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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Remembering a Westporter

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A wreath today marked the spot on Post Road East where Billy Ford, 49, was struck and killed on Dec. 23 as he crossed the street to his home. A former custodian at Staples High School, he was employed at Trader Joe’s. Westport police ask anyone with information about the accident to contact them at (203)341-6000. Ellen Naftalin for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/08 09:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winslow Fun

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Westport’s Winslow Park hosted youngsters and their sleds during today’s snowstorm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/08 09:29 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Year’s Eve Salute to United Nations

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The flags of member states of the United Nations flew in today’s snowstorm on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/08 09:22 PM Comments () • Permalink

New Year’s Eve Winter Challenge

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A New Year’s Eve snowstorm dumped about 4 inches of the white stuff on Westport today before ending in late afternoon. The snow and high winds made walking and driving a challenge. This view is along Compo Road South. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/08 09:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for First Night

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Westport Public Works crews were out putting up United Nations member flags today on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center in preparation for tonight’s fireworks display as part of First Night Westport Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/08 04:17 PM Comments () • Permalink

Snow, Slippery Roads Cause Crashes

A rash of crashes on Westport area roadways today accompanied a New Year’s Eve snowstorm that forecasters said would whip up winds of more than 50 miles per hourWestportNow.com Image
A car slid off Westport’s Partrick Road and into a tree during today’s snowstorm. There were no injuries. It was one a rash of weather-related accidents on area roadways. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A three-car crash on Wilton Road near Marilane sent one person to Norwalk Hospital. Traffic in the area which is a main route between Westport and Wilton was snarled as police shut down roadways around the accident scene.

Westport firefighters also responded to a one-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway between Exits 41 in Westport and 40 in Norwalk. Reports said a vehicle slid off the roadway.

Minor accidents were reported on Greens Farms Road near Wake Robin Road, on Partrick Road, and on Hermit Lane.

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12/31/08 04:06 PM Comments () • Permalink

High Wind Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a high wind warning for Westport and area in effect from 1 p.m. to midnight.

Easterly winds will shift to the northwest as rapidly intensifying low pressure passes east of the region this afternoon, an advisory said.

Once the winds shift to the northwest this afternoon, they will quickly increase to 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph continuing into tonight.

During the height of the storm—late this afternoon into early this evening—a one- to three-hour period of 30 to 40 mph winds with gusts up to 60 mph is likely, the advisory said.

   

12/31/08 01:08 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fuel Efficient

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A traveler along Westport’s Greens Farms Road got some exercise while being fuel efficient. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/08 05:15 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - NEW YEAR’S EVE


10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
3 p.m. - Midnight - various Westport locations - First Night
3 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Westport Town Hall - First Night events and activities
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - First Night, children’s book reading and artwork
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - First Night Westport family fun stop
4 p.m. - Midnight - Jesup Green - First Night: bonfire, food, music
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - First Night: watch award-winners from the 2008 Westport Youth Film Festival
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Westport-Weston First Night “Battle of the Bands”
7:15 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Watch the fireworks from the WAC deck

   

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First Night Set for Wednesday

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First Night Westport/Weston 2009 is ready to go despite a weather forecast that calls for 2 to 5 inches of snow on Wednesday. All one needs is $15 for a button to take part in the 15th annual New Year’s Eve celebration. There are a dozen fun-filled venues with more than 30 different shows to choose from locations all around Westport. The fun begins at 3 p.m. and continues to midnight with fireworks to usher in the New Year.  For more information visit the First Night Web site. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

12/31/08 01:13 AM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Winter Weather Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a winter weather advisory for Westport and area for snow which is in effect from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow will begin early Wednesday morning and continue through the day Wednesday, the advisory said. The snow will taper off late in the afternoon.

Winds will increase through the day and will result in blowing snow reducing visibilities and causing near whiteout conditions into the evening, the advisory said. Total snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches is expected with higher amounts over the higher terrain.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties.

   

12/30/08 09:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

High Winds Down Trees, Power Lines

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High winds with gusts reaching more than 50 miles per hour, downed trees and power lines around Westport today. This was the scene on Old Hill Road where a tree fell against power lines. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

12/30/08 02:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Bridgeport to Norwalk Car Chase Ends in Westport

UPDATE A 19-year-old Branford man led police on a multi-town high speed car chase early today, including a wrong way I-95 ride, that ended on Westport’s Post Road West.

No one was injured in the chase that came to a halt near Kings Highway South at about 2:50 a.m. The chase ended when the car ran over “stop sticks” laid down by a Fairfield officer which punctured several of its tires.

The male driver, later identified as Douglas Yamada, initially was spotted by state police in Fairfield shortly after 2 a.m. He then crossed into Bridgeport before heading south on I-95. He apparently was wanted on motor vehicle charges.

In Norwalk, he did a U-turn on I-95 and headed north in the southbound lanes, eventually getting off at Exit 18 in Westport. Police chased him through Westport along the Post Road back into Norwalk.

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12/30/08 08:19 AM Comments () • Permalink

Wind Advisory Issued

UPDATE The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and area which is in effect until 1 p.m.

A cold front moving through the area is bringing strong westerly winds. Sustained wind speed of 20 to 30 mph are expected, an advisory said.

Much stronger gusts in the 40 to 50 mph range are possible especially this morning. A private weather station on Westport’s shore measured a gust at 58 mph before dawn.

These winds will be capable of knocking down tree limbs and wires as well as loose holiday decorations, the advisory said.

   

12/30/08 05:39 AM Comments () • Permalink

Westport at Dusk

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The view at dusk on Monday along the Sugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Family Program: Vaction Movie - “Wall-E”

   

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In Step

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A dog and master keep in step early today at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, December 29, 2008

All Gone: 19 High Point Road

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The house and a mighty tree at 19 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road were demolished today.  Built in 1954, the one-story ranch had 3,164 square feet, was situated on a 1.03-acre property and changed hands this month at $1,125,000.  It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Sept. 30, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Westport Property Transfers Dec. 8 - 12, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 8 - 12, 2008:

Bruce and Celeste Amlicke Trs. to Karen Zames, 6 Cob Drive, $2,490,000 WN property.jpg

John G. Manning Tr. to Jeremy and Tracy Benton, 169 Newtown Turnpike, $874,000

Judith A. Hamer to Jason Kiefer and Allison Meehan, 19 Webb Road, $785,000

Thomas L. and Nancy Broadbent to Paul J. Keeler Tr., 251 Greens Farms Road, $1,750,000

   

12/29/08 06:48 PM Comments () • Permalink

Fog Produces Striking Westport Scenes

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Sunday’s early morning fog burnt off but not before providing some striking scenes around Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Monday, December 29, 2008


9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Westport/Weston Health District - Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Vacation Fun Crafts (ages 3+)

   

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Warm Weather Skating

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Temperatures climbed into the 60s today but skating went on at the Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. Some skaters dressed for the summer-like weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

   

12/29/08 02:49 AM Comments () • Permalink

MTC presents “Annie”on Jan. 9, 10

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“Annie” features (clockwise from upper left) Julianna Salguero as Lily, Catherine McAree as Grace, Daniel Pauker as Rooster, Kara Burgess as Annie and Jessica Olderman as Miss Hannigan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut School of the Performing Arts presents “Annie” on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Long Lots School on Hyde Lane.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and reservations are suggested. For tickets, call Music Theatre of Connecticut at (203)454-3883 or visit www.musictheatreofct.com.

“Annie” is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan.

The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” are its most popular pieces. “Annie” had its world premiere in 1976 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn.

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12/29/08 02:02 AM Comments () • Permalink

Fixing Water Main Break

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Crews worked late today to fix a water main break in the area of Westport’s Hillspoint Road and Loretta Court. The break shut down water and fire hydrants in the area and closed the roadway to one lane of traffic. The break was repaired and full service restored by early evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

   

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fenced In

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The off-leash area for dogs at Westport’s Compo Beach today was crowded with visitors enjoying the unusually balmy 60-degree weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

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Beverly J. Lloyd (nee Hicks), 56

Beverly J. Lloyd (nee Hicks), 56, passed away peacefully Dec. 27, 2008, at home in Farragut, Tenn. after a courageous, 18-year battle against breast cancer.WestportNow.com Image
Beverly J. Lloyd: 1970 Staples grad. Contributed photo

Beverly was born Aug. 24, 1952, in Stamford to Carl and Josephine Hicks of Westport. She graduated Staples High School in 1970, Bradford College, and the University of New Hampshire.

In 1976, she married TV writer/producer Rob Lloyd and settled in Los Angeles where she worked as an administrator with The Structured Settlements Company. A daughter, Gabriella, was born in 1990 and was the great joy of Beverly’s life.

Beverly was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her daughter, husband, mother, sister Barbara, brother Richard, and an extended family in grief.

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12/28/08 06:04 PM Comments () • Permalink

Winter Fog

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Warming temperatures brought fog to Westport in the past 24 hours. Today’s highs are forecast to be in the upper 50s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

   

12/28/08 03:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, December 28, 2008


9 a.m. - Staples High School (outside the cafeteria) - Staples Alumni Run
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Unique Perspectives: Photography by Six Westport Artists”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “WestportNow Photographers: The Best From the Best”

   

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Raymond H. Lewis, 75

Raymond H. Lewis, 75, a native of Westport and husband of Patricia Dondero Lewis, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25 in Bridgeport Hospital.

Mr. Lewis was born at home in Westport, July 19, 1933, son of the late Elmer and Hazel (Blake) Lewis and has been a lifelong resident.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Lewis was employed as a mason in the construction industry. He is a U.S. Army veteran of Korea and a lifelong member of the Joseph J. Clinton VFW Post 399. He also enjoyed playing golf at Longshore Golf Course.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 50 years include, one daughter, Lisa Setian and her husband Steven of Longmeadow, Mass., and two sons, Vernon J. Lewis and his wife Lynn of Trumbull, and Steven J. Lewis of Stratford; one sister, Virginia Amato of Norwalk, and five grandchildren, Christopher, Cassidy, Taylor, Jeremy and Melony. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lewis was also predeceased by two brothers, Elmer and Bill Lewis.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Talking Transportation: Travel Now, Talk Later

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

I love my cell phone. But I’m not crazy about other peoples’ cellphones, especially when they use them in a selfish or illegal manner.

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You do know it’s against the law to talk on a cellphone while driving in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, right?

Yes, cellphone addicts are allowed to drive and talk if they use a “hands-free” device, but even this begs the question of where their attention should be, i.e. on the road.

I honestly wonder what soccer moms with an SUV full of kids are thinking when they drive down busy streets juggling a latte in one hand and a cellphone in the other. Don’t they love their kids?

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