Saturday, January 29, 2011
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Earthplace - Critters and Crafts
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Voted Most Random
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - WestportREADS: “Zeitoun Monologues,” Original Staged Readings
7:30 p.m. - Inn at Longshore - Chabad-Lubavitch Annual Gala fundraiser
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Staples boys basketball team tonight defeated Harding 52-45 at home. Led by senior tri-captain Gabe Seidman’s 17 points and junior Mikel Argosh’s 14 points, the Wreckers are on a four-game winning streak and are now 8-3 in the FCIAC and 9-4 overall. Pictured are Pete Rankowitz (34) and tri-captain Jake Felman (10) playing defense. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Elaine Rankowitz for WestportNow.com
Westport Fire Chief Christopher Ackley warned residents today that snow-clogged private roadways can delay or prevent emergency vehicles from getting to fires or other emergencies and could have “deadly consequences.”
High piles of snow are a common sight around Westport, sometimes coming close to obscuring road signs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
“We’ve had a call from an oil service company that they can’t get in to some private roads to make deliveries,” he said. “If oil trucks can’t get in, then our emergency vehicles can’t make it and that could have deadly consequences.”
Ackley is so worried about snow-related safety problems that he issued an unusual statement as the town’s emergency management director after conferring with First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Police Chief Al Fiore, and Public Works Director Steve Edwards.
The statement – which listed a number of safety tips for residents—highlighted his concern about private roads being impossible to navigate for wide vehicles.
Westport eye surgeon Jeffrey Kaplan told the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today that aging baby boomers now have new ways to correct cataract problems which affect everyone 60 or older. Whether surgery is necessary depends on whether “it affects your driving or hitting a golf ball,” Kaplan said. Cataract surgery—which involves replacement of the clouded natural lens with an artificial lens—requires 15 to 20 minutes and has become an outpatient procedure, he said. Kaplan said surgery for the typical 60-year-old often results in dramatic eyesight improvement. Newer, multi-focal lenses reduce the need for glasses even more than the most common mono-focal replacement lenses, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Reporting by Roy Fuchs; Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, January 28, 2011
Metro-North said customers traveling this evening on the New Haven Line should anticipate crowded trains and possible delays due to weather-related equipment shortages.
The clean up continued across Westport today, including behind the Compo Shopping Center on Post Road East, as forecasters predicted a new storm could affect the region next week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Stephen Patrick Chacho passed away Jan. 27 at St Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 46.
Stephen P. Chacho: 1982 Staples graduate. Contributed photo
Stephen was born in Norwalk March 1, 1964 and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. He is a 1982 graduate of Staples High School and attended Sacred Heart University.
Stephen was an avid sportsman participating in wrestling, soccer and track. He worked extensively in the restaurant business and was a passionate and creative cook.
He is survived by his wife, Angela Chacho , his parents, John J. and Lucille Chacho, his sister Susan Chacho, two stepchildren, Abbey-Lynn Albani and Joseph Albani. He is also survived by his mother in-law, Mary Abraham and his father in-law, Louis Mennillo, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Westport baseball and softball registration is now open for spring 2011 leagues.
Spring and summer programs are available for girls and boys from kindergarten—players must be 5 prior to May 1 for baseball, Jan. 1 for softball—into college (summer teams).
Registration is available online. Evaluations for baseball (third through eighth grades) and softball (third through ninth grades) are Feb. 12 with a guaranteed registration cutoff date of Feb. 1.
There are no evaluations for kindergarten through second grade but guaranteed registration ends March 1. Evaluation for summer high school and college teams will be immediately after the high school seasons.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 17 Rayfield Road, off Spicer Road, is in process. Built in 1920, the one-story ranch has 630 square feet and is situated on a .25-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 3 - 7, 2011:
Jay L. Wallberg Est. to Giles Andrew and Zoe Amanda Goodburn, 6 Twin Bridge Acre Road, $1,000,000
Kallie Gordon to Audrey J. Williams, 3 Kirock Place, $475,000
Martha L. Watson to SIR-20 Long Lots Lane LLC, 20 Long Lots Lane, $690,000
Michael G. and Claudia U. Saunders to Richard and Laura Rolnick, 8 Tiffany Lane, $3,800,000
UPDATE Metro-North said the New Haven Line is operating “on or close” to schedule following morning delays.
Icicles hang from a Westport home Thursday night as temperatures overnight dipped into the teens. The icicles while.pretty not only can fall and cause injuries but also add to water buildup on roofs leading to water problems. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nate Argosh for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane - Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Kid Kulture” and “facebook fACEs”
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Night, Winter Club Night
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
By James Lomuscio
Though business success took center stage at the Westport Woman’s Club’s panel discussion tonight, politics shared the spotlight.
