Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Property transfers as reported by the Westport Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 19-23, 2005
Lorna B. Christophersen to Peoples Bank- Trust, 3 Charmers Landing, $360,961.70
Doris P. Ray to Erik F. and Debra A. Lundquist, 3 Plunkett Place, $1,030,000
SIR- Mortar Rock II LLC to Jeffrey and Lauren Rosenkranz, 8 Mortar Rock Road, $1,999,999
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
There was no flooding reported throughout today’s storm although warnings were in place, according to Fire Chief Christopher Ackley.
Ackley said the tides were higher than normal, but the water did not flood into the neighborhoods.
“We’re still going to monitor the situation today and tomorrow with a warning still in effect,” he said. “I don’t foresee any problems.”
The reason there was no flooding may be because there were no high winds like had been expected, he said.
Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today swore in Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss to another four-year term in office. Strauss, who has served in the position since July 1998, was reappointed by Joseloff last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples hockey team beat New Fairfield 3-2 in Overtime Monday night in Danbury. Ben Goodman here is firing at the New Fairfield net. The Wreckers were down 2-1 midway through the third period when they tied the score forcing overtime. They sealed the comeback win in overtime. The team improved its record to 6-1 this season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dag Muller for WestportNow.com
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced that all Westport public schools will be closed today due to the weather.
Snow was already on the ground at Longshore Club Park from Saturday’s snow storm, but more is on the way. Rain, sleet and snow were predicted to last through this morning before switching over to all snow. A total of one to three inches of snow is expected to fall. More of the winter mix is predicted for Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee
Monday, January 02, 2006
The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning and wind advisory for the Westport area beginning Tuesday morning.
It said a large dome of high pressure remains entrenched across southeastern Canada and, combined with a low pressure developing over the Delmarva Peninsula, will result in a persistent and strong easterly wind along the coastal waters very late tonight through Tuesday evening.
This will pile water into Long Island Sound, the back bays of the south shore of Long Island as well as Peconic Bay, an advisory said.
Tide levels are expected to run from two to locally four feet above normal during the times of high tide around midday Tuesday and quite possibly Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Psychologist Roni Cohen-Sandler will speak about her new book “Stressed-Out Girls: Helping Them Survive in an Age of Pressure” on Jan. 11. at 7:30 pm at the Westport Public Library.
A specialist in issues of women and girls and parenting adolescents, Cohen-Sandler, of Weston, will provide an inside look at how today’s teenage girls are hurt by the unprecedented expectations to excel.
Often desperate to shine academically and socially, juggle overwhelming demands of extracurricular activities and get into an elite college, the girls frequently hide their distress from the teachers and families they want to please.
As a result, they frequently become disconnected from their real feelings, suffering diminished self-esteem and undermining their ability to actually succeed.
Westport’s Save the Children benefited from a penguin plunge today by about a dozen persons at Westport’s Compo Beach. Participants posed for a group photo after the swim. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paul Greenberg for WestportNow.com
Westport Minuteman columnist Gloiria Hunter shows off her new book, “Who Invited These Tacky People Anyway? : The As I See It Columns of Gloria Hunter,” just published (Hamilton Books, $20). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Dozens of persons contributed photographs to WestportNow throughout 2005 and we are proud to present a sampling for year-end review.
We are grateful to all those who contributed and look forward to having them and many others contributing to WestportNow’s coverage in 2006. It is through their efforts and those of other WestportNow contributors that WestportNow has recorded remarkable growth in 2005 and now is often cited nationally as a trend-setter in Internet citizen journalism.
Best New Year wishes to them and to all WestportNow readers.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Throughout 2005 Save the Children workers were busy helping families rebuild homes, schools and their lives, but it was the tsunami at the end of 2004 that prepared the Westport-based agency.
A year ago Save the Children workers were mobilizing to help in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia after a tsunami hit the region claiming lives and homes.
The largest presence of agency workers was in the Ache region of Indonesia, where Save the Children has worked for a number of years. Of the 23 people working for Save the Children in the region, two died in the tsunami.
Rudolph von Bernuth, Save the Children children in emergencies and crisis director, said prior to the tsunami, Save the Children was reacting to emergencies because they had not made plans to respond to something that big, but things have now changed.
Guests at First Night Westport Weston activities took a buggy ride along Westport’s snow-covered Main Street tonight. The New Year’s Eve event attracted visitors from all over the area.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport’s Center for Senior Activities was open to guests of all ages this afternoon as Steve Max the Simon Sez Guy once again put on a show for First Night Westport Weston. For the grand finale of his show, Max balanced a chair, then a cart, and lastly a child on his chin. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Town Hall Auditorium was the site of the First Night “Trashin’ Fashion” fashion show as models showed off recycled creations by Westport and Weston school students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jonathan Thrope for WestportNow.com
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Face painting wasn’t just for the kids at tonight’s First Night Westport Weston. There were plenty of adults who had their faces painted as well. Despite snowy conditions, the venues were crowded this afternoon as people took part in the early activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com