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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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Monday, May 29, 2017

Special Day

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Westporter Ann Beers was among veterans taking part in today’s Westport Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony. Not only did she mark Memorial Day, but she also celebrated her 93rd birthday. Beers served in the Navy as a pharmacist’s mate during World War II,  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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A Town Hall Tribute to Grand Marshal

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Ed Vebell, 96, grand marshal of this year’s Memorial Day parade, received a standing ovation from attendees at the Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony after the parade was canceled because of inclement weather. Vebell recounted his experiences during World War II and his work as the only artist allowed to cover the 1945, post-war Nuremberg, Germany war trials, which prosecuted members of the Nazi leadership. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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SRO for Memorial Day Ceremony

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It was standing room only today for the Westport Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall. The one-hour event was substituted for the annual Memorial Day parade, which was canceled because of rain. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Paying Close Attention

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A young guest at today’s Westport Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall pays close attention to the speeches. The standing room only crowd included many young people as well as veterans and others. It was the second successive year the parade was canceled because of inclement weather. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Vet Get-Together

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Among veterans getting together at today’s Westport Town Hall Memorial Day ceremony were (l-r) Bob Satter, Leonard Everett Fisher, and Larry Aasen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Flag Wavers

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Among youngsters attending today’s Westport Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall were Girl Scouts and Long Lots Elementary School fifth grade students (l-r)  Alyssa Lee, 10, Nina Lauterbach, 11, Lindsey Price, 10, and Paige Miller, 11. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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50th Memorial Day Ceremony for Denis Duffy

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today honored retired firefighter Denis Duffy with a commendation on his appearance at his 50th Fire Department Memorial Day ceremony. He was among a number of firefighters recognized for their service at the annual ceremony.  “I miss hanging out with the guys and hope to see you next year,” said Duffy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westport Fire Department Pays Tribute

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Despite cancellation of the Memorial Day parade, the Westport Fire Department Memorial Day observance went ahead as scheduled today. Town and fire leaders paid tribute to those who have given their lives in service to Westport and their country and thanked the 11 firefighters who are retiring from the department this year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

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Westport Memorial Day Parade Canceled

Due to inclement weather, the annual Westport Memorial Day parade has been canceled.

Instead, a ceremony will be held in the Town Hall auditorium at 10 a.m.

It is the second consecutive year the parade has been canceled because of weather.

Before that, the last cancellation was in 2011.

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Westport Salutes Memorial Day

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Flags flew in a stiff breeze Sunday on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge in Westport’s center.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Monday, May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day


Westport Town Hall, Public Schools, and Library are closed.
8 a.m. - Westport Fire Headquarters - annual Memorial Day ceremony
9 a.m. - Saugatuck Elementary School to Veterans Green - Westport Memorial Day Parade CANCELED
10 a.m. - Westport Town Hall—Memorial Day ceremony
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Compo Scene

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The Compo Beach lifeguard shack late today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Compo Party Time

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Guests at a party on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach tonight celebrated the Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Paying Tribute

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Westporter Augie Wilkinson and daughters Emma and Melody visited Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road today to pay tribute to veterans on Memorial Day weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Lacrosse Memorial Day Weekend Game

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Members of the Staples High School varsity team posed for a picture today as they met the Staples alumni team in a Memorial Day weekend game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Dry Run

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Despite a forecast of rain for Monday, members of the Westport Woman’s Club were busy today at Anthony’s Nursery, 492 Main St., preparing their float for the Memorial Day parade. With flowers from Anthony’s and Izzo’s & Sons Country Gardens, the float supports the parade theme “Honoring Our Veterans Now and Forever.” Pictured (l-r) Dorothy Curran, Jeannette Tewey, Miggs Burroughs, Miraslava Auxier (partially hidden), Allie D’Angelo, and Bernadette Stiskal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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South Beach Scene

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A scene at South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Showing the Colors

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Memorial Day weekend is commemorated with decorative bunting on the 1899-built house, known as the Edward J. Hubbell House, at the corner of Westport’s Riverside and Treadwell Avenues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 28, 2017


5 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher” (last day)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

On Tour

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Bob Mitchell, Westport Historical Society president (red sweater) , today led about 20 persons on a history walking tour of Westport’s Saugatuck section. The area was initially inhabited by mostly immigrants of Italian origin. The periodically scheduled historical tours of various sections of Westport consistently attract history buffs from the greater Westport area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Boy Scouts Place Flags on Veteran Graves

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Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39, chartered to Greens Farms Congregational Church, today placed flags on the graves of veterans in five cemeteries in Westport. VFW Post 399 organized and supplied the flags for the Boy Scouts to install. Pictured are: (l-r) Daniel Wisdom, Nicholas Daines, Max Pantoja, and Will Hillhouse. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Salute to Veterans

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Flags today decorate the cemetery of Christ & Holy Trinity Church on Westport’s Kings Highway North. It was one of five cemeteries receiving flags for veterans graves courtesy of Boy Scout Troops 39 and VFW Post 399. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On Flag Duty

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Members of Westport’s Boy Scout Troop 39 today placed flags on graves of veterans at five Westport cemeteries. The flags were supplied by Westport VFW Post 399. The scouts posed for a picture during the effort. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Judge: P&Z Acted Properly Denying 8-30g Project

By James Lomuscio

A Hartford Superior Court judge’s ruling to dismiss an affordable housing lawsuit against the town involving a proposed 48-unit multi-family housing project at the busy intersection of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road brought cheers today from town officials.

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The 1.16-acre parcel at 122 Wilton Road sits at the busy intersection of Kings Highway North and Wilton Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Town Attorney Ira Bloom, who successfully argued the town’s case, said it was the first 8-30g decision involving the town in his memory. He said the developer has 20 days to file an appeal.

The suit was filed under the 8-30g state law, which allows developers to override local zoning laws if a municipality does not have 10 percent of its housing stock listed as affordable, which Westport does not.

In dismissing the lawsuit filed more than a year ago by Stamford developer Richard K. Freedman, Judge Marshall Berger said the commission properly reviewed the environmental impact of the proposal by Freedman’s Garden Homes Management Corp.

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For Police and Fire, Pension Uncertainty Forces Early Retirement

By James Lomuscio

Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas says the recently signed work contract between the town and the police union is “a fair contract to the town, the union and the employees.”

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Westport police officers march in the 2015 Memorial Day parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The four-year collective bargaining agreement, which is retroactive to last year and provides for 2.25 to 2.5 percent increases through Fiscal year 2019-20, is scheduled to go before the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) for approval Tuesday June, 6.

The town’s police have been without a work contract for more than a year, and the police union’s pension contract is still in negotiation with the town.

“I hope we reach a similar middle ground with the pension contract,” Koskinas said.

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Upright Again

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After capsizing in this week’s rain and winds, Sunny, the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club mascot, was back in action today with help from friends, only slightly soiled by its sidelining. The duck promotes the club’s Great Duck Race on Saturday, June 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nick Mathias for WestportNow.com

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Saugatuck Scene

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Dusk Friday over the Saugatuck River in Westport as seen from Grace Salmon Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eileen Lavigne Flug for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, May 27, 2017


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - Exhibit: “The Danbury Raid”
3 p.m. - Saugatuck Railroad Station NY-bound Side - Walk Through Saugatuck History with Westport Historical Society
3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. - Staples Theater - Staples Players: “Peter & the Starcatcher”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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