Saturday, October 29, 2011
The scoreboard was difficult to see today as time ran out and Stapes defeated Darien 42-23 in a snowy homecoming varsity football game. Staples was down 17-7 at the half but the Wreckers came roaring back as junior Joey Zelkowitz scored two touchdowns and Nick Kelly grabbed two interceptions. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Metro-North said at 2:40 p.m. that customers on the New Haven Line can expect 30 minute delays due to signal problems in both directions.
It was rough going in the snow but Staples prevailed over Darien today 42-23 to improve to 6-0 on the season. WestportNow.com photo from Staples Television Network
UPDATE The National Weather Service said a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Westport and area today until 2 a.m. Sunday with predictions of 3 to 7 inches of snow—lower amounts near the coast and higher amounts north of the Merritt Parkway.
Winds will be 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph., causing visibility to be one-quarter mile or less at times. Wet snow and heavy winds are likely to cause power outages, an advisory said.
Rain will develop this morning and could become heavy at times, the advisory said. The rain will then mix with snow this afternoon and then change to all snow north of the Merritt Parkway late this afternoon and closer to the coast after dark.
The snow may be moderate to locally heavy at times before tapering off later tonight. Hazardous travel conditions will result due to snow-covered roads, the advisory said.
9:30 a.m. - noon - Earthplace - Stream Exploration & Monitoring Workshop
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Town Hall (rear entrance) - Westport Police & Drug Enforcement Agency Unwanted Prescriptions Drop-off
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - Earthplace - Pumpkin Carving Party (bring your own pumpkin and candle)
10:30 a.m. - Staples High School - varsity football homecoming vs Darien
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - 1st ChiliFest
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave.) - Antiques, Collectibles & Treasures Appraisal Fair benefit
2:30 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Going Pie Crazy: Sarah Weeks and Michele Stuart
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The Best in Show winner announced today in the eighth annual photo exhibit of the Camera Club of the Y’s Men of Westport Weston was a repeat winner from last year—Fran Gallogly for her picture of a hawk perched on a fence on her terrace. She moved to Trumbull several years ago after 32 years in Westport. In all, 37 photographers submitted 127 photographs that were judged by a panel of three local professional judges. Other awards presented at a reception at the Westport Center for Senior Activities were for first and second place and honorable mention in designated categories. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Studio 44 Dance and Fitness Center located at Westport’s 44 Main St. celebrated Halloween tonight with nine different “spook-tacular” performances. The night opened with a bang with a Soprano-themed gangster garbed Jazz number choreographed by Sue Benton and Luisa Tanno. A hip hop presentation of Michael Jackson’s Thriller was one of the night’s highlights as was the dead beauty queens who danced with famed New York choreographer Eddie Villanueva to a Lady Gaga-inspired piece. For more information visit http://www.studio44danceandfitness.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A screening of the Oscar-winning film “Shakespeare in Love” was co-presented by the Westport Country Playhouse and the Westport Arts Center tonight at the Center. The 1998 British-American comedy film directed by John Madden and written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard portrays playwright William Shakespeare’s involvement in a love affair at the time that he was writing the play “Romeo and Juliet.” The film was shown in conjunction with the Playhouse’s current production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” on stage through Nov. 5, and the Arts Center’s exhibition, “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder,” on display through Nov. 6. David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, introduced the screening along with Helen Klisser During, the Center’s director of visual arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jill Sarver for WestportNow.com
About 40 persons attended a reception tonight marking publication of “Resurrecting Democracy,” a book by Westport physician Robert A. Levine (c), a self-described political junkie since his days as a history major at Columbia University. Joining him were first-time publishers Patrick McCord and Trish Fried at their Write Yourself Free writers studio at 252 Post Road East. The book argues that America needs a strong centrist third party to cut through the influence of Washington lobbyists and special interests that have caused the current state of extreme partisanship and paralysis. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 28, 2011
Staples players (in white, from left) Ben Root, Taylor McNair, Harry Birch and Lorenz Esposito get set to defend a Greenwich free kick in today’s FCIAC quarterfinal match at Loeffler Field. The Wreckers edged the Cardinals 1-0, and move on to Tuesday’s semifinals at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, against New Canaan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team today got an early goal from Steve Smith, then played smart offense and tough defense to defeat Greenwich 1-0 in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
The win –- before a large Homecoming crowd at Loeffler Field -– sends the Wreckers into the league championship semifinals. That game will be played Tuesday at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, at a time and against an opponent to be determined.
