Friday, April 19, 2024


Staples Boys Soccer Team Wins National Academic Award

For the 15th time in 17 years — and the 12th season in a row — the Staples boys soccer program has been honored with a national award for academic excellence. Image
The 2016 Staples High School boys varsity team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for

And they did it with their highest GPA ever.

United Soccer Coaches (previously known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) presented the Wreckers with a Team Academic Award. The only other Connecticut boys high school to earn the award was the Christian Heritage School in Trumbull.

To qualify, a squad must have a 3.25 grade-point average of all varsity players. The award is given for the previous academic year. In 2016, Staples’ varsity players had an average GPA of 3.46. That beats the previous record of 3.43, set in 2013.

Chamber Launches ‘Supper & Soul’

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) is launching a new dinner and concert series titled “Supper & Soul.” The first one is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27. Image
Dana Fuchs: inaugural performer. Contributed photo

The single ticket event lets participants enjoy a three-course meal at one of five downtown restaurants, then see a concert at the Seabury Center on Church Lane and to return to any of the same restaurants for drinks at happy hour prices, according to Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director. Tickets are $75 per person.

The first concert will feature the sultry songs of New York’s Dana Fuchs before she heads out on her European tour to promote her latest album.

“I think people are really going to enjoy this new concept, and Dana is going to blow them away,” Mandell said.

Creative Placemaking’ Brainstorming at Library on Monday

It’s called “creative placemaking,” and its stated goal is to make part of Westport’s downtown or a particular neighborhood rejuvenated and accessible.

And it is the thrust of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County’s (CAFC) scheduled brainstorming session Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the main floor Reading Room at the Westport Library.

“Imagine engaging and working with a team of citizens, local artists, architects, transportation, school, or health officials to make Westport an even more attractive place to live, to improve a building, a troublesome intersection or to spark the rejuvenation of a part of town,” the WAAC announcement said.

According to WAAC officials, ideas developed from the session, along with a team put together from other Fairfield County towns, will guide the direction of CAFC’s Creative Placemaking conference set for Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk.

Metro-North: Weather Impacting New Haven Service Image
UPDATE Metro-North is operating a reduced weekday schedule with some combined and canceled trains due to the impact of the winter storm. At 7:57 p.m., the railroad said New Haven Line Service is experiencing delays of up to 45 minutes due to weather-related issues and wire damage in the vicinity of Bridgeport. View is the Metro-North Westport station at about 10 a.m. today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Storm Batters Westport Area, Brings Scattered Power Outages

UPDATE Blowing, drifting snow battered the Westport area today, bringing scattered power outages. Image
The view from the Hales Road overpass on I-95 in Westport shortly after 10 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Eversource said 60 Westport customers were without power at 4:30 p.m. but all had been restored 90 minutes later.

Westport police and fire units reported Canal Road in the Saugatuck Shores area flooded in advance of the 12:41 p.m. high tide.

The Norwalk Transit District announced that it is suspending service for the day due to the storm. There will be no afternoon or evening commuter shuttles in Westport or Norwalk.