Sunday, December 31, 2006
Nicki Brown, 10, of Fairfield has her face painted during tonight’s First Night activities. Events for First Night Westport/Weston continue through midnight. Fireworks take place over the Saugatuck River at 7 p.m. and midnight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Among those taking the stage at tonight’s First Night “Poetry and Pizza” event at Westport’s Toquet Hall was Sarah McDonnell, 3, of Old Greenwich. While Mom, Ellen, held the microphone, Sarah recited “Three Little Christmas Trees.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Hi, I’m Spazz! Connecticut Humane Society
This gorgeous girl is a sweet southern dog that is going to make some lucky person a wonderful pet and friend. Spazz is a 1-year-old spayed female husky mix. Her name is quite misleading because she is not “spazzy.” She is, however, a bit shy but responds well (and quickly) to gentle words and attention. She absolutely melts with joy when she is the center of attention. Stop by soon to meet Spazz at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137).
Hi, I’m Chelsea! Connecticut Humane Society
Dogs are so forgiving. This sweet girl, Chelsea, was found abandoned and brought to the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137) to find a loving new family. She is quite simply the best. She loves everyone and is very happy around other dogs. Chelsea is a 2 ½-year-old spayed female basset hound. Come by soon to meet (and fall in love with) the basset with a heart of gold, Chelsea.
How can you resist these two little cuties that need a loving home? Please stop by the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137) to meet Punkin and Cole. They are small corgi mix pups (altered male and spayed female) that are 6 months of age. They are a bit shy at first and take turns hiding behind each other but quickly respond to puppy language. They love to be cuddled and give kisses. Stop by soon to meet these adorable doggies.
Hi, I’m Baby! Connecticut Humane Society
It’s incredibly sad when a wonderful dog like Baby is abandoned and left to fend for herself. She deserves so much better. Baby is a 3-year-old spayed female small husky. You can find this beautiful girl at the CT Humane Society (455 Post Road E., (203) 227-4137). She is very friendly, well trained and gets along well with other dogs. Baby would do best in an adult home with someone willing to give her the attention and exercise that she needs. Please stop by soon to meet this sweet Baby.
Today’s Arizona Star, in a story headlined “People he never met called him buddy and mate, friend and mentor,” tells of the 37-year-old son of a former Westport police captain who died suddenly of a heart attack in July.
“David Barr freely gave away his talents and died too young,” the newspaper said in the Tucson-datelined story.
Barr’s father, Fred, retired from the Westport force and moved with his wife to Arizona two years ago. Their son David accompanied them.
“(David) Barr, a high-school dropout and self-taught auto mechanic, photographer and computer programmer, had a rich online life that parents Fred and Nancy Barr never glimpsed until his death,” the newspaper said.
A map shows the various venues for today’s First Night Westport/Weston events. A complete schedule ican be found on the First Night Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Graphic by Lighthouse Maps
The Westport-Weston co-op ice hockey team won the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) Division 3 Holiday Tournament Saturday, defeating Norwalk/Brien McMahon 4-1 at the Darien Ice Rink. The team is coached by Head Coach Ralph Unker and Assistant Coach Dale Wehmhoff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jim Hallock for WestportNow.com
3 p.m. - Midnight - Various Downtown Venues - First Night Westport/Weston
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Westporters today were trying to get their donations in to Goodwill Industries before the end of the year. There was a long line of cars at the drop-off point on Post Road East as there has been over the last few days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The playground at Westport’s Compo Beach was full of children this afternoon as families enjoyed the mild weather with temperatures in the mid-40s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
Elliott Landon: “We want students to enjoy their childhood.” Dave Matlow/WN file photoWestport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, in a holiday message to parents, said the community must balance expectations of students so they can enjoy adolescence and childhood and not be in a race to be No. 1.
“Even as we want our students to be the best they can be, we also want them to enjoy their childhood, learn at their own pace, and know that each of them is valued as an individual regardless of whether they get straight A’s or make the honor roll,” he said in a message sent to parents and posted on the Board of Education Web site.
“We believe childhood and adolescence should be a pleasurable journey, not a race to be No. 1.”
Landon said he and other Westport educators recently met with Westport clergy representatives to discuss “pressures on children in our high powered community.”
The First Night Westport Weston leadership team and the 16 entertainment site managers met Friday night at the Westport Weston Family Y to coordinate the activities for Sunday’s 13th annual First Night celebration. The meeting ended with the volunteers joining hand-in-hand in a show of unity of spirit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
With temperatures in the 40s on Friday, Westporters headed to Compo Beach for walks and to watch the sunset. Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-40s through the weekend, but rain is expected on New Year’s Day. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
1 & 5:30 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”
Friday, December 29, 2006
Emily Wong: Playing piano for Mozart concert. Contributed photoA quintet of musicians from the Stamford Symphony will perform a “Mozart & Friends” recital at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Westport on Sunday Jan. 7 at 4 p.m.
Stamford Symphony Orchestra principal pianist Emily Wong will be joined by flutist Susan Rotholz, clarinetist Dean LeBlanc, violinist Robert Zubrycki and violist Rebecca Osborne.
The recital features a broad range of composers, each of whom either influenced Mozart or was influenced by him. The program opens with Trio Sonate, No. 3 by Giovanni Pergolesi.
The Beethoven Serenade, Op. 25 continues Mozart’s tradition of innovation and sets the stage for two more recent works: Rebecca Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale and Charles Ives Largo. The recital finishes with Charles Duruflé‘s Prelude, Recitatif et Variations.
Tickets for the recital are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (203) 325-1407 x305.
Most of the public marinas are closed and empty with winter here, but some boats are still floating off of private docks, including at Westport’s Owenoke Park, and some take advantage of the mild weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport Soccer Association will hold tryouts for its spring traveling team for high school players.
The tryouts are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 6-7:30 p.m. in the Staples High School Field House.
For more information or to register, visit www.westportsoccer.org.
Jonathan Gottfried: new deputy chief. Dave Matlow/WN file photoMore promotions are on the way at the Westport Fire Department for the start of the new year, including a new deputy chief.
Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan Gottfried will be promoted to deputy chief during a ceremony on Jan. 5 at Westport Fire Headquarters.
During the same ceremony Lt. Andrew Kingsbury will be promoted to assistant chief/training officer and firefighter Ernest Ruot will become a lieutenant.
As part of the promotions, William Dingee, current assistant chief/training officer, will move back and take a regular shift with the firefighters as an assistant chief, said Fire Chief Christopher Ackley.
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 18-22, 2006:
Fyber Development LLC to Julie A. Reid and Linda L. Wolf, 11 West Branch Road, $3,775,000
Land Group Inc. to Edwin Lugo and Amy Zhang, 19 Evergreen Parkway, $1,700,000
Eric J. and Paige T. Strauss to Steven Lewis, 8 Gorham Ave., $548,100
David Smith and Donna Benson to James L. and Ann Haskel, 13 Sprucewood Lane, $2,500,000
Westport officials are currently reviewing an application to demolish the house at 40 Reichert Circle. The 1955 house on .43 acre sold this month for $714,500. An earlier version of this item had an incorrect address and price. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A visitor to Westport’s Compo Beach took advantage of Thursday’s warm temperatures in the upper 40s to take a walk at dusk. More unseasonably warm weather is forecast for today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
2 & 7 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “A Christmas Carol”