Monday, December 19, 2016
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Art to the Max”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “MORE Than Words/#Iammore Exhibition”
7:30 p.m. - Staples Cafeteria B - Board of Education (live coverage cable channel 78, AT&T channel 99, and www.westport.k12.ct.us)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (l), who died today at 99, was a familiar figure in Westport in the 1950s and ‘60s. Her mother, Jolie (c), had a home at 5 Clifford Lane in Westport’s Old Hill area and Zsa Zsa and her sisters were frequent visitors. With them in this 1966 photo is Zsa Zsa’s sister, Eva, who married third husband plastic surgeon John Williams in her mother’s Westport home. (They were divorced 11 months later. Eva eventually married five times, Zsa Zsa at least eight times.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) File photo
A large tree came down today in high winds at 81 Clinton Ave., bringing down wires which fell across a mail truck making a delivery. The U.S. Postal Service employee was standing just outside the truck and managed to escape without injury, according to Lisa Dortenzio, supervisor of postal customer services in Westport, who responded to the scene. The power company said 243 Westport customers were without power after the incident. Winds gusted to 40 m.p.h. at mid-afternoon as temperatues fell from 55 to 44 as a cold front moved in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A U.S. Postal Service employee escaped serious injury today at 81 Clinton Ave. when high winds brought down a tree and wires as he was making a delivery. The tree crashed into his truck just as he was standing outside the vehicle, said Lisa Dortenzio, supervisor of postal customer services in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for WestportNow.com
Clinton Avenue at No. 81 was completely blocked today as a tree and wires came down across the roadway and hit a mail truck making a delivery. The mail carrier was standing just outside his truck but escaped injury, accordng to Lisa Dortenzio, supervisor of postal customer services in Westport, who responded to the scene. Eversource Energy said 243 Westport customers were without power in mid-afternoon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Drivers escaped injury today as their vehicles collided on Post Road East near the Westport Country Playhouse shortly before 1 p.m. Traffic was slowed in the area while the scene was cleared. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Toy drive volunteer Rob Pocius (l) and Westport police officer Scott Morrison accept gifts today for the annual police holiday toy drive from Katie Sargent of Fairfield, a freshman English major at Georgetown University The second and final weekend of the toy drive by the Police Benevolent Association and Local Union 2080 continues at the Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East, until 4:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Families constructed bird masks at a pre-show activity in the Westport Country Playhouse’s Sheffer Room today prior to the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. shows of “A Very Electric Christmas,” part of the Playhouse Family Festivities series. The show is about a young bird lost at the North Pole. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There was a line at the main Westport post office at Playhouse Square today as customers awaited the special Sunday noon opening. This was the second day of special Sunday service in advance of the Christmas Holiday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A sign offering free valet parking—down from the initial charge of $5—welcomed visitors early today on Westport’s Main Street. Colleen Angione of the Westport Downtown Merchants Associaton (WDMA), said, “We initially only meant to offer it free yesterday because everything was such a mess downtown we thought it would be a nice gesture.” She added, “Today seems to be just as messy, so if we can make holiday shopping downtown easier on the last Sunday before Christmas, and we are helping both shoppers and our merchants, then that’s what it’s all about!” The service, which began the day after Thanksgiving, is available today and Friday and Saturday before Christmas noon to 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Morning fog settled over the Westport area early today. Daytime temperatures were in the upper 40s but forecast to drop into sub-freezing range later as a cold front moves in. View is along the Saugatuck RIver in Westport’s center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Noon to 3 p.m. - Westport Downtown - Suzuki Music School performs
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Lightwire Theatre: “A Very Electric Christmas”
3 p.m. - Saint Luke Church (49 Turkey Hill Road North) - Christmas Concert
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Scenes from tonight’s final performance of the 76th annual Staples High School Candlelight Concert. WestportNow.com photos
Adele Cutrali-Valovic, orchestra director at Staples High School, turns to thank Luke Rosenberg, choral director, at the conclusion tonight of the final performance of the 76th annual Staples High School Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
By tradition, Staples music alumni tonight join in singing of “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “The Messiah” as the closing number of the last performance of the 76th annual Staples High School Candlelight Concert. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
“A Chris Coogan Christmas Concert” tonight at the Saugatuck Congregational Church featured jazz pianist and vocalist Chris Coogan with the Chris Coogan Quintet as well as a solo performance by special guest, vocalist Michele Grace.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce tonight sponsored the Fairfield County Chorale carolers on a tour through Saugatuck area restaurants. The Boathouse was the first stop on the annual event, now in its third year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The State of Connecticut is seeking more than 16,061 forgetful Westport owners of $13.6 million in funds it is holding.
Account holders include Westport EMS, Coleytown Elementary School, The Westport Inn, and Westport Center Services.
They are on a list of unclaimed property issued by State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier. In all, there are 66,135 bank accounts and other property worth a total of $51.1 million unclaimed.
To see if the state treasurer is holding money for you, go to http://www.ctbiglist.com.
Donald J. Rully of Farmington, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 14. He was 55.
He was born in Manchester, Connecticut on Aug. 11, 1961, son of Don and Ann Rully of Westport.
He graduated Staples High School in 1979 and The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and political science. He was an avid sports fan and golfer.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, David M. Rully of Monroe, sister, Elizabeth A. (Rully) Schruender and her husband Robert of Lexington, Mass. He was also an uncle to Owen, Allison, Macklin and Jack.
|Jenny Bradshaw, 11, of Westport was eager today to rush out and build the first snowman of the season at her North Sasco Common home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo|
A group of runners ran through Westport today in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. They ran from the playground in Penfield Beach in Fairfield to the playground in Oyster Shell Park in Norwalk. They are pictured running near Long Lots Elementary School in Westport where the playground is dedicated to Sandy Hook victim Dylan Hockley. Twenty children and six adults died in the Dec. 14, 2012 shootings in Newtown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
A front loader today pushes snow into seven parking spaces on the east side of Westport’s Main Street which the Board of Selectmen approved on Wednesday as a new temporary snow storage area. The snow had been piled temporarily at the intersection of Post Road East and Main Street for years, but with construction of new sidewalks at the Bedford Square project, this was no longer an option, Public Works Director Steve Edwards told the board. Some merchants said they feared the new area would negatively impact their stores and sidewalks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Snow sits in a new temporary storage area on Westport’s Main Street today following the first snowfall of the season. The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday approved the use of severn parking places for snow storage after piling snow in the intersection of Post Road East no longer was available. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Workers clear a path from the sidewalk today on Westport’s Main Streeet as the first snowfall of the season brought up to 5 inches to the area. By 9:30 a.m., most of the snow had turned to rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo