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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Making the Play

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Staples junior Colin O’Shea gets knocked out of bounds during today’s 42-12 Wrecker win over Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/28/06 06:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

With a Little Help from My Friends

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Staples quarterback R. J. Marsilio gets a little help from junior Michael Samela (12) before scampering across the goal line to make it 34-6 in the second quarter of today’s Staples 42-12 win over Stamford. Marsilio took a toss from Alex Lebow on the play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/28/06 06:15 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hard Work Pays Off

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Staples senior Alex Lebow tosses to R. J. Marsilio to score in the closing minutes of the first half of today’s game against Stamford. “We’ve been working on that play for a long time,” Coach Marce Petroccio said after the game. “The kids executed it perfectly.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

   

10/28/06 06:13 PM Comments () • Permalink

Having Fun

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Having fun in the concession stand during today’s Staples football game were (l-r) Jerry Minsky, Kim Fiore, and Stephen Rubin of Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

   

10/28/06 06:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Storm Downs Trees, Power Lines

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Today’s storm downed a number of trees and power lines in Westport but the damage was not as severe as some storms experienced earlier this year. As of mid-day, CL&P reported 50 Westport customers without power. This tree came down at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

10/28/06 04:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

NY Times Features Westport Teardowns

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The Sunday New York Times Connecticut section this week features a front-page story on Westport teardowns and cites WestportNow and its teardown feature by photographer Dave Matlow. Highlighted is 14 Sturges Commons, the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Oct. 11 and featured as “Going Down” on Oct. 20. Pictured are Times photographer Janet Durrans and developer Rob Haroun, owner of SIR Development, which purchased the property for $1 million. The Sunday Times real estate section also mentions Westport teardowns in a feature on Westport’s efforts to regulate house sizes and to preserve historic neighborhoods. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/28/06 11:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Flash Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service today issued a flash flood warning for the Westport area until 10:45 a.m.

It said persistent heavy rains have been falling for the past couple of hours and more rain is anticipated through late morning.

An advisory urged motorists not to drive into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile.

   

10/28/06 11:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 12 Blind Brook Road

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Westport officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 12 Blind Brook Road. The property sold this month for $720,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/28/06 09:40 AM Comments () • Permalink

On the Rocks

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The weather’s been cold, but some boats are still ready to hit the waves off the Westport coast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

   

10/28/06 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006


11 a.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Halloween Spooktacular Stories”
1:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples football vs Stamford
4 & 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

   

10/28/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Discussing the Art

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Westport artist Howard Munce spoke to an audience of art curators today with stories behind the work in the current Westport Historical Society exhibition, “Westport Artists and Their Models.” Munce, curator for the exhibit, is an illustrator, painter and art director. He had many anecdotes about artists who made up Westport’s large community of mid-20th century illustrators, such as Stevan Dohanos, who illustrated 139 covers for the Saturday Evening Post. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 2.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Hamilton Laux for WestportNow.com

   

10/28/06 12:50 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, October 27, 2006

High Wind Warning, Flood Watch in Effect for Saturday

The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a high wind warning and flood watch for Westport and the tri-state area.

The high wind warning is in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday while the flood watch is in effect for Saturday morning through afternoon.

An advisory said although rain is forecast to develop and spread northeast across the region before midnight, heavy rain is forecast to occur
from around 6 a.m. until around 4 p.m. from southwest to northeast. Two to 3 inches of rain is forecast to occur during this time.

Heavy rain will combine with strong and gusty southeast winds causing widespread urban flooding, including small stream and river flooding. Leaves falling off trees will block drains causing significant ponding of water in normal poor drainage areas, the advisory said.

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10/27/06 07:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

Indoor Music Festival Kicks Off Sunday

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Maureen Hamill kicks off the Westport Indoor Music Festival with “Broadway Moments” on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Indoor Music Festival debuts with “Broadway Moments” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

Maureen Hamill and others will perform show tunes from the 1940s through today.

Refreshments are served at 1:30 p.m. and the performance follows.

The event is free and open to the entire community. Seating is limited. Call (203) 341-5099 to reserve a space.

