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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Grand Marshal 2011 - Tracy Sugarman

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Tracy Sugarman (pictured with wife Gloria) was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2011. He died Jan. 20, 2013 at age 90. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshals 2010 - George Marks Sr. & George Marks Jr.

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George Marks Sr. and George Marks Jr. were Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshals, 2010. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2009 - Ed See

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Ed See was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2009. He died Sept. 8, 2009 at age 93. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2008 - Howard Munce

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Howard Munce was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2008. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2007 - Ted Diamond

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Ted Diamond was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2007. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jennifer Connic for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2006 - Art Reale

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Art Reale was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2006. He died Nov. 10, 2012 at age 90. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ward French for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2005 - Barry McCabe

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Barry McCabe was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2005. He died Nov. 14, 2007 at age 83. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

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Grand Marshal 2004 - Clayton Chalfant

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Clayton Chalfant was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal, 2004. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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A Memorial Day Flag Salute

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Ed Gerber, president of the Westport Historical Society and a member of the Historic District Commission, said the flag that drapes his 1764-built house on Cross Highway this weekend is the flag that was presented to his family when his father, a World War II veteran, was buried at Arlington Cemetery in 2001 at the age of 90. Gerber said his father, who served in the Panama Canal for three and a half years, met fellow soldier Frank Boylan who often talked about his artist uncle George Hand Wright who resided in Westport. Boylan was the heir to Wright’s house, located at Westport’s 93 Cross Highway, which is now owned and occupied by Gerber. Following the death of Boylan in 1993 and his widow in 2003, Gerber purchased the house in 2010. Gerber said his Cross Highway residence transcends his father’s World War II friendship with Boylan while preserving the historic house known today as the Eliphalet Sturges 1764-1767 and George Hand Wright 1907-1951 House. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 7 Tamarac Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 7 Tamarac Road, off Compo Road North, is in process. Built in 1953, the 1-1/4-story cape has 1.282 square feet, is situated on a .25-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, most recently changed ownership in July 2011 for $599,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday,  May 24, 2015


1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Showing the Flag

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Among the many Westport residents honoring veterans on the Memorial Day weekend by proudly draping flags on their homes are Veronica and Thomas Hofstetter, 15 Bridge St. Veronica Hofstetter said her family has a long and proud military history. She said her husband, Thomas C. Hofstetter III, served in the U.S. Army in the 1990s, attaining the rank of captain, his father served in the Korean War, his grandfather fought in the Battle of Verdun in World War I, and his great-great-grandfather was in the Civil War. She said Tom, who was invited to address Saugatuck Elementary School students on Friday, told them: When you see a military person in uniform say ‘hello and thank for your your service to our country.’“  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Book Choreographs Local Story Behind New Yorker Covers

By James Lomuscio

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The cover of the new book, which will sell for $40 at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The book’s cover tells it all, striking a chord with everyone familiar with Westport.

It’s an artist’s rendering of Compo Beach, glistening sand, grass culms, azure skies spotted with white cotton clouds and beachgoers either on the sand and gathered under a pavilion of sorts, white sails in the distance.

The title of the coffee table sized book, “The New Yorker in Westport,” by Eve Potts and Andrew Bentley also drives home a timeless sense of place, albeit in the same font of the time honored magazine.

Recently, Potts and Bentley sat down at the Westport Historical Society (WHS), home to the book’s genesis. A year ago in April the WHS hosted an exhibit showcasing many of the 767 covers produced by 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport from 1925 to 1989.

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 2 Newtown Turnpike

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UPDATE and CORRECT An application for a permit to demolish a structure at Westport’s 2 Newtown Turnpike is in process. Built in 1939, the one-story bungalow has 1,240-square feet and is situated on a 4.48-acre property. The demolition permit application excludes the 4,962-square feet main house and the 767-square feet stand-alone apartment. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (Editor’s note: this picture replaces the earlier published picture of the main house.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Boy Scout Honor

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Boy Scouts from Westport’s Troop 39 placed flags today on graves at the Colonial cemetery at Greens Farms Road and the Sherwood Island Connector. They are (l-r) Kevin Lindwall, Odin Bartie, Jacob Kitchner and Gabi Dick. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Weingarten for WestportNow.com

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Cub Scouts Clean Up at Coleytown El

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Members of Westport Cub Scout Pack 100 and their parents spent their afternoon Friday at Coleytown Elementary School grounds. They picked up garbage and cleaned school territory as part of a community service project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday,  May 23, 2015


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - “Sherwood Island, 1975-2015: Photography by Larry Silver”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2015” & “EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Liar” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Starting the Holiday Weekend With an Ice Cream

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Sunny Daes, 30 Riverside Ave., ice cream and frozen yogurt store tonight attracted many customers at the start of the long Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Comings & Goings: Peachwave Yogurt Closes

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The latest frozen yogurt casualty in Westport is Peachwave, 170 Post Road West. It has closed after less than two years in business, according to an employee at its Norwalk store, 235 Main Ave. A sign at the entrance of the Westport location says “this location is closed for the season.” Peachwave opened in Westport in June 2013. Other recent Westport frozen yogurt closings include Froyoworld, 361 Post Road West in November 2014 after two years in business, and Pinkberry, 113 Post Road East, in June 2014 after less than 18 months in business. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Staples Win and Fist Bumps

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The Staples varsity baseball team today beat Westhill 11-4 to clinch the No. 2 seed in the FCIAC playoff tournament. The win came on Little League Day and afterward the high schoolers greeted the Little leaguers with fist bumps. The first playoff game is Tuesday at 4 p.m. at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Heading Home for Holiday Weekend

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Traffic was heavy on many town roads late today, including the flag-flying Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center, as many headed home early for the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Giving a New Outfit for a New Beginning

“Ceremonies and Celebrations,” a program helping families in need to purchase new clothing for graduating middle and high school students has had an increase in requests this year, Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler said today.

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Barbara Butler: this year requests have increased. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Westport community and the schools’ PTAs, 36 Westport students were able to purchase new special event clothing for their graduations from middle and high school,” Butler said about the program now in its 12th year.  “This year, the number of requests is considerably higher.”

While not stating how many more requests there were this year, Butler urged the public to help via tax-deductible donation.

“If donors prefer, gift cards of any amount are most welcome as well,” Butler said, adding she has received numerous heartfelt notes and photographs of the proud youngsters walking across the stage or with their relatives on graduation day.

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Saugatuck Elementary Community Salutes Veterans

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The Saugatuck Elementary School community—students, parents, faculty and staff—today celebrated the nation’s veterans during its third annual Memorial Day celebration. Each grade sang a patriotic song, Principal Beth Messler read a poem, and lifelong Westporter Thomas Hofstetter delivered an inspiring speech. Matthew Davis played Taps to close out the ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Terminated Golf Employee Arrested on a Warrant

UPDATE An employee of a golf maintenance company contractor for the Westport Parks & Recreation Department who had been terminated today was arrested on an outstanding warrant, police said.

Capt. Sam Arciola said the employee, Arturo Icelo-Hernandez, 23, of Bridgeport caused enough of a ruckus for the police to be called to Longshore Club Park.

He was arrested following a computer check showing he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court and other charges, police said.

He was charged with second-degree failure to appear. No court date was given.

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Arrest in Year-Old Bicycle Theft

A Bridgeport man who allegedly stole a bicycle from the Saugatuck train station nearly a near ago was arrested on an outstanding warrant Monday in Norwalk Superior Court, Westport Police said today.

George Lopez, 54, was charged with fifth-degree larceny after months of follow-up investigations and police work with other communities that had experienced similar larcenies, said Capt. Samuel Arciola.

Lopez was unable to post $1000 bond and was issued a Norwalk Superior Court date of May 28.

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