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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Founders at ITN Coastal CT Celebrate

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The founders of ITN Coastal CT, the nonprofit driving service for seniors and the visually disabled, met at the annul fundraiser for ITN at the Pequot Library Friday night. Pictured (l-r) are Stan Nayer, Leslie Wolfe, Stephanie Ross, Maybeth Wirz, John Thompson, Judy Guthman and Peggy Kamins. The event raised money to purchase gas cards and to permit the organization to provide rides to seniors in the six-town region of Fairfield, Easton, Norwalk, Weston, Westport and Wilton. For information about memberships or volunteering, contact Nancy McCormick at (203)858-2001 or go to www.itncoastalct.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Celebrating Restaurant Week

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To help promote Westport Restaurant Week and urge residents to “eat local,”  First Selectman Jim Marpe (3rd r) and Matthew Mandell, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce executive director, (2nd l) had lunch at Post 154 today and tasted the creations of Executive Chef Alex Rosado (3rd l) They were joined by Jonathan Baron, chairman of the coard of the WWCC, Steve Desloge president of the Downtown Merchants Association (2nd r), and Dewey Loselle (r) operations manager for Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Getting Rid of Dangerous Leftovers

Westport Weston Health District hazardous wastes collection
Rain today did not deter people from getting rid of their hazardous household wastes at the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Robert Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Jamming at Wakeman Town Farm

Learning how to can workshop at Wakeman Town Farm
Carrie Aitkenhead, co-director of Wakeman Town Farm, demonstrates techniques for canning jam, jelly, and pickles at today’s workshop. Featured demo: strawberry preserves. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Confirmation for Christ & Holy Trinity Church Members

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Twenty-four Westport youngsters and three adults from Westport’s Christ & Holy Trinity Church were confirmed and received today at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wilton. The Rev. James E. Curry, Bishop Suffragan, lead the service. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Sheep Get a Spring Trim for GreenDay

Sheep shearing at Wakeman Town Farm
Sheep were sheared during the GreenDay celebration at Wakeman Town Farm today. The wool from this sheep is enough to make two sweaters. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Decorating the Maypole at Wakeman Town Farm

Getting the Maypole ready at Wakeman Town Farm
Visitors to Wakeman Town Farm’s GreenDay celebration today add flowers and ribbons to help prepare the Maypole. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Ever Hear a Cockroach Hiss?

Veronica Swain with Madgascar cockroach at Earthplace
Animal caretaker Veronica Swain helps visitors listen to the sounds of the Madagascar hissing cockroach at Earthplace today, part of the weekend GreenDay activities coordinated by the Staples High School Green Club. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Malley for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Reps to Address Suffering Rail Commuters

State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, who represents Westport, and state Rep. Kim Fawcett, who serves Fairfield, are scheduled to be at the Greens Farms train station Monday at 7 a.m. to listen to commuters’ concerns in the wake of a power outage that has disrupted service over the past two weeks.

Both have stated that they support Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s demand that commuters be given full refunds from Metro-North for the number of days the trains are not in service. They also want Metro-North to give an explanation as to how an outage of such magnitude could occur.

“New Haven line commuters are long-suffering, from coping with substandard rail cars and tracks to frequent delays and outages,” Steinberg said. “It’s time Connecticut’s rail customers got a fair deal from Metro-North, starting with full reimbursement for every day without regular service.”

Calling the failed service outrageous, Fawcett stressed that the rail system cannot “wait until the next major failure to open the conversation.”

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Staples Grad Completes West Point Basic Training

Cadet Peter Hugh Bonenfant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bonenfant of Westport, Conn., completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.

Bonenfant entered West Point on July 1 and has successfully completed six of CBT. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.

The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological, and chemical training.

Bonenfant began classes Aug. 19. The West Point curriculum offers 37 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief: How to Help

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A couple living at the corner of Bridge Street and Imperial Avenue are accepting donations of food, water, clothing, blankets, garbage bags, and other goods and will be delivering these goods to victims on Staten Island tonight and over the next few days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mary Sikorski for WestportNow.com

The Connecticut Food Bank has launched launched a “Hurricane Sandy Virtual Food Drive” to respond to the rapidly growing need for food assistance as well as seeking food donations and volunteers.

Stamford-based AmeriCares is seeking donations to support its provision of medical and other aid to Sandy victims in the United States and the Caribbean.

The American Red Cross is seeking donations of money and blood. The Fairfield County Blood Donation Center is located at 596 Westport Avenue in Norwalk (you can schedule a donation time online).

The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with food, clean-up kits, and emotional and spiritual care.

This list will be updated. If you know of additional resources, please send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Volunteers Move the Election Process Along at Town Hall

Volunteers matching records for ballots received against those distributed
Volunteers are busy matching the records for ballots that were distributed against those that have been received by the Town Clerk office at Westport Town Hall. According to Town Clerk Patricia Strauss, 2,357 absentee ballots were distributed through Friday and 1,738 completed ballots have been returned. She said as of this morning, there were approximately 75 ballots distributed, most of which were completed on site. Strauss said the deadline for distribution of ballots is 4:30 p.m. on Monday and completed ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday. Sealed ballots will be opened in Room 201 starting at 10 a.m. on Election Day, and that process is open to the public, according to Strauss. “This will be the first presidential election voting process without the use of levers,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

At Levitt, a Religious Service Under the Stars

Three Conservative synagogues are set to converge on Westport’s Levitt Pavilion Saturday evening Sept. 8 for a special “service under the stars” prior to the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur.