   

10/27/06 05:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

National Weather Service Issues Storm Advisory

The National Weather Service today issued an an advisory warning of a significant storm with high winds and heavy rain moving into the Westport and tri-state area late tonight into Saturday.

It said low pressure moving into the central Appalachians tonight will deepen rapidly on Saturday. Southeasterly winds ahead of the low will increase as the low intensifies, possibly gusting 35 to 45 mph for a short period Saturday morning and early Saturday afternoon.

Winds gusting to 45 mph are also expected behind the system. These strong winds will continue overnight on Saturday and through the day on Sunday, the advisory said.

With the combination of heavy rains saturating the ground and the highs winds there is a possibility of downed trees and power lines. High profile vehicles will be susceptible to cross winds on bridges and over passes, the advisory said.

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10/27/06 03:23 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Toby, and I’ve Been Adopted!

I'm Toby and I need a new home
Hi, I’m Toby! Connecticut Human Society

So, you’re looking for a special dog to take with you for long walks at the beach or in the park. Well, look no further. Hi, I’m Toby, a 1 ½-year-old, altered male chocolate lab, and you can find me at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road East, Westport (203) 227-4137). My previous owner didn’t have time to give me all the attention and exercise that I dog like me needs. That’s a real shame because I’m very smart and have been doing very well with my training at the Humane Society. So, their loss could be your gain! I’m a very sweet boy and would love to meet you. Please stop by THIS WEEK to meet me, Toby, the chocolate lab of your dreams.

   

10/27/06 04:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Clyde, and I’ve Been Adopted!

I'm Clyde and I need a home
Hi, I’m Clyde! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Hi, I’m Clyde, a 3-year-old, altered male, chow-lab mix. You can find me at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road East, Westport, (203) 227-4137). I’m a real favorite with the staff and volunteers. You see I have this charming personality and this adorable “cushie” face. I’m playful, walk well on a leash and get along very well with other dogs. I tell you, I’m just irresistible. Don’t believe me? Well, why don’t you come and visit me? I’m waiting for you. And, just in case you don’t like the name Clyde, I’m open for suggestions—really!

   

10/27/06 04:25 AM Comments () • Permalink

Quiet Morning

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The sun rose over a quiet and cold Sherwood Mill Pond in Westport. Cooler temperatures are expected to continue with rain possibly moving into the area this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com

   

10/27/06 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, Oct. 27, 2006


3 p.m. - Center for Senior Activities - Y’s Men Camera Club Photo Exhibit Opening
6:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

   

10/27/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunrise Rotary Hosts Wine Tasting

The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a wine tasting to raise funds for area organizations on Friday at 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore.

Local and regional charities that benefit from the proceeds include Interfaith Housing, Project Return, Cancer Care, Westport and Weston senior centers, A Better Chance, Starr, Evergreen, Dress For Success, The Children’s Connection, The Susan Fund, Smart Kids, Positive Directions and The Weston Warm Up Fund.

Harvey Skolnick of Main Street’s Liquor Locker will supply a selection of more than 50 national and international wines.

Food includes roast beef and gourmet breads, and Bob Lasprogato will play jazz. There is also a silent auction and a raffle prize of two tickets to anywhere Jet Blue flies.

Wine tasting tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door beginning at 6 p.m.

   

10/27/06 01:17 AM Comments () • Permalink

Christmas Comes Early

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Two girls at today’s annual Halloween Parade are dressed as a Christmas tree and present. Hundreds of children dressed in their Halloween costumes to march down Main Street. They trick or treated along the way before gathering treats at Westport Town Hall. They then listened to music and had refreshments on Veterans Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

10/27/06 12:22 AM Comments () • Permalink

Something Wicked

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Alice Shelton, RTM moderator, hands out candy dressed as a witch in front of the Westport Historical Society during today’s annual Halloween Parade. Hundreds of children trick or treated down Main Street to Town Hall where they also sought out treats. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

10/27/06 12:12 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Halloween Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Among Halloween visitors today to the Tax Assessor’s office at Westport Town Hall was Tia Pogue, 7, of Westport, in her spaghetti and meatballs costume.  Dozens of youngsters visited Town Hall following the annual Halloween parade down Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

   

10/26/06 11:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Soccer Edges McMahon 1-0

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Russell Oost-Lievense, who scored the only goal in Staples’ 1-0 victory today over Brien McMahon, puts a move on a Senator defender. Staples is in first place in the FCIAC. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
A pesky Brien McMahon team nipped at Staples’ heels today, but a second-half goal propelled the Wreckers to a 1-0 home victory.

The win raises the boys soccer team’s record to 12-1-2, good for first place in the FCIAC. More importantly, it clinches one of four spots in the FCIAC tournament, which begins next Wednesday. One regular season game remains: Monday, 3 p.m. vs. Danbury in Westport. 

The lone goal was a pretty one. In the 50th minute Preston Hirten won a hard tackle at midfield. He fed Matt Lamb, with his back to the goal in the center circle. The tri-captain turned 180 degrees, and found Russell Oost-Lievenze. The junior blazed forward, beating both a defender and the keeper, before finishing low and hard.

“We needed a game like this,” said head coach Dan Woog. “We had to be tested, to see what it’s like to dig deep and win a 1-goal game. This was an important test for us—and it’s nice to see we passed the test.”

   

10/26/06 11:26 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Shadow, and I’ve Been Adopted

Shadow needs a home
Hi, I’m Shadow! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Humane Society

Hi, I’m Shadow, a handsome, altered male lab-terrier mix. I’m what you call a super senior sweetie. My paper work says I’m 13 but I have the heart and exuberance of a pup. I love people and dogs – a lot! You can find me at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road East, Westport, (203)227-4137).  I’m one of those dogs that should be in the movies or dog commercials. I have an adorable whiskered face. I know that deep down in my doggie heart that there is someone willing to give me the home and love I deserve. My previous owners divorced and left me to fend for myself. So, help mend this dog’s broken heart and stop by to meet me, Shadow, the dog with star appeal.

   

10/26/06 09:07 PM Comments () • Permalink

Large Turnout for “Aging Successfully” Session on Dementia

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The Westport Center for Senior Activities and the Westport/Weston United Way today sponsored an “Aging Successfully” forum on “Defying Dementia”. More than 175 persons at the Westport center heard speakers Dr. Robert Levine and Douglas Werner, MS speak on understanding and preventing Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Hard copies of the PowerPoint presentation are available by calling (203)341-5099. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sue Pfister for WestportNow.com

   

10/26/06 08:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

I’m Buddy, and I’ve Been Adopted

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Hi, I’m Buddy! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Connecticut Human Society

Hi, I’m Buddy, a 1-year-old, altered male, German shepherd mix.  I’m the cutest, don’t you think. My name is perfect for me as I just long to be your best “buddy”. You can find me at the Connecticut Humane Society (455 Post Road East, Westport, (203) 227-4137). I was surrendered at such a young age because I wouldn’t stay in the yard. I have to wonder how many dogs would stay in their yard by themselves. I think a fenced-in yard would do the trick. I’m really great on a leash so I would be a great walking “buddy” too. Oh, I get well with other dogs too so I could be your dog’s “buddy”.  So remember my name BUDDY, and please stop by to say hello to your new best BUDDY!!!

   

10/26/06 07:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Last of the Season

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Tomatoes were among the vegetables in plenty supply today at the Westport Farmer’s Market. It was the last day of the season for the Farmers Market. The market returns for its second season in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

10/26/06 05:20 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 24 Canal Road

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Westport officials, including the Flood and Erosion Control Board, are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 24 Canal Road. The proposal is on the agenda for the board’s Nov. 1 meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

10/26/06 10:33 AM Comments () • Permalink

Early Shine

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The sun was shining early Wednesday as it rose over Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. The sun is expected to be out the rest of the week, but rain may move into the area on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com

   

10/26/06 03:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Farmers Market (final one of season)
3 p.m. – Main Streeet/Post Road East/Veterans Green – Halloween Day Parade
5:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Emily McLaury House Committee
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Planning & Zoning Commission Work Session
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Old Wicked Songs”

   

10/26/06 03:05 AM Comments () • Permalink

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