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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, July 28, 2014

Not a Bad Sunday After All Image
What started out as an overcast Sunday with chance of rain in the forecast turned out to be a steamy, clear day. Visitors to Westport’s Old Mill Beach enjoyed the low tide as sailors enjoyed the waters beyond. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

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Monday, July 28, 2014

9 a.m. - Noon - Westport Library - Javascript Camp (Ages 9+)
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”
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - P&Z Downtown Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309/307 - Downtown Steering Committee
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - The Hall Family & Friends

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Overflow Crowd for The Hot Sardines at Levitt Image
There was an overflow crowd tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts for The Hot Sardines, a blustery brass lineup, layered over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, a great vocalist and a tap dancer too. The first of the Levitt’s Celebration Sundays Music Series, the event was sponsored by Jewish Senior Services. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Levitt Celebration Sundays Music Series Kicks Off Image
The new Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight kicked off its Celebration Sundays Music Series with a performance by The Hot Sardines featuring hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Fats Waller used to make. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Packed In Like (Hot) Sardines at Levitt

Scenes tonight as Levitt Pavilion guests gave a warm welcome to the New York jazz group The Hot Sardines. Dave Matlow for

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Have You Seen Noah?

Have you seen Noah?  He disappeared on 7/22 from the Treadwell Avenue area. He has no collar or chip and is 15 years old.  If you see him please contact Charlene at 203-226-7468.  Thank-you.

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Park Goers Welcome Free Weekend at Sherwood Island

By James Lomuscio

The best things in life are free, the 1927 lyrics go, and for Raimundo DeSouza of Naugatuck that sentiment hit home literally and unexpectedly when he reached the entry booth to Sherwood Island State Park in Westport today. Image
Julio Rivera of Port Chester, N.Y. brought an umbrella, expecting rain on his first Sherwood Island visit but ended up using it as a parasol. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for

“I was surprised,” he said about free admission to the park this weekend as part of the state parks’ centennial celebration. “The lady said it was for the 100th anniversary, and she gave me a brochure.”

It was the first time he and his family had been there.

DeSouza gazed out at the expansive sun soaked sands of West Beach, the Long Island Sound’s blue waters lined with spinnaker sails slightly veiled by a gauzy mist from burned-off morning rain.

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Alphonse ‘Buck’ Iannacone, 88, Devoted P.A.L. Volunteer Image
Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone of Westport, a 61-year supporter of the Westport Police Athletic League and to many the face of Westport P.A.L., died Friday in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88. A World War II veteran where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal, Iannacone served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade in 2012.  See full obituary here.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

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Alphonse ‘Buck’ Iannacone, 88

Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone of Westport, a 61-year supporter of the Westport Police Athletic League where he was a devoted volunteer, died July 25 in Norwalk Hospital. He was 88. Image
Alphonse “Buck” Iannacone: devoted volunteer with PAL. Contributed photo

Iannacone, husband of the late Florence Esposito Iannacone, served as grand marshal of the Westport Memorial Day parade in 2012.

As he sat in the reviewing stand that year, he said, “I tell you I have tears in my eyes. A lot of people have come out today, and so many are saying thank you, thank you.”

Iannacone said then that his legs still bothered him. The unyielding the pain of war, he noted, is the reason he received the Purple Heart and a ribbon with one Bronze Battle Bronze Star after taking a blast of shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge.

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Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department has posted new signs at Compo Beach declaring submerged rocks off limits. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 36 Whitney St. Image
An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 36 Whitney St., off Roseville Road, is in process. Built in 1939, the 1-1/2-story cape has1,495 square feet and is situated on a .87-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Westport residents Patty Kondub (2nd r) and Mary Heery (r) join hands with health and wellness professionals from the Y’s of Westport/Weston, New Canaan, Darien and Wilton, to mark $1,000 donations from SpinOdyssey to each of the Y’s to support their cancer exercise survivor programs. Kondub is the chair of SpinOdyssey, a 15 year-running Westport-based fitness fundraiser that donates registration fees from the event to cancer support services, while 100 percent of the pledges fund American Cancer Society breast cancer researchers. Heery is the breast health specialist at the Smilow Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital, whose referrals receive free memberships and specialized programs at Y facilities for three months. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Police Locate Driver in Clinton Ave. Rollover

UPDATE A pickup truck rollover on Westport’s Clinton Avenue early today damaged a power pole and left police searching for the driver who was located several hours later, police said. Image
Workers today replace a utility pole damaged in a car crash early today on Clinton Avenue. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Police said the driver called 911 after the crash at about 3:15 a.m. in the area of 69 Clinton Ave. But arriving police and fire units found only the vehicle on its side and no driver, said Sgt. Richard Frazier.

“They conducted a search using thermal imaging and dogs for tracking,” he said, to no avail until officers were finally able to get in touch with the registered owner this morning. “It’s still under investigation,” Frazier said.

The driver was located in Wilton with his brother and went to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of injuries, according to earlier reports from the scene.

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