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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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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Talking Transportation: No Blue Ribbons for Metro-North

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

The long awaited MTA “Blue Ribbon Panel” of experts has issued its report on Metro-North and its sister railroads, and it isn’t pretty. Image

Their 50-page report confirms much of what we already knew:  that the railroad placed too much emphasis on “on time performance” instead of safety, that there were serious repair issues unattended to for months, and that there has been an enormous “brain drain” of experienced railroad employees who have opted for retirement after 30 years.

All of those problems could have been prevented if MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast had been doing his job, which he wasn’t. That is surprising, given his almost 40 years in the industry. 

Remember, he was selected as chairman by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (just a month before the Bridgeport crash) after successfully turning around the New York City subway system. And he had also spent years at the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).

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The end of the Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end to summer for many and some spent Monday night on South Beach at Westport’s Compo Beach barbecuing on the grills, picnicking, or just watching the sunset.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Larry Silver/Westport Visions” & “Faces in the Crowd”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Scents & Soles”
10 a.m. - Westport Library - Book Chat
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Westport Library - Drop-in Tech Help
6 p.m. - Westport Library - Business Special: Making B2B Social Media Work
6:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - RTM Finance & Public Protection Committees
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Auditorium - Representative Town Meeting Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “Things We Do For Love”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Monday, September 01, 2014

WCT Debuts ‘I’m Not Rappaport’ on Sept. 19

Westport Community Theatre (WCT), located in the Westport Town Hall, opens its 2014–2015 season Friday, Sept. 19 with Herb Gardner’s Tony-Award-winning comedy “I’m Not Rappaport.” Image
Fred Tisch (l) and and Midge Carter star in “I’m Not Rappaport.” at the Westport Community Theatre. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Directed by Emmy-Award-winner, Lester Colodny, “I’m Not Rappaport” by Herb Gardner portrays the lives of two old men and their confrontations with each other and outsiders against the backdrop New York City’s Central Park.

The comedy focuses on the lives of Nat Moyer, a feisty Jew played by Fred Tisch, and Midge Carter, a cantankerous African-American, played by David Tate. The two men spend their days sitting on a park bench, trying to avoid life in a nursing home, while fighting off predatory muggers and solving the problems of the world.

They both mask the realities of aging, sharing tall tales that Nat spins. The play humorously touches on society’s treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what is best for their parents, and on the real dangers that lurk in urban areas.

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Heading Home Image
Many people lingered late at Westport’s Compo Beach today as the long Labor Day weekend came to an end. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Closing Day for Longshore Pool Image
Swimmers enjoy the pool at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today on its final day of the summer season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - Labor Day

Westport Town Hall and Library are closed for Labor Day

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tree Branch Down Closes Newtown Turnpike Image
A tree branch fell on Newtown Turnpike tonight in the area of No. 135, pulling away power lines,. It caused closure of the busy road, but there were no reports of power outages in the area.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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BBQ Fest Second Day—Rains Did Not Stop the Music

Scenes from the second day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. The rains came but the show went on. Dave Matlow, Tony Riggio, J.C. Martin and WestportNow photos

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‘Hang on Sloopy’ at BBQ Fest

Rick Derringer closed out the seventh annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport tonight with” Hang on Sloopy,” among other selections. He was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No.1 hit in the summer of 1965, knocking “Yesterday” by The Beatles out of the top spot. video

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Closing Out the BBQ Fest Image
Young guitar great, vocalist and entertainer Rick Derringer closed out the seventh annual Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival tonight. He was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No.1 hit “Hang On Sloopy” in the summer of 1965, knocking “Yesterday” by The Beatles out of the top spot. His performance of the hit song brought cheers from the audience, many of whom danced below the stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Young Fan Up Late Image
A young fan enjoys the music of Rick Derringer, guitarist, vocalist, Grammy Award winning producer and entertainer, as the last act tonight at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. Derringer came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of The McCoys, who had a No. 1 hit single with “Hang on Sloopy.” Derringer then turned to blues rock, scoring a 1974 hit with “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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They Came Prepared Image
UPDATE Many attendees at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport came prepared for showers and stuck out an afternoon thunderstorm. Just before 6 p.m., the rain had stopped and the sun broke through the clouds. However. the rain returned briefly at about 8:15 p.m., just before the 8:30 p.m. closing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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