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.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Firefighters Will Arrange for Santa to Visit Your Home
The newly formed Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation (WUFCF) is bringing Santa Claus to Westport neighborhoods.
It said on three days next month—Friday, Dec. 19, Saturday Dec. 20, and Sunday Dec. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. -– it will bring Santa on a fire engine to neighborhoods to deliver gifts to children of all ages.
Families are able to sign up online here to have Santa visit their home. Sign ups will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. an announcement said.
Storm Dumps Wet, Not White
Even though temperatures “are just north of freezing,” causing rain, not snow, to fall throughout most of Westport today, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said his department is not taking any chances.
So far about 20 tons of salt have been put down in case temperatures drop.
“Now it’s just wait and see,” Edwards said at mid-afternoon. “We have some slush on the road, but no accumulation, and I don’t anticipate any accumulations.
“The question is what happens tonight,” he added. “The temperature is just north of freezing.”
Snow and Sand
Winter Weather Advisory: 1 to 3 Inches Expected
UPDATE The National Weather Service has issued an updated Winter Weather Advisory for Westport and area which continues to 1 a.m. Thursday.
In an early afternoon advisory, it called for snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches but said portions of southern Fairfield County north of the Merritt Parkway may see higher snow and sleet accumulations of 4 to 6 inches.
The Weather Service said a mixture of rain, snow, and sleet this afternoon should change to primarily snow this evening. The snow should then taper off toward midnight.
Inland portions of Connecticut were under a Winter Storm Warning with predicted accumulations of 4 to 8 inches.
Fall Colors and Snow
Sleet, Snow Cause Slippery Road Conditions
UPDATE Westport police reported slippery road conditions as a result of today’s storm, especially in the northern parts of Westport.
A three-car accident at Cross Highway and Punchbowl Drive closed down the roadway at about 1 p.m. and police asked motorists to avoid the area. It was reopened at 1:45 p.m.
The storm brought mostly rain through the morning but snow began sticking at mid-day, causing slippery conditions.
Westport was under a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 a.m. Thursday with the National Weather Service predicting the storm would dump 1 to 5 inches of snow on the southern Connecticut coastline.
Touch of White
Wet Main Street
Selectmen Okay $10K to Create ‘Virtual Westport’
The Westport Board of Selectmen today approved a $9,800 four-year agreement to create a “Virtual Westport” online that will enable a wider gathering of opinions on such controversial issues as improvements at Compo Beach.
First Selectman Jim Marpe acknowledged the initiative with Socialmentum LLC, a Kansas City startup doing business as Mindmixer was his idea and would be controlled by his office.
“I view that (questions as to who would govern the project) as my responsibility, quite frankly,” he said. “At the end of the day, this is an initiative coming from the selectman’s office.”
“I look at this as a relatively low cost investment in a sense experimenting with virtual government, if you will, or at least a feedback mechanism,” Marpe added.
J. Elwood Betts, 89
J. Elwood Betts of Westport died Nov. 25 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 89.
J. Elwood Betts: lifelong Westport resident. Contributed photo
He was born in Westport at home on Oct. 1, 1925, son of the late Charles E. and Marjorie (Foster) Betts and has been a lifelong resident of Westport. He was employed as an engineer with General Electric for 42 years prior to retiring in 1989.
He was a 1943 graduate of Staples High School, and a 1946 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a degree in chemical engineering. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant.
A lifelong member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church, he served the church in many capacities. He was a deacon and a trustee emeritus.
New Christmas Tree in Parker-Harding Plaza
There is a new Christmas tree in Westport’s Parking-Harding Plaza parking area. Knapp Tree, Inc. on Tuesday installed a Norway Spruce along the Saugatuck River as part of the Downtown Merchants Association (DMA) Christmas décor. The tree project was provided by Knapp Tree Service while the cut tree was provided by the Westport Public Works Department and Tree Warden Bruce Lindsay. The tree is approximately 20 feet tall and will be lit so that it may be seen from either side of the river. The DMA hired Michael Worobec and Sonya Finch of Geiger’s to assist in holiday decorations to the downtown district, and they spearheaded this new tradition. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Maybe Headed Out of Town Before T-Day
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
8:30 a.m. - Town Hall Room 307/309 - Board of Selectmen Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Perception Illusion Magic”
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport