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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.

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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 27, 2016

Saugatuck Shores Sunset

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Friday night’s sunset as seen from Weatport’s Saugatuck Shores area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penn Sousa for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 27, 2016


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Kowalski Bros. (1141 Post Road East) - Staples High School Varsity Cheerleaders Car Wash
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective 8th Pop Up Show
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
11 a.m. 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Curio Cottage sale (extended, last day)
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Themed Crafts for All Ages
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Scott Sharrad & the Brickyard Band

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Friday, August 26, 2016

George H. Marks Sr., 96, WWII and Police Veteran

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George H. Marks Sr. (r) a World War II veteran and 26-year Westport Police Department veteran, died Thursday at Norwalk Hospital at age 96. He was Westport Memorial Day parade grand marshal in 2010, sharing the honor with his son, George H. Marks Jr., an almost 35-year veteran of the Westport Police Department and U.S. Navy veteran. See full obituary here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Woman Arrested on DUI Charge in May Incident

A 31-year-old Westport woman turned herself in to police following results of a blood test that showed she had been driving under the influence, police said.

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Joyce Yard: free on $2,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Her arrest stemmed from an investigation into a May 1 incident in which officers located a vehicle that had broken down on Hales Road in the area of Hales Court, police said.

An investigation revealed that the driver was Joyce Yard and evidence at the scene showed that alcohol and/or drugs impaired her, police said.

She was taken to police headquarters where she complained of medical issues and was transported to Norwalk Hospital, said Lt. Eric Woods.

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Dropped License Plate Leads to Arrest of Norwalk Man

A license plate that fell off a vehicle involved in a hit and run early Thursday resulted in the arrest of a Norwalk man, police said today.

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Chris Troy: free on $1,500 bond. Westport Police photo

Chris Troy, 25, was arrested at his residence following the incident at about 12:50 a.m. in the area of Post Road West and Wilton Road.

Responding officers quickly determined that there were no injuries and the suspect vehicle fled the scene, leaving the license plate behind, said Lt. Eric Woods.

It was traced to Troy who was transported to Westport police headquarters where he was charged with evading responsibility and failure to obey a control signal, Woods said.

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George H. Marks Sr., 96

George H. Marks Sr., a lifelong Westport resident and 26-year Westport police veteran, died Aug. 25 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 96.

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George H. Marks Sr. World War II vet anf Westport police veteran. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

In 2010, he and his son, George H. Marks Jr., also a Westport police veteran, served as dual grand marshals of Westport’s Memorial Day parade.

The husband of the late Irene Lillian Lynch Marks was born May 11, 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Henry and Ada Carruthers Marks. The family moved to Westport two years after his birth.

He graduated from Staples High School in 1938 and found work as a pressman for the Westporter Herald. In 1940, he joined the Merchant Marine and was a navigation officer.

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Final Friday Night Levitt Concert

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Tonight was the final Friday night Levitt Pavilion performance of the season and Terrapin, a Grateful Dead tribute band, drew hundreds to their performance. The Levitt closes out the season on Sunday night with Chris Berardo & the DesBerarados. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Grateful Dead Tribute Band Draws Crowd

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Terrapin, a Grateful Dead tribute band, drew a large crowd tonight to the Westport Levitt Pavlion for the Peerforming Arts. Contributed photo

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Musical Exercise

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Some danced, some used Hula Hoops as the Terrapin band performed tonight at the Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Friday Night Fun

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The Grateful Dead sounds from the Terrapin tribute band tonight whipped up the Levitt Pavilion crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

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Feds: Employee Stole $700K from Playhouse Square Owner

A former assistant to the chairman of the real estate company that owns Westport’s Playhouse Square pleaded guilty today to a charge related to stealing more than $700,000 from the company, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said.

Debra Biagi, 50, of Fogelsville, Pa., formerly of Greenwich, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to one count of wire fraud, prosecutors said.

The plea stemmed from her theft from her employer, HB Niktin Group of Greenwich, and related companies and individuals, they said.

Privately owned HB Nitkin Group owns Westport’s Playhouse Square on Post Road East as well as a portfolio of properties that includes the former home of Southport Brewing Company, and retail space in Greenwich, Hartford, Glastonbury, Branford, Cromwell, Orange, Danbury, and White Plains, N.Y.

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Westport Property Transfers Aug. 8 - 12, 2016

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 8 - 12, 2016:

Alan Alanis and Patricia A. Minarro DeAlanis to Amanda Foster and Marina Hudonogov, 18 Country Road, $1,350,000WNproperty.jpg

612 Penfield LLC to Lawrence and Fran S. Danter, Bayberry Lane, 4% Westport, $1,742,365

109 Compo Road South LLC to Adelka Radman, 109 Compo Road South, $700,000

William D. Yaffa and Lynn Lieblich Jeffery to Manoucher Graham and Sean Howard Taraz, 9 James Lane, $1,007,500

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Herbert S. Grant, 69

Herbert S. Grant of Stratford died Aug. 25 in a construction accident in Westport. He was 69.

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Herbert Grant: died in Westport accident. Contributed photo

He was born in Winn, Maine one of 13 children born to the late Herbert and Katherine Grant. He had been a Stratford resident for many years.

He was the owner of H. Grant Construction Co. From a very young age, he developed an extremely strong work ethic. He absolutely loved his work and starting bringing his children and grandchildren with him to job sites when they were children, later employing some of them as adults.

He took great pride in a job well done and was well respected among his peers.

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Waiting for the All Clear

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Stop & Shop customers and employees wait for the all clear today after the store at 1790 Post Road East was evacuated because of a second floor smoke condition. The problem was traced to a faulty rooftop HVAC system, and the store reopened at 10:35 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Roof Check

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Westport Fire Marshal Ed Zygmant (c) and other firefighters check out the Stop & Shop roof today where a malfunctioning HVAC unit caused smoke on the second floor, touching off a store evacuation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Stop & Shop Command Post

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Westport firefighters set up a command post today in the Stop & Shop parking lot while they investigated the source of smoke in a second floor office. Assistant Chief Kenneth Lombardi requested additional units from Fairfield to report to the scene and a Norwalk engine company to cover headquarters before the trouble was pinpointed to a faulty rooftop HVAC unit. The additional help was then told to return to their quarters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Smoke Condition Forces Stop & Shop Evacuation

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A smoke condition on the second floor forced evacuation of Westport’s Stop & Shop today at about 10 a.m. The problem was traced to a rooftop HVAC system, according to Assstant Chief Kenneth Lombardi. The store was reopened at 10:35 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Waiting for Firefighters

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Stop & Shop employees and customers await arrival of firefighters today after the store was evacuated because of a smoke condition in a second floor office. The problem was traced to a malfunctioning rooftop HVAC unit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Compo Wall Walker

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A youngster makes his way along the sea wall at Compo Beach Thursday night as a light drizzle began to fall and visitors began to pack up to leave. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Friday, August 26, 2016


10 a.m. 3 p.m. - 44 Imperial Ave. - Curio Cottage sale (extended)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - Westport Artists’ Collective 8th Pop Up Show
1 p.m. - Nature Center at Sherwood Island - Weekday Walks with Earthplace
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Terrapin
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “What the Butler Saw”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

High Fives at Beechwood Arts Fundraiser

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Tonight’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation concert fundraiser featuring internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell (r) and renowned Westport pianist Frederic Chiu at the Saugatuck Congregational Church was billed as a “High Five” event celebrating five years of arts collaboration by Westport-based Beechwood Arts. While taking final bows, Chiu and Bell traded high fives. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Old Friends Perform Again

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Joshua Bell and Frederic Chiu, longtime friends, acknowledge the audience applause tonight at a Saugatuck Congregational Church concert marking the fifth anniversary of Chiu’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation. The Westport-based nonprofit fosters innovation and collaboration across all of the arts and across generations. Also in performance tonight was soprano Larisa Martinez. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Fingerprint Art for Joshua Bell

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Prior to their Saugatuck Congregational Church concert tonight, Beechwood Arts co-founder Frederic Chiu presented his friend, violinist Joshua Bell, with a fingerprint artwork of his fingerprint by artist Sandy Garnett. Over the past 25 years, Garnett has collected thousands of fingerprints from which he creates art objects in a continuing series that explores contemporary identity. Chiu obtained Bell’s fingerprint some time ago on a pretext and Garnett incorporated it into Chiu’s gift. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Telling Musical Tales

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Before tonight’s Saugatuck Congregational Church concert featuring world renown violinist Joshua Bell and Westport’s celebrated pianist Frederic Chiu, they discussed their life of music with well known broadcaster and producer Elliott Forrest, a Peabody Award Winner heard on WQXR and WNYC in New York. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow photo

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Pop Up Popsicle Art

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Young guests tonight enjoy Lucienne Buckner’s work, “Popsicle Igloo” at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. Guests were encouraged to take a Popsicle home. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Student Artist With ‘Challenge Yourself’

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A featured student artist at the Westport Artists Collective Pop Up exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center was Sebastian Avila. He posed with his work, “Challenge Yourself,” mixed media on paper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Featured Artist

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Featured artist Karen Kent poses next to her works “Courage” (l) (acrylic) and “Jack” (mixed media) at the Pop Up art exhibit tonight at the Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Leslie LaSala for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Direct Waterfront Homes Are Scarce

By Judy Szablak

Special to WestportNow

Available direct waterfront homes are really not aplenty in Westport. Currently, there are only 28 homes that fit that bill.

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Featured Home This home at 7 Sandpiper Road is listed at $6,989,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo courtesy of Halstead Property/Westport.

Don’t let an initial look fool you into thinking there are more. If one performed a search using direct waterfront as their only parameter, 45 homes would be included, however this grouping also includes lakes, ponds, brooks, rivers and/or streams.

What it truly boils down to is that in fact, there aren’t that many to choose from at this time.

These 28 homes equate to less than 8 percent of all single-family homes for sale in Westport, which are marketed through our Multiple Listing Service, and have descriptions that include Long Island Sound, harbor, ocean or frontage. The average price of these waterfront homes is just under $5.6 million.

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