Sunday, September 07, 2014
Westport artist Miggs Burroughs was one of the Westport riders in today’s United 9/11 CT Ride and snapped this view along Westport’s Saugatuck Avenue near the Metro-North overpass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) MIggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s United 9/11 CT Ride, which began at Norden Park in Norwalk and then set out on a 60-mile route through 10 other communities, including Westport, and ended up in Seaside Park in Bridgeport. More than 2,000 motorcyclists participated in the 14th annual event. Dave Matlow, Bob Eckman, Miggs Burroughs, and J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
|Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church today celebrated back to church Sunday with its annual Espicobeef celebration led by master cooker Lloyd Nash. Contributed photo|
WestportNow contributing photographer Helen Klisser During spotted these Derek Jeter fans making their way into Yankee Stadium today for Jeter Day celebrating the captain’s last season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Jameson Russell (l), 8 of Westport and Griffin Kovack, 8, of Wilton wait for Metro-North’s “Yankee Clipper” at the Westport station today to take them to watch Derek Jeter Day and the Yankees-Kansas City game at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees shortstop was honored as he plays his last season before retiring. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Shane Meehan, 45, won today’s Westport Kiwanis Triathlon with an overall official time of 39:12. Meehan, a dermapathologist and professor at New York University Langone Medical Center, said this is the 10th year he has finished in first place. Before, he finished in second place twice, “all with no performance enhancing drugs,” he said. He is pictured with his wife, Lina, and children Darcy, 3, and Payton, 7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Florence Chretien, 40, of South Salem, N.Y. was the top female finisher for the third year in a row in today’s Westport Kiwanis Triathlon at Compo Beach. Describing herself as “a professional triahlete,” she is pictured holding daughter Jackie, 2. She also has a son, James, 16. The fundraiser consisted of a point-to-point swim and a shorter bike and run course through area neighborhoods. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
With official time of 37.31, Team 421 Elite members (l-r) Gage Holzhauer, 17, of Ridgefield and Staples High School seniors Jake Troelstra and North Woods came in first for the team entrants in today’s Westport Kiwanis Triathlon, which consisted of a half-mile swim, 5.5-mile bike course, and a 2.2-mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport firefighter Ben Racho was among the finishers of today’s Westport Kiwanis Triathlon in an official time of 53:46, completing the course for the third year in a row . Racho is a member of “Team Firefighter,”a national organization comprised of about 60 members who support firefighter fitness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Scenes from today’s Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE It was a night without power for many Westporters after Saturday’s powerful thunderstorms.
Connecticut Light and Power Company said that about 100 Westport customers were still without power today.
More than 600 were without power in the immediate hours after the storm.
More than 2 inches of rain fell, bringing down trees and power lines, flooding roadways, and touching off a basement fire on Warnock Drive. Local weather stations showed just before 5 p.m. the wind-driven rain was falling at a rate of 4.3 inches per hour.
7:30 a.m. - Compo Beach - Westport Kiwanis Triathlon
11;30 a.m. (approximate) - Various - 14th annual CT United Motorcycle Ride on Saugatuck Avenue, Riverside Avenue, and Wilton Road
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles” (last day)
3 p.m. - Westport Library - The Usual Suspects: “Birth Marks” by Sarah Dunant
3 p.m. - Pequot Library - Westport Arts Center Chamber Music: Misha & Cipa Dichter
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love” (last day)
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Strawberry Fields, Beatles tribute band
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, September 06, 2014
John “Jack” Howley, Sr. of Danbury, a former Westport resident, died Sept. 4 at Danbury Hospital. He was 86.
Born in Norwalk on Oct. 15, 1927, he grew up in Westport, graduating from Staples High School and working as a mate at Captain Allen’s Clam House.
After graduating from Staples and enlisting in the U.S. Navy, he began his life-long career in the construction business.
He was an avid snow skier and a scratch golfer, but his passion was sailing. After his retirement, along with his wife, he sailed from Westport to Key West, Fla. and throughout the Caribbean. For 15 years, he spent every winter in Key West. He loved being a grandfather and great-grandfather.
Longtime Westporter Michael Calise was not content to see the storm-damaged American flags on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center just sit there after today’s thunderstorms. So he decided to take down each one, fold them carefully, and take them to Westport Police Headquarters. He was soon joined by a couple of passersby who noticed what he was doing—John Mathias and Jaime Bairaktaris, a Staples High School student and WestportNow contributing photographer. “How anybody can drive by a flag on the ground is beyond me,” said Jaime. “This storm not only broke those flags, but brought out the American spirit in all of us.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Scenes from around Westport today as heavy thunderstorms moved through the area in late afternoon. Firefighters responded to a boiler room fire on Warnock Drive that apparently was touched off by the storms. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A series of heavy thunderstorms moved through the Westport area at mid-afternoon today, bringing down trees and power lines, causing power outages, flooding roadways, and touching off a house fire.
Connecticut Light and Power Company said at 10:30 p.m. that 415 Westport customers were without power. Earlier, the number reached 659.
Several inches of water flooded Main Street and Taylor Place, impeding traffic, and knocking down several flagpoles on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.
Firefighters responded to a basement fire on Warnock Drive. The fire was contained to a basement boiler room, according to reports from the scene. Mutual aid was requested from Wilton and Fairfield.
UPDATE Metro-North said New Haven Line service continues to experience residual delays of up to 10-15 minutes due to earlier circuit issues.
A fire apparently touched off during today’s lightning and thunderstorm damaged a basement boiler toom at 32 Warnock Drivein Westport today. Firefighters clean up after extinguishing the blaze. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Heavy rains and resultant flooding disabled several cars on Myrtle Avenue at Post Road East late today. Instagram.com photo