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Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015


9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Coney Island: Side Show”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Arduino Workshops
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Tabletop Games for Adults
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

A Mess

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Snowplows could not keep up with the snow tonight that dumped 5 to 6 inches on the Westport area. View is from the bottom of the northbound exit 42 ramp of the Merritt Parkway. To the left is Weston Road and the former Daybreak Nursery. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Meredith Holod for WestportNow.com

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Woman’s Club Banquet Room Gets a Facelift

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A ribbon cutting ceremony today celebrated the reopening of the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC) historic banquet room and performance space, which recently underwent a major renovation, according to Dorothy Curran, WWC president. She said the section is originally the 1866-7 Saugatuck Church Sabbath Meeting Hall, which was moved from Post Road East in 1950 and joined to the main WWC clubhouse, the 1881 Queen-Anne-style Sidney Watts House. She said the renovated room will soon be renamed as Bedford Hall in honor of the generosity of Frederick Bedford, E.T. Bedford’s son, who facilitated relocation of the WWC weekly meeting space from the second floor of the YMCA to its current location, 44 Imperial Ave. Joining in the ribbon cutting were (l-r) Kristin Fox, former state Sen. John McKinney (a Bedford descendant), Curran, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and Susan Loselle, WWC rentals director. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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It Soon Will Be Known as Bedford Hall

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The newly refurbished banquet and performance space at the Westport Woman’s Club (WWC), 44 Imperial Ave., is ready for rental, according to .Dorothy Curran, president. Soon to be rededicated as Bedford Hall, the space is a crucial source of revenue that supports the WWC and its many charitable activities, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Hazardous Driving on Roads

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Falling snow created hazardous driving conditions on area roadways late today. Westport Police and State Police reported numerous vehicles having trouble negotiating the roads, some stuck trying to get up hills, and some off roads into snowbanks. No serious injuries were reported. View is looking east on Post Road East near Church Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Looking for a Walkway

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A couple of pedestrians on Westport’s Post Road East look for a walkway to the sidewalk during today’s snowstorm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Brief Respite

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Going under the Merritt Parkway overpass on Easton Road today provided a moment of respite from the heavily falling snow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Getting to Know You

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Mathis Iacono, 18 months, of New Canaan offers a friendly hand today to Zoey, a 5-year-old Greyhound retired racer, who is now a certified therapy dog. The get-to-know-you session with therapy dogs took place in the Sheffer Rehearsal Hall at the Westport Country Playhouse following the 1 p.m.  performance of “Dog Loves Books.” It was arranged in conjunction with the Reading to Rover program at the Westport Library. Lynne Perrigo, a children’s librarian and facilitator of the Reading to Rover program, a library staple for the past 10 years, said that as many as 20 certified therapy dogs are brought to the library multiple times each year so that children can improve their reading capabilities by reading to the empathetic therapy dogs.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Shoppers Leave Main Street to the Snow

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By late afternoon today, shoppers had all but abandoned snowy Main Street in Westport.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Sunday in the Park

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A Sunday snow was a good opportunity today for youngsters go go sledding in Westport’s Winslow Park.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Myrtle Avenue Scene

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Westport’s Myrtle Avenue looking toward Christ & Holy Trinity Church is snow-covered at mid-afternoon today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Here We Snow Again

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Snow on Westport’s Main Street did not stop Sunday shoppers today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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NWS Update: Winter Weather Advisory, 4 to 6 Inches

UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow and is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday.

It said to expect snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches with ice accumulation from a glaze to a tenth of an inch. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s.  Visibilities will be one-quarter to one-half mile at times.

The Weather Service said snow will be moderate to locally heavy at times late this afternoon and should mix with sleet at times late this afternoon.

Precipitation should mix with or change to sleet and freezing rain this evening especially from New York City south before ending after midnight tonight.

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Weston Road Rollover as Snow Makes Roads Slick

UPDATE One person was slightly injured in a one-car rollover today on Westport’s Weston Road, reports from the scene said.

The accident happened shortly before 2 p.m. near 57 Weston Road. The driver was reported out of the Jeep Cherokee, which was on its roof, moments later.

Snow, which began falling a short time earlier, quickly made roads slick.

Police later reported other accidents involving no injuries, including one on Patrick Road, a car into a snowbank, and on Burr Farms Road.

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The Eagle Has Landed

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This bald eagle was spotted at midday today near the Kings Highway North bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kevin Ludy for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  March 1, 2015


1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - Family Festivities Series: “Dog Loves Books”
2 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Concert: Eight to the Bar
4 p.m. - Christ & Holy Trinity Church - Anonymous 4: “1865: Songs of Hope & Home from the American Civil War”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sam Gault Shows Off His Dancing Energy

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Sam Gault of Westport, president of Gault Energy & Stone, shows off his dancing energy tonight with partner Anastasia Zhitova, dance instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Norwalk, at the Dancing With the Stars gala benefit at Westport’s Inn at Longshore for Norwalk’s ElderHouse, a not-for-profit adult day center. Gault won the Best Friend to ElderHouse as the most successful fundraiser. Other star dancers included Tony Aitoro, owner of Aitoro Appliance & Electronics, Norwalk; Andrea Coreau, senior vice president, head of retail banking, Fairfield County Bank, Westport; Tina Dragone, owner Tina Dragone, Westport; Terri Polley, president and CEO, Financial Accounting Foundation, Norwalk; Steve Simmons, founding partner, Sideris Capital Partners, Stamford, and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson of Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Dancing With the Stars Gala Benefit for ElderHouse


Scenes from tonight’s Inn at Longshore Dancing With the Stars gala benefit for ElderHouse of Norwalk. The not-for-profit adult day center serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. For more information, visit www.elderhouse.org. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Mimi Sheraton: Today’s Critics Focus More on Writing Than Food

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An overflow, standing room only crowd gathered today at the Westport Library McManus Room to hear Mimi Sheraton, 89, award-winning author, grande dame of food journalism and former restaurant critic for The New York Times, discuss her newest book, “1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List.” She was in a conversation with Westport-born Matt Storch, partner and chef of both Match Restaurant in Norwalk’s SoNo District and The Chelsea in Fairfield. Sheraton said in 1983, her last year with the Times, she had dinner at home only five times that entire year. Her opinion of today’s food critics? Many of them focus too much on the writing than the food, she said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Full Plate for Mimi Sheraton Talk

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It was a standing room only crowd today at the Westport Library for a talk by renowned food critic Mimi Sheraton. Asked about her favorite comfort food, she replied “fried eggs—I’ve been making my own since age 7.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Raising Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe took part today in a purple ribbon-tying ceremony outside David’s Tea, 135 Main St.. to kick off Westport’s first “Paint the Town Purple Awareness Blitz.” The purple ribbon bows around the trees lining Main Street are to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease. The weekend marks the two-week countdown to the Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser event March 13 at the Fairfield Theater Company. Joining Marpe in the ribbon-tying were Westporter Jeff Ruden, a board member of the Norwalk-based Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Eleanor Tornatore-Mikesh, CEO of the organization. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Learning Hands-Only CPR

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Kris Nash, a Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services CPR instructor, and a member of the Westport Library staff, gives instructions today on hands-only CPR at the Westport Library. On Thursday, students at Westport’s Staples High School will have an opportunity to learn the life saving skill for free during their lunch waves. The Staples classes have been organized by senior and WVEMS volunteer Reni Forer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Winter Weather Advisory, 2-6 Inches

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Westport area for snow and freezing rain. It is in effect from 10 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday.

It said to expect snow accumulation of 2 to 6 inches along with up to around a tenth of an inch of ice.  Visibilities will be one-quarter to one-half mile at times.

The Weather Service said snow will develop beginning late Sunday morning over the western portions of the tri-state, then expand over the remainder of the advisory area Sunday afternoon.

The snow will mix with or change to freezing rain across New York City, and other areas including coastal portions of Fairfield County Sunday evening. The precipitation will taper off from west to east after midnight Sunday night.

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Honoring Our Heritage: 111 Kings Highway North

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The newest recipients of an historical plaque from the Westport Historical Society (WHS) are the owners of the 1915-built house at 111 Kings Highway North, John Koren and his partner Patti McGovern, who acquired the house in 2012. The plaque was presented by Bob Weingarten, WHS house, plaque historian. In 2014, the Historic District Commission (HDC) awarded Koren and McGovern a preservation award for the house in recognition of “the meticulous restoration of this previously abandoned house.” Pictured are (l-r) Weingarten; Koren’s son Jonathan; Koren; John’s partner Patti McGovern; Koren’s daughter, Georgia, and Jonathan’s wife, Anna, holding their daughter Olivia, eight months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Assists at Wilton House Fire

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Westport firefighters today assisted at a house fire in Wilton. Engine 2 and Car 3 with five personnel responded to 266 Range Road where the unoccupied house was fully ablaze. The Westport units were on scene for approximately four hours until the fire was brought under control, said Assistant Chief John Plofkin, Jr. He assisted Wilton Capt Kevin Czarnecki with accountability and incident command while Lt. Brett Kirby supervised the Westport firefighters. New Canaan, Weston, Georgetown, West Redding and Norwalk also provided help. Cause of the fire is under investigation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Capt. John Lynch/Wilton Police Department photo

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