westport is among those on display. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Historical Society on Sunday debuts two exhibits that highlight Westport on paper and from the air.
Both exhibits—with an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m.—continue the celebration of Westport’s 175th anniversary of becoming a township.
“Putting Westport on the Map,” curated by Bob Weingarten, takes a look at Westport using maps old and new, while “Zoom in on Westport” looks at the town today from the air, on the ground and through the eyes of children.
Included in the Betty & Ralph Sheffer Gallery map exhibit are an introduction to where the oldest maps were found, rare antique maps of pre-Colonial America and early American maps from private collections.
Because of predicted bad weather this evening, the Westport Library’s scheduled [email protected] Library talk tonight by Ann Brashares has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Westport area until 6 a.m. Friday.
An advisory said southerly winds will continue to increase throughout the day.
Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected as early as late afternoon lasting through this evening, it said. The winds will diminish from west to east tonight.
Wind gusts of this magnitude will be capable of producing minor property damage as well as downed trees and power lines.
UPDATE Westport police reported a tree down at 119 Hillandale Road involving wires.
The road was reopened at 2:15 p.m.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today ordered partial activation of the town’s Emergency Operations Center as forecasters predicted heavy rains and high winds will affect the area throughout the day and into Friday.
“We’ve been through this several times already this year and we want to make sure we are at peak readiness to respond to whatever may develop,” he said.
He ordered the center at Westport Fire Headquarters to open to accommodate department heads and staff as well as to better coordinate with Connecticut Light and Power Company representatives on power outages.
Joseloff said a mid-morning conference call with Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) officials included a weather briefing that said southwest Connecticut could expect the highest winds between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) said today Gov. M. Jodi Rell has ordered activation of the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Hartford to coordinate storm response.
At the same time, Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) said it is opening its Emergency Operations Center in Berlin and had more than 250 contractor line and tree crews ready to restore power to customers who may be affected by outages.
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