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Pharaoh’s Daughter Band members include (l-r) Basya Schecter, Uri Sharlin, Daphna Mor, Mathias Kunzli, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Meg Okura and Yuval Lion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Officials at the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton say they will co-host the event with Congregation Beth El of Norwalk and Temple Beth El of Stamford. Set to begin at 8:30 p. m., the evening is free and open to the public, and blankets or chairs and flashlights are recommended, synagogue officials say.

They add that the evening will feature the music of acclaimed artist Basya Schechter and her band Pharaoh’s Daughter. The band’s music has been cultivated by Schechter’s Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan, and Greece, according to a spokeswoman for the Conservative synagogue.

Clergy from all three synagogues will be officiating the service: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn and Cantor Laura Berman of the Conservative Synagogue; Rabbi Joshua Hammerman and Cantor George Mordecai of Temple Beth El of Stamford; and Rabbi Ron Fish of Congregation Beth El of Norwalk.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Birdhouse Auction Set for Friday

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Birdhouse “Rockin’ Robin” by Lou Rolla. Photo by Lorin Klaris

Westport-based Project Return’s 17th Annual Birdhouse Auction featuring more than 160 original birdhouses created by artists from all over the country is set for Friday evening from 7 to 10 at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

“Inspiration and originality have conspired with an astonishing variety of materials, including feathers, wood, clay, buttons, vintage records, bicycle parts, and shells, to showcase the vision of each artist,” says Project Return’s Laura Bard. “Some of this year’s designs are quiet and personal, while others are whimsical and sassy.”

Traditional and contemporary and designed for outdoor use or to enhance indoor spaces, all of the birdhouses reflect themes of home and sanctuary, according to Bard.

Project Return serves adolescent girls and young women in crisis through its group home facility and other programs that develop self-esteem, resiliency, and independence. Like birdhouses, the agency provides a safe haven for fledglings not yet prepared to leave the nest, noted Bard.

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Friday, January 06, 2012

Chowdafest IV Kick-off

Chowdafest IV Kick-off at Unitarian Church
Chowdafest organizer Jim Keenan (Chief Chowda Head) announced the details of Chowdafest IV at a press conference today at Westport’s Unitarian Church. Present were several representatives of sponsoring local restaurants who are contestants in the “food fight.” The football-themed event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, the day before the Superbowl, at Bedford Middle School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will benefit for the Connecticut Food Bank. The cost is $6 for adults, $2 for kids under 12. More information can be found here: chowdafest.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Great Turnout for Police Toys for Tots Drive

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Westport Policemen Dave Farrell (l) and Marc Heinmiller are all smiles during a successful turnout of generous people from Westport and neighboring communities who donated toys to the annual Toys for Tots drive in the parking lot of The Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East. The collection continues on Sunday and next weekend between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Champing at the Beach

33rd Annual Minute Man 5K/10K Race
Ready to run, entrants in this year’s Minute Man Race waited eagerly at the starting gate at Compo Beach today to begin a 10K race, the proceeds of which go to local charities. Sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League, the race had 1,400 people entered, up nearly 200 from last year, and raised $40,000.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Norwalker Wins Minute Man’s 5K Men’s Race

Nordee Ab Delfateh
Norwalk resident Nordee Ab Delfateh, 29, won the 5K men’s division of today’s Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach in a time of 17:10. It was the first time he entered the annual Minute Man race. He moved to the United States from Morocco. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Weston 13-Year-Old Bests the Rest in Women’s 5K

Andi Rosenblatt
Andi Rosenblatt, 13, of Weston today won the 33rd Annual Minute Man 5K Race for females at Westport’s Compo Beach with a winning time of 21:54. Rosenblatt is in the seventh grade in the Weston school system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Westporter Harding Wins Men’s Minute Man 10K Again

Tom Harding
Westporter Tom Harding, 45, was first over the finish line at today’s 33rd annual Minute Man Race at Westport’s Compo Beach. He has won the Minute Man 10K several times over the years. Harding finished today’s race in 35:51 and was in the lead from the first step. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Norwalk’s Sporre Wins Minute Man 10K for Women

Leslie Sporre
Norwalk resident Leslie Sporre, 34, was the first female to cross the finish line today in the 33rd annual Minute Man 10K race with a time of 44:04. She said it was the first time she entered the race. Her husband Ian also ran in the 10K and was among the leaders in the field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Poking Fun at Westport’s Foibles


Westporters had fun raising funds for a serious cause performing in “Forbidden Westport.” The evening’s entertainment, sponsored by the Westport Sunrise Rotary, was a benefit for Homes With Hope. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Al DiGuido Cheers On Angel Swimmers

Al DeGuido, Founder, Al's Angels, Westport Connecticut
An estimated 100 swimmers participated in “24 Hours of Laps,” the Al’s Angels fundraiser that began at 10 a.m. today at the Westport Weston Family Y Stauffer Pool. Al’s Angels founder and Westport resident Al DiGuido said this event raised approximately $50,000. Swimmers of all ages swam as many laps as they could for 30 minutes to raise funds to provide holiday meals and gifts for children and families within the tri-state area suffering from life-threatening illnesses, cancer, rare blood diseases, and severe financial hardship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Swimming for Al’s Angels

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Swimmers participating in “24 Hours of Laps,” the Al’s Angels fundraiser that began this morning. Each swimmer pledged to swim laps for 30 minutes. (l-r) Will O’Sullivan, Finn Johnston, Charlie West, Justin Bacon, Sean Rogers, Cameron Purdy, Sarah Grinalds, Kaitlyn Esse, Michelle Kennedy, Marissa Healy, Caroline Sandhaus, Annie Bowens, Kaela Dockray. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzannah Rogers for WestportNow.com

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Turning in Unwanted Drugs

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Westport police officers Linda Vena (c) and Sharon Russo (r) welcome Westporter Bertha Mathis today at Westport Town Hall as she dropped off her expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs during the annual Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collection event. This program is conducted by local police departments throughout the country to give people a safe way to dispose of medications they no longer want or need and to help prevent these drugs from being stolen, abused, or dumped into local water supplies. In 2010, Americans turned in 121 tons of unwanted medications to more than 3,000 local police departments. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sprucing Up Camp Mahackeno

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Twenty-five volunteers, including board members and staff, spent the morning today giving the Westport Weston Family Y’s Camp Mahackeno a major spring cleaning to get it ready for the upcoming summer activities. In addition to tidying the grounds, they repainted the benches in the amphitheater. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Bird Count Begins at Midnight

By James Lomuscio

Cardinal by Townsend Dickinson
Cardinals brighten up gray winter days. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Townsend P. Dickinson

While birders do not expect to find any calling birds or French Hens, compilers for the 64th Annual Westport Christmas Bird Count (CBC)—which runs from midnight tonight to midnight Sunday—may spy “geese a laying,” and even an occasional partridge.

But a partridge would be rare, says Mardi Dickinson, who with her husband Townsend Dickinson, will captain one of the 10 teams comprising 45 volunteers recording species and bird numbers over the 24-hour period.

A good number of birds spotted will be bluebirds, cardinals, titmice, and chickadees, she said. Some volunteers will work shifts of several hours, while diehard birders will go the full stretch. Night owl birders will record exactly that, owls.

“The purpose is to count the birds for statistical purposes, for science,” says Dickinson. “If it weren’t for these counts, nobody would know how many birds there are at this time of the year. All of it goes into a national database.”

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Commission for Senior Activities Has a “Thank You” Party

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Bill Meyer celebrated with Arlene Bloom (left), past president of Y’s Women, and state Sen. Toni Boucher at the Commission for Senior Services’ “Thank You Luncheon” today for members of local commissions credited with making Westport “a wonderful town.” Among those in attendance were Barbara Butler, director of Westport’s Department of Human Services, Sue Pfister, director of the Center for Senior Activities, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and newly elected state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Field of Flags Demonstrates Heroism, Loss, and War’s Toll

By James Lomuscio

They are the small-sized American flags people joyfully wave along parade routes on national holidays, only these had a more somber message as they were planted throughout the day today on the lawn of Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church.

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Vets placing their flags in the Field of Flags. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Side by side and in military fashion, each flag represents the American war dead in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past nine years. By 5 p.m., the time a memorial ceremony was about to begin, the flags totaled a sobering 5,516, including 52 fallen soldiers and Marines from Connecticut.

“It looks so beautiful,” said Toni Rubin and she and her husband Stephen Rubin waited at the end of the honor guard procession. “But, when you think of what it is ... ”

“It’s ugly,” Stephen Rubin chimed in about the toll war takes.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Westport Woman’s Club Names Board of Directors

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The Westport Woman’s Club has installed its new board with Mary Vickery leading the club for 2010-2011. Front row (l-r) Officers: Anne Hunt (treasurer), Susan Cugliari (third V.P.), Mary Vickery (president), Leah Scherzer (first V.P.), Wynne Abrams (second V.P.), Pat Voris, (secretary). second row: Barbara Levy (programs), Denise, Kuendig (communications), Rose Jordan (rentals), Brenda Sciarra (grounds), Conchita Cassell (house), Carol Goetz (Curio Cottage). Clare Clark (membership). third row: Joyce Netherton (parliamentarian), Kathy Groener (programs), RuthAnn Carroll (house), Jo Fuchs Luscombe (community services). Absent from picture: Mitzi Lyman (programs), Yankee Doodle Fair. The Westport Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of charitable, cultural, educational and public health services. In addition to supporting numerous community services, the Club offers a great number of social activities for its members and for the community at large. For membership information, call the Club office at (203)227-4240 or visit www.WestportWomansClub.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lorraine Felicino for WestportNow.com

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