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Halloween Crowd on Main Street

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Hundreds crowded Westport’s Main Street today for the annual Halloween parade. The event was sponsored by the Westport Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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In Costume

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe suitably attired in a Halloween costume greeted trick or treaters today on the steps of Town Hall following the annual Halloween parade on Main Street. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Showing Her Halloween Best

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Princesses, pirates, witches, and goblins were aplenty on Westport’s Main Street today for the annual Halloween parade. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On Parade for Halloween


Scenes from today’s Halloween parade on Westport’s Main Street. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Halloween Faces


More scenes from today’s Halloween parade on Westport’s Main Street. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Ready for Trick or Treaters

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The staff of the Westport Town Clerk’s Office was ready in costume today to welcome trick or treaters at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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James J. Macauda, 92

James J. Macauda of Westport died Oct. 28 at home. He was 92.

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James Maacuda: World War II vet. Contributed photo

Husband of Janice Biazzo Macauda, he was born in Bridgeport on Nov. 27, 1921, a son of the late Angelo and Concettina Bellamattina Macauda. A graduate of Harding High in 1939, he also was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II and served as an MP at the Nuremberg Trials in Germany for Nazi war criminals.

He later became the owner of Macauda’s Market, formerly of Bridgeport, which was opened in 1921. He was also a huge fan of both the New York Giants and New York Mets.

In addition to his wife, Janice of 71 years, other survivors include his children, Maryanne Freeman and her husband Richard, James A. Macauda and his wife Maria, Robert J. Macauda, Marlene Macauda and her husband Wynne Bohonnon, David J. Macauda and his wife Sandra and John C. Macauda and his wife Nancy, his brother Angelo Macauda and his wife Mary and a sister-in-law, Elaine Macauda.

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Stopping by in Saugatuck

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley (c) stopped in Westport today to join in a birthday celebration for First Selectman Jim Marpe (l). Joining them in front of Saugatuck Sweets in the Saugatuck Center development was Sam Gault, whose family developed the mixed used retail, office, and residential property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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On the Runway to Support Animal Rescue

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Helen Klisser During, director of visual arts at the Westport Arts Center (and WestportNow contributing photographer) was among the models taking part today in the Rescue You-Rescue Me luncheon at Mitchells of Wesport to benefit WASA (http://www.westportwasa.org) and PAWS (http://www.pawsct.org) animal rescue efforts.The participating fashion show models were what the sponsors said were “local heroes” for those who “walk the walk when it comes to animal rescue.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Fashion Parade


Scenes from today’s Rescue You-Rescue Me luncheon at Mitchells of Wesport to benefit WASA and PAWS animal rescue efforts. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Janet H. Cummngs, 86

Janet H. Cummings of Seymour, a former newspaper editor in Westport, died Oct. 21 at Shelton Lakes Health Care Center. She was 86.

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Janet Cummings: Westport editor. Contributed photo

Born in Kansas City, Mo on May 10, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Norris and Carolyn Paxton. She was raised in Albany, N.Y. and graduated from Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism and was a proud member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

She moved to Darien in 1970 and spent years in Norwalk and Westport as well. She retired as editor of the former Darien News Review and Westport News, a newspaper she worked at for more than 25 years.

She loved mentoring new journalists in the field. Away from work she loved sailing, traveling and was an avid bridge player. She also looked forward every summer to her vacation at Eagle Camp in South Hero, Vt. Here she would meet up with many long time friends and family for a few weeks on Lake Champlain.

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Halloween Ready

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This home on Bradley Street in the Compo Beach area is ready for Halloween visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Real Estate Report: Not Enough New Homes

By Judy Szablak

Just over 26 percent of all available homes for sale in Westport are under five years old. Interesting dilemma seeing that many buyers are clamoring for new construction, or newly built homes.

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There are just not enough newer homes to meet demand, and buyers sometimes feel that they have to settle for an older home, which really shouldn’t be the case.

In fact, out of the 190 homes currently on the market that were built prior to 2000, many of them have a great flow that is quite relevant to today’s floor plans and lifestyle needs.

Often times, homes that were built in the 1960s or ‘70s are passed over initially because a buyer wants something newer. However it is important to remember that the majority of these homes have been remodeled , and some of them from top to bottom. 

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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 6 Pequot Trail

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 6 Pequot Trail, off Sylvan Road North, is in process. Built in 1951, the 1-3/4-story cape has 1,895 square feet and is situated on a 1.3-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 WestportNow.com

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Compo Boulder City

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Boulders are lined up at Westport’s Compo Beach as part of a shore stabilization project around the Ned Dimes Marina. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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