Tonight’s panel discussion at the Westport Woman’s Club featured (l-r) Dottie Herman, Walter Levine, and Linda McMahon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com
Linda McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) CEO who spent $40 million of her own money in an unsuccessful Republican run for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Richard Blumenthal last year, was one of the three business titans speaking.
Also present were entrepreneur and philanthropist Walter Levine of Fairfield, and Dottie Herman, CEO of Prudential/Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York City. They spoke before a packed audience of mostly women entrepreneurs and executives who came to hear the talk titled, “The Art of the Sale.”
McMahon, Levine and Herman touted the importance of a positive attitude in selling your product, enthusiasm, knowing your audience and how to learn from failure and defeat to succeed next time.
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Kepchar makes a new friend during a response to a Grouse Path home tonight of Marissa and Hy Saporta where firefighters extinguished a small fire in an air handling system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A small fire in an air handler system tonight at a home on Westport’s Grouse Path was quickly extinguished by Westport firefighters. An automatic alarm alerted a fire dispatcher who confirmed by phone with the residents that there was a smoke condition in the house. Using thermal imagers, firefighters tracked down the problem to the air handler and found that a circuit board and wiring had burned. Firefighters ventilated the house to remove the smoke condition, said Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar. He said the smoke detection system played a key role in alerting the homeowners to the problem and facilitating a quick Fire Department response. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Arts Center tonight presented an old-fashioned movie night complete with popcorn as it screened the 1986 coming of age adventure-drama film “Stand By Me” directed by Rob Reiner. Held in conjunction with the Center’s current “Kid Kulture” exhibit, the screening was followed by a discussion about acting and film making between actress Cynthia Gibb (2nd l), a Westport native and Staples graduate, and Ryan O’Neill (r), performer and Bedford Middle School drama teacher. With them are Kate Lupo (l), program director of the Center’s Westport Youth Film Festival, and Douglas Tirola, the Center’s newly appointed Film Committee chair, who is president of Fourth Row Films and also a Westport native. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Almost 24 hours after the latest Nor’easter to hit Westport was at its height, numerous cars remained snowbound tonight at the Metro-North Westport station. With the snow and ice thawing and freezing, getting the cars out will present a challenge to the returning owners. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Westporters Mary-Lou and Larry Weisman made a snowman today outside their home. “Some people never grow up,” said Mary-Lou in an email to WestportNow accompanying the photo. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A snow sculpture entitled “I Surrender” on Westport’s Wagon Wheel Trail off West Parish Road today seemed to sum up the feelings of many Westporters about snow fatigue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Katy Duffy for WestportNow.com
Basil is a 10 1/2 year old neutered male Cocker Spaniel who needs a forever home as soon as possible. He is great with other dogs but needs to go to a home without children. Please give this boy a chance at a happy life. All he wants is to be loved. Stacy says he is very happy in his new home and is being spoiled silly.
Metro-North said tonight it anticipates operating a regular weekday schedule on Friday.
Westport firefighters, including Brendan McHugh, were busy today digging out fire hydrants after the heavy snowfall. Residents living near hydrants were encouraged to help out with the digging. The town has more than 1,100 fire hydrants. The Fire Department recommended clearing snow from a 3-foot radius around hydrants as well as a path from the hydrant to the road to make for easier access by firefighters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kate DiBerardino for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service today issued its list of snowfall amounts for Fairfield County municipalities and said Westport got 14.8 inches.
Getting the most snow in the county were Darien, New Canaan, and Norwalk with 18 inches, followed by Wilton 17.3, West Norwalk 17, Weston 16.5, Greenwich 16, and then Westport.
Getting lesser amounts than Westport were Newtown with 14.2, Ridgefield 14, Bridgeport, Shelton and Danbury 13, and Brookfield 9.5.
UPDATE Metro-North said at 2:04 p.m. that New Haven Line main line service will operate on a Sunday schedule for the remainder of today.
However, the 4:34 p.m, 5:34 p.m., and 6:34 p.m. trains departing Grand Central Terminal will not be operating, the railroad said.
The New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branches are suspended for the remainder of the day.
A driver credited his seat belt for his escape unhurt after his pickup rolled over on the Merritt Parkway today near Exit 42 in Westport. Assistant Chief Robert Kepchar said the driver reported he was northbound when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a snow berm in the left hand lane and rolled over, ending up in the southbound median with the vehicle on its roof. The driver was able to crawl out by himself, Kepchar said. He declined medical attention. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo