Monday, February 03, 2014
The Rev. Alison J. Buttrick Patton, pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church, built a giant snowy church mouse today on the church grounds with her sons Tobey, 11, and Ian, 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Craig D.B. Patton for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Today’s closure of Westport public schools, announced on the school telephone snow line just before 6:45 a.m.—well after nearby schools announced cancellations—brought criticism on social media and elsewhere. Some Staples High School teachers had already arrived at school, and some students were on buses or at bus stops when the announcement was made. There were reports of communication problems with the telephone line. A Tweet at about 6:30 a.m. from 2013 Staples graduate Jacob Meisel, an amateur meteorologist studying at Harvard University with followers @swctweather, said: “If Westport schools choose to open today, ignoring all districts around them, it would be a very stubborn/dangerous decision. Ill-advised.” Several other Tweets also criticized the timing of the announcement. There was no response from Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon when asked for comment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is closed today.
All classes including the congregate luncheon program are canceled.
The staff can be reached at (203)341-5099.
Westport public schools closed today due to weather.
The National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. today, additionally a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon.
This means there is a likelihood of moderate snow today and potentially heavy snow and ice Tuesday night and Wednesday.
It predicted snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches today and 5 to 10 inches of snow, along with ice accretion of up to a half an inch, Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Visibilities will be one quarter to one half mile at times today.
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 - Pension Investment Committee
10 a.m. – Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board Canceled
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On the Wire: Veiled Rebellion” by Lynsey Addario Closed
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover ... “
11 a.m. – Town Hall Auditorium - Joint Pension Board Meeting Canceled
Noon – Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Education Health Insurance Fund Review Committee Canceled
4:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 - P & Z Commission Medical Marijuana Subcommittee
6 p.m. – Staples Room 1025C - Board of Education anticipated executive session Canceled
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 - Green Task Force
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky, “Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher & the Gift of Great Expectations” Rescheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 - Golf Advisory Committee Canceled
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education Public Meeting (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us) Canceled
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, February 02, 2014
The Staples High School cheerleaders were among the attractions at today’s Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today presented the annual Service to Seniors Award to Carol Fisher at the Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Fisher has been an integral part of the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities since its inception, holding the position of program chairman for many years. She is head of the Renee B. Fisher Foundation, which has been a generous contributor to the Friends activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Chad Knight, one of the stars of the 2013 Westport Little League World Series team, today accepts some baseball memorabilia from retired Westport Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Valiante at the Super Bowl tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. When Valiante learned that Chad was a collector of baseball memorabilia, he asked his golfing buddy Bucky Dent to sign a photo and ball for Chad. Dent earned two World Series rings as the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978, and was voted the World Series MVP in 1978. Dent is most famous for his home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1978 season. Chad was overwhelmed by the gifts, which he said he would treasure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Super Bow tailgate party at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area for snow, which is in effect from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
It said snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are likely with locally higher amounts possible.
Winds will be north 5 to 10 mph tonight and 10 to 15 mph on Monday. Temperatures will fall into the mid 30s tonight and lower 30s early Monday morning.
Visibility will be a half mile or less at times Monday morning into the early afternoon hours.
Westporter Ross Bauer (r) poses today with his 4-foot super sub prepared by Art’s Deli owner Rich Falcone at 13 Post Road West. “Our Super Bowl tailgating party for 20 adults and 20 kids starts on our driveway at 4:30,” he said. Falcone said today is one of his busiest of the year and began making sandwiches in the early morning hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Felice Lesser, originally from Norwalk and a longtime customer at Great Cakes, hugs owner Rick Dickinson today on the Westport bakery’s last day. Susan Dickinson said her husband gave away a rolling pin and some spatulas to special customers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Signs adorned the exterior of Great Cakes on Post Road East today after the bakery closed for good after 30 years at the same location. “We don’t know who posted them,” said owner Rick Dickinson’s wife, Susan. “They were here when we arrived.” Customers crowded the store and bought up almost all the remaining goods, some vowing to freeze cakes until a future occasion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s closing day of Great Cakes in Westport. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced a $10 million upgrade to the power supply for Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line beginning Monday that he said will prevent the type of catastrophic power failure that occurred this past fall in Mount Vernon, N.Y., seriously disrupting railroad service.
Malloy also announced his plans to meet face-to-face with the incoming president of Metro-North, Joe Giulietti, and Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Metro-North’s parent agency, on Feb. 13 to discuss his concerns about the operation of the New Haven Line.
“The New Haven Line is the busiest single rail line in the country and, each day, takes more than 60,000 travelers off of our already congested highways,” said Malloy at a news conference at Union Station in New Haven.
“In anticipation of adding even more service on this state owned rail corridor, we want to ensure riders have as safe and reliable a commute as possible and prevent the major system interruptions that we experienced in September.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today held a news conference at Union Station in New Haven to announce that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) will undertake a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line beginning on Monday. Malloy said the project will prevent the type of catastrophic power failure that occurred this past fall in Mount Vernon, N.Y., seriously disrupting service on the New Haven Line. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
By James Lomuscio
After 45 years, Westport Pizzeria is moving from Westport’s Main Street. But not far. Just up the street and around the corner to Post Road East.
Heartfelt memories and emotions welled up among staff and longtime customers Saturday night at the iconic pizza emporium as news about the move spread. The last slice at 107 Main St. will be sold on Sunday, Feb. 23 and the grand opening at 143 Post Road East is set for Saturday, March 1.
Owner Carmelo Mioli, known as Mel to generations of Westporters, was there, too. He has seen this coming for some time, but nostalgia for him nevertheless runs deep. While the change is bittersweet, he remains upbeat about the new location.
“The advantage is that it’s my building,” Mioli said about 143 Post Road East, opposite the old post office, which he purchased for $812,500 in 2011. “I can fix it the way I want without answering to the landlord. There’s no lease to sign, and we don’t have the insecurity of not knowing if we will have a new lease.”
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport - Sixth annual Chowdafest competition
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “On the Wire: Veiled Rebellion” by Lynsey Addario
1:15 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - 8th Annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party
2 p.m. - MTC MainStage Studio Theatre (246 Post Road East) - “God of Carnage”
3 p.m. - Westport Library - The Usual Suspects: “The Cold Dish”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
The sixth annual Chowdafest, which last year outgrew its Westport roots, takes place Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Area at Harbor Yard. Thousands attended the Connecticut chowder and soup competition there last year (above). Four Westport restaurants are participating in the event, which began in 2008 at Westport’s Unitarian Church as a Super Bowl Sunday warmup. They include Dunville’s, Mansion Clam House, Post 154, and Tavern on Main. Created and organized by members of The Unitarian Church in Westport and presented by Stop & Shop, the annual fundraiser benefits Connecticut Food Bank. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Saturday, February 01, 2014
UPDATE After an afternoon of wordsmithing, three winners emerged today at the 15th annual crossword puzzle contest at the Westport Library. Posing with New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz (2nd l) are (l-r) Glen Ryan of Norwich, third place; Jesse Lansner of Brooklyn, second place, and first place winner Andy Kravis of Manhattan. In 2013, Kravis was also No. 1 while Ryan also was No. 3. Kravis, 25, was also a winner last September in a different contest— he won $2.6 million on NBC’s live game show “The Million Second Quiz,” hosted by Ryan Seacrest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
When contestants at today’s 15th annual crossword puzzle contest at the Westport Library were asked to raise their hands if they were from out of town, this was the response. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Three contestants today celebrated their 15th participation in 15th annual crossword competition at the Westport Library— Westporters Don Sanders (l) and Michael Goodman (r) join Fairfield resident Rita Weisskoff. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com