5:04 a.m. – Northern Hemisphere – Autumnal Equinox 9:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Baron’s South Committee 9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Love: In the Eye of the Beholder” & “Malawi With Love” 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Downunder Kayaking (575 Riverside Ave.) – Earthplace Sunset Paddle for Harbor WatchCanceled 6 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Teen Wii Tournament 8 p.m. – Saugatuck School (170 Riverside Ave.) – Blues, Views & BBQ Festival: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes benefit [location change due to weather] 8 p.m. – Town Hall Theatre – Westport Community Theatre: “Moonlight and Magnolias” 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – St. Vincent’s Emergency & Trauma Care Unit benefit: “The Midtown Men” 8:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Autumn Music CampfireCanceled
Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) tonight modified and unanimously approved a text amendment allowing permanent and temporary lighting for sporting events on town-owned, school properties.
Parks & Rec Commission Chair Janis Collins told the P&Z tonight “concern for the safety of the kids” motivated the change now. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Submitted by the Parks and Recreation Department and predicated on the need for improved safety, text amendment 640 allows no more than one permanent or two temporary lighted fields on two school properties of 20 acres and with 200 parking spaces.
The P&Z also heard a “companion application” tonight to install temporary lighting for football practices at Saugatuck Elementary School at 170 Riverside Ave. on the P.J. Romano and Doubleday fields, a site plan application that was continued to Oct. 6.
Janis Collins, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, noted that the town had approved permanent lights at the Romano and Doubleday fields in 2009, but their installation had been fought by neighbors, with a lawsuit still pending.
The Westport Arts Center kicked off a new season of its popular Jazz Jam series tonight with Artistic Director for Jazz, Brian Torff, leading a toe-tapping jam session with some of the area’s most active musicians. The sessions are intended to be a spontaneous exploration of Jazz, Blues, and other music styles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wrecker Steve Smith (29) celebrates with Terence Gibbons today in Wilton. Gibbons’ dramatic side volley goal—with just 5:36 remaining—gave the Staples boys soccer team a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Wilton. The Wreckers are now 3-0-0. They host Brien McMahon on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com
Terence Gibbons’ side-volley goal with just 5:36 lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Wilton today.
Dylan Hoy gives it his best shot, but Wilton goalkeeper James Erario saves. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carl McNair for WestportNow.com
It was Staples’ third win in three matches—and Gibbons’ 2nd game-winner. He also netted the lone goal in the opening day victory over St. Joseph.
The match at Kristine Lilly Field was a nail biter. Action flowed back and forth, with both teams having excellent opportunities. Wrecker goalkeeper James Hickok, and defenders Ben Root, Jake Malowitz, Alex Tonsberg, Harry Birch and Taylor McNair, kept the shutout intact in the waning minutes.
Gibbons’ goal began with a long ball from Steve Smith. Malowitz raced forward and one-touched it to the senior, who struck home.
Friends of Westport Parks and Recreation today held a golf benefit at Longshore to be followed tonight by “The Golf Ball Gala” at the Longshore Tennis Pavilion. The gala is aimed at raising money for a new halfway house at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
A box truck pulled down a large phone cable today in front of the Westport Center Service Mobil station, 302 Post Road East. The force of the falling cable also pulled down a light pole. According to firefighters on the scene, the fallen line was an AT&T cable that interrupted landline and Internet services in the area. This was the second fallen utility cable on Post Road within an hour, the other incident occurring at 1655 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com