Staples is three-time defending FCIAC champions. In a few games this year, the Wreckers looked like they may not contend for a fourth straight crown. But today’s match showed smart, opportunistic play all over the field.
Smith’s goal, at the 10:00 mark, began with David Hoffman winning a ball. Lorenz Esposito’s header off Hoffman’s cross was punched out by goalkeeper Emmett Clarke, but Max Hoberman pounced on the rebound. His shot too was saved.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area for wet snow which is in effect from 8 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday.
Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected with winds north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.Temperatures will be in the upper 30s. Visibility will be less than one mile at times.
A mixture of rain and snow will develop after daybreak Saturday then change to snow Saturday evening. The snow will then taper off later Saturday night.
Widespread hazardous travel conditions are expected with local power outages possible due to falling tree limbs laden with the heavy wet snow.
Every year at this time of year—and again today—Lower School students at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy parade out to the front lawn where the Middle School students wait for them with games and contests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 10 - 14, 2011:
Donna and Jeffrey A. Gilbert to Devon P. and Christopher Delaney, 48 Reichert Circle, $780,000
Stephen Bortner to Jack Capocci Jr. and Cindy Khemalaap, 20 Grassy Plains Road, $1,295,000
Richard Christopher Montanaro to Phillip and Laury Balatsos, 5D Gorham Ave., $1,335,000
SIR-26 Reichert LLC to Stephen B. and Janice M. Gilland, 26 Reichert Circle, $1,725,000
The Westport Police Department on Saturday will participate in another drug prescription Take-Back Day to give residents a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
In cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) police will be at the rear of Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting unwanted prescription drugs.
This is the third such effort by Westport police and the DEA. Previous Take-Back Days were held in April of this year and in September 2010.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, said Police Capt. Sam Arciola.
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 15 Turkey Hill Road South is in process. Built in 1940, the 1-3/4 story conventional has 1,987 square feet and is situated on a two-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
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District Board
9:30 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “At Home with Stone” & “The Wit & Wisdom of Frazier Forman Peters”
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Socially Enterprising Women Pre-Holiday Boutique
7 p.m. - Unitarian Church (10 Lyons Plains Road) - “A Taste of Provence” documentary by Sumner Jules Glimcher
7 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Shakespeare in Love” screening
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Despite cool, rainy weather, many attended tonight’s Westport Playhouse gala preview party of the 2012 season for subscribers and those interested in the Playhouse. A number of local restaurants featured tastings from their popular menus including DaPietro’s, Dressing Room, La Villa Trattoria, Matsu Sushi, Rizzuto’s, Tavern on Main, and Thalia. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos (l) and Michale Ross, managing director, gave a preview of the Playhouse’s 2012 season tonight at a gala preview party. The 2012 season includes five productions—a comedy, a world premiere and two dramas—playing from May through November. The season opener is a 25th anniversary revival of the musical “Into the Woods” directed by Lamos with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It runs May 1 – 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Jacob Meisel
A serious winter storm in October –- an unusual occurrence—may be on its way for Westport this weekend.
A low pressure system will move off the Carolina coast Saturday morning and “bomb out” offshore of Long Island in typical nor’easter fashion.
This would be just like any other typical nor’easter snowstorm except that it is occurring in late October, which is really messing with a lot of predictions.
Some weather computer models have the region starting as rain and turning over to snow, others have us almost completely as snow.