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Sunday, February 07, 2016

MacChiii Fest Draws Pre-Super Bowl Crowd

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Hundreds turned out at Westport’s Bedford Middle School today for MacChilli 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 Chilli

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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 MacChilli 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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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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After the Storm

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A view of Friday’s post-snow sunset as seen from Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 6, 2016


8 a.m. - 6 p.m.- Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road East - Westport Sunrise Rotary food drive
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens - Westport Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Enid Munroe: Artist & Alchemist”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - 17th Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest
7 p.m. - Seabury Center (45 Church Lane) - “Open Road”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Light Up the Sky”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, February 05, 2016

WCT Debuts ‘Light Up the Sky’

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The Westport Community Theatre tonight opened its production of Moss Hart’s “Light Up the Sky, “a comedy about Broadway. It runs through Feb.. 21. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, with a Thursday performance on Feb, 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling (203) 226-1983. Westport Community Theatre is located at 110 Myrtle Ave. (Town Hall) in Westport. Pictured are (l-r) Bia Hittman, Rosanne Nelson, John Fatteross and Tom Rushen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Lisa Lampanelli in March19 New Play Reading

“Fat Girls, Interrupted,” a new play by two-time Grammy-nominated comedian/author Lisa Lampanelli, will receive a reading on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse, it was announced today.

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Lisa Lampanelli: “Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Lampanelli has requested that proceeds benefit The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport. 
 
The cast will include Lampanelli as well as Broadway actress Lisa Howard, TV and film veteran Patricia Kalember, and newcomer Jessica Luck.

“Fat Girls, Interrupted” tackles weight, body image, and food issues from the perspective of four very different women with four very different problems, an announcement said.

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Westport’s Top 10 Taxpayers

Westport Assessor Paul Friia today released the annual list of top 10 Westport taxpayers as they appear on the 2015 Grand List Assessment.

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No. 3 on the list was The Village Center shopping complex that includes Fresh Market and other stores on properties on both sides of Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Top payer once again was Connecticut Light & Power Inc., now known as Eversource Energy.

Here is the list with the type of tax and the assessment:

1. Connecticut Light & Power Inc., personal property, $135,413,783

2. 60 Nyala Farms Road LLC, real estate, $89,277,600

3. Equity One Westport Village Center, real estate, $35,051,200

4. Bylas LLC, real estate, $24,424,500

5. Campana 125 LLC, real estate, $20,767,800

6. 285 & 355 Riverside LLC , real estate, $20,177,600

7. SL Greens Farms Rd LLC, real estate, $19,937,500

8. Heyman Ronnie F Trustee, real estate, $19,508,800

9. Bridgewater Associates Inc., personal property, $19,126,450

10. Lasry, Marc & Cathy, real estate, $17,470,300

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Healthy Real Estate Lifts Grand List 7.8%

In a sign of Westport’s improving economic health, Westport’s Grand List for 2015—reflecting the latest revaluation—jumped 7.8 percent or approximately $780 million to $10.876 billion, Assessor Paul Friia announced today.

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This compared a 1.5 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year and 1.3 percent increase in 2013.

On Jan. 31, Friia signed the Oct. 1, 2015 Grand List as required by state statute. The list is the sum of the net assessed value of all taxable property: real estate, motor vehicles and personal property.

Home values increased approximately 7.5 percent, while commercial values showed a healthy 10 percent jump, making the combined increase in the real estate categories 8.3 percent.

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Postcard Pretty

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Westport’s Greens Farms Congregational Church looks postcard pretty Friday after the snow ended. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Snow Causes Trees, Wires Down, Outages

UPDATE Westport’s second snowstorm of the winter today intensified over the area, closing schools, causing slippery road conditions, bringing down trees and wires, and causing power outages.

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Owner Lee Papageorge shovels snow outside Oscar’s on Main Street today. He said he preferred to do it himself so heavy machinery does not damage the new brick sidewalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Eversource reported this evening that all Westport customers had power restored. At mid-day, there were 67 without power.

Forecasters initially said the Westport area would get 4 to 6 inches of snow with a Winter Weather Advisory but at about 9 a.m. upgraded it to a Winter Storm Warning and said 4 to 8 inches would fall.

In late morning, the snow began tapering off and the storm moved out of the area completely by 1 p.m.

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White Outside But Red Inside Town Hall

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While it was snowing outside, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today joined Town Hall employees in wearing red as he proclaimed the day “Wear Red Day for Women” in Westport. The 13th annual event is promoted by the American Heart Association to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Marpe told the group that women have made tremendous strides to make behavioral changes that have reduced the incidence of heart disease including weight loss, regular exercise, diet modifications and monitoring cholesterol levels. Director of Human Services Barbara Butler (next to Marpe) reminded the attendees “to listen closely to your body, familiarize ourselves with the specifics of your family’s medical histories and be aware that heart disease remains the number one killer of women.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Cross-Country Skiing at Longshore

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Westport’s Longshore Club Park was an ideal place for crooss-country skiing today once the snow ended.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Horowitz for WestportNow.com

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Storm Clouds Move Out

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Clouds make way for blue skies as a snowstorm moved out of this Westport area today. View is looking west over I-95 from the Hales Road overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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