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Monday, February 08, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Westport Woman’s Club Curio Cottage Half-price Sale
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Finance Special Budget Meeting
7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Script in Hand Playreading: “Scotland Road”
7:30 p.m. - 180 Bayberry Lane - Westport/Weston Health District Board
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Jamming at the Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center today hosted a jazz jam, part of its season jazz series. Today’s performance was dedicated to musician Don Mulvaney, a frequent contributor to the series, who died Sept. 14 at age 63 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The next event is March 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Entertaining at Super Bowl Party

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The Westport P.A.L cheerleaders entertain today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities at its 10th Super Bowl tailgate party.  The Staples High School cheerleaders also performed and the Staples Girls and Boys Cross-Country Teams were introduced and took their bows. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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I’ll Have One, Thanks

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Jack Klinge (l), head of the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, helps himself to a hot dog today at the Center’s 10th annual Super Bow tailgate party. Serving uo the dogs is Lee Papageorge, owner of Oscar’s on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: Super Bowl Tailgate Party


Scenes from today’s 10th annual Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Coastal Flood Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for the Westport area, which is in effect from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

It said to expect departures 2 to 2.5 feet above astronomical tides.

There will be minor coastal flooding for the Monday morning high tide cycle and possible for Monday night high tide cycles, the Weather Service said.

There will be flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and/or properties due to height of storm tide or wave splash over, it said.

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MacChili Fest Draws Pre-Super Bowl Crowd

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Hundreds turned out at Westport’s Bedford Middle School today for MacChili Fest, a pre-Super Bowl event. Guests enjoyed unlimited sampling of more than 20 different chilis and mac ‘n cheese entries from 17 local restaurants and two local firehouses. Voting was in three categories—beef chili, creative chili and mac ‘n cheese. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Serving Up Firehouse Chili

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe poses with Westport firefighters as he serves up some chili prepared by the Westport Fire Department at today’s MacChili Fest at Bedford Middle School. Pictured (l-r) are Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Marpe, Tobias Ostapchuk,, Ron Burgess, Paul Spennato, Scott Del Vecchio and Chris Carroll. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Taking a Taste

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Guests at today’s MacChili Fest at Westport’s Middle School taste some of 20 different chilis and mac ‘n cheese entries from 17 local restaurants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Gallery: MacChili Fest


Scenes from today’s MacChilli Fest at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Get It While It’s Hot

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Diana Wadelton and Luis Vaz of Chef’s Table in Fairfield serve up some chili today at the MacChili Fest at Westport’s Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Firehouse Chef Meets a Pro

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Westporter Pietro Scott (r )of DiPietro Restaurant, 36 Riverside Ave., today greets Ray Cooney. host of TV show “Firehouse Kitchen” at the MacChili Fest at Bedford Middle School, Cooney, a retired New York City firefighter and now a volunteer firefighter in Bayport, N.Y., recorded the event for future viewing. Cooney said he compared the chili made by the Weston Fire Department to the Westport Fire Department and will present the results on a forthcoming show. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport for snow, which is in effect from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

It said there will be snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches with winds northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Snow will develop by Monday morning and will continue through Monday afternoon, the Weather Service said.

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Super Sized for Super Bowl

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Rich Falcone, owner of Art’s Deli, 13 Post Road West, shows off one of his 6-footer subs , which he said are a popular party treat on Super Bowl Sunday. “It’s one of the busiest days of the year for us,” he said.  Falcone said so far he has orders for 10 6-footers and 20 1-footers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Winter

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A Compo Beach winter view on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, February 7, 2016


11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Bedford Middle School - MacChiliFest
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Center for Senior Activities - Super Bowl Tailgate Party
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”
3 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Jazz Jam
3 p.m. - Westport Library - Usual Suspects: “The Blackhouse” by Peter May

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Winners

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New York Times Puzzle Editor Will Shortz (2nd l) is joined by the winners of today’s 17th annual crossword puzzle contest at the Westport Library. Glen Ryan (2nd r) of Norwich, finished in first place, Peter Rimkus (r) of Ashford earned second place and Andy Kravis (l) of Brooklyn, earned third place. All are familiar faces. Kravis earned first place in each of the past three years, Rimkus came in second in 2013, and Ryan placed third in each of the past three years but was the winner in 2012. According to Kelle Ruden, event organizer, 30 of today’s participants earned perfect scores in all four crossword puzzles presented. The finalists are determined by three who completed the four puzzles perfectly in the shortest time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matow for WestportNow.com

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CR*W* A* P*Z*LE C*N*ES*

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There was a packed house today for the Westport Library’s 17th annual crossword competition with New York TImes Puzzle Editor Will Shortz stumping the crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Puzzling the Puzzlers

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Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times, again presided at the Westport Library’s 17th annual crossword competition today. He supplied unpublished NYT puzzles for the event and puzzled the puzzlers with some word games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Back for Her 17th Crossword Competition

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Rita Weisskoff of Fairfield (c, black top), the only competitor who has attended every one of the Westport Library’s previous 16 years of crossword competitions, was back again today for the 17th annual contest. She is seated next to Westporter Larry Weisman (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Crossword Buff

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Westporter Michael Goodman was at the 17th annual Westport Library crossword competition today. He said he has participated every year but one—because of a death in the family. “Over the years, I’ve completed every puzzle correctly with the exception of one— when I entered ‘aral’ instead of ‘Ural’ as a European/Asian border,” he said. Goodman got a certificate today for another perfect score in today’s competition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Market Music

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Orange resident Al Howard entertained visitors to the Westport Farmers Market today with pop rock selections, many self-created.  A Connecticut News12 videographer, Howard performed his musical hobby on his 2000 Strat guitar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Youth Commission Seeks Volunteers

The Westport Youth Commission (WYC) is seeking high school students and adults to volunteer for the 2016-17 academic year, town officials announced.

Commission members, including students from grades 9 through 12, will be appointed by First Selectman Jim Marpe, and students who are currently in grades 8 through 11 are encouraged to join for next year.

“The Youth Commission serves as a public forum for youth issues and advocates for youth needs and concerns in the community,” Human Services Director Barbara Butler said of the 30-member group consisting of 15 students and 15 adults.

She said the appointment process for youth and adults includes the submission of a letter of interest, a completed interest inventory and at least one letter of recommendation on behalf of the candidate.  Completed documents must be received by April 8, she said.

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All Clear

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Westport’s Main Street early today was clear of snow and ready for Saturday shoppers.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Good Morning Sunshine

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Temperatures fell into the mid-teens early today in Westport, but that did not stop some runners who saw a spectacular Compo Beach sunrise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hugo Gordillo for WestportNow.com

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