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.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Three Escape Injury in I-95 Crash Down Embankment
Three persons escaped serious injury tonight when their car went off of I-95 northbound between Exits 18 in Westport and 19 in Fairfield and down an embankment, said Westport Assistant Fire Chief Larry Conklin. The occupants declined medical treatment, he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Surveying the Wreckage
Westport Firefighter James Workman surveys the wreckage of a car which went down an embankment tonight on I-95 between Exits 18 in Westport and 19 in Fairfield. Three occupants of the car declined medical treatment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Darien Crushes Staples 41-7 in Playoffs
Darien crushed Staples 41-7 tonight in the opening round of the state football playoffs at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.
The Wreckers, who were shut out by Darien 27-0 on Nov. 14, end the season with a 7-3 record.
It was the first Staples appearance in the Class LL playoffs after a two-year absence.
Flug, Heller Reelected to Top RTM Posts
By James Lomuscio
In the first meeting of the new session of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM) tonight, the legislative body unanimously reelected Eileen Lavigne Flug as its moderator and Velma Hella as its deputy moderator.
Eileen Lavigne Flug (r) and Velma Heller were unanimously reelected RTM moderator and deputy moderator tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Jack Klinge, a tenth-term RTM member representing District 7, conducted the moderator’s election.
RTM member Jeff Wieser nominated Flug, who has headed the RTM since 2013, describing her leadership as firm, fair, civil, “and she’s very smart.”
“And she knows how to get us back on track,” Wieser said, adding that Flug “fully embraces the nonpartisan nature of this body.”
Obama Honors Three WVEMS Volunteers
Three Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS) members today received recognition from President Obama. Jay Paretzky (2nd l) and Brian Crane (2nd r) received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for their lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service. Audrone Tarnok (4th l) received the 2014 Silver President’s Volunteer Service Award. The awards were presented by Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe (l) and Yves Cantin, president, WVEMS (3rd l), in company of Marc Hartog, deputy director, Westport EMS (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
G.W. Bush Biographer Set for Talk
Jon Meacham, the author of a new biography about President George Herbert Walker Bush, will appear at Westport Town Hall on Saturday Dec. 12.
The 4 p.m event with the Pulitzer Prize winner and best selling author is sponsored by community partners the Westport Library, Westport Historical Society, and the Yale Club of Eastern Fairfield County.
“Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” discusses the life and legacy of the 41st U.S. president.
Tickets are required for the program. Copies of the book are available at the special pre-event price of $30 and include two priority seating tickets. guests must register online here.
Comings & Goings: Rio Bravo to Post Road East
Rio Bravo, a Mexican restaurant, has opened at 1460 Post Road East, next door to Bravo, an italian restaurant. The establishments are unaffiliated—different owners, no business relationship according to management of each restaurant. Bravo which opened in 2014 is owned by Michael Sias of Stratford. Rio Bravo is owned by Edgar Brambila. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Author’s Secret No More: Her Husband Died of AIDS
By James Lomuscio
Westport author Maggie Kneip says for years she kept the cause of her husband’s death a closely held secret. She rarely talked about it except when she confided in close friends, family or in support groups.
Westport author Maggie Kneip shows off her new book, “Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Rediscovered Life.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
She says she wanted to shield her two small children, as well as having to come to grips with his death herself.
Her husband John F. Andrew, a reporter and editor for The Wall Street Journal, died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 36. He left behind a 3-year-old daughter and a new born baby son.
Now, 24 years later, Kneip has dropped the secrecy in a new book, “Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Rediscovered Life.” It takes on a special meaning today, World AIDS Day.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - HDC/Golden Shadows & Nike Missile Radar Site Study Subcommittee Work Session
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “DREAMscapes”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Window to Westport’s Past & Present”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
2 p.m. - Westport Library - New Movie Releases: “About Elly”
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Jobseeker Special: Successful Job Searches
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Monday, November 30, 2015
Comings & Goings: New Management For Westport Wine
Westport Wine & Spirits, 877 Post Road East, opposite the Sherwood Island Connector, has reopened under new management The new owner is Zak Ginzburg, a Westport resident for the past three years. He also operates Cost Less Wines and Liquor on High Ridge Road in Stamford since 2000. He said in addition to wine, liquor and beer, the Westport store also offers a gourmet cheese selection. The store opened in April 2014 under former owner Paul Sherman. (See WestportNow April 28, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport Police Officer Jim Loomer has his beard removed tonight at The H Salon, 2060 Post Road, Fairfield. The officer grew the facial hair as part of “No-Shave November” to elevate awareness of cancer and raise funds to support cancer prevention, research and education. (see WestportNow Nov. 7, 2015) Officer Brendan Fearon, co-chair of Westport Patrolmen’s Benefit Association (PBA) along with officer David Scinto, said the event raised $4,100 in support of cancer awareness. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
‘No-Shave November’ Comes to End
Westport Police Officer Scott Morrison has facial hair removed by H Salon stylist Jackie Fernandes in Fairfield tonight at the end of the Westport Police Department’s participation in “No-Shave November,” a national effort to raise cancer awareness. According to Deputy Chief Foti Koskinas, 13 of the 25 police officers who participated in the fundraiser had their facial hair removed tonight. The others, he said, will have the hair removed at another time pending their work schedules. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com