Saturday, December 27, 2008
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Fairfield Theatre Company (70 Sanford St., Fairfield) - Westport/Fairfield Winter Farmers Market
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “C2=(CP + LP)”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Abandoned Warehouse”
Noon - 2 p.m. - Longshore PAL Ice Rink - “Polar Bear Empathy Day,” Gault-Polar Bears International Alliance
Friday, December 26, 2008
Westport and state investigators today sifted through a one-story ranch house on Long Lots Road looking for the cause of an early morning fire that heavily damaged the home.
Investigators were at 42 Long Lots Road today seeking the cause of the early morning fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
No one was in the house at 42 Long Lots Road, opposite Hall-Brooke Hospital, when the alarm came in at 2:09 a.m., but Christmas lights were shining on bushes outside.
Town records listed the owner of the 1951-built, 2,674-square foot home as Martha H. Kelly. Neighbors said she apparently was out of town, as were her two children. Several newspapers were on the ground next to the mailbox.
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze, according to Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney.
A fire heavily damaged a one-story ranch home at 42 Long Lots Road early today. Flames were shooting through the roof when Westport firefighters arrived on the scene after the 2:09 a.m. alarm. While Christmas lights were lit outside the home, a search showed no occupants inside. A Fairfield engine company assisted at the scene while a Norwalk company covered headquarters. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire. Cause of the fire, which heavily damaged much of one wing of the home, was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport firefighters battle a blaze in a home at 42 Long Lots Road across from Hall-Brooke Hospital early today. No one was home at the time, and cause of the fire was under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
This is what the first arriving emergency units found at 42 Long Lots Road early today. Westport fire, police, and EMS units remained on the scene for hours after the 2:09 a.m. alarm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A young volunteer named Hannah was among those serving meals Thursday at the Saugatuck Congregational Church’s 38th annual pot luck community Christmas Day feast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
No Town of Westport meetings are scheduled
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Eartha Kitt with her daughter Kitt Shapiro before a preview of “All About Us” at the Westport Country Playhouse last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Actress and singer Eartha Kitt died today at her Weston home, a family spokeswoman said. She was 81.
Kitt, a frequent performer at the Westport Country Playhouse and visitor to Westport, had been under treatment for colon cancer. Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro of Westport, was by her side.
She was performing almost until the end, taping a PBS special six weeks ago in Chicago which is set to air in February. Her recording of the Christmas song “Santa Baby” was certified gold last week.
Kitt was well known for her distinctive voice and made a name for herself in her portrayal of Catwoman in the television series “Batman.” That role produced Kitt’s recognizable sultry cat growl.
Today’s milder than normal Christmas Day weather made for good running along Westport’s Compo Road South. New Zealand-born John Henwood (r) of Manhattan was the winner in this year’s Turkey Day Trot in Southport and was a member of New Zealand’s track team who participated in the 10,000-meter event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Westporter Adam Mulia kept the pace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The 38th annual Pot Luck Community Christmas Day Feast at Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church drew a large crowd today. More than 250 guests enjoyed a delicious meal that included 15 turkeys, 12 hams and an assortment of pies and fruit provided by Stew Leonard’s and 100 pounds of white potatoes, 50 pounds of sweet potatoes and 50 pounds of carrots donated by Stop & Shop. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Kim Mathias (l), moderator of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church, gave the invocation before today’s Christmas pot luck feast began. Paula Mikesh, head chef, helped welcome the guests and paid tribute to the many volunteers who made the event an overwhelming success. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Perry Moody of Westport breezes through the waters of Long Island Sound today off Compo Beach in what she says is a Christmas Day tradition in her native Ireland. “Though the water is a lot warmer in Ireland,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Making big splashes at Westport’s Compo Beach today were Westporters Perry and Simon Moody. They said the Christmas Day plunge is the custom in their native Ireland. Perry Moody said, “My husband and I have been here for two years and hope to be here for at least 60 more!” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighters today doused a small fire that broke out in a utility room of a home on Dogwood Lane off Compo Road South.
Responding to a 9:16 a.m. call of smoke in the house at 8 Dogwood Lane, firefighters found a large amount of smoke in a first floor room housing an indoor lap/swimming pool. Its odor was consistent with that produced by burning fuel oil, said Assistant Chief Eugene Maloney.
The homeowner said the home’s oil-fired home heating boiler, domestic hot water heater, and pool water heater were located in a utility room adjacent to the pool, he said.
While the resident was temporarily relocated to a neighbor’s home, firefighters donned self-contained breathing apparatus and entered the smoke-filled area, Maloney said.
Westport Town Hall and Public Library are closed in observance of Christmas
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park
1 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church - 38th annual Pot Luck Community Christmas Day Feast
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a wind advisory for Westport and area until 6 a.m. Thursday.
Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph will shift to the west once a cold front pushes through after midnight, the advisory said.
A brief period of west winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph are expected in the wake of the cold front, gradually subsiding towards daybreak Christmas morning.
These winds could knock down some trees, tree limbs and wires, the advisory said. Residents are also urged to secure outdoor holiday decorations.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
William (Billy) C. Ford, age 49, the beloved son of James H.L. and Maureen (Pinkie) Ford of Fairfield, died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008.
Bill Ford as seen in the 1979 Staples yearbook. File photo
Born in Whittier, Calif., Billy was a graduate of Staples High School, Class of 1979 and a resident of Westport for the past 43 years. He was a custodian at Staples High School. and Long Lots Elementary School for over 25 years prior to his retirement in 2006.
For the last three years, Billy was employed by Trader Joe’s in Westport.
Billy had a heart of gold. He loved to travel and visited Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Caracas, Venezuela where he lived for two years and learned Spanish.
Westport Town Hall and Public Library are closed in observance of Christmas
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”
Saturday’s CBS News “48 Hours” broadcast on “The Lords Boot Camp” about teenagers training to become Christian missionaries is followed by a panel discussion on the network’s Web site by seven students from Westport’s Staples High School.
Michael Weinstein, 18, was among Staples students interviewed about the CBS News “48 Hours” broadcast. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) CBS News photo
The interviews with the seven about the missionaries’ efforts were taped at Staples last April with producer Kristin Whiting, a 1986 Staples graduate, supervising.
The program, which will be broadcast from 8 p.m. To 9 p.m., is a unique collaboration with Loki Films, producers of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Jesus Camp,” the network said.
It looks at three teenagers training to become Christian missionaries while also dealing with the pressures that teens face daily.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Billy Ford: longtime Westporter. Contributed photoUPDATE A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car late today on Westport’s Post Road East, police said.
Police identified the victim as William C. Ford, 49, of 1655 Post Road East. A former custodian at Staples High School, he was employed at Trader Joe’s in Westport. (See obituary)
The accident in the vicinity of 1655 Post Road East forced the closure of the busy roadway for a period after the accident which occurred about 6 p.m.
Ford apparently was crossing at a crosswalk when he was struck by an eastbound car, police said. Friends said he did not drive and may have just gotten off a bus from work.
Denise Torv, executive director of First Night Westport Weston, presents First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff wiith a First Night button during today’s Town Hall holiday party. Joseloff earlier presented Torv with a $2,000 check to First Night from Webster’s Bank. Details on First Night can be seen here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com