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Monday, December 31, 2012

First Night Jazz

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Bob Lasprogato & Uptown Jazz performed today at the Westport Weston Family Y as part of the First Night Festivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Main Street Riders

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A carriage makes its way along Westport’s Main Street tonight, one of the popular activities of First Night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Getting a Good Look

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Westporter Bob Fatherly gets a good look at one of the classic cars on Westport’s Main Street late today—one of the early attractions for First Night.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


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Classic Car Parade Kicks Off First Night

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A classic car parade made its way across Westport’s Ruth Steinkreaus Cohen Bridge late today to kick off First Night festivities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com


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Sandra De Los Santos, 59

Sandra De Los Santos of Bridgeport, a former waitress at Westport’s Sherwood Diner, died Dec. 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 59.

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Sandra De Los Santos: 18-year Sherwood Diner employee. Contributed photo

Born March 27, 1953, the daughter of the late Charles and Shirley Ann Ettinger, she was a warm, caring, sweet mother of two and wife to surviving husband Ramon De Los Santos for 26 years, her family said.

She worked as a waitress for more than 18 years at the Sherwood Diner in Westport and later on took on a position as receptionist at Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull.

Besides her husband, she is survived by: daughter, Diana De los Santos, son, Stephen De Los Santos, two sisters Annette Boschma and Beth Dunn, as well as a host of extended family and friends.

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Susan W. DeWitt, 76

Susan Wofsey DeWitt of Norwalk, a 30-year volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in Westport, died Dec. 28 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 76.

She and her late husband of 32 years, Jack DeWitt, who died last June, were noted breeders of Cairn and Norfolk Terriers, and together owned 23 Cairn champions and four Norfolk champions.

Born in Stamford, on Aug. 25, 1936, to attorney Michael Wofsey and his wife Freda, she attended Stamford High School and the University of Connecticut. She worked in book publishing in New York City, and then returned to Connecticut to breed and show dogs.

She was a founding member of the Housatonic Cairn Terrier Club, and a leader in the rescue activities for both breeds. She was also a founding member of the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, and an active EMT volunteer for 30 years.

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12/31/12 05:31 PM Comments () • Permalink

Getting Ready for First NIght

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Among those preparing today for Westport’s First Night tonight was Fairfield resident Jeffrey Pressler, owner of J&D Kettled Corn, who was setting up on Jesup Green. “This is my seventh time at First Night and that includes the night it was canceled because of heavy snow,” he said. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with an antique car parade across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge and conclude at 10:30 p.m.  with a laser show over the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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‘Portable Snowman’

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This “portable snowman” made several stops along Westport’s West Parish Road on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Kinyon for WestportNow.com


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Monday, December 31, 2012 - New Years Eve

Westport Town Hall is closed. Westport Public Library closes at 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “U.S. Postage Stamps by Westport Artists” & “The Road to 06880: Colonial Era to Present” (last day)
4 p.m. - midnight - Downtown Westport - First Night

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Barclay’s Walk

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Westport resident Mark Ritter takes an early morning stroll today near his home on snow-trimmed Evergreen Avenue with his 2-1/2 year old golden lab, Barclay. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Carl E. Schmid, 80

Carl E. Schmid, a former Westport resident and longtime Easton resident, died Dec. 29 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. He was 80.

Born in Norwalk, he was the son of the late Alfred and Elizabeth Horan Schmid. He grew up in Greens Farms area of Westport and graduated from Staples High School.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as part of the Occupational Forces in Salzburg, Austria. He attended the University of Bridgeport and earned a BS in electrical engineering from New York University and a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

For more than 36 years, he was a senior staff engineer for the Perkin-Elmer Corp. He worked on aerospace and instrument group projects and has seven U.S. patents to his credit.

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12/30/12 04:28 PM Comments () • Permalink

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Parsell Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at 6 Parsell Lane, off Westway Road in Westport’s Greens Farms section, is in process. Built in 1951, the one-story ranch has 1,584 square feet and is situated on a one-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


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‘Black Ice’ Possible

With temperatures dropping below freezing across most of the area overnight, areas of black ice will be possible, especially on any untreated surfaces, the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures will be slow to warm this morning so the icy conditions may last through daybreak into the mid morning hours, an advisory said.

Motorists should use caution for slick patches on the roadways if driving this morning.


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Part of Roseville Road Reopened

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UPDATE Westport police advised that Roseville Road has reopened from Post Road East to Colony Road after earlier being closed due to a motor vehicle crash about 3 a.m. which snapped two utility poles. Power was knocked out to several homes in the area, an advisory said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area which is in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Winds northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph are expected this afternoon, it said.

The strong winds could bring down tree limbs and scattered power outages may occur, the advisory said.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or gusts of 46 to 57 mph are expected or occurring.


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Snow Record for Bridgeport

The National Weather Service said a record snowfall of 3.5 inches was set at Bridgeport on Saturday, breaking the old record of 3.1 set in 1959.


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Noon -  4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Muse” and “Penpals and Dreams”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar


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Snowy Saturday Night

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Snow covered sidewalks and some roadways around Westport tonight as a storm moved through the northeast. View is looking south on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Night Shoveling

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Shoveling of a Main Street sidewalk kept this man busy tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Three Injured in Maple Ave. North Crash

Three persons suffered minor injuries today when their car apparently skidded on icy pavement and ended on an embankment on Maple Avenue North.

Westport firefighters had to extricate the three from the vehicle.

Reports from the scene said their injuries were not life threatening.

Icy road conditions were reported in the area near the Fairfield County Hunt Club.


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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Not Much to Plow

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UPDATE What started as snow at mid-day today turned to rain in mid-afternoon, leaving not much to plow for public works crews. Scene is Westport’s Old Hill Road. As night fell and temperatures dropped, the rain turned to snow again.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Snowy Walk in the Park

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A walk in Westport’s Winslow Park took on a wintry look today as snow moved into the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com


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Snow’s for the Birds at Compo

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Today’s snow left Westport’s Compo Beach pretty much to the birds today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nancy Lally for WestportNow.com


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As Predicted

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As weather forecasters predicted, snow began falling in the Westport area about mid-day today. There were large flakes at first and then lighter snow mixed with rain. Streets quickly became slippery with numerous minor accidents reported. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday and said 3 to 5 inches could be expected. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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Leonard J. Massello, 87

Leonard J. Massello, a resident of Westport and Naples, Fla., died Dec. 25 in Naples. He was 87.

Born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph and Palma Massello.

After graduating Yonkers High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. During World War II, he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing in Cherry Point, N.C. and served in the Pacific Theater until the end of the war.

After working in the fruit and produce business with his father, he went to Cuba and started his own export business, shipping produce to the U.S. specializing in pineapples and produce.

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12/29/12 04:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Laser Show a First Night First

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s 19th annual First Night New Year’s Eve celebration set for Monday starting at 4 p.m. breaks with tradition as the fireworks show over the Saugatuck River is replaced by a laser show. 

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The 2013 button design by Miggs Burroughs pays homage to toymakers Melissa & Doug, the button sponsors. Contributed photo

“The laser show, set to music, will be a completely different experience,” said Barbara Pearson-Rac,  president of First Night’s board of trustees. “It’s a first.”

The reason for the switch is the fact that the Levitt Pavilion grounds, from where the fireworks have been launched in the past, is under construction, “and we were asked, no we were told, not to launch them from there,” she said.

“So it was challenging to come up with the razzle dazzle ending people were expecting,” she added, noting that the “Laser Show party” put on by Five Starz Entertainment of Rockland County, N.Y., should foot the bill.

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Plows at the Ready

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Trucks with plows attached were at the ready today at the Westport Public Works garage on the Sherwood Island Connector. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 4 Westfair Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 4 Westfair Drive, near Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1948, the one-story ranch has 1,172 square feet and is situated on a .32-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


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On the Eve of More Snow

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Friday’s sunset as seen from Westport’s Burying Hill Beach on the eve of another snow event. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area from 8 a.m. today to 6 a.m. Sunday. predicting 3 to 5 inches of snow in most areas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com


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Andrew Romano, 80

Andrew Romano of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Dec. 16. Hw was 80.

Born in Westport, he was the son of the late Mary DiGiovanni and Daniel Romano.

He is survived by his family, Andrea and Charles Perrault Jr. , Charles Perrault III, Vallerie Perrault, Mikki Zadrowski, Frances Romano, Thomas DiGiovanni, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Palmero Romano, and sister, Madeline Romanello.

A chapel service will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, at 12:30 p.m. , at St. Johns Cemetery, 223 Richards Ave., Norwalk.


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