Thursday, May 30, 2024


Staples Senior Places Third in Colorado Skiing Event

Westport’s Reggie Yemma placed third in this weekend’s 13th Annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships at Crested Butte, Colo.
Reggie Yemma poses with her mother, Eileen, at the end of her final Crested Butte race. Contributed photo

The 17-year-old Staples senior finished a very close third, less than a point behind the winner in the junior girls division. 

The event attracts some of the top big mountain freeskiers from across the world to Crested Butte for adrenaline-charged action held on the resort’s wildest terrain.

The two girls who got judged just ahead of her are both from Colorado ski towns. They skiied an area of the mountain Saturday that had not been skied in several years due to lack of snow. 

“She said it was so scary she nearly cried when she saw it for the first time for her practice run, but she’s quite gutsy and conquered it like a pro,” said Andy Yemma, Reggie’s father.

That’s Okay, You Don’t Have to Sing, Mr. President

Members of the Greens Farms Academy male a capella group “Beachside Express” provided entertainment at today’s Westport Democratic Party fundraiser in advance of Tuesday’s presidential primary. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and state party chairman George Jepsen were among those attending. photo

Blumenthal: We’re Finding More Not Less Wrongdoing in Rowland Investigation

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told a Westport Democratic Party fundraiser today that he is “finding more not less wrongdoing” in his investigation of Gov. John G. Rowland. Federal and state investigators are conducting a simultaneous inquiry into activities of the Republican chief executive. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE). photo

Lucky Couple

A lucky couple embrace after escaping unhurt from a rollover Saturday night in front of 325 Riverside Ave. The 22-year-old Easton woman and 23-year-old Westport man said they swerved to avoid an oncoming car. Their Jeep sheared off a telephone pole before coming to rest on its side. The 11:21 p.m. accident was the second rollover on Riverside Avenue with no injuries in 48 hours.(CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE). photo

Boys Varsity Basketball: Trinity Catholic Bests Staples 63-45

The FCIAC tournament got underway tonight with Staples losing to top-seeded Trinity Catholic 63-45 in a game played at Fairfield High.

Second ranked Bridgeport Central beat seventh-ranked McMahon, third-ranked Fairfield beat sixth-ranked Harding and fourth-ranked Norwalk beat fifth-ranked Danbury. 

The FCIACs continue Tuesday with Trinity Catholic playing Norwalk and Bridgeport Central playing Fairfield.

Staples next places in the CIAC state tournament which begins on March 9. Matchups and locations will be announced next week.

A 1957 Westport Memory: WN Reader Identifies Dancer

The March issue of Smithsonian Magazine includes a photo by photojournalist Esther Bubley for Women’s Day magazine showing a 1957 Westport surprise birthday party for a teenage girl. The photo was published with an article “Eight-thirty to Midnight, or Don’t be afraid to give a party!,” which offered advice on planning a party for a teenager. Other photos in the series can be seen here. WestportNow reader Linda Gramatky Smith identified one of the dancers. See comment below.  (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE). photo

Martha Stewart: “I am Hopeful and Optimistic I Will be Exonerated”

Westport’s Martha Stewart, fresh from a courtroom victory, says she is pleased the judge has dismissed the most serious charge against her and is optimistic she will exonerated.

Stewart, who has maintained silence through her federal court trial in Manhattan, posted her remarks on her www. Web site.

“As my trial nears its conclusion, I am hopeful and optimistic that I will be exonerated and able once again to devote my full attention to developing and promoting the creative home keeping ideas that so many loyal customers and supporters have come to rely on for inspiration in their own kitchens, gardens and craft rooms,” she said.

“I’m pleased that the judge has dismissed the most serious of the charges against me, concluding that there is no evidence to support it.”

You Deserve a Cake Today

By Fran

WestportNow Consumer Correspondent
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Lets face it: weҒve made it this far through a yukky winter, stuck to our low-carb diets, paid through the nose for home heating oil, and had to bear daily doses of the Martha saga.  Isnt it time for a little pleasure?
MollyҒs Sweet Eats two-layer chocolate cakes are $9.99 at Wild Oats. WestportNow. com photo

For most of us that means just one thing: a generous slice of rich, gooey, chocolate cake.  Better yet, buy a whole cake.  You might even have some left over for the Oscars on Sunday evening.

My 11-year-old-sons own personal favorite is Trader JoeҒs 7-inch Handmade Chocolate Ganache Torte. To die for and a bargain to boot at $5.99. 

Here֒s what youll find around town. Adding “Happy Birthday” is free—with the exception of HayDay, which will charge you an additional $2.50 for an inscription.

Mardi Gras at Longshore Benefits Levitt Pavilion

The Inn at Longshore hosted a Mardi Gras party tonight for the benefit of the Levitt Pavilion. More than 250 people attended the sold out “Carnivale 2004!” event headlined by four-time Grammy Award nominee Buckwheat Zydeco. The funds will help pay for the free summer concerts at the Levitt. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE). Additional photo on community page. photo