Monday, September 28, 2009
A woman lost control of her car on Westport’s Imperial Avenue tonight at Harborview Road, struck a tree, and the vehicle ended up on its side. Westport police helped her get out of the car, and she was taken by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hpispital. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar said multiple airbags deployed, limiting the seriousness of her injuries. The roadway was wet at the time. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, September 27, 2009
James Montgomery (r) joined blues/jazz/rock legend Jay Geils at today’s second day of the second annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Despite the rain, die-hard fans came out today for Blues and R & B greats including Cracked Ice, James Montgomery, Jay Geils and Magic Dick at the second annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport firefighters passed a patient over the center median on I-95 today after two multiple-vehicle accidents in the southbound lane of I-95 between Exits 17 and 18. A Westport EMS ambulance stopped in the northbound lane to pick up one of the injured and continued on to Bridgeport Hospital. One accident involved two cars and another nearby involved four. The others in the accidents did not require transport, said Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s singer-songwriters The Wiggins Sisters—Mizzy and Casey—received the award for Best Americana Album at the independent music industry’s Just Plain Folks (JPF) Music Awards in Nashville Saturday night. The acoustic folk and roots rock duo’s “Minnesota” album is available here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Adrian and Ferrel James
Nature’s fall beauty is not just in the changing leaves. The grounds of 60 Jesup Road in Westport’s center are a welcome sight for all who pass by. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Public Library & Levitt Pavilion - Blues Views & BBQ Festival
11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. - Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) - Sunday Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Earthplace - Walk for Wildlife: Special Dog Walk Benefit for the Animal Care Programs
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
2 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Barefoot in the Park”
A large audience tonight applauded the cast of “Barefoot in the Park” on its opening weekend performance at the Westport Community Theatre in Town Hall. Pictured (l-r) are Martin Ripchick of Westport, Rosanne Nelson of Fairfield, Richard Cummings of Norwalk, Merrie Trout of Fairfield, Marc Hartog of Westport, and John Pyron of Fairfield. The revival of Neil Simon’s 1963 play is directed by Scott Brill of Shelton. The play runs through Oct. 11 on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport police are on the lookout for two people who passed counterfeit money today at two local businesses.
Police said the couple passed a fake $20 dollar bill at a gas station near the Fairfield line and then passed another fake $20 bill at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop in Westport’s center. Both incidents happened around 5:30 p.m.
Police are looking for a black male with dreadlocks and a black female.
Police have the two counterfeit bills in their possession. Anyone with information is asked to call Westport police.
Crowds lined up for some good food from Westport’s Bobby Q ‘s Barbeque & Grill at the opening day of the second annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport’s second annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival got under way today at the Levitt Pavilion. Thousands attended the event during the day, enjoying good music, food, and drink. The festival continues on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Belta’s Farm Stand on Westport’s Bayberry Lane attracted some loyal patrons today. Available was an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, bouquets of zinnias, pumpkins and gourds. Doing the selling were Laura Loffredo of Fairfield and her sister Angela Belta of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Members of Westport’s Community Gardens on Hyde Lane today worked to improve their garden plots. Chunyan Zhang, a new Chinese language teacher at Staples High School, visited the gardens and took some pictures which she submitted to WestportNow. Thank you, Chunyan! (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chunyan Zhang for WestportNow.com
The Bow Tie Royale 6 Cinema in Norwalk today hosted the first local screening of Martin West’s new documentary film “Years in the Making: A Journey into Late Life Creativity.” The film depicts the passion and work of a vibrant group of Westport/Weston visual artists, all of whom are over 70 and still actively pursuing their creative endeavors. More than 200 artists and their guests attended the screening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer (one of the featured artists) for WestportNow.com
Some of those responsible for the new documentary film “Years in the Making: A Journey into Late Life Creativity” paused today for a photo following the first local showing of the film which depicts 50 Westport/Weston visual artists over 70 and still actively pursuing their creative endeavors. Pictured (l-r) are: Keir Dullea, narrator; Martin West, executive producer/director and photographer; Ada Lambert, producer; Ann Chernow, artist and writer who was responsible with Martin West for the original concept; Kristin Fox, producer, and Paul Alan Levi, composer. A special showing of the documentary will be screened for film donors on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. On Saturday, Nov. 8, the general public is invited to a free 7 p.m. showing at Town Hall. The film has already won two awards and is expected to be distributed to theaters nationwide. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer (one of the featured artists) for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Today’s coverage of the Staples-Norwalk football game marked the debut of the Staples Television Network (STN) on Cablevision Channel 78, the educational public access channel. STN simulcast coverage by WWPT, 90.3 FM, the student-run station at the Westport high school. Pictured (l-r) are Eric Gallanty (play-by-play), DJ Sixsmith (color commentary), and Bobby Shea (statistician). They were aided by Sam Bender on camera and Brandon Edelson, who directed the broadcast. STN, which kicked off at noon with a pre-game show, was created by Brandon and plans to add more community programming, including a local news show. The next STN-WWPT simulcast will take place on Oct. 17 when Staples meets McMahon of Norwalk at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples senior Jacob Levi gains ground as Norwalk’s Kenny Francois tries to bring him down during second quarter action in today’s homecoming game. The Westport Wreckers (2-0) cruised to a 42-6 victory over the Bears. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Fire Department entered a team in this weekend’s second annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association. Team members (l-r) Lieutenant Mike Kronick and Firefighters Dan Ambruso and Ben Racho were using their culinary skill to prepare smoked chicken and ribs for the event. Their “smoker” was homemade especially for this event. All proceeds from the entry fees will go to the Connecticut Food Bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A resident gets a flu shot today at the Westport Weston Health District flu shot clinic. Shots for the H1N1 virus will be available in mid-October and health officials are recommending residents get both shots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Barbara Gross assisted Westporter Paul Harvey today through the process of getting his flu shot at the Westport Weston Health District flu shot clinic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There was a line outside the Westport Weston Health District at 180 Bayberry Lane today as the district held its first public seasonal flu shot clinic. Several hundred received the shots in the first couple of hours. The next clinics will be held Tuesday at the Weston Library from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 6 at the Westport Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Oct. 7 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The H1N1 vaccine will be available in mid-October but residents are urged to get a seasonal flu shot as well, according to Health Director Mark A. R. Cooper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Westport Public Library & Levitt Pavilion - Blues Views & BBQ Festival
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Aggregate: Art and Architecture—a Brutalist Remix”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Procrastinator Triathalon
8 p.m. - Town Hall - Westport Community Theatre: “Barefoot in the Park”
The Staples boys soccer team kicked off Homecoming weekend with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Danbury tonight.
Staples goalkeeper Michael McCarthy checks in with keeper coach Tom Henske during halftime of tonight’s game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com
Brendan Lesch headed in Greg Gudis’s corner kick, then Gudis scored on a 40-yard rocket to give the Wreckers a 2-0 lead. But Danbury answered with a great shot of their own, halving the margin with 12 minutes to play.
It was the first goal scored against the blue-and-whites all year.
The Wreckers responded with fierce defense, securing the win against a tough opponent. Staples, now 5-0-0, hosts Fairfield Ludlowe on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Friday, September 25, 2009