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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.

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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.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday,  August 29, 2015

10 a.m. - meet at Lonshore Sailing School - Westport Historical Society Kayak to Cockenoe Island
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Unusual Instruments
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
2 p.m. - Westport Library - A PechaKucha Workshop
3 p.m. - Westport Library - “Go Set a Watchman” book discussion
7 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Middle School Back to School Social
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Luke Wade
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Brightside Band Headlines at Levitt Image
Brightside, a Venice, California-based band originally known as the Clayton Joseph Scott Band was headline performer tonight at the Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Music in Luciano Park Image
Music in Westport’s Luciano Park in Saugatuck tonight sponsored by charity Al’s Angels included Jam Theory (above) and Miss Suzy’s Opus. Donations went to help children and families battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Makeup Call at Dunkin’ Donuts Image
The Dunkin’ Donuts outlet at Bridge Square in Westport’s Saugatuck section served as a makeup room tonight as a New York-based Pakistani film crew, ARY Digital USA, filmed scenes in Westport in which a vintage Cadillac is driven across the William F. Cribari Bridge, also known as the Bridge Street Bridge. The scene will appear in the film “Dobara Phir Se” (“And Then Again”), which will be released in Pakistan in 2016, according to the film director Mehreen Jabbar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Vintage Cadillac Stars in Pakistani Film Scene in Westport Image
A vintage Cadillac tonight starred in a scene for a Pakistani feature film, “Dobara Phir Se” (“And Then Again”), filmed on the William F. Cribari Bridge in Westport. Director Mehreen Jabbar said Westport was selected for a scene in the film in which a divorced Pakistani woman, living in New York, visits her estranged mother-in-law who lives in an upscale Connecticut suburb. She said the bridge was selected because of its uniqueness “It’s quaint and small and surrounded by water,” she said. “It provides an ideal backdrop in the film for an entrance to a beautiful town.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Arthur M. Dinitz, 81

Arthur M. Dinitz of Westport, a leader in transportation safety, died Aug. 27 at home after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 81. Image
Arthur M. Dinitz: transportation safety executive. Contributed photo

Born Dec. 8, 1933, son of Irving and Frances Dinitz of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a graduate of Brooklyn Tech and New York University, where he was captain of the swim team, earning a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

In 1968, he founded Transpo Industries, Inc., a New Rochelle, N.Y.-based company focused on transportation safety products and infrastructure preservation materials.

An industry pioneer, he was recognized in 2004 by the Washington, D.C. -based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) as one of its 100 Transportation Leaders of the 20th century.

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Police: Expect Delays With Sunday Motorcycle Ride

The Westport Police Department today advised residents to expect temporary road closures Sunday as thousands of motorcyclists across the state pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. Image
Area police motorcyclists escort last year’s CT United Ride on Westport’s Saugatuck Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The CT United Ride is a charity motorcycle ride in which thousands of bikers ride a 60-mile route from Norwalk to Bridgeport.  The ride starts in Norwalk travels through Wilton, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull and ends in Bridgeport.

The event begins in Norwalk and the ride begins at 11:30 a.m., an announcement said.  The ride is expected to enter Westport via Saugatuck Avenue (Route 136) at approximately 11:35 a.m., continuing on Riverside Avenue (Route 33) to the Wilton town line. 

“Expect temporary road closures along the event route for approximately 30-45 minutes as the motorcyclists ride through with a police escort and do not stop for lights,” an advisory said.

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Full House for ‘Katie’ Chase Service Image
There was a full house today at the Greens Farms Congregational Church for services for Kathryn “Katie” Dudley Chase of Westport, who died Aug. 9 at age 76. A lifelong community volunteer, she served as president of the Westport Historical Society, the Westport Young Woman’s League, the Y’s Women of Westport, and Staples High School PTA as well as working with the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection. Sister Ann Dudley recalled that “by age 12, Katie held a fundraiser in our back yard and raised $12 for the local hospital. As far back as I can remember, she would help others.” (See obituary here)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Staples Fire Alarm Traced to Burnt Popcorn

Westport’s Staples High School was evacuated today after a fire alarm sounded.

The alarm was traced to burnt popcorn in the cafeteria, where there was a slight haze, according to reports from the scene.

Students and staff were allowed back in at about 11:25 a.m.

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 10 - 14, 2015

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug 10 - 14, 2015:

5 Fragrant Pines LLC to Howard and Janet Zev, 5 Fragrant Pines Court, $1,969,875WNproperty.jpg

Scott A. and Michelle U. Shapiro to Richard J. Harvey and Thrusha Agravat, 23 Rayfield Road, $1,550,000

Heather M. Bliss to Citimorgage Inc, 87 Saugatuck Ave., $384,000

Scott Hovhannissian Estate to 62 PRW LLC, 62 Post Road West, $765,000

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Crowded Saugatuck Image
Scullers were out in force Thursday on the Saugatuck River near the Saugatuck Rowing Club.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Friday,  August 28, 2015

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Eric Fischl”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Howard Munce at 100: A Centennial Celebration”
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Luciano Park - Jam Theory & Miss Suzy’s Opus
7:30 p.m. - Toquet Hall Teen Center - Stand-Up Comedy w/ Ryan Conner, Nick Ribolla, & Justin Cheng
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Brightside
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Bedroom Farce”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

BOE to Review $21.2M Staples Expansion Study

By James Lomuscio

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A Westport Board of Education commissioned feasibility study to expand Staples High School by 36,000-square feet to the tune of $21.2 million to accommodate a swelling student population will go to the school board Monday night, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said today. Image
An artist’s rendition of a recommended Staples High School expansion module. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fuller D’Angelo P.C. graphic

He said the $20,000 study was commissioned by the board in May and was done by Elmsford, N.Y.-based architects Fuller D’Angelo P.C., the same firm hired for the expansion of the 1958-built school transformed to 465,000 square feet in 2005 at a cost of $73 million. The feasibility study was presented to school board members today, Landon said.

The current building was designed for 1,800 students even though the administration had pushed for a building with a 2,000 capacity but had to cut back for budgetary reasons, Landon said. He had said earlier that this year’s Staples enrollment was about 1,900 and that the school has been overcapacity for several years. (See WestportNow Aug. 24, 2015)

According to the report, Landon and school administrators favored the architects’ Concept B, which would add 36,320-square feet to the current building. It includes 15 new classrooms for math, languages, computer engineering, robotics, health and physical education, lectures, dance, conference rooms, teacher work rooms, special education and cafeteria expansion, as well as infrastructure upgrades.

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