Sunday, April 02, 2006
The Westport Country Playhouse will present “The Adventures of a Boy and His Dog on the High Seas,” a Mum Puppettheatre production, today at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., as part of “Family Festivities,” a series of Playhouse presentations for children, parents and grandparents to share together.
A puppet adventure awaits today’s visitors at the Westport Country Playhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
With the help of puppets, masks and more, a quiet day at the beach turns to swash-buckling adventure as Mum’s heroes, a boy and his dog, find a pirate map in a bottle.
“The Adventures of a Boy and His Dog on the High Seas” is written and directed by Robert Smythe and performed by Mum Puppettheatre company. Original music is by Adam Wernick.
As always, Rocky the Rooster, the Playhouse mascot, will be on hand to greet the kids.
9 a..m. - Compo Beach - Playground Pre-Build
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Adventures of a Boy and His Dog on the High Seas”
Thirteen members of the Westport Weston Family Y Water Rats Swim Team are in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend participating in the YMCA National Swimming and Diving Championships. The Westport Weston Y is one of 247 YMCAs from around the country competing in the event. Pictured are the members setting off Friday—the bunny ears denote “rookie” status and are a Rat tradition. First row (l-r): Cydney Eldh, Anna Smith, Laura Bedson, and Keenan Koss. Back Row (l-r): Michael Dunn, Aurora Lee, Philip Novotny, Danny Platow, Cam Hood, Andrew Grinalds, Ozzy Torres, Chris Wiederecht, and Andrew Royster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Westport native Tom Nixon was sworn in Friday as a deputy chief in the Greenwich Fire Department. Nixon, a 1981 Staples grad, is shown with his father, Westporter Joe Nixon. Tom, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ithaca College in 1985, joined the Greenwich department in 1987 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2001. He recently moved from Westport to New Milford with his wife Tracie and their three children, Cate, John, and Emily. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Attendees at today’s final day of the Westport Public Library’s sixth annual Rabbit Hill Festival for adult enthusiasts of children’s literature got a chance to buy books produced by guest speakers. The closing events of the festival were held at Saugatuck Elementary School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A former New Hampshire resident who now lives in Westport and hasn’t driven since an accident in which he was the driver killed his best friend five years ago has just received the opportunity to get his license back.
But Jim Dozois is not sure if he wants to get behind the wheel of a car again, according to the Concord (NH) Monitor.
Dozois hasn’t driven since March 24, 2001, the night his car hit a snow bank, flipped over and crashed into a telephone pole in Weare, N.H., killing his best friend.
On Friday, he received permission to reapply for his driver’s license at a New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles hearing but said he isn’t sure if he’s ready, the newspaper said.
Among those helping out today with the pre-build at Westport’s Compo Beach for a new playground were about 45 persons required to perform community service as part of their sentencing by the Connecticut Judicial Branch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Fire Department today launched a battery exchange as part of its “change your clock, change your battery” campaign to mark the change to daylight savings time early Sunday. Pictured is Westporter Scott Bennewitz getting batteries from Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. By noon, about 20 people had gone to Westport fire headquarters to exchange their batteries. Kepchar said they have about 250 batteries available to the community for exchange. Residents must bring their old batteries and there is a three battery limit per person. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It took some muscle to put the poles into place today at Westport’s Compo Beach as pre-build work progressed in advance of the community build of the new facility later this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Beginning today, the Westport Fire Department will be conducting its “change your clock, change your battery” campaign to mark the change to daylight savings time early Sunday.
“As Daylight savings time begins, we change our clocks one hour ahead and it is also time to change your batteries in your smoke detector,” said Acting Fire Marshal Edward Zygmant.
Batteries for smoke detectors will be made available at no cost to Westport residents who bring their old batteries to Westport Fire Headquarters, 515 Post Road East beginning today. There is a limit of three batteries per household.
Residents requiring assistance can call (203)341-5010.
Beginning today, there are new activity rules at Westport’s Compo Beach for the summer season—including no animals. A worker got ready by changing signs Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
9 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School - Westpot Public Library’s Rabbit Hill Festival
9 a..m. - Compo Beach - Playground Pre-Build
The girls lacrosse teams at Westport’s Staples High School launched their 2006 season this week with scrimmages against Fairfield and one today at Weston. The Staples varsity and junior varsity both won the informal games, 14-5 and 8-1 respectively at Weston Fields. Photo shows Staples freshman Brooke Donovan charging a Weston player in the junior varsity game. Girls lacrosse is the fastest growing sport at Staples, and, at almost 50 players. is close to being the largest girls athletic program. Only swimming has more. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com
Friday, March 31, 2006
After receiving slightly more than 200 responses on a survey about using the Westport Center for Senior Activities, the Senior Center Long-Range Planning Committee plans to change the survey before it is sent to more than 4,000 senior citizens in late April.
The committee reviewed the initial results today of the survey that was distributed to seniors at various community organizations and in a local newspaper.
The committee received 209 responses, of which 115 use the senior center and 85 do not.
Those who responded also generally preferred weekday programming at the center over weekend, and also do not have transportation problems.