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Monday, May 28, 2007

Westporters Reminded to Rally Round the Flag

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Westport Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Ted Diamond, a World War II veteran, claps in the reviewing stand at Town Hall during the parade today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

Westporters were told today to rally around the flag, much like they did decades ago, and remember and honor those who have given their lives and time to protect Americans.

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff reminded those who attended the ceremony following the parade of the movie “Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys,” which was filmed in Westport and was about a community battling the construction of a missile silo. Westporters fought such a battle in the 1950s.

But it was Grand Marshal Ted Diamond who was greeted with applause when he expressed his hopes that the Iraq War will have ended by Memorial Day a year from now and the troops are home.

“I hope a year from now we are speaking how the war has ended and there has been a safe return of our troops,” he said, prompting the clapping.

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Memorial Day Waves

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Westport’s political leaders, including (l-r) state Rep. Joe Mioli, Selectwoman Shelly Kassen, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and Selectman Bob Lasprogato waved to the crowds at today’s Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

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A Memorial Day Kiss

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Tony Esposito used today’s Westport Memorial Day parade as an occasion for a public kiss with his wife Helen that is reminiscent of the famous Times Square sailor kissing photo at the end of World War II. Esposito owns AnTony’s Hairstyling and Barber Shop at 10 Bay St., behind the Westport Post Office. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jerry Kuyper for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal Ted Diamond Leads World War II Vet Marchers

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Westport’s Memorial Day parade Grand Marshal Ted Diamond, who turns 90 in July, led World War II vets in the line of march today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Westport’s Finest on the March

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The Westport Police contingent in today’s Memorial Day parade won applause from onlookers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saluting the Crowd

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Westporter Ted Diamond marched the length of today’s Memorial Day parade as grand marshal. The World War II veteran turns 90 in July. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Strike Up the Band

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The Staples High School Band was among a number of bands performing in today’s Westport Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com

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Westport Set for Annual Memorial Day Parade Today

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Westport’s annual Memorial Day parade kicks off this morning shortly after 9 a.m. with hundreds expected to participate.

The line of march runs from Riverside Avenue in front of Saugatuck Elementary School, across the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge, up Post Road East to Myrtle Avenue, and then along Myrtle to Veterans Green.

World War II veteran Ted Diamond is grand marshal for the parade. There will be a reviewing stand in front of Town Hall, and ceremonies will take place across the street on Veterans Green following the parade.

The forecast is for temperatures in the 80s with partly sunny skies. WestportNow will provide complete photo coverage of the parade later in the day. Reader photo contributions are welcome—send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Colorful Sails

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There was good sailing weather at Westport’s Compo Beach on Sunday with temperatures reaching almost 80. The forecast is for similar temperatures today for the annual Memorial Day parade in Westport under partly sunny skies. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 28, 2007


9 a.m. - Downtown Westport - Annual Memorial Day Parade

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Bernard Kalb on David Halberstam: a “Journalistic Giant”

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Bernard Kalb, former CBS and NBC newsman and founding anchor of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” paid tribute today to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam at the Westport Public Library’s Booked for the Evening fund-raiser. Kalb called Halberstam a “journalistic giant” and said journalists today who are skeptical about U.S. goverment optimism about the Iraq War echo Halberstam’s work of 40 years ago in Vietnam. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Westport Honors Journalist David Halberstam

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Susan Terry (l-r), Laurence Luckinbill, Lewis J. Stadlen and Frank Deford present a tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam during today’s annual Booked for the Evening gala at the Westport Public Library. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Public Library today honored the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam through words, song and stories at its annual Booked for the Evening gala.

“His writing was complex, far reaching and embodied the basic principal of discovering the extraordinary essence of things wherever he looked,” said Maxine Bleiweis, library director. “He was a supreme reporter—always after the facts, the circumstances and points of view surrounding his subject.”

Halberstam died in April in a car accident outside of San Francisco (see WestportNow April 23). Library officials decided to move on with the tribute, and Halberstam’s wife, Jean, was in attendance.

The event featured a tribute to Halberstam’s work through words read by Frank Deford, Laurence Luckinbill and Lewis J. Stadlen and through song from Susan Terry and accompanied by Mark Cherry. Former CBS and NBC News correspondent Bernard Kalb, who worked with Halberstam at The New York Times in the 1960s, also paid tribute to him by telling how he worked through the Vietnam War.

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Norwalk Teen Sent to the Hospital in I-95 Crash

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Westport firefighters tended to an accident on I-95 this afternoon that sent a 13-year-old Norwalk boy to Norwalk Hospital. Two cars collided near the Exit 18 ramp in the northbound lanes of I-95. The teen was the only one injured in the accident. The right northbound lane was closed for about 30 minutes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Horsey Set

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A couple of riders went through their paces today at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club as sprinklers watered the grass. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Cooling Off

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Saturday’s temperatures in the 80s forced many to seek relief in cooling waters, including this visitor to a creek at Westport’s Canal Street and Kings Highway North. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 8 Windy Hill Road

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 8 Windy Hill Road off of Roseville Road. The 1926, 2,058-square-foot house sold earlier this month for $1.1 million. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Memorial Day Weekend Fishing

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While many were lying on towels on Compo Beach Saturday, one person tried to catch some fish off of the jetty. With the weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, many people headed to Westport’s beaches and pools to enjoy temperatures in the mid-80s. Temperatures are expected to cool today with a chance of rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 27, 2007


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
5 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project”
4-7 p.m. - Westport Public Library - Booked for the Evening: David Halberstam Remembered

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Preparing the Memorial Day Float

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Staples High School Interact Club members gathered today to work on the Westport Rotary Club’s float for Monday’s Memorial Day Parade. The theme of the float focuses on a water purification system that is used in India. Many Westport organizations are putting the final touches on floats for Monday’s parade this weekend. The parade steps off from Saugatuck Elementary School on Monday at 9 a.m. It travels Riveside Avenue to Post Road to Myrtle Avenue and on to Town Hall. A ceremony follows the parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Summer Season

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Lifeguards were back on duty today at Westport’s Compo Beach for the first time as the summer season officially got underway. Beachgoers began the Memorial Day weekend with sunny weather and temperatures in the 80s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Everyone Into the Pool

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The pool at Westport’s Longshore Club Park opened today as the summer season got underway with Memorial Day weekend visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 26 Morningside Drive N.

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Westport building officials are reviewing an application to demolish the house at 26 Morningside Drive North. The 1966, 1,565-square-foot house was sold in October 2006 for $725,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Curtain Call for Staples Players’ “Laramie Project”

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Westport’s Staples High School Staples Players played to a soldout audience Friday night for their production of “The Laramie Project.”  The 14-member cast plays more than 80 roles in the true story of the brutal 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard outside of Laramie, Wyo. During the curtain call, Brandon Floch (bottom r.) announced that Staples Players will be making a donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s “Erase Hate” campaign. Additional donations were collected at the door. The show continues today at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 5 p.m. and next Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Summer Kayaking

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The temperature hit a high of 89 in Westport on Friday, and it made for a good day for kayaking along the Saugatuck River. Today’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s, except around 80 along the shore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 26, 2007


10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Staples High School - Westport Craft Show
2 p.m. - Westport Public Library - MovieLine - “Yellow Brick Road”
7:30 p.m. - Staples High School - Staples Players: “The Laramie Project”

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