Saturday, September 21, 2013
Volunteer Dog Walkers Needed
The Connecticut Humane Society in Westport (455 Post Road East, 203-227-4137) is in need of help from the Westport community. Volunteer Dog Walkers are needed at the shelter for regular once-a-week / 2 hour block schedules to make sure the dogs get out for play time. If interested, please stop by or call the Connecticut Humane Society. Thank-You.
Friday, January 01, 2010
2009 In Pictures
Once again, WestportNow presents as a New Year’s gift to our readers a review of the past year through the eyes of Westporters who contributed photos, video and illustrations to WestportNow in 2009.
The year 2009 was unusually busy, and we are pleased to have been your No. 1 source for breaking and ongoing news coverage of Westport for the seventh successive year.
Dozens of persons contributed news stories, photos, and illustrations to WestportNow over the past year. The 2009 review, with video and drawings for the first time, includes almost 350 entries and represents the work of 30 photographers by name and one illustrator.
In 2009, WestportNow continued to record remarkable growth. This last week alone, while unusually busy, WestportNow had more than 90,000 page views and more than 15,000 unique visitors. No other Westport news source, print or online, delivers as many daily or weekly readers to its advertisers.
We urge you to patronize our advertisers and spread the word about WestportNow. We continue to be grateful for the public trust shown in us and look forward to continuing to serve Westport in 2010. Best New Year wishes to all WestportNow readers.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Staples Radio Broadcasts ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’
Staples Players director David Roth introduces today’s WWPT Staples Wrecker radio live broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The production was based on the March 10,1947 original radio broadcast of the 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Echoes of the Past
Hot Mail, Identity Theft Arrest
A Monroe man who allegedly stole a resident’s mail and used the information to access bank and credit card accounts was arrested Monday at the Bridgeport Probation Office on a warrant stemming from the December 2013 incident, Westport Police said.
Corey Roberts, 24, was charged with criminal attempt at third-degree larceny, second-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation and trafficking in personal identifying information, Capt. Vincent Penna said.
Released after posting a $20,000 bond, Roberts is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Dec. 29.
Westport Property Transfers Dec. 1 - 5, 2014
Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Dec. 1 - 5, 2014:
John B. and Lisa R. Watkins to Thomas C. Lightoller and Sophie Scott, 15 Island Way, $1,725,000
Janet and Richard Francis to 9 Prospect Road LLC, 9 Prospect Road, $1,200,000
Stephanie Quinn and Anthony Fasone to David Surtees, 9 Partrick Road, $1,900,000
Robert W. Lee to Cindy R. Scope, 14 Rocky Ridge Road, $517,500
A seagull finds a perfect perch on Thursday—a lamp post on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center festooned with holiday decorations. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Friday, December 19, 2014
9 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Commission for Senior Services
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - Westport Arts Center - ArtCafé Artists Talks
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion MAGIC”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
3:30 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen Minecraft Meetup
4 p.m. - Westport Library - ChessClub (grades K-12)
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Jam Theory w/ Acoustic Cubed
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Saugatuck Residents Rally Against Multi-Family Housing
By James Lomuscio
Neighbors opposed to a developer’s renewed attempt to build multi-family housing in Westport’s Saugatuck area met tonight at the Westport Library to figure out how to stop it.
Carolanne Curry addresses tonight’s meeting of Save Old Saugatuck. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The meeting by a group calling itself Save Old Saugatuck had a distinct irony—the planned development is to take place on Hiawatha Lane Extension, a community that has long exemplified the town’s diverse housing stock.
About 18 persons showed up for the session in the McManus Room. Their goal was to develop a strategy to oppose plans by developer Felix T. Charney to construct a 186-unit, rental housing complex there. Thirty percent of the units are to be classified as affordable.
The residents say the plan, which uses the controversial state statute 8-30g to override local zoning regulations, puts their neighborhood in jeopardy, all in the name of diverse housing.
Comings & Goings: Grilled Cheese Eatery Closes
Amost eight months after it opened, Grilled Cheese Eatery at 772 Post Road East has closed. According to Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This, the neighboring frame and women’s accessory shop, the Grilled Cheese Eatery’s equipment and other restaurant contents were loaded onto a truck on Saturday. The owners, Belgian-born Henri and Bulgarian-born Ivanina Donneaux, also closed the Grilled Cheese Eatery at 57 Unquowa Road, Fairfield which opened in October 2013, having converted their Cafe Lola space into the new food concept. (See WestportNow, April 24, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Carolyn Bloom, 75
Carolyn Bloom of Westport died Dec. 16 at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was 75.
Carolyn Bloom: 38-year Westport resident. Contributed photo
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she grew up in Flatbush and attended Midwood High School. Upon graduation, she worked at Columbia Pictures in New York City where she met her future husband, David.
After a year-long courtship, they married and continued to live in Brooklyn. After the birth of their two children, Michael and Rhonda, the family moved to Merrick, L.I. where they resided for almost 10 years.
She raised her children and became involved in an array of community, charitable and business activities, which included running various businesses from her home and becoming the president of the Merrick Chapter of Women’s American Ort.
Smoking Food Disrupts Main Street Shopping
Holiday shoppers were inconvenienced for a while in early afternoon today when traffic on Main Street was blocked while firefighters investigated a report of smoke coming from the second floor of 17 Main St. above the Lou & Grey apparel store. According to Lt. Ernie Ruot, the the smoke was traced to food on a stove. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
CLASP Homes Wraps at Barnes & Noble
Tracy Flood, executive director of CLASP Homes, gift wraps a book purchase today for Lana Walton of Westport and her family at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Each day various nonprofits serve as volunteers who gift wrap purchases for donations that go to the volunteering charity organization. Rita Picket, in background, is a staff member of CLASP Homes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 10 Morningside Lane
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 10 Morningside Lane, off Morningside Drive North, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,296 square feet and is situated on a .3-acre property. 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
Comings & Goings: Java Café Out, SoNo Bakery In
Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will close Dec. 31, 11 months after it opened, according to a caféa employee. Landlord David Adam Realty said SoNo Bakery, a tenant in Norwalk, plans to move in, renovating the interior in January and opening there in February. The coffee house opened in January 2014. While popular with many guests, the café apparently was unable to make in the competitive environment. (See WestportNow January 21, 2014). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport