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Winter Storm Watch Does Not Include Westport

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for interior sections of southern Connecticut from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning, but the advisory does not include Westport and coastal Connecticut.

The advisory, which covers most of the rest of Connecticut, said to expect snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches.

It said a mix of rain and snow Wednesday morning will change to all snow by late Wednesday. The snow will continue into early Thursday morning before tapering off to snow showers.

Meanwhile, forecaster Jacob Meisel, a 2012 Staples graduate, tweeted: “A period of heavy snow continues to look likely even down to the coast Wednesday afternoon/evening. Significant accumulations possible.”

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Westport and area until 11 a.m. today.

It said to expect winds south 15 to 25 mph with gusts 45 to 50 mph through late morning.

Winds will be capable of bringing down limbs and vulnerable trees and power lines, the Weather Service said.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or gusts of 46 to 57 mph are expected or occurring.

Coastal Flood Statement

The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Statement for Westport and area warning of localized minor flooding during the time of high tide around mid-day Monday.

It said tidal departures of 1 to 1.5 feet above astronomical tides are likely.

It said localized minor flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and adjacent properties is likely due to height of storm tide or wave splash over.

There is no significant threat to life and any impact on property is minimal, the Weather Service said.

12U Wreckers Blue Win 2nd Tournament in a Row

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The Westport Wreckers 12U Blue Team won their second tournament in a row this weekend in Bloomfield. They played exceptionally well, going 5-0 and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 41-3 and finished their fall travel season with a record of 17-4. Pictured (l-r, top row) Rosali Pirone, Hannah Byrne, Ellie Doran,  Head coach Louis Alfero, Lucy Kaplan,  Choe Chaple, Coach Elise Stone, Aydan Moskowitz, Coach Rob Moskowitz, and Reilly Caldwell; (bottom row) Julia Grimes, Milei Wyatt, Sophia Alfero, Emily Stone, Kathryn Zanvettor, and Ali Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Heida Hermanns String Competition Winner

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Xiao Wang, violinist from China, was selected today as the winner of the 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition at Westport Town Hall. The two-day competition was presented by the Connecticut Alliance for Music (CAM) with the support of the Westport Arts Center. Wang, who began playing the violin at age 5, was awarded a $5,000 cash prize. At age 10, he was accepted to study at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, later studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is pictured with Barry Persky, vice president, Connecticut Alliance for Music. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Seth Goltzer for WestportNow.com

Heida Hermanns Finalists

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Finalists in the two-day 2014 Heida Hermanns International String Competition at Westport Town Hall which concluded today included (l-r) Xinou Wei, honorable mention ($500 cash prize); Rachell Wong, second place ($2,500 cash prize); Chensi Tang, third place ($1,500 cash prize); Xiao Wang, first place ($5,000 cash prize); Christina Bouey, honorable mention ($500 cash prize), and (sitting with cello) You Kyung Kim, honorable mention ($500 cash prize). The competition is named after Heida Hermanns, a world-class concert pianist and child prodigy who fled Nazi Germany and eventually settled with her husband in Westport. She died in 1995 at age 89. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Seth Goltzer for WestportNow.com

WHS Exhibit Celebrates Saugatuck’s Proud Past

By James Lomuscio

Saugatuck, the once working class, mostly Italian-American section of Westport—the area state officials in the 1950s figured it would be easier to build the Connecticut Turnpike through rather than affluent Greens Farms—got its just deserts today.

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Sea Capt. Sereno Gould Allen (r) is portrayed in the William Lambdin mural at the center of the exhibit opened today and present for the occasion were his great-great-great-grandchildren Wm. Bradley Kellogg of Fairfield and Katherine Daught Jacob of Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

At the opening of a Westport Historical Society’s (WHS) exhibition titled “Saugatuck @ Work—Haven of Community, Commerce and Innovation,” the neighborhood was revered not only as an important area of Westport, but as its matrix.

Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, Town Curator who organized the exhibit, was quick to remind the more than 100 persons in attendance “Saugatuck was Westport’s downtown before Westport was Westport.”

Before the town was incorporated in 1835, Westport was called Saugatuck and was a part of the towns of Fairfield and Norwalk.

Great-Great-Great Grandpa Featured in Saugatuck Mural

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The mural “Saugatuck in the 19th Century” created in 1969 by the late Westport artist Robert L. Lambdin anchors the Westport Historical Society’s “Saugatuck@Work,” which opened today. The meticulously researched wall mural depicts the area bustling with commerce and community and features Sea Capt. Sereno Gould Allen. Among those attending today’s opening reception were his great-great-great-grandchildren Wm. Bradley Kellogg of Fairfield and Katherine Daught Jacob of Weston. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Westport Historical Society Debuts ‘Saugatuck@Work’


Scenes from today’s reception marking the opening of the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit “Saugatuck @ Work—Haven of Community, Commerce and Innovation” and companion exhibit devoted to the life of Saugatuck immigrants, “Framing Saugatuck,” in the WHS’s Mollie Donovan Gallery. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com