Friday, November 24, 2006
Noon - Longshore Club Park - Police Athletic League (PAL) ice rink opens
Westport’s Main Street is taking on a holiday look as merchants prepare for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Aubie Locke for WestportNow.com
Thursday, November 23, 2006
For the 37th year, the Westport Saugatuck Congregation Church today prepared and served a Thanksgiving Day feast to about 200 diners. Ricki Letowt, a resident of Norwalk who oversaw all preparations, shows off one of more than 30 turkeys served up. Wiith her is the Rev. John Danner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
The Westport Community Band and Alan Abel and his Dixieland Band provided the entertainment during today’s Thanksgiving Day feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
It was a rainy Thanksgiving in the Westport area today. Lights of southbound traffic on I-95 near the Saugatuck River Bridge reflected off the roadway in late afternoon. View is from a Department of Transportation traffic camera. DOT photo
Staples senior Alex Lebow looks for some daylight as he shakes off a tackler in today’s 20-0 win over Greenwich at Greenwich. The victory over the No. 1-rated Cardinals assured the Wreckers of a spot in the Class L state playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. They will attempt to win their third straight Class L title beginning Tuesday at home under portable lights brought in for the semi-final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Despite the heavy rain, cheerleaders from Staples and Greenwich managed to have a good time today as they got together in a circle at half-time with the Wreckers leading 7-0. The 20-0 Staples victory improved the Wreckers to 9-1 on the season while it was the first defeat for the Cardinals (10-1). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples junior Colin O’Shea (7) gains some ground during today’s 20-0 shutout of No. 1-ranked Greenwich as he gets some defensive help. The win, played in driving rain at Greenwich, put Staples into the Class L state playoffs. Altogether, Staples gained 206 yards on the ground with Alex Lebow rushing for 57 yards and O’Shea for 53. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples Coach Marce Petroccio (c) gathers with his team as MSG does some interviews following today’s 20-0 Wrecker win over Greenwich at Greenwich. “It was the worst day possible, weather-wise, but it was the best day possible to be a football coach,” said Petroccio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Staples seniors R. J. Marsilio (11) and Julian Seidman (4) get their hands on junior John Kavanagh (37) of Greenwich during today’s Wreckers 20-0 win over the Cardinals at Greenwich. The Wreckers’ defense held Greenwich to just 61 total yards in the first half and 54 in the second. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Despite a heavy rain, there was a good size Thanksgiving Day crowd of Staples supporters on hand today in Greenwich to cheer the Wreckers on to a 20-0 victory over the No. 1-rated Cardinals. The win, Staples’ second consecutive shutout against the Cardinals and Greenwich’s first home loss since October 2000, gave the Wreckers’ a state playoff home game for the fourth straight year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Public Library will hold its fifth annual Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3.
The sale will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday on the Riverwalk Level at the library.
There will be more than 1,000 books available for purchase, including a collection of leather-bound books, new fiction and nonfiction books. There will also be a small collection of videos and CDs for sale.
For more informaiton on the sale, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, call (203) 291-4840 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.
The chilly weather hasn’t kept Westporters inside. Despite temperatures in the 40s, some headed to Compo Beach Wednesday for some walking and even boating. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Town Hall and Schools Closed
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - Community Thanksgiving Feast
Temperatures were in the low 40s today, but it didn’t stop some from heading to Westport’s Longshore Club Park’s practice range to take golf shots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service late today issued a coastal flood advisory which is in effect from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
A persistent northeast flow will produce tidal departures of 1.5 to 2 feet above normal late tonight through early Thursday afternoon producing minor coastal flooding across western Long Island Sound, the advisory said.
High tides late tonight will be around a foot lower than tide levels early Thursday afternoon and based on current forecast departures minor flooding is not expected with the high tide cycle late tonight.
A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley (r) addresses the crowd during a promotional ceremony today. Timothy Chalfant (l) became fire inspector, and Edward Zygmant (c) became fire marshal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was an emotional afternoon for two Westport Fire Department veterans as they were promoted in a ceremony at fire headquarters.
Edward Zygmant was promoted to fire marshal, a position he held in an acting capacity since last March, and Timothy Chalfant, a Westport native, was promoted to fire inspector. Zygmant has been with the Westport department for 27 years, and Chalfant is a 29-year veteran.
Fire Chief Christopher Ackley said he probably has spent more holidays with the two veterans than they had spent with their own families, which is a sign of their dedication to protecting Westport.
“They know the meaning of brotherhood,” he said. “They live it.”
Westport building officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 46 Burr Farms Road. The home, built in 1955, is off of Long Lots Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service said today rain, wind and minor coastal flooding are expected late today into Thanksgiving Day in Westport and the tri-state area.
A low pressure system off the North Carolina coast this morning will slowly track north today through tonight to off the Delmarva coast by Thanksgiving morning, an advisory said.
The rain shield ahead of the coastal storm will overspread Long Island, New York City and northeastern New Jersey this evening and then gradually work north into the lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut tonight.
The precipitation may start as a brief period of light freezing rain across Orange County in the lower Hudson Valley this evening but will quickly change to plain rain.
After an almost four-hour operation, utility workers early today shut down a stubborn gas leak on Westport’s Post Road East caused during laying of a new underground high voltage cable, fire officials said.
Work on the new underground high voltage line began along Westport’s Post Road East earlier this month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com file photo
Police detoured traffic around the area of 1025 Post Road East near West Parish Road, Church Street, and Cedar Road as crews worked to close down the leak.
The 2-inch gas service line was hit at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday by crews laying the new Connecticut Light and Power Co. cable that runs from Middletown to Norwalk, fire officials said.
Workers from Southern Connecticut Gas Co. shut down the line shortly after 1 a.m. today, the fire department said.
A dip in temperatures meant jackets and gloves for walkers Tuesday at Westport’s Compo Beach. Temperatures for the rest of the week are predicted to be in the 40s, and the forecast calls for rain on Thanksgiving. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
10:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
The Westport Public Schools’ preschool program known as Stepping Stones will hold an open house for the parents of prospective students on Friday, Dec. 1 at 1:30-3 p.m. at Coleytown Elementary School.
The program is open to Westport residents, and children are welcome at the open house.
Housed at Coleytown Elementary School, preschoolers have the opportunity to enjoy use of the school’s library, gymnasium, playground, art facilities and technology equipment. All teachers in the program are certified.
To be eligible to enter September 2007, children must be three years old on or before Dec. 31, 2007.
Westport police are stepping up patrols this weekend to ensure safety on the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Police Sgt. Jerry Shannon, public information officer, said there will be extra officers on the road starting Wednesday and running through early Sunday.
The officers will be overseeing selective traffic enforcement and looking out for potential drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, he said.
No driving under the influence checkpoints are set for this weekend, he said, but police are planning one for December.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Work has begun on the restoration and expansion of the historic Bradley House, located at 113 Sturges Highway on the Westport-Fairfield line.
A protracted battle between preservationists and developers ended with the saving of Bradley House where work is now underway. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The circa 1800 home drew national attention last year when it was learned that the builder who had purchased the property planned to demolish it. (See WestportNow Nov. 14, 2005)
A protracted battle between the owner and concerned citizens ended amicably last fall with a compromise that preserves the original structure but allows for a substantial addition.
The owner of the Bradley House, Mark Iuraduri of I.K. Builders LLC, along with partner George Knapp and project manager Michael Horvath worked with noted local architect Jack Franzen to design a sympathetic expansion that minimally impacts the existing structure while incorporating everything that is important to today’s home buyer.
Peter Mason King (l) and Nora Thomson are wanted for allegedly stealing antique books from The Avenue. Both are in Canada, but Westport police hope if they return to the area someone will report it. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By Jennifer Connic
Westport police today asked the public to be on the lookout for a Canadian couple wanted for stealing $56,000 in antique books from a Post Road East shop.
Police have obtained first-degree larceny arrest warrants for Peter Mason King, 48, and Nora Thomson, 47, both of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, a department news release said.
The warrants are for an incident at The Avenue Ltd., 117 Post Road East, on Oct. 9 when the two suspects allegedly stole two books with a total value of $15,000 (see WestportNow Oct. 10).
The two are also implicated in an earlier larceny from the same store in August, the department said. In all, approximately $56,000 in antiques books are believed to have been stolen from The Avenue, police said.
Tony Lantier sprays the final layer of ice on the Police Athletic League’s rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today. The rink is scheduled to open on Friday at noon, but if it rains, the rink will open on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com