Mark your calendars, foodies. Tuesday, Feb. 22, The Dressing Room will host a dinner featuring organic wines by Robert Sinskey Vineyards. The Dressing Room’s commitment to serving fresh, organic foods pairs beautifully with vintner Robert Sinskey’s winemaking philosophy. A believer that “artisanal winemaking begins with the care of the land,” Robert began his vineyard’s organic conversion in 1991. Since then he has developed a seductive selection of delicious wines that honor both the land they come from and the food with which they are served.
Dressing Room Chef Jon Vaast has created a four course menu around these wines, featuring creative dishes like carmelized diver scallops and sous vide elk tenderloin.
Dinner is $85.00 per person, excluding gratuity. Want in? Call to make your reservation.
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Treadwell Lane in Weston is looking more like Tread-bad Path these days. The infamous potholes are wreaking havoc on that side of town, and the Weston Forum website reported that at least 31 people have expressed a desire to fix this problem.
Many attempts to solve this problem have not been sufficient, according to a Weston Forum site user. The post says, "These are filled many times a year ... but filling does no good as soon as water collects in them and freezes. The result is giant puddles full of broken asphalt which are flung into the air with each passing car."
Potholes pose risks of flat tires and damage to a vehicle's undercarriage. They also are a danger to cyclists. In London, Steve Wheen developed a novel approach of drawing attention to potholes by planting flowers in them, reports Wikipedia.com. This practice is known as guerilla gardening.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation maintains only state roads – Treadwell is maintained by the town. To file a request for road upkeep, contact Public Works Director Joe Lametta at 2, email or stop by the office at 78 Old Hyde Road.
What other roads in town would you like to see fixed?
One of the most highly anticipated races at Saturday's State Open track and field championships will be the boys 3,200 meters. Weston's Stephen Vento figures to be right in the middle of the fight for first.
Vento comes into the race with the eighth fastest time, 9:52.81. He has however, run faster, including a time of 9:44.8 when he was unchallenged in winning the race at the South-West Conference championships. Vento also has the fastest 2-mile time in the state (and 15th in the country), a 9:36.33 at the Bishop Loughlin Games in December. Two miles is only 19 meters longer than 3,200 meters.
Fairfield Prep's Connor Rog (9:36.66) and Fairfield Warde's Harry Warnick (9:44.22) are the top two seeds in the race. Other runners could also be race factors, but one advantage Vento has is incentive.
During the cross-country season, Vento hurt his Achilles during the conference championships. He ran at the Class SS and State Open meets but was affected by the injury. He finished 11th in Class SS and 26th in the State Open.
"Definitely, cross country was a big upset,'' Vento said. "Going through the season, my goal was to finish in the Top 10 at the State Open. I've been able to use my cross-country training to help me through this winter. I've been using this winter season for redemption."
A night of entertaining drama awaits, Easton. The Barlow Players present the one-act play "America Hurrah: Interview" on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $5 each.
The show is directed by Dianna Canova and is "hailed as the watershed play of the '60s," says vanitallie.com. The Interview is part one of a trilogy of short plays and was "the first major dramatic expression of the anti-Vietnam War movement. Catching theatre-goers by surprise, America Hurrah had a shock effect on the culture."
Barlow High's Head of School Tom McMorran invited area residents to attend this play, which he said could prove entertaining. "Having overcome delays, rescheduling, canceled rehearsals and a few other obstacles, our stalwart actors are ready to say, 'The show must go on,'" he said.
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A Wilton resident received multiple phone calls last week from someone trying to sell prescription drugs, police report. The resident received similar calls in 2009 and was told to block the numbers, police say.
In both cases the calls came from outside the U.S. Police did not say whether the numbers from which the new calls were made were the same in both cases.
Also in the police blotter:
■ Jearry Rosado of Stamford was arrested in Wilton on Sunday and charged with speeding on Route 7. In addition to driving 53 mph in a 35 mph zone, Rosado had consumed alcoholic beverages before driving, police say. He was unable to perform field sobriety tests and would not submit to chemical testing, police say.
Rosado was charged with driving unreasonably fast and operating under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. He was released on a promise to appear on Feb. 23.
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It was the slap heard round the automotive world. When the Cayenne was introduced in 2003, Porsche, perhaps the most iconic name in sports cars, raised many an eyebrow with the addition of an SUV to its vehicular line up. Porsche enthusiasts were stunned and some diehard fans were initially dismayed. That is, until they drove the Cayenne. Eight years later, the Porsche Cayenne drove home Motor Trend's SUV of the year award for 2011.
The Cayenne was redesigned and re-engineered for the 2011 model year. And though this is the first time it's received the esteemed honor from the preeminent car magazine, the award comes as no surprise to Rich Del Mazzio, ecommerce manager for New Country Porsche in Greenwich. When the Cayenne was first introduced, he says, "Porsche challenged the market with the idea that SUVs do not have to be slow, boring or truck-like." And after widespread acknowledgment by Porsche lovers -- and car lovers in general -- that the SUV was "one of the best SUVs on the planet, it was only a matter of time before Porsche got the formula just right."
The base Cayenne comes loaded with, among other goodies, 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels, self-leveling automatic headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, LED running lights, a power tailgate, automatic windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, sliding and reclining 40/20/40-split rear seat, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, touchscreen interface and a 10-speaker sound system with CD player and auxiliary audio jack.
Over the past three weeks, Staples senior Ingrid Johnson has rewritten her school record in the 600 meters. She's hoping to set a new standard one more time in Saturday's State Open indoor track and field championships.
Johnson held the school mark coming into the season. Her mark of 1:39.99 set in last year's Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship meet fell in this year's Western Division championships. She won in 1:39.36. At this year's FCIAC championship meet, she won the race in 1:39.18. She broke the record for a third time in the Class LL championships, running 1:39.05. Surprisingly, she finished third behind winner Abby Markowitz of Greenwich and Norwich Free Academy's Brianna Lenehan.
"I didn't expect to break it three times in a row,'' Ingrid said. "I'm totally thrilled that it happened that way."
Johnson comes into the State Open with the fourth fastest time in the event. In each of her record-setting races, she has set the pace from the outset, and in the Class LL meet, she got caught from behind. Johnson may alter her strategy for the Open. "I don't know if I'll take it out from the start,'' Ingrid said. "I'm going to stick with the leader and see what I have at the end."
Johnson ran with the Wreckers as a freshman, then missed most of her sophomore year while she recuperated from a stress fracture. She has been at her best this season, where additional experience and strength have made her one of the state's top mid-distance runners. She will continue running in college at Johns Hopkins